As we prepare to welcome more than 600 competitors to Gloucester for the British Gas National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships, we caught up with synchronised swimming development coach Sarah Speers to ask what a typical day is like as a coach…
My busiest day is probably a Thursday because as well as my usual work, I have a morning and evening training session which I really enjoy, but it means the day is quite long!
I get up and have breakfast before heading to the pool to set up the equipment for training.
The first session of the day is with England Talent junior athletes Rebecca Richardson and Greta Hampson. We practice the England junior routine before the 13/14 and senior squad arrive for training at 5.30am. We’ll then spend time going through stamina and techniques before focusing on figures, solo and duet routines.
The athletes head to school while I go to the office to go through emails and prepare lessons. At the moment I’m focusing on the 2015 season plan so am spending time looking at squads and budgets. We’re also preparing for a new round of school talent identification days which is really exciting, so I’m busy sorting out those as well.
I generally head to the gym at around midday before going home for a few hours. I’m in the middle of my tutor training so I’ll try to fit in some study time before heading to the pool for evening training.
Back at the pool I prepare for the beginners training session at 7.30pm. It’s really great to be involved with grassroots synchronised swimming – seeing people experience synchro for the first time and try out the moves is really exciting.
With training finished and all the equipment tidied away, I head home for bed!
Sarah will be at Gloucester with 31 athletes from City of Leeds. Sarah is looking forward to seeing how the athletes have developed through the year.
“This time of year the swimmers are really focused,” said Sarah. “We don’t increase the number of training sessions in the build-up to a competition, but we do focus more on high intensity swims and performance routines.
“It will be great to see how all the athletes do, especially the England Talent girls who will be part of the display team on Friday.”