The Swim Wales Superseries has now concluded and the final results are on the leaderboard. The planned ‘Final’ round (the top 8 swimmers from each group in each event were going to get another ‘Final’ swim at the end of January) has been cancelled due to the lockdown.
Our swimmers had some fantastic swims in Fishguard Pool (and Haverfordwest Pool for our county swimmers) and 4 of our swimmers have finished in the top 8 in their age groups in at least one of their events – big congratulations to Victoria (6 top 8 places), Zac, Hans and Rachael.
Full results an be viewed here.
Well done to all swimmers who took part with most having achieved amazing Personal Best times (although these will not go into official rankings unfortunately).
Swim Wales is planning for a second Superseries event, dates tbc. With those great results in the bag despite months out of the water, we are optimistic that the current break will not effect our swimmers too negatively and we are confident they will continue to improve and thrive in the water :).
Happy new year to all Fishguard Flyers Families, here is hope to a more inspiring 2021!
Many thanks to all who came an attended our Awards and Bingo Zoom night.
You helped raising much needed £215 – AMAZING.
Congratulations to all the Bingo and raffle prize winners, enjoy your prizes.
Drum Roll – Our 2019/2020 Awards Winners are:
Waterdragon Squad Award: Finley Mortin (also most impressive ‘learner’)
Academy Squad Award: Tala Stark (also happiest swimmer)
Development Squad Award: Megan Miles (growing personality)
Most Improved Award: Sapphire Stankovich
Best Personal Achievement: Chloe Thomas
Best Personal Achievement: Dexter West
Congratulations all 6 of you, keep up the good work, we are looking forward to getting back into the water soon.
Happy Christmas, Nadolig Llawen
We* have had really nice term with the Waterdragons who have all worked very hard to come back from a long break out of the water. We spent the first half term on getting all the basic skills back (floating, streamlining, push and glides, sculling, roly polies) and working on the main components of frontcrawl, backstroke and breaststroke. The second half term we have continued to keep up the skills level and have also worked much more on butterfly and started to dive again.
We did timed 50m swims with them on 24 Nov – frontcrawl and breaststroke. All swimmers started in the water for both swims and we observed their strokes, turns/ push offs and finishes to assess if these would have been ‘legal’ swims in a gala (that means they would have not been disqualified for any technical infringements).
We did another round of 50m timed swims on 15 Dec repeating the frontcrawl and breaststroke and adding in the backstroke as well. The children were asked to start with a dive on the frontcrawl race, the breaststroke was started in the water again. The emphasis was once again on getting the stroke technique right and the starts, turns and finishes to a gala standard. Some swimmers recorded slower times than the first time. That is of no concern whatsoever as we had asked all the children to concentrate on their strokes and skills rather than trying to beat others or their own time. At this stage it is really important that we get the swimmers to swim with technically correct strokes rather than work on speed. That will come later in the higher squads.
We are extremely happy with the progress of all of the children, they have been a delight to work with and have been so resilient and adaptable to these new procedures and processes. All of them have a smile on their face in training and that is the most important thing for us. All children have been polite, well behaved, paying attention while also massively improving their swimming over the course of this term. Well done all, Da iawn ti 🙂
We will be handing out small slips to the swimmers with their times and comments about the races on Thursday 17 Dec. If you have questions about any of those or indeed any other issues you would like to raise, please get in touch with Friederike.
I would like to give a special mention to our young coach K who started to help with the coaching on Tuesdays and has been a delight to work with but also been giving invaluable feedback and coaching to our Waterdragons, thank you very much.
We are still short of coaches and are looking for more parents to come forward to help on poolside. We will have 2 coaches retiring in 2021 and would like to pass on as much experience, knowledge and wisdom as we can before we go. Please get in touch if you can help, the club entirely relies on parents to come forward and help.
*We are your Waterdragon coaching/covid team:
Friederike, Martha, Chloe, K and Lynne & Sarah
If any of our members become ill with Covid symptoms and are unable to train, please could you contact our Covid Officer, Clare Ryland, on this email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important that we keep accurate records of any such instances, as they may become useful for tracking and tracing localised outbreaks of Covid 19.
Please don’t email Anita, our club secretary, or other committee members or coaches about this issue.
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!