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Educating Swimming Parents

There are so many different topics that swimming parents need to understand to help them to support the swimmer in their family. The second edition of Swimming for Parents will assist every swimming parent to provide the necessary support to help your child to be the best swimmer that they can be. Being a parent […]

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Puberty and Menses for Female Swimmers

QUESTION: My daughter is 11 years old and she started to experience her first menses in February this year and coincidentally it happens on her 200 Free trial and she clocked 2:53. Then one month later at an important national age group meet, menses happened just prior again and clocked 3:02. Can menses, which unfortunately […]

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Swimming for Parents – Parent Workshop

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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Swimming for Parents Overview

Watch and listen to Gary Barclay, author of ‘Swimming for Parents’ talk about the different ideas discussed in the second edition of his book. Hi, I’m Gary Barclay, and I’m here to help you as a swimming parent to support your child to be the best swimmer that they can be. Over the years, I […]

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Swimming for Parents Feedback

If you are considering purchasing the book ‘Swimming for Parents’  check out the feedback below. The book is available at and has been written for parents of swimmers aged 8 years to 14 years.  More than 3000 copies have sold into 27 countries around the world. Hi Gary I have read most of the book Swimming […]

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Parent Timekeeping Problem During a Meet

QUESTION: Hello, Recently I was told by my child’s swimming coach that I was not allowed to time keep my child from the grandstand during an event!!! Looking around at the time I saw many parents time keeping form the bleaches. This absolutely flummoxed me, for the past 15 years I have been a swimming […]

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