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Congratulations to Georgie Howell on being selected again this year for the England Para-Swimming National Development Programme!

On Sunday I accompanied Georgie to the Induction Day for this year’s programme.

After an introduction to the programme there was a log book review session. Georgie uses an electronic log book Smartabase which she has to complete every day, even when she does not swim. The athletes then had a session with their para-talent coaches, followed by an anti-doping workshop. We came together to look at the Athlete Scheme of Work and Stroke Analysis.

The Athlete Scheme of work covers:

1.       Technique – stroke and skill analysis

2.       Tactical – race processes and modelling

3.       Physical – land training, pre and post pool routines

4.       Psychological – goal setting and process mind-set

5.       Lifestyle – effective nutrition and hydration for athletes

Georgie has to submit video with analysis on two strokes, including starts & turns. She even has to cook and submit photos of her meals to be used in a cookbook they plan to put together! The coaches will be following a similar scheme of work for their development too.

Georgie will also have two training camps to attend in November and June.