Swimmers of all ages have enjoyed another busy week of remote training. They have all started to follow their new weekly plans, which are designed according to whether the pupil competes in sprint or distance disciplines, as well as a tailored programme for pupils at the Prep. The coaches are also delivering additional activities to ensure our swimmers are constantly learning new skills, gaining experience from OMKs, discussing their well-being, and staying united as a community during this time.
Monday: the swimmers completed their fifth swim simulation session, a series of exercises executed on land which has been designed by our Director of Swimming, Emma Collings-Barnes, to simulate movement patterns for different kinds of swimming sessions. This week's focus was on body alignment and technical control.
Tuesday: the swimmers joined Assistant Director of Swimming, GregKing-Limb, for a cooking session to make frozen strawberry granola bars – a highly nutritious and healthy post-workout snack to be enjoyed in the sun!
Wednesday: our fifth live Instagram workout took place with Head of Strength & Conditioning, Josh Norrie. Over 100 swimmers from Mount Kelly and the wider swimming community joined us, including OMK, Niamh Robinson, who shared some of her experiences since moving to the US to swim and study.
Thursday: as well as our weekly Strength to Excel series in which Josh provides a set of exercises around a certain movement pattern, we also had our first OMK feature with Swimming Captain 2018-2019, Athena Clayson, sharing some of her experiences about her time at Mount Kelly and what she has learnt since leaving. Athena is a truly brilliant role model to many of our current pupils.
Friday: our swimmers were lucky enough to take part in a Zoom Q & A session with OMK and Olympic medalist Sharon Davies. Each squad asked a series of questions about her experiences and she provided some great insight in to how to deal with challenges such as the social isolation situation we find ourselves in. We will finish the week with a Family Quiz to ensure all our swimmers and families are feeling as connected to the programme as possible during this time.
More photographs and videos can be found on the Mount Kelly Swimming Facebook page.