WEEKLY NOTICES: 07.02.2018

Club Information

CEO Update

Minutes from the recent AGM are now available on the website for those of you who missed it. There is a Trustee meeting next week where we will further consider the discussions and observations from the meeting and outline actions.

A big well-done to all our swimmers who were at the County Championships recently. It was pleasing to hear how successful we were, topping the medal table, and equally as pleasing to hear about the high levels of team-work, engagement, inclusivity and conduct. Congratulations to Kim and the coaching team right across our pathway who have been preparing some of these swimmers for years.

If you swim at the ATR you will have received information relating to the changing rooms being out of action for a few weeks whilst they redecorate. Alternative arrangements are not ideal so please bear with them whilst they improve the facilities.

A quick note of congratulations to Tim O’Connor for becoming a fully qualified Judge Level 2. He completed his sessions and assessment recently at the County Championships.

Having pressed for greater clarity for some time now, we are pleased to have received an update from Swim England regarding our coaches and how they can be deployed. Our Level 1 Coaches can be used in sessions operating under the remit of delivering purposely designed sessions. This can be either alongside and supervised by a Level 2 or 3 coach on poolside, or alone but delivering a purposely designed session which has been agreed beforehand by a Level 2 or 3 Coach, and risk-assessed by the Club. This should provide us with a few more options when we need to find cover, although isn’t a long term solution.

Thank you to those people who provided feedback on the draft volunteer structure. I will be amending that and starting to bring people who are already working within it together very soon.

Finally, a warm official welcome to Connie Standen who ‘started’ with us this week as Lessons Manager and is already getting stuck in to the new role. We look forward to working with Connie and continuing to ensure our lessons programme provides the best possible start for anyone at the beginning of their swimming journey.


Hampshire Counties

Winchester City Penguins have achieved the most amount of Gold and Silver medals at this year’s Hampshire County Championships topping the 2018 medal table.

Last weekend saw the conclusion of the 2018 Championships with the 15, 16 and 17/Over Categories – and was the club’s most successful year to date in these age groups.

A further 15 Gold medals and County Champions were crowned –

Well done to our winners:
Iona Morley – 100m Fly, 200m Fly, 400m Free.
Sam Flack – 100m Fly.
Charlotte Prince-Rayner – 200m Free, 400m Free, 50m Back, 100m Back, 200m Back.
Tom Menlove – 400m I.M, 400m Freestyle.
Marcus Scullion – 200m Fly.
Pietro Forconi – 100m Back, 200m Back, 400m Freestyle.

A further 10 Silver medals were also won:
Fergus Phelan – 400m Free.
Charlotte Prince-Rayner – 200m I.M
Marcus Scullion – 400m Free, 100m Back, 100m Fly, 50m Back, 200m Back

Eva Munden – 200m Breast

Iona Morley – 50m Fly

Sam Flack – 50m Fly

A further 11 Bronze medals were also added:
Girls 16/Under Relay – Charlotte Prince-Rayner, Eva Munden, Iona Morley & Alice Leather
Iona Morley – 200m Free, 200m I.M
Marcus Scullion – 50m Fly

Pietro Forconi – 200m Free.

Sam Flack – 400m I.M.

Jack Morgans – 50m Back

Katie Osborne – 200m Breast

16/Under 4 x 50m Freestyle relay team – Rory Quirk, Marcus Scullion, Adam Woo & Jacques Du Plessis.

Congratulations also to our finalists:
Molly Oakley – 50m/100m Breast – pb
Katie Osborne – 100m Breast – pb
Eva Munden – 100m Breast
Madison Stepney – 50m/100m Breast
Ella O’Connor – 100m Fly/50m Back – pb
Millie Smith – 100m Fly – pb
Freddie Smith – 50m Breast – pb
Ed Menlove – 50m Breast/100m Breast – pb
Jack Morgans – 100m Back – pb
Harry Badnell – 100m Back – pb
Fergus Phelan – 100m Back
Felix Silvestro – 100m Back/100m Fly – pb
Adam Woo – 100m Back – pb

Alice Leather – 100m Back – pb

A Huge shout out also to Martyn Humphrys and Sophie Jones, with new training schedules and technical changes putting in solid performances in the Breaststroke events.

Winchester swimmers achieved 3 Championship records between them with Charlotte Prince-Rayner posting 2 of them in the 100m and 200m Backstroke’s and Pietro Forconi also achieving the same feat in the 200m Backstroke.

Head of Performance Kim Hill says “I was very proud of the whole team performance at this year’s county championships.  We had swimmers stepping up in all of the age groups and across all of the events and to come out on top with the most County Champions and Silver medallists across the 3 weekends demonstrates the strength and depth we have.  Well done and Thank you to our fantastic coaching team, it really is a team effort!”


Congratulations to Tim O’Connor who completed his sessions and assessment last weekend at Counties and is now a fully qualified Judge Level 2.

Also a big well done to George Budden for being selected to represent GB in Modern Pentathlon at the World Cup later on this month in Cairo, Egypt!

Winchester Sports Awards

Congratulations to all of the people and teams nominated for the 2017 Winchester Sports Awards!

It was an honour as usual to attend and be nominated for awards!

Congratulations to:

Winchester Junior County Team – 3rd Place
Faye Francis – Junior Sports woman – 3rd Place
Caitlin Hatfield – Disability Sportsperson of the year – 2nd Place
Rory Fitzgerald – Senior Sportsperson of the Year – 2nd Place
Chris Jones – 2nd Place Services to Sport
Pietro Forconi – Junior Sportsman of the Year – 2nd place
Kim Hill – Coach of the Year – 2nd place

Well done also to Iona Morley and Tom Menlove for being nominated!


Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer roles within the club please contact volunteers@wcpsc.org.uk

Dear Parents and members of Swim England clubs; based in Hampshire.

Our current President, Mr Alan Alderman, will be holding his dinner in April this year.

HCASA County Dinner
Friday 27th April
Blue Funnel Dinner Cruise with Disco.
Tickets £40.00

Arrive at Town Quay Southampton, Hythe Ferry mooring, for 7.00pm.
Boat will depart at 7.15 prompt and Return 11.15pm.

HCASA County Dinner Ticket Form


Reminder that no lessons shall be running over half term however we shall be running our February Half Term Course. With only 4 swimmers per class, swimmers progress very quickly – during our Christmas course a third of swimmers moved up a stage after completing the 3 day course. If you would like to book please complete the form HERE. Spaces are limited and filling up quickly!


Diving Workshop

On Saturday 17th February from 8.00-9.00am and 9.00-10.00am at River Park we shall be running a diving workshop free of charge for all swimmers in Stage 5b and above. This is a brilliant opportunity for swimmers to practice their diving in a safe and fun environment. If you are interested in booking please email the Lessons Team with the heading “DIVING WORKSHOP” stating your swimmers name, age, stage and time slot preference. Spaces shall be allocated on a first come basis.

To those requesting to join this page, please note the Facebook Group Chat is currently for parents of competitive squad swimmers only.  You are however welcome to like our general Facebook Page.

Lessons Club Kit

Hoodies and T-shirts are available to buy now in a variety of colours!


Competitive Swimming

Timetable Changes

Development Squad – 10th, 17th, 24th February

The Development Squad sessions at Kings on Saturday 10th, 17th and 24th February will be combined with Preparation Squad at Winchester College from 7am-8am. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



We have recently added a comprehensive guide to swim competitions on the website here:


This includes a guide to the different types of competitions we enter (from galas to Nationals and beyond!); a guide to how to enter meets; and a glossary of some of the terms you may hear.

There is information relevant to all levels of swimmer, but those newer to the sport may find it particularly helpful.

Grand Prix Round 3

Welcome to our new swimmers who have joined us since GP2.

The Grand Prix Series is a competition just for swimmers in Foundation, Development and Junior Challenge, with a few invites from Junior Advanced lessons. Swimmers from other squads can enter on a time trial basis but not score points in the series.

It’s a great opportunity for swimmers to compete within their age groups and have a go at competing on every stroke, on all distances, throughout the series. Everyone scores points for getting a PB ( personal best time) and then position points within their age group.

Grand Prix 3 is on Saturday 3rd March at St Swithuns 2-5pm

The events in GP3 are the 200m breaststroke,100m freestyle and 50m butterfly. For the younger and less experienced swimmers I will be looking at their butterfly and giving guidance on whether they should enter the 50m fly.

Do read all the information on our website HERE and get your entry in before the closing date, which is Friday 16th February

Please do read all the attached information and if you have any queries contact Thelma.

FOREST OF BERE REGIONAL QUALIFIER MEET 2018 - March 10th, Waterlooville

This is our own meet – jointly hosted with Havant and Waterlooville SC.

It is aimed at swimmers trying to get regional qualifying times. Lower limits are the base County qualifying times and upper limits current regional fastest times.

We will need lots of help with this one!   Please email forest@wcpsc.org.uk if you’d like to get involved!

All the event information can be found on our website here:  http://wcpsc.org.uk/forest-bere-10th-march-2018/

Fareham Valentines Meet - 11th February 2018

Good luck to everyone taking part at the weekend!

Portsmouth Easter Celebration Meet : 29th March – 1st April 2018

All event information can be found on the website HERE