3 of Shrewsbury’s disability swimmers made the trip to Rugby for the early season Regional Disability Champs. This was a chance to race against the best up and coming disability swimmers from both the West and East Mids. Competing across 5 events each, Tom Piggott, Reilly Shanahan and Porsha Jones were kept extremely busy during the short gala, due to the fast turn-around of events!! This made their achievements even more impressive. Whilst being on pb times(many of which were set at the very end of last season) or setting new best times across the majority of their races, they came away with a 9 medal haul!! Reilly won Silver in the 200m IM and Gold in the 200m Free, Porsha won Bronze in the 100m IM, 100m Back and 50m Breast, while Tom gained Bronze in the opening 400m Free, Silver in the 100m IM and 100m Breast and topped those off with Gold in the 200m IM. All of this is promising for the rest of the season for all 3, next stop in the National DSE Champs in Sheffield in November. Well done guys, great job!!!!


Based on her success at last season’s ASA National Age Group Championships, Lucy Armitage has been invited to attend an England Talent Programmes Development Day in November. These development days form the first stage of the swimmer pathway for swimmers in England and many swimmers have gone through the stages on the England Talent Programme and onto International success. This is a huge and well deserved selection and a reflection of her hard work. Well done!!


Huge congratulations to Kate Grindley after she has been named the West Midlands Regional Aquaforce Awards winner for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’!!!!  This is a thoroughly deserved award after her years of coaching and hard volunteer work on poolside with the junior swimmers and junior league team. She received her award on the 20th September and will now go onto receive nomination for the National Young Volunteer of the Year Award, the winner of which will be announced in October.


Will Slawson and Ffion Butler have both been selected onto the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme.  This is a nationally recognised programme that provides the selected athletes, who are from a wide range of sports, with an NVQ at the end of the 2 year programme. Our swimmers have been invited onto it based on their continued sporting dedication and achievements on a National level. Well done to both.


Tom Piggott and Reilly Shanahan have both been invited to join the Home Nations Talent Programme for Wales. This is based upon the big improvements they both made over the last season in their training commitments and racing performances. They will now receive additional support from the Welsh ASA Disability team in the pursuit of their future goals to realise their full potential. Congratulations to both boys.


Reilly Shanahan and Ffion Butler were both selected to represent the Wales team in this year’s UK Games. These games are for athletes across a range of sports and are to meant to replicate a major multi-sport event to give them experience in an event of this nature with, 8 teams making up the events from the 4 areas of England, 2 areas of Scotland plus Welsh and Irish teams. Reilly swam 3 races, equalling his recently set PBs in 2 of them and posting a new best time in the 3rd. Ffion also swam 3 events posting sizeable new best times in all 3 and winning Silver in the 50m Free and 100m Back plus Bronze in the 100m Fly. Well done to both!