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The Perfect Start

I was watching re-runs of the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha that were held in 2014. In the men’s 50m freestyle we got to see as close to the perfect start as a swimmer can get. The start needs to focus on four key elements:

  • Significant drive off the blocks using the legs
  • Overlapping the hands well before entry
  • Getting the head into a downward position and squeezing the shoulders either side of the ears
  • Perfect streamlined entry with hands, head, torso and feet all entering the water through the same hole

Take a look below and try to replicate

Richard Bruford View All

Richard is currently Secondary School Principal of Suzhou Singapore International School, one of China's leading international schools. He leads workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the International Baccalaureate in the areas of pedagogical leadership and approaches to teaching and learning. Richard consults with schools on the topics of school improvement and effective implementation and use of technology.

With a background in public and independent school education in the UK and Australia, Richard is enjoying his international school adventure in China. He is passionate about developing and supporting educational leaders, as it is essential to improving all schools.

Richard is a proud family man and feels lucky to be married to Kim and father of their son Austin.

In his spare time Richard enjoys to swim, bike and run and is a now retired football player and coach (with occasional guest appearances)

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