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UPDATE: The Boldmere Open

Friday 21 November - your cooperation is requested:

• There is a lesson for young swimmers in the Teaching Pool until 6.30pm - we must not disturb this lesson.
• Swimmers should make their way quietly from the changing rooms to sit in the balcony.
• All swimmers must sit in the balcony on Friday. Sit in your allocated areas on Saturday and Sunday.
• There will be no announcements or music until 6.30pm.
• Warm up will start promptly at 6.30pm.
• Swimmers may move quietly onto the starting end of the main pool to do a land warm up from 6.00pm.

Warm Up Pool (Friday): The 6.30pm warm up is for 400 IM swimmers. The warm up pool will be available from 6.50pm for 400 Free swimmers.

Medals (Friday): Medals for 400 IM and 400 Free should be collected from the recorders desk on Friday evening. All other medals will be presented during the meet.

Traffic: Please leave plenty of time for your journey. The traffic around Stechford is very heavy. We can not delay the start for late arrivals!

Withdrawals: To give as many swimmers as possible the opportunity to swim in a full heat we would like coaches, parents and swimmers to notify us of all swimmers who will not be competing. Withdrawals can be made up until 5.45pm on Friday 21 November 2014 via email to

Volunteers: The rota of duties for the weekend is available to view HERE. Please note that allocations may change subject to operational requirements. Please notify of any errors, omissions, additions or late changes. Thank you all for your help.

Sainsbury's Bag Pack 16th November

A big thank you to all the staff and customers at Sainsbury's Mere Green for their generosity in supporting Boldmere SC at their bag pack. And many thanks to all those swimmers and parents who turned out to support the bag pack. So a big pat on the back for Lydia, James, Steve, Rachel, Irisha, Lauren, Dan, Ben, Ellen, Katie, Laura, Anya, Alice, Marcus, Oliver, Alex, William and Leo you managed to raise £459 - and a 5 Euro Cent.

October 250 Club Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Kishore Gopalakrishnan and Patricia Crowley who are the October 250 Club winners - each wins £50!

Junior Inter-League Northern Final, Liverpool

A BIG congratulations to the Junior A Team on their excellent team performance at the Junior Inter-League Northern Final up at Liverpool on Sunday 5th October. With the 'age on day' changing for the Inter-League finals the team took on a new look with some age groups with swimmers now out of age and some new additions to the youngest 9 year old age group. However, despite the changes the team did Junior Head Coach Nigel Kelly proud, pulling out some big performances and maintaining a recent club tradition of qualifying for the Junior Inter-League Grand Final - for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Grand Final will take place on Sunday 30th November at Corby. A full set of results can be found on the Members' page.

British Gas ASA National County Team Championships 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Luke Davies, Jake Dixon, Alex Dolan, Megan Holder, Leo Karski, Ben Stanford, Rachel Wilson and Steve Wilson on being selected to represent Warwickshire on its return to the First Division at this year's National County Team Championships in Sheffield on the 19th of October.

Nuneaton & District Junior League Final, Wolverhampton, Saturday 13th September

CONGRATULATIONS to our Junior League A Team who put on a great performance in the Nuneaton & District Junior League Final at Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th September. Qualifying for the final for the 10th consecutive year Junior Head Coach Nigel Kelly got the best out of the youngsters yet again when it counted. Going into the final Northampton were one league point ahead of Boldmere but with 119 gala points more it looked like a full gone conclusion who would take the title. However, on the night it was a totally different story. Our A Team were placed 2nd in the League level on league points with City of Coventry and Leicester Sharks A with only 6 gala points separating the three. If Boldmere could beat Northampton in the final they would be equal on league points but would win the league by virtue of winning the final. That was the mission and what a performance the A Team produced.

They produced - 33 PB's, 63 unofficial relay PBs, had 37 from 51 event top 3 finishes winning 15 events. After 12 events Coventry led on 50 points with Boldmere on 49 and Northampton on 48. After 24 events Boldmere had risen to top spot on 101 points ahead of Coventry on 96 and Northampton on 94. Twelve events later Coventry had slipped to 3rd on 140 points with Northampton moving up to 2nd trailing Boldmere by 5 who led on 163 points. In the final 15 races the intenscity increased as Northampton slowly started to reduce the deficit and by race 48 they were all square on 199 points with 4 races remaining. Northampton finally edged into the lead winning by just three points on 221 to Boldmere's 218. It was a fantastic performance by this young team who once again maintained Boldmere's tradition of pulling out the big performances on the night.

There were too many big performances to mention but three notable ones were; the girls 8 x 1 L relay team: Lauren Knight, Lowri Bevan, Erin Davies, Nadya Sterling, Mollie Goldstone, Abbey Turnbull, Harriet Gordon and Alex Bartley not only set a club record but also broke the Junior League record which had stood for 7 years with their time of 2.00.86, Erin Davies and Oliver Carless who both broke League Records in their individual events of 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke respectively, with Oliver breaking the record by the biggest margin of 0.39 seconds which earned him the Record Breakers Trophy.

For the 7th time in the last eight years the A Team have reached the Junior Inter-League Area Final and will now travel to the Northern Final (venue TBC) on Sunday 5th October. Well done everyone - a great result!

The Great Boldmere Duck Race 2014 Results

Many thanks to all those who bought duck numbers and supported the club helping us to raise well over £1500 to go towards buying new Gala starting equipment and a laptop to enable us to host galas and continue to hold our Open Meets. A big thank you must go to Stuart Turnbull, Dave Price and Matt Price for getting in the stream to start the race, help any stragglers and catch the winners at the end. Finally a big thank you also to Sallie Cole for organising the ducks. This years lucky winners are:

1st Duck No.94 - Archie Langston - Family ticket for 4 to Drayton Manor Park
2nd Duck No. 309 - Rod Shepherd - 4 Ball Game of Golf at Aston Wood courtesy of The Privilege Club
3rd Duck No. 39 - Pat O'Brien - Afternoon tea for 4 at New Hall Hotel
4th Duck No.397 - Rhianne Fisher - Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Belfry Ryder Grill Restaurant with Comp bottle of House Wine
5th Duck No.110 - Ellie Williams - £40 Express Treatment Voucher at New Hall Spa & Leisure
6th Duck No.163 - Megan Holder - JCB Factory Tour for 4 with meal
7th Duck No.301 - Tess Ward - Gracechurch Shopping Centre £30 Gift Voucher
8th Duck No.138 - Abbie Turnbull - Meal for 2 at Nando's in Sutton Coldfield
9th Duck No. 228 - Simon Chew - Meal for 2 at Horse & Jockey Sutton Coldfield
10th Duck No.117 - Lol Campbell - Signed photo of 'The Vamps' by their lead singer Bradley Simpson
11th Duck No.351 - Nigel Kelly - Speedo Rucksack - courtesy of Allens of Kingsbury
12th Duck No.337 - Yvonne Smith - Speedo Speedsocket Goggles - courtesy of Swimmer Shop
13th Duck No.428 - John Curtis - £20 Meal voucher courtesy of The Harvester in Boldmere
14th Duck No.270 - Sallie Cole - A pair of Empire Cinema Sutton Coldfield tickets

Team News

Junior League National November 30th

The team sheet for this gala at Corby is now available on the Members' page. Please confirm your availability as soon as possible.

Open Meet Entry Information and Updates

2015 City of Derby Open Meet

Entries for the City of Derby Level 1 Long Course meet at Ponds Forge on January 10-11th 2015 are now open. This is a target meet for Midland squad swimmers. If unsure about entering please check with your coach. David Price will be coordinating the club entries and forms can be returned via your squad rep or direct to Dave. Please complete the entry form from the meet link HERE which is available on their website.

Note: please return all completed entries by Friday November 14th. Cheques should be made payable to 'Boldmere SC' and should include a £1.00 meet charge, in addition to the £6.50 per entry fee, to help cover the coaches costs.

2015 Stourbridge Crystal Open Meet

Entries for the Stourbridge Crystal level 3 short course open meet at Wolverhampton Central Baths on Sunday January 11th 2015 are now open. A popular one day meet for age 9-14 swimmers this is a target meet for non Midland junior squad swimmers. If unsure about entering please check with your coach. Malcolm Ratcliffe will be coordinating the club entries and forms can be returned via your coach or at the desks at Wyndley and Erdington. Please complete the entry form from the meet link which is available on the Stourbridge website HERE

Rotherham Metro Open Meet 17-18th January 2015

Although the final club entry for the Rotherham Level 3 Long Course at Ponds Forge on January 17-18th 2015 has been made you can still enter directly with Rotherham Metro SC. This is a target meet for those Midland squad swimmers not entering the City of Derby and other senior squads. If unsure about entering please check with your coach. Please follow the entry process from the meet link HERE which is available on the website.

Note: as this is a very popular meet it is likely to be full and entries closed before the official closing date for entries of December 8th.