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Performing Well Week deemed engaging, challenging and fun by athletes

Swim England’s Performing Well Week has been deemed ‘challenging, fun, and enjoyable’ by the athletes who took part.

The interactive week of workshops was ran by Swim England’s DISE and Talent Teams and was available to athletes across all four disciplines.

The sessions included yoga and mindfulness sessions, live cook alongs, HIIT workouts, quizzes, mental wellbeing and Q&A’s with elite athletes.

Rachel Bayley, head of performance operations, said: “The Performing Well Week was designed specifically with the health and wellbeing of our DiSE and talent pathway athletes in mind.

“We wanted to provide some light relief from the pressures of school work and personal challenges of dealing with a pandemic, which has been different for everyone.

“We have focused on physical, nutritional and mental wellbeing, with sessions that get the body moving, thinking, and recovering. We wanted to share with the athletes that performing well outside of the water is as important as performing well in the water.

“It has been brilliant to see so many young people choose to join us and, for me, there is no greater joy than seeing young people laugh and have fun, even in some of the toughest circumstances, which is what our sport does so well.

“The talent teams here at Swim England across all the aquatic disciplines have collaborated on putting together a great week and I hope all that were involved found something of value”.

‘Varied, engaging and interesting’

Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor led the yoga and mindfulness session while Swim England performance nutritionist, Jasmine Campbell, and DiSE assessor and former chef, Rob Hopkins, showed the athletes how to make a delicious stir-fry.

A £20 voucher was up for grabs in a quiz and personal trainer Sam Richards put the athletes to their paces with a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout.

Swim England sports psychologist Hannah Stoyel and Swim England sports science sports medicine manager Diane Elliott delivered a mental-wellbeing session.

To wrap up the week, elite athletes Yona Knight-Wisdom, Sarah Barrow and Daniella Lloyd took part in a Q&A session

Hundreds of athletes took part in the sessions across the week and said they were ‘challenging, fun, varied, engaging, interesting, and enjoyable’.

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