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The Academy were delighted to welcome the G.B. Lifesaving Performance Squad for its first training camp of the 2016/17 season.  This is the first time the GB team has been to Northern Ireland, and it was a great privilege to host them at our school and provide them with use of our training facilities.

Following the Academy’s outstanding results over the last couple of years at the British Lifesaving Championships, as well as having had so many of our pupils selected for the squad in the past (Eorann O’Neill, Ruairi Hurson, Sam Brown, Finn Purdy, Lui Hurson, Sinead Gourley, Zoe Parkes, Katie Baird, Philip O’Callaghan, Lorcan Gourley and Ollie Parkes), won so many medals 51 in 2015 and 58 in 2016 (we have finished 3rd two years in a row on the medal table) and currently hold 8 British records in the last 2 years, it was a pleasing reflection on the school to be asked to host the camp.

Having arrived from all over the UK on Friday, the Squad enjoyed full use of our facilities – the pool, Wingfield and Sports Hall – over the weekend.  Things kicked off on Saturday morning with pool sessions, followed by physiology lessons, nutritional chats, more pool work, physiotherapy, more lifesaving training, some waterpolo in the down time, and some extremely gruelling swimming training from a world record-holding German coach.

Sunday involved more swimming and lifesaving training, along with our own rugby weights trainer, Phil Martin, who ran weights and fitness sessions, followed by a ‘manikin carry’ relay in the pool.

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