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For the third year running Dorset will participate in the national England Programmes Pathway providing a local development opportunity for 11 year old swimmers, club coaches and team managers. Plans for 2019 Dorset County Pathway are well underway, with selections having been sent out to clubs following the completion of this year’s County Championships and coaches signing up for the three scheduled camps that make up the programme.

In the meantime, certificates for all those from the eight Dorset clubs who had participated in 2018 and successfully completed the full programmes were awarded to the coaches of the home clubs at the end of the County Championships.

Dorset England Programmes certificates were awarded to: Clayesmore SC – Freddie Beasley, Charlie Hodges, Lottie Hodges and Georgia Kenny; Poole SC – Lucy Gibbs, Aaron Hopkins, Isla O’Connor and Luca Sartorius; Seagulls SC – Bethany McWilliam; Swim Bournemouth – Minnie Barratt, Sam Chamberlain, Mia Dalkin, Elizabeth Dawson, Halle Harris, Freddie Hodgetts, John Mouskis and Cameron Willcocks; Tornadoes of South Dorset – Natalia Baran, Lilly Davies and Sophie Marsh; Wareham – Austin Blanchard; West Dorset SC – Isla McPhail, Nikita Miah and Sam Ray; Weymouth – Abigail Sedwards.

Above: Dorset’s England Programmes County Pathway 2018

The 2018 County Pathway camps were all held at Canford Sports Centre and lead by Head Coach Sam Woodward (Swim Bournemouth) supported by Skills Coaches Nicky Brunell (Weymouth), Meghan Corby (Poole), Jon Creffield (Blandford), Steve Johns (Clayesmore), Hannah Kearns (Tornadoes of South Dorset) and David Moorey (Bridport Barracudas SC) together with Team Manager Tina Corbin of Littledown Masters.