Update from CEO
Congratulations to our Regional swimmers and their coaches, and thank you to Kim for supporting the swimmers throughout the competition so far. The improvement in results in recent years has been staggering.
Thank you to the representatives who attended the strategy afternoon and helped develop the future vision and objectives of the charity. We will be ready to publish the outcome of the meeting for members’ comments and input shortly.
To update you on recruitment, we are in the process of recruiting the full time assistant head coach. We have been holding interviews and coaching trials over the last two weeks, so you may have seen some new faces poolside. Thank you to the swimmers who helped with those sessions by making the applicants welcome. We will hopefully be able to give you further information on our decision over the next two weeks. Meanwhile thanks must go to the coaches and teachers who have been supporting the programme under Kim’s direction.
Well done also to the swimmers from Olivers Battery Primary School who are swimming in our schools programme and making good progress.
Good luck to swimmers competing this weekend.
More Regionals Success!
It was another hugely successful weekend for Penguins swimmers at the 2017 Regional Competition. Well done to everyone who swam!
REGIONAL CHAMPION & GOLD MEDALIST – PIETRO FORCONI!
Pietro had an outstanding weekend, winning Gold in the Boys 1500m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle (by over 3.5 seconds) and the 400m I.M. He also won Silver in the 50m Backstroke!
FAYE FRANCIS – REGIONAL CHAMPION & GOLD MEDALIST!
Faye won Gold and defended her title in the Girls 100m Backstroke in a new personal best time! She also won a Silver in the 200m Backstroke and came away with a Bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle. Amazing!
Well done to ALICIA PEINADO who won a Silver medal in the 50m Freestyle and a Bronze medal in 100m Backstroke! She swam 2 personal best times to place 4th in 200m Backstroke Final and also placed 6th in the 400m Freestyle!
Special shout out to Marcus Scullion – who swam a ‘swim off’ in the 50m Backstroke to smash his personal best time to shoot himself up the national rankings! He swam tough racing to place 4th in the 50m Fly final, and swam from the front in the 400m I.M in some tough preparation racing!
Rory Quirk placed 5th in the 200m Freestyle final and 7th in a huge personal best time with a remarkable improvement in his Backstroke and transition in the 400m I.M!
Well Done to JACQUES DU PLESSIS who placed 5th in his second personal best time of the day in the boys 50m Backstroke final! He also swam a personal best time in his 50m Fly!
Well Done to IONA MORLEY dropping 4 seconds in total off her 200m Fly personal best time to place 5th in her first ever regional final!
Luigi Forconi achieved a huge personal best time to place 9th in 400m I.M!
Amelia Badnell posted 2 personal best times, smashing her pb in the 200m Backstroke closely followed by another pb in the 100m Butterfly!
Alice Leather, in her first regional championships, posted a pb in the 200m Backstroke.
Iona Morley smashed her personal best time in the 400m Freestyle in a strong back half swam race!
Emily Lowther also smashed her personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke.
Molly Oakley pushed a close to pb time in the 50m Breaststoke setting her up for her main events on the final weekend!
Nancy Munden also posted a personal best time closing in in her heat of the 50m Breaststroke.
Oskar Priesemann swam the best 400m I.M of his career so far with greatly improved pacing and all 4 stroke improvement knocking a huge 16 seconds off his personal best time! Oskar also Pb’d in his 50m Butterfly.
Dan Oakley posted another personal best time – this time in the 100m Breaststroke!
Other Personal Best times included:
Amelia Badnell, Alice Leather, Alicia Peinado & Faye Francis – 100m Backstroke
Amelia Badnell & Alicia Peinado – 200m I.M
Rory Quirk, Ben Hatfield, Pietro Forconi, Jacques Du Plessis – 100m Freestyle
Jacques Du Plessis, Thomas Talks, Pietro Forconi, Rory Quirk – 50m Backstroke
Iona Morley – 200m Fly
Daniel Oakley, Luigi Forconi – 200m breaststroke
Emily Lowther & Iona Morley – 200m Fly
Alicia Peinado – 50m Free
Great swim also from Mati Granica showing pb best form on first 50m of 100m Free in his first ever regional race!
Half Term Sports Camp for all swimmers, squad and lessons, 8 years and over!
Tuesday 31st May to Thursday 1st June at Kings School, 9.00-12.00pm each day.
Half day multi-sports camps (including swimming) in partnership with District Sports, for children 8 years or over. (Must be able to swim 25m as there will be no assistance in the water).
Cost £90 for three days, or £35 per day.
Good luck to everyone sitting their GCSE and AS/A level exams over the coming weeks.
Good luck to Grand Prix swimmers competing on 20th May!
Winchester Primary Schools Gala – ANNOUNCER NEEDED!
We really need someone who is willing and able to do the announcing for the Schools Gala on Friday 16th June 8:30am – 12:30pm.
Please contact Thelma if you can help.
REMINDER - Saturday 20th May no lessons at Kings School!
A reminder that there are no lessons at Kings School on Saturday 20th May due to the facilities being closed for a school event. No charge has been made for this session in your termly invoice.
Distance Swim Challenge
Tuesday 31st May to Friday 2nd June at Kings School.
(Tuesday-Thursday from 12.00-1.00pm each day, Friday 11.00-1.00pm)
Open to swimmers Stage 5 and above.
Swimmers will receive instruction for an hour per day for the first three days to help improve their technique for long distance swimming, culminating in a distance swim challenge on the final day where they will have two hours to swim as far as they can!
Cost of course £50.
Friday evening Academy sessions at Winchester College will start 15 mins later at 6.15pm during the summer term.
Saturday 20th May
The Development training session at Kings is cancelled. Development swimmers can join Preparation at Winchester College from 7-8am.
Bank Holiday – 29th May
All training sessions at Kings pool and Winchester College are cancelled due to pool closures.
There will be no training session at River Park on Thursday 8 June as the facility is closed due to the General Election.
The summer squads club shut down dates are Monday 7th August to Sunday 20th August inclusive. The weeks commencing 1st, 21st and 28th August will also have an adapted training schedule due to summer holidays and pool changes.
Grand Prix 4 - Reminders
Good luck to all swimmers competing this weekend at the Grand Prix.
Please remember that no food should be taken poolside (snacks may be eaten in the balcony), and shoes must be removed before entering the changing rooms. The hire of this facility relies on you co-operation with the pool rules. Thank you.
Swim Out Of Your Skins Meet - Level 3 Meet. Waterlooville,10th and 11th June
Details have been sent out to relevant squads this week. Please read the information carefully, especially as there is a clash with the Premier League Gala.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 18th May.