Successful DiSE training camp ends with impressive top club awardFebruary 15, 2023
The recent DiSE training camp in Dubai has been hailed as a success after the swimmers secured the top open club award at the Middle East Open and Junior Championships (MEOJC).
The team were welcomed in Dubai by Hamilton Aquatics, one of the nations’ leading swimming clubs, to their home training facility at the Hamdan Sports Complex for three days of high-intensity training before taking part in the Championships for a further three days.
The group of 75 swimmers alongside an impressive team of coaches and Swim England support staff flew out to Dubai on Tuesday 7 February with the competition taking place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12.
And it was a successful three days of racing for the team where they amassed 56 medals and were named the top visiting club at the competition.
The medals were evenly spread with 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze after some impressive performances throughout the squad.
Overall the team were second in the standings behind the hosts, Hamilton Aquatics Dubai, with England scoring 905 points in total for their performances.
The experience also gave numerous members of the group new opportunities such as taking part in post-race interviews to help prepare them for the transition into senior swimmers.
A special congratulations goes to Amelia Riggott who was awarded the top female swimmer at the event.
She won gold in the 50m breaststroke event, setting the fastest time with a 31.87.
‘Fantastic to witness’
Tom McManus, Swim England’s National Talent Officer, commented on the success of the camp.
He said: “The trip was incredibly successful and it was great to be a part of.
“It was fantastic to witness the athletes perform to such a high standard both in training and in competition.
“We hope each of the swimmers found the trip both beneficial and enjoyable to be involved in and that they took a lot from the experience.
“Thank you to Hamilton Aquatics for welcoming us and organising the event that gave the athletes so many learning opportunities both in and out of the pool.”
You can catch the full results from the event here.
The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is an industry-leading, two-year programme that aims to harmoniously combine the studies and high-performance training of athletes across each aquatic sport.
The programmes’ extensive alumni include many inspirational athletes such as Adam Peaty, Rebecca Adlington, Alice Dearing and Jessica-Jane Applegate.