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 MAR - EASTER SWIM SCHEDULE
Good Friday AM : 6-8am Juggernaut 8-9am Platinum & Development & Transition A
Saturday AM : 6-8am Juggernaut
Easter Sunday AM : 6-8am Juggernaut
Bank holiday Monday AM : 6-8am Juggernaut 8-9am Platinum & Development & Transition A
Note: The younger swimmers who have moved up to Juggernaut on a Part-time basis are to attend the Juggernaut sessions and not the Development sessions.
23 MAR - WINSFORD WIN ROUND 2 OF CRUDADER
On Saturday 21st March Winsford Swim Team raced in Leek at Round 2 of the Crusader League. Winsford were against strong opposition, competing against teams from Leek, Crewe and COSACSS (Stoke) but again our swimmers showed true grit, battling hard and racing very fast. It is always a joy to watch our swimmers race but it is even more exciting watching our swimmers race in a team environment, showing great skill in every race we were in. On the night Winsford Swim Team accumulated an amazing 27 1st place finishes, and 18 2nd place finishes, out of 51 races we were either 1st or 2nd in 45 of them which again is a true sign of our strength. What was even more pleasing was the fact that out of a total of 17 relays, Winsford Swim Team gained 12 1st place finishes, and 5 2nd place finishes. Out of all the relays we were never out of the top 2. Relays again show the strength of a club, being able to field 4 strong swimmers. I also have to say we have some outstanding talent who were not selected for round 2 and again this does show we are developing a great pool of talent at our swimming club.
The results on the night were:
1st Winsford 273
2nd Leek 238
3rd Crewe 209
4th COSACSS 174
After both round 1 and round 2 the total points are as follows:
1st Winsford 568
2nd Leek 454
3rd Crewe 404
4th COSACSS 370
This leads us into the Final Round on Saturday at COSACSS (Fenton) where it is still all to play for and we will be looking at putting in another very positive performance. I have said this before but I will say it again, Win, Lose or Draw it is a joy to watch our swimmers compete and battle, it doesn't matter who we are against we will fight to the death and that is a key element to our success, we will never take a step back, never back down from a challenge and never, ever give up. Our training is focused, our swimmers are always focused, we are always focused, focused, focused and this shows in our results. Well Done to all swimmers who have represented Winsford Swim Team over the two rounds, I know all swimmers representing Winsford in Round 3 will do another outstanding job on Saturday. Thank you to everyone. 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.
9 MAR - SWIMMING LESSONS
Please check the schedule on the lessons page to see what day/time/location your child is swimming- Michael
4 MAR - SHEFFIELD REJECT AND ACCEPTED ENTRIES
please find - rejected list - please find -Draft programme
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 - STOCKPORT AGE CHANGE OF MEET CONDITIONS
Please read if you have recently entered the Stockport meet, apparently the meet pack they issued had date of age as 12th April, but we have now discovered they have changed the date of age to 31st Dec. Thye didnt inform clubs of this change, and no mention on their website, a few details within the meet conditions have now changed from the very first edition, carol has contacted the promoter and is awaiting a reply, as this has an effect on peoples times and they might now be eligible to enter.
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.
24 FEB - BIG THANK YOU
A massive thank you to everyone who helped at the time trial and to everyone spectating for bearing with us. Pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Well done to all the swimmers. Thanks Sue
15 FEB - WINFORD SPRING QUALIFIER MEET - CANCELLED
Due to issues outside of the clubs control, we have had to cancel our march meet. To all those clubs intending to come and swim then, as i know there was a lot of intrest, we do apologise, but keep the same weekend planned into your swim gala calendar (12/13 March 2016) as we are currently applying for the license, and pack details will be available in december 2015.
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