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Dave McNulty appointed Head Coach of Bath Intensive Training Centre

Olympic medal-winning coach Dave McNulty has been announced as the Head Coach of the soon to be established British Swimming Intensive Training Centre (ITC) at the University of Bath. McNulty, who coached Jo Jackson to a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, will head up one of a new nationwide network of five ITCs designed to provide a world-class daily training environment for swimmer development and to build on the success of Beijing as the sport looks towards London in 2012.

The former Durham Aquatics coach, who has spent the past six months at Loughborough University, is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm very excited about this British Swimming opportunity to work as head coach of the Bath ITC," said McNulty."This ITC will provide all of the daily training requirements for high performance athletes in a world class environment. It will help to build on the success of the Beijing Olympics by looking forward to 2012 and beyond. I take up this position in October and I'm looking forward to working with everyone at TeamBath. By working together with TeamBath we will have a system in place that underpins the ITC and offers opportunities for all."

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Disability Development Plans

Information on plans to develop opportunities for people with a disability to particpate in and enjoy aquatic sport

British Disability Swimming at cutting edge of technology

British Disability Swimming has been actively involved within the development of a new water-proof heart rate telemetry system which looks set to revolutionise the world of swimming coaching.

British Disability Swimming provides support for the athletes and coaches on the World Class Pathway through their High Performance Science Team, which includes professionals from the English Institute of Sport (EIS), the National Governing Body and Higher Education. The High Performance Science Team, led by Performance Scientist Cath Gilby, have been working alongside an Italian-based company, Hosand, to develop a water resistant ‘real-time’ heart rate monitor.

The system that Hosand developed for dry-land training allows the heart rates of up to 32 athletes to be viewed on a laptop during one training session and 18 months ago EIS North West Physiology Technician Paul Barratt working alongside Hosand began developing a way of waterproofing the system.

Disability Group Plan January 2008 - March 2009

Please read in conjunction with approved budget 2008-2009

British Disability Swimming searches for next generation of stars

British Disability Swimming has released an inspirational DVD designed to encourage the next generation of athletes to take the plunge into swimming.

The new DVD, ‘The Pathway to Paralympic Gold’, highlights the routes that take an athlete from their first experience of swimming through to their first competition.

Working alongside their key partners British Disability Swimming provides comprehensive support to swimmers and coaches who show the skill, application and potential to perform at the highest level.

Three top athletes from disability swimming, Kenny Cairns MBE, Liz Johnson and Sam Hynd, provided case studies that feature on the DVD on their journey from learn-to-swim up to their debut on the international scene.

Disability Sport Strategy - Dorset

The English Federation of Disability has been working with Active Dorset on the development of the Disability Sport Strategy below. They would welcome any comments and feedback you have on the strategy as it is a draft and not set in stone. Also if you are already working on projects and outcomes that contribute to the strategy please do tell EFDS so they can help build on the abundance of good practice in Dorset and recognise your efforts too.

All comments and ideas are welcome as it is important that there is partnership agreement. If you wish to comment, you can do so either to Tony Jones-Pert (tjonespert@activedorset.org or by mail to Active Dorset CSP, c/o Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB) or to Dave Padgen, Regional Manager EFDS (dpadgen@efds.co.uk).

To help map what sporting activities are being provided for disabled people, please list clubs and organisations that you know of along with contact details and anything else you feel may be of relevance. Please download and forward the strategy to contacts, especially sportspeople with a disability as their contribution is paramount. Please reply by Friday 11 July 2008 in order that the strategy can be formulated and ready to move forward by September.

Disabled Children have the Opportunity to Make a SPLASH!

Gloucester City Swimming Development, in partnership with Active Gloucestershire, has teamed up to launch a new swimming programme for children with a disability at the GL1 Leisure Centre. The programme, which began on Wednesday 23 April 2008, is funded by ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) PESSCL (PE, School Sport and Club Links) funding and is the first programme of its kind in the South West of England.

The programme is for children between age 8 - 16 who can swim at least 25m unaided and will aim to improve every aspect of each child's swimming, including stroke technique and endurance.

The eventual aim is to establish these sessions as an after-school club, linked to the county's mainstream clubs. Coaches from mainstream clubs will have an involvement in the programme throughout, and may also invite individual swimmers to join mainstream clubs once they have achieved a high enough standard.

Olympians back Swimming's Paralympic programme

With exactly one year to the start of racing at the Beijing Paralympics, British Swimming has enlisted a team of top Olympians and Paralympians to help guide some of the country’s most promising athletes to gold.

Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry heads the list of well-known achievers that will act as mentors to a group of seven disability swimmers. The group considered capable of achieving their first individual gold in Beijing includes Claire Cashmore of kelly College who will be mentored by Sarah Price.

The Convert to Gold programme is designed to provide the highest level of support to identified athletes and their coaches in the run-up to the 2008 Paralympics in order to make the detailed changes that could mean the difference between silver and gold.

Nationwide DSE Sports Awards 2007

Disability Sport Events is calling on athlete and volunteer nominations for the Nationwide DSE Sports Awards 2007.

Up to £6,000 prize money is available for the Regional Sportsperson, Regional Volunteer and Rising Star awards.

The Rising Star award is for an athlete likely to achieve international success in the next few years and the winner will receive an impressive £6,000 bursary to help them attain that goal.

CP Sport Swimming Workshop

  • ‘Physical Disability in the Pool’
  • ‘Pathways for Swimmers with a Disability’

Saturday 23 June 2007 from 9.30am to 3.45pm - Pyramids Swimming and Leisure Centre, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LA

The aim of this workshop is to give existing swimming teachers / coaches the confidence and knowledge to assist people with a physical disability to swim and also outline the pathways for any talented swimmers they may discover.

The workshop will be presented by Jill Stidever who has been involved with swimmers with disabilities for numerous years. Her daughter is a Paralympic gold medallist. To sign up for the workshop, please fill out the reply form and return to the CP Sport office or contact;

Margaret Smith, National Junior Development Officer
Tel – 0115 9257027 email - junior@cpsport.org

CP Sport Junior Swimming Development Day

Pyramids Swimming and Leisure Centre, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LA
Saturday 23 June 2007:
Register 12noon - 3.45pm

For children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. Swimmer or not, come along and have some fun!

Led by CP Sport co-ordinator, Jill Stidever and her team of qualified coaches.

There will be two swimming sessions with a lunch break in between, so bring along a packed lunch, spare swimsuit and extra towels. Siblings are welcome to come along too. Parents may get in the pool with their children if they wish. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/carer

Contact Margaret Smith, CP Sport, tel-0115 9257027
Email – junior@cpsport.org

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Athlete Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence - AASE programme

David Hill, Laura Giddings (Kelly College), Kate Grey (Thornbury) and Matthew Whorwood (Newquay) have all successfully completed the AASE induction Programme. The induction was held on the 18 February 2007 at the University of Bath. The programme included a pool session delivered by Malcolm Casey (Thornbury).

Part of the induction was an introduction to media interviews with Paul Erlam. Paul encouraged all the athletes to give a short radio interview. Michelle Kiff, AASE Programme Manager, Eva Payates AASE Administrator and Sara Hepwood, Team Manager also supported the day.