We had a positive meeting with City Council staff and councellors, alongside Swim England again this week. There were good discussions about our future pool requirements for the new Sport and Leisure Park, as well as the building and equipment specifications and lessons provision. We are all committed to a collaborative approach that ensures the long term sustainability and success of both the new facility and ourselves. We will be submitting more detailed requirements to them over the next month.
Well done to all those that attended the 15/Over Regionals last weekend. I am told there were some excellent swims, including PBs, finalists and regional champions, in Charlotte Prince-Rayner and Iona Morley. Well done to all our swimmers, coaches, volunteers and parent supporters. Up next are the 14/Under – Good Luck!!!
Finally, the notes from the Board of Trustee meeting held at the end of March are now available on the website. Any questions please get in touch.
Update from Interim Head Coach
The end of the first weekend of regionals left the coach and most of the swimmers exhausted, three and a half days in a very hot pool 11+ hours a day tends to do that to you. So why would you put yourself though that you ask .. So here is why:
The feeling of pride you have as a coach in the efforts of the swimmers you work with is unsurpassed in my view. Charlotte Prince Rayner and Iona Morley are 2018 regional champions, both smashing personal bests to take the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly respectively. This combined with swimmers racing to plan and pushing the limits of personal endurance and speed, achieving lots of PB swims, forms a feeling of pride in what we do.
Most importantly the resilience and attitude of all our swimmers was outstanding. Their support for each other, their ability to cope under pressure, help team mates, and coaches, stood out from the rest. Was I proud of the Winchester swimmers? Yes I was. Do I think we can improve? Yes I do, and with the attitude shown by all at the weekend, improvement is not just possible but inevitable.
Acting Head Coach
Well done to all those who swam in the 15/Over Regionals last weekend. There were some fantastic swims, with new PBs, swimmers reaching the finals and Charlotte Prince-Rayner and Iona Morley being crowned Regional Champions! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped out and good luck to the 14/Unders!
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WCPSC Primary Schools Gala 2018
Here are the schools taking part in this year’s WCPSC Annual Primary Schools Gala. Looking forward to an exciting event!
Twyford St Mary
Reminder - No Lessons this Saturday 3.30-7.00pm at Kings School
A reminder to parents that there are no lessons at Kings School this Saturday afternoon due to the facilities being closed for the Kings’ School Fayre.
This planned closure was notified to parents in the re-enrolment emails and has not been charged for.
Lessons Intensive Course - May Half Term
Summer Term Dates
Summer Term 2018 lessons will run from Tuesday 17th April to Saturday 28th July
(There are no lessons during half term (Monday 28th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018)
Saturday 12th May – no lessons at Kings School from 3.30-7.00pm due to Kings School Fayre
Saturday 16th June – no adult lessons at Winchester College from 6.00-7.30pm at Kings due to a school event
Friday 29th June – no lessons at Kings School from 5.30-7.30pm due to Kings School Prom
(These dates have been excluded from invoices)
Lessons Club T-shirts and Hoodies for swimmers!
It’s great to see some of our swimmers arriving at lessons in the new WCPSC lessons t-shirts and hoodies! If you haven’t got yours yet why not have a look at the range below. They are great value, and available in a wide variety of colours, and you are able to add your initials and/or surname to the back if you would like to!
If you can’t see a colour you would like, why not suggest one and we will see if we can add it to the range!
Training Timetable Notices
Development – There is no training this Saturday 12th May from 7.15-8.15am at Kings School due to the facilities being closed for the School Fayre. Development squad are instead invited to train with Prep1&2 at Winchester College from 7.00-8.00am.
Summer Closure Dates – The summer closure will run from Monday 6th to Sunday 19th August 2018.
Club Championships 2018 - Distance Events - Saturday 9th June 2018
800m / 1500m – 11 years / over (age as at 31st Dec).
Swimmers MUST discuss with their coach.
Closing date Friday 18th May.
(please note some swimmers will be selected to swim at Rother League on the evening of 9th June. These swimmers will be notified ASAP)
Conditions and entry form are available on the website HERE
Swim out of your Skins Meet
The Swim Out Of Your Skins Level 3 meet has Upper Limit Qualifying times; you must be slower than the published times, You can enter an event if you do not have a time, although may be rejected if the meet is over subscribed.
Please discuss your entry with your coach before submitting to open meets
Information and entry form can be found on the website HERE
Grand Prix Round 5 - 21st May 2018
Accepted entries are available to view on the website HERE