October 2017 Newsletter

October Newsletter

Goals should never be easy!

Message from Head Coach

October 2017 competitions are completed and all of those PBs have been recorded in the ASA archives!  FSC has enjoyed a fantastic start to the new season with many swimmers setting high targets by swimming too fast times already and the season has only just begun!

At the beginning of the month swimmers were posting best times in our very own BBS Club Sprints with the overall High Point Winners, for the girls Georgia Strode and for the boys Alessandro Harker.  Well done Georgia and Alessandro!  The competition was very tight with just a few seconds separating many swimmers, well done to all FSC swimmers who took part in the BBS Sprints Gala.

October hosts the first round of the very competitive Arena League Gala, which FSC placed a very respectful 3rd place in the team competition with many of our younger swimmers ‘swimming up an age category, or two’ filling a few holes in the line-up.  FSC were missing a few key swimmers to field our very strongest squad but nevertheless we were able to rise up and race for every point!  Congratulations to all of our FSC swimmers, who participated, bring on Round 2!!

Also this month FSC saw more of our Club Championships, several of the events were very competitive providing some exciting racing between squad mates.    It is another successful year of Club Champs with many of our younger swimmers showing great promise for FSC’s future!  Well done to all who are participating in the Club Champs this year.

Finally the last gala in October was the Hart Open Meet.  FSC swimmers really finished the month off in style with some fantastic swims!  The highlight of the meet was Ethan Binding winning the boys High Point trophy who barely edged teammate Scott Watson who finished runner up.  FSC almost made it a clean sweep with Zoe Falconer finishing runner up in the girls division.  All FSC swimmers who took place in the meet provided highlights of their own with many fine performances and many swimmers coming home with medals!  A BIG FSC well done!

Coach  Martin

Message From Chairman
October has always been quite an exciting month especially for our younger swimmers who start to show the results of their hard work (which as you see above from the head coach's message, results have been really great!). I am also getting great feedback from our Minnows academy programme and our young squad coaches and parents, which is great. Please keep feeding back to the coaches or members of the committee, as this is very important for us to see how we can further improve. Also, as now most of the 1-1 planning sessions with coaches and competitive swimmers have been completed, its good to get some feedback around what works well and what’s is not. Last, but not least, really happy to see our non-competitive squads and Masters team excel in their targets (that being in competitions or just in training) but most importantly having fun and getting some time to enjoy swimming.

As our 125yr! anniversary is approaching fast; look out for comms about our new, limited edition kit! We are all highly excited about this and hope you will like it too!  

Dimitri Tsopanakos

Message from Treasurer
Emails are being sent to members who have not updated fees since September change – please make sure any changes are reflected as soon as possible

Nick Rusz

Important News & Reports

1. Success at the Sports Awards –


Let’s celebrate our success …………….

Farnham Swimming Club – Club of the Year

Richard Allen – Senior Sports Personality of the Year

Oscar Coggins – U18 Sports Personality of the Year

Sharon Porter – Highly Commended Adult Volunteer of the Year

Molly Webster – Highly Commended Young Volunteer of the Year

Eva Porter – Highly Commended Young Volunteer of the Year

Emily Campbell – Highly Commended Young Volunteer of the Year & Highly Commended for U18 Sports Personality of the Year

Jacob Grafham – Highly Commended for U18 Sports Personality of the Year

Open Water Team – Highly Commended Junior Team

Masters Team – Highly Commended Senior Team


2. Bronze at the Nationals!

Please congratulate Nick "the Majestic" Rusz, our Treasurer and competitive Masters swimmer, who won a bronze medal in the gruelling 400IM event in the Masters Nationals Championships in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sport Centre!

Nick also got 12th in 100 fly and was supported by fellow Master swimmer, hard working FSC official and 'Nick Rusz Team' photographer, Bryony Sherlow!

3. Hong Kong’s Elite Open Triathlon Champion

Huge congratulations to Oscar Coggins who became HK's Elite Open Triathlon Champion in October.

4. T30

T30 - anyone over 18 can swim for FSC!  All you need to do is swim for 30 minutes and see how many lengths you can do.

Please ask your friends, relatives, and grandparents - anyone over the age of 18 to join in. There is a sign up sheet on the website.

Sharon Porter

5. Club Presentation Night

We have almost secured the details for the Awards night, which will be held in January at the new location. We are just waiting for the paperwork to confirm. And the good news is, this year it will be a Saturday! (Details to follow once the paperwork has been signed/fully confirmed).

Kayleigh Prytherch

6. Olympic Pool Visit

We have been speaking to the staff at the Olympic Pool to potentially book a training session there again.

Kayleigh Prytherch

7. Masters Curry Night

The 2nd December now confirmed for the annual Christmas Curry night at Mahaan, Farnham. Menus will be sent out soon to confirm numbers and food choices. Anybody unable to attend/want to join in please let me know as soon as possible. (Secret Santa draw also to follow!)

Nick Rusz – Masters Rep

8. Kit Ordering 


Hoodies, onesies and t-bags are available with the club logos printed front and back, an email will be sent when our new 125 year kit is ready to be ordered. Orders can be placed at the Sunday desk or via e-mailing Cathie.'

Swim Events coming up:

The following Meets are all very different so please carefully review the details posted on the FSC Events page, including the Promoter’s Conditions, before declaring interest using our new Team and Swim Event Management software, TeamUnify.  All entries will need to be approved.  A current version of this information can always be found on the website, so please check regularly:

  1. Arena League Round 2 – 11th Nov – Swimmers will be notified if they are selected.
  2. FSC Club Championships 2017 – 19th Nov – Distance events (400/800/1500m free).  These events are closed to additional entries.
  3. Atlantis Christmas Cracker L3 Open Meet – 25/26th Nov – Aimed at Regional, Sharks & Starfish squads.  All FSC entries were accepted.
  4. Guildford City SC L3 County Qualifier – 2nd, 3rd Dec – Aimed at Regional, Sharks and Starfish squads.
  5. FSC Last Chance Counties Qualifier – 17th, 19th Dec – Swimmers will be notified if they are selected.

The 2017-2018 season Meets schedule is available to download from the Events page of the FSC website.

If anyone enters additional competitions independently, please let me know so that swim times can be updated in TU.  The current swim database is incomplete and it is your responsibility to check before entering Meets.

Take a look on the FSC events page for further details of the latest galas and meets.  This page will be used to communicate information relating to Meets, such as ‘submitted entries’, ‘accepted entries’, etc.  Please check regularly for updates.


Nicky Goodall
Events Secretary
[email protected]

Masters Events

For those looking for competitions in 2018 these may be of interest

Long course –January.


Southampton in April –


Bracknell – 3rd march – good for all masters & another excuse for Curry afterwards..


Nick Rusz

Sunday Desk Helpers

Can you spare a couple of hours every few weeks to help on our Sunday Desk? If so, please contact Carrie. Ideally you would be asked to be available from 4.45pm-6.30pm or perhaps even for the first hour or last hour, full training given!


Welfare Issues - Welfare

Swim Trial Enquiries  - contact Carrie

Membership Enquiries - contact Rachel.

Fundraising - 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.

Items for the Newsletter: Please email Carrie if there is anything you would like to see in the Newsletter contact Carrie