Southwold Swimming Club

Competition Training For All Ages


Meet your Junior Girl Club Captain

Natasha Williamson

Just because I am small and young does not mean I can’t cheer everyone else on. As I know a lot of people, I can listen to everyone’s ideas and try to make things better for everyone. I go to nearly all training sessions and work hard which sets a good example. As I have been at the club since I was 7, I have good experience in galas and open meets and would be able to help other young swimmers and support everyone else. I really love swimming and all the friends I have made at the club.

Land training (Charlotte)

To develop, an athletic swimmer requires more than training in the swimming pool. Although exercise in water has a certain amount of resistance against the pressure of the water, it is not nearly as great as can be achieved with exercising on land. Mobility, stability and learning the correct way to perform fundamental movement patterns is an essential part of swim training at an early age. It is also key to injury prevention and body conditioning. To increase the strength of the body it is therefore necessary to have a land training regime which initially should include the fundamentals of movement and body weight exercises.

Think resistance training – not weightlifting.  According to a recent statement by the British Journal of Sports Medicine (as reported on Reuters Health), “Resistance training – which can include light free weights, resistance bands or medicine balls, as well as push-ups and other body-weight-bearing exercises – can benefit young bodies and prepare them for active lives.”

Youtube video with resistance bands and foam rollers

Useful websites

This website explains the importance of strength based training for the future (focused at elite adults, but may well relate to the older children (16 plus)

Josh's quote of the week

How you perform on race day is a direct reflection of your average training session