Swimmer of the month for January goes to a swimmer who always trains very well indeed and when she competes, no matter how many swims she has at a gala, she always arrives at the start, confident and ready for her race.
She always has a smile and a polite “hello” for her coaches and is a great team member.   

Well done to Abbey Lane in B squad.
The swimmer of the month for December 2017 is a swimmer who always trains very hard indeed.  As a result, she has obtained 5 club records, including the 200 IM  which has been held by Heidi Evans since 1996. 

Well done to: Francesca Baber who is the club's swimmer of the month for December.
The clubs open meet, that was held in October, was a resounding success and this was down to the many volunteers who worked so hard.

Three volunteers, that the club like would like to recognise most especially, are actually three swimmers who were not competing at all of the sessions at the event but despite that, gave up their time to volunteer and got stuck into their roles, working extremely hard.

One of these volunteers had only been at the club for a matter of a few weeks but still chose to give up her time to help support the other swimmers, undertaking some very important tasks that helped with the running of the competition.

The other two swimmers, despite their young age, had a very mature approach to their tasks and were joy to see every time they walked around with their smiling faces and their containers of sweets that they were handing out to keep us all going!

The club is pleased to announce that the November swimmers of the month award goes to Lauren Young, Leah Boost and Freya Williams. These swimmers will be presented with their Swimmer of the month” swimming caps this week. Thank you so much for volunteering .
One of the clubs swimmers, Chloe Ford, recently took part in a swim of the English Channel in a relay team of four in September. Chloe was part of the club team that trained for the relay swim that took place in July but had to undertake her swim in September with a completely different team.

It's truly remarkable to be able to turn up and swim in a relay team with people you've never previously met before and never trained with and, to complete the task.
In view of this achievement, Chloe Ford is the October Swimmer of the month. Her experience is best described in her own words:-

3 Jellyfish and a Dolphin

Jenny started our swim from the beach at 2:41am Katy was next to go and then it was me followed by Sam. I got my lights attached and my grease on. The reality of the swim became real when I jumped into the cold dark water with only the light on the boat to guide me. After hesitation, I found my stroke and continued for the hour. What seemed like no time at all I was getting ready for my second swim which was a lot more enjoyable as the sun was rising and I was able to see in front of me. My third swim was a lot harder as unfortunately I injured my shoulder, but with a lot of determination and support from my team and crew I got through the waves. Once I got out of the sea I was greeted with a cup of tea made by Paul the pilot.

The tides started to turn and the waves where against us. A couple of hours of holding on to our bags and thanks to incredible swims from Jenny and Katy it was finally time for the last swim of the relay swam by me. I swam for about 20 minutes with the boat next to me and then I was told to carry on alone and just head for the shore. Swimming alone with no one around me was daunting at first but France was in sight and I knew my team wouldn't be too far behind. Being able to land the swim was an incredible feeling but being able to finish on a French beach was even more special. A feeling I will never forget”.

Swimmer of the month for September is somebody who only arrived at the club in May of this year having only started to actually have swimming lessons in January 2017!! 

He was progressing so well in his swimming lessons it was suggested he trial at Dolphins and joined Fins Squad in May .

Since his arrival in to Fins squad he has always trained very hard and diligently and has since moved to C squad where he is continuing to train really well. He even earned himself a bronze medal at club champs in the 100m of his favourite stroke (breaststroke) in a very competitive age group.

He's committed, takes feedback from coaches on board and is a pleasure to have in the club.

Congratulations to Joe Hearne who is September swimmer of the month
It has been a superb summer of swimming for some of our top swimmers. We started at the National Open Water Festival on Sunday the 30th of July with our Masters swimmer Ian Murray, who won the 60-64 year National Open Water 1.5 k at Rother Country Park, Rotherham and followed it with the silver medal in the 3k. Brilliant swimming from a member of our Masters Squad, Membership Secretary AND club coach and qualified ASA Official. A man of many talents!!

This was swiftly followed by Tyler Watson’s success in the 13-year Boys 1.5k Open Water event, which Tyler had qualified for by finishing third at the East Region Open Water Championships on 16th July. Tyler came 16th out of 46 swimmers, a great achievement in a national event.  

The club is very proud of Tyler, who had only just recovered from the successful English Channel Relay Swim earlier in the month.  Along with his team-mates for that endeavour, he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

After the National Open Water Festival, attention turned to the pool, with four swimmers, Chris Murphy, Autumn Handscombe, Ed McFarland and James McFarland, competing in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea with CBSS Barracudas. Here are some highlights: Chris Murphy took the silver medal in the 100m butterfly and was 6th in the 200m. Autumn Handscombe was just squeezed out of the medals in 4th in the 14 year girls 50m backstroke. Ed McFarland took bronze in the 14 year boys 400m freestyle, was 6th in the 100m butterfly, 5th in the 200m freestyle, 7th in the 200m IM and 50m freestyle. Quite a week for Ed!

James McFarland has also had a busy time. He came 6th in the 100m butterfly and 8th in the 200m freestyle in Swansea, then dashed to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to take part in the English Summer Nationals, qualifying for the final of the 200m butterfly and finishing 7th.  

On the day that James swam in Sheffield, Imogen Lambert was already in her third event there, and had two gold medals in her pocket. Imogen had been in a training camp in Radovljica, Slovenia in mid-July, then competed in the Slovenia Telekom International Long Course Championships against swimmers from thirteen countries. She took gold in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke and silver in the 200m IM before making her way to Sheffield for the Nationals, where she had qualified for the girls’ 12-13 year 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events. The first of these was the 100m, and Imogen qualified fastest for the final and then delivered a perfectly-paced swim to take gold in the final.

The 200m was on the next day, and Imogen again qualified for the final. As in the 100m, she started the final steadily and was last at the 50m mark, before working her way through the field to what was in the end a clear victory and a second gold medal.  Two days later, Imogen was back for the 50m. She qualified in fifth for the final, but moved up two places in the final to take bronze.  Imogen was accompanied throughout by coach Louise King who gave her invaluable race assistance and support.

In recognition of these summer achievements, the club would like to announce that Ian Murray, Tyler Watson, James McFarland, Ed McFarland, Imogen Lambert, Autumn Handscombe and Chris Murphy are the club’s Swimmers of the Month for August.
Tyler Watson
Imogen Lambert