Swimmers from clubs within the North East Region attended the British Swimming Championships held last week at the London Aquatics Centre. The meet was a great success with a number of swimmers achieving personal best times, reaching Junior and Open finals and achieving podium positions.
On Saturday 18th April, Fred Furniss, ASA Talent Development Officer for the North of England ran a training camp at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre for swimmers, aged 11-12 who were medallist at the recent Northumberland and Durham swimming championships. The camp was run in conjunction with the successful Sunderland Beacon programme which is now in its second successful year and has supported a large number of flourishing swimmers including British Age Group qualifiers and medallists.
On the 22nd March 2015, at the Billingham Masters open meet, Stephanie Blakeburn from Billingham Swimming Club had a brilliant swim in the 200 IM, setting a new senior British record in a time of 2.15.91. Her record braking was supported by Nina Williams from East Leeds Swimming Club who also set a new British record at the meet for the 100 freestyle in the 45-49 age group in a time of 1.01.50. This record was the second this year for Nina who also broke the 400 freestyle record in a time of 4.50.02 at the ASA North West Regional Masters distance meet in Wigan at the start of February.
These records are a fantastic boost to Masters Swimming in the North East and are an inspiration for all the masters’ swimmers in the region. Congratulations ladies!
The Sport & Recreation Alliance are now accepting nominations for their annual awards which recognise recreational organisations, bodies and clubs for the work they do in their communities - and there are cash prizes up for grabs, click here for details.
For more information, please click here: Sport and Recreation Awards 2015.
Divers from clubs in the North East shone at the British Elite Junior Diving Championships in Plymouth at the start of the month returning to the region with a collection of medals.
Katherine Torrance from the City of Leeds landed double gold, her first individual British Junior titles of her career with a pair of impressive performances on the final two days of competition. She scored 403.40 to scoop the 1m title in the oldest Group A age group then doubled up to add the 3m crown on 455.85.
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The David Sparkes Award celebrates innovation throughout the aquatics industry, from pool design to methods of training, energy saving, Learn to Swim, new technology or increases in aquatic participation. There are no set criteria for the award. The innovation simply has to be new and proven to have made a real difference. The award is open to anyone, including groups, clubs, counties, regions or companies and individuals do not have to be a member of the ASA.
Submissions must be made by 15th July in the year of the award and a panel of three will sit to assess the winner.
The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000 presented at the ASA annual award ceremony. Click here for more details.