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Kent Weald Swim Squad in NASL Rd1 14.10.17

Well done to our swimmers and their sponsors who raised £610 towards the Swale Special Needs Nursery. Carl and Natalie are pictured below presenting the cheque! 12.10.17

Head Coach Report on Medway Champs Gala 5 held at Mote Pk on 7th Oct is here:
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Coach Report Lis Hartley Gala L3 but LC 30.9 & 1.10
LIS HARTLEY 2017.pdf
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Head Coach Report Medway Gala 4 held 16.9.17
MEDWAY G4 2017.pdf
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A huge thanks to Barry Smith, BSS Senior Swimming Consultant, who took his last Swimming Workshop on Sunday 27.8.17. A huge thanks from everyone at the club. Good luck for the future!

 

More "Baz's Last Day" pics on our Flickr account. email enquiries@beachfieldswim.net if you need the link.

Medway Network Swim Clinic 2nd Dec. 2017 at Strood Leisure Centre - Apply NOW! 25.8.17

Details here!
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Great  News - Saturday 24th June 2017.  We have TWO National Champions in our midst. The first two in our small club's history (I think)... and both on the same day! Well done to Genny Hunter and to Tierney Sharp.

Well done to Genny Hunter who won 4 gold medals at the National Junior Para Swimming Champs on Saturday out of 4 events. A fantastic performance ( including 3 PBs). Genny went on to gain a fifth gold medal (and 24 sec PB) in the 400m Free on Sunday!

Tierney Sharp (above) wins the National U17 Modern Pentathlon Championships. A brilliant performance from TJ, who is now the "British Youth U17 Modern Pentathlon Champion". Well done!

Head Coach Report
SOUTH EAST U14 REGIONALS 2017 K2 CRAWLE[...]
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Coaches' Report from Medway Champs Gala 3 on Sat. 6th May
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Medway ASA Gala Results in Lumbres France L2 or 3 SC 8&9th April - well done all!
The Medway ASA Team retained the top club trophy. Big thanks to the organisers and chaperones - Alison, Mark, Natalie, Moz, Janet and Stephen Gifford. Results should be on the rankings shortly.
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Medway Champs Gala 2 - Coach Report 1.4.17
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Kent Relays 5.3.17 at LAC Coach Report
KENT TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS SUNDAY 5TH MARCH[...]
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Head Coach Report Medway 1 18.2.17
Head Coach report Medway 1.pdf
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Coach Report on NASL Rd 3 at Crook Log 10.12.16
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Coach Report National Para Swimming Champs 10&11 Dec. 2016 Manchester Aquatics Centre
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Press Report GNSC Open at Medway Pk 3rd & 4th Dec L3
Press Report Beachfield at the GNSC Open[...]
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Coach Report on Romford Town Long Course Meet L3 at LAC 26.11.16
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Coach Report on BLSC Winter Meet Day 2 Medway Pk 27.11.16
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Medway 50/200 L4 Meet Report 13.11.16
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Head Coach Report NASL Rd 2 12.11.16
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Please read this
OPEN MEETS AND TEAM GALAS KIT AND PROTO[...]
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BSS Press Release 17.10.16
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Coaches' Report on the NASL Rd 1 Meet on 8.10.16
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The Results from weekend of 1&2 Oct
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Erith Sprints L3 short course 25.9 - BSS results are here!
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LATEST NEWS

Well done to Tierney Sharp who finished 9th in GB Modern Pentathlon Champs ( Tetrathlon) on 24.9 including a 2 Sec PB in the 200m Freestyle swim! A fabulous performance - one more year to go in this age group as well! 

Stop Press - Brandon Harris breaks 13yo 100m Breaststroke Medway record by three seconds - a record held since 2004, with a 1.16.91 at Medway 4 on 17th Sept. 2016.

This ranks him first in Kent, 5th in SE Region and 23rd in British National SC times. Well done!

 

Photos of Saturday's Gala are here

Medway 4 Photos

 

Results of Medway 4 are here

Medway 4 Results

Coaches' Report on Medway 4 L4 17.9.16
MEDWAY G 4 SEPTEMBER 17TH 2016.pdf
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Coaches' Report for our Summer Open
BEACHFIELD SUMMER OPEN 9TH JULY 2016.pdf
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Report from the coaches on BSS's Kent Relay performance (at CP 19.6.16 ).
Kent relays 2016.pdf
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The Head Coach's report on the BLSC Spring Open 30.4 & 1.5. 2016
BLSC OPEN 30 APRIL 2016 AT MEDWAY PK.pdf
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Well done to our LTS/ development team who won the Rochester Gala on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at Strood Pool beating 4 other local clubs! 

Individual Times
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Great news: Great results for Medway Asa swimmers at the 19th Meeting Vallee de l'Aa in Lumbres, France on 2nd & 3rd April.

 

Results for BSS swimmers are here.

 

Or go to the results page for all Medway swimmers' times, relays and splits etc. Well done all on retaining the top club trophy!! 

Hanna wins 100m Br at Simon Watson Gala on 12th Mar

Fab swims over the weekend of March 12th & 13th at Sittingbourne and Crook Log. Results are here (then scroll down to the bottom of the page). Results 2016

From Facebook January 18th 2016 Head Coach Announcement

BSS win the Emma Starling Gala at Sittingbourne. Results are here. PB sheets updated.

South East Regional Biathlon News: Tierney Sharp won Gold in U15 age group. William Fitzpatrick and Samuel Dickinson also qualified for The National Championships to be held in March 2016 - they both finished 5th in their respective age groups ( the top six qualified from each age group). Well done!

Leigha speaks her mind!

Farewell Leigha - have a great time at Uni. Thank you for all you have done for BSS over the years. Here are a few answers she gave to my questions! 

 

When did you start swimming at Beachfield?

11 years ago

Other hobbies?

Horse riding, I loan a horse.

What's the best thing about competitive swimming?

Becoming disciplined and wanting to win.  I feel swimming has made me a lot more confident about myself.  Which has helped me through school, college and now hopefully University.

And the worst?

The amount of training that you need to continuously put in to get good results.

Who were your biggest influences/ inspirers in swimming?

My mum (Shara Mitchell) she used to swim when she was younger and I wanted to be better than her. I’d also always watch Rebecca Adlington on the TV and watch her race as most of her events are the events I am strongest in.

Did you ever think of leaving the club for another and/or quitting swimming altogether when you were younger?

Yes to go to Black Lion at the age of 14 I was the fastest swimmer the club, It wasn’t until Josh Barber got to about 16yrs that I had someone who could beat me so I did think about moving on to give me more swimmers with similar abilities to train with and push me.

Do you have any regrets about your swimming career?

No, however I would have liked to get a National time.

Will you continue competitive Masters swimming at Uni?

Yes, I have a trial with Bournemouth on 27th September.

What achievements in swimming are you most proud of?

Continuously gaining Kent and Regional times over the last 6 years and representing Medway ASA in France for the past 6 years although the first year I was invited I was too nervous to go on my own as there wasn’t anyone else I really knew going and the second year (when I was brave enough) was unable to attend as I had broken my arm.

Can you remember one particular race which was, in your opinion, your best/favourite performance?

400M Freestyle against Anna at Medways on 21 September 2013 and I swam 4:38:43.

Which is your favourite pool and why?

K2 at Crawley and now LAC London Aquatics Centre

What advice would you give to a 9/10 yo age group swimmer, just starting off?

Train hard and listen to your coaches advice. Try and be the best that you can. You need to believe in yourself when you start competing.

What advice would you give a Kent Qualified 13/14 yo swimmer thinking whether or not to either give it a "real go", or quit?

13/14 is the most important age to continue and I wouldn’t recommend “giving up” that early.   Stick with it if you can, a lot of swimmers don’t get great results until they are a bit older and stronger. This age you are generally growing at lot and hormones are all over the place it does affect your performance. Take advice from your parents and coaches before you give up as this may be something that you regret in the future.

How could Beachfield improve what it offers to age group swimmers?

Swimmers should not be promoted too early, this then means that they are rushed into the black hat lane. There isn’t enough room.   Swimmers should be put into the two second to top lanes and do the same as the black hats to even it out. By having too many in the black hat lane is far too stressful for our speed and some new swimmers are not able to keep up. Because of this swimmers are not bothering or training hard enough they should be demoted, it’s unfair to keep other swimmers from training to their best ‘Train hard or go home’

 

Many thanks for these answers - I'm sure they are very interesting and useful to our younger swimmers and their parents!

 

Well done to Head Coach Shara Mitchell who passed her ASA L2 Coaching Course in August 2015!

William in the sunshine after his success at the Beachfield Summer Open
Oli Durrant Gold in Final of 100m Free in Medway Champs Gala 2 on 4th April 57.96secs

Results from Medway (Gala 2) on 4.4.15 are here. BSS swimmers achieved 9 medals and 15 PBs. Super swim from Oliver in 100m Free 57.96 PB and Gold. Another Gold and Medway record for Leigha! PBs updated.

BSS competed at the Medway ASA Swimming Championships 2015 (Gala 1) at Medway Park, Gillingham on 7th February. Gold medals were won by Brandon Harris (11) in the 100m Butterfly and Leigha Mitchell (18) in the 50m Freestyle. Brandon's time of 1.18.39 ranks him second in Kent at present in this event and Leigha's time of 28.36 broke the Medway record for Senior Ladies (19-24) by 0.5secs - a record which has stood since year 2000.

 

Silver medals were earned by Samuel Dickinson (10) and the girls' freestyle relay team of Tierney Sharp (13), Stephanie King(14), Polly Thomas (13) and Lucy Hoare (13). Bronzes were won by Oliver Durrant (14) and William Fitzpatrick (9). There were 6 other place medals ( for 4th to 6th) won by Oliver Durrant, Freddie Dolman (9), Stephanie King, Tierney Sharp, Lucy Hoare and Lily Durnford(10). Charlie Morris (11) also reached the final of the 100m Butterfly.

 

Beachfield entered a large team of 31 swimmers, including 10 swimmers of aged 9 years old swimming at these licensed championships for the very first time. 34 personal best times were achieved.

We welcome back Olympic Medallist Joanne Jackson and Olympian Grant Turner to Sheerness Pool on Sunday 14th June 2015. It will be a swim skills competition day with Joanne and Grant heading a team each. May the best team win! Details to follow shortly. Put that date in your diary - not to be missed!

Well done Freddie, Grace, William and Heidi at the Thanet Festive County Qualifier at Margate L3 SC on 20.12.14. Amongst the pleasing results were: Freddie and William improved on their KQTs at 50m Fr, Grace scored 4 PBs and Heidi knocked off 13 secs from her 100m Fly PB! 11PBs were scored in total. Results via the Results tab on left. Well done all!

Jodie

5th Place for BSS at the NASL Rd 3 fixture at Medway Park on 13th Dec. 2014. 3 first places (Brandon, Heidi and Steph), 11 second places and 8 third places. A decent points total of 156 could have been much higher ( and pushed us into third) if not for 3 DQs and 5 "no swimmer entered" in 8 out of the 50 events. Unfortunately, a sickness bug hit a number of our team members. Despite this, no swimmer pulled out of the team - well done! PBs were earned by Charlie, William and Polly. See the Results tab for the points, times and other details.

Top performances from Brandon, Freddie and William. All recorded KQTs at the GNSC L3 SC Open on 6&7th Dec. 2014. Freddie and Brandon won Gold medals in 50m Fr and 200IM respectively. Good swims from Grace and Steph as well. See Results tab for details.

A very good performance at the National Arena League fixture (L3) on 8.11.14 at Crook Log. We finished 4th with 4 first places (Heidi, Tiz, Leigha and Brandon). 2 more KQTs were gained  - by Brandon in the 100m Breaststroke  and by Heidi in the 100m Back. Well done to all swimmers - some of whom had to swim 7/8/9 races!! The next NASL fixture is on 12.12.14. Please make sure you are available for selection. See the Results tab for details. PB sheets have been updated. Photos of this gala are via the photo tab on the left.

 

The next day, 3 of our swimmers scored 8 out of 10 PBs in the Kent Development Gala L3 at Medway Park. Well done Lily, Grace and Charlie. See the Results tab for details. PB sheets have been updated.

Big thanks to Olympic swimmers Joanne Jackson and Grant Turner for their superb Swim Clinic on 19th October. It was truly inspiring! ... and swimmers and coaches learnt so much! Many thanks to Carl for organising it.

Well done at the National Arena League Round 1 at Medway Park on 11.10.14. We finished 6th with 124 points. 6 first places (Tiz, Jodie, Matilda, Brandon & Heidi(x2)), 6 second places and 5 third places were achieved. We hosted this licensed L3 gala.

There were 9 Individual PBs gained by Jodie(x2), Oliver(x2), Charlie(x2), Brandon(x2) and Heidi.

Perhaps it was good preparation/experience for hosting our own Open Licensed Gala in the future?! Well done to all swimmers, supporters, officials, coaches and helpers. See the Results tab on the left for the details.

Impressive BSS results at Medway 5 L4 SC at Medway Park on 4th October. 4 KQTs (Heidi, Brandon & Leigha), 7 medals(Heidi, Brandon, Jodie, Tierney S, Leigha and Oliver) and 7 PBs were earned by our swimmers. Go to the results tab for full details. 

 

Well done to Leigha, Jodie, Oliver and Matilda at the Orpington Ojays L3 SC Open on 27&28.9.14 4KQTS, 6 PBs and a handful of medals were won. See the results tab on the left for details.

 

A good performance by our swimmers at Gala 4 of the Medway Champs on 20.9.14: 2 bronzes won (Heidi & Oliver); 2 4ths(Leigha & Jodie); 2 5ths ( Jodie & Oliver); 2 6ths(Oliver & Grace). 400m Fr KQT for Matilda. 11 PBs were achieved as well! See the results tab opposite for details.

 

BSS held its annual Learn to Swim Gala on Saturday 13th September. A packed Sheerness Pool saw some great races between BSS, Maidstone SC, GNSC, Sittingbourne & Milton SC and Faversham SC.

 

The final scores were Faversham SC 228, BSS 221, Maidstone SC 160, Gravesend SC 123 and Sittingbourne & Milton SC 107. 

 

The senior swimmers helped out with starting, timing, refreshments, medal presentation etc, which was great to see. But it was all about the little ones, and they showed eveyone what great potential they have. They also had great fun!

 

Well done to Faversham SC for retaining the trophy, but our very young swimmers more than held their own. I was particularly pleased with their push offs/starts and stroke technique. Well done to them and our LTS teachers. Correct technique will produce fine swimmers in the years to come. Full individual results to follow. Click on the photos tab on the left to see images from this wonderfully inspiring gala!

 

Many thanks to the spectators for producing such an electric atmosphere and to all the officials and teachers/coaches as well! 

We are training at the fabulous London Aquatics Centre ("The Cathedral of Swimming" and home of the 2012 Olympic Games - a world class facility) on October 18th and November 29th 2014 10am to 12pm. This is for Maroon hats upwards only. Swimmers are strongly advised to attend both sessions. To book your place please contact Natalie on treasurer@beachfieldswim.net  The cost is £5  per session. We will endeavour to arrange lifts for swimmers whose parents are unable to take them.

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