Swimmers prepare for Varsity

first_imgOxford University Swimming Club has just returned from a fantastic training camp in Lignano, which we hope will be a precursor to victory in the Hilary varsity competition. In 2008 we have relocated our training camp to a purpose-built training village in Italy, which incorporated an Olympic sized swimming pool for intensive long course training, a 25 metre pool for short course sprint work, and a state of the art multi-gym and sports hall complex. Swimmers took part in four hours of intensive coached pool training each day, combined with plyometrics, flexibility, and team building exercises, in preparation for what promises to be the most closely fought Varsity Match of the last decade. Many returning swimmers commented on the excellent facilities, which are unrivalled anywhere in England. The pool, which was ten lanes wide, fifty metres long, and built for the 2006 European Youth Championships, was outstanding. We were delighted to have all ten lanes to ourselves on a number of occasions, and when we shared the pool it was with the likes of the Ukrainian national swimming team, the Spanish water polo team, and the Italian synchronised swimming team. Being surrounded by international sportsmen and women certainly spurred the squad on, especially through those gruelling midweek sets when exhaustion had already set in, but the end of the camp was not yet in sight. An afternoon spent in Venice at the halfway point provided a welcome few hours of recovery and, having visited St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Doge’s Palace, we returned to the pool refreshed and ready for more hard training. As usual, training camp was a great success, even more so this year for its superb new location. The squad has returned feeling leaner, meaner, and faster, and ready to take on the Tabs in the forthcoming Varsity Match.by Lorna Wellingslast_img read more

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Arsenal dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling

first_imgSmalling is wanted by Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Serie A giants Juve and Inter are also lining up moves for the former Fulham star.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s understood United would be willing to part with Smalling for a fee of around £18million in the summer.Smalling’s ultimate goal is to return to the England set up and it’s likely this will have a major influence on his club future. Advertisement Comment Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has impressed on loan at Roma (Picture: Getty)Juventus and Inter Milan have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to sign Manchester United’s on-loan centre-back Chris Smalling.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed Smalling to complete a temporary switch to Roma in the summer and the 30-year-old has been a revelation in Italy, even captaining the side this season.Roma are already interested in making Smalling’s move permanent at the end of the campaign, but the club are likely to come up against stiff competition for the England international.Reports at the weekend claimed that Arsenal are preparing a bid for Smalling after keeping close tabs on the defender’s impressive performances this term.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Manchester United defender Chris Smallingcenter_img Advertisement Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:20FullscreenManchester City 1-2 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/manchester-city-1-2-manchester-united-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-press-conference-2065380/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Despite recent reports suggesting otherwise, Solskjaer expects Smalling to be back playing for United next season.‘Chris has been fantastic. We know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways,’ the Norwegian said last week.‘But Chris is the type to relish these challenges he’s cultured, enjoys life down there, it’s a new experience for him.‘He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and we’re so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.’MORE: Patrick Vieira admits he would listen to Arsenal offer for manager role Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 11:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

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Seegobin, Wilson condemn Diplomats to 202 run thrashing

first_imgDEONARINE Seegobin stroked a match-winning 70 while Stephon Wilson grabbed 6 wickets for the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) who whipped Diplomats by 202-runs on Saturday at the GCC ground, Bourda.Action in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/New Building Society 2nd division 40-over tournament was limited this weekend to the one match played. Seegobin, who led the batting with his half-century, smashed 7 fours and a six, opening the batting for GCC, who eventually made a whopping score of 246 all out in their 40 overs.Timothy McAlmont chipped in with 38 while Carlos LaRose supported with 26 for GCC, as Diplomats skipper, Nigel Sampson, grabbed 3 wickets.Taking full advantage of the home conditions and the big total, GCC followed up their ruthless batting outing with some hostility in the bowling department.A woeful Diplomats eventually crashed to a paltry 44 all out in just 17 of their allotted 40 overs. Left-arm spinner Stephon Wilson returned impressive figures of 6-11 as no Diplomats batsman reached double figures.last_img read more

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