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.
26 Nov - Time Trial Spaces Available
Limited spaces are now available for Juggernauts and Development for the Winsford Cheshire Qualifier Licenced Time Trial. Transition may now enter up to 3 races as specified. Details here
26 Nov - Summer Regional Qualifying Times are out
Now the Summer Regional Times are out, Dan has asked that if your swimmers have gained times (and when they gain times) that you let the club know. We would like to keep a record on the websites. Please email Di at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks
25 Nov - Gold - No training Thursday 26th November
Reminder: There will be no Gold training on Thursday 26th November due to Brio staff training in the pool.
25 Nov - Leeds Meet Accepted Entries
Please see Gala updates page for Accepted and Rejected entries to the City of Leeds Christmas Cracker Meet
23 Nov - Saturday 28th - Morning Training Cancelled
Due to both coaches being at two different meets (Wigan and Warrington) this Saturday, morning training 6-8am is cancelled. All other training over the weekend is unaffected and goes ahead. Dan.
23 Nov - Cheshire Graded
On the 22nd November, Winsford went to Macclesfield to compete in the Cheshire Junior B Grade meet. It was great to see so many youngsters competing. The swimmers showed a lot of team spirit and enthusiasm by helping each other out and cheering on their fellow peers! Overall the meet was a great success for Winsford as we came out with 8 speeding tickets (I've told the kids am not paying for the fines ha ha) 5 golds, 13 silvers, 8 bronzes and a whooping 80 PB's!!!!
I would like to thank the swimmers and parents for all their hard work and support and especially Sarah Carss who managed all the swimmers on the day to be in the right place at the right times making it run smoothly.
Instead of finishing with an inspirational Dan quote I thought I would say this;
On the day I wasn't feeling my upmost best due to some unfortunate news of a friend, fellow colleague and even a mentor through my youth who had sadly passed away. The kids were all there for me and helped perk me back up and cheer me up, I couldn't ask to be a coach of such great swimmers! They are what make this club so great!!!
Just keep swimming!
23 Nov - Earn more when you sign up to Easyfundraising
If you have not yet signed up to Easyfundraising, please use the link below. Using this invitation every new member earns an extra £1 for the club with their first donation. Once you've signed up please feel free to invite friends and family so that they can start raising money for WASC too. Easyfundraising Thanks. Steph
22 Nov - Inter Association 2015
On Sunday 22nd November Winsford Swim Team had 16 swimmers (William Deeming, William Murray, Ethan Jones, Daniel Hulme, Jay Cushen, Alexander Clarke, Rebecca Howman, Alissa Blackshaw, Katie Wilson, Abbie Christopherson, Abbey Brown, Olivia Morley, Charlotte Howman, Ryan Wheeler, Harvey Zwijnen & Domiziana Dean) representing the North Midlands. The North Midlands were racing against the best swimmers in the following areas: North Lancashire, Liverpool & District, Bolton & Manchester, Cumbria, Central Lancashire. The Inter Association was stacked with super talent right across the board so it was exciting to watch the NM and Winsford battle it out. As always Winsford Swim Team were well represented within the North Midlands Team with at least one Winsford Team member racing in every age in both male and female categories. All our swimmers were up for the challenge and were ready to do their duty. The results on the day overall were truly fantastic with PB's being smashed, top 6 placings, many Medals won and lots of fearless racing. Medal Winners were:
Jay Cushen (12) GOLD 100 Fly, GOLD 200 IM, GOLD 200 Fly, SILVER 200 Free, SILVER 100 Free.
Ryan Wheeler (13) SILVER 200 Free, SILVER 100 Fly.
Alissa Blackshaw (13) SILVER 200 Free, BRONZE 200 Fly,
Lottie Howman (11) BRONZE 200 Free, BRONZE 100 Fly,
Abbie Christopherson (12) BRONZE 200 Free
The above swimmers also achieved countless top 6 placings, along with the following swimmers who came in the top 6:
Alex Clarke (11), Harvey Zwijnen (11) Olivia Morley (12), Dan Hulme (13), Ethan Jones (13), Becky Howman (14), Will Deeming (14)
Well Done to all Winsford Swimmers for making themselves available for the NM Team and for representing our Club superbly well. Dan.
21 Nov - Please see the members' area for a message from Dan
21 Nov - Percy Mason Updated Meet Information
Please see the Gala Updates page for an important update from the Percy Mason Meet organisers including a revised Accepted and Rejected Entries list and warm up details
20 Nov - New Website
The new Winsford ASC Website is now being made available for all to test.
It is temporarily hosted here until we are brave enough to replace the old site. Please have a look, use the site and let us know what you think.
20 Nov - Stockport Metro Distance Events
On Friday evening Winsford Swim team had 6 swimmers racing in the 800 & 1500 Free events at the Stockport Metro L1 Meet. Competition was strong with swimmers coming from all over the country and abroad. All swimmers were all looking to gain valuable racing experience in the distance events as these require tactics and good pacing skills.
Abbie Christopherson was up first in the Girls 12 under 800 Free, she swum an excellent race, with some very consistent splits, Abbie achieved a new PB of 9:52.46 and gained the BRONZE Medal. Next up was Rory Armitt was our youngest swimmer in the 11 under 1500 Free, Rory had a very solid swim achieving a time on his PB and gaining the BRONZE Medal for his age. Next up was the 13 under lads of which we had 4 competitors: Ethan Wright, Ethan Jones, Ryan Wheeler and Henry Oliver competing. Ethan Wright swam solidly gaining 11th place and swimming with great skill. Ethan Jones swam brilliant, he achieved a new PB time of 18:02.57, over 21 seconds faster than his previous best and 9th place. Ryan came home in 7th place and achieved a new PB of 17:46.97 with another super swim, 9 seconds faster than his previous PB and Henry again raced with great determination and skill, Henry achieved a super time of 17:46.02, over 5 seconds faster than his previous best and achieving 6th place. Overall a super evening of racing for Winsford with many new PB's, it is very pleasing to see Winsford so well represented in distance swimming, well done to all 6 swimmers, Dan.
19 Nov - Arena League Update
Due to the cancellation of round 2 and no dates agreed by all clubs to reschedule the racing, the results have gone to a virtual gala. The virtual gala placed us in 6th place for round 2 and in overall 10th place after the 2 rounds had been totalled up. We will be competing in the B final on Saturday 12th December at Blackpool. For Dan's full response, please see the members' area.
17 Nov - Officials needed for Wigan Best Meet 28th and 29th Nov
With the 5th future starts open meet fast approaching we still have number off officiating roles to fill, full expenses, refreshments and lunch will be provided.
SESSION 1 – FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time - 7:15pm
SESSION 2 – SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time - 8:15am
SESSION 3 - SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time - 10:15am
SESSION 4 – SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time 2:15pm
SESSION 5 – SUNDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time - 8:15am
SESSION 6 - SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time 10:15am
SESSION 7 - SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2015 - Start time 2:15pm
The meet can be found on officials finder at http://www.swimmingofficials.co.uk/swimming_event/show/109
Any officials that available please can you reply on official finder or get in contact with the club directly so we can forward your details onto Garry and Helen.
Please can you forward this to any officials you may have within your club.
17 Nov - Brio Reminder about Changing Rooms
Brio have asked us to remind the swimmers and parents of the following things:
1. Please wear blue over shoes, or take off shoes, when entering the Changing Village to prevent mud being trampled into the changing rooms.
2. Please use the lockers to store belongings (£1 refundable) - DO NOT leave belongings in the cubicles or in the store room poolside.
3. Do not have shower gel/shampoo fights in the showers as this makes the floor very slippery and dangerous for others.
Please can everyone pass this on to their swimmers or the club will have to start a parent rota to manage the changing rooms - and we really don't want to have to do that!!
17 Nov - Easyfundraising for WASC
Help raise money for the club with Easyfundraising when you shop on line.
When you make a purchase with one of the 7,500+ participating retailers, as a thank you for shopping, the retailer makes a donation to your chosen good cause. It's easy, no catch and no cost to you.
1. Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and register.
2. Select Winsford Amateur Swimming Club as your chosen good cause.
3. Search for the retailer you want to make a purchase from.
4. You will then be directed to your chosen retailers website to make your purchase as normal.
5. On completion of your order a fixed amount or percentage of your purchase will be donated to the club.
It's as easy as that!
Whether you're buying from Amazon, Apple, Currys, John Lewis or Simply Swim, to name but a few, booking a rail or air ticket, hotel or car hire please remember before you make any online purchases to check out on the Easyfundraising website whether your chosen retailer is participating. As long as you access their website through Easyfundraising the club will benefit. Details of donations available and any conditions can be seen when you select your retailer.
This a great opportunity for us to raise some much needed cash for the club, the more who sign up, the more we gain.
16 Nov - Swim Camp Payments
All deposits should now have been paid for swim camp. For those parents paying in instalments, the next payment of £60 is now due. The full amount needs to be paid by 31st January 16.
8 Nov - North West Winter Regional Championships
Over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of November, Winsford Swim Team took a team of 25 swimmers to Liverpool to race in the NW Winter Regional Championships. Unlike all other meets there is only 2 age groups at the Winter Regionals, 16 under and 17 over, so for Winsford to have so many Qualifiers, Finalist and Medalist is a great achievement for the club. It was very pleasing to see a whole range of swimmer from seasoned experienced swimmers to the many Age Group swimmers we had racing against some good older opposition from the North West of England. Winsford over the weekend did exceptionally well, gaining 1 GOLD, 3 SILVER & 2 BRONZE Medals and 18 finalists and many more new Short Course PB's.
Medal Winners and Finalist were:
Jordan Gaskell (16Under): GOLD 200 Butterfly, SILVER 100 Butterfly, SILVER 50 Butterfly.
Rebecca Alderman (17 Over): SILVER 800 Free
Kate Young (17 Over): BRONZE 200 IM, 5th 100 Butterfly, 6th 100 Backstroke.
Cameron Jones (17 Over): BRONZE 100 Backstroke, 4th 200 Backstroke, 7th 50 Backstroke.
Alex Law (17 Over): 4th 100 Backstroke
Oliver Rose (17 Over): 4th 50 Breastroke
Adam Blackshaw (16 Under): 6th 200 Butterfly, 8th 100 Butterfly.
Dan Hulme: (16 Under) 6th 1500 Free
Isobella Burton (16 Under): 6th 50 Backstroke
Nick Law (16 Under): 7th 200 Backstroke.
Brandon Sharkey (17 Over): 8th 200 Free
This now leads us nicely into the meets coming up in November before a long training phase in the lead up to the Cheshire County Championships in January/February. Dan.
8 Nov - Club Refund Policy for Gala Payments
Refunds from galas will be available in individual named envelopes from the club desk after the refund has been received by the club from the event. Please do not try to offset refunds against future gala payments as this makes balancing the books very difficult. Thanks. Gala Team.
8 Nov - Club Presentation Evening Saturday 16th January 2016
The Club Presentation Evening with be on Saturday 16th January at the Royal British Legion in Middlewich (like last year).
There will be a Chocolate Tombola for the kids (all donations to Julie Grindley or Sue Wright) and a raffle for the adults (all donations to Claire Turner or club desk please).
More details and food list to follow.
5 Nov - Important Information for Swimmers attending the Percy Mason Meet
Thank you for all your entries. This year we have had an absolutely overwhelming amount of entries – over 2000 from approx 600 individual swimmers. This was above and beyond anything we anticipated. However, as a result of this we have been forced to make many rejections. Please accept our apologies if many of your swimmers have been rejected from events and even from the gala altogether, it was a horrible job! Next year we may have to resort to ‘first come, first served’ to avoid the massive amount of entries.
Refunds for all rejected entries will be available as a cheque for the club, at the help desk on the day of the gala. If you have any swimmers who wish to withdraw from a session as a result of being withdrawn from part of that session, a full refund will be available to those swimmers. Withdrawals should be made by emailing email@example.com, or on the day by text to 07749709695.
Please note that the poolside will be very busy at the gala with every session at capacity. The 50m events were very popular so please warn your swimmers there will upwards of 15 heats per 50m event (I know how impatient they get!)
Finally, can we just appeal for officials. If you have any officials who would be willing to come along, please let us know asap.
Many thanks and we look forward to an enjoyable weekend.
Adam and Alison - Home Galas Team
Please see gala updates page for list of Accepted and Rejected entries.
Please note SCR means rejected. Thanks Gala Team
2 Nov - Important Information for Gold Swimmers on a Thursday evening
Please DO NOT swipe your card or pay for the set on a Thursday evening. The club is paying for the lanes.(Swimmers do need to pay/swipe in on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday though)
1 Nov - Juggernauts' Attendance Register for October
Congratulations to the following swimmers who came in the Top 10 for attendance:
1st Jordan Gaskell
2nd Henry Oliver, Rebecca Howman, Ryan Wheeler
5th Rebecca Alderman
6th Adam Blackshaw, Alissa Blackshaw, Charlotte Howman, Ethan Jones, Will Deeming
Please see members' area for full breakdown on all Juggernaut swimmers for October. Dan.
31 OCT - Info added for Cheshire Qualifier Time Trial on 5th December
See the gala updates page.
28 OCT - Info added for City of Leeds Christmas Cracker Meet
See the gala updates page.
21 OCT - Top Club Winners - North Midlands Team 2015
21 OCT - Winsford Swimmers Representing Cheshire in the Inter County National Team Championship 2015
Ryan Wheeler, Adam Blackshaw and Ethan Jones:
19 OCT - North Midlands Team Selection for Inter Association Gala
Please see the members' area for the list of swimmers from Winsford selected to swim in the Inter Association Gala on 22nd November.
18 OCT - Winsford Swim Team - TOP Club in the North Midlands
Winsford Swim Team again did battle in Macclesfield at the NM Championships 2015. Winsford took the largest ever number to the NM with over 80 swimmers battling it out for honours against the best swimmers in Cheshire and Staffordshire. Winsford always perform as we are always up for a fight, it is ingrained on a daily basis in our training, we are ready to race whatever the time of day and rest assured we were ready for the NM Champs. The results over the two weekends were phenomenal, with the vast majority of our clubs competitive swimmers racing together as a TEAM, supporting each other, and having so much fun whilst still having eagle eyed focus on the job in hand. Winsford achieved a massive number of PB's, medals, age group and overall points winners and to top it off we were awarded top club with a massive points total, the most in our clubs history:
GOLD - 94
SILVER - 86
BRONZE - 59
Grand TOTAL - 239 Medals
Top Overall Club Points
1st WINSFORD: 2555
2nd Biddulph: 1137
3rd Satellites: 778.5
9-12 Years overall points winners
Boys 9 Years: 2nd Adam Wright
Boys 11 Years: 2nd Alex Clarke
Boys 12 Years: 1st Ethan Wright
Girls 9 Years: 1st Liadan Wilkes
Girls 10 Years: 2nd Sophie Grindley
Girls 11 Years: 1st Lottie Howman, 2nd Olivia Morley
Girls 12 Years: 2nd Abbie Christopherson, 3rd Abbey Brown
Overall Top Girl and Boy
TOP Girl: Alissa Blackshaw
TOP Boy: Will Murray
The Overall Open Championship winners
Izz Burton - Ladies 100 BK, 50 Fly & 50 BK
Kate Young - Ladies 100 Fly
Alissa Blackshaw - Ladies 800 Free
Adam Blackshaw - Mens 400 IM
Brandon Sharkey - Mens 100 Fly & 200 Free
Alex Law - 100 BK
Girls 14 under: 2nd Becky Howman, 4th Alissa Blackshaw, 7th Abbie Christopherson
Boys 14 under: 3rd Will Murray, 5th Will Deeming, 6th Finn Armitt
Girls 15 over: 2nd Izz Burton, 4th Kate Young, 8th Eleanor O'Grady
Boys 15 over: 2nd Jordan Gaskell, 3rd Brandon Sharkey, 8th Cameron Jones
There were so many highlights way too many to mention, but for me there is 4 which stand out:
1.Our performance in all the middle and long distance events was absolutely first class. We love distance events.
2.It was great to see so many young swimmers who were competing in their very first NM. YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR CLUB.
3.Our attitude and relentless drive and focus for improvement over the 4 days was superb to see, we never took a step back.
4.The final thing which was a highlight for me was our TEAM spirit. Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds us together.
Thank you to one and all who make any sort of contribution however small to our club and our swimmers. There is too many people to mention but thank you. The final thank you goes to our swimmers, you are made of Iron and you have hearts of Gold, we march on together. Be proud of our club you all play a huge part, it is you who makes our club so special. Dan.
17 OCT - National Qualification
Congratulations to Adam Blackshaw who this weekend has gained his Winter SC National Qualifying Time in the 200 Fly. Adam needed a time of 2.14.20, he achieved a time of 2.14.03. Adam will now be swimming at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this December.
Congratulations also goes to Jordan Gaskell who has gained the QT for the British National Championships in Glasgow. Jordan needed a time of 2.09.01 for the 200 Fly, he swum a time of 2.08.33 at the British Summer Nationals. The British Championships also double up as the qualifying event for the Olympic Games in Rio. Dan
17 OCT - 2015 ASA NWR Winter Championships Refunds
Refunds will be available, in individual named envelopes, from the club desk after we have received them back from the event organisers. Please do not try to offset refunds against payments for future galas. This will be the refund policy for all future events. Thanks Dave
15 OCT - City of Leeds LC L3 Christmas Meet
Due to the mass rejections we have received at the NW Winter Championships the coaches have decided to add the City of Leeds Christmas L3 LC Meet to our competition calendar. This meet takes place over the weekend of the 19th & 20th December and is ideal for all Juggernaut, Platinum and Development swimmers to finish off 2015 in a very fast Long Course pool. Long Course meets do not come around every day, we believe this is a great opportunity for our swimmers to practice racing in a 50m pool in preparation for the National Qualifying Window (early March 2016). It also gives our swimmers the chance to improve on current PB's and to gain NWRQT's. It would be great to see a big turnout from Winsford Swim Team. Thanks Dan.
11 OCT - Dates for National Summer Championships
The 2016 ASA National Summer Championships will take place across five days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 1 – 5 August. Details here.
If there are any parents interested in volunteering within the club, to help in any way please contact Di Christopherson
North Mids Team Selection
Percy Mason Gala
NW Summer Regional Times
50m Dates new
North Mids 15
New Records Oct14
Link to ASA