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Swimming Camps

CSWPC B.E.S.T. Mallorca Trip 2011


 On the 8th -15th April 2011 Swimmers from Cheltenham Swimming & Water Polo Club flew to Colonia Sant Jordi in Mallorca to a warm weather training camp. Under the direction of Head Coach Simon Cooper, 15 swimmers trained for 24 hours at the internationally well known B.E.S.T Swim Centre based 40 minutes from Palma. The swimmers trained intensively twice daily in an open air 50m Olympic pool, coupled with core land training sessions. Rubbing shoulders with teams from Germany, Luxemburg, Leeds and Loughborough University the swimmers were able to see top swimmers train.

 Liam, Ross and Caitlin with CSWPC Men

Amongst the Loughborough team were members of the GB squad such as the likes of Liam Tancock , Ross Davenport, Fran Halsall, Elizabeth Simmonds, Caitlin McClatchey , Jo Jackson along with GB Coach Ben Titley. They were really happy to spend time with the Cheltenham swimmers and a few got their photo taken with some of them.  

 Liam and Ross with CSWPC Girls

The B.E.S.T Centre has been set up by two ex Olympians – James Parrack and Matthew O’Connor. James Parrack used to swim at CSWPC with Simon Cooper before moving onto Leeds. James went on to be in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games. He won Silver medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and was 10 times National Champion.  


Simon Cooper with James Parrack 

Simon said ” We have had an excellent week of swimming in the sun and in one of the best pools I have ever been to.  All swimmers exceeded my expectations in both quality and quantity of metres swam and I hope they use this experience to continue to improve their swimming in the future.” The swimmers that attended the camp were Warren Cannon, Geoff Twinning , Elliot Bishop , Charlotte Davis, Hannah Gamble, Dan Graaf, Sophie Parton, Tom Howells, Chris Powell, Dee Berry, Sophie Tebbs , Elena Hathaway, Rebecca Thomas , Nicole Thomas & Sam Biggs. Chaperones were Kate Nimmo , Sue & Derek Tebbs.