Saturday was a long day – we started training at 7.00am and as it was Devon Prior’s 15th Birthday she had the honour of diving in first, we completed a 2.5 hour session followed by breakfast. Land Training was at 11.15am on the beach and we stayed on the beach for lunch chilling out for a couple of hours in the sun.
The afternoon session was also 2.5 hours and we finished with some very tired swimmers, over the course of the week Lane 1 did in excess of 47Km, Lane 2 – 55Km and Lane 3 just short of the 70Km mark – a great achievement by all.
We had a short time to pack followed by Dinner where we had a birthday Cake for Devon. The flight home was delayed by a couple of hours and we finally arrived back at around 3.00am.
Once the dust has settled we will put up a list of all the swimmer’s main memory of the camp and compile a photo album.
It would be remiss if we did not thank all the helpers on the camp who gave up their time and money to go on the trip.
Louise Farrow was our Camp Manager and First Aider who worked tirelessly to keep our ‘walking wounded’ in the pool and getting us to the correct place at the correct time.
Dave Windsor who helped with chaperone duties and became our ‘water boy’ making sure all the swimmers had a supply of water.
Linda Riley who also helped with chaperone duties and made sure the coaches had coffee to keep them going.
Liz Sherriff, Mike Holmes and Luke Jelfs who worked very hard coaching the lanes, keeping swimmers going, this left Alan to oversee the training and video swimmers giving immediate technique feedback on the Laptop poolside.
We must thank our ‘backroom boy’ Keith Wilding who organised the camp like a military operation – it all ran to plan as no stone had been left unturned and we had nor surprises about the organisation.
Finally a big thank you to all the coaches and helpers who stayed behind and helped out this ensured that the vast majority of sessions ran as usual whilst we were away.