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Enfield Junior Relay Gala - Sunday 10th February

Halstead's 8 - 12 year old Junior squad travelled to Enfield to compete against some of the top London clubs.  A few squad members down.......HSC's swimmers rose to the challenge, with many swimming up an age group!  Great team spirirt with all the swimmers showing excellent sprint skills!!!

Overall HSC finished 5th out of 8 teams.......

Final Results were:

1st - Enfield Swim Squad - 182 pts

2nd - Anaconda - 157

3rd - Harimgey Aquatics - 153

4th - Bethnal Green Sharks - 144

5th - Halstead SC - 116

6th - Enfield Swim squad B - 95

7th - Broomfield SC - 77

8th - Ware SC - 44

HSC Website Launch

First of all, welcome back after the Christmas break and a warm welcome to the members who have recently joined the club! Last year finished with a fantastic team performance @ the National Arena League.  Roger was so impressed with the outstanding performance that he treated all the swimmers to pizza!!!   WELL DONE ON WIINING THE FINAL!!

2013 Looks to be an exciting year for HSC……….the launch of the website, a new logo, 4th open meet and that’s just up to April!! We have 41 swimmers competing @ the Essex County Champs this year…….a massive total of 158 events between them.  HSC seems to be going from strength to strength ………with the continued dedication of coaches and swimmers, this season looks set to be an exciting one!!

The website has now been launched!! If you have any feedback regarding the site, have any concerns or have any suggestions relating to club development, social events etc please speak to a Committee Member; written suggestions can be placed in the club secure box.  Committee meetings take place every 2nd Tuesday in the month.

Penguins Ahoy Channel Swim - October 2012


Club swimmers ditched the pool and took to the sea for their channel swim which took place on 20th September 2012. This relay team of 5 swimmers consists of Alanah Keeble (18), Edward Clark (18), Alice Park (17), James Rulton (17) and Kai Adams (16).  The team were busy training at Gosfield Lake in the rather chilly 7°C and also at Frinton-on-sea where they encountered jellyfish stings and swam with bull seals. The team said they really enjoyed their training and worked really hard to meet their aim of completing the swim in 10hours. However they did not only reach their aim the smashed it and finished in 9 hours and 14 minutes. This fantastic time saw the team win the fastest mixed relay team of the year (not 6 people).

The team were so proud of their achievements and have said that it was one of the most difficult challenges that they have ever completed. They say the experience was amazing and they would all love to do it again. “The feeling when kai climbed out of the water on to the rocks was just complete elation from the whole team including a little tear form Roger once he had gotten over his sea sickness.”

Not only were they busy training for this challenge they also had to organise events to raise money for their chosen charity Kidscape. This is a small charity dedicated to helping children who are suffering from bullying and abuse. The team had been selling cakes and holding raffles at swimming events, running quiz nights at St Andrews church hall, golf caddying at Colne Valley golf club and a fun day at the leisure centre. The great efforts of the team meant that they raised a grand total of £2500 all of which will go straight to Kidscape.

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped them raise money, give advice and of course to their parents who supported them throughout their training and for the actual swim. “Thank you to the ‘Budgie Smugglers team from 2011’ who told us the reality of the challenge and encouraged us in our training, to Charlie Duncombe for coming on the boat with us and supporting us all the way. And of course we cannot forget nor put into words just how grateful we are for all that Roger did for us throughout the years training and during the swim."

Bad Weather Arrangements

Bad weather reminder
Whenever possible, training cancellations will appear here. However, when the weather is bad, arrangements may change at short notice. Check here before setting out and do not travel if you have any doubts. Parents must NOT leave their children at the pool until they have established that the session is going ahead and a Coach will be present.

Halstead Fourth Open Meet - April 13th 2013


Our annual open meet will soon be with us………..Sunday 13th April @ Braintree Swimming Centre.

This along with Club Championships is our biggest event of the year!! A great opportunity for all of our swimmers to compete at a professionally run meet; which in the past 3 years has attracted representation from up to 18 visiting clubs.  A day not to be missed!!!!!

Entry packs will be circulated shortly.  If you have any questions regarding what events/distances to enter please speak to your child’s coach. Any other questions can be directed to a Committee member.

This event takes a massive amount of organisation.  We need volunteers to help running up to the event and during the day.  If you feel that you are able to help please speak to Donna @ the pool or e-mail her on dsdtdkjwhall@tiscali.co.uk

As per previous years we are looking for sponsors, selling advertising space in the programme and looking for raffle prizes.  Danielle Rusdale and Paul Salmon have kindly agreed to coordinate this side of things.  So………..if you would like to sponsor a race, advertise in the brochure or donate a raffle prize or no someone that would……….. Please contact Danielle/Paul @ the pool for further information.

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