Swimming stars of the future are to battle it out against Canada

Jan 7 2011

The swimming stars of the future are to battle it out against Canada’s young talent – and see if the sports science screening they have undergone can give them the edge.

The 37-strong squad, who are all part of the ASA’s National Talent programme powered by British Gas and aged 13 and over, will be competing against the Canadian squad and a select Northern England team during the Tri-Meet tomorrow and Sunday at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre.

The 18 girls and 19 boys will take part in a full Olympic programme over the two days and will be out to show improvement and put themselves in contention to represent Britain later this year.

Dave Legge, the ASA’s Talent Delivery Manager, said: “The philosophy is to give them long course (50m) race experience because if all goes to plan the majority of the youngsters should be part of the European Junior team.

“The large percentage have taken a big step forward in their overall technical ability and fitness since the first training camp in September.

“What I’m looking for from the weekend is for them to gel as a team and for them to stand up and race fast when they haven’t been rested or tapered.”

Sport Science

The athletes, chosen for the English talent programme because of good club performances, have also been taking part in a training camp earlier in the week (Tuesday to Friday) with pool sessions, land work and sport science tests and guidance to assess their health and look at ways of improving their performance.

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.

 “Sport science is a massive part of any sport these days," said Diane Elliot, the ASA’s Physiotherapy and Sports Science Co-ordinator.

“These tests are those that British Swimming use for their elite athletes so it a chance for us to prepare these youngsters for what it would be like to go to a major event and make sure they are not worried about it and know what to expect. 

“The other 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.”

Nick Sellwood, the ASA’s Head Talent Development, said: “This is the second training camp for these youngsters and it’s been a joint camp with the Canadian team, which is a really innovative idea and it’s working really way. Plus I am sure it means the meet at the weekend will be highly competitive!”

Results from the meet can be seen by clicking here.

The English Talent team competing is:

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


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