World champ to make a splash at city sports centre

Swimming legend Mark Foster is heading to Liverpool to mentor what could be the next generation of elite athletes.

The six times World Champion, with 11 European championship gold medals to his name, who also set eight world records as a freestyle and butterfly sprinter is hosting a special Swim Camp at Lifestyles Everton Park Sports Centre on Thursday 31 May.

Joined by fellow Olympian and World Champion Katy Sexton, they will be on hand to give top coaching tips to youngsters on how to improve their stroke, increase speed and also learn the latest training techniques. There will also be talks relating to nutrition, mind-set and race preparation recommendations.

A team of experts will be helping them out on the day, including other international swimmers, sports scientists, nutritionists as well as strength and conditioning coaches.

The Swim Camp is aimed at 9 and 10 year olds who have county consideration times, or 11-18 year old competent swimmers who have passed their Stage 7 ASA, right through to young people who already swim competitively at club, county, regional or national level.

The camp costs £95 and runs from 9am to around 4.30pm and there are limited spaces. To book a space visit www.mfsa.co.uk.

Mark said:

“I’m really looking forward to bringing my one day Swim Camp to Lifestyles Everton Park this May half term. I remember Duncan Goodhew visiting my club when I was 11 and he inspired me to be the best I can possibly be.

“When I stopped competing, I decided that I wanted to do whatever I could to help today’s young swimmers which is what my academy is all about. I’ve put together a team of some of the most knowledgeable people in sport to help me deliver the most up to date techniques, drills and methods available to swimmers, both in and out of the pool, and I look forward to meeting all the swimmers and their parents soon.”

Councillor Tim Moore, Mayoral Lead for Sport, said:

“We are delighted Mark and his team are heading to Liverpool to pass on their knowledge and expertise.

“Liverpool is a hotbed of sporting talent and this Swim Camp is a great way to inspire young people, giving them tips and advice on how to hone their skills and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

“I’m sure it will prove to be a very popular, and hopefully the team will discover the next generation of stars who can follow in the slipstream of city legends Stephen Parry or Fran Halsall.”

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