James Gibson raises team morale during lockdown
Romford Town swimmers currently on lockdown away from the pool were extremely lucky to receive a morale boost from one of the world’s top coaches, James Gibson MBE. Youngsters aged 8-22 yrs joined a motivational chat via video-phone link with him last week.
Gibson, raised in Whitham Essex, is a former World, European and Commonwealth Champion in 50m breaststroke, and is . . . . . . . . .
currently head coach at Energy Standard International Swim Club based in Turkey. Last year they won the inaugural International Swim League in Las Vegas, with world class swimmers such as Chad `le Clos, Sarah Sjostrem, Ben Proud and Florent Manaudou on his team.
Gibson chatted to swimmers for over an hour answering their questions about his own journey as a swimmer, and his advice on how to deal with lockdown. He spoke about how he developed quite late in his swimming career, waiting until he was 21 to win his first GB cap, encouraging the swimmers to not give up on their dreams and enjoy their experiences of being fit healthy and part of a team.
He also shared that everyone was finding it difficult and that we would all find a way through, that Town’s swimmers were young enough to bounce back once lockdown lifts, and that their first swim would feel pretty strange, but that they would really appreciate the fact that they could swim again.
Hopefully Romford Town’s youngsters will again be included to volunteer at Stratford’s Olympic Pool for the European Derby of the ISL due to be held there later this year. Seeing the professionals so close is also inspiring for their swimmers. No doubt be ready and raring to swim themselves once conditions allow.