Having been away last week it seems like a long time since I wrote the last update!
If you are in the squads programme, we will be asking you to review your personal information, especially mobile phone numbers, as we move towards going live with a text messaging service through out new IT system, Swim Club Manager. The text service will allow us to send messages when we receive late notice about pool closures / session cancellations. We will be staggering this over the next week or so, moving through the squads, to ensure people are not bombarded with emails if you are family with multiple kids / members.
We have been well represented at the Winchester District Sports Awards this week for 2017 achievements. We have had nominations in the following categories; Junior Team (Team of the Year), Fay Francis (Junior Sportswoman), Caitlin Hatfield (Disability Sportsperson), Thomas Menlove (Junior Sportsman), Iona Morley (Junior Sportswoman), Pietro Forconi (Junior Sportsman), Rory Fitzgerald (Senior Sportsperson), Kim Hill (Coach of the Year). More to follow soon on where we placed.
The management team took the opportunity to meet Council representatives this week to discuss the progress on the new facility at Bar End. We were provided a project update and then discussed the pool specification and our potential access to the new site. A few council staff are visiting Bristol and Cardiff sites next Friday to learn from their new builds, and specifically about their pools. We have also committed to providing our feedback on the specification, as well as meeting the council again over the next few weeks to discuss access and commitments to hire. I am looking forward to further positive discussions.
I have started meeting different people within the club, or arranging meetings within the club, to evolve our strategy ahead of a wider consultation with members and stakeholder in March. At present the talk has been of having a strategy that takes us into the new facility well placed to take advantage of it right from the start. I have met with our Head of Performance and Assistant Head Coach, Kim and Sam respectively, and started discussions on what our performance ambitions and strategies could be. I will be looking to do the same with many others to evolve the thinking in many areas, including governance, finance, learn-to-swim, community and schools provision, etc.
I would like to finish by saying a big well done to all those who have competed recently at the Hampshire Championships or Grand Prix event and also those who are relentlessly progressing through the stages in our Learn to Swim Programme.
New Lessons Manager!
WCPSC are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Lessons Manager – Connie Standen!
We would like to take this opportunity to firstly thank Isabelle Harrison who has been doing a fantastic job in the interim period along with our team and we are lucky to have Isabelle continuing in her supervisor capacity for the rest of the year!
Some of our staff and members will already know Connie and we are pleased to have her back in the fold!
Connie has worked in the Leisure and Sport industry for the past ten years holding many roles including Swimming Coordinator, Sports Development Coordinator and Sports, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator. She has experience in a variety of sports including gymnastics, trampolining, synchro, water-polo, and diving but her no. 1 passion is swimming. Being an ex-international swimmer having had the honour to represent Fiji in the South Pacific School Games in 2004, she went on to become a swimming coach whilst living in Fiji and coached the Fijian national team at a number of swimming competitions in both Australia and New Zealand.
She has worked for WCPSC for the past ten years as a swimming teacher, supervisor, administrator and coach. Over the years she has taken on many voluntary roles including qualified timekeeper, team manager and activator, as well as club photographer helping to provide images for the website. She has led the organisation of the Christmas Dinner and coached voluntarily at the grand prix meets, schools gala, novice galas and the club championships. She has been involved in the running of the play scheme, holiday camps, schools swimming, intensive courses and cheered our team on in the Arena league. She is currently coach and chair of Winchester and District Sports Association for the Disabled and has helped to create a pathway in the club so that swimmers with disabilities are able to participate in squad training and go on to compete at National level.
Connie currently resides in Winchester with her partner, 10 month old son and mischievous dog. She will be dropping in to all of the lessons sessions over the next few weeks and would love for you to come up and say hi. She can also be found in the pool on a Saturday morning mentoring new staff and teaching Stage 1.
Connie says “The development of swimming within our community is a passion of mine and I fully support the WCPSC community swimming programme. I believe in the philosophies that people should lead by example and that the more you put into anything that you do the more you get out of it. I am passionate about continuing to up hold the high standards of teaching that Winchester City Penguins provides.”
I am sure you will all join us in welcoming Connie to her new role.
WCPSC Management Team
Well done to all of the Winchester City swimmers this weekend at the Hampshire County Championships! The display of Skills and Technique and most impressively the Racing skills – stepping up when it counts, improving from pre-meet to meet and from heats to finals was unbelievable!
This is the highest standard of racing, skill, technique and tactical development we have ever had! The best year yet! So far the medal counts stands at 36 Gold, 36 Silver and 18 Bronze!
There are lots of photos on our Facebook page, but here are a few highlights from last weekend:
Kicking off day 3 was the 200m Freestyle where Millie Dixon became County Champion in a new personal best time along with team-mate Anoush Danelian who claimed Silver, also in a personal best time. Mia Goodale also posted a personal best time.
Ben Hatfield started things off for the boys on day 3 by winning the Silver medal in the 200 I.M. Jack Kneller also placed 4th, both boys in a new personal best time!
Alice Whyte took Gold in the 100m Breaststroke. Well done also to Luna Nash and Erin Woo for achieving personal best times and qualifying for the finals and Amelia Badnell putting in a tough performance.
Alicia Peinado took Gold in the 50m Fly in a new personal best time. Well done also to Mia Goodale swimming a personal best time in the final and to Sienna Goodale smashing her personal best time – displaying great fly development in all 3 distances. Well done to Cerys Prince-Rayner also achieving a new personal best time!
After a setback in the 50m Breaststroke, Nancy Munden made an epic comeback in a new personal best time to become County Champion and win Gold in the 100m Breaststroke!
Well done to Oskar Priesemann achieving his Gold Hat and placing 4th in the 100m Free Final.
Congrats to Ben Hatfield becoming County Champion in the 100m Freestyle and to Jack Kneller and Rory Quirk taking Bronze medals. Well done also to Archie Thorman and Daniel Oakley placing 8th and 7th in the finals.
Well done to Alicia Peinado and Alice Whyte becoming County Champions in big new personal best times in the Girls 200m Backstroke! Well done also to Millie Dixon winning Silver in another personal best time. Well done also to Mia Goodale & Cerys Prince-Rayner also producing huge personal best times and to Amelia Badnell in some tough racing!
Rory Quirk became County Champion and Gold medallist in the 200m Breaststroke in an excellent display of Breaststroke and fighting tough to hold onto a win! Well done also to Daniel Oakley adding a Silver to his Gold in the 100m. Both boys were joined by Oskar Priesemann posting personal best times.
Millie Dixon took Gold and became the County Champion in the 100m Fly in a huge personal best time!Well done also to Alicia Peinado taking Silver and to Amelia Badnell placing 7th in the final! Well done also to Sienna Goodale posting a huge personal best time.
Congrats to Ben Hatfield winning Silver in the Boys 100m Backstroke. Well done also to Rory Quirk placing 4th and Archie Thorman 7th in new personal best times.
Anoush Danelian became County Champion in the 50m Freestyle in personal best times in both the heats and finals! Well done also to Mia Goodale and Alicia Peinado both winning Silver medals in personal best times and to Alice Whyte taking Bronze. Well done also to Abi Watkinson also achieving a personal best time in the final moving up to 6th place!.
Rory Quirk and Ben Hatfield both took Silver medals in the 50m Breaststroke!
Oskar Priesemann took Gold in the 200m Fly in a huge pb!
Congratulations to Daniel Oakley becoming County Champion in a new personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke!
Alicia Peinado and Millie Dixon won Gold in personal best times in the Girls 200m I.M and Alice Whyte took the Silver also in a personal best time. Well done also to Erin Woo, Luna Nash, Amelia Badnell, Cerys Prince-Rayner and Nancy Munden.
Rory Quirk became the County Champion in the Boys 200m Freestyle in a new personal best time. Well done also to Ben Hatfield winning Silver, Jack Kneller placing 4th, Oskar Priesemann placing 5th, Archie Thorman placing 11th abs Daniel Oakley for personal best times in the heats!
Well done to Oskar Priesemann and Jack Kneller winning Silver and Ben Hatfield winning Bronze in the 50m Fly. Well done also to Archie Thorman placing 8th in the final – all boys swimming personal best times! Well done also to Will Hardy for a strong heat swim in his first county champs.
Congratulations to Alicia Peinado winning Gold in a new personal best time in the 100m Backstroke. Well done also to Alice Whyte (Silver) and Millie Dixon (Bronze) swimming good personal best times! Well done also to Kate Baxter placing 6th in the final and also to Amelia Eyres narrowly missing the final with a strong heat swim!
Daniel Oakley and Ben Hatfield both winning Silver in the100m Breaststroke in personal best times. Well done also to Rory Quirk winning Bronze!
Congrats to Anoush Danelian and Alicia Peinado winning Golds in the Girls 100m Freestyle. In an exciting race Millie Dixon also took Silver in a personal best time. Well done also to Mia Goodale placing 5th and in her first County Champs, Isla Caustick placing 6th and Abi Watkinson placing 7th both in personal best times! Well done also to Cerys Prince-Rayner and Kate Baxter for strong heat swims.
Ben Hatfield became County Champion in the Boys 200m Backstroke, taking the Gold in a huge personal best time! Well done also to Rory Quirk taking Bronze and to Archie Thorman 6th and Oskar Priesemann 5th in personal best times and to Aiden Browning for a strong heat swim.
Alice Whyte won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke in a huge personal best time. Well done also to Luna Nash placing 4th and Nancy Munden placing 5th also in personal best times. Well done to Erin Woo, Eva Johnson & Amelia Johns swimming to personal best times in the heats and Amelia Badnell racing tough in the 200m Breaststroke!
Well done to Ben Hatfield and Oskar Priesemann both taking Silver in new personal best times in 100m Fly! Well done also to Daniel Oakley and Rory Quirk and Archie Thorman also achieving personal best times
Alice Whyte and Alicia Peinado both won Gold in huge personal best times in the 100m Backstroke.
Well done also to Millie Dixon taking Silver again in a personal best time! Congrats also to Mia Goodale placing 5th in the 12 year old final and to Amelia Eyres, Kate Baxter and Amelia Badnell for some tough racing in the heats.
Well done to Rory Quirk taking Silver in the Boys 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time – first time under 27 seconds! Well done also to Zakkos Lekkas in his first county champs and to Frank Hancox and Daniel Oakley for posting personal best times!
Congratulations to Jack Kneller becoming individual County Champion for the first time this weekend in the 50m Freestyle! Well done also to Ben Hatfield taking Silver and Archie Thorman placing 8th in the Final.
Congratulations to Alice Whyte becoming County Champion in the Girls 50m Breaststroke and also to Nancy Munden and Amelia Johns for posting personal best times in the heat swims.
Anoush Danelian became the County Champion in the 200m Fly in an awesome swim and time. Congrats also to Millie Dixon taking Silver! Well done also to Sienna Goodale smashing her personal best time! Well done also to Amelia Badnell who placed 6th in the 14 years.
Rory Quirk took Silver in the 200m I.M in a huge personal best time whilst team-mates Oskar and Daniel placed 5th, also in personal best times!
Winning Gold in the 200m Freestyle in a new personal best time – Alicia Peinado! Also achieving a personal best time was Cerys Prince-Rayner!
Ben Hatfield took his last medal of the championships – a Bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke in a personal best time! Well done also to Jack Kneller placing 4th in another personal best time. Well done also to Archie Thorman, Rory Quirk & Oskar Priesemann qualifying for the finals and Will Blount for for an excellent pb in the heats!
A huge thank you to all of our team managers, officials and volunteers to host the 7th session!
One weekend left to go! Let’s keep it going!
Head of Performance Swimming
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer roles within the club please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
HCASA County Dinner
Dear Parents and members of Swim England clubs; based in Hampshire.
Our current President, Mr Alan Alderman, will be holding his dinner in April this year.
HCASA County Dinner
Friday 27th April
Blue Funnel Dinner Cruise with Disco.
Arrive at Town Quay Southampton, Hythe Ferry mooring, for 7.00pm.
Boat will depart at 7.15 prompt and Return 11.15pm.
February Half Term Intensive Lessons Course
Reminder that no lessons shall be running over half term however we shall be running our February Half Term Course. With only 4 swimmers per class, swimmers progress very quickly – during our Christmas course a third of swimmers moved up a stage after completing the 3 day course. If you would like to book please complete the form HERE. Spaces are limited and filling up quickly!
On Saturday 17th February from 8.00-9.00am and 9.00-10.00am at River Park we shall be running a diving workshop 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.
Lessons Club Kit
Hoodies and T-shirts are available to buy now in a variety of colours!
2nd and 3rd February – Aspire and Academy
There are some changes to training this weekend:
– Academy and Aspire swimmers to train 6.30-8.30pm Swim at ATR
– There is an additional training session 6-8am St Swithuns – this will be a Starts/Dives Focus session to make the best use of the swimming pool with the blocks whilst the older swimmers are at the county champs, so a great one to attend! This will be alongside the 14/Under Performance Potential Swimmers.
– Academy and Aspire squad training will be on as usual.
Any questions please get in touch
Saturday 3rd February – Development Squad
Due to the competitions taking place this weekend the Development session at Kings this Saturday will be combined with Preparation Squad at Winchester College at 7:00-8:00am.Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Saturday 3rd February – Challenge and Junior Challenge Squads
The session due to take place this Saturday evening at Winchester College has been cancelled due to a school gala. Apologies for the 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.
HAMPSHIRE COUNTIES 2018
All information, including session times, is on the website swimmeets.org Kim has also sent out important information to the parents for the first weekend.
If you are able to officiate please contact Dave Greenaway on email@example.com. Thank you to those who have already done this.
Relay information has been sent out to all relevant swimmers. Please contact Kim Hill if any problems / queries.
Katie Thorman has emailed out a request for volunteers for our club’s allocated sessions – 3 and 7. It is compulsory for the club to provide adequate help for these sessions so please do email Katie back if you are going to be there. Thanks to those who have already replied!
Withdrawals – there is now a link on the Counties website to an online withdrawal form. If you do need to withdraw from any events please discuss with your coach first.
Last but by no means least, good luck to all of the swimmers kicking off this year’s Championships this weekend!
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/
Fareham Valentines Meet - 11th February 2018
The list of confirmed entries has been emailed out to all swimmers.
If you are able to help officiate please contact email@example.com