AG1 Squad Night Out

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New 400m Freestyle Club Record Rachel Bethel

Congratulations to Rachel Bethel, beating her own record at the Ulster LC championships 09 Dec 2017 with a new Club record time of 4:16.12.

Well done Rachel!

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Message From LCSC Chair

Dear Swimmers/Parents

I and the Executive would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued efforts and hard work right across the Club, from Learn to Swim, Diving, Water Polo and our development and competitive squads.

As ‘swim parents’ ourselves we recognise the effort that is required to participate in our programme – from swimmers, parents, our teachers, coaches, volunteers and not forgetting our administrator! Without that effort our Club would not be as successful as it is.

Our senior competitive swimmers are in the middle of a very busy block, coming off the Ulster Long Course Championships in Bangor last weekend and heading into the Irish Short Course Championships in Lisburn this weekend.

We had tremendous success in Bangor last weekend with a huge number of our swimmers making finals, attaining Personal Best times (PBs) and winning trophies and medals. Our Head Coach will be compiling a list of our results in the coming weeks and this will be posted on our website.

Congratulations to our swimmers and coaches for having such success in what wasn’t one of the main targets for the season!

One of our senior swimmers, Rachel Bethel, is aiming to attain qualification for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Martin has arranged entries for Rachel in galas in Wales 2 weeks ago and in England (this weekend) to allow her the best opportunity to achieve the qualification times.

As an Executive and a Club we wish her well and will continue to support Rachel and our other elite and aspiring swimmers to the best of our capability.


There are big plans ahead for our Learn to Swim programme. Dave Stronge, the Head of Swimming Development held a number of talks to parents over the past week or so outlining the changes that are coming. Don’t worry if you missed the talks, he will be following this up with an email providing details. Please feel free to contact Dave, Mandy  or myself with any queries or concerns you may have in relation to these changes.

We are continuing to work with Joan our Diving Coach to explore options for developing the Diving programme, we are limited by her availability and the other demands on our pool time.

We are continuing to work with Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club to further develop our links and provide an improved pathway for water polo players. We have agreed a shared training session for our players with Cathal Brugha on Friday evenings in the Falls Road Leisure Centre (7:30-8:30 with the U15 squad). A number of Brugha players have been attending training sessions in Lisburn.

These joint training sessions will provide both immediate and longer term benefits in training for skills development, techniques and game practice.

Following the Christmas break we enter the next part of the season with our Development and Competitive Swimmers looking forward to a range of competitions; AquaSprints, Skills Galas, Development Galas, various open Galas, the Ulster Youth and Senior Championships, the Division 2 Championships and the Irish Long Course Championships – busy times ahead!

Thank you all for your continued support and best wishes for Christmas – I hope Santa is good to you!

Finbar O’Kane


Lisburn City Swimmer Club

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Rachel Bethel sets new club record for 200m Freestyle

Congratulations Rachel Bethel  beating her own 200m Freestyle to set a new club record of  2:01.60 at the Ulster LC Championships 10 Dec 2017

Well Done Rachel!

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