At the start of the summer break 31 boys travelled to Italy for a week of training and competition.
After the shock of an extremely early start, the boys were finally all checked into their hotel in Mantova in northern Italy by 12pm. Following lunch, it was time to go and collect our transport for the week and cycle beside the beautiful lake to our first 50m outdoor training session where the boys got their initial taster of the intensity of the training that was to come. Session one completed and, tucking into Italian pizza beside the lake as the sun set, the week ahead was looking very promising.
And it did not disappoint, with multiple training sessions completed, including land work and skills, three very different galas and a host of cultural and local excursions. Sightseeing around Verona in temperatures of 38 degrees proved rather challenging, but debate over Juliet’s balcony lifted the mood. Ferrari World, a day at Lake Garda and a trip to a water park completed the excursions, making some life long memories and friendships.
The highlight of the tour was undoubtedly the final of the three galas. It was an international event with swimmers from across Italy and a team from China, and was locally reported on the Italian evening news. Swimmers were introduced during a music parade with the music continuing throughout the event giving our boys an unexpected opportunity to practice some dance moves alongside their race skills. The coaching team of Miss Palmer, Mr Wakely, Mrs Greenaway and Mr Murphy were extremely proud to see the boys reaping the reward of all their hard work during the week, with many swimming personal best times and coming away with medals.
It was an exceptional week and the boys were a credit to the swimming team and to Dulwich College.