Scots venture for club

MEMBERS of Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club undertook a new venture in Scotland.

The first residential training camp in the club’s 42-year history involved a total of 20 swimmers, aged from 10 to 18 years, accompanied by five team managers and the club’s head coach.

They spent two days in Stirling based at the university campus and sessions were held at its National Swimming Academy facility.

The swimmers experienced five hours of training in the pool, an hour’s aerobic land training session and an inspiring talk by international swimmer Andrew Mayor, who represented Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Club Chair Lynda Garland said: “The aim of the camp was to give the swimmers valuable experience of training in a 50m pool to help prepare them for the increasing number of available competitions in Olympic size pools (notably Sunderland, Sheffield and Leeds), as well as fostering team spirit and teaching the swimmers to take responsibility for themselves, their kit and their nutritional needs.

“Emphasis was placed particularly on the requirement to keep well hydrated, and the club is grateful to Coca-Cola Enterprises for providing a supply of Schweppes Abbey Well bottled water for the swimmers and team staff.

“The camp was a resounding success and the swimmers arrived back in Morpeth late on the Sunday night exhausted but having had an inspirational experience.”