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09/03/2019 JOHN'S BLOG

09/03/2019

Mini League. Halstead S.C. had their first Essex Mini league gala for several years at Saffron Walden tonight. A good performance saw us finish in 3rd place on the night. Most pleasing were the number of newbies having their first competition and their performances were outstanding and will do their confidence no harm at all. So to Eva, Katie, Lewis, Olivia, Phoebe, Edward, Mary, well done. Some excellent swims from some of the more established came from Ethan, Daniel, Ellis, Emily, Rosy B, William, Oliver, George, and brother and sister Erin and Jack. The young age groups certainly look good for the upcoming Junior league. Well done.

2018 AUG OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN FINAL ROUND

Halstead swimmers have competed in the prestigious M11 National Junior League for 10 years. The division consists of 13 clubs, most of which are large London Clubs.

 

The National Junior Swimming League is one of 11 leagues that are affiliated to the Arena Junior - Inter League (the inter league is directly affiliated to the ASA) 

Within these leagues over 200 swimming teams throughout England and a team from Wales take part.  This is the premier junior swimming league in the united kingdom.  The aim of the inter-league is to promote inter-club competitions for 9 - 12 years, to encourage their progression in swimming and participation in sport.

 

Although Halstead narrowly missed the A final, they went onto win the consolation final and finish 7th in the league. On the night the club swam against Kingston Royals, Rochford, Camden Swiss Cottage B, Broomfield Park and Harringey Aquatics.

Assistant Head Coach John Lowe was thrilled with his teams performance.

Outstanding swims on the night came from Jack Weaver and Grace Rush who achieved 1st places along with the girls 12 years freestyle relay team - Grace Rush, Amber Pryor, Sophie Trie and Emma southgate.

Competing SWimmers :

lexi CHaplin, Tahlia Haylock, Abigail Gowers, Ruby Weaver, Jack Smith, Theo L'Esperance, THomas Robb. William Blunkell, Hannah Jacob, Olivia cartwright, Emily Kay, Darcy Chaplin, Rose Vinter, Erin Smith, Sophie Andrews, Jack Weaver, Thomas Nicholls, Oliver Haylock, William Gerrard, Amber Pryor, Grace rush, Sophie Tyrie,Emma Southgate, Harry Salmon

 

 

2018 NOV CELEBRITY SWIMMER BLOGS

Lizzie Simmonds

 

Lizzie has recently retired from a 12-year sporting career representing Team GB and British Swimming. At the age of 14, Lizzie won 5 gold medals at the European Youth Olympic Games, and over the following two years stepped up to win 6 European Junior gold medals. She qualified for her first senior team at 15 years old, and her first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17, where she finished sixth in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie went on to be twice crowned senior European Champion, as well as winning a silver medal at the 2008 Short Course World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Alongside her debut in Beijing, Lizzie competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth place finish in the 200m backstroke. She is the current British Short Course Record Holder for the 100m and 200m backstroke. Lizzie is now an active member of the British Olympic Association Athlete Commission, bringing knowledge and expertise to Team GB athlete support programmes and promoting athlete welfare across the high-performance system. She is passionate about using her experiences from elite sport to help young people develop and thrive, and she has many years experience mentoring young athletes and running masterclasses and workshops, both in the UK and internationally. 

 

Andrew Willis

 

Andrew has also recently retired from a long and successful career representing Team GB and British Swimming. Frimley-born, Andrew first served notice of his talents in 2012 by qualifying for the Olympic Games, finishing eighth in the final of the 200m breaststroke. He finished fourth at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, again in the 200m breaststroke. In 2015, Andrew won 200m breaststroke bronze at the Short Course European Championships in Netanya, before bring a silver medal home from the Short Course World Championships in Windsor the following year. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he finished just outside the medals with a fourth-place finish in the 200m breaststroke, 0.08 seconds off bronze. In addition to focusing his attention on his efforts in the pool, Andrew also took responsibility as an athlete representative at this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – ensuring the younger members of the team were prepared for the event, and passing on his experience as a senior athlete. Whilst at Bath University, Andrew completed a degree in Chemical Engineering alongside his training commitments.

 

2018 NOV CELEBRITY SWIMMERS TO ATTEND HSC

Friday 23rd November & Saturday 24th November

LIZZIE SIMMONDS

ANDREW WILLIS

 

EVENT SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY 23RD 

5-6PM - DRY SIDE TALK - DEVELOPMENT/JUNIOR

6 -7PM - IN THE POOL - DEVELOPMENT

7 - 8PM - IN THE POOL - JUNIOR

8 - 9PM - IN THE POOL - SENIOR

9 - 10PM - DRY SIDE TALK - SENIOR/JUNIOR

 

SAT 24TH 

10.30 - 11.30 - STARTS AND TURNS - SWIMMERS LIST TBC

11.30 - 12.30 - STARTS AND TRNS - SWIMMERS LIST TBC

 

Lizzie Simmonds

 

Lizzie has recently retired from a 12-year sporting career representing Team GB and British Swimming. At the age of 14, Lizzie won 5 gold medals at the European Youth Olympic Games, and over the following two years stepped up to win 6 European Junior gold medals. She qualified for her first senior team at 15 years old, and her first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17, where she finished sixth in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie went on to be twice crowned senior European Champion, as well as winning a silver medal at the 2008 Short Course World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Alongside her debut in Beijing, Lizzie competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth place finish in the 200m backstroke. She is the current British Short Course Record Holder for the 100m and 200m backstroke. Lizzie is now an active member of the British Olympic Association Athlete Commission, bringing knowledge and expertise to Team GB athlete support programmes and promoting athlete welfare across the high-performance system. She is passionate about using her experiences from elite sport to help young people develop and thrive, and she has many years experience mentoring young athletes and running masterclasses and workshops, both in the UK and internationally. 

 

Andrew Willis

 

Andrew has also recently retired from a long and successful career representing Team GB and British Swimming. Frimley-born, Andrew first served notice of his talents in 2012 by qualifying for the Olympic Games, finishing eighth in the final of the 200m breaststroke. He finished fourth at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, again in the 200m breaststroke. In 2015, Andrew won 200m breaststroke bronze at the Short Course European Championships in Netanya, before bring a silver medal home from the Short Course World Championships in Windsor the following year. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he finished just outside the medals with a fourth-place finish in the 200m breaststroke, 0.08 seconds off bronze. In addition to focusing his attention on his efforts in the pool, Andrew also took responsibility as an athlete representative at this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – ensuring the younger members of the team were prepared for the event, and passing on his experience as a senior athlete. Whilst at Bath University, Andrew completed a degree in Chemical Engineering alongside his training commitments.

Swimmers compete at London Aquatic Centre

Swimmers travel to the LOndon Aquatic Centre to compete at the second round of the Essex Age group Championships.  The Aquatic Centre certainly provides an atmosphere for the event; this 50m round of the competition provided lots of excitement.  The 9/10 relay teams swam exceptionally well and for some members of the team it was their first official competition.

49 Members competed and for some it was their first experience to compete in a 50m pool.  POdium finishes were achieved by Rebecca Neale 10th in the 18 over 50 fly, Ole mills 9th in the 18 over 50 breast. Elliot Swallow 3rd medal placing in the 50m breast in the 17 year old age group.  Lewis Craig 9th in the 17 year old 50m breast. Eloise Conway 9th in the 17 year old 50 back, Jodie Root 10th in the 16 year old back.  Elliot Swallow 9th in the 17 year old 50m fly, Sasha Hutchison 4th in the 17 year old 50m breast, Elliot Swallow 9th in the 17 year old backstroke.

 

Ole Mills made the Championship final in the 50 breaststroke finishing 8th fastest in the County.

 

Attending Swimmers : Abigail Stoney, Alex Blunkell,  Amber Pryor,  Angelina Krishnan, Ben Styman - Heighton, Caitlin Greene, Catherine Mc Alistair, Charlie Morgan, Elliot Swallow, Eloise Conway, Erin Smith, Esme Scott, Grace Rush, Iona Bradbury, Isabella Ottevanger, Jamie Hall, Jodie Root, Joshua Blunkell, Kai Adams, Katherine Daynes, Olivia Vinter, Rachel Alexander, Rebecca Neale,  Robert Brown, Rose Vinter, Sam Johnson, Sam Jones,  Lewis Archer,  Lewis Craig, Lucy Tyson, Megan Brackett, Millie Amerio, Molly Gerrard, Ole Mills, Olivia Cartwright, Sasha Hutchison, Sophie Andrews, Sophie Tyrie, Thomas LOck, Thomas Nicholls, William Gerrard

 

Relay Swimmers :  Olivia Cartwright, Ruby Weaver, Hannah Jacob, Abigail Gowers and for the boys  Ethan Howard, Tallan Austin, William Blunkell and Jack Smith.

 

 

 

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