Three Sharks qualified for the Swim Wales Long Course Championships at Swansea this Easter Weekend with two of them narrowly missing out on Bronze medals.
Brothers Carwyn & Deiniol Owen along with Tom Weaver had met the qualification standards for this year’s Welsh Championships and travelled to Swansea to compete against the best in Wales.
On the Friday, all three competed in the 50m Breaststroke where Deiniol finished 10th in the 11-12years age group with a personal best time of 44.53secs.
In the 13-14years group, Tom finished 12th with a time of 38.63 whilst Carwyn qualified for the final later that evening where he narrowly missed out on a bronze medal finishing 4th in a personal best time of 36.55.
Tom competed in a further 3 events over the weekend and also just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the final of the 50m Back in a personal best time of 32.40.
On the final day of swimming he finished 5th in the 50m Freestyle in a best time of 28.03 and 15th in the 50m Butterfly in a time of 32:64.
Well done to all three swimmers. It’s really tough competing at this level but all three coped brilliantly with the added pressures that come with swimming at the National Championships and all swam to their potential achieving some big personal best times in all the events entered.
It’s the annual Wrexham Spring Meet on Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May 2016.
It’s a Level 2 meet for ages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16yrs+ with race distances of 50, 100 & 200m on all strokes plus 200 & 400m IM and a 400m Freestyle.
See attached entry form below for more details.
Deadline: All forms & payment back to me by next Wednesday 30th March 2016.
Entry Form – Wrexham Spring Meet 2016
Warm Up and gala info letter
Well done to everyone who took part today in the Swimathon 2016 to raise money for Sport Relief.
We witnessed some great swimming from young & old, the fit and the not so fit! The choice of distances were 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k either individually or in a team.
Everyone was amazing!
A big thank you to Peter Swanton and his team at The Flash Leisure Centre and an even bigger thank you to all the volunteers who kept their concentration to patiently lap count for the swimmers. It was a great afternoon.
Here’s just a few of the Sharks who took part:
PLEASE NOTE that training will continue as normal over the Easter school holiday period except for Good Friday (25th April), Easter Sunday (27th April) and Easter Monday (28th April).
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Please remember it’s time to renew your swimmers membership with Swim Wales for 2016-17.
You must renew your Swim Wales membership in order to compete at galas AND to continue training with Welshpool Sharks.
If you’ve not already done so, a renewal form has been emailed to you and needs to be completed in full and returned with the appropriate payment by the 18th March 2016. The fees are outlined on the form.
Please return the form either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org transferring your payment by BACS or alternatively bring the completed form with payment by cheque to poolside (cheque payable to ‘Welshpool Sharks’).
If you have any questions or anything on the form is unclear then please speak with either Glen (Treasurer) or Kevin during one of our training nights.
After three hard fought rounds, Welshpool Sharks have secured second place in this year’s East Clwyd Senior League.
Known as the ECL, the league is battled out over the course of three galas between Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint, Mold, Welshpool and Wrexham by swimmers aged 10yrs and upwards including open adult categories. Sharks put in some really big performances to head off challenges from Mold & Buckley but weren’t quite strong enough to match Wrexham.
The first round, Sharks were short on swimmers in both the youngest and oldest age groups drafting in some of its youngest members with Taiya Griffiths (8yr) and Poppy Livermore (7yr) performing brilliantly against much older swimmers. Similarly, Jack Lewis (9yr) and Zac McCourt (10yr) did a fine job in the boy events. In the older ‘open’ age group Sharks had to rely on their 13 & 14 year olds who as ever performed admirably. It was a hard fought gala with Sharks finishing the first round in joint second with Mold.
In the second round, Sharks were able to field a bigger and stronger team with the likes of Billy Hunt and Jason Simister available for selection and the Club were able to push Wrexham all the way just drifting off the pace in the last few events to finish a comfortable second.
The third and final round saw another depleted Sharks team travelling to Holywell but nevertheless they pulled some great swims out of the bag and just pipped Connah’s Quay into third place with Buckley in second behind Wrexham.
That third place in the final round of swimming meant that overall Sharks secured second place behind a dominant Wrexham.
It’s an impressive result for the Welshpool swimmers and reflects very well on their Head Coach Peter Swanton who said: “Apart from the second round we had a depleted team in both the other two rounds due to absentees. That really does hit a small club like ours big time. It meant our swimmers had to cover lots of events between them with little time to recover for their next event. We’re also still a very young team and the commitment and determination shown by our youngsters in swimming up age groups was huge.”
“If we’d been able to field our strongest team on all three weekends it would have been a much closer and very interesting contest. To nearly match Wrexham in that second round was a huge performance from our swimmers as we are such a smaller team by comparison. Similarly, Mold & Buckley are bigger clubs too so it’s a real achievement to finish in second place.”
Unfortunately, the pool was closed lunchtime today for a period of 24hrs so we’ve had to cancel both of tonight’s training sessions (Wednesday 9th March).
Here’s another opportunity to swim long course – City of Swansea Aquatics Long Course Open Meet at the Wales National Pool, Swansea on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May 2016.
This does clash with the Swim Wales Junior Development Meet at Llandudno on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May and we’d like our 12years and under swimmers to priorities the Llandudno gala please because of our commitments to Swim Wales unless of course, your swimmer is chasing long course times for the Summer Nationals in which case you may wish to consider the Swansea option.
Our older swimmers may however fancy a trip to Swansea to swim long course and the details are on the entry form below.
Deadline: Completed forms & payment by 8pm on Friday 18th March 2016.
Please note the other opportunity to swim long course at Cardiff on the 27th – 29th May 2016 (form previously posted and deadline is 8th April 2016). Scroll down to view the details of this gala.
Entry Form – Swansea Open Meet – May 2016
Here’s another great gala opportunity for our younger swimmers – the Swim Wales North Junior Development Meet at Llandudno Swimming Centre on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May 2016.
Our entry form can be found at the bottom of this post.
The age groups are 9, 10, 11 & 12 years (as of 31 December 2016) and the entry fee is £15 for all 5 events as follows:
- Age 9yrs – 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 Free & 100 IM
- Age 10yrs – 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 200 Free & 100 IM
- Ages 11 & 12yrs – 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 Free & 200 IM
This year, the event returns to a Pentathlon style used in 2014. Swimmers don’t have to enter all 5 events – the ‘Pentathlon Award’ – but the full entry fee of £15 still applies irrespective of how many events entered.
Note: This gala is for swimmers who have not qualified to swim in the Welsh Age Group & Youth Long Course Championships in the current year. If a swimmer is/was eligible to swim in ANY event in the Swim Wales Age Groups & Youth LC Championships in the current year then they are NOT eligible to swim in ANY event in the Junior Development competition.
Other than the above condition, the gala is open to everyone within the stated age thresholds; there are no qualification times to be met and you can enter with ‘No Time’ against your events if necessary.
There are relays too (4×50 Free, Medley & Mixed) and any teams that we enter will be based around those swimmers competing on the day. Please tick against the relay events you’re interested in staying on for and we will advise whether we have sufficient interest to enter a team – if we do enter a team, you will need to contribute to the team entry fee which is £1.88 per swimmer per relay but don’t include this in your entry fee at this stage.
We do need to provide at least one official of Judge 1 standard or above per session otherwise our Club entry might be rejected.
Deadline: Completed forms and payment for your individual events to Kevin on poolside or via email by 8pm on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
2016 Junior Development Warm Up Schedule Llandudno
Entry Form – SW Development Meet 2016