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2014 Nuneaton & District Junior League: Round 1 Roundup

NEW: Press Release

Saturday 5th of April saw the start of the Nuneaton & District Junior League and once again Boldmere had three teams competing, one in each of the three divisions. In Division 1 the A Team had a tough round 1 draw at Nuneaton and finished in 2nd behind to 2013 Regional Junior League winners Northampton. With 42 top 3 finishes from the 51 events 30 new PB's were set with one excellent Club Record from Erin Davies in the 50m Breaststroke which helped her gain the Star of the Gala award along with Toby Chiles.

The B Team swimmers were at Stafford for their Division 2 draw with 33 PB's set earning them a 4th place finish. Stars of the Gala medal awards went to Tess Ward and Jamie Suviste. In Division 3 the C Team were at home at Wyndley and also managed a 4th place finish 4th with 35 PBs set. Gala Stars on the night were Ella Wright & Miles Mumford.

Four of the Stars of the Gala can be seen here with the medals sponsored by Appella Fitness. Full results can be found on the Members' page.

March 250 Club Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Rob Barnsley and Zoe Toyne who are the March 250 Club winners who each win £50.

Warwickshire County Champs Week 3 Round Up

Week 3 Press Release

The 3rd and final week of the Warwickshire County Championships saw another 4 County Champions and 2 Junior Champions crowned with Championship titles won by Bradley Lynch 100 Free, Alice Dearing 50 Fly, Luke Davies 200 IM and Joey Stanger retained his 400 Free title for second year. Junior Championship titles went to Alex Dolan in 100 Breast and Ben Stanford in 100 Free.

Championship medals were awarded to Joey 100 Free, Steven Wilson 400 Free, Alex Dolan 100 Breast and Morgan Harlow 200 Fly

Age Group Gold Medallists were Ben Stanford (4) Bradley, Alice, Erin Davies, Roan Griffiths and Morgan.

Silver medal winners were Roan (2), Ben Campbell (2) Joey (2) Katie Richardson (2), Steven (2), Nadya Sterling, Alex, Acer Woolley, Leo Karski, Ben Stanford, Alice Oliver. Boys 11-16 Yrs free relay

Bronze Medallists were Josh Winnicott, Ben S (2), Acer, Leighton Palmer-Whyte, Ben C (2), Lily Wood, William Cooper, Leo , Emily Gordon, Roan, Rachel Wilson .Girls 11-16 Yrs free relay

Championship finalists were: Brad, Joey (2), Ben S (2), Josh, Steven, Luke (2), Alice (2), Rachel, Ben C, Alex and Emily.

41 MDQTs and 3 NQTs. 136 PBs

Congratulations to Acer on achieving his first Midland QT in 100 Free and to Katie Richardson for her first MT in the 200 Fly Others closing in on MDQTs were Lauren Wilson 400 Free with Joey and Alex Bartley just missing out NQT in their 400 Free events by 1 second.

Ten swimmers also made top 3 Bagcat scorers. Winners of their age group category were Acer, Erin, Leo, Archie, Ben Stanford. Ben's 2755 points also gave him the Top Boy award.

Sainsburys Active Kids 2014

The club is once again collecting Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers - please support us by handing your vouchers to the BSC desk at your session or pass them to any Boldmere committee member.

JIM Results

The full results from JIM14 are available to view on the 2014 JIM page.

Please note that photos taken at the event by DE Photo can be accessed by clicking HERE. Your club contact can provide you with the event code password.

Sutton Schools Gala

Well done to all the Boldmere Swimmers who took part in this year's Sutton Schools Gala at Stechford on Saturday 1st February. Your updated PBs have now been added to the PB charts on the Members' page.

Staffordshire Inter-Counties Gala

Congratulations to all of the Boldmere Swimmers who have been selected to swim for their County at the forthcoming Staffordshire Inter-Counties Gala on the 2nd February at Stoke.

Boldmere has the honour of supplying more swimmers to the squad than any other club and the 13 swimmers selected are: Lily Wood, Alex Bartley, Ben Smith, Aristea Knight, Rowan Griffiths, Leo Karski, Leighton Palmer-Whyte, Kate Davies, Tom Bloor, Archie Langston, Matt Price, Ben Campbell and Ben Stanford.

National Arena League: A Team Champions Again

NEW: Press Release

Birmingham City Council Budget Proposals

As some of you will know Birmingham City Council have been reviewing all their services due to a large funding gap in their budget.

"Current forecasts are that the city council will need to have found £840m in the six years from 2010/ 11 to 2017/18 as a result of spending pressures and grant cuts - more than two thirds of the budget we have any choice over how to spend. This year alone, we will be making cuts in the region of £120m."

For Boldmere SC the potential impacts are with changes to the swimming pools we use for teaching and training. There are two main risks to the club due to pool closures or pools moving into private management.

• Reduced access to pool time

• Increased costs for pool time

Your Committee, having been made aware of this process earlier in the year, have been working to understand the potential issues. However until the exact details of potential changes to pools provision are made known we cannot determine the exact impact to the club, but be assured we continue to plan to maintain ongoing provision of swimming to all our members. We will continue to keep you updated as and when we know anything further.

As you will see from this Council White Paper there will now be a period of further consultation. You can get more information on this process from the Council website at

Boldmere Swimmers Shine Through the Storms for England in Brazil

Two Boldmere swimmers have just returned from representing England at the ISF Gymnasiade, the World School Games in Brazil.

Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch joined team-mates from the City of Birmingham and schools across England in a team that included Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte for the 6 day event, held at the Ayrton Senna Aquatic Complex in Brasilia. Between them they collected 3 of the teams 32 medals, a record haul for England which earned them a table topping position for the swimming events.

Both swimmers raced through a tropical storm on Day 2 of the event in the outdoor pool, in conditions described by their Head Coach as the worst he had ever seen in an International competition. As the day's rains developed into a tropical storm, chairs, hats, cups and even advertising hoardings were blown into the pool!

Josh Winnicott battled through the conditions to take the Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. He also won the B Final that evening in the 200IM to take 9th place overall in the 200m Individual Medley. He then went on to top this in calmer conditions on Day 3, securing a Gold Medal with his team-mates in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay.

Bradley Lynch put in a strong performance in the stormy conditions to help the 4x100m freestyle relay team to a Silver medal during the busy second day, as the team were just denied gold by Italy. His Silver medal topped two individual 5th place performances in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Well done to both swimmers who did their schools, their country and Boldmere proud.

Junior League Grand Final

Well done to the Boldmere Juniors who matched last year's 6th place in the Grand Final at Corby with 27PBs & 4 CRs. A full report will be available shortly.

Many thanks to mrcphoto for supplying us with the team photo above. You can visit the mrcphoto website HERE to see more photos from the final.

British Biathlon Championships

Seven Boldmere swimmers qualified and took part in this year's Championships at Solihull's Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on Sunday 1st December. Matt Price (third) and Georgina Dolan (8th) made podium finishes, with Matt taking the swimming prize in the U14 Boys category to go with his West Midlands title. The overall results achieved by Boldmere swimmers were:

• Tom Sherriff B11 (23rd swim(37.30) 28th run) overall 30th
• Abby Turnbull G11 (5th swim (34.15) 69th run) overall 42nd
• Katherina Hall G13 (40th swim (1.17.53) 43rd run) overall 43nd
• Hannah Turnbull G13 (20th swim (1.11.49) 52nd run) overall 48th
• Georgina Dolan G14 (9th swim (1.05.95)17th run) overall 8th
• Matt Price B14 (1st Swim (57.45) 8th run) overall 3rd
• Lois West G15 (21st swim (2.29.68) 14th run) overall 18th

Most of the swimmers are hoping to qualify for the National Schools Championships at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in April and are now awaiting new National rankings, published in January.

British Gas ASA National County Team Championships 2013: Warwickshire Crowned 2nd Division Champions!

WELL DONE to the nine Boldmere swimmers - Alex Dolan, Rachel Wilson, Emma Smith, Luke Davies, Matt Price, Steve Wilson, Tom Bloor, Jake Dixon and Ben Stanford - who helped Warwickshire return to the First Division for next year's competition as Second Division Champions, with the massive total of 497 points, at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on the 20th October.

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Team News

Arena League National Final 2014

The teamsheet for this gala in Cardiff on the 27th April is now available on the Members' page. Please confirm your availability as soon as possible.

Open Meet Entry Information and Updates

Northampton Open 16th/17th/18th May

Click HERE for the meet entry details.

Sheffield Open 31st May/1st June

Click HERE for the meet entry details.

City of Birmingham Easter Open Meet

The final list of accepted entries can be found HERE.

Note that the girls 800m freestyle will now begin at 4.05pm NOT at 4.35pm as originally published.