The competition was strong with Bradford on Avon, Warminster, Wootton Bassett and Tigersharks all competing. 8 of our swimmers entered this year’s event. Each swimmer competed in either 50m or 100m races (depending on age) across the 4 strokes, with the top 6 ranked swimmers in each age group competing in a 100m or 200m IM final.
It was a very hot day but all the swimmers remained focused and prepared themselves during the warm up sessions by practicing their starts and fine tuning their turns in readiness for racing.
Oliver Spurgeon swam well throughout the event and made the medal position in 3 of his 4 races, collecting Silver in 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke. This booked his place in the final for the boys 9 years 100 IM. Beatrice Price made the 200 IM final on the strength of her 100m Breaststroke event, where she collected a bronze medal.
The 9 Years boys 100 IM final went very much to form, with Oliver picking up a well deserved 2nd place. He had competed throughout the day with confidence and remained focused in the final to comfortably take 2nd place. In the 13 Years girls 200 IM final, Beatrice put in a very determined performance, against a strong line up, she finished in 6th place, but made the swimmer finishing in 5th work exceptionally hard for her placing. Well done to you both!!
Well done to all our swimmers, here is a full list of the PB’s:
– Evelina Sullivan (50m) – FLY 59.61 (3.97 PB), Back 49.37, Breast 51.07 (3.52 PB), F/C 40.78 (8.01 PB)
– Oliver Spurgeon – (50m) – FLY 45.92, Breast 53.04 (1.42 PB), (100m IM Final) – 1.39.13 (8.59 PB)
– Matthew Sheppard – (50m) – Breast 59.70, F/C 43.21 (0.41 PB)
– Jamie Sheppard – (100m) – FLY 2.11.15, Back 1.54.48, Breast 2.05.01, F/C 1.37.15
– Beatrice Price – (100m) – FLY 1.44.81 (2.17 PB), Back 1.32.07 (0.34 PB), Breast 1.40.04 (4.51 PB), F/C 1.20.80, (200m IM Final) – 3.18.31 (10.66 PB)
– Callum Ballantyne – (100m) FLY 2.10.47
– Danny Mula – (100m) – FLY 1.28.26 (2.87 PB) Breast 1.38.39 (6.39 PB) F/C 1.15.36 (0.16 PB)
Star of the event for Wroughton ASC was Katie Wright, winning the 25m Breaststroke ,Junior Championship by 0.01 seconds – the narrowest of margins. After swimming 17.59 in the heat, winning her Age Group, Katie improved her time for the Junior Championship final in 17.21.
The popular Sprint competition saw a packed bath-side at the Link, with spectators taking in in turns to watch their swimmers, but everyone seemed to accept the difficult situation the County had been placed in.
There were some really good swims from our swimmers in their age group events,, with the following medallists:
Rebecca Gee – 1st 25m Freestyle, 1st 25m Backstroke & 2nd 25m Butterfly
Josh Seward – 2nd 25m Breaststroke
Alex Applegate – 1st 25m Butterfly & 2nd 25m Freestyle
Harry Ricketts – 3rd 25m Backstroke
Amelia Hawkins – 3rd 25m Breaststroke
Congratulations to all that entered – especially our newly crowned County Champion !
After recent difficulties trying to get sufficient numbers together to make a County Dinner viable, the 2018 Dinner, staged by Wroughton ASC was a resounding success, with 100 members and their guests sitting down to enjoy a social occasion – with not a swimming pool in sight.
Dave Jones was this years President and hosted Viv Perry (President Welsh ASA), Paul Robbins (President ASA South West Region) and Pat Stratford (Immediate Past President of Wilts ASA) together with their partners. A record number of County Past Presidents and Life Members were in attendance at what may turn out to be the ‘Last Supper’.
There were only two speeches, with Viv Perry proposing the toast to the county, to which Dave Jones responded. This left plenty of time for old swimming friends to exchange stories and experiences from the past.
Members of Wroughton ASC, past and present did Dave proud, making up more than 50% of those in attendance. A good time was had by all with past parents, ‘old’ swimmers and a group of current swimmers who, as usual, danced the night away.
Thanks are due to Sandra, who called in many favours to boost the attendance to a record level, and Sarah Wright for making all the arrangements for a successful event.
Wroughton ASC are hopefully off on their travels again – this time to the gorgeous island of Cyprus. We have been there before as a Club and the facilities are excellent. We are going to be based at the 50m pool at Limassol, where the water quality is superb, and just short walk along the beach from our hotel, the Atlantica Miramar Beach.
Details are available on the first Newsletter which has just been published.
We have lots of work to do, before committing to a trip of this nature, but if you are interested, please talk to Sandra and drop Dennis a line – Dennis.Yeoman@btinternet.com
Apart from anything else, we need to make sure we can have water time at the pool………..it would be a shame if we arrived to find the pool shut – we would have to sit on the beach for a week !
Swimmers and parents gathered together for the Club Annual Presentation evening at the Ellendune Centre, on Friday 5th January. Hardly anyone was missing from the annual ‘not to be missed’ event of celebration and partying. It was a time for dressing up for most and an opportunity to practice wearing the high heels – well for the older girls at least. Fashion – I think that’s what they call it, was on display big time and the swimmers all worked hard at looking the part. The parents did their bit too…….
The awards were presented by Dave Jones (Club Treasurer) who this year is also President of Wilts County ASA, John Vincent (Club President), Sarah Wright (Club Secretary) and Joanne Ovens on behalf of the teaching team. Virtually every swimmer was present to collect their awards, which were really distinctive and well received.
Winner of the Sash Chetty award, given for the swimmer demonstrating commitment and determination, was Danny Mula. Judging by the response from the other team members, a well justified and popular decision.
Good to hear some wise words from our President, always there to offer support where necessary, and to put things into perspective. We have all lost count of the years John has been ever present on Club nights, giving instruction and encouragement to our young swimmers. Long may it continue – we value your support John, thank you from everyone.
And so to the dancing – everyone seemed to participate – thanks to Nick who, as usual found the right mix to suit everyone. Led as usual by the older swimmers the younger ones demonstrate that the future is bright in that department.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in and got things done – as we do at Wroughton. Fay and her team worked exceptionally hard to make the evening yet another outstanding event, helped by Nick our resident DJ.
Dave learnt to swim whilst at Ferndale Junior School in Swindon. He did go and watch a Swindon Dolphin training session at Milton Road but decided that the work involved was not for him!
His first involvement with Wiltshire swimming was in 1965, as a 12 year, old when Commonweal school entered the Invitational Schools Team Competition at Devizes. This was not a great success as the team went from 2nd to last place when the final swimmer nearly lost his shorts and completed the race one handed, holding his shorts up with the other.
Enough of competitive swimming, Dave then only got involved with sub-aqua and lifesaving.
In 1990 Dave joined Wroughton ASC when he brought both his daughters to the club. A good deal for us, as in one fell swoop we ultimately gained – 2 team swimmers who went on to take L2 Teachers and National Timekeeper; Teacher and Coach for 21 years; Treasurer for 25 years, 2 team managers; Registration Secretary, Welfare Officer and National Referee for swimming and para-swimming.
As well as working extensively for the club Dave passed as a National Timekeeper in 1996 and Referee in 2001. In 2004 he started to get involved with the IPC passing as Referee in 2006. He has since attended many National events and was very proud to be invited to officiate at the London 2012 Paralympics and World IPC Championships at Glasgow.
In 2006 he took on the role as Secretary to the County Officials Panel, a job he retains 12 years later.
As in all he takes on, this is delivered quietly, with much expertise and with total support to those around him. The day he joined Wroughton 27 years ago, delivered so much for club, county, right through to the National scene. As a Club we are delighted that Dave is Wiltshire President for 2018 and we hope that both him and Jane have an enjoyable year in office.
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
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
Congratulations to Wroughton ASC – you have all done it again……..and done it well
We 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.
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.
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.
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.