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2008 Swimming Archive

*** National League R3 - Review ***

posted on 15 December 2008

Review of Saturdays Gala

National league - South West - Division 1 - Final Round.

The final round of this years National League gala was held at Arun Leisure Centre on Saturday 13th December. Needing  to come at least 3rd on the night was always going to be a tough target.The team gave everything they had to finish 4th on the night and narrowly miss out on avoiding relegation to Division 2 by just 21 points after last years narrow promotion. It was a great team performance to beat both Slough and Bognor who had both beaten us in the league last year. 

Next up for the squad will be the Sussex League with 3 galas being held in February and March where promotion to the top division will be the target!!

Well done to all those involved in galas in 2008 - Keep it up in 2009!!

Chris Luesley
Swimming Secretary

*** County Training Session with Olympic Medallist ***

posted on 4 December 2008

Keri-Anne Payne - 2008 Olympic Silver Medal 10K Open Water
Sascha Kindred - multi Gold Medallist at Beijing Paralympics and world recorder holder

Sunday 30th November 2008 - Moira House School, Eastbourne - 9.00am to 4.30pm

Five Worthing Swimmers Karen Chan, Joe Hazeldine, Amy Quach, Sophie Quach and Rosie Scordoulis, were invited to this special training day organised by the Sussex County ASA.

After registration at 9.00am, there was a short briefing and presentation by Kerri-Anne Payne. The swimmers were divided into 3 groups. Each group rotated through 1.5 hours in the Pool, 1.5 hours of land training and 1.5 hours of presentation. The day ended with one hour of presentation by Sascha Kindred, followed by questions and answers session with all presenters.

Here are the comments from some of the participants:

I had a great time and I was surprised that I learnt a lot from her. One thing that she said was when you are at the pool, have fun and enjoy it! It was really interesting learning different techniques and skills to improve our swimming. Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would really like it if they could do it again. --- Karen

I really enjoyed Sunday, meeting people who have competed in the Olympics/Paralympics. Our talk on nutrition helped me realize I was eating too much crap and the talk on how to prepare for your races taught me the correct way to warm-up and how to swim the race. The swim session was pretty easy but still really fun. It helped to improve my streamlining. But the land training set was the best, it improved my core strength and it showed me how to use a medicine ball safely. In all, my day was great. Thank you! --- Joe

*** Open - Eastbourne Open Meet ***

posted on 25 October 2008

Eastbourne Sovereign Centre
19 October 2008

3 swimmers from Worthing Swimming Club... Click here for details.

*** Open - Littlehampton Development Chaser ***

posted on 30 September 2008

Arun Leisure Centre
28 September 2008

10 swimmers from Worthing Swimming Club... Click here for details.

*** Selection to County squad ***

posted on 28 September 2008

Joe Hazeldine has been selected for the Junior Sections of the County Training Squad based on his achievement in the S.E.Region competition.

Rosie Scordoulis(9), Sophie Quach(9), Ben Goddard(10), Karen Chan(11), Amy Quach(11) and Joe Hazeldine(11) have been selected for the County Development Squad due to their achievement in the County Age Group BAGCAT competition.

Congratulations to all the selected swimmers. Well done!

*** Worthing Swimmer Selected for County Team ***

posted on 25 September 2008

Worthing swimmer has been selected to represent Sussex at the Hampshire County's Cenerary Inter-County Competition to be held at the Quays in Southampton in September. Karen Chan will join swimmers from across the county competiting against other local counties.

*** Rother League - Promotion to Division 1 ***

posted on 25 September 2008

After an exciting final round, our swimmers are rewarded with a hard earn promotion to division 1 next year and the Junior Cup is really the icing on the cake. Well done to all swimmers, coaches and helpers involved. Click here for details.

*** County relay gala report ***

posted on 16 September 2008

The report is here as compiled by Hung Quach.

*** Sussex County Age Groups & Championships ***

posted on 5 April 2008

Worthing had 22 swimmers in individuals at this year's event held at K2, Crawley, with many more joining for the relays. Click here to read more.

*** County Long Distance 1st Session ***

posted on 14 February 2008

K2 Crawley - Sunday 10th February 2008
Girls 800 Metres & Boys 1500 Metres

Six swimmers from Worthing competed in the 1st session of the 2008 Sussex Counties Event.

Karen Chan, Laura Joseph, Amy Quach and Charlotte Barnett all put in impressive performances in the Girls 800 metres picking up good experience swimming in a long course 50 metre pool. 

Alexander Cranford and Chris Luesley both swam in the Boys 1500 metres event, 30 lengths of the 50 metre pool. Both set a time of under 21 minutes in preparation for the clubs 1500 metre event on the 29th March.

Well done to the 6 swimmers involved and good luck to everyone that is swimming in this years counties.
See for a full list of results.

*** Training Session with Steve Parry ***

posted on 19 January 2008

Steve Parry - 2004 Olympic Medallist

Saturday 19th January 2008 - Lancing College 6 - 10 p.m.

Steve Parry won Olympic Bronze at Athens in 2004 for one of the most gruelling events, the 200 metres butterfly. He also has Commonwealth and European medals.

31 swimmers participated in the first training session with Steve, with ages ranging from 7 - 11 years and 33 of our older swimmers took part in the second session.

Steve's sessions focussed on a number of key points including ensuring the swimmers did a thorough warm up, keep positive throughout training and competitions as well as more technical points such as the importance of streamlining during swimming.

Steve had a great ability to keep the interest of the swimmers, with a very vocal session with the younger swimmers, being encouraged to chant and celebrate good performances.

In the transition between the 2 sessions, Steve gave stories about his many years as a swimmer, his determination to win a medal at the Olympics whilst swimming against the mighty Michael Phelps and talked about the day he met the Queen.

Emma Piper (Girls Captain) and Alastair Hardinge (Boys Captain) presented Steve with an engraved salva to thank him for coming to visit us all the way from Manchester (277 miles away)

After signing autograph cards and having his photo taken, many times with the excited swimmers, it was time for Steves return to Manchester.

It was a very successful event and should be great inspiration for the 64 swimmers that were involved. It followed on from the event that we held with James Hickman nearly 2 years ago.

Thanks to Total Swimming for the organisation of the session, to the swimmers that took part in the session and the supporting parents and helpers.

Events such as these need your support to make them successful


Chris Luesley

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