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Hello Rio!

May 16, 2016   By


Having achieved the nomination standard for Rio at Tollcross, it has been announced today that Alice Tai of Bournemouth Collegiate has been selected for the ParalympicsGB team going to Rio later this year. Many congratulations Alice on your selection for your first Paralympic Games!!!

Glasgow 2016

May 16, 2016   By

At this year’s British Championships and Para-Swimming International Meet held at Tollcross, Dorset was represented by a small group of swimmers from Poole SC and Bournemouth Collegiate, together with four of our County referees. The quartet of British Champs swimmers – Senior Fiona Hardie and Juniors Jasmine Holmes, Harriet Perfect and Jacob Peters – all from Poole SC and a record number of qualifiers for the club, while Alice Tai of BCS was Dorset’s representative at the British Para-Swimming International Meet.

For the swimmers, as well as selection for the Olympic Team, the aim for the Juniors was to qualify for the European Junior Team going to Hungary later in the year. Both Harriet and Jacob qualified for European Junior Finals, with Harriet finishing fourth in 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:17.96 and Jacob finishing second (100m Butterfly) and (200m Butterfly) with times of 55.13 and 2:04.48 respectively, both of which are new Dorset County Records. Both Jasmine (200m Freestyle) and Fiona (100m Butterfly) also improved their national rankings.

At the Para-Swimming, Alice was equally successful finishing in third place in 100m Butterfly (1:10.69), fourth place 100m Backstroke (1:09.14) and in ninth/tenth place for 50m Freestyle (30.75) and 100m Freestyle (1:05.68) respectively.

From our officials, Jill Beard was selected to officiate at the British Championships, while Steve Meter (Weymouth), Sue Podger and Tracey Roberts (both West Dorset) officiated at the Para-Swimming event.


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.