Hotshots

 

 

The Hotshots Squad provides a structured training programme for children and young adults with either physical or learning impairments. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for these swimmers to take part in competitions and where possible progress into the Talent and Performance pathways.

 

Harrogate Borough Council and Harrogate District Swimming Club (HDSC) operate as the Disability Hub Club for North and West Yorkshire. This partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association provides resources to identify and assess talented swimmers. Since the Hotshots Squad was formed in 2009, many swimmers have reached national level, with four progressing to international level. We are always looking for new members and our professional disability swimming coach will be happy to arrange a trial.

 

Training Times, Days and Venues

Day

Time

Location

Work

Monday

17:00 – 18:00

KSP

Swim

Friday

17:00 – 17:30

Hydro

Land

Friday

17:30 – 18:30

Hydro

Swim

Sunday

18:00 – 19:30

Hydro

Swim

 

Total Pool Time: 3.5 Hours, Total Land: 0.5 Hours

Entry age: 8 years – 20 years

 

To join the Hotshots Squad, swimmers must be unable to fulfil the criteria for mainstream competitive swimming, through either physical or mental impairment that are beyond their control. Swimmers must be considered to be potentially classifiable for D.S.E. Events (Disability Sport England). On occasion some may be assessed as disabled but not fall under the criteria for classification. In this case on going swimming within the squad would be at the discretion of the coach and head coach and must prove to be both beneficial for the swimmer and not detrimental to group.

 

DSE National Swimming Championships

 

This year we took 8 swimmers to nationals, the largest disability group that we have taken and one of the largest single clubs there, the rest being made up from clubs amalgamating together to make up their teams.

This meet is essential in our calendar as it represents one of the few times disability events are held over long course and essential development for our athletes in preparation for the international event in April.

 

The team consisted of

 

Name

Age

Medal

Nathan Dallaston

13

placed 4th 100 fr

Jamie Watson

12

placed 4th 100 fr

Alex Taylor

15

 

Mark Snelling

21

 

Will Lake

19

 

Charli Vines

18

50 fr bronze

Charlotte McGuiness

15

100 brs bronze

Emily Holder

12

50 fr bronze, 100 back bronze, 100 bronze

 

For additional information, please contact:

 

Richard Heselton

Disability Swimming Coach

Harrogate Borough Council

richard.heselton@harrogate.gov.uk

 

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