A strong Nottinghamshire masters team won a comfortable victory in the East Midlands Masters Challenge Gala on April 26.
Nottinghamshire fielded a team of 32, made up of swimmers from 7 clubs (Nottingham Leander, CABSC, Radford, Retford, Arnold, Carlton Forum and Mansfield), to take on Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire at Braunstone Leisure Centre, Leicester. The annual event includes 50m individual races for each stroke and age group (18+, 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+) as well as numerous relays.
The team’s strength in depth was evident particularly in the relay events, with Notts winning 13 of the 19 relays, many by a large margin, and taking second place in the other 6 relays. Individual winners from Notts were Iain Nicholson, Sue Arrowsmith, Danny Anderson, Hannah Clay, Mick Commons, James Kearney, Becky Milnes, Pete Abell, Katie Loker, Alex Thurston, Pete Kerslake, Alison Patterson and Alice Morgan.
The team eventually won the event by more than 30 points from a strong Derbyshire team that had placed in the top 10 in the 2014 national inter-counties in November.
Final points totals:
A group of British Swimming’s brightest prospects which includes Rosie has been selected to compete at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in August.
Twelve athletes will fight for world titles after putting themselves onto the team following their performances at the British Swimming Championships in London earlier this month.
British Swimming Head of Performance Pathways Tim Jones will lead the team to Singapore.
“We will be sending a team that is small and focused,” explained Jones. “We had a good contingent of athletes that achieved a minimum consideration standard at the trials and we’ve taken six males and six females from these.
“It’s a strong team that includes medal opportunities but our longer term aim and belief is that this group of athletes will support British Swimming’s overall Rio 2016 Olympic ambitions. The experience gained this summer will play a vital role in achieving this.”
The event will feature the world’s best girls aged 14-17 and boys aged 15-18, and will come off the back of a very busy summer.
“It will be a big challenge for nine of the team as they have to face two major meets this summer – the European
Games in Baku followed by the World Junior Championships,” said Jones.
“I believe this group of young athletes will rise to the challenge. We’ll make sure they have a conducive preparation as we head to Thailand for a short holding camp before dropping into Singapore three days out from competition for our final preparations.”
Congratulations to the Mighty Notts Masters swimming team on a convincing victory in the East Midlands Inter-county Challenge Gala today, and thanks to every one of you who swam for a fantastic all-round team effort!
A big thanks also to Jacqui Kirkland Clay for managing the team on the poolside and taking splits, to Kate Bull and Dennis for their work as Notts officials, and to our team photographer Mark Shipston.
Hope to see you all again for the big one in November!
The Nottinghamshire ASA Swimming Committee have been working hard to get the 2016 County Championships Package sorted and ready for publishing. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes and we are hoping to get the schedule, qualifying times and full conditions published by mid-July. However, we would like to confirm the following details:
- 2016 County Dates:
- Saturday 16th January – Harvey Hadden (50m pool)
- Sunday 17th January – Harvey Hadden (50m pool)
- Saturday 6th February – Water Meadows (25m pool)
- Sunday 7th February – Water Meadows (25m pool) – Relay day
- Saturday 13th February – Harvey Hadden (50m pool)
- Sunday 14th February – Harvey Hadden (50m pool)
- All entry times will be short course (long course conversions are allowed) and locked down so only valid entry times from the national rankings database will be accepted. This means that times to enter the county championships will need to be gained in a licensed meet levels 1 to 4, however, we have agreed that times will be acceptable from the 1st of January in the year before the competition. This will mean for the 2016 County Championships, times will be accepted from the 1st January 2015, which incorporates the times gained in the previous county championships.
- The age groups will be 10/11, 12, 13, 14, 15/Over, there will be single age group finals, i.e. 5 finals for all 50m and 100m events.
- All of the 50m events, except the 50m freestyle, and the 100m IM will take place at Water Meadows in the 25m pool. The 50m freestyle events will take place at Harvey Hadden in the 50m pool.
- All of the events other than the 100m IM will be eligible for accumulating FINA points for a new points system and performance awards (formally BAGCATS).
- Entry closing date will be between Christmas and New Year 2015.
Please be aware that many of the changes being implemented are requirements to license County Championships under the new British Swimming / ASA Competition Structure. Note that these changes are not the decision of Notts ASA and are not optional.
This years CABSC Masters Open Meet took place last weekend on Sunday 19th April. This meet for the first time also doubled up as the Nottinghamshire County Masters Championship, and we are please to congratulate the following on winning medals and becoming Nottinghamshire County Masters Champions:
|Michael Kerslake||Carlton Forum|
|Michelle Baxter||Carlton Forum|
|Rachael Knight||Carlton Forum|
|Simon Edwards||Carlton Forum|
Please click here for full results.
The Notts ASA Summer Gala details for 2015 have now been released.
This years Summer Gala will take place over 2 days, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July at Harvey Hadden Swimming Pool. This will be a long course meet (50m pool).
This is the first ever event that will be taking place in the new Nottinghamshire pool.
All entry information can be found here.
The next Nova Swim Camp on 26th April at John Carroll pool details can be found here. It is a Backstroke skills and drills camp, again relevant for County qualifiers aged 9-14 years. Please find an application form here.
The ASA has today released statistics showing that over nine million adults in England are unable to swim.
The survey, commissioned by the national governing body, reveals that 22 per cent of women and 20 per cent of men aged over 14 are unable to swim.
However, the statistics also show that 2.13 million adults have a desire to learn, reiterating the popularity of swimming and the importance of continuing to work with individuals and local communities to break down barriers and encourage people to learn to swim.
The findings have been released as the ASA launches its Manifesto for Aquatics 2015 which sets out the organisation’s key aims over the next five years and underlines the importance of swimming and aquatics as a way of staying active and healthy.
ASA Chief Executive, Adam Paker, said: “The statistics released today show there is a great desire for people who missed out on learning to swim while at school to get in the water and take advantage of all the social and health benefits that swimming provides.
“ASA adult swimming sessions are held at sites across the country and each year over a thousand adults take part in our swimming programmes which are aimed at helping people to learn, or improve, their swimming no matter what their age or background.
“There are many reasons why people may not feel confident in the water or are nervous about going to a pool, so we are working closely with community groups and local partners to identify and breakdown these barriers and encourage the millions of adults who want to become a better swimmer to do so.”
The statistics have been released as the ASA launches its Manifesto for Aquatics which calls on policy makers to work with the ASA to ensure swimming as a leisure activity and sport remains accessible to all.
Chair of the ASA Group Board, Edward Lord, said: “Our Manifesto calls on political parties to support the ASA in our three aims of ensuring more people have the opportunity to learn to swim, encouraging more people to swim regularly, and supporting the development of emerging talent to compete on the world stage.
“We have a great England Talent Programme and Club network, and we are working closely with pool operators and partners to develop local aquatic projects that encourage more people to take to the water.
“But we also need the support of local and national policy makers to help ensure good quality, affordable, aquatic facilities remain available to all. That’s why our Manifesto calls on politicians, officials and industry leaders to work with us to support and grow the only sport that saves lives.”
Swimming is the most popular participation sport in England with over 2.6 million adults taking part in 30 minutes of moderate intensity swimming at least once a week. Additionally, many more children and adults regularly take part in swimming activities such as mini water polo and aquafit sessions, or swim for relaxation or rehabilitation purposes.