Pan Pacs 2014

Pan Pacs 2014

20 August 2014

The 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships will begin tomorrow at the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Queensland Australia.  The Championships will be the maiden event for the newly renovated outdoor complex which has been upgraded in anticipation of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The complex will boast a new ten (10) lane 50m competition pool, […]

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12 year old swimmer sessions per week

12 year old swimmer sessions per week

06 August 2014

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My 12year old daughter currently trains 2 days per week but would like to train more because she enjoys her swimming and her winter sport is about to finish. Currently her coach is telling us that some weekly classes are not available to her unless she commits to 5-6 classes per week. […]

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New Swimming Book Just for Children

31 July 2014

A new swimming book written specifically for competitive swimmers aged 8 to 14 yrs will be released in October 2014. Gary Barclay has spent the last year talking to swimming parents and children in this age range to find out what information is important to include in the book. Children aged 8 to 14 years […]

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Masters Swimmer Wants to Improve Kicking

Masters Swimmer Wants to Improve Kicking

29 June 2014

QUESTION: Hello, I am a masters swimmer and have been swimming for about 18month. I swim with a group of adult swimmers and when it comes to kick sets i find i am falling behind, yet when i swim i have no problems keeping up. my kick is my weakness. What can i do to […]

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A Second Swim Session will Help Alot

A Second Swim Session will Help Alot

16 June 2014

QUESTION: Hi the Swim Expert, I have a unique swim training question.  I want to help out this next year with the swim team, unfortunately this school doesn’t have a pool.  The nearest pool is an hour and a half away?  Then off course there are finances and scheduling issues, so in past years they […]

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Tips and Hints on Marshalling for a Swimming Race

Tips and Hints on Marshalling for a Swimming Race

09 June 2014

A friend of mine, Mark, is a wonderful official who volunteers his time on a weekly basis to help swimmers of all ages in Victoria, Australia to compete in swimming competitions. We spoke recently about some of the frustrations of officials at swim meets and in particular how swimmers should prepare for a race. Here are a […]

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Son is getting slower, what to do?

Son is getting slower, what to do?

03 June 2014

QUESTION: Hi Gary My son is nearly 12 and has been competitive swimming since he was 7 he swims 4-5 sessions a week, mine and his concern is that he’s getting slower, his last couple of swim meets he swam slower than when he was 9 and as you can imagine it’s very disheartening for […]

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Swimming for Parents – Parent Workshop

26 May 2014

I do many talks around the country to swimming parents and enjoy meeting people from many different clubs. Provided below is a summary of the topics I talk about together with a selection of content. ‘SWIMMING FOR PARENTS’ PENINSULA SPORTS ACADEMY 26 May 2014 The Benefits of Swimming Save people’s lives Healthy recreational exercise Swimming […]

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