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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.

New European Masters record for David Hembrow

November 12, 2017   By

Littledown Masters’ David Hembrow has become a European Masters record holder after knocking more than half a minute off the previous European 70-74 years record set in 2009 by another British swimmer, Geoff Stokes. The 70 year old veteran of the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968 recorded a short-course 1500m Freestyle time of 21min 40.00 sec at the Swim England National Masters’ Championship held in Sheffield in October.

With a new European Masters record under his belt, David went on to further successes with gold medals in both the 200m and 400m Freestyle events in the 70-74 years age group in 2:35.46 and 5:33.50 respectively, and silver in the 50m and 100m Freestyle with times of 33.15 and 1:12.00.

Littledown Masters’ Nigel Foster and Cathy Hartle, and Poole’s Kath Baker, also made the podium at Ponds Forge. Nigel’s medal haul of five was achieved with gold in the 65-69 years 50m and 200m Backstroke, silver in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, and a bronze in the 50m Freestyle. Cathy won silver in the 1500m Freestyle and a bronze in the 800m Freestyle in the 55-59 years age group.

Kath Baker made her mark in the 25-29 years age group 200m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley taking gold in both events, together with a silver in the 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Butterfly.

Photo: Dave Hembrow (right) with Littledown Masters teammates Nigel Foster (left) and Cathy Hartle.


Success at Sheffield – Dorset to stay in Division One

October 12, 2017   By

The Dorset team has achieved its second best ever result at this year’s National County Team Championships in Sheffield by finishing in 14th place while competing against a host of much bigger counties. Known as the “yo-yo” team at the Championships due to placing in either the promotion or relegation zone each year, Dorset last achieved a result ensuring a second consecutive year in Division One in 2009 when the team finished in 12th place.

Finishing just four points behind Scotland East and 20 points clear of Sussex, Dorset was nevertheless 88 points clear of the relegation zone and clocked up a total of 13 top-ten placings. Boys Captain and World Junior Championships finalist Jacob Peters (Poole) provided Dorset’s only race win with a time of 54.22 in the 16/17 years 100m Butterfly, while taking second place in the 100m Backstroke in 54.23. Leading off the Boys 16/17 years Medley relay, Jacob also broke his Dorset Senior SC Record for 50m Backstroke with a time of 25.25. 2017 National Age Group Champion Kayla van der Merwe (BCS) also achieved second place in the 14/15 years 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:10.49.  

Girls Captain Jasmine McCrea (Poole) placed fourth in the 16/17 years 100m Butterfly (1:02.37) and eighth in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 57.48, breaking the Dorset Junior SC Record set by European Youth Olympics Champion Amelia Maughan in 2009 and repeated as the lead-off of the 6 x 50m cannon with a time of 26.49 which broke Maughan’s 50m Freestyle SC Record, also held since 2009.

There were further top ten placings for Amy Brown (Swim Bournemouth) with fourth in the 12/13 years 100m Breaststroke (1:13.73) and seventh in the 100m Backstroke (1:06.52), Ella Chown (BCS) was fifth in the 14/15 years 100m Butterfly while in the same age group Finn Trehane (BCS) and Oliver Fairman (Poole) were sixth in the Boys 100m Breaststroke (1:06.61) and Boys 100m Backstroke (1:00.26) respectively and Alan Szczasiuk (Swim Bournemouth) placed eighth in the 12/13 years 100m Breaststroke (1:11.65).

The County’s best-placed relay teams were the 16/17 years Boys Medley (Jacob Peters, Kelvin Wong, Christian Tai and Ben Samuel) and Cannon team of Jasmine McCrea, Alan Szczasiuk, Amy Brown, Ella Chown, Finn Trehane and Jacob Peters both of which relay teams finished in seventh place. There was a ninth place for the Boys 14/15 years Medley team of Oliver Fairman, Finn Trehane, Alex Bryan and Sam Small.

Congratulations go to all our swimmers together with team coaches Sam Woodward and Dan Dew, and with thanks to Team Selectors Andy and Sue Smart, and Dorset Officials Tracy Roberts and Nigel Gallimore. Vice-captains were BCS swimmers Charlotte James and Christian Tai.

Division One result: 1st  Yorkshire 456, 2nd Devon 435, 3rd Lancashire 423, 4th Scotland West 411.5, 5th Northumberland & Durham 401, 6th Kent 380, 7th Middlesex 374, 8th Leicestershire 368, 9th = Surrey 349, 9th =Somerset 349, 11th Oxford & North Bucks 312, 12th Essex 300.5, 13th Scotland East 300, 14th Dorset 296, 15th Suffolk 276, 16th Wales East 273, 17th Sussex 208, 18th Nottinghamshire 194, 19th Hampshire 191.5, 20th Cheshire 186.5.

The Dorset team for the 2017 National County Team Championships was follows:

Bournemouth Collegiate: Claudia Ashford, Alex Bryant, Ella Chown, Honor Davies, Charlotte James, Ben Samuel, Christian Tai, Finn Trehane, Kayla van der Merwe. Clayesmore: Rebecca Holden. Poole: Oliver Fairman, Robbie Hemmings, Jasmine McCrea, Thea O’Keefe, Jacob Peters, Henry Stevens, Kelvin Wong. Seagulls: Poppy Cordell-Thompson, Isaac Ellis, Sam Small. Swim Bournemouth: Amy Brown, Alex Palotai-Avella, Alan Szczasiuk. West Dorset: Lauren McRobbie.


2018 Affiliation Fees

October 5, 2017   By

Membership fees for 2018 have now been confirmed by our national and regional governing bodies. Swim England affiliation fees are Category 1 £9.10, Category 2 £26.40 and Category 3 £5.20. Affiliation fees for the  Swim England South West Region have been set as Category 1 £2.90, Category 2 £3.65, Category 3 £2.00 and with an additional club fee of £80. The annual affiliation fee for Dorset County ASA is a flat rate of £3.00 across all categories. The membership fee year is 1 January (payable by 31 March) to 31 December, and currently new members joining clubs between 1 September and 31 December will be charged the full annual affiliation fee by Swim England for that period. The Swim England South West Region and Dorset County ASA have again elected not to impose any affiliation fee for new members joining clubs during that period.

South West Regional Water Polo Academy trials

September 18, 2017   By

Following the demise of the centralised England Talent, the regional Water Polo Committee will continue to run an elite training pathway on behalf of Swim England via the South West Regional Water Polo Academy. The sessions will be used to assist with training and selection of regional squads, as well as provide the opportunity for players to be nominated to attend England Talent camps or for national team consideration.

Trials for the South West Regional Water Polo Academy for 2017/18 will take place this month on 23 September for girls born 2003-2005 (12.30-14.30) and 2001-2002 (14.30 -16.30), and 30 September for boys born 2003-2005 (12.30-14.30) and 2001-2002 (14.30 -16.30).

The Academy anticipates to hold seven sessions in the months of September, October, November, December, January, February and April. Players of suitable ability will be invited to return from the first Regional Academy in September to all subsequent sessions in 2017/18.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found at https://www.swimwest.org.uk/water-polo