Cardiff Met Swimming will become a university “Focus Sport” from the next academic year (2017-18).
With the team steadily improving over the last six years from ranking outside the top 30 at BUCS in 2011 to coming 5th at 2017 BUCS team championships. It is thought the addition of focus sport status will help the team improve further with the long-term aim to become in the top four swimming university’s within BUCS short and long course championships as well as the national university team championships.
With an agreement with Cardiff Met University Sport and swimming performance directors approximately fifteen swimmers will be selected to be part of a performance group with the aim to gain more finals and BUCS points at the three national university competitions.
Benefits to performance swimmers include:-
- Access to free Physiotherapy and Massage.
- Free Cardiff Met Sport facility gym membership.
- 2 Sport specific strength and conditioning sessions a week with the university S&C team.
- Free entry to three BUCS university conpetition (inc travel and accommodation).
- Video Race and competition analysis.
- Access to Swim Pro underwater camera system.
- Diet, Nutrition and Supplement talks from PAS Website Link (all swimmers)
Swimmers will be able to apply for the performance squad when university starts up again in September. However, swimmers will have to make specific criteria such as having the ability to make an individual/relay BUCS final as well specific training commitments. The full list of criteria will be released at a later date.
Students who do not make the performance team still have the opportunity to compete for the university in BUCS events and outside competitions whilst also training alongside the performance squad as normal.
Dave Tonge Swimming Performance Director “This is excellent news for the swim team. Students and Staff have worked very hard over the last few years and the recognition of becoming a focus sport will certainly show that Cardiff Met is competing with the top universities in the country. We are currently in the top 10 and having this support will certainly gain a top 5 position in the coming years”