As many swimmers will be away over the Easter holidays we have decided to cancel the early morning sessions on the 15th, 17th and 22nd April.
The Club has booked Leweston School pool for Main Squad training on the 15th, 22nd (from 18.30 to 20.30) and 27th (17.00 to 19.00) April.
Swimmers are reminded that normal sessions will be held this weekend at Dorchester pool but that there will be no sessions on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday.
Some good results from the competition at the London Olympic venue yesterday and today.
In the U19 male, Peter Horne, Luke Voss and Peter Thornton came 2nd in the team event and had individual placings of 6th, 7th and 16th respectively.
In the female events, Amie Buttle was 5th U19, Jess Ohnstad 25th (and their team won), Zoe Gowers came in 4th in the U15 competition and Flora Johnson 15th , Aoife McCarthy 13th U16 (and 3rd Team), Oliva Foice 42nd U14 and Madeleine Johnson 56th U13.
Well done to all.
The Club continues to be in contact with 1610 and the Council about the pool. They had decided to appoint a structural engineer to give a view on the safety of the roof and whether the whole of the pool could be used. However, they have encountered some problems appointing someone and this has delayed a decision being made about the roof. As such we can only continue to have access to 20m of the main pool. At the Club’s AGM last week, it was agreed that we should formally raise our issues with the local Councillors (for them to put pressure on those concerned) and our new Chairman (Steve Rooks) is in the process of doing that.
Many Main Squad & A Squad swimmers (and some of the Coaches) will be away this weekend at either the Bournemouth Open Meet or the National Schools Biathlon. In view of this, we will combine the Main Squad and A Squad sessions on 06/04/14 and this will take place at the Dorchester pool from 18.00 to 19.30. From 19.30 to 21.00 the pool will be available to the Synchro Squad.
The Club is mindful that many of Main Squad swimmers have important competitions later in the month/early May. With that in mind it has booked additional 25m training at Leweston School, Sherborne DT9 6EN for 07/04/14 to 10/04/14 (i.e Monday to Thursday of next week, inclusive) from 18.30 to 20.30. The sessions will be available to those swimmers who usually attend the Main Squad sessions (including those that may swim with the Squad on a Monday or Tuesday nights). There will, of course, be no sessions at the Dorchester pool on Monday & Tuesday night next week). The pool at Leweston School is on the left of the road as you drive up to the School and can be accessed by a path to the side of the car park.
In the lead up to Easter, some Coaches will be away and we will not be able to cover all of the usual swim sessions. Regrettably, we have had to cancel the Disability sessions in the small pool on 13/04/14 and the Steps 3-4 and A Squad session at Bridport on 15/04/14. As a Club we also do not swim over Easter as many swimmers and Coaches will be away. There will, therefore, be no swimming sessions on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday (i.e. 18, 20 and 21 April 2014) and training will resume after Easter at the Tuesday morning session on 22 April 2014.
Congratulations go to 13yr old, Harry Wheeler,year9 pupil at Thomas Hardye School, who has been selected as one of the final 30 players (from an initial 120 attendees) to attend Great Britain Waterpolo Talent Training Camps in Cardiff over the next few months. During two earlier trials at Cardiff International Pool, Harry was in water for approximately 5 hours of intensive swim training, drills, skills and match play, and land training exercises, whilst being coached by G.B coaches and an ex-player, and being scored at all times against his peers from across the country. Harry will now be attending full weekend training camps at the Cardiff pool, and will be profiled and expected to demonstrate a number of skills, drill techniques, such as making swim times,core skills, passing and shooting, whilst showing an all round understanding of the game and knowledge of waterpolo rules and tactics evident during match simulations. He will also be needing to display excellent physical ability for waterpolo and swim stamina, which Harry should manage, as he is continuing his swim training at 1610,Dorchester Sports centre, with West Dorset Warriors, and weekly training sessions at Waterpolo Regional Training Centre, and with his second club Exeter Waterpolo. Being a member of the U/14 GB Talent Squad, Harry will be attending the camps as part of the long term preparation for the European Championships in 2017. Harry has also just represented,as the youngest player,of the U/15 South West England team, in the Inter Regional Championships were the team returned as Bronze medal winners. So here's wishing him continued success.