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What’s In The Water

What’s In The Water

A Sheffield Adventure Film Festival online talk about Wild Swimming - What’s in our rivers and seas? A look at the state of our waterways. The state of our waterways has been a hot topic in the media recently. From sewage spills by water companies to agricultural run-offs, there are many problems wild swimmers can face when trying to find a clean place to swim. Lindsay Cole will be talking to Suzie Wheway about water quality in UK waters. What the situation is, just how bad it is or isn’t, what you need to think about when you’re choosing a swim spot and what you can do to help support better river health. Lindsey Cole is a children's author, adventurer and mermaid . She mermaided the length of the River Thames in 2018 to highlight plastic pollution and in 2021 mermaided the Bristol Avon, towing a giant poo sculpture and toilet roll, to investigate how polluted our rivers are (she got very sick!). Lindsey has made a film, The Mermaid, The Otter and The Big Poo to educate children and families on river health and to inspire them to look after their own local river. Suzie is an outdoor swim coach and guide based in the Peak District, UK. Prior to becoming a swim coach Suzie worked in the environment sector for many years and has always had a passion for water, how it works, sculpts our landscapes and keeps humanity alive. She is a volunteer with her local Rivers Trust and campaigns for better water quality in her role as Outdoor Swimming Ambassador for Swim England.
Starting Out Wild Swimming - Suzanna Cruickshank

Starting Out Wild Swimming - Suzanna Cruickshank

Dipping your toe for the first time in the fresh, cool, outdoor waters of the UK can seem daunting to some. It’s a plunge that’s always worth taking though. Join Suzie and Suzanna as they discuss their own wild swimming stories. How and why they started, what they do now, how you can join the fun and most importantly which is the best post swim snack, Pie or Cake? Suzanna Cruickshank is an award winning author and wild swim guide based in the Lake District, UK. Suzanna started outdoor swimming as an aside to hill walking after falling in love with Cumbria on her first visit. She hasn’t looked back since. Her swim guiding business, Suzanna Swims, specialises in sociable, leisurely swims and swim-hikes where stopping to look at the view and a nice cup of tea afterwards are the order of the day. Her first book Swimming Wild in the Lake District won Outdoor Book of the Year in the TGO magazine awards 2020. She’s also a fan of a good pie post swim. Suzie is an outdoor swim coach and guide based in the Peak District, UK. Suzie started wild swimming to help her deal with life with a young family. Her passion for the water led her to completely change career from a suited and booted corporate to neoprene clad outdoor adventure pusher. A change she’s never regretted. Suzie’s business Peak Swims supports swimmers to access the water in the way that’s right for them. Suzie’s partial to a spot of flapjack post swim but can also be swayed by a good sausage roll.
Nick Hayes, author of The Book of Trespass

Nick Hayes, author of The Book of Trespass

Owen Hayman of SOUP (Sheffield OUtdoor Plungers) talks with Nick Hayes, author of The Book of Trespass about the state of water and land access in England. They will discuss how Sheffield and the Peaks went from being a fairly un-swum place to becoming the home of one of the UK's largest and most vibrant swimming communities in just a few years, and thinking of mischievous ways to take things further. Nick is a really inspiring and insightful speaker and hopes to be working with SOUP on some exciting swimming access projects in the future. Link to resources: https://bit.ly/3NetCGT
Active School Hero 2022

Active School Hero 2022

Launch event Mar 2022. The Active School Hero award celebrates the achievements of the heroes working in UK primary schools who inspire their communities to get even more kids moving and transform Generation Inactive into Generation Active.
Leading The Change

Leading The Change

An insight into social prescribing within the leisure sector.
SFDC Town Hall February 2022

SFDC Town Hall February 2022

The Sport for Development Coalition is planning to launch a campaign on 6 April 2022 (the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace) to showcase the contribution of sport and physical activity in building a fairer, more equitable and sustainable future. 'Open Goal' will support national policies aimed at 'levelling up' communities and tackling deep-seated inequalities post Covid-19, but also connect with global efforts advocating sport's role in peace-building and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information on and to support the campaign visit https://bit.ly/3qn4vYw
Keri-anne Payne on her career and passion for open water swimming

Keri-anne Payne on her career and passion for open water swimming

Keri-anne Payne is a 3x British Olympian. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she won the silver medal in the 10K Open Water and went on to win World Championships in 2009 and 2010 in the same event. At her home Olympics in 2012 as the defending champion, Keri-anne made a rookie mistake in her 10K and wound up touching 4th by just a few tenths of a second. She is the Founder of Triscape (personalized open water escapes and adventures) and Straight Line Swimming (online open water swim coaching qualification). Show timeline: 00:00 Bratter PA, Immigration Law; 00:04 Hello Keri-anne Payne; 01:00 Bill Sweetenham; 05:15 100 Fly; 06:24 Dave Crouch; 07:38 Sean Kelly; 08:20 Open water??; 12:55 Beine Genetic Sports Performance; 14:00 Training strategies; 16:15 How many 10K's; 19:00 The Conflict; 22:18 Swim Angelfish; 23:00 Breathing in open water; 24:34 Sighting; 25:45 Crocodile eyes; 27:45 Sharks; 29:29 Feeding in open water; 34:50 Swimnerd Live Results; 35:26 Swimming in the Pack; 40:10 Touching people's feet; 41:55 Pool swimmers; 47:50 Communication devices; 48:10 World Championships; 49:45 Internal pressure; 54:58 Destro Machines; 55:17 Vasa Trainer; 56:45 Any Question
We Trained With Olympic Synchronised Swimmers

We Trained With Olympic Synchronised Swimmers

GTN joined Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe from the GB Artistic Swimming team for a day of their intense training, from gym work to flexibility and pool work. Mark and Heather even got the chance to show what they were made of and perform their routine - how well do you think they got on?
When Rugby players try Water Polo

When Rugby players try Water Polo

Ultimate Rugby Challenge returned in Jul 2021 with an Olympic twist! As the athletes of countries around the world prepared for Tokyo 2020, players from Rugby Sevens teams faced off against some of their fellow countrymen and women. First up the Australians took on their Water Polo counterparts. Who will come out on top in the water?
Andy Jameson | The Man Behind The Microphone

Andy Jameson | The Man Behind The Microphone

This episode features Andy Jameson, one of the greatest swimming commentators around and the voice of British Swimming. A former Olympic medal-winning Butterfly swimmer for Team GB, Jameson has been commentating on swimming for 33 years. He talks about life behind the microphone, what it was like to commentate on the Covid affected Tokyo 2020 Olympics, his favourite moments from his years watching swimming and what he thinks the future looks like for British Swimming after a record-setting Olympic Games in Tokyo!
Duncan Scott | The Most Decorated British Olympic Swimmer

Duncan Scott | The Most Decorated British Olympic Swimmer

This episode features the most successful British Swimmer at a single Olympic Games, Duncan Scott. Over the past few years, Duncan Scott has been laying down a claim to be one of the greatest British Swimmers of all time. At the Tokyo Olympics, he won gold and three silvers, he owns 12 British Swimming Records, 5 World Championship medals and 11 European championship medals. Duncan talks about his achievements at Tokyo 2020, as well as his positive mental attitude to everything he does in the pool, and his development through the sport as an age grouper. He also discusses how and why he gives himself such a tough racing program at major meets, and if that is ever likely to change! 00:00 - Intro; 01:08 - Legacy and Growing the Sport; 08:27 - Racing Mentality; 11:33 - Tough Racing Program; 18:31 - Positive Attitude; 20:05 - Age Group Development; 24:47 - Tokyo 2020 Olympics; 30:47 - Future Goals; 33:19 - Advice to Swimmers; 35:45 - Quick Fire Questions; 39:33 - Send Off
Swim Racing Q&A

Swim Racing Q&A

In this episode of the live-streaming series aimed at supporting parents of swimmers, Kevin Pickard of The AP Race Club, lead of the parent's support station at AP Race Clinics, joins the show to help answer all your questions! - How do I help my swimmer deal with nerves? - How often should my children be racing? - Is it important to swim well at every meet? Work out what's best for your swimmer/s, as well as learn from others, who have gone through the challenges you or your child are currently facing.
27 World's Best Swimmers

27 World's Best Swimmers

1926 video of 27 of the world's best swimmers competing for the English long distance swimming championship which was won by Paolo Radmilovic of Weston-Super-Mare.
What is Interpretation?

What is Interpretation?

Cleveland Pools in Bath is the UK's oldest public outdoor swimming pool. Professor June Hannam is one of Cleveland Pools Trust's three patrons alongside Sharron Davies MBE and Stephanie Millward MBE. In this video, the Trust's Community Engagement and Volunteer Officer Sam Grief invites June to discuss the work of the "interpretation Team".
GB Swimmer Alice Dearing Explores Birmingham's Grade II* Listed Swimming Pool

GB Swimmer Alice Dearing Explores Birmingham's Grade II* Listed Swimming Pool

Ever swum in an Edwardian swimming pool? Join GB swimmer Alice Dearing to explore the oldest surviving Grade II* bath house in England that is still operating as a pool. Moseley Road Baths opened in 1907 as a gift to the people of Balsall Heath in a bid to encourage them to join the newly created City of Birmingham. Today it remains at the heart of the Balsall Heath community and relies on a passionate team of volunteers to keep the pool running. A Culture Recovery Fund grant was awarded to Birmingham City Council to help protect the future of this exceptional historic building, so it can continue to play an important role in the health and well-being of the local population.
Ben Titley named Head Coach of Sant Cugat National Training Centre

Ben Titley named Head Coach of Sant Cugat National Training Centre

After moving from the Loughborough ITC to become Head coach of a Swimming Canada High Performance Centre, Brit Ben Titley has gone on to be named Canadian Coach of the Year, Canadian Junior Coach of the Year and Aquatics Canada Coach of the Year in 2021. 10 Canadian Olympians trained full-time in Ontario for Tokyo 2020. Titley discusses his latest move from Canada to Barcelona, Spain to work with Coach Olaf Wildeboer.
Mental Toughness: Doing It When and Where It Matters

Mental Toughness: Doing It When and Where It Matters

Wayne Goldsmith is an internationally renowned, speaker, author, mentor and coach. In episode 3 of his special 'Soft Skills of Swimming Coaching' podcast, he talks about Mental toughness and how to coach it. It is a topic many people talk about but very few understand it and even fewer can coach it. His take on mental toughness is your ability to do what you need to do - what you've trained to do - to the standard you need to do it - when and where it matters.
Comparison Culture, How Social Media Isn't The Problem

Comparison Culture, How Social Media Isn't The Problem

Why Sports Jul 2021 webinars on Mental Health of Children and Young People explored: How the pandemic has affected the lives of the 'Covid Generation'; The tools needed to manage low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression; What are the immediate life challenges for children and young people; Why sport and exercise is good for the physical and mental health of all. Katy Leeson, Social Chain UK discussed: ​The problems with comparison; The impact of social media on the brain; The positives of social media; How to understand our values; Self-Compassion survival guide; How social media can facilitate growth.
Exploring how sport and physical activity can tackle the emerging mental health and wellbeing emergency in young people

Exploring how sport and physical activity can tackle the emerging mental health and wellbeing emergency in young people

In Jul 2021, Hayley Jarvis (Head of Physical Activity, Mind ) and James Durcan (Physical Activity Officer (Partnerships and Projects) discussed the mental health emergency: What the data is telling us about young people’s mental health?; The role of sport and physical activity in tackling the mental health emergency; The fight for mental health, how Mind and others are responding; Introducing Mind’s physical activity workforce programme focusing on CYP mental health; Highlighting how delegates can engage with and influence Mind's work; Signposting to resources and support.
Stress management, recovery behaviours and coach-athlete relationship

Stress management, recovery behaviours and coach-athlete relationship

Lightning talks during INSEP's international conference held on 25/26 Nov 2021: 'Mental Dimension and Coaching for Sport Performance'. Three topics in this video: 'Study of the interpersonal dimension of stress management in team sports' by Chloé Leprince (Psychologist, researcher for the French Football Federation). 'Recovery behaviors changes in swimmers' by Mathilde Poignard (Post-doctoral researcher at the French Institute of Sport (INSEP)); 'The coach-athlete(s) relationship in a sport context: temporal dynamics, psycho-social determinants, and consequences on athletes’ physical and mental health' by Valentin Roux (PhD student in sport psychology at the Grenoble lpes University).
The psychological support for Paralympic sport at the Japan High Performance Sport Centre

The psychological support for Paralympic sport at the Japan High Performance Sport Centre

Presentation by Yasuhisa Tachiya PhD (Mental training consultant at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences) in the session "Sports Psychology in the Paralympic environment', part of INSEP's International Conference held on 25/26 Nov 2021: 'Mental Dimension and Coaching for Sport Performance'.
Supporting psychological and performance needs of student-athletes and staff

Supporting psychological and performance needs of student-athletes and staff

Round table discussion with Urban Johnson PhD (Professor in sport and exercise psychology at the Halmstad University of Sweden), David McCarthy (former Endurance trainer at the Aspire Foundation Academy) and Matthew Cullen (PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham) in the 'Management of Uncertainty' session of INSEP's international conference held on 25/26 Nov 2021: 'Mental Dimension and Coaching for Sport Performance'.
Don't Let Success Go to Your Head, Failure Go to Your Heart

Don't Let Success Go to Your Head, Failure Go to Your Heart

Episode 93 of the Raising Your Game Podcast features Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, an Olympic Silver Medalist & World Champion Swimmer who was forced to retire from her sport at the age of 25 due to health complications caused by Ulcerative Colitis. Siobhan's story is one of how against physical struggle she was able to make it to the top and achieve success. Lewis Hatchett and Siobhan talk about how she grew up with the condition and how life was before and after the diagnosis, the issues that it causes, competing in the world championships and Olympics at a young age, second chances, self-belief, her amazing relationship with her coach and a brilliant system to track her progress and leave her feeling confident she had done everything that she was able to perform to her best. Siobhan's story is one of triumph against physical challenges which she embodies the belief that if you want something enough you really can achieve it.
Supporting People with Visual Impairments: Simulation of Cataracts

Supporting People with Visual Impairments: Simulation of Cataracts

This video simulates a person with Cataracts. Cataracts are a common eye condition in which the lens inside the eye gradually becomes less transparent with age. The video is part of a toolkit that has been designed to support those working within leisure, sports and physical activity environments to provide more inclusive facilities. This in turn will help people with a visual impairment access opportunities to be more active and healthy and to thrive. Access the free toolkit to help you support people with a visual impairment in your facility: https://bit.ly/3o5UDQM
Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy

In the first episode of Wesport Primary PE Podcast, host Ian Eidge, Youth Sport Project Officer at Wesport will introduce the format and aims of the podcast outlining the structure for future episodes. Mar 2022’s focus is on physical literacy and its importance and application within a primary environment. Dr Durden-Myers, a recognised expert in this field, provides guidance around the subject. Also highlighted are local opportunities national and locally over the next month and the PE confessional; a chance for teachers to share their PE mishaps and embarrassing moments. More information is available in their PE bulletin, on www.wesport.org.uk or via email.
International Women's Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

International Women's Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

Local active partnership Wesport partners Open Minds Active have been delivering female only adult learn to swim lessons. In 2020 they set up a programme to encourage adult women of colour to learn to swim. They offer learn to swim programmes in a private, fun and welcoming environment.
December Leadership Session

December Leadership Session

Sport leaders discussed the prioties they identified for 2022.
Fundraising Regulator Annual Event 2022

Fundraising Regulator Annual Event 2022

Recording of the annual event on 1 Mar of the independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which sets out best practice in order to protect donors and support the vital work of fundraisers. https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk
Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled Children & Young People: UK Chief Medical Officers'

Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled Children & Young People: UK Chief Medical Officers'

This animation communicates the UK Chief Medical Officers' physical activity guidelines for disabled children and disabled young people. It's evidence-based and was created with disabled children and disabled young people. Please share widely to support physical activity among disabled children and disabled young people. The animation is based on a recent review of evidence for the Chief Medical Officers' and the Department of Health and Social Care. It is also based on a lengthy co-production process with over 230 disabled children and disabled young people as well as over 70 parents/carers. Over 30 health and social care professionals were also involved. The work was led by Professor Brett Smith and a team from Durham University, the University of Bristol (Professor Charlie Foster), and Disability Rights UK (Get Yourself Active programme). Correspondence: brett.smith@durham.ac.uk
Anna Hopkin Interview

Anna Hopkin Interview

Team GB swimmer, Anna Hopkin won Olympic Gold in the Mixed 4 × 100m medley relay in Tokyo. The gold medal win also set a new world record. Anna discusses the race and her swimming journey.
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