May Newsletter


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Busy and Buzzing towards Summer!

Head Coach Report: 

May was a very busy month for our swimmers with many of you participating in swim meets.

FSC were represented at the South East Regional Senior Championships, the 14 and under Regional Age Group Championships as well as the Level 3 Cranleigh Gala and the Atlantis Meet.

At the Senior Region Champs Jennifer Holland led the way with an excellent 5th place in the 50m Breaststroke. Jennifer also finished 11th in the 100m Breaststroke. Molly Webster competed in the 100m and 200m Backstroke finishing a very respectable 15th place in the 200m and 30th in the 100m.

The 14 and Under Regional Champs FSC were represented in individual events by Amy Strode, Ross Porter, Alessandro Harker and Anthi Tospanakos. These swimmers were joined by Tamara Clover, Katie Stanley and Ella Rose Walton who participated in the relay events. Both Amy and Ross competed in the 100m and 200m Butterfly events whilst Alessandro swam the 100m Butterfly. Amy finished 13th in the 200m and 19th in the 100m. Ross placed 33rd in the 100m and 22nd in the 200m event. Alessandro finished 31st in the 100m. Anthi competed in the 100m Breaststroke finishing in 30th place. The FSC Relay team of Tamara, Anthi, Amy and Katie finished in 35th place in the 200m Medley Relay and Tamara, Amy, Ella Rose and Katie finished 32nd in the 200m Freestyle Relay.

All of our FSC Regional swimmers swam FAST and raced HARD with 99% personal best times! A BIG congratulations to all of our Regional Championship swimmers!!!

The Level 3 Cranleigh Gala FSC were represented by 36 swimmers! This was a fantastic turnout and many of our swimmers experienced their first ever Gala ‘on the road’! There were so many GREAT performances and medal winners for FSC making it hard to recall. You should all be proud of yourselves and aim at improving at your next Gala.

The Atlantis meet saw some of our more seasoned swimmers as well as newcomers continue to excel and to lower their personal best times!

Not to be outdone no less than 16 FSC Masters swimmers took to the London Olympic Pool to

compete in the European Masters Championships. This looked to be the largest swim meet ever 

over 10,000 swimmers from all over Europe converged to London for the event!

Everyone keep up the GREAT work, and continue to train HARD and swim FAST !

Coach Martin

European Masters Report: 

European Masters 26th - 29th May at the Olympic Park Stratford - This was truly an unforgettable experience with 14000 swimmers and loads of fun for all of those involved. All the detailed results at European Masters Results. 

50 fly - Nick Rusz 72nd with 00:30.66, Andrew Craven 124th with 00:36.96, Paul Davis 108th with 00:35.70, Debbie Addison 19th with 00:33.09

100 free - Andrew Craven 225th with 1:22.31

400 Free - Caroline Butterwick 72nd with 07:00.06

Mixed free relay team 60th with 02:07.78

50 free - Andrew Craven 190th with 00:34.01 , Carl Robinson 201st with 00:34.63

50 free - Debbie Addison 38th with 00:31.36

100 back - Caroline Butterwick 57th with 01:46.54, Judith Wiles 39th with 01:37.23

100 Breast 

50-54 age group - Ray Watson 109th with 01:35.35, 45-49 age group - Ian Shaw 87th with 01:26.23, 40-44 age group - Nick Rusz 97th with 01:28.51

50 Breast, 50-55 age group - Ray Watson 96th with 00:40.55 - Carl Robinson 122nd with 00:42.49

45-49 age group - Ian Shaw 103rd with 00:38.41

100 Fly, 40-44 age group - Nick Rusz 50th with 01:12.40

200 Free, 50-54 age group - Judith Wiles 44th with 02:47.01

4x50 free relay- Team Farnham with 02:10.30

200 IM Debbie Addison - 13th in 200IM with 2:50.14

800Free - Caroline Butterwick in 65th 14:33:18

Important Events coming up:

1. Surrey Development Meet - 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th of June (coach Martin has selected sessions for the swimmers and they have been sent to you through SCM).

2. Surrey Masters – 25th June at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, entries are out and there are 25m races and mixed 25m relays so it’s a chance for all of our Masters to have a go. 

3. Farnham Carnival – 25th June – we will be looking for swimmers/parents who wish to volunteer to represent FSC and promote the club and walk the Farnham Carnival.  If you are interested please email Nicola Douglas ([email protected])

4. FSC Club Sprints – 3rd July  from 5.15pm – details sent out by SCM for Newts, Starfish Red/Black. Sharks, Barracudas and Euro Masters.  PLEASE NOTE that Tadpoles and Frogs sessions will be cancelled due to this event.

5. Open Water - Please put the Open Water Training and Regional Open Water event in the diary and ENTER NOW AS SPACES ARE LIMITED and keep the National date free too!

Regional Open Water Training - For the last few years we have had the most successful and impressive Regional Team. We anticipate starting training at Coleford Bridge Lake in Mytchett hopefully on Sunday 5th June 2016 (subject to the water temperature being high enough). Keep an eye on emails and Facebook and we will let you know whether we are starting then as soon as the temperature reaches the level set by the ASA.

As with previous years, training will most probably be at 7.45am every Sunday morning followed by cold Coke (helps to eliminate any bugs) which the Club will provide (please bring your own choice of hot drink in a flask to warm you up when you get out of the lake such as hot chocolate or hot Ribena) at the lakeside followed by a trip to McDonalds in Frimley. All of the training including the McDonalds trip is important so please make a diary space for time until around 9.45am for these sessions and the maximum benefit will be gained by attending as many sessions as possible, if not all of them.

Training will initially be for those who are aged at least 11 years old as at 31st December 2016.

Regional Open Water Championships – Westhampnett Lake (near Chichester) – Saturday 9th July 2016 at 9.00am, further details on the regional website

We want to take the largest possible team to this event and the Club will give all entrants team hoodies and t-shirts to wear on the day. Regional winners as well as those placed second and third gain entry to the National Open Water Championships (these are on the 24th July 2016 for 12-18 year olds and for 19 and over).

In previous years we have won Age Group races and had entrants to the Nationals, and Molly Webster won the Gold Medal at the National Championships in 2013. Our Masters entrants have also won their age group band events.

The main National qualifier events are aimed at those aged 12 and above, although again the Region have agreed that they will run a 500m event for those who will not be aged 12 as at 31st December 2016 but who will be aged 11 as at 31st December 2016. For those aged 12 and over (as at 31st December 2016), including Seniors and Masters please complete your entry forms and let us know that you have entered asap. Let’s all get entered ready for this fun but challenging event.

The entry forms can be found here

To race the correct distance for National qualification, swimmers will need to compete in the following events:

· Girls & Boys 12-14yrs as at 31st December 2016 – 1.5km

· Girls & Boys 15/16yrs as at 31st December 2016 – 3km

· Girls & Boys 17/18yrs and over as at 31st December 2016 - 5km

The form for girls and boys 11yrs as at 31st December 2016 - 500m, is also available at the same link

Please bring the completed entry forms to a Club official (ideally in the first training session) for signature. Kindly pay the fee to the Club as usual and we will send a group payment to the Region.

6. Mini-Meet – 10th July from 5.15pm – All Tadpoles Lane 6/Red/Black and Frogs Red/Black have been sent an invitation for this event from Swim Club Manager (SCM).  The deadline for replies is 24/6/16.  You don't need to login to SCM to accept/decline the invite to the gala.  Please login to check date of birth and other details are correct before the competition.

Attached to the invite were the 'Promoters Conditions' with further details of events/payment, etc.  This file is also located under 'galas' in SCM and will also be placed on the FSC website under 'events'.

As indicated, the 25m events (fly, back. breast, free) are open for Tadpoles and the 25m fly and 50m events (back, breast, free) are open to Frogs.  Swimmers are competing for medals by age category and official ASA times will be recorded for the 50m races.

All swimmers are encouraged to enter all 4 events, in particular Tadpole Red and Frog Red swimmers.  However, this is not compulsory, particularly for swimmers new to Tadpoles Lane 6.  Should any swimmer wish to select events, please accept the invitation and let your squad rep know which events you wish to be removed from.  

PLEASE NOTE that Newts, Starfish Red/Black. Sharks 6.30-8pm session will be cancelled due to this event.

Please also note we are still looking for someone to volunteer to be the Tadpole BLACK rep, if you can help please contact Sharon on [email protected] 

6. Great Newham London Swim – 18th of July - We have a couple of swimmers, Molly Webster, Shona Robertson and Emily Campbell doing the Great Newham London Swim with participants being able to enjoy competing in half mile and full mile distance races across Royal Victoria Dock.  We wish them well and they are raising money for charity.

7. 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])

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

Summer Holiday Dates

Last swim 24th July and return on 21st of August.


Our AGM will take place on Thursday the 30th of June 2016 at 7pm at David Lloyd Club, Farnham.

Social Committee

We have received some great suggestions from parents of swimmers at the Club and, following these, we are hoping to increase the social aspects of the Club for all members by the addition of new social events including some fundraising activities as well as activities based on the children.

We have established a social committee to co-ordinate and manage this and they met for the first time, if you are interested in supporting this please contact Nicola Douglas ([email protected])

Ordering Swim Kit ONLINE

Club kit is now available to order online through Swim Club Manager. Simply login to your account and follow the club kit link. Once you have ordered we will send you an invoice which you can pay via paypal or credit / debit card online. The kit will then be available for you to pick up from the Sunday desk. 

Should you require a login please email Ben Walton [email protected] 

Any Club Kit enquiries to [email protected] 

Sunday Desk Helpers

Can you spare a couple of hours every few weeks to help on our Sunday Desk? If so, please contact Carrie on [email protected] We currently have 10 fantastic helpers and we would love to have another 2 or 3 join our friendly team.  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 two Squad Reps, one for Tadpoles Black and one for Barracudas, please help out if you can 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 not poolside 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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