Welcome to Chelmsford Swimming Club
6th December 2013
It's the time of year when all the club trophies won last year need to be returned in preparation for the presentation evening on 22nd February 2014.
If you are in possession of a trophy, or trophies, can they be cleaned and polished and returned to Katherine Eley by 20th December.
All trophy holders will be receiving an email via Club Organiser to remind them.
Katherine is normally at New Hall on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, and Sunday evening, at Riverside on Tuesday evening, and at Moulsham on Thursday evening. If you are unable to make it to any of those places at the times given then email Katherine at email@example.com instead to make alternative arrangements.
Katy Wills triumphs at Thetford
29th November 2013
Since joining the club at the beginning of the year, Katy Wills has made vast improvements in both her times and stroke technique. So much so that coach Dean Walker got her to try out for the Runnymede Disability Squad. Even though the Left Sided Cerebral Palsy means she has restricted movement, Katy has battled through the pain barrier and was asked to race in the Thetford Lions Club Disabled Swimming Gala at Breckland Waterworld on the 9th November.
She swam in 6 races: 25 metres Breaststroke; 25 metres Freestyle; Medley Relay 4x25 metres; Freestyle Relay Final 25x4 metres; Freestyle Relay Final 50x4 metres. Her sixth race was where she shone, and even though representing Runnymede SC, she did herself, Chelmsford SC and her Swimfit Coach's Keith and Dean Walker proud by winning in the 25 metres backstroke in a new PB of just over 58 seconds.
Keep up the good work Katy!
East Region Inter Counties Masters Championship Report
24th November 2013
Two masters from Chelmsford Swimming Club represented Essex in the East Region Inter County Masters Championships at Newmarket, Suffolk on Sunday 17 November. Nick Hunt competed in 4 individual events and 3 relays. He came 1st in the 50m breaststroke, 4th in the 50m backstroke and butterfly and 5th in the 50m freestyle. Derek Gore competed in 2 individual events and 4 relays finishing 3rd in both the 50m freestyle and backstroke.
Every race earns your county points even if you are last in your event, so even if you are asked to compete in a race which is not your best stroke it is important to swim. Essex won the gala by only 2 points which meant that all points earned were vital.
- Essex - 240
- Herts - 238
- Norfolk - 205
- Bedfordshire - 196
- Suffolk - 123
CSC Swim Camp Report
7th November 2013
The club’s competitive swimming section returned last Saturday from an intensive training camp at the BEST Centre in Majorca. 33 swimmers from the City and County Development Squads were away, accompanied by Head Coach Sean Eveleigh, Coach Richard Mills, Team Manager Keith Mogford and 8 other adult chaperones.
The camp was a total success. The swimmers did four hours in the pool every day for the week, along with some land training and clocked up around 75km to 80km in the pool over the week. We were lucky with the weather, as apart from one day with the now infamous storm (see the updates page) the sun shone and temperatures were well into the 20s. All of the swimmers worked hard, mainly on their endurance.
The group managed to have fun outside of the training as well, with time spent relaxing on the beach, and participating in a beach Olympics (not sure if the egg and spoon is an official Olympic event!).
It’s the first time for several years that the club has organised a swim camp abroad, and the swimmers who went, ended the week all looking forward to the next one!
CSC Swim Camp Raffle
24th October 2013
Thanks to all who contributed to the successful raffle raising money for the club's Majorca Swim Camp. The lucky winners of the prizes were as follows:
- 5th - Vicky Thompson (ticket sold by Holly Thompson) ~ a bottle of wine
- 4th - Sid Fairman (ticket sold by Kayleigh Ward) ~ a bottle of Whiskey
- 3rd - P Kelly (ticket sold by Ryan Kelly) ~ colour works consultation
- 2nd - Linda Mills (ticket sold by Ole Mills) ~ Ross Knevett sports consultation & 3 follow up sessions
- 1st - David Robinson (ticket sold by Ciara Flannery) ~ iPad mini
Those who have not yet received or claimed their prizes should contact Caron Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterpolo - National Age Group Championships
24th October 2013
This weekend sees two of our young waterpolo players travel to Manchester Aquatics Centre to play in the ASA National Age Group Championships (99 and under).
Will Dixon will play for the Invicta team.
Dani Brazier will play for, and captain, the Crawley team.
Good luck to both of them!
National Inter-Counties Gala - Update
23rd October 2013
Congratulations to Hannah Travell, Gus Veasey, Ethan Harrington, Eleanor Clarke & Charlie Boden who helped the Essex team come 2nd in Division 2 meaning they gain promotion to Division 1 next year.
Synchro - East Region Figures Competition
20th October 2013
Chelmsford Swimming Club Synchro section attended the East Region Figures Competition for the first time and took eleven girls. The competition sets figures for girls of ability and then separates them down into age groups.
For the younger girls this was their first inter-club figure competition so they should be even more proud of themselves.
The girls swam superbly well with 6 achieving medals.
Category A - meaning ungraded
- Evie Reynolds - 2nd - 48.176
- Maia Card- Gowers - 3rd - 47.382
- Holly Chandler - 9th - 42.815
- Madeline Heaps-Hagger - 6th - 46.706
- Georgia Harman - 9th - 44.718
12 and under
- Jenny Chandler - 2nd - 50.972
- Lena Leinemann - 3rd - 48.485
- Emily Jennings - 4th - 48.146
- Ariadne Cook - 3rd - 49.361
- Lucy Jones - 8th - 48.043
- Jessica Goodman - 1st - 52.954
National Inter-Counties Gala
18th October 2013
This weekend sees 5 of our swimmers off to Sheffield to swim at the National Inter-counties Gala.
We wish Hannah Travell, Gus Veasey, Ethan Harrington, Eleanor Clarke & Charlie Boden all the best, together with the rest of the Essex team.
Masters Section - Updates
10th October 2013
Three masters representing Chelmsford Swimming Club travelled to Eindhoven, Holland to compete in the 14th European Masters Swimming Championships during the first week of September, 2013, together with over 5000 other swimmers from throughout Europe.
Richard Hibbert, swam six events in the 65 to 69 age group, finishing 12th in the 800 freestyle, 13th in the 100 & 200 freestyle and the 3000 open water, and 14th in the 400 freestyle.
Nick Hunt finished 10th in the 50 & 100 breaststroke, 11th in the 200 breaststroke and 22nd in the 3000 open water, in the 56 to 59 age group.
Derek Gore swam in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events and finished 13th, 9th and 11th respectively.
The ASA East Region Masters Championships were held on 5th October 2013, at Newmarket, Suffolk, and four Chelmsford Swimming Club members entered.
Adam McMeeking came third in the 100m freestyle and Nick Hunt came 1st in the 200 breaststroke, 2nd in the 50 breaststroke and 4th in the 50 freestyle. Derek Gore entered the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events and finished with three firsts. The real star of the team was Richard Hibbert who entered five events and won four of them, finishing 2nd in the other, including breaking the East Region’s 400 freestyle record for his age group.
Jack Petchey Award Winner - Hannah Tracey
9th October 2013
Congratulations to Hannah Tracey for winning this month's Jack Petchey Award.
Hannah started lifesaving in January with no prior knowledge of the skills. She has not only learnt and developed a new skill but has grown in confidence. Hannah displays confidence in her tasks and communicates both the instructions to save a life, and the correct answers to all the theory questions. She has worked well with the team and, with a bit of extra swimming coaching outside of class, is a strong member of Chelmsford Lifesaving Club.
CSC Polo Shirts
7th October 2013
Please note all polo shirts ordered from 1st October will be the new style shirts, and the price per shirt has increased by £2.
The order form can be found here
Arran Rae - World Triathlon Championships
22nd September 2013
Arran (17) was in a race of 102 under 20's from all over the world. His race started at 8am with a 750m swim in the Serpentine which he completed in 9min 47sec. He was 16th quickest swimmer and the 6th (22) quickest GB athlete.
He had a good transition on to the bike, however, the bike being his weakest discipline, he dropped to 60th place. The bike course was wet and slippery and there were numerous crashes resulting in several competitors having broken bones.
Arran then ran 5k in a time of 17.39 posting the 29th quickest run time.
Arran had an awesome experience at the World Championships and is looking forward to a few weeks rest before he starts training for next season.
Well done Arran!
Club Championship Results
16th September 2013
The results for the first ten events of this year's Club Championships are available here.
9th September 2013
Congratulations to the Richard Mills and Rob Olley for qualifying as level 2 coaches and also to Sean Eveleigh who has had his Level 2 qualification updated.
Millfield Waterpolo Nutrition
3rd September 2013
Attendees of the recent Millfield National Waterpolo Academy were given a talk on nutrition for Waterpolo. The presentation is available here and is probably applicable to competitive swimmers as well, although please seek the advice of your coach before following any of the advice given.
Waterpolo at The Boswell School
3rd September 2013
As part of the Sportivate work being carried out by water polo coaches from CSC, a successful after school water polo club has now started. This club offers the students of The Boswell School the expert coaching offered by CSC with the funding of the Sportivate programme to provide new equipment.
With a pathway put in place from school club to competitive club, 4 students have gone on to join CSC, with Alicia Thompson being selected for the East Region girl's squad and Imogen Crocker playing for the girl's Essex team.
Click here to be taken to the Boswell School website.
If you're a student of The Boswell School and you would like to join the after school club please contact Mr Sims in the PE department or email Dean Walker at email@example.com for more details.
Marlins Swim School
3rd September 2013
As part of CSC's SWIM21 club development work we now send our teachers into Marlin's Swim School to help bestow the high teaching standards as set by the ASA. They assess the kids that have lessons at Marlin's Swim School and when they reach the end of the lessons offered are provided the opportunity of trying other aquatic sports or increase swimming training and competitive swimming.
If you are looking for somewhere to take your children to learn to swim and what is offered at CSC doesn't fit in with what you can do then contact Marlin's Swim School for class availability at venues and times across differing pools in and around Chelmsford.
Contact Chris Miller on either 01245 225029 or 07887 501344, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterpolo Taster Session - 13th August
2nd September 2013
The photos taken at the recent Waterpolo taster session on 13th August are now available to view on Flickr. To see them click here.
If you have any issues either viewing or downloading them, please do not hesitate to contact our webmaster, Paul, by email.
Channel Swim - Update
2nd August 2013
Congratulations to Chelmsford Swimming Club swimmers Nick Hunt, Nick White, Jon Spriggs, Charley Spriggs and 2 others, who yesterday completed their team English Channel swim in just over 12 hours. Charley is only just over 12 years old by 10 days, and is one of the youngest swimmers ever to have participated in a team Channel swim, as the age limit starts at 12.
The team, known as Charley and the Old Speedos, swam in aid of Papworth Hospital, and have a Just Giving page which can be found here.
They have kept a blog of the swim, and it's build up, which can be found here.
The Channel Swimming Association Official Observer's Report can be read here.
Charlie Boden - National Silver
26th July 2013
Further congratulations to Charlie Boden for his silver medal in the 200 Backstroke (11/12 years age group) at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield today, with a time of 2:21.26.
Charlie Boden - National Bronze
24th July 2013
Congratulations to Charlie Boden for his bronze medal in the 100 Backstroke (11/12 years age group) at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield today.
Synchro girls selected for East Region Development Team
22nd July 2013
Well done to the following young ladies who have been selected by Amy Bryant, the East Region Development Officer to join the East Region Synchro Training Team.
9-10 Years - Lena Leineman & Evie Reynolds
11 – 12 Years - Emily Jennings & Jenny Chandler
13 – 14 Years - Jessica Goodman & Ari Cook
The successful swimmers were put forward by their coaches following their performances at East Region competitions, and trials were held at Hemel Hempstead.
The location of the monthly training sessions will see the girls visiting pools in different towns and cities around the region, working on their skill levels which are a requirement for more advanced competitions.
Coaches from the clubs involved will be giving up their time on Sundays when they can to help coach the girls and get more land training time too.
A very positive aspect of these sessions will be the opportunity for our Swimmers to interact with girls their own age who love Synchro as much as they do.
We wish them all luck with the training and look forward to hearing results from future competitions.
Ladies Waterpolo - Summer London League Division 2 Winners
22nd July 2013
The ladies waterpolo team have, at their first attempt, won the Summer London League Division 2.
Two very hard fought games saw them beat Ealing 5-3, with goals from Dani Brazier (3), Rachel Moore (1) and Jess Kneller (1), and Oxford Ladies 2-0, both goals coming from Dani Brazier. This was the last weekend of the competition.
They finished the competition having won 7 of their 8 games. Southampton, the only team to beat them, and their closest rivals, won only 5 games!
Well done every one, and here's to Division 1
East Region Inter-County Championships 2013
8th July 2013
Chelmsford Swimming Club provided the biggest contingent of swimmers for the Essex team at this year’s East Region Inter counties event hosted by Bedfordshire at the Luton Inspire sports centre.
All 10 swimmers played their part in driving Essex to a first time win in the event.
Evie Fisher, Sarah Larner and Hannah Travell provided three quarters of the team in the Girls 17+ age group, and a succession of 2nd places throughout the event in both individual events (Evie Breaststroke – Hannah Free and Back) and the relays provided good points for the teams overall total.
Gus Veasey and Matt Thompson both swam in the boy’s 15/16 age group and both were victorious members in the relay events.
Eliza Duffy competed in the same age group for the girls and took second in her fly event and like the boys a pair of wins in the relay events.
Max Duffy anchored the boys 13/14 age group home to another win in the freestyle relay.
Holly Thompson and Georgia Harrod were members of the girls 11/12 year team who stormed home to a win the freestyle relay event.
Charlie Boden swimming in the boys 11/12 age group came away with maximum points in both his Fly and Freestyle events whilst remaining unbeaten with a pair of wins in the relays to cap a fine event for him personally.
Final scores were Essex - 239, Cambridgeshire - 211, Suffolk - 197, Hertfordshire - 144, Bedfordshire - 131, Norfolk - 126
East Region BAGCat Championships 2013
3rd July 2013
Chelmsford Swimming Club came a credible 7th in the region at the recent East Regional BAGCAT Championships in Norwich. For the full story click here.
Charley Spriggs Channel Swim
1st July 2013
Sometime between 29th July and 6th August Charley Spriggs, who swims in the Junior Squad, and attends New Hall School will be attempting to swim the English Channel from Dover with a team of 'older' swimmers - Jon Spriggs (dad), Amanda Goodman (aunt), Nick White (uncle), Russell Campbell (her dad's friend) and Adrian Boehler (her dad's work mate) - taking it in turns to swim an hour each until they arrive in France ! The water will be 16 degrees, and no wetsuits are allowed !
The team, known as Charley and the Old Speedos, are swimming in aid of Papworth Hospital, and have a Just Giving page which can be found here.
To read the blog of their exploits click here.
Ladies Waterpolo Team Triumph !
18th June 2013
Last Sunday saw a full strength ladies' Waterpolo squad travel to the Whitgift School in Croydon to play their 2nd round matches in this year's summer London League Division 2.
Their first match against the City of Oxford team resulted in a win of 5-2, with goals from Rachel Moore (2), Dani Brazier (2) and Hannah Parkinson (1).
The team's second match was against Iceni, and despite Iceni taking the first goal Chelmsford never looked back and after two seven minute halves beat them 7-3. This time goals came from Tor Hawes (2), Dani Brazier (2), Jess Kneller (1), Rachel Moore (1) and Hannah Parkinson (1).
Their final match saw them play the only team to have beaten them so far, Southampton, and tension was high as our army of spectators watched. The game was nip and tuck for the first half, and most of the second half, but two goals within the last two minutes put paid to Southampton's chances of repeating their last win against us. The team won 5-3, with goals from Dani Brazier (2), Jess Kneller (1), Hannah Parkinson (1) and Rachel Moore (1).
The Lady of the Night was Hannah Parkinson, and the team is currently in first place in the league, with their last two games to play on 21st July.
Dani Brazier on BBC Essex
24th May 2013
Dani was recently interviewed by BBC Essex for a piece on her inclusion in the GB U15 girl's team before they travelled to Hungary this weekend. You can hear the full interview by clicking below.
Here the girls are pictured at Stansted Airport before they fly out !!
Essex Masters Swimming Championships - 11th May
17th May 2013
Nine Chelmsford Masters represented Chelmsford Swimming Club at the Essex Championships on 11th May 2013 at Thurrock Leisure Centre.
Sophie Castle, our only female representative, swam six events, winning five and coming second in the other. This excellent result won her fourth place in the overall individual awards. Gordon Cartwright, in his first ever swimming competition, swam three races and attained third in the 200m freestyle. Adam McMeeking came third in the 100m freestyle and Malcolm MacGregor entered three freestyle races coming third in the 400m. Fred Vaeremans was also swimming in his first gala and did well to finish second in the 50m backstroke and third in both the 50 and 100m freestyle. Dave Pethers, who was competing after a long absence from swimming, swam four races and medalled in all of them with a first, a second and two thirds. In his age group Kevin Chesworth was supreme in freestyle winning the 50, 100 and 200m in very fast times. Derek Gore also entered four events and finished with three firsts and a second place. The real star of the team was Nick Hunt who entered nine events and won all of them earning him the best individual male swimmer of the meet.
The team only entered one relay and were first in the 100m medley event. In the club competition Chelmsford were third overall, which was exceptional considering we had only nine swimmers.
Ladies London League Waterpolo - 12th May
17th May 2013
Our Ladies Water Polo team took part in their first competitive match last weekend, travelling to Croydon, for the opening games of the 2013 Summer London League.
The first game was against Southampton, an experienced National League team. The girls played hard and eventually lost the game 9-5. Scorers were Dani Brazier (3) and Tor Hawes (2).
The next game was against Iceni, the East Region team, who also play in the National League. This was a very close fought game with Chelmsford running out winners 6 - 4. Scorers in this match were Dani Brazier (4), Karen Rodwell (1) and Lizette DeBruyn (1).
This was a very good start to the Summer League campaign, especially as the team had a number of players missing due to exams! But what made it special was the team was made up of a pair of mother and daughter combinations with Caryn Brazier playing with daughter, Dani and Captain Karen Rodwell playing alongside daughters Louise and Laura.
Well done girls we are looking forward to the next round on June the 16th - Keep up the training !
Marie Curie Swimathon
16th May 2013
A Big Thank You for raising an amazing £4,500 for the Marie Curie Charity
Chelmsford Swimming Club took part in the world’s biggest fundraising swimming event and raised over £4,500, swimming a massive 30 miles in one hour. Swimmers aged 6 to 60 took part from across the whole club, including our Competitive Squad, Masters and SwimFit divisions in-addition-to some of our younger swimmers from the Development Squad.
New Hall School, were delighted to be able to support the event and supplied the pool and lifeguards to enable the club to take part.
Swimmers got into the spirit of the event, and created teams with names such as Torpedo Turtles, Triple Trouble and even the Harry Potter Banana Bunch, with matching swimsuits or team logos; and even the coaches managed to get in the water and swim the distance, with plenty of support from club swimmers on the sidelines.
Well Done to all of you that took part and don't forget to get any last sponsorship money in to Swimathon and next year we will be looking for even more of you to take part!!
GB Waterpolo team update
12th May 2013
As she prepares to travel with the Team GB Under 15's girls water polo squad to Hungary, Dani Brazier is now very proud to be able to wear her GBR Hoody and Shirt. The Team will be flying out of London Stansted on the 25th May for 4 days of International Water Polo, both training and playing ahead of the week long UK summer training camp at Millfields School, Somerset in August.
Dani, who used to swim competitively for CSC wishes more girls, especially ex-competitive swimmers would get involved - "The competitive spirit is brilliant and it's great being part of a team of mixed ages and abilities. Winning makes it even better!" We'd like to wish Dani and her GB Teammates a very successful trip.
Important Announcement regarding Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro Suit
9th May 2013
A recent communication from Arena and FINA regarding the banning of certain models of Arena Power skin Carbon-Pro swimsuits will not affect entrants to the forthcoming BAGCATS. Any swimmer in possession of one of the banned suits will still be able to compete in it.
As of 7th of May 2013, the Arena website announced that certain Arena POWERSKIN Carbon-Pro models were not valid anymore for FINA sanctioned events.
The following statement has today, been issued by the ASA and British Swimming:
- British Swimming and the ASA advise that the FINA bylaw BL 8.1 only applies to Olympic Games and FINA events.
- There is no requirement for officials to check that costumes are on the approved FINA list. Bylaws BL 8.2 and BL 8.3 cover our requirement for design and material.
- A suit check will only be made if a World or European record is being claimed.
1st May 2013
Congratulations to the 31 swimmers who have qualified to compete at this year's East Region Championships 2013 in May and June
The full list of qualifiers can be found here.
Synchronised Swimming Section Win Gold
5th April 2013
Following the success of the Chelmsford Swimming Club synchronised swimming team at the Essex County Championships held at Riverside Ice and Leisure last year, the team set off to the East Regional competition held at Stevanage this month and once again performed spectacularly. With Gold medals in a number of categories, the synchronised team are delighted with their achievements and looking forward to continued success.
Members of the club, who train at Riverside Ice and Leisure, focused on developing exciting routines that were delivered with the precision and flair you would expect from one of the Counties most succesful synchronised swimming teams.
Jessica Goodman and Eleanor Randall produced solo routines that saw Gold and Bronze being won respectively, with a Gold also being awarded to Nina Fix in the 18-19 year old category.
In the duets there was further success with Evie Reynolds and Lena Leinaman (Age 9) winning Gold in their first ever competition, Emily Jennings and Jenny Chandler (Age 12 and under) retaining their Gold medal position and winning the duet category and new comers Ari Cook and Lucy Jones also winning Gold with an outstanding performance and team mates Alex Jellicoe and Josephine Worsley coming in third. In the Open Duet, Laura Frostick and Lucy Bird, two of the clubs most experienced and talented synchronised swimmers were delighted to bring home a Silver medal from the Regional event.
There was further delight in the team performances with a Bronze medal in the 13-14 years age group and in the open team category.
The whole club performed brilliantly and were excited to have performed so well against strong competition from across the East Region.
More details, and pictures can be found on the Synchro section's results page here.
100 Medals at County Championships 2013
5th April 2013
Well done to all our County Qualifiers and medalists - CSC won a fantastic 100 medals at the County Championships; 35 Gold Medals, 36 Silver Medals and 29 Bronze medals. With more than 50 swimmers qualifying to compete in the 2013 event this is the most swimmers Chelmsford have ever had at the Essex Championships and an outstanding result for the swimmers that represent our City
Event best times were achieved by Evie Fisher, Eliza Duffy, Hannah Travell and Ethan Harrington with Top Male swimmer awarded to Ethan Harrington and Gus Veasey and Top Female swimmer awarded to Courtney Sanders, Evie Fisher who won this award for the 5th year running and Hannah Travell who delivered a spectacular performance and won all her events and took home a total of 11 Gold Medals.
Our younger swimmers all delivered a superb performance. These include; Owen Vaughan (Age 9) who swam exceedingly well and earned himself an amazing 4 medals including a Silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke and Bronze medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 100 Individual Medley and 200 breaststroke, Alfie Brown (Age 10) who achieved the second highest individual point score for his age group and won a massive 8 medals over all including 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, Abbie Low (Age 10) who won her first ever Bronze medal at County Level in the 50 m Backstroke, and Lauren Scott (Age 10) who won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke for the second year running.
This is a fantastic result for Chelmsford Swimming Club who successfully achieved second place out of the 24 Clubs that entered, second only to Romford, who have a much larger membership, and saw Chelmsford beating all the other London Borough Clubs.
British Gas International Swimming Meet 2013
14th March 2013
Congratulations to Eliza Duffy for her efforts at the inaugural British Gas International Swimming Meet held in Leeds. The event attracted a host of national and international swimmers, many of whom are Olympians who competed in London 2012. Top domestic representation came from Liam Tancock, Michael Jamieson, Hannah Miley and Francesca Halsall.
Eliza competed in the 50, 100 and 200 Backstroke events over the 4 day competition. Eliza made the junior final in both the 50 and 100 Backstroke and finished 11th in the 200 Backstroke junior event. The junior finals were held in the evening each day alongside the senior finals and were streamed live over the internet (as was the whole event). Eliza finished 6th and 7th in the 50 Backstroke and 100 Backstroke junior finals respectively, breaking in the process (subject to ratification) the 50 Backstroke Junior and Senior County records and the 50 Backstroke Junior East Region record.
British Empire Medal for Dawn Bracken
7th January 2013
Congratulations to one of our long standing members and coaches, Dawn Bracken, for being awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours list for her work as a Pre-Games Volunteer at London 2012.
Dawn, a long standing member of Chelmsford Swimming Club, has volunteered with CSC in a number of roles as Masters Secretary, teacher, coach, competition secretary and press and PR officer and was delighted to be selected in 2009 as a pre-games volunteer for London 2012 and eventually contributed more than 1500 hours with the Nations and Regions team (a department at LOCOG whose job it was to get the message of the Games around all the Nations and Regions of the UK).
Dawn's passion for swimming also resulted in her being selected as a Games Maker in the Aquatics centre during the Olympics and Paralympics and gave her the opportunity to chaperone athletes from the moment they got out of the water until they arrived at the medal ceremony area, including chaperoning Michael Phelps on his last ever race!
"I would happily do it all again, given the chance. I finished volunteering with London 2012 at the end of October and was then offered a job working on the Games Maker legacy. My job has meant I've had to take a break from coaching for a while but I hope to return to it soon" Dawn Bracken
New Procedure for Claiming Club Records
16th May 2011
Please note it is now the responsibility of the swimmer to notify the club when they have broken a club record. You will need to complete the new club record form within the Club Records section and return it to email@example.com for approval.
If this procedure is not followed then the new time/record may not be recognised.
The Importance of the Underwater Kick !
9th February 2011
Sean sent this out recently. It shows what can be achieved with a good underwater kick in backstroke. Watch Hill Taylor in Lane 6.
New Swimsuit Rules
26th November 2009
New FINA bylaws on swimwear with effect from 1st January 2010 for all competitions except Masters events.
- BL 8.1 - All FINA approved swimwear to be used at the Olympic Games and FINA World Championships must be approved by FINA at least twelve (12) months prior to the start of the respective competition. In addition, it must be available for all competitors by 1st January of the year of the Olympic Games or FINA World Championships.
- BL 8.2 - In swimming competitions the competitor must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. No additional items, like arm bands or leg bands shall be regarded as parts of a swimsuit.
- BL 8.3 - From January 1st 2010 swimwear for men shall not extend above the navel nor below the knee, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor shall it extend below the knee. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials.
Training and Sickness do not mix !!
26th October 2009
Over the last few weeks quite a few swimmers have been turning up to training with the start of a cold or flu, and getting out early or not training fully, which in the hot damp environment of the pool spreads the illness rapidly around the rest of the swimmers
Unless you are well enough to train properly, you should not attend a training session. Swimming is an intensive sport and requires 100% fitness, so if you are unwell please do not come to training and spread your germs to others. A few days off usually means you are not contagious, so please respect the other swimmers in your squad.
If you are interested in any of the activities undertaken by Chelmsford Swimming Club and wish to find out more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.