HEAD COACH, SAM HOLLAND

Sam grew up in Shropshire and attended Ellesmere College where he joined Titans when the club started in 2009, having previously been a member of Whitchurch Wasps Swimming Club since the age of eight.

After his GCSEs Sam moved out to the BEST Centre in Mallorca where he was able to train in the outdoor 50m pool every day alongside studying for his A Levels.

Upon completion of his A Levels Sam was offered coaching work at the BEST Centre which was mainly with the Family Swim Holidays and the Masters Clinics.

It was during this time that Sam became fluent in Spanish and took an active role in the organisation of the annual Mallorca Olympic Triathlon followed soon afterwards by becoming one of the main organisers of the famous BEST FEST Open Water Swim Festival, a role he continues in to this day.

During his time at the BEST Centre Sam worked alongside coaches from all over the world including Olympic coaches on training camps with their national teams, including, amongst many others, GB’s David McNulty, Head Coach at Bath University who coached Olympic medallists, Michael Jamieson and Jo Jackson.

Upon moving back to the UK in November 2016, Sam set up his own very successful business, Wavelength, which predominantly focuses on stroke correction using underwater video analysis. He also provides frequent 50m pool training at Liverpool which is open to all for a small charge.

Sam was one of the Skills Coaches for the 2017 Shropshire County Development Pathway for 11 year olds and has been selected for the 2018 England Talent Coach Advisor/Mentor Support with Alan Bircher as part of the Swim England Development Programme.

Sam is an ASA Level 2 qualified Swimming Teacher, Level 2 Swimming Coach, Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach and hopes to achieve Level 3 Swimming Coach in the not too distant future.

 

Energize Awards 2013 – Winners

The Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Energize Awards evening was held on Thursday 7th November 2013 at Shrewsbury Town Football club. Following Judith Lester’s excellent work in nominating Shrewsbury Swimming Club, Danny Malcolm and Amy Carter for Community Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and Young Volunteer of the year respectivley, we came away with two winners: Community Club and Young Volunteer

Shrewsbury Swimming Club’s nomination read:

Shrewsbury Amateur Swimming Club has Swim 21 status and delivers swimming coaching to young people and adults.  Over the last 5 years under the guidance of a new Head Coach and committee a clear, long-term development plan has been produced and the Club has gone from strength to strength.

The club caters for competitive of swimmers and those that just want to swim for fitness. There are special sessions for young people encouraging them to stay in the sport through the difficult teenage years.  They are also offered the chance to gain recognised qualifications and volunteer with the club, gaining skills for employment.

In 2012 one of their swimmers, Gemma Almond, represented Great Britain at the Paralympics. As she came up through the ranks, SASC and the Head Coach were noticed by Swim Wales and the GB disability Coaches. Consequently SASC is a signpost club for disability swimmers from Mid Wales.

And Amy’s nomination was:

18 year old Amy has been volunteering for Shrewsbury Amateur Swimming Club for four years and in that time she has given over 500 hours of her time. She helps to coach the younger squad members and gives up weekends to team manage at junior galas.

For the last 2 years Amy has been the Club Captain.  She has helped to organise fun nights for the swimmers, a 24 hour swim for charity and she is also the link between the swimmers, the committee and the Coach.

Amy has taken various courses to improve her ability to help other swimmers – both novices and those wanting to compete.  Alongside her volunteering Amy has completed GCSEs and A levels, and works part time as a lifeguard.

Well done to both winners and commiserations to Danny who was up against some tough competition. Photos of the winners appeared in the shropshire Star and can be seen at:  http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/11/08/shropshires-sporting-stars-honoured-at-energize-awards/.

A full list of all the nominees can be seen on Energize’s website at http://www.energizeawards.co.uk/

Many thanks to Judith as, without her nominations, we would not have had any winners!

Shortlisted for the Energize awards 2013

The Energize Awards recognise people that take part, work and volunteer in sport and physical activity across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

The awards celebrate achievement in the field of sport and physical activity across the county. They recognise those people, organisations and groups who have gone out of their way to contribute to the promotion of sport and physical activity.

This year, Shrewsbury has had three nominations shortlisted for awards. They are:

·         Coach of the Year – Danny Malcolm

·         Young Volunteer of the Year – Amy Carter

·         Community Club of the Year

The awards evening will take place on the 7th of November 2013 when we will find out the results.

Good luck to all the nominees and many thanks to Judith for her work in putting them forward for the awards.

 

West Midlands Swimming Award Received

Congratulations to Stuart Highfield on receiving an award from West Midlands Swimming recognising his contribution to ‘Officials Development’ and Volunteering over several years.

Stuart has been volunteering for more than 20 years. In that time he has been a Timekeeper, a Starter, a Judge and is now a Referee. Stuart trains new officials all over the West Midlands as well as training Team Managers.

Stuart is currently President of Shrewsbury Amateur Swimming Club and has previously been President of Shropshire ASA. Well done on your award.

Swimmers Aid Surviving Cancer

At 9:30 am on Saturday 13th July 2013 swimmers from SASC will be starting a 24 hour swim at the Quarry Swimming Centre in Shrewsbury.

The event is being held, primarily to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Please click here to read the letter that has been given out to all swimmers detailing the swim and how you can be involved in raising funds and making sure the event runs smoothly.

Many thanks to Shrewsbury Community Leisure Trust for donating the pool time free of charge.

Please get involved with this worthy cause – chaperoning, making cakes, counting laps etc.  The more help offered, the better the event will be!