Swimmers from Louth’ Dolphins’ Swimming Club were recently treated to a masterclass in backstroke from Lizzie Simmonds at their home at Meridian Leisure Centre, Louth.
Lizzie has previously represented Great Britain in the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics, European
Championships and the FINA World Aquatics Championships as well as representing England in the Commonwealth Games. She spent time with children from all squads, provided them a motivational talk
about the psychology of winning. The main theme was a discussion on how many times you have to fail in order to succeed.
Lizzie spent a couple of hours giving the youngsters tuition on how to improve their backstroke technique which included demonstrations. There was also plenty of time for photos and autographs.
Lizzie said of her visit “I had a fantastic visit to Louth Dolphins Swimming Club on Sunday – the pool and facilities are top quality, and the club has an awesome group of swimmers, coaches and volunteers. I was particularly impressed with how attentive the swimmers were – listening to my story beforehand, and then trying all the backstroke drills I was teaching in the pool. There is a really friendly vibe on poolside, and it was a pleasure to be part of their skill development programme.”
Many thanks to the coaches and Matt Clarke for organising the visit.