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 s...

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British Masters

It’s now just under 3 weeks until the closing date for the entries into the Masters Nationals in Aberdeen. The closing date is midnight Wednesday 24th May. Click here for entry details for the event and the schedule of events.

Below is the link to enter online:

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ASA Change to Swim England

Today the ASA changes its name to ‘Swim England’. Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. It helps people learn to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete.

“Our vision is of a nation swimming and we strive to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. We work with our partners to create engaging programmes that enable everyone to be active, have fun and stay healthy through swimming.

Each month millions of people are able to enjoy swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming because they have been through our renowned Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.

Ensuring people are safe in the water is of paramount importance to us and so we work closely with partners to keep water safety high on the national agenda.

At our heart Swim...

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Forthcoming Masters Competitions

There are three Masters competitions coming up.

The first is Newmarket on Sunday 23rd April. The closing date is Friday 14th AprilTo enter, you can print off a hard copy and send to the event organiser or email entry form to them.

The second is Norfolk held in Norwich on Saturday 13th April. Again, the closing date is Friday 14th AprilThis is long course/50m long and is good prep for the British Masters. Click here to direct you to the online entry.

The final one is the British Masters held in Aberdeen from Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June. The closing date is Wednesday 24th May. Click here to direct you to the online entry.

Download the entry information for each competition below:

British Masters Senior Age Group

Norfolk Open

Newmarket Masters

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PSC’s Ian Dickson in the News

PSC’s own Ian Dickson is in the Luton News!!…

Vehicle after sales executive Ian Dickson, 41, of Stopsley said: “I’ve raised money for a number of charities but this is personal for me. “I’ve always wanted to do the London Marathon and what this club has done to integrate disabled young swimmers into the mainstream is a wonderful example of what can be achieved – it brings a lump to my throat.”

Ian – who’s taken on the role of welfare officer at the club – added: “I’ve been lucky to see it grow and become one of Bedfordshire’s highest performing clubs, and in particular how its development of disabled swimmers has helped turn them into regional and national prospects...

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Ian Dickson running London Marathon for PSC

PSC’s own – Ian Dickson is pounding the pavements of the London Marathon this year to raise money for PSC’s Disability section. Ian says:

“The main reason for my participation in the London Marathon is to raise funds for our disability section. Working with children primarily with physical and mental disability just shows that the club wants to support those who may not have joined a club if this wasn’t on offer. When you see what these kids put themselves through, training alongside able bodied swimmers being part of a great team shows what a great club this is.

However this all comes at a cost. Pool and Gym time along with kit and equipment needs can make this a very costly excercise...

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A great performance from our Para Swimmers

Jordan Quinn and Cameron Connelly represented PSC Para swimming at East Midlands Para Regionals on Saturday 4th March and they didn’t disappoint! First to swim was Cameron in 100 free, a good swim equalling his entry time. Jordan swam 100 free, 2nd in her heat with a 3 sec PB and 6th fastest over all classifications.

Cameron’s 2nd event was 50 breaststroke, he had a great swim with a huge PB & improvement in this stroke, his entry time was 1:51:24, he swam 1:42:18! With very little recovery time Cameron was up to swim again, this time 50 backstroke, once more he didn’t disappoint. His entry time was 1:08:32, Cameron swam 57:98, another great swim. Only 5 mins later Cameron swam 50 free, no PB this time but an excellent overall performance in his first regional meet.

Jordan’s 2nd event ...

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Best of Luck

Best of luck and best wishes to all Putteridge swimmers taking part in the County Championships this weekend!

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PSC Awards Presentation Night

An excellent time was had by everyone at the PSC Annual Awards Presentation Night at St Joesph’s Parish Hall on Saturday. Our boys and girls age group winners were:

Girls (16 and over)

1.      Elise Crick
2.      Lauren Simpkins
3.      Alexia Nabarro


1.      Bleu Wildman
2.      Aisha Karouai
3.      Niamh Hargadon


1.      Jasmine Gore
2.      Jessica Mcleod
3.      Grace Beeston


1.      Ellie Matthews
2.      Cara Hughes
3.      Holy Dickson


1.      Julia Pilat
2.      Alice Corran
3.      Eve Perry


1.      Eloise Brown
2.      Jasmine Davison
3.      Storm Ellis


1.      Olivia Newman-Baronius
2.      Zara Buckingham
3.      Lucy Matthews



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Arena League

Hi all,

Huge congratulations to everyone involved with our debut in Arena League. Its been a long time in the making, when I joined PSC I withdrew from all Team competitions in order to re-build a strong Team to enter this type of event. It took 3 years, but was worth it. To finish 5th in the London Division is an amazing feat.

Thank you so much to Debbie Millar for dealing with all the behind the scenes logistics over the last 3 months, this was a big task, very time consuming as well as daunting having to get so many details right with registration and Team Submissions ech time. Thank you also to John Nabarro, Nick Corran and Chris Haden for officiating each round. And to our poolside Team, Debbie, Carol, Gavin, Dean, Graeme and Rob for supporting swimmers.

Finally, you as Parents and Su...

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PSC in the News again!

Headline in the Luton News this weeks says, “Putteridge SC finished a magnificent second in the medal table at the 2016 East Region Winter Championships“.

The article reads as follows:

The club had their biggest squad to date qualify, with 15 swimmers taking part, as a phenomenal first day saw PBs galore, with a number making finals and being crowned champions too.

Brandon Nabarro, 19, won the 200m IM final, Lawrence Palmer, 24, triumphed in the 100m breaststroke final with Nabarro finishing second. Nabarro then broke the Beds ASA County Record in the 50m freestyle, while Liam Curran, 18, made the final of the 50m butterfly and claimed bronze. Lauren Simpkins, 18, reached the 100m freestyle final and was just touched out to fourth...

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Second round of Arena League

A huge well done to everyone in the second round of Arena at Borehamwood. Was a great evening and standard was as high as ever and very very close at the end, to finish 2nd by 3 points, amazing.  Thank you to all the ‘Supporters Club’ (very amusing!!!!) and to those parents who officiated.
Due to the great performances and points accrued, we have made it into the Promotional Gala- Round 3 which is a great achievement. It will be VERY close. The top 2 Teams will be promoted to Division 1 from this Gala so all to play for. Should be very exciting. The Team will remain the same unless there are any issues which I hope not. It is again at Borehamwood on Saturday 10th December, arrive The Venue- same place by 5.40pm.
As it was held at Borehamwood, we knew it meant our swimmers would be divin...
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Hitchin Open 27th Nov 2016

Lots of great PB’s from the younger swimmers with 17 out of 26 swimmers gaining medals.

Top medal winners were Olivia Newman-Baronius with 7 golds, Eloise Brown with 4 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze and Bleu Wildman with 3 golds and 1 silver.

Special mention to Zara Buckingham who swam 7 events with PB’s in all of them and winning a bronze medal.

We finished 3rd in the visiting club trophy which was a fantastic effort and final medal haul was 47 (19 gold, 10 Silver and 18 bronze).

A huge well done everyone.


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Who’d have believed it? PSC 2nd in the Medal Table for EAST REGION WINTER Champs 2016!

What an absolutely outstanding weekend for the Putteridge SC Squad who qualified for the East Region Winter Championships. Firstly, our biggest squad qualified to date, 15 swimmers. Lawrence Palmer (24), Brandon Nabarro (19), Jordan Batson (20), Ryan Compton (19), Liam Curran (18), Lauren Simpkins (18), Ryan Jarvis (17), Joe Murray (17), Sophie Pedder (16), Nathan Swift (15), Ellie Matthews (13), Raffi Graci (15) and for their first ever Regional Qualification, Bleu Wildman (15), Paul Blessing (20) and Elise Crick (16).

All swimmers had a phenomenal 1st day of competition not only did the swimmers PB, they made their respective finals, medalled and were Champions. By the end of the first day, Brandon won the 200IM final, Lawrence won the 100 Breast final with Brandon in 2nd place...

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2nd in East Regional Winter Champs

An amazing 2nd place for Putteridge in the East Regional Winter Champs with 7 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronze medals.


Full report to follow.

“Well done to all those that competed over the weekend in Luton, we saw some really fantastic swims. Thank you to the volunteers that made the weekend happen, it was a spectacular event. Congratulations to City of Peterborough SC winning overall top club, followed by Putteridge SC and Hatfield SC.
ASA East Region


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Great Results at Flitwick Open

PSC achieved great result at the Flitwick Open last weekend. We achieved 3rd highest amount of gold medals out of 16 teams that took part and by no means did we have the biggest team there!!

Ellie Matthews won 7 golds and 1 silver; Olivia Newman-Baronius (pictured) won 7 golds; Connor Rodgers won 5 golds and 1 bronze; Ryan Jarvis won 5 golds (out of 5 events!); Raffaele Graci won 4 golds; Sophie Pedder won 2 golds; Aisha Karouai and Johnny Wilde each won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze; Nathan Swift won 1 gold and 1 silver; Jasmine Gore won 1 gold and 1 bronze; Bleu Wildman and Alexia Nabarro each won 2 silvers and 1 bronze; Matthew Haden won 1 silver and 1 bronze; Jack MacDonald, Alfie Warnock and Eoin Compton each won 1 silver and Niamh Hargadon won bronze.

We achieved a 50% ...

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