Author: Mark Procter

Local Player Robyn Greenslade signs for Indiana University on a four year Water Polo Scholarship

Robyn yesterday signed to join Indiana University on a four year Water Polo Scholarship. 

Robyn is looking forward to training with her new team, and their world class coaches; in a wonderful facility in addition to studying at a first class University. 

There are so many people to thank, especially some very special team mates over the years who will remain friends for life and all the coaches who have showed so much Confidence in Robyn, and supported her every step of the way especially her club coaches:

Doug Litt who was Robyn’s first coach, the team at the Devonport National League side, Theo Nousios, Nick Buller at Otter and Phil Shears and Phil Whiting at Newton Abbot.

Robyn has had a fantastic National Career being in teams that have won two Regional and two National Age Championships as well as a Super Fives Championship; Internationally she has represented England at all age groups levels and GB at three European Championships; she now is very much looking forward to her time with Indiana.

Finally Robyn would like to thank everyone who has helped her reach this very special goal.

Hy Tek files for the Devon county championships/ age groups and the distance events

I have attached the Hy Tek files for the Devon county championships/ age groups and the distance events.

The closing date for all entries are 10th December any entries received after this date will be rejected. Please make sure all parents are aware of this and also all entries must come from your club I will not except individual entries.

I do not wish to reject any entries so please make sure that I receive all the correct information required for entry into competitions.

It is the clubs responsibility to check all entries and make sure they conform to the Devon County Conditions which you all have incorrect entries will be sent back to you and not processed.

Regards

Jeanette

Devon ASA Talent Camp

The final talent skills camp took part at Mount Kelly on the 14thOctober 2018. The selected swimmers have come from clubs across the county and have been selected from those 11 year old swimmers that performed well at this year’s championships, in total 12 clubs were represented. The talent camps are a combination of pool and gym sessions as well as a classroom session and are targeted at enhancing and improving swimming skills as well as making new friends.

The gym sessions were led by Alicia Parsons, one of the skills coaches, and focussed on exercises that would be useful to swimmers in the pools. On the final day the two pool sessions were based on skills for butterfly and breaststroke and as on the other two days focussed around streamlining, body position, underwater skills and transition into the stroke. Although as always there was time for some very exciting and competitive relays at the end of the second session.

The subject of the classroom session was Nutrition and its impact on growth, health and exercise. This was presented by Dominic Woolridge a senior swimmer from Exeter Swimming club who is also a medical student who was able to provide information from several points of view and it was good to see the young swimmers become so involved with the discussion.

It was clear to see some definite improvements in the swimmers especially in there underwater work between the first session in April and the last one in October which was very much the ethos behind all the camps. All the swimmers took an active part in the pool, gym and class room sessions and it was good to see so many young athletes obviously enjoying learning about new things. The Head Coach, Neil Shire would like to pass on special thanks to the skills coaches – David Dennis (Okehampton) , Neil West (Torquay) , Alicia Parsons (Plymouth) , Louis Joyce(Exeter) and John Bishop (Exeter) as well as the Team Managers – Emma Doulton (Plymouth) and Clare Hatherley (Exeter) who made the days run smoothly. A big thanks also to Karen Adams (Okehampton) who did the organisation for the camps.

Neil Shire

British Masters kit on sale now

The HCMSMG are proud to announce the sale of Tyr British Masters Kit.

British Masters generic kit consists of a Training Jacket, T shirt and two different coloured swim caps.

There is also a European Masters T shirt specifically for the LEN Masters European Championships 2018

In order to ensure your kit arrives before you fly off to Slovenia the pre-ordering window is Monday 28 May until Sunday 17 June. In order to ensure you don’t miss out please order your kit as soon as possible.

You can order your kit at the Tyr partnership website: nessswimwear

British Masters National Championships Results

Over 700 masters from all over Britain turned out to compete in the British Masters National Championships over the weekend in the Plymouth Life Centre. 

The three-day event turned out to be a great success with many swimmers praising the venue, the organisation and the friendliness and efficiency of the officials.

A big vote of thanks must to go to the many Devon officials who gave up their time to volunteer to help out over the weekend.

Thank you so much to all of you.

It was great to see so many friendly faces on poolside.  

Having this event on our doorstep was a fantastic opportunity for Devon swimmers to compete in a National event, without having to travel too far and happily many took advantage of this.  

Well done and thank you, to all who took part and helped make it such a memorable weekend

Cupar Trophy Top Club

Devon Results

Devon ASA Talent Camp

The first of the talent camp days was held at Mount Kelly on the 22ndApril 2018. The event was attended by 24 swimmers that had been selected following the Devon Championships and 8 staff to support the swimmers. In total 12 clubs from across the county were represented.

The day consisted of a one hour gym session which focussed on Fundamental Movement Skills such as coordination, throwing, jumping and balance. There were two one hour pool sessions, held in the 25m pool, where the focus was very much on skills such as streamlining, aquatic alignment, underwater skills and transition into the stroke, although there was still time for a very exciting skills relay at the end of the second session. A one hour presentation was given in the afternoon on Effective Stroke Technique by Head Coach, Neil Shire, which was attended by both swimmers and parents.

The objective of the day was not only to pass on high standards of skills and behaviours to the swimmers that can be taken back to their home programmes but also to develop the skills and knowledge of the support staff of coaches and team managers. British Swimming very much see these days as the first step along the development pathway of both swimmers and support staff. Two further talent days with the same swimmers and support staff is planned for July and October.

 

Newton Abbot Waterpolo Club claims national title

Newton Abbot Under 17 girls’ Waterpolo team followed up last year’s Under 15s to win the 2018 National title.

Newton Abbot defeated a strong London Otter side 9-6 to take the title in front of a full house at the Manchester Aquatic Centre last weekend. Otter, who beat the Devon side 2 years ago to take the under 15 title could not match the speed, power and superior technique of the Newton side.
The improvement in the Newton Abbot team shocked the opposition throughout this year’s competition.  The players and team improved throughout the rounds and although not having lost a game in the qualifying rounds still went into finals weekend as underdogs for the title.

The Newton team sent a strong message to the other semi finalists with a convincing win over Cheltenham in the semi-finals, whilst in the other semi-final round Otter beat a strong Tyldesley team.

The final took place on Sunday with London Otter at full strength with five England players in their starting seven. Newton took an early lead which they held to half time in a very tight first half. In the third quarter Otter came back to lead the game 6-5 for the first time. Going into the final quarter the  Newton coaches refocused the team on their defensive structure and the transition in to offence.

This resulted in Newton Abbot scoring four unanswered goals in the last quarter to take the title 9-6.

Coaches Sue Webb and Phil Shears were delighted with the team’s performance and the national title, and joined players in the pool as the final whistle blew.

Phil said: “It is impossible to single out any one individual as all 12 players were outstanding throughout the competition. The support and encouragement they gave each other was incredible and proved invaluable in the early rounds when they ground out hard fought victories against Sheffield, Rotherham and Cheltenham.

“Although South West players had been largely overlooked by the England coaching set-up, following this weekend’s competition all the Newton players have been invited to trial for the England squad in either May or June – only one of the players having been previously selected for the squad.

“As a club, Newton Abbot has been building towards this for four years, and the support of sponsors three years ago allowed the club to invest in the players and enter the competitions. Special thanks must go to Ian Woolley IW dental laboratories, Centrax Gas Turbines and Ian Manley of SafeMark Roadmarking Limited, without whose support we would never have achieved the national titles.”

http://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/otter-newton-abbot-win-national-titles/

Regional Masters

Congratulations to Kalon Veale of Totnes SC, the winner of the Regional Masters Trophy for 2017. Kalon scored 6240 points to take 10th slot in the National Decathlon competition.
 
Totnes men’s team consisting of Kalon, Levin and Simon Veale and Dan John also had a successful year nationally, coming second in the men’s team event.