Thursday, July 25, 2024

Swimming: Thurrock train in Majorca

SWIMMERS from Thurrock Swimming Club travelled overseas to Colonia Saint Jordi in Majorca to a warm weather training camp during October half term week. Under the direction of Thurrock’s Head Coach, Alan Mitchell and Senior Assistant Coach, Paul Hayes, 20 swimmers from Thurrock Swimming Club gave up their half term school break to train for 28 hours at the internationally well known Best Swim Centre based 30 minutes from Palma on the Island of Majorca.

Rubbing shoulders with teams from the UK and around the World the borough swimmers trained intensively twice daily in an open air 50m Olympic pool, coupled with strength and conditioning core land training sessions. The swimmers managed to clock up 80,000 metres over 14 two hour training sessions. The latter part of the week saw the weekly challenge of 7,000 metres in a two hour session. This was accomplished by the majority of the squad, but saw three swimmers surpass this with a 10,000 metre swim.

The swimmers returned to the UK ready to take on a busy season of competing with galas in November including the Luton Inaugural Meet and the Essex County ASA Winter Long Course Championships. The Club are then hosting a County Qualifier in December at Blackshots Leisure Centre, with more galas up and down the country to follow next year.

Swimmers of the Week winning Best Swim Centre t-shirts were Imagine Stuart and Luke Crofts, both swimmers from the Club’s National Age Group Squad.

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”

Swimmers pictured below wearing tops purchased with community volunteering funding from Lisa Martindale, the Club’s Welfare Officers are: Andrew Martindale, Azar Aitmarri, Conor Harrold, Danny Patterson, Darcey Morris, Georgia Hobson, Harry Geggus, Imagine Stuart, Jack Williams, James Day, James Martindale, Jay Pilkington, Katherine Stephens, Louie Ridgway, Luke Crofts, Martine Tran, Rebecca Hayes, Renae Dawes, Sonny Ford and Tillie Geggus.

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