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Photo: A great start to this year’s England Programmes County Pathway.

Swimmers from twelve Dorset  clubs arrived at Canford Sports Centre on Sunday 14 April for the first camp of this year’s England Programmes Dorset County Pathway Programme with Lead Coach Jan Hutchings (Poole). The day started with a briefing to both parents and swimmers after which the swimmers met with their group Skills Coaches – Aaron Beal (Bridport Barracudas), Jacob Dunning (Poole), Taylor Mowlem (West Dorset) and Danny Partridge, Luke Roxburgh and Nikki Williams from Wareham.

The focus of the camp was aquatic alignment and effective prone streamlining with the morning pool session spent working on Freestyle and, in the afternoon, Backstroke. The morning pool session was followed by an indoor land training session aimed at mobility, agility and coordination involving a number of ‘fun and games’ exercises reflecting movements that had been practiced in the pool and for which the swimmer would gain scores. Lunch was followed by a workshop for both parents and swimmers on basic stroke techniques using a presentation set by Swim England.

Organisation of the day was undertaken by Lead Team Manager Tina Corbin (Littledown Masters) assisted by Tracy Hemmings (Poole) who ensured the day went as smoothly as possible. The next camp will be on Sunday 30 June.

Dorset England Programmes swimmers are as follows: BCS – Harry Izod, Max Izod; Bridport Barracudas – Terry-Jane Hare; Clayesmore – Jessica Spolton; North Dorset – Georgina Horn, Isabel Lulham; Poole – Matthew Butcher, Freya Coupe, Harry Cutbush, Jack Goddard, Holly Olding, Lottie Vavasour, William Webster; Seagulls – George Honor, Finley Lock, Harry Pollard; Swim Bournemouth – Razvan Andrei, Lola Beale, Cody Collins, Ellie Crain, Georgia Fish, Polly Ghandour, Zia Gondouin, Grace Knight, Toby Lacey, Charlotte Piper, Harry West, Hugo Young; Tornadoes – Maisie Birch, Holly Kearns, Hollie Thomas; Wareham – Evie Loudoun; West Dorset – Matthew Prowse, Anna Miles-Simonite; Weymouth – Jamie Gunn.