Pembrokeshire County Swimming, of which Fishguard Flyers are part of, welcomes Nick Russell to the PCS coaching team as new Assistant Coach. Nick has a vast experience of coaching at RCT Performance Swim Team. Nick has put swimmers on to Welsh National squads and is part of the Welsh coach development team program. He has also been selected to coach at this year’s inter-counties.
Nick is due to start on October 1st and will until then come and visit Pembrokeshire every Wednesday to start familiarising himself with our pathway and facilities. No dates as yet have been set for Club visits, but they will commence soon. Nick will certainly be there at the County Championships to throw an eye on all our talented swimmers.
In other news: We are very proud of Hans who has been selected for the Welsh National Skills Squad for this season. He will also compete in Sheffield on Oct 7th as part of the West Wales team in the Inter-Counties gala. 40 teams from all over Britain will race in two 25m pools over 6 events. We wish him and his fellow Pembrokeshire mates Rory, Sean and Rhys good luck!
Summer Development meet: We had Victoria, Sammy and Rhys competing in Swansea achieving fantastic PB’S across the board. They really are making the club proud by standing up on the national stage at such a young age and swimming their best – over 2 or even 3 days. It’s a big event, embedded into the Summer Nationals and to be there and do well must be the highlight of their season. Well done you three!
Summer Nationals : The first thing to mention is the fact that our Welsh Summer Nationals are now called Summer Open, still run by Swim Wales over the course of a 7 day week. English clubs were always able to enter this meet but it felt like they are now outnumbering the Welsh clubs, certainly in the younger age groups 12, 13, 14 years old. In that context – as English age group swimming is even more competitive and a lot more dense than welsh age groups – it was a very difficult task to get out of the heats and into the finals and even harder to swim for the much desired medals. We had 7 swimmers competing – a record number for our tiny club. Some of them were there 5 or 6 days, some for one or some days. I think it is safe to say that for all involved this must have been the busiest, biggest, fastest meet they have been at so far. All Flyers took the challenge and got in the water and swam amazingly well. Everyone produced well executed swims and fabulous times. Standing out were Rachael and Hans by getting into some finals, both in their breaststroke events – being able to swim in the evening sessions which are a little special since the swimmers are being announced by their names when they come onto poolside and the atmosphere was electric. Rachael (14yrs) made 3 finals and came 3rd, 4th and 5th – huge well done Rachael for that medal and an excellent show of skills – also in you other 2 events. Hans (13yrs) made 2 finals and came 4th and 5th. Big well done and also in the other 2 events. Special mention to Kaleb who had not raced in a long course pool and did superb. Alexa, Hans, Zac and Rachael all improving club records already in their names while Zac also added 1 new 12yr old record to his collection. Also Kayleigh F and Rhiannon are continuing to impress with star quality swims and constant improvements of their skills.
Finally a big big shout out to all parents and other family members who were there to support, feed and sweat! I can only speak for myself but this was the hardest gala to sit through – ever. Read the rest of this entry »
Some dates for the diary
We have two more Waterpolo sessions planned before the summer – Friday June 22nd and Friday July 20th both nights 7-8pm. Dev2 and Dev3 swimmers who wish to do some distance as well (or instead) can do so between 8-9pm. Waterdragons are invited and very welcome to join in.
End of term and beginning of next term – The last week of Flyers training takes place week of July 23rd, last day is July 27th. The first day back is Monday September 3rd.