British International Disability Championships 2013 25th - 28th April Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Luke Nisted continued his meticulous preparation for this summers deaflympics in Sofia with an outstanding set of results at the recent British International Disability Championships held at the Ponds Forge ISC Sheffield which attracted top swimmers from around the globe.
Competing in 5 events Luke made 4 finals and achieved 6 new personal best times over the 4 days of the Championships which proved an ideal dress rehearsal for the big event in Sofia. Luke made the finals of the 100m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke and set new Long Course Personal Best times in 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and clipped an astonishing 21 seconds off his previous best time for 200m Freestyle in winning the B final. In addition, Luke finished 3rd in 50m Freestyle C Final. An excellent achievement all round.
ESSA North West Divisional Individual Championships 2013 27th April Salt Ayre, Lancaster
Halton sent a strong contingent of swimmers to the Salt Ayre Sports Centre in Lancaster on 27th April for the English Schools Swimming Association North West Divisional Championships. However, this time there was a subtle twist in so far as the swimmers were representing their respective schools. Indeed, the swimmers did their schools proud with 14 Personal Best times recorded and an outstanding Bronze medal for Thomas Roberts of SS Peter & Paul who finished 3rd in the Intermediate Boys 100m Freestyle. Thomas also achieved a new personal best time for the 200m Individual Medley in finishing 5th then completed a successful Championships with a 5th place finish in the 100m Fly.
Also representing SS Peter and Paul, and competing in the Junior competition, 12 Year Old Will Woodward achieved 4 new personal best times in the 100m Fly, clipping 5 seconds off his previous best time, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, and 100m Freestyle. Eleanor Donald grabbed 3 new personal best times in the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Fly and 100m Freestyle whilst Sarah Roberts achieved 2 new personal best times in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Fly. Jessica Donald completed 2 top 6 finishes in the Intermediate Championships in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke.
Ceris Breckell of Wade Deacon High lowered her personal best times for the 100m Fly and 100m Backstroke whilst St Chads Pupil, Zahra Groves lowered her 200m Individual Medley time by 8 seconds and also achieved a personal best time in the 100m Freestyle.
Pictured: Halton Contingent at ESSA Championships
ASA North West Regional Youth Championships 2013, 4th - 5th May, Manchester Aquatics Centre
Thomas Roberts had an outstanding debut at the North West Regional youth Long Course Championships held in Manchester. Thomas bagged no fewer than 6 personal best times and made two finals - a superb achievement in his first championships at regional level. With Thomas being able to compete in this age group once again next year, the future looks bright.
Thomas narrowly missed out on a medal in finishing 4th in the final of the 400m Individual Medley improving on his 6th place finish in the morning heats also lowering his personal best for this event by 7 seconds in finishing in 5.07.22. Thomas finished 7th in the final of the 200m Fly but achieved a new personal best time of 2.22.31 some 3 seconds inside his previous low. Further personal best times were achieved in the 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle. All in all a great weekend for Thomas.
Wrexham Swimming Club 10th Spring Meet 2013, 4th - 5th May, Wrexham Waterworld, Clwyd
Ceris Breckell and Sarah Roberts made up the Halton contingent at Wrexham Swimming Club’s 10th Annual Spring Meet. Both swimmers came away with Bronze medals and a number of outstanding personal best performances as a reward for an superb weekend’s swimming.
Ceris took Bronze for an excellent 3rd place in the girls 13 years 100m Fly whilst Sarah followed suit with an exceptional Bronze medal for 200m Fly also in the girls 13 years age group and was achieved in a new personal best time of 3.07.73 some 5 seconds inside her previous standard for this event.
Sarah set no fewer than 8 personal best times in the 400m Freestyle, 200m Fly, 200m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle, 200m Back, 100m Back, 100 Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle. Standout performance was Sarah’s time in the 400m Freestyle which was some 26 seconds lower than her previous PB.
Ceris had 4 new PB’s in the 100m Breaststroke, 50m Fly, 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle alongside 4 top six finishes. Ceris just missed out on a second medal with a battling 4th place in the girls 13 years 50m Breaststroke.
Pictured: Thomas, Sarah and Ceris after the Wrexham and Youth Championship Swims.
PP. Neil Flaherty
British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA)
Pictured: Thomas & Sarah Roberts at the BLDSA St Mary’s Loch swim.
The Elise Brook Trophy Winner - Thomas Roberts - Halton SC
Halton SC swimmer Thomas Roberts has picked up an outstanding achievement award from the British Long Distance Swimming Association at their recent annual awards ceremony. The awards were presented at the BLDSA Annual Dinner which was held at The Woodlands Hotel, Dundee, on Saturday 9th March 2013.
Thomas picked up the Elise Brook Trophy. This trophy is presented by the association to recognise an outstanding swim by a BLDSA member as a Junior during the year as an individual effort or within a championship without receiving an award from that championship.
The Citation for Thomas reads as follows:
For a great effort at St Mary’s Loch, thwarted by the weather, on the return leg, where the wind was a problem for swimmer and kayaker alike. Battling against the elements and pausing on several occasions to wait for his kayaker he was losing body heat and eventually had the sense to retire whilst still able to assist himself. A very mature decision by a young man, retiring for the safety of himself and his kayaker without complaint, especially as he had been beating most of the senior swimmers at this point. Not being deterred by this he is chomping at the bit for 2013.
Well Done Thomas
Pictured: the Elise Brook Trophy
Merseyside & District Swimming League 2013 Division 1 Gala 4 at Crosby Leisure Centre 23rd March 2013
Halton SC’s battle against relegation from the Merseyside and District Junior Swimming League 1st Division suffered another blow with a 5th Place Finish at the recent Round 4 gala at Crosby Leisure Centre.
Halton struggled throughout against tough competition from Everton SA, Garston SC, Prescot SC and home team Crosby SC and finished 5th in the 5 team gala leaving the team 42 points adrift at the foot of the table with just the home gala to come at Kingsway in June.
Despite the disappointing overall team result there were some excellent individual efforts. Ellie Jo Hughes won the girls 25m Fly and took an excellent 2nd in the 50m Freestyle. Tom Craig won the Boys 13 Years 50m Breaststroke and Craig Langley won the Open Boys 100m Freestyle. Craig also picked up 2nd place in the 50m Fly event. James Flaherty claimed 2nd place in the Boys Open 100m Breaststroke, Daniel Buckley was 2nd in the Boys 11 years 50m Breaststroke and Thomas Roberts picked up two 2nd place finishes in the Boys 15 years 50m Fly and 50m Freestyle.
The Boys Open Medley and Freestyle relay teams of Will Warburton, Craig Langley, Tom Patton, Luke Nisted and James Flaherty won both events.
There were personal best times for Dan Buckley (50m Breaststroke), Lizzie Bryce (50m Fly), Matty Sayle (50m Fly and 50m Back), Ellie -Jo Hughes (50m Freestyle), Isobel Winckles (50m Backstroke), Will Woodward (50m Backstroke), Ceris Breckell (50m Breaststroke) and Craig Langley (50m Fly).
Crusader Swimming League 2013 Division 3 Round 2
Halton’s home gala in the Crusader Swimming League Division 3 Round 2 on Saturday 23rd March 2013 was cancelled due to the heavy snow fall. Despite Kingsway being open for business, the appalling weather meant that Buxton SC and Market Drayton SC were unable to travel.
An alternative date is being sought.
PP. Neil F
Cheshire County Swimming & Water Polo Association 2013 Championships
13 Year Old Tom Craig earned a superb Silver medal in taking second place in a stunning new personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke event at the recent Cheshire County Swimming Championships at Macclesfield whilst 12 Year old Will Woodward continued his fine form with a double bronze medal winning performance in the 200m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle. Will recorded new personal best times in both events, lowering his 200m Medley time by over 5 seconds and produced another outstanding best time in the 50m Freestyle to go under 30 seconds for the first time.
In finishing 7th in the boys 12 years overall individual championships, Will recorded a further 10 personal best times lowering his previous best time in every event entered. Will set new standards in the 400m Freestyle reducing his previous best time by almost 6 seconds, 50m Backstroke, 50m Fly, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke again taking over 6 seconds off his previous best time. Will the finished the championships in excellent style in taking 5 seconds off his previous 100m Backstroke time.
Thomas Roberts had an outstanding championships finishing 6th overall in the boys 15 years Individual rankings. Thomas produced 7 new personal best times in the 50m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle reducing his previous best time by 8 seconds, 400m Individual Medley with a new time 4 seconds lower, 100m Fly, 100m Freestyle, 200m Fly and 200m Freestyle. Thomas now has ASA North West Regional Youth Qualifying times in 5 events, 400m Freestyle, 200m Fly, 400m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle.
10 Year old Daniel Buckley reduced his 200m Breaststroke time by almost 16 seconds in taking 4th place and also took 2 seconds off his 50m Breaststroke time in securing 5th place.
GB swimmer 16 year old Luke Nisted stepped up his preparations for the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria this summer with a new British Deaf Youth and Open record in the 200m Backstroke event reducing his previous best time by almost 3 seconds in finishing 6th.
In addition, there were 3 new personal best times for Eleanor Donald in the Girls 13 Years 50m Fly, 50m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle events and also personal best performances from Alison Steele in the girls 14 Years 100m Freestyle and Sam Craig in the boys 10 Years 50m Breaststroke.
There were also fine individual performances at the championships from Amy Steele, Ceris Breckell and Nikita Jackson.
2013 Menai AA and B Grade meet - Bangor Swimming Pool
Halton sent a strong contingent to the Bangor Swimming Club Menai AA & B grade meet at the end of February.
Chloe Doolan picked up 3 medals at the event taking Gold for a superb 1st place in the girls 14 Years 100m Backstroke. Chloe also took Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Fly events. Niamh Cullen also took home a deserved bronze medal for 3rd place in the Girls 12 years 200m Individual Medley in a new personal best time. Niamh went on to achieve further personal best times in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, and 100m Freestyle events.
14 Year Old Lisa Bazley had an excellent meet with a series of new personal best times in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Fly and 200m Individual Medley lowering her best time by almost 22 seconds. Beth Reid also achieved a personal best time in the 100m Breaststroke and in a second outstanding performance Beth reduced her 100m Backstroke time by almost 12 seconds. Leah Horabin set new personal best times in the girls 11 Years 100m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke whilst 9 Year Old Taylor Tout produced two fine swims in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke.
Pictured: Halton medallists from the Cheshire County Championships and Bangor Menaii meet.
Swim Calendar Updated
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PP. Neil Flaherty
EFDS National Youth Disability Swimming Championships 2013
Ponds Forge, Sheffield 3rd March 2013
Halton’s GB Deaf swimmer, Luke Nisted, achieved a superb 6 medal haul at the recent National Youth Disability Championships at the Ponds Forges ITSC in Sheffield over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd March 2013.
Luke is currently in heavy training preparing for his first Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria and those preparations appear to be on right on target as Luke picked up 4 Gold medals, a Silver and a Bronze. Luke achieved first place in the 50m and 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and the 100m Individual Medley events. Luke set a new personal best of 1.05.68 in the 100m Backstroke lowering his previous time by 1.1 seconds. Other new personal best times followed as Luke took silver in the 200m Individual Medley and Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. Well done Luke.
Pictured: Luke receiving one of his Gold Medals at Sheffield.
City of Birmingham Swimming Club Easter Open Meet
Stetchford Pool, Birmingham 29th March 2013
Thomas Roberts took a superb Gold Medal and achieved another ASA North West Regional Youth Championship Qualifying time with an outstanding swim in the 1500m event at the City of Birmingham Easter Open Meet on Good Friday. Thomas reduced his previous best time for this event, achieved only a matter of weeks ago at the Liverpool and District Championships at Everton Park, by 45 seconds. An outstanding achievement. Top Stuff Tom.
Pictured: Thomas with his Gold medal at Birmingham.
AIB Tigers Swimming Club (Jersey) 4 Way Easter Meet
Les Quinnevais Sports Centre7th April 2013
15 Year Old Halton Swimmer Laura Gorry took advantage of some splendid hospitality whilst on holiday in Jersey by swimming as a guest at the recent AIB Tigers Swimming Club annual 4 Way Easter Meet at the Les Quinnevais Sports Centre in the town of St Brelade on the Channel Island of Jersey.
Swimming as a guest meant that Laura was unable to claim any silverware but she had the satisfaction of knowing that she posted the fastest times in the 400 Individual Medley, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke events. In addition, Laura posted a 9 second personal best in the 400m IM and a 2 second PB in the 50m Breaststroke. Well done, Laura.
PP. Neil F
Liverpool & District Swimming & Water Polo Association 2013 Age Group Championships
8 Gold Medals, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze and an outstanding 41 Personal Best times represented an excellent return for Halton swimmers from the recent 2013 Liverpool and District Swimming Championships held at Everton Park Sports Centre over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd February and 9th & 10th February 2013.
Will Woodward took the headlines again as he swept to a brilliant win in the 11 Years Boys Overall Individual Championships. Along the way, Will claimed 7 gold medals in the 200m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 50m Fly, 400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and 50m Breaststroke whilst 3 Silver Medals followed in the 100m Fly, 100m Freestyle, and 100m Breaststroke. Will then took his medal tally to 11 as he earned a hard fought Bronze in the 200m Backstroke Event. There were also 4th Place finishes for Will in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke just missing out on further medals by a finger tip in each case but with the consolation of achieving a commemorative pennant for a top eight finish. Apart from his medal winning performances, Will set new short course Personal Best Times in the 200m Breaststroke, 100m Fly, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke. Particularly impressive was the 11 second reduction in his 400m Freestyle time. Will now has a full set of qualifying times for the ASA North West Regional Age Group Championships at Manchester Aquatics in June.
16 Year Old GB Deaf Swimmer Luke Nisted continued his preparation for this summers’ Deaflympics as he picked up Halton’s other Gold medal of the Championships with an impressive first place in the 16 Years 100m Backstroke event. Luke completed a full set of medals in achieving an excellent silver medal in the 200m Backstroke and a Bronze for 100m Freestyle.
Another Stand Out performance saw Thomas Roberts capture a silver medal in the Boys 15 Years 1500m Freestyle event lowering his personal best time by almost 48 seconds in the process with the time being good enough to take 3rd place in the Overall 1500m Championship event and earn Thomas a Bronze medal.
Thomas also achieved pennant awards for Top eight finishes in the 200m Breaststroke, finishing 8th in a new Personal best time; 100m Freestyle, with 7th place in a new personal best time, 400m Freestyle, achieving 4th in a new personal best time, and finally the 200 Individual Medley, coming home 6th also in a new personal best time
Lizzie Bryce picked up a brilliant Silver Medal for a 2nd Place finish in the girls 11 Years 50m Fly lowering her previous best time by almost 5 seconds in the process. This was an outstanding achievement for Lizzie in her first Liverpool and District Championships.
16 Year Old Nikita Jackson put in a double bronze medal winning performance taking 3rd Place in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.
Whilst further Bronze medals were achieved by Ellie Jo Hughes in the Girls 11 Years 50m Fly; Daniel Buckley in the Boys 10 Years 50m Breaststroke in a new personal best time; Tom Craig in the Boys 13 Years 100m Breaststroke also in a new personal best time; whilst Tom Hough also claimed Bronze in the boys 16 Years 200m Breaststroke in an impressive new personal best time of 2.47.90 some 6 seconds inside his previous record for this event.
There were also commemorative pennant awards for top eight finishes in each event and these went to: Daniel Buckley, (6th - 200m Breaststroke, 5th - 200m Freestyle), Nikita Jackson (5th - 100m Freestyle), Eleanor Donald (5th - 400m Freestyle), Ellie Jo Hughes (6th - 50m Breaststroke, 5th -100m Individual Medley, 7th - 50m Freestyle, and 5th -50m Backstroke), Tom Craig (7th - 100m Freestyle), Tom Hough (8th - 100m Freestyle, 4th 200m Individual Medley, and 5th - 100m Breaststroke), Taylor Tout (7th - 50m Breaststroke), and Sam Craig (8th - 50m Breaststroke).
Throughout the championships swimmers clocked new Personal Best Times and these were achieved by: Daniel Buckley (200m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle - 27 seconds inside his previous best time), Eleanor Donald (100m Fly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m 200m and 400m Freestyle - some 27 seconds inside her previous best time for this event), Sam Craig (50m Freestyle), Ellie Jo Hughes (50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 200 Individual Medley - some 10 seconds inside her previous best), Ceris Breckell (100m Breaststroke), Tom Craig (100m Freestyle), Alison Steele (100m Fly, 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle), Sam Clayton (50m Breaststroke), and Tom Hough (200m Individual Medley).
There were also excellent individual performances from Laura Gorry and Chloe Doolan whilst Morgan Grady, Leanne Clarke, Ellie Newby, Sarah Lou Banner and Liam Sheeran had fine performances as part of the Open Medley and Free team Relay events.
Well done to all who took part an excellent set of results.
Higher quality photo images are available if required.
PP. Neil F