Welcome to the official website for the Winsford Swimming Club. Here you will find all you need from our swimming lessons, squad training schedules, open meets, all about us to club news. Get in touch by visiting our contacts page and one of our volunteers will be only to willing to help with your enquiry.
17 APR - SUMMER FESTIVAL CORBY
As an end of season meet for all swimmers who are not attending the National Championships. We are going to enter the Northampton Summer Festival Level 3, Long Course Open Meet at Corby on the 11th & 12th July. I though about Manchester but last year we had huge rejections. Corby is around 2 hours drive from Winsford, it is over two days and is a good way to end the season and a good motivator for our swimmers to keep training hard towards. LC meets are usually L1 so this is a chance for all our swimmers to experience racing LC in July at a superb venue. - Dan
17 APR - MANCHESTER REJECTIONS
Please see gala updates for the accepted and rejected entries for the Manchester Open Meet on the 2nd & 3rd May 2015. The lists will be published on our website tomorrow
Unfortunately the meet is heavily over subscribed which was not apparent 4 days before the closing date as the numbers were on track for 7 hour day but 2 days before the closing date I received equivalent number of entries which has meant I've had to reject 50% of them. - Manchester.
17 APR - SWIMMING LESSONS START 18 APRIL
Please can everyone check the day, time and location of your child's lesson. If there are any mistakes or omissions please speak to the club desk. Thank you Michael
13 APR - BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS (WORLD TRIALS)
Good Luck to Vicky Cunningham & Alisha Hawkins who will both be competing this week in London at the British Championships. Vicky is competing in the 100 Free (Tuesday) and 50 Free (Friday), Alisha is competing in the 400 Free (Wednesday) and 800 Free (Thursday). I am sure everyone at Winsford Swimming Club will be wishing you both all the very best. Dan.
13 APR - STOCKPORT & WIRRAL
Over the weekend Winsford Swim Team took 27 swimmers to the Stockport Metro L1 Long course Meet and 16 swimmers to the Wirral L3 Short Course meet. Over the weekend we had well over 40 swimmers competing for Winsford and racing to achieve their goals.
Reports from Daniel are that the Wirral Meet was very successful with many medals achieved, new PB's and lots of race experience and race practice gained.
Stockport was equally successful, this meet was geared towards race rehearsal in preparation for the NW Regionals in late May and early June. It was also a chance for our swimmers to put in some early ranking LC times in the hope of achieving a National place at the British and/or English Nationals which take place later this summer. Over the 2 1/2 days there were lots of racing and lots of positives to take away from the meet, so many new LC PB's, new NWRQT's & numerous finalists (14 years and 15 over - Jordan Gaskell - Becky Howman - Alisha Hawkins - Ryan Wheeler) and a National Qualifying Time. There were many outstanding swims and many individual highlights but for me the collective highlight of the weekend was the Friday evening for the 800 & 1500 Free races, Winsford Swim Team accumulated a Gold in the 800 Free (Charlotte Howman), 6th in the 16 years (Hannah McEnaney), Gold in the 11 years 1500 Free (Rory Armitt) Gold in the 12 years (Jay Cushen) Gold & Silver & 5th in the 13 years (Gold - Henry Oliver, Silver Dan Hulme, 5th Ethan Wright) and Gold in the 16 years 1500 Free (Jordan Gaskell). There were some incredible distance swimming for Winsford and so many very fast new Life Time Best Swims. Jay Cushen achieved the National Qualifying Time for the ASA Open Water National Championships, Jay needed a time of 19.24.40 he swam a time of 18.47.36, Well Done. This Open Water NQT adds to the one already achieved by Alisha Hawkins (time needed 9.35.80, time achieved 9.23.45).
We now have less than 6 weeks until the North West Regional Championships start, it is very important to put in some solid, consistent work in the lead up to these Championships. I am a big believer that in swimming to gain success you need to be Disciplined, Prepared, Consistent, VERY Hard Working and be willing to Sacrifice to achieve your goals. Do everything you can in the pool and on land, ensure you rest between sessions, ensure you eat very healthy and ensure you come to every session wanting to get better, stronger, fitter, more skilled and faster, never lose sight of your dreams - there is no short cuts to success! Dan.
12 APR - MONDAY MORNING CANCELLED
Due to a power surge the pump at Brio is out of action, so no training in the morning.
9 APR - STOCKPORT DRAFT PROG & OFFICIALS
see gala updates page for draft programme
Can any officials that can help at stockport please conatct firstname.lastname@example.org
lunch is provided all you can eat buffet, chinese, indian and english food, and travel expenses paid with mileage allowance 45p per mile to max of £100. They are really short for sunday.
9 APR - NWR RELAY TEAMS
visit memebers section to read relay selection for NW Regional Champs
7 APR - AGM Thursday 23 April 7.45pm - TIME CHANGE
The AGM will be held on Thursday 23rd April, 7pm at Brio in Function Room. This is a chance to hear from the Head Coach, how finances are, useful information, current season and going forward. All parents try to make this for your benefit, and pose any questions. - PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE DUE TO ZUMBA IN MAIN HALL AT 7PM. - START TIME IS NOW 7.45PM
7 APR - WINSFORD DEVELOPMENT MEET CANCELLED
We are sorry to announce that the extremely popular development meet, will not be able to go ahead this year. Issue with the pool which is causing the meet to be unfortunately cancelled. Keep an eye out for it for next year.
7 APR - OPEN WATER
Swim North West and Cheshire County Open Water Championships 2015
The North West and Cheshire County Open Water Championships take place on Sunday 21st June at the Watersports Centre, Salford Quays. There is a range of age groups from 12 years right up to Masters. The age group distances are:
12-14 years 1500m
15-16 years 3000m
17-18 years 5000m
We have a large number of great distance swimmers at our club and I know a number of these swimmers could make very good open water swimmer. Last year we had a number of swimmers taking part and I hope this year we will have even more. Please could all distance swimmers consider open water and give it a try, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.
If you are interested please try it out at Boundary Park (Uswim), it starts up again in May - Thursday evenings between 5.30pm-8pm.
link is: http://www.uswimopenwater.com/about/boundary-park
There are also taster sessions on the 16th May and 13th June at Salford Quays. Please see link for all details here
Entries are now open as at 1st April, On-line entry can be found here:
Please click on link for Open Water flyerr.
Absolutely nothing to lose and so much to gain from trying Open Water Swimming out. Any questions please ask or ask those parents/swimmers who have already experienced the thrill and freedom of open water swimming! See you at Salford Quays. Dan.
1 APR - LAST SWIMMING LESSON FOR EASTER
The last day of swimming lessons will be wednesday 1 April. Lessons will resume on Saturday 18 April. - Michael
30 MAR - WINSFORD WIN CRUSADER LEAGUE DIVISION 1 - ON THE RUN
For the second consecutive year Winsford Swim Team have won the Crusader League Division 1. The Crusader League is made up of 3 divisions with clubs competing throughout the North Midlands and Cheshire, all clubs compete over 3 rounds and after round 3 the overall points are calculated and the positions are determined. We were going into this years competition as champions and we wanted to retain that title. Over the 3 rounds we have utilised every single swimmer in Juggernaut giving all swimmers the opportunity to compete and represent our swimming club. I mentioned in the last report of our strength in depth and this showed again on Round 3. We had 22 different swimmers representing Winsford for Round 3 from the team we fielded in Round 2 and the result was equally impressive. On the night in COSACSS we raced with great determination as we wanted to win on the night and overall and we did that with great skill.
On the night the points were as follows:
1st Winsford 275
2nd Crewe 236
3rd Leek 202
4th COSACSS 193
After all 3 rounds the overall points totals were as follows:
1st Winsford 842
2nd Leek 656
3rd Crewe 640
4th COSACSS 563
Thank you to all competing clubs (Crewe, Leek & COSACSS), hope you all have a great Spring & Summer season. Thank you to all team managers and time keepers without you the team would not be able to function. Thank you to all parents for supporting the Crusader League and supporting Winsford Swim Team. Thank you to all teachers and coaches who have contributed to the swimmers development over the years. The biggest thank you goes to every single swimmer, you did good! Dan.
30 MAR - SHEFFIELD AND DERBY
Over the weekend of the 28th & 29th March Winsford Swim Team took a team of 12 (A Blackshaw - A Law - A Hawkins - Al Blackshaw - B Sharkey - D Hulme - I Burton - J Gaskell - N Law - O Capper - B Howman - R Wheeler) to the City of Sheffield Premier Meet to battle it out against some of the best swimmers in Britain including British Olympians, all swimming for qualifying times. Over the same weekend Winsford also took a team of 5 (C Pagett - E Wright - H Oliver - R Broadhurst - W Murray) to Derby for the annual SC meet over at Queens leisure Centre. The two meets were geared towards either LC practice and to gain some window ranking times &/or for Regional qualification. Over both meets the results were very promising with all swimmers equipping themselves superbly well. I was over at Sheffield and I have to say for a number of our swimmers this qualification window will be a very exciting time with already some great times posted so early on. We as a club will get stronger and stronger into Spring and Summer, I know that if you the swimmers can keep attendance and training standards consistently high in the lead up to Regionals we will go there and post some outstanding swims. Make the most of your Easter holidays and get to the pool and give yourself the best possible chance to gain success. We now have less than 3 weeks until Satellites Open Meet (last chance Regional qualification) and less than 8 weeks until North West Regionals (Last chance to gain National Ranking Times). The only training session you regret is the one you did not do, have no regrets see you at the pool. Dan.
13 MAR - NATIONAL QUALIFYING WINDOW HAS NOW OPENED
Could all parents/swimmers who have eyes set on potentially qualifying for the British Summer Nationals and/or ASA English Summer Nationals or swimmers/parents who aspire to become National standard, please see the members section (Gala Updates) of our web-site. Here you will find all the conditions and information into how qualification is gained for the two National Championships this July and August. There is also a direct link to more information on the Nationals.
Key Points for Qualification:
Qualification window is from the 13th March-7th June (Last chance to qualify is the NW Regional's). All qualifiers are based on the top swimmers on a ranking system for LC swims only. Swimmers will be invited to compete in the Nationals once the window has closed, if they are ranked high enough. The NW Regional's will be used as qualification for the Relay Team Nationals.
British Summer Nationals 28th July-2nd August 2015 - Venue Ponds Forge:
Ages: 13/14 years, 15 years, 16 years, 17/18 years, 19 over years.
Team Relay events: 14-16 years & 17 Over years. Top 20 ranked teams.
Individual events: Top 24 ranked swimmers in all events, except the 800 & 1500 which is Top 18 swimmers.
ASA English Summer Championships 4th-9th August 2015 - Venue Ponds Forge:
Ages: 12/13 years, 14 years, 15 years, 16/17 years, 18 over years.
Team Relay events: 14-16 years & 17 Over years. Next 20 ranked teams (21-40 in England)
Individual events: The next fastest 20 swimmers in all events, except the 800 & 1500 which is the next 15 swimmers.
Above is the key points, please read all the information in the members area of the web-site for detailed conditions. If you have any questions, however small please speak to me after any Swimming Training Session, but make sure you block the front exit as I am a very fast to the door and away to my car after each session, unless there is doughnuts on offer, then I hang around for a bit longer!!! Dan.
3 MAR - 101 MEDALS AWARDED AT COSACSS
Congratulations to all 44 swimmers who represented Winsford Swim Team at the COSACSS L3 Open Meet in Fenton. There were so many outstanding swims over the weekend from all swimmers. The team at COSACSS was again very young but very hungry, so hungry in fact that on the Saturday we gained 56 Medals and on the Sunday another 45 Medals. This brought our overall total medal tally to 101 Medals. Over the weekend numerous New North West Regional Qualifying Times were gained, well done to those swimmers (Please inform Neil Hawkins then he will be able to update our qualifiers table). Not only was the racing very fast but the professionalism and team spirit from our swimmers was superb. Also Thanks has to go to all team managers for supporting the swimmers over the weekend. Well Done to one and all.
We now have a chance to knuckle down and have a good spell of uninterrupted training.
It is less than 4 weeks until - Premier Meet & Derby, less than 6 weeks until Stockport & Wirral, less than 7 weeks until Satellites. So train as much as possible starting today because there is so much to gain in the up and coming meets if you give 100% into every training session. Suffer the pain of Discipline or suffer the pain of regret. Dan.
27 FEB - OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
Please find flyer advertising the 2015 Open Water Championships which incorporates the ASA NWR and ASA NER Championships as well as Cheshire County and Lancashire County Championships. OpenWater flyer
24 FEB - WINSFORD SWIM CAMP 2015
Over February Half Term Winsford Swim Team took 44 swimmers from Juggernaut Squad to Kingham School in the Cotswolds. This swim camp was designed to be challenging but also fun, giving all swimmers many happy memories a long the way. It was put in the calendar to give all our swimmers that extra boost for the Spring and Summer competitions ahead and I personally thought this years swim camp was a huge success in more ways than one.
As said above the camp was challenging but everyone rose to that challenge and were very focused for the task in hand. We had double sessions daily, plus land training and team games, so the days were very busy but free time was scheduled so everyone could relax and socialise with each other.
I would be lying to say that there was no moaning from time to time, due to the difficulty of the sets! But I have to say the vast majority of swimmers did train their very best and got a huge amount from the camp, and at the end of the day that is all I can ask off any swimmer.
This year was different to last year, we took double the number of swimmers, we were in two houses and we had two schedules with double the amount of pool time and double the amount of land training time to accommodate all the swimmers. So it could have been a logistical nightmare but I have to say a massive thank you to Helen Jones for organising everything with the School and parents, a big thank you to Sarah Hawkins, Claire Brown, Kelly Wilson and Angela Moss, for supporting me and all the swimmers over the 5 days, and a big thank you to Mike Secker for all the support and keeping the swimmers entertained, without you all this Swim Camp would not have gone ahead and would not have run so smooth. The final thank you goes to the parents for supporting the swim camp and to each and every swimmer for putting up with me for 5 days and for giving me your all in each and every training session. This season has already brought so much success to Winsford Swim Team and all our swimmers, but please all swimmers don't let this training now go to waste, keep attendance as high as possible and lets have an outstanding Spring and Summer, there is lots of exciting times ahead for those swimmers from Winsford Swim Team who put in the work everyday. Dan.
15 FEB - CITY OF DERBY MEET FOR REGIONAL TIMES
Due to our own Regional Qualifier Meet unfortunately not being able to go ahead (due to things outside of our control) I have decided to add a meet in its place. The City of Derby Open Meet on the 28th & 29th March. This is specifically for those swimmers who are targeting Regional QT's. On previous years we have had the County Champs in March but this year as you know they were in January. This has in effect caused the Cheshire County Clubs to have a dry month for meets (where as other counties are racing) which is not ideal especially for those swimmers wanting to achieve Regional QT's. I have had to come to the decision to go to Derby. So many of our swimmers are close to Regional QT's and it is very important for us as a club to do at least one SC meet in March to give our swimmers the opportunity to gain qualification. There is one problem though! The Derby Meet does clash with the last round of Crusader and does clash with the LC Premier Meet so anyone who does go to Derby is expected to swim at the Crusader if selected, so it might be an idea to just do sessions 1, 3 & 4 or cut session 2 short so you are available to swim at Fenton. Fenton is just 40 minutes from Derby and is on the way home so it is do-able. Please note due to the Premier meet and Crusader, Derby will not be attended by a coach. Dan.
10 FEB - RECORD BREAKING CHESHIRE CHAMPS FOR WINSFORD SWIM TEAM
A huge total of 100 medals,
top 3 overall age group club (first time ever achieved by Winsford SC),
most improved club for second year running
Under 14 boys and girls skins finalists
Top 6 rankings for 16 under boys and girls
Why Do We Succeed?
We succeed because we are willing to do the things others are not. We will fight against the odds. We will sacrifice. We are not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt. We feel those emotions, drink them and swallow them away. We are motivated by accomplishment, if we fall - we will get up, if we are beaten (which is very rare) - we will return, we will never stop getting better, we will never give up, ever.
That is why WE SUCCEED. - Dan (full report on news page)
10 FEB - SWIM CAMP IS UPON US - ORANGE ARMY READY TO CONQUER
1 FEB - ALISHA GAINS SECOND BRITISH CHAMPS QT
Congratulations to Alisha Hawkins who gained another British National Qualifying time in the 800 free. Alisha needed a time of 9.31.78 to book her place at the London Olympic pool, on Friday evening she clocked a time of 9.23.45 which is well inside the qualifying standard. This adds to her 400 British time she gained in December. Well Done - Dan
1 FEB - WINSFORD STORM THE COUNTY DISTANCE EVENTS
Winsford Swim Team took 17 swimmers to Liverpool to race in the 800 & 1500 Free distance events at the Cheshire County Championships. I have to say it was fantastic to see so many of our young swimmers taking part and relishing racing the distance events. - continue on news page.
27 JAN - WINSFORD EXCEL AT COUNTIES
see news page
18 JAN - REGIONAL QUALIFICATION
As you all know the NW Regional Qualifying Times have been out for a number of months and it is great to see so many already gaining qualification. This year the qualifying times are in LC format, however time conversions from a SC pool are accepted. I hope for a lot of swimmers in Juggernaut Regional Qualification will be the first goal for the season and I believe is attainable for a large number of swimmers. The Cheshire County Champs are over the next 3 weeks and all the events are SC except for the 800 & 1500 which are LC. It is very important for all swimmers to know what time/s they need to try and achieve. So I think it would be a good idea if all swimmers who are wanting to achieve NWR QT's for them to write/type down all the LC times and then convert all of them into SC. This way you will know exactly what is required over the Counties and in the other SC meets leading up to the deadline of 21st April 2015.
To do these conversions see the link on gala page. As soon as you qualify for the Regionals please contact Neil Hawkins (Web-Master) and let him know the events you have qualified for. I would like to keep up to date on who has qualified.
There are a number of meets in March and April which are very important to enter to give you the best possible chance of Qualifying for the North West Regional Summer Championships. So please take up every opportunity and please make sure you train as much as possible throughout the rest of January and February and before, during (Swim Camp will be HARD!!) and after Swim camp and throughout March. Results will come with great, consistent training week after week, there are no short cuts to success. There will be OBSTACLES, there will be DOUBTERS, there will be MISTAKES, But with Hard Work there will be SUCCESS. Dan.
If there are any parents interested in volunteering within the club, to help in any way please contact Neil Hawkins at email@example.com