Friday, July 17, 2015

These Girls Can, thanks to IPC Legacy Plan presented by Scottish Gas

"We saw this as a fantastic opportunity to inspire the girls to be the next generation of world class performers and it certainly did just that.” Paul Wilson, Disability Performance Development Manager

Four female swimmers who attended the first ever exclusive female only development camp in March had an exciting visit the Glasgow 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre as a continuation of the camp and as part of the IPC Legacy Plan presented by Scottish Gas.

The seventh IPC Swimming World Championships presented a rare opportunity for the swimmers to spectate at the event and be physically taken through the footsteps of the 580 world class performance swimmers from 70 countries competing across the fourteen classification groups in the seven day event.

The four girls observed swimmers in the qualifying heats in the morning. After lunch they were put through their paces in the same pool by Ann Dickson, Team Scotland Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Coach. The group were more amazingly given the very unique chance to walk through the pre event protocol of the elite swimmers. Paul Wilson provided a guided tour of the athlete preparation area and described how athletes may prepare and focus on their forthcoming event before moving to the call room and then lining up to enter the poolside arena.

The swimmers experienced lining up and being announced on to poolside by the competition announcer and then moving through the media zone.

In the evening session there was great support for the GB Team. Laura Pilkington said “the highlight of the finals was seeing Oliver Hynd winning the gold medal and Andrew Mullen breaking a British record to win the silver medal in the S5 200m Freestyle event”.

Swimmer Kayleigh Haggo felt the group were fortunate to not only observe the swimmers in the heats and finals but to experience the protocol of world class competition was motivation to train harder to become a world class athlete.

Scottish Swimming Disability Performance Development Manager Paul Wilson said “This is a good group of young female swimmers who have shown they have potential to progress up the swimmer pathway. We saw this as a fantastic opportunity to inspire the girls to be the next generation of world class performers and it certainly did just that.”

The Swimming Development Camp in March was a joint venture with Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Swimming. It brought together a small group of identified talented female swimmers to benefit from additional support opportunities. For two swimmers this was their first time attending a residential swimming camp as part of a national squad.

The main aim of the camp was to:

  • Provide an opportunity for talented swimmers of different ages and their coaches to work together
  • Provide technical information, analysis and feedback
  • Implement technique and training strategies in long and short course environment
  • Provide information and feedback with regards to nutritional & hydration, develop pre/post pool strategies and provide an overview of the swimmer pathway

If you or anyone you know has a disability and would like to get involved in disability swimming please contact Scottish Disability Sport by telephoning 0131 317 1130 or by emailing