Monday, November 7, 2011

Swim Camp: Jan. 6-8, 2012 Calgary, Alberta

Mercury Rising Triathlon has assembled a team of highly qualified professionals including photographer, physiotherapist, massage, and coaches for the weekend of January 6 -8, 2012!!!

For who: Everyone! Everyone can benefit from this camp: Athletes who trained 2 hours a day as swim club kids as well as those of us who learned to swim as adults -- there is literally something for everyone at this camp.

Cost: $400

Why YOU should attend: This is an intensive swim-focus camp. You get one-on-one personal feedback from our three head coaches. Our coaches patrol the deck, and will give you specific drills to work on. The most exciting part of this camp is the detailed video recording of your swim stroke. Shot from various angles, the coaches study and break apart every aspect of your swim stroke and give you detailed feedback in the form of specific drills, stretches, concepts to think about, so you can improve your swim stroke.

Our Head Coaches:

Sara Gross (Professional Triathlete): Professional Ironman triathlete and former European Champion, Sara has a record of taking athletes beyond their expectations. An admitted non-swim-club-kid swimmer, Sara now consistently swims 53-55 minute Ironman distance swims. She explains and demonstrates swimming concepts in a way that is easily grasped and understood.

Clint Lien (coaching credentials include an Ironman Champion): Clint is THE uber-swim coach-guru-extraordinaire. Based out of Victoria, you can find him on deck coaching athletes of all swimming ability: both professional and age-group triathletes. Calling himself a “student of the sport [of triathlon]”, Coach Clint brings more than 27 years of experience with him. This is one guy who WILL help you with your swimming!

Carrie Matsumoto (dolphin trainer) – Yes, she really is a dolphin trainer. She, too, has extensive experience coaching all levels of swimmers – from beginner to advanced. Carrie’s swim instruction/advice has finesse – her strengths include explaining the nuts and bolts of your individual swim stroke while providing valuable advice as to what changes you can implement to start improving your swim stroke immediately.

Even More:

Maryna from Maryna Massage will be present on Saturday, January 7 to provide complimentary massages for camp attendees.

Scott from Panther Sports Medicine is back again this year, to answer, assess, and talk about anything and everything physiotherapy. Attendees from last year’s swim camp can attest to his impressive ability to assess and recommend specific treatment protocols for the individual athlete.

Kaz from Kaz Matsumoto Photography is also back again with his mad camera skills – catching all the action for attendees!

January Jump Start Swim Camp 2012

Fri Jan 6 @ 7:00pm - Sun Jan 8 @ 1:00pm

S.A.I.T. Aquatics Centre Calgary, AB

Tentative Schedule:

Friday January 6:

  • 7:00pm Welcome & Introductions on deck
  • 7:30pm – 9:30pm Swim Session #1; including individual underwater video recording

Saturday January 7:

  • 9:30am– 12:30pm Classroom Session #1; including video analysis, coffee and snacks
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm Classroom Session #2; including injury prevention Q & A with our sponsor, Scott Sherman Panther Physiotherapy Trico Centre.
  • 4:00pm – 7:00pm Swim Session #2; including individual feedback

Sunday January 8:

  • 10:30am – 1:00pm Swim Session #3; including individual feedback

On Sat Jan 7 our sponsor Maryna Massage will be at the camp and offering a limited number of short massages, from 8:00am – 9:30am & 12:30pm-2:00pm.

Coaches: Sara Gross, Clint Lien and Carrie Matsumoto

Cost: $400 (includes 7.5 hours pool time, coffee, snacks, video recording and analysis, massage, photographs, injury prevention Q & A and individual stroke feedback)

Location: S.A.I.T. Aquatics Center, Calgary AB

Registration: Please download registration form under CAMPS tab on and submit to Questions and payment arrangements can be made to

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