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Swim coaches clinic to be well attended

May 17, 2013
Katheryn Meaklim

Katheryn Meaklim

The swimming coaches clinic that will be hosted by Swim Coach at the St. Andrews Girls School and at the Pretoria University this weekend, with leading national coach Alisdair Hatfield as the key note speaker, will see coaches from throughout the northern region attending.

With coaches from afar as Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West along with a large contingent of Gauteng coaches having confirmed their attendance, it is clear that the highly respected Hatfield will be sharing his information with enthusiastic and captive participants.

“The response from the coaches has been fantastic”, Cheryl McLellan from Swim Coach commented on Friday, “we still have space for both coaches and swimmers to attend and interested parties should contact us to secure a place in what is sure to be a very informative clinic”

Hatfield who is one of South Africa’s leading swim coaches has over 30 years coaching experience and has produced numerous leading swimmers over the years. He  will travel to the forthcoming FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain during July as a coach for the national open water swimming squad. His most recent charges that have graced the international stage are medley specialists and Olympians Riaan Schoeman and Katheryn Meaklim who held the world record (SC) for the 400m Individual medley, the exciting and promising Michelle Webber, current World Junior Champion in the 5km and the indomitable Chad Ho, former FINA 10km Marathon Swimming Series champion, FINA World Swimming Championship medallist and Olympian in the 10km marathon event.

The clinics will be held at St. Andrews School for Girls on Saturday 18th May and at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) on Sunday 19th May.

Both clinics will follow a similar format with the morning session from 9am to 12pm that will be dedicated a coaches theory session which will include a brief history of freestyle – demographics past and present, age group (level 3) training as opposed to elite training,  periodisation from preparation through endurance, quality and taper phases and “The X factor” – challenging beliefs – what is unique to South Africa and the problems faced by the South African coach.
The afternoon session will be a “hands-on” pool session with coaches and swimmers with a maximum of 10 swimmers per coach and will be limited to one hour per swimmer. This session will begin at 1pm and end at 4pm.

Both clinics will follow the same format and swimmers who wish to attend should be at least Level 2 and above.

The response for both coaches and swimmers to attend the clinic has been encouraging; however there are still a few slots available for those who wish to attend. Interested parties should contact Cheryl McLellan on 082 600 7806 to secure a place and for further information.

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ZwemZa | Neville Smith

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