Swimmers from Thurrock Swimming Club and West Suffolk Swimming Club joined forces to fly overseas to Colonia Sant Jordi in Majorca to a warm weather training camp at the end of October.
Under the direction of Thurrock’s Head Coach, Lisa Bates and West Suffolk’s Head Coach, Dan Pilbrow, 19 swimmers from Thurrock SC and 9 West Suffolk SC swimmers gave up their half term school break to train for 20 hours at the internationally well known Best Swim Centre based 30 minutes from Palma.
Rubbing shoulders with teams from Sweden, Denmark, Wales, City of Liverpool and the Swansea Intensive Training Centre, the borough swimmers trained intensively twice daily in an open air 50m Olympic pool, coupled with core land training sessions.
The swimmers returned to the UK ready to take on a busy season of competing with Thurrock’s next galas including the Youth East Region Winter Championships at Norwich and the Age Group swimmers taking a shorter trip to Braintree!
Team Manager Hazel Day said “camps of this calibre give swimmers the chance to experience what it feels like to be part of an international camp away from home and prepares them for the bigger stage in the swimming world”
The swimmers were : (Thurrock SC) Braden Wren, Bradley Clarke, Charlie Hayes, Conor Harold, Emma Cassidy, Gareth Hawkins, George Epsly, Georgia Mills, Harry Geggus, Harry Payne, James Day, Jason Daniels, Kayleigh Umfreville, Kerriann Chipperfield, Molly Epsly, Rebecca Hayes, Salaam Motin, Sean Houlihan, Sonny Ford (West Suffolk SC) Alex Harrison, Ashley Trent, Bethan Bottomley, Danny Proffitt, James Briars, Jen Titterington, Jordan Christie, Robert Cooper, Victoria Sparrow.