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Lake Geneva challenge for Weyport Masters

April 13, 2016   By

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Weyport Masters’ Julia Aston and Kate Mason have become the first female duo to swim the length of Lake Geneva, and only the second people in history to have swum the whole length of the lake.

Swimming for two hours at a time with support boat alongside, the two-person relay began at the Chateau de Chillon Castle situated off the eastern coastline of the lake, and ended at the Parch des Bains in Geneva. The 44 mile challenge was completed in 28 hours 12 minutes.

Monies raised through sponsorship helped purchase a VHF radio for Osprey Leisure Centre with the remainder being donated to a charity for research into Huntington Disease.

Photo: (l-r) Julia Aston, Nigel Williams (General Manager, Osprey LC) and Kate Mason

Swim Safe 2016

April 12, 2016   By

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Swim Safe, a joint project between the ASA and the RNLI that aims to provide practical open water safety sessions for 7-14 year olds is to take place in Poole this summer. Hosted by Poole Borough Council, the event will be held at Sandbanks as well as the Council’s facility at Shore Road.

The annual programme offers improver swimming tuition and water safety sessions at beaches and lakes across England with a focus on skills to keep safe in open water. Beach safety advice will be provided by RNLI lifeguards with up to 30 minutes of in-water tuition provided by ASA accredited swimming teachers.

Two weeks of Swim Safe for Schools will run from 4 July, followed by three weeks of public access to the project from 30 July. Children must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres to take part but attendance is free. Further information and booking form can be found at https://swimsafe.rnli.org/.

There are also volunteer and teaching opportunities for members of Dorset affiliated clubs, so if you would be interested in helping out contact the ASASW Area Swim Manager Ashley Jones at ashley.jones@swimming.org.

The Swim Safe pilot scheme was so successful that in 2015 the programme was extended to six locations in Bournemouth, Brockhole, Bude, South Shields, Jersey and the Isle of Man, which were attended by 3,600 children with an average of ten at each session across the five weeks. Having Swim Safe held locally is a good opportunity for clubs to get involved and encourage participants to carry on from their first open water swimming experience.

ASASW/DCASA Open Water Championships 2016

April 4, 2016   By

The ASASW Open Water Championships incorporating the Dorset County ASA Open Water Championships will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016 at Preston Beach, Weymouth. The programme of events includes a 1.5km, 3km and 5km swim with a minimum entry age of 12 years for the 1.5km event and 13 years for the longer distances – ages are as at 31 December 2016. Wetsuits are now permitted, but wetsuit wearers will not be eligible for trophies. For younger competitors 11-13 years of age who are new to open water swimming, there will also be a 750m taster event. Application forms are on the ASASW website and entrants need to register online at http://http://www.swimwest.org.uk/swim/index.php/open-water-events/icalrepeat.detail/2016/06/25/93/-/asa-sw-region-open-water-championships.

Applications are now also open for the ASASW Open Water Development Days which are to be to be held on 28 May and 4 June 2016. The Development Days are aimed at club swimmers age 12-17 years inclusive, and closing date for applications is 7 May 2016. Applications forms can be found at  http://www.swimwest.org.uk/swim/index.php/regional-news/250-asa-south-west-open-water-development-course.


Dorset County Championships 2016

March 15, 2016   By

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The 2016 County Championships winners of the age group Performance Awards are now available on the swimming pages of the County website, together with full results and details of this year’s Senior and Junior Champions. The five days of competition commenced with four presidents from the ASA South West region in attendance and ended with three County Records and 30 Competition Best Times have being broken. Awards for Exceptional Achievement were also presented to Channel swimmers Robert Lloyd-Evans, Barry Alldrick, Glenn Bailey and Dani Callahan, together with two times GB Junior Record breaker Jacob Peters of Poole SC.
Photo courtesy of DEphoto (l-r): Somerset ASA President Les Debenham, ASA SouthWest President Ian Stuart, Poole SC’s Jacob Peters, Dorset County ASA President Nadine Honeybun, Cornwall ASA President Nick Jenkin.

Swim South Africa

February 25, 2016   By

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With so much energy and emotion currently being expended at the County Championships to knock off a 100th of a second here or win a medal there, it may be worth reminding ourselves that the opportunities we take for granted are not necessarily available for everyone.

Swim teacher Jacqui Hull from Poole SC has recently returned from South Africa where she was involved with the voluntary project ‘United through Sport’, which aims to help disadvantaged children from the townships to access sports such as football, rugby, hockey, netball and swimming. During the time she spent in South Africa, Jacqui taught swimming at a local orphanage, a school for children with severe learning and physical difficulties, as well as a number of schools from the townships. Jacqui also helped coach a Masters group of a local swimming club

“None of the children had ever had swimming lessons and most come along with a huge fear of the water but, over the five weeks I spent there, it was lovely to see all of them in the water splashing around having fun. A few of the children were swimming a width by the end of my attachment”, said Jacqui.

“This was a hugely rewarding experience and I would urge any of our older swimmers or Young Volunteers to consider this very worthwhile project. The downtime is also great fun with adventures such as surfing, shark cage diving and safaris, to name a few.”

For any teachers, older swimmers or YVs who are interested in this rewarding experience, further details and information on the placement from Jacqui by emailing her through the Poole Swimming Club website www.pooleswimmingclub.org.uk.