On Sunday MAD attended Eckington open meet, we had a brilliant day, with bags of medals, trophies and personal best swims, the gala was aimed at the majority of the club. There were no cut off times and no restrictions except for age. The best thing for us really was to see the younger end of the club attending Open meets, it builds so much experience and competitive sprit, that training or home galas can’t replicate. The gala was all about going out there and giving it a go, the Development 2,3 swimmers really surprised themselves, technical skills such as starts and turns didn’t get us disqualified like on previous occasions. O.K, we still have plenty of work to improve the standards of dives, turns and push offs, but everything at the younger end of the pool is definitely starting to improve. The junior, club 1,2,3 swimmers performed consistently through the day and really showed some determination and fight to gain positions within their races. See results for full details. We gave out 80 forms for this gala and it was a great day however there were a lot of swimmers missing if you were in dev 2 – club 3 and aged over 9 you should have been there. Well done to all involved, we were very proud of you all.
Regarding training, we have mentioned skill work is still a weakness of Matlock across all groups in order to improve, coaches have been given more input and direction to the applications of skills, however it doesn’t matter how much a coach tells you something we have to WANT to improve, you have to work hard, practice every time, get it wrong a million times in order to perfect it. You have to have the inner drive to be the very best you can at every session. All coaches at Matlock run sessions under a very relaxed environment, however we always encourage you to reach your potential. We always encourage multisport athletes and recreational athletes not just the out and out swimmers. We want to improve you as a whole athlete but you must want to develop too. Attendance by all groups club groups 1-3 is weak, swimmers pick and choose when they attend morning training, club 2,3 swimmers should be attending a morning session, preferably Wednesday morning as this fits with the timetable best. Land training is provide on Sunday, make sure you make use of this facilities and conduct additional core work in your own time. We can only encourage you to attend and work when you are here. This isn’t a nag, just encouraging you if you want to be the best you must put in the time. You are responsible for your actual application of your training and your results, we are responsible for giving you the opportunities to reach your goals, and provide you with the tools and training to reach your potential.
One thing at Matlock that we are super proud of is our swimmers don’t drop out of sport that easily, its common swimmers quit at 13-15 years old. We may not have loads of national swimmers but we have young people learning and living heathy active lifestyles. Its common knowledge swimmers (in general life), work harder than most people, do well at school, are self-motivated, good time keepers, very task orientated and can work individually and as a team. We don’t want to be a club that threatens swimmers to attend, pushes swimmer until they break, we want to nurture each and everyone of you. However the swimmers need to apply themselves, set themselves targets, discuss their goals with coaches and dig a little (or even a lot in some cases) deeper at times, whatever level you swim at. Also remember that we are all individuals and all our performances will peak at different times and ages.
Over the next few months we will be looking into offering some specific sessions for the younger swimmers to develop their competitive skills, so keep your eye on the notice board.
Gary and Di
To help with club funds we are requesting donations of raffle prizes for future home galas (non perishables)
There are no training sessions on the following dates :
Easter Break - 3rd April until 6th April 2015 both dates inclusive
Monday 4th May 2015
Thursday 7th May 2015 (evening)
Friday 8th May 2015 (morning)
Monday 25th May 2015
Summer Break - 16th August until 31st August 2015 both dates inclusive
Christmas Break- 24th December 2015 until 1st January 2016 both dates inclusive
Calverton and Bingham Swimming Club held their 4th Annual Masters’ Open Meet on Sunday 19th April at Hucknall Leisure Centre, Nottingham. The day was split into two sessions and consisted of 50m and 100m events in all strokes including individual medley, plus a 200m freestyle event for both men and women. Mixed and single sex 200m freestyle and medley team relays were also held. Times achieved in the heats dictated both overall position and ranking within five year age group categories.
Steve Goodall and Adam March attended the event from MAD and competed across a range of events in the 50-54 year and 35-39 year age group respectively.
The day was well organised and ran smoothly with a relaxed atmosphere. All standards of swimmer were welcome across each age bracket making it an enjoyable competition for all involved.
Steve's and Adam's results can be seen here.
For more information and other results visit www.cabsc.co.uk.