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.
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.
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.
Thanks 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.
“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”
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 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.