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chairman s alistair gray contentsreportreport david sparkes 4 chief executive s 3 5 20 24 25 26 36 38 40 46 50 excellence european junior championships 2012 international influence corporate 2012 olympic games junior diving world class events strategy 2012 paralympic games financial statements acknowledgements front cover ellie simmonds with her london 2012 paralympic medals the majority of the text in this report refers to the period april 2011 to the end of june 2012 whilst the featured major events are from the summer of 2012 the british swimmers selected for the olympics after the first stage trials together with michael scott national performance director and andy hunt chef de mission 2 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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chairman s report `british swimming is regarded by uk sport as one of the best led and governed national governing bodies in the uk chairman s report alistair gray i am pleased to present my fourth and final report as chairman of british swimming 2011 was another successful year in and out of the water with special performances delivered at the world championships in shanghai and at the ipc european championships in berlin our swimmers did not perform up to expectations in the 2012 olympic games in london and a rigorous review is in progress as this report goes to print though there was notable progress in a number of areas ­ for example the number of british swimming finalists we fell short of our medal target with a number of medal prospects failing to deliver their season s best performance when it mattered congratulations go to michael jamieson and rebecca adlington on securing silver and bronze medals respectively we achieved our medal target in diving and our synchronised swimmers continued their improvement in performance securing their position in the world s top eight nations our water polo teams competed well against the world s top nations but both finished last in their respective competitions at the paralympics our swimmers competed with distinction although the final medal tally of 39 including seven gold fell just short of beijing s 41 and 11 gold i hope you find this report interesting and that it adequately reflects our performance as a sport and as a business 2011 was the second full year of our partnership with british gas we are impressed with the enthusiastic way in which their staff have embraced our sport at all levels and the support they have given our efforts to change and improve performance and participation our other partners and sponsors especially speedo and kellogg s have also responded to our challenge to be the world s leading swimming nation by 2020 british swimming is regarded by uk sport as one of the best led and governed national governing bodies in the uk during 2011 we held two meetings of our remuneration committee that sets levels of remuneration for senior staff and ensured increases reflected performance and were in line with external benchmarks our investment in our `world class people initiative is paying dividends and it was a personal pleasure to participate in the biennial staff awards ceremony at silverstone we also set standards in the way we evaluate our performance and effectiveness as a board the board s open and inclusive approach is welcomed by directors and staff as well as our external stakeholders i wish to take the opportunity to salute and thank all our dedicated staff and volunteers who serve our sport so well the british swimming family is in good spirits and ready for what next year may bring british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 3


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chief executive s report `it has been an exciting and busy year full of new experiences and yet also filled with anticipation of what we might achieve at the games chief executive s report david sparkes this year the inevitable focus has been on preparing the team for the olympic games in london in 2012 we have targeted our activities to work closely with locog and other partners to ensure that the venues volunteers support staff and athletes are ready to welcome the world to london it has been an exciting and busy year full of new experiences and yet also filled with anticipation of what we might achieve at the games however we have also been looking beyond london and formulating our plans up to the games in rio de janeiro in 2016 and onward towards 2020 our ambition for 2016 is clear to improve on results in beijing and london and to see all disciplines in our sport challenging for medals perhaps some will see this as unrealistic but it is an ambition that we should aspire to it would illustrate an enduring and appropriate legacy from hosting the games in london in 2012 to achieve such an ambition we need to ensure that our talent pathways to the podium are the best in the world we have been working with our performance directors to identify how we can streamline our home country talent programmes into the british swimming world class programme as we place the athlete at the centre of all our decisions however we do need a strong core of international events to underpin our own international influence programme with this in mind we have been working with all our partners to secure the staging of major events around which we can build our talent pool clearly the commonwealth games in glasgow in 2014 will be an important part of this alongside hosting the ipc european swimming championships in 2015 also in glasgow and hopefully the len european championships 2016 in london i wish to thank the british swimming board and all the partners and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this such a special year for british swimming i would also wish to place on record my special thanks to the chairman for his guidance and support as his term of office together with a few other board members comes to an end i think they can all reflect on a job well done 4 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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excellence 5 medals for britain at the world championships excellence swimming national team environment following qualification at the march 2011 trials selected swimmers competed at the len cup in eilat israel in may 2011 which once again acted as the british swimming `open water trials and selection meet for the 2011 open water world european senior and european junior championships the women s race saw keri-anne payne swimming the fastest 10km in history and controlling the race from start to finish keri-anne went on to demonstrate her determined approach at the world championships in shanghai claiming the gold and becoming the first athlete to be nominated for the 2012 london olympics in the pool the british gas gbr swimming team won a total of five medals with rebecca adlington securing gold in the 800m free and silver in the 400m free ellen gandy a silver in the 200m fly hannah miley a silver in the 400m im and liam tancock a gold in the 50m back in addition to the medal performance british swimming had 24 finalists and 21 semi-finalists compared to 28 finalists and 12 semi-finalists at the rome world championships in 2009 the five medals in olympic events achieved the base uk sport target for the sport and laid a solid foundation for the final 12 month preparation for the home olympic games however the notable increase in the number of nations winning medals and featuring in the top 16 means significant progress still needs to be made to maximise our performances if we are to maintain and/or improve our position on the world stage exceptional results on the junior front the summer brought exceptional results in both the pool and open water events sixteen swimmers travelled to trabzon turkey as part of the great britain delegation to compete at the 11th edition of the european youth olympic festival eyof the swimming contingent was just one part of an overall great britain team comprising of 64 competitors aged between 13 and 17 spanning the sports of athletics cycling gymnastics judo swimming and tennis for all involved this was a first experience of a multisport environment and saw a final medal count from the pool of nine gold two silver and four bronze and the swimming team contributing significantly to the overall success of the gbr delegation total medal tally of 17 gold 10 silver and six bronze this was the most successful overseas eyof team since the event began in 1991 and the second highest haul of swimming medals ever achieved by a british team in addition to the eyof britain s junior swimmers were out in force at the european junior championships in belgrade this proved to be the strongest offshore performance by a british team who set an impressive eighty pb s and topped the medal table with a total of 19 medals six gold six silver and seven bronze just one medal short of the record haul from glasgow in 2003 open water the open water events saw tom allen win a silver medal in the european junior open water championships in navia spain where all three british swimmers including tom sunter and jack burnell finished in the top eight sophie casson finished sixth in the inaugural 10k at the british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 5


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excellence world university games in china and junior danielle halljackson finished a very creditable 7th in the 5k at the european championships in israel encouraging performances the autumn/winter period saw encouraging performances from gbr swimmers competing in a range of long and short course meets britain s athletes featured in the fina world cup tour 25m short course with a team of nine competing at the stockholm leg of the series and 44 athletes representing the british team at the berlin leg positive performance results were witnessed with james goddard breaking a british record in the 200m im and fran halsall collecting a gold medal in the 100m im bringing a total haul of 13 medals in berlin and two in stockholm for british swimmers a small group of nine swimmers participated in the dutch open in eindhoven breaking three championship records at the european short course championships in szczecin poland great britain brought back four silver and five bronze medals with a british record from michael jamieson in the 200m breaststroke and other notable performances from swimmers achieving personal best times at the us v europe duel in the pool in atlanta elizabeth simmonds was in great form to set a new european record in the 200m backstroke and was just outside her british record to beat olympic champion natalie coughlin in the 100m backstroke britain s fran halsall also finished second in the 100m freestyle and was third in the 50 free competitions in 2012 also got off to a good start with some of britain s swimmers participating at the victorian state championships in melbourne and a mixed development and senior `b team attending the flanders swimming cup in antwerp the major senior camp in 2011 was held in paphos cyprus in may where a team of 33 athletes and a range of support staff participated in the national squad training camp to prepare for the world championships one of the main focuses of the camp was starts and turns and included two guest coaches milt nelms and bob gillett together with three members of the sheffield hallam shape team all working on this project intensive training the new 2011/12 season brought a period of intensive training and preparation for the british gas swimming championships in march the selection trials for the olympics london 2012 european junior championships pool and open water european juniors all key programmes at itcs and club level commenced their campaign for olympic selection in earnest with warm weather training opportunities in california tenerife florida australia and singapore along with altitude training in sierra nevada flagstaff and south africa the olympic year campaign was launched at the national squad weekend in london in october during which 52 swimmers coaches and support staff members were briefed on a range of topics and where they had their first opportunity to access the london aquatics centre eight-time olympic medallist susie o neil was guest speaker and shared her experiences of competing at three olympic games including her home olympic games in sydney race simulation the first race-train-race development programme camp took place in january with over 20 world class development swimmers participating in a camp at loughborough followed by the competition in antwerp the 10 day event began with race simulation and specific pool training and education sessions including testing and recovery protocols doping control and nutrition following which the group travelled to antwerp for the flanders cup to compete with the rest of the 44 strong gb team overall the race-train-race approach proved a successful format in maximising opportunities for analysis and learning and providing a range of experiences for swimmers with swimmers focused upon peak performance at the 2012 british trials in march this long course race opportunity formed an important part of individual preparations other development programme activities included stroke clinics in loughborough where race pace and 6 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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`the british gas swimming championships trials produced an impressive range of performances from swimmers starts and turns of individual swimmers were filmed utilising mobile roof and underwater cameras following which strokes were analysed and technique and stroke dynamics discussed this year s open water development weekend was held in stirling with 24 swimmers from across the uk attending with their parents and six group coaches swimmers coaches and parents each followed a different educational track with the chance to experience lectures on nutrition open water tactics and race days and a practical pool session incorporating start and finishing drills and feeding techniques impressive performances the british gas swimming championships trials produced an impressive range of performances from swimmers when comparing times to reach the final of the 2012 championships with those in 2008 faster performances were posted in 21 out of the 26 olympic individual events eleven of the events had an overall improvement performance of greater than 1 per cent and given that the 2008 performances were achieved in the `fast suit era this makes the improvement even more significant focus on the games whilst the focus of the championships was on selection for the olympic games there was a notable increase in depth and quality to make the senior finals and this will place britain in good stead for the future an olympic orientation day for olympic selected athletes their coaches and support staff was held immediately following the trials on march 11 and where boa ambassador james cracknell presented on the strategies for the transition from olympic selection to preparing for peak performance at the games in addition team building sessions were conducted by floyd woodrow working with staff to revisit the team s vision and values whilst psychologist simon middlemas ran an athlete session on team identity shortly following the orientation day an olympic squad camp was conducted on the 1-7 april with training sessions held at the london aquatics centre and where topics such as betting integrity first games home games anti doping and staff roles and expectations were presented making the difference a tipping point programme was announced which aimed to provide olympic selected athletes with the best possible support in the run up to the games in this new initiative coaches requested funding for specific services initiatives and general support needs that they believe will make the difference for their athlete in addition to the olympic and european junior `pool selections several swimmers were selected from performances at the british championships to compete at the len open water swimming cup 10km event in eilat israel in may 2012 as in previous years the event acted as the british swimming `open water trials and selection meet for the 2012 open water european senior and european junior championships and saw britain s young swimmers excel when danielle hall-jackson won silver in the women s event behind the hungarian swimmer eva ristov and lucy campbell picked up a bronze in the men s event junior athlete caleb hughes was the top british athlete coming home in fifth place ahead of fellow team member thomas sunter in sixth who had led for most of the race development programme a programme of olympic development opportunities has been designed to support athletes and coaches who did not achieve olympic selection in 2012 athletes on the aspiring world performers programme awpp attended a camp in edinburgh at the british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 7


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excellence `development clubs have been identified for 2012/13 with millfield manchester and plymouth successfully maintaining their status for a third successive year same time as the olympic holding camp where they observed firsthand the final stages of the swimming team s olympic preparation in addition athletes who did not make the olympic team and who are believed to be prospects for rio were selected to compete at the us open in august 2012 through the boa ambition programme british swimming offered six aspiring olympians and two coaches an insight into the olympic environment which encompasses experiences of the multi-sport preparation camp in loughborough kitting out attendance at two olympic competition events and education sessions athletes selected for the first time to the world class development programme in april were invited to an orientation weekend in bath in may 2012 topics included a presentation on priorities and opportunities followed by an outline of the aspiring world performers programme kit and anti-doping procedures nutrition performance lifestyle and sssm support daily training environment as part of our strategy to continuously review and improve opportunities for emerging swimmers in the daily training environment a pilot investment partnership with swim edinburgh has been cemented to establish a high performance programme for an initial 12 month period from 1 april 2012 31 march 2013 work has been undertaken with a number of universities on an offer of flexible support to elite athletes as part of our swimmer friendly university programme following submissions from three universities against a set of guiding principles loughborough university has been awarded a gold status and the university of bath and swansea university have both been awarded a silver status monthly reviews in addition to the six monthly reviews of the british gas intensive training centre itc network the annual itc induction events took place in october lead itc partners swimmers coaches support staff sponsors local dignitaries and vips attended each of the events in stirling stockport loughborough swansea and bath to acknowledge the achievements of each of the five itcs development clubs for 2012/13 have been identified with millfield manchester and plymouth successfully maintaining their development club status for a third successive year the athlete pathway club recognition award for the top clubs placing four or more pool and open water athletes on the world class podium and development programmes has been awarded once again to sheffield and for the first time to former development club cardiff club programmes at nova garioch and glasgow will continue to receive enhanced services and financial support through the world class podium club initiative to the end of october 2012 future investment in the daily training environment in relation to the current podium/development club model will be reviewed as part of the wider strategic planning process and comprehensive review of each portfolio area that will shape our plans going forward into the next 2013-17 cycle the world class pathway further progress has been made in the development of a framework for creating a seamless pathway linking the home country and gb world class development programmes the talent directorate formed to define the strategic and technical partnership between the world class programme and the home country talent programmes has established and formally signed off their strategic objectives in addition discussions have commenced around the nine-step athlete selection criteria for the home nation talent and world class podium development programmes alongside this an england talent integration group has been formed to consider more detailed proposals and plans to 8 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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transfer the performance swimming component of the england programme to british swimming wcp the scope of the group consisting of representatives from british swimming the asa sport england and uk sport will be to establish milestone plans to build a seamless talent pathway in england agree revised areas of responsibility and associated budget and review the associated hr challenges and issues competitive review a partnership has been formed between british swimming the asa swim wales scottish swimming and the british swimming coaches association to undertake a comprehensive review of the current swimming long term athlete development ltad model the review is being led by world class swimming with the overall aim of establishing a more effective economic and efficient model that delivers the performance objectives of all key stakeholders the review will be an important step in helping plan the resources needed to develop the next generation of world class swimmers a review of athletes on the world class podium programme was held in the autumn by the athlete pathway review group and 36 swimmers 20 men and 16 women achieved membership to the swimming to podium success programme the annual review of world class development athletes has also been conducted and a total of 29 swimmers have attained the world class development standards with 10 swimmers stepping up to the d band 100 per cent increase from last year 11 swimmers achieving the e band and eight swimmers the f band standard sixteen of these athletes have also been identified as members of the aspiring world performers programme awpp the objective of which is to provide a targeted group of world class athletes with enhanced support in their daily training environment and to offer key learning and motivational experiences good indication results from the 2011 uk sport athlete insights survey provide a good indication of how athletes perceive the world class programme and the specific services and support offered through british swimming the survey is an important data source alongside our other evaluation activity and specific event debriefs and the 2011 results provide a positive indicator that athlete services and support are well designed delivered and evaluated the findings show · · on average nine out of 10 swimmers are confident that team gb s performance goals will be met at the games communication is effective four out of five swimmers surveyed agreed that this was the case for communication between staff and athletes support received is appropriate overall 93 per cent of swimmers responding to the survey agree that the world class programme provides them with the support they require in particular there have been significant increases in the percentage of athletes positively rating communication across the programme leadership and performance culture in this final year of the quadrennial the world class development podium potential and podium policies are under review and final changes will be made in line with any · british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 9


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excellence requirements resulting from uk sport s project rio planning process and applied in the next quadrennial our goal going forward is to establish a seamless link with the top level of the home countries talent programme sports science and sports medicine the globalisation of swimming and tight margins between reaching the podium and falling short is increasingly putting the spotlight on innovation new developments in science training aids and maximising the use of new technology is key to ensuring britain maintains its standing as a top swimming nation several innovation projects are being progressed with british swimming and partner investment to leave no stone unturned in the quest for success with a number of these up and running and attracting growing external recognition of their value to performance outcomes the race analysis nemo software developed by sheffield hallam university and introduced at the 2011 world championships is already providing a wealth of high quality analysis and array of visual and statistical information to provide swimmer feedback and help coaching plans the software is now being used at all benchmark competitions providing greater information and more accurate comparative analysis particularly this is the case for turn assessment which is a targeted goal for improvement start and turns analysis the swimtrack starts and turns analysis system is now embedded in the daily training environment of many of the gb swimmers fed by a multiple camera network positioned above and underwater and providing automated digitisation of data the system is providing instant feedback for swimmers and coaches thousands of turns have been analysed since late 2009 and plans to make greater use of portable devices such as ipads will continue to enhance the value of the system further research and analysis is being progressed in the form of the shape project through a partnership with the university of southampton this includes the development of a rig for towing a swimmer through the water whilst swimmers are recorded by cameras to provide instant feedback on their speed power and drag body position and stroke the project is a good example of a collaborative partnership attracting joint funding from british swimming uk sport and the university of southampton in addition there have been further developments in the university of southampton swimsim programme towing rig providing further refined analysis in breaststroke and butterfly an ever developing partnership with sheffield hallam university has led to a number of other innovative tools now in use within the daily training and national team environments investment in the university s phd programme is already paying dividends iswim an automated stroke tagging system will be applied as part of nemo and will speed up our current race analysis capability it will provide instant stroke feedback for athletes and coaches more efficient overall race analysis more races analysed and in more detail and reduce the work load of performance analysts during the race analysis stage which in turn will allow more higher level analysis to be carried out sheffield hallam university has secured external recognition and further funding through the uk sport ideas4innovation award for this work altitude training options are being considered for altitude training with possible investment in new technology such as the hypoxic units and tents hypobaric chambers and normobaric hypoxic rooms to supplement altitude training camps a number of approaches have been developed for tackling the potentially adverse impact of seasonal affective disorder and through british swimming s partnership with lumie® many of our world class programme swimmers have been provided with bodyclock wake up lights to help kick start the body get themselves out of bed and down to the pool other key sssm developments include the production of a comprehensive athlete self management guidelines booklet for 10 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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`a number of other innovative tools now in use within the daily training and national team environment world class swimmers on injury prevention the booklet is a guide to help improve the level of understanding and to ensure each athlete can manage themselves by performing the right exercises with the appropriate equipment coach development coach development remains a key factor and a series of structured workshops in each of the home countries has been conducted in stirling open water and turns and swansea altitude and turns and loughborough relays and tapers fifteen coaches were selected to the programme from their international and domestic results with further coaches selected by the home nations to participate in their respective home nation workshop at senior level we continue to invest in personal development for coaches that have included opportunities to attend international conferences such as the asca clinic observations of the 2011 world champs in shanghai club programme visits and provision of coaching literature in addition british coaches with swimmers on the olympic team who have not achieved selection themselves for london 2012 will be offered the opportunity to view the london 2012 swimming events and learn from this unique home olympic games the 2011-2013 uk sport elite coaching apprenticeship programme intake includes two successful coaches from swimming this year melanie marshall city of derby sc and richard blackshaw stockport metro sc are among a select list of just 12 coaches from nine sports for the programme that runs over the next two years the programme plays a key part in upskilling our elite coaching workforce and is an important part of the sport s efforts to develop a choice of high quality daily training environments for emerging swimmers as part of our coach development strategy going forward a gb director of coaching has been identified as an integral part of the world class structure and will provide coaching advice and mentoring support to wcp coaches and home country coaching heads and take a technical lead on all coaching matters this position has been advertised with an appointment to be pre olympics with the announcement and commencement post olympics future planning in line with uk sport s process for determining ngb funding levels for the next four year cycle a draft business case was submitted to uk sport on the 1st march 2012 based on the number of athlete nominations which constitutes a sport s `core funding world class swimming athlete nominations were made using a holistic profiling tool specific to the discipline of swimming uk sport has provided feedback on all sports business cases which will be used to refine our `bid as we work towards a final presentation to the uk sport panel in the october-november period the business case together with our medal performance at the london olympics british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 11


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excellence 11 out of 18 world class development athletes were nominated for the paralympic games will determine our budget for the next olympic cycle underpinning the above a post 2012 planning project has been conducted with the brief and project plans based on the 2009-13 quadrennial review and which set out the aims objectives guiding principles methodologies and project plans for the next cycle disability swimming following the success at the ipc european championships where the british gas gbr disability swimmming team won 83 medals and finished second on the medal table behind the ukraine the disability swimming calendar got underway at the dse national short course championships in sheffield in november a number of records were broken including two world six european and 32 british following these championships an additional eight swimmers were invited onto the world class talent programme which bodes well for rio in 2016 and beyond 2012 started with a world class programmes warm weather training camp in durban south africa in january with the minimal effects of the two hour time zone change south africa provided the perfect location for a training camp in the southern hemisphere during the harsh british winter athletes recovered from the travel quickly and were ready to start key sets on the second day of the camp this was an extremely valuable camp at an important preparation phase leading into the british championships that doubled as the first selection trials for the paralympic games selection criteria the british gas swimming championships took place in march 2012 in the london 2012 aquatic centre twenty nine swimmers attained individual event nomination standards for the paralympic games at this event and a further eight swimmers were within a small percentage of these standards the second trials took place in sheffield in the form of the 2012 british international disability swimming championships where a number of additional swimmers met the selection criteria taking the total to 42 the paralympic games team was a real mixture of youth and experience with 45 per cent of the athletes preparing to compete in their first paralympic games thirty of 32 world class podium athletes were nominated to paralympicsgb and an outstanding 11 out of 18 world class development athletes were nominated this demonstrates the strength of the young athletes progressing through the world class pathway and the depth of the pipeline within disability swimming london 2012 gave these athletes a fantastic opportunity to experience a paralympic games competition and environment with their main focus being on rio 2016 confidence levels are high for the 2016 cycle macro cycle two began with a warm weather training camp in majorca as part of the preparation for the paralympic games a number of games preparation workshops were held focussing on team building and staff development in addition the camp provided an opportunity to host a british gas sponsor engagement activity a paralympic games focussed media day ukad anti-doping presentations were also delivered to the team games preparation the international german championships was attended by a number of athletes as part of their individual preparations for the games this included members of the world class development squad plus selected others as part of their ongoing development all paralympic team members had their final racing opportunity at the british gas asa youth championships in sheffield in august planning has already commenced for the 2013-2017 paralympic quadrennial a number of initiatives are underway including an athlete mapping process of all british world class programme and home country athletes a world youth ranking market share analysis has been 12 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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`eleven british divers entered the fight for olympic licences developed which shows the current strength of youth athletes within the senior world rankings plans for a warm weather camp in december 2012 have also been formulated this camp will focus on youth athletes progressing through the world class pathway to expose them to longer periods away from home and long haul travel to prepare them for rio 2016 key functions catherine gilby was appointed as the sports science and medicine manager in september 2011 the key functions of this post are to lead and manage the development of the sports science and sports medicine sssm services following a swot analysis an action plan of short and longterm objectives were set in conjunction with each discipline lead which resulted in the development of an entitlements document outlining the support available at each level of the world class pathway succession planning is well underway for changes after the london 2012 paralympic games a number of `top secret technological developments are having an impact on athlete performance in the lead up to the london 2012 paralympic games a group of 12 coaches attended the american swimming coaches association conference in san diego in september 2011 this was part of the npd s ongoing focus on coach development in addition to coaching staff from the world class programmes and key home programmes coaches from each of the home countries attended is only the third time in history that china has been beaten in this event the first time being at the 2000 olympic games in sydney by the russians and the second time at the 2005 world championships in montreal again by the russians world championships the real pressure of the forthcoming olympic games fell on the british gas gbr diving team at the 14th fina world championships which took place in july 2011 in shanghai china eleven british divers entered the fight for olympic licences being a host country we had an advantage of fighting for the licences only in individual events as all our synchro teams got the licences automatically although no medals were won at the championships the british divers obtained four olympic licences in three individual events diving the start of the year was extremely busy for diving the british gas gbr team completed a three-month preparation period on their pathway to london where divers took part in nine international competitions and two training camps over this intensive period there were fina grand prix in penza madrid montreal and fort lauderdale and world series in moscow beijing sheffield and guanahuato some promising results were gained throughout including a number of medals one gold two silver and three bronze in total of particular note was the gold medal in men s 10m synchro event at the fina event in sheffield in april 2011 where we beat the chinese this british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 13


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excellence · · · two olympic licences at men s platform thomas daley and peter waterfield one olympic license at women s platform tonia couch one olympic licence at men s springboard jack laugher performances 21 out of 24 reached the final in september 2011 the annual coaches conference was held in plymouth the conference attended by around 30 delegates was a chance for british diving to outline its programme and strategy for the next 12 months in the lead-up to the olympic games in london warm weather training in december 2011 the team travelled to australia for a warm weather training camp from a training point of view this camp was very productive and fruitful both bases used for the camp sydney olympic pool and a brand new leisure centre in adelaide were equipped to the highest standard and the team had a very comprehensive programme of training all the divers were highly motivated and all training plans were fully completed there was a particular focus on a large training volume and high intensity work outs the british technical and medical staff were supplemented by two soft tissue therapists from the south australian institute of sport due to the intensity of work achieved at the overseas australian training camp the divers were fit more robust and in very good shape both physically and mentally back in the uk british divers competed at the british gas national cup in southend-on-sea in january 2012 these competitions were the trials for the two major milestones on the way to london 2012 fina world cup and the len european championships against some top world-class divers preparing for the fina world cup in london our team `b had its own schedule which began with the fina grand prix germany meet in february 2012 the team did quite well achieving three top six places and three top 12 places the women s 10m platform event was the highlight of the meet having recovered from an unfortunate period of injuries and illnesses both divers monique gladding 5th and stacie powell 10th showed good results and were looking forward to the forthcoming world cup in london where both divers would be fighting for one olympic spot in london 2012 fina world cup the major event of 2012 apart from the olympic games was the 18th edition of the fina diving world cup held in london february 2012 this was both a qualifying and a test event for the 2012 olympic games over 220 divers from 40 in addition three out of four synchro pairs made top eight finishes and seven out of 11 divers reached the finals which was a great improvement in comparison with previous years it should also be noted that the team was the youngest ever with five out of the 11 divers being juniors and three of these five making finals this is extremely promising for the future european juniors also in july 2011 a junior team travelled to belgrade to take part in the european junior diving championships at this event we picked up two silver medals four bronze four fourth places three fifth places and four sixth places eleven of the 15 divers were attending their first european junior championships with only four of the divers coming from last year s team gb produced 66 per cent of its performances in the top six which was a very solid performance in addition 87 per cent of the 14 british swimming annual report and accounts 2012


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`it is the first time in the history of british diving that we have achieved all of the olympic licences countries came to the olympic aquatic centre in london to take their last chance to gain olympic licences for 2012 the british gas gbr diving team entered these competitions with the same hopes our primary target was to get olympic licences in all disciplines that we were missing after the world championships 2011 in shanghai this event went very well for the team the performance of the team in general was brilliant as two bronze medals were won sarah barrow-tonia couch in women s 10m synchro and peter waterfield in men s 10m competitions and we also had two top eight finishes in individual events and two top eight finishes in synchro events but what was more important is that missing olympic licences were achieved · · · one olympic license at women s platform monique gladding stacie powell one olympic licence at men s springboard chris mears two olympic licences at women s springboard rebecca gallantree and hannah starling one of the most important periods of olympic preparation and definitely the hardest as the team went through it `under training volume keeping its physical and technical shape at the peak the overall performance of the team was excellent winning nine medals across the four events this medal haul was the best that has been recorded over the whole of the last olympic quadrennial with four medals being won in these events in 2011 none in 2010 and four in 2009 it is the first time in the history of british diving that we have achieved all of the olympic licences it was a great achievement as not all the countries could boast similar success one of our main contenders the russian team missed two olympic licences in both women s 3m synchro and 10m synchro disciplines as a test event this world cup was an excellent opportunity for the best divers in the world to meet each other and get familiar with the aquatic centre the facility to be used for the olympic competition in august excellent performance in march and april the team `a continued to perform in a chain of competitions ­ four legs of the fina diving world series the competitions aimed at all the top world divers the events took place in the uae china russia and mexico it was meanwhile team `b travelled to montreal in may 2012 to participate in the next series of the fina grand prix our all-female team consisting of two platform divers and three springboard divers achieved two top six places and one top eight place both our platform divers made it through to the semi-finals with stacie powell going on to make the final top six and monique gladding just missing out on the final by one place while our springboard divers had less luck with some missed opportunities key ingredients a specific initiative is being undertaken to identify the key ingredients in talent the project `little rippers will focus on the talent pool from tid games and by using comparative british swimming annual report and accounts 2012 15



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