Saturday 24th saw the first junior training session take place at Freemans Quay. Thirteen juniors took to the water in a session run by Tony McNeill and Kevin Wright. Those guys were assisted at the start by Ian MacKenzie, helping to get things started.
The session included technique exercises, longer aerobic sets and some games at the end. Watching from poolside it looked like a crew that had been training for months not their first session. Feedback from the junior swimmers was very positive and we hope to see them back on a regular basis. We already have three junior members who’ve joined the club and hopefully that number will rise now that we have the sessions running. It’s been great to get this far and let’s hope it brings a different dimension and vitality to the club. A big thanks to all who’ve helped out and especially to those who’ve put themselves forward to coach. It’s all very new and I’m sure it was pretty nerve wracking for those poolside.
Next week will see our second junior training session and a first competitive outing for Durham Tri Juniors. The training session will start 4.30pm, Saturday 31st March at Freemans Quay, sign in from 4.10pm. Please remember that the junior swim is not an open session like the seniors – you must sign up your junior first. We only have two lanes and we are almost at capacity already! The first event will be the Killingworth Aquathlon on Sunday, April 1st. This event is open to both juniors and seniors, you can enter via trihard. We have entries from juniors and seniors in this race.
There is a list of 2012 races for juniors on Northern Pulse.
We are planning to get our junior swim established and build from there. We have started but there is lots to do. One thing we do need is a name: over the next few weeks we will be asking the juniors to choose a name for themselves. Get those suggestions rolling in – I’m sure we can find a prize for the best name.
Dave and Tony