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British Gas ASA National County Team Championships 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Luke Davies, Jake Dixon, Alex Dolan, Megan Holder, Leo Karski, Ben Stanford, Rachel Wilson and Steve Wilson on being selected to represent Warwickshire on its return to the First Division at this year's National County Team Championships in Sheffield on the 19th of October.

September 250 Club Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Jenny Markey and Terry Bevan who are the September 250 Club winners - each wins £50!

Nuneaton & District Junior League Final, Wolverhampton, Saturday 13th September

CONGRATULATIONS to our Junior League A Team who put on a great performance in the Nuneaton & District Junior League Final at Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th September. Qualifying for the final for the 10th consecutive year Junior Head Coach Nigel Kelly got the best out of the youngsters yet again when it counted. Going into the final Northampton were one league point ahead of Boldmere but with 119 gala points more it looked like a full gone conclusion who would take the title. However, on the night it was a totally different story. Our A Team were placed 2nd in the League level on league points with City of Coventry and Leicester Sharks A with only 6 gala points separating the three. If Boldmere could beat Northampton in the final they would be equal on league points but would win the league by virtue of winning the final. That was the mission and what a performance the A Team produced.

They produced - 33 PB's, 63 unofficial relay PBs, had 37 from 51 event top 3 finishes winning 15 events. After 12 events Coventry led on 50 points with Boldmere on 49 and Northampton on 48. After 24 events Boldmere had risen to top spot on 101 points ahead of Coventry on 96 and Northampton on 94. Twelve events later Coventry had slipped to 3rd on 140 points with Northampton moving up to 2nd trailing Boldmere by 5 who led on 163 points. In the final 15 races the intenscity increased as Northampton slowly started to reduce the deficit and by race 48 they were all square on 199 points with 4 races remaining. Northampton finally edged into the lead winning by just three points on 221 to Boldmere's 218. It was a fantastic performance by this young team who once again maintained Boldmere's tradition of pulling out the big performances on the night.

There were too many big performances to mention but three notable ones were; the girls 8 x 1 L relay team: Lauren Knight, Lowri Bevan, Erin Davies, Nadya Sterling, Mollie Goldstone, Abbey Turnbull, Harriet Gordon and Alex Bartley not only set a club record but also broke the Junior League record which had stood for 7 years with their time of 2.00.86, Erin Davies and Oliver Carless who both broke League Records in their individual events of 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke respectively, with Oliver breaking the record by the biggest margin of 0.39 seconds which earned him the Record Breakers Trophy.

For the 7th time in the last eight years the A Team have reached the Junior Inter-League Area Final and will now travel to the Northern Final (venue TBC) on Sunday 5th October. Well done everyone - a great result!

The Great Boldmere Duck Race 2014 Results

Many thanks to all those who bought duck numbers and supported the club helping us to raise well over £1500 to go towards buying new Gala starting equipment and a laptop to enable us to host galas and continue to hold our Open Meets. A big thank you must go to Stuart Turnbull, Dave Price and Matt Price for getting in the stream to start the race, help any stragglers and catch the winners at the end. Finally a big thank you also to Sallie Cole for organising the ducks. This years lucky winners are:

1st Duck No.94 - Archie Langston - Family ticket for 4 to Drayton Manor Park
2nd Duck No. 309 - Rod Shepherd - 4 Ball Game of Golf at Aston Wood courtesy of The Privilege Club
3rd Duck No. 39 - Pat O'Brien - Afternoon tea for 4 at New Hall Hotel
4th Duck No.397 - Rhianne Fisher - Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Belfry Ryder Grill Restaurant with Comp bottle of House Wine
5th Duck No.110 - Ellie Williams - £40 Express Treatment Voucher at New Hall Spa & Leisure
6th Duck No.163 - Megan Holder - JCB Factory Tour for 4 with meal
7th Duck No.301 - Tess Ward - Gracechurch Shopping Centre £30 Gift Voucher
8th Duck No.138 - Abbie Turnbull - Meal for 2 at Nando's in Sutton Coldfield
9th Duck No. 228 - Simon Chew - Meal for 2 at Horse & Jockey Sutton Coldfield
10th Duck No.117 - Lol Campbell - Signed photo of 'The Vamps' by their lead singer Bradley Simpson
11th Duck No.351 - Nigel Kelly - Speedo Rucksack - courtesy of Allens of Kingsbury
12th Duck No.337 - Yvonne Smith - Speedo Speedsocket Goggles - courtesy of Swimmer Shop
13th Duck No.428 - John Curtis - £20 Meal voucher courtesy of The Harvester in Boldmere
14th Duck No.270 - Sallie Cole - A pair of Empire Cinema Sutton Coldfield tickets

2014 Water Festival - Volunteers Required

The annual Birmingham SAG Water Festival will be held at Stechford Swimming Pool on the morning of Sunday 19th October with warm-up starting at 08:30 and the gala finishing around 1:30pm.

Boldmere are pleased to support this event once again, to give our younger swimmers the chance to swim in an organised event, many for the first time. The format of the gala is like an unlicensed Open Meet and is intended for developing swimmers aged 8, 9 and 10 years who have little or no competitive experience.

And we need your help. The Water Festival is an ideal opportunity to volunteer to help at a gala in a friendly stress free environment. So as a Chaperone, Marshall, Runner, Timekeeper...if you would like to offer your time to help support this event please leave a message via 'contact us' on the Boldmere web page or leave your details at one of the desks at Wyndley or Erdington.

National Youth, Open and Multi Classification (MC) Championships

Congratulations to Boldmere`s Keira Shepherd who competed in the above MC Championships at Sheffield as an S8 classification in 50m and 100m Freestyle winning GOLD medals in each event with the highest British Disability points. Also competing were Alex Dolan in 50m and 200m Breaststroke & Steven Wilson in 100m Freestyle.

Our dual registered swimmers representing CoB were Luke Davies, Josh Winnicott, Bradley Lynch, Jake Dixon, Ben Stanford and Emma Smith and for RWS Alice Dearing.

There were some great times posted at the meet with Luke taking the GOLD in the 17/18 200m Breaststroke and BRONZE in the 100m Breaststroke, with Josh winning SILVER in 17/18 100m Breaststroke while Bradley won SILVER in 17/18 50m Freestyle and BRONZE in 100m Freestyle. Full results can be found on the Members' Page.

Welsh Summer National Championships

Congratulations to Boldmere swimmers Tully Kearney and Emily Gordon along with sister Harriet who was representing COB at the Welsh Nationals at Swansea .

Tully swam in 7 events with her 400 IM time of 5.31.79 breaking the WORLD RECORD for the S10 category.

Emily swam 2 seasons bests to come away with GOLD in 200m and SILVER in 100m Breaststroke events, Harriet competed in 12 events and her 400 IM was a gold medal win.

British Gas National Age Group Championships

Congratulations to 12 Year old Leo Karski, who was the sole representative of Boldmere at the Age Group Championships, having qualified in 7 events.

In just 4 days of competition Leo reached 6 finals, swam 16 PBs and broke 1 Club Record - and was awarded a silver medal in the 200 fly.

Our dual registered swimmers representing CoB were Lily Wood in 5 events setting 4 PBs, Alex Bartley in 3 events setting 3 PBs and Kate Davies in 4 events setting 1 PB.

British Gas Midland A.S.A. Age Group Champs 2014

Seven Age Group (10 - 14 Years) swimmers qualified and competed for Boldmere Swimming Clubs at the recent British Gas A.S.A Midland 2014 Age Group Championships at Coventry, which was spread over two weekends.

There were two championships debutants, 10-year-old Oliver Carless and 14-year-old Lauren Wilson along with previous qualifiers Ben Smith (11), Any Mee (12), Megan Holder (13), Georgina Dolan (14) and Leo Karski (12).

The stand out performance over the four days of the championships came from Leo who not only competed in 11 events (10/12 age group) but also won 7 medals setting PB's in all but one event - and that miss was only by 0.06 seconds!

His first medal came in the 200IM final where he finished second for silver with 2 second PB of 2.28.17. This was followed the next day with a 3 second PB of 2.12.54 in the 200m Freestyle to take the bronze. Prior to this final he has knocked 5 seconds off his 100m Backstroke time (straight heats) with a 1.13.00 to place 5th. In the afternoon he knocked a massive 11 seconds off his 200m Fly time in setting a time of 2.26.54 for second spot in the final.

At the start of the second weekend the PB's continued with a 4 second 200m Breaststroke new best time which preceded a bronze medal in the 100m Fly in a time of 1.07.85. In the afternoon session his 200m Backstroke best time tumbled by 6 seconds to 2.30.91 in the heats to qualify 4th fastest for the final. He then only went faster still to take the silver in a time of 2.28.68 both times notching him his first National Qualifying Time in this event.

Later in the evening he took in the 1500m Freestyle and slashed 20 seconds off his best time to set an 18.04.22 for another silver medal. On the final Sunday morning he picked up his 4th silver medal of the champs with 7 second PB time of 4.35.81 in the 400m Freestyle. His star performance came in his penultimate event, the 400IM, where he set yet another 20 second PB with 5.04.28 time to take the gold medal - neck and neck all the way with the second placed finisher they were some 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Finally in the 100m Freestyle he placed 4th just outside his PB.

For his fantastic efforts Leo came second in the 12-year-old BAGCATs (British Age Group Category) awards.

Ben Smith also had a busy championships competing in seven events; 100 and 200m Breast, 100 Fly, 200 Back, 200 Free and 100m Backstroke and Freestyle - setting 2 seconds PB's in both the latter races.

Competing in five events Megan Holder set three new best times. The first came in the 200m Backstroke where she was ceded 29th and slowest but with her PB time of 2.36.91 placed in a much-improved 10th spot. She also PB'd in the 100m Back with a 1.12.93 as well as knocking 3 seconds off her 200 Free time.

Championship first timer Oliver Carless swam an impressive and solid 100m Backstroke trimming 3 seconds off his PB touching the pads in a t ime of 1.23.15. Lauren Wilson competed in both 200 & 400 and was only just outside her PB in the longer distance but sliced 4 seconds off her 200 Fly time with a 2.28.21 time.

Anya Mee improved her 100m Backstroke best time down to 1.20.76 while Georgina Dolan competed in the 200 Freestyle. Both teamed up with Lauren Wilson and Megan to finish 14th out of 30 teams in the 10/14 age group 4 x 100 Freestyle relay.

2014 Midland Youth Championships, 3rd/4th May

Well done to the eight swimmers who represented Boldmere at this year's Midland Youth Championships at Corby over the weekend of 3rd/4th May. Joey Stanger, Steve Wilson, Ben Campbell, Katie Richardson, Emily Gordon, Alex Dolan, Morgan Harlow and Rachel Wilson competed in a total of thirty five events, producing 4 PBs, 4 CRs, 7 season's bests and 15 Finals appearances.

Special mentions go to: Junior Midland 100m Freestyle Champion Steve Wilson, whose winning swim saw him gain his first National Qualifying Time to go alongside a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle; to Alex Dolan, whose three Breaststroke swims were all club record breakers and included her second NQT in the 200m Breast; and to Joey Stanger who took silver in the 1500m Free in the 19 Yrs/Over age group.

For Ben and Rachel it was their first experience of competing at these championships whilst Morgan made the final of the 15/16yrs 200m Fly while Katie made the finals in all her swims in the 17/18 Years age group as did Emily in all three Breaststroke events.

Well done to everyone - and to Head Coach Ash Cox for being poolside in oppressively hot conditions for nearly 12 hours each day!

National Arena Swimming League Cup Final

NEW: Photo Slideshow »

Well done to all our swimmers, coaches, volunteers, officials and supporters who travelled to Cardiff for the club's 6th consecutive appearance at a National Arena Swimming League Final on Sunday 27th April.

After winning the West Midland region's Premier League back in December Boldmere were proudly representing the West Midlands, competing in the prestigious 45th Cup Final against the nine other regional league winners; Plymouth Leander, Stockport Metro, City of Leeds, Guilford, Hatfield, City of Peterborough, City of Salford, Preston and City of Liverpool.

While it was always going to be a tall order to finish higher than the predicted and final position of 10th place, it was a fantastic opportunity for all our swimmers, in the four age brackets 11/u, 13/u, 15/u and Open, to compete against the country's best teams. For some it was a chance to watch and and compete against GB internationals, the likes of Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro), Marco Loughran (Guildford), Antony James (Plymouth), Ben Proud (Plymouth) and even the reigning Olympic women's 100m Breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte!

There were some great performances with 21 PB's and 3 new club records, and top 5 finishes from; Lily Wood 11/u 50m Free (4th), Alice Dearing Open 100m Fly (5th), Archie Langston 13/u 100m Back (5th), Ben Stanford 15/u 100m Free (4th), Jake Dixon 15/u 100m Back (3rd) and 100m Fly (5th) and Bradley Lynch Open 100m Free 2nd behind Ben Proud.

Well done to all the other teams for a great day and especially Plymouth Leander for winning their 6th title.

Results and relay splits are on the Members' page. Full results can be seen on the link HERE and for those who tried to watch on the live stream which was affected by broadband issues you can now watch all the races and presentations on the link HERE.

A selection of photos from the day will follow soon.

Team News

Junior League Northern Final 5th October

The teamsheet for this gala at Liverpool is now available on the Members' page. Please confirm your availability as soon as possible.

Open Meet Entry Information and Updates

Derventio Excel Open 4th & 5th October 2014

List of accepted entries available HERE.

Birmingham Water Festival Sunday 19th October 2014

The annual Birmingham SAG Water Festival will be held at Stechford Swimming Pool on the morning of Sunday 19th October with warm-up starting at 08:30 and the gala finishing around 1:30pm.

If you would like to enter please complete the entry form by Friday 26th September and return to Malcolm Ratcliffe via the desks at Erdington and Wyndley or via your Teacher or Coach. As this event is for swimmers with little or no gala experience please speak with your Teacher or Coach about which events to enter and what times to put down.

Note: We are still looking for volunteers to help out so please pass your details on, no prior experience necessary.

Full Details below:

Entry Form
Terms and Conditions
List of Events
Cut-Off Times
Advice for Swimmers and Parents