Montgomeryshire Sports Awards Success

IMG_20160106_215105Welshpool Sharks featured at this evening’s Montgomeryshire Sports Award Ceremony at Theatre Hafren.

Our Chair Bronwen Poole was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” in recognition of all that she has done for the Club and the development of our swimmers.

Bronwen really is unstoppable and now in her late 60’s she thinks nothing of giving up 3hours each week as well as travelling up and down Wales on weekends to officiate. Her continued enthusiasm after some 30 years volunteering with the Club is an inspiration to us all and this Award is truly very well deserved.

IMG_1333Our swimmers also featured during the presentation evening coming runner-up in the “Junior Sports Team of the Year” category in recognition of their performance in last year’s East Clwyd League. After good performances in the first two rounds, the team needed to pull off a strong performance in the third and final round to top the table. It was an exciting couple of hours of swimming but Sharks rose to the challenge and finished top of the table by 2 points to win the league for the first time ever. It was a great achievement and it’s pleasing to see our swimmers performance being recognised at tonight’s Award Ceremony.




East Clwyd League 2016

ECLThe East Clwyd League for 2016 kicks off in the next few weeks and Head Coach Peter Swanton is now busy selecting teams.

The first three galas are the Senior League on the 27th February, 5th and 12th March 2016 all at Holywell Leisure Centre at 2pm.

These are competitive team galas where we enter 1 swimmer per event plus relays, so opportunities are limited which is why we select a team.

The swimmers listed below have been selected for the 2016 Senior League:

Girls – (10yrs) Cari Jones , Megan Smith, Kira Jones, Kelsey Webster, Maddison Griffiths (12yrs) Kiera McVeagh, Becca Edwards, Laura Shinton, Megan Ellis, Nikki Davies, Medi Lewis (14yrs) Ellen Jones, Kate Pugh, Aaliyah Robins, Anna Davies, Cerys Davies, Ceri Glover (Open) Kate Jones, Jordan Lewis, Ffion Lewis

Boys – (11yrs) Deiniol Owen, Finlay Jones, Ben Simister, Morgan Matthews, Dyfrig Jones (13yrs) Mitchell Hunt, Jack Jones , Tom Weaver, Jamie Marsden Jones (15yrs) Carwyn Owen, Morgan Bowen, James Edwards, Jason Simister, Bryn Jones, Iwan Ellis (Open) Billy Hunt

Could those listed please complete the reply slip attached to indicate if they are able to compete and also to confirm if they’ll be travelling on the team bus.

Parents & supporters are very welcome to travel with us and we will of course need to provide officials and other volunteers at all three galas so your help will be greatly appreciated. Further details on times and collection points are included in the attached letter.

We need to know as soon as possible in order to finalise the team. Please return the slip by email or by hand asap and no later than Friday 12th February 2016.

ECL – Reply Slip

Wrexham’s Crystal Meet


This year’s Crystal Meet at Wrexham Water World will take place on Sunday 20th March 2016.

Age groups are 9/10; 11/12; 13/14 and 15&over. Age is determined as of day of swim. The minimum age on day of swim is 9yrs.

Events include 50m (all strokes) & 100m IM for 9/10yrs; 100m (all strokes & IM) for 11/12yrs and 100m (all strokes) & 200m IM for the older age groups.

Entry pricing is £4.50 per event.

This year there are no upper qualifying times so this gala is open to all Club swimmers subject of course to the minimum age limit of 9yrs on the day.

Our entry form is attached below.

The timetable & warm-up schedule will be posted when published.

Deadline for Entries: Completed forms& full payment to Kevin on poolside by 8pm on Friday 5th February 2016.

Gala Entry Form – Crystal Meet 2016

Warm Up and gala info letter

tmientries – crystal meet

Coaching Course Sponsorship 2016

th4DC4MKR5Welshpool Sharks Swimming Club is committed to supporting its volunteers through training.

This year we have sufficient funds to sponsor two individuals who wish to undertake an Institute of Swimming Accredited Coaching Course.

You will be paid 50% of the course fees up front and the remaining 50% once you have completed 48hours attendance at poolside during our own Club training sessions.

Applicants need to be at least 16 years of age or over.

If you would like to be considered please contact us to let us know of your interest by writing to:

Mrs. Ann Jones, Club Secretary, Cwm Farm, Castle Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 9AR or alternatively you can do so by email to

Sharks Committee Meeting

th95KBRJ1IA Sharks Swimming Club Committee Meeting will take place this Tuesday 19th January 2016.

It’ll be held at The Flash Leisure Centre starting at 7.15pm.

An agenda has been emailed to everyone.

Please come along and show your support to the Club – a very warm welcome to all.

Swim Wales Long Course Championships 2016

thThe Swim Wales Long Course Championships 2016 will take place on Friday 25th to Monday 28th March at the Wales National Pool, Swansea.

Swim Wales has now issued the Meet Pack and other information.

This is a Level 1 Long Course (50m) meet aimed at top-ranking swimmers and the age bands are grouped as 11/12; 13/14; 15/16 and 17+ with your age determined as at 31st December 2016.

Entry will be through an online link on the Swim Wales website. Please note that we as a Club cannot do these entries for you. Parents will need to submit your own entry yourselves using the online system which requires an instant online payment via PayPal or debit/credit card.

The entry process will open at 7am on Wednesday 10th February and will close midday on Friday 4th March 2016.

Entry fees are £9 per event.

Your entry must be supported by suitable qualifying times and these must have been achieved at a licensed Swim Wales or ASA meet since 1st September 2015.

Spectating fees will be £4 per session or £7 per day or £20 for the weekend.

In the event that a Club coach can’t attend we will provide suitable guidance & warm-up sets to any of our swimmers who wish to compete.

Attachments below include a copy of the Meet Pack, Qualifying Times, Officials Application Form & Volunteer Application Form and anyone wishing to officiate or volunteer at this gala, please complete and return your application directly to Swim Wales (address on forms). 

A link to the Swim Wales website page where the entry process can be found from the 10th February is also provided below.

Qualifying Times – Easter Nationals 2016

Application to Volunteer – Easter Nationals 2016

General Meet Conditions – Easter Nationals 2016

Meet Pack – Easter Nationals 2016

Officials Application – Easter Nationals 2016

Montgomeryshire Annual Sports Awards

IMG_20160106_215105Welshpool Sharks have been nominated for two categories at the Montgomeryshire Annual Sports Awards.

The categories are ‘Club of the Year’ and ‘Junior Sports Team of the Year’.

We have received 20 tickets for the Presentation Evening at Theatre Hafren, Newtown on Friday 29th January starting at 7pm. The Awards will be presented from 7:15pm with light refreshment at 8:30pm.

It would be great if some of our parents & swimmers were there to represent the Club so if you want tickets, please reply by email or on our facebook page . Tickets will be allocated on a first come basis.

In addition, our Chairperson Bronwen Poole has been nominated as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ whilst our Head Coach Pete Swanton is in the running for ‘Coach of the Year’. We wish them both a successful evening.