One of the clubs swimmers, Chloe Ford, recently took part in a swim of the English Channel in a relay team of four in September. Chloe was part of the club team that trained for the relay swim that took place in July but had to undertake her swim in September with a completely different team.

It's truly remarkable to be able to turn up and swim in a relay team with people you've never previously met before and never trained with and, to complete the task.
In view of this achievement, Chloe is the October Swimmer of the month. Her experience is best described in her own words:-

3 Jellyfish and a Dolphin

Jenny started our swim from the beach at 2:41am Katy was next to go and then it was me followed by Sam. I got my lights attached and my grease on. The reality of the swim became real when I jumped into the cold dark water with only the light on the boat to guide me. After hesitation, I found my stroke and continued for the hour. What seemed like no time at all I was getting ready for my second swim which was a lot more enjoyable as the sun was rising and I was able to see in front of me. My third swim was a lot harder as unfortunately I injured my shoulder, but with a lot of determination and support from my team and crew I got through the waves. Once I got out of the sea I was greeted with a cup of tea made by Paul the pilot.

The tides started to turn and the waves where against us. A couple of hours of holding on to our bags and thanks to incredible swims from Jenny and Katy it was finally time for the last swim of the relay swam by me. I swam for about 20 minutes with the boat next to me and then I was told to carry on alone and just head for the shore. Swimming alone with no one around me was daunting at first but France was in sight and I knew my team wouldn't be too far behind. Being able to land the swim was an incredible feeling but being able to finish on a French beach was even more special. A feeling I will never forget”.

It has been a superb summer of swimming for some of our top swimmers. We started at the National Open Water Festival on Sunday the 30th of July with our Masters swimmer Ian Murray, who won the 60-64 year National Open Water 1.5 k at Rother Country Park, Rotherham and followed it with the silver medal in the 3k. Brilliant swimming from a member of our Masters Squad, Membership Secretary AND club coach and qualified ASA Official. A man of many talents!!

This was swiftly followed by Tyler Watson’s success in the 13-year Boys 1.5k Open Water event, which Tyler had qualified for by finishing third at the East Region Open Water Championships on 16th July. Tyler came 16th out of 46 swimmers, a great achievement in a national event.  

The club is very proud of Tyler, who had only just recovered from the successful English Channel Relay Swim earlier in the month.  Along with his team-mates for that endeavour, he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

After the National Open Water Festival, attention turned to the pool, with four swimmers, Chris Murphy, Autumn Handscombe, Ed McFarland and James McFarland, competing in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea with CBSS Barracudas. Here are some highlights: Chris Murphy took the silver medal in the 100m butterfly and was 6th in the 200m. Autumn Handscombe was just squeezed out of the medals in 4th in the 14 year girls 50m backstroke. Ed McFarland took bronze in the 14 year boys 400m freestyle, was 6th in the 100m butterfly, 5th in the 200m freestyle, 7th in the 200m IM and 50m freestyle. Quite a week for Ed!

James McFarland has also had a busy time. He came 6th in the 100m butterfly and 8th in the 200m freestyle in Swansea, then dashed to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to take part in the English Summer Nationals, qualifying for the final of the 200m butterfly and finishing 7th.  

On the day that James swam in Sheffield, Imogen Lambert was already in her third event there, and had two gold medals in her pocket. Imogen had been in a training camp in Radovljica, Slovenia in mid-July, then competed in the Slovenia Telekom International Long Course Championships against swimmers from thirteen countries. She took gold in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke and silver in the 200m IM before making her way to Sheffield for the Nationals, where she had qualified for the girls’ 12-13 year 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events. The first of these was the 100m, and Imogen qualified fastest for the final and then delivered a perfectly-paced swim to take gold in the final.

The 200m was on the next day, and Imogen again qualified for the final. As in the 100m, she started the final steadily and was last at the 50m mark, before working her way through the field to what was in the end a clear victory and a second gold medal.  Two days later, Imogen was back for the 50m. She qualified in fifth for the final, but moved up two places in the final to take bronze.  Imogen was accompanied throughout by coach Louise King who gave her invaluable race assistance and support.

In recognition of these summer achievements, the club would like to announce that Ian Murray, Tyler Watson, James McFarland, Ed McFarland, Imogen Lambert, Autumn Handscombe and Chris Murphy are the club’s Swimmers of the Month for August.
Tyler Watson
Imogen Lambert
The swimmer of the month of June is a swimmer who trains very hard indeed and sets a good example to the younger swimmers. When she arrives at swimming she focuses on what she's doing, she gets in straightaway, she does the warmup and she gets on with the sets.

This swimmer has also recently completed her volunteering section for Duke of Edinburgh award and has continued to volunteer poolside although her D of E volunteer requirement is over.  She has also volunteered at swimming competitions and had been a great help recently at Junior League which our club hosted at FLC, volunteering in a non-technical role poolside. This swimmer is polite, organised, helpful and focused.

Swimmer of the month for June is Olivia Fowler.
Swimmer of the month for May 2017 goes to Ruby Race in the Fins Squad
She attends every session, always works hard, always smiling and has really improved over the past few months.  
Well done Ruby.
Your "Swimmer of the Month” swimming cap will  be presented to you at training.
Swimmer of the month for April goes to Emika Malia.  She has recently moved to A squad where  she has shown great dedication and massive improvements in training. She pushes herself and rises to any challenge set for her. Well done Emika, you will be presented with your "Swimmer of the month hat” very soon.
Swimmer of the Month for March 2017 goes to Marcus, Flippers Squad.
Always one of the first on poolside with hat and goggles on ready to train, listens really well, tries his best and is progressing well because of this.
Well done Marcus, your "Swimmer of the month” special hat will be presented to you at FLC on Wednesday.  Keep up the good work.

march swimmer of the month 2017