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    Adam Peaty joins the select band to havefeatured on our cover more than onceafter his outstanding performances atthe world championships in Russia

    COVER: Adam Peaty with his world champs medals

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    October 2015, Volume XCII, Number 10. The officialmagazine of the Amateur Swimming Association andthe Institute of Swimming. Views expressed in articlesare those of the authors and do not necessarily reflectthose of the editor, the Board of Directors of SwimmingTimes or the ASA or IoS. ISSN 1750-581X

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    ndeed, Adam, closely followed by James Guy, led a tremendous British success story inKazan, the best-ever at a world championship, with nine medals, but particularlypleasing was the tally of five golds. There were also a few fourth places, with Dan Wallace

    desperately close to the bronze in the 200m IM, but it was so good to see the Brits winningsome close battles and marvellous to see the world records from Adam Peaty and the mixedmedley team of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Peaty, Siobhan-Marie OConnor and Fran Halsall. But it is important not to get carried away. Peatys current coach Mel Marshall is well

    aware what happened to her in 2004 at the Athens Games when she was one of the leadingcontenders for the 200m free and yet did not make the final. And I well remember a certainJames Gibson and Katy Sexton winning world titles back in 2003 in Barcelona (50m breastand 200m back) and yet at the Olympics the following year, neither of them medalled.James also won bronze in 2003 in the 100m breast in a time that would have won himOlympic bronze the following year, while Katys 2003 time of 2:08.74 would have won herthe 200m back gold in Athens in 2004. She also won silver in the 100m in 2003 in a timethat would have won her bronze the following year.No matter, I am sure the current performance director, Chris Spice, and head coach, Bill

    Furniss, will be looking for furtherimprovements as the build-up to Riointensifies. You can read more oftheir thoughts on page 30.The Brits apart, one had to admire

    the USAs incredible Katie Ledecky an acknowledged distance swimmerwinning the 200m (to add to the400, 800 and 1500m titles!) andSun Yang, who won the 400m andthe 800m for the third consecutivetime. And Ryan Lochte became afour-time 200m IM winner, joiningGrant Hackett as the only swimmersto have won an event four times.

    I must also mention diving, where our athletes continue to impress and Tom Daley andRebecca Gallantrees gold in the mixed team event put a nice gloss on his and JackLaughers individual bronzes and the synchro bronze of Laugher and Chris Mears. Dontforget high diving and the incredible twisting, tumbling, hurtle water-wards from 27m ofBritains Gary Hunt. Even his fellow competitors bowed to his overall dominance, though that event is not yet

    an Olympic discipline. And mentioning Olympicspromising to see that

    Keri-anne Payne won the open water test event overthe Rio course and we have a new world juniorchampion in Rosie Rudin. Well done, Britains swimmers and divers.

    Peter Hassall, editor


    Adam Peaty:outstanding atthe world champs

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    Britains mixed medley relay worldchampions (l-r) Fran Halsall, ChrisWalker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty andSiobhan-Marie OConnor


    Five gold and four other medalsmade Kazan Britains best-ever

    long-course world championships.Roger Guttridge reports. Picturesby Alex Whitehead of SWpix.com28



    News, Opinions, ReviewsTHIS LIFE 4Some of Britains glorious Kazan momentscaptured in pictures

    LETTERS 8New-look summer nationals, para-swimmingpioneers and a world champ of yesteryear

    NEWS ROUND-UP 11World junior water polo, world junior swimming,diving medals in Rome, synchros Med Cup

    TOOLS OF THE TRADE 20Many athletes listen to music before theycompete - but what music and what equipment?

    TEACHING POOL 24Dave Jarvis continues his offbeat observationsfrom many different angles

    SUPPORTING THE CHARTER 26How the IoS is actively supporting a charter tobring about change in disability swimming

    Final FiveREFLECTIONS 76Back in the USSR part 4: tracking down more ofthe British medallists from Moscow 1980

    MASTER BLOGGER 78She calls it the Gulag but Verity Dobbie finds the Kazan experience not so bad after all

    EXTREME READING 80Swimming Times finds its way to a wedding inCyprus, a British beach and a London garden

    FeaturesFROM RUSSIA WITH GOLD 28Five gold and four other medals made KazanBritains best-ever world championships

    SPRINGBOARD TO RIO 39A gold and three bronze medals put Britainsecond behind China in the diving pool

    HUNT ON A HIGH 42Britains high diving star Gary Hunt topped hisdream year with gold off the 27m platform

    ENGLISH SUMMER 46Romford Town and Guildford City won male andfemale top club titles at the ASA summer champs

    LEARN TO SWIM DOWN UNDER 56Julia Wood describes the learn-to-swim set-up at a major new swimming centre in Australia

    UNSUNG HERO 60BBC Sports 2014 Unsung Hero Jill Stidever isdescribed as one in a million by colleagues

    CONFIDENCE IN COACHING 64Good coaching comes from knowing you aredoing things correctly, says an ex-GB head coach

    RegularsAWARD & CELEBRATIONS 68Swimming, synchro, diving, coaching and sub-aqua are all covered in our awards photo section

    HONESTY BOX 70City of Oxford coach Amanda Booth reveals thatshe once went off the 10m board with Tom Daley

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    REACH FOR THE SKYBritains Gary Hunt reaches a pinnacle of success in thehigh diving at the Kazan world champs


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    lifeGB medal trailSome of Britains swimmers celebratetheir best-ever world championshipmedal haul in style. Report and morepictures starts on page 30

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    This picture: l-r Adam Peaty, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Siobhan-Marie OConnorcelebrate as Fran Halsall seals a worldrecord-breaking victory in the inauguralmixed medley relay; opposite (bottom):OConnor on her way to bronze in the 200mIM; opposite (top): the mens 4x200mfreestyle team celebrate their historic win(l-r) Calum Jarvis, Dan Wallace, RobbieRenwick and (in pool) James Guy

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    James Guy with his gold medalsfrom the mens 200m freestyleand 4x200m freestyle relay and

    his 400m freestyle silver

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  • CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Charlotte Turnbull on herSwimtastic award-winning swim school as detailed inthe September issue.

    I particularly liked the way she credited PatsyColeman of Splash Academy with the quality of theswimming teachers she employs. One small point:Patsy runs her swim school from HinchingbrookeSchool in Huntingdon and not from Peterborough.

    Before I retired, I attended most of Patsys CPDdays, listening to both Patsy and her guest speakers,including the late, great Helen Elkington.

    These CPD days are highly informative while beingincredibly enjoyable and essential to maintaining thestandards to which we all aspire.Christine GleaveBy email

    WORLD CHAMP OF YESTERYEARAt the time of writing this letter, the greatestswimmer Stalybridge Swimming and Water Polo Clubhas ever had is Joey Nuttall. The club has had somebrilliant swimmers, an Olympic swimmer, Channelswimmers and water polo players but no others havebeen crowned Champion Swimmer of the World.

    At the age of nine, Joey won his first race atStalybridge, for which he won a pencil case. He waselected captain by popular vote and went on to bechampion of Britain.

    By the age of 18, he was amateur world championat five distances. He was so good, he would often waitat the end of the lane for other swimmers to catchhim up before setting off to beat them easily.Thousands would go to a gala to watch him swim.

    Joey turned professional in 1888, continuing totake on allcomers, and beat them, becoming theChampion of the World. He won many, many trophiesand medals, gifting his beautiful medal for Championof the World to Stalybridge.

    Joey was 5ft 4ins tall, weighed 10st and, in 1893,swam 100 yards in 1 minute and 1.5 seconds. Thestroke accepted as the fastest back then was thetrudgeon, which consisted of frontcrawl arms andbreaststroke legs.

    What times might he have produced with todaysstroke drills and advances? Joey swam withoutgoggles, in a full bodysuit (which created drag), noSpeedos, no anti-wave lane ropes, no trainingschedules, no diet and no understanding of cramp.These days, would his times compare with Mark Spitz,Ian Thorpe or Michael Phelps?

    Joey was not allowed to compete in the Olympicsbecause he swam for money, strictly against the rules,no full-time swimmers then.

    He swam his last race at Stalybridge at the age of

    68, in the old pool, covering two lengths in 44seconds.

    In this day and age, the holder of 14 world titles andChampion of the World would be hailed as a supersportsman. Instead he lies in an unmarked grave inBlackpool, with his young son.

    We are trying to persuade Stalybridge councillorsto put up a blue plaque to this amazing swimmer. Thissmall tribute does not cover the magic of thisincredible swimmer of which all members of this clubshould be very, very proud. Yvonne KelleyOldham

    MISSING OUTThe recent English Summer Nationals (ESN) andassociated British Summer Nationals managed toprovide some excellent performances. However, dueto their structure, many deserving 16-year-oldsmissed out. The points I make below are obviously

    my own but they were echoed in many of theconversations I had at Ponds Forge.

    The inclusion of the 18+ age group in this event wasinappropriate. The 18-24 senior age group was createdalongside masters to provide the opportunity for non-elite swimmers in this age band to compete.

    Many of the winners of the 18+ finals at the ESNwere slower than the winners at the long-coursemasters in June. Removing these swimmers from theESN would encourage them to compete in the masterssystem enabling them to see that competitiveswimming can be a lifelong sport.

    The amalgamation of the 16 and 17 years agegroups had a detrimental effect on the 16-year-olds. This is the age group whose swimmers have justsat their first external examinations, the results ofwhich they will be including on job applications forthe rest of their lives. Competing against the 17-year-old group has possibly had a demotivating effect onthem at a time when we need to do the opposite.

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    Dear Sir!Mark letters Sir! and address to Swimming Times, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough,Leicestershire LE11 3QF or email to swimmingtimes@swimming.org. The Letter of the Monthwriter willreceive a Speedo Aquabeat 2 MP3 player, while every letter printed gets a pair of MARU goggles

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    I read with interest the report on British SummerNationals in the September 2015 edition ofSwimming Times. As someone who regularlywrites articles summarising swim meets, I know it

    is not an easy job to reflect the achievements ofall swimmers and still make the article interestingand exciting for the reader.

    However, I was surprised to find that a swimmerwho won three gold medals across all distances inthe same discipline did not warrant a mention. Iknow its a big task to collate the whole weeksevents into one report and therefore someachievements can be overlooked in the process.

    Bethany (Beth) Newton was the champion in the16yrs age group in the 50, 100 and 200mbackstroke. It appears that there were few otherswho achieved this feat.Paul Chillingworth Chairman,Street and District Swim ClubBy email

    Reply from editorIt is, of course, impossible to mention all medalwinners in a summary report such as ours but weacknowledge the excellence of Beths achievement and the fact that she ought to have beenmentioned. Perhaps she and Paul can share theprize for letter of the month?

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    Beth Newton with one of herthree backstroke gold medals

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  • GCSE and A level examination period has also placedadditional demands on the aspirational child, whowants to excel in both education and sport.

    The selection of a fixed number of qualifiers hasagain made it harder for the 16-year-olds, as theycould not guarantee qualification for ESN, ease backon training to concentrate on academic work, andthen step up their training post exams.

    In my opinion, these difficulties could be negatedby the following small changes, thus retaining manyof the benefits of the new system:

    in the Home Nations Summer Nationals (HNSN), the maximum age should be 17 (18 an...