On Monday, during half term, some Yarrells pupils attended a swim clinic with Poole Swim Club at the incredible pool at Canford School.
The clinics are aimed at swimmers who want to improve their start and turn techniques for all four strokes. It was an amazing opportunity to work on these vital skills in a structured, technique-focused environment with expert coaches who were able to simplify these sometimes confusing skills and the children could make real improvements in their starting and turning techniques.
Well done to Lauren Corn, Lottie Vavasour, Josh Oxley and Oscar Oxley (the youngest swimmer there!) for their hard work across the two hour session. It was brilliant to see the progress that the Yarrells pupils made during the session and Josh even went off the blocks and showed a really good underwater phase. Oscar didn’t let his age stand in his way, showing some brilliant understanding and effort to improve his starts from the wall.
Lottie showed good technique when starting from the blocks and was able to receive immediate and clearly structured feedback from Emma Richards who used video analysis to really get the athletes thinking about their technique.
Lauren put in a solid two hours of training and is continuing to develop her Swimming for upcoming competitions, including the IAPS qualifying round in February. If Lauren qualifies, she will be invited to swim at the London aquatic centre, where the likes of Rebecca Adlington, Rūta Meilutytė and Michael Phelps competed during the Olympics in 2012.
The second swim clinic of the week focused on butterfly and front crawl. Lauren, Lottie, Elizabeth, Polly, Jayden, Grace and Aimee all worked exceptionally hard over the course of the two hours.
The expert coaching from Barry Alldrick and Emma Richards proved very helpful to all of the children, focussing on developing their swimming technique through repetitive practices.
The children are very much looking forward to working with Poole Swimming Club at the skills clinics in the near future, please check Facebook and email communication from the school office for more information.