Michael Gunning - Butterfly

Michael Gunning - Butterfly

7:30am to 4pm, 15 October 2023
Walthamstow Hall School, Sevenoaks

On the 15th October 2023 we are so excited to be holding our first ever Butterfly AP Race Clinic. AP Diversity Champion, Michael Gunning is going to be leading swimmers through the clinic alongside our team of world-class experts while he shares his insights and top tips from his journey to compete at TWO World Championships as well as hosting the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham!

The day will include a Swim Station, a Racing Edge Station, a Strength and Conditioning Station and also our signature Parent Support Station.


Michael Gunning

AP Diversity Champion, Michael Gunning is going to be leading swimmers through the Race Clinic as he shares his insights and top tips from his journey to compete at two World Championships as well as hosting the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year. Michael has raced head-to-head against the likes of Michael Phelps and has some incredibly powerful and inspiring stories to share with our attendees after representing both Great Britain and Jamaica.

Ed Baxter

During his career, Ed was Youth Commonwealth Champion, Multiple British Champion & Record Holder as well as being English Senior Short Course Champion all over the 200-meter breaststroke. Ed was Adam Peaty’s training partner for 5 years and now acts as one of his support coaches. Through the clinic Ed will be running the second pool station.

Rob Norman

Rob is a very experienced swimming specific Strength and Conditioning Coach who has a wealth of knowledge around how to best compliment the meters done in the pool with a truly World Class Dry Strength and Conditioning Programme.

Kevin Pickard

Kevin is a very experienced sports professional with a background as an athlete, coach, and talent developer. He has worked across over 100 clubs and supported 1,000s of parents. Kev takes the lessons learned through working with some of the world’s best athletes and feeds that information back down to all levels of the sport to ensure athletes, parents and coaches have the tools needed for the ups and downs of the sporting journey.

Tom Bates

For nearly two decades Tom has been studying and applying his knowledge of performance psychology all over the world through various sports. Pro athletes and club level swimmers alike engage with his unique mentality towards performing and winning. Tom has a way of engaging everyone that he speaks to so you feel like you are on the edge of your seat with his revolutionary ideas of how swimmers can unlock their minds to help them get the most out of the pool.

There will also be a number of support staff including team managers and media representatives.


Swim Station

Led by Michael and Ed, they will be exploring the key elements that make GREAT butterfly swimmers and gives you the tools to take back into your day-to-day training. Through this session swimmers will work on both stroke and turn technique.

Gym Station

The Gym session will be led by Rob while working on Individual Medley exercises. A Great strength and conditioning programme is vital to a swimming routine and as the expert in swimming specific gym work Rob can offer unique insights. Rob has been Adam Peaty’s gym coach for over six years and has been key to his success over this period.

Racing Edge Station

The Racing Edge Station will be led by Tom. This station will be focused on how swimmers transition from good to great, working on the finer details that are always forgotten but sometimes the most critical. Tom will be helping swimmers to master their minds to get the most out of their performances.

Parent Support Station

As a swimming parent, you want your child to be the best they can be but it’s often hard to find the right balance between wanting to help your swimmers achieve their best results but ensuring they are having the best experience possible on their swimming journey. Whilst the swimmers are at the Racing Edge Station, the parents of those swimmers are welcome to attend this station where Kev will be running a workshop and open Q&A to support you on your swimming journey as a swimming parent.

Presentation and Q&A

To round off the day Michael will be giving a presentation around his journey through swimming, the lessons she has learnt, how he has managed to retain success for so long and all about his pursuit of becoming Better Than Yesterday.

Michael will also provide swimmers and parents an opportunity to ask any questions they may have at the end of his presentation.



AP Race Clothing will be available to sample and try on at the clinics and all orders can be placed online. Every attendee will be gifted exclusive 2023 Race Clinics items which will be revealed as you arrive at the event.


To attend a clinic, you must be aged between 8-17, age will be based off the day of clinic you wish to attend.

Spaces at each clinic are limited, will be in line with current COVID-19 regulations at the time of the event and the whole booking process will take place through the Swimming Events website. To save time when booking we would encourage you make a Swimming Events account and add your swimmers to your profile at your earliest convenience. Just visit swimming.events to get started.

The full day experience per swimmer is £160.

Spectating & Photography

Parents are welcome to attended and watch the day as it unfolds (where seating availability permits). Although parents are more than welcome to watch we request you don’t interact with the swimmers (including your own child) whilst the swimmers are at stations.

Please note photography and filming by spectators is strictly prohibited during the clinics for child protection purposes in line with facility policies. However, there will be an opportunity at the end of the clinic for parents and swimmers to take pictures with Michael. There will also be an official photographer onsite at each clinic and these shots will be available to purchase after the event through SmugMug.