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Group Descriptions

COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

The Thunderbolts Competitive Program is made up of 4 streams: Performance, Development, Prospects & Intro and Recreation and Fitness. The following are descriptions of all 4 Program streams:
 

PERFORMANCE STREAM 

NATIONAL ID

LEAD COACH: STEWART MCLEAN

Our senior training group focuses on the final stages of athlete development and is very specific to the individual needs of each athlete. This group provides those athletes who are currently qualified or ranked at the Provincial or National Level with a goal oriented training program that will provide optimal development leading towards performance at the highest level. The Head Coach, based on the needs of each athlete, will develop a meet schedule.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:

  • Athletes must be 14 years of age or older
  • Athletes with 1 or more National times will be assigned to this group
  • Athletes within 5% of a National Qualifying Times in 2 or more events will be assigned to this group

TRAINING EXPECTATIONS:

  • 10 X 100 on 1:30 Hold Best + 8(SC/SC+1) 
  • 10 x 50 Stroke on 1:00(Descend 1-10 by 1 second each 50)
  • 200 IM SUB 2:40   
  • 200 KICK SUB 3:15

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Workouts: 100% Attendance 
Competitions: Meet Schedule will be determined by the Head Coach based on the goals of each individual athlete.


EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • ARENA Fins
  • SPEEDO IM Paddle
  • Band, FINIS Snorkel
  • FINIS Parachute
  • Flutter Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Mesh Bag
  • Skipping Rope


PROVINCIAL BLUE/WHITE

LEAD COACH: STEWART MCLEAN
ASSISTANT: REBECCA KEFFER

The
second tier of competitive programming focuses on the development of aerobic system training, strength development and mental training required to deal with competition.

PERFORMANCE STANDARD:

PROVINCIAL BLUE STANDARDS:
  • Must have achieved 3 LONG COURSE "AA" MAN/SASK Times
PROVINCIAL WHITE STANDARDS:

TRAINING EXPECTATIONS:

  • 10 X 100 Free on 1:40/1:50 Hold Best + 10(SC/SC+1)
  • 8 x 50 IMO on 1:00(SC+T)
  • 200 KICK SUB 3:45/4:00

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Workouts: 100% Attendance 
Competitions: Age Group Athletes must attend all in town meets and 2 out of town meets including all qualifying meets designated by the Coach

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • SPEEDO Fusion Fins
  • SPEEDO IM Paddles
  • Band
  • FINIS Snorkel
  • FINIS Parachute
  • Flutter Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Mesh Bag
  • Skipping Rope


DEVELOPMENT STREAM

DEVELOPMENT 
LEAD COACH: 

Youth Development is directed at athletes 9-11 years of age who are transitioning from the prospects program and beginning their journey towards the Performance stream. Workouts include a dedicated focus on skill development as well as a directed Dryland protocol. 

PERFORMANCE STANDARD:

DEVELOPMENT

TRAINING EXPECTATIONS:
 
DEVELOPMENT
  • 6 x 100 FREE on 2:15
  • 8 x 50 IMO on 1:20(GET SC+T)
  • 200 KICK SUB 5:00     

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Workouts:
  Attendance expectation should be discussed and confirmed with the groups Coach of Record
Competitions: All designated in town competitions and 1 out of town competition. Participation in qualifying competitions will be discussed and confirmed by the groups Coach of Record.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
  • Training Fins
  • Flutter Board
  • SNORKEL
  • SPEEDO Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Skipping Rope. 

 

PROSPECTS AND INTRO STREAM 

PROSPECTS
LEAD COACH: CASEY LESLIE

INTRO
LEAD COACH: REBECCA KEFFER


The competitive fundamentals stream of our program the Prospects program introduces the competitive concepts of training and racing. It is also introduces the dryland training to our younger athletes. 

TECHNICAL STANDARD:
Athletes in the Prospect / Intro group must have a working knowledge of the four competitive strokes as well as a comfort level with basic swimming terminology and skills. 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Workouts: 100% Attendance 
Competitions: All designated in town competitions and 1 out of town competition


EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
  • PROSPECTS: SPEEDO Fusion Fins, Flutter Board, Pull Buoy, SNORKEL, SPEEDO Paddles
  • INTRO: SPEEDO Fusion Fins, Flutter Board, Pull Buoy, SNORKEL

 

RECREATION AND FITNESS STREAM


SENIOR BLUE & JUNIOR WHITE 
LEAD COACH: 

New for the 2017/2018 Season, Senior Blue and Junior White are directed at athletes ages 11 and Over who are looking to continue their training in a environment that is focused on fitness and racing. Athletes in these group will still have full dryland training and the ability to compete in designated competitions with a more flexible commitment level. 

 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: 
Workouts:
  Attendance expectation should be discussed and confirmed with the groups Coach of Record
Competitions: All designated in town competitions and 1 out of town competition. Participation in qualifying competitions will be discussed and confirmed by the groups Coach of Record.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
  • Training Fins
  • Flutter Board
  • SNORKEL
  • SPEEDO Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Skipping Rope.