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We are a voluntary organisation based in Lisburn and run by an excellent team of professional Coaching Staff and voluntary parents. We have a wide range of activities available for all swimming abilities from Learn to Swim, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming to Competitive Swimming at local and International level and a rapidly growing Masters section. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and find all the information you need. Use the Search facility to find particular documents. Sign up your email address in the field below to keep up-to-date with the latest news. An email will be sent automatically each time the home page is updated. Remember to keep checking all the pages of the website for calender, results and competition info. Enjoy browsing.
After reviewing the competition calendar for this season with other members of the coaching staff, I have taken the decision to move the Club Championships to the following days and times:
Tuesday 4th March: 4:45-8:15pm Thursday 6th March: 4:45-8:15pm
Tuesday 11th March: 4:45-8:15pm Thursday 13th March: 4:45-8:15pm
We expect performances will be of a higher standard further into the 2nd term of training and it also staggers the meets better for all our competitive squads.
Information about the Championships, along with some minor changes will go out shortly.
Richard Gheel (Head Coach)
Don’t forget to check the Results page. Development 2 meet, Halloween graded meet and Irish SC National results are now available.
Check out the Club Info page for Head Coach Richard Gheel’s report given at the recent AGM. It lists the fantastic achievements of the club last season at all levels. Also find the link below.
AGM report Head Coach 2012-13 season
Many (if not everyone) will know Sue, one of our teaching staff, who has been working in the club for a number of years. She would always volunteer if help was needed and has been a great motivator and supporter of all of the swimmers. Due to work and family circumstances she has had to step down from her teaching role and so the club made a small presentation to her at the recent Ulster SC Meet. She sent a beautiful card to the club as a thank you (below). We wish her well and hope that she may return in the future.
Please go to the Learn to Swim page for information about arrangements for the end of term and details for next term.
An impressive 23 Lisburn swimmers qualified for this first major competition of the swim season. Many of them were competing for the first time at the Ulster Open meet, which considering the youngest was 11 years old, is an achievement in itself.
Lisburn had 6 girls taking on the gruelling 800 free. Holly Dowds and Caoimhe Quinn both improved their personal best times and their were good swims by Sophie Bryson, Nadine Pollock and Hannah Watson. Sophie also got PBs in 200IM, 400free and 100fly and Caoimhe improved her times in the 100 and 200back. Holly also made a 16 sec PB in her 400IM. Nadine improved her 400IM time by 24 secs. Fiona Cash took nearly 13 secs off her time in the 800free to secure an open bronze medal. Fiona also won junior bronze in the 400IM taking 7 secs off her entry time and several other PBs.
The male 400IM saw Alexander Haskins, James Edgar, Christopher Loan and Nathan Jennings in action. Every boy secured a personal best which is a great achievement so early in the season (ranging with Christopher and James taking 15 and 19 seconds off respectively and Nathan taking 45 seconds off his entry time). Nathan had a great weekend with PBs in every swim and finalist in the 200back. Alex won junior silver in the 200back and was reserve finalist for 200fly and 200breast again improving some PBs. Christopher made a 4 sec PB in the 200fly. James took 11 sec off his 1500free time and 7 sec off the 400free. Keelan Logan had great swims in the 200fly making the final and improving his PB from heat to final and securing a junior bronze; he also improved his time in the 200IM. Peter Sands was a finalist in the 200breast and 200IM and secured open bronze in the 200fly.
Natasha Pollock took more than 1 sec over her 50fly time to secure an open bronze medal. She did a similar PB in the 200fly to take another open bronze. She topped off her weekend with an open silver in the 100fly on the last day of the meet. Chloe Richards won open bronze in the 200back and was finalist in the 200IM, 200fly and 100free. Alexandra Hunter made some great PBs and was finalist in the 200IM and the 200fly (where she just missed out on an open bronze with a more than 2 sec improvement in her time). Victoria Hunter had a fantastic meet with a number of notable swims and PBs. She won the junior gold medal in the 400free with a 4 sec PB. She also won junior silver in the 200fly and junior bronze in the 100fly. Sarah McCracken had a great weekend of racing. In the 100 breaststroke she swam a more than 2 second pb in the heats to qualify seeded 5th for the final. She improved her time again by a further 1 sec to finish in 5th overall and secure a well deserved junior bronze medal. She achieved PBs in the 200 back and 200IM and an impressive 16 sec improvement in the 400IM. Paige McKeown made the final of the 50back with a PB and also improved her time in the 100back. Hannah Watson improved her best time in the 400IM by 3 secs as well as getting PBs in 100fly,200fly and 400free. Rachel Bethel just missed out on an open medal in the 100free but won a junior gold.
Other swimmers competing included Zoe Dickey who made PBs in both 100 and 200 backstroke (3 secs), Lauren Walker who made PBs in the 100free and 400 free (15 secs). Craig Boyce made PBs in 1500free (14 secs) and 400free (17 secs). Jamie Allison made PBs in the 1500free (35 secs) and 400free.
The girls medley relay team of Natasha, Chloe, Sarah and Alexandra topped off a great weekend of competition with a well deserved bronze in the 4x100medley relay.
Check out the Club Information page to find out more about the club and the new committee elected at the AGM. The club handbook is currently being updated for the start of 2014 and will be posted there as soon as it is complete.
An updated list Long course records can be found on the Records page.
There can be a delay in getting the results files for Development meets and graded galas, but when available they will be posted on the Results page.
An updated price list can be found on the Shop page.
Anyone interested in writing a report/update from a gala should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and it can be posted on the website. We always need volunteers particularly those with swimmers in the Development and Age Group sections of the club to ensure that everyone gets a mention.
It is great to share news of success and achievement at all levels in the club, so please let us know your good news stories.
Well done to everyone who competed at the recent Ulster Grammar Schools gala in Ballymena. A number of Lisburn swimmers won medals. Results will be available on www.ulsterschoolsswimming.co.uk/ website.
Well done to all those awarded swimmer of the month. Keep working hard and doing your best.
Club – Emma Saulters
National - Nathan Jennings
National Junior - Caoimhe Quinn
Age group 1 – Alice Cross
Age group 2 – Matthew Donaghy
Dev 1 – Bethany Au
Dev 2 – Daniel Marsh
The club always needs volunteers. Each squad needs 1 or ideally 2 people to act as squad reps. You do not need to have any swimming knowledge for the role and the job can be shared.
The squad reps are there to help the coach to ensure that information gets out to everyone in the squad. They also are encouraged to plan social events which develop team spirit within the group. The squad reps in the age group and national squads will be able to advise on things that have worked well in the past.
If you feel you could help in this role or want to find out more, then speak to your squad coach or email email@example.com.
As a result of the above competition being held in the Lagan Valley Leisureplex, there will be NO training for any of the club squads from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December inclusive. This is due in part to the time required for the LVLP to set up all the equipment for this national competition.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
There will be a great opportunity to see the best in Irish swimming at this competition and to support those Lisburn swimmers who have qualified. Feel free to come down on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to cheer on the Lisburn swimmers.