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Swim Parent Support

Swim Parent Support

Gold Class Swimming are well known for their swim clinics throughout Australia. With hundreds of swimmers each year participating in them, lead coach Leigh Nugent came to the realisation that while the swimmers and coaches were well supported, a majority of parents...

Parent Patience Required as Pools Re-Open

Parent Patience Required as Pools Re-Open

For a majority of parents and swimmers, the pending re-opening of swimming pools around Australia and in many other countries is a big step back to re-gaining some normality in their life. The announcements that pools can re-open under strict guidelines have started....

Supporting Parents of Competitive Swimmers

Supporting Parents of Competitive Swimmers

The sport of swimming is facing a major disruption around the world due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). With swimming pools closed and social distancing restrictions in place preventing squad training and other social interactions that swim clubs usually provide,...

Kicking Above Water

Kicking Above Water

Over time I have noticed that there is an overwhelming amount of young swimmers who I have witnessed in training kicking above the water. Their feet are spending more timing out of the water than in the water and this is particularly evident when they are on their...

The Essential Elements of Backstroke

The Essential Elements of Backstroke

What are the essential elements of backstroke?  There are some key concepts that all backstroke swimmers should adhere to. Listed below are the essential elements of backstroke. If you would like to see these points discussed in a video format that you can watch over...

Do Your Swimmers Have a Routine

Do Your Swimmers Have a Routine

Over the past few months I have been able to get to competitions and observe a variety of athletes from age group through to senior experienced swimmers. A key observation is that the athletes that seem to prepare for their races with routine and walk behind the...

Selecting Appropriate Competitions

Selecting Appropriate Competitions

Over recent weeks I have been coaching some young children with varying levels of ability, fitness, skill accomplishment and experience and it’s prompted me to write on this topic. In addition to this I have attended a number of competitions which were pitched at...

The Use of Fins

The Use of Fins

Fins are a very useful piece of equipment for both the developing and the accomplished swimmer. Fins can be used in a variety of ways – provide increased propulsion – provide assistance in an effort to improve stroke technique. – overload the legs when used for high...

Basic Mechanics of Freestyle Kick & Backstroke Kick

Basic Mechanics of Freestyle Kick & Backstroke Kick

The technique for freestyle kick and backstroke kick is based on very similar mechanical principals for each of these strokes. Key points: • The legs are extended. • Significant plantar flexion of the feet is an advantage in generating propulsion. • The leg swings...

Fastest Backstroke to Breaststroke Turn

Fastest Backstroke to Breaststroke Turn

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the backstroke to breaststroke turn in the individual medley.  How do you do your backstroke to breaststroke turn as a swimmer?  Is it the most effective and efficient way?  Do you know what to look for as a coach or...

How to Correct a Short Stroke in Freestyle

How to Correct a Short Stroke in Freestyle

QUESTION: Hi, in freestyle my child has a short stroke both at entry and at the end of the pull. How can this be corrected? Are there drills they can work on? Thank you Jenny ANSWER: Hi Jenny, For swimmers who short stroke at the beginning and end of their stroke I...

5 Tips For Maximising Your Pre-Race Warmup

5 Tips For Maximising Your Pre-Race Warmup

The pre-race warmup can make or break your performance on competition day. Find out the top 5 tips to maximise your pre-race warmup time to ensure you are at your optimal condition in time for your event. Know what time you need to be at the pool for warm up. Prior to...

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