I hope you are enjoying / surviving half-term for those of you with children!
It is with regret that we announce Bob Menlove has decided to step down from his role as one of the Charity’s trustees. We are intending to host an EGM late May / early June to agree an updated constitution – bringing it in line with the model ASA one – but also to agree new members to the Trustee Board. Discussions so far indicate an appetite to bring in a number of new Trustees, covering a range of specific skills and experience. We will share details on that very shortly.
We have met with the Council again this week, alongside other Winchester clubs, to discuss the specification of the new facility. The intention is still for it to be a centre with a water-based focus, including 50m pool, large learner pool, hydrotherapy pool, and water play area. We have just been discussing with them the specification for the tank and boom for the 50m pool as the most immediate priority but discussions are ongoing. If you want to see more of the concept designs and facility lay-out click this link
We have also started revisiting the strategy work initiated last year with a view to engaging members and other stakeholders in the second half of March with a draft version. I will be meeting various people over the next few weeks to evolve the current documentation to a point where I have a 4 or 5 page document on which people can provide comment. It will be important to establish our direction for the next few years by July in order to set a meaningful budget for the 2018-19 season / year.
It was good to meet with the Safeguarding team again this week to discuss priorities and actions. Although you can appreciate I can’t share specific details from the meeting, we did feel it important to remind people of key contacts in case there are issues that people would like to draw to the clubs attention. Our Safeguarding lead is Pip Varley, who can be contacted on email@example.com and 07778 881345
I am looking forward of being part of teacher training this weekend and supporting Connie Standen in her new role.
Have a great weekend
Winchester Swimmers Continue Fine Form at Fareham Valentines Meet!
Following on from the great performances of the past three weekends, Winchester were out in force again when nearly 40 swimmers competed in the Fareham Valentines Meet!
There were so many great swims, with some huge leaps in racing development being made and key areas for improvement identified! Every single swimmer stepped up and delivered some fast swimming with swimmers achieving many personal best times and medals galore! What’s more lots of fun and laughter was had by all!
Well done to all of our swimmers with some of the achievements listed below:
Catherine Tarmey – 200m I.M
Abi Watkinson – 200m I.M
Freddy Field – 200m Free
Haidar Rauf – 200m Free
Harry Frisby – 200m Free
Zakkos Lekkas – 200m Free
Benedict Whitt – 200m Free
Daniel Oakley – 200m Free
Catherine Tarmey – 50m Breast
Eva Johnson – 50m Breast
Rebecca Tan – 50m Breast
Daniel Oakley – 100m Breast
Molly Oakley – 100m Free
Oscar Johnson – 50m Free
Haidar Rauf – 50m Free
Zakkos Lekkas – 50m Free
Benedict Whitt – 50m Free
Catherine Tarmey – 50m Fly
Abi Watkinson – 50m Fly
Sophie Jones – 50m Fly
Oscar Johnson – 100m Breast
Harry Frisby – 100m Breast
Zakkos Lekkas – 100m Breast
Leo Webster – 100m Breast
Sophie Jones – 100m Back
Oscar Johnson – 50m Back
Freddy Field – 50m Back
Haidar Rauf – 50m Back
Benedict Whitt – 50m Back
Haidar Rauf – 200m I.M
Eva Johnson – 200m Free
Oscar Johnson – 50m Breast
Haidar Rauf – 50m Breast
Harry Frisby – 50m Breast
Zakkos Lekkas – 50m Breast
Ben Hunter – 50m Breast
Zac Neville – 50m Breast
Abi Watkinson – 100m Fly
Oscar Johnson – 100m Free
Freddy Field – 100m Free
Haidar Rauf – 100m Free
Harry Frisby – 100m Free
Zakkos Lekkas – 100m Free
Daniel Oakley – 100m Free
Molly Oakley – 50m Free
Haidar Rauf – 50m Fly
Ben Hunter – 50m Fly
Saffron Turner – 100m Breast
Sienna Rees – 100m Breast
Oscar Johnson – 100m Back
Freddy Field – 100m Back
Haidar Rauf – 100m Back
Zakkos Lekkas – 100m Back
Daniel Oakley – 100m Back
Saffron Turner – 50m Back
Jess Perry – 50m Back
Molly Oakley – 50m Back
Pb swims also achieved by Luna Nash, Kieran Kaur, Jasmine Corrie, Alex Frisby, Sikandar Rauf, Amelie McCabe, Emma Griffin, Sophie Hoyland, Madeleine Thomas, Cara, Aiden Browning, Ella Hunter, Amelia Payne, Amelia Hutchin.
Thank you also to our many parents who volunteered – to Alison for team managing and to Darren, Helen, Lydia, Ethan and Mark for officiating!
BUCS Championships - Good Luck!
Good luck to the Winchester University swim team at BUCS Championships.
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer roles within the club please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted - Lesson Programme Teaching Assistants
There have been lots of changes over the ten years I have worked for the club. Squad names have changed, teaching techniques have changed, club structures have changed but the one thing that has always remained consistent is the high standard of teaching and coaching we always aim to provide for every swimmer.
One method we use within the lessons programme is to encourage our squad swimmers to join us to help teach and coach the next generation of squad swimmers. Many of our helpers are county, national and regional swimmers and alongside their training and studies, they still find the time to join us in the lessons programme as assistants and often go on to qualify as swimming instructors. Our teachers encourage competitive standard swimming techniques from stage 1, making them all the more prepared to join club if they choose to when they are older. If you are 13yrs or older and interested in helping out in our lessons programme please drop me a line at email@example.com.
A reminder to our teachers and helpers that staff training runs this Saturday 17th February 2.00-5.00pm at Kings School – don’t forget to bring your kit with you!
Good Luck to Maya Nandy, Charlotte Lewis, George Barnes and Eva Munden who are all sitting teaching qualifications this week.
February Half Term Intensive Lessons Course
We are running a diving workshop this Saturday 17th February from 8.00-9.00am and 9.00-10.00am at River Park which is 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.
Club T-shirts and Hoodies for the lessons programme!
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!
Development Squad – 24th February 2018
The Development Squad session at Kings on Saturday 24th February will be combined with Preparation Squad at Winchester College from 7am-8am. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
NEW - OPEN MEETS INFORMATION GUIDE!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
Portsmouth Easter Celebration Meet : 29th March – 1st April 2018
All event information can be found on the website HERE