Christmas Training Schedule



All sessions are as usual up till and including Thursday 22nd December.

There will be no ‘C’ squad morning session on Friday 23rd December.

Sessions between Christmas and New Year will be as follows:

Wednesday 28th December 2016: 10-11am Priory Pool

Friday 30th December 2016: 10-11am Priory Pool

Normal sessions recommence Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


All sessions are as usual up till and including Friday 23rd December.

Sessions between Christmas and New Year will be as follows:

Wednesday 28th December: 10-11am Priory Pool

Wednesday 28th December: 11.15-11.45am Land Training Multi-Purpose Room at the Quarry

Thursday 29th December: 10-11am Priory Pool

Friday 30th December: 10-11am Priory Pool

Friday 30th December: 11.15-11.45am Land Training Multi-Purpose Room at the Quarry

Normal sessions recommence Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


All sessions are as usual up till and including Friday 23rd December, with the exception of there being no session on Sunday 18th December 4-6pm.

Sessions between Christmas and New year will be as follows:

Wednesday 28th December: 11am-1pm Priory Pool

Thursday 29th December: 9.45-10.45am Land Training St. Chads Hall

Thursday 29th December: 11am-1pm Priory Pool

Friday 30th December: 9.45-10.45am Land Training St. Chads Hall

Friday 30th December: 11am-1pm Priory Pool

Normal sessions recommence Tuesday 3rd January 2017


Annually, the Ponds Forge International Centre plays host to the National Team Championships where all the County Teams from England, along with the 4 Area teams from Scotland and 2 from Wales compete Short-course (25m) in 2 divisions against each other for the title of National County Team Champions.

Shropshire are in Division 2 and this year were competing against 15 other teams, with all the teams hoping to gain one of the 4 promotion places to Division 1. Shrewsbury had 7 representatives  in the team, with 4 of them making their Shropshire debuts. Despite the high and tough level of competition, they all performed to their best on the day and helped earn points for the team, so well done to all.

The Shrewsbury swimmers in the Shropshire team were:

Michael Doyle: 16/17yrs 100m breast and Medley Team

Daniel Grindley: 14/15yrs 100m Breast and Medley team

Woody Goodall: 14/15yrs 100m Back and Medley team

Megan Potts: 16/17rs 100m Back and Medley team

Sophie Scott: 16/17yrs 100m Free and Medley Team

Grace Shorrock: 16/17yrs 100m Fly and Medley Team

Gemma Hughes: 14/15yrs 100m Back and Medley Team


The 2nd annual SASC Open Meet at Wolverhampton proved to be extremely popular once again, with the Meet being full weeks in advance, with teams from across the region and beyond. The Meet was a huge success, both in the pool and out due to the incredible job done by the organising team and the volunteers assisting on the day.

In the pool, the club had a huge number of swimmers entering multiple events over the 4 sessions, with a pleasing number of younger entrants.

Being early in the season, the swimmers focus was not on best times, but this didn’t stop them delivering some awesome performances, with many of them actually recording new PB’s with some strong and mature racing. There were simply too many strong swims to name them all, but all of the team were able to take several positives away from the Meet to set them up well for the rest of the season. Between the swimmers there were a number of medals won and also Jack Males, Eloise Sneddon and Lucy Fairbanks all won top swimmers awards in their respective age groups.

Great job by the swimmers and the event team.  Well done all!!


Round 1 of this year’s Arena League saw us make the long journey across to the East Midland venue of Hucknall Leisure Centre. The majority of the team had swum this league before, but there were team debuts for Christopher Novelli-Cain, Ollie Hughes, Keira Jones, Sonny Goodall, Mitch Boyes, Jude Crofts and Eloise Sneddon. Having spent many of the previous year’s in this league yo-yoing between Division 2 and the Premier Division, hopes were high for a strong team performance, and this is definitely what the team delivered.

The night started excellently with wins in the opening IM races from Lucy and Rob and ended with 2 outstanding team swims in the Women’s and Men’s 6×50 Free Cannon Teams. In the middle of these were a further 11 race victories from Lucy in the Open Back and Free, Rob in the Open Breast and Free, Woody in the 15/u Back, Wil in the Open Fly, Boys 15/u Free team of Woody, Dan, Robert and Joe, Boys Open Medley Team of Tom R, Michael, Wil and Ed and also Eloise in both the 13/u and Open Girls Fly along with the 13/u Free. All these were backed up by an additional 14 top 3 finishes across the age groups, with many pleasing swims coming in relays in all of the age groups.

This really was a strong team showing, as demonstrated by our incredible support throughout and especially in the last set of relays. We placed 3rd on the night, merely 1 point behind Leicester Sharks ‘B’ in 2nd and eventual winners Arnold.

Bring on round 2 in November!!!


Tom Piggott was selected to represent the Wales team at this year’s UK School games. This annual multi-sport event is designed to give athletes a taste of how a major event works, that involves multiple sports concurrently and has teams competing from the 4 areas of England, 2 Scottish area teams and then teams from Wales and Ireland.

The swimming races were actually held in Sheffield at Ponds Forge over 2 sessions in one day. Session 1 saw Tom race the MC 100 Breast recording a new 3 second best time and then in the afternoon in session 2 here swam a seasons best 200 IM and then a new 100 Fly PB too. He placed 4th in all of these races and gained valuable points for the Welsh team.


Dominic LindShrewsbury ASC have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of a new Head Coach to replace Danny Malcolm.  After many successful years coaching the squads, Danny felt he needed a new challenge in his life.  We pass on our thanks to him for all his hard work and dedication, and wish him every success and happiness in the future.

Dominic Lind will be taking up the role from Tuesday 3rd January 2017, with Danny now covering until Christmas.

Dominic has a BSc in Coaching and Sport, as well as a Masters in Sports Coaching from Loughborough University.  He’s also a qualified RLSS Pool Lifeguard, Personal Trainer and enjoys taking part in triathlons, marathons and ultras in his spare time.

Dominic comes to us from Rushmoor Royals SC in Surrey, where he is Head Development Coach. Prior to this he spent a year teaching swimming and coaching at The British School in Kuala Lumpur, where he met his wife who comes from Welshpool.  Dominic and Liz have a five-month-old baby boy and are looking forward to relocating closer to family.

Finally, a warm thank you to the many people who expressed an interest in the role.

We look forward to welcoming Dominic and his wife to the area and taking Shrewsbury ASC forward.


Gemma Hughes, Eloise Sneddon and Woody Goodall were our representatives in this year’s age group Regional Champs, held over 4 days in May.

Having qualified for 7 races, Gemma was just off her best times on most events, having been ill recently before the championships. Her best swim coming in the 100m Freestyle. Woody entered 4 events, equalling his 50 Free best time, and setting new PB’s in the 100 and 200 Back, making the final in both events finishing 5th and 6th respectively. Eloise entered 12 events, making 7 finals out of a possible 9. She also collected 5 bronze medals and 2 Golds, winning the 100 Back and 100 Fly finals in excellent fashion and setting several PB’s along the way.

Congratulations to all 3!!