Harbour Swim Club’s Success Continues

October 18, 2017

Harbour Swim Club, based at the Saltus pool and the National Sports Centre, has grown to over 170 swimmers in recent years.

The largest club in Bermuda continues to go from strength to strength, recently delivering sixteen different medalists at the National Open Water Championships and replicating that achievement at the recent Round the Sound Open Water event.

A spokesperson said, “Harbour’s commitment to a well-rounded, balanced development approach of each swimmer has led to excellence at both the international and grass root levels.

“Swimming against some of the best junior swimmers in the world, Emma Harvey [who was selected to represent Scotland for the Youth Commonwealth Games] captured two medals at the event this summer in the Bahamas, while Harbour continues to build and support swimmers from Dellwood Middle School in an effort to reach children interested in swimming throughout the entire Bermuda community.

“The 2017-18 season promises more great things to come. The club has agreed to bring the world renowned, Nike Peak Performance Swim Camp to Bermuda from October 24 to October 28, 2017. 1992 U.S. Olympic Coach Nick Baker and his team will be coaching developing swimmers throughout the week as well as providing the Harbour coaching staff professional training.

“The camp will come to a close on Saturday, October 28, 2017, with a workshop for parents of swimmers.”

Club President Stephen Castree said, “We are delighted to be able to welcome the coaching expertise of Peak Performance to Bermuda. This partnership puts Harbour at the forefront of coach and swimmer development on the Island.

“As our squad grows, we have built from the junior base up and the team of 170 swimmers is currently full but is set to further grow in the 2018-19 season as the doubling of the junior programme three years ago starts to bear fruit at a senior level.”

Head Coach Shona Palmer said, “The club is committed to providing specific training to meet specific individual needs, with a blend of pool work, land training, camps, overseas trips and also ensuring that the sport, while hard work, remains fun.

“It is important that we provide our swimmers with exposure to what is possible beyond our shores, the benefits of participating competitively in international competition and a line of sight to reach whatever goals each swimmer sets.”

“This prestigious international swim camp’s mission is to maximize swimming potential through a holistic approach. Founder and Head Coach, Nick Baker, has an outstanding and lengthy list of professional achievements, including World Junior Olympic Coach, 1992 Olympic Coach and an impressive 1500 swimmers representing over 43 countries who are World Record Holders, Olympic medalists, finalists and NCAA champions to name a few.

“Harbour Swim Club offers training every day of the week through the hard work and dedication of over a dozen committed coaches.

“The coaching staff at Harbour offer first-hand knowledge of the discipline, commitment and focus required to achieve goals in the sport as several of the staff have competed at the international swimming level, including representation of their respective countries at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. The depth and experience of the Harbour coaching staff offers one of the best sporting programmes on the Island.

“Harbour recently held the first of its three meet intraclub competitions at the National Sports Centre on Sunday October 15th. The competition among the four teams, each comprised of 40 members and named after an international swimmer, competed against each other in a friendly points based challenge.

“This unique combination of fun in a low-pressure competitive environment was a hit with both swimmers and parents alike. The first meet win went to Team Le Clos.

“Harbour is currently full for the 2017-18 season, however swimmers who wish to be considered for a place in the 2018-19 squad should contact Ally Harvey at acam@logic.bm for further information and to ensure their place is reserved on the waiting list.”

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