FSC January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

Thank you for your support and contribution in 2018. Welcome to 2019. Good luck swimmers!

Message from the Chairman

With the new year comes new perspective. We closed our 125th commemorative year with our awards night when we recognised achievements and thanked the club staff and volunteers.  More than 60 awards were given out to celebrate our swimmers’ success at a club, county, regional, national and international level; and additional awards and ‘thank you’ gifts were given to all the great people who provide outstanding service and support to our club on a daily basis. The full list of recipients can be found on FaceBook .

As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can reach out to me or any member of the committee poolside or by email. Our contact details can be found on our website .

Dimitri Tsopanakos | [email protected]

Message from the Head Coach

2019 has been a busy year already.

Immediately after returning from the holidays, swimmers took to the water in our “Last chance” event to try to secure more qualifying times for the 2019 Surrey County Championships.

There were many strong swims and a handful of additional county times were achieved, increasing our total number of qualifiers to 42. This is a noteworthy success for each swimmer.

Qualifiers will swim in the Surrey County Championships in January at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and in February at the London Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in London. I and the coaches admire everyone who rose to the challenge of competing for a county qualifying time and congratulate those who qualified.

Good luck in this year’s championships: swim fast, race hard!

Coach Martin | [email protected]


Great start to the Counties

We had a fantastic first weekend at the Surrey County Championships this weekend!

On Saturday Elliot Morpuss started us off well with a 7th place in the mens 17 and over 400 Free. Amy Strode just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the Girls 15 years 200 Fly just 0.17 seconds behind 3rd and less 0.5 seconds behind 2nd place in an incredibly close race. Ella Hale finished 7th in the same event.

On the Sunday Ella Hale finished 8th in the 400 Free, Elliot Morpuss finished 8th in the 200 Back, Amy Strode came 7th in the 200 IM and then Ethan Binding came 8th in the boys 13 years 200 Fly with a huge PB, smashing his short course PB nearly 9 seconds and only just missing the Regional Base qualifying time by 0.05!

Jordan Hammond finished in 3rd place in the boys 15 years 200 Fly, achieving Farnham's 1st medal of 2019! Alessandro Harker then had a fantastic swim in the final of the 15 years 100 Breast improving his heat time by well over a second and coming in in 5th place.

Rafe Stanbury also had a fantastic swim in the boys 11 year 200 Back finishing in 9th place and smashing his short course PB by an incredible 7 seconds.

Overall I felt it was a great start to the county champs considering we had so many swimmers struggling with colds and injuries the week before. Swim of the weekend would have to be a tie between Rafe and Ethan. It is fantastic to see our younger swimmers stepping up at the county champs!

Let the success continue when the team will be at London Aquatics Centre for the 2nd weekend!

Richard Reed

FSC Coach

Dates for your diary

Swimming meets

Event name



Entry deadline


Surrey County Championships

Sat 26/01/19 to Sun 24/02/19

Surrey Sports Park/London Aquatics Centre


See accep ted entries information for this event

Hart L3 Spring Open Meet

Sat 9/03/19 and Sun 10/03/19

Hart Leisure Centre


See submitted entries information for this event

Guildford L3 Regional Qualifier

Sat 23/03/19 and Sun 24/03/19

Guildford Spectrum

Midnight, Sun 17/02/19

Minimum qualifying times apply: see event details

Crawley L1 Spring Open Meet

Fri 5/04/19, Sat 6/04/19 and Sun 7/04/19

K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley

Midnight, Sun 17/02/19

Minimum qualifying times apply: see event details

Haslemere L3 Spring Open Meet

Sun 28/04/19

The Herons Swimming & Fitness Centre, Haslemere

Midnight, Mon 4/02/19

Sign up online via the events pages

We are reliant upon volunteers to help run our events and participate in meets, including team managing, whipping, medals and refreshments.  Volunteering is a valuable way to be involved and enjoy the poolside atmosphere; and, importantly, it’s critical to the club’s ability to participate in the meets for your children. 

Contact Fiona for more information about volunteering and read the “Volunteering” section under “Welfare” below to understand the regulatory requirements of all volunteers.

Don’t know what L1 and L3 mean?  See our events guide which answers this and more.

Fiona Lee | [email protected] | website | Swimming Events Guide



Carole Stanbury is the club’s welfare officer.  She can be contacted at [email protected] or in person on most Tuesday and Sunday club nights. 

Parent/guardian responsibilities

The Policy Documents section of the website includes information on the club's expectations in relation to welfare, behaviour and safeguarding.  All parents/guardians and swimmers should be familiar with this information.

Unaccompanied children at training sessions

We advise parents/guardians to ensure training sessions are running before leaving children at a pool.  There are rare occasions when, for pool-operational reasons, training sessions have to be cancelled which leaves unaccompanied children stranded at the pool. Please ensure unaccompanied children have a means of making contact in such circumstances, e.g. a personal mobile phone or a note of a contactable parent/guardian’s phone number.


All club staff and volunteers must undertake a DBS check (“ Disclosure and Barring Service ”) for regulatory, safeguarding reasons. Undertaking a check is a simple and free process, initiated by emailing Carole at [email protected] who will provide a link to the application form and then arrange a brief meeting with the applicant to verify their identification documents. Once complete, Carole will provide a form enabling each applicant’s certification to be automatically updated and portable to other organisations .

Carole Stanbury | [email protected] | website

Social events

Awards Night

What a wonderful evening! This Annual event really highlights what talented swimmers we have amongst us ranging from our Minows, to our Seniors to our Masters. Very well done to everyone!


It was an evening of celebration, eating and dancing. It's lovely to see our swimmers of all ages socialising together. A super fun evening had by all.



International Swim Camp for Regional and County Squads:

We have been brainstorming the idea of participating in an International Swimming Camp. We are currently gathering thoughts, ideas and costings to make this happen. We would appreciate your honest feedback on this, an email was sent out on the 22nd January with details, ideas and potential requirements. If you would like more information on this please feel free to email us requesting so.


Onesies : please contact Cathie to place an order.

Kit : other club kit items are available via our website .

Cathie Coates | [email protected] | website


Bracknell Masters meet, Saturday 2 March

This event is open for entries until midnight, Thursday 7 February (and closed early last year). It’s a popular meet with a warm-down pool and, because it’s local, the team traditionally goes for a curry "swim-down" afterwards. Get your entries in ASAP!

Last year the team came seventh overall due to scoring well in the relays. Swimmers can participate as relay swimmers only if they don’t fancy individual events so let Nick know if you would like to participate in a relay.  Relay entries close at midnight, Thursday 14 February. 

Surrey Masters, Saturday 29 June

This event will take place on Saturday 29 June at Surrey Sports Park; entries open at the end of March.  This is the main meet for all FSC Masters swimmers and will be rounded off with the traditional curry swim-down.

Summer social event, June 2019

The exact date and venue are to be confirmed: Reading Aqua Park is leading the votes over a Reading spa lunch.

T30 2018

It was another good year for the Masters in the annual ASA T30 “How far you can swim in 30 minutes?” competition.  New members led the way: John Whatley achieved gold in the men’s category, swimming 2,120 metres; and Charlotte Whatley came forth in the women’s category, swimming 2,130 metres. Other medal winners were:

·       Silver: Debbie Addison, 2,055 metres; Nick Rusz, 2,025metres; Caroline Butterwick, 1,620 metres.

·       Bronze: Katie Stanley, 2,030 metres.

And in the relay events the team collected a gold and three silver medals. 

Nick Rusz | [email protected]

Sunday desk helpers

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

Carrie Grafham | [email protected]

Committee members, enquiries and information

Coaches and committee member contact details


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