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Inside December 2015 Swimming Times

Swimming Times is the official magazine of the ASA and British Swimming. Read about the latest issue below. Click on the buttons to reveal the story.

News round-up

  • Former world champions Keri- anne Payne and Liam Tancock have had their Lottery funding restored by UK Sport – and Payne celebrated by winning gold in a world event just four days later. Payne, who lost her funding in 2013 after taking a break from swimming, showed a glimpse of the form that won her Olympic marathon silver in 2008 by winning the FINA Marathon World Cup 10k event in Hong Kong.
  • Otter ’01s are the new ASA under 15 girls’ champions after winning the national age group tournament in Manchester at the first attempt. The debutants started in some style, dispatching 2014 champions City of Manchester 21-1 in their first group A game.
  • British and European Games platform champion Lois Toulson thwarted a Chinese clean sweep of the gold medals at the FINA Grand Prix in Singapore. China won nine of the 10 golds on offer but the 16-year-old from City of Leeds spoiled the monopoly by winning the 10m platform prelim and semi-final and then the final with a score of 345.25.

To read more news click here to buy the December 2015 issue of Swimming Times. 

Samir Barac 

Samir Barac, who captained Croatia to Olympic gold at London 2012, talks about his recent visit to Britain, when he became the most decorated player to play in the BritishWater Polo League – and scored four goals for Watford

How did you come to be in Britain and what were you doing here?

The aim of my visit was to inspire young players and grow interest in the sport across the UK. I have been visiting schools, taking part in training exercises and playing alongside the teams in matches, all in the hope of making them feel even more passionate about the game. I am here to promote water polo and I consider it my duty to give something back to the sport that has given me so much.

What do you think of the level of talent at the club?

The youngest age groups are very good, similar to the ability we see in Croatia. This highlights the need to keep water polo in the spotlight so they get the support they need to keep developing.

To read more from Samir click here to buy the December 2015 issue of Swimming Times.  

London calling 

Central London used to be an area of under-achievement in competitive swimming but Chelsea and Westminster SC have turned the tide.

‘It kills me,’ says Bram Montgomery, head coach of burgeoning London club Chelsea and Westminster, of the number of keen swimmers he must currently turn away. ‘It’s really difficult to see all those kids coming along only to be told they’re not good enough, which is so far from the truth,’ Montgomery adds.

Like many British clubs, Chelsea and Westminster (CWSC) face a constant battle for more pool time to satisfy the demand for competitive swimming. ‘We could start a new club every week with the kids coming to trial sessions and that’s without any advertising. We are missing a big, big chunk of the population.’

An even larger number of children could have been lost to the sport had not coaches and parents pulled off a logistical Houdini act when two of the club’s three main training pools closed for refurbishment.

Discover more about CWSC click here to buy the December 2015 issue of Swimming Times.  

Music tempo 

Does music tempo really have an impact on sprint swimming performance, asks Lincoln Vulcans head coach Michael Glossop

After reading the ‘Tools of the Trade’ article in October’s edition of Swimming Times, readers may be interested to know exactly how music can affect performance.

My study aimed to observe the effects of music tempo on sprint swimming performance in male and female elite swimmers.

Sprint time in the fast-tempo music condition was significantly faster than in the slow-tempo condition. Average male sprint time in the fast-tempo condition was 30.05sec compared to 30.40sec in the slow-tempo condition. For females, the averages were 32.37sec and 33.45sec respectively.

To read more about the study and its finding click here to buy a copy of the December 2015 issue of Swimming Times.  

Red rose rules 

Yorkshire were hoping for an upset but arch-rivals Lancashire won their 14th consecutive title at the ASA County Team Championships

When Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, it brought to an end the Wars of the Roses with victory for the House of Lancaster over their Yorkist foes.

At Ponds Forge on October 18, 2015, Lancashire again saw off their legion of challengers to claim their 14th consecutive title at the ASA National County Team Championships.

Full coverage of the champs can be found in the December 2015 issue of Swimming Times, click here to get yours. 

Unfinshed business 

Her record-breaking times were the masters phenomenon of 2015 – but there may be even more to come from Emma Gage, says Verity Dobbie.

‘I’m not sure what the collective noun is for a group of Emmas but I first met 26- year-old Emma Gage and her support crew (confusingly known as Emma and Em!) in Kazan in August as we were all patiently standing in line, enduring the most bureaucratic and unnecessary accreditation system that man has ever devised.

I struck up a conversation with them and while I was switched on enough to realise that I’d just reported on Emma’s British masters record at Manchester in the 50m fly, I was blissfully unaware that the rather tall and quietly spoken swimmer I’d just encountered would turn out to be the swimming phenomenon of the 16th FINA World Masters Championships.

You can read more about Emma in December's Swimming Times, click here to buy a copy.

Feel the water 

Nervous swimmer Jane Byle signs up for a Miracle Swimming Beginner course – and shares her daily diary detailing progress and setbacks alike.

‘Having failed to grasp some of the basics from conventional swimming teaching methods, I have been a nervous swimmer for many years. I usually only swim widths in the shallow end of pools during family holidays and always check the depth of the water, ensuring there’s no sudden plunge into the deep end.

My short story, ‘Just Let Go’, was published in the January edition of Swimming Times. It highlighted how a past incident, during an attempt to water-ski, had added to my underlying fear of deep water.

Sarah Manns contacted me through Swimming Times and invited me to try a Miracle Swimming Beginner course which she runs in Surrey. Following a lot of deliberation and reading of information on the website (www.swimmingwithconfidence.co.uk), I booked onto the April course.

To find out how Jane fared click here to buy a copy of the December 2015  Swimming Times.   

Honesty Box   

Gina Logan, the former Scottish ASA president and Scotland team manager, reveals that she cried after Glasgow 2014 and what she has in common with Roger Federer

If I could bring about change, I would... There are so many things in the world I want to change but within the limits of this feature, I would give the working group looking into why the numbers of those participating in sport is decreasing a very easy answer: cost. As chairman of our local community sports hub, my most difficult task is trying to get facilities for local clubs at affordable prices – be it football, rugby or swimming.

Nobody knows this but... I don’t particularly like swimming. I love

teaching and coaching swimming but I don’t like actually having to swim myself. I blame this on my early experiences in water. As the youngest of four, my first memory is of holding hands in a circle and, on ‘One-two-three’, being told to go under the water. And what happens when you are the smallest? You go down deepest.

The biggest lesson life has taught me is... to grab every opportunity life gives you. My father told us that life is for real, it is not a dress rehearsal. You are only here once so make the most of it.

To hear more from Gina click here to buy the December 2015 issue.  

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