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Halton SC News Update – 14th October 2014

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National Arena Swimming League North West Division 1 – Saturday 11thOctober 2014 - Irlam

A good team effort in Round 1 of the National Arena Swimming League at Irlam on Saturday leaves the club well placed in 5th Position overall in Division 1 going into Round 2 at Worsley on 8th November 2014. As always in National League, the standard of swimming from all teams involved in the first round gala was exceptionally high and it took an excellent performance to secure 2nd place in Gala 3.

First place finishes were achieved by:

Joshua Howard Hughes, Boys 11 Years 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle; Will Woodward, Boys 13 Years 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle;, Matty Sayle, Boys 15 Years 100m Fly and 100m Freestyle; Eleanor Donald Girls 15 Years 100m Freestyle and Open 100m Freestyle; Ryan McGhee, Boys 15 Years 100m Backstroke; Lucy Harris, Girls 11 Years 50m Breaststroke; and Dan Buckley, Boys 11 Years 50m Backstroke.  

There were also wins for the Boys 13 & Under Medley Relay Team of Dan Buckley, Will Woodward, Lewis McGhee and Sam Craig and Girls 15 & Under Freestyle Relay Team of Eleanor Donald, Rachel Bate, Beth Reid and Alison Steele.

New Personal Best times were recorded by Josh Howard Hughes, 50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle; Will Woodward, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle; Ryan McGhee, 100m Backstroke; Matty Sayle, 100m Fly; Sarah Roberts, 100m Backstroke;, Lucy Harris, 50m Breaststroke; Ami Mannion, 50m Fly; and Eleanor Donald, 100m Freestyle.



1st  Leyland Barracudas, 217 Points; 2nd Halton SC, 198 Points; 3rd Prescot SC, 191 Points; 4th City of Stoke (COSSACS) SC, 189 Points; 5th Hoylake SC, 131 Points; 6th Oswestry Otters SC, 117 Points. 

Well done all.

Halton SC News Update – 5th October 2014

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Wirral Metro October Meet – Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th October 2014, Europa Pools, Birkenhead


There have been medals and personal best times galore for Halton Swimmers at the Wirral Metro Level 2 October Meet held at Europa Pools, Birkenhead over the weekend.

Stand out performance came from 13 Year Old Will Woodward who entered 12 Events and returned with 11 Gold Medals and a Silver together with 11 new personal best times.

In a tremendous all round display, Will took Gold in the 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke, 50m,100m & 200m Backstroke, 100m, 200m & 400m  Freestyle, 50m &100m Fly with a solitary silver coming in the 50m Freestyle. Will also set new Personal bests in every event except 50m Backstroke.

Matty Sayle, who was selected for the England talent camp at Manchester Aquatics on Sunday and had to withdraw from his events on that day , struck double gold on Saturday in the Boys 14 Years 50m & 100m Freestyle events. Matty also set two new personal best times in those events.

Gold medals were also achieved by Lucy Harris in the Girls 11 Years 50m Backstroke in a new personal best time and Lizzie Bryce in the Girls 13 Years 200m Fly also in a new personal best time. Both girls picked up further medals with Lucy grabbing two silvers in the 50m & 100m Freestyle and a bronze in the 50m Fly. Lizzie took silver in both the 50m and 100m Fly events.

Eleanor Donald grabbed a silver in the girls 14 years 400m Freestyle in a new personal best time. Thomas Roberts set a new Personal best time in the boys 16 years 400m individual Medley. Tom Hough set new personal bests in the Boys Open 50m & 100m Freestyle events.

There were also excellent swims from Sarah Roberts and Nikita Jackson whilst Rachel Bate set new personal best times in the Girls 14 Years 50m, 100m  & 200m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke


City of Liverpool Swimming Club – Echo Cup Round 2, Gala 1 Saturday 27thSeptember 2014, Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Huyton.

An excellent all round team performance in Round 2 of the Liverpool Echo sponsored City of Liverpool Swimming Club’s Echo Cup Competition at Huyton on Saturday 27th September secured Halton a third place finish and with it a place in the Cup Final for 9 to 12 Year Old swimmers on  Saturday 25th October 2014.


This is the third successive year we have reached the final – a fantastic achievement for a club of our size - and being placed 5th overall going into the 8 team event is the best ranking the club has achieved at this stage for several years.

There were wins for Alfie Mather, Boys 9 Years 25m Freestyle; Reece Sumner, Boys 11 Years 50m Backstroke; Lewis McGhee, Boys 12 Years 50m Fly; Sophie Buckley, Girls 9 Years 25m Breaststroke & 25m Backstroke; Josh Howard –Hughes, Boys 10 Years 50m Backstroke; Leevi Gumbs, Boys 12 Years 50m Freestyle; and Daniel Buckley, Boys 12 years 50m Backstroke & 50m Breaststroke.


The Boys 12 Years Relay Team of Dan Buckley, Lewis McGhee, Leevi Gumbs and Sam Clayton took both Freestyle and Medley events, as did the Boys 9 Years Relay Team of  Nathan Petch, Jack Craig, Christopher Bellard, Ben Clayton, Alfie Mather and George Winckles.

A further win was achieved by the mixed Freestyle Cannon team of Leah Galligan, George Winckles, Emmie Brownlow, Josh Howard-Hughes, Cliodhna Jennions, Sam Craig, Ami Mannion and Leevi Gumbs.

There were new personal best times for:

Reece Sumner, Boys 11 Years 50m Backstroke; Lewis McGhee, Boys 12 Years 50m Fly; Joshua Howard-Hughes, Boys 10 Years 50m Backstroke; Sophie Buckley, Girls 9 Yeas 25m; Cliodhna Jennions. Girls 11 Years 50m Freestyle; Lucy White, Girls 9 Years 25m Fly, George Winckles Boys 9 Years 25m Fly; and Libby Harrison, Girls 11 Years 5om Breaststroke;


1st  Everton SA, 273 Points; 2nd Southport SC, 251 Points; 3rd Halton SC, 242 Points; 4th Garston SC, 221 Points; 5th Prescot SC, 180 Points; 6th Formby SC, 116 Points; 7th Bridgefield SC, 65 Points,

Well done all.

ESSA  – English Schools Swimming Association – North West Regional Secondary Team Championships 2014, Everton Park, Liverpool - 26thSeptember 2014

Halton SC swimmers Nikita Jackson and Tom Hough were part of the successful Priestley College Relay teams competing at the ESSA North West Regional Championships at Everton Park. The girls completed a double success with wins in both the Girls Senior Medley and Freestyle events whilst the boys won the Senior Medley Relay and finished runners up in the Freestyle event.

The results give them a realistic chance of qualifying for the National Finals being held at the London Aquatic Centre – formerly the Olympic Pool for London 2012 – in November.

Halton SC News Update – 26th September 2014

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Halton SC wins 3 Top Awards at the 2014 Halton Sports Partnership Annual Awards

Halton SC have won 3 Top Awards at the Annual Halton Sports Partnership Awards evening held at the Select Stadium Halton on Thursday 25th September 2014.

The Club won Halton Club of the Year for 2014 whilst John Bazley took the Coach of the Year and Thomas Roberts the Young Sports Person of the Year Award.

This is well deserved recognition for the achievements of the club and individuals in membership in what is proving to be a brilliant year.

Thanks to Ste for providing the nominations and well done all.

Pictured: John and Thomas receiving their awards.


Halton SC News Update – 22nd September 2014

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Halton Swimmers Selected for the Liverpool & Districts Inter Association Representative Team

Josh Howard-Hughes, Ellie-Jo Hughes, Will Woodward and Matty Sayle have been selected to represent Liverpool & District Swimming Association at the 2014 Inter Association Championship Gala to be held at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd November 2014.

Selection is a recognition of their excellent achievements at the Liverpool & District Swimming Championships held earlier this year.

Liverpool & Districts host the competition as the 2013 winners of the Inter Association Championships. They will be up against strong competition again from North Lancashire, Manchester & District, Bolton & District, Cumbria, Central Lancashire & North Midlands.

Well done to Josh, Ellie-Jo, Matty and Will.


City of Liverpool Swimming Club – Tadpoles Competition 2014

The 2014 City of Liverpool Swimming Club Sponsored Tadpole Competition held at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park completed this weekend.

There were a series of encouraging performances from Halton’s 9 to12 Year Old swimmers which bode well for the future.

Silver Medals were achieved by Emmie Brownlow, Girls 10 Years 50m Fly; Sam Clayton, Boys 12 Years 50m Breaststroke; and Lucy Harris, Girls 11 Years 200m Freestyle. Sam and Lucy both set new personal best times in achieving 2nd Place finishes.

Bronze Medals were achieved by George Winckles, Boys 9 Years 50m Breaststroke & 50m Fly; Sam Clayton, Boys 12 Years 200m Breaststroke; and  Leah Galligan, Girls 9 Years 200m Breaststroke; George, Sam and Leah all posted personal best times in achieving their medals.


There were personal best times for:

Sam Clayton, Boys 12 Years 200m & 400m Freestyle, 200m & 50m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley; George Winckles, Boys 9 Years 50m Backstroke & 100m Individual Medley; Leah Galligan, Girls 9 Years 50m Backstroke, 100m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle & 200m Breaststroke; Sam Barrow, Boys 10 Years 50m Backstroke; Niamh McCafferty, Girls 9 Years 50m Breaststroke & 100m Individual Medley; Zara Priest, Girls 10 Years 50m Breaststroke & 200m Breaststroke; Leah Horabin, Girls 12 Years 200m Breaststroke; Sophie Buckley, Girls 9 Years 200m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle & 100m Individual Medley; Lucy White, Girls 9 Years 200m Breaststroke, 200m , 200m Freestyle & 50m Fly; Isabel McCafferty, Girls 9 Years 200m Breaststroke; Emmie Brownlow, Girls 10 Years 200m Breaststroke, 200m & 400m Freestyle; Alfie Mather, Boys 9 Years 100m Individual Medley, and Jasmine Griffin–Jones, Girls 9 Years 200m Freestyle.


Well done all.


Liverpool Penguin and Bridgefield Swimming Clubs – Derrick Lodge Memorial Invitation Gala 2014

Halton SC earned a creditable 2nd Place finish in the annual Derrick Lodge Memorial Invitation Gala which is organised by Liverpool Penguin and Bridgefield Swimming Clubs in memory of local swimming stalwart Derrick Lodge and held at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Sunday 21st September 2014.

Going in to the Gala as 2013 Winners the club were hoping to retain the Trophy for a further 12 months but were never able to get in front being held off by a strong Crosby SC who emerged as worthy winners in taking the overall trophy and both Cannon events.


1st  Crosby SC, 302 Points; 2nd Halton SC, 281 Points; 3rd Liverpool Penguin SC, 269 Points; 4thGarston SC, 254 Points; 5th Prescot SC, 246 Points; 6th Bootle & North Liverpool SC, 143 Points; 7thBridgefield SC, 79 Points,

There were wins for Matty Sayle – 3 in all - in the Boys Open 50m Fly and Boys 14 Years 50m Fly & 50m Back, Josh Howard-Hughes in Boys 10 Years 50m Freestyle, Taylor Tout in the Boys 10 Years 50m Breaststroke and Eleanor Donald in the Girls Open 50m Freestyle.

Personal best times were achieved by:

Matty Sayle, Boys 14 Years 50m Fly & 50m Backstroke; Josh Howard-Hughes, Boys 10 Years 50m Freestyle & 50m Backstroke; Taylor Tout  Boys 10 Years 50m Breaststroke; Lucy Harris, Girls 12 Years 50m Backstroke; Dan Buckley, Boys 12 Years 50m Backstroke; Eleanor Donald, Girls 14 Years 50m Freestyle, and Will Woodward, Boys 14 years 50m Freestyle. In addition,  

Well done to those who swam on Sunday, a brilliant effort.

Long Distance Swimming Association St Mary’s Loch – 13th September 2014

In what has become a magnificent season, Halton’s Thomas Roberts extended his lead at the top of the BLDSA Grand Prix Table when he broke the course record in the penultimate event of the year at St Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 13th September 2014. In the 2 way, 6.5  mile event, with a slight wind against the swimmers on the outbound leg the 16 year old from Halton completed the course in just 2 hours 16 minutes and 2 seconds, some 40 minutes ahead of previous Grand Prix winner Simon Lee. 

Thomas remains in 1st Place overall in the BLDSA Grand Prix Series for 2014 with one event remaining.


Pictured Below is Thomas with his Winner’s Certificate and Trophy.

Halton SC News Update – 5th September 2014

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Matty Sayle Selected for the ASA England Talent Development Programme


Matty Sayle has been invited by the ASA to attend at the England Talent Development Programme.

Matty has been selected as a result of his outstanding performances at the recent 2014 ASA National Age Group Championships held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. His stand out achievement came in reaching the final of the Boys 13 Years 200m Backstroke, finishing 5th overall in a new personal best time, prompting selection for the prestigious England Talent Development Programme managed by the ASA.

Also, at the National Championships, Matty narrowly missed out on a place in the finals of the 100m Backstroke and 100m Fly events in finishing 12th and 11th respectively with the first 10 swimmers progressing to the final. Never the less, Matty recorded impressive personal best times in both events he also recorded a new personal best in the remaining event in which he had qualified for Sheffield -  the 200m Freestyle.

Will Woodward also recorded an excellent new personal best time for the 200m Individual Medley at the National Championships.

Well done to Matty and Will.


City of Liverpool Swimming Club – Liverpool Echo Cup Competition 2014

The 2014/2015 Swimming Season got underway at Huyton Pool on Saturday30th August 2014 with Halton’s 9 to12 Year Old swimmers in action in the 1st Round of the City Of Liverpool Swimming Club Echo Cup Competition for 2014.

We had picked up a tough draw for the first outing of the season and our task was made even more difficult as we were hit a by a high number of withdrawals mostly related to the end of the holiday season.

However, an excellent fighting performance from those involved on the day secured a solid 4th place finish in Round 1, Gala 2 and gives the club a realistic chance of making the Final of the event at the end of October for the 3rd year running, should we be able to field a full strength team in Round 2 on 27th September.

Standout performances in Round 1 included first place finishes for Dan Buckley in the Boys 12 Years 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke – Dan won both events in style recording two new personal best times in the process. Sam Craig won the Boys 11 Years 50m Breaststroke and George Winckles came home 1st in the Boys 9 Years 25m Fly.

The Boys 9 Years Team of Nathan Petch, George Winckles, Jack Craig and Ben Clayton won both the 4 x 25m Medley and Freestyle Relay events with the Girls 9 Years Freestyle Relay Team of Leah Galligan, Sophie Buckley, Jessica Smith and Lucy White also claiming an outstanding 1st place finish.

Leah Galligan, Girls 9 Years 25m Freestyle; Nathan Petch, Boys 9 Years 25m Backstroke; and Joshua Howard-Hughes, Boys 10 Years 50m Freestyle were extremly unlucky to just miss out on wins in extremely close finishes to their events.

There were also personal best times for Daisy Marsh, Girls 10 Years 50m Backstroke; George Winckles, Boys 9 Years 25m Fly; Joshua Howard-Hughes Boys 10 Years 50m Freestyle; and Jessica Burton, Girls 11 Years 50m Breaststroke.


Round 1, Gala 2 - Result:

1st  Everton SA 249 Points, 2nd Liverpool Penguin SC 221 Points, 3rd Garston SC 211 Points, 4thHalton SC 192 Points, 5th Crosby SC 188 Points, 6th Bebington SC 153 Points, 7th Prescot SC 149 Points,

When the results for Round 1, Gala 1 are consolidated and included Halton are in 7th place overall going into Round 2 and still in with a fighting chance of making the 8 team final.


British Long Distance Swimming Association 58th Windermere Championships – 30th August 2014

As the indoor season got underway at Huyton, up in the Lake District, Halton swimmer Thomas Roberts was tackling the 10 ½ Mile 58th British Long Distance Swimming Association Windermere Championship Swim.

In his first attempt at this event and distance Thomas finished in a superb  2nd Place overall returning in a time of 4 hours 48 minutes and 28 seconds behind experienced Glasgow swimmer James Leitch who claimed first place.

Thomas remains in 1st Place overall in the BLDSA Grand Prix Series for 2014.

Pictured Below is Thomas with an enormous 2nd place Trophy

Halton SC News Update – 19th April 2014

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Cheshire County Swimming Championships 2014 

A number of excellent performances gave Halton a grand total of 331 points and 7th Place overall in the Hugh Laughland Age Group Trophy final table at the completion of the 2014 Cheshire County Swimming Championships at Macclesfield on Sunday 30th March 2014.

This was a wonderful improvement on the 2013 closing position which had Halton in 13th place with 89 points and is evidence of the Hard Work put in at all levels of the Club during the last 12 months. With so many outstanding performances this year it’s difficult to know where to start so in no particular order.

Joshua Howard Hughes won the Overall Individual Boys 9 Years Age Group award with a total of 779 FINA points some 100 points ahead of his nearest rival. A superb achievement. Thomas Roberts came 3rd in the Individual Boys 16 Years Age Group with 1695 FINA points whilst Will Woodward finished 6th and Matty Sayle 10th in the Individual Boys 13 Years Category. All wonderful achievements given the standard of competition.

Overall there were 39 Medals won with 13 Gold Medals, 14 Silver Medals and 12 Bronze Medals. There was a further 45 Top 10 Finishes alongside 77 new personal best times set.

Matty Sayle achieved a National Age Group Qualifying Time for 100m Backstroke whilst 7 swimmers – Ellie Jo Hughes, Lizzie Bryce, Eleanor Donald, Daniel Buckley, Tom Craig, Will Woodward and Matty Sayle - achieved ASA North West Regional  Age Group Qualifying times and 4 Swimmers – Ali Steele, Thomas Roberts, Nikita Jackson and Luke Nisted achieved ASA NWR Youth Championships Qualifying times. 

There were several multiple medal winners; Matty Sayle  picked up a total of 9 medals, 6 Gold and 3 Silver, Josh Howard Hughes picked up 6 medals 2 Gold and 4 Silver, Luke Nisted captured 5, 4 Gold and 1 Silver, Thomas Roberts got 4, A gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze. Daniel Buckley picked up 5, a Silver and 4 Bronze whilst Will Woodward also managed 4 with a Silver and 3 Bronze.

Tom Craig earned 2 Breaststroke medals – a Silver and a Bronze and Lizzie Bryce also claimed a Silver and a Bronze for her 50m & 100m Fly Swims. Zara Priest and Ellie Jo Hughes completed the list of medal winners.


Cheshire County Age Group Medal Winners:


Gold Medals were won by: 

Luke Nisted: 50m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke,

Josh Howard Hughes: 200m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke

Matty Sayle: 200m Freestyle, 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke, 50m & 100m Fly

Thomas Roberts: 1500m Freestyle


Silver Medals were won by: 

Josh Howard Hughes: 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Fly, 100m Individual Medley,

Matty Sayle: 50m & 100m Freestyle, 200m Fly

Thomas Roberts: 400m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley

Luke Nisted: 50m Backstroke

Tom Craig: 100m Breaststroke

Lizzie Bryce: 50m Fly

Daniel Buckley: 100m Individual Medley,

Will Woodward: 200m Individual Medley.


Bronze Medals were won by: 

Will Woodward: 50m & 100m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley

Daniel Buckley: 100m Freestyle, 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke,,

Zara Priest: 50m Breaststroke

Tom Craig: 50m Breaststroke

Lizzie Bryce: 100m Fly

Elli Jo Hughes: 200m Fly

Thomas Roberts: 200m Fly


All medal winners set new personal best times and there were also personal best swims and top 10 finishes for Emmie Brownlow, Eleanor Donald, Beth Reid, Ceris Breckell, Nikita Jackson, Sarah Roberts, Sam Clayton and Issy Winckles. 

Well done all. 

Pictured: Halton Squad with their Cheshire County Awards.


PP. Neil F

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