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All WCPSC members are invited to attend the charity's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15th December at King's School.
The AGM gives members the chance to hear from the trustees and management team of the charity and swimming club, what has been achieved over the year and what plans are being put in place for the year ahead.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Winchester City Penguins' Community Programme has received a huge boost with the news that a grant has been secured for the delivery of the WCPSC Community PlayScheme run in conjunction with Active8. A grant from the Community Fund of Winchester-based dental payment plan provider, Denplan, has secured the running of the PlayScheme for 10 sessions over the next year, through to August 2016.
The Community PlayScheme provides supervised swimming activities for young people who would not otherwise access swimming provision, in order to teach basic stroke technique and develop water confidence.
Sam Fulling, WCPSC Chief Executive, commented “The grant from Denplan will enable us to deliver a much needed programme to develop what is an essential life skill, and is further recognition of the ability of Winchester Penguin's make a positive contribution to our local community”.
Sharon Ellis, Head of HR and Community Fund Chairman at Denplan said: “We are delighted to support such a worthwhile cause that promotes healthy lifestyles and ensures children from all backgrounds in the city have access to learn valuable skills. Denplan has been part of the Winchester community for almost 30 years and the opportunity to support WCPSC reflects our approach to helping families to keep their teeth healthy for life, which is an important part of overall health and wellbeing.
Swimmers from several squads headed to Bournemouth last weekend with coaches Paul Dollery and Matt Boyd-Wallis.
In a busy weekend, WCPSC swimmers entered some 181 events with some excellent results and great racing experience for all.
There were some 95 personal bests and 132 swims inside the Hampshire County qualifying times.
Penguin’s swimmers also picked up some silverware!
Special congratulations to gold medal winners: Alicia Peinado - 100m butterfly, Freya Rhodes – 50 fly; Poppy Fox - 400 IM; and Marcus Scullion -200m fly.
Other medalists included Ross Hunter, Thomas Talks, Charlie Talks, Joe Briggs, Emily Blount, Kai Volanthen, Jacques Du Plessis, Iona Morley, Oliver Nicolin, Millie Smith, Ed Menlove and Erin Woo.
The meet also awarded prizes for the swimmers who achieved exceptional personal bests. Most improved swimmers were Ayla Francis, Amelia Badnell, Jacques Du Plessis and Kai Volanthen.
And last, but certainly not least, we have another Gold Hat to celebrate as Challenge Squad swimmer Carys Ladd achieved her gold hat in the 100m freestyle in a time of 1.03.02! Congratulations Carys! That is now 6 Gold Hats in three weeks.
A full list of results can be found on the Swim Bournemouth website
Excel and some Aspire squad swimmers travelled to Aquae Sulis Swimming Club’s Open Meet in Bristol this weekend and enjoyed swimming in their amazing 10 lane 50 metre pool – reduced to 25m for this short course meet with the additional facility of 2 swim down pools. A taste of what Winchester may have one day!
It was an amazing weekend of racing with all swimmers stepping up to the high level of competition and many smashing personal best times. WCPSC swimmers returned 110 personal best times from 131 swims, equalling an incredible 84% personal best rate.
Medal winners included Tom Menlove, Faye Francis, Luigi Forconi, Sophia Mottola Evans, Georgina Butler and Marcus Scullion with a special mention for Pietro Forconi who won 8 gold and one silver medal from 9 swims!
Following the presentation of gold hats to Pietro and Charlotte Prince-Rayner earlier in the month, an unprecedented 5 more were achieved this weekend. Congratulations to Martyn Humpfrys, Tom Menlove, Fergus Phelan, Poppy Fox and Madison Stepney for their 100m freestyle times under 1 minute for the boys and 1.04 for the girls.
For a list of WCPSC medal winners CLICK HERE
For full results of the Grand Prix CLICK HERE
Some 60 Penguins swimmers travelled to Havant and Waterlooville at the weekend for the annual Peter Bull Open meet where they entered some 320 individual events.
For some swimmers it was an opportunity to improve their personal best or even achieve county qualifying times, whilst for others it was one of their first outings in competitive swimming.
All the Penguins swimmers put their skills into practice incredibly well and made Thelma, Matt and Paul very proud. Of the total swims 256 were inside a personal best time which is an amazing 80% ratio. 14 Gold medals were achieved, as well as 28 new county times. A great result all round.
Congratulations to all and especially to medal winners: Oliver Nicolin, Ben Hatfield, Kai Volanthen, Ben Cameron, Nancy Munden, Oskar Priesemann, Tomas Popowicz, Frank Hancox, Thomas Talks, Jasmine Corrie, Alexander Cameron, Isla-Mary Caustick and Anastasia Lawrence.
The combined effort of our swimmer meant the WCPSC team were 2nd in the Visiting Club Trophy:
Peter Bull Open Meet 2015 - Final Result of Visiting Club Trophy
1. Fareham Nomads 972pts
2. Winchester City Penguins 827pts
3. Locksheath 486pts
4. Eastleigh 450pts
5. Haslemere 441pts
6. Alton & District 330pts
7. Hamble Aquatics 89pts
8. Gosport Dolphins 86pts
9. Southampton Dolphins 74pts
10. Wildern Waves 48pts
11. Bognor Regis 45pts
For full results of the Meet CLICK HERE