WEEKLY NOTICES: 19.04.2017

Club Information

Lessons Vacancies - Teaching Assistants!

We are currently looking for swimmers to join our lessons programme as paid teaching assistants.  If you are 14 years or above and think this might be of interest to you please contact Vicky for more information.  (13 year olds can apply to start assisting in a voluntary capacity).  Helping within the lessons programme is hugely rewarding, and can lead to teaching and coaching qualifications in the future.

Bournemouth Spring Open Meet – WCPSC top club and Gold hat winners!

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed at the Bournemouth Open Meet producing lots of personal best times with every swimmer contributing to the club winning top visiting club of the meet.

Further congratulations also go to Rory Quirk and Ella O’Connor for achieving their gold hats on the 100m freestyle swims.

Record number of WCPSC swimmers qualify for Regional Championships!

Following the Portsmouth Easter Meet last weekend the club have yet again achieved a record number of swimmers qualifying for the South East Regional Championships next month.  Congratulations to all swimmers on this wonderful achievement.

Masters Swimmer Rory Fitzgerald - earliest Channel Crossing/31st Swimathon with Duncan Goodhew

WOW – Rory Fitzgerald – Winchester Masters Swimmer has a mega weekend! First being part of the Earliest ever Channel Crossing & then being met by Duncan Goodhew who was at the Swimathon to congratulate our Rory on participating in every single Swimathon since it’s start in 1986 some 31 years ago!

Well done Rory we are super proud!

Scottish National Age Group Championships 2017

Two WCPSC swimmers, Marcus Scullion and Iona Morley, flew up to Aberdeen to take part in the SNAGS competition.  Both swimmers posting several personal best times with Marcus picking up one silver and two bronze medals in the butterfly and backstroke events, and Iona qualifying for her first national finals in the butterfly events also.  Well done!

Congratulations to Katie Morgans!

Congratulations to Katie Morgans for qualifying as a J1 official at the Portsmouth Meet this weekend.

Congratulations to Nicky from our adult lessons….

Nicky has been involved in the club for many years, originally training in squads. In 2014/15 Nicky completed two 5k swims, but then had to have a major operation. Following the operation Nicky approached the club to see if WCPSC could help with her recovery in the adult lessons programme. By Christmas 2016 Nicky decided to push herself and undertake another 5k by April 2017. This has involved many weeks of effort to build strength and stamina. Last Saturday Nicky achieved her goal by swimming 5k, cheered on by her family and teachers, raising funds for Wessex Cancer through sponsorship.

Nicky’s children have developed through the club’s lessons and squads and daughter went on to become a teacher, now teaching abroad. Her son competed at the Hampshire relays and youngest daughter swims in the clubs lessons programme.

Such an inspiring story – well done Nicky!

If you would like to support Nicky’s chosen cause visit HERE

First Summer National Qualifiers of 2017!

Three swimmers have qualified for the National Open Water Swimming Championships to take place in Sheffield at the end of July.  Pietro Forconi, Charlotte Prince-Rayner and Rory Quirk have all qualified to compete in the 1500m and 3k events in the summer.  Well done swimmers!

Caitlin wins gold at European Downs Syndrome Championships

Caitlin Hatfield competed at the Championships and won three gold medals and set four personal best times. Well done Caitlin.

Swim England South East Newsletter

As you may know the ASA has changed its name and will now be known as Swim England. Here in the South East we have also changed our name and will now be known as Swim England South East. As part of that process we have redesigned our monthly newsletter that some of you will know as Club Update.

South East News can be delivered every month to your inbox to give you the very latest news from around the region and also let you know what training courses are available, when competitions are scheduled and a host of other essential information for clubs, athletes, volunteers and officials.

You can find the April edition of South East News HERE.

To get your free copy of South East News delivered every month just log onto our website and register.

Winchester Swimmers Selected for Inaugural County Development Camp

Mia, Emily, Jack, Luigi and Ben took part in the first of three talent development camps for the County of Hampshire as a one-stop education day for coaches, swimmers and parents. 


Inclusive Gala Swimmers in Hampshire Chronical online

The Hampshire Chronicle online article re the Inclusive Gala can be see HERE

Winchester Primary Schools Gala – HELP NEEDED

This year on the morning of Friday June 9th we are holding our biggest event of the year with about 300 children from over 25 Winchester & district Primary Schools attending. This is a fun packed morning with all swimmers not only enjoying the gala but also receiving a T shirt and goody bag each.

However to run this event we need to raise nearly £3,000. To do this we need YOUR help please.

The attached letter gives an idea of the many ways that employers, businesses or individuals could support this event. Please would you look at it and consider whether this is something you could join in with, maybe print it and take it to your employer or local businesses. Maybe you feel you could give a little time to help co-ordinate the fund raising? Maybe you would like to give an individual donation?

Every little help is very much appreciated.

Please contact Thelma at thelmah@wcpsc.org.uk with every offer of help both with fundraising or to help on the day.

Thank you!



Thank you to Kerrie

Thank you to Kerrie, Swimming Development Co-ordinator, who unfortunately will be leaving the club shortly to focus on her swimming teaching.  Kerrie says “I have only been with Penguins for a year, but in that year I have learnt a lot and I have been surrounded by a great team. It has been a very enjoyable year!”

Until we recruit to this position Vicky Harrison will oversee the lessons and ensure the programme continues to run smoothly throughout the summer term and beyond. Vicky has been involved in lessons for many years and will be a familiar face to many of our swimmer and parents and is well known to teachers and helpers.

The term will start with staff training on the 22nd April which will include training on teaching children on the autistic spectrum, aswell as other aspects of the programme.

Summer term starts next week Monday 24th April, and we look forward to seeing all of our returning swimmers, and also the new swimmers joining us this term.

Contacts can be found on the website.

Half Term Holiday Courses

Half Term Sports Camp:

Tuesday 31st May to Thursday 1st June at Kings School.

We will be running some half day multi-sports camps (including swimming) in partnership with District Sports during half term. More information to follow soon!

Distance Swim Challenge:

Tuesday 31st May to Friday 2nd June at Kings School.

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! More details to follow soon.

Competitive Swimming

Summer Closure

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.


Portsmouth Long Course Sprint Meet - 7th May

Entries are closed.

Accepted entries will be advised as soon as available.

Regionals – NOW CLOSED

Accepted entries will be communicated when received.

Minor League Team Selection

Minor League – 6th May 2017 at Woking.

Team selection for the Minor League has now been sent out.  Please reply with your availability by Monday 24th April latest.

Premier League Team Selection

Premier League – 10th June 2017 (2 Teams) at Woking and Fleet.

Premier League team selections will be sent out shortly.  Please look out for the email from teamselection@wcpsc.org.uk and respond promptly.