A coach who has trained Mansfield’s most successful swimmers has won two top awards in a week.
Glenn Smith, Mansfield District Council’s Swim Coach and Development Officer, received the prestigious Para-Coach of the Year Award for 2015 from the British Swimming Coaches Association.
The award was presented at the association’s 50th anniversary swim coaching conference, which took place in Birmingham from 25 to 27 September.
Glenn, who coaches Paralympic swimming champions Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw, also won the Para Swimming Coach of the Year Award at the inaugural British Swimming Awards on Saturday (3 October). Ollie Hynd was shortlisted for Athlete of the Year.
Ollie and Charlotte both train at the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex and belong to the Nottinghamshire ASA County Swim Squad, Nova Centurion – Mansfield Squad. They have worked their way to the top of British, European and world tables and achieved numerous records and medals.
Glenn said winning both awards was overwhelming. He said: “These awards are as much for Ollie and Charlotte as they are for me. The highlight of the past year was the world championships where Ollie won two gold medals and broke his brother Sam’s world record. Charlotte won a silver medal and broke two European records in the same day. You can’t get much better than that. Now we are working hard towards the Paralympics in Rio next year.”
Cllr Andrew Tristram, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: “To win two prestigious awards in a week is testament to Glenn’s drive, professionalism and commitment to sport within the district. On behalf of the council, thank you for your continued hard work – you make Mansfield and this council very proud.”
Glenn could make it a hat-trick later this month as he is nominated in The Brian Clough OBE – Manager/Coach of the Year award at the Nottingham Sports Awards 2015. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 29 October.
On Saturday night the British Swimming Coaches Association held its Annual Awards evening/dinner where NOVA had an amazing night. With Nathan Hilton winning the BSCA Youth Coach of the Year Award 2015 for his work with Rosie, and Glenn Smith winning the BSCA Para-Coach of the Year Award 2015, for the work done with Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw.
This is fantastic for NOVA Centurion, and Nottinghamshire ASA, as these National Awards are decided by coaches of the association, and therefore one the pinnacles of a swimming
With the opening of the £16million redevelopment of Harvey Hadden Sports Village, with the new Nottinghamshire 50m Swimming Pool, Beechdale Baths has now closed down. With the closing of Beechdale Baths, Nottingham City Council have very kindly donated a lot of equipment from the Leisure Centre, that is now no longer needed to Nottinghamshire ASA. The bulk of this equipment was the electronic timing equipment.
With this kind donation Nottinghamshire ASA decided to distribute this equipment out to the local pools that do have use for the equipment.
On Tuesday 8th September, with the help of a local Nottinghamshire based IT company (Air-IT) who donated the use of a van, the timing equipment was transported from Beechdale Baths, to local Nottinghamshire pools; Nottingham University, Water Meadows in Mansfield, and Hucknall Leisure Centre.
These Pools were selected by Notts ASA to receive the equipment as spares due to them being the only pools in Nottinghamshire that use the OMEGA timing equipment.
Charlotte Buswell-Marsh, Assistant Manager at Hucknall Leisure Centre, pictured above, said a huge thank you to Notts ASA stating “Christmas has come early at Hucknall Leisure Centre”.
Along with the timing equipment, Notts ASA have also donated the PA system that was used at Beechdale to Hucknall Leisure Centre for use by Nottinghamshire Clubs when swimming galas are hosted at the centre.
A number of Water Polo items have also been aquired by local clubs and the floating polo goals are set to be donated to the Djanogly pool in Forest Fields.
It’s time again to volunteer your services for the Notts team for the national inter-county masters’ event. This year it is on Sunday 15th November at Rugby (The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby CV22 5LJ). Warm up is at 2pm, with the probable start time being 2.45pm. PLEASE volunteer if possible as we have a very strong team aiming for a top five finish in the event (this is quite ambitious as our previous best is 22nd); however, we can only achieve this if all our good swimmers turn out.
Please let me know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE via Facebook or email if you are available. I won’t finalise the team until after the nationals so that people can send in updated times after nationals, but it will be help me greatly if you can let me know availability as soon as possible.
If you have swum in the team recently you don’t need to send me any other information unless you want to give me updated 50 metre times (times since May 2015). If you have not swum before can you please let me have your DOB as well as times for 50m of the strokes you are willing to swim?
I will let everyone know whether or not they are selected at the start of the week of 26th October (i.e. straight after nationals).
Some info for those who have not done the event before: This is an event in which a Notts teams swims against other Midlands counties and the results are put together with other counties across England as a “virtual” gala. All individual events and relays are 50m only. We need people to swim 50s in all strokes in age groups 18+, 25+, 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+, and there are LOTS of relays to swim.
Rosie Rudin of NOVA Centurion, broke the championship record in the women’s 400m IM final Tuesday night en route to a gold medal and a 1-2 British finish.
Rosie touched in at 4:39.01 in order to become the first female swimmer ever under 4:40 at a Junior World Championships, breaking American Ella Eastin’s 2013 mark of 4:40.02.
The time for Rudin also breaks the official junior world record recognized by FINA which also stands at 4:40.02 from Eastin’s 2013 swim.
After the butterfly leg Rudin was in last, however she picked things up and moved right into first after the first 50-meters of backstroke. She stayed in first for the remainder of the race, holding off her teammate Georgia Coates.
Coates managed to touch in for the silver medal with a 4:39.94. She had Africa Zamorano of Spain right on her tail who rounded out the top three with a 4:40.15 performance.
With only two finals completed thus far in the competition, the 1-2 finish puts Great Britain at the top of the medal standings in swimming.
From everyone at NOVA, Nathan and the Notts ASA Board and Swimming Committee, Congratulations Rosie!!! We are all very proud of you.
We are delighted to announce that Wendy Coles’ family have successfully completed the charity channel swim yesterday. The swim took a total of 15 hours and all involved have done a fabulous job and have raised a lot of money for the Adults Autism charity, which is a charity close to the family.
Apologies for the delay in getting this information out to you all on the website. We have had some delays due to licensing.
However, now this has all been agreed by the ASA Licensing department we have now released the Qualifying times, conditions and schedule.
We will release full entry information and the entry pack over the next couple of months for you.
All information can be found here
Nova Centurion are running their Swim Camps again from September. There will be Camps in September and October, but because of the busy timetable we will not have any in November and December, but will start again in January. The venue for the Camps has changed to Nottingham University pool and we have changed them to reflect what people were looking for. The first two Camps will be for Breaststroke and Butterfly Turns and Breaststroke and Butterfly Stroke.
The closing date for the ASA and Regional Aquatics Awards is next Wednesday 5th August.
Nominations for the Regional Aquatics Awards are for the following categories:
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Services to Aquatics
The nomination form here.
The ASA Aquatics Awards are open to club and non-club members in the following categories:
- ASA Learn to Swim Award
- ASA School Swimming Charter: Primary School of the Year
- ASA Swim School of the Year
- ASA Achievement Award – Youth Participant
- ASA Achievement Award – Senior Participant
- ASA Achievement Award – Disabled Participant
- ASA Facility Operator of the Year
- ASA Club of the Year
- ASA Young Volunteer of the Year
- ASA Volunteer of the Year
- ASA Swim Teacher of the Year
- ASA Services to Aquatics