In E9 we spoke to Rebecca Achieng Ajulu Bushell about her experiences of diversity within swimming and the work her and her organisation are doing to promote diversity in swimming. For more information on what Rebecca's organisation check out their instagram page (@nyarkodero)
@thepoolsidepass talk to Keri-anne Payne two time world champion and Gold medallist at the 10km open water at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011 and silver medallist at the Bejiing Olympics in 2008 about becoming world champion and her drive to develop and empower high quality open water coaching qualifications through Straight Line Swimming, a company created by Keri-anne and her husband David Carry, 2 time Gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Research on swimming is broad and essential for the evolution of the sport. The level of swimming related scientifc research is very advanced, as is the level of coaching. However, as both fields are very demanding, their connection, in terms of knowledge and experience diffusion, is difficult.
In-depth reading of scientific papers is needed for a thorough interpretation of their results. However, this is usually time consuming and difficult for non-accustomed readers. The short display (shorter than their abstract) of interesting articles in a simple manner, without meddling, for someone to figure out if an article is helpful (and then go on with full-text reading), is our main intention. The purpose is to assist swimming coaches and relevant sport scientists to keep up with the swimming research progress.
So sswimt comes to accelerate the dissemination of information and updates on swimming research! Our goal is to set off the abundant information provided by sports scientists and swimming coaches, thanks to whom swimming is evolving constantly. Hope you will enjoy it!
In episode 3 we speak to Steve Parry about the impact swimming has had on his life and the importance of making sure every child learns how to swim. Steve is the founder of Total Swimming Academies, who have the aim of creating opportunities for children to learn to swim.
In episode 9 we spoke to Ian Thwaites the CEO of Level Water.
“We have an absolute passion for sport and believe in the power of sport and access for all children. We are building on the Paralympic legacy from 2012. There is a ground swell of support and understanding and belief to give fair access in sport to everyone. We are the UK’s only swimming charity that specialises in one-to-one swimming lessons for children with physical and sensory disabilities and currently teach in 90 pools across the UK, teaching 500 children with 300 teachers. We are bold and adventurous and want to build a better and more exciting future for the children we are working with”
Ian Thwaites, CEO of Level Water
In episode 7 we speak to Andrew Guy, father of Olympic medalist and world champion James Guy. Andrew talks us through his experiences of parenting and supporting a child who swims all the way to the top of the sport he loves. A really interesting listen for parents of swimmers at every level!
Paula West from StreamlinED talks to us about the differences between a swim school and a swim club, how parents can decide which will bets suit their child. An interesting listen for any parent who has children that they want to get into swimming, be it just for a life skill or to become competitive.