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!
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Medway Network Swim Clinic 2nd Dec. 2017 at Strood Leisure Centre - Apply NOW! 25.8.17
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.
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!
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
Results of Medway 4 are here
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!
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!!
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
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!
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
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
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
Will you continue competitive Masters swimming at Uni?
Yes, I have a trial with Bournemouth on
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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