Young swimmers thrive in ‘relaxed atmosphere’

TROPHY HAUL: From l-r: Henry Newell, Joseph Bavey, Maeve Pooley, Lauren Watt and Tess Wesley
TROPHY HAUL: From l-r: Henry Newell, Joseph Bavey, Maeve Pooley, Lauren Watt and Tess Wesley

Newmarket Swimming Club’s head coach Annette Skeet has highlighted a ‘relaxed atmosphere’ as one of the leading factors behind the positive results at the recent Suffolk County Championships.

The youngster manage to amass a total of 789 points, which secured fourth spot, trailing only Team Ipswich Swimming, West Suffolk Swim Club and St Felix School — all clubs with greater facilities than Newmarket.

However, according to Skeet, the fact that her squad is mentioned in the same breath as those established outfits is down to the ethos that they follow.

“At a lot of clubs they tend to do metre after metre in training and they have set targets to reach. It is quite regimental,” she said.

“We also do plenty of metres, but it is not forced. They all swim because they want to be here.

“I try to show respect when it’s due and then offer reward when its due.

“It is light humoured and a relaxed atmosphere, which helped our results at the County Champs.

“We are a small club, so to finish four behind those bigger clubs is a great achievement.”

The next big event for Newmarket is the City of Norwich Long Course Open Meet on Saturday, March 25.