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.”
Attached is a list of the club’s target meets for next term. These are the meets that coaches feel are important for Flyers to attend in order to help swimmers to develop and improve their skills.
We have decided to only advertise club target meets on the site in future, as we aim to take bigger teams to fewer meets.
However, if there are meets that some swimmers/parents want to attend, please contact Fred or Karl (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss.
Dear all, Some more info about Sunday July 8th. Please could all swimmers arrive at 12.15 at Fishguard Leisure Centre reception. Warm up will start 12.30 and the gala will start at 1pm.
Please note that this gala is not a licensed swim meet which means that the times the children achieve will not go into Swim rankings. We do have however a referee and officials who will judge the strokes and disqualify if needed. This is an important part of the learning for the children. If disqualified, the children will still receive certificates for their races with their time and a note of the disqualification.
All swimmers are asked to stay to the end of the gala when (if time allows) some fun relays for everyone will take place and all swimmers and parents are invited to join us for the Club Champs presentations and our Annual Awards presentations in the Studio from 4pm-5pm.
We normally prepare a cold buffet for this – A list of food and drink required for the post-gala buffet will be on the notice board in reception shortly, please put your names behind foods and drinks you can provide. It would be helpful to label the home made food as we have some children with food Allergies.
We would appreciate if some parents willing to help setting up the studio could come forward – we have access to the studio from 3.30pm.
We do not charge entry fees for the races or for the gallery for the Club Champs but we will hold a raffle to make some of the money back which we spend on pool hire and awards, medals and certificates. There will be one large prize for the raffle and rather than bring small raffle prize items, we would be grateful if you could generously buy raffle tickets to support the event and help securing the running of the Club Champs for next year.
Some more practical tips for the day. Children should change as usual in the changing areas but bring to poolside a bag with goggles, hat, water bottle, small snack, two towels, a t-shirt, shorts, shoes (flip flops or crocs) and hoodie to wear between races.