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CONDOLENCES Sad passing of ex GAW swimmer and coach

  It is with great sadness that we share with Gateshead and Whickham swimmers, coaches and parents, both past and present, that Graham Pearson passed away last Sunday following a short struggle against pancreatic cancer.  Graham was an active member of Gateshead & Whickham ASC in the 90s and 2000s. He was a very competitive […]

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Richmond Dales Back to Pool Report

Potential Squad After the summer break, the Potential swimmers returned to the pool to make preparations for their first competition of the season.  Well we certainly made a “Splash in the back to pool”!!!! The competing swimmers were awesome and they gave some fantastic performances. With a full programme of events, which made for a […]

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REPORT British and Swim England Nationals Report 2018

During the last week in July and the first week of August, seven team GAW swimmers closed their competitive seasons in style at national championships; firstly at the British Swimming Championships, and then the following week at the Swim England National Meet.   British Championships At British Champs, Team GAW had three athletes competing.  First […]

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Five ways to bounce back from a bad swim

  Be resilient Normally your racing conditions will generally be acceptable, sometimes even perfect. But relying on them to be perfect always leaves you open to getting rattled when things don’t go as you expect: Your goggles snap Your goggles come off or fill with water Your rival has pulled out and you have to […]

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Top Ten Questions

The Top Ten Questions Every Swimming Parent Wants to Know by Wayne Goldsmith and Helen Morris Most parents are desperate to find out the answers to these important questions:   How many training sessions should my child do each week? There is no magic number of training sessions for every swimmer. Even at elite level, […]

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NEW Plateauing Performances of Teenage Athletes

By Emma Merrill, Swimming World College Intern Many swimmers experience a plateau at some point in their careers. Even worse, the plateau can often closely follow some of the fastest swims of their lives. John Collins, head coach of the Badger Swim Club in Larchmont, N.Y., laments the seeming lost potential of an age group phenom who […]

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NEW Don’t worry boys your turn will come!!!

Academy Coach Kieran Peart proves that you have to be patient as swimming is a long-term journey….. just look at KP’s contrasting pics at different times in his career. Kieran, who reached British Nationals standard in the  competition arena, started his career with South Tyneside and then Sunderland before teaming up at GAW with his […]

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NEW National Athletes 2018

This season TEAM – GAW athletes recorded a record number of qualifying times for Scottish, English and British National Championships Pictured are team mates left to right: Sarah Wright: Scottish/English/ British  Ellie Houghton: English Zoe Price: Scottish/English Sam Pashley: Scottish Adam Barrett: English Adam Strickland: English/British Ryan Zhao: English/British Jamie Cordes: Scottish Sarah March: Scottish/English […]

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Condolences: Sad passing of coach

It is with great shock and deep sadness that we heard the news of the death of a great fellow coach, mentor and friend Fred Furness. For 28 years Fred has always been so helpful to me professionally and a great friend, he was such a passionate, genuine and sincere guy. Several of our coaching […]

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