Thame Swimming Club

History

Thame Swimming Club was founded in April 2009 and has its home at Thame Leisure Centre. The club offers training for competitive swimming at Thame Leisure Centre (Thame), Risborough Springs Swim & Fitness Centre (Princes Risborough) and Headington School (Oxford).

The club is focused on the development of swimmers across a broad range of training levels and on keeping the fun factor high. We pride ourselves on a great, welcoming atmosphere.

Our aim is to give each swimmer a feeling of accomplishment at his or her individual level. Whilst swimmers learn good swimming technique they also learn to be part of a team that values fair play and sportsmanship.

Thame is a competitive swimming club with swimmers taking part in galas across the region in order to build their competition experience. Our excellent coaching team develops the swimmers skills as they progress from the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway into the club and through the training groups to our County & District Squad.

We celebrate our swimmers success at galas and at the Annual Club Championships with an Awards Presentation Night for swimmers and their families.
In addition to the Annual Club Championships the club organises an annual Aquathlon and a week-long overseas training camp (BAT Camp) for swimmers in the top training groups. Swimmers are also encouraged to participate in a variety of local fund raising activities each year including the Thame Carnival, Thame Rotary Club Swimathon and Thame Round Table’s Santa Sleigh.

Patron

The club is proud to have Simon Burnett as its patron.

Simon is an English competition swimmer who has represented Great Britain in the Olympics and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. He holds the British Records in the 100 and 200-metre freestyles and trains at the USA’s University of Arizona, which he attended on a sports scholarship from 2003.

Simon was born and spent his childhood in Oxfordshire, attending Lord William’s School, Thame. Simon kindly comes to meet the club swimmers and helps with training sessions when he returns to visit Thame. He is a role model and inspiration to our swimmers.

Simon Burnett

A message from Simon Burnett

The difference between an average swimmer and a great swimmer is the focus one has on the details EVERY SINGLE stroke in practice, from W/U to swim down. They don’t just focus when their coach is watching, or when they’re doing a drill, they remember what their coach has said, high-elbow, head position, kick, rotation, etc. They focus on it the second they touch the water to the second they get the touch. This is what great athletes do.

Good luck this year, focus on the little things and remember, everyone can be a winner in their own way, by perfecting their stroke, doing a PB or attending practice regularly. It’s good to win but it’s also about taking part and having fun. Many congratulations to all who make Thame Swimming Club so vibrant and friendly.

Simon B