July Newsletter - Keep an eye on Rio!

Hope you are enjoying Team GB at Rio and especially our Team GB swimmers; there have been some excellent results and hopefully more to follow, Go Team GB!

Important News

1.New Season Squads and Fees

The new squad assignments start from our return in August.

Fee updates start from 1st September.

An email will have been sent to ALL swimmers in July to advise squad allocation. Please ensure you check email regularly. The new season's fees will be detailed in the email.

2. August Training Schedule – this is on the front page of the website or click here


3. Community Games – 29thAugust 2016 – Farnham Rugby Club

Always a good event and lets hope for good weather!  Volunteers needed to promote FSC and run activities. if you are interested please email Nicola Douglas ([email protected])

4. Swim Club Manager Upgrade

As you may be aware our swimclubmanager system has been upgraded to version 6.  You will receive an email prior to the new our return with new login details. Any enquiries to Ben Walton on [email protected]

5. Summer BBQ – 17thSeptember – Alice Holt

Please keep this date free for our FSC BBQ at Alice Holt, Farnham. Tickets are £10 a family and will be available from our Sunday Desk on our return. Volunteers need to prepare salads. Please contact Nicola Douglas on ([email protected])


1. Richard Allen – Two great results!


Following an injury packed year, Farnham Swimming Club and Surrey and South East Region ASA swimmer Richard Allen competed in a full field in the Triathlon England National Aquathlon Championships at Roundhay Park & Leeds City Centre in Leeds, Yorkshire. The Aquathlon is a gruelling combination of a 750m Open Water swim followed by a full 5,000m off track run and the event is part of the ITU World Triathlon Series 2016.


I am delighted to be able to inform you of another great effort from Farnham swimmer Richard Allen following his recent gold medal in the English Aquathlon Championships.


Richard competed in a prestigious 5km running race on Saturday in Solihull.  He was selected for the A race and finished 4th, a massive achievement for a 20 yr old. He beat many full time sponsored athletes and, after taking about 9 secs off his personal best, he is now ranked 12th in the U23 UK rankings.

Richard still has another year in the U23 age group and the European Championships qualifying time is 14.00 minutes. He will be working hard to take 16.32 seconds off his time by next year in order to fulfil one of his dreams of running in a GB vest. Incidentally, Richard is currently ranked 48th in the overall rankings - a list which includes the great Mo Farah!  To be in the top 50 as a 20-year-old is quite amazing, especially as he is a triathlete who is not a full time runner, and he is definitely planning to work hard to move up the rankings next year. This effort can only help to also improve his Aquathlon time.

APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT  - We are seeking financial support to send one of our swimmers to Mexico to compete in the Aquathlon World Championships.

Richard Allen has been selected to represent Team GB in the event for the second year running albeit he was unable to compete last year due to an injury. Unfortunately, there is no National funding available for this event and so we are therefore seeking to raise in excess of £2,200 in order to pay for Richard’s transport and hotel accommodation costs. The World Aquathlon course this year is a grueling combination of a 2,500m off track run followed by a 1,000m Open Water swim and finished with another 2,500m off track run.

The Aquathlon World Championships take place this year on September 14th at Fonatur Triathlon Park on the Island of Cozumel, Mexico. The event is a part of the International Triathlon Union World Championships and a link to the event can be found at http://cozumel.triathlon.org/event/schedule/(see 14th at 8.00am).

We are seeking support from local businesses and organisations in order to raise just over £2,200 to cover the travel and accommodation cost and should be most grateful if you would please be so kind as to let me know if you or a business that you are associated with or know can assist in anyway. The more donations or sponsorships or £25, £50, £100, or more if you can help in that way, that we collect the quicker we will reach our target. Please do let me know if you can help and if you have any questions on the above or would like any further information please do let me know.

Chris Lee – President FSC

2. Regional Open Water report:

Fantastic results and congratulations to all those FSC swimmers who took part at Chichester - 9th of July 2016.

5K Men - Sean Craven 3rd in the 17yr old regional category, 2nd in Surrey and qualified for the NATIONALS!

3K Men - Kit Humphrey 4th in the 15yr old regional category, 1st in Surrey!

3K Women - Molly Webster 5th in the 16yr old regional category, 2nd in Surrey!

3K Women - Abi Mason 6th in the 15yr old regional category, 1st in Surrey!

3K Women - Robyn Tayelor 1st in her age group and 1st in Surrey!

1.5K Men - Alessandro Harker 8th in the 12yr old regional category, 3rd in Surrey!

1.5K Men - Chris Manetta 1st in his age group and 1st in Surrey!

1.5K Men - Andrew Craven 1st in his age group and 2nd in Surrey!

1.5K Women - Ella Rose Walton 3rd in the 12yr old regional category, 3rd in Surrey and qualified for the NATIONALS!

1.5K Women - Anthi Tsopanakos 7th in the 12yr old regional category, 4th in Surrey!

1.5K Women - Caroline Butterwick 1st in her age group and 1st in Surrey!

500m Boys - Andrew Tim Stanley 3rd in the 11yr old regional category, 1st in Surrey!

500m Boys - Jasper Pip Henderson 3rd in the 11yr old regional category, 3rd in Surrey!

500m Girls - Ella Natalie Cheesman 1st in the 11yr old regional category, 1st in Surrey! AND South East Region Open Water Champion, well done ELLA!

3. Great Newham Swim report:

Congratulations to Emily Campbell, Jacob Grafham, Shona Robertson and Nick Rusz who took part in this great event.  It would be good to see more of our swimmers take part in this next year. A half-mile swim for those swimmers under 16 and a mile for those over 16, swimming at Victoria Docks in London. No date for next year yet available - July 2016

4. Amy Strode – Team GB Biathle

Congratulations to Amy competing with the Biathle Team GB and winning a bronze medal in her category in the European Biathle Championship in Portugal – July 2016.

5. Masters Rushmoor Royals Long Course

 Congratulations to Bryony Sherlow who took gold in the 100m breaststroke and Mike Shaw who took bronze in the 100m free – 23rd July 2016.

6. National Open Water report:

A huge well done to Ella-Rose Walton competing in her first Nationals and for finishing 12th out of 26 in her age group, what a great achievement, taking one minute of her Regional time on the 9th of July – 24th July 2016. 

7. MASTER Paul Davis awarded MBE

Huge Congratulations to Paul Davis on being decorated with an MBE, what an achievement!


Swim Events coming up:

1.    FSC ‘No Frills’ Gala – 4th of September - invitations have already been sent out. Deadline 19/8/16.

2.    BBS Handicap Sprint – 18th of September – invitations have already been sent out. Deadline 5/9/16.

3.    Littlehampton Open – 25th September – Martin has select swimmers and email invitations have been sent.

4.    Arena League Round 1 – 8th October – Participating swimmers have already been informed.

5.    Rushmoor Royals Autumn L2 Meet – 15/16th October – Swimmers with qualifying times have been informed. Entries now closed.

6.    Master’s National Short course – Sheffield – 28/30th October

7.    Hart Meet – 29thOctober – Details to follow.

8.    Club Champs – October/November – details to follow

9.    Atlantis Christmas Cracker – 26th/27th of November – Swimmers with qualifying times have been informed.

10.  Masters T30 - calling on all club members and parents to enjoy – the only requirement is to be at least 18 years old on the day of the swim. A fast or leisurely swim at your option for just 30 minutes – and all entries need to be processed before 31 December, so other than in exceptional circumstances, the swimming has to be done and reported to the Club by December 15th. To take part and for further information please contact Caroline Butterwick - [email protected] 

Take a look on the events page for all important galas and meets for your diaries

Other Events coming up:

1.    Community Games – Bank Holiday Monday 29th of August 2016 – Volunteers required to help to promote FSC to help run general sports events and competitions as well as other mixed duties, if you are interested please email Nicola Douglas ([email protected])

2.    FSC Summer BBQ will take place on Saturday 17th September – 12-4pm Alice Holt, Farnham, volunteers wanted to prepare salads etc

Report from the Chairman

When we joined the Club as a family three years ago, we were highly impressed with the Club's family-centric, welcoming culture and the successes that have been achieved because of this. It was the same time that Martin Edwards joined and launched his new swimming programme; a programme that completely transformed our swimmers’ mentality and progression path. Three years later, I see that this culture has evolved further, is empowered and that successes keep coming at a higher rate, in every level.

But this comes at a cost: the cost of the hard work and effort of all the people working in the background: on-boarding and managing members, coaching, officiating, organising and running events, managing facilities and venues, running finances, administration of the club technology and infrastructure, communications, welfare, community involvement, charity programmes…I could go on all day about how much effort these people are putting in this Club.

And all of them are doing it with joy and a big smile. Because we all love being part of this Club.

But with cost, comes success also. And the Club’s successes and more successes to come is You. This year, it was You (swimmers, coaches, parents, volunteers) who helped bringing back hundreds of medals, personal best times, international, national, regional and county competition achievements, at every level, from Minnows to Masters.

So we thank You for a fantastic year and looking forward to an even greater year going forward!

Dimitri Tsopanakos

Thank You Volunteers

A massive thank you from the Committee to all our fantastic volunteers who helped at the Club Sprints/Mini Meet and regular run the Sunday Desk, we could not run these events without your help.

Social Committee

Save the date - Summer BBQ will take place on Saturday 17th September

Trip to the Olympic pool - the social committee have discussed the prospect of taking a group to swim in the Olympic pool, Stratford as a winter treat. We would travel by coach and have dinner, returning around 10pm. This would be suitable for confident swimmers. At this point we want to get an idea of numbers so please email: [email protected] if are interested 

We have established a social committee to co-ordinate and manage social events. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Nicola Douglas ([email protected])

 Sunday Desk Helpers

We recently have recruited some new helpers for the next season but if you can you spare a couple of hours every few weeks to help on our Sunday Desk? If so, please contact Carrie on [email protected]. Ideally you would be asked to be available from 4.45pm-7pm or perhaps even for the first hour or last hour, full training given!

Squad Reps Needed

We are looking for a Squad Rep, for Tadpoles Black, it’s a sizeable squad so there must be someone who can help, so your squad can get information more quickly regarding any updates.

Our Reps forward Club emails to their squad members but to also take enquiries from their members and forward to the relevant person in the Club.  It is a useful link through the Club and allows information to be distributed and received quickly. If you are a parent of a swimmer in one of these squads and can help please contact Sharon on [email protected]



Leaving belonging in changing rooms – Please not leave your belongings in the changing rooms during swim sessions, please leave them clear after use so they maybe used for other swimmers and sport centre users. Please use the appropriate lockers or hand clothing and bags to parents.

Sitting Poolside - A reminder please to all parents that on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, please do not sit poolside, We do not encourage this at anytime as we wish for the swimmers to be focused on their training and to become more independent. An exception is made for first time triallists and the youngest Minnows swimmers.

Dressing appropriately - Please remind your swimmer that when notpoolside to be properly dressed, children have been noted coming out into the café area in swimwear only, please wear t-shirts, shorts, outdoor clothes and footwear as appropriate.

If any of you would like to discuss any welfare issues please email [email protected].  Alternatively Elaine will be at Farnham pool from 5:45-6:45pm on Tuesdays if you would like to discuss anything.

Should you have anyone wishing to enquire about swimming trials please refer them to the website to register for a trial or contact Carrie on [email protected].  
For any membership enquiries contact Rachel at [email protected]

Please use the Easyfundraising link from our website when you shop on-line – there are lots of different companies that will donate money to the Club when you shop.  Also by using the ProSwimwear link on the website you can earn back money for the Club. 
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