Swimmer Review from June 2013:
TRC: What did you think of Coach Gary Hall Sr.?
Lee Tamkee (Matthew’s dad): Matt always loves working with Gary. He’s a sponge for information and Gary’s knowledge is second to none. This session was different in that being Matt’s second time around Gary suggested a change of his stroke to a shoulder driven freestyle. Matt always feels that he is learning but sometimes it may be too much and Matt needs to refine what he has learned.
TRC: What did you think of The Race Club staff?
LT: This was the first time Matt worked with both Amy and Richard and he found it very enjoyable. He said to me after his last session with Amy – “that she was putting it all together for him”.
TRC: Did you get everything you wanted out of the swim sessions? Would you have preferred to spend more time concentrating on a certain area? If so, how could we improve the training regime?
LT: Sometimes there maybe too much information and learning vs refining what was taught earlier.
Review from February 2013:
After three visits to the Race Club, 17 pounds lost and finally figuring out the “egg beater” kick, I am pleased to say that the pieces are starting to come together for Matthew. This weekend was his best swim meet ever in terms of performance and confidence. He seems to have found the right balance of weight and fitness and he is now much more comfortable and confident in all his stokes. He achieved two [Canadian] age group National times ( in the 50 and 100 BR) this weekend and is close to 3 more, he has never achieved one standard before. Of course he has one of those early birthdays so he has to meet new standards by July, as he ages up at the end of March.
Off every start he was in the lead or near the front and on every turn he came out further ahead than he went in. All the privates have helped immensely (no more superman streamlines). In his 100 Fly he looked very strong and came into the race with a PB of 1:09 and he did 1:06 and 1:04 and he was not pushed. In his 200 IM he came in with a PB of 2.27 and a best time this year of 2.32, he won in 2:19 and was not pushed. His breast stroke has improved tremendously with the egg beater kick and the stretching exercises. In his 100 Breast he swam 1:11:61 which was 12 seconds faster than last year.
It has been a challenge for him to incorporate all the technique and the knowledge learned at the Race Club as you rebuilt most of his strokes, but it’s starting to come together for him. He his very confident in switching freestyle techniques for different races and Lana and I were chuckling as he won the 100 Free doing a hybrid stroke, when we were expecting a shoulder driven stroke, he said he wanted to save energy for his next race. He then did a shoulder driven free style in the relay later than night.