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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Easter holiday training at Aurora Bangor

There is some free training available over the Easter Holidays week


Tues 22nd 3.30-5.30 pm Wed,Thurs,Fri 23-25th April 9.30-11.30 am and 3.30-5.30 pm

These will be 2 hr sessions, with a mixture of technique, skills and some aerobic work

 If you wish to attend email: ruth@swimulster.net

(It is unclear as to what level of ability this is directed to so please email Ruth to check)

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Lisburn victorious over Banbridge in Aquasprints

Last Sunday evening saw our 3rd Aqua Sprints of the season and with hopes high there was a lively atmosphere on poolside.  True to form the swimmers hit the ground running, with each age group winning their first event, the Medley Relay.  This combination proved strong as the success was repeated in the final event, the Freestyle relay!

With this being a home gala we were able to swim the outside lanes to give some of the younger swimmers (2006) a chance to experience the event. They were not daunted by the prospect and put in some great performances, the last few weeks working on dives paying off!

2005, A age group, performed well with Toni Jameson finishing 1st in Back, Fly and Freestyle. Moya O’Kane a close 2nd in all her events and Ava McNamara a 1st in Breast-stroke. Christopher Duncan came 2nd in Breast-stroke and Zak Tsoutsas 2nd in Freestyle.

2004, B group, Sasha Quinn and Noah Poots were outstanding, finishing 1st in each event.

2003, C, Cameron Doak and Dara Quinn showed great prowess with Cameron taking 1st in Back and Free with Dara a close 2nd.  Dara came 1st on the Fly and the boys finished 2nd and 3rd place in Breast-stroke. For the girls, Leah Bethel clocked wins in Back, Fly and Free and 2nd in Breast. Abbie Crookshanks 2nd in Fly and 3rd in Back and Free, with Grace McNamara getting the 3rd place in the Breast-stroke.

2002, D, and Paul Cox brought home each of his events and Caoimhe Quinn came first in Back and 2nd in Fly.

These D age group girls, Caoimhe Quinn, Nadine Pollock and Alice Cross are all nipping at each-others heels through each event making themselves strong competition for the other clubs.

After the event, Aqua Sprint captains Alice Cross and Cameron Forrest stood up to thank the Banbridge swimmers and coaches for a super nights competition, a fitting end to the Sunday evening.

Well Done Lisburn. Follow the results link below

banbridge results aquasprints 2014

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Long Course Training for swimmers competing at Irish LC Nationals

1 lane space has been booked for Long Course Training in Magherafelt in preparation for Irish Nationals at the end of April

Dates and times are:

Friday 18th: 10:00-12:00am

Saturday 19th: 12:30-2:30pm

Tuesday 22nd: 7:00-9:00am

Wednesday 23rd: 9:00-11:00am

Please confirm your attendance ASAP by replying to swimming.development@lisburn.gov.uk or text to 07712175926


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Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster are pleased to announce the Easter Age Group Skills Camp at Bangor Aurora Aquatics & Leisure Centre from 14th to 18th April 2014.

The camp will be delivered by Swim Ireland Ulster Performance Centre Coach Andrew Reid and is open to competitive female swimmers born 2002-2004 and male swimmers born 2001-2003. The camp will focus on all four strokes including starts and turns with a series of drills and skills being taught to the swimmers over the five days.

 Cost of the camp is £40 per swimmer (payable by BACS Transfer to Swim Ulster Ltd)

 Spaces are limited to 32 swimmers and the closing date is Thursday 10th April 2014

 Please email Andrew Reid to book your place and include your date of birth, club, and level of competition

Please note that club coaches are welcome to attend part or all of the camps if they wish. Further information can be obtained by contacting Andrew Reid, SI Ulster High Performance Coach.

Email: coachulster@swimireland.ie

Mobile: 07840102588.

Camp details via link below

UPC Easter Skills Camp (April 2014) 

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Swimmers of the Month January 2014

Apologies for delay in getting this information onto the website

Congratulations to all the swimmers for continuing to work hard in training

National Squad   Natasha Pollock

National Junior   Hannah Fleming

Age group 1   Grace McNamara

Age group 2 Amy Lee Forrest

Dev 1  Jodie Davis

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Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships 2014 Bangor

It was a fantastic weekend in Bangor for the club.

A large team of swimmers had qualified (through the graded galas earlier in the season) for this competition which is the biggest event on the Swim Ulster calendar for swimmers under 18 for boys and under 17 for girls. Medals are awarded in each event in specified age categories. There was tough opposition from across the province as well as from a large visiting team of swimmers from Leinster. This was the first year that the competition has been in the long course (50m) format, giving all the competitors valuable race experience.

Lisburn came away with a huge medal haul. There were many PBs and some club records achieved. Check out the results below to see how well they did.

ulster age group and youth results 2014 Bangor


Congratulations to all the swimmers for their hard work, focus and determination, and to the coaches and volunteers.


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Antrim Open Championships 2014

Please find below a link to the programme for this gala


Saturday 10 May Lisburn Lagan Valley Leisureplex


Sunday 11 May Larne Leisure Centre


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Want to see more competition/gala reports about your swimmers?

At this time of year, the number of competitions increases.

All our swimmers deserve praise and recognition when they work and train so hard, regardless of the level of competition. The best way to do this is to have a gala/competition report after the event, ideally with a photo of as many of those that competed as possible.

Gala reports are done by parents who volunteer. It is very difficult to write a report on a competition which your swimmer is not competing in.

If you haven’t seen a report on a gala that your child has been swimming in, then this is because no one has offered to write it.

You do not need to know anything about swimming to write about the atmosphere, team spirit and the excitement of watching a gala. The results from the event allow the writer to see how all the Lisburn swimmers performed.

If you want to know more or think you can help then please email louisesands@sky.com or the club secretary. If several people volunteered, then each person would write only one report per season.

If no one volunteers, then our swimmers will not get the recognition they deserve which is sad.

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Dave McCullagh Long Course Meet Bangor 28 February- 2 March.

16 swimmers had qualification standards for the Dave McCullagh meet being held in Northern Ireland for the first time.

The team consisted of Bethany Carson, Fiona Cash, Alexandra Hunter, Victoria Hunter, Natasha Pollock, Chloe Richards, Hannah Watson, Paige McKeown, Zoe Dickey, Sarah McCracken, Peter Sands, Keelan Logan, James Edgar, Chris Loan and Alex Haskins. Rachel Bethel competed as part of the Irish Team in the Celtic Dual with Scotland. The number of swimmers qualifying is an example of the continued improvement within the club under the direction of Head Coach Richard Gheel and his coaching team and the hard work and discipline of the swimmers.

Below is an update on how our swimmers performed with some personal comments by them on their experience.

Alexandra Hunter has qualified for this prestigious event previously held in Limerick and qualified for the meet in Bangor in the following swims – 100 fly, 200fly, 200 free, 400  free and 400 IM . 200 free 1 second pb. 200 fly – qualified for the B final securing a fantastic 5th place in this open event. Alexandra also represented the club in the relays where together with the other girls put in a tremendous effort against some very talented relay teams from Scotland, Ireland and locally.

Victoria Hunter competed in this meet for the first time after securing a terrific 5 qualification times  in the 200 fly, 100 fly, 200 IM, 200 free and 100 free. Victoria performed well in this Long Course meet securing a 2 second pb in the 200IM. At aged 13 Victoria was one of the younger members of the Lisburn team.

Club Captain Peter Sands enjoyed his first LC meet at Bangor. Peter qualified to swim many events but due to study commitments competed in 4 events.

His highlights were a Ulster silver medal and British Youth Qualifying time in the 400 IM and an Ulster silver medal in 200 Back in a new club record.

Alex Haskins attended his first Dave MCCullagh meet after achieving 5 qualifying times. 200 Fly 2.25 second pb and Long Course Nationals qualifying time. 200 Breast 4.63 second pb securing a place in the B final. 400IM 12.10 second pb, place in the B final, Long Course Nationals qualifying time and Ulster Squad qualifying time. 200 Back, still swimming slower than his pb but persevering. 400 Free 6.32 second pb.

Christopher Loan was delighted to qualify for the Dave Mccullagh gala for the first time.  He swam in four events, the 1500free, 400IM, 200back & 400free. Unfortunately he didn’t swim any pbs (due to a break in training) but did enjoy the event and is looking forward to the Long Course Nationals in April.

Keelan Logan qualified for his first Dave MCCullagh meet.”I was only able to do 3 swims at the gala due to school sport commitments. In my favourite event the 200 fly I made the B final and got a pb of 2:17:27. I was also the second Ulster finisher in the event so I got a silver medal. In the 100 fly I got another pb of 1:02:50. In my final event -  the 400 free I had a bad swim which reminded how much harder I need to work in training, especially in kick sets.

Sarah McCracken qualified for this meet with her strong breast stroke events. Sarah secured a long course pb in her 200 breast before representing lisburn City in the Medlay relay.

Chloe Richards had a mixed weekend due to an injury. Chloe swam the fly and backstroke events and represented Lisburn in the relays. Chloe secured a British Youth qualification standard in her 100 backstroke.

Female Club captain Paige McKeown swam the 400 free event securing a 2 second pb.

Hannah Watson had 3 entry times for this meet. Hannah is enjoying her first injury/illness free season for some time and training hard and was pleased to swim on her personal bests in 200 fly, 400IM and 400 free. “Even though I didn’t PB I still enjoyed the experience, especially since I was in Hannah Miley’s heat of the 200 fly which I was first reserve for B final.”

Natasha Pollock smiled her way through the weekend after securing a pb in her 100fly to make the A final where she swam a qualifying time for British Youth. 50 fly B final and pb. 200 Fly – secured a 1 second pb in both the heats and again in the A final. Natasha also qualified for the B final in her 200 IM

Fiona Cash struggled with a heavy cold all weekend. She swam 3 events and the relay before succumbing to her virus. Despite illness Fiona secured 2 pbs in her 400 IM and 800 free

Zoe Dickey was Lisburn’s youngest qualifier for this meet and enjoyed the experience of swimming 50 backstroke.

James Edgar had a busy weekend swimming Friday and Saturday in Bangor before heading off for a triathlon training event on the Sunday. James swam well in his 400 IM and 1500 free securing a 3 second pb in his 1500 freestyle.

Rachel Bethel had a busy weekend swimming for Ireland in the Celtic dual with Scotland, in both individual events and the relays. Rachel secured Long course pbs in her 100 and 200 free making both A finals. 400 and 800 free 3 and 4 second improvement on her entry time. 100 back on her entry time and pb in her 200 back. 100 fly 4 second pb. In the relay events Rachel, as part of the Irish team, secured a silver medal in the 800 free relay and Gold in the 400 free.

Many of these swimmers are back training hard for Irish Long Course Nationals after Easter. The qualification standards for this meet are really tough and they have one more opportunity to secure entry time at the Ulster Age Group and Youth championships in Bangor at the end of March.

Good luck to all.

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Lisburn Vs Bangor Aqua-sprints 15th March 2014

For some of the swimmers this was their first time seeing a 50m pool and as we met up in the gallery at Bangor there was some trepidation with questions of; “Is that where we’re swimming?” and “Are we doing 50m races?”  There was visible relief on the swimmers faces as we pointed out the ‘tiny’ 25m diving pit and explained it was to be our competition pool the evening – “It’s smaller than our pool!” and the tension eased.

Races began with the medley relay and our C age group swimmers, Cameron Doak, Leah Bethel, Grace McNamara and Ben Harding, and our D age group, Caoimhe Quinn, Paul Cox, Alice Cross and Matt Smyth, all brought us a first place.

In the individual events the swimmers all put in good performances and we had a lot of PB times, Ruadhan McArney-Savage took 1st  place in Back-crawl and Sasha Quinn a 2nd. Noah Poots and Shea O’Kane swapped 1st and 2nd place for Breast-stroke and Butterfly, with Noah also winning the Freestyle. Amy Jennings stormed through to win an awesome Butterfly, and in the same age group Alice Cross, Paul Cox and Caoimhe Quinn had plenty of super swims. Leah Bethel and Ben Harding in C age group both had a great evening. Group B and Sasha Quinn grabbed 2nd place in most of her events and in the youngest group – A, Ava McNamara came 1st in Breast-stroke and also set PBs in all her strokes, Zak Tsoutsas won Freestyle and had a PB time in Backcrawl and Moya O’Kane 2nd in Butterfly.

C age group relays were very close, finishing on the touch and the atmosphere was electric.  To see the swimmers in each age group encouraging, cheering on and congratulating each other and the more experienced guiding the younger swimmers, for me, epitomized the spirit of Aqua-Sprints.

All this ultimately led to a very close contest with the result a win to Bangor by a marginal 6 points.

We, as coaches feel that the improvement from the beginning of the season has been phenomenal, and with this only our second event against a strong competitor, if the swimmers can keep up this level of commitment and progression we anticipate a successful season.

The swimmers all are to be congratulated on their good behaviour and sportsmanship and the team spirit growing.

Very Well Done!

Below is a photo of our aquasprints captains and a link to the results

bangor results 2014


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