Coleraine Swim Team23rd May 2016News

Table Quiz at the Port Hotel on 28th May, everyone welcome.

Quiz starts at 8.30pm sharp, due to Bank Holiday weekend, Portrush is likely to be busy, so be there before 8pm


Coleraine Swim Team23rd May 2016News

Warm up is at 5.30pm

Click here for the running order of the Crawford Gala 2016


Coleraine Swim Team11th May 2016News

Martin Fiala has broken two Club records at the last Aquasprint Gala against Lisburn on the 23rd April :-

Butterfly – 25m U12 – 15.40

Backstroke – 25m U12 – 16.81

Great swimming Martin!


Coleraine Swim Team18th April 2016News

The top Ulster competition for age group swimmers took place last weekend in Bangor’s 50m pool. The Ulster Age Group Championships attracts only the elite of swimmers aged 17 and below, all of whom will have spent the season from September to April competing at various galas to gain a qualifying time(s) for this top flight event.

The event is run over 3 days and has heats in the morning and followed by finals in the evening.

Coleraine Swimming Club’s highlight of the weekend was a double Ulster Championship title for Molly Curry (13yrs) as she won her age group 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke. Winning the 100m breaststroke makes it 3 years in a row for Molly to gain the title of Ulster Champion at this distance and the second year in a row for her to be the 200m Breaststroke Champion.

Molly who is currently on the Ulster Performance Squad and Irish Youth Squad had to show grit and determination to retain both her titles. She narrowly missed a British ASA Nationals qualifying time last weekend and will go to the Irish Nationals in Dublin in a few weeks’ time with the focus of achieving a British time so she can compete in Sheffield over the summer as she did last year.

Shannon Baird (12yrs) competed in a cross section of events such as 100, 200 & 400m freestyle and 100 & 200m breaststroke. She reached top 10 placings in Ulster in all her chosen events and the highlight of her weekend being the bronze medal in 100m breaststroke when she took nearly 2 secs off her previous personal best time.

Matthew Curry (11yrs) competed in the 2 different distances in his preferred stroke – breaststroke over the weekend.  He won bronze medal in the boys 100m distance with a new personal best time having taken nearly 4 secs off his previous best time. He also was placed in the top 10 for his 200m race.

Other swimmers from Coleraine who competed at this event and gained top ten placing were: Albert Dallas – 15yrs (9th 200m & 7th 100m backstroke), Catherine Davidson – 14yrs (9th 100m breaststroke), Martin Fiala – 12yrs (8th 200m Freestyle, 7th 100m & 9th 200m backstroke, 10th 200m breaststroke and 9th 200m individual medley), Finn McEwan – 14yrs (6th 100m breaststroke) and Niamh McGarry – 11yrs (9th 100m breaststroke).

Congratulations to the rest of the swimmers from Coleraine who managed to achieve a qualifying time to compete at this event – Millie Dallas, Jake Ilsley and Paul Richmond who all swam very well and achieved many PBs.

Coleraine also had a few relay teams competing. There was a boys U12 team comprising of Jake Ilsley, Matthew Curry, Tom Curry, Martin Fiala and Paul Richmond. These boys came 7th in the medley relay and 6th in the freestyle. The relays are always very exciting and these were no exception with the boys doing many PBs in order to help their team be as well placed as possible.

There was a girls U14 relay competing in the medley relay. This team consisted of Millie Dallas, Molly Curry, Catherine Davidson and Shannon Baird. They came a very respectable 6th in a large field of female teams.

Well done to all the swimmers who competed at this event where hundreds of the best age group swimmers from throughout Ulster have competed for Ulster titles, medals and PBs. The Coleraine swimmers did their club and themselves proud and thanks must go to those parent volunteers who helped run the gala without whom the Swim Ulster structure would collapse.


Coleraine Swim Team8th April 2016News

With the Swim Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships this weekend Coleraine Swimming Club are proud of their 13 club members across the various age groups who have made individual qualification times to these Championship finals to be held in the Olympic sized 50m pool in Bangor. There were also a further 2 swimmers who also had times to represent Coleraine as part of a relay team.

To achieve qualification times for these events is very difficult and the competition is very high with hundreds of children per event and age group vying for the coveting place in the Swim Ulster Championships.

Last year Coleraine Swimming Club had 10 swimmers at this level of competition and it is very encouraging for the volunteer coaches to see the numbers this year increase.

We would like to wish all the CASC swimmers good luck as they represent Coleraine in the highest level in Age Group competition.


Coleraine Swim Team6th April 2016News

Junior Stroke Development Course

(Age Groupers)

Are you looking for another few training sessions & more technique work?

  • Starts

  • Turns

  • IM’s

  • Transitions

  • Drills and all stages of training development

  • All four strokes broken down for technique

Children must be capable of swimming 100m of each stroke

Good News!

The Course starts on Sunday 10th April for 4 consecutive weeks. Sunday 10th April – Sunday 1st May 2016.

Cost – £40

10:00am – 12:00pm at Roe Valley Leisure Centre, Limavady

Please call reception to book onto the course as places are limited.

*Booking is open now*

Click here for details


Coleraine Swim Team29th March 2016News, Parents

It is a condition of the club’s entry to open galas that we provide volunteers to assist in the running of the gala.

The roles are varied: programme selling; timekeeping; stroke and turn judges; marshalling; recorder etc.

It is therefore a condition of entry with Coleraine Swimming Club that if a swimmer enters an open gala they agree that they will provide a volunteer for at least one FULL session in one of the required roles.

It was agreed at the last committee meeting, that non -coaching parents would be expected to take on these roles at open galas. Coaches will no longer be carrying out these roles.

To ensure fairness it was decided that parents of children with most entries / events will be expected to do more than those with children only swimming a few events. The committee are hopeful that parents will be able to work this out themselves rather than the swimming club allocating names. The committee have agreed to keep this under review.

This decision is in line with other swimming clubs and Coleraine Swimming Club see this as an area that non-coaching parents can contribute to the club.

With that in mind, Swim Ulster are running a FREE Officials Course in Bangor Aurora on Sunday 3rd April from 9.30am – 3.00pm (email [email protected])

The committee therefore ask that parents make the effort to attend this upcoming training event (or future events).

Thank you for your ongoing support


Coleraine Swim Team24th March 2016News

Training over the Easter period finishes tonight, the 24th, and restarts on Wednesday the 30th March.

So, no training on Saturday, Monday or Tuesday

Have a well earned break to swimmers and coaches


Coleraine Swim Team16th March 2016News

The Leisure Centre is closed on Thursday 17th March, and therefore all training is cancelled.


Coleraine Swim Team10th March 2016News

We have an urgent requirement for coaches and helpers in all sessions, particularly the Monday 5.30pm/6.15pm/7pm sessions.

You may not have any experience in coaching swimming, so why not help out the existing coaches, by being a poolside helper? Courses are available also, which the Club will fund. You may not be able to help out every session, but any help is appreciated

Coleraine Swimming Club is a successful swimming Club, operated only by unpaid volunteers.

We can only continue to be successful and to offer a service to the community, if we have the continued support of parents.

Unfortunately at the moment, The Club operates under the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule, which means that 80% of the work involved, is performed by 20% of its members.

We need you as parents to help more with your Club. It is your Club, it is the swimmers Club.

At galas, we also need help. Some of you are fantastic at helping out at timekeeping, but it is the same parents helping out each time. We have to ask/beg for each gala, and it is getting harder and harder to persuade parents to help. If you are already there, why not help out? There is nothing more frustrating for the Club in seeing parents hiding in the balcony. Why sit in balcony, get involved.

There is a real danger that if we can’t secure the involvement of parents, then sessions will be cut and galas may not be able to be run.

So please, for the sake of the Club, for the sake of the swimmers, get involved.

There is great satisfaction to be gained from helping the kids especially when you see their improvement over time.

Contact [email protected]


Coleraine Swim Team9th March 2016News

Training at 5pm – 6pm on Saturday 12th March is cancelled, due to Aquasprint Gala


Coleraine Swim Team2nd March 2016News

At the last PTL gala of the season against Banbridge 2 records were broken by Hannah Gellatly.

Hannah broke her U 12 Butterfly record with a new time of 32.04s and she also broke her U 12 Freestyle record with a time of 30.06s.

Great swimming Hannah!


Coleraine Swim Team22nd February 2016News

Click here for information with regard to the upcoming Easter Skills Camp run by Swim Ulster


Coleraine Swim Team19th February 2016News

Click here for some information from Swim Ireland


Coleraine Swim Team12th February 2016News

Coleraine’s senior squad coach Simon Walton made the podium taking bronze in the 200m Freestyle in 3min01secs. Simon just missed out on a medal in the 50m breaststroke finishing 4th in 44secs.72.

Former Club coach Steve James in his first masters’ competition powered to silver in a time of 42sec.22 in the 50m Breaststroke. Steve continued with a strong performance in the quickest event of the day, 25m Freestyle finishing 4th in 17secs.32. He rounded off an excellent master’s debut by taking 5th in the 50m Freestyle in 32sec.85.

Club Coach Rhodri Jones continued his good form with a 6th place in the 200m Freestyle in 2m26secs. In the popular 50m Freestyle he recorded a solid 7th in 29.92 and managed another 6th in the 100m Individual Medley, 1min18secs.37.

Club Coach Gavin Eakin impressed in the recent City of Derry Masters Swimming Gala taking a gold medal in the 100m Individual Medley. His time of 1min13secs.47 was the quickest of the day making him one of the favourites in the upcoming Ulster Masters’ Championships in Newry.

Later in the day, Gavin again showed his class taking silver in the 100m Backstroke in 1min16secs.41 and narrowly missed out on another podium finish in the 50m Butterfly with an impressive 32sec.85.

Coleraine finished the day taking 4th place in the men’s Medley relay with Dublin Team Aer Lingus securing gold.

Next up for the team is the Ulster Master Championships in Newry where they hope to secure some more medals.

Click here for further details on the Ulster Masters Meet Info 2016

Any swimmers who are interested in taking part in masters swimming whether it be for fun or glory please get in touch at info@swimcoleraine for further details.


Coleraine Swim Team5th February 2016News

As part of the Ulster Performance Squad, Molly Curry has been picked to represent Ulster at the Derventio Excel Festival in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool.

A team of 16 young athletes and 3 team leaders left Belfast International Airport this morning for a full weekend of highly competitive swimming.

Molly will be swimming in 3 different events throughout the weekend.

Coleraine ASC would like to wish her good luck and fast swimming in all her events


Coleraine Swim Team6th January 2016News, Swimmers

Click here for the results of the Time Trials held on 4th Jan 2016


Coleraine Swim Team4th January 2016News

Some places still available on the stroke development course starting this Sunday 10th January at 10:00am-12:00pm.

Click here for further details


Coleraine Swim Team24th December 2015News

Five junior swimmers from Coleraine Swimming Club attended the meet at Aurora Aquatic Centre in Bangor on 12/12/2015.

They won one gold, two silver and one bronze medals with all of them improving on their PBs.

  • Martin Fiala was 1st in 50m backstroke (36.87) and 2nd in 50m Butterfly (35.58).

  • Niamh McGarry came 2nd in 50m Butterfly (37.53) and 7th in final 50m backstroke (43.00).

  • Paul Richmond came 3rd in 50m breaststroke (47.26).

  • Catherine Richmond came 8th in finals 25 m breaststroke (26.40).

Brilliant results for our club. All swimmers swam Aquasprint the same day evening. Well done!


Coleraine Swim Team23rd December 2015News

At the Swim Ulster Winter Qualifying Gala Finn McEwan broke Martin Boddie’s long standing U14 50m Breastroke record of 34.17s with a new time of 33.78s

Congratulations to Finn!


Coleraine Swim Team23rd December 2015News

At the first Aquasprint Gala of the season Martin Fiala broke his own U12 Backstroke record. The record now is 17.36s.

Well done Martin!


Coleraine Swim Team17th December 2015News

The Club is proposing to organise a warm weather training camp and holiday in Tenerife during October Half-term 2016. This is initially open to swimmers in the 8pm Monday session, but may change dependent on numbers.

The camp may be 5 or 7 days, to be confirmed. The cost is estimated to be no more than £500 per swimmer (slightly less if 5 days), including flights, transfers and half-board accommodation. A deposit of around £150 would be needed in early January to cover the booking of flights, with the balance being paid off at around £50 per month. Some fundraising may be undertaken to help with costs.

The camp will involve daily swim training and planned activities, including a trip to Siam Park (waterpark). The swimmers will also have a significant amount of free time. Accommodation will be probably 2 people per room, half-board. Should be some fun in the sun!

We need expressions of interest/intent asap so that we can firm these plans up. Please e-mail [email protected] to confirm your interest, indicating if you would prefer 5 or 7 days. You will then be kept informed before a final decision is required, although that is likely to be quite soon.


Coleraine Swim Team16th December 2015News

Calling all Masters – Coaches, parents, former swimmers – over the age of 19

2016 City of Derry Masters Swimming Gala is being held on the 30th January at the City Baths.

After the success at the Irish SC Masters, we will be fielding a team.

Click here for further information

If you are interested, please contact [email protected]


Coleraine Swim Team16th December 2015News

Below is the information on the sessions over Christmas

Saturday 19th Dec 2015 5pm – Session Cancelled

Monday 21st Dec 2015 – Full Session

Tuesday 22nd Dec 2015 – Full Sessions

The Club then closes until Saturday 2nd Jan 2016 for both AM and PM sessions.

Back to normal sessions on Monday 4th January 2016

Have a great Christmas and congratulations to the entire Club for a wonderful start to season, with both squads unbeaten.


Coleraine Swim Team9th December 2015News

Two club records were broken at the recent Eamon OHara Club Gala.

Molly Curry broke Louise Robinson’s long standing Girls U14 Breaststroke record with a new time of 34.66s and Shannon Baird broke the Girls U12 IM record with a new time of 1.15.92s.

Well done to both of them!


Coleraine Swim Team3rd December 2015News

Click here for the running order of the Club Gala 2015

This information is Version 2.

There are 2 changes from Version 1, both in the Under 8 Boys Backstroke (Ben Patterson) and Freestyle (Karl Hutchinson)

Due to a printing error, we did not run heats for the Boys U12 IM. For the Finals, this event will be organised into 2 heats, with the lane selection based on PB times. Results will be based on the actual time on the night.

Warm up at 5pm, with gala start at 5.30pm


Coleraine Swim Team1st December 2015News

All committee members, coaches, poolside helpers must complete this form, or supply their current one. You must have a form for each sport, so unfortunately one for Rugby/Hockey/GAA/School etc., is not valid for Swimming

You will need to have your National Insurance Number, Passport Number and Driver License Number when completing the form. There is no payment required.

This must be completed by the end of December 2015

Step 1 – Go to www.nidirect.gov.uk/apply-for-an-enhanced-check-through-a-registered-body and select the green button for an enhanced check through a registered body.
Step 2 – Register an account by creating a user ID and password; this will be your account with NI Direct – keep these details safe as you will need them to track the progress of your application.
Step 3 – Once successfully logged into your account you will be taken to the online application form.
Step 4 – Enter the organisation PIN: 509255
Step 5 – Complete the remainder of the form, including your Swim Ireland membership number and click confirm and proceed to finish the on-line process.
Step 6 – You will get a 10 digit case reference number when you complete your on line application (this will also be emailed to you)
Step 7 – Complete this form http://www.swimulster.net/getattachment/Clubs/Club-Transfer-(1)/ANI-New-online-ID-form-revised-August-2015.pdf.aspx and this completed form along with the ID copies to Coleraine Swimming Club by post, email to [email protected], or give to the Treasurer or Secretary
Step 8 – On receipt of this fully completed form the application will be submitted to Swim Ulster and AccessNI for processing.

If you have any problems, or need any help, please contact [email protected].

It sounds worse than it actually is……..


Coleraine Swim Team1st December 2015News

Kyle and Lewis Cooper swam at the Ulster Special Olympics Gala at Lagan Valley on the 28th November 2015.

Kyle came 1st in 25m back 23.44 secs, came 1st in 50m Free 42.22 secs and was part of the team that came 1st in the Freestyle Relay

Lewis came 3rd in 25 m Back 28.56 sec, 3rd in 25 m Free in a big pb of 22.47 secs and was part of the team that came 1st the Freestyle Relay.

Well done to both


Coleraine Swim Team1st December 2015News

At the recent Club Gala heats on the 23rd November 2015, Matthew Curry broke the 50m boys U10 Freesytle record with a new time of 33.66s.

Well done Matthew.


Coleraine Swim Team25th November 2015News

Matthew Curry broke the U10 50m Breaststroke record at the PTL Squad v Cookstown on the 21st November 2015.

He achieved a new time of 43.81s replacing his old record time of 43.88s.

Well done


Coleraine Swim Team24th November 2015News

Click here for the Club Gala Heat Results

Fantastic times by all the swimmers last night, just look at the amount of improvements in times, well done to all.

The top 6 in each event have qualified for the Finals, with 7th and 8th as 1st and 2nd reserve.

A special thanks for all those parents who assisted last night, the Club can only exist with your help.

For those parents unable to help last night, please offer your assistance at the Finals.

The last thing you want is the Announcer on your case…….


Coleraine Swim Team23rd November 2015News

Click here for the Heats info for the Club Gala 2015


Coleraine Swim Team20th November 2015News

Just a reminder that the Club Gala heats are on Monday 23rd November, with the warm up at 5.30pm.

There are no heats for Under 16 and Over 16.

The 8.00pm – 9.30pm training session is still on.


Coleraine Swim Team10th November 2015News

Say hello to the 2015/2016 Team Captains – Joint Girl Captains Koren Ferguson and Jill Thompson, and Boys Captain Thomas Kelly


Coleraine Swim Team9th November 2015News

Due to a clash of dates with the Grammar Schools Gala on the 28th of November, we are going to moving the Club Gala to Saturday 5th December 2015

Apologies for the inconvenience


Coleraine Swim Team4th November 2015News

Hannah Gellatly continues her successful season with 3 new club records at the Munster Short Course Gala on 31 Oct -01 Nov 2015

Girls U 12 Freestyle with a new time of 30.21s

Girls U12 Butterfly with a new time of 32.06s

Girls U12 IM with a new time of 1.16.82s.


Coleraine Swim Team29th October 2015News

At the recent PTL against Larne on 24th October 2015, 2 club records were broken.

Hannah Gellatly broke the U12 Freestyle record with a new time of 30.37s and also broke the U12 Individual Medley record with a time of 1.17.75s.

These records were long standing ones and a credit to the previous record holder and current Club coach, Sharon Cooper (nee Carson).

Well done Hannah


Coleraine Swim Team27th October 2015News

See below for a summary of the Coleraine swimmers who took part in the Swim Ulster Schools Cup.

Well done to all.

Minor Schools


NAME                               AGE GROUP       POSITION IN FINALS

Paul Richmond                    Minor 2                1st Breaststroke & 4th backstroke

Yna Cisnero                        Minor 2                2nd Butterfly & 3rd Breaststroke

Niamh McGarry                   Minor 3                2nd Freestyle & 6th Butterfly

Matthew Curry                    Minor 3                2nd Breaststroke & 9th Butterfly

Jack Matthews                    Minor 3                3rd Breaststroke

Martin Fiala                         Minor 4                2nd Fly & 4th Freestyle

Catherine Richmond            Minor 2                7th Breaststroke

Jake Ilsley                          Minor 4                10th IM

Hannah Anderson                Minor 3                7th Freestyle & 7th Backstroke

Damhead PS relay (Kyle Cooper, Paul Richmond, Ben Stewart and Matthew Curry) 5th Freestyle relay & 6th Medley relay in combined Minors 3 & 4.

Other swimmers from Coleraine ASC were:

Hannah Anderson, Alfy Matthews, Caoimhe McGarry and Lewis Cooper.

Swim Ulster Secondary Schools – Junior (yrs 12 – 14), Intermediate (yrs 15-16)


NAME                                AGE GROUP       POSITION IN FINALS

Molly Curry                        Junior                    2nd Breaststroke

Hannah Gellately                Junior                    8th Butterfly

Finn McEwan                      Intermediate          7th Breaststroke

Commemorative Medals Winners (for individual year groups)

Shannon Baird                   Yr8                          1st Freestyle & 3rd IM

Molly Curry                         Yr 10                      2nd Breaststroke

Other swimmers from Coleraine ASC were:

Charlotte Anderson, Owen Montgomery, Lucas Eymere and Orla McEwan, Danny McGarry and Oran Walton.


Coleraine Swim Team19th October 2015News

Coleraine were represented at the Irish Masters in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin on Saturday 17th October 2015, by youth and experience with James Walton (current Senior Squad) and Club Coaches Rhodri Jones and Gavin Eakin.

Elite Triathletes James Walton and Rhodri Jones displayed some good form in the men’s 200m Freestyle finishing 1st (2:04:89) and 4th (2:26:66) in their respective age groups. Gavin Eakin powered his way to 4th (32:28) in a competitive 50m Butterfly final just missing out in a medal. Gavin, a former Ulster schools 50m backstroke champion, again narrowly missed out on a medal in 50m Backstroke. James displayed his class in the 200m IM taking gold in a superb time of 2:21:33.

There was some world class swimming on display with London Olympian Barry Murphy and his NC Masters team mates setting a new national 200m IM relay record. In the afternoon session the Coleraine swimmers continued to show they were a force to be reckoned with, Gavin finishing 4th (37:29) in the 50m breaststroke and 6th (28:30) 50m Freestyle.

In the highly competitive 100m Freestyle Rhodri managed 5th (65:09) and to round off a successful day James had the fastest swim of the day in the 50m freestyle (26:64) to take another gold back to Coleraine.

Congratulations to the guys who did their club proud in their first ever masters event and all made the qualifying times for the European Masters Championships in London next year.

Next event is the City of Derry Masters at the end of January and we ask that Coaches, parents and former members start training and show the younger ones how to do it.

James Walton (19-24 Age Group)

  • 50m Freestyle – 26.64 – 1st Age Group

  • 200m IM – 2.21.33 – 1st Age Group

  • 200m Freestyle – 2.04.89 – 1st Age Group

Rhodri Jones (35-39 Age Group)

  • 100m Freestyle – 1.05.09 – 5th Age Group

  • 200m Freestyle – 2.26.66 – 4th Age Group

Gavin Eakin (35-39 Age Group)

  • 50m Freestyle – 28.30 – 6th Age Group,

  • 50m Backstroke – 33.99 – 4th Age Group

  • 50m Breaststroke – 37.29 – 4th Age Group

  • 50m Butterfly – 32.38 – 4th Age Group


Coleraine Swim Team14th October 2015News

Swim Ulster are delighted to announce the Halloween skills camp in Ballymoney running from 26th-30th October.

Flyer, payment info and consent forms should be attached to this e-mail, please inform your swimmers/parents of this opportunity. The last camp in Ballymoney filled up very quickly.

Click below for the relevant forms

Halloween Ballymoney Flyer

Halloween payment info

Medical Information & Consent Form


Coleraine Swim Team9th October 2015News

The Ulster Schools Swimming Minor Championships were held on the weekend of the 3rd October in Ballymena, with Coleraine Swimming Club swimmers representing their schools.

The swimmers achieved 11 podiums, with 2 Champions in Hannah Gellatly and Matthew Curry.

Podium results:

Boys 9 & Under 50 SC Meter Backstroke – Finn Ilsley – 3rd
Boys 10 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Backstroke – Paul Richmond – 3rd
Girls 10 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Breaststroke – Yna Cisnero – 2nd
Boys 10 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Breaststroke – Paul Richmond – 3rd
Girls 10 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Butterfly – Yna Cisnero – 2nd
Boys 11 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Breaststroke – Matthew Curry – 1st
Boys 11 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Breaststroke – Jack Matthews – 3rd
Boys 11 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Butterfly – Matthew Curry – 3rd
Girls 12 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Butterfly – Hannah Gellatly – 1st
Boys 12 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Butterfly – Martin Fiala – 2nd
Girls 12 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Freestyle – Hannah Gellatly – 2nd
Girls 12 Year Olds 50 SC Meter Freestyle – Shannon Baird – 3rd

Click here and here for the detailed results

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