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Girls 14 and under 4 x 100 freestyle team final
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SOUTHPORT SWIMMING CLUB
Affiliated to Swim Northwest ASA
NOTICE is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Club and will be held at the Hesketh Arms, Churchtown, Southport.
Monday 11th December 2017 at 7.00 p.m.
By Order of the Executive Committee
14 YEARS IN A ROW FOR SOUTHPORTS JUNIOR TEAM
At the last Echo Cup Final ever as the COOP are taking the sponsorship over of one of the most exciting galas of the year, for the Junior swimmers. Southport came out on top yet again, for the 14th year in succession. With the top eight junior teams in Merseyside taking part. The parade came first with hats, banners, flags, horns, drums and face paint. After the warm up the races started. The first 8 events being team races and after 10 races Southport had a commanding 18 point lead over second place Halton. The Indivdual swims where dominated by Southport, in most getting a top 3 place. The points kept accumulating for Southport as they pulled away with the second, third and forth place changing with every race. The 49 event gala was concluded by the cannon, one swimmer boy and girl in each age group, which Southport won to retain the Cannon trophy. The final result was read out and a commanding victory for Southport yet again.
Result – Southport 330, Everton 251, Halton 238, Ormskirk 219, Prescot & Hoylake 192 Crosby 191 and Liverpool Penguins 136
2nd Round National Arena League, North West Premier League
In a tough second round draw saw Southport competing against the top 3 teams in 2016, in City of Liverpool, City od Salford, Stockport Metro. Along with four other teams. It was always going to be a fight to win every point to ensure a place in the Premier League Final in December. In the gala at Macclesfield on Saturday 11th November saw all the swimmers rise to the occasion. Our team races went well with a number of top 3 places. The over all result saw Southport confirming their stance as one of the top clubs in the region and taking them into the regional final.
Result – City of Liverpool 303, City of Salford 281, Stockport Metro 263, Southport 262, Winsford 234, Trafford 169, Blackpool 151, Biddulp 133
There will be only one training session at Slaidburn on Sunday 12th November, at 5pm to 7pm. Masters at 7pm.
Sunday 26th November, no training due to Arena Junior League Final. Masters will be in at 5.30pm.
LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
Some fantastic swims and PB’s by all swimmers resulting in Southport dominating the Championships and medal rostum. With Southport regaining, for the 9th year in succession the Top over all club trophy. Please see full results below
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
In this years first round gala of the North West Premier League of the National Arena League on Saturday 14 October at Blackpool, saw Southport get off to a good start. The ages are under 11, 13, 15 and Open. The Premier League hosts some the top teams in the country. Some fantastic swims with some massive PB’s by the swimmers, got Southport a creditable 3rd place in this first round. This has put the club in a great position to reach the North West final in December.
Final Points Stockport Metro 307, Preston 299 Southport 262
Winsford 249, IOM 209, Leyland 189, Blackpool 150 Biddulph 135
SATURDAY MORNING 50M POOL SESSIONS UNTIL FEB 18
50m pool sessions
CONGRATULATIONS TO HOLLY HIBBOTT
Congratulations to home grown Southport swimmer Holly Hibbott for being selected, today to represent England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Southport, Australia. Well Done Holly.
NATIONAL JUNIOR LEAGUE NORTHERN FINAL
On the 1st October the top six clubs in the North of England competed at Tynemouth for a place in the National Junior League final in Corby on 26th November. Competing were City of Leeds, Stockport Metro, Lemington Spa, Tynemouth, Louth from Lincoln and Southport. City of Leeds got off to a strong start and crept away from the other clubs, with Louth a little behind. The middle ground was a strong battle between Stockport, Tynemouth, Lemington and Southport. At the half way stage Leeds had 121 points, Stockport 97, Southport 91, Tynemouth 88, Lemington 83 and Louth 53. It was one of the best atmospheres in junior club swimming, with every point being fought for. At the end there was utter confusion with Southport being placed 5th. An objection was placed with the officials and after a recount the towns team was moved up to a rightful 3rd position and a place in the National Junior League Final. A fantastic result well done to all the swimmers.
Final Result – City of Leeds 234, Stockport Metro 186, Southport 167, Tynemouth 166, Lemington 160.5, Louth 97.5.
LANCASHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION TIMES 2018
LWPSA Consideration Times 2018
SOUTHPORT WIN TOP OVER ALL CLUB AT TADPOLES
Over the last two weekends (Sunday 10th and Saturday 16thth September) Southports young swimmers 9-12yrs competed well in the Tadpole League held at Everton Park. Here they compete in indivdual swims along with Team races. Some fantastic indivdual swims collecting numerous medals but most important most swims where in PB times. Not only did the club win the Top Overall Club for indivdual swims but also won the Top Overall Club team race trophy. Well done to all the swimmers who took part.
Full set of results attached.
NORTH WEST MICRO LEAGUE GRAND FINAL
In one of the most exciting galas of the year, The North West Micro League Division A Grand Final took place at Blackpool, on Saturday 9th September 2017. Swimming where the top four teams in the League Southport, Preston, Leyland and Wigan. The winner would represent the League in the North of England, Junior League Final in Tynemouth on Sunday 1st October. The prize was was high ! Southport where the champions and had only lost this gala once in 13 years. It didnt go all Southports way and after 12 races mainly team races, they were 3 points behind Preston. A group of good indivdual swims by the Southport swimmers pushed them in front at half way by 10 points. As the indivduals continued Southport went from strength to strength and extended there lead. Leyland had a strong finish nudging in front of Preston. At the conclusion Southport retained their record in the Grand Final
Southport 149, Leyland 126 Prseton 122 and Wigan 88
Pictured are the Southport captains with the Grand Final trophies
BEAVERS WIN THEIR SECOND GALA OF NORTH WEST MICRO CAMPAIGN
In a really exciting gala at the Lancaster pool on Saturday 18/3 Southport Junior Beaver team swam fantastic to gain top spot. There was a lot of close races and the gala leaders kept changing through out the 48 event. This was a good test for the Beavers in a gala surrounded by some of their nearest rivals attempting to remain in the top division for next year. Well done to all the swimmers who took part.
Result ;- Southport Beavers 132, Carnforth 127, Blackpool Aquatics, 124 Swim Trafford 95
PRESCOT/EVERTON SPRING MEET 2017
Some fantastic swims from the young Southport Team in winning the top overall club award. Southport had very few of their A & B squad swimmers competing, so it was purely down to the young swimmers to show the other squads/clubs how dominate the club are. The clubs swimmers also winning the Top over all boy award Matthew Fullalove and Top overall girl award Isabella Evans.
Well done to all the swimmers
Please see full results Prescot Swimming Club web site for full results www.prescotswimmingclub.org.
Top Club (Evt.30)
1 Southport 623.5
2 City of Liverpool 443
3 Warrington Warriors 353.5
4 Everton 328.5
5 Prescot 323
6 Preston 248.5
7 Bolton Metro 244
8 Burnley BOBC 234
9 Droylsden 231
10 Oldham Aquatics 177
BEAVERS START MICRO SEASON WELL
The clubs Junior Beaver Team (9 – 12yrs) got off to a good start in their opening North West Micro League match at Dunes on Sat, 25th February. Swimming against two, of last years top three clubs Leyland and Preston the Beavers gained a creditable 3rd in front of Pioneer 79 (Accrington). The young swimmers swam well through out the 48 event gala with some nail biting finishes.
Final Result …….
Leyland 149, Preston 140.5 Southport Beavers 112.5, P79 84
LANCASHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
Throughout the four tough days of competition (28/29 Jan & 4/5 Feb) the Southport swimmers demonstrated the club is still one of the top clubs in the county. With numerous medals won and top 8 placings/finalists by the Southport contingent. One of the largest teams on show of over sixty swimmers, which everyone present could see. Southport ended in third top over all age group club, in a contentious point accumulation system. When the 17 and over age group counted for points in the age group trophy. So you had University students in the 20’s counting for points in the age group category. Not an equal playing field when a team can fill most of the top 8 places in that age group by uni students coming from elsewhere. Taking that into account, to still be placed just behind two City clubs, City of Salford and City of Manchester all the club can still be proud of the swimmers.
SHRIMPS GALA 2017
Southport Juniors had a good start to the year in the first Junior Team competition, The Southport Shrimps Gala on Sunday 12th February. Taking part was some of the top junior teams in Merseyside and Lancashire. The young 9yr olds did themselves proud, many competing in their first inter club competition. The final result showed the Aqua team dominance with the Beavers coming in a close 5th position. Well done to all the swimmers.
1st Southport A 215
2nd Leyland A 196
3rd Everton 135
4th Crosby 123
5th Southport 118
6th Garston 95
7th Leyland B 78
SOUTHPORTS 50M POOL TRAINING UP TO AND INCLUDING 17.06.17
Predominately A squad swimmers
50M POOL SESSIONS
Southport Swimming Club
Xmas Mini Gala 18/12/16
SOUTHPORT WIN TOP CLUB AWARD
A tough two days for the Southport swimmers at the Wigan Best, Future Stars Meet over the weekend of 25-27th November. Some of the North West top swimmers and squads took part at the meet. Southports swimmers mainly 12 – 18year olds swam well with a number of Pbs for this time of the year, in the middle of the hard training cycle. With additional county qualifying times and numerous possible North West times achieved. Well done to all the swimmers who took part. Picture are Southports Captains for the Meet, Jacob Lea and Abby Jones being presented with the top team trophy by Wigan Best captains Mel Braddock and Harley Beentjes
|2||City of Salford||743|
|3||City of Manchester||730|
|5||City of Liverpool||466|
|8||Satellite of Macclesfield||220|
|9||Aquabears of Rochdale||219|
ECHO CUP FINAL 13 YEARS IN A ROW
At one of the most exciting galas of the year for the Junior swimmers, Southport came out on top yet again for the 13th year in succession. The parade came first with hats, banners, flags, horns, drums and face paint. After the warm up the races started. The first 8 events being team races, Southport won 6 of them. The points kept accumulating which gave the team one of the most resounding victories in the 13yrs of winning the cup Final Points Southport 319, Halton 246, Everton 236, Ormskirk 227, Prescot 186, Crosby 185, Liverpool Penguin 177 and Hoylake 171. Well Done to all the swimmers.
LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Some fantastic individual swims took place at the Liverpool and District Championships at the Knowsley Leisure Centre over the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October. Although we had a number of swimmers missing due to travelling to Tenerife early the club managed to retain the overall top club award for the 8th yr in succession. It was pleasing to win all four senior team races 4 x 100 Freestyle and Medley womens and mens. This is the first time the club have won all four in the same year. Well done to all the swimmers who competed and continued our dominance as the top team. Please see attached results.
These are the three reports with regards to the three A & B Squad sessions that where taken by the outside coach, while we where at the warm weather training camp in Tenerife 2016.
Monday 24th October
Session tonight was good 18 swimmers in the pool, very respectful, hard working and good listeners with exemplary behaviour.
They are a credit to the parents, club and of course you!
Can I also thank you for asking me to cover I actually really enjoyed it pal, got a little love back for the sport tonight, thanks fella !!
I’m already looking forward to tomorrow & Thursday.
You take care, enjoy the camp!! Thanks again pal
Tuesday 25th October
Now then mr p 14 at training tonight, yet again the swimmers were a credit to you
Set completed as requested asked them to work their turns hard, tried to get them in faster and smooth and fast on breakouts, they tried really hard, put the effort in and hopefully enjoyed the session as much as I did? Thanks again pal you have a good group of kids there
Take care & enjoy the sun
Thursday 27th October
Hi mate, Well what can I say that hasn’t already be said? 17 in tonight
Session completed well from all, we again tried to keep working on efficiency and skills and your kids listen, learn and implement. Pleasing? No very pleasing!
Please would you do me a favour?
When you get home will you please pass on my sincere thanks to the swimmers and parents. The level of friendliness & kindness shown to me during this short period has been exceptional, I am truly humbled, it has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be treated this way. I did thank the swimmers and a couple of the parents who were there at the end, but if you could emphasise this when you get back I would be grateful. I just hope the parents and more importantly the swimmers enjoyed the experience also.
Thank you Take care Enjoy the rest of your camp pal!!!
On behalf of the Southport Swimming Club Squad coaches THANK YOU swimmers and parents for all your conduct it was so pleasing to get glowing reports each night. WELL DONE.
Southport Swimming Club
Southport Swimmers making such a splash
SOUTHPORT TAKE TOP OVERALL CLUB AT THE NORTH LANCASHIRE SQUADRON CHAMPIONSHIPS
In a packed pool at Blackpool Southport won 9 out of 15 team race events to win the top overall club at the North Lancashire Squadron Championships on Sunday 16th October 2016. Southport won 12/under girls Medley and freestyle team, 12/under boys Medley and freestyle team, 13/14yrs Girls Medley and Freestyle team, Ladies open Medley and freestyle team and the Ladies Cannon. Please see the attached results to work out your times. Well done to all the swimmers.
SOUTHPORT SWIMMING CLUB
SUMMER MINI GALA 2016
Please find attached the results for Sunday 3rd July Mini Gala
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO SWIMMING ON SUNDAY 17TH JULY AT MARSHSIDE DUE TO A GALA
Inter – District Age Group competition, 2016
In this competition our swimmers represent Liverpool and District Association. This year the competition and has been brought forward to Sunday 26th June and again is be held at Wigan with the new format lasting just one day. So there were reduced events, ages and competitors. However Southport Swimming Club had 15 swimmers selected for the team, which is roughly half the of the Liverpool and District Team. The swimmers will be competing against competitors from the Scottish boarder down to the Midlands. Liverpool and District go into the competition as holders of the Inter Association and favourities. The Southport swimmers selected are Abby Jones, Vic Dawson, Josie Carroll, Jess Mcdonough. Jess Morgan, Kate Forster, Abbie Wyatt, Ruby Hughes, Aylssa McIlroy, Sofie Jones, Will Whittingham, Ed Whittingham, Mason Galley, Fraser Cooke and Henry Maw
NORTH WEST SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
After a hot sticky two and a half full weekends at Manchester and Liverpool Aquatic Centres throughout May, the Southport Swimmers did themselves and the club proud. Winning numerous medals, getting to many finals and most doing Pb’s in various events. In one age group/event the clubs swimmers got gold, silver and bronze and forth place (top four swimmers in the North West of England) in a number of finals Southport had three swimmers and in another had four swimmers with the reserve also from Southport. The club had 50 swimmers competing, one of the largest contingents there, the second most important competition behind the Nationals for age group/youth swimmers in the country. In the old age group (12-14) top overall club Southport came third top over all club and over all came forth top overall club for the second year in succession. This is a fantastic achievment, seeing the swimmers were competing against some of the top City squads in the country. Most of which are made up of six-eight clubs, of Southports size swimming under the metropolitain/clties name. WELL DONE TO ALL THE SWIMMERS.
The club now has 16 swimmers qualifying for the National Championships in Sheffield at the end of July begining of August.
Please see the link below for all results
TOP 16 OVERALL TEAMS
|11/12 – 14 yrs TABLE||TOP OVERALL CLUB|
|1. City of Liverpool||406.5||1. Stockport Metro||906|
|2. Stockport Metro||394||2. City of Liverpool||690|
|3. Southport||341.5||3. City of Salford||605.5|
|4. Warrington Warriors||274||4. Southport||515|
|5. Winsford||263.5||5. Winsford||389.5|
|6. City of Salford||233||6. Cockermouth||369|
|7. Cockermouth||186||7. Warrington Warriors||366|
|8. Bolton Metro||159||8. Swim Trafford||342|
|9. Preston||155||9 Pioneer 79||289|
|10.Carlisle Aquatics||147||10.City of Manchester||279.5|
|11. Wigan Best||114||11. Bolton Metro||278|
|12. City of Manchester||112||12. Preston||256.5|
|13 Swim Trafford||110||13. Wigan Best||235|
|14 Wirral Metro||73||14. Burnley Bobc||199.5|
|15 Burnley Bobc||62||15. Carlisle Aquatics||197|
|16 Blackpool Aquatics||52.5||16. Wirral Metro||181|
NORTH WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
SOUTHPORT HIT THE HALF CENTURY IN NW QUALIFIERS
So far the 2016 season has been one of the most successful for Southport Swimming Club. This has been shown by the amount of qualifiers that the club has competing, at the second biggest Age Group and Youth swimming championships in the Country, only behind the National Championships. In total in 2016, Southport has 50 qualifiers, 12 more than any previous years (ages 12 – open). They will be competing against the top swimmers from the Scotish boarder down the Pennines to the North Midlands. Southport will have one of the biggest squads at the championships including all the big city clubs. It is hoped that this success continues and the club get the estimated 18 swimmers to qualify for National Championships later in the year.
NORTH WEST REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
J.Macdonald, J.Moniz, J.Lea, J.Chapman, S.Rimmer, J. Whittingham, V.Hill, A. Niven, H.Hibbott, E.Whittingham, N.Wilgar, E.Johnson, E.Dewsbury, P.Moniz, N.Stevens, M.Johnson, M.Smith, R.Thompson, J.Niven, T.Jones, A.Jones, J.McDonough, V.Dawson, J.Carroll, S. Aspinall, K.Forster, A.Wyatt, J.Law, J.Morgan, L.Wallwork, A.Teebay, L.Teebay, E.Priestner, E.Smith, W.Whittingham, E.Whittingham, S.Coulthard, A.Dillon, M.Galley, F.Cooke, C.Kelly, H.Maw, T.Morgan, A.McIlroy, R.Hughes, C. Hughes, M.Chambers, O.Logan, O.Borland, S.Jones.
WELL DONE TO ALL THE QUALIFIERS
STOCKPORT METRO NATIONAL QUALIFIERS APRIL MEET
Southport were place third top club in this Level One meet
CITY OF LIVERPOOL SPRING LONG COURSE MEET RESULT
Southport were placed second in the top overall club behind
City of Sheffield despite none of the clubs under 13yrs competing
SOUTHPORTS SUCCESS AT PRESCOT/EVERTON MEET MENTIONED IN ECHO JUNIOR SPORT FRIDAY 19TH MARCH
PRESCOT & EVERTON OPEN MEET
Some outstanding swims by Southport swimmers at the Prescot/Everton
Open Meet that took place at Knowsley Leisure Centre over the weekend
of Saturday/Sunday 12th & 13th March. A lot more North West qualifying
times were acheived at the meet. The club now has 46 swimmers qualified
for the North West Championships (12yrs – open). Please find full results
Prescot/Everton Meet Top Club Award
1 Southport 1006
2 Co Liverpool 421
3 Winsford 310
4 Co Manch Aq 287.5
5 Bolton Metro 263
6 Prescot 258
7 Warrington W 239
8 Droylsden 201
9 Everton 179
10 Bebington 140.5
SOUTHPORT JUNIOR AQUA TEAM GET GOOD POINTS
The Junior Aqua Team hosted their home gala at Dunes on Saturday 5th March against last years Grand Final runners up to the Aquas, Leyland, Pioneer 79 (Accrington) and Garston. Some good proformances led to the Aquas narrowly being beaten, but the club coaches know with a full strength team in the final later in the year, the Aquas will close and better the margins between Southport and Leyland. Well done to the swimmers. With a good amount of points in the bag which puts them on course to make the Grand Final in September.
Leyland 150 Southport Aqua 140 Pioneer 79 109 Garston 85
SOUTHPORT JUNIOR BEAVERS START SEASON WELL
On Saturday 27th February the Beavers Junior side started the season of Micro League matches well. In this first match they had tough opposition in last years league finalist Leyland and Preston. With Carnforth being the hosts and the forth team. One of the clubs objectives is for the Beavers to get enough cumulative points over the course of the league to finish mid table. Keeping both Southport Teams in the top division. After the 49 event gala the end result was
Preston 148, Leyland 147 Southport 95 Carnforth 95.
Well done Beavers keep it up
LANCASHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
SOUTHPORT SWIMMING CLUB FINISH RUNNERS UP IN TOP CLUB AWARD
At the recently held Lancashire County Championships over two long weekends 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st January 2016, at the Commonwealth Pool in Manchester Southport came runners up in the Top Club award. Again this was fantastic a achievement against the big city clubs and Metropolitan areas. Firmly placing our small club as one of the top teams in the North West of England. The club had one of the larest contingents of swimmers competiting at the championships, with the majority of the swimmers doing personel bests. Southport swimmers won 64 medals and claimed 105 point winning 4-8th positions. Well done to all the swimmers that took part. Please see the below link for indivdual times
Lancashire County Championships Top Club Award
|1||City of Salford||1123|
|4||City of Manchester Aquatics||580|
|6||Pioneer 79 (East Lancs)||533|
|11||City of Liverpool||227|
TWELVE TIMES IN A ROW FOR THE JUNIORS
Last Sunday 15th October 2015 The Clubs Junior (9-12yrs) retained the Echo Cup for a resounding 12th year in succession. In the final was the other top seven teams from the Wirral, Cheshire, West Lancs and Mersyside. The Echo cup is the nosiest event of the year with a full capacity of around 500 spectators and and over 250 swimmers crammed into Everton Park Sports Centre.. Southport dominated the gala from the first race to the last. The first eight races being relay events, the clubs swimmers gained first place in six and second in two of the eight.
The Southport swimmers continued to impress throughout in the thirty two individual races. With 13 first places and 9 second places. In the final 9 relays, at the conclusion of the gala the clubs swimmers won all but one relay where they gained second place. The galas cannon race at the end again saw Southport retain the Cannon Trophy gaining first place
As the final points were read out it was a resounding victory yet again for Southport Swimming Club in retaining the Echo Cup for the last 12 years, by 71 points over the nearest rivals Everton
Southport 337, Everton 266, Hoylake 214, Halton 208, Garston 201, Prescot 193, Liverpool Penguin 181, Crosby 156
National Junior League Final 2015 – 4th Top Club in Final
Southport Swimming Clubs Junior Team again did the club and town proud by becoming for the second year in succession the forth top team junior in the country. The final held at Corby in the Midlands on Sunday 29th November was the clubs 8th time in 9years of making to this level. Swimming against the other top 7 Junior teams in the country – City of Guildford, Stockport Metro, City of Leeds, City of Norwich, Gateshead &Wickham, Plymouth, Northampton. The swimmers did the club proud and did far better than was expected against the big city rivals. Some great swims by the Junior swimmers and some good pbs were achieved. Im sure the whole club applaud them for a fantastic achievement.
Final Result;- City of Guildford 313, Stockport Metro 283, City of Leeds 248, Southport 196, Plymouth 182, Gateshead&Wickham 173, City of Norwich 169 and Northampton 162.
Inter – District Age Group competition, 2015
In this competition our swimmers represent Liverpool and District Association. This year the competition was held at Wigan at the end of November in a new format lasting just one day. So there were reduced events, ages and competitors. However Southport Swimming Club had 15 swimmers selected for the team, which was roughly half the swimmers, with the girls captain being Southports Massie Johnson. The swimmers competing against competitors from the Scottish boarder down to the Midlands. Liverpool and District for the 3rd year in a row came first, ahead of the other districts. There were some good Pbs by the Southport swimmers. Please see below for results. The Southport swimmers selected were:- Massie Johnson, Rachel Thompson, Abby Jones, Vic Dawson, Josie Carroll, Jes Morgan, Kate Forster, Ruby Hughes, Christie Spinks, Joe Niven, Tommy Jones, Will Whittingham, Ed Whittingham, Mason Galley and Fraser Cooke
LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
The clubs swimmers easily dominated both weekends in October, at the Liverpool and District Championships 2015, at Everton Park. Winning some 75 gold 62 silver and 58 bronze medals. Most swimmers that competed did personal best times (pb’s). in many age group events the clubs swimmers took all three medals dominating the medal rostrum. With winning so many medals Southport comfortably regained the Top Overall Club trophy for the 8th year in succession, by a over three times more points than the club’s nearest rivals Warriors of Warrington. A staggering outcome from the 85 swimmers who competed. Well done to all the swimmers.
Full results for both weekends are below
Southport Swimming Clubs Junior Team competed in the North of England Junior Final on Sunday 4th October. Swimming against some of the top teams in the North at the Stechford pool in Birmingham. This closely fought gala throughout the 48 events, with the top four teams going forward to the National Final in Corby at the end of November. The towns team easily managed to reach the National final with some determined swims by the young swimmers. As the final points were read out it was a close encounter.
Stockport Metro 215, City of Leeds 199, Gateshead & Whickham 195, Southport 193, City of Leicester 128 and Lough (Lincolnshire) 83. When the top four meet the top four southern teams in the National Final, it is hoped that our team will get some better results to nudge ahead of our Northern rivals.
RESOUNDING VICTORY BY CLUBS JUNIOR TEAM
At the North West Micro Premier League Final at Blackpool on Saturday 5th September the merged Aqua and Beaver Team took on the the other three top teams in the league. Leyland, Preston and Pioneer 79 (from Accrington).
The final result was a resounding victory for the clubs Junior Team (9-12yrs). With some massive PB’s and with the young 9yr olds swimming well the Clubs Team deserved the win, leading from event 1 to the final cannon event 49. This win now takes them to the North of England Junior League Final in the midlands on Sunday 4th October. When they will take on some of the big City clubs from North. With a view to making the National final at the end of November at Corby. Final Result Southport 160 Leyland 115.5, Preston 110.5 and Pioneer79 96.
At the Sefton Sports Awards presentation evening on Wednesday 8th July, held at the New Theatre the club came away with two prestigious awards. The first was the Girls 14 and under 4 x 100m freestyle team who won the National Championships in 2014 being named Seftons Top Team. The team consisting of Emma Whittingham, Niamh Wilgar, Ella Johnson and Holly Hibbott. (see video above).
Next up was Seftons Sports Personality of the year award. This was won by the clubs European 800m freestyle Champion Holly Hibbott who was unable to collect her award due to being on International Duty at the European Open Water Championships in Switzerland. This was fantastic publicity for the club making a statement how well the club is achieving on a National stage. Well done to all the girls.
Three of the girls getting presented with the Team of the Year award at the Sefton Sports Awards by Olympic Gymnast Dan Purvis. From the left Niaph Wilgar, Ella Johnson and Emma Whittingham
The club wishes to congratulate Southport Swimming Clubs ambassador Holly Hibbott on her fantastic achievement winning gold in the 800m Freestyle. Holly Hibbott stormed to 800m freestyle gold after a nail-biting final at the Baku 2015 European Games. The 15-year-old kept pace with the rest of the field for much of the race before pulling clear in the final 100m. She held off Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova in the final few metres to win gold in 8:39.02.
Holly said: “I didn’t really expect to win gold but I was hoping that I could do it. I’ve got world juniors at the end of August so I’ll go out there and see what I can do and then look ahead to 2020 but for now it would be nice to add more medals here in Baku”.
SOUTHPORT FINISH 4TH TOP OVERALL CLUB AT 2015 NORTH WEST (SUMMER) SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
All the swimmers that competed at the NW Championships over the last three tiring, weekends have done themselves and the club proud. Competing At the Liverpool Aquatic Centre and The Commonwealth Pool Manchester in the second biggest competition in the age group/youth swimming calender in the country. The club finished in forth spot, only behind Stockport Metro, City of Liverpool and City of Salford. All of which pull swimmers from many smaller clubs. Behind Southport were some other big City and Metropolitan professional outfits made up of swimmers from smaller clubs. The vast majority of the clubs 37 swimmers ages 11 – 18 years at the Championships did Pb’s, made finals and won numerous medals. Coming forth top club in the championships with swimmers/clubs ranging from the Scottish boarder down the Pennines to the North Midlands is an outstanding achievement. Fifteen of the swimmers have now qualified for the National Championships in July and August.
Link to Full results
Top 20 Team Award
|10||Co Manch Aq||285|
HOLLY SELECTED JUNIOR WORLD AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Today Holly Hibbott has been selected by the British Olympic Association to swim for Team GB in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan between 12th – 28th June 2015.The games consist of 13 sports and 19 disciplines and British Swimming are taking a strong 24 competitors to compete against 50 other European Nations.
Later in the year in August, Holly has been selected with a much smaller squad to compete in the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore with a holding camp in Thailand prior to the Championships. I’m sure we all wish Holly good luck
With Holly Hibbott just returning from international duty, competing for GB in the Flanders Cup In Belgium – Southport Swimming Club got the great news that the swimmer, following In Hollys footsteps and still only 12 until later this month ABBY JONES has been called up to swim for England at the Energy Standard International MEET in Moscow, Russia on the 2nd and 3rd of May later this year. She will join the 28 swimmer squad, made up of all the top 13-16 year old girls in the country. Also been called up, in the boys team is Lewis Burras who is registered under Southport on the GB rankings and trains with the Club while on holiday from his base in Dubai.
Governing Bodies Recognised Southport Swimmers
British Swimming, Swim North West and Lancashire County have recognised a number of Southport Swimming Club selecting them at various levels of the pathway structure.
|Podium Potential||Holly Hibbott has been placed on the next to highest level in British Swimming. She will be attending a number of swimming camps and mix with swimmers on the same level who won medals at the Commonwealth Games.|
|English Talent, National event, camp/seminar||Emma Whittingham. She has been placed on English Talent Program, due to her fantastic swim at The National Championships. Here she will go on two one camps one at the High Performance Sprint Centre at Loughbrough.|
|English Talent, National Development Program||Abby Jones and Adam McCarter English Programmes Education and Development Day at Manchester in October. Abby progressed to the English talent camp for butterfly swimmers at Milfield in December.|
|English Talent, Regional Development Program||Kate Forster, Jes Morgan, Jes Mcdonagh, Jes law, Scarlet Aspinal, Will Whittingham & Mason Galley. Two days of pool, class Room, and strength and conditioning in December and March.|
|Lancs county Development Day||Mathew Spencer, Jes Mcdonagh, Jes Morgan & Abby Wyatt. A one day introduction Working in the pool, class room and gym in September.|
BRITISH SWIMMING PATHWAY
The attached PDF file is the new British Swimming competition structure that was ratified at the end of September.
the main points are.
1. All major competitions are from 2015 age as the 31st December in the year of competition. Some open meets can remain age on day of competition.
2. The British Nationals will the top ranked 24 swimmers in 13/14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 over age groups in each event.
3. The introduction of the English Nationals for the next ranked 24 swimmers in each event.
4. Younger swimmers can now swim 100m events.
please read the attached document for more detail
Southport finish 4th in top over all girls team award at the National Age Group Champs
Pictured above is some of the successful Southport swimmers who competed at the National swimming Championships in the summer. The girls team finished 4th in the top over all team award. With the girls 14 and under 4 x 100m front crawl team taking the gold medal in a very exciting race. Emma Whittingham led off with 59.3 next went Niamh Wilgar with 60.03 then Ella Johnson with 63.00 and doing the anchor leg was Holly Hibbott with 56.8. Coach Mark said this is one of the greatest moments in the clubs modern times. Taking on all the big city teams, made up of swimmers fed from numerous clubs to come out on top is an outstanding achievement by the four girls.