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Swim England South West Masters Training Day

March 5, 2018   By

A Masters Development Day is to take place on Sunday 13 May 2018 at the University of Bath. The programme will include a two-hour pool session, a yoga/strength and conditioning session, an optional extra swim or Q&A session together with presentations by Masters multi-world record holder Jane Asher, sports psychologist Dr Karen Howells and Swim England National Masters Officer Sharon Lock. Places are limited to 36 and will be given on first-come first-served basis. Initially places will be offered to members of South West region clubs until Thursday 19 April, when the event will be offered to Masters from out of region. Timetable is 8.45am to 5.15pm and cost £25. Bookings will only be accepted once payment has been made. For an application form click here.

Swim England President visits Dorset Championships

March 5, 2018   By

Swim England President Richard Whitehead was a welcome visitor to this year’s Dorset County Championships where four County Records were broken during the first weekend and ten new Competition Best Times set in the age groups records over the five days of competition. The Championships was also attended by Somerset ASA President Alison Bashford on the final day.

Kayla van der Merwe (BCS) lead the record-breaking on the first day with an impressive performance in the 100m Breaststroke with a winning time of 1:09.48, which took almost a second off the Dorset Junior Record held for 18 years by former ASA National Champion Charlotte Evans of Bournemouth Dolphins.

Two months before making his Commonwealth Games debut, Jacob Peters (Poole) went on to slice 0.76 sec from the Dorset Senior Record with a time of 58.91 for 100m Individual Medley held by Ferndown’s Dominic MacDonald since 2008 and followed this by smashing three seconds from his own 400m Individual Medley Senior record in a time of 4:34.17.

With the reverse long distance events reintroduced for 2018 and last swum in the Championships in 2010, it was inevitable that some records would fall and Emily Clarke (Poole) did not disappoint. Her winning time of 16:41.02 for 1500m Freestyle slashed 23 seconds off the Senior County Record held by Bournemouth Dolphins’ Danielle Francis since 2008. Fourteen year old Alex Palotai-Avella’s (Swim Bournemouth) Senior bronze and Junior gold time of 17:36.52 was also less than four seconds off the Junior County Record held since 2006 by Bournemouth Dolphins’ Kimberley Rowles, which bodes well for the record to be soon broken.

Oliver Fairman (Poole) gave a confident performance in the 1500m Freestyle at Dorchester to retain his Senior title with a time of 16:25.90 but the male distance events also proved to be a triumph for Seagulls SC with James Richardson, Miles Ward and Sonny Chamberlain-Hyde picking up four of the six Championships medals in each of the 1500m and 800m Freestyle events.

It was Bournemouth Collegiate’s  Ella Chown who dominated the podium by taking a total of 12 Championship golds with both Senior and Junior medals for 200m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley and 50m Butterfly and Junior Medals for 200m, 100m and 50m Freestyle, 100m and 50m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke. Her 200m Butterfly time of 2:20.38 also knocked four seconds off the 15 years CBT, held since 1992 by Ferndown’s former British Butterfly champion Sam Greenep. The Junior 50m Freestyle gold was shared with Poole’s Ella McNamara.

Highlights of the age group CBTs were Jacob Peters’ 100m Freestyle time of 50.88 which toppled the 17+ years record held by Seth Chappels (Ferndown) since 2004 and, at the very youngest end of the competition, Peters own 50m Freestyle CBT from 2011 for the 9-10 years age group falling to Swim Bournemouth’s Hugo Young with a time of 31.06. Poole’s Jasmine McCrea also sliced over half a second off  the Senior CBT for 100m Butterfly held by Alex Savage (Ferndown) from 2005 while Ella Chown (BCS) lowered the 15 years CBT held by Lydia McManus (Ferndown) since 2007.

Photo: Swim England President Richard Whitehead (right) and Dorset County ASA President Chris Gassmann (left) present County Record certificates to Bournemouth Collegiate’s Kayla van der Merwe and Poole’s Jacob Peters and Jasmine McCrea at Littledown on Saturday 17 February 2018.

South West School of Swimming Development

February 13, 2018   By

The annual South West School of Swimming Development residential course is to take place at Bryanston School in Blandford from 12-18 August 2018. The course is open to swimmers 11 years of age and over at 31 December 2018 and there is no upper age limit on participation. Emphasis of the week is stroke technique and a Team GB swimmer will be in attendance on two days of the programme to work with all the swimmers. There will be specialist lectures in sport psychology, physiology and nutrition, as well as land conditioning and team building. Contrasting activities such as archery, squash and badminton will also be provided as part of the programme. Closing date for applications is 25 May 2018 and cost for the week £400. Application forms are available on the Swim England website www.swimwest.org. For further information 2018_Bryanston_Advert.


South West Regional Volunteer of the Month Award

February 13, 2018   By

In support of the National Volunteers week Swim England South West has introduced the Volunteer of the Month award to recognise and promote the hard work and dedication our volunteers provide within aquatics clubs in the South West.

The award can be presented to any volunteer from a young or new volunteer just starting out on their volunteering journey to a more established volunteer. Nominations are assessed by a  Volunteer Panel against the following considerations and not all of the elements have to be fulfilled, but the nominee does have to be a member of a Swim England affiliated club.

Consideration is given to whether the nominee has been an inspiration to others (volunteers, participants, members) in the club. Secondly, has successfully used initiative, creativity or innovation in undertaking their volunteer role to have an impact on the club, participants or other volunteers. Thirdly, provided excellent support to others in the club and, finally, achieved impact through determination under challenging circumstances. However long the volunteer has been with the club, be it a few months or a few years, they must have had an impact on the participants, the volunteers or the club.

Members of Dorset clubs have already been acknowledged by Swim England South West, with Alex Meade of Bere Regis SC winning the award in November 2017 and Beth Stannard of Wessex Diving Club in February 2018.

If you think you know of someone in the South West Region who deserves this award please email Jackie Hilleard, Regional Development Coordinator – jackiehilleard@gmail.com – or visit the Swim England South West website – www.swimwest.org.uk – for more information.


Success at Swim England National Awards 2017

November 22, 2017   By

The Swim England National Awards were held in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham on Saturday 11 November. The event recognises the achievements and contributions of individuals and organisations from all areas of aquatics, and this year resulted in recognition for one Dorset club.

The category of Swim England Performance Club of the Year recognises excellence shown in nurturing high performance aquatic athletes at regional, national and international level with club representation on England Programmes, and a track record of producing national qualifiers and above. Governance, leadership, coach development and collaboration with other clubs is also taken into consideration. Among fierce competition winner of this year’s award was City of Sheffield Diving – but with Poole SC taking the runners-up spot.

Assistant Head Coach, Jan Hutchings, collected the award on behalf of Poole SC which was presented by Olympic swimmer Ellie Faulkner of City of Sheffield.

It was also a good year for the rest of the Swim England South West with the region bringing home a total of seven awards – five first places and two runners-up awards.

Photo: Jan Hutchings with City of Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner.