25 Apr 21

Almost 20 children attended a swim trial at Deepings Swimming Club last week after the Government lockdown measures allowed swimming pools to reopen.

The club, which trains at Deepings Leisure Centre in Deeping St James, is looking for new members of all ages and abilities, from swim school level six upwards, including adults for its Masters squad, although over 18s will not be able to participate in club swimming until May 17 at the earliest.

The trials are an opportunity for head coach Lynn Chapman to assess skills and fitness levels in order to allocate each swimmer to the correct squad. The next trial will take place in June. Email the club at [email protected] for details.

“Swimmers must be confidant in deep water and able to swim a minimum of 25 metres on front and back,” said Chapman. “We are a competitive swimming club which coaches swimmers from age six of all abilities through to national and international standard.”

Since the country went into lockdown in March 2020, the region’s swimmers have spent little time in the pool. Training recommenced in August, paused during the second lockdown in November then restarted for a month before lockdown three closed the leisure centre in January.

Since then, swimmers have been keeping fit through personal exercises, a national V Swim series of land-based challenges and weekly workouts with Deeping Swimming Club’s land training coach Claire Cross, who runs the local Spin Room Studio.

They also enjoyed two zoom presentations, one looking at the parent’s perspective of swimming with Debbie Wray, former Deepings coach and mother of two of the club’s finest swimmers, Lauren and Alex, and the other from the swimmer’s perspective with another former Deepings great Isabel Spinley.

“It has been a challenging 12 months, but we are delighted to be back in the pool,” said Chapman. “Our focus for the first few weeks will be on helping the swimmers to regain their full fitness and focusing on their skills. It won’t be long before they are ready to compete again.”

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