Bridgwater swimmer Rich Hill racks up more golds in run up to European Masters

Posted: 1st Jun 2018

Category: Health & Fitness

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The gold medals just keep on coming for Bridgwater swimmer Rich Hill who has won 4 gold medals and two silvers at the recent Royal Navy Masters Meet at Millfield School in Somerset. He was also the overall winner for his age group at the event which took place earlier this month, flying to the top of the English Masters Rankings.

30 year old Rich who trains at 1610 Trinity Sports & Leisure in Bridgwater under the free access (FANS) scheme is aiming to take on Europe’s elite swimmers later this year at the Len European Masters Championships in Slovenia. 

Rich who is a member of Bridgwater Swimming Club is now achieving some of the most competitive times of his swimming career with times in many events within 1/10th of his best.

He attributes his success as a Masters swimmer to less time in the pool and a new smart training programme with free access to the superb facilities at Trinity Sports & Leisure. 

He trains in the gym at Trinity to focus on his strength conditioning and power and is building up his pool training in preparation for the European Masters in September.

He trains with Bridgwater swimmer Greg Kyd in the gym and 1610 Swim and Sports Development Manager Ricky Hayes coaches him in the pool.

Rich says that the UK will only achieve success at a national level if there is grass roots support for local athletes; 

“Using 1610's facilities has allowed training to be consistent, you don’t have to spend hours and hours at time in the pool, varied smart training is the key as well as the support of 1610 staff and also my training partner Greg Kyd. He has used the gym along- side me for most sessions, ensuring a competitive approach is always adapted. We push each other to complete exhaustion but it is paying off. whether you are a young swimmer starting out in competition or a more mature swimmer you can still improve performance with the right training and support, a basic land training programme will have a huge impact on performance and this is what is needed if UK athletes are to perform at the top level in the sport.” 

Rich’s swimming times which have ranked him as follows for the 30-34 age groups in England year to date:

  • 50m Freestyle 4th 
  • 50m Breaststroke 3rd 
  • 100m Breaststroke 3rd 
  • 50m Fly 1st 
  • 100m Fly 4th 
  • 100m Individual Medley 1st 

For more information about Trinity Sports & Leisure please Tel 01278 429119.

For more information about the FANS scheme please contact ewarr@1610.org.uk