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34 Swimmers from the England Talent National Development Squad, travel to Cyprus on the 18th April, for a week’s intensive training. The athletes, chosen for the English talent programme because of good club performances, will be taking part in a training camp with pool sessions, land work and video analysis, to look at ways of improving their performance.

The offshore camp is the final phase in this year’s Level 3 talent programme, following on from previous camps at Loughborough in September and a joint training camp and competition with Canada at Sunderland in January.

So far during the programme they have been learning about performance enhancing techniques like race analysis and peak lactate testing, which can demonstrate if a swimmer’s warm-down is removing lactate from their muscles. All of the procedures are explained to the athletes before they take place to make sure they are fully aware of the reasons behind the tests.

They have also undergone health screening that has included blood test profiles to assess general health, physiotherapy screening to assess and improve flexibility and core strength and cardiac tests, which can rule out some of the problems that lead to 12 young people dying every week in the UK during sport from sudden death syndrome.

These tests are those that British Swimming use for their elite athletes, the benefit is that the testing can stop them getting injured and prevent problems because the athletes are so young, as well as offering them a chance to improve performance.”

Dave Legge, the ASA’s Talent Delivery Manager, said: “This is the third training camp for these youngsters and follows on from joint camp with the Canadian team, which worked really well. I am sure they will enjoy the experience.

"The whole programme is designed to enhance the athletes training and competition experiences in preparation for the European Youth Olympics in Turkey, the European Junior Championships in Serbia and the World Youth Championships in Peru during the summer of 2011.

"It is also part of their long term development as these athletes could potentially form a large part of the 2016 Olympic team in Rio," concluded Dave Legge.

The Talent Squad members travelling to Cyprus are:

Athlete Name Club
Sam  Horrocks City of Manchester
Thomas Moss Stockport Metro
Thomas Barton City of Liverpool
Adam  Ingledew Hatfield
Adam  Rowe Royal Wolverhampton
Felix Samuels Camden Swiss Cottage
Grace Vertigans    Plymouth Leander
Ryan Tomkins Team Ipswich
Rebecca Cole Royal Wolverhampton
Rachel  Martin  Nova
Rachel  Williamson Kingston upon Hull
Poppy Ingelson Norwich
Michael Gunning Beckenham
Megan Davies Gallica
Matthew Parks City of Manchester
Marcella Aris St Felix
Lucy Davies Gallica
Lucy Emmerson City of Leeds
Lauren  Quigley City of Manchester
Kristina Neves Guernsey SC
Joseph Poynter Millfield
Jordan Theaker Gallica
Jonathan Carlisle Sunderland
Joel Knight Millfield
Jessica  Chadwick Gallica
Jessica  Lloyd Manchester
Jessica Fullalove City of Manchester
Harry Needs Nova
Elena Sheridan Romford Town
Georgina Evans City of Liverpool
Danielle  Hall-Jackson City of Leeds
Chris Steeples Derventio
Charlotte Bradbury Bolton Metro
Caleb Hughes Hatfield


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