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25 MAY - NW REGIONAL CHAMPS WEEKEND 1
Congratulations to all swimmers who competed over the first weekend at the NW Championships at Liverpool. Over 25 of our 35 Regional Qualifiers were competing over the two days in the individual distance 400/800/1500 and team relay events.
The performance on the whole was incredible with so many fast swims, medals and top 8 placings/finals. It was great to see our swimmers racing the best swimmers in the North West and in my opinion the strongest region in the UK. Winsford Swim Team achieved a fantastic 10 Medals (3 GOLD, 2 SILVER, 5 BRONZE) and 28 Top 8 placings.The results over the first weekend should give all swimmers great encouragement for the following weekends to come in Manchester.
A special mention also has to go Dan Hulme and Henry Oliver. Both boys achieved the ASA Open Water National Championships Qualifying time in the 1500 free at Liverpool. Both Dan and Henry needed a time of 18:26:10, Dan achieved 18:20:65 and Henry achieved 18:24:16 both boys were well under the QT and both will now join Alisha Hawkins and Jay Cushen at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield. Winsford Swim Team now have 4 guaranteed National Qualifiers. Hopefully we will add more in 3 weeks time when the qualifying window shuts.
Medal Winners and Top 8 Placings/Finals were as follows:
Jay Cushen – Boys 11-12 Years: GOLD 400 IM, GOLD 1500 Free, SILVER 400 Free - Alisha Hawkins – Girls 14 Years: GOLD 800 Free, BRONZE 400 Free, 6 th 400 IM - Dan Hulme – Boys 13 Years: SILVER 1500 Free, BRONZE 400 IM, 6 th 400 Free - Henry Oliver – Boys 13 Years: BRONZE 1500 Free, 7 th 400 Free - Abbie Christopherson – Girls 11-12 Year: BRONZE 400 Free - Alissa Blackshaw – Girls 13 Years: 4 th 800 Free, 7 th 400 IM, 8 th 400 Free - Eleanor O’Grady – Girls 16 Years: 5 th 800 Free, 8 th 400 Free - Becky Alderman – Girls 17 over Years: 5 th 800 Free - Jordan Gaskell - Boys 16 Years: 5 th 1500 Free - Adam Blackshaw - Boys 15 Years: 7 th 400 IM - Ethan Jones – Boys 13 Years: 7 th 1500 Free - Lottie Howman – Girls 11-12 Years: 8 th 800 Free (2 nd in the 11 years age group) - Will Deeming – Boys 14 Year: 8 th 400 IM
Relays - Mens 17 & Over Years: BRONZE 4x200 Free, 5 th 4x100 Free, 7 th 4x100 Medley - Boys 14-16 Years: 6 th 4x200 Free, 8 th 4x100 Free, 10 th 4x100 Medley
Winsford Swim Team were: Abbie Christopherson, Adam Blackshaw, Alex Law, Alisha Hawkins, Alissa Blackshaw, Brandon Sharkey, Callum Chapple, Cameron Jones, Charlotte Howman, Charlotte Pagett, Danny Hulme, Eleanor O'Grady, Ethan Jones, Finn Armitt, Henry Oliver, Jamie Young, Jay Cushen, Jordan Gaskell, Nick Law, Oliver Rose, Olivia Capper, Rebecca Alderman, Rebecca Howman, Ryan Wheeler, Will Deeming.
Work Hard and be Proud of what you Achieve. Dan.
25 MAY - NW OPEN WATER CHAMPS - SUNDAY 21 JUNE SALFORD QUAYS
Please remember the closing date for entries into the joint Cheshire County and North West Regional Open Water Championships close at midnight on the 13th June 2015. For those swimmers who have not gained a lot of experience swimming in Open Water: Before entering these championships please attend the taster session Swim North West have put on at Salford Quays (13th June) and practice at the sessions which run at Boundary Park. We have got a number of swimmers who I think could race at the above Championships. Please see the link for all the details.Any questions at all on Open Water please ask me. Dan.
25 MAY - CONWY WHITSUN
On our quest to conquer the west, Winsford did battle! Our swimming warriors came out with some tremendous swims, by smashing PB's and dominating medals! Some of our youngest swimmers swam in the thick of the fight staking their claim on the ladder. All together we won over 20 medals, a big well done to all the swimmers who competed this weekend:
Jodie Sale, Ellie Cushen, Domi Dean, Lottie Howman, Izzy Kay, Liadan Wilkes, Holly Weedall, Charlotte Thomson, Sophie Grindley, Katie Wilson, Poppy Maskill, Alex Moss, Aaron Grindley, Jonny Mullett, Louie Goodfellow, Josh Egerton, Oli Egerton, James Adamson.
I couldn't say that just one swimmer did particularly well, because in actual fact each and every swimmer put their heart and soul into every race. Spirits were high and support was brilliant. It's weekends like these which make me proud to be a coach! Through the ups and down we pulled through and achieved excellence!
We live to swim and we swim to live!!! - Daniel
20 MAY - NORTH WEST REGIONAL SWIM TEAM
16 MAY - NORTHAMPTON MEET FULL
The meet is already full so we will not be entering the meet.
16 MAY - NW REGIONAL SUMMER CHAMPS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We need more volunteers to help at these championships. There has been a depressingly poor response to appeals for volunteers.
The latest information I have is that at Liverpool:
There is no announcer for any of the sessions
There is no-one to administer poolside passes, withdrawals, results posting, water, and be a point of contact for the swimmers/coaches at any of the sessions.
We need at least one announcer for May 30th and 31st for the afternoon sessions; both sessions on June 6th and the afternoon session on June 7th
There is no-one to administer poolside passes, withdrawals, results posting, water, and be a point of contact for the swimmers/coaches at any of the sessions.
There is no-one to issue medals on June 6th or 7th.
Di Stafford is coordinating the poolside volunteers - please let her know of anyone willing to assist. Expenses will be paid at the normal NWR rates
9 MAY - THURSDAY MORNING CHANGED
With immediate effect, Platinum, Gold and Silver Squads will train Tuesday Mornings 5-6:30am, this will replace their current training time of 5:30-6:30am on a Thursday morning. This is to allow a streamlining of the programme, enable Development swimmers to gain experience training along side Juggernaut and to allow swimmers to train an extra 30 minutes in the morning. Dan.
5 MAY - MANCHESTER OPEN SUCCESS
Over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of May Winsford Team took a team of 17 swimmers to race at the Manchester L1 Open Meet. This meet was geared towards giving our swimmers race practice for the North West Regional Championships which are taking place two weeks on Saturday. The Manchester Open is always a strong meet, even more so this year with 69% rejection rate of all entries from all clubs. This did however give our swimmers the opportunity to battle against some of the best swimmers in the country. Our LC PB rate again was very, very high, our medal tally came to 12, we achieved many top 8 placings, and without doubt our racing was very fierce. It was a hugely successful weekend and it now leads us nicely into the Regional Championships and the Swim Conwy Meet which take place in less than 3 weeks.
Medal Winners were: Jay Cushen: 7 Gold, 1 Silver. - Adam Blackshaw: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze. - Finn Armitt: 1 Silver. -Alisha Hawkins: 1 Silver.
Winsford Swim Team were: Finn Armitt, Adam Blackshaw, Alissa Blackshaw, Izz Burton, Callum Chapple, Jay Cushen, Alisha Hawkins, Lottie Howman, Becky Howman, Dan Hulme, Ethan Jones, Nick Law, Will Murray, Henry Oliver, Brandon Sharkey, Ryan Wheeler, Ethan Wright.
Labor omnia vincit. Life isn't what you are given, its what you create, what you conquer and what you aim to achieve. - See you at the pool. Dan.
5 MAY - SCHOOL CLUB LINKS
I am writing to say a huge thank you for appearing in our first School Club Links directory and also to share further ways for us to work together!
The directory was completed and sent out last half-term and included a fantastic range of 45 local clubs and community activity providers. For the first time schools in Northwich & Winsford have an up-to-date reference tool to help them create the strongest possible links for children moving from school to community sport and activity. The feedback from schools has been genuinely superb and I hope you will now start to see an increase in interest from schools and ultimately participation in your activities! - Chris Story - Partnership Development Manager
20 APR - RECORD NUMBER QUALIFY FOR NW REGIONALS
Winsford Swim Team have broken another record this year with our biggest ever number of swimmers qualifying for the North West Regional Swimming Championships 2015. Last year in 2014 we had 27 qualifiers but this year we have managed 35 in total, including 2 swimmers (Vicky & Callum) coming back from Loughborough University, and 1 Coach/swimmer (Daniel Stone). The total number of swimmers qualifying is even more impressive as the criteria has changed to age as of 31st Dec, resulting in those swimmers born July on-wards swimming up a year. Congratulations to all qualifiers, your hard work has payed off, but the work has only just begun, we have less than 5 weeks to prepare for the Championships at Liverpool & Manchester, we want to go there and perform to a very high standard, that will only happen by preparing thoroughly. It does fill me with much pride seeing such a large number representing Winsford Swim Team. See you at the pool. Dan.
Qualifiers are: - 1) Abbie Christopherson, 2) Adam Blackshaw, 3) Alex Law, 4) Alisha Hawkins,
5) Alissa Blackshaw, 6) Amber Rose, 7) Brandon Sharkey, 8) Callum Chapple, 9) Cameron Jones,
10) Charlotte Howman, 11) Charlotte Pagett, 12) Daniel Hulme, 13) Daniel Stone, 14) Eleanor O'Grady, 15) Ethan Jones, 16) Finn Armitt, 17) Henry Oliver, 18) Isobella Burton, 19) Jamie Young, 20) Jay Cushen, 21) Jordan Gaskell, 22) Kate Young, 23) Katie Wilson, 24) Lauren Haves, 25) Lydia Rose, 26) Nick Law, 27) Oliver Rose, 28) Olivia Capper, 29) Rebecca Alderman, 30) Rebecca Broadhurst, 31) Rebecca Howman, 32) Ryan Wheeler, 33) Victoria Cunningham, 34) William Deeming, 35) William Murray
20 APR - WINSFORD SWIM TO TOP CLUB AGAIN
Congratulations to all swimmers who raced over the weekend of 18th & 19th April at the Satellite Open Meet. We had 50 swimmers entered into this meet and all who raced did exceptionally well, again coming away with a huge medal total, extremely high PB rate and many more new NW Regional QT's. This meet was without doubt one of our most successful open meets, it was great to see such a large Orange Army travel to Macclesfield and cheer each other on and race with so much determination in every single race. Not only did we achieve so much individual success but we also achieved on a club level, gaining for the second year in succession the Top Club Award. This again shows the strength in depth we have right across the board from the 9 year olds just starting out right through to the open age groups. It was a whole club collective effort which made this last weekend so special for me.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
If there are any parents interested in volunteering within the club, to help in any way please contact Neil Hawkins at email@example.com
New Records Oct14
Link to ASA