AGM 2019/20 - Secretary's Report

Secretary’s Report 2019/2020

  1. Club Captains

The club nominated Senior and Junior Captains for the year 2020/2021. The Senior Captains are Ryan BaldwinEva Farmeryand Addy Ledward. The Junior Captains are Riley Price, Amelie Dorrington and Mimi Vincent.


  1. Results for April 2019/April 2020


It was a busy year for Clevedon, with representation and success in a range of team and individual galas, including the Greater Gwent, 4 Seasons, Cotswold and Arena leagues. Our thanks go to the wonderful coaches, officials, helpers and parents who support all our swimmers at the meets they enter.

Ella Jenkins competed in the Welsh National Swimming Championships entering her events as respectable 12th seed but ended up with a 1st and a 2nd. Ben Penhale entered the 200IM in the Swim England National Meet and achieved 2nd place. Amazing swimming and well done to Ben and Ella. 


Clevedon were successful in the South West Regionals for age groups 11 -14. We had at least one swimmer representing our Club in every single event. Swimmers involved in 2019 were Jamie Steadman, Caden Best, Sam Ledward, George Blessitt, Ben Godfrey, Riley Price, Immie Bamber, Giselle Fitton, Malia Smith and Josie Ballam. They all swam extremely well with lots of exciting racing and PB’s.

The older swimmers, 15 and above also did exceptionally well. The Youth Regionals at Plymouth saw amazing swims from Eva Farmery, Sam Streeter, Finlay Smith and Bertie Williams.


Clevedon completed a gruelling four weekends of competition at the Somerset County Championships, held at Millfield throughout January and February.

25 individual medals were won by seven swimmers. Congratulations to Blayne Stanbrook, Eloise Cash, Jacob Sell, Jamie Steadman, Martha Sell, Riley Price and Mimi Vincent who took home five gold medals, eight silver medals and 12 bronze medals between them.

Finally, in addition to individual success, Clevedon’s relay teams also topped the medal table with the Girls10-12 200m freestyle team winning silver and the Boys 15 and under 200m free and 200m Medley relays securing bronze.

Clevedon ASC was proud to have so many Young Volunteers assist with the running of the meet.


Clevedon & Chard Open Meet 2019

Paul Chambers was instrumental in the set up and successful running of this event and without our large numbers of qualified officials and willing helpers we would not be able to put these events on. Our thanks for co-ordinating and the event go to Paul, Liesa Price and Jo Streeter.

  1. Club Championships 2019

There was a change of format in Dec 2019, trialling sharing with Weston, in order to maximise resources. The results were enjoyed at the Presentation and Celebration Evening back in January.

  1. Other Competitions

The Four Seasons gala is aimed at the Development and Junior skills swimmers and provides great experience of first club galas for our swimmers. The team is managed by Jon Gall, who we understand has decided to step away from coaching and we thank him for his continued support. Also, thanks to Sally Foster and Sue Clinton who have stepped in at the last minute to ensure the galas were supported in Jon’s absence. 

Arena League/Cotswolds

We thank the Team managers of the Cotswolds, Claire and Dave Best and Nic Steadman and the Manager of the Arena Team, Sue Stanbrook.

Our thanks also go to the Competition Secretaries, Paul Chambers and Sally Jenkins who do an amazing job, often under difficult circumstances and time constraints.

  1. Achievement Shields


This year’s boy’s achievement shield was won by Ben Godfrey for his passion and commitment to the club, and for the girls Eva Farmery, for her determination and positivity.

The Young Volunteer’s award was won by Nathan Turner for his input with the younger swimmers, for being a fantastic role model and giving back to the club.

The performance squad award was won by Sam Streeter, Senior Skills by Rosie Evans, SCS was awarded to Sophie Chambers and JCS to Mimi Vincent. The squad award for Junior skills was shared jointly between Lucy Wakefield and Jaydn Jones. Development was awarded to Jolee Wong and Improvers to Meghan Toomey and Koroush Ahmadi-Ganj.

  1.  SwimMark

Thanks to the continued hard work and persistence of our Co-Ordinator, Jan Farmery, the club remains accredited to SwimMark. Swim Mark accreditation enhances club management framework and unites clubs.

Thank you, Jan, for your commitment to the club.

  1. Club Personnel and Volunteers

We are very lucky at Clevedon with our club personnel and volunteers, and our sincere thanks go out to all. Without these people, the club simply could not operate.

Paul Chambers was awarded a County award for his assistance in the running of the Development Meet and County Championships.

The Club would like to thank Jayne Prideaux for years of devoted service. Jayne stood down as Chair this summer and the Committee thanks her and is very grateful to her for her commitment to Clevedon ASC. We are grateful to Liesa Price for stepping up to fill this role.

Paul Jenkins, continued in his role of Treasurer despite asking to stand down over a year ago. He will be missed, and the Committee thanks him for his expertise and commitment to the Club. We welcome Jo Ledwidge.

Deb Brown continues in the role of Welfare Officer, Verity Cash deals with the Communications between parents and coaches and Nicola Mark keeps the Membership in check.

Liesa Price’s efforts as Fundraising Officer have raised thousands and enabled Clevedon Swimming Club to give back to the community through donations to other causes, as well as support for Clevedon.

Jo Streeter stood down as the gala co-ordinator but continues to be very involved with tasking gala volunteers.

We also thank Anna Elliot for her role in co-ordinating club kit, Kim Blessitt for her role of pool booking and Tina and Paul Lewis for arranging the trophies for the Presentation Evening.

Pat Leaman is our Head Coach and we are very grateful for her commitment to the role and the Club’s continued success. The Committee and Club thank all of our coaches and the volunteer parents who assist them week in week out on poolside. We also thank Jo Sell and Jon Gall who have contributed so much and are standing down as coaches.

We must thank and recognise our Young Volunteers who offer invaluable assistance on poolside to our coaches and teachers. The younger swimmers love receiving input from these great role models. Our Young Volunteers are valued and appreciated for the work they do, and it is noted that as a Club, we have a high number of Young Volunteers wanting to get involved. A County award we given to the programme for it’s success and Erica Godfrey was one of the recipients on the scheme’s behalf.

We are lucky at Clevedon with our steady flow of officials and have been able to offer plenty of help at various meets we attend. Thanks to Sue Mennie who co-ordinates our officials. Well done to Dave Best and Nicola Steadman for achieving their J2 qualifications, and Sophie Mennie and Emma Parish on their J1. We also thank Poppy Leaman and Eva Farmery for their Coaching Qualifications

There are a large number who step up and offer their help at galas and home meets. The last Four Seasons Meet and Club Champs saw a number of parents new to the club stepping forward. Those mentioned in this report are not an exhaustive list and we would like to thank all those who give up their time in whatever capacity.

Our swimmers never fail to impress with their outstanding performances. They are all a real credit to the club and reflect the incredible amount of hard work that goes into such performances, in their training, by themselves and by all their teachers, coaches, young volunteers and adult helpers. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed to such a successful year.

Finally, the way in which the Club has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic has been incredible. From the beginning of Lockdown, the swimmers have been supported and motivated by challenges set by the Head coach. There was lots of interaction with coaches, baking, yoga, team events and virtual fundraising for CHSW.

From the moment the green light was given for pools to re -open, the Committee and Coaches have worked relentlessly to ensure risk assessments were delivered, bubbles sorted, and pool time was secured. The entire Club return to the pool on 8th September went smoothly because swimmers had felt engaged with Clevedon ASC throughout the summer, and the Head Coach, Chair and Committee had everything so well organised. We should be proud to be part of Team Clevedon.

Kate Vincent Club Secretary

Sept 21st 2020