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Every Junior Swimmer Should Read This

Everything a junior swimmer needs to know about swimming training and competition is now available for your child. Competitive swimming is a fun sport and thousands of juniors take up swimming each year. For many families, the regular training sessions and swim meets are a new way of life.  While swimming parents have benefitted from […]

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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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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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How to improve swimming times when stuck in a rut?

QUESTION: Hello Gary, I came across your website when searching for an answer to our big dilema related to our daughter’s swimming. Hopefully you can send me few lines response including ways how she can improve swimming times. We are from New Zealand and our daughter is 16, taller than 180cm and has a good […]

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Swimming with Fins – from what age?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, At what age can swimmers wear fins?  Or can they start wearing them in training sessions (swimming approx. 2-3 times per week) at the age of 8 or 9 years. Many thanks Sarah ANSWER – Swimming with Fins While a swimmer can start wearing fins at any age, most children begin to […]

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Breaks from swimming are good for you

How to start back swimming again

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I quit swimming when I was around 10 with a freestyle 50m time of about 42 seconds. I feel like restarting now but everyone in so much faster. Is there a way I could sort of ‘train’ in my small pool at home so I won’t be left in the dirt when […]

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