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National joy for three South Lincs swimmers

South Lincs swimmers Emma Croker, Alex Sadler and Isobel Gosling have all been selected to national talent programmes to help develop their swimming careers.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation Swim England, the governing body for competitive swimming, will be running their programmes via Zoom rather than in person for this year.

The Swim England talent pathway aims to develop and enhance skills, knowledge and behaviours at each stage of a swimmer’s journey through the sport. The programme has county, regional and national stages with swimmers progressing onto specialist event camps.

Emma Croker, Alex Sadler and Isobel Gosling (42238326)
Emma Croker, Alex Sadler and Isobel Gosling (42238326)

Emma (15) has been selected to the Swim England National Event Camp for 2020 that will take place over two days in November.

She will have the opportunity to learn advanced technical skills and tactical development for her specific sprint events.

The camp will also help with nutritional advice and practical ways of monitoring health along with accessing other sports science services.

Emma is one of only 90 swimmers selected nationally to participate in these specialist event camps.

Alex and Isobel, both aged 13, have been selected to the Swim England National Development Programme for 2020.The programme focuses on the development of all four strokes and individual medley and additionally teaches swimmers about the benefits of dry land training.

The pair will also have workshops on nutrition, competition and injury prevention. They are part of only 48 swimmers selected in the Midlands to participate in the programme.

South Lincs head coach Keith Haynes said: “I’m delighted to see three swimmers from the club selected for participation in the Swim England talent programme for 2020.

“This is a real opportunity for them to gain greater insight into what it takes to be a top level athlete. They have the chance to pick up technical advice on their strokes and develop their knowledge and understanding of other areas such as nutrition and competition preparation.I’m very proud of all three swimmers to have achieved their selections.’

The selections auger well for the South Lincs swimmers, as they make the return to training following a four month shut down and look for their most successful season of swimming to date.

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