About the project
Helping with Stockport Metro's vision to provide swimmers with the optimum environment, and the right opportunities during their development, to enable them to achieve excellence. We strive for gold medal success through the provision of seamless pathways, from early skill development to the Olympic podium.
Stockport Metro swimmers will be:
• encouraged to fulfill their potential as athletes and to develop their personal and life skills;
• taught to appreciate the philosophy which embraces the virtues and characteristics of all great athletes;
• encouraged to see that hard work and honest endeavor achieve success;
• brought to understand the value of supporting their team, and the value of support from their team;
• constantly challenged;
• taught to win with humility and lose with resolve, and to embrace the commitment to always do their personal best.
Our performance Squad epitomizes the above philosophy, they are leaving no stone upturned to deliver for Great Britain at the biggest arena of the all, the Olympics.
For this reason they are planning to attend a 4 week training camp at Altitude gaining physiological adaptations and be able to solely focus on performance leading into Olympic trials and Olympic Games.
Everything involved with Olympic success comes with meticulous planning, a strength of character that is second to none and a stat that a person when being born is more likely to win the lottery than be an Olympian let alone an Olympic medalist.
This Appeal is to help our swimmers attend a 4 week training camp based in Pretoria, South Africa. This camp is a specific Altitude camp and will allow the swimmers to make a physiological adaptation that can make a huge difference at International levels where 100th of a second divides 1st from 4th. Training at altitude is impossible within our own Country hence the reason to travel to countries abroad.
Such accolades and medals don’t come without immense commitment from our coaching staff and individual swimmers. The swimmers train every morning Monday to Saturday arriving at the pool from 5.15am and return every weekday night spending over 40 hours of training in order to achieve their ambitions - all this with other jobs, studies and personal lives in between. For all our athletes this has been a journey of over a decade of training to get to this level and the attitude of whatever it takes runs strongly through the swimmers of Stockport Metro.
Stockport Metro has enjoyed a long history of podium success across all age groups at County, Regional, National and International levels, breaking countless British and Commonwealth records. Since moving to Grand Central Pools fourteen athletes have qualified for the Olympic Games, and the club has produced four Olympic medalists, making it the most successful in British history.
All the successful athletes below attended altitude training camps during their 4 year Olympic cycles. As with all sports, reward is measured on performance and following the London 2012 Olympics our governing body suffered funding cuts, the cuts have been significant and since 2012 Stockport Metro funding has been cut until in 2015 we are no longer receiving any funding at all - which in the past has enabled our athletes to have the best environment and attend altitude camps.
Steve Parry and Graeme Smith both won bronze medals in Athens and Atlanta respectively. Adrian Turner was a semi-finalist in Atlanta. James Goddard, a Commonwealth Triple gold medalist, narrowly missed out on a medal in Athens.
Five Metro swimmers competed in Beijing: Keri-Anne Payne who took the silver in the inaugural 10K Marathon Open Water event, Cassie Patten took the bronze in the same event, Michael Rock, James Goddard and David Carry.
A further five Metro swimmers competed in the London 2012 games, Keri-Anne Payne, Michael Rock, David Carry, James Goddard and Sophie Allen.
Director of Performance, Sean Kelly, former Head Coach of the Stockport ITC, has been on the GB coaching team for the Olympic Games. He is one of the most successful coaches in British history in terms of podium success, and has twice been honoured with the GB Coach of the Year award.
Please support our amazing athletes by donating towards helping them attend the training camp and realize their dreams of delivering for team Great Britain in Rio 2016 and on-wards.