Shrewsbury ASC 24 hour swimathon – 13th July 2013

At 9.30am on Saturday 13th July 2013 swimmers from SASC will be starting a 24 hour swim at The Quarry Swimming Centre, Shrewsbury.

Swimming will take place downstairs in the Priory Pool.  Shrewsbury Community Leisure Trust  (SCLT) have kindly donated the pool time free of charge.

The event is being held primarily to raise funds for Cancer Research.  There will also be some funds raised for the club.

There will be designated pool time for all swimmers; development squad, competitive squads, masters and parents.

Obviously such an event will need a lot of help from chaperones, publicity, fundraising, to lap counters!

A fundraising page has been registered and can be found at

All offers of assistance will be gratefully received no matter how small. Please contact Dawn Horswood at or speak to her directly at the swimming baths and find out how you will play your part.


The Stockport Metro SC Long Course Meet on Saturday 13th April saw Shrewsbury swimmer Ellie Sykes achieve her first ever National Qualifying time!

Ellie has been a consistent feature at Midland Champs having qualified in each of the last 3 seasons, with 5 MDQT’s this season.  She swam a big personal best last October, where she was a mere 0.5 seconds off the 100m Breast mark to qualify for the season ending Nationals.  On the back of several hours of training week in, week out and a successful training camp in Majorca, she travelled to Stockport and beat her PB by nearly 2 secs, meaning she was well under the required mark. Massive congratulations from the whole club and let the road to the Nationals begin!

Junior League Division 2 – Round 1 – Coach’s Report

Saturday 13th April saw round one of the Junior League 2013 at Stechford, Birmingham.  Shrewsbury’s excellent result of winning Division 3 in 2012 meant a promotion to Division 2.

A somewhat disappointing turn out of Shrewsbury swimmers due to holidays and unforeseen circumstances left SASC clearly lacking in numbers, mainly in the nine and ten year old boys age groups, with nine out of fifty one events without any representation from SASC.

Although lacking in numbers Shrewsbury swimmers certainly weren’t lacking in focus, effort, grit and determination and were destined to come away with a good result.

Making their debuts at the Junior League were Harry Rimmer (the only 9 year old boy from SASC) gaining valuable points towards the overall results, along with Alice Gore, Clair Green, Rosa Rafanomezana, Mellisa Pugh, Izzy Doherty and Francesca Gelmetti all determined to do well.  Josh Porter like Harry was the only boy in his age group, again scoring much needed points.

Shrewsbury were obviously the strongest team across all of the girls age groups with great swims throughout.  Grace Shorrock took on her new role of girl’s junior captain well, supporting all of the girls team, showing experience and maturity.

The boys 11 and 12 year old teams performed solidly, led by Robert Leith. Woody Goodall, aka “the kit-kat kid”, won his 2 length back stroke with the rest of the boys also performing well.

In most relay events Shrewsbury were 1st or 2nd with some exceptional takeovers.
Shrewsbury finally finished fourth overall with 166 gala points, close behind Dove Valley.

With close to 20% of the races without Shrewsbury representation we came away with a fantastic result, standing us in good stead for an exciting round two.

A big thank you to Team Managers Kate and Amy, officials and all supporters.
Well done SASC Junior League Team!

Final results:
1st Market Harborough 224
2nd Droitwich 181
3rd Dove Valley 172
4th Shrewsbury 166
5th Broadway 141
6th Wellington A 133

Report by Neil

Land Training Thursday 7:15 to 8:00PM

A reminder to all A squad and B squad swimmers that your land training session is on a Thursday after your hour in the pool.

It is a great opportunity to improve your strength, flexibility and overall fitness to make you an even better swimmer.

Now that the clocks have changed we are able to go outside and use the Quarry for shuttle runs, circuits, team work and games.

Please ensure you wear appropriate footwear (running shoes) and that you are dressed for the weather (it is quite chilly out there at the moment even in the sun).

If you have any questions then please speak to Danny or Ian Latham.