National Development Programme
Wednesday 15th September 2021
Swim England have selected Top Squad swimmer Charlotte Field to join Phase 1 of this year's National Development Programme
Charlotte was chosen thanks to the great times she achieved at recent galas, including the Festival of Swimming at the London Aquatic Centre. Her achievement means she is one of the top swimmers in her age group in the country.
She will attend two training camps with top coaches and learn about how to work to get the best times she can via technical and soft skill workshops.
Congratulations to Charlotte and the coaching team behind her for being selected. No doubt Charlotte will have an enjoyable experience and OOJSC will benefit from her learnings.
Chris Cook swims the English Channel
Saturday 21st August 2021
Former Master swimmer Chris Cook, kept up his swimming through 2020 and 2021 lock downs with open and wild water swimming. With all that training under his belt, he decided that this was his best time to tackle one of swimming's toughest events; the English Channel.
From Chris' Strava post:
"Absolutely brutal 7 hours in English inshore waters and north east shipping lane, worst chop I think I’ve swum in, and those that know me, know I enjoy the waves! Separation zone was bliss, clean water (oddly) and calm, few jellies. If this had not been the case, I’m not sure I would have made it. South west shipping Lane the wind picked up, but I had the current and could shelter from boat. French inshore waters was tough, but calmed down for a relatively flat finish. Everything hurts!!"
According to Strava, Chris swum 48,266m in 12 hours 31 minutes. For us pool swimmers that equates to a main set of 482 x 100m Freestyle off 1:33 . That is a massive 1446 lengths of the Walnuts, plus two lengths swim down at the same pace as the main set!
Congratulations Chris on your amazing event, and also to the fund raising for Crohn’s & Colitis UK in memory of his cousin Jenny who sadly lost her life to Bowel Cancer at the age of 38.
Facebook Group with a great write up from Chris