Friday, February 23, 2018

Young swimmers benefit from Bovell's swim clinic


TEACHER BOVELL: Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist George Bovell demonstrates a drill to some 60 young swimmers at the Blue Dolphins Swim Pool, St Mary's Ground yesterday. The occasion was the Dive In Swim Clinic, sponsored by Atlantic and NP, and which Bovell is hosting with 2004 Olympic silver medallist and former world record holder Duje Draganja of Croatia and USA's Joe Pascale a former teammate of Bovell's at Auburn University. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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World Championship bronze medallist George Bovell gave hints and instructions on how to swim better to some 60 young swimmers on Saturday at Blue Dolphin Swim Club pool at St Mary's Ground in St Clair.

The 29-year-old swimmer teamed up with the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) to host the four-day 'Dive In Swim Clinic' at four locations, including St Michael's pool in San Fernando on Thursday, Centre of Excellence Friday, Blue Dolphins on Saturday and the YMCA swimming pool in Courland, Tobago yesterday.

Bovell had help from top international swimmers, Croatian Duje Draganja, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist in the 50m freestyle event, and USA's Joseph Pascale, a former Auburn University teammate of Bovell and their NCAA Championships-winning teams.

Bovell first introduced himself to the swimmers before Pascale, who also practises Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and Draganja did the same.

They then took the swimmers onto the nearby field to go through dry land exercises, including co-ordination drills and prehabilitation and strengthening exercises.

It was then into the pool where Bovell, Draganja and Pascale first went through a progression of drills for the freestyle, the most common competitive stroke, before the trio had the group break up into butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke groups. Bovell took charge of the breaststroke segment while Pascale concentrated on backstroke and Draganja focussed on butterfly instruction.

Swimmers were then instructed in turning techniques before Bovell and company hosted a question and answer segment for the kids.

Bovell urged the swimmers to take some of the things they learned from the clinic and use it every day to make themselves better swimmers.

Corporate sponsors Atlantic and the National Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago are also providing support to the Clinic.