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Swim Coach hosts succesful clinics in Gauteng

May 19, 2013
Participants at the sucessful clinic hosted by Swim Coach at the LC De Villiers pool at the University of Pretoria : image Susan Louw

Participants at the sucessful clinic hosted by Swim Coach at the LC De Villiers pool at the University of Pretoria on Sunday : image Susan Louw

Coaches from throughout the northern region of South Africa converged on the St. Andrews Girls School in Johannesburg on Saturday and the University of Pretoria in Tswane on Sunday to attend a highly successful coaching clinic hosted by Swim Coach with Alisdair Hatfield the key note speaker.

Hatfield who is one of South Africa’s leading coaches with over 38 years experience provided excellent insight to a wide range of topics to the enthusiastic and captivated group of coaches that attended both the clinics.

Hatfield  who will travel to the forthcoming FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain during July as a coach with 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 insights Hatfield gave to the coaches during the theory session in the morning which included 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 sessions consisted of  practical pool sessions with coaches and swimmers which gave all participants a first hand experiance of how Hatfield not only interacts with his charges but also an opportunity for the stalwart to share some of his training methods which drew a positive response by all those who attended.

Swim Coach is the African representative of the American Swim Coaches Association and while the clinics were not certification clinics Swim Coach envisage hosting more of these clinics on  a regular basis with other leading South African coaches as key note speakers in an effort to raise the knowledge levels of coaches at “grass roots level” so that the future of South African swimming continues to remain competitive both domestically and internationally.

For more information about further clinics and Swim Coach, interested parties should contact  Cheryl McLellan on 082 600 7806

ZwemZa | Neville Smith


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