Dorset County Championships 2023 merchandise now available!

November 17, 2022   By

Dorset County Championships 2023 merchandise is now available to order from Swimpath

Hoodies cost £37.99 and swim caps £8.99

Pre-order Information:

The deadline for orders is 2 January 2023.

Items will be available for collection on the first weekend of events on 14/15 January 2023 at Littledown.

Any items not collected at the event will be dispatched to the address on your order from the 16 January 2023.

County Talent ID is back!

October 31, 2022   By

Last held in 2019, the first camp of the 2022-23 Swim England County Development Programme (formerly known as England Programmes) took place at Talbot Heath School on Wednesday 26 October. The Programme provides a local development opportunity for 11 year old swimmers and club coaches with face-to-face camps and an online education session scheduled in between the two.

Focus of the first camp was effective body position, kick/pull and tumble turns spent working on Freestyle and Backstroke and, in the afternoon a recap on the morning’s session together with multi-stroke efficiency in touch turns. The morning pool session was followed by an indoor land training session aimed at mobility, stability and pre/post pool activity. Lead Coach is Martin Littlefair (Seagulls) with Barry Alldrick (Poole) overseeing the Programme.

Swimmers are required to attend all three camps and were selected in accordance with criteria set by Swim England Swimming. This season’s County CDP swimmers are as follows: BCS – Alex Flint; North Dorset – Adam Kopyto, Williams Lampard; Poole – Theia Bull, Isabel Burt, Grace Campbell, Poppy Collins, Leo Condie, Dara Korotkova, Aimee McLean, Harrison O’Hara, Mia Palmer, Aadya Shenoy, Henry Walker, Joshua Willis-Owen, Coby Young; Seagulls – Alex Beaton, Amber Rose-Williams; Swim Bournemouth – Daisy Kirkpatrick, Savannah Laws, Isabelle MacRae, Amelia Newsum; West Dorset – Tabitha Buchan-Moore, Arthur Ray; Weymouth – Heidi Graham, Dylan Hangar, Frank Otton. Swimmers were divided into groups each led by their Skills Coaches Heidi Hine, Marc Newman (Poole), Mike Silvey (Blandford), Rob Richman (Poole) and Anand Vaithilingam (Seagulls).

2022 National County Team Championships

October 6, 2022   By

The National County Team Championships returned in style after a three year hiatus with 37 counties across England, Scotland and Wales taking part, the top 20 teams forming Division 1 and the rest competing in Division 2. After yo-yoing back and forth between the two Divisions, Dorset finished in sixth place in Division Two in 2019 and were looking to go a step further this year. The start of the competition saw a colourful parade where team captains Gabriel Knight (Swim Bournemouth) and Betsy Vavasour (Poole) introduced Dorset to the competition while Dorset President Gail Nuttall (Poole) enjoyed the hospitality that all county presidents receive.

During the competition, the Dorset team broke into the top three placings in six of the 31 events with Wilfred Leigh (Blandford) winning the 12/13 yrs Boys 100m Breaststroke with ease over two

seconds ahead of second place Derbyshire and finishing second in the 12/13 yrs Boys 100m Backstroke. In the same age group Leo Wisbey (Poole) took the runners-up spot in a hard-fought Boys 100m Freestyle just .06 second behind first placed Cheshire. In the 14/15 yrs age group Jamie Workman (BCS) also finished in second place in the Boys 100m Freestyle while Luca Sartorius (Poole) placed third in the Boys 100m Butterfly and the 14/15 yrs Boys Medley team of Edward Bell (Seagulls), Freddie Beasley (Poole), Luca Sartorius (Poole) and Jamie Workman (BCS) battled hard to secure a well-earned second place just .34 sec behind winners Gloucestershire. The Dorset Team came away with a mid-table finish in eight position (394 points) and can be commended on their impressive support for each other.

Photos: Above the Dorset Team and right Team Staff (L-R) Lead Coach Martin Littlefair, Asst Coach Jan Hutchings, and Team Managers Tracy Hemmings and Barry Alldrick.

2022 National County Team Championships – the Dorset team

September 26, 2022   By

A Dorset team will finally be heading north again this weekend for the National County Team Championships at Sheffield’s Pond’s Forge on 2 October 2023, which has not been held since 2019. Swimmers from six Dorset clubs have been selected as follows.

Blandford – Wilfred Leigh; Bournemouth Collegiate – Lily Langley, Monty Tibbatts and Jamie Workman; Poole – Frederick Beasley, Roberta Bryson, Alexandru Chiriac, Freya Coupe, Alexander Eland, Jessica Huggins, Oliver Jones, Charlie Meek, Sheila Monera-Cabrique, Halle Robinson, Luca Satorius, Betsy Vavasour and Leo Wisbey; Seagulls – Edward Bell and Emily McWilliam; Swim Bournemouth – Mackenzi Ashford, Ruby Hindell, Eva Hourigan and Gabriel Knight; West Dorset – Sadie Robinson.

Age groups for this competition are 12/13, 14/15 and 16/17 years, with age as at 31 December 2022. The team from Dorset will be competing in Division Two and appointed coaches are Martin Littlefair (Seagulls) and Jan Hutchings (Poole). Congratulations to everyone selected and good luck!

Dorset Development Competition 2022

June 18, 2022   By

County President: Gail Nuttall

Held under Swim England Laws and Regulations and Swim England Technical Rules of Racing
This event is an integrated competition and licensed by Swim England for entry to Regional and County Championships and other Meets at Level 1 or Level 2.