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Butterfly and Back Problems

QUESTION: Hi there! Please can you share your opinion of the age at which a child should start training in the Butterfly stroke. We have heard of children suffering from back problems later in life due to the fact that their little bodies are not able to adjust to a strong stroke like Butterfly during […]

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ADHD and Swimming Improvement

Hi, This year my son’s swimming  performance  was not good at all.  He is training 6 days (2 -3 hrs swimming) plus 30 min land training a week since October last year but he is still making the same mistakes. He was advised  by his trainer  to avoid competing and instead  to do more training […]

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Lactic Acid in Swimming

Hi Gary, I am a swimmer based in Europe…and I would like to know what can I do to increase my pain tolerance? Because I tend to slow down(.especially in the last 15 meters of the race) if I am feeling pain in my arms, trying to get back into my ” comfort zone” and […]

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Training tips for the 200m IM

Most coaches will encourage young swimmers to train for and compete in the 200m Individual Medley, also known as the 200m IM. This event can provide coaches, swimmers and their parents with a good gauge of improvement across all four swimming strokes over time. Many children who are very proficient at one stroke often become […]

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Out of Breath in Swimming

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I have an 8 year old daughter who has been doing squads for one term. We have noticed that she stops a lot during freestyle laps complaining of being out of breath. On talking to her and the coach she apparently forgets to bubble as she is concentrating on her arms and […]

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Having Trouble With Breaststroke

QUESTION: Hi Gary Not sure if you can help but I have an 11 year old daughter who is having trouble with breaststroke. She has made State Age Championships for 50,100,200 freestyle, 100 & 200 backstroke and butterfly however has not qualified for any breaststroke events. She swam on the weekend and did a PB […]

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Advice on my Swimming

QUESTION: Hey Gary, This is Shimaa, how is the beginning of the swim season going for you? I just needed some advice on my swimming. I currently swim a 50 free in 34.47 sec -I know that not fast- but I was wondering if it is possible to get my times under 30 sec before […]

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A morning with James Magnussen and Sian Whittaker

This morning I was fortunate enough to interview triple World Championship gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen. The occasion was the annual Swimming Victoria JX Forum for swimmers aged 9 to 13 years.  Sian Whittaker was the second special guest swimmer to be interviewed in front of more than 200 swimmers and their parents.  […]

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