June 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

Message from Dimitri, Chairman

Open Water time!

As a club, we have been leading the Open Water (“OW") initiative in the area for the past few years with very successful results. Like every year, we will be running training sessions in the lake on Sunday mornings, with the aim of entering swimmers in the exciting OW Regional Championships in Chichester in July. Further information on OW training and competitions will be issued in due course. Even if you don’t wish to enter the championships (which are not mandatory), you – swimmers and parents/guardians – can still come down to the lake and give it a try. Open Water swimming is a unique, fun experience and very different from swimming in the pool. We look forward to seeing you all lakeside.

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 Coach Martin, Head Coach

15 and over South East Regional Competition

May Bank holiday weekend kicked off with the 15 and over South East Regional Competition at Wycombe Leisure Centre.  Our swimmers’ results are:

Amy Strode: qualified for the 200m Butterfly finance in which she finished in seventh place with, time of 2:32.61.  Amy’s results in other events were: 22nd in the 50m Butterfly, with a time of 31.51; 15th place in the 100m Butterfly, with 1:09.78; 30th place in the 50m Backstroke, with 33.94; and tenth in the 400m Individual Medley, with 5:39.25.

Annabel Kuipers: finished in 17th place in the 50m Breaststroke, with a time of 36.18.

Ross Porter: finished sixth in the 1500m Freestyle, with a time of 18:08.00.

Elliott Morpuss: came 16th in the 200m Backstroke, with a time of 2:28.75.   

Girls 14-16 years
400m Freestyle relay team – comprising Kate Butterwick, Ella Hale, Hannah Runyard and Amy Strode – finished in 27th place, with a time of 4:26.98.
400m Medley relay team – comprising Ella Hale (Backstroke), Anthi Tsopanakos (Breaststroke), Amy Strode (Butterfly), Kate Butterwick (Freestyle) – finished in 26th place. with a time of 5:05.59.

Boys 14-16 years
400m Medley Relay – comprising Jordan Hammond (Backstroke), Alessandro Harker (Breaststroke), Ross Porter (Butterfly) and Marco Addison (Freestyle) finished in 27th place with a time of 4:51.66.

14 and Under Championships

The results from the 14 and Under Championships held at the K2 Leisure Centre. Our swimmers’ results are:

Georgia Strode: finished sixth place in the heats of the 50m Backstroke with a time of 33.25, qualifying (in the top eight) for the finals in which she was placed eighth with a time of 33.91.  Despite an impressive time of 1:13:59, Georgia was disqualified in the 100m Back for an illegal turn.

Ethan Binding: finished 25th place in the 200m Fly with time of 2:58.39. 

Both Georgia and Ethan recorded PB’s in their events.

Qualifying for regional competitions is a significant achievement for which I congratulate all swimmers.

Coach Martin | [email protected]

Dates for your diary

Summer training holiday

The last day of training will be Sunday, July 21st with sessions recommencing on Sunday, August 11th.

Swimming meets

Event name



Entry deadline


Surrey Age Group Summer Meet 2019

Sun 2/6/19 and Sun 16/6/19

Guildford Spectrum


See Submitted Entries.

FSC Distance Events

Tues 4/6/19, 18/6/19 and 2/7/19

Farnham Leisure Centre


For certain squads and age groups only. See Events page for more details.

FSC Club Championships

Session 1 on Sat 29/6/12

Sessions 2 on Sun 7/7/19

Farnham Leisure Centre


For all squads from Development to Masters.

See events page for details of Session 1 and Session 2

Surrey Masters Championships

Sat 29/06/19

Surrey Sports Park, Guildford


See Surrey County ASA documents for more information

Wycombe L3 Long Course End of Season meet

Sat 20/7/19 and Sun 21/7/19

Wycombe Leisure Centre


See Accepted Entries.

2020 European [Masters] Championships

May 2020

Budapest Aquatics Centre, Hungary

Not yet open for entries

See host’s events information


We will need “Red Team” helpers at the Club Championships. If you have a current FSC DBS check and can help at either or both sessions, please email Fiona at [email protected]. All help is greatly appreciated!

If you would like to undertake a DBS check, it 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.

New swim guides are now available on our website (in the drop-down menu under the Events tab) and we hope they will be useful to anyone new to competitive swimming.

  1. The Different Types of Gala
  2. FSC Internal Events
  3. Open Meets - General Information
  4. Tips for Open Meets
  5. Galas
  6. Championships - County, Regional and National
  7. Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Meets

Fiona Lee | [email protected] | website



All swimmers, parents and guardians are expected to be familiar with and demonstrate the standards and values set out in the club’s behaviour code on the website.

Carole Stanbury | [email protected] | website

Social events

We are looking for someone to take over the role of Social Event Coordinator. This role includes:

  1. Organising key annual events including Club BBQ and Awards night;
  2. Coordinating our participation in community events such as Farnham Carnival and Community Games;
  3. Identifying opportunities for social events and working with the committee to organise them. In the past this has included a trip to the London Aquatics Centre (the Olympic pool) and swimming camps.

Please contact Dimitri or any committee member if you are interested or would like to find out more.

Club Committee | [email protected]


Onesies: please contact Cathie to place an order.

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

Cathie Coates | [email protected] | website

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


[email protected]

Fundraising: Shopping via our partners’ websites Easyfundraising and ProSwimwear will raise funds for the club. Please familiarise yourself with their services to support the club.