WELCOME to the official website for Lisburn City Swimming Club.

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.

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New season Swim Club Calendar

Below is the first version of the new club calendar.

It is subject to change pending finalisation of dates with Swim Ulster and Swim Ireland

LCSC Meet Calendar 2014-2015

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Irish Age Group Division 1, Youth and Summer Open

Congratulations to all those swimmers who competed last month at Dublin, NAC. For most it was their last meet of the season and an opportunity to improve times or make a podium.

There were many great swims and a large medal haul as well as numerous club records.

Don’t forget to check the records section of the website to see if your swimmer might have broken a record. A few pics below and the rest are on facebook.

Click on the link below to the results

iag and summer open 2014 results

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Revised training times to swimmers & parents up to 31st July

Changes made by the Leisureplex as a result of summer scheme activities taking priority over swimming club times.

Tue 22nd July 17:00-18:45
Tue 29th July 17:00-18:45 (6 lanes)

Thu 17th July 17:00-18:45
Thu 24th July 17:00-18:45 (6 lanes)

Thu 31st July 17:00-18:45

We have also had the first 15mins cut on the first Tuesday back on 26th August so training time will start for Dev Squad 2, Dev Squad 1 & NSQ at 5:00pm & not 4:45pm. Club training time will finish at 8:15pm. Masters Squad session therefore will not take place from 8:15-9:15pm on 26th August.

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Swim Ireland Irish Age Group Championships and Summer Open

Competition started today at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

Over 900 swimmers from more than 100 clubs will compete in the biggest Championships Swim Ireland has ever run with 3,762 Individual and 151 Relay swims taking place over the five days.

Teams from South Africa, Singapore, Oman, Dubai, Italy, England, Scotland and from all over Ireland will be descending on Dublin in the coming days to race.

Lisburn has more than 30 individual swimmers who have qualified for the meet which is a fantastic achievement in itself.

Follow their progress on Meet Mobile app or copy the link below into your web browser



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If you knew that you couldn’t fail with your swimming, what sort of things would you attempt?

This question isn’t meant to be rhetorical. Considering it you might perhaps feel a little uncomfortable, realizing that there is something very real and very intimidating standing between you and feeling like you could fearlessly chase down your swimming goals.

That barrier, that resistance, for most swimmers is the fear of failure. It’s the crippling doubts in our mind that keeps our imagination and our abilities stuck in the mud. It’s the voice that whispers that chasing our goals is risky, that we might not be able to handle coming up short, that all that lies ahead is crushed dreams and humiliation. Yeah, that.

Here are just some of the ways that fear of failure rears its ugly mug:

You’re afraid to choke or not perform best when it counts the most. Worried that your peers, your coach, and your family will disapprove, or think negatively of you. Stress over making a mistake. Unwillingness to take risks to improve. Scared that we will put it all on the line and still not achieve our goals. Hesitancy and procrastination in making a step forward.

Our fears are a typical and completely natural reaction to the unknown. They are like the insurance agents for our physical and mental states. It’s just that they are very often exceptionally risk-averse, often paralyzingly so. In the rush to keep us safe, they also limit us from seeing what we are capable of by infusing us with doubt and procrastination.

Here are a few ways (8 to be a little more numerical) to pull the shirt over the head of this particular fear and punch it in the kisser:

1. Expect to fail on occasion.

Yup, you read that right. No matter how well we plan out our swimming goals there will be times where we come up short. It will be infuriating, yes, but going through life with zero struggle, achieving hilarious levels of success at every turn just isn’t in the cards.

And that is okay.

Every swimmer on top of the podium had moments of serious strife and struggle on their own respective path, so understand that you’re going to get your fair share of it as well.

2. View your swimming as a series of experiments.

Some things will work, some things won’t. With each success you learn and discover the things that work, and when things don’t go the way you want them to you should similarly be able to draw reasons things didn’t go as planned. The combination of positive and negative experiences should provide you a running list of what brings you success, and what does not.

3. The pain of struggle will always be lighter than the sting of regret.

In life we are given the option between two types of discomfort – one of discipline, and the other being regret. The latter will always sting more than the former. No matter how scary the work in front of you is, it’s nothing compared to the dull ache of regret in your belly you will feel years from now from not taking advantage of the opportunity before you.

4. You’re tougher than you give yourself credit for.

If you fully commit to your goals, completely train your posterior off, and then come up short at the big meet, how long would it take for you to get over this disappointment? According to our fear of failure, ìForever and ever and ever.î But that is not what your own personal experience says, is it?

Think back to the last big setback you had with your swimming. That time you completely and utterly destroyed the bed. How long did it take for you to bounce back from that? Probably not that long. Once you realize that failure isn’t a game-ender, isn’t fatal, than your comfort levels with it rises, and with it your capacity to act.

5. Set positive goals.

Setting negative goals – don’t get disqualified, don’t swim slower than my best time – will keep you focused on the wrong aspects of your performance. Instead, strive to focus on what you do want to have happen, the things you want to achieve. Negative goals are difficult to work with (and stinky) because they are emotionally and mentally unattractive, keeping your energy dialed in specifically on poor outcomes.

6. Limit your critics.

We have enough garbage flying our heads – our insecurities, fears, and so on – to have someone chime in with a ìOh, that’ll never workî followed by a ìsee, told ya soî the moment that progress is slightly unhinged. From parents, to teammates, to even coaches, being told that we cannot do something just feeds into that fear of failure.

The last thing we want to do is come up short and prove them right, so why bother doing anything at all, right? Screw that. While you may not be able to rid your life of all of the naysayers, sit down with the ones that aren’t going anywhere and let them know what kind of impact their negativity is having on those around them.

7. That fear will always be with you.

Recognizing your fears are the first step. Not because you want to get rid of them — they aren’t going anywhere — but so that you can parse them when they do make an appearance. And they will continue to do so, consistently and stubbornly. While you may not be able to completely lick them, once you understand how they work, you can successfully manage it and make its voice ever smaller.

8. The ultimate way to throat-slam fear is via action.

Action builds results, and results trump anything your fears can dream up. The action doesn’t have to be ground-breaking, world-spinning magnitude. Something simple, something easy that shows that fear that it quite frankly doesn’t know what it is talking about.

Each time you feel yourself starting to get caught in the quicksand of fear, act. Do something, anything, to unchain yourself and keep you moving forward.

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Irish Age Group Division 1 Relay Team selection

Congratulations to those selected for relay teams.

Please note that changes may be made at the Head Coach’s discretion, depending on performances leading up to and during the meet (individual or relay).

Session 2:  15 & U Boys 4×100 FTR

C.Loan, N.Jennings, C.Boyce, K.Logan  (Res. A.Haskins)

Session 4:  14 & U Girls 4×100 FTR

V.Hunter, L.Walker, S.Mc Cracken, L.Bethel

Session 6:  14 & U Girls 4×100 MTR

C.Quinn, S.Mc Cracken, V.Hunter, L.Walker  (Res. L.Bethel)

Session 8:  15 & U Boys 4×100 MTR

N.Jennings, A.Haskins, K.Logan, C.Boyce  (Reserves C.Loan, J.Edgar)

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Irish Age Group Division 2 Championship Limerick 2014

Well done to all the swimmers who travelled to Limerick recently for this competition.

Robyn Beattie, Sophie Bryson, Alice Cross, Harry Cross, Cameron Forrest, Dylan Griffiths, Ben Harding, Amy Jennings, Oliver Kidd, Rachael Ledbury, Caleb Maguire, Caoli Maginess, Ryan McCracken and Grace McNamara.

irish div2 results

Lisburn swimmers managed an amazing 45 PBs in all. 6 achieved medals with 4 swimmers qualifying for the I.A.G. Division 1 Championships. 3 received “speeding certificates” for swimmers who have exceeded the I.A.G. Championship standards by 2%. (the only time a speeding certificate is a good thing!)

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The club swimmers also got to meet 2012 Olympic finalist Melanie Nocher, who signed T-Shirts and posed for photographs. Melanie commentated throughout the whole meet, making sure the spectators were cheering on their clubs.

Thanks to the coaches from all the swimmers and parents for all their hard work and support at Limerick

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Summer Age Group Skills Camp

Bangor Aurora Aquatics & Leisure Centre

18th to 22nd August 2014

For more information click on the link below

UPC Summer Skills Camp (August 2014)

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Annual Club Awards Night

It was a great night at Lisnagarvey hockey Club on Friday 20th June. A large number of swimmers, parents and coaches came along to enjoy some good food and a chance to chat.

Club president Jack Beattie introduced the awards part of the evening. He congratulated Rachel Bethel on behalf of the whole club on being selected for Commonwealth Games this summer. He showed a newspaper cutting of Head Coach Richard Gheel, who was part of the Edinburgh 1986 Games team before going on to the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Unfortunately neither Rachel nor Richard were able to attend the evening.

Betty Beattie presented the Club records for the season, before Stan Sheppard, a senior member of the coaching team, presented the trophies. The Offical/Volunteer of the year award was shared between Kim Cox and Liza Watson.

Pictured below is the Club President with this year’s Aquasprints captains with a beautiful cake to celebrate the team’s hard work and achievements. For pictures of the award winners, see the club facebook page. Follow the link below to see the list of the award winners

LCSC swimming awards 2014 updated

Congratulations also to the award winners in water polo and diving




Awards Night 2014 486

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Congratulations to all those who participated or competed in water polo and diving this season. Particular mention goes to the award winners below. Well done

DIVING AWARDS June 2014:“Lisburn City Divers”
Thomas Grattan Outstanding Diver
Jason Park Runner up  Outstanding Diver
Felix Forde Most Improved Diver:  Intermediate Divers
Jack Netherton Endeavour:  Intermediate Divers
Sophie Browne Most Improved Diver: Beginner Divers
Sushruth Ramesh Runner up Most Improved Diver: Beginner Divers
Finn Hewitt Endeavour:  Beginner Divers

Diving Instructor:  Maureen McCoy

WATER POLO AWARDSJune 2014“Lisburn City Spears”
Callum Bryson Outstanding Player Under 12 years
David Cleland Outstanding Player 12 years & over
Darragh Quinn Runner Up Outstanding Player Under 12 years
Connor Mason Runner Up Outstanding Player 12 years & over
Harry Hughes Most Improved Player Under 12 years
Jake Cochrane Most Improved Player 12 years & over
 Bobby Seawright Endeavour Award Under 12 Years
Phillip Cox Endeavour Award 12 Years & Over

Water Polo Coach:  Nathan Taylor


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