Pentaqua swimmers train with Rebecca Adlington

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30 Oct 2012

Three youngsters from a local swimming club were given the opportunity to train with Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Adlington last week.

Katie Gilman-Abel (13), Emily Gilman-Abel (9) and Tilly Marsland (9) from City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club were part of a group of competitive swimmers from around the UK who attended a swim camp in Derbyshire with Rebecca and Lincolnshire Olympic swimmer Melanie Marshall.

The intensive day included four hours in the pool, working on stroke techniques, streamlining, starts and turns. The two pool sessions were broken up by a land training session, led by Bob Smith, Land Training Adviser to Team GB for the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London. This included a series of warm up strengthening routines, completing tumble turn on the gym floor and finishing with exercises to prevent injury and tiredness.

Tilly Marsland said:

I learnt so much from the swim camp – I will take it back to the club and put it into practice when I swim.

Whilst Rebecca shared practical ideas for pre and post training snacks, and recommendations for a nutritional and balanced diet, the parents at the event were given the opportunity to discuss the highs and lows of being a swimming parent with Kay Adlington, Rebecca’s mum.

Vince Gilman-Abel, coach at City of Lincoln Pentaqua swimming club and swimming parent, said: “I have gained some great ideas from today which I’m looking forward to including in sessions with my squad. It really has been an inspirational day.”

Rachel Belcher, Swimming Development Officer for Lincolnshire at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Rebecca Adlington and local swimmer Melanie Marshall are two of the greats in British swimming. Camps such as these are a unique opportunity for swimmers to gain knowledge and learn from the best in their field – it sounds like the youngsters involved had a great time.”

For more information about City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club, visit or call 07952 552 090.



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