Swimming Club celebrates a year of success
Swimming Club is celebrating another successful season of competitions.
The club competes in six different categories of competition,
as well as running a very successful learn-to-swim programme run
by its staff, who are all volunteers and qualified to deliver
a quality swimming provision.
in partnership with Brean Splash, the small local community club
is growing from strength to strength.
the first time in many years the club is nearly full to capacity
which is testament to its great reputation of providing excellent
swimming teaching and coaching.
This year, the club says its swimmers have been incredible and
exceeded all expectations.
swimmers competed in the Somerset County Championships in January,
competing in 30 events and from there three swimmers achieved
regional times in two events each.
Four Seasons gala series were created to introduce our younger
swimmers to competition in a safe and supportive environment.
as young as seven years of age have swum this year and will continue
to swim in this series of galas until the age of 12.
the last gala on July 2nd, the club had five swimmers swimming
for the first time and achieved seven 1st places and 15 Personal
Best times plus a new club record set by an eight year-old boy,
parent commented on the club's Facebook page that it "was
lovely to see such young swimmers taking part, they should be
very proud. It takes a lot of confidence to swim in a gala."
Winter Series also brought further success for the club's swimmers.
The galas were introduced to offer a higher level of completion
to a wider age group of swimmers from 11 years-old to open age
groups, swum against three local clubs - Wellington, Norton Radstock
club showed improvement over the three galas with an increase
in Personal Best times set.
final position achieved in the Cotswold Series galas has always
been a marker on how well the club is doing.
are 20 clubs in this series with three finals to aim for at A,
B or C. This year the club qualified for 6th position out of 6
in the B final, which is an improvement from last season of two
places, from 2nd in the C Final to 6th place in the B final.
to be placed sixth in the final, every swimmer swam for every
point. The atmosphere was electric, swimmers were on their feet
cheering each other on, and the final result was fourth in the
moved up the rankings by two places the swimmers and coaching
team couldn't be more pleased, plus to be the highest placed team
within 20 miles is a fantastic achievement.
all of this success we must also celebrate the number of our volunteers,
at times you can't get onto poolside due to the number of willing
young and not so young volunteers," said a spokesperson.
are gaining experience for their Duke of Edinburgh awards which
we support and encourage but others are looking to broaden their
experience to qualify as a swimming teacher in the future."
have to congratulate and thank Jayne Lilley and Paula Ashdown
who have children swimming in the club, but who also volunteer
their time and have become qualified teachers."
Clarke, right, one of our older swimmers, is finding out
how rewarding it is to come out of the pool and stand on poolside
to teach and coach."
qualified as a Level 1 teacher in February 2015, a Level 1 Coach
February 2016, and has just qualified as a Level 2 Teacher. On
top of all this in the last 12 months Nathan has also qualified
as Judge 2, attended the LEN European Masters in London to officiate,
and we are very proud of him being awarded Somerset's ASA Young
Volunteer of the Year Award."
Wood is another older swimmer who has drifted from the pool to
poolside, qualifying as a Level 1 Coach last year and Judge 1
this year and now working towards qualifying as a Judge 2."
was selected from hundreds of applicants to attend the National
Youth Training Camp in Loughborough and was the 2nd runner up
in this year's Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of the Year Award."
the 18th June the club also ran a junior internal gala to give
all of its much younger swimmers the experience of galas before
they are introduced to the Four Seasons galas.
organised by the committee, the event itself was run by its older
swimmers, officiating, team managing, recording and announcing.
event ran extremely well despite a few technical hitches with
the starting equipment, all of which was overcome with little
interference from the grown-ups!
experience gained by the swimmers and all those running the event
was invaluable," said the spokesperson. "That night
we saw the future of swimming in Somerset and Burnham on that
poolside. It was a very proud moment for any committee I am sure."
club is run solely by volunteers and we appreciate and thank each
and every one of them. Thank you for a great year. Thank you to
the swimmers for their continued hard work in the pool and great
results this year and thanks to the network of support our swimmers
receive from their families and friends."
bad for a club where swimmers can only train for a maximum of
three hours per week! Our future looks bright! Thank you."