From the Milton Canadian Champion:
The Marlins are fortifying efforts in support of their top swimmers.
Officially announced to participants and parents this season, the club has adopted a new high performance program for those athletes — 10 at the moment — who rank top 50 nationally in their age groups.
In what head coach James Brough described as a natural evolution for the Marlins, the program will expand well beyond in-pool training — encompassing nutrition, sports science, sports psychology and physiotherapy.
“The swimming end of things as such won’t really be changing, but with this program we’re hoping to prepare our swimmers for university and variety swimming and keep them around longer,” explained Brough, now in his sixth year with the club, which has 76 competitive swimmers and a little over a hundred in the mini-Marlins instructional classes. “Before, once a swimmer got to a certain level they’d leave for more advanced programs, like Etobicoke. We want to keep kids in Milton swimming longer.”
The Marlins are hoping to recruit former Olympic medalist Anne Ottenbrite for the sports psychology component, while overall the program will include such facets as range of motion and flexibility assessments and regular fitness testing and speed targeting projections.
“The program was pretty well received. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and it seems like the ideal time, with the upcoming move to the new pool (at Milton Sports Centre). The program is for the top swimmers, but should have a positive ripple effect for the entire club,” noted Brough, who’s looking for sponsorship for the new program. “It was time for us to step things up a notch.”