February 2, 2016
Some Barracudas had the oppotunity to train with and then meet British double Olympic swimmer and the current world record holder for the 50m Backstroke Liam Tancock. Liam showed techniques for improving the backstroke and tips for backstroke starts. He even got in the water to show what he was trying to achieve with the kids. Hopefully we will be bringing back some excersizes and drills that we learned from this amazing experience.
A little bit about Liam....
Liam Tancock is Great Britain’s most successful male swimmer of the past decade, having won medals at four consecutive FINA World Championships.
The Devonian broke through with 50m Backstroke bronze on his senior debut at the 2005 World Champs in Montreal and has since won medals at Commonwealth and European level as well as four more on the world stage.
While he won 100m Backstroke gold at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, Tancock's greatest achievements have come in 50m.
He won the World Championship titles for the first time at the Rome World Champs in 2009, setting a world record in the process, then defended his crown in Shanghai two years later.
He is also a double Olympian, making the finals in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley at Beijing 2008, then finishing fifth in the 100m Back and fourth with the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet at London 2012.
After injury problems throughout 2013, Tancock underlined his durability with bronze medals over 50m and 100m Backstroke at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - his eighth and ninth Commonwealth medals for England.