Gloucester City Swimming Club
|Location||Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England|
|Pools (home pool and training)||GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester|
|Bath University Swimming Pool, Bath|
|Cardiff International Pool, Cardiff|
|Team Colours||Black, green, yellow/gold|
|Director of Swimming||Mary O'Riordan|
|Junior Team Coach||Jane Seymour|
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Gloucester City Swimming Club is a swimming club based in Gloucester, England, which was founded in 1910. Its home pool is GL1. It has many stages of development for the swimmers including a disability and university squad.
GCSC is made up of several group levels starting with Swim Skills 1 through to the performance squad, Train to Compete 20 training 20 hours a week.
The club launched their new logo entitled "Simply Better" made by the club's former coach Graham Brookhouse and head coach Andrew Osbourne. The club released the location for their annual Warm Weather training camp which for the year 2013 will be in Fuerteventura. The official website for the club launches and the club top the GCASA championships. Gloucester City topped the County Medal table with 186 medals. These included 71 gold, 63 silver and 52 bronze, leaving Thornbury SC in 2nd place with 117 medals. Swimmers achieved AGBT, National QT and District times.
At the South West District Championships the club achieved many national times, especially Alex Matthews, a club veteran who achieved times in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly. The event was at Millfield School, Somerset.
The club had their annual Warm Weather Training Camp, which was held in Fuerteventura, Spain.
In the 2010 British Gas County Swimming Championships the club picked up 241 medals of which 106 were gold, 75 were silver and 60 were bronze.
- Andrew Osbourne: Head Coach: 2009–present.
- James Richards: Assistant Head Coach: 2012–present
- Jane Seymour: 2009–present.
- Hayley Palmer - : Olympic swimmer and hold New Zealand swimming records in four
events (see below). First female medalist for GCSC at the National Swimming Championships. She received two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games 2010.
- James Broady : GBR International Swimmer 100m and 200m Breaststroke. National Bronze Medalist 2010 and 2011, 200m Breaststroke. 2012 British University champion, 50m and 100m Breaststroke. International honours - Canada Cup 2011, Flanders Cup 2012, US OPEN 2012 - GBR Olympic B team, 2013 World University Games.
- Hannah McCarthy : Silver Medalist for GCSC at the 2009 National Swimming Championships.
- Women's Long Course 50m Freestyle (25.36)
- Women's Long Course 100m Freestyle (53.91)
- Women's Short Course 50m Freestyle (24.39)
- Women's Short Course 100m Freestyle (53.57)
- Women's Short Course 100m Individual Medley (1:01.24)
She competed for New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2008 World Short Course Championships, 2009 World Long Course Championships, and will compete in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is targeting her second Olympics at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Training to Compete
Swimmers at this stage increase their hours to 16+. The training during this phase is demanding. The emphasis is on distance training combined with the fine tuning of technique.
Training to Train
Swimmers at this stage selected to increase their hours up to 12+ hours per week and be expected to train in the mornings. Swimmers will have demonstrated a commitment to improvement of stroke technique and stamina and will have shown dedication.
The training will be demanding with the emphasis on aerobic conditioning and improvements to stroke technique.
Swimmers selected for the squad will have choices relating to hours of training that will include morning and evening sessions in the week. The training program will be work related, appropriate to the age and biological development of the individual.
The squad will provide opportunities for swimmers to compete in Open Meets, Team galas and at all levels of competition.
Swimmers selected for the stage will start with 2.5 hours per week increasing to 7 hours per week. The third session offered will be a Saturday morning. Land training will also start in the stage.
- "Gloucester City Swimming Club homepage". Retrieved 2009-03-16.