Putteridge Swimming Club – Swimming to success!

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Last weekend our 52 swimmers competed in the first of this year’s Bedfordshire County age group swimming competition and it saw some of our youngest “Putts” taking to the water in their very first counties. They did not disappoint. With multiple PB’s, finals and medals across both our 10-11 year old boys and girls, it was the boys who stole the show in their 10-11 4×50 meter medley relay coming home with a fantastic bronze medal, not only a bronze medal and a first for each of the four boys, Elliott, Oscar, Archie, Kamil, but beaming smiles returned to the PSC base.

Success in the pool didn’t just come in the form of times and medals but in the skills performed...

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PSC Awards Dinner

PSC Presentation Night

It was a fantastic night at Venue 360 on Saturday 13th January for our Club’s 2017 Awards. All the photographs for the evening can now be viewed at here. A special thanks to Catherine Pound for taking them all!!

The prize-winners were:

Top Girl – Eloise Brown and Olivia Newman Baronius.

Top Boy – Oscar Kane

Masters – Miriama Owens and Emma Newman-Baronius

Triathlete of the Year – Matt Haden

Most improved Triathlete – Simon Router

Coaches Award – Ellie Matthews and Aaron Hird.

King Award (9 and Under) – Masie Emerton and Kian Ptolomey

Palmer Award – Lucy Buckingham and Jack MacDonald

Batson Award – Holly Dickson and JJ Wilde

Junior Club Member – Julia Pilat

Senior Club Member – Jasmine Gore

Disability Awards – Jordan Quinn and Cameron Connelly

Land Training Award – Lucy M...

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Volunteers Wanted

The Bedfordshire County Championships will be soon up on us and I am writing to request volunteers to support the events.  The  event is held on Friday 26th (pm) – Sunday 28th January and Saturday 3rd -4th February. Please can you let me know ASAP if you are available to support any of the following roles, and which sessions you are available (unless already stated in description).

Warm Up Marshalls
Please provide 1 per session for every session of the Championships 1-9

Clerks of the Course x 3 volunteers at the following sessions:-
28th January – Session 4
4th  January – Session 9

Results Posting/Presentation Marshall x 1 volunteer at each of the following sessions:-
3rd  February – Session 7

I will be also looking for help from our coaches and team managers to support L...

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Lesley selected for Pathway Coach Development Programme 2018

A group of 17 coaches have been selected for the Swim England Pathway Coach Development Programme for 2018. These include Lesley Batson of Putteridge Swimming Club.

The aim of the programme is for coaches of age group athletes (10-14yrs) to get together, share best practice and develop their technical and soft skills. They will then be able to take what they have learned, and use it to benefit their swimmers. They will also pass the knowledge on to other coaches in their club, and the local club network.

Five workshops will be delivered over the 14 month programme. These cover topics such as self-awareness and reflective practice, coach athlete relationships and more.

Swim England Coach Development Manager Joanna Jones said: “We view the Pathway Coach Development programme as an integral ...

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Happy Christmas to all our Members, Volunteers, Families and Supporters

Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone,

Just thought I would touch base with you all before the festivities begin, last few training sessions before we have 3 days off, which I know we are all looking forward to.

Firstly, click on the training schedule below if you need it for reference again. This is also on our Facebook page. The Squad list is on the website (members area for your reference also). You can train whenever you like and there are double sessions on to keep fitness levels up so we dont lose too much when Counties are end of Jan. Tri can also train when Masters train.

Secondly, Our Presentation Evening on January 13th at Venue 360. We have a maximum 260 seats, we only have approx 80 tickets left...

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Pathway Coach Development Programme

Lesley has completed her first year as Beds ASA County Head Coach. She has planned and delivered 4 workshops for the County’s top 11 year olds and along with the County Development Team, attended the National forum in Nottingham to see where the County Programme is going next year. She hopes to continue the role in 2018.

Lesley was also selected as a Skills Coach on the East Region Talent Camps and the Swim England National Phase one Camps for the East this year. This was completed last weekend, delivering a total of six training sessions for the Regions best swimmers since September.

Lesley has now also just been selected as 1 of only 20 Coaches from across England for Swim England Pathway Coach Development Programme 2018-2019...

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Top Performance!

Top performance by all our swimmers in the East Region Winter Championships with Putteridge Swimming Club coming 5th in the region.

Well done all.

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World Record for Putteridge!

Lawrence received his 2nd European Record for 100 breast this morning alongside the absolute swimming legend Jane Asher. But something even more incredible followed. He broke the Great British, European and World record in the 25/29 yrs Masters with an incredible time of 26.99 in the 50M breaststroke!

Lawrence brought the curtain down on the Swim England Masters National Championships 2017 with a 50m Breaststroke world record in the final session at Ponds Forge. Lawrence’s time sliced almost a second off the previous world record of 27.31.

“The record was an added bonus to the fact that I was close to my PB, especially as I didn’t expect to break the time,” he said.

“Putteridge Masters do a large amount of land-based work. I think this gave me an edge today.”



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Lawrence powers to European record in 200m Breaststroke

Lawrence Palmer of Putteridge Swimming club dominated his age group to claim a new European record in the 200m Breaststroke in Session 3 of the Swim England Masters National Championships.

He put some real distance between himself and the rest of the 24-29yrs age group. He touched the wall well over eight seconds faster than Aaron Flynn who claimed silver. Putteridge lowered the previous European marker from 2:14.44 to an impressive 2:11.90 to take the title.

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Masters National Championships (25M) 2017

Best of luck to all our swimmers competing at the Swim England Masters Championships.

The Swim England Masters National Championships is the highlight of the national Masters short course calendar.

This year’s Championships are taking place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sport Centre from 27 – 29 October.

Over the three days of competition expect British, European and World records to tumble, as over 1000 competitors including our swimmers from Putteridge Swimming Club fight it out in the pool to be crowned this year’s champions.

National Masters Champs 2017

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Great Night at Arena League

What a  Fantastic night we had on Saturday!! After weeks of planning and organizing we only had a few minor glitches on what was a fabulous night for Putteridge Swimming club. Debbie, Dean, Andy, Graeme, Emma N-B, Susan and Jo, our technical Team in the Timing Suite, poolside, Lesley, Carol, Lewis, Gavin, James and all the parents you were all phenomenal!

Our Swimmers, what a job they did!!! Not only were they professional they were a real team. We had relay swimmers swimming strokes they don’t necessarily like, swimmers doing individual events they don’t normally swim and Masters swimmer Miriam also drafted in.

Lawrence and Lesley were so proud of all our swimmers...

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Water Polo in Bedfordshire

As part of the Bedfordshire ASA Club Development Day and Conference, please find here a poster for your information on Water Polo in the region.

Mondays 9 – 10pm
Men and women, 16 years +
Inspire Luton Sports Village
Must be able to swim 50 metres

Sundays 5 – 6:30pm
Bedford Modern School

The Water Polo team are happy to respond by email to anyone’s enquiries or questions about water polo and taking part in this aquatic discipline.


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Luton Sports Awards – nominations open

Nominations are now open for Luton Sports Awards. You can nominate anyone you think is worthy of an award by clicking this link.

For more information download more information here.


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Crazy Month for PSC!

Enjoy a crazy month with PSC. Watch Lesley’s Facebook video below:

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GB Bronzes for Matthew Haden

Congratulations to PSC Swimmer Matt Haden for achieving GB Bronzes at the European biathle and triathle Championships in Portugal. Matt trains and competes in the elements for Penthalon, hence Biathle and Triathle.

“I was fortunate enough to qualify to and go to the European biathle and triathle Championships held in Setubal Portugal (just outside Lisbon). The competition lasted 3 days with the triathle on the Friday and finishing off with the biathle on Sunday. The triathle comprises of swimming ,shooting and running and all four laps complete a total of a 3200 m Run, 200 m open water sea swim and 20 targets. In this competition I placed 3rd out of 12 behind another GB team mate and a Ukrainian who narrowly beat me to 2nd by overtaking me on my last shoot...

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Bishops Stortford LC end of season meet

24 swimmers competed at the Bishop Stortford long course meet on 1st July, our last long course open event of the summer. It was of a high standard with some fast swimmers coming from all over the UK. There were some great PB’s achieved, with stand out performances from the following swimmers:

Bleu Wildman – 200IM Silver, 100m Backstroke Silver

Eloise Brown – 100m Butterfly Bronze

JJ Wilde – 50m Freestyle Bronze, 50m Breaststroke Silver, 100m Freestyle Silver

Holly Dickson – 50m Breaststroke Silver, 100m Breaststroke Bronze

Elise Crick – 50m Breaststroke Gold , 100m Breaststroke Silver

All the times are now uploaded to the Active swim portal and can be viewed through your individual log on to the portal.

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