Swimmers from clubs within the North East Region attended the British Swimming Championships held last week at the London Aquatics Centre. The meet was a great success with a number of swimmers achieving personal best times, reaching Junior and Open finals and achieving podium positions.
On Saturday 18th April, Fred Furniss, ASA Talent Development Officer for the North of England ran a training camp at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre for swimmers, aged 11-12 who were medallist at the recent Northumberland and Durham swimming championships. The camp was run in conjunction with the successful Sunderland Beacon programme which is now in its second successful year and has supported a large number of flourishing swimmers including British Age Group qualifiers and medallists.
On the 22nd March 2015, at the Billingham Masters open meet, Stephanie Blakeburn from Billingham Swimming Club had a brilliant swim in the 200 IM, setting a new senior British record in a time of 2.15.91. Her record braking was supported by Nina Williams from East Leeds Swimming Club who also set a new British record at the meet for the 100 freestyle in the 45-49 age group in a time of 1.01.50. This record was the second this year for Nina who also broke the 400 freestyle record in a time of 4.50.02 at the ASA North West Regional Masters distance meet in Wigan at the start of February.
These records are a fantastic boost to Masters Swimming in the North East and are an inspiration for all the masters’ swimmers in the region. Congratulations ladies!
The Sport & Recreation Alliance are now accepting nominations for their annual awards which recognise recreational organisations, bodies and clubs for the work they do in their communities - and there are cash prizes up for grabs, click here for details.
For more information, please click here: Sport and Recreation Awards 2015
Divers from clubs in the North East shone at the British Elite Junior Diving Championships in Plymouth at the start of the month returning to the region with a collection of medals.
Katherine Torrance from the City of Leeds landed double gold, her first individual British Junior titles of her career with a pair of impressive performances on the final two days of competition. She scored 403.40 to scoop the 1m title in the oldest Group A age group then doubled up to add the 3m crown on 455.85.
The list in the link below, shows clubs which have been suspended from membership of the ASA due to non-payment of the 2015 membership fee. Members whose fee paying club is suspended for non-payment of fees will not be eligible to compete in events under the jurisdiction of the ASA which includes Regional, County and open events. Furthermore the members are not covered by the ASA insurance policy.
To view the list of clubs, please click here: ASA Suspended Clubs 2015
Young Volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18 from clubs across Yorkshire took part in a Young Volunteer Development Day on Saturday 21st March at Barnsley Sports Academy, Barnsley College.
The day included Team Manager and Club Captain training plus the attributes required when volunteering. The young adults represented a cross section of clubs from across the region including Adwick, Beverley Barracudas, Cleethorpes and District, City of Bradford, Borough of Kirklees, Dewsbury, Halifax, Kingston Upon Hull, Stocksbridge and Tadcaster. Candidates were encouraged to take advantage of the volunteering opportunities available within their clubs by developing their skills within an aquatic environment.
The development day formed part of the ASA Leading the Lane initiative to deliver training opportunities for young people, increase the number of trained young people and improve the accessibility of both formal and informal training opportunities.
The series of World Class Swim Camps have been carefully designed by Olympians Adam Faulkner and Chris Cook to cover all skills, drills, techniques and tips for competitive swimmers to gain the edge over the competition. The camps are themed and provide any swimmer, serious about improving their competition skills, the opportunity to give attention to detail to their swimming skills.
Adam and Chris are holding a camp in York on 26th-28th May 2015. For more information, please visit their website.