The non slip mat is in place and the hook rails are due to be put up next week. Senior swimmers only can put gear back in their designated spots. It will be another week before the remaining gear can start going back in. we are aiming for Monday 4th June (if rails are up). Then it is essential that swimmers know to hang gear away in their set spots, if they don’t then we lose the privilege of having the equipment room. LC staff can’t be expected to navigate and fall over gear left lying around. As much as they would like to; for safety reasons the equipment room can’t be treated like their bedroom and coaches are not parents dutifully cleaning up after swimmers. The other problem is not putting their gear in their swim bags;
1. SWIM BAGS for all swimmers (no loose gear or shopping bags)
2. PUT gear in bags after training
3. HANG gear away in designated spots
4. 3 or more sessions every week can leave gear – if in doubt check with Carol
The Leisure Centre are very good to us giving us a storage room the least we can do is make sure our kids keep it tidy and worksafe.
CUMMINS swimming coaches Kathryn Barry-Secker and Jane Nelligan have been awarded scholarships to keep developing their skills as regional coaches. Both women were awarded Wendy Ey Memorial Scholarships through the Office for Sport and Recreation.
They have been level one qualified coaches for several years and have developed their skills and volunteered to coach swimmers from the West Coast Swimming Club (WCSC) and the Cummins area.
Both women have worked with swimmers with a disability, developed young swimmers and have worked with the indigenous program. They also shared a scholarship from Swimming Australia and the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association, with WCSC support.
The women went to a national conference along with head coach Carol Veldhuyzen and learned about high performance coaching, teaching streams and the disability and masters courses. Mrs Veldhuyzen also learnt about coaching open waters swimmers.
"As a club we are extremely lucky to have the level of coaching skills available; most regional communities in SA struggle to find trained and qualified coaches," Mrs Veldhuyzen said. "Jane and Kathryn certainly deserve the scholarships and support, they are dedicated and highly skilled teachers and coaches that have shown a long term commitment to the club and their local and surrounding communities."
Former Port Lincoln swimmer Rebecca Paterson is also helping develop a program that will bring former club swimmers aged over 18 back into the club for a 12-week program before the 2013 country championships.
Ms Paterson still holds country records in breaststroke that have stood for 20 years.
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