Flagstaff camp starts altitude programme

5 Oct 2016

British Swimming is set to embark on a systematic approach to the use of altitude training as a means of taking the performance of its athletes to new heights in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

The first in a series of 10 camps, between now and the Tokyo Games, gets underway this week when a squad of 16 swimmers travels to Flagstaff, Arizona for a three-week camp at the Hypo2 High Performance Sport Centre.

Flagstaff Altitude Camp
Flagstaff Training Centre

Each camp will target 200 metre plus swimmers with an optimal age and performance profile set to excel at the Tokyo Games as well as those with a proven record of podium level performance continuing beyond Rio 2016.

“We believe there are some significant gains for a group of swimmers that we need to explore further and ultimately perfect ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games,”

- Chris Spice (British Swimming National Performance Director)

“British Swimming will implement a testing programme prior to, during and post each altitude exposure to ensure we’re maximizing the positive effects such training can have on an athlete.”

“Flagstaff is just the first in the 10-camp altitude programme. We will be holding two a year in October and then either January or February, for three weeks at a time.”

Charlie Attwood – National Centre Bath

Luke Davies – City of Birmingham SC

Luke Greenbank – City of Derby SC

Caleb Hughes – National Centre Loughborough

Daniel Jervis – City of Swansea Aquatics Club

Max Litchfield – City of Sheffield

Duncan Scott – University of Stirling

Tim Shuttleworth – National Centre Loughborough

Georgia Coates – City of Leeds

Kathleen Dawson – University of Stirling

Holly Hibbott – Stockport Metro SC

Katie Matts – Stockport Metro SC

Tazmin Pugh – Ellesmere College Titans

Rosie Rudin – City of Sheffield

Laura Stephens – Plymouth Leander SC

Abbie Wood – National Centre Loughborough