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04 05 06 24 28 29 30 40 44 50 54 Chairman’s Report Maurice Watkins Chief Executive’s Report David Sparkes Excellence European Junior Championships 2013 International Influence Corporate World Championships Barcelona 2013 London Olympic Cycle Results IPC World Championships Montreal 2013 Financial Statements Acknowledgements
Front cover, bottom left to top right: Tom Daley, Amy Marren, Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici and Hazel Musgrove. Back cover: Andrew Willis in action and Ellie Simmonds.
The majority of the text in this report refers to the period April 2012 to the end of June 2013 whilst the featured major events are from the summer of 2013
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his is my first report as Chairman of British Swimming and it would be very remiss of me if I did not, first of all, pay tribute to my predecessor Alistair Gray for all his hard work in the last quadrennial. Whilst our swimmers did not perform up to expectations in the 2012 Olympic Games, nevertheless we did achieve a record number of semi-finalists and finalists. This is a good platform to build upon for Rio in 2016. The British Swimming Strategy for the next four years has been published with two simple but crucial strategic objectives: first, achieve medal success at Olympic and Paralympic Games and, secondly, influence key decisions at world and European level. Towards these objectives, our synchronised swimming team is now established as an emerging power; women’s water polo is building towards Rio; we are achieving medal success in diving; the swimmers are looking hard at their programmes and learning for the future. New talent is emerging for our Paralympic squad. In terms of influence, our international strategy is now bearing fruit with key appointments in FINA, LEN and the IPC for the next quadrennial, ensuring British voices will be heard. We have made a good start but there is no room for complacency. We must maintain consistency and move on towards new standards. My initial reflections on taking on the role of Chairman are very positive. First of all, I have received a warm welcome from the Board, our Chief Executive and many people around the sport. Secondly, I have found a very healthy mix of stakeholder and independent Board members, well informed and with an excellent range of skills. All are committed to the sport and prepared to do their best to achieve success over the next quadrennial. This requires the Board consistently to take a hard look at how it can performance manage its programmes better and continue to build stronger and more effective governance into the culture of this great sport. What is also so evident to me is how fortunate we are to have such dedicated staff and volunteers as well as our principal partner British Gas, official partners Kellogg’s and Speedo and our official suppliers. I am looking forward very much to the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
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hilst many involved in our sport will reflect on some mixed memories from London 2012, I am sure we all agree that the event has set a new benchmark for the Olympics and Paralympics in terms of performance. It is now important for everyone in British Swimming to focus firmly on Rio 2016 as we build our athletes for the challenges that we will meet then. With the amount of our funding now confirmed for the next four years, we need to ensure a common focus on using it well to prepare the athletes for success in Brazil. The new leaders of our programmes are in place, their plans well advanced, and now is the time to give them solid support in delivering the best possible results. The important lesson we learnt from London 2012 was the need to be honest with ourselves and realistic about what could be achieved. It is also important to have much more searching performance management and monitoring and evaluation of everything we do, day by day, at all levels. There are always things to learn on this sporting journey both from our success and our mistakes. Having said that, through our work at the 2012 Games, there is no doubt that British Swimming has influenced change in our sport and we are now in a good position to continue this influence. But influence comes with responsibility - to listen and think before acting and to be clear on the way forward - and such an approach will guide us over the next quadrennial. The immediate challenges for us are the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona and the IPC World Championships in Montreal, and we look forward to our established team members and future stars beginning to make their name in those events.
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Due to the timing of the event, a small team of just five athletes represented Great Britain at the 2012 European Long Course Championships held in Debrecen (Hungary) in May 2012. Participation in the meet was not a priority for many Olympic qualified athletes. A silver medal was won by both James Goddard and Sophie Allen in the 200m IM. The latter set a new English record. The 2012 Mare Nostrum race series in June provided an opportunity for those already selected for the Olympic Games to refine race skills and strategies. As in previous years, the race series included meets in Barcelona, Canet and Monaco. British swimmers dominated in the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series securing a haul of 13 medals that included five golds. Double Olympic champion, Rebecca Adlington was a standout performer, winning gold in the 800m freestyle in a championship record. In the 400m individual medley, Hannah Miley (Garioch) and Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough) took gold and
bronze respectively. Georgia Davies cemented a strong performance in the women’s events winning the 100m backstroke. British Gas ITC Swansea team-mates Jazz Carlin and Jemma Lowe also secured medals. Chris Walker-Hebborn took gold in the 200m backstroke, two-and-a-half seconds ahead of silver. James Goddard (British Gas ITC Stockport) took gold in the 200m IM with Stockport team-mate David Carry winning silver in the 400m freestyle. Other medallists included Michael Jamieson (British Gas ITC Bath) who took the silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke. And in the men’s 200m butterfly, Britain’s swimmers added two more medals to their collective haul with a silver and bronze going to Roberto Pavoni (British Gas ITC Loughborough) and Matt Johnson (City of Sheffield). In Monaco, Fran Halsall and Lizzie Simmonds took a gold and silver medal each. The British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmers led the British contingent on the final day’s action which saw an impressive haul of medals. Simmonds won the 100m backstroke while Halsall
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struck gold in the 100m freestyle and was joined on the podium by Loughborough University’s Amy Smith who secured the bronze. Liam Tancock (British Gas ITC Loughborough) was again among the backstroke medals with silver in the 50m. Joseph Patching of Plymouth Leander ended the British haul with silver in the 200m backstroke. British swimmers won a total of 10 medals over the two-day meet in Canet. Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas ITC Loughborough) won two golds that
“Despite the lower than expected medal haul in London 2012, the Olympic cycle as a whole contained many significant positives for Swimming. Britain’s world market share progressed to a new high in 2012, indicating significant strength in depth in the talent pipeline.”
included a dominant performance in the 200m backstroke, winning by over three seconds. Other notable British performers included Liam Tancock and Chris Walker-Hebborn (British Gas Bath ITC) who secured gold and silver in the 50m backstroke. The post Games period comprised a number of international competition opportunities for British swimmers. The FINA World Cup series included five meets in October and November 2012 in Moscow, Stockholm, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore. British Swimming was represented in all competitions. Six swimmers won two medals in Berlin, including a gold for Sophie Allen in the 200m IM. Allen was also the pick of the six swimmers present in Tokyo, winning three medals (one gold and two silver). Five swimmers competed in Singapore, with final appearances in 12 events. Hannah Miley and Sophie Allen won medals in Stockholm with bronze medals in the 200m freestyle and 400m IM and silver in the 200m IM respectively. Sophie Allen also secured two medals in Moscow
with a silver in the 100m IM and bronze in the 200m IM. The European Short Course Championships 2012 took place in November in Chartres, France. The British Gas GBR swimming team comprised 17 swimmers. The team won five medals with notable performances from Hannah Miley who won a gold in the 400m IM and silver medals in the 800m freestyle and 200m IM. Aimee Wilmott (bronze, 800m freestyle) and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (bronze 100m IM) were the other medal winners. Miley’s time in the 400m IM was a European and championship record. Her performances secured two British records and three Scottish records. A team of 19 represented Great Britain at the World Short Course Championships 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. British Swimming had 13 finalists and won six medals. Hannah Miley repeated her gold medal winning performance in the 400m IM setting a new European record in the process. She backed this up with a bronze in the 200m IM. Michael Jamieson (200m breaststroke) and Fran Halsall (50m freestyle) both won silver medals. Jamieson’s time was a new British and Scottish record. Jemma Lowe won two bronze medals in the 100m and 200m fly. Her 200m swim was a Commonwealth and British record.
A team of 30 travelled to Antwerp, Belgium, for the 2012 European Junior Championships in July. The majority rose to the challenge of competing against the best in Europe, setting a record number
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“The majority rose to the challenge of competing against the best in Europe, setting a record number of personal bests (51) during the meet.”
of personal bests (51) during the meet. The swimmers made 43 finals and 46 semi-finals winning 19 medals, securing third place on the medal table (total medals) and matching the haul achieved in Belgrade 2011. The medal count included four gold and eight silvers. Standout individual performances included Matthew Johnson who won two gold (200m fly, 400m IM) and one silver (400m free), Molly Renshaw who won gold in the 200m breast, Joe Patching who won gold in the 200m back, Ross Murdoch who won two silver medals (50m breast, 200m breast) and Chloe Tutton who set a new Welsh senior record in claiming the bronze medal in the 400m IM. Development Programme swimmers narrowly missing out on selection for the Olympics were offered the opportunity to compete at the 2012 US Open in Indianapolis. A team of more than 20 British swimmers won six medals (one gold, two silver, three bronze) and reached 20 championship finals. Standout individual performances included Lauren Quigley who won silver medals in the 100m back and as part of the women’s 4x100m medley relay, and Matthew Johnson who won an individual bronze in the 800m free and gold as part of the men’s 4x200m free relay. A team of 48 athletes, comprising swimmers from the Development Programme, other upcoming juniors and five senior swimmers were scheduled to attend the Flanders Cup in Antwerp, Belgium during January 2013. The meet is a long-standing fixture in the development calendar. Unfortunately, adverse weather prevented many of those selected from attending. There were, though, some outstanding performances with several athletes winning multiple medals. Notable performances came from Lauren Quigley with gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke. Danielle Lowe took both medley golds (200m IM and 400m IM) as well as winning bronze in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Other multiple medal
winners included Stephen Milne, Max Litchfield, Russell Smith, Eleanor Faulkner, Rebecca Turner and Jessica Fullalove.
As in previous years, a World Class British Gas Development Programme orientation event was staged for athletes successfully nominated onto the programme. This took place in May in Bath and involved 10 athletes and 13 staff. This event provides an overview of the services and support available on the Podium Potential Programme and is particularly important for athletes new to the programme. In future years, starting with the orientation day on May 18 2013 for the 13-14 programme intakes, attendees will include parents and coaches of programme athletes. An experience camp was also staged for those athletes on the World Class Aspiring World Performers Programme in Edinburgh, in July. This enabled the 15 young aspiring athletes to experience some of the Olympic Games build up in and around Team GB. The camp programme included lunch with the Olympic squad and training session observation. Athletes were able to train at the University of Edinburgh during the team preparation camp, together with an opportunity to attend the Games themselves. Athletes were asked to produce a presentation at the end of the week on what they had learned and highlight areas they had identified within their own training performance for improvement. The annual World Class British Gas Development Programme Camp took place at Millfield School between October 14-20 and was attended by 21 athletes and 12 staff. This represents a coming together of all funded athletes on the programme for intensive training, educational sessions and wider lifestyle advice and guidance. The programme included pool and land based training sessions, orientation activities, lectures on kit policy and antidoping, performance lifestyle advice and an overview of sports
science and sports medicine services available to funded athletes. The camp was also an opportunity to pilot part of the curriculum for the nine-stage development pathway and provided five attending coaches with a continued professional development opportunity. the first British finisher. The 2012 European Junior Open Water Championships were staged in Turkey in July. Eight swimmers represented the British Gas GBR junior open water team in four of the five events. Bradley Lynch won a silver medal in the boy’s 5km event. The top female performer was Lucinda Campbell who finished sixth in the girls’ 5km. Great Britain finished fifth in the team trophy standings. The period following the Olympics included a busy schedule for our open water swimmers, both junior and senior. Building on their performances at the European Junior Championships, three of our top juniors contested the 2012 World Junior Open Water Championships in August. Although Great Britain didn’t win any medals, there were a number of notable performances. Bradley Lynch followed up his European silver with fourth place in the Youth Boy’s 5km race with Lucinda Campbell finishing eighth in the girl’s event. An open water talent camp was staged in France for Britain’s next generation of open water swimmers. Twenty-three young swimmers attended the race-train-race camp. Britain dominated the race series which was effectively a GB v France event. Over a 2.4km race in Sete, British swimmers filled the top seven places in the girl’s race and the top six finishers in the boy’s competition. The 5km races held in Redon saw a similar display of British dominance, with 11 of the first 12 finishes in the girl’s race from Britain. The boy’s results were similarly impressive with seven of the top 10 places going to British competitors. The senior calendar saw the 2012 European Open Water Championships staged post Olympics in September in Italy and a British Gas GBR team comprising of five swimmers. Thomas Sunter was the first British male home in 29th position. At the start of 2013, and in response to the London 2012 Performance Debrief that identified the need for greater exposure to tough international competition, our top open water swimmers raced at the FINA 10km World Cup events in Argentina and Brazil. In Santos, Jack Burnell was the highest place British finisher, coming home 17th from a field of 49 starters. The next event in Viedma saw vastly improved results with Jack Burnell finishing a
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British Gas International Swim Meet
March 2013 saw the launch of a brand new event to accompany a re-shuffle of the national events calendar and trials system. The later selection trials, to mirror the successful system in the USA, created a void in the event schedule. The new British Gas International took place in Leeds and comprised a 4-day programme. The competition served as the domestic benchmark meet for Podium Potential (formerly Development Programme) swimmers and the selection trials for the European Junior Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2013. Separate finals for junior qualifying swimmers allowed the spotlight to focus on the next generation of potential champions. All World Class Programme funded swimmers (with the exception of those ill/injured) competed at the meet.
Open Water Swimming
The Open Water calendar, aside from the Olympics, saw British swimmers participate internationally in a number of FINA World Cup events and LEN Championships. The LEN Cup in Israel is an event traditionally used by British swimmers in their annual preparation plans. Britain’s young women competitors produced a number of notable performances. Danielle Hall-Jackson, Lucinda Campbell and Kristina Neves finished second, third and fourth respectively in the 10km. A large contingent of British men took to the water for the men’s 10km race. Caleb Hughes and Thomas Sunter were the leading performers, finishing a creditable fifth and sixth in a 28-man field. The FINA 10km in Setubal, Portugal served as the Olympic qualifying meet. Dan Fogg and David Davies were racing for a place on Team GB. Dan Fogg secured his place on the team as
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creditable eighth, Tom Allen 10th and Tom Sunter finishing 11th. Rachel Williamson secured 15th place in the women’s race. Jamieson, fellow breaststroker Andrew Willis and World 10km Champion Keri-anne Payne.
National Squad activity
The start of the year saw an Olympic squad training camp held in London. As highlighted in last year’s report, this provided a key opportunity to get acquainted with the London Aquatics Centre facilities and layout ahead of the Games themselves. Following the Olympic Games and the outcome of the Performance Debrief, the national squad was disbanded. As we head into the new quadrennial, focus will turn to event specific squad activities and specific development events for coaches and staff. February 2013 saw the commencement of this new approach with the Target Rio weekend for coaches and sports science staff. 2013-2014 will see the introduction of a series of six eventbased camps bringing together the top senior swimmers in each event for focused and more bespoke training and development activity. These will be led by an appointed head coach and will include up and coming junior athletes. All will be onshore and held at British Gas ITCs or key programmes across the UK.
National Sprint Programme
2012 saw the introduction of the new National Sprint Programme located at Loughborough University under the guidance of James Gibson MBE. The programme is a key initiative for the new quadrennial cycle with a fundamental aim to improve Britain’s standing in sprint events. The programme includes world 50m backstroke champion Liam Tancock, world short course silver medallist Fran Halsall and Olympians Amy Smith and Grant Turner.
Club Support Programme
The Podium and Development Club initiative continued to operate in 2012-2013 with a proviso that a new programme will replace this in the new quadrennial cycle. A comprehensive review of club support was undertaken as part of the Project Rio planning process. A new programme of support will be considered for 2013-2014 onwards based on an evolving Performance Partnership Model of investment. Garioch Swimming Club, home to Hannah Miley; Glasgow, the training base for Robbie Renwick; and Nova, Rebecca Adlington’s club, all continued to be supported as British Swimming Podium Clubs. The Development Club programme supported a number of clubs who nurture some of Britain’s rising stars. Millfield, Manchester, and Plymouth continued to receive support. City of Sheffield and City of Cardiff were both supported via the Athlete Pathway Club recognition award.
Daily Training Environment ITC Network
British Swimming, in collaboration with a number of key partners, continued to operate five British Gas Intensive Training Centres (ITCs) strategically positioned across the UK (Loughborough, Bath, Swansea, Stirling and Stockport). Impact and performance continue to be monitored and the regime of six-monthly reviews continued. The impact and performance of ITCs formed a key theme within the Olympic Performance Debrief. As a result of this and budget reductions, 2013-2014 sees the reduction of the network to four centres with the closure of the Stockport ITC. The ITC network will continue to be reviewed during 2013-2014.
Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM)
The programme of research and innovation continues to develop and a number of partner projects provide analysis and assessment information to inform coaching and race strategy. The Starts and Turns Excellence Award initiative was set up in late 2011 and awards made to a number of programmes during 2012. A fundamental aim of the programme was to instil a culture of winning performance among the World Class Programme and ensure all elements of a swim, specifically starts and turns, are incorporated into the training programme. A key criteria in the assessment of awards was the extent of improvement in the 50m turn phase by athletes from 2010 Commonwealth Games to the 2011 World Championships. The top award was won by British Gas ITC Bath with British Gas ITC Stockport achieving second place. The focus on starts and turns continued into 2012-2013. The ongoing race analysis programme continues to build a significant database of starts and turns performance and provide information that can ultimately be used by coaches to improve athletes’ skills in these areas. Turn times improved from the British Gas Swimming Championships (selection trials) in March 2012 to the Olympic Games. Over half of swimmers who competed in both the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games successfully improved their starts and/or turns performance during this time. NEMO, the race analysis software, developed in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, continues to be developed and used extensively across the Programme. British Swimming extended its investment in starts and turns analysis, funding a further two years of PhD study to continue the evidence collation already in place. Further research was also commissioned into swimmer
Swimmer Friendly University Programme
The British Swimming Swimmer Friendly University programme continued to be developed through 2012-2013. The programme continues to focus on providing flexible support to elite athletes to combine swimming and study. In addition to awards previously made to Loughborough, Bath and Swansea, Stirling University was awarded gold status in 2012.
Altitude training continues to feature highly in the preparation plans for many of our middle and long distance swimmers. The British Gas Bath ITC camp held in Sierra Nevada represented the sixth British Swimming visit to the CAR high altitude training centre over the last three years, with previous visits by British Gas ITC Stockport and building on development camp activity prior to the Beijing Olympic Games. An altitude training strategy is currently being finalised to maximise the benefits across the World Class Programme. As part of this, a number of proposals have been discussed with the CAR centre operators and representatives of the Spanish government for enhancing the training environment. Additionally, British Swimming has invested in a number of hypoxic tents/room conversion kits to allow high altitude to be simulated. Several athletes benefited from these in the run up to the Games, including Olympic silver medallist Michael
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psychology in response to some of the Olympic Debrief findings. A three-year project with Loughborough University and other partners has been initiated to identify bespoke strategies to improve psychological preparedness and mental toughness. This will help identify specific performance psychology services that are required to instil mental toughness and maximise performances at major meets. British Swimming continued to work closely with the University of Southampton and the SwimSIM project entered its second year. Using a bespoke towing rig to analyse drag and streamlining, swimmers are recorded by underwater camera to provide analysis on speed, power and drag, body position and stroke to aid coaches in refining and improving body position and technique. The project is joint funded with UK Sport and has already won a number of innovation awards. 2013-14 will see an increasing number of orientation activities with coaches to ensure that the findings and analysis can be used more extensively within key daily training environments. Athlete self-management was identified as a key priority from the Olympic Debrief. An Athlete Self-Management Guide was developed to provide advice on best practice in a range of areas. All
funded athletes have or will receive a copy of this. Altitude training continued to be a focal area in 2012-2013. As already highlighted, the high altitude training centre in Sierra Nevada was once again a key venue for British Gas ITC training camps. An altitude training strategy is being developed and there was continued investment in hypoxic units and associated equipment during the year.
Athlete funding and support
Post-Olympics, the number of athletes on Podium level funding has reduced. Moving forward over the Rio cycle, up to 22 athletes will be awarded membership of the Podium Programme. At the same time, UK Sport has awarded a significantly increased number of Podium Potential (formerly Development) programme places. Sixty-five promising young swimmers will be funded and supported by the British Swimming Podium Potential Programme. This will inevitably reshape some of the World Class Programme in terms of camps, competitions and other support services in the next four years as we progress towards the Rio Games.
2012-2013 continued to see the delivery of a number of key projects aimed at strengthening programme delivery overall, improving the focus and targeting of services, maximising resources in terms of efficiency and effectiveness and creating a seamless athlete pathway.
The Talent Directorate, established in 2011, continued to operate during 2012-2013 ensuring there was an effective forum for discussing strategic and technical matters affecting the World Class Programme and Home Country Talent programmes. The Talent Directorate comprises of representation from the performance leads in Scotland, Wales and England and has led the development of the criteria and attributes to be included in a new athlete profiling, performance planning and assessment model. Known as AIMs (Action Improvement and Monitoring), this has been piloted and refined accordingly.
Athlete assessment and performance planning
A new process for athlete performance planning and monitoring was developed to address a number of recommendations arising from the Olympic Games Performance Debrief. AIMs (Action Improvement and Monitoring) comprises of an assessment and monitoring toolkit providing an holistic framework within which to profile athletes and consistently plan action required to progress towards agreed performance targets. AIMs will be a ‘live’ process commencing with a performance assessment and target setting for the three-year period running up to the Rio Games and includes
assessment and monitoring of a number of attributes/components of high performance. Discussions are underway to develop a comprehensive database on which to store and collate AIMs data, coupled with other existing data about athletes. It will cover all WCP funded pool and open water athletes and be phased into use during 2013. The profiling element of AIMs was used to long-list athletes for nomination onto the Podium Potential (formerly Development level) Programme for the start of the Rio cycle. The process will be used to identify and target bespoke services for athletes. fit for purpose for swimming in Great Britain and all associated stakeholders to deliver the desired performance and system outcomes for 2020 and beyond. Eight key elements have been identified which have differing levels of emphasis within the three primary delivery environments for teaching and coaching. Specific resources are required to implement the findings of the review and it is likely that 2013-2014 will see significant progress in addressing key recommendations.
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England Talent Integration
The England Talent Integration Group continues to plan and implement the integration of the England Talent programme and delivery at a World Class Programme level. A number of steps have been agreed and reporting and decision-making structures put in place. The principles of a seamless pathway are in place and have been built into the AIMs model, elements of which are to be used at the England Talent level. Some areas of programme administration have been streamlined and integrated within World Class Operations and some restructuring of the Talent Team is planned.
Long term athlete development (LTAD) review
A comprehensive review of the LTAD model in swimming and disability swimming was completed. Led by a steering group with representation from British Swimming, the ASA, Swim Wales, Scottish Swimming and the British Swimming Coaches Association (BSCA), with external consultancy support, the review was completed over a six-month period. The process encompassed consultation with coaches, clubs, swim teachers and internal stakeholders culminating in a detailed report and implementation plan. This has implications for the delivery of swimming teaching and coaching at all levels. The review concluded that, overall, the current LTAD model has had a positive impact on swimming in Great Britain. However, the review identified a number of weaknesses and inaccuracies and, some ten years after first publication, the current model no longer represents best practice. Similarly, the landscape within which the performance element of the sport in Great Britain is delivered has changed, something which needs to be recognised within the framework going forward. Overall, it was recommended that the existing LTAD model is evolved into and replaced by, a new overarching framework for the whole sport to work to, rather than a tightly prescribed model. The new framework will provide a clear, unified approach that is
Swim Edinburgh Pilot Performance Programme
A pilot investment project ran from April 2012 – March 2013, comprising World Class Programme investment in equipment, sports science and Coach CPD activity to support and add value to the new high performance project in Edinburgh. Operating from the newly refurbished Commonwealth Pool, the programme has provided dedicated pool time to swimmers from the three partner clubs. A number of key performance indicators were established to measure the impact of investment on raising overall standards and in improving the expertise of coaches. The learning from the programme has been used to provide a blueprint for future club investment.
Olympic Performance Debrief
Following a lower than expected medal total at the London 2012 Olympic Games, British Swimming undertook a comprehensive Performance Debrief exercise. This was led by a panel of internal and external representatives, took place through September and October 2012 and followed an agreed six-phased methodology comprising statistical analysis and range of iterative consultation activities with more than 80 stakeholders. Overall, the review concluded that the World Class Programme is broadly delivering its objectives and has the right programme elements, initiatives and systems in place. However, a number of thematic areas where there were some shortcomings in leadership, in delivery, or where systems and processes in place did not function as well as they should have, particularly over the final period of the quadrennial cycle were identified. Although there was no one single factor responsible for shortfalls in London, weaknesses in coach and technical leadership, limited athlete performance planning and monitoring, concerns about selection processes and too few appropriate competition opportunities were identified as some of the core areas to address in the future. A consolidated action plan has been developed capturing all actions agreed from the Performance Debrief and other review and evaluation work during the course of the year.
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Melanie Marshall (City of Derby) and Richard Blackshaw (Stockport Metro) continue to participate in the UK Sport Elite Coach Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP). They were joined on the 2012 intake, by Nathan Hilton after a detailed application, short-listing and interview process.
David McNulty, Head Coach at the British Gas ITC in Bath, has been selected to participate in the first UK Sport World Class Coaching Elite Programme. The course comprises a groundbreaking three-year development allowing access to world leading expertise, technology and experiences in a bespoke format programme. Thirty-two coaches, 16 Sports Science and Medicine staff, and 11 World Class Programme support staff attended the Target Rio weekend in February 2013. The event doubled as an awareness raising event following on from the Olympic Performance Debrief and an opportunity for coach and staff development. Bob Bowman, coach to Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympian of all time), delivered two presentations and led a practical pool based session. These sessions provided some guidance on starts and turns, including practical drills, biomechanical considerations and lessons from his own experience. A specific session was delivered on managing preparation between a late trials and a major championship, including details on training schedules for many of the top USA swimmers. Inigo Mujika, a world leading sports scientist and specialist in double tapering, delivered a session aimed at generating discussion among British coaches about the challenges and considerations in preparing for peak performance with late trials and double taper. A learning paper on preparation for a late trials and double peaking was circulated to key stakeholders. This captures the key considerations for coaches and staff. As in previous years, a programme of Coach Development workshops was organised in Swansea, Stirling and Loughborough. Eighteen coaches attended the workshop in Stirling where sessions included an insight into best practice when travelling with a national team, a focus on sprint freestyle and peer discussion on training sets. The Swansea workshop involved 20 coaches, with sessions focused on the use of stroke rates in training and consideration to the key differences between age, youth and senior swimming. Seventeen coaches were involved in the Loughborough workshop which had a focus on strength and conditioning in home programmes, athlete self-management, practical pool session analysis considerations and guidance on developing a seasonal plan.
Former world champion James Gibson MBE was appointed in December 2012 as the Sprint Coach to head up the new national Sprint Programme at Loughborough University. He joined British Swimming from his coaching role at the CN Marseille club, one of French Swimming’s High Performance Centres. The commencement of the Rio cycle sees a change in leadership of the programme. Chris Spice commenced his tenure as National Performance Director in April 2013, arriving following successful stints at the helm of Basketball, Hockey and as Performance Director for the RFU. Bill Furniss also joined the programme in April as Head Coach, providing leadership and mentoring to ITC staff and coaches of WCP funded athletes across the club network. Mike Peyrebrune, previously funded to work closely with Bill and Rebecca Adlington at Nova Centurion, commenced work as a Technical Consultant providing additional technical guidance and advice to the programme.
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“David McNulty, Head Coach at the British Gas ITC in Bath, has been selected to participate in the first UK Sport World Class Coaching Elite Programme.”