SWIMMING: Rugby swimmers train in 2012 Olympic pool

Rugby swimmers at the London Aquatics Centre
Rugby swimmers at the London Aquatics Centre
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Great day out for 125 at Olympic Park

Rugby Swimming Club took part in a two-hour training session in the 2012 Olympic Pool at Stratford on Saturday and enjoyed spending the day at the Olympic Park to take in all the sights and memories.

Leaving Rugby on two coaches at 5.30am, 125 made the trip arranged by Hemesh Cohen, the coaching staff and committee. The party included 80 swimmers from the teaching section right up to the senior masters, along with parents, grandparents, coaches and siblings.

On heading towards their final destination, all the familiar sights could be seen, the Copper Box, the Velodrome, the Athletics Stadium, and of course the Aquatic centre. Some of the parents decided it was too good an opportunity to miss and had brought their kit for a swim, and were actually in before the club swimmers.

9am saw club captain, Noah Slinn set things in motion and the enthusiastic younger element were in. The more mature were more circumspect in their urgency to get in, as they knew two hours in a long course pool would be extremely hard work. Many of the younger swimmers, especially the teaching section, had never encountered a long course pool before, and what a place to make your 50m debut! The pool started to take its toll, as the sheer scale, not to mention the competition temperature was a bit of a shock. The swimmers starting to turn blue was probably an good indicator that the first hour was up and the smaller swimmers hit the showers.

After a pretty gruelling session, the club finished off with the five lanes of swimmers competing in a 12 x 50m freestyle relay, which was as closely contested as any of the Olympic swimming relays.

Everyone was then free to spend the rest of the day exploring the whole park, and all the familiar sites from 2012, the Olympics, Paralympics and the recent Invictus games.

The club would like to hear from any swimmers aged 7 or 8, who have reached level 7, or indeed swimmers of any age to join the club in their resurgence.