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British Summer Nationals 2015

July 29, 2015   By

Day 3:

After finishing in fifth place in the heats of the MC 100m Freestyle, a time of 1:03.2 in the final secured Alice Tai (BCS) a silver medal while Beth Aitchison (BCS) qualified in sixth place in the heats of the 200m Breaststroke to win a bronze medal in the final with a time of 2:31.95. Jacob Peters (Poole) qualified for two finals in today’s programme, finishing in first place with PBs in both heats and final of the 200m Butterfly and finishing in seventh place in both heats and final of the 50m Backstroke, PB’ing in the final. Jacob’s 200m Butterfly time of 2:05.70 knocked over three seconds from his Dorset Junior Long Course Record while his time of 28.36 for 50m Backstroke also broke his existing Dorset Junior Long Course Record.

Day 2:

In the heats of the Multi-Disability 100m Backstroke Alice Tai (BCS) qualified in fourth place to win a place in the final, holding on to that placing in the final with a time of 1:08.69. In the 15 years age group, Harriet Perfect (Poole) finished in tenth place in both  heats and final of the 100m Backstroke with a heat time of 1:05.87, breaking her existing Dorset Senior and Junior Long Course Records in that event.

Day 1:

Beth Aitchison (BCS) qualified in first place for the final of the 17/18 years 200m Individual Medley, breaking her existing Dorset Senior Long Course Record. Jacob Peters (Poole) also qualified in first place for the 100m Butterfly 15 years’ age group final, breaking the Dorset Junior Long Course Record held by Nathan Theodoris since 2011. In the 13/14 years age group, Jasmine McCrea (Poole) qualified third for the finals of the 50m Butterfly, improving her entry ranking by 12 places and breaking the Dorset Junior Long Course Record held by Leanne Studley since 2003. In the final of the 200m Individual Medley, Beth’s time of 2:15.81 was a second faster than the heat swim, earning her a bronze medal and a further improved County Record. In the 100m Butterfly final, Jacob’s time of 56.59 was also a second faster than his heat swim, earning him a silver medal as well as an improved County Record. Jasmine swam a second PB of the day in the final of the 50m Butterfly with a time of 28.93, earning her sixth place and a further improvement on her new County Record.

Poole Swimming Club

July 28, 2015   By

National Qualifiers


As the 2015 swim season draws to an end, fifteen PSC swimmers will be heading to Sheffield to compete in the British Summer Championships, the English National Championships and the Open Water National Championships.

PSC congratulates these swimmers and wishes them, together with all swimmers from Dorset clubs,all the best as they represent their club and County at these prestigious competitions.

Follow this link for the PSC website article on PSC qualifiers

Team Managers Course L1

July 17, 2015   By

A Level 1 Team Managers Course with tutors Emily Taylor and Sam Woodward is scheduled for Thursday 22 October (18.45-21.15) at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR. The course is funded by Dorset County ASA and all resources will be provided.

Team Manager training is designed to ensure any volunteers who are taking groups of athletes to competition or camps, locally or abroad, are fully equipped to do their role. This training will ensure that volunteers have all the necessary skills and knowledge to do this with confidence. Team Manager training is ideal for those who are already doing the role of a Team Manager or who are considering taking on the role. There are no pre-requisites for the workshop but the minimum age for attendance is 16 years,  although it should be noted that an individual cannot take the role of a Team Manager fully until they turn 18.

The Level 1 course is designed as an introduction to team managing at a club/local level. It is intended to be a basic and informative workshop to give participants the confidence and knowledge to effectively manage a team at a local level. Level 2 training is designed for Team Managers who have attended the ASA Team Manager Training – Module 1 and have gained some experience in team managing at a local level, at overnight stays or travel abroad.

For further information refer to the Good Team Manager Guide on the ASA website at http://www.swimming.org/assets/uploads/library/good_club_guide_plain_version_Team_manager.pdf and information on the Team Managers course at http://www.swimming.org/asa/volunteering/team-manager-training/.

To reserve a place on the course on 22 October, contact the County Secretary at digibbs@talktalk.net.


Young Volunteers 2015-2016

July 17, 2015   By

The Dorset County ASA Young Volunteers Programme is for 14–25 year olds seeking to develop leadership, communication and organisational skills and who wish to become involved in the administration, teaching, coaching or general official duties of aquatic activity. If that is you, then it’s for you.

The 2015-2016 Young Volunteers Programme will include two Workshops covering a range of modules including Team Managers for those 16 and over, Club Timekeepers progressing to Judge 1 for those old enough to do so, as well as the Young Aquatic Organiser Award, which will encourage and enable our YVs to organise and run their own aquatic event. YVs are also required to provide 25 hours of volunteering within their own club and at various County events.

Workshops are held at Canford Sports Centre and are scheduled for 15 November 2015 and 13 March 2016. A presentation of awards for those YVs who have successfully completed the 2015-2016 Programme will be held at the Dorset Development Competition in July 2016.

Anyone interested in taking part in the forthcoming programme should apply via their club to the County Secretary.

Dorset County Talent ID 2015

July 7, 2015   By



PHOTO: Dorset Talent ID camp 2015

The Dorset County Talent ID age group camp was held again this year at Bath University on the weekend of 27/28 June with 30 swimmers having been selected from six Dorset clubs, and 28 of those swimmers attending. Coaches for the weekend were Barry Alldrick (Poole), Chris Beal (Tornadoes) and Dan Dew (Bridport) with along with Team Manager Sam Alderton (Swim Bournemouth).

Keen to make this camp as much about team building as swimming, the swimmers were split into three teams aptly named Yellow Fins, Black Tips and Great Whites, with individual swimmers being awarded points over the weekend for working hard and helping others as well as developing aspects of their swimming. Teams also earnt points for winning activities both in and out of the pool.

The first pool session saw an ice breaker/mobility session as part of the pre-pool routine, with development work on freestyle/backstroke rotation and underwater fly kick. The second session introduced further work on underwater fly kick along with breaststroke techniques and kick challenges.

In between pool sessions, there was a talk on swim down and land based warm-ups at competitions, with each swimmer receiving a handout developed by England Programmes. Additionally, each swimmer was given a Learning Log to use to make notes during the weekend.

Following overnight accommodation at the nearby YHA Bath, the swimmers returned the next day for a land-based training session focusing on mobility/stability and basic movement patterns. The third and final pool session included techniques on butterfly, especially breathing body position, as well as a key set to develop opening pace efficiency and 200m pace endurance.

Lead Coach Barry Alldrick commented, “The format of this year’s camp was to reflect the skills that have been worked on at England Programmes training camps. By the swimmers having to put aside their friendly club rivalry to work to gain their ‘shark’ team points, it ensured the effort and concentration was very productive and these swimmers now know each other when they get selected to swim for their County. I am very impressed by the wealth of talent coming through on this camp. Dorset has a bright future”. Taking into account all events and activities, the winning team ended up being the Yellow Fins!

Talent ID swimmers for 2015 were: Bridport Barracudas – Henry Wyrill; Bournemouth Collegiate – Anashe Chisadza, Nyasha Chisadza, Honor Davies, Alesha Gibson, Amy Mills, Ben Samuels, Christian Tai, Finn Trehane, Kayla Van Der Merwe ; Christchurch Seagulls – Abbie Peckham, Miles Ward; Poole SC – Lloyd Arnold, Kieran Duffy, Teagan-Mae Graham, Robbie Hemmings, Jessica Kelleway, Jasmine McCrea, Liam Openshaw, Summer Torkington ; Swim Bournemouth – Ella Bowman, Oliver Fairman, Izzy Hepburn, Rosie Holland, Abbie Manns, Drew McGregor, Issy Pryce, Abbie Quarrie, Josh Wickens; West Dorset – Finley Jarvis.