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 »
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.
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.
Flyers has received 20 streamline boards and 20 pairs of small sized fins to help our younger swimmers develop best body positions and strength. Thanks to Richard Curtis, our former club secretary, for securing funding for these. Also, three of our coaches recently completed their Level 1 coaching qualifications. Well done to Julie, Ryan and Rob – we are hoping to also receive funding for these courses. In addition, the club needs help with fundraising and grant applications to ensure further development of the club. We would welcome volunteers to come forward to take care of this side of the club. We also are looking for someone who can spare some time to organise social outings and long course training – ideally this could tie in with grants and funding. So, if it sounds too much for one person, there may be 2 parents out there who would like to share these roles?
Some of Fishguard’s county squad swimmers this weekend said farewell to Sam Jones, assistant development coach at Pembrokeshire County Swimming, as he leaves for pastures new.
All at Flyers wish Sam all the best in his new role as assistant head coach at Swansea Aquatics. Thanks for everything.