Sevenoaks Swimming Club member Eva Okaro (14), has joined a group of 47 swimmers after being selected for the 2021-22 Swim England Junior Squad which will see the athletes preparing for future international competitions.
Areas such as learning arena skills, performance behaviours and racing philosophy are among the topics to be delivered on the programme.
On December 22nd, the team gathered virtually as they were inducted onto their first online engagement day. Olympian Max Litchfield joined as a guest to share his knowledge and attitude to obstacles with the athletes.
This is part of an overarching strategy to bring the team together virtually in the first instance, before multiple opportunities to train and race alongside one another in 2022.
One such opportunity will be competing at the Marseille International Meet in March 2022 or, alternatively, a bespoke open water event. This approach will allow the swimmers to gain international and domestic racing experiences as well as additional online learning activities and support throughout the season.
Richard Blackshaw, Swim England head of swimming talent, said: “We are thrilled to be inviting such a talented and enthusiastic cohort of swimmers onto the Swim England Junior Squad for this season. The hybrid approach is designed to ensure that the learning they take away can be easily implemented in their home programmes and allows for collaboration with their home coaches.
“The opportunities the squad offers will aim to enhance those selected, both as athletes and individuals in the competition arena.”
Keiron Piper, Sevenoaks’ Head Coach said of Eva’s achievement on Twitter: “Great work Eva! Keep working hard!”