October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

“Win if you can, lose if you must, but never quit”


Message from Head Coach

October kicked off with fierce competition in the first round of the National Arena League Saturday, 13th at the Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet. It was an evening of intense swimming with the standard of competition much elevated from our first round match ups in recent years. However FSC swimmers were up to the challenge and performed above expectations in such an early meet of the season. Many FSC swimmers swam to individual life time bests as well as fighting for every point gained. More inspiring was the performance of the FSC relay teams, all squad members gave 100% to combine their efforts in securing a third place finish at the conclusion of the evening’s events.


It was a GREAT start to our 2018 National Arena League campaign – Keep up the FANTASTIC effort and let’s aim to top our effort from round one towards an even better round two!!!!!!


At the end of the month FSC participated in the first Open Meet of the season at the Hart Open Meet and what a weekend it turned out to be! A running percentage of best times for each of the four sessions was remarkable. The first session Saturday afternoon FSC swimmers posted an amazing 92% best time’s performance and this impressive showing continued throughout the weekend! In all four sessions FSC swimmers posted better than 75% life time best times. This performance was truly remarkable and if this is any indication of how this season will unravel it looks like it’s going to be a season to remember!!


Congratulations to ALL of the swimmers who participated in the meet and are showing what a super competitive squad FSC is developing into!


Keep up the good work and continue to reach for your goals!!!!


Swim Fast – Race Hard


Coach Martin


Message From Chairman

We are currently working to 'boost' our social media presence (especially our Facebook group which seems to be working quite well) and our website. Please make sure you keep using both to remain informed of everything going on in the club! Also, please make sure you have downloaded the OnDeck app which helps you view events, announcements and a lot more information about your swimmers. Have a great autumn everyone and looking forward to seeing you all poolside.


Dimitri Tsopanakos


Message from Treasurer:

Thank you to everyone who has updated their fees for the new season and paid any difference that was due. One last polite plea to the few that haven’t: PLEASE update your standing order and email me to confirm on [email protected] so that we don’t have to keep chasing.

If you have misplaced this year’s fee schedule then you can find it on the website under Squads > Squad Fees:

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Nic Harker



Masters in Nationals:

Team Farnham recently entered the Short Course National Masters Championships in Sheffield, a team of 8. In one of the strongest competitions for years (Qualifying times now needed to enter). Overall team Farnham finished with one Silver, five 4th places and four 5th places. Well done Masters!

Masters Xmas Do

Reminder: The Christmas Dinner is at Cote Farnham on the 8th December- more details to follow soon.

Nick Rusz



Swim England Awards:

A fantastic range of awards, in one of the most competitive regions in the country. Out of nearly 200 swimming clubs in the South East Region, Farnham Swimming Club won 3 of the 17 Regional awards presented by Swim England South East in Guildford!

FSC full results were as follows:

Open Water Swimmer of the Year - 1st place Elliott Morpuss and 2nd place Alice Davis!

Coach of the Year winner was Richard Reed!

Young Volunteer of the year winner was Eva Porter!

Spirit of South East Region Masters swimming - 2nd place Katie Stanley! 

Masters swimmer of the year - 3rd place Debbie Addison!

What a proud moment, well done all, GO FSC!


Go Katie!

Katie also completed 100Km in various events throughout the year, what a challenge and a massive achievement too.


Swim Events

Arena League Round 2 – 10th November - selection made by Coach

Masters Vs. Kids Gala – 11th November

Wycombe Shirt Course L3 – 23-25th November – All Regional. Performance 1. County 1 and 2 should take part.

Guildford County Qualifier L3 – 1st and 2nd December – Please read promoters conditions

Distance Events – 4th and 11th of December – 800m Free boys and girls on 4th and 1400m boys and girls on 11th. Regional and County squads

BBS Sprints – 9th December – Juniors in 25m races and all others 50m

Last Chance County Qualifier – 6th January 2019 – minimum qualifying times, read promoters conditions

Surrey County Champs – 26th – 24th Feb – Qualifying times.



Social Events


  • Our Annual Awards night has been confirmed to be on Saturday 19th January 2019. Tickets will be available to purchase soon. This is a really fantastic social event where swimmers of all ages and abilities (and their families) get together wishing one another well for all the fabulous hard work over the year. Awards will be given out for a variety of groups (not just the older children). There will be food and nibbles for all that attend. If you wish to drink any alcohol (strictly over 18's only) then please feel free to bring your own.


Kayleigh Prytherch

Social Secretary


Club kit:

Onesies and the old style t-bag are available via Cathie, either at the Sunday desk or via Cathie direct.



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 or visit website and register for trial.

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 Kayleigh if there is anything you would like to see in the Newsletter.