City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club (COSASC) had cause for double celebration at the 2015 North East Disability Sports Awards, held at the Sunderland Stadium of Light on Wednesday 18th February.
18 year old Matt Wylie, S9 British record holder and double European junior champion, won the Male Personality of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Danny Thompson picked up the Coach of the Year award in recognition of his achievements and dedication as head coach of the City of Sunderland programme.
On Sunday the 21st June an open water festival will take place at Salford Watersports Centre, Salford Quays. As well as an fantastic opportunity for those new to open water swimming to try the sport, the festival will also see the North West and the Northumberland and Durham counties swimming association crown their open water champions.
More information on the event can found here: Open Water Swimming Festival 21st June 2015.
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On Monday night this week we attended the Durham hub session at the Louisa Centre in Stanley where 22 swimmers from across 5 clubs in the county were training together as part of the regular Durham hub training sessions. It was really exciting to see the mix of swimmers and coaches highlighting how clubs within the county can successfully work together.
During the session the swimmers spent time in the pool and the gym. Many of the swimmers have attended all of the sessions and can see the benefits and it has had on their swimming and training.
When asked about the hub sessions, a number of the swimmers commented that they enjoy ‘the mixture of clubs and training with different people’ ‘the interaction with swimmers from other clubs and the ability to mix with other coaches’ and ‘racing new people’.
Swim North East and the City of Sheffield Beacon Water Polo Programme invite coaches to a Water Polo Coach Development Day with Paul Metz on the 7th March 2014 at Pond's Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.
Paul is the coach to the 2008 Dutch Women's Water Polo Olympic Gold Medalists and has a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge.
The session will run from 10:00 - 16:00. The cost to attend is £10 for coaches within North East clubs, £15 for coaches from clubs outside the region and £5 for players.
The price also includes entry to the Sheffield v Cheltenham British Championships match which starts at 16:00.
Please see below, information on the next club network meetings within Northumberland and Durham:
Northumberland Club Network: 17th March 2015, 7 p.m. at the Riverside Leisure Centre, Morpeth.
Durham Club Network: 25th March 2015, 7 p.m. at the Louisa Centre, Stanley.
Tyne and Wear Club Network: 18th March 2015, 7pm at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre, Sunderland.
Tees Valley Club Network: 8th March 2015, 18:30 at the Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough.
Please support your network by ensuring a representative from you club is present at the meetings. If you could like to join an existing club network, please contact one of the regional development officers.