One thing that I like to stress when teaching buttery is the hand entry. Oftentimes, swimmers have their hand entry either too wide or too narrow.
With a hand entry that is too wide, swimmers cannot get enough purchase on the water to get a good catch and pull, so the force generated is not a much as it could be. When the entry is too narrow, we see swimmers almost trying to touch their thumbs on the centre-line, which is not the most efficient place to start the pull.
Swimmers, therefore, need something in between and the best way to have them visualize it is to have the hands enter the water in line with the shoulders. As the hands softly enter the water the fingers point down to the bottom of the pool as the catch is immediately initiated. We try to make that there is no pause before commencing the catch.
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)