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Next generation of Olympic swimmers to make waves at Millfield School

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

Former pupil Amelia Maughan will return to Millfield School as part of British Swimming’s development camp

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Great Britain's future Olympic swimming hopefuls will hone their skills at a British Swimming development camp at Millfield School, which starts on Sunday.

The week-long programme will see 24 talented youngsters take part in intensive skills training, looking at fine- tuning their techniques under pressure in the pool.

Those taking part include current Millfield students Joel Knight and James Guy, as well as former student Amelia Maughan.

Head of development for British Swimming Mark Perry said: "After consultation with coaches we are going back to basics with this camp, putting the main focus on skills. It will be a very demanding week."

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The camp will be the first to pilot part of the curriculum for the nine-stage development pathway which is due to be introduced in April 2013. If successful, the camp will be replicated as swimmers start the Rio 2016 Olympic training cycle.

Perry will be assisted by City of Sheffield head coach Russ Barber, working one-to- one with each athlete on identified areas, as well as five other coaches who will also use the week as part of their continued professional development.

He added: "We will be looking at each individual and getting the swimmers to focus on the areas they need to work on under pressure in the pool."

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