Olympic swimmer Amy Smith visits Louth Dolphins

Amy with the Dolphins
Amy with the Dolphins
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Another Olympic swimmer visited Louth Dolphins in the second of a series of swim clinics designed to support swimmers in their quest for high level swimming times.

This time it was Amy Smith, sprint freestyle swimmer currently based in Loughborough and training with GB Sprint coach James Gibson.

Amy has an impressive list of titles to her name - double commonwealth Games Silver Medallist, 2012 Olympic Relay finalist, European and British Record holder - so a person who can pass on some great skills to the swimmers.

Amy worked with the top squad of the club, first giving presentations dealing with nutrition, land training, motivation and sprint freestyle race tactics then it was into the pool for two hours of high level skills designed to help everyone swim faster at freestyle.

As a number of the swimmers present are close to regional or in some cases national qualifying times, these points can provide the added speed needed to reach their goals.

Although it was a tough couple of hours everyone had an enjoyable and instructive afternoon. The most impressive thing which caught everyone’s attention was when Amy took to the water to demonstrate, how easy and effortless her swimming appeared to be, and as all the swimmers found out, it really wasn’t as easy as she made it look.

The afternoon finished with photos and autographs.

Steve Armstrong, Head Coach, said: “Well done swimmers and thank you Amy for all of your help.”