A day with the swimming champion Joseph Schooling in Singapore
A journey of 350km from the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil, brought the young swimmers of DSA Swimming Club in the same surroundings as the Olympic Champion and Gold Medalist, Joseph Schooling of Singapore. A special arrangement with Swim Schooling, a swim school started by Schooling in Tampines, Singapore, gave the opportunity for DSA swimmers to participate in a Swim Clinic at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Aptly named ‘Swim Schooling Holiday Technique Clinic for Faster Racing’, the Clinic included International Coach Rob Greenwood from Great Britain and Joseph Schooling giving their tips and views to the swimmers. Before getting into the water, the 30 young swimmers from DSA, attended a special session in ‘Strength and Conditioning’ by Coach Jason Gregory, who is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Singapore National Youth Sports Institute. Jason explained and demonstrated the proper postures for dryland exercises for swimmers and the many static and mobilizing exercises before and after training. He also stressed on the strengthening of muscles through exercises, while also being careful about the prevention of injuries from dryland exercises.
After that, it was pool time with Joseph Schooling and International Coach Rob Greenwood as they explained the nuances of the Butterfly stroke, which of course was the style that Schooling excelled in, winning him the Olympic medal. Proper body position for a proficient stroke, better technique for the fastest way to move from wall to wall, pre-race mental preparation and watching your daily food intakes with regard to nutrition were some of the points discussed. Schooling also provided advise and guidelines on daily training behaviour and the importance of being consistent in training which will promote consistency during the Meet.
After the training, it was time for photos and autographs, with Schooling obliging the young swimmers to whom he is a source of inspiration and motivation. This session will go a long way in providing the morale-boost and impetus for the swimmers to reach for higher goals at the upcoming 37th National Inter-Club Swimming championships – President Cup to be held at Akuatik Tuanku Zara, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Thank you Joseph Schooling, Coaches Rob Greenwood and Jason Gregory for their valuable time and inputs. The DSA Swimming Club will always value and cherish this great experience as the swimmers grow in their journey to excellence.