Friday, June 05, 2015

Scottish Swimming Launch Project to Develop Longer Lasting Girl Power

"By bringing them together and presenting successful role models from swimming and outside of sport, our aim is to create a positive environment for them to flourish and fulfil their potential, inspiring them to be ambitious, resilient and excellent." Alan Lynn, National Coach

Scottish Swimming has developed a project, which will see a large number of female swimmers gather immediately following the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships in Glasgow at the end of June, and provide them with a positive environment for them to thrive and fulfil their potential for as long as possible.

Based at Tollcross from the evening of Sunday 28th June until the morning of Wednesday 1st July, a large group of female swimmers and staff will be exposed to a variety of information and challenges, all planned to release the potential of female swimming in Scotland over the next 6 years.

National Coach, Alan Lynn, commented on the project:

"We are excited to embark on this new initiative to develop our female swimmers. By bringing them together and presenting successful role models from swimming and outside of sport, our aim is to create a positive environment for them to flourish and fulfil their potential, inspiring them to be ambitious, resilient and excellent.

“The first camp after Scottish nationals at the end of June, is the start of a series of events designed to release the potential of our female swimmers and have them build on the successes of Alison Sheppard, Caitlin McClatchey and current world number 1, Hannah Miley."

The objectives for the first gathering are:

  • Create a positive group culture aimed at setting high standards and improving
  • performance
  • Provide clear direction for the initiative and set ambitious and inclusive goals
  • Expose swimmers to high achieving female role models, creating higher levels of self-expectation and understanding
  • Promote swimmers to become role models for the wider Scottish Swimming community, both as athletes and as people.

This project comes on the back of research that suggests, despite the overall female participation in Scottish Swimming being higher than for males, there is a disconnection between the figures and the success of the female swimmers, with Hannah Miley being the stand-out beacon of excellence, achieving 11 medals on the international stage and currently ranked world number 1 for the 400m IM.

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