All squads have been involved in competitions before the summer shutdown. The Stűttgart
International Swimming Gala for Youth, J1 and J2 was a huge success. A training camp for 13
swimmers from Youth Squad preceded the gala – see report below. The Cardiff and Vale Sprint
Meet took place in July. Then followed the BAGCAT UK Nationals in Sheffield, and the Welsh
Summer Nationals in early August completed the season.
Many have achieved personal success in these competitions and a summary of some of these
achievements is given below.
Stűttgart Training Camp – 16th
– 22nd June 2007
Stűttgart and Cardiff are not only Twin cities but also Twin swimming clubs. This was officially
signed by our chairman Steve Airey and Stuttgart in 2006. As a result of this we were lucky
enough to have been given some sponsorship by Stuttgart Council to enable us to take 13
swimmers on a training camp in Stűttgart using their 50metre open air pool at the ‘Inselbad’
complex. We were allowed to use two lanes of the pool for 4 hours a day for free (I dread to think
what that would cost in Cardiff) they also paid for tram and train tickets and made all the
arrangements for our meals and accommodation.
Our team was made up of David Vine, Chris Maddocks, Diane Hughes and 13 swimmers all
from Youth squad or J1 –
Sian Harkin, Chelsea Mellin, Hannah Kane Roberts, Savanna Jones, Jade Francis, Robyn
Ventrice, Sheridan Brooks, Lana Evans, Rebecca Vincent, Chris Watts, Ieuan Donovan, Ben
Tossell, and Toby Drew.
Training Camp Team
We set off from Cardiff at the un-earthly time of 2am on Saturday the 16
June heading for
London Heathrow and our flight with BA directly to Stuttgart at 8am. (Flight time sounded good at the time of booking but next time we’ll look for a midday flight!) Any way all was good had time
for some breakfast in the terminal and the flight was on time. We arrived in Stűttgart at about
11am (CET) to be met by Michael Reitmeyer our host and organiser of the Stűttgart international
swimfest. After a short journey by train and tram we arrived at the Arbeit-Sud hostel our
accommodation for the week. It was basic but clean and ideal for our needs. The swimmers
were in 2, 4 or 5 bedded rooms which they had to keep clean and tidy, with plenty of shower
rooms and toilets, a yard outside with table tennis, football game and skipping ropes. Breakfast
and dinner was provided in the huge dining room; we just had to serve ourselves and clear
The weather was glorious so after showering and settling in we set off for a walk to suss out our
surroundings we went to the local town of Unterturkheim, found the supermarket and stocked up
with ‘just in case’ supplies then went to the pool to begin our schedule – 2 hours training in the
open air 50m pool 4-6pm. The complex also included a leisure area with slides and flumes so
the swimmers were lucky enough to have that to themselves so they could relax and unwind.
Then it was back to the hostel for dinner, soup, rice and a sauce, salad, fresh German bread and
The rest of the week went like this:-
Up at 7.30am for Breakfast.. Orange or Apple juice, Cereal, bread, yoghurt, ham, cheese tea or
coffee. 10minute walk to the pool.
8.30am at pool for dry flexibility consisting of stretching, skipping, jogging etc.
9.00am-11am in the pool for David’s training schedule.
Midday lunch at the pool café, especially made for us. Salad, Pasta and sauce, even chips in
case we didn’t have enough food and a drink. The swimmers all helped to clear the tables and
then it was back to the hostel for a rest in readiness for another 2 hour session at 4 o’clock.
6.30pm we were back at the hostel for dinner, something different each day.
The evening was spent playing table tennis Chris doing the coaching and David , Ben, Toby and
Ieuan competing for top spot! The skipping ropes and football were also out.
The basic pattern was the same through the week but on Tuesday afternoon we fitted in a trip to
the Dinosaur museum and a play in the park, Wednesday afternoon we went to the Mercedes
museum which was very good. Thursday should have been a tour of the city but unfortunately
the heavens opened and we had to abandon this idea. ( I don’t think the swimmers were too
bothered – history wasn’t their idea of fun)
On the Friday afternoon after a lovely pizza lunch in a café in Unterturkheim we were joined by
another 35 of our swimmers ready for the weekend competition. The training camp swimmers
reluctantly moved out of the hostel which we all had got quite attached to, into families for
hosting over the weekend.
The competition went well, the results are on the internet (Stuttgart club website or our own
website – wwwcardiffswimmingclub.co.uk –I’ll leave David and Nikki to comment on them but we
overall only to be beaten by Leeds. Well done swimmers!
On Monday morning after dumping our cases on the 56 seater coach that the rest of the team
had travelled on we were able to set off on the train into Stuttgart city for a spot of shopping and
lunch ( no luggage to worry about!), before our return flight at 7pm back to the UK. The baggage
handlers were on strike but we didn’t need to worry about that! After persuading security to
release our minibus (airport security thought we would be delayed waiting for our luggage) we
headed off back to Cardiff.
Overall I think it was a total success and hopefully we can repeat the exercise again next year.
We were very lucky with the weather only one day of rain and some thunder storms
I would like to thank everyone involved in making this trip the success that it was.
By Diane Hughes