Barracudas Club

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Barracudas swimming club opened its doors in 2011, it was initiated by Di Stirling at CBC school to create the opportunity for boys at the school to develop their swimming skills and improve the performance of both the swimming and waterpolo teams within the school body. Di Stirling a swimmer herself back in the late 1960’s has a long pedigree when it comes to swimming and coaching having coached for many years at the Convent when they were unbeaten in both Senior and Junior Matabeleland school galas.   Lorna Riley has many years of experience with learn to swim and competitive coaching of swimmers, together they are a formidable force!  They are the only coaches in Matabeleland to have Fina qualifications and they are the longest serving coaches in the province.  They are joined by Tara Stirling, daughter of Di who was a competitive swimmer in the 1990’s and has since qualified as a coach in the UK.

Since then the club has flourished, they began with senior school boys, not exclusively from CBC and has extended to a second pool in Suburbs which houses the junior contingent of the club.  The club, both senior and junior aim to produce competitive swimmers who are technically good, dedicated to the sport and have a desire to be the best they can be.  Both pools aim to keep their numbers down to enable the coaches to have a hands on approach and the ability to give all swimmers the attention they deserve.

The CBC pool is staffed by Di Stirling and only takes swimmers who are at senior school, they train daily for 1 – 2 hours.  They had a total of 8 swimmers in the Matabeleland Senior Swimming team which travelled to Harare for the National Championships. The Suburbs pool has grown from one group to two, the first is a junior development group for swimmers from the age of 6 who are reasonable swimmers and who want to improve their strokes and endurance.  Tara works with these swimmers 2 – 3 times per week depending on demand and each session is up to an hour.  The second and later group is run by Lorna Riley and is currently catering for Junior School swimmers who are keen to be competitive and are honing their skills.  They work for approximately 1.5 hours 4 days a week and currently the squad as a couple of youngsters who have represented the Matabeleland Junior Team.

Barracudas swimming club is affiliated to the Matabeleland Amateur Swimming Board, all swimmers are eligible to attend local League galas and if selected to attend National championships.  The Zimbabwe Swimming Board conduct annual tours to South Africa, tours to African events and World Championships.

Barracudas swimming club can be contacted at the CBC School pool, the Adventist School pool or through Lorna Riley, email lorna@swimzim.org

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