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What do we mean by swimming breaststroke ‘downhill’?


There are three things that we try to get our junior swimmers to work on as they learn good breaststroke technique. When we talk about good technique, we often reference swimming breaststroke ‘downhill’. To set this up correctly we focus on the following three points:

  1. The head and eyes should be looking forward and down rather than straight in front.
  2. We want the shoulders to be coming up towards the ears and in front of our elbows before we commence the glide.
  3. Dive into each glide in a ‘downhill’ motion, pressing the chest down, head submerged and keeping the hips high near the surface to reduce drag from the legs.

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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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