Stamina put to the test

YOUNGSTERS in Huntingdon swam more than 27,000 metres during a recent four-day training camp in Slovenia. Two members of the Huntingdon Piranhas swimming club managed over 31,000m in the central European country. Aged from 12-16, the 14 swimmers completed

YOUNGSTERS in Huntingdon swam more than 27,000 metres during a recent four-day training camp in Slovenia.

Two members of the Huntingdon Piranhas swimming club managed over 31,000m in the central European country.

Aged from 12-16, the 14 swimmers completed two training sessions a day in an Olympic standard outdoor pool. The two-hour sessions were complemented by land-based training.

Ashley Morris, head coach of the club, said: "This was a great opportunity for all the swimmers who took part to enjoy some very extensive training. We were able to work on speed, endurance and stroke technique. Four hours swimming a day is as much as some of them would normally swim in a week at home.

"There are no 50-metre pools locally to train in so this was a wonderful chance for the swimmers to try out a long course pool. The squad couldn't get enough of the water - they even spent their limited free time in the hotel pool."

Sponsored by the Bongo Raj Indian restaurant in Huntingdon, the swimmers also raised money to help fund the training camp. The Centurian Club, Somersham, will sponsor the swimming club for the 2007/2008 season.

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Elsewhere, three swimmers from St Ives Swimming Club have been representing the club at the Eastern Regional championships in Norwich.

Carl Johnson, 11, Hannah Milner, 12, and 14-year-old Callum French all acquitted themselves admirably, with French recording a third placed finish in the 100m butterfly.

INFORMATION: The Piranhas are looking for a Level 3 coach, or a coach training towards Level 3. Funding is available. Contact coach@huntingdonpiranhas.co.uk for more information.

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