On 1st January 2012, we
were devastated to hear of the sad passing of one of our young
swimmers, Mary Collard. Mary was only 11 years old and had been
bravely fighting bone cancer.
Mary was an inspiration
to everyone whose life she touched, particularly those who watched
her fight this destructive illness with incredible positivity and
at such a young age.
She was a very talented
swimmer, a skillful golfer and a keen footballer. She was also an
enthusiastic actor and writer. And whatever she put her heart into,
she was always at the centre of the action, always smiling and
always surrounded by friends and family.
At Mary’s funeral,
the congregation was asked to wear red in celebration of
Mary’s love for Liverpool Football Club. It was an emotional
sight. As a club, we felt that this would be the perfect way to
remember Mary and show our support for the charity that was so
important in helping Mary and her family.
At our 10th Easter Open
Meet in 2012, we witnessed an unbelievably moving sight as the
entire swimming family joined together to “Wear Red for
Mary”, to celebrate the life of Mary who lost her incredibly
brave battle with bone cancer on New Year’s Day 2012, at the
age of just 11.
Through donations and the
sale of donated red Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the magnificent sum of
£500 was raised. Thank you so much to everyone who wore red
and donated last year.
At our 2012 club
championships, programmes were sold in aid of Bone Cancer Research
Trust, raising another £237 for Mary’s charity. To
date, various events across the town (including ours) have raised
over £40,000 for the charity.
Please see this Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury
article published 18 December 2013 regarding the success of
fund raising in memory of Mary.
In 2013 we donated all
the proceeds of our Easter Meet Sunday raffle to the Bone Cancer
Mary’s mum Sue has
emailed to say, it “is so lovely that everybody wants to
donate the raffle proceeds from the Easter Meet, to BCRT, and even
more special that everyone is still remembering Mary, she loved her
swimming and it is great that you are supporting
Sue is also running the
London Marathon this year with two friends, her first ever
marathon, dressed as Spongebob (Mary’s favourite
Sue told The Weston
Mercury, “I’m just doing this for Mary and we want to
raise awareness. One of Mary’s wishes was that she always
wanted to be remembered, which she definitely
If you would like to
support Sue in her marathon effort please visit her donations page
via www.justgiving.com/Sue-Collard2 (it has a big
yellow smiley face). As Sue states, “If what we are doing
saves just one life, it’s worth doing.”
For more information
about the disease and the trust visit The Bone
Cancer Research Trust web site.
Thank you so much again
for last year and for reading this page, thereby increasing
awareness of bone cancer. If you feel led to buy a raffle ticket or
support Sue, please do, your contribution will help to fight this
A tribute to Dave
Brunsdon who recently lost his battle with cancer.
The water at WSMSC lies
still with the passing of one of our own.
Dave, you taught us so much, never dwelling on self but always
thinking of others, showing genuine interest and extraordinary
support to all.
Your fun, friendship and fellowship, we shall miss, but never
You touched everyone. Lane 4 is for the best - we dedicate it
With all our love to Ros, Pauline, Rich, Katie, Evan and Louie,
from everyone at WSMSC
completed the London Marathon on 24 April 2016 to raise money for
Macmillan Cancer support in celebration of his Dad.
All of Richard's family
saw first hand how Macmillan can help people with Cancer and he
would like to raise as much as possibe as a thank you for the help
they have given him over the last year or so.
Richard's record at the
London Marathon can be seen here using competitor number 41399 and any further
donations made via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RichardBrunsdon
We now have a new post
box for all swimming club forms and letters. All swimming meet
entry forms should now be posted through our post box which is
located underneath the trophy cabinet at Hutton Moor.
An Official? Who,
By Kelly O'Connor,
If your child has just
started on their swimming journey then congratulations on becoming
a “swim parent”. If, like me, your child is working
their way up the squad lists and is a swimming obsessive then
commiserations… you’re a “swim parent”. If
sitting through 15 heats of Girls 400m freestyle in sauna-like
conditions and developing a severe case of “Bench Bum”
you start to think that there must be a better way to pass the
time, there is… volunteer.
The thought of
volunteering is usually met with an audible groan and avoidance of
eye contact with the Club Organiser, however, maybe you
didn’t know that for all swimming competitions the Club is
expected to provide or have, team
managers, marshals and officials. Without these volunteers, your
child wouldn’t be able to compete.
I, with a handful of
other parents last year, “volunteered” to start
training as a swimming official.
Dressed gloriously all in
white (not my best look), swimming officials are the
studious-looking people seen standing around the side of the pool
sporting stopwatches and clipboards. My only tip, if you do
decide this maybe something you’re interested in, is to buy
As a beginner, I’m
at the Judge Level 1 Candidate level. We had two classroom sessions
with Pete Gonsalves to begin with before being presented with our
Workbooks. The next objective is to be mentored through the various
roles a Judge Level 1 needs to achieve. These include Time Keeper,
Chief Time Keeper, Inspector of Turns, Chief Inspector of Turns and
Relay Take-off Judging. There is no formal examination with this
qualification, but you will have to satisfactorily answer questions
in the course workbook and are asked questions whilst you are
completing your practical.
It can be pressured at
times. A 50 metre freestyle race can be over in under 30 seconds,
in which time you have to check the dive, that they haven’t
gone more than 15 metres underwater, ensure you have the correct
swimmer for the next race, be in position to view the touch finish,
stop the automatic timing back up button and stopwatch at the same
time, note the time, hand the slip to the Chief Timekeeper and be
in position for the start of the next race. However, the upside is
the sessions do fly by and you do feel
Even more than marching
out to cheesy music, the worst part of the role is
disqualifications. As a parent I know how heart breaking they can
be especially for younger swimmers. None of us want to disqualify
anyone. We always give the benefit of doubt to the swimmer and only
report any discrepancies to the Referee if absolutely 100% sure.
Sat in the crowd it can be a mystery as to why a swimmer has been
DQd, I certainly didn’t know all the rules before I started
this role. It has definitely given me a greater insight into
swimming - another reason to get involved!
You do get looked after
as an Official. You can receive travel expenses, are provided with
drinks and sweets throughout the racing and get provided
Maybe this Officiating
isn’t for you. However, there are plenty of alternatives to
help if you want to take part. Go on, get involved.
For more information on
becoming a Swim Official or volunteering for a role assisting the
club, see a member of the committee or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASA Competitive Swimming
WSMSC now offers the
opportunity for parents of our swimmers, to
acknowledge their achievements by purchasing badges and
certificates for times swum at competitions and
For further information,
please see this parents letter.
The award times are available here.
An order form is available here.
Ordering of awards is
coordinated by Helen Finch.
Orders can be placed any
Tuesday, by handing in the order form along with payment to Jon and
Leanne at the club shop.
WSMSC Gala Entries -
One small measure to help
meet the escalating cost of funding team manager/coach
passes/expenses at galas is the introduction of a levy of £1
per swimmer per gala entered.
This is per gala and NOT
per event, so if you enter four events at a gala you will pay
£1 as will someone who enters six events at that
This does not apply to
galas that we run.
Where the club supports a
gala and entries are invited from WSMSC swimmers, cheques should be
made out to "WSMSC" please and not to the club hosting the gala. It
is the norm that cheques are only banked either once full
acceptance has been received that we have got our swimmers into the
meet or at the time of the meet itself. We don't bank cheques at
the time you submit your entry in case of
Pool Times, Squads and
Please check the squad
training times to make sure that swimmers are attending pre-pool.
Being able to get in certain positions and fire given muscle groups
on land, is a pre-cursor to performing the necessary skills in the
water, which will allow continued improvement. Some swimmers have
already been spotted as future “pre-pool
Swimmers are grouped
largely due to LTAD and their biological, physical and mental
age/maturity. The movement criteria acts as a guideline to help
parents to understand what the coaches are looking
Swimmers are moved for
- Sometimes they have
reached the ceiling age for the squad
that they are in and they need to shift the focus of their training
to something else, to help them to continue to
- Swimmers that
demonstrate outstanding skills consistently,
show that they are ready for a new challenge
- Some swimmers hit a
plateaux and need to change the focus of their
- Swimmers can be invited
to ‘drop in’ to a session to help them to transition or
because they need something extra to add to their programme when
they are older - there always needs to be something to add on, in
is not based on race times and does not
make one swimmer ‘better’ than another. We work very
hard to give every athlete the training
that THEY need to help them to continue
improving. Moving squads before a swimmer is ready, can be far more
detrimental than moving too late.
A race suit is designed
to improve swimming performance. In a swimmer’s early years
of racing, improvements come from mastering race
skills and growing. Due to the nature of the sport,
swimmers are constantly chasing that next ‘golden
carrot’ time and a race suit is a short
cut in their developmental journey. If a swimmer
NEEDS a race suit to achieve a certain time, they are not yet ready
to compete at that level and need to develop the necessary skills
to help them to progress.
Race suits can
mask poor skills. The best young swimmers can race in
training suits and know that they have another level for the meets
There are no short cuts
to success - it takes 10 years or 10,000 hrs of training. Early
short cuts will lead to plateaus later, which are really tough
(psychologically) to overcome.
- NO race suits should EVER
be worn for L4 or Development Meets
- Race suits
should ONLY be worn for last chance L3 meets
(for County/Regional QTs)
- L1 and 2 meets are where
swimmers complete at a performance level - this is where race suits
should be worn (but only using the correct process…..eg not
during warm up/swim down)
How do I find my child's
time for a gala?
Licensed meet times can
be found by looking at the ASA's database of times for each
swimmer, known as their 'biog', or biography.
ASA biographies can be
accessed by inserting your child’s ASA number into the search
box on https://www.swimmingresults.org/biogs/, or by
putting your surname into the search box, then scrolling down and
clicking on them from the results generated by
Not all meets are
licensed so a broader range of times actually swum (second, third
and final leg split times of relays can NEVER be used to enter
individual events) can be found on the club PB (Personal Best)
list, which can be found in the members section of the website and
on the board at Hutton Moor.
The ASA's National Swim21
panel has approved our submission for Swim21.
Swim21 is the ASA's 'kite
mark' of good practice and the committee, lead very much by Steve
Soper, has been working towards this for the past 18
This award will enable
the club to obtain bursaries more easily towards courses for
volunteers, teachers and coaches and also means our older swimmers
can participate in the ASA South West Region's young volunteer
For more information: http://www.swimming.org/asa/clubs-and-members/swim21-accreditation/
We send out email
updates/bulletins to everyone for which we have an email
address. If you are not receiving the emails and would like
to do so, please send an email to the
Membership Secretary who will add your address to the
Phase 1 of the online
magazine for ASA Category 2 members aged 9-15 is now live, offering
a news feed, interviews, competitions and more.
For details and how to
sign up, please see this notice from the ASA (PDF).
The PB List policy can be viewed here.
For individual updates to
the PB List in line with the policy above, please email email@example.com
The clubs coaches may
wish to video swimmers to help them improve their stroke technique,
turns and starts.
Video analysis is being
used by more and more clubs as an aid to coaching and teaching as
it allows the swimmer to see exactly what they are doing correctly
If you would rather that
your child is not videoed or if you have any queries on this please
contact the club chairman.
Please see Newsletter 4 for details of how you can help
WSMSC raise £5000 every year just by internet searching and
shopping - at no extra cost or hassle to yourself. Please get
online and register as a supporter of Weston-Super-Mare Swimming
Club, then click Find & Remind to get an immediate
50p towards club funds to paste easyfundraising into your toolbar.
Then, log into your easy account each time you go online and
conduct internet searches via easysearch.org.uk (based on yahoo,
bing and ask) instead of google and earn us 0.5 pence for every
completed search (don't panic into thinking it's not working -
the stats on searching take a couple of weeks to show in the club
and your individual account). Please ask friends and relations to
follow us also, and get them to click on Find & Remind. If
you're logged into your easyfundraising account, any retailer who
offers donations to causes like ours (there are thousands, like
Amazon, Argos, Expedia, ebay, Tesco, etc, etc) will automatically
make the donation to us - just do what you normally do, but via
The opportunities that this presents for the club are massive -
so long as we all buy into it (metaphorically speaking, as it
doesn't cost a penny). Please join and then get searching!
Thank you. MA.
For Application forms
please click here