Thomas Manley made an impact on the international scene as he was part of the Great Britain’s Men’s U19 side that reached the the LEN European Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
It was one of the highlights during a successful year for Manley, who also trained with the senior men’s side in the run up to the competition.
His success helped see him named as the Swim England Performance Athlete of the Year for water polo.
He said: “ I feel very honoured to win this award against all of the top water polo players in the country.
“I’m so glad I have been recognised for my achievements in the past year. I would like to thank my coaches and, most importantly, I can’t forget about them, my parents.
“They ferry me around everywhere, providing me with money, making sure I have a wonderful time and are always there supporting me, no matter what.”
Kalon Veale of Totnes SC, the SW Region Swimmer of the Year 2018
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.
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.
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
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
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.