I see some of you have already settled back into your training routine now that the squad has re-started again for 2016 - well done!
I wanted to let you know how incredibly excited I am to be inviting 13 international coaches over to Perth in January and February as per previous years (see http://www.swimsmoothperth.com/#!about3/c53q ).
This time around we will have a group of 6 coaches (per the details below) arriving from 16 to 30th January, and then a second group of 7 arriving 6 to 20th February:
16 to 30th January:
- Anna-Karin Lundin, Sweden
- Jason Tait, UK
- Russel Smith, Jersey
- David Knight, UK
- Anne-Marie Munk, Singapore
- Rob Kwaitaal, The Netherlands
6 to 20th February:
- Bart Rolet, Canada
- Seamus Bennett, UK
- Gail Vickers, UK
- Filip Rigole, Belgium
- Shauqie Aziz, Malaysia
- Merle Talviste, Dubai
- Gemma Hollis, USA
All 13 coaches have been personally selected by myself and have already undergone 3 days of intensive coach education work on one of our 3-day Coach Education Courses. I can't wait to have them over and I'm sure you'll all feel the benefit of their assistance and input on pool deck too during the busier months of January and February leading up to the Rottnest Channel Swim.
We have managed to secure a great house on Davies Road for the coaches to share whilst they are over, meaning they'll have less than 600m to walk to the pool each day! Whoop!
Our Coach Education Tutor, Emma Brunning (seen above in her classic board shorts!) will also be in attendance over the entire period from 12th January until a couple of days after the Rottnest Channel Swim (which she'll again be competing in). Emma's role is to assist the development of the coaches over the 2 week period as they observe mine, Sally and Cyndy's coaching methods on pool deck. It's an absolute action-packed 2 weeks for the coaches (and us!) and Emma's help is vital in maintaining the high coaching standards that we have set for the program over the years. Emma continues to mentor the coaches as well post-Perth as they submit their coursework and final assignments prior to becoming a fully certified Swim Smooth Coach and delivering a very similar program to what I run here in Perth.
Any room at the Inn?
Unfortunately it looks like Emma's previously arranged accommodation over the 7 weeks she'll be here has sadly fallen through, so if anyone knows of a room and/or house available within a 10km (or so) radius of the pool, please let us know. We can contribute to bills etc and any other associated costs for Emma's stay. Unfortunately we have a full house ourselves as Adam is coming back to Perth for the same period to oversee the program and also to introduce us all to his beautiful new wife Marietta who will be visiting Australia for the first time. I can't wait to have my best mate back in town again!
So all in all, it's going to be a fantastic lead-up to the Rottnest Channel Swim! Let's get it on!