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This Sunday's Squad Zoom (31 January) A huge huge thank you to Rebecca for a wonderful Q&A session last Sunday. We learnt so much about her swimming and Australia and I think we all want to move out and go to school there! 

Thanks again to Rebecca for getting out of bed for 4am, and being so wide awake! We hope she enjoyed her training session afterwards. 

Thanks to all the swimmers who joined the call, Rebecca was really impressed with your questions. 

Next week we will have a fun quiz-scavenger hunt before moving onto a new guest on 7 February. 

Keep up the great work with all the land training and your attendance at the Zooms is building a real sense of community which is what our club is all about.  Rebecca mentioned a number of times that ASC is like a family, and we are so proud that she still feels that way. 

See you all next week

Kate, Jade & Lucy
British Championships Qualifying Times The British Champs Qualifying Times have been published and we're thrilled to report that we have two qualifiers at the Club.

James P qualified in the 50m free and the 100m back
Ashley D qualified in the 50m free

This event takes place in mid April and, in an Olympic year, also serve as the Olympic trials, so it really is a huge achievement for our small Club to produce qualifiers in this event.  It should definitely serve as inspiration for all our younger swimmers too.

Huge congratulations to the boys on their achievement.

In these uncertain times, who knows whether the event will actually take place, but for the boys and for the Club, we can always say that they're Olympic trials qualifiers!

Thanks
Chris
Level X Racing, Series 1
Some great news to share with you all!
 
The final standings from Series 1 of Swim England’s Level X have been released and we have three, yes three, top 10 swimmers! This translates to an English National Final!
 
Well done to Max O for his 8th place finish in the 100IM. He’s definitely one to watch in the future!
Ashley D took 9th in the 50 Fly, building on from his National final in 2019 in the same event.
James P finished 6th in the 100IM, 8th in the 50Free and 2nd in the 50Back, earning a Silver Medal in the process!
 
Well done to the three boys on their outstanding achievements and for flying the flag for our Club nationwide. To achieve such amazing times and results at the end of such a turbulent year is credit to their work ethic and commitment to their training.
 
We can’t wait to bring round 2 of Level X later in the year and we’re sure more names will start creeping onto those National leaderboards.
 
Keep up the amazing work you’re all doing at land training and endurance wise and we’ll be ready to go again when we get the green light.
Land Training Hi All,

Firstly, a huge thank you and well done to the massive numbers that we've had tuning into the land training sessions this week.  It's fantastic that so many of you are motivated and obviously keen to make sure you return to swimming with as much fitness as possible!

Following on from last week's email, just to confirm that until further notice land training will follow the same timetable it has in the last week.

There will be 3 sessions per week - all around 50-60 minutes long. The sessions are written by myself in order to help develop the strength and flexibility that is needed to improve our strokes and progress in the pool. The sessions are open to all swimming members and I must stress that cameras must remain on. This is to coincide with our risk assessment and to ensure safety of all. Also, I will give out coaching pointers and tips to challenge and help people along the way. I will unfortunately have to remove trainers with their cameras turned off. 
 
The weekly sessions will be:
Monday 5.15pm
Wednesday 5.15pm
Saturday 10am

As land training is most likely going to be on Zoom for a while, here is some recommended equipment you could look at to enhance your training (not compulsory) - Swimmers have been using makeshift equipment such as tins of beans and milk cartons. 

1 or 2kg dumbbells 

3 or 5kg medicine balls

Exercise mat

Swimmers who have land trained throughout the lockdowns have made stronger returns to the pool and their strokes are developing quicker than non trainers. Land training is not compulsory but I would highly recommend giving it a go if you want to try and take your swimming up a level!

Please also see here for a message that your swimmer may be interested in seeing.

Thanks,
Chris 
Lockdown 3 Run Plans As you all know, we are out of the pools again, and we are really keen that swimmers do not lose the fitness that they have worked so hard to build up in the last 4 weeks back in the pool.

We have talked a lot about the best way to keep fit in these times, and we really do think that running is the best cardiovascular exercise to keep fit whilst trying to balance school/home school, dark nights and poor weather conditions. This balanced with the Zoom Land Training sessions are a very effective mix. 

We've put together a plan which combines Chris's Zoom sessions with some short run sessions that should be accessible to most members.   Whilst we do not expect every swimmer to complete every session each week, the more sessions you can complete then the better the outcomes will be. 

Kate has put together a short video explaining how the run plan will work here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iFq-gBcpSR2Jjsc3BGt1xs_onb6C22SL/view?usp=sharing

If you would like to follow the plan then please email Kate on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope that swimmers will engage with this programme so that we can be back up to speed as quickly and easily as possible when the pools do reopen!
Tier 4 - Training Cancelled and Training fees Further to the news that we're now in tier 4, unfortunately it means that swimming is once again put on hold and our return to Altrincham Leisure Centre is therefore postponed.

With immediate effect, there will be no more swimming training until further notice.

Training fees will be paused and we'll be in touch again in the next week to let you know what's happening with land training sessions and also with Membership renewals, which are due next month.

Despite the disappointing news, we'd like to wish all our swimmers and families a very Happy New Year.  Enjoy this evening as much as you can and let's hope that 2021 is a happier, healthier, safer and more prosperous one for us all!
2020 Presentations The 2020 Presentations were made this evening at Sale Leisure Centre; presentations were as follows:-

2021 Club Captains - Boys Captain, Arthur F and Girls Captain, Emily I

2020 Swimmers' Swimmer - Michael G

2020 Coaches' Swimmer - Bo S

2020 Chloe Waddell Cup Winner - Max O
Self-Isolation Reporting If your swimmer needs to self-isolate, please let us know by completing our online form here.  This will ensure that the Coaches are aware which training sessions you cannot attend.
Kit Shop As we no longer have the facility for selling kit, if you're looking for any kit, please see the shop on our website, where the remaining stock is being sold. 
Judge 1 Qualification Please see the email sent out previously (copy here) regarding becoming a Level 1 Judge.  It would help greatly if you can get involved in this.  Remember - swimming is for life, not just for Christmas! - so if you're likely to be spending the next few years watching your child compete at galas, why not consider becoming an official.  If you're interested in getting qualified, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Lost Property Please remember that we have a Lost Property section on the website.  There have been a few things added to this recently, so, if your swimmer has lost anything during training sessions, please check this on our website or here.  
Volunteering Opportunities As always, we have several opportunities for you to get involved with the Club.  Full details of vacant volunteer roles within the Club is on the website.  
Medical Records Can you please ensure that any updates to Medical Records for swimmers are communicated to our Membership Secretary.
Fundraising by Shopping Please consider raising funds for our club via the Easy Fundraising online service. Shopping doesn't cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases online shops make a donation to the club. All you do is register (it's good to click the "Find & Remind" button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it's effectively free money to benefit the members of our club! Thank you.  More information is on the website, or via the link http://www.altrinchamsc.org.uk/index.php/club-information/fundraising 
Free Swimming A reminder that as a member of Altrincham Swimming Club, swimmers are entitled to free swimming at Altrincham Leisure Centre. You will need to complete a form which needs to be signed by your coach. If you need a form please let our Club Secretary know at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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