Harry Wright International Swimming Lessons in Hong Kong - Harry Wright International
 

About The Competitive Programme
FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON OUR COMPETITIVE PROGRAMME PLEASE CLICK HERE; HWI Swim Team Website;

ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE HWI COMPETITIVE PROGRAMME; please email bev.wright@harrywright.com.hk with details of your child’s name, DOB, past and present experience of competitive swimming, and preferred venue for training. We will answer your email within 24 hours and can set up a trial session for you, after consultation with the coach.

Please note that the swim team is charged on a monthly basis and on a year round basis.

After completing the Learn to Swim programme, for those who wish to compete, and show a commitment to further training, children are introduced to our competitive programme. There are 7 possible stages to this programme which cater for a variety of different ability, and needs. HWI has recently employed a Performance Development Coach, David Pool, with extensive experience in the field to manage our LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) plan.

Annual Training Plan
An extensive training plan has been developed and is constantly revised by our Head coach Michael Fasching. The training plan is developed over the year around the major competitions in Hong Kong and adapted for long course and short course phases. All squad coaches meet regularly to discuss aspects of squad training and keep training sessions in line with the goals and mission of the Harry Wright International swim team.

Bronze Squad (BS)
The aim of the Bronze Squad is to introduce young swimmers to competitive swimming whilst promoting good sportsmanship, encouraging competition and developing stroke technique and skills in a fun environment. Introduction to Land Conditioning is included. Progression from Bronze squad will be to Silver Squad. Each swimmer must commit to a minimum number of 2 sessions as week. To take full advantage of the skills being taught, attendance to 3 sessions a week is encouraged.

Silver Squad (SS)
The aim of the Silver Squad is to promote good sportsmanship, encourage competition and develop stroke technique and skills in a fun environment. Progression from this squad will be to Gold Squad. Each swimmer must commit to 3 sessions a week, and encouraged to attend consistently. This commitment may be adapted for the individuals’ needs and development, at the coach’s discretion.

Gold Squad (GS)
The aim of the Gold Squad is to educate swimmers about the correct training pathways and develop drills, stoke technique, starts and turns. The training environment remains fun, however the introduction of how to compete, win and lose with respect for rules and officials is emphasized with swimmers aiming to compete and achieve at a local and regional level. Swimmers will be introduced to additional land work exercise to help strengthen and prevent injuries. Progression for ambitious, talented and committed swimmers will be the Junior Performance Squad or Age Competitive Squad if commitment/performance levels aren’t as high. Each swimmer must commit to 4 sessions a week. This commitment may be adapted for the individuals needs and development, at the coach’s discretion.

Junior Performance (JPS)
The aim of the Junior Performance Squad is to educate swimmers about the correct training and competitive pathways, continue to develop drills, stroke technique, starts and turns. The training environment is now focused on developing performance. A greater emphasis is placed on competition, training correctly and discipline. Swimmers will be aiming to compete and achieve at local, regional level whilst aspiring to compete in their Home National Championships. For those swimmers who excel in this squad the next step is the Age Performance Squad depending on competition performance and training commitment. Swimmers will understand that their performance will be directly related to the effort and commitment and will be expected to take responsibility for their own training. Each swimmer must to a minimum number of sessions dependent on their age; 10-11 Years (5), 12-13 Years (6). This commitment may be adapted for the individual needs and development, at the coach’s direction.

Age Competitive Squad (ACS) & Youth Competitive Squad (YCS)
The aim of Age Competitive Squad & Youth Competitive Squad is to introduce swimmers to more advanced training techniques whilst maintain stroke technique and skills. Swimmers will be aiming to compete and achieve at a Local, Regional and Home National Level. The minimum attendance Is 5 sessions per week, however swimmers are encouraged to attend 6+ sessions per week, taking into consideration school commitments. Swimmers will understand that their performance is directly related to effort and commitment and will be expected to take responsibility for their own training. Swimmers who cannot commit to this level should move to the Club Training Squad which is predominately designed for fitness. Swimmers must commit to 5 sessions per week. (1 session must be Weekday Morning for 13yrs /over)

Age Performance Squad (APS)
The aim of Age Performance Squad is to create an elite training environment to enable the swimmer to have the best possible chance of furthering their career into Youth & Senior Swimming. The program will follow the long term athlete development (LTAD) model ensuring maximum performance to an Age Group National level. This will be supported by services such as Strength & Conditioning, Land, Nutritional Advice and Sports Science. This squad is for swimmers with no other commitments or distractions other than School. If swimmers cannot commit to the training they will be moved to the Youth Competitive Squad. Each swimmer must commit to a minimum number of sessions dependent on their age; 12-13 years (6) & 14 years (7). This commitment may be adapted for the individuals’ needs and development, at the coaches’ discretion. (1 session must be weekday morning).

Youth Performance Squad (YPS)
The aim of the Youth Performance Squad is to create an elite training environment with individually tailored plans aiming to achieve good performances at home National Championships and possible Junior or Senior International team selection. This will be supported by services such as Strength & Conditioning, Land, Nutritional Advice and Sports Science. This squad is for swimmers with no other commitments or distractions other than School. If swimmers cannot commit to the training they will be moved to the Youth Competitive Squad. Training commitment will be on an individual basis between the athlete and the Lead Coach but it will be no less than 8 sessions per week for 48 weeks of the year. The lead coach will inform each swimmer which sessions will be best for them. During final exams, swimmers will still be expected to do at least fifty percent of their normal training week. There will be no exceptions made to the training commitment in this squad.

Club Training Squad (CTS)
The Club Training Squad is to enhance the basic training skills learnt in previous squads and to ensure that each swimmer learns correct technique on stroke, starts and turns. A bigger focus is made on swimming fitness, making it a more challenging fun environment.