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Want to join Masters?
Harlow Penguin Masters welcomes new members of all standards and offers an excellent opportunity for structured training and competition for adult swimmers aged 18 and over.
Several of our members also compete open water events and we welcome members who compete in triathlons.
There is no upper age limit but swimmers must be able to swim well on at least three different strokes. Initially, speed is not paramount but the aim of the group is to develop a competitively minded group of swimmers by way of structured coaching.
There is no minimum number of sessions but obviously, regular attendance will lead to improved fitness, endurance and speed.
Swimmers are organised into lanes by ability, coaching will be given to learn and develop water skills with a view to competitive stroke improvement. starts, turns and drills.
Penguin Masters are recruiting new members to join our squad, sessions take place at the Leisurezone on:
• Monday morning 6.15am – 7.15am
• Fridays 8.30pm – 9.30pm.
If you are interested in joining, please come down to our Friday night training session at Harlow Leisurezone and have a chat with some of our Masters swimmers and coaches.
If you have additional questions, please contact via the following e-mail email@example.com.
What is expected of me by the club?
We are a competitive club and will therefore encourage members to enter ASA Masters Galas, however, some members choose not to compete and train with us for other reasons, such as for open water swims, triathlon or even just general fitness and for the fun of it.
Can I train before committing to membership?
Your first session is a trial during which we will assess your ability and you will be able to asses we provide the sort of training that suits your needs.
Following this trial, you are able to start training as soon as your membership form and fee are handed in - this is to ensure that you are covered by the club's insurance.
What does a typical training session involve?
In a typical 1 hour session you will normally swim between 2 to 2.5 Km, depending on your speed. Depending on the current point in the year's training programme a session will include combinations of longer endurance sets, shorter sprint sets and a variety of drills with appropriate recovery periods. We expect swimmers to attempt all four strokes during training, even if they may be weaker on one or two of them.
How good must I be at swimming?
There is a fairly broad range of abilities and ages amongst our swimmers. We do require a minimum level, however, as we are not a teaching club but a competitive team. As a rough guide, if you can swim a mile continuously without needing a break then you should be able to cope with a typical training session, though you might have to start off in the slower lanes if you haven't recently swum at club level.
Report - Essex Masters Championships
Penguins Masters squad of “has been’s” produced some outstanding performances at the Essex County Master Championship’s on Saturday 7 May at Blackshot’s pool, as a result the club now has 5 County Champions albeit in age groups where most swimmers will have learned that the aging process cannot be stopped.
Paula Reynolds had a fair attempt at proving that theory wrong by producing an outstanding 1:16.58 to win the 100m backstroke, only to inform us that this was only 2 secs outside her best ever and that she could probably have gone faster! That said, she tried to put the “could have tried harder” theory to the test in the 100m IM where Paula prevailed again to win in a time of 1:17.37 and there was hope for the rest of us as she seemed?? to be tiring up the last length. Paula gained a third success in the 50m backstroke in a time of 35.61. These feat’s were closely followed by Alan Canham in the 50m Butterfly who won in a time of 42:00, but at a mere 71 years young, Alan really should know better. Not to be outdone and despite moaning all-day about not being able to get into her rhythm??, Sarah Stringer produced a 1:16:28 in the 100m Freestyle to bring home another golden gong.
Sarah also added to her medal collection with three silvers, in the 200m Freestyle (2:46.16), 100m IM (1:24.73) and 50m Freestyle (32.06). Other Masters performances of note were Nick Johnson’s silver medals in the 50m Butterfly in a time of 32.34 and 100m Freestyle in 1:08.59, Martin Stringer’s 33.48, gained silver in the 50m butterfly and 40.04 was enough for bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.
Harlow Penguin Masters also entered several mixed relay teams which all performed well, most notably the 200+ years (yes – 200!!) where in the final race of the evening the Penguins medley squad of Paula Reynolds (back), Alan Canham (Brst), Martin Stringer (Fly) and Sarah Stringer (Free) were touched out by a strong Romford squad, who train 6 days a week!
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• Head coach, Martin Stringer
• Masters Coach, Alan Canham
• Masters Coordinator, Sarah Stringer
• Monday morning 6.15am – 7.15am
• Friday evening 8.30pm – 9.30pm.
Harlow LeisureZone pool.
Fees are currently £15 per month, plus ASA Membership.
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