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WDSC Parents Guide to Competitive Swimming

Wycombe District Swimming Club has created this Parents Guide, which contains a lot of useful information about competitive swimming, Open Meets and Galas. Please click on the image below to view the guide.








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Eat Well to Train Well

Information - courtesy of British Swimming

Eating to fuel training and optimal recovery doesn’t just mean eating well immediately before or after training – it’s about eating well at every meal! The food we eat doesn’t just give us energy to train, it nourishes us and provides our body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and grow stronger.

The two areas to focus on are Quality and Structure: Food Quality: Choose foods that have been minimally processed and eat a wide variety of foods to maximise your nutrient intake Structure: Eating around exercise is important to fuel training and recover quickly. Make sure you have a snack after training and schedule your biggest meal of the day after your biggest training session.

Here’s an example of a good meal structure based on a double-training day and school:

Breakfast Keep it low sugar and don’t forget to hydrate before training
This meal will fuel your morning training
Morning Training Water or no-added sugar diluting juice is fine during training
Post Training Snack Consider this to be a 2nd breakfast and should be practical and nutritious
This snack will help you recover for your afternoon session
School Snack Go for something relatively high in fibre like fruit or a cereal bar with minimal ingredients
This snack maintains the recovery process and prevents you from feeling too hungry by lunch
Lunch Lunch should contain a source of protein (e.g. chicken, beef, fish, cheese...), two portions of veggies and 1-2 servings of a high fibre carbohydrate (e.g. granary bread, wholemeal wrap, wholemeal pitta, brown rice...)
Pre-Training Snack Carbohydrate is the priority here so fresh or dried fruit or a small sandwich are ideal
The carbohydrates in this snack will help ensure you are suitably fuelled for the session
Afternoon Training Water or no-added sugar diluting juice is fine during training
Post-Training Snack Start your recovery from a hard set with fluids, carbohydrates and proteins
Make sure this snack is practical and ready to eat in your kit bag
Evening Meal Protein, carbs and veggies – this should be your biggest meal of the day
Don’t ignore the protein content of this meal – it will help your muscles adapt overnight
Pre-Bed Snack Dairy and fruit are ideal at this time e.g. Greek yoghurt with berries or pint of milk and banana
This snack should promote recovery and adaptation overnight and aid restful sleep


Here are some meal and snack ideas

Are you a Pressure Parent?

Competitive swimming provides many benefits to young athletes including self-discipline, sportsmanship, & time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to treat success and failure as two sides of the same coin, while becoming healthy and physically fit. As a parent, your major responsibility is to provide a stable, loving and supportive environment. This positive environment will encourage your child to continue. Show interest by ensuring your child's attendance at practices, by coming to swimming meets and volunteering for your club at swim meets, or by participating in fundraising, etc.

Parents contribute to the success experienced by the child and the team. Parents serve as role models and their children emulate their attitudes. Strive to be a positive role model and show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials, opponents and teammates. Remember you are teaching your child at all times.

Be Enthusiastic and Supportive

Remember that your child is the swimmer. Children need to establish their own goals, and make their own progress towards them. Be careful not to impose your own goals. Do not over burden your child with winning or achieving best times. Let them know that first they are the child you love, and second, a swimmer. Tell them you will love them whether they swim well or not, and ask only that they give their best effort. This environment encourages learning and fun, which will help your child develop a positive self-image.

  • Your child needs your emotional, physical, and financial support. Be liberal in providing this support.
  • Support but do not push your child.
  • Be realistic in terms of expectations; factor in age and skill level; be aware of your child’s perception of your expectations.
  • Emphasize performance and effort, not just outcome. The athlete only has control over his/her performance. Define and measure success as giving maximal effort and as personal improvement.
  • Keep winning in perspective.
  • Do not bribe.
  • Give plenty of encouraging and rewarding statements. Criticize sparingly.
  • View swimming as an arena in which to teach your child about commitment, hard work & discipline.
  • Work to form an effective relationship between the Coach, Athlete and Parent .