Blyth lifeguard and swimming club, lifeguard section have been competing in the welsh national still water championships.
The team had 28 lifesavers from the age of 12 to our masters 40+.
The whole team have won medals with 57 gold, 46 Silver and 37 Bronze.
The successfully had 180 Personal best times and Rachel Carroll 16 yrs went sub 60 seconds in the 100m manikin carry with fins to beat her current British record she set last year in 59.48. Rachel also won another gold medal in the 100m manikin carry and medaled in all her age group swims and took a bronze in the ladies open 100m obstacles.
Mitchell McCallum also broke the 15-17 yrs British Record for the 100m rescue medley by 0.12 seconds. Which was held previously be a former club member 3 years ago. Mitch also went onto win gold medals in every individual under 19 race and also a bronze in the men’s open 100m obstacles.
Individual gold medals were also won by Jesse Meeson 12yrs, Joseph Huntley 12 yrs, Beth little 15yrs Cadie chandler 16yrs Rebecca douglas 15yrs,
British records were also set by the manikin relay girls 15/17 yrs Rachel Carroll, Rebecca douglas, Cadie and Beth chandler in the 4x25m manikin relay and 4x50medley relay of Rachel Carroll, Rebecca douglas, jess Parker, Cadie chandler.
As a team the club won top Youth under 19 trophy by 1000 points and the open team also won top club.
The masters team of Michele weedy, Julie Whyman, Zelah weedy and Linda Taylor finished an incredible 7th overall and all winning a bronze and Linda and Zelah winning gold and Julie and Michele bronze in the line throw pairs event.
In 2 weeks time a team of 56 lifesavers are heading to the capital to swim in the Olympic pool for the RLSS UK national speed championships were we hope to continue our winning ways with more British records and medals to help keep Blyth on the map and at the top of the country for lifesaving.
If all goes to plan the team will be arriving home in the early hours of the morning in time for school.
Lifesaving sport is a unique sport and is the only sport of its kind where they have to be able to save a life before they can undertake the sport side. These guys train every Wednesday and Sunday evening as well as countless competitive training hours and as a club we are very proud as we all give our time voluntarily.
We had more N and D qualifiers this year than we have had for a long time. Ten of our swimmers qualified although only nine actually competed as Daniel Weightman had other commitments.
On the weekend of the 7th and 8th of February and 28th of February and 1st of march and swimming up against the best swimmers in the North East performances at the pool were great and all of the swimmers were a credit to the Club.
Ruby Swarbrick (50 free) and Josh Watson (100 breast) competing in their first major championship both had long course personal best times. Chelsea Whyman achieved long course personal bests in the 100back, 100 breast, 100 fly and 50 fly. Mitchel McCallum achieved long course personal bests in the 50 back, 100 back, 50 fly and 50 breast, he made the final of the 50 back where he broke his personal best for the second time in a matters of hours and came a very creditable 5th. Mitch now has NER qualifying times for the 50 and 100 back and the 50 fly. Lauren Gordon achieved long course personal bests in the 50 and 100 breast. Ellen Georgeson achieved long course personal best times in the 50 breast, 200 breast and 50 back and was a finalist in the 5o back (8th) and 100 breast (5th) Ellen has a qualifying time for NER’s at 50 breast. Mathew Douglas achieved long course personal best times in the 50 fly and 50 breast, Rebecca Douglas achieved long course personal best times in the 50 and 100 fly and got an NER time for her 50 fly.
Unluckiest swimmer of the weekend was Rachel Carroll who slipped on the blocks in her 50 fly and narrowly missed out on a personal best by .2 of a second.
Well done to you all proud of your efforts!!!!!
Dates for your diary:-
N and D Championships are at Sunderland on the 7th, 8th,28th of February and 1st of March 2015 Those swimmers who have qualified for these have been notified and their entries already submitted.
7th and 8th March 2015 there is a development gala hosted by Derwentside Amateur Swimming Club at Stanley. Because this is a development gala if it is oversubscribed then the faster swimmers will be rejected. This will be an excellent opportunity for some of our younger swimmers.
29th March 2015 we have been invited to an Invitational Gala hosted by Tynedale Amateur Swimming Club at Hexham. Some excellent swims available at this gala that we attend every year and suitable for all ages.
18th and 19th April 2015 another really good gala run by South Tyneside Swim Team at the new pool at Haven Point and suitable for all of our swimmers except the very fastest (watch out for the upper cut off times)
These galas will be advertised on the noticeboard at the bottom of the stairs and the sooner you get your names down the more likely you are to get a swim.
Saturday Morning Training will be on for the following dates:-
January 24th, January 31st, February 14th and February 21st
Saturday sessions run from 730am until 9am and cost £2 which you pay on the poolside, they are open to all members of the Competitive Section (and the three ladies who train with us on a Wednesday night)
Well done to all those swimmers who took part in the galas at Newcastle and Sunderland this weekend and thanks to Emma Watson and John Milne for stepping in to help coach at short notice.
Results from Newcastle are here :- Newcastle New Year Results 2015
Results from Sunderland can be found at http://www.cityofsunderlandasc.co.uk/COS%20Gala%20Results/2015%20New%20Year%20Meet/index.htm
Well done to Beth Chandler, Cadie Chandler, Ellen Georgeson,
Holly Tinker, Isaac Swarbrick, Joshua Watson, Lauren Gordon
Lena Savoy and Ruby Swarbrick for their efforts at the Peterlee Last Chance meet this weekend in a tough competition against some of the best swimmers across the North East. Some excellent swims from our team, great attitudes and a good all round performances for the first competition of 2015.
Brian. Full results are here: PETERLEE JAN 2015 RESULTS
Well done to all those who took part in the XMAS Cracker last week.
59 personal best times for Blyth swimmers, 8 gold medals, 8 silver and five bronze.
Full results are here.
Enrolment nights to rejoin the Club in 2015 are on the 13th, 14th and 15th of January at 730pm in the old cafe over the pool. If possible can I have 2 volunteers for each night to help out with the administration of the enrolments please? Let me know asap if you are able to help and which night(s) you are able to help on.
If you are going to rejoin the section in 2015 please be advised that we expect you to compete in galas on a reasonably regular basis (that means at least six competitions a year) . We will review the position of swimmers throughout the year and those who are not committed to competitive swimming will be invited to train only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Swimmers rejoining the section will need to pay their ASA fees before the end of March 2015 but you can pay these on enrolment night if you wish to (post dated cheques will be accepted).
There is a Christmas Party for 10 and unders at the South beach Community Centre on Sunday the 21st of December 2014 between 2 and 5pm. This free to members and £1.00 for non members, please see Julie Whyman or Carol Huntley for tickets.
There is also a Christmas Party for the over 10s at Whitley Bay Ice Rink on Saturday the 20th of December 2014 between 2pm and 4pm at a cost of £6 for children, £6.50 for adults, skate hire is £2 pers person again see Julie Whyman or Carol Huntley.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting is at 730pm on Monday the 8th of December 2014 in the upstairs room at the Masons Arms on Plessey Road in Blyth.
Any questions about anything in this e mail please call me on 07428183116, or e mail me.
If I do not see you before then I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.