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Swimmers aiming high at altitude

An 18-strong group of athletes are in Arizona for the next instalment of British Swimming’s altitude training programme.

Swimmers are based at Northern Arizona University facilitated by Hypo2 High Performance Management Organisation in Flagstaff, Arizona from 5 to 26 January 2019.

Somerset based swimmers undergoing three weeks of intensive training at the camp include James Guy, Calum Jarvis and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. It is part of an important preparation phase ahead of the British Championships at Tollcross in April which offers the sole qualification opportunity for the Gwangju 2019 World Championships. British Swimming’s Head of Elite Development, explained, “This is the sixth altitude camp of the Tokyo cycle. We have been incredibly encouraged by both the buy-in to this initiative by both athletes and coaches, but also the productiveness of each of the camps to date. We expect this Flagstaff camp to follow in a similarly positive vein, and set up a large group of our key athletes for the remainder of this key 2019 season.

Three more altitude camps are planned before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The camp continues to provide important CPD opportunities for aspiring British coaches, with Somerset Olympian Marc Spackman of The Royal Wolverhampton School SC also joining the athletes in Flagstaff for a period of time.

Swimmers attending the camp:

Craig Benson
Jack Burnell
Kathleen Dawson
James Guy
Holly Hibbott
Calum Jarvis
Daniel Jervis
Joe Litchfield
Max Litchfield
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor
Craig McLean
Ross Murdoch
Molly Renshaw
Toby Robinson
Duncan Scott
James Wilby
Aimee Willmott
Abbie Wood

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