Master Class with Lizzie Simmonds

10 Feb 2019
January, 19 2019


Dear Swimmers, Parents, Guardians and Carers,

I am delighted to invite you to a PBSC Master Class by Double Olympian Lizzie Simmonds that we are holding at the Furzefield Sports Centre on Sunday 10th February 2019. The cost of this will be £10 for swimmers in P1, P2 and the Masters Section and £8 for swimmers in J1 and J2 Squads. The additional cost to Performance and Masters Squad swimmers is because they will have an additional guest speaker.

Lizzie has recently retired from a 12 year sporting career representing Team GB and British Swimming. At the age of 14 Lizzie won 5 gold medals at the European Youth Olympic Games, and over the following two years stepped up to win 6 European Junior gold medals. She qualified for her first senior team at 15, and her first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17, where she finished sixth in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie went on to be twice crowned senior European Champion, and has collected a number of medals at Commonwealth Games and World Championship competitions. As well as her debut in Beijing, Lizzie competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth place finish in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie is now an active member of the British Olympic Association Athlete Commission, bringing knowledge and expertise to Team GB athlete support programs and promoting athlete welfare across the high-performance system. She is passionate about using her experiences from elite sport to help young people develop and thrive, and she has many years experience running master classes and workshops with clubs and schools, both in the UK and internationally. 

There are a limited number of spaces for this event so in order to register your interest please sign up via On Deck / Team Unify and make payment via the information desk which is on the balcony on a Friday evening. The closing date for registering your interest is Saturday 19th January 2019 and after that date those that have secured a place will have it confirmed. NB To have registered an interest you must have made payment before the closing date. No payment by the closing date means no confirmed place. Payment by cheque which should be in an envelope that is clearly marked with your swimmers name and Squad.

The format of the day will flow as follows: -

Junior Squad Swimmers

1545 hrs to 1645 hrs – Junior Squad Swimmers will have a motivational talk with Lizzie Simmonds who will speak about her swimming journey from the paddling pool through to competing at the Olympic Games

Break – Parents / Guardians and Carer’s of Junior Squad swimmers will need to collect their swimmer after the presentation so that they are supervised and arrange for them to have a light snack before their pool session. It is not the responsibility of the Club to supervise the swimmers during this break.

1815 hrs to 1915hrs – Junior Squad Swimmers will have a pool session under the instruction of Lizzie Simmonds and supported by the PBSC Coaching Team.

Performance and Masters Squad Swimmers

1700hrs to 1800hrs – Presentation by Lizzie Simmonds about her swimming career and competing at the   Olympic Games

1800hrs to 1900hrs – Motivational Talk by Dr Joydeep Ghoshdastidar.

Dr Joydeep Ghosh is a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthetics in the NHS. His job is saving the lives of the most critically ill patients brought to hospital, where having the ability to perform under pressure is vital. This led to an interest in "High Performance States" - the ability to perform at your best in extreme pressure situations. For the past 7 years he has been teaching surgeons, athletes and business leaders the secrets of "getting in the zone" to maximise their performance. 

Dr Ghosh has a background in Medical Education, Coaching, Mentoring, Language and Behaviour Profiling and is a Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Combining these techniques he is uniquely qualified to help our swimmers improve their motivation, set goals and maximise their potential by performing when it matters most. His techniques are just as transformational when applied to other areas of life, such as school work, exams and business. He is also passionate about saving lives by teaching teenagers Life Support, and has given a TEDx Talk on the subject which can be accessed on this link https://youtu.be/I5iCghvIS4M"

1915 hrs to 2015 hrs – Pool session under the instruction of Lizzie Simmonds and supported by the PBSC Coaching Team.

This is an exciting event for the swimmers and Club and I would encourage you to sign up for this event as soon as possible. It is highly likely that this event will be oversubscribed but we hope to include as many swimmers as possible. If the event is oversubscribed then the PBSC Coaching Team will make the final decision as to whose places will be confirmed.

Kind regards,

Chris Andrew

PBSC Head Coach of the Junior Section