6 Selections for Swim England National Pathway Camps

Barry Alldrick

6 Selections for Swim England National Pathway Camps


Swim England recently selected swimmers from across the country to take part in three camps at Regional/National Level and its proud news for the pathway at Poole Swimming Club with 6 swimmers being selected across the junior programmes.


Swim England run their camps for the top 12-year-olds through each region. The next level of the talent pyramid is selection across England for the National Development Camp aimed at the top 13-14-year-olds, and then National Event Camps are aimed at the top 15-17-year-olds. 


The club would like to congratulate Jess H on her selection to the Swim England South West Camp and further congratulate the following swimmers on their selection onto the Swim England National Development Camp:


Max L, Charlie M, Tilly M and Luca S


These five swimmers are all coached by Jan, who herself coached on the National Development Camps in 2018 and 2019. This is the highest number of swimmers the club has had at National Development Camp level, with typically 1 or 2 swimmers being selected each year.  


For the second year in a row, Robbie H has been selected onto the 15-17-year-old National Event, Camp. The National Event Camp works specifically on the swimmer's top events, with groups being selected for every stroke, distance freestyle and Individual Medley. 


Head of the Swim England National Talent Team, Grant Robins commented: "We believe that the camp will provide an opportunity to support, inspire and connect young swimmers in their quest to achieve senior international podium success" 


Camps will be run virtually this year during October and November and will include online training with a selection of topical workshops from guest presenters.


Our Head Coach Barry, who was Head Coach of the National Events Camp in 2019, commented:   


"Selections for National Camps are based on the merit of your performances based on rankings in Olympic events (which do not include 50m Back, 50 Breast and 50 Fly), so you know you are good enough performance-wise when you receive the invite. What makes the difference for an athlete looking to progress into the youth and senior ranks is their attributes for future performance potential, where talent coaches will look for work ethic, positivity, having an open mind, hunger, desire, determination, resilience, going the extra mile and how you interact with fellow athletes and coaches with regards to a team ethic. It's an opportunity and environment our swimmers will thrive in".


A huge congratulation from the club for these swimmers and their selections, the club and your teammates are proud of you and the coaches look forward to hearing what the swimmers learn about the sport and themselves.  A lot of great information will be bought back to the club and its coaches from these camps to the benefit of the Poole Swimming Club Pathway.


For other athletes in the club, close or concerned about making selections, please be reassured that there are many routes to the top and you must still focus on your individual journey. A certain Mr Adam Peaty wasn't selected for any of the Junior Level Swim England Pathway's and at 14 in 2008 he was ranked 88th for 100m Breast (1.22.7) in the Midlands (that's right Midlands region, not Nationally).  Follow your dreams, they know they way!


For more information about the Swim England Pathway visit this page on the Poole Swimming Club Website: Swim England Talent Pathway