There are many different pathways to becoming a swimming coach. Many coaches begin their involvement in coaching once they finish swimming and begin teaching swimming or choose to start coaching at a young age. Other swimmers may finish up and leave the sport for a while and realize that they miss the involvement and begin […]
Our feature writer at www.SwimClub.com.au is Gary Barclay.
Gary is a leader in aquatic education in Australia and around the world. He is a regular lecturer and keynote speaker at the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Convention each year and was a keynote speaker at the New Zealand Coaches and Teachers Conference in 2006 and the keynote speaker at the Swedish Teachers and Coaches Conference in 2010.
As a former National level swimmer, swimming teacher, swimming coach, athlete manager, and one of the leading Swimming Club Managers in the sport of swimming today, Gary brings together his experiences as articles for all readers of this website.
Gary has been involved in the sport of swimming for the last 35 years and worked actively as a coach and manager for the past 20 years.
Gary is the author of the book “Swimming for Parents”, which has received rave reviews from parents, coaches and teenage swimmers from all over the world.
This book is one of a kind and was written to provide parents with the skills and knowledge to fully support their child in the sport of swimming. The book has gone one step further though and is utilised by coaches of junior and age group swimmers to help them educate the parents of swimmers in their program and also to educate themselves on what parents may be thinking in different situations.
Gary has also received feedback from many teenage swimmers who have also read the book and more fully understand the importance of a strong coach / swimmer relationship and the role their parents play in the sport.
The book has become a true resource for swimming parents and has sold into more than 20 countries in its first year of release. There is also an exciting affiliate program that allows clubs, districts, LSCs, State and National Swimming Associations to sell the book through their website and receive a 10% commission for every book sold… and they do not have to do anything else!
New articles will be added to this website on a regular basis and we thank Gary for sharing these with us.
At the 2008 Australian Swim Coaches Conference, the keynote guest speaker was elite swimming coach Bill Sweetenham. Most recently, Bill has been the head coach of Great Britain swimming. While Bill talked about many aspects, the following points really hit home in regards to elite coaching and swimming. Elite athletes give 100% effort, 95% of […]
With the Olympics on our doorstep, there are many ways swimmers can use the Games to improve their own swimming. Swimming is one of the major sports at the Olympics and the television coverage will provide all swimmers, with the opportunity to watch and analyse the techniques used by the best swimmers in the world. […]
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