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.
13 OCT - Weekend Training Changes
Due to the North Midland Championships taking place this weekend, there are a few changes to training. Saturday 17th: 6-8am - Cancelled, 5-6:30pm combined session for Transition, Platinum & Development. Sunday 18th: 5-7pm combined session for Juggernaut, Platinum & Development. All other sessions remain unchanged. Dan.
13 OCT - ASA NWR Winter Championships
This year the regional Swimming Management Committee wanted to encourage younger swimmers to compete in this competition by introducing "junior" qualifying times; this has proved to be successful, indeed it is too successful and the competition is, unfortunately, oversubscribed with the consequence that the running times of the sessions are too long.Therefore, and in order to reduce the session times to more acceptable durations, the regional Swimming Management Committee have decided the following:
1. none of the team events will take place (only 6 clubs have entered).
2. swimmers with the fastest submitted times will take precedence regardless of age.
3. para swimmers will not be affected.
4. refunds will be made to all individuals and clubs affected.
5. there will be no reserve list i.e. if there are subsequent withdrawals after the draft programmes have been published then swimmers that have been "rejected" will not be reinstated.
It will take me several days to work out the optimum way in which to restrict the entry but I will do this as quickly as possible. Keith Chisholm
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.
11 OCT - National Arena League - North West Premier Division - Round 1
On Saturday 10th October Winsford Swim Team were competing in the first round of the Arena NW Premier Divison. We were up against some very strong opposition, Pioneer 79, Ulverston, Trafford Metro, Ellesmere College,Cockermouth, Preston and Leyland. Winsford Swim Team as always battled very hard, never taking a step back and fighting for every point possible. There were so many outstanding swims from all swimmers way too many to mention everyone, but we gained a very impressive 18 top 3 placings:
3 Firsts (Adam Blackshaw 100 Fly, Lottie Howman 50 Brst and the Boys 13 under Free Relay: Dan Hulme, Henry Oliver, Jay Cushen & Finn Armitt)
9 Seconds (Girls 9-11 Free relay: Lottie Howman, Izzy Kay, Katelyn Murray & Charlotte Thomson, Boys 13 under Medley Relay: Ethan Jones, Jay Cushen, Finn Armitt, Henry Oliver, Dan Hulme 100 Brst, Izz Burton 100 Bk & 100 Free, Ryan Wheeler 100 Fly & 100 Free, Lottie Howman 100 Free, Callum Chapple 100 Free)
6 Thirds (Boys 9-11 Free Relay: Harvey Zwijnen, Alex Clarke, Rory Armitt, Kyle Hawkins, Izzy Kay 50 Bk, Ethan Jones 100 Bk, Alissa Blackshaw 100 Fly & 100 Free, Girls 9-11 Medley Relay: Katelyn Murray, Lottie Howman, Izzy Kay & Charlotte Thomson)
The final Points score was as follows:
1st - Preston 312
2nd - Ellesmere College 299
3rd - Pioneer 79 265
4th - Winsford 243
5th - Cockermouth 212
6th - Trafford Metro - 196
7th - Leyland 165
8th - Ulverston 105
Well Done to all swimmers, Winsford continue to go from strength to strength and we continue to move forwards. Thank you to all the supporters for cheering us on, all Team Managers especially Claire Brown for organising everything superbly well, Dan Stone my right hand man, Becky and Alex who captained the team to perfection and to all Winsford judges and to each and every swimmer, whether you did one event or many, every single swimmer contributed to our performance on the night and fought for our club, Thank You. I would also like to give a special mention to all swimmers at Winsford who were not selected, selection is becoming very difficult as we are developing tremendous strength in depth in many age groups, it is this competition which moves our standards across the club higher and higher. We now look forward to Round 2 where we again do battle against the best clubs in the North West of England. We are not a team because we work together, we are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other. Dan.
10 OCT - Dates for British Summer Nationals
The 2016 British Summer Championships will take place across six days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 26–31 July. Details here.
5 OCT - Percy Mason Meet
Please see members' area for a message from Dan regarding the Percy Mason meet.
5 OCT - North Midland Championships 2015 - Weekend 1 - Updated
The NM Champs kicked off its first weekend of competition at Macclesfield over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October. Winsford have had a record 84 members of our Team competing against many clubs from Cheshire East and West and many clubs from North Staffordshire. This is the first championship racing of the season and with us being less than 4 weeks back into full training this meet was a chance to see where we are at, both in terms of skill, technique and fitness levels.
Winsford went into the first weekend full of confidence and belief in our ability to perform in Championship conditions and to race as a team. Winsford always perform in every single competition it is in our DNA, the results over the weekend were absolutely first class. The number of PB's, top 8 placings and Medals was outstanding, but what impressed me most was the team spirit (which is becoming stronger and stronger, with every single swimmer fighting for the club), and the racing. Championships are about racing and racing hard and that is what we all did and we never took a step back.
There were so many highlights over the weekend, the team spirit is the best I have ever been a part of in competitive swimming. The racing was superb with all swimmers being mentally ready and racing very, very tough. It was so pleasing to see Winsford Swim Team doing so well in the distance events, the 400 Free, 400 IM and 1500 Free, the medal totals in these events was truly superb and shows the strength in depth we have in the distance events. It was also fantastic to see so many young swimmers who were racing at the NM for the first time, you are the future of our club. Overall a fantastic first weekend of racing so thank you to one and all who made the weekend so special. We now have two weeks to get some solid training in for the final weekend of the North Midlands Championships 2015. Please see the spreadsheet (in the members' area) for all medal winners over the first weekend. With so many medal winners and results there could be mistakes, if I have made any errors please let us know.
The total Medal tally for the first weekend was as follows:
Gold - 49
Silver - 44
Bronze - 37
Total - 130 Medals
Championship overall Winners
Olivia Morley - 100 IM - 9-11 years
Izz Burton - 50 Fly - Open
Kate Young - 100 Fly - Open
Adam Blackshaw - 400 IM - Open
Alex Law - 100 Bk - Open
There were 44 different medal winners over the first weekend. This again shows the strength in depth we continue to nurture and grow at our club.
Medal Table for North Mids 2015 Weekend 1
4 OCT - ESSA National Championships
Over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th October Jay Cushen was representing the NW schools against all the other regions in the country. Jay came away with some fantastic results.
400 IM 5:11.38. 3rd
400 free 4:39.27 4th
4x 100 free relay 4th
4 X 100 medley relay 4th
NW Schools came second just 2 points off first. Congratulations. Dan
2 OCT - New Orange Hats
The new hats have finally arrived and will be available from Ben Maskill at the North Midlands event tomorrow. Please take a cheque for payment if you haven't already paid. Thanks
1 OCT - Juggernauts' Attendance Register for September
Please see members' area. Dan
26 SEPT - Thursday evening 7-8pm
The club has gained two lanes for Thursday evenings 7-8pm. This pool time will be allocated to Gold on a trial basis. The first session will commence Thursday 1st October and will be based on skill and technique work. I hope Gold Squad will make the most of this opportunity given to them. Dan.
26 SEPT - Northwich Swim Club - Centenary Gala
Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in the Northwich Centenary Gala on Saturday 26th September. Winsford Swim Team put out a strong developmental team with many swimmers racing up the age groups. It was a chance for our swimmers to pit themselves against clubs from Northwich (two teams) City of Chester and Sandbach with a view of gaining a favourable result and putting our skills learnt in training into the racing environment. The reports I have gained from Daniel, Mike and the Team Managers were excellent with all swimmers racing with great ferocity and spirit for the Orange Army. The end result was fantastic with Winsford Swim Team coming out on top in 1st place, around 50 points ahead of second place, City of Chester. I have been told the trophy is beautiful so I am very keen to see it. All swimmers had a great evening swimming against our close neighbours, swimming in South and West Cheshire is looking very healthy. Many thanks has to go to Daniel and Mike for being pool side as coaches, and to Claire Brown as team manager who I understand took it all in her stride and also to the team marshals, Julie Grindley and Sue Wright. Thanks has to go to Becky Alderman for supporting the team throughout and to Hannah McEnaney and Josh Wilson who were stand in Captains and collected the trophy. Also many thanks has to go all the local competing clubs and a big thank you to Northwich Swimming Club and their Head Coach Phil Balcombe for organising such a wonderful event, and everyone at Winsford congratulates you on reaching 100 and wishes you all the very best for the next century. The final thank you as always goes to our swimmers, you raced without fear, you raced with skill, you raced for Winsford, you are Winsford through and through, we all bleed orange, WE ARE A TEAM. This now leads us onto the North Midlands Championships next weekend, where we will again look forward to the competition. Dan
24 SEPT - Arena Team Selection Criteria
The Arena league is fast approaching and as you all know this is the Premier Team gala of the year where we compete against the City and Metro clubs of the region. In order for Winsford to put out a good showing we have to pick the absolute fastest team possible. This may mean some swimmers not getting selected, this may mean some swimmers racing in one event, this may mean some swimmers racing in multiple events. The team is selected on what I believe to be the fastest and the team I consider will achieve us the most points.
Swimming is often a very individual sport, the Arena League is all about each individual contributing to the TEAM. I know you will all want to make a contribution, whether that be one race or many. If there is anyone who would not like to be considered for one race then please inform Claire Brown (Our New Team Manager) and then I will withdraw you from the Arena League for this season, but I know all swimmers will do their duty for OUR Club.
Our first goal like all years is to stay in the Premier League then after that to see how high we can progress. To achieve this we need 100% attendance at every round, and we need 100% commitment to our Club and our Team.
Good teams become great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the "me" for the "we".
See the members' area for the team selection.
23 SEPT - Cheshire Training Day
Congratulations to Poppy Maskill, Lottie Howman, Kyle Hawkins, Harvey Zwijnen and Alex Clarke who have been selected for the Cheshire County Junior Skills Development Day at Sandbach school on Monday 26th October at Sandbach School. They gained the invite by their efforts at the Cheshire County Championships way back in January-February this year. The day will consist of pool sessions and workshops, I am sure they will get a lot from the day.
As the invites go out direct to the swimmer if anyone else has been selected please let me, Diane (Secretary) or Sue Wright know then we can add you to the web-site. We at Winsford Swimming Club celebrate all successes, please keep us informed of any results, selections or achievements we may be unaware of then we can add you to the web-site. Thanks, Dan.
21 SEPT - Ethan Jones makes the Grade
Winsford Swimming Club has just been informed that Ethan Jones has been selected for the ASA National County Team Championships in Sheffield. Ethan will join Adam Blackshaw and Ryan Wheeler at Ponds Forge where they will compete for Cheshire County against every other County in Great Britain. Winsford have now 3 representatives for which this has to be the largest number to date. Everybody at Winsford wishes Ethan, Adam and Ryan all the very best. Dan.
19 SEPT - Winsford Club Championships 2015
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2015 Club Champs the most exciting and well run event ever. The event ran very smoothly without a hitch, so a big thank you has to go to all the technical team. Events like this can't run without the endless list of volunteers, refs, judges, team managers, marshals, pool side helpers, pool operators and anyone who helped in anyway shape or form. Without all of the volunteers this event could not run so thank you.
This event was about our swimmers, all Winsford club members coming together and racing hard only 2-3 weeks into the new season. I have to say the racing was very exciting with so many close races and for many swimmers so many positive results which will lead us all onto the North Midlands Championships nicely, which will take place in two weeks time. This is the one and only meet of the season where we all come together to compete and for me this is the highlight of the year. It was great to see the whole range of swimmer competing from the very young, racing for their very first time, right the way up to senior National Swimmers. As mentioned earlier, the season has just started with swimmers making their way back to fitness but we are way ahead of schedule and I can't wait for the North Midlands Championships where we again come together but battle it out against all the local clubs in the surrounding heshire and Staffordshire counties. I know Winsford Swim Team will put on a good show in Macclesfield.
There were so many fantastic races but for me the SKINS was the highlight, with all swimmers battling it out for chocolate. Winners of the SKINS events were:
14 under Girls: Becky Howman
14 under Boys: Will Murray
15 over Girls: Izzy Burton
15 over Boys: Jordan Gaskell
Also it was great to see 3 women and 5 men racing in the parents 50m Free, I honestly think we have the fastest parents in the County. I am sure next year we will have even more taking the plunge. Thanks again to everyone associated with our great swimming club. Dan.
17 SEPT - Northwich Centurians Centenary Gala
See the members' section for details.
17 SEPT - Meets Calendar Update
The meets calendar in the members' section has been updated for 2015/16
14 SEPT - News Updates
Please see the News Page for a round up of some fantastic achievements and opportunities including North West Schools Team Selection, England Talent Selections, Alissa Storms Abersoch and Cheshire County Selections.
30 AUG - HEAD COACH MESSAGE
see news page
7 AUG - BRITISH OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPS
Winsford Swim Team had 6 swimmers qualify for the National Open Water championships at Rother Valley, Sheffield, which for Winsford Swim Team was a record number racing in this event. Jay Cushen (12 years), Alissa Blackshaw, Dan Hulme, Henry Oliver (13 years) and Alisha Hawkins (14 years) were competing in the 1.5K, whilst Becky Alderman (17-18 years) was competing in the 5K. For 5 out of 6 of our swimmers this was their first ever Open Water National Championships so there was very little to lose and so much to gain and we certainly raced to our very best taking a huge amount of experience away with us.The National Open water championships is the elite competition of the year on a national level, only the fastest swimmers in Great Britain can take part and battle it out for honours, the results were fantastic.
Jay Cushen: Boys 12 years 1.5K, 4th in 21.38.09, At the Regional Championships Jay achieved a time of 22.56.78
Alissa Blackshaw: Girls 13 years 1.5K, 8th in 20.34.21, At the regional Championships Alissa achieved a time of 21.40.96
Henry Oliver: Boys 13 years 1.5K, 6th in 20.07.17, At the Regional Championships Henry achieved a time of 21.36.49
Dan Hulme: Boys 13 years 1.5K, 9th in 20.22.95, At the Regional championships Dan achieved a time of 21.20.51
Alisha Hawkins: Girls 14 years 1.5K, 6th in 19.07.84, At the Regional Championships Alisha achieved a time of 20.24.02
Becky Alderman: Girls 17-18 years 5K, 9th in 76.10, At the Regional championships Becky achieved a time of 78.28
All courses in open water are different as are weather conditions but the above shows the improvements we have made from the Regional championships a month earlier, with the times achieved at the National championships in Bold. Not only did we achieve some fantastic times but we were placed very highly in all swims making the top 10 in all races, this is a huge achievement for our club and our swimmers and I know this will again spur on more of our swimmers to give open water a try next season. Well Done to one and all. Dan.
If there are any parents interested in volunteering within the club, to help in any way please contact Di Christopherson
Arena Rd 1 Team Selection
Percy Mason Gala
NW Winter Regionals
50m Dates new
Club Champs 2015
New Records Oct14
Link to ASA