Meet Our SwimCamps coach Amy Smith, OLY

Amy Smith is not only an accomplished swimmer but also an inspiring coach who
has helped many aspiring swimmers achieve their dreams. Her journey from being scared of the water to becoming a multiple European and Commonwealth Games
medallist is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

Amy started swimming at the age of 8 and quickly progressed through the club levels at Wyre Forest Swimming Club. Despite facing setbacks and missing out on the Beijing Olympic Games at the age of 20, Amy did not let that deter her from her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer. She continued to train hard and eventually
made it to the London Olympic Games 4 years later, where she finished 5th in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay and 9th in the Women’s 50m Freestyle.

Amy’s love for swimming is evident in how she talks about the sport. She believes that swimming is not only a great form of exercise but also a way to challenge oneself and achieve personal goals. Her passion for swimming has inspired many young swimmers to take up the sport and strive for excellence.

As a coach, Amy is dedicated to helping her students achieve their full potential. She is a part of Swim Swift Elite and SwimCamps, where she shares her vast experience
and knowledge with the next generation of competitive swimmers. Her coaching philosophy is based on the principles of hard work, discipline, and perseverance.

She believes that with the right mindset and training, anyone can become a successful swimmer. One of the things that set Amy apart as a coach is her ability to connect with her
students on a personal level. She understands the unique challenges that each swimmer faces and works closely with them to overcome any obstacles.

Her positive attitude and encouragement help her students build confidence and reach their goals. In addition to being a coach, Amy is also a triple Masters World record holder for the
25-29 years 50m Freestyle and Butterfly, and 100m Freestyle. This is a testament to her ongoing commitment to the sport and her own personal development.

Amy Smith is a true inspiration to anyone who loves swimming. Her journey from a scared 8-year-old to a successful Olympic swimmer and coach is a testament to her
hard work and dedication. Her passion for the sport, positive attitude, and
commitment to helping others achieve their goals make her an invaluable asset to the swimming community. She will co-lead SwimCamps Rijeka with another accomplished swimmer and swim
coach – Joe Roebuck. Together, they will share their knowledge and expertise with young swimmers who are looking to improve their skills and reach their full potential.
They will bring their unique perspectives and coaching styles to the camp, providing young swimmers with a well-rounded and comprehensive training experience. Joe Roebuck is a former British swimmer who competed at the 2012 London Olympics and has won multiple medals at the European Championships,
Commonwealth Games, and World Cup events. As a coach, he has worked with swimmers of all levels and is known for his ability to motivate and inspire his
students.

SwimCamps Rijeka is a great opportunity for young swimmers to learn from two of the best coaches in the business and take their swimming to the next level.

Now it’s time to dive into a Q&A session with Amy herself. Let’s hear from her about her experiences, coaching philosophy, and advice for aspiring swimmers.

1. What's the craziest thing you've ever seen happen during a swim practice or meet?

In Budapest at the outdoor European LC in 2006, during the finals session,
there was a sudden huge storm with thunder and lightning and a complete
downpour. We had to immediately stop the finals sessions and head for
safety! The sessions couldn’t be resumed until the next morning.

2. If you could swim in any body of water in the world, where would it be and why?

Somewhere that is warm but doesn’t have any sharks! I’m not sure that exists.
There is also a swimming pool on Bondi Beach in Sydney that is one of the
most famous pools in Australia. It juts out into the sea, and when the tide is
high the waves are crashing over it. However it’s a proper Olympic-sized
swimming pool, so maybe more my style than the sea!

3. What's your favorite post-swim meal or snack?

Poached eggs & tomatoes on toast.

4. If you could only teach one swim stroke for the rest of your coaching career, which one would it be and why?

Freestyle. It was the stroke that I was best at, and I feel that there is so much
that can be taught about it, to swimmers at all levels. I could spend days just
working on Freestyle! It’s also the stroke that a lot of competitive swimmers
will do most of their training on, so, in terms of preventing injury by having
good technique too, it is a significant one.

5. What advice do you have for swimmers who may be feeling discouraged or stuck in their training?

This is something that everyone will go through at some stage in their
swimming life and is completely normal. As we grow, there will be plateaus.
These are just temporary phases of stagnation and adaptation before a
change and hopefully a positive move forwards. This is how the body very
often needs to work and adapt to improve. Be calm and alter your focus
slightly so that it’s not about times and qualifications, but about all the smaller
day-to-day things that you can improve upon (the technique is obviously an
important thing to me), it might be your pre/post-pool routines & their
consistency, flexibility & strength or even bedtimes & sleep health, etc.
Gradually, all of the smaller things and good decisions will have an accumulative effect and will feed into your next move forwards.