Dorset County Championships 2024 merchandise now on sale!

November 11, 2023   By


Dorset County Championships 2024 merchandise is now available to order from Swimpath. Hoodies come in a choice of Charcoal/Orange and Black/Kelly Green at £38.99 and 140gsm weight t-shirts in either Charcoal or Jet Black at £21.99. Matching silicone suede swim hats in a choice of black/green/orange or Kelly Green/black/white cost £8.99.

Ordering Information:

Order window 1 (13 November – 7 January) – Items will be available for collection at the Swimpath swim shop at Littledown on 20/21 January 2024. Any items not collected will be posted to your home address.

Order window 2 (9 January – 21 January) – Items will be dispatched to your home address from 29 January 2024 to arrive in time for events on the 3/4 February 2024.

Order window 3 (23 January – 11 February) – Items will be dispatched to your home address after events from the 19 February 2024.

Please note that hoodies, t-shirts and hats are only available to order – there will not be stock available to purchase at the Swimpath swim shop on 20/21 January 2024. 

It’s Division 1 for Dorset for 2024!

October 10, 2023   By


Despite being beset with last minute injury and illness, a determined 24-strong squad from Dorset headed north to Sheffield to take part in this year’s National County Team Championships on 8 October, and what a result! Competing in Division Two, and having placed sixth in 2019 and eighth in 2022, the Dorset team challenged Cheshire all the way, finishing as runners-up just 26 points behind the top placed team, and earning promotion to Division One for 2024.

The start of the competition saw a colourful parade where team captains Charlie Meek and Tilly McHugh introduced Dorset to the competition while Dorset President Madeleine (Lyn) Young enjoyed the hospitality that all county presidents receive. Next came Dorset’s team swimming out of their skins to achieve 12 podium placings plus 12 personal and often awesome PBs.

Charlie Meek kicked off the Dorset run of success, placing second in the 16/17 100m Freestyle (52.18) just half a second behind Scotland North and immediately followed by Halle Robinson in the 12/13 100m Breaststroke (1:15.32) who squeezed out Cheshire from first place with just .04 sec to spare. Two events later Jessica Huggins cruised comfortably ahead of Scotland North into first place to win the 14/15 100m Butterfly (1:02.91) while third places were soon added to the Dorset tally by Halle Harris in the 16/17 100m Backstroke (1.05.00) and Layla Wareing .06 behind Leicestershire in the 12/13 100m Freestyle (1:01.51).

Individual successes were then capped by Damian Fraczek-Krygier with a prized first place in the 12/13 100m Freestyle (57.62) and soon followed by a run of points-grabbing third places from Jack Palmer just .01 behind Norfolk in the 12/13 100m Backstroke (1:06.42), Hugo Young in a hard fought 14/15 100m Freestyle (54.40) and Damian Fraczek-Krygier in the 12/13 100m Butterfly (1.04.88).

Three relay successes boosted the final points tally with the 16/17 200m Medley team of Charlie Meek, Freddie Beasley, Max Leigh and Zack Studley (1:46.87) finishing second .09 behind Northants, and third placings from the 12/13 200 Medley team of Maicie Cailes, Halle Robinson, Layla Wareing and Sophie Le Roux (2:08.19) and the 12/13 200m Medley team of Jack Palmer, Harry Silvey, Damian Fraczek-Krygier and Angus Watson (2:01.09).

Sincere thanks must go to all of our swimmers for their enthusiasm and determination in achieving such a great result, together with coaches Sam Woodward and Chris Neilson, team staff of David Clark, Niamh Vercoe and Amanda Osgood, and Dorset Officials Sue Podger and Tracey Roberts. Especial thanks must go to Tilly McHugh, Lauren Osgood and Oscar Smith for stepping up at the eleventh hour.

The Dorset Team was as follows: Blandford – Harry Silvey; Bournemouth Collegiate – Angus Watson; Poole – Freddie Beasley, Maicie Cailes, Freya Coupe, Halle Harris, Jessica Huggins, Damian Fraczek-Krygier, Sophie Le Roux, Tilly McHugh, Charlie Meek, Jack Palmer, Halle Robinson, Zack Studley, Hugo Young; Seagulls – Freya Treliving; Swim Bournemouth – Henry Dean, Max Leigh; West Dorset – Amelia Chaffey, James Gunn, Lauren Osgood, Sadie Robinson, Oscar Smith, Layla Wareing.

 

Vacancy – County Treasurer wanted!

September 23, 2023   By


Dorset County ASA is seeking to appoint a Treasurer to take over the financial reins of the County Association when our current treasurer stands down from the role in 2024; the role is voluntary. Please email your interest to dorsetasa@gmail.com for further information or to discuss the role.

2023 National County Team Championships – the Dorset Team

August 14, 2023   By


The annual National County Team Championships will take place at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield on Sunday 8 October with a 24-strong squad selected from six Dorset clubs as follows:

Blandford – Harry Silvey; Bournemouth Collegiate – Monty Tibbatts; Poole – Freddie Beasley, Maicie Cailes, Freya Coupe, Halle Harris, Jessica Huggins, Damian Fraczek-Krygier, Sophie Le Roux, Tilly McHugh, Charlie Meek, Jack Palmer, Halle Robinson, Betsy Vavasour, Leo Wisbey, Hugo Young; Seagulls – Edward Bell, Freya Treliving; Swim Bournemouth – Henry Dean, Max Leigh; West Dorset – Amelia Chaffey, James Gunn, Sadie Robinson, Layla Wareing.

The age groups for this competition are 12/13, 14/15 and 16/17 with age as at 31 December 2023. The team for Dorset will be competing in Division Two and appointed coaches are Sam Woodward (BCS) and Chris Neilson (Poole).

Vacancy – North Dorset Turbos SC

July 20, 2023   By


Required from October 2023, North Dorset Turbos Swimming Club is seeking to appoint an inspirational and committed Head Coach (minimum qualification Level 2 Swimming Coach). The appointed person will lead our coaching team and motivate our swimmers to maximise their full potential. We are a friendly, competitive and successful club that trains Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at RiversMeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham, Dorset. As the club continues to grow, we would also welcome interest from swimming coaches and swimming teachers of all levels who are interested in working with the club to train our swimmers. Please email your interest to chairpersonndt@gmail.com for further information or to discuss the role.