Very quick update this week.
We had a good meeting with Winchester City Council last week discussing how the new Bar End facility could operate, what our requirements might be and how we can work together. There were very open and positive discussions that ended with an agreement to meet again for further exploration. In addition to this, there was a City Council Cabinet Meeting on Monday where the new facility specification was agreed, including a 50m community pool. The intention is for the new facility to differentiate itself from other local facilities by having an aquatics focus. It is my understanding that although the specification is now agreed, it is still subject to the final Business Case for its usage passing through the decision-making processes at The Council. We are led to believe, however, that the Business Case has been scoped and that the current specification is financially viable.
We had a positive Trustee meeting at the weekend, covering a broad agenda. Attention, for the Trustee group, will now start turning towards the AGM in January, and pulling together the Annual Report and Finances. Minutes of the Trustee meeting will be published on the website once finalised.
Again it was good to see a little more swimming this week, this time some squad training. As someone who loves sport and has a deep appreciation of any athletic prowess, I loved watching how efficient some of the swimmers are in their strokes, and how precise they are in some of their techniques. You might be able to tell I’m not from a swimming background here, but to see some of the swimmers using the dip created after the bow wave to open half a mouth and suck in some air, whilst keeping the other half shut under the water is incredible precision.
Hampshire Masters team success
The National Masters Inter-County competition took place last weekend down in Portsmouth. Two of our swimmers, Cath Beckett and Rory Fitzgerald, were selected to compete and were part of the victorious county team. In addition to this Cath also achieved a new county record in the 50m fly for her age category. Well done all!
Arena League Round 2
Well done to all of our swimmers competing for the club at the Arena League round 2. Some very tough racing and some fast early season swimming from many of our team. A special mention to Jack Kneller who captured a hat trick of victories including the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and the 11/U freestyle relay team alongside Ben Hatfield, Archie Thorman and Zakhos Lekkas.
The following role is still vacant. If you think this could be something you are interested in and want to find out more about the role, please contact Katie Thorman or Amanda Frisby.
Open Meets Administrator/ Data Inputter
Alison Oakley (Open Meets Co-ordinator) is looking for a volunteer to join her team. The role requires the volunteer to:
- Assist her team in inputting data for open meets i.e. entry times
- Meet at ATR during squad training times in the evenings when is required
- Input some data from home as required and liaise with Alison via email.
The time commitment required for this role would vary depending on the number of Open Meets occurring but would average 2 hours a week. The volunteer would be fully supported in this role and be working as part of a team.
To help with this role please contact Katie Thorman and Amanda Frisby on firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 17th November – Squads training at ATR
Due to the Aquae Sulis meet this weekend and other changes to Coach cover there will be changes to training this Friday:
AQUAE SULIS MEET SWIMMERS (ALL SQUADS): A light training session at ATR from 17:30-18:30 followed by 15 minutes stretching.
PERFORMANCE POTENTIAL: Land and Pool Training as normal.
ASPIRE: Session moves to 18:30 – 20:30 followed by 30 minutes of post-pool stretching.
ACADEMY: Session moves to 18:30 – 20:30 followed by 30 minutes of post-pool stretching.
PREPARATION: Session moves to ATR from 18:30 – 20:00 with option to stay until 20:30 followed by 30 minutes of post-pool stretching.
We appreciate your understanding with this and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Saturday 18th November – Excel and Performance Potential
Due to the Aquae Sulis Meet and changes to Coach cover, this Saturday’s session at St Swithuns has been cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
Saturday 18th November – Development Squad
This Saturday’s session at Kings will be merged with Preparation Squad at Winchester College from 7:00-8:00am. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
Aquae Sulis – BRISTOL – 18/19 November
Final accepted entries have now been emailed out.
Good luck to all those competing and thank you to our officials and team managers!
Grand Prix 1 – Saturday 25th November
Entries have closed.
Swim Bournemouth Level 2 Meet – 25/26 November
Entries are closed. All entries were accepted and the list has been emailed out.
Thank you to those who have offered to officiate.
Peter Bull Level 3 Meet - 2nd / 3rd December, Waterlooville
Entries have closed. Accepted entries will be confirmed as soon as available.
If you are able to officiate at this meet please contact Liz Faull from HWSC on email@example.com
Mentoring will hopefully be available to trainees.
Basingstoke Last Chance County Qualifier 16/17 December
The focus for the Basingstoke meet is qualifying for the County Championships. Swimmers should focus on entering those events they are close to qualifying for, or on getting closer to automatic QTs if they already have base times.
Details, further guidance and entry form can be found HERE
Swimmers should discuss entries with their lead squad coach.
Closing date for entries is 2359h on Thursday 23rd November for those NOT competing at Bournemouth.
Closing date is 2359h on Monday 27th November for those at Bournemouth, to allow these results to be taken into account.
(please get entries in as soon as you can, our latest date for submission is 30 November so time is tight!)
Hampshire Counties 2018
All information is here: https://www.swimmeets.org/calendar/showevent.php?id=801
Entry forms will be available by the end of this month.
Closing date for entries will be around mid December, with extra days for amendments for swimmers at Basingstoke.