Swimmers enjoy masterclass with champion Nick

Senior swimmers with Nick Gillingham
Senior swimmers with Nick Gillingham

On Saturday afternoon and evening, Nick Gillingham, Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medallist ran two training seminars as part of Rugby Swimming Club’s continued push for improvement.

Ages ranged for the 60 swimmers from 6-45, from the teaching section, through the various squads, up to the masters.

Very positive feedback from all highlighted the individuals and clubs desire to progress and funds will be made available for future sessions.

Nick Gillingham MBE is a double Olympic medallist swimmer and former World, European and Commonwealth champion and record holder.

He has been a World Masters champion and is the current World Masters record holder for 100 and 200metres breaststroke.

Many of the younger members had to look up Nick on the internet, whereas some of the older swimmers had competed against Nick, in Masters events and even over 25 years ago in the Midlands Championships. The session obviously focused on his breaststroke expertise, but further sessions are booked for other strokes and general racing and training tips.

The stroke was broken down into its constituent parts, giving head coach Hemesh Chohan and his every expanding team of 25 teachers and coaches some new ideas and drills, which will no doubt find their way into future training sessions.

All ages picked things up quickly and instant improvements could be seen across the board.

n Rugby Swimming Club is looking for swimmers between the ages of 7-9 to continue its strength and depth. If you are interested please contact the club at: