Swim-With-Me Instructor Ryan Crouch selected to coach the Invictus Games at the Olympic Pool.
I feel very honored that 2 weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be a part of a National training camp in preparation for The Invictus Games and whilst I was there helping to train ex armed forces that have unfortunately sustained disabilities I was put forward and accepted as a coach.
This camp was held at the Olympic Pool and it was a great experience for both me and the team of swimmers and coaches. For me, it brings back my best memories of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Trials which I competed in at the same pool.
The Invictus Games, championed by Prince Harry, is where over 400 competitors from 14 Nations take part in sporting events for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and Servicewomen. Teams will come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.
There were only a set amount of places available on the team for both swimmers and coaches and I have been selected as the one coach to work alongside Chris Armstrong (Head Coach). Together we will train a selection of swimmers ready to take part in The Games, which will take place from 8th September – 15th September at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford. I cannot put into words the pride I feel to be able to take part and how much of a huge achievement this is for me, especially as I have a great understanding of disability swimming being in the field myself. I still currently swim for Team Ipswich and compete across the country at National and International events.
Along with my swimming teaching in the Essex area (Swim-With-Me) I am also now focused on delivering success along with Chris at this year’s Invictus Games.
Please see below a short video which was taken at the training camp in London.