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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Larkhall Avondale Vice President Dale Strachan is delighted to welcome swimmers back into the pool after a long hiatus. The amateur swimming club reopened its doors, in alignment with government guidelines, on Monday, April 26 after a disrupted 12 months due to Covid. Larkhall Avondale’s committee worked tirelessly to facilitate a safe and enjoyable return to swimming to leave Strachan thrilled. He said: “It’s fantastic to be back after such an extended break which has seen us out the water on and off now for over a year. More sports news from across Lanarkshire McLean wins English Championship title Cox quits over alleged suicide taunt Glens legend joins rivals Cumbernauld Rice handed four game ban for ref rant “More importantly, it’s great to see our athletes back where they belong together as a team having fun albeit within their ‘squad bubbles’ for the time being as part of the enhanced COVID safety measures. “The club has worked extremely hard to keep our swimmers involved within the sport both physically and mentally during these challenging times. “Our first day back was orderly and safe despite the excitement as you can imagine. Swimmers on their return to training at Larkhall Avondale (Image: Dale Strachan) “ There was a great deal of collaborative work done behind the scenes between our parent led committee, coaches and leisure centre management to ensure an orderly return.” Sixty swimmers from Larkhall Avondale’s four squads – development, junior, transition and senior – returned across two sessions. With lockdown restrictions easing, the club will soon be able to return to normality in due course but vice-president Strachan revealed all swimmers were delighted to return. Read More Related Articles Celtic managerial target wants next job to be in England He added: “We have been welcomed back with open arms from the staff members at the leisure centre whilst receiving well wishes and a massive amount of support from parents and our local community via social media. “Over the last few years as a club we have worked incredibly hard to foster and grow these relationships within our local community and it means everything to our athletes to receive this sort of backing and support.
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. Despite the wintery conditions, Strachan revealed that some of his athletes implemented innovative training measures to ensure they kept sharp.
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He said: “Obviously being a water based sport without access to water has been tricky but some of our swimmers came up with real novel ways to get their daily water fix. “Some in glorified paddling pools and others donning a wetsuit for a few lengths in the back gardens -even in the middle of Winter. “Whilst the club also stepped up their online presence, as most of us have had to over the last year, by offering weekly virtual fitness and yoga sessions with our governing body Scottish Swimming.
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"We also linked up with clubs across Scotland along with some hugely popular HIIT sessions with our friends at Milngavie & Bearsden ASC, as well as running numerous technique based workshops. “We hosted a special Q&A session with Commonwealth and Olympic 400M IM swimmer Hannah Miley along with a regular Saturday morning breakfast club and numerous fun social family events via Zoom and regular land training sessions.” Strachan was effusive in praise for the support that Scottish Swimming have provided local clubs during the pandemic.
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He added: “Scottish Swimming have provided us with a huge amount of support and information during the last year. “We hope to put this into good use by participating in a number of fun in-house club completions and virtual swim meets once we get a few weeks under our belts. “Hopefully, we can meet up face to face with other clubs and swimmers for our traditional galas and competitions when the time is right and it is safe to do so.”
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