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Gold for West Dorset water polo girls

December 6, 2016   By

Two Dorset water polo players from West Dorset SC helped the ASA SouthWest team to victory at the weekend at the 2016 U14 Inter Regional Water Polo Championships held in Walsall. The ASASW team played and won all five of their matches to become 2016 Champions by beating the Midlands team in the final 13-7.

Training with West Dorset WP at Dorchester and at Osprey LC with Weymouth and Portland WPC, thirteen year old Phoebe Jones and eleven year old Amelia Jones were both selected during trials held earlier in the year in Exeter. This was Phoebe’s first major competition although she has represented both Dorset and West Dorset in water polo previously, and regularly swims for Weymouth Swimming club. Being a year younger than the rest of the team, Amelia was a surprise selection and the event her first taste of competing. Both girls have now been nominated to attend for training selection trials at the ASASW Regional Water Polo Academy.


Caption: (l-r) Phoebe Jones and Amelia Jones.

National Inter-County Masters Championships 2016

November 24, 2016   By


The Dorset team finished in a comfortable second place behind a supremely strong Devon team at the ASASW Inter-County Masters Championships which was held this year in Dorchester and attended by Dorset County ASA President Mark Hoskins and his wife Margaret. Despite a large number of withdrawals from the team of mostly first choice selections, Dorset also managed a 50 points margin, the most ever achieved in this competition, ahead of the rest of the field. Overall, Dorset clocked up 16 wins and 17 second places finishing first or second in almost half of the 68 events and, for the first time for some years, no costly DQs.

Dorset’s younger Ladies were phenomenal, dropping only four points out of a possible 72 in the youngest two age groups and none at all in the youngest. Fiona Hardie won the 18+ Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly, while Hannah Wiltshire won both the 18+ and 25+ Breaststroke (the latter by five seconds) and Kirsty Heard the 25+ Freestyle. With Lucy Pearce, they also won all four 72yrs and 100yrs relays, two of those events with a margin of five seconds. Our other winners were: Mark Sidorenko (18+ Freestyle with a time of 24.40), Nigel Foster (65+ Backstroke), Nick Vaughan (45+ Butterfly), Andy Small (45+ Backstroke), Tony Flattery and Karen Yendole ( 35+ Breaststroke) and the Men’s 140yrs Freestyle team of Dan Monk, Jack Wiltshire, Andy Mason and Nick Vaughan. In the 20 relay events, Dorset took five first places and nine second places.

Some people were especially busy. In the absence of Julia Kemp and Jean Howard-Jones, Linda Ashmore (a sprightly 70) swam all four individuals and two relays, not quite matching the nine she swam two years ago. Mark Sidorenko and Fiona Hardie both swam seven events with Fiona winning the lot. Hannah Wiltshire swam six, and also won six, events. Kirsty Heard, Tony Flattery and Helen Dickins also swam six times.

The Dorset team was made up of swimmers from nine Dorset clubs – Poole, Swim Bournemouth, Littledown Masters, Seagulls, Bournemouth SC, East Dorset Open Water, Wareham, Weymouth SC and Weyport Masters. The final points total was as follows: Devon 346.5, Dorset 294.5, Gloucestershire 245, Cornwall 211, Wiltshire 196.5, Somerset 131.5.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Sunday 12 November 2017 at Millfield and will be joined for the first time by a South Wales team.


ASASW Club Development Officer post

November 2, 2016   By

The Amateur Swimming Association South West is looking for a Club Development support officer to join its team on a permanent part-time basis. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a busy environment, providing efficient support to the Regional Club Development team.

Reporting to the regional Chairman and Club Development Officer, the Club Development support officer will be responsible for promoting and implementing the ASA South West Strategies. Other responsibilities will include coordinating and promoting a regional newsletter and coach education programme, as well as developing a range of working relationships with key stakeholders. The Club Development support officer will work with the regional club development team to provide day-to-day support to clubs and volunteers across the South West region. For more information please go to http://bit.ly/2fuhHZJ.

ASA Masters Conference 2016

November 1, 2016   By

The ASA Masters Conference 2016 is to take place on Saturday 12 November at SportPark, Loughborough. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, the conference will bring together Masters and Master Synchro swimmers in addition to professionals in the swimming industry. For further information http://www.swimming.org/masters/asa-masters-conference/.



National Inter-County Championships 2016

October 29, 2016   By

Dorset’s swimmers again made the annual October pilgrimage to Sheffield to represent the County in the prestigious ASA National Inter County Championships. Following relegation in 2015 from Division One, Dorset coaches Barry Alldrick (Poole) and Sam Woodward (Swim Bournemouth) and team managers Andy and Sue Smart nevertheless believed that our swimmers could push for promotion to the top division once again.

The Dorset Team did not disappoint. Challenging Division Two winners Scotland West (554) all the way and finishing in second place with 527 points ahead of Devon (490) and Sussex (450), the Dorset Team guaranteed promotion for 2017.

Congratulations go to all swimmers and thanks to Dorset ASA President Mark Hoskins (Bridport Barracudas) accompanied by his wife Margaret, and also Dorset official Madeline Tysoe (Swim Bournemouth) for accompanying and supporting the team.

A full report can be found on the Swimming pages. Photo: Dorset County ASA team with Dorset County ASA President Mark Hoskins and Dorset coaches Barry Alldrick and Sam Woodward.