Our SwimQuest skills hub is run in association with our incredible guest coaches, and provides year-round skills workshops, remote coaching and bespoke training plans.


thursday 22 FEBRUARY

“The Swimming Mind”

Freda Streeter and John Coningham-RollsA free-to-attend, exclusive evening focusing on the psychology of swimming, brought to you in conjunction with our friends at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. We are proud to introduce Hannah Cooper and Freda Streeter MBE, who will both talk to the audience about very different aspects of mental strength and preparation for swimming.

Hannah Cooper 

ALL IN THE MIND: An Introduction to Mental Skills for Swimming 

Hannah provides an invaluable overview of how to approach swim psychology, whether you are preparing for a big race, have entered an event or are simply a bit nervous about an upcoming swim. Learn how to create your tool-belt, with goal setting techniques, imagery, self talk and logistics.

Hannah Cooper is a Performance Psychologist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. Hannah spent eight years as a competitive gymnast and now coaches the sport here in London. After leaving gymnastics, Hannah turned to competitive swimming and subsequently reached national ranks in the US. Since retiring from swimming, Hannah works with England Swimming, helping Britain’s best prepare mentally for races and training.
30 min talk followed by a 15 min Q&A 

Freda Streeter MBE in conversation with John Coningham-Rolls


This is a unique opportunity to listen to Freda Streeter’s invaluable experience on preparing swimmers for The English Channel and other world swims. John talks to Freda about the highs and lows on Dover Beach, ‘total bodily confusion’, and swimmer’s successes against all odds. 

Freda Streeter MBE “The Channel General” has dedicated her life to outdoor swimming, and recently received an MBE in the New Year’s honours list. Freda spent years running the The Dover Beach Crew, offering training sessions in Dover harbour for swimmers who were challenging themselves to solo and relay crossings of the English Channel. She has trained many aspiring English Channel swimmers including her daughter, Alison Streeter MBE, who has swum the English Channel a record breaking 43 times. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Freda in conversation with SwimQuest’s John Coningham-Rolls (who swam the Channel under Freda’s watchful eye in 1998!)

  • Timings: 7pm -9pm (register at 6.30pm)
  • Venue: Floor 2, Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, 266 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 6TQ
  • Cost: Free!
  • SOLD OUT – to be added to the waiting list, please call Putney Clinic on 0208-789-3881, or email info@putneyclinic.co.ukPlaces allocated on a first come first served basis.

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY “Tools for the pool”

JAMES GODDARDAn exclusive evening of coaching from Commonwealth Gold Medallist and Olympian James Goddard, followed by a winter BBQ. During this session James will explain how to build your own pool training sets, how to time yourself effectively and how to build in drills and skills which will help you to make the most of your pool time.

  • Timings: 6.30pm -9pm
  • Venue: Hampton Open Air Lido (High St, Hampton TW12 2ST)
  • Cost: £69pp
  • Focus: “Tools for the Pool”
  • To book please fill in the booking form at the bottom of this page, following which, Charlotte will be in touch with a link to pay for your session/s.

Join James Goddard and the SwimQuest team for a land based talk, pool session and a winter BBQ. The session is suitable for all swimming abilities. Starting with a land based talk from James in the studio, we will then head into the pool where we can put James’s advice into practice. Afterwards, enjoy a well-deserved BBQ dinner!

What to bring: Swimwear, goggles, swim hat, towel, warm clothing for after your swim.

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