Baku 2015 European Games

Ok what i thought id do for major meets is rite a wee daily blog I can update as the meet goes on.

The 1st big summer meet is the 1st European Games in Baku. These are just a few of my thoughts and impressions on the last weeks leading up to the meet and the trip itself…..

Saturday 20th June

1st day able to train in the competition pool this evening. Again VERY impressed by the set up. It really looks the part.

Team all seem in real good for and all say the pool feels fast.

Excitement is building now ahead of competition starting on Tuesday

Friday 19th June


Ok so 1st impressions on Baku are…! After the hustle and bustle of Istanbul airport arriving in Baku airport was a total culture shock. It was literally like a hotel. No queues no people lying on floor waiting for their flights. VERY NICE.
A huge, empty, 5 lane dual carriageway and a luxury bus to the village again. Very impressive.

And the village…..we had a slight problem checking into our rooms but nothing major and the apartments are again much better than they could have been.

We havent made it to the pool yet but are heading up this afternoon for our 1st swim here.
Friday 12th June

So the kit arrived today…….very exciting really. Gotta say I think it looks very well. Nice even.


Not as Green as one might have expected I guess but that may be a good thing.
The schedule for the last couple of training days while we in Baku arrived today. Happy enough that it will work well for D.

Not long to go now ………..

Thursday 11th June

So the time is almost on us now, the opening ceremony of the 1st European Games takes place today in Baku……….

You can watch it here………. if you want.

The Irish swim team don’t travel until next Thursday with the racing starting on Tuesday 23rd so Danielle and I are now in an adaption week before the last 10 or so days or race prep.

My kit should arrive today so it’s starting to become more ‘real’ – quite exciting LOL

Tuesday 9th June

Only 1 more session at home before we travel to Baku. Still a full week out from competition but things looking pretty good.
We got confirmation of travel arrangements for Thursday morning. Leaving Dublin airport at 11am (reporting in at 8am). We don’t arrive in the village until after 1am local time on Friday morning and we have potentially 6 sessions in the pool before racing sarts on Tuesday.

We have also been given a note of what or ‘airport clothes’ are. Team hoodie, navy shirt and navy track bottoms oh and team trainers as well. Will post a pic if the team on Thursday (not quite sad enough to dress up just yet lol)

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John Wooden ‘COACH’ talks bout the difference between success and winning – TED

Coach Wooden being arguably the greatest coach of all time would know the most about success.

Coach Wooden’s vision of success was completely different than what other view it.

As a child his father told him not to measure his success based on others success.

Why try to out perform someone that you’re not.

Another key to success he says is patients, you can put things in place but it will take time.

Last Coach Wooden talks about how he never mentioned winning.. He always told his players to give their best and the results would be what they should, not all the time what you want them to be.

Coach Wooden who won a record ten NCAA basketball championships, is someone worth listening to when it comes to success, he didn’t put emphasis on winning but just working hard.

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Sports Parenting in 10 Sentences

A great article thank you



1 word: Hi.  Greet your child when they get in the car with “Hi” before you ask about practice, the score of the game or homework.  

2 words: Have fun.  In all likelihood you’ve heard this statistic: 70% of kids quit sports before they turn 13 for the primary reason that they are not having fun.    Encourage and remind your kids to have fun.

3 words: Tell me more.  Before forming an opinion or dispensing advice, ask for more information from your child.  This will force them to tell more of the story and give you more information as to what is actually happening.  

4 words: Good job. Keep working.  Doc Rivers, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers and parent of a NBA player suggests these four words.  Rivers notes that as parents we are often tempted to say…

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Teaching your baby to swim (part 3 – Back Floating)

Back floating is when your child is comfortable and relaxed enough in the water to lie on their back on the surface unsupported. Some children will find this skill and east one to master while others will often struggle.

Back floating is an essential safety skill that all children must learn it can often only come with correct instruction, patience and LOTS of practice. 

The key is to break the skill down and only progress when your child is ready

The 4 stages to break this skill down are

1. Shoulder supported – your child’s head should rest on your shoulder facing the roof
2. Two handed support – 1 hand under the head the other under their back
3. One handed support – 1 hand under the head
4. Independant floating – no support

Remember on move on a step once your child is comfortable

Never force them to Independant float!

Toys are a great way to distract you child in the early stages of this skill and to encourage them to look up.

At Peter Hill Swimming we spend a long time on this skill. We believe that in order to be safe in the water  it is vital that all our pupils become comfortable, every at this stage as early as possible.

This video shows just how important this skill can be.


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Teaching your baby to swim (part 2 – front floating)

Once your child is confident at skill 1 the next step is to teach front floating.

Floatation is a base skill for swimming

In this stage the 4 steps to succcess are

1. Holding – supporring under the torso in a horizontal position

2. Part face in the water

3. Face in water

4. Independant floating.

u swims YouTube channel is a great resource for video examples of all of this

Always remember the
Name, Ready, Go” instruction from skill 1

Once your child is confident in preforming this skill consistently they are ready for skill 3

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Conditioning your baby, how to teach your baby to swim

In this little series if blogs I hope to give some advicd on how to prepare your child for their 1st swimming lesson

At Peter Hill Swimming we want every child to enjoy the water in a safe environment

Quite often I get asked what can we, as parents, do before we come to swimming lessons.

I found this really very good YouTube channel that will show you in very basic steps how you can make your child’s experience of the water as enjoyable and positive as possible.

In this video the  ‘name, ready, go’ instruction is vital. Use it in their bathtime as an intoduction. 
We use it in the lessons in Sullivan with our beginners.


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