Swim Ireland Swim Clinic with Melanie Nocher

A great morning was had yesterday in the Waterfront Leisure Center & Swimming Pool, Enniscorthy and a huge thanks to Melanie Nocher (2 time Irish Olympian & European Championship bronze medalist winner) & Swim Ireland for giving our children the opportunity to meet and talk with a true professional.

The swim clinic was broken into 2 parts, In the Water and Outside the Water.

In the Water

 Stroke specific skills and drills

 Challenge sets

Starts, Turns and Finish Practise

Fun Relays

Melanie also took to the water to demonstrate her swim skills and gave her views on how we can all improve our swim technique.

Outside the Water

Melanie also offered an insight into training, nutrition and coping with disappointment. A key component of her discussion on was on how to keep motivated particularly when we reach a ‘plateau’. Melanie herself plateaued for over a year and a half and at times felt like throwing in the towel but with encouragement from parents & coaches alike and working on different strokes she broke out of this cycle and started to obtain new ‘PB’s’ and continued to progress. The point being and as Melanie exclaimed – Never give up as it will happens to all of you at some stage. It’s how you work through it that will make you a better swimmer

As parents we also came away with some very useful and beneficial information such as: (a) how our children can balance their social life with training and competing, (b) the benefits of sport whilst studying and more importantly (c) ways to support our swimmers in times where they are struggling or finding it difficult to  stay motivated.

Thanks again Melanie & Swim Ireland for a great day