Fuelled by adrenaline (and plenty of coffee for parents!), the black and orange army lined up ready to go for the second weekend of racing at the West Wales Regional Champs.
The focus and determination of all who turned up and lay it on the line for Flyers was impressive. The positive attitude and camaraderie of our gang was all the more impressive as it was a daunting step up for many of our less experienced guys.
These challenges will, I’m sure, make them all better, stronger and even more focused at training on the details. We all know that the small things are often the big things.
Again, our gang stepped up and did themselves and your club proud. Lots of pbs, club records slayed, medals grabbed and Welsh national times secured. But, perhaps more important, plenty of smiles and some pride in their performances and achievements were on display.
Those of you who have followed Flyers’ progress at Regionals over a number of years will also know that we traditionally struggle to put together one or two relay teams. We often don’t have the numbers entered, and/or have four good swimmers in one age category. This year, we were able to enter 7 relays, which is testament to the hard work of the club’s coaches, the dedication of this group of swimmers and the support of parents.
Thank you all. Thanks also to our coaching volunteers who gave up their weekends to help on poolside.
There were too many highlights to single out any individuals. Suffice to say the coaches are proud of everyone for playing their part.
Across the second weekend we took 3 gold; 4 silver; and 5 bronze medals. This takes our tally for both weekends to 7 gold; 12 silver; and 7 bronze medals.
We now turn our attention towards our younger Water Dragons and Academy groups, with important meets, aimed at their development, coming up. Go Flyers!
The first weekend (yes, there are two …) of the West Wales Regional Swimming Championships kicked off with lots of fast swimming by the black and orange army.
The ‘legion of zoom’ raced to a series of PBs, finals, a stack of medals and some qualifying times for the forthcoming Welsh (Easter) Nationals.
It was great to see the hard work done in training being put into practice, with some tough swimming and intelligent racing. It was even better to see our young gang go about their business (mostly) with smiles on their faces, while also cheering and supporting their team mates.
Well done to all who competed. We go again this weekend. Go Flyers!
A team of 16 Flyers made the short(ish) journey to Carmarthen for the Christmas Cracker. Everyone who competed really stepped up for the Black & Orange and put in some Christmas Cracking performances.
Plenty of PBs (personal best times), some gutsy racing and a few club records tumbled along the way. The progress being made by our swimmers was a delight to behold and they will, no doubt, lead us to the Promised Land.
In the absence of Wise Men, it fell to Ryan, Karl, Lorraine and Caz to take on poolside duties. Festive spirits were high, despite a biblical plague that took down a few of our hardy band.
Well done to everyone who competed. But special mention goes to Chloe B who showed great leadership by taking one of our younger swimmers under her wing and giving her some morale boosting support. Good on you Chloe!
Red hot swimming in the pool, an impromptu visit by the Fire Brigade and silver foil blankets/skirts. It was that kind of weekend at the Pembrokeshire County Swimming Champs.
A record number, 35 swimmers, were entered to fly the flag for the black and orange. Everyone who competed did themselves, and the club, proud.
Flyers reeled in a mega-haul of medals – 8 gold; 17 silver; and 12 bronze – plus so many more pbs, club records and Welsh National (Winters) qualifying times. This included 2 silvers for the 14 and under girls’ relay teams, who ran a strong Haverfordwest team incredibly close in the freestyle relay. We also picked up a bronze in the 14 and under boys’ medley relay.
We ended the weekend as 4th placed club on 395 points, with Tenby scoring 412 and just pipping us to 3rd spot. Milford Tigers ran us close, but scored 391 to finish 5th, with Preseli Panthers small group scoring 3 points to finish 6th. Congratulations to Haverfordwest Seals for coming 1st with a huge tally of 1,783, with Pembroke coming 2nd on 785. Well done to all clubs for making this a special event.
Our older, more established swimmers were dependably good and proved to be great role models for the growing numbers of younger Flyers taking their first steps into the arena of competitive swimming.
It was encouraging to see so many young ones stepping up to show the rest of the county what Fishguard is made of.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help on poolside, time keeping and marshalling. Thanks also to parents for your support and co-operation.
We move on to the Sub Regional Championships, then the Carmarthen Open ahead of the Christmas break.
From this week, Flyers will begin a series of themed training evenings every Friday (7-8pm for Academy and 7-8.30pm for Development). On these evenings the club will focus on elements such as race skills; relays; distance & pacing; kick, underwater work & streamlining. Water polo will always take place on Fridays during school holidays. These sessions are intended to highlight some important technical aspects of swimming and give members a chance to try out a new distance/pace, while also emphasising the fun aspects of the training programme.
The themes will be chosen at random by the coaching team. These Friday sessions will be taken by Karl West and Lee Adams.
Please come, train hard and have fun.
Congratulations to all Flyers who raced at Regionals over the last two weekends. There were countless pbs, plenty of finalists and tons of grit and determination on show.
Flyers grabbed a haul of 6 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals – despite several members of the team being struck down with the lurgy at various points over the course of the two weeks. We also have 8 swimmers hitting qualification times for the Welsh Nationals in Swansea at Easter.
These are huge achievements and you should be as proud of them as the club, coaches and parents are.
Thank you to all coaches who helped with poolside duties. Without your commitment it wouldn’t happen.
The Urdd galas are almost upon us. All our swimmers are encouraged to take part.
Entry is via your child’s school – entrants must be Urdd members.
The winners of the county meets will progress through to the Urdd National Finals in Cardiff in January.
The Pembrokeshire Secondary Schools gala is on Tuesday 13th November at Tenby LC, from 7-9 pm.
The Pembrokeshire Primary Schools gala is on Wednesday 28th November at Haverfordwest LC, from 9.15am to 3.30pm.
Good luck all. Go Flyers!
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Flyers recently welcomed a few members of the Round Table, who delivered a generous donation towards the cost of our brand new lane ropes.
This is an essential piece of equipment for the club and Flyers has been overwhelmed with the support received to help us pay for them.
Flyers could not have done this without huge support from club members and the local community. As well as the Round Table, we received extremely welcome contributions from Lions and Fishguard & Goodwick Town Council.
Club members have organised fundraising events, including a bag-packing event at the Co-Op in Fishguard on Saturday 20th October and a sponsored abseil down Pembroke Castle a day later, on Sunday 21st October.
Friederike said: “Thanks to all the organisations that stepped forward to help us to pay for this essential piece of equipment. Thanks also to our fantastic volunteers and members who are playing their part by raising funds for the club.”