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Gregg Troy, Dr. Ernie Maglischo, Jack Simon

Gregg Troy, Dr. Ernie Maglischo, Jack Simon

Video of a stellar panel filmed at the 2019 ISCA Convention. Gregg Troy is head coach for the Cali Condors in the International Swimming League and as of 2018, the retired head coach of the Florida Gators. He served as the 2012 USA Men's Olympic Swim Team head coach in London in which the US men won 16 medals. Ernest W. Maglischo was a swimming coach for 38 years, working at four universities and two swim clubs. He has won 13 NCAA national championships at the Division II level and 19 conference championships. He is the author of the 'Swimming Faster' series. ASCA Level 5 coach, Jack is a lifetime member of United States Swimming and the American Swimming Coaches Association and has spent over 25 years on the U.S. National Coaching staff. He has served three terms on the Board of Directors of USA Swimming, led the American Swimming Coaches Association as President and Vice President, and remains a Director of the Swim America program.
Duncan's Morning Stretch Series - Week 8

Duncan's Morning Stretch Series - Week 8

The final instalment of Duncan Goodhew's wonderful swim stretch series features a fantastic warm down routine. As usual, do these stretches in bed before you get up every day (except for one rest day).
Off The Blocks with Anna Hopkin

Off The Blocks with Anna Hopkin

Season 3 Ep 15 features a chat with England and Team GB sprinter and Commonwealth Games Medallist Anna Hopkin. She discusses what she has been doing during the pandemic including changing programs to now train along side breaststroke King Adam Peaty and work with one of the best coaches in the world Mel Marshall. She also discusses her early success as a youngster and then stepping away from swimming for a break, and returning at 17 years old to great success becoming British Champion in the 50m Freestyle. She also goes through her Commonwealth Games experience on the Gold Coast and a whole lot more.
Off The Blocks with Aimee Willmott

Off The Blocks with Aimee Willmott

Season 3 Ep 9 features a chat with Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and one of Team GB and England's most consistent performers over the last decade, Aimee Willmott. In this podcast she discusses her father being an Olympian and inspiring her to pursue her own dreams; her Olympic experience in 2012 with a home games; as well as 2018 Commonwealth Games where she won Gold in the 400 IM on the Gold Coast. All that and a whole lot more.
Off The Blocks with Rebecca Adlington

Off The Blocks with Rebecca Adlington

Season 3 Ep 4 features a chat with 2 time Olympic Gold Medallist, former world record holder and one of Great Britain's greatest ever swimmers Rebecca Adlington. In this podcast she discusses how she got started in swimming; her phenomenal 2008 Beijing Olympics; winning the 400 and 800 Freestyle and breaking the long standing world record; the 2012 London Olympics and how much attention was on the home team. All that and a whole lot more.
Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 7

Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 7

This routine focuses on the back muscles ... which is not only great for swimmers but for anyone who works at a desk or looks down at their phone regularly.
Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 6

Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 6

This video focuses on your core and should help your swimming and day to day life in general. As usual, complete this video in bed before you get up every day (except for one rest day).
Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 5

Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 5

Settle in for a long stretch exercise that will really benefit your stroke. As usual, do these stretches in bed before you get up every day (except for one rest day).
Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 4

Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 4

Week 4 of Duncan Goodhew's swimmer stretch series has some more fantastic stretches to try. Follow this routine in bed before you get up every day (except for one rest day).
Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 3

Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 3

Number 3 in the series of Duncan Goodhew's morning stretch routine focuses on some classic swimmer stretches. Follow this routine in bed before you get up every day (except for one rest day).
Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 2

Duncan’s Morning Stretch Series - Week 2

Here is the second in the series of Duncan Goodhew's morning stretch routine, focusing on hip mobility and hamstrings and more. Do these stretches in bed before you get up every day (except for one rest day).
Swim Coach's Clinic - Build a Team

Swim Coach's Clinic - Build a Team

Start with why and purpose. In the swimming world, that purpose is TEAM! www.swimsmarttoday.com
Resilience through adversity

Resilience through adversity

Leading Edge June Performance Hub with Lizzie Simmonds, Olympian. Selected highlight from June's webinar, where Lizzie spoke of the lessons and insights she's gained through her Olympic swimming career and beyond, in preparing for failure and creating identity and self-worth beyond the athletic ambition
In conversation with Siobhan O'Connor: IBD

In conversation with Siobhan O'Connor: IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term mainly used to describe two conditions: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Inside with Brett Hawke: James Guy

Inside with Brett Hawke: James Guy

James Guy, World Champion and Olympic medalist from Great Britain, swings in for a chat. They talk about Kosuke Hagino, 200 Free race strategy, and loads of practice sets. Show Notes: Part of the National Center in Bath. Lives with Freya Anderson; Recent coaching change. Why not leave England? Swimming with David McNulty; Growing up going to school and swimming at Millfield with Joel; 6x200's best ave @ 3:00. Next week... 7x200's. Next week... 8x200's...all the way up to 15 and back down; Kosuke Hagino Trains on a Different Level; 2015 Kazan World Championships Winning the 200 Free against Ryan Lochte - Sun Yang - Paul Biedermann - Chad Le Clos; "Do the work for the 4, race the 2." - James Guy; 200 Free strategy; Thinking differently like Richard Quick and Ian Thorpe.; What do you think of when you think of Adam Peaty. "I think of him as one of the boys you know, just a normal lad, who, obviously, trains like an absolute tiger." - James Guy; You haven't had a stand out win since 2015. Where have you struggled in the last 5 years? Losing some confidence. "This is not the real James Guy." - James Guy; Training with Tom Dean; What do you do in training for fly? Lots of aerobic / threshold butterfly 30x50's 4 Fly on @ :35, 1 Backstroke SCM; "To do things fast, you gotta do things slow." - James Guy; Do you ever do 100's fly in practice? All the time. And much more!
Day in the Life of a Professional Swimmer

Day in the Life of a Professional Swimmer

Released on National Fitness Day 2020. Sport is so rewarding and swimming is so much more than simply swimming laps of a pool... After this crazy COVID period of lockdown, it's been so nice getting back to training properly, so Michael Gunning thought he'd give you an insight into the life of a professional swimmer!
Why moving is so important in our daily lives

Why moving is so important in our daily lives

This Living Well Somerset Week Webinar examines why physical activity and moving is so important in our daily lives and looks at how we can practically motivate ourselves to have better habits around moving more. Presented by Jane Knowles, chief executive officer at Somerset Activity & sports partnership The week features sessions run by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Somerset County Council, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) and Mendip Health Connections.
Looking at the ingredients for a healthy and balanced life

Looking at the ingredients for a healthy and balanced life

Dr Henk Bruggers, a GP in Somerset and clinical lead for long term conditions at Somerset CCG, presented the first webinar as part of Somerset Living Well Week on ‘looking at the ingredients for a healthy and balanced life for preservation of well-being and the prevention of illness’. (21 - 25 Sep 2020). He discusses about how you can prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes and interviews patients on their experiences. The week features sessions run by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Somerset County Council, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) and Mendip Health Connections.
Impact Video 2020

Impact Video 2020

It is no secret that the sport and recreation sector has been significantly affected by COVID–19. Take a look at the impact of the work of the Alliance in preparation for the challenges to come and be ready to embrace the opportunities that may arise.
Governance Bites

Governance Bites

Learn more about governance best practice in the digital world during this workshop from 17 Sep 2020. The Alliance's Governance Bites series is packed full of fantastic digital courses and webinars, supporting you every step of the way until the end of the year.
How to Build Organisational Resilience with Howden

How to Build Organisational Resilience with Howden

The Alliance governance team joined forces with insurance specialists Howden in this webinar to explore organisational resilience. The British Standards Institution defines organisational resilience as “the ability of an organisation to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper.” In recent times, we have seen a demanding need for organisational resilience, and realistically, it is up to the board to execute this. The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, for example, has brought devastating effects and economic insecurities to national governing bodies, athletes, investors, tourism, local communities- the list goes on. Hayley Foster, Governance Officer at the Alliance, highlights the areas you should consider against your own organisational needs and resources, if you haven’t done so already, and how the Alliance can help you along the way. - Leadership: As a board, how strong do you feel your leadership skills are? Is there enough support coming from the top all the way down, and is this received well? Are you not only surviving but thriving? It is the executive’s responsibility to make the tough, but right decisions- it is for the rest of the organisation to keep them accountable. Board performance evaluations, also known as Effectiveness Reviews, create an opportunity for boards to self-reflect on their performance and evaluate improvement areas. - Culture: How empowered do you feel in your role, and how empowered do you make others feel? Are you collectively working together to ensure that the best outcomes are reached? Especially now, boards should be communicating the right tone from the top and people should feel motivated and secure in their role, even if in the face of adversity. - Adaptability: How adaptable are you to change? Organisations must prove their adaptability and agility during this time, particularly through the power of technology. Gone are the days of four-hour board meetings, stacks of board papers and lengthy presentations; now, the focus shifts to providing streamlined and efficient information before “Zoom fatigue” sets in. - Processes: To be clear, preparation for sudden disruptions is not to be confused with risk management. Whilst practices such as risk registers and implementation of policies can help to tackle anticipated change, it is the defined processes to help manage change which will ensure success in the long term. - Vision: When push comes to shove, your vision can not always be completely fixed. Yes, you must plan for change, but sometimes that change is unforeseen. Creative planning and seeking new opportunities, such as diversification can help make the necessary changes without too much alteration to your vision. Remember, change must always be communicated to the wider organisation. - Resilience: Building resilience is not another agenda item, fixed entity or one step process- it takes time. Boards must ensure that practices are continually reviewed and evolve in alignment with the changing environment. Now is the time to stop the firefighting, step out of crisis management mode, and venture into the “new normal.”
Parents & Coaches: #OneTeam

Parents & Coaches: #OneTeam

This session of the Curious Coaches Club shines a spotlight on how parents can better support coaches. Robin Taylor, author of research into parents and families in sport, UK Coaching's Heather Douglas, a cricket, boxing and football sports parent, and Jennifer Owsley, mother of Hockey Gold Medallist Lily Owsley explore practical tips on how both parents and coaches can engage more effectively to support the learning environment of everyone they coach, putting the people being coached truly at the centre of the great coaching experience. Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Seasonal Training for Athletes - Phase 1

Seasonal Training for Athletes - Phase 1

With Francesca Filatondi. You should only perform this programme if you are fit and healthy to do so and with parental permission (if under 18). Please make sure that the area you are using for exercise is suitable and clear from hazards. Swim England accepts no responsibility for injury occurring when performing these exercises and you undertake them at your own risk. Please follow the link for Swim England’s virtual training guidance: https://bit.ly/LandWorkCriteria
Open water and occupiers' liability: 'Resolving Rural Disputes'

Open water and occupiers' liability: 'Resolving Rural Disputes'

Open water swimming has grown in popularity recently. Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn look at some of the legal issues surrounding open water swimming, specifically in relation to occupier’s liability.
#GreatCoachingPledge - Lisa Wainwright

#GreatCoachingPledge - Lisa Wainwright

Alliance CEO, Lisa Wainwright joins the UK Coaching Week celebration by offering her thanks to the coaching community.
ReOpen webinar #2 - Reopen your pool Covid-secure

ReOpen webinar #2 - Reopen your pool Covid-secure

The second webinar in CIMSPA's ReOpen series publsihed on 30 Jul 2020 looked at reopening pools. Get some tips, pointers and guidance on reopening your leisure facilities to make them Covid-secure post-lockdown. Their panel of experts includesd Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, Jo Talbot, Commercial Director at RLSS, Katie Towner, Head of Learn to Swim, Alex Haines, Strategic Partnership Manager and Richard Lamburn, Head of Facilities at Swim England. They answer some of the sector's most pressing questions, so make sure to watch until the end. CIMSPA's ReOpen webinar series and all of their help, guidance and tools for reopening are available at https://www.cimspa.co.uk/reopen
Top tips for swimming teachers post-lockdown

Top tips for swimming teachers post-lockdown

The Swim England Learn to Swim team have put together five top tips for swimming teachers as they return to lessons following the coronavirus lockdown.
Coaching Adults (Great Coaching Behaviours)

Coaching Adults (Great Coaching Behaviours)

A person-centred approach is an important element of coaching people at any age. Recognising the Principles of Great Coaching can help in developing your own unique approach, or brand of coaching, seen through your own coaching behaviours. In this session, UK Coaching Ambassador, Wheelchair Basketball Coach, Paralympian and owner of Believe It Coaching Anna Jackson, award-winning sport and fitness industry entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Our Parks Born Barikor and Health and Physical Activity Programme Lead and UK Coaching Policy and Partnership Manager Craig Blain explore: - the behaviours that they recognise within their own coaching brands; - how these impact on the people taking part; - helpful tips on where to exhibit these behaviours for maximum impact. Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Coaching Teenagers

Coaching Teenagers

Coaching teenagers can be a complex and challenging process for anyone! Young people's lives are full of change. If you think about what changes a young person faces between the ages of 11 and 20, it is completely transforming. Managing life changes or transitions is one of the main reasons why young people stop playing sport. On the flip side, it can also be a time when a new sporting habit can be formed. As a coach, you play a critical role in helping a young person maintain their sporting habit. In this session, Level 4 Rugby Coach and RFU Sports Coach Mentor Gareth Hatherley-Hurford, UEFA B and Youth Award Football Coach Caroline Ames and UK Coaching's Mark Bateman discuss how to help young people deal with change and uncertainty by providing information, emotional support and guidance. Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Coaching the 9-11 Age Group: Understanding the Whole Child

Coaching the 9-11 Age Group: Understanding the Whole Child

We understand that the challenge of children changes as they get older, in many different ways! But what does this mean in practice and for coaches? Can coaches support the emotional and social needs of the children they coach alongside their physical needs? And where does the technical and tactical part still fit into this complex recipe? It's tricky! Head of Coaching at UK Coaching Nick Levett and British Gymnastics' Gemma Kirkham focus on 9-11 year olds and discuss the challenges of coaching the whole child. How can we create learning environments that are based on an understanding of the unique experience and needs of being that age? Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
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