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* IMPORTANT* Session Changes

Due to Warwickshire County Championships, there are some session cancellations as coaches and most swimmers will be at Coventry

Saturday 27th January & Saturday 10th February

Competitive, Senior & Masters session : 7.15-8am land training followed by swimming 8.15-9.45am at Castle Vale

Sunday 28th January & Sunday 11th February

Performance Development : 1.45-2.45pm land training followed by swimming 2.45-4pm at Castle Vale
Junior Performance : 3.30-5pm swimming at Perry Beeches

Swimmers who are not swimming at the County Championships are welcome to attend an alternative session.

Emily joins the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development

Congratulations to Emily Surgeoner who has been invited to join the Foundation level of the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development programme. She has had a great year starting with the Dual Para-Swimming Development Meet in March where she swam well and got a place medal and improved from there onward. She swam her first 400m Freestyle in May at the East Midlands Para Regional Champs and winning a number of medals including a Gold in the freestyle relay. She went on to qualify and compete at the English Federation of Disability Sport Junior Nationals swimming 3 PB’s and winning bronze and silver. Emily then continued to train hard throughout the summer and autumn, swimming 3 out of 5 pbs at the Boldmere Open.

Emily is now swimming a regular programme of races being the 50, 100 & 400 free 100 Breast and 100 Back as these are her Para Pathway events at the moment, and she qualified from the Boldmere Open to swim all five at The Para Winter Short Course Nationals on 9th and 10th of December. What a great weekends swimming she pulled out of the bag, swimming 4 out of 5 pb’s only missing out on the 50 free by 0.1 of a second and winning the 400 freestyle in the 10-13 age group despite being only 10, and having cut 55 secs off her time from her first 400 in May. Subsequently her performances were noticed by Swim England and to round the year off fantastically Emily has been invited to join the Foundation level of the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development programme.. Well done Emily.

Starts and Turns Sessions - Sun 7th January 2018

We will be running a session at Perry Beeches leisure centre from 2pm till 3.30pm. The session will focus on starts and turns. This will be open to anyone who is in the Transition squad or above. The cost of the session will be £4 payable on the day.

To book contact Judy (judykenyon@aol.com).

Christmas Raffle

Congratulations to the Christmas Raffle winners - Children's: Harry Tee ticket no. 13 Adults: Gaynor ticket no. 24

Many thanks to all who contributed making £104.50 for the club funds - Merry Christmas

December 250 Club Winners

Well done to Rachel Flinders who is the lucky winner of £250 and to Vicky Chittock and Lindsay Powell who are the lucky winners of £50 each!

Nigel Kelly - A Trip Down Memory lane

Day 16 - 2017 The Final Session


2017 The Final Session

Day 15 - 2016 Wolverhampton Finals


2016 Wolverhampton Finals

Day 14 - 2015 National Finals


2015 National Finals

Day 13 - 2014 National Finals


2014 National Finals

Day 12 - 2013 Jnr Grand Finalists 5th time


October 2013 Finalists for the 5th time A team with Nigel at Corby

Day 11 - 2013 Jnr Grand Finalists 5th time


October 2013 Finalists for the 5th time A team with Nigel at Corby

Day 10 - 2012 Jnr Grand Finalists 4th time


November 2012 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 4th time at Corby with Nigel as Junior Head Coach

Day 9 - 2012 Jnr Grand Finalists 4th time


November 2012 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 4th time at Corby with Nigel as Junior Head Coach

Day 8 - 2011 Junior Grand Finalists


November 2011 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 3rd time at Corby

Day 7 - 2011 Junior Grand Finalists


November 2011 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 3rd time at Corby

Day 6 - 2011 Junior Grand Finalists


November 2011 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 3rd time at Corby

Day 5 - 2009 National League Final


April 2009 Finals at Ponds Forge.

Day 4 - 2010 Junior League Winners


September 2010 Nuneaton & District League Winners at Wolverhampton.

Day 3 - 2009 Arena League Winners


June 2009 Junior League B Team Manager with Stars of the Gala at Tamworth.

Day 2 - 2009 Arena League Winners


December 2009 West Midlands Division 1 Champions.

Day 1 - 2008 Jnr Final


Team Manager Grand Final November 2008 Liverpool. First time Boldmere ever reached this final.

November 250 Club Winners

Well done to Julie Suviste and Michael Bennett who are the lucky winners of £50 each!

Sutton Coldfield Sports Awards

The Sutton Coldfield Sports Awards look to recognise and celebrate sporting achievements of individuals, teams, clubs, volunteers and coaches over the past 12 months in Sutton Coldfield.

The deadline for nominations is Monday 11 December 2017. More details, including the categories for nomination and application forms can be found at www.suttoncoldfieldsportsawards.co.uk

Big Thank You From Nigel Kelly

Nigel Kelly would like to say a big thank-you for the wonderful cards, gifts and good wishes he received on his retirement from Boldmere Swimming Club. He has really enjoyed his time at the Club and appreciates all the support he received during his time as Junior Head Coach.

He would like to wish all swimmers, parents, coaches and committee members all the very best for the future and hopes Boldmere Swimming Club continues to enjoy its success in the future.

Castle Vale Pool

We are please to report that the Ventilation system at Castle Vale Pool has now been repaired and appears to be working well. Many thanks to Castle Vale Pool for the recent improvements that they have made.

Warwickshire County Championships 2018

All swimmers - Information for the Championships: schedule of events, promotor's conditions, qualifying times, general conditions and the entry form. Important information is highlighted in the Promotors conditions. There are changes from previous years, so please ensure that this is read before submitting entries.

Please complete the Boldmere form using short course times or converted long course times from ASA rankings. Please hand in completed forms and money (including coach fees) to squad reps by Monday 11th December 2017.

Warwickshire ASA Scholarships

Four scholarships of £250 each are available. Click here to see if you are eligible and for more information.

Announcement

Following some great interviews, we wish to congratulate Amaro Viloria on being appointed as Lead Coach for Junior Performance.

We would also like to announce two other changes to our coaching team: Joey Stanger will remain as Lead Coach for Performance Development and will also take on the role of Assistant Head Coach to work alongside Ashley Cox in the development of the club and coaching teams.

We are also in the final stages of discussions with another coach who we hope to welcome to the coaching team in the New Year to take the Lead position for the Seniors/Masters ad Competitive Squads. We will announce further details as soon as possible.

There will be some changes in coaching teams at sessions over the next few weeks as we transition into these new positions. We will do our best to keep disruption to swimmers to a minimum.

Help Boldmere Raise Money by using Easyfundraising

Please help the Club raise money by using the Easyfundraising website whenever you shop online, especially in the run up to Christmas!

The site is very simple to use:

1) Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk
2) In the "Search for a cause" box, type "Boldmere Swimming Club"
3) Click through to "Join Us" and create an account
4) You don't need to provide any bank or debit/credit card details, just your name, address and telephone number
5) Click through to the website you wish to purchase from and buy your items as normal. The cost will be the same but the club will get a donation - usually between 1.5% and 2.5% of the purchase amount.

There are 3,100 retailers on the site including Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, etc

Session Changes - Sunday

The following sessions will now run permanently at Perry Beeches Leisure Centre :

  Castle Vale Perry Beeches
Squad Original Time    New Time
Competitive 4 - 5.30pm 2 - 3.30pm
Junior Competitive 4 - 5.30pm 3.30 - 5pm
Junior Performance    5.30 - 6.45pm 3.30 - 5pm

New Sunday session

We will also be offering a session to swimmers from the Junior Club squad to swim on a Sunday at Perry Beeches from 2pm till 3.30pm. Anyone interested please contact boldmeremembershipsecretary@gmail.com.

Welcome to our new Swimming Pathway Officer, Jenny Fowler

As Swimming Pathway Officer Jenny will be coordinating our swimming instruction programme and leading our dedicated team of instructors teaching children in the Learn to Swim, Advanced Instruction and Transition sections of the club.

Jenny learnt to swim with Boldmere herself and reached national competitions with the club. Jenny started teaching swimming in 2012 and continued whilst at university. She has recently returned from university and competes with our Masters squad as well as dedicating her time to teaching our younger members. We welcome Jenny to the team.

If you have any queries about our instruction programme, please contact Jenny at boldmereLTS@gmail.com

Nigel Kelly is Retiring

It is with much regret that we announce Nigel Kelly's retirement after 14 years leading our Junior Squads, so he can focus attention on his much-neglected family. The club is deeply indebted to Nigel for his outstanding contribution to the development of the club and the success of the Junior teams.

The Club is now actively seeking a replacement and this process may take 2-3 months. In the intervening period, Nigel has kindly indicated that he will support us in managing a smooth transfer over to his successor.

On behalf of all members of Boldmere Swimming Club, past and present, we wish Nigel an enjoyable retirement and once again wish to thank him for his immense contribution.

Boldmere Swimmers represent Warwickshire County

Here is a report from the inter county gala. Boldmere made an impressive contribution to a second place result.

The most impressive part was the strength of the county team and how they bonded as one. It was also good to hear Graham, Joey and Jessica discussing issues and sharing best practice.

Please Help Boldmere Swimming Club to Support The Pines School

The Pines School is a small local special school for children with Autism. If you have any 'preloved' toys or activities (from Happy Meal toys to scooters) that you could donate to The Pines please use 'Contact Us' above to arrange for their collection. We regret that we can not provide a new home for cuddly or stuffed toys!

Volunteers Required!

The club is currently run by a committee of swimming parents but we need more volunteers. We are looking for help with Administration of Volunteers, Communications and Fundraising. Please click HERE for more details.

Cancelled and Missed Sessions

As stated in the Membership Terms and Conditions when Boldmere Swimming Club cancels a normal session members may swim at an alternative session that week, with the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session, if there is room in that session. Members attending an alternative session without the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session will not be permitted to swim.

Members who miss their normal session will not usually be permitted to swim at an alternative session. In exceptional circumstances a member who misses their normal session may swim at an alternative session that week, with the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session, if there is room in that session. Members attending an alternative session without the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session will not be permitted to swim.

Open Meet Entry Information (Internal)

City of Sheffield, Level 1 Premier Open 23rd-25th March 2018

Entries for the City of Sheffield Level 1 Premier Open Long Course meet at Ponds Forge on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018 are now open. 
This is a target meet for all Midlands qualifiers looking to achieve National ranking times.  If you are unsure whether you should enter, please check with your coach
More information can be found here and on their website

The closing date for entries is 12th February 2018. Please hand your entry form to squad reps or Jo Goldstone or at the Boldmere desks at Erdington and Wyndley.

Warwickshire County Championships

Entries for the Warwickshire County Championships can be checked here.

An estimated timeline for the competition can be found here.

High Wycombe Level 1 Open - Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th Mar 2018

This is a target meet for some swimmers. Please check with your Swim coach. See link to scheduled events.
    - ENTRY FEE: 800 & 1500 Events £16.00 per event; All other Events £8.50
** Remember to include £2 per day towards coach pass **
    - Select your races and ensure your coach signs off your entry form

Please hand your entry form to Jo Goldstone, squad rep or desk at wyndley/erdington with payment by 20th January 2018.

Midland Para-Swimming Spring Championships 3rd March 2018

Information on the Midland Para-Swimming Spring Championships 3rd March 2018 can be found here.

Team News

Masters and Seniors News

2018 Masters and Seniors Calendar

For some of the competitions - Swim Wales, Staffs and Midland Masters - entries are already open or do so within the first week of January. The rest of them on the list are just there to make you aware at this stage.

1. Swim Wales Masters and Seniors - 3rd to 4th March Swansea

2. Staffordshire Masters - 17th March

3. Gloucester Masters - 22nd April

4. Midland Masters - 26th - 27th Rugby May

5. British Masters and Seniors Long Course - 8th - 10th June Plymouth

6. European Masters - 3rd - 7th Sept with OW on the 8th Slovenia

7. Swim England Masters and Seniors Short Course - 26th - 28th October Sheffield

Can you give me a shout if you choose to enter so we can look into relays. We did well at Midlands in 2017. My email address is alicelane87@gmail.com.

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