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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development

Information on the 2008 competitive training course from 10 - 16 August 2008 at Bryanston School, Blandford. You can also read about the 2007 and 2006 courses and view group photos.


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Voluntary Post - Swimming Development Officer Coach for Bryanston course

The primary aim is to develop new initiatives and assist the ASA South West School of Swimming Development Hon Sec / Course Director in applying for and reporting on the Development Grants. In addition he / she will assist in producing any long-term strategy and plans for the course.

Download Job Description below which assumes that the Development Officer for the course, as has always been the case, is the Senior Coach responsible for the top group.

Please reply to Kelly Gaffney, Regional Swimming Development Officer
ASA South West, c/o Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ
Tel: 07917 007657
Email: kelly.gaffney@swimming.org

Bryanston 2009

16-22 August 2009 - Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset.

This ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development course is targeted at the ‘skill development’ club swimmers who compete in county events but are not necessarily finalists in district events.

Places are available for swimmers 11 year and over as at 31 December 2009 (No upper age limit) with emphasis on the 13 plus swimmers. Older swimmers are encouraged to apply

Special attention to core technique in the 4 strokes, IM and starts / turns

  • 2 Swimming Sessions per day
  • Lactate & Psychology Lectures
  • Latex Band Warm Ups
  • PE / Weight Circuit Training / Videos
  • Specialist Lectures and Goal Setting
  • Visit / Sessions by ‘Top Name’ International Breaststroke swimmer
  • Specialist Nutrition Lectures

Course Fees: Each Family - £255 (1st child) £245 (2nd child) £235 (3rd/4th /etc child)
Applications closed on 18 May 2009.
Download 2009 course flyer and 2009 Application and Medical Form

ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development 2008 Course Report

Sunday 10 August - Saturday 16 August 2008 - Bryanston School

132 swimmers (maximum numbers) and 22 staff - without doubt, the highest standard of swimmers attending since the course commenced in 1982.

The two specialist International swimmers attending for two days were Matt Bowe and Matt Clay, who took two pool sessions for the five swimming groups. Anita Bean talked to each group on nutrition and Mark Holland took each group for two lectures over his two days at the course on Sports Psychology. The course is thankful for the Development Grant which made this possible.

Each swimmer took home a special course produced handbook and a detailed portfolio covering all water sessions and lectures carried out.

Bryanston 2008

ASA South West Region ran a development course for 133 swimmers in 5 groups at Bryanston School, Dorset. Invited specialists included international swimmers, Matt Clay and Matt Bowe [pictured] who took sessions over the first two days on behalf of Total Swimming, a nutritionist, sports physiologist and Regional Talent and Development Coach, Andrei Vorontsov who gave a lecture to staff and local club coaches.

Bryanston 2008 Swimming Training Course - 27th Year

10-16 August 2008 - Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset. This cam is now FULL.

This ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development course is targeted at the ‘skill development’ club swimmers who compete in county events but are not necessarily finalists in district events.

For swimmers 11 year and over as at 31 December 2008 (No upper age limit) with emphasis on the 13 plus swimmers.

Special attention to core technique in the 4 strokes, IM & start/turns

We are delighted that international IM swimmer Adrian Turner will be attending Bryanston 2008 for a couple of days and taking pool sessions.
Two-time British Record Holder 200m + 400m IM
Eight-time British National Champion, IM's + Breaststroke
Double Commonwealth medallist, Silver 200m IM, Bronze 400m IM
Olympic semi-finalist, 200m IM, Athens 2004

Course Fees: Each Family - £245 (1st child) £235 (2nd child) £225 (3rd/4th /etc child)
Applications closed on 19 May 2008. 2008 application form.

Download course flyer

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Bryanston 2007

Peter L Wilson-Chalon, Hon Sec and Course Director of ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development, reports on the 2007 course from Sunday 12 August to Saturday 18 August which catered for 132 swimmers and was supported by 23 staff.

Alex Scotcher a 200m F/S specialist swimmer attended, taking two water sessions for each of the five groups. Special emphasis was placed by him on technique. Mark Holland, a psychology lecturer from Loughborough University took each group on two separate occasions over two days, covering practical sessions on handling pressure and routines.

ASA SW School of Swimming Development - Training Course

The 2007 course will be held at Bryanston School from 12-18 Ausgust 2007. It is targeted at the Skill Development Club swimmers who compete in County events but are not necessarily finalists in Regional events.

Places are available for 11 year and over as at 31 December 2007 (No upper age limit) with emphasis on the 13 plus swimmers. The older swimmers are encouraged to apply.

Route Map of Swimming Development

An explanation of the talent development pathway:

  • PE School Sport Club links,
  • the FUNdamentals and Swim Skills series programmes in Clubs,
  • Week long Bryanston Camp providing opportunity for Skill Development Club swimmers to train and receive support / education
  • County Development Programmes for Skill Development to Performance Club swimmers selected from the National Age Groups and Rankings in September and supported throughout year
  • Regional talent programme for Competitive to Performance Club swimmers selected from National Age Group results who will be offered a year long programme of development mirroring World Class programme which a Regional Talent Coach will deliver.

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Bryanston 2006

The ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development camp is now in its 25th year and the new format supporting County and District swimmers is proving to be successful with 152 on the Bryanston course.

Sarah Price is a world class backstroker who won two gold medals at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and set a World Record in 2001. She has been working with each group on pool sessions and land training.