AP Race Clinic Featuring Sydney Pickrem

Where you learn to race, not just swim!

On the 12th of February 2023 we are so excited to be holding the first ever Individual Medley AP Race Clinic! AP Athlete Sydney Pickrem is going to be leading swimmers through the clinic alongside our team of world class experts while she shares her secret on how she became an IM World Champion! The day will include a Swim Station, a Racing Edge Station, a Strength and Conditioning Station and also our signature Parent Support Station.

We have created the ultimate day to give you the best opportunity to develop as a swimmer and develop you IM skills alongside a World Champion and Olympic Medallist!

Bookings open on 27th November at 6pm GMT!

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12/02/2023 - Cobham, Surrey


07:30 - 07:45 Athlete Sign In
07:45 - 08:00 Introduction
08:00 - 08:15 Move to Station 1
08:15 - 09:45 Station 1
09:45 - 10:00 Move to Station 2
10:00 - 11:30 Station 2
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and Move to Station 3
12:30 - 14:00 Station 3
14:00 - 14:15 Move to Presentation
14:15 - 15:00 Presentation and Q&A
15:00 - 16:30 Photos and End of Clinic

While swimmers are taking part in the “Racing Edge Station” the parents and guardians of these swimmers are invited to attend the Parent Support Station.

The Team

Sydney Pickrem

As an Olympic Medallist, World Champion and Multiple Canadian Record Holder there is no one better to be leading the pool station at the first ever Individual Medley AP Race Clinic.

Ed Baxter

As well as being the co-founder of AP, during his time of swimming, Ed was a British Record Holder and Youth Commonwealth Games Champion. He is now also a support coach to Adam Peaty’s training group.

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 Land Programme. Rob has worked with some of the world's top swimmers for over six years.

Kevin Pickard

Kevin is a very experienced sports professional with a background as an athlete, coach and talent developer. He's worked across over 100 clubs and supported 1000s 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 different sports. Tom has a way of engaging every swimmer that he speaks to so you feel like you are on the edge of your seat with his revolutionary ideas of how you can unlock your mind 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.

Clinic Content

Swim Session

Individual Medley races can be some of the hardest to master as you need to nail great skills in all four strokes and swim races with great tactics. Through the swim session there are two stations.

Sydney will be sharing her top fundamental skill for each stroke and Ed will be taking the swimmers through transition turns; he will show swimmers how to transition between the different strokes in the fastest and most efficient possible way.

Gym Session

Gym work is vital to a swimming programme and as the expert in swimming specific gym work, Rob can offer unique insights in this area. Through the session Rob will take the swimmers through a session that will put them through their paces and all exercises that are massively beneficial for the development for each stroke.

Racing Edge Station

The Racing Edge Station will be led by Tom. This station will be focused around how swimmers' transition from good to great, working on the finer details that are always forgotten but sometimes the most critical. One of AP's favourite quotes is… “the mind is the athlete, the body simply the means”. 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 Sydney will be delivering a presentation, focusing in on her journey from being the captain of the London Roar, to having to miss the Commonwealth Games and then also being crowned a World Champion. A swimmer's journey will have both ups and downs and Sydney will be sharing her personal experiences of this journey.

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


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 £195 inclusive of both VAT and booking fees. Please see full T&C's on our website. For more information visit clinics.aprace.club.

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 Adam. There will also be an official photographer onsite at each clinic and these shots will be available to purchase after the event through SmugMug.

I am so excited to be hosting my first ever AP Race Clinic! Becoming the first ever female and International AP Athlete was incredible, and I am so excited to now be able to pass on some of the knowledge I've picked up over my swimming career.
My journey has been very unique! Where I have trained in Canada and the US is very different to the UK journey and I can't wait to share that story. 10 years ago, I could only dream of Olympic medals and I am now a World Champion and an Olympic Medallist, I am so excited to help inspire other swimmers to have the same dream I did. I'm flying all the way from Canada just for this clinic, so you better be ready!
I can't wait to see you in February and inspire you to become #BetterThanYesterday.
- Sydney Pickrem