Category: Swimming

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

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.


Devon Claim 2nd at 2017 Inter County Championships – Report

Following promotion to Division 1 last year, the Devon County Team consisting of swimmers from Mount Kelly, Plymouth Leander, Dartmoor Darts, Devonport and Paignton, surprised their competitors at the 2017 Inter County Championships in Sheffield storming to 2nd place – Devon’s best ever result in the history of the competition!

Devon started strong with a victory in the first event of the day courtesy of Mount Kelly’s Athena Clayson in the 16/17 Years 100m Freestyle. This was backed up by a further 9 Top 5 individual finishes from Cameron Williams in the 12/13 Years 100m Breaststroke (2nd), Sam Dailley in the 16/17 Years 100m Butterfly (3rd), Savanna Best in the 16/17 Years 100m Breaststroke (3rd), Kaylee Dekker in the 14/15 Years 100m Freestyle (4th), Reid Jones in the 14/15 Years 100m Butterfly (4th) and 100m Freestyle (5th), Honey Osrin in the 14/15 Years 100m Backstroke (4th) Tegan Drew in the 16/17 Years 100m Backstroke (5th) and Ra’eez Warley in the 14/15 Years 100m Backstroke (5th)

Going into the final relay events Devon were in 4th place in a battle with Lancashire and Scotland West for a podium finish. However, this is where Devon really came in to their own and the teams rallied together recording wins in both the Male 16/17 Years Medley Relay (Harry Noble, Ollie Taverner, Sam Dailley, James Watson) and Female 16/17 Years Medley Relay (Athena Clayson, Savanna Best, Tegan Drew and Madelyn Moore) to elevate the team to 3rd with only the 6×50 Freestyle Cannon remaining.

Devon finished the competition as they had started, swimming to an emphatic victory in the Mixed 6 x 50 Freestyle Relay consisting of James Watson, Reid Jones, Aiden Symons-Brown, Ella Bardgett, Kaylee Dekker and Madelyn Moore. This result ensure Devon finished a brilliant 2nd place only just behind last year’s winners Yorkshire.

Other swimmers contributing to the success of the Devon Team this year were: Bella Hodges, Emily Morgan-Hughes, Oriana Noel, Hubert Gdaniec, Edward Brown, David O’Loughlin, Georgina Dennis, Lana Broekhoven, Duru Tanir, Sandor Apponyi, Ben Fannon and Ben Harrison.

Thanks also go to the County Staff for their contribution to this great result for Devon:

Greg King (Head Coach), Glen Currie (Assistant Coach), Lynn Rayment (Team Manager), Sarah Drew (Chaperone), as well as our travelling President Veronica Blackmore and travelling Official Rebecca Jenkinson.