Head Coach News

Hi Everyone,

Just a few things, firstly a roundup of the last few weeks.

As you know I am sure as its been all over Facebook and Twitter, PSC had fantastic swims up in Sheffield at the British Championships – World Trials the highest National Competition in the Swimming Calendar.

Many of our new members may not understand the enormity of what was achieved there. Huge Congratulations to Lawrence and Brandon, this was a result of 6 months hard work in the pool and the gym which came together as they raced.

Lawrence making his first ever British Champs finals, displacing many funded GB athletes and those that train at Performance Centers and are classed full-time athletes, swimming his fastest times in 2 years and has seen him on the verge of quitting at last years British Champs as he then suffered from Neural fatigue, something that an elite Sprinter rarely comes back from, so for him to achieve what he did after the year from hell literally brought me to tears.

Brandon his first British Champs in 2 years,qualifying with for the 200IM has been training as much as he can whilst being at full time work as an electrician apprentice, have had some tough times during training with obvious fatigue, self doubt and lack of confidence but again we got it right when it mattered against the odds. Brandon made it into the Target Tokyo 2020 final and also pb’d perfect scenario. You both are legends and perfect ambassadors for the club!!

JJ Wilde qualified and competed in the Swim Wales National Championships, just missed out on finals in the 50 Breast, age group band was however 13/14 but great experience for JJ and 2 pb’s so great stuff

Sophie Pedder. Well done!! Sophie has been selected for British Triathlon Junior Super Series 2017.

Matt Haden, Well done! 2017 British Modern Tetrathlon Championships in Solihull, 10th in U19’s (Swim,Fence,Run)

Nathan Scott has also qualified for the ITU  (International Triathlon Union) World Duathlon Championships in Canada, Great job!

Ian Dickson Congratulations Ian ran the London Marathon in order to raise some funds for the Disability section of the club, although he said it was the hardest thing he has ever done……he wants to do it again!! Thank you Ian!!! To date £1,521.00!!!!

Just some of the standout performances in the last few weeks!!

The British Para-Swimming International Meet is the highlight of the domestic para-swimming events

Tomorrow, I’m off to Sheffield again as Aaron is competing in the British swimming Para International Meet, which is part of the Fina World Para Series also, so we wish him Good Luck.

Then was the Youth East Region Championships, held at Inspire, where we have seen PSC swimmers competing in the last 6 months seeking Regional Qualification. Again many congratulations to all those who qualified and competed. Lawrence, Brandon, Jordan, Liam, Lauren, Bleu, Nathan, Ryan, Raffi, Connor, Elise, Alexia and Jasmine.

Finals were made by Nathan, Raffi, Lauren, Liam and Jordan as well as Brandon who is East Region Champion in the 200IM, silver in 100 Breast and Bronze in 50 Breast, With Lawrence collecting 3 Golds in 50,100 and 200 Breast. Outstanding performances all round! Unfortunately our reigning East Region Medley relay Team could not compete as Jordan had ringside seats for Anthony Joshua and our reserves couldnt make it either such is life.

I do have to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU!! to all our Coaches, you all do such a fantastic job especially when I have to go away for events, which I wouldn’t be able to do without your support and volunteering your time! It is because of all of you that we perform so well! Dean, Lewis, John, Rob, Gavin, Nick, Maria, Emma, Emma, Kelly, Miriam, Nicola, Adele, Lynn, Elsa, Carina, Graeme and Jon oh and Lawrence!

Also to our army of Volunteers on the Management Team who are doing a humongous job behind themscenes with running the club and spending many hours on their roles – Sarah, Carol, Ian, Susan,Kelly, James and Emma, Dean and Debbie, Chris, Carina, Tracy and Nigel

Thank you!