Poole SC Swimmer and Coach earn Swim England National Junior Squad Call Up

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British Summer Champion and British Age Group Record holder Robbie H has earned a call up to the Swim England National Junior Squad along with Head Coach Barry Alldrick.

 The recently announced National Junior Squad for the 2020-21 season features 71 promising talents, 8 coaches and 6 sports science support staff.  Athletes will attend online workshops and camps, with the first being hosted in December.  Once the current COVID-19 restrictions ease the Squad will look to returning to competition.

Head of Swim England Grant Robbins stated “It’s essential in these times that we stay engaged with our future performance potential. Using rankings, both long and short course as well as our event camps, has allowed us to be as inclusive as possible.

“This year has been particularly difficult to select this squad due to the lack of competitions, but we believe there is a healthy blend of existing talent and new swimmers who have shown promising potential in the last 12 months”.

Robbie broke on to the National scene in 2018 competing in his first British Summer Championships. A year later in 2019, Robbie returned to be crowned British Summer Champion in the 100m and 200m Back.  Robbie is a lifelong Poole SC swimmer, who has worked his way up through the club's pathway and has been under Head Coach Barry Alldrick for the past two seasons.  Hemmings selection comes in the 100m Back Stroke.

Having started to experience international competitions in Luxembourg (January), Portugal (February) and Edinburgh (March) Hemmings seasonlike so many athletes, was cut short, but showing the PSC values of commitment and courage, he has continued to train in any way possible to keep progress moving forward and is pleased with the selection.

Click Here to See Robbie in 100m Back Action at the British Summer Champs 

Alldrick has been named as the Head Coach of the Swim England National Junior squad working with the Swim England Talent Team and a host of coaches and sports science staff.  This selection shows solid progress for the Poole-based lead coach following Head Coach roles on the Advanced Apprenticeship Diploma in Sporting Excellence in 2018 and Head Coach of the Swim England National Event Camps in 2019. 

Alldrick commented:

Each time I gain a selection, it fills me with patriotic honour. This year has been particularly challenging for everyone and we will certainly seize the extra time and opportunity the team has with these athletes to thoroughly guide them to prepare for the competitive arena we all love to thrive in”

“The ethos of the coaching, support team and the athletes themselves is to set direction, support, challenge and learn from each other.  The life of a senior performing athlete will soon be upon a cohort of this group and whether they continue with their current club, join one of the British Swimming National Centres or Swim England Performance Centres in the future, successful athletes must recognise how to work with and capitalise on the support team around them”  

The National Junior Squad athletes will be encouraged to enhance their knowledge of race modelling and independence in developing scientific strategies to prepare for race day and will have the added opportunity of successful British Senior Swimmers joining them on the camp, who will discuss their journeys to the top of the sport.

Poole Swimming Club continues to be proud of the levels it's coaches and swimmers are achieving and wish both Barry and Robbie an enjoyable first camp.