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Mansfield's swimming champions

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Mansfield's swimming champions

Mansfield is home to not one, but two Paralympic swimming champions. Trained by Mansfield District Council's Swim Coach and Development Officer Glenn Smith at the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, both belong to the Nottinghamshire ASA county Swim Squad, Nova Centurion - Mansfield Squad. Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw have worked their way to the top of British, European and World tables and achieved numerous records and medals.

Ollie, from Sutton in Ashfield is one of few to hold the 'Grand slam' of titles as Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion in the SM8 200m individual medley and he's the current IPC European record holder. He is also the current IPC European and World champion in the S8 400m Freestyle and holds the world record. Ollie following in his brothers footsteps, started swimming with Glenn when he was 11 years old and under Glenn's instruction, he has won a total of 19 major championship medals. Visit the 19eleven website or Ollie's official website for more information.

Glenn has been coaching Charlotte Henshaw since 2000. She narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, but she was determined to achieve success and went on to become IPC European Champion in 2009, World silver medalist in 2010, European silver medalist in 2011 and in 2012, she won a fantastic silver medal in the SB6 100m Breaststroke at the Paralympic Games in London. Charlotte backed up her podium success again in 2013 at the IPC World Championships. Charlotte has won a total of seven major championship medals. She won silver in the SB6 100m Breaststroke at this year's World Championships and is the current European record holder. Visit the 19eleven website for more information about Charlotte. Both are now training hard for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Glenn also coached Ollie's brother, Sam, who has retired from competitive swimming. Sam gained international recognition by smashing the S8 400m Freestyle world record to win gold as a 17-year-old at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. He also won SM8 200m Individual bronze in Beijing and won double gold in the 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley at the IPC European Championships in 2009. He lowered his S8 400m Freestyle world record again at the 2010 Paralympic World Cup. In 2012, Sam won the MC 400m Freestyle bronze and booked a spot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the process. He won S8 400m Freestyle bronze at the London Games and silver in the same event at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal.

Glenn also coached Rebecca Adlington during her early development years aged 9 to 13 years. She went on to become double Olympic champion at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Visit Rebecca's official website for more information.

We run a comprehensive swimming development programme in conjunction with Mansfield District Leisure Trust.

Local swimming clubs

There are two local swimming clubs in the Mansfield area.

Nova Centurion

We have a professional Swim Coach and Development Officer who acts as the head coach to the Mansfield Nova Centurion swim squad.

Swimmers are selected for the squad via organised trials and by recommendation from the local swim clubs. Swimmers are judged on talent, ability and performance times with the aim being to compete at regional and national level.

The squad also includes swimmers with a disability, who are also judged on performance and talent relative to their impairment. The aim is to progress to a national and Paralympic level.

Swimming lessons and talent development

Our leisure centres are run by Mansfield Leisure Trust who co-ordinate the swimming programme within these facilities. The programme runs to the ASA National Plan standard and all instructors are ASA qualified.

For information on swimming lessons and public swimming and leisure swimming times at these facilities, see the Mansfield District Leisure Trust.

 



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