Harbour Swim Team Enjoys Continued Success

March 22, 2016

The Harbour Swimming Club’s Emma Harvey has recently moved to continue her development at Millfield, the highly acclaimed sports focus school in the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson said, “Harbour Swimming Club [Harbour], the oldest swim club in Bermuda, has continued its remarkable resurgence in the past few years. One of its own, Emma Harvey, has developed into a Scottish Age Group National Record Holder, and a qualifier for UK Championships.

“Emma has recently moved to continue her development at Millfield, the highly acclaimed sports focus school in the UK which has produced dozens of British Olympic Athletes. This is symptomatic of the Club’s enduring success.”

Stephen Castree, Harbour Club President, said, “We are delighted to see Emma work through the Harbour Swimming Club Programme and be able to support her in her move overseas to continue her development.”

Harbour Head Coach Shona Palmer said, “Since making her move, Emma has continued her non-stop improvement and is not only continuing to beat her own Bermuda National Age Group records, but she is rapidly approach some Open National Records which are typically held by senior athletes.”

“In the past six months, Harbour has seen several more of its members be added to the Extra training programme facilitated by BASA. At the same time, the Club is actively evaluating the needs of these developing swimmers and has added a gym training programme to complement its swimming workout”

Mr. Castree said, “The Club now offers training sessions every day of the week and several times more than once per day’ said Palmer. ‘We expect this trend to continue as we strive to offer the level of training which will make our athletes competitive at levels seen in much larger countries

“At the current Carifta swimming championships, Harbour swimmers once again expect to excel, but the club offer development for all ages and stages of development. As well as Carifta for the National Team, Harbour is sending its seniors to the T2 Aquatics meet in Florida, it is sending its top seniors to a further overseas meet in addition to ensure that all swimmers can compete at their levels and maximize their own ability.”

Ms. Palmer said, “Our multi-year development plan is continuing to yield results as well as provide fantastic physical and social development for the members.”

“As the Club has grown, so it is preparing to run the Harbour Open Meet – a meet where local teams and those overseas will be invited to participate in a festival of swimming. This meet will run over three days from 30th June 2016- 2nd July 2016 and will be followed on 3rd July 2016 with the Trunk Island Swim organized by BASA.”

Nick Strong, BASA President, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young and mature swimmers to compete in a multi-day heats and finals event and also to show case the Bermuda Open Water Swimming offering which is one of the jewel’s in Bermuda’s crown.

“The Trunk Island swim has long been an annual event in the calendar, but adding a greater number of swimmers will hopefully allow this event to mirror the success of the Round the Sound Swim which takes place every October and attracts over 100 swimmers from overseas.”

“Harbour will be holding tryouts on Saturday April 16th for new members to join and those successful swimmers will be invited to commence training immediately to gain some experience before the summer break so that they are able to enter the 2016-17 season with a term of training under their belts.

“Harbour trains at both the BASA pool at Saltus Grammar School as well as at the National Sports Centre.”

Interested parties should contact Ally Harvey at acam@logic.bm to reserve their try-out slot.


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