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Lane Rope Donations & Fundraising

Cheque In: Round Table hand over generous donation

 

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.”

 

New Assistant coach

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!

Fishguard Flyers National and National Performance Selections

Many Congratulations to Rachael who has been selected to move up to Pembrokehsire County National Performance Squad. We are extremely proud of Rachael who has been taught to swim in FLC and been a Flyers member since she was 9 years old. Kayleigh F has been reselected for National Squad and will be joined by Hans and Rhiannon who have been newly selected to also train in National Squad. Great news, many congratulations to both and good luck with your training in Haverfordwest. I am sure their squad mates in Flyers and the younger swimmers will miss them but will be able to catch up with them during galas. We now have 4 Flyers training full time in Haverfordwest. Rhiannon’s mum Katherine, who is our membership secretary, is happy to continue with her role but will not be as frequently in the LC as in the past and we would encourage new parents to come forward to support Katherine in her role. Friederike, Hans’ mum,  will be reducing her coaching commitments to twice a week and is looking to drop a further night in January. We are asking for new parents to join our coaches’ team to help cover all the sessions our children enjoy attending. To a very good 2018/19 swimming season – GO FLYERS 😀

Swim Wales Summer Open and Development Meet 2018

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 »

Club Champs Results 2018

Club Champs Results 2018

 

Dates for end of term and Waterpolo

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. 

 

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Aviva Community Fund

Hi folks,

We need your votes in order to raise some much needed funding so we can take our members long course training at Wales National Pool, Swansea.

A little effort will mean a lot.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2265

 

Club Closure

Hi folks, Please note, training is cancelled for all squads next Monday and Tuesday (30th and 31st) due to an acute shortage of coaches. The club is currently carried along on the goodwill of a small number of committed souls, who do a fantastic job for Flyers. However, this is unsustainable in the long-term. So, we need more parents to volunteer to help – we particularly need more coaching volunteers to help poolside. If you can spare even one hour a week to help, please speak to Fred or one of the other coaches. Thanks

Flyers Committee

Fighguard Flyers welcomes a few new members to our committee. Glenda Thomas, who was previously Flyers’ county representative, has taken on the role of chairperson. Anita Thomas has taken on the role of club secretary, and Jo Montgomery is now child welfare officer for Flyers.

Flyers committee extends a huge thank you to them for taking on these important roles. 

Finally, the club wishes to also thank Nick Chilton, former chairman, Richard Curtis, former secretary, and Ruth Myers, former child welfare officer, for all their selfless work and wise counsel over many years.

For more details about Flyers’ committee, go to the Club Committee section of the website.  

Swim Wales West Regional Development Manager vacancy

http://www.swimwales.org/news/swim-wales-regional-development-manager-vacancies