Sunday proved to be the busiest day of the year for Bramcote Swimming Club with many of the older swimmers taking part in our 7th Open Meet with warm up starting at 8:30 in the morning. Some excellent swimming saw personal best times achieved along with qualification for County and Midland Championships. Full results are available. Not content with one competition in the day though, in the evening we hosted our 2014 Teaching Pool Championships, with groups 3 through to 9 taking part. The standards were extremely high once more with the enthusiasm of the swimmers, many competing for the first time, matched by some extremely vocal support. Results are now available with awards being presented at our Presentation Evening on 5th December. Tickets will be on sale on Sunday and Tuesday evening. Congratulations to all swimmers who took part and to the parents, coaches, teachers and friends without who these events just would not happen. Go Bramcote!
Bramcote Swimming Club runs several events each year to raise funds for the club and would appreciate any raffle prizes which can be donated. With the Bramcote Open next weekend any donations would be gratefully appreciated and these can be dropped off at the Sunday desk or handed to Sarah Pearson, Judy Cresham-Fox or Fiona Dilley.
Since the start of the new season, Bramcote SC has seen some changes in the teaching and coaching teams on poolside.
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Mags Heathfield as our new Learn to Swim co-ordinator. Mags is a Level 2 teacher and has much experience as a swimming instructor with Bramcote Leisure Centre. We are confident that she will be a great addition to the team. Mags' appointment follows the resignation of Lee Reddish, who has accepted a job as a swimming teacher in Dubai and moved there in September. Bridget Reddish has also resigned her position as a swimming teacher with the club. We extend our thanks to Lee and Bridget for their contributions to the club over the past number of years.
On the coaching side, Luke Howdle has moved to university in Sheffield, where he is training and competing with City of Sheffield SC. Peter Tejes, following a storming performance in the Hungarian National Champs in the summer, has been called up to the Hungarian National team and has moved to Hungary to continue his training as part of the national squad. Our existing coaches are currently covering the sessions while the committee recruit a replacement Level 2 coach. We wish Luke and Peter well. We will be following their swimming progress with great interest and hope to see them back at Bramcote when they are next in Nottingham.
Bramcote SC AquaStars 6 week taster course still has a few spaces left. If you have never tried synchro before-this is your chance to give it a go. The course starts THIS Saturday 8th November, 7.30-9am at Bramcote Leisure Centre and is open to swimmers aged 7+.
The cost of the course is just £18 and thanks to funding from Sportivate, the price includes a swim cap and nose clip. Once you have completed the course, participants have the opportunity to join the AquaStars team full time (first month is free for those on the taster course).
Following a review by British Swimming of his performances in 2014, Bramcote swimmer Ben Foulston (14) has been invited to join the British Para-Swimming 2014/15 World Class Podium Potential Programme from 1st November.
Ben has trained very hard this year and produced some outstanding results in competition. He has been striving to achieve the consideration times for this World Class Programme, with plenty of encouragement and support from Bramcote Head Coach, Michelle Preston. The year began with Ben joining the ASA England Talent Programme and moving into Mansfield Nova B squad to train under the guidance of Glenn Smith and Pauline Gourley. This training soon began to pay dividends at the DSE Junior Short Course Nationals with Ben gaining some great pb's and winning a good few medals too.
Shortly after his performance at SC Nationals Ben was awarded a Sports Aid grant to offset against the expenses of Ben's Para-Swimming. Sports Aid are a charity who support the next generation of athletes in all sports and their patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Previous (swimming) recipients of awards are Michael Jamieson, Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster, Ellie Simmonds and Bramcote's Emma Bird and Luke Howdle. You can view Ben's profile and find out more about Sports Aid on their website.
In April, Ben competed at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow. Again, Ben produced some excellent performances and qualified for 5 of the 16/u finals. Next up, in July, was the British Gas MC National Championships in Sheffield. Ben swam in 6 events, achieved personal bests in them all and swam in 5 finals, all the time edging closer to the World Class Programme consideration times. At the start of September, Ben represented England Central in the Sainsbury's school games in the Manchester Aquatic Centre. This was Ben's first multi-sport international event and was a fantastic experience. He competed in 3 events and won a bronze medal in the 100m Free. After yet more personal best times and 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the recent West Midlands Disability Short Course championships, Ben is now ranked inside the top 10 British Para-swimmers (open age group) in 7 events- 50m Free, 100m Free, 400m Free, 100m Fly, 100m Back and 200m IM.
An invitation to the World Class Podium Potential shows that Ben's performances and attitude in the past year indicate that he has a realistic chance of selection for Rio 2016 and of podium position in 2020 and beyond. This is not the end of the hard work-just the end of the beginning!
Hope to see you poolside for some dancing in the water!
PS - I know synchro is usually seen as a female sport - but actually - synchro techniques like sculling can definitely help improve competitive swimmers' movement through the water... so boys are DEFINITELY welcome!!
Notts ASA have today made the following announcement:
"The revised qualifying times and schedule are now available on the County Championship pages. Concern has been expressed about the exclusion of the younger swimmers but this is under the direction of the ASA to comply with a new competition structure introduced by British Swimming. This document was released on Monday 6th October and can be found on the link below, this is a ‘Live’ document and will be updated from time to time as the changeover to the new structure takes place.
The steps Notts ASA Swimming Committee have taken this year is to ease the transition. In 2016 the youngest qualifying time will be set at 11yrs and the youngest competitors 10yrs subject to meeting the 11yr qualifying time, the biggest change Notts ASA have made for 2015 is in moving the age at date from age at day to age at 31st December. It was decided to introduce age at 31st December in 2015 because doing this in 2016 combined with raising the minimum age to 10/11 and a move to Harvey Haddon (swimming long course) would have been a massive change and cause even more upset. These new meet conditions are only applicable to the County Championships and above. Young swimmers will have many opportunities to compete in swimming leagues, club internal galas and appropriate open meets including the Notts ASA Summer and Winter Galas which have both been extended to 2 days. Any change is always controversial in one way or another and will not suit everyone. The Notts ASA are following a British Swimming / ASA directive , please give your support to manage this change as best we can. Thank you.
Below is a comment posted today on the Notts ASA website in reaction to comments about the county times published on Wednesday.
We will formulate a response to be sent from Bramcote SC. Please let us have any comments in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Saturday 4th October to give us time to collate the issues and submit a response from the club.
2015 County Championships Announcement
We have received multiple comments regarding next years Championships and we are reviewing all of these. A full conclusion will be announced by Thursday next week in preparation for the Leagues registration meeting where we have asked for a speaker to be present to talk about the 2015 County Championships.
If your club would like to pass over any comments can you please have them emailed (as a club not individually) to email@example.com by Sunday 5th October.
The qualifying times and schedule of events for the 2015 Nottinghamshire County Championships have now been published on the Notts ASA website. (Scroll down a little to 'Meet information'.) Remember the 'Age at' date is 31st December 2015.