Young Para-Swimmers enjoy weekend camp

24 May 2017

The British Para-Academy athletes have just completed a camp designed to give them the skills outside of the pool to support their swimming.

Over the two-day camp athletes were taught about nutrition and got to experience a practical session at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Athletes cooking
Para-Swimmers learning their cooking skills

They also enjoyed a presentation on Strength and Conditioning both pre and post pool which took place at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.

For Performance Pathway Manager Craig Nicholson this camp ticked the boxes in terms of beginning the steps on giving athletes the skills necessary to progress through the pathway.

Athletes cooking
The gym at MMU

“It was great to see so many athletes, coaches and parents engaged in the programme of activity across the camp,” Nicholson said. “For me this was the perfect opportunity to begin the process of creating rounded athletes that aren’t just highly skilled in the pool but also get all of the elements right outside of it.

“We gave them the opportunity to understand how important aspects of training like nutrition and strength and conditioning really are.

“The athletes and coaches came away from the camp with an enhanced knowledge and I want to thank all of the practitioners for giving up their time to help athletes at the start of their career learn to be the best athletes they can be.”