Wroughton Amateur Swimming Club

committed to developing swimmers of all ages, abilities & ethnic origin, enabling them to attain their full potential in a safe, caring & friendly environment

Wroughton Amateur Swimming Club - committed to developing swimmers of all ages, abilities & ethnic origin, enabling them to attain their full potential in a safe, caring & friendly environment

Alex takes Junior Championship at Sprints

A total of 17 Wroughton swimmers entered the County Sprints at Milton Road on 11th March ’17 – they all performed really well. There were many PB’s but it’s not a distance that is used that often, so that was to be expected. 12 swimmers came away with Age Group placings in the top 3, winning 5 Golds, 6 Silver and 10 Bronze medals in the Age Group events.

Good to see 3 of our younger swimmers medalling with Leina Matsushima (2nd & 3rd), Jamie Black (3rd) and Ben Evans also a (3rd). Well done – let’s hope it’s the start of many more medals to come.

Our Mixed Medley Relay team of Adam Wright, Isaac Mullaliu, Josh Ricketts, Billy Castle, Jess Black Katy Wright, Alex Applegate and Rebecca Gee came a close 3rd place in what was the Championship final, after a very exiting race.

From the Age Group results, Junior & Senior placings overall are awarded with Alex Applegate leading the way – quite literally – winning the Junior Championship for the Freestyle, and finishing 4th in the Senior competition. To this she also added a 4th place in the Fly for the Junior Championships.  Josh Ricketts also swam to two 3rd places in the Senior Freestyle & Fly, with Rebecca Gee securing a 5th place in the Senior Freestyle and Isaac Mullaliu a 5th in the Breaststroke.

Further places in the Junior Championships (under 16’s) were secured by Katy Wright (2nd in the Breaststroke), Harry Ricketts (5th in the Breaststroke) and Josh Seward (4th in Freestyle).

Congratulations to all concerned

Presentation Evening

Presentation EveningWhat seemed like the entire Club, including Mums & Dads, gathered together at the Ellendune Centre on Friday 27th January for our Annual Presentation Evening. It’s become a key part of the calendar, giving an opportunity to celebrate achievements and party – and party they did !

John Vincent our Club President made the presentations, ably assisted by Sarah Wright and Dave Jones, Our guest for the evening was Pat Stratford, President of Wilts ASA, accompanied by Tony her husband. The awards looked fantastic and were well received by the swimmers. Virtually everyone who had participated for the Club was there to receive their rewards for a seasons hard work and dedication.

IMG_0654The Sash Chetty Trophy, awarded to the swimmer showing commitment and progress during the year, went to Lila Dawes who was delighted to be given the Cup from our Club President.

After John’s usual words of thanks and encouragement, always much appreciated, the party began with all the swimmers joining in – not to mention some of the parents. Maybe we ought to have awards for the dancing too – especially a trophy for the best ‘dad dancing’.

Thanks to Fay and her team who made the evening possible and of course Nick our resident DJ.

31st Annual Sprint Meet

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The Club staged their 31st Annual Sprint Meet at the Link on Sunday 5th November 2016 and played host to teams from Swindon ASC, Tigersharks ASC, Swindon Dolphin ASC, Malmesbury Marlins ASC, Durrington Otters ASC and  Wooton Bassett ASC. We were also pleased to welcome for the second time our friends from Gibraltar who brought 33 young swimmers to the meet. Thanks to Tigersharks, we were able to use the 6 lane pool at the Link again, which gives us much greater capacity than using our own pool at Wroughton.

As always, the Link was packed to the rafters with swimmers, together with support from family and friends. The spectators worked on a rota basis to ensure everyone was able to see their youngsters perform – all a bit complicated to explain to anyone new to this type of event, but it worked, and everyone soon slotted into the routine.

We sometimes forget we are a very small club, but that has its benefits, as literally everyone rallied round and contributed to the many tasks that are needed to stage a successful meet – and that was done and done really well. It’s a Meet in the calendar that everyone looks forward to – not sure whether it’s the swimming, the dancing or the PB lollies on offer that makes the difference but something does ! Whilst we were able to fill most of the jobs, we were grateful to Diane Lee, Lesley Leffers (Tigersharks) and Rob & Jane Hart for their expert support and of course to all those that officiated.

The detailed results are available here and because the meet was registered with the ASA, all the results are also on the ASA Rankings – see where you are ranked in the club, the county and the country – it’s worth a look at the ASA Web Site.

So what about our results – Sandra thought they were great:

  • 19 of our swimmers went home with medals – a total of 19 Gold, 22 Silver and 22 Bronze
  • A total of 57 County Qualifying times were achieved – more than last year
  • Scott came home from Uni’ & made 5 first places
  • Best performance awards for the best swim in their age group were received by Alex Applegate, Rebecca Gee, Josh Ricketts & Scott Gunning

chlorine-imageFor many of the young swimmers, it was their first opportunity to experience such a Meet and they all seemed to cope well. Let’s not forget, for many of these swimmers – this will be their Olympics…

 

Congratulations to Wroughton ASC – you have all done it again……..and done it well

 

Invictus Games

Invictus GamesWe have all missed Ian Atkinson recently – but he has been rather busy. Ian has just returned from Orlando, having been involved in the delivery of the INVICTUS GAMES for Prince Harry – not to mentioned the media around the world. From a huge list of applicants, Ian was selected by the INVICTUS management team, to take overall responsibility for delivery of all the outdoor events in Orlando – including the swimming and the athletics. It was a huge responsibility as the TV coverage was significant and the viewing figures astronomic.

Ian has developed a unique skill set, working at major swimming events in recent years, including the Olympics. He understands the needs of the competitors and has unique technical knowledge plus that key ingredient – he builds teams and manages people really well.

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Pictured at Orlando, Ian is seen with his colleague responsible for the indoor events and the legendary Ian Thorpe.

Ian – congratulations on this appointment which was richly deserved. We are all very proud of you at Wroughton ASC.

ASA South West – Regionals

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Congratulations to Ross Kennedy, Josh Ricketts, Alex Applegate and Harry Ricketts who all qualified for this years’ ASA South West Regional Championships.

Josh travelled to Plymouth on Bank Holiday weekend to compete in the 50m Fly and went 31.25 – a 0.25 PB. On the second day, he produced another excellent swim in the 50m Free Style, with a 0.78 PB to finish in 27.98. Brother Harry, not to be outdone, swam at Hengrove last weekend, competing in the 50m Breast, winning his heat in 44.06 – again a PB of 0.34. Alex also swam at Hengrove, winning her heat of the 50m Fly in 33.11 – again a super 0.99 PB. Ross decided to concentrate on his exams, so didn’t compete this year.

Four qualifying times, four superb PB’s – well done !

They will all be competing again in the ASA South West Regional Sprints at Gloucester in July.

 

Happy 70th Birthday Sandra !

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The Tuesday morning swimmers took Sandra by surprise this morning, as they gathered together to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and present her with a selection of gifts from the swimmers and coaches for her 70th birthday.

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“Happy 70th Birthday Sandra, from everyone at Wroughton ASC”!

 

Presentation Evening

Great excitement at the Ellendune Centre at Wroughton on Saturday. This was not only an opportunity to wind up another successful season for Wroughton’s swimmers, but an opportunity to party.

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All of the swimmers who participated in the Club Championships were able to attend, with only a handful missing out on the chance to collect their awards. Making the presentations this year, helping out our Club President John Vincent, was Steve Woodman who now works for GLL who control all the Leisure Facilities in the Borough. Steve is an ‘old’ member of Wroughton, as is his wife Steph and Steve’s Mum is a Club Vice President – so they are all part of the family really!

I’m not sure whether the presentations or the disco prompted such a good turnout, with all the swimmers enjoying a rare evening out with their parents. They all mixed – young and old – so well together and enjoyed dancing the night away. Shame the new shoes didn’t last long girls……

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The Sash Chetty trophy this year, awarded to the swimmer showing great progress throughout the year, went to Logan Bailey – a popular choice if the reaction from the swimmers was anything to go by.

Well done Logan – well deserved.

English Schools’ Swimming Association Team Championships

 

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Congratulations to Josh Ricketts and Adam Wright who made up half of the Ridgeway School Intermediate Boys 200m Freestyle Relay team that took part at the ESSA Championships at the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday 21st November.

The Ridgeway School were one of thirty schools who qualified to compete in the Intermediate Boys’ 200m Freestyle event, and with a regional qualifying time of 1.54.99 the Ridgeway team entered the national final in 21st position.   A great performance from all four of the boys saw them knock a whole 3 seconds of off their regional event time and they finished 16th overall with a time of 1.51.99.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Venue and our thanks go to the staff at Ridgeway School for giving up their time to make it possible.

 

30th Anniversary Sprint Meet

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The Club staged their annual Sprint Meet at the Link on Sunday 8th November 2015 – 30 years not out is not a bad record for a small club, giving young swimmers an early opportunity of some competition. This year, saw yet more innovations as it was registered by the ASA as a Level 4 Meet, allowing the times to be shown on the ASA Rankings and we had our very first International entries, welcoming 35 swimmers from Gibraltar. As a result of licensing the meet, we are only permitted to invite 7 other clubs and we prioritised our invitations, asking those who have supported us in the past.

Whilst it was pleasing to see the medals shared around the participating clubs, let’s focus on our own results. Our Gold medallists were Alex Applegate, Grace Woodruffe, Katie Wright, Rebecca Gee, Ross Kennedy, Josh Ricketts and Scott Gunning. Other medallist included Nicole Grindell, Rebecca Salter, Jess Black, Joe Kennedy, Ben Woodruffe, Chris Hall, Harry Ricketts, Billy Castle, Adam Wright, Josh Seward and Isaac Mullaliu.

There were special awards for Alex Applegate, Josh Ricketts, Ross Kennedy & Scott Gunning who took the best swim awards in their own age group. Wroughton also took the Top Team Trophy, narrowly from Swindon ASC.

Wroughton swimmers gained an amazing 52 County Qualifying times – well done. But there were countless PB’s with 550 lollipops awarded from over 850 overall swims – a great success ratio.Swimmers YMCA

It was a close run thing with the dancing this year – everyone, including the parents, joined in with YMCA. Really impossible to judge the best – a good effort all round that everyone seemed to enjoy !

Thanks are due to so many people, but we must thank Tigersharks for allowing us to use some of their pool time so that we could use the 6 lanes at the Link. We also had great support from Diane Lee, Lesley Leffers and Rob Hart whose support was invaluable. However, our own Club members really rose to the challenge – a real team effort – we should be very proud of making such a huge venture a very real success.

JudgesThanks to everyone involved, we all had a great day and our swimmers certainly benefitted from the experience. The full results will soon be available under the ‘Competitions’ section of our web site – there might be a slight delay as we are trying to resolve a few technical issues before doing so, but for now our working copy of the results are included with this article.

30th Anniversary Sprint Meet Results

 

Wroughton ASC Sprint Meet – a note from our friends in Gibraltar

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“Thank you so much to Wroughton ASC for giving us the opportunity to take our swimmers to your 30th Anniversary Open Meet. They had a blast!

It’s been such a learning curve, for the swimmers, and the coaching team. We have learnt so much and everyone will be richer for the experience.

We will  be back next year for sure – if you will have us ?

Many many thanks and kind regards to all at Wroughton ASC from all of us at GASA”

ASA Inter-County Competition

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On Sunday 18th October 2015 the ASA staged their Annual Inter-County Competition at Ponds Forge Sheffield. Involving all the Counties from England, together with representation from Wales and Scotland. Always hotly contested. Daniel Crowley was appointed by the County to lead the team at Sheffield as Team Manager and Ross Kennedy was selected to swim. Going into the competition, Ross had a pb for his 100 Fly of 1.07.32 which he smashed, lowering his best pb to 1.05.85 – a  great performance under some very real pressure of a packed Ponds Forge.

Congratulations to both Dan & Ross.

Dennis receives the prestigious Harold Fern Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Swimming

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Dennis Yeoman has received The Harold Fern Award from John Bird the newly elected ASA President for his outstanding contribution to swimming at National and International level.

Currently in post as the Chairman of the Swimming Trust, Dennis has  garnered many exceptional achievements throughout his 50-year career in aquatics, which began with becoming Head Coach of Marlborough ASC at the age of 17. Since then, he has taken on a number of roles, from Vice Chairman and Team Manager of Wroughton ASC, to being appointed as a Judge at county level. In 1974, at the age of 26, Dennis became Honorary Secretary to Wiltshire ASA, and later became an ASA Referee, officiating at many national and international events.

In addition to his club roles, he has also undertaken national roles, and when he was first elected in 1977 he became one of the youngest members of the ASA Committee. After being re-elected in 1987, he collaborated on The Way Forward with David Sparkes and was later awarded the ASA Gold Pin for long service to the committee. In 1998, Dennis joined the Commonwealth Games Board where he remained for 15 years, and was also appointed as Aquatics Director for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

With a keen interest in aquatics across almost every discipline, Dennis has worked with both FINA Diving and FINA Diving Live TV. He became Field of Play Manager for Synchronised Swimming at the 2012 Olympics, Field of Play Manager for Swimming at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and was also responsible for Swimming at the 2013 Youth Olympics.

His professionalism, contribution and dedication to many of the aquatic disciplines both at national and international level is extraordinary, but it is for his forward-thinking approach, sustained efforts and outstanding commitment to the ASA that he is commended.