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Canadian swim coach to host technique clinics

Published:Wednesday | June 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's swimmers will get the opportunity to improve their technique when head coach of McMaster University, Andrew Cole, hosts a technique clinic here this weekend.

The clinic, which will run from Friday to Sunday at St Andrew High School and the National Aquatic Centre, will include evaluation and instruction on all four strokes; videotaping and one-on-one commentary and evaluation.

Cole will be joined by former national coach of Jamaica, Jackie Walter.

He has been at McMaster University since 2005 (eight seasons) and has led the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the Canadian University Swimming Championships (CIS) and second in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and the women's team to 10th place at CIS and third at OUA for 2013-14.

He was also the Canadian team coach at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics and is a four-time Atlantic University sport coach of the year.

"I coach because I had such a wonderful experience as a swimmer and I believe that competitive swimming teaches us wonderful life skills," said Cole. "We need to share this excitement of dedication and the pursuit of excellence with the Jamaican swimmers and show the parents how invaluable it can be for their child's development."

The swim technique clinic is open to all swimmers above the age of 10.

On Saturday, parents and swimmers 13 years and older are invited to attend a presentation by coach Cole on age-group swimming and swimming in Canadian Universities. This session will be held at the AV Room of St Andrew High School, starting at 5:45 p.m.

Persons interested in participating in the clinic may email jackyb2236@gmail.com for details.

Schedule:

Friday 5:15-6:45 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. St Andrew High

Saturday 6-8 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. St Andrew High

Saturday 5:45-7:45 p.m. A.V. Room, St ndrew High

Sunday 7-10 a.m. National Aquatic Centre

Sunday 6- 8 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. St Andrew High