Thanet SC swimmers Maisie Macartney and Rosie Arnold flew out to the USA with the GB Junior team on Saturday 25th February. They will spend four days aclimatising and training before competing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday alongside some very famous GB swimmers including Adam Peaty, James Guy, Jaz Carlin, Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott. We wish them the very best of luck. Follow @thanetsc on Twitter for progress updates and results.
Mark Foster spent the day with a big group of our swimmers on Saturday 25th February. The day included: two pool sessions covering starts/turns and sprints; a talk on race preparation and nutrition; and opportunity for photos with Mark. A great time was had by all.
The final details for this Saturdays camp at Hartsdown are as follows:-
- Registration open from 11am
- Introduction Talk by Mark Foster at 11.30am
- Pool session (key focus – starts/turns) at 12pm
- Talk (Race Preparation/Nutrition) at 2.15pm
- Pool session (key focus – sprints) at 3pm
- Photo opportunity at 4pm
- Pick up at 4.15pm
Please note there will be no lunch break. If you bring some light snacks, these can be taken at 2pm.
The flight has taken off, with an expected landing time of 3.30pm
For those being picked up at Hartsdown, expected return time is between 5.50- 6.10pm
We are just finalising the details for the Mark Foster camp next Saturday
Please keep reviewing the website, as they will be released soon
Our final full day, started as usual with an early swim and breakfast.
Once back at the hotel it was time to enjoy the hottest day of the camp at 29 degrees.
Lunch was a usual mix of meats, pasta, pizza and salads
Then it was on to the final evening of entertainment and team challenges.
Then the main event, coaches versus swimmers. (Although coaches wore fins). Which was a 4×50 long course relay, and the coaches won by 5m from the 3 other senior swimmer teams.
After which, there was the annual football game, where tackles were flying and not for the faint hearted.
A blistering hot day started as usual with the usual jog to the pool and an early swim session, with the younger group focusing on skills, however we got there before the pool was set up
Once back it was breakfast, before lounging around the pool and catching some rays.
Today a group of 10 took part in the aqua aerobics with many of the hotels older guests, however the music was not the conventional routine, with songs like YMCA and Nellie the Elephant. As you can imagine, Jordan was leading the Thanet brigade.
Once back at the hotel and feed with dinner, the team then took part in the quiz night to win points for their respective teams.
Despite some close to home questions, even involving the clubs head coach as one of the answers, the swimmers didn’t smother themselves in glory.
Awards for today were:
Swimmer of the day – Honor Llewellyn (great attitude in training)
Wally of the day – Olivia Miles (forgetting to lock the toilet door on poolside)
After 4 solid days, it was rest day!
Optional training session this morning, working on skills and then breakfast, before off to the water park for day of action packed fun.
Highlights of the day included, the group working as a team on the wave pool; the coach team beating the swimmers at the relay race; a great team spirit in enjoying the rides; a team chant copying Arthur’s laugh (same as Jimmy Carr) and Keiron Piper having to join a family to go down the four person slide, who couldn’t have been anymore opposite to him.
Swimmer of the day -Jordan Honour (great team spirit and leadership quality)
Wally of the day – Robyn Moon (falling out of her slide into Arthur as they were going down)
It was back to the normal routine, with early training and a jog to the pool.
Morning session was a skill session, getting ready for the mammoth afternoon session.
A light lunch, preceded the walk up to the pool. However during lunch Dan mentioned the new world record of a 16,000m I.M., which was under 4hrs.
By the time we got to the pool, the twins, Daisy and Rosie, plus Kieran had asked to give it a go.
They set off during the land warmup as we didn’t have the pool booked for length needed.
The others all had a killer, 5k free or 4K of I.M.’s.
After a two hour session, the younger half enjoyed an hour in the flume tank, for filming, whilst the older ones were off for a run. At this time the three trogons were just completing the backstroke.
The swimmers then were back to the hotel for dinner whilst the others completed the rest of the challenge.
Evening entertainment was a casino night playing for team points.
Unfortunately Jordans team went from first to last, as he bet 600 on his last spin of the roulette.