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Deepings Swimming Club is looking to attract new members

A dozen children will be attending a swim trial at Deepings Swimming Club after the Government lockdown measures allowed pools to reopen this week.

The club, which trains at Deepings Leisure Centre in Market Deeping, is looking for new members of all ages and abilities, from swim school level six upwards, including adults for its Masters squad, although over 18s will not be able to participate in club swimming until May 17 at the earliest.

The trials, on Friday, April 23 at 4pm, are an opportunity for head coach Lynn Chapman to assess skills and fitness levels in order to allocate each swimmer to the correct squad.

Deepings Swimming Club has started training again this week.
Deepings Swimming Club has started training again this week.

A handful of spaces are still available while the next trial will be in June. Email deepings@swimclubmanager.co.uk for details.

Chapman said: “Swimmers must be confident in deep water and able to swim a minimum of 25 metres on front and back.

“We are a competitive swimming club which coaches swimmers from age six of all abilities through to national and international standard.”

Since the country went into lockdown in March 2020, the region’s swimmers have spent little time in the pool.

Training recommenced in August, paused during the second lockdown in November then restarted for a month before lockdown three closed the leisure centre in January.

Since then, swimmers have been keeping fit through personal exercises, a national V Swim series of land-based challenges and weekly workouts with Deeping Swimming Club’s land training coach Claire Cross, who runs the local Spin Room Studio.

They also enjoyed two Zoom presentations, one looking at the parent’s perspective of swimming with Debbie Wray, former Deepings coach and mother of two of the club’s finest swimmers, Lauren and Alex, and the other from the swimmer’s perspective with another former Deepings great Isabel Spinley.

Chapman continued: “It has been a challenging 12 months, but we are delighted to be back in the pool.

“Our focus for the first few weeks will be on helping the swimmers to regain their full fitness and focusing on their skills. It won’t be long before they are ready to compete again.”

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