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Tom Dowden

Liam and Steve chaperoned Robbie, Ella and Catherine on their early wake-up walk. For those familiar with the saying ‘two birds with one stone’, well in Scotland the local Gorbles hardened colony of Seagulls have a saying of ‘two humans with one….'blessing of good luck’. After Liam and Steve changed their T-Shirts all were good to head down to the pool. Catherine was up first in the 200m Butterfly. After brilliant preparation, Catherine stood behind the blocks and went for it from the outside lane. Turning second the pace had...

Tom Dowden

By the time swim downs, stretching and race videos were watched, in turned out to be a late evening, but the six swimmers were up early walking round the Gorbles and Clylde bank areas of Glasgow in the dazzling sun and prepared for the races ahead. The first swimmer to warm up was Abbie Q for the 200m Breast, joined by Ella shorty after for the 50m Fly with Robbie, Oli and Alex preparing for the 100m Back. Thea prepared for the 800m towards the end of the morning heats...

Tom Dowden

After two conscientious days of training and familiarization at the Tollcross venue the trio of lads racing on day one was raring to go. They were all up in the 50m Backstroke Heats. With ever growing confidence at the bigger meets the boys started their pre-race planning with a wake up walk around various parts of Glasgow and arrived at the pool a couple of hours before their heats were due to start. Morning Heats Robbie was up first in heat 8 and then Alex and Oli in the outside...

Tom Dowden

The anticipation always steps up a notch in the second round of SJL and this year was no exception. This was another challenging round for us against the 2018 SJL League winners Swim Bournemouth, but PSC were focussed, prepared and ready to race it out to deliver their best! Newcomers in the team and PSC debuts in SJL: 9 yrs: JACK P 10 yrs: LOUIS G 11 yrs: FREDDIE H A special mention must go to Eliza C from Silver Squad who stepped in at the last minute and joined...

Tom Dowden

A record number of Poole Swimmers head to the end-of-season National meets including the British Summer Championships, Swim England Nationals and National Open Water Championships, whilst senior athlete Jacob P heads out to the US National Championships in California. Back Row: Ollie W, Ollie C, Alex B, Jacob P, Ben C, Ryan S. Thrid Row: Miles W, Alan S, Oli F, Thea O'K, Robbie H, Alex C. Second Row: Izzy H, Aimie Q, Abbie B, Ella M, Alex PA. Front Row: Catherine E, Teagan-Mae G, Holly H For the British...

Tom Dowden

Littledown July 6th & 7th 2019 This sunny weekend saw swimmers from Youth Potential, Rising Stars and Youth Performance race at the Dorset Development Meet at Littledown. While the rest of Poole may have been enjoying the sunshine, our PSC swimmers were focussed and ready to race, in an effort to smash out end-of-season times and implement strategic improvements, as the year’s training came to fruition. Becky’s highlights from Youth Potential were numerous. Ben D swam fantastically, taking a huge amount of time off his 400 Freestyle. His 100 Backstroke...

Tom Dowden

With the cancellation of the South West Open Water competition due to sea temperatures being predicted not to meet the minimum temperature of 16 degrees for a competition to be held, another event was selected at short notice as a qualifying event by Swim England South West, thankfully just up the road at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham. This meant that several club swimmers who had put in a lot of training and would have competed well were not able to attend. However, 10 of our hopefuls and their parents brilliantly...

Tom Dowden

MEET AIM This meet, at Bristol Hengrove, was billed as a Long Course Racing Opportunity for PSC, to improve performances related to race processes. For those attending the British Summer Champs, English Nationals or London End of Season Meet it would be the final practice run to achieve season best times. FORMAT The weekend’s racing employed the new Swim England Trial format, running 3 Fastest Heats first, with the slower heats swum next, followed by finals. This gives the swimmers that are likely to make finals/ second swims more rest...

Tom Dowden

Huge PSC Congratulations to Arron, Freddie B, Freddie H and Luca, following their selection onto the Regional Pathway Programme. The boys have been chosen, following their performances at Regionals this year, to attend three one day camps at Millfield School in June, September and October this year, run by Swim England South-West. “I’d like to say a huge WELL DONE on being selected - Great work lads!” said Coach Jan. We look forward to seeing the boys go from strength to strength over the coming season.

Tom Dowden

Saturday night saw the PSC Southern Junior League Team fired up and ready to race in Round 1 of 3, the first outing for team this time was hosted at Weymouth. After a final team practice at Ferndown, Coach Jan felt confident that the swimmers’ evident team spirit would lead to a great night of racing. This was borne out by strong performances from the outset, in a challenging first round draw for us against the 2018 SJL League winners, Swim Bournemouth. Well done to our newcomers in the team...