James Goddard joins SwimQuest team for new open water training camps

​Three-time Olympian James Goddard has signed up as a coach with swim travel company SwimQuest with his first trip scheduled for a week in Formentera in October this year. ​

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Three-time Olympian James Goddard has signed up as a coach with swim travel company SwimQuest with his first trip scheduled for a week in Formentera in October this year. He is the second Olympian to join the team and will coach alongside 2008 marathon swimming bronze medallist Cassie Patten.

Goddard represented GB in Athens, Beijing and London, with his best Olympic performance being fourth in the 200m backstroke. He also represented England in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he won a gold in the men's 200m backstroke and a bronze in the men's 200m individual medley, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he again won a gold in the men's 200m backstroke and this time gold in the men's 200m individual medley.

The Formentera camp will be suitable for all ability levels, but SwimQuest particularly recommend it to beginner and intermediate swimmers. Swims will be tailored during the week to suit individuals' needs.

“We feel very lucky to be working with such fantastic guest coaches” says SwimQuest founder, John Coningham-Rolls.  “James and Cassie provide a level of coaching which simply transforms our guests’ swimming, no matter what their ability level.” Fellow director Alice Todd adds that: “Formentera is an ideal location for this technique trip. It’s the quieter, more beautiful sister of Ibiza - easily accessible, relaxed and a bit of a hidden gem. The sand is bright white, and the sea clearer than you can believe - ideal for technique work.”

SwimQuest expect the new James Goddard tour to sell out quickly, so if you would like to reserve a place, email alice@swimquest.uk.com with James in the subject line, or fill out a booking form at www.swimquest.uk.com/improve.

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Issue 53 September 2021

  • The Climate Swim – Reporting from Lewis Pugh's 10-day training camp in Iceland ahead of his 'Final Stand'
  • A River Fit To Swim In? – Ella Foote explains how to identify a river clean enough for a dip
  • Carnage and Beauty – Olympic bronze medalist Cassie Patten gives some tips on feeding and nutrition
  • My Swim Story – How Verity Green became the first deaf British woman to swim the English Channel
  • History – The strange and lucrative history of marathon swimmers appearing on cigarette cards
  • 10 Year Anniversary – Founder of Outdoor Swimmer magazine Simon Griffiths on 10 years of publishing

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