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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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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Swimmers of the month April and May 2014

It has been a hugely busy last few months in the club.

All the swimmers have been training hard and it has taken time to manage to get as many pics of our swimmers of the month for April and May as we can.

Thanks to coaching staff, CCO, Designated person and the committee for their hard work throughout the season in ensuring that swimmers of the month took place. Seeing the many happy and proud young faces confirms how important it is to reward hard work and commitment. If your name or pic has been missed then email louisesands@sky.com so that we can add you to the list

Dev 3                  May – Tara Emmett

Dev 2                  April – Bea Cross                  May – Niamh Slattery

Dev 1                  May – Sophie Harbinson

Age Group 2       April – Robyn White           May – Sasha McKeown

Age Group 1       May – Ben Harding

National Junior  April -Lauren Walker      May – Andrea Cox

National Senior  April – Caoimhe Quinn     May – Rachel Bethel

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Mental Toughness in the pool


Tiger Woods has been doing it since he was a kid, Jack Nicklaus swore by it, Muhammad Ali used  it, and Michael Phelps is renown for doing it in training as well as competition. It’s a mental training technique called visualization, and it is one of the most powerful tools that a swimmer can put in their arsenal.

The process of visualization – or mental imagery — is fairly simple. You sit down, close your eyes, and essentially daydream yourself achieving your goal. Done consistently it helps you “hard-wire” a good performance in your brain, so that when it comes down to race-time you fall back on autopilot, having already swam the race a hundred times in your mind. It is also a fantastic motivational tool; using it consistently helps keep you dialed in on their desired result.

Why it’s So Effective

The brain cannot tell the difference between imagined or real experiences. Research done on weight lifters showed that brain patterns activated during lifting were similarly activated when they visualized themselves lifting the weights, with the mental rehearsal being nearly as effective as physical practice. More importantly, it was shown that doing both was more effective than performing either solo.

Of course, sitting around visualizing the perfect performance doesn’t replace the necessity of hard work in the pool, but rather, when done in tandem with consistent, intelligent effort in practice you maximize the chance of swimming out of your mind come meet time.


Like anything else, using mental imagery is a skill. It’s something best done consistently and habitually. It’s something you use months in advance of the big race, a skill you hone and will eventually master.

Here are some tips for making the most of this skill:

Have a specific outcome. For swimmers this is easy. We deal in tenths and hundredths of a second. A time you want to swim. Winning. Whatever the goal, make sure that it is clear as day.

Make the outcome positive. Seems obvious, right? But your brain will wander towards the W.P.O.’s (worst possible outcomes) often at first. Each time this happens, simply take a breath, acknowledge that you let the imagery get away from you, and reset.

Imagine yourself calmly dealing with setbacks. Things shouldn’t go perfectly every time you run through race day. There are a variety of things that could (and should) go wrong within your mental imagery. The car breaks down on the way to the meet. You only get a shortened warm up. The swimmer beside you bolts out to an early lead. These are all things that you should incorporate to your frequent visualization sessions, so that when something does go awry at the meet (and something invariably does!) you will be cool as a cucumber.

When you notice yourself wandering, stop, reset and start again. Especially as you first start out trying visualization you’ll find that your brain will want to play hooky and think about other stuff. Did so-and-so like my status yet? I wonder if the game is on yet? When your thoughts wonder, catch yourself, reset, and start over.

The more details the better. The more real the mental image, the more convinced your brain will be that this is real life. Imagine the texture of the block under your feet. The deep breaths through your nose as you await the starters gun. The background noise of the crowd. The way your hand slices through the water. From there move to the sensations and feelings you experience over the course of the day. How loose your muscles feel as you warm up. The adrenaline coursing through your blood and butterflies in your tummy in the moments before the race. The elation that washes over you as you touch the wall and look up at the scoreboard.

The more you do it, the better you will get at it! Mental imagery is a tool, not a last minute patch for insufficient preparation or training. Incorporate it into your daily training, and you’ll find that the visualizations get richer in detail and truer to life.

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