Reilly, Tom Piggott, Porsha and Ffion once again represented SASC at the annual Disability National Swimming Champs. As these champs are now held long-course, it was their first chance to compete against fellow para-athletes from across the country in a similar environment to that they will be in when it comes to trials in April. Reilly raced in 5 events, setting new best times in 4 of them, the best of which came in the 400m Free, where he achieved a huge new pb and went over 400 points. Tom competed in all 6 events, posting times around his best in 4 of them and new pb times in the 100Free and 100 Breast. Unfortunately Ffion was ill during the week of the champs so despite some positive and strong racing, she was off her best times. Porsha had some strong performances across the 2 days and was on her best times across the board. Furthermore, she achieved Gold in the 100m Breast and Silver in the 400m Free in the 13/u age group. A positive start to the para-swimming season by all 4. Good work guys!!
All members will have now received an email regarding the renewal of ASA and SASC annual fees. Please ensure the fees and fully completed 2016 membership forms are returned to Sue Porter, Membership Secretary or squad reps by 31st January 2016.
Posters displaying this information are on both of the club notice boards. If you have any queries regarding 2016 membership please email Sue at email@example.com. Thank you.
The much anticipated times and schedule for the new “West” Midlands Championships have now been published here.
You are invited to attend this camp if you are entering the 2016 County Championships and are born in 2004 or earlier.
Date: Saturday 2nd January 2016
Venue: Wrekin College (TF1 3BH)
Registration: 12.00 to 12.15 in the sports hall
Finish time: 5 o’clock
Land training session with Oliver Freeman
Pool session on starts/turns with Carl Grosvenor (Head Coach of City of Birmingham)
Nutrition talks by Rachael Hares
Swimmers will need appropriate clothing for land training and to bring their own drinks and snacks.
Swimmers will be split into three groups by age and then will rotate between the land training session/pool session and the class room Nutrition talk.
Session times will be 12.30 to 1.45, 2.00 to 3.15 and 3.30 to 4.45
Parents are welcome to watch and subject to space can join in with the class room Nutrition talk.
As in previous seasons, the 1st target meet of the season for most swimmers was the City of Hereford Open Meet. With a team of over 30 swimmers, it was a chance for the younger swimmers to gain some more valuable race experience, while the older swimmers were looking for some early season form and to practice their race skills. Overall the weekend was very successful. The majority of the swimmers recorded PB times and were happy with many of their swims. The team recorded a 63% PB rate across the 4 sessions and won countless medals. Also, Eloise Sneddon, Gemma Hughes and Melissa Pugh won their respective age group top girl awards. And once again we won the top club!! A very positive weekend and a great springboard going forward for the rest of the season. Good job by all involved.
Round 2 of this year’s Arena League saw us travel to Rugby. Round 2 can always be a very open competition and apart from the runaway winners on the night, Sutton-in-Ashfield, it was fairly close between the other 5 teams during the gala. At the end of the racing we placed 4th, merely 5 points behind the City of Derby ‘B’ team. Results for the team were similar to round 1 with the younger ages finding it a bit tougher due to some inexperience and swimmers racing up in age, while more of our points came in the older ages, particularly in the relays. Again we won both cannons at the end of the gala and our team atmosphere and racing skills were superb all night. Victories on the night came courtesy captain Rob Cowley in the open Mens 100 Breast, 100 Free and 200IM, Wil Carter in the open 100Back, Tom Rowley and Michael Doyle in the 15/under 100Back and 100 Breast respectively and both 6×50 free cannon teams. Onto round 3 on Saturday 12th December.
The Regional short-course Championships for 2015 were held over the first weekend in November at the newly-opened Harvey Hadden Swimming Centre in Nottingham and the club were represented by Ed Saxon and Rob Cowley competing over the 2 days. Despite having already suffered with injury this season, Ed qualified and swam 6 events equalling his best times in 4 and setting new SC bests in the 100m IM and 50m Fly. Rob raced in 4 events equalling PBs in 3 and then in the 100m IM he went under the minute barrier, qualified 3rd for the final and gained a National Short Course QT meaning he will be lining up against the country’s best in Sheffield in December!!! Good early season racing boys!