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Club Champs 2017 - Moving!

Club Champs are moving to the weekends of the 24th June and the 1st July to give the swimmers an end-of-season gala.

More to follow! 

PBSC Volunteers Needed

A number of volunteers in the club have decided to step down this year after a number of years of providing excellent support to our swimmers.
The club need YOUR HELP to keep the club running effectively going forward. The main roles that will need filling are:

  • Club Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Gala Secretary (2 Roles)
  • Gala Promotors (2 or 3 roles)
  • Gala Coordination - this role just needs more support, and can be broken into small tasks

The job descriptions can be found on the PBSC website at the following link: http://www.pottersbarsc.co.uk/9.html
The more volunteers we get, the easier it is for everyone!
 
Please respond directly to the club secretary, either via email or phone, for more information on what the roles entail, or confirmation that you'd be able to help.


J1 / J2 Time Swap from Tuesday 7th March

From Tuesday 7th March, the Coaches have asked for J1 and J2 to make the following changes to their training times.
The reason is so that the younger J2 swimmers can swim at the earlier time, which is hoped will encourage them to attend more frequently.
The Venue:
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday - J1 / J2 swap on all three days - 
J2 will be at the earlier time to 6pm. 
J1 will be at 7pm
Furzefield:
Thursday - J1 / J2 swap - 
J2 will be at the earlier time of 6:15 to 7:15
J1 will be at 7:15

Peanut Trials - Sunday 26th February

Advance notice that Peanut trials will be help on Sunday 26th February from 18:15 - 20:15. There will be no training for all squads (including Masters) that day.

More details to follow.....

Leighton Buzzard Development Meet - 11th Feb

Well done to all swimmers that competed at the Leighton Buzzard meet. Please see the write up here

Herts ASA Development weekend

Herts ASA are running a development weekend on the 18/19 February. There are a number of workshops available to coaches and parents, including the following:

ASA Englands Parents Guide to Swimming 18th Feb Herts Sports Village 09.30 till 11.30

UKAD Understanding Drugs in Sport ..... 18th Feb 1.30 till 3.30

Please see this document for more details

Hertfordshire County Championships 2017

Congratulations to all the swimmers who have swum in the Herts County championships 2017 so far. There has been some fantastic swimming and amazing results from this years championships - full report will follow in due course. 

Good luck to all those swimmers who are swimming this weekend in the long distance events and in the exciting finale of the championships - the relays. Have fun and swim fast!

Hertfordshire County Championships 2017

Congratulations to all our swimmers that have qualified for the County Championships 2017, and well done to those that have competed so far! The list of names can be found at this link.

The Venue - Car Park Resurfacing from 30th January

Please be aware that Hertsmere Borough Council intend to carry out resurfacing works to the Civic Office car park from 30th January 2017. We have been informed that this will last for approximately five weeks. During this time, please allow some additional time to park.

J2 - Tuesday Training at the FF - Time change

Please note that J2 will be training at 7pm at the FF on Tuesdays going forward (commencing tomorrow 3rd January). This will allow the club to have two lanes instead of just the one lane.

My apologies for the short notice with this communication.

National Arena League - Round 3 - 10th December

A big congratulations to the two teams that competed at the NASL on the 10th December. Some fabulous swimming from everyone, lots of PB's, and a club record in the Open 100m Fly (SC) from Joel Knight!

The Blue team finished in 5th place on the night, and 6th place overall - this is our best result for a number of years! The full report can be found here.

The Flyers team finished in 6th place on the night. The full report can be found here.

The times and team performances can be found on the "Reports & Results" page

Annual Presentation Evening 2016

Saturday 26th November saw many PBSC swimmers and their families at Mount Grace School for the annual Presentation Evening. It was great to see so many swimmers being awarded their medals from the Club Championships. Well done to all the swimmers and to the recipients of the various squad awards and trophies which were as follows –

P1 Trophy – David ShipmanP2 Trophy – Eliza Connery

J1 Trophy – Jessica Bright

J2 Trophy – Louise Savage

Venue J1 – Ido Gurharash

Venue J2 – Crystal Haxhia

Hurley Trophy – Louise Hughes (Girls) and Matthew Honeyman (Boys)

Peanuts Swimmers – Alex mason (Blue) and Mercy Floate (Jade)

Majors Swimmers – Thomas Stanbury (Blue) and Adam Zeinden (Jade)

Both the Junior and Open Girls Trophies – Jessica Woodward

Both the Junior and Open Boys Trophies – James Woodward

Swimmers Swimmer – James Woodward 

Head Coach Wray announced that Georgina Tallon and Adam Martin, both P1 swimmers as the Club Captains for 2017. We wish them every success in the year ahead.

Thanks must go to those members that donated some fantastic raffle prizes and to the helpers that helped set up,  that ran the bar, the door, the raffle, made and sold cakes, those that cooked the excellent food and those that helped clear up at the end of the night. And thank you to Adi for doing the disco.

 This link takes you to some pictures from the evening.

Christmas Pantomime Trip 2016

PBSC are arranging a trip to the Pantomime on Thursday 29th December. The pantomime is Dick Whittington at Wyllyotts Theatre starting at 5.00pm. The cost will be £14 per child which includes a vanilla ice-cream in the interval. If your child / children would like to go please get the money (cash only in an envelope with the child / children's names) to Anita Shipman or Brenda Heesom as soon as possible (and no later than Sunday 11th December 2016). There are limited seats available and will be allocated when payment is received. On the day, please meet in the foyer at 4.45pm.

2016 East Regional Short Course Championships – 4-6thNovember 2016

Well done to our swimmers who competed at the East Regional 2016 SC Championships in Luton.

Joel Knight, James Woodward, David Shipman, Georgina Tallon, Chloe Jacobs, Adam Martin, James Blount, Jessica Woodward, Katie Conyers, Thomas Stanbury and Rachel Connery all represented Potters Bar over the weekend (4-6thNov). Jessica Heesom and Lauren Andrew also qualified but were unable to swim. The performance of the swimmers is as follows: -

Joel Knight swam in the 1500 coming 5th with 16:07.74.

David Shipman – Qualified for 9 events. David made 3 finals: coming 8th in 100 Breast (1:08.48); 6th in 200 Breast (2:29.60); and 6th in 50 Breast (30.69).

James Woodward – Qualified for 16 events and competed in 8. James made 3 finals winning the Gold medal in 200 Fly (2:07.14); coming 7th in 200 IM (2:12.30); and 6th in the 100 Fly (57.80).

Adam Martin – Qualified for 6 events and had some great swims, achieving PBs in both his 50 and 100 Free; and both the 50 and 100 Fly.

James Blount – Qualified for 3 events and had great swims in his 50 Free, 100 free and 50 Back.

Thomas Stanbury – Qualified for 2 events and had great swims in both his 50 and 200 Back.

Georgina Tallon – Qualified for 6 events. Georgina made the final in 50 Fly coming in 5th (29.14) and achieved PBs in 5 out of her 6 events.

Chloe Jacobs – Qualified for 1 event and had a great swim in the 50 Back.

Jessica Woodward – Qualified for 10 events and competed in 7 including the 100, 200 and 400 IMs and had great swims in her events including a PB of 31.03 in the 50 fly.

Katie Conyers – Qualified for 6 events including the 200 and 400 IMs and achieved a PB of 27.54 in her 50 Free.

Rachel Connery – Qualified for 1 event and had a great swim in the 50 Free.

The Relays of mens 400 Freestyle and 400 Medley; and womens 400 Medley and 400 Free were all extremely exciting races with excellent performances by the Potters Bar teams achieving: 5th out of 16 for mens 400 Free; 6th out of 17 for mens 400 Medley; 10th out of 15 for womens 400 Medley and8th out of 15 for womens 400 Free.

Head Coach Wray said "It is a fantastic to have this number of Potters Bar swimmers qualified and competing at the ASA East Region SC Championships, with some outstanding swims in both the individual and relay events and a great achievement for James to come away with the 1st place trophy for his 200 Fly.”

Some great performances, well done!

The swimmers and their families would like to thank Wray for his support and encouragement over the weekend.


The National Arena League Rd Two – Barking & Dagenham

On Saturday Potters Bar Blue team travelled to Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Essex to compete in the Second Round of the NAL.
The winners on the night were our hosts Barking & Dagenham, 2nd Leander, 3rd Potters Bar A, 4th Berkhamsted, 5th Wandsworth, 6th Anaconda, 7th Harpenden and 8th Hoddesdon.
Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd & 3rd places on the night who were as follows;
1st places – James Woodward 200m IM & 100m Back Open, Jessica Woodward 100m Breaststroke U13, Alfie Francis 100m Breaststroke U13 and Thomas Stanbury 100m Back U15
2nd places – Joshua Heesom 50m Fly 10/11, Jessica Heesom 100m Back U13 and Jessica Woodward 100m Fly U13
3rd places – Georgina Tallon 100m Fly Open, Adam Martin 100m Fly Open, David Shipman 100m Breaststroke Open, Alex Mason 50m Free 10/11, Jessica Heesom 100m Free U13 and Adam Martin 100m Free Open
Relays;
2nd places
9 – 11 Boys Free: Joshua Heesom, Charlie Stanbury, Thomas Hooper & Alex Mason
U13 Girls Medley & Free: Jess Heesom, Eliza Connery, Jess Woodward & Justine Sansom
Open Boys Medley: James Woodward, Daryl Mason, David Shipman & James Blount
Open Boys Free: Adam Martin, David Shipman, James Woodward, James Blount, Daniel Rinkoff & Daryl Mason
3rd places
Open Girls Medley: Chloe Jacobs, Kelly Dunn, Georgina Tallon & Katie Conyers
U13 Boys Free: Billy Barber, Noah Cornwell, Benji Refson & Alfie Francis
Open Girls Free: Georgina Tallon, Jess Woodward, Kelly Dunn, Kate Andrew, Chloe Jacobs & Katie Conyers

There were lots of PB’s on the night as well from: - James Woodward, Jade Bentley, Jessica Woodward, Alfie Francis, Thomas Stanbury, Georgina Tallon, Chloe Jacobs, David Shipman, Emily Dunn, Alex Mason and Tolu Elesin
Our Coach Chris said ‘ It was good to see the team achieve a higher position this round and all working together to support one another. Everyone swam really well but a special well done to some swimmers who had moved across from Flyers team: Adam Zeinden, Lilly Blount and James Blount
Thank you to our only J1 official Victoria Francis who had managed to pass her J1 just in time for the second round

PBSC Presentation Evening & Disco - Saturday 26th November 2016

The Annual Awards and Presentation Evening this year is on Saturday 26th November 2016 at Mount Grace School. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will start at 7.30pm.
This year the evening will commence with a warm welcome to our new families from Hertsmere Flyers, along with the vision of the club going forward.
This is the social event of the year and not to be missed! As a Club we like to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers so on the night there will be presentations to ALL swimmers who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers "Swimmer", the Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and the Junior and Open Championship awards.
There will be a licensed bar, BBQ and Adi Heesom will be doing the disco! Tickets for this event will be on sale at the information desk on the balcony each Friday evening, priced at £3 each for all attending. Please purchase your tickets in advance as this will assist with the catering arrangements. The evening operates as a fund raiser and there will be a raffle, so any donations for this (wine, chocolates, meal vouchers etc) will be gratefully received!
If you are able to help on the night please let Anita Shipman or another committee member know. The club has had another great year and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress the swimmers and club have made so please make every effort to come along to this great social event! We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable and fun night for our swimmers and their families!

National Arena League Round 1 – Jade Team Report – 8 October 2016

Well done to all of the Jade Team swimmers who competed in the first round of the National Arena League on Saturday 8 October 2016 at Braintree. We were competing against Hertford, Aylesbury & District, Dunmow Atlantis, Verulam, Putteridge Piranhas, and Braintree & Bocking where the standards were very high.

Although the team finished in 7th place this does not do them justice as there were some fantastic performances both in the individuals and relays with numerous PB’s being beaten. We also had swimmers swimming up and age group which was a particularly big leap for those 15 and under girls who swam in the open category for the relays (Ineke Oosterhuis, Harriet Newman and Rachel Vardy). Well done also to Will Farndale who swam up to support the 15 and under boys in their relays.

Very well done to the mens open relay team who achieved an impressive 3rd place in the Medley relay and the 6 x 50m freestyle relay which made a very exciting end to the evening. The teams were as follows:-

Medley relay (James Spence, Adam Colyer, Matthew Honeyman and Joseph Wheeler)

Freestyle relay (Adam Colyer, Matthew Honeyman, Joseph Wheeler, James Spence, Adam Zeinden, and James Blount).

A large number of swimmers achieved PB’s in their Individual races:-
James Blount – Mens open 200m, James Renton – Boys 10/11 50m Backstroke, Charlotte Cork – Girls 13/U 100m Breaststroke, Dillian Attygalle – Boys 13/U Breaststroke, Nathan Martell – Boys 15/U Backstroke, Lilly Blount – Girls 10/11 50m Fly, Elliot Ball – Boys 10/11 50m Fly, Jack Savage – Boys 13/U 100m Backstroke, Harriet Newman – Girls 15/U 100m Fly, Caitlin McCabe – Ladies open 100m Backstroke, James Spence – Mens open 100m Backstroke, Lilly Blount – Girls 10/11 50m Breaststroke, Ineke Oosterhuis – Girls 15/U 100m Freestyle, Amy Webb – Girls 13/U 100m Freestyle, Will Farndale – Boys 13/U 100m Freestyle, Anna Shipman – Girls 15/U 100m Breaststroke and Adam Zeinden – Boys 15/U 100m Breaststroke.

In addition to this, we saw lots of new PB’s in the Freestyle relays:-
Taisiia Sonmez, Tilly Larner, Simone Aramesh, James Renton, Rachel Vardy, Ineke Oosterhuis, Nathan Martell, Lucas Farndale, Adam Zeinden, Amy Webb, Katie Johnson, Jack Savage, Patrick Doran, Will Farndale, Caitlin McCabe, Harriet Newman, Matthew Honeyman, Joseph Wheeler, James Spence, James Blount.

And in the Medley Relays:-
Charlotte Cork, Amy Webb, Patrick Doran, Harriet Newman, Caitlin McCabe, James Spence, Adam Colyer, Matthew Honeyman and Adam Zeinden.

Our Coach on the night was Bronwen who said ‘For the first ever outing in the National Arena League, the B Team produced excellent results with the final 6 x 50m Mens open Freestyle relay finishing the evening off brilliantly! I am very proud of the effort that has been put in this evening.’

Many thanks to Ian Bays and Jay wheeler who were our officials and to all parents for getting their children to Braintree and providing such needed support.

Lastly, Don’t forget to keep 12 November and 10 December free for the following rounds of the League and where possible, get some extra training sessions in to make sure you’re in the best condition for the coming rounds.

The National Arena League Rd One – Watford

On Saturday Potters Bar Blue team travelled to Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford to compete in the first round of the NAL where throughout the night our positioning changed from 6th to 2nd and finally seeing us finish in a comfortable 4th place with 220 pts. The winners on the night were our hosts Watford with 277 pts, Leaner 2nd with 246 pts, Saxon Crown 3rd with 233 pts, Hemel Hempstead 5th with 209 pts, Berkhamsted 6th with 206 pts, Greenwich Royals 7th with 201 pts and Harpenden 8th with 197 pts.
Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd & 3rd places on the night who were as follows;
1st places – Joel Knight 200m IM Open, Alfie Francis 100m Breaststroke & 100m Free U13, Jessica Woodward 100m Fly U13, Jessica Heesom 100m Free U13 and Thomas Stanbury 100m Back U15
Relays
U13 Boys Free Rly – Billy Barber, Noah Cornwell, Benji Refson & Alfie Francis
Open Boys Medley Rly – James Woodward, David Shipman, Adam Martin & Daryl Mason
Open Boys Free Rly – Joel Knight, David Shipman, Adam Martin, James Woodward, Daniel Rinkoff & Daryl Mason

2nd places – Jessica Woodward 100m Breaststroke U13, Georgina Tallon 100m Fly Open, James Woodward 100m Fly Open, David Shipman 100m Breaststroke Open and Adam Martin 100m Free Open
Relays
9 – 11 Boys Free Rly – Charlie Stanbury, Thomas Hooper, Ethan Howard & Joshua Heesom
U13 Boys Medley Rly – Billy Barber, Alfie Francis, Noah Cornwell & Benji Refson
U13 Girls Free Rly – Jessica Heesom, Eliza Connery, Justine Sansom & Jessica Woodward
3rd places – Joshua Heesom 50m Fly 10/11, Jessica Heesom 100m Back U13, James Woodward 100m Back Open and Katie Conyers 100m Free Open
There were lots of PB’s on the night as well from: - Joel Knight, Jessica Bright, Alfie Francis, James Woodward, Joshua Heesom, Amy Mason, Adam Martin & David Shipman.
Head Coach Wray said “I was very pleased with tonight’s performances from all of our swimmers who had some tough competition in this London League, but I’m sure with some more training in the coming weeks we can achieve a higher position next round”
Thank you to our only J2 official Richard Henderson who gave up his time to help PBSC out at this gala.


PBSC Kit - Counties Hats 2017

If you are interested in having your name on a PBSC Counties Hat for 2017 then please let Brenda Heesom know by texting 07939278942. We have also had a few reports of lost t-shirts and kit over the last week or so and would ask all parents / guardians and swimmers to check they have their own kit. Brenda is often on the balcony on a Friday evening so you can also register your interest in hats then.

Notice  of PBSC AGM - Thursday 3rd November 2016

All PBSC members are advised that the AGM will take place at the FF starting at 8.30pm and are invited to attend. At the AGM we will be looking to elect the new committee to take the club forward in 2016 / 2017. The club are looking for new committee members to help the club progress and some important roles including Club secretary and the Club Treasurer need to be filled. if you are interested in standing for a position then please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk for a nomination form.

Club Championships - Session 3 and 4 results

The second weekend of the annual Club Championships brought more great results and valuable racing experience for all of the club's swimmers. The highly prestigious parent and child race was won by James and Darren Woodward who produced a great race for the supporters on the balcony. A big thank you to all volunteers and officials as the Championships could not have been run without your help, parents for supporting your swimmers and lastly a big well done to all swimmers who participated this year.

Session 3 Results

Session 4 Results

Friday 30th September

Brenda Heesom will be collecting PBSC t/shirts again this weekend if anyone would like to have their name printed on the front for a fee of £5. The print company have assured us they will be back by next Friday. Also a few people have promised to bring along raffle prizes for tomorrow evening (Saturday 1st October) which Brenda will be happy to collect on the door tonight.

Club Championships - Session 2 results

Session 2 produced more exciting races with PBSC swimmers competing in the 200m Freestyle events followed by the Medley Skins. Once again the Medley Skins produced some very close finishes before Jessica Woodward and David Shipman came out as the winners of the event. Well done to all swimmers that participated and thanks to the army of volunteers and officials that made the night run smoothly.

Session 2 results

Club Championships - Session 1 results

 

Last night we had some fantastic swimming in session 1 of the Club Championships. The support from the balcony for the swimmers was also excellent and made a great atmosphere. Well done to all swimmers and thank you to all officials and volunteers .

 

Session 1 Results

PBSC Club Championships - Friday 23rd and Sun 25th September 2016

 

Good luck to all PBSC Swimmers participating in the Club Championships being held over the weekend. This is a "sign in" event so all swimmers / parents and guardians are reminded that they must sign in at the desks in the foyer to confirm that they will be swimming in each event. Therefore please make sure that you arrive in good time to do so as we are keen to avoid having any disappointed swimmers. Sign in Times are as follows: -

Friday 23rd September 2016 - Sign in opens at 5.45pm and closes at 6.10pm

Sunday 30th September 2016 - Sign in opens at 5.45pm and closes at 6.15pm

Please also note that there is no Squad or "Learn  to Swim" Sessions on these evenings.

Bee Allen Cup report- 17th September 2016

 

Very well done to all the Jade Team swimmers from PBSC who competed in the Bee Allen Trophy at Milton Keynes on Saturday 17th September. On the night we were against teams from Reading, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard. Whilst the Jane Team were short on numbers, there were some great performances with many swimmers swimming up an age group and competing in a number of different races. At the end of the evening Potters Bar were joint third place with Reading, behind Dunstable in second place and Leighton Buzzard in first place.Very well done to our first, second and third places as follows –

 

1st Places –Maya Spence – Open 100m IM, Caitlin McCabe – 15 and Under 100m Backstroke, Patrick Doran – 11 and Under 50m Freestyle & Benji Refson – 13 and Under 100m Freestyle

 

2nd Places – Luke Martell – 11 and Under 50m Backstroke, Benji Refson -13 and Under 100m Breaststroke, Maya Spence – Open 100m Butterfly, Ineke Oosterhuis– 15 and Under 100m Butterfly, Adam Zeinden – 15 and Under 100m Butterfly, Patrick Doran – 11 and Under 50m Breaststroke, Yasmin Wheeler – 13 and Under 100m Butterfly & Matthew Honeyman – 15 and Under 100m Freestyle

 

3rd Places – Wray Shewell-Cooper – Open 100m IM, Matthew Honeyman – Open 100m Butterfly

Harrison Cork – 11 and Under 50m Butterfly, Oscar Eagle – 13 and Under 100m Backstroke, James Spence – Open 100m Backstroke, Oscar Eagle – 13 and Under 100m Butterfly, Leah Refson – 15 and Under 100m Freestyle, Anna Shipman – Open 100m Breaststroke & Rachel Connery – Open 100m Freestyle

 

And relay teams as follows : –

Boys 13 and Under Medley Relay ( Callum Tilly, Benji Refson, Oscar Eagle and Henry Follet)

Girls 15 and Under Freestyle Relay (Caitlin McCabe, Anna Shipman, Sophia Zeinden and Leah Refson)

Boys 15 and Under Freestyle Relay (Benji Refson, Adam Zeinden, Nathan Martell and Matthew Honeyman)

Ladies Open Medley Relay (Anna Shipman, Maya Spence, Rachel Connery and Ineke Oosterhuis)

Boys 13 and Under Freestyle Relay (Oscar Eagle, Callum Tilly, Henry Follet and Benji Refson)

Girls 15 and Under Medley Relay (Sophia Zeinden, Anna Shipman, Ineke Oosterhuis and Caitlin McCabe)

Ladies Open Freestyle Relay (Maya Spence, Leah Refson, Ineke Oosterhuis and Rachel Connery)

 

Head Coach Wray said ‘The whole team gave 110% tonight and I am very pleased with their performance. There were some great swims. Many of the swimmers had to swim up an age group and they held their own against stiff competition. I am very happy with tonight’s performance’

 

Many thanks to Jay Wheeler who was our official timekeeper for the evening.

Eric Eady Trophy Report - 17th September

The PBSC Blue Team finished in a fantastic 1st place ( 196pts ) after an exciting gala at Southbury Road, Enfield  in the Eric Eady Trophy with great determination against very strong opposition from Enfield SS Purple ( 188.5pts ), Enfield SS White ( 184pts ), Enfield SS Blue ( 183pts ), Anaconda ( 152.5pts ) & Haringey Aquatic ( 144pts ).

Our top performers on the night were: -

1st places- Joshua Heesom, Jessica Woodward, Emily Dunn, Tolu Elesin, 9 – 11 Boys Medley Relay which included Charlie Stanbury, Elliot Ball, Josh Heesom and Ethan Howard, 12 – 13 Boys Free Relay which included Billy Barber, Noah Cornwell, Jack Savage and Alfie Francis and the Open Boys Free Relay which included Joel Knight, Adam Martin, James Woodward and David Shipman.

2nd places- Joel Knight, Charlie Stanbury, Alfie Francis, Thomas Stanbury, Jessica Heesom, James Woodward, Katie Conyers, 9 – 11 Boys Free Relay which included Charlie Stanbury, Ethan Howard, Elliot Ball and Josh Heesom, 12 – 13 Girls Medley Relay which included Jess Heesom, Jess Woodward, Eliza Connery and Emily Dunn, Open Boys Medley Relay which included James Woodward, David Shipman, Adam Martin and Joel Knight and the 12 – 13 Girls Free Relay which included Jessica Heesom, Eliza Connery, Emily Dunn and Jess Woodward.

3rd places –Georgina Tallon, Daniel Rinkoff, Chloe Jacobs, Elliot Ball, David Shipman, Adam Martin, 12 – 13 Boys Medley Relay; Billy Barber, Alfie Francis, Noah Cornwell and Jack Savage, 14 – 15 Free Relay which included Tolu Elesin, Thomas Stanbury, Joshua Foreman and Daniel Rinkoff, Open Girls Medley Relay which included Chloe Jacobs, Kelly Dunn, Georgina Tallon and Katie Conyers, 14 – 15 Boys Medley Relay which included Joshua Foreman, Tolu Elesin, Thomas Stanbury and Daniel Rinkoff and the Open Girls Free Relay which included Georgina Tallon, Kelly Dunn, Chloe Jacobs and Katie Conyers.

There were lots of PB’s on the night as well from: - Jessica Bright, Eliza Connery, James Woodward, Jessica Woodward, Daniel Rinkoff, Olivia Poynton, Elliot Ball, Jack Savage and Joshua Foreman.

Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach “It was a great team performance with some good early season swims in both individuals and relays. This is a great start to the new season and we have an exciting time ahead with the National Arena League fast approaching”

PBSC off to a "flying" start winning the Eric Eady Trophy and 3rd in The Bee Allen Cup.

Last night saw over 50 PBSC swimmers taking part in our first competitive events of the new season. The PBSC Blue Team travelled to Southbury Road, Enfield to compete in The Eric Eady Trophy and came out as victors in a very exciting gala. The PBSC Jade Team competed in The Bee Allen Cup at Milton Keynes where they finished in 3rd place, another excellent result.
We are awaiting the processing of our swimmers times but early indications are that they have recorded some great early season times. More importantly it was a great night of fun and exciting racing for all and some great team bonding took place. We can now look forward to the forthcoming National Arena Swimming League 2016 and as this is fast approaching we are encouraging all swimmers to add in a few extra sessions over the next few weeks.

Four PBSC swimmers called up by Herts ASA for National Inter-County

Well done to Jessica Woodward, Alfie Francis, David Shipman and James Woodward who have received selection invites to represent Hertfordshire ASA  at the National Inter-County gala being held in Sheffield on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of October 2016. Again this is great news for the swimmers and the club. The PBSC Coaching Team is delighted that we are regularly placing swimmers on the County team, which is as a direct result of the hard work and commitment that our swimmers are making.

The Eric Eady Trophy and the Bee Allen Cup

Next weekend sees PBSC field two competitive teams as part of our preparations for the forthcoming National Arena Swimming League 2016. These gala's are our first competitive event of the new season and will see around 50 of our swimmers participating and it will be great to see our swimmers back in action after the summer recess. PBSC has a great reputation for supporting our swimmers in the pool so let's continue that by having great vocal support for our swimmers from our supporters in the balcony. It is well known that the great support helps lift the performance of our athletes so lets keep this up this season.

PBSC Land Training Sessions

We have re-started the Land training sessions at the Hatfield Performance Gym (P1 only) and at the FF (P1, P2) for which there are still some places available for interested swimmers. The PBSC Coaching Team are interested in developing a Sunday evening session for swimmers in J1, J2 so if you are interested please email Coach Chris on secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

County Honours for four PBSC Swimmers

Jessica Heesom. Jessica Woodward, Joshua Heesom and Alfie Francis have been selected to represent Hertfordshire ASA on Sunday 18th September in the Junior-Inter County Gala. This is a fantastic achievement for the swimmers and for the club. Well done to Jessica H, Jessica W, Joshua and Alfie.

Morning Training at the Furzefield

The morning training sessions on Tuesday's and Thursday's that are open to swimmers in P1, P2, J1 and J2 have re-started this last week and have seen a good turn out from our swimmers. The PBSC Coaches encourage all swimmers to participate in these sessions and would be delighted to see more swimmers come along.

Hoddesden Open Meet

We are preparing a club entry into the 4th Hoddesdon SC County Qualifier Open Meet which will be held on 19th & 20th November 2016 at The Venue, Borehamwood. Invitations with details have been emailed to swimmers in all squads. If you have not received your email invitation, please email Tina Stanbury on pbscgalasec@gmail.com .

Closing date for Potters Bar Swimming Club entries is Sunday 11th September 2016, and no late entries will be accepted.

PBSC fielding two teams in the National Arena Swimming League 2016

As part of the development of the club's competitive swimming programme we will have two teams competing in this years National Arena Swimming League. The National Arena Swimming League has over 400 clubs from around the country competing in six different leagues and the PBSC Teams will be in Division 1 and Division 3 of the London League. The league consists of three rounds and will see our swimmers competing against some of the strongest clubs in the London area. This is an exciting development for the club and will provide a high octane swimming experience for an additional 30 or so PBSC swimmers. See the Club diary page for the dates of each round. As part of our preparations for the National Arena Swimming League we have two teams competing on Saturday 17th September 2016 in the Eric Eady Trophy and the Bee Allen Cup.

The PBSC Coaching Team is encouraging all PBSC Swimmers to make that extra effort to fit in additional sessions come the start of the new season on September 1st so that we are well prepared for the National Arena Swimming League 2016.

PBSC is always on the look out for new members so if you are interested why not give us a call.

PBSC Land Training Programmes

1) P1 & P2 at the Furzefield on Friday evenings - 7pm to 8pm - We are looking to re-start this session on Friday 9th September and any swimmers interested in attending should email Coach Chris via secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk to register their interest. Cost is likely to be around £30 for 10 sessions, and will be confirmed once numbers are known.

2) P1 Land Training at the Hatfield Performance Centre - There are a few places left for this programme which is open to P1 swimmers only and will re-start on Friday 9th September between 6pm and 7pm. If you are interested please email Coach Chris via secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk. Cost is likely to be in the region of £100 for 10 sessions.

3) We would like to ascertain if swimmers from P1, P2 & J1 would be interested in a land training session on a Sunday evening between 5pm and 6pm prior to their swimming session. The cost would be in the region of £30 for 10 sessions. If this may interest you please register your interest by emailing Coach Chris at secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

PBSC Club Championship 2016 - Closing date for entries - September 10th 2016

All PBSC swimmers are reminded to submit their Club Championship entries as soon as possible. Full details are on the Club Championships page of the website accessed by clicking on the tab above. Also remember to enter the parent & child relay which once again is likely to be the "blue ribbon" event of the Championships, current favourites being James and Darren Woodward.

Irish Nationals & Open meet - Alfie Francis races to 5th in 100m Breaststroke Final

Well done to Alfie who swam a great 100m Breaststroke to qualify for the Irish National Final for 13 year old boys. In the final he stepped up his performance and finished in an excellent 5th place. Lauren and Kate Andrew also swam well at the event with the former setting a new club long course in the 100m backstroke. The event was held at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin and several of the Irish Olympic Team were competing at the event so it was a great experience for Alfie, Lauren & Kate.

David Shipman - Triple finalist at British Swimming Championships 2016

The Potters Bar SC Twitter account (@pottersbarswim) was in a frenzy over the last few weeks reporting on the heroic achievements of Potters Bar Swimmers competing at the British Summer Championships and ASA Nationals. The reports from Sheffield had PBSC members tuning in from world wide destinations to watch our swimmers in action via the British Swimming "livestreaming" service. Thanks to all members / parents that sent texts / messages of support as this no doubt helped raise our swimmers performances which are probably the best we have ever had at these National Championship events. Thanks to Louise H for managing the Twitter account and keeping us up to date. 

David Shipman (16 year age group) qualified in 3 events at the British Summer Championships 2016 held at the international pool in Sheffield, 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. He swam incredibly well and secured places in all three finals, managing to finish 7th, 8th & 5th respectively. He managed to achieve some stunning personal best times in all 3 events and in doing so he claimed 3 Potters Bar club records to add to his amazing achievements. Well done, David - great results!

James Woodward (16 years age group) qualified in 2 events at the British Summer Championships in the 400IM & 200IM. He narrowly missed out on reaching the final in 400IM, coming 11th but managed to swim a solid personal best in 200IM and reached the final, coming a credible 10th. Well done, James!

To qualify for any individual events at the British Summer Championships a swimmer needs to be in the top 24 in their age group in the U.K. David and James individual performances at the British Summer Championships have really raised the bar for Potters Bar Swimmers and shows that the Club has developed a strong swimming programme that supports our swimmers to compete at the highest levels of British Age Group Swimming. 

PBSC also qualified a 16 years and under 4 x 100m Free Relay team, consisting of David Shipman, James Blount, Adam Martin and James Woodward.  They all swam extremely well and achieved a 3.5s personal best time. They narrowly missed out on reaching the final by 0.2s but achieved a very respectable 12th position out of 30 teams. This team has achieved our highest ever placing at the British Summer Championships which is a fantastic achievement.  

ASA National Swimming Championships 2016 - James Woodward becomes Triple ASA National Champion!!

The ASA National Swimming Championships took place the following week in Sheffield and 4 Potters Bar swimmers qualified for this event, James Woodward, David Shipman, James Blount and Jessica Woodward. Again this demonstrates that PBSC swimmers are benefitting from a strong swimming programme and are qualifying to compete at these very high level National Championships.

James Woodward (16 years age group) had a very busy week competing in 7 events and he qualified in 5 finals. He was in "electric" form and swam exceptionally well and became a Triple ASA National Champion by winning 3 gold medals in 200m freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200m butterfly,  and achieved personal and club records in all three events. He also reached the finals in 100 free and 50 fly achieving solid personal bests. Well done, James- this is a fantastic achievement and it was great to see a PBSC Swimmer on top of the podium.

David Shipman (16 years age group) continued his fine performances from the previous week by securing a place in the 50m freestyle final and achieving a very well deserved Bronze medal and a huge personal best time. Well done, David - another fantastic achievement in winning a Bronze Medal at the ASA National Championships and great to see another PBSC swimmer on the podium.

James Blount (16 years age group) qualified for his first ever ASA Summer Nationals in the 50m freestyle and had an excellent swim to finish in 13th . Well done, James!

Jessica Woodward, Potters Bar’s youngest qualifier (12/13 years age group) swam a very good swim in her first ever ASA Nationals. She qualified in the 50m freestyle event narrowly missed reaching the final by 0.3s. Well done, Jessica!

Head Potters Bar Coach Wray Shewell- Cooper said ‘Last year was a dream with 3 swimmers qualifying. This year has now topped that! Having 5 swimmers qualify for Nationals this year and even more medals proves the club is going from strength to strength. The swimmers deserve their achievements as they all train incredibly hard and it proves that hard training really does pay off!”

Potters Bar SC are always keen to recruit new members and if your are interested in joining a club that is looking to develop swimmers to be the best they can then why not give us a call!

P1 Land Training at the Hatfield Performance Gym

We are looking to start a new block of land training sessions on Friday 9th September at the Hatfield Performance Gym, which will take place on Friday evenings between 6pm and 7pm. There is a limited number of places available for this programme so if you are a P1 swimmer and interested in securing a place then please register your interest with Chris by emailing secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk. The cost is likely to be in the region of £100 for 10 sessions, the final cost being notified once numbers are known. Closing date for applications being Sunday 28th August 2016. 

Training from end July to end August 2016

 
Would all Squad Swimmers please note that there will be no morning training sessions from Monday 25th July resuming Saturday 3rd September, that means Saturday 23rd July is our last morning session before the summer break.

Would all P1/P2 swimmers please be aware that, in order to accommodate the Coaching Rota, it has been necessary to transfer all training session at the Venue during the month of August to the Furzefield Centre instead. For the August Training Times please see the 'Training Times' page. Normal training will resume on Thursday 1st September. If you have any problems please speak with a member of the Coaching Team.


The Level 3 Open Meet planned for 10th and 11th September has been cancelled.


PBSC Swimmers Qualify for Nationals 2016 

Five of Potters Bar Swimming Clubs talented swimmers have qualified for the British Summer National Age Group Championships 2016 and the ASA National Age Group Championships 2016, both events to be held at Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield between July 26th and August 5th 2016. Both events are being "Live streamed" through the British Swimming website so you can tune in to watch our swimmers in action.

 

This is the prestigious, main event in the competitive swimming calendar and to qualify for this event is a testament to the swimmers hard work in training, the coaching received, and the development of the Club in general over the past few years. The qualifiers and their events are as follows -

 

British Summer National Age Group Championships 2016

David Shipman - 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Fly James Woodward - 200m Individual Medley and 400m Individual Medley

James Woodward, James Blount, Adam Martin and David Shipman - Boys 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

 

ASA National Age Group Championships 2016

James Woodward - 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 50m Fly, 100m Fly, 200m Fly and 50m Backstroke Jessica Woodared - 50m freestyle James Blount - 50m Freestyle David Shipman - 50m Freestyle

 

Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper said "I am thrilled that we have five swimmers who have qualified for the British & ASA Nationals this year. All have worked very hard and deserve every success. I am really looking forward to the Championships and I'm sure they will all do very well, although just qualifying for the event is a major achievement in itself. I wish all five the best of luck".

 

For those who may be interested in watching visit swimming.org<http://swimming.org  and go to livestream.

26th July - 31st July live streaming at Swimming.org<http://Swimming.org

 

1st August - 5th August live streaming at Swimming.org<http://Swimming.org

Herts ASA representation for Jess H & Jess W.

Good luck to Jessica Heesom & Jessicia Woodward who have been selected and are representing Hertfordshire ASA in the Inter-County competition being held at the UEA Pool in Norwich later today.  

Peanut's Final Round - Blue and Jade excel!

Well done to all PBSC Peanut swimmers that swam in the final round last night. The Blue team (Division 1) finished in 4th place in the gala and came 4th overall in the league which is our best result in many years. The Jade team (Division 3) came 6th in their gala at Borehamwood, which was hosted by PBSC. Thank you to all PBSC volunteers that assisted with the hosting of the Division 3 final and to the team managers that helped with the two teams.

Potters Bar SC Summer BBQ & Peanuts Presentation - Friday 15th July 2016

All PBSC Swimmers and families are invited to the annual, end of season summer BBQ which is on Friday 15th July 2016 at The Cricket Club, The Walk, Potters Bar from 7.30pm onwards. There will be a licensed bar and burgers and sausages can be purchased from the BBQ.
During the evening our Peanuts swimmers will be recognised with individual awards so please make every effort to come along and celebrate the achievements of the youngest swimmers in the club. Everyone is welcome so bring along your chairs, picnic rugs and have a fun night!
There will be no swimming at the FF from 8.15pm onwards that night. The "Learn to swim" and J1 and J2 sessions will operate as normal.

Potters Bar SC Open Meet - Licensed L3 - September 10th & 11th 2016

We are holding our "County Qualifier" open meet at The Venue, Borehamwood on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 and are looking forward to a great weekend of racing. The full details of this event can be found by "clicking" on the open meets tab above. This event is likely to be very popular as it is early in the new season and a great opportunity for swimmers to record County Qualifying times. Entries to this open meet are being accepted on a first come, first served basis so we advise submitting an entry quickly to avoid disappointment. To register your interest in this event please email pbscopenmeets@gmail.com
All PBSC swimmers should have received an email inviting them to enter this event and are advised to submit their entries as soon as possible.

Jade and Blue excel in Round 2 of the Peanuts League.

Last weekend saw fantastic performances by the Jade (Division 3) and Blue Teams (Division 1) in their respective galas with both teams finishing in 2nd place. These excellent results will see both teams go into their respective finals well placed so their will be a lot to swim for on the night. With this in mind all "Peanut" swimmers are encouraged to keep up the great work in training over the coming weeks and try and fit an extra session in so are well prepared for the final round.
Well done to all swimmers in the Jade and Blue Teams.   

ASA East Regional Championships, Luton - Report

Over this last weekend PBSC swimmers, Jessica Woodward, Alfie Francis, Jessica Heesom, Noah Cornwell, Tolu Elesin, Benji Refson, Kate Andrew & Joshua Foreman have competed at the ASA East Regional Championships held at the Inspire 50m pool at Luton. These swimming championships comprise the strongest swimmers from the six counties of Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and qualifying for this event is by attaining qualification times which are harder than many of the other ASA regions. There are several thousand swimmers within ASA East Region so you will see that PBSC swimmers have excelled in the pool and that qualifying for the event is a great achievement in itself. The PBSC swimmers performances can be summarised as follows: -

 • Jessica Woodward (13yrs) was our busiest and our most successful swimmer of the weekend. On day one of the Championships Jessica raced hard and qualified for the 50m Butterfly, 200m IM and 100m Freestyle finals and finished 6th, 7th and 6th respectively. Jessica had to dig deep as the finals were in quick succession but still managed to record very fast times in each final. On day two Jessica made the final of the 200m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle and decided to concentrate on the latter. In a very focused and determined race Jessica lifted her performance once again to win the bronze medal edging out her rivals with a text book finish. On the final day Jessica kept her good performances going and showed that she had the stamina and skills to win another bronze medal in the 400m IM, one of the toughest events in the swimming programme. Jessica also raced into the Final of the 100m Butterfly finishing in 8th place as well as recording great results in the 50m Backstroke (19th), 100m Breaststroke (19th) and 200m Freestyle (15th). Well done, Jessica!

 • Alfie Francis (13yrs) was in great form and qualified in seven events and produced his best performance on the final day in the 50m breaststroke in which he swam superbly in the heats to qualify for the final as the 2nd fastest qualifier. In the final Alfie stepped up his own performance once again recording a much faster time that saw him just miss out on the bronze medal by finishing fourth. By making the final Alfie achieved a “goal” that he had set himself for these Championships, so a big well done. Alfie’s swam well in the 100m Breaststroke (12th) , 50m Freestyle (17th), 400m IM (12th), 200m Breaststroke (11th), 200m IM (14th) and 100m Freestyle (26th) so had a very good Championships. Great swimming, Alfie!

 • Jessica Heesom (13yrs) had a busy weekend swimming in eight events and recorded some very fast times that saw her placed well in her age group. Jessica swam in the 50m Butterfly (9th), 200m IM (23rd), 100m Free (11th), 50m Free (11th), 400m IM (16th), 100m Butterfly (18th), 50m backstroke (24th) & 200m Freestyle (18th). Fantastic swimming, Jessica!

 • Noah Cornwell (12yrs) was another swimmer with a busy programme of events having qualified in 10 events. Noah swam in the qualified in 100m Breaststroke (27th), 400m Free (15th), 50m Free (20th), 400m IM (9th), 50m Fly (12th), 200m IM (15th), 100m Free (18th), 50m Backstroke (24th), 200m Free (19th) & 50m Breaststroke (27th). Well done, Noah!

 • Tolu Elesin (14yrs) qualified in the 100m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke and showed some great determination to finish in 15th, 17th, 25th & 16th respectively. Well done, Tolu!

 • Benji Refson (13yrs) qualified for his 1st ever Regional Championships and swam a very inspired 50m Breaststroke to finish in 17th place recording a PB. A great performance after a busy weekend for Benji! Well done, Benji!

 • Kate Andrew (14yrs) also qualified for the 200m backstroke, 200m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly and swam well to finish 37th, 18th & 25th respectively. Well done, Kate!

• Joshua Foreman (14yrs) qualified for the 100m and 200m backstroke events and put in a solid performance in both events to finish 28th & 20th. Well done, Joshua!

The swimmers results and medals sees PBSC finish in 22nd place from the 41 Clubs represented at these Championships, which is our best ever position and demonstrates that we are making good progress.

Head Coach Wray “It was another weekend of great performances by PBSC swimmers and I was delighted to see Jessica medal in 50m Free and 400m IM and see Alfie step up his performance in the 50m Breaststroke final. It’s been great to have a large squad on the pool deck and I am hoping the performances of the PBSC swimmers over the two weekends will inspire other swimmers in the Club. Well done to all PBSC swimmers on their performances at the ASA East Regional Championships”

 

East Region Swimming 2016 Long Course Championships, Norwich 30th April – 2nd May

A fantastic weekend was had by all the swimmers and their families in Norwich for the ASA East Regional Swimming Championships. The performance of the swimmers is as follows: -

David Shipman (16 years) - Double Gold medal winner and East Region Champion in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, Silver medal winner in the 50m Butterfly, an amazing swim that smashed the club record! David also made finals in almost every event he qualified in coming 5th in the 50m freestyle and 8th in the 100m freestyle.

James Woodward (16 years) - Gold medal winner and east Region Champion in the 200m Individual Medley, Silver medal winner in the 100m Butterfly and double bronze medal winner in the 400m Individual medley and 200m Butterfly. Like David, James also made the finals in almost every event he qualified in! His final places are as follows: - 4th in 50m backstroke, 4th in 100m freestyle, 6th in 200m freestyle, 5th in the 50m butterfly and 5th in the 50m Breaststroke.

James Blount, David Shipman, Adam Martin and James Woodward were bronze medal winners in the boys 14 - 16 years  4 x 100m freestyle relay, which was a very exciting race.

Katie Conyers (16 years) had great swims and qualified for the finals in all her three freestyle events. She came 7th in the 50m freestyle, 6th in the 100m freestyle and 4th in the 200m freestyle narrowly missing the bronze medal and taking four seconds off her heat time.

Adam Martin (16 years) qualified for 5 events, had some great swims, PB's and qualified for two finals coming 5th in the 100m freestyle and 7th in the 50m freestyle.

Georgina Tallon (16 years) qualified for four events and had some great swims. She made the final in the 50m butterfly where she came 7th.

James Blount (16 years) qualified for 6 events and had very solid swims and good PB's.

Thomas Stanbury (15 years) had the three backstroke events and gained a great PB in the 100m backstroke.

Adam Colyer (17 years and over) qualified for the 50m breaststroke. Alicia Slater (15 years) qualified for the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly and Chloe Jacobs (17 years and over) qualified for the 50m backstroke. All had very solid swims, well done!

These great performances have placed Potters Bar SC 12th on the medal table making our club one of the most successful clubs in the region.

Head Coach Wray said "It is a major achievement to have qualified and be competing at the ASA East Region Championships along with the top swimmers within their age groups. David is now a double regional gold medallist and James is a gold regional medallist and his 100m fly is one of the best swims I have seen! I was delighted with the whole PBSC Squad who at these Championships stepped up their performances making finals and recordings PB's making this our most successful regional Championships. Very well done to all the swimmers, I am very proud of them all"

The swimmers and their families would like to thank Wray for his support and encouragement over the weekend. Thanks also to Anita Shipman and Mel Woodward for this report.

Twenty One Qualifiers for ASA East Regional Championships 2016

So far the Club has twenty one qualifiers for the ASA East Regional Championships and we are hoping we can add to this roster as we are competing at the Newmarket SC "last chance" regional qualifying meet this weekend. The full list of qualifiers can be seen on the 2015/2016 qualifiers page by "clicking" on the tab above. The forthcoming regional championships also act as the qualifying event for relay team events to compete at the British Summer Nationals in Sheffield and PBSC has entered boys and girls relay teams, which is a development for the Club. 

Fantastic finishes by Jade and Blue Teams in the Herts Major League 2016

The official results from the Herts Major league 2016 confirm that the PBSC Jade Team have successfully retained their Division 2 status after being promoted from Division 3 the previous year. This is an excellent achievement by the swimmers that represented the team in each of the three rounds. The PBSC Blue team also recorded their best ever placing in Division 1 which saw us finish in 4th place in the league moving up two places on previous years. These results once again show that the club is developing a broad base of strong swimmers that can compete well against the very strongest teams in Hertfordshire. The PBSC Coaching Team would like to say a big "well done" to all PBSC swimmers.

National Arena Swimming League 2016/2017

We are delighted to advise that PBSC will be entering an additional team for the National Arena Swimming League 2016/2017 competition. This additional team will enter Division 2 of the London League and will mean that another 30 plus PBSC swimmers will have the opportunity to compete in this very exciting competition. The dates for this competition are on the club diary page, so please keep them free so that you are available to represent the club if you are selected.

British Swimming Championships / Olympic Trials "Live streaming"

PBSC swimmers will be interested to know that there is "live streaming" of the British Championships which are also doubling up as the Olympic Trials through the British Swimming website. The event starts on Tuesday 12th April and conclude on Sunday 17th April so why not tune in to watch the very best swimmers competing for a spot on the GB Team for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Please see the British Swimming website for full details.

PBSC Treasurer Required

Catrina Church, PBSC Club Treasurer and long standing club member will be standing down from this role in November 2016. As part of succession planning we are seeking to recruit a new treasurer from within the PBSC membership so that we have this important role covered. If you are interested in volunteering for this role and would like more information then please speak to or contact Catrina via treasurer@pottersbarsc.co.uk  

Potters Bar SC Spring Open Meet

It was fantastic to see all the PBSC volunteers / committee members /officials & coaching team pull together with officials from visiting clubs to run a very successful licensed Level 3 swimming meet at The Venue, Borehamwood. This is the first time that PBSC has run a two day meet covering most events in the swimming programme. Over the weekend we had over 250 swimmers competing from 19 clubs from across the South East of England. Many swimmers recorded PB's and attained Regional Qualifying Swimmers.
A big "Thank you" to all Officials & Volunteers that helped make this event run so well! And "Thank you" to all visiting clubs for supporting our event.
Session results are on the PBSC Open Meets Page.  Potters Bar team's performance report is here.

South Herts Trophy 2016

Well done to all swimmers that participated last night in an exciting gala that saw a strong Watford SC (106pts) team win the South Herts Trophy 2016 ahead of Potters Bar SC Blue (146pts), Hoddesdon SC (190pts), Cheshunt SC (192pts), Hertsmere Flyers (208pts) and Potters Bar SC Jade (234pts). It was great to see the clubs youngsters competing many for the 1st time. The gala has given some invaluable competitive swimming experience in readiness for the forthcoming Tape Trophy 2016 and Hertfordshire Swimming "Peanuts" League competition 2016. A big "thank you" to all visiting clubs, swimmers and in particular to all officials and volunteers that helped run last night's event.
PBSC Jade Team Coach Bronwen Hardy " A fantastic performance by the Jade Team, well done to all PBSC swimmers on a great night of racing"
PBSC Blue Team Coach Darren Woodward "I am delighted with the effort, team spirit and it was great to see some fast swimming from all of the PBSC Swimmers"

PBSC Spring Open Meet 2016 - Licensed Level 3 - Volunteers sought

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the running of the PBSC Spring Open Meet which is being held over four sessions on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016 at The Venue, Borehamwood. If you are able to assist over the weekend then please email secretary@pottersbarsc.coco.uk . Many of the roles require no experience. Thanks in anticipation.

PBSC Spring Open Meet 2016 - Licensed Level 3 - Accepted entries

Here are the accepted entries for the PBSC Spring Open Meet 2016 that is being held at The Venue, Borehamwood on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th 2016 We have also published the accepted entries on the Open Meets page. The Venue is an 8 Lane x 25m pool with full AOE Electronic Timing display. We have received entries from 19 Clubs from across the South East of England. It will be a busy weekend of swimming and PBSC look forward to hosting all visiting clubs. On the weekend we will be operating a "sign in" system.lease keep an eye on our website as we will posting further information as we get closer to the meet.

PBSC Land Training Programme 2016

We are looking to re-start the land training programme for swimmers in P1 and P2 with the first session on Friday 26th February 2016. This block will run for 10 weeks at a cost of £30. There will be a maximum of 20 places offered on a "first come, first served basis" so if you are interested in securing a place please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

Weekend 3 of the Hertfordshire County Championships

More Gold medals for Potters Bar and some exciting relays to complete the Championships

Alfie Francis secured another Gold medal in 400IM

Jessica Woodward also secured another Gold also in the 400IM

The following swimmers also swam exceptionally well in timed heats to secure more medals for PBSC.

Jessica Woodward – Silver – 400m freestyle

Ben Harrison – Silver – 400m IM & 400m freestyle, Bronze 1500m freestyle

James Woodward – Bronze 400m freestyle & Silver 1500m freestyle

Congratulations to the following county qualifiers for solid swims and personal best times during the final weekend of the championships.

Kate Andrew , Jack Savage, Joshua Heesom & Charlie Stanbury

Congratulations to all our relay swimmers who competed at the Championships. Katie Johnson, Leah Block, Yasmin Wheeler, Amy Webb, Eliza Connery, Jessica Heesom, Justine Sansom, Jessica Woodward, Kate Andrew, Katie Harrison, Amy Mason, Leah Refson, Harriet Newman, Maya Spence, Rachel Connery, Sam Over, Phoebe Love, Katie Conyers, Lauren Andrew, Georgina Tallon, Will Farndale, William Poynton, Oscar Eagle. Edward Lee, Billy Barber, Benji Refson, Jack Savage, Alfie Francis, Nathan Martell, Lucas Farndale, Thomas Harris, Thomas Stanbury, James Blount, David Shipman, James Woodward, Daryl Mason, Ben Harrison, Matthew Honeyman, Ruari Burns.

There were some very exciting races and medals for the following teams:-

Silver - Boys 10 & over 200 medley relay team, James Woodward, David Shipman, Ben Harrison & Daryl Mason

Bronze – Girls 10 & over 200 free relay team, Katie Conyers, Rachel Connery, Georgina Tallon & Phoebe Love

Thank you once again to Wray and Chris for all their support on poolside during the championships. Thank you to all the parents & family members who have supported our swimmers tirelessly on the balcony and given up their time. Well done to all the swimmers for giving us plenty of action and excitement during the championships. Keep up the hard work!!!!

Weekend 2 of Hertfordshire County Championships 2016

Alfie Francis strikes again and even more medals for PBSC!

Alfie Francis was on top form again during the second weekend of the Championships claiming a further 2 Gold medals in the U13’s 50m breaststroke event & 100m IM event. 

Joshua Heesom also swam with determination to claim victory in 10/11 yrs 50m freestyle event.

Jessica Woodward secured Gold in the gruelling U13 200m butterfly event.

The following swimmers also swam exceptionally well in finals and timed heats to secure more medals for PBSC.

David Shipman – Silver - 16 & over 50m Breaststroke

Jessica Woodward – Silver – 200m freestyle, Silver 50m freestyle & 100m IM

Jessica Heesom – Bronze – 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle 

Joshua Heesom – Silver – 50m butterfly

Alfie Francis – Bronze – 200m Breaststroke & Silver - 50m freestyle

James Woodward – Bronze – 50m backstroke, 100m IM & 200m butterfly

Alex Mason – Bronze – 50m freestyle 

Congratulations to the following swimmers who reached finals in their age groups:-

Benji Refson – 50m Breastsroke

Jess Woodward – 50m butterfly, 50 breaststroke

Jess Heesom – 50m butterfly

Josh Heesom - 50m butterfly, 100m IM

Charlie Stanbury – 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke

Katie Conyers – 50m freestyle

Phoebe Love – 50m freestyle

David Shipman – 50m butterfly, 100m IM

Georgina Tallon – 50m butterfly, 100m IM

James Woodward – 50m butterfly

Congratulations to the following county qualifiers for solid swims and personal best times during this 2nd weekend of the championships.

Thomas Hooper, Jack Savage, Kate Andrew, Lauren Andrew, Rachel Connery, Maya Spence, Thomas Stanbury & James Blount

Thank you once again to Wray and Chris for all their support on poolside during the championships. Thank you to all the parents & family members who have supported our swimmers tirelessly on the balcony and given up their time.

Good luck to all those swimming in the final weekend and for all those swimming in the final events of the championships, the relay events. This should be an exciting end to a successful championships for PBSC! 

Swim fast and enjoy yourselves!

Fees due 1st February

The club fees are now due for the four months from 1st February.  The revised amounts are on the Membership and fees page.

PBSC claims its first Gold of the Hertfordshire County Championships 2016

Weekend 1

Fantastic achievement for Alfie Francis as he claims victory in U13's 100m breaststroke final

Well done to all the finalists in this first weekend. It was fantastic to see so many of our swimmers making the finals. They were as follows:-

Jessica Woodward, Jessica Heesom, Kate Andrew, Georgina Tallon, Katie Conyers,Charlie Stanbury, Josh Heesom, Alfie Francis, Ben Harrison, David Shipman, James Woodward

Medal Winners 

Jessica Woodward achieves bronze in U13 100m fly final and silver in U13 100m freestyle final

Jess Heesom achieves bronze in the U13 100m freestyle final

Kate Andrew achieves bronze in U14 100m fly final

Charlie Stanbury achieves Bronze in 10/11 year age group in 100m backstroke 

Joshua Heesom achieves a silver medal in 10/11 age group in 100m fly final

Ben Harrison achieves silver in 16 & over 200m IM, silver in 16 & over 100m breaststroke final and bronze in the championship final.

Alfie Francis achieves silver in U13 boys 100m freestyle

There were also solid swims and personal best times achieved by the following swimmers:

Harriet Newman, Katie Harrison, Phoebe Love, Lauren Andrew, Maya Spence, Rachel Connery, Jack Savage, Thomas Stanbury & James Blount.

Thank you to the coaching team and all the parents for their support during the first weekend. We look forward to more fast swimming this weekend and hopefully lots more PB's, finals and medals being achieved.

Photos from Presentation Evening 2015

Here is a link to the photographs from the Presentation Evening in November 2015.

Happy New Year 
2016 is starting off extremely busy with the first round of the Herts Major Leagues. We have 2 team competing on Saturday 9th January. The Blue team is competing in Division 1 at Hemel Hempstead against a strong line up of the following teams - Hemel Hempstead A & B, Hoddesdon, Harpenden A & Costa B. The Jade team is competing in Division 2 at Stevenage against Royston, Ware, Tring, Welwyn & Verulam. We wish all our swimmers the very best of luck in this first team event of the new year! 

Hertfordshire ASA County Championships Entries

We are preparing to make our club entry into the Hertfordshire ASA County Championships 2016. Emails have now gone out inviting eligible swimmers to enter. If you think you have an entry qualifying time and you have NOT received an email invitation please email our gala secretary, Tina Stanbury, on pbscgalasec@gmail.com to receive your invitation.

 

Further, if you achieve your first qualifying time in any of our time trials scheduled in the next few weeks, you should also email Tina on pbscgalasec@gmail.com straight away. Our club closing date for entries is Sunday 13th December 2015. No late entries will be accepted.

 

"50m Sprints" - Sunday 13th December 2015
We are holding our 50m Sprints event at the FF and this is open to all swimmers in P1, P2, J1 and J2 as well as our masters section. All members should have received an email inviting them to participate and entries need to be submitted by midnight on Tuesday 8th December 2015. In order to ensure the smooth running of the event no late entries will be accepted so in order to avoid disappointment please make sure you submit your entries in good time. The event is a licensed Level 4 meet and the times will be submitted for inclusion in the ASA's rankings database. The PBSC Coaching Team encourage all squad swimmers to participate.
 
800m / 1500m Time Trials
We will be holding these time trials on Sunday 6th December 2015 at the FF starting at 6.15pm. The time trials are open to swimmers in Squads P1 and P2 in the first instance. If you are interested in participating then please advise Wray & Bronwen.
Please note that there is no training for Masters, J1 and J2 on this evening to accommodate these time trials which give our swimmers the opportunity to qualify for the Hertfordshire County Championships in January 2016. 
Daryl breaks British Masters Record

PBSC Masters swimmer Daryl Mason competed at the South Yorkshire Masters at Ponds Forge Sheffield where he set a new British Masters Record for the 45 year plus age group in recording a time of 26.36 seconds. The previous British record mark was 26.40 seconds. Daryl also won Gold in the 50m freestyle Daryl in a time of 24.68 seconds. Well done, Daryl.

400m Free & 400 IM Time Trials CHANGE OF DATES AND VENUES

Changes due to Queenswood pool closure because of gas leak.  We are holding time trials on Tuesday 1st December at 6pm (400m IM) at Queenswood and Friday 4th December at 8.15 (400m Free) at Furzefield to provide an opportunity for our swimmers to record Herts ASA County Qualifying times. These time trials are in the first instance open to swimmers in Squads P1 & P2. If you are a P1 or P2 swimmer and would like to participate in the trials then please register your interest by emailing pbsccoaches@gmail.com by midnight on Thursday 19th November 2015. There is limited time available for these time trials so in the event they are oversubscribed then the PBSC Coaching team will use their discretion. Swimmers in the Junior squads can also register to participate and again it will be down to the discretion of the PBSC Coaching team.

The regular starts and turns sessions planned for squads and masters on Friday 4th December is cancelled.

PBSC Annual Presentation Evening - Saturday 21st November 2015

Just a quick reminder it is our annual presentation evening this Saturday, which is the social event of the year and is being held at Mount Grace School starting at 7pm. Tickets are on sale on the balcony at the FF and cost £3 - please see Anita Shipman and Brenda Heesom. There will be a licensed bar, BBQ and a Disco courtesy of Adi Heesom. There will also be a raffle that has some fantastic prices including a Go Pro Hero Camera, Thorntons Chocolate Hamper worth over £65, a Therapeutic voucher, smellies and much more.

All PBSC members are encouraged to attend as it is a fantastic night to celebrate the successes of all of our swimmers over the last 12 months. We look forward to seeing you all there.

National Arena Swimming League - Round 2

Good luck to PBSC swimmers representing the club this evening at the 2nd round gala being held at the Inspire Pool at Luton. We are currently second in the league and a good performance this evening should see us make the promotion final. That said we are expecting it to be a tougher gala so we will need to put in a big team performance and avoid any unnecessary DQ's.

AGM Agenda - Thursday 12th November 2015

Here is the agenda for our AGM which will be held at the Furzefield and starts at 8.30pm. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

PBSC Presentation evening & Disco - Saturday 21st November 2015 

The Annual Awards and Presentation Evening this year is on Saturday 21st November 2015 at Mount Grace School. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will start at 7.30pm. This is the social event of the year and not to be missed! As a Club we like to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers so on the night there will be presentations to ALL swimmers who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers "Swimmer", the Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and the Junior and Open Championship awards.

There will be a licensed bar, BBQ and Adi Heesom will be doing the disco! Tickets for this event will be on sale at the information desk on the balcony each Friday evening and also from Anita Shipman or Brenda Heesom on other evenings priced at £3 each for all attending. Please purchase your tickets in advance as this will assist with the catering arrangements. The evening operates as a fund raiser and there will be a raffle, so any donations for this (wine, chocolates, meal vouchers etc) will be gratefully received!

Also, if you are able to help on the night please let Anita Shipman or another committee member know as the evening will run smoother will more helpers! The club has had another great year and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress the swimmers and club have made so please make every effort to come along to this great social event! We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable and fun night for our swimmers and their families! PBSC AGM - Thursday 12th November 2015.

PBSC AGM- Thursday 12th November 2015

Just a quick reminder that the PBSC AGM is on Thursday at the FF and will start at 8.30pm. The AGM is open to all members to attend and is a great opportunity to hear about the workings of the club and to ask questions of the executive committee and Head Coach.

Irish National Age Group Champs & Summer Open meet

Once again PBSC will be attending the Irish National Age Group Championships and summer open meet to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin between July 20th and 24th 2016. The qualifying times for this event have just been released. This event is the premier event in Irish Age Group swimming. If you interested in attending this event please speak to Coach Chris as we need to obtain necessary permissions from the ASA to swim abroad.

Daryl and John in the medals at the European Masters Games

At the start of October two of our masters swimmers, Jonathan Refson and Daryl Mason, travelled to Nice for the European Masters Games, a competition running every four years, involving 26 sports and 10,000 competitors, making it one of the biggest sports participation events in the world. It was an incredible performance from our two competitors. Jonathan excelled at the longer distance event, winning a European Masters Bronze medal in the 200metre Breaststroke with a new personal best time. He also went close to personal bests on 50 and 100 metre freestyle and 50 and 100 metre Breaststroke.

 Daryl won European Masters gold on all three days on the competition, winning the 50 metre sprint event across three strokes- freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke, with times just slightly outside his masters British record times set earlier in the year. Daryl also won gold in 100 metre breaststroke and took bronze in 100metre freestyle. The photo (to follow!) shows Jonathan in between the slightly taller duo of Daryl and a leading competitor from Ukraine The Masters squad look forward to the European Masters Swimming Championships in 2016, a separate competition to the European Masters Games and then the World Masters Swimming Championships at Budapest in 2017!!

PBSC Swimmers make ESSA National Secondary Schools Relay Finals

Thomas Stanbury, Ben Harrison, James Blount, Lauren Andrew, Katie Conyers, Phoebe Love and Rachel Connery have qualified to swim in the English Schools Swimming Association's National Secondary Schools relay finals that are being held at the Olympic pool in Stratford on Saturday 21st November 2015. The boys are pupils at Chancellors School and the girls attend Dame Alice Owens school. Well done to all swimmers as this is a fantastic achievement.

On the finals day they will be competing against some very strong teams from swimming schools such as Millfield, Bournemouth Collegiate, Plymouth College and Kelly College so it will be a great experience for them. PBSC wishes them the best of luck and hope they swim fast on the day as they all have a good opportunity to make the finals on the day.

New Training Programme and Venue - effective from Tuesday 3rd November 2015

All members should have received an email advising that we have secured additional pool time at The Venue, Borehamwood for our swimmers in P1, P2 & Club squads which will also see us working closely with Hertsmere Flyers SC. This an important & exciting development for the club. The new training time-table will be effective from Tuesday 3rd November 2015 and has the full support of the PBSC Coaching Team and Club Committee.  We hope that all members embrace this new training schedule and we look forward to seeing our swimmers down at The Venue from November 3rd onwards.

PBSC Presentation evening & Disco - Saturday 21st November 2015 

The Annual Awards and Presentation Evening this year is on Saturday 21st November 2015 at Mount Grace School. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will start at 7.30pm. This is the social event of the year and not to be missed!

As a Club we like to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers so on the night there will be presentations to ALL swimmers who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers "Swimmer", the Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and the Junior and Open Championship awards.

There will be a licensed bar, BBQ and Adi Heesom will be doing the disco! Tickets for this event will be on sale at the information desk on the balcony each Friday evening and also from Anita Shipman or Brenda Heesom on other evenings priced at £3 each for all attending.

Please purchase your tickets in advance as this will assist with the catering arrangements. The evening operates as a fund raiser and there will be a raffle, so any donations for this (wine, chocolates, meal vouchers etc) will be gratefully received!

Also, if you are able to help on the night please let Anita Shipman or another committee member know as the evening will run smoother will more helpers! The club has had another great year and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress the swimmers and club have made so please make every effort to come along to this great social event! We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable and fun night for our swimmers and their families!

PBSC Team race hard and finish 2nd in 1st round of National Arena Swimming League - London Division 1

PBSC swimmers put in a fantastic team performance to finish in 2nd place in the 1st round gala held at Braintree. There were 11 first places, 6 2nd places and 9 third place finishes. On top of that lots of swimmers recorded PB's and club records have been broken too. Well done to all swimmers!

PBSC performance report

12 PBSC Swimmers enter ASA East Winter Regional SC Championships

We have just submitted our largest entry for the ASA East Winter Regional short course Championships, which are being held at the Inspire pool, Luton between November 4th and 6th 2016. This is by far the largest number of qualifiers the Club has ever had which is another good indicator that the club is making good progress. Well done to all qualifiers!

Club Fees due

The club training and ASA membership fees are now due and all members should be receiving an email of the amounts owed. Payments can be made at the club desk on a Friday evening or handed to Mel Woodward, PBSC membership secretary who is at the Furzefield most evenings.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place at the Furzefield on Thursday 12th November 2015, starting at 8.30pm. This meeting is open to all members to attend and it is a good opportunity to hear reports from our Chair, Treasurer and Head Coach who will also be able answer questions members may have. We also elect the new committee to take the club forward and as always we are looking for prospective committee members to assist with the running and administration of the club, so if you are interested why not fill out a nomination form.

Club Championships 2015

Well done to all swimmers, officials and volunteers for a great club championships over the last fortnight. The results show some fantastic performances by the swimmers and many club records have been broken so it is evident that we are continuing to raise the bar at PBSC. Well done to Wray and Jack who successfully defended their parent & child relay title.

Last night saw the presentation of the new "swimmer of the month" awards for each squad. Well done to Luke Martell (J2), Charlie Stanbury (J1), Maya Spence (P2), Lauren Andrew (P1) & James Woodward (P1) on being the recipients of these awards.

Here are the results for session 1, session 2session 3 & session 4

Photographs - Session 1 & Session 3 

PBSC Spring Open Meet "Regional Qualifier" - Licensed Level 3

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a Licensed level 3 open meet on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016 at The Venue, Borehamwood. This meet is likely to be in high demand as it is in a key period in the swimming calendar when many swimmers will be aspiring to achieve regional qualifying times. Please click on the "PBSC Open Meets" tab above for all the information that you require. We are accepting entries on a "first come, first served basis" so we advise you to submit your entries in good time to avoid disappointment. PBSC looks forward to hosting all visiting clubs and to providing an excellent weekend of racing.

PBSC Club Champs - Medley Skins event - Session 2

 Subject to having sufficient time available we will be running a Medley Skins event for Boys and Girls. Entry for this event will be offered to the first six placed male and female swimmers in the open 100m Individual Medley event that takes place in session 1. We will also select two reserves for the event.

Hoddesdon Open Meet 2015

Well done to all PBSC swimmers that attended the Hoddesdon SC open meet on Saturday 19th September. It was great to have the largest team on the poolside and to see lots of our younger swimmers participating. They all swam well and put in some great performances that led to best times being recorded and medals won. Here is a performance report for the event.

Four PBSC Swimmers on the England Talent Beacon programme

After their successes at the British Summer and ASA Nationals, PBSC swimmers Ben Harrison, David Shipman, James Woodward & Morgan Newman have been selected to participate in the England Talent ASA Beacon programme. They have been placed on the programme that operates at the London Aquatics centre. The Beacon programme provides additional training, coaching, sports science services and educational programmes. It hopes to develop swimmers on the programme into the future elite athletes in our sport. The London Beacon programme is headed by GB Coach Lisa Bates who is also the coach to World Championship Finalist Aimee Willmot. Morgan will be training at Plymouth under the guidance of GB Coach John Rudd who coached Ruta Metuilltyte to Olympic Gold at London 2012 when she was just 15 years old. 

The placing of four PBSC swimmers on this programme is a great achievement, not only for them but also for the PBSC Coaching team . It demonstrates that PSBC has made significant progress over the last few years and that we have the ability to develop swimmers who have the potential to go far in the sport. The journey from the paddling pool to the Olympic podium is a long one and this is another step up the ladder! Well done to Ben, David, James and Morgan.

Club Championships and New swimmer of the month awards

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for our club championships is fast approaching so please make sure that you have submitted your entries including those for the parent and child relay.

At the Club Championships we will also be awarding individual swimmer of the month trophies for J2, J1, P2 & P1 Squads as the PBSC Coaches want to recognise the great efforts of many of our swimmers in each of these squads. With the Championships a few weeks away and with the Hoddesdon open meet coming up there is plenty of time for the swimmers to make a big impression on the PBSC Coaching team.

PBSC Land Training programme

We are looking to re-start the land training sessions on a Friday evening and these will be open to all swimmers in P1 and P2 Squads. There is a limited number of places so if you are interested please speak to Coach Chris to register your interest. It is anticipated the 1st session will be on Friday 11th September 2015. The cost will be £30 for a block of 10 sessions. Email your interest to secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

Swimmers of the month - August

Well done to David Shipman, Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman and James Woodward who were awarded the swimmer of the month trophy after their medal winning performance in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay at the ASA National Championships.

Morning Training Programme - starts Tuesday 2nd September 2015

Now that the summer vacation is coming to an end we will be re-starting all of our morning training sessions starting tomorrow. All swimmers in J2, J1, P1, P2, Club and Masters are invited to attend these sessions. It is evident from the last six months or so that the swimmers in the club that have committed to regular morning training sessions are those that have progressed significantly in terms of technique & performance. Morning sessions are additional sessions and should compliment and not replace alternative evening sessions. If you are serious about making significant progress in competitive swimming then we look forward to seeing you at these early morning sessions. The following quote comes to mind "The swimmer that says they can't do it will be passed by the swimmer that is already doing it"

PBSC Club Champs 2015

Just a quick reminder to all PBSC swimmers that we are fast approaching the closing date for the Club Championships so please make sure you have submitted your entries. The Club Championships are a fun event and all swimmers in J1, J2, P2 and P1 are expected to participate. The event is a great for our younger swimmers to experience competitive swimming within the club environment and a good opportunity for all swimmers to try and obtain County Qualifying times for the Hertfordshire County Championships 2016. Click on the "Club Champs" tab for full details. Don't forget your entries for the parent / child relay too !

Bank Holiday

Training is cancelled on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.

National title for Ben and Bronze for PBSC Relay Team at ASA Summer Nationals

The PBSC swimming season closed on a high with Ben Harrison winning the ASA National title in the 200m Breaststroke (15 years) and the Boys 4 x 100m Medley relay of Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, James Woodward and David Shipman on the podium in third place to secure a bronze medal. Click here to read the full report. This has been our most successful year at the National Championships - Well done!  

Success at British Summer Nationals for PBSC Swimmers.

Well done to David Shipman, Ben Harrison, James Woodward & Morgan Newman after a very successful week of swimming at the National Championships in Sheffield - Click here to see a report about their excellent performances that saw David, Morgan and Ben make National finals and saw Ben achieve a bronze medal in the 200m IM.

PBSC Club Championships 2015

We are now taking entries for our Club Championships and all members should have received an email inviting them to compete. The full details of these championships are on the "Club Champs" page of this website that can be access by clicking on the above tab. Entry is free and the event will be licensed at Level 4 so that times recorded by swimmers will be entered into the ASA Rankings database and eligible as County Qualifying times.

There is an expectation that all PBSC squad swimmers participate in the club championships and they are a great event for young/novice swimmers to gain valuable competitive swimming experience within the club environment. The biggest event in the Championships is the parent/child relay and we would really like to make this years event the biggest entry ever so please give this a go as it's really fun! Last year's winner was Wray, Head Coach and his son Jack who will no doubt be looking to defend the title! We have the annual presentation evening on Saturday 21st November 2015 where we present the medals and awards for this event and all participating swimmers are recognised.

Any questions please speak to the PBSC Coaching Team. 

Four PBSC swimmers to compete at the British Summer Nationals

This week we have David Shipman, James Woodward, Morgan Newman and Ben Harrison travelling to Sheffield to compete in the pinnacle event in British Age Group swimming - click here for report. Good Luck, have a great time and swim fast! The boys will also be competing the following week in the ASA England Home Nations Championship in individual events and the 4 x 100m Medley Relay. This event is also being held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Eugene passes J2S Judges assessment

Well done to Eugene Gormley who passed his J2S Judges assessment which means that he can now perform the role of starter at gala's and act as referee for Level 4 Licensed events. Eugene is a long standing member of the club and swims in the masters section. He has also been a club volunteer for many years and has officiated at many events in that time.

We are looking to recruit more members to undertake officials training and if you are interested please speak to Dani Harrison, PBSC Officials co-ordinator.

Morning Training Sessions

There are no morning training sessions from Monday 27th July until they re-start on Tuesday 2nd September 2015. That means that the morning session on Saturday 25th is our last one before the summer break so lets have a good turn out.

Phoebe L competing at the Welsh ASA National Championships

Good Luck to Phoebe  Love (P1) who has qualified to swim in her home nations national championships that are being held at the Welsh National pool in Swansea between July 23rd and 29th. Phoebe has qualified by virtue of being placed in the top 16 in the Welsh rankings during the qualifying window. The results for this event will be posted on the Swim Wales website.

Hertfordshire County Championships 2016 Qualifying Times - click here.

Championship 2016 schedule                      Explanation Note re setting of Qualifying times

Eight PBSC swimmers off to Dublin for the Irish Nationals

Good Luck to Harriet Newman, Katie Conyers, Georgina Tallon, Katie Harrison, Kate Andrew, Lauren Andrew, Thomas Stanbury and James Blount who are travelling to Dublin this week to compete in the Irish National Age Group Championships - Report and pictures here  

PBSC Masters break European and British Records at GB Masters !!

Our masters swimmers were in record breaking and medal winning form at the recent GB Masters Championships held in Manchester - Full report here and performance report here.

ASA East Winter SC Qualifying times 2015 - Click here

Peanuts League - 3rd Round Results

Fantastic performances by our peanut swimmers in the final round saw the Jade team finish second in their gala and third overall in Division 3. The Blue team also finished third in their gala and came 8th overall in the league securing our position in Division 1 for next year.

Jade Team Performance report                            Blue Team performance report

Well done to all peanuts swimmers and don't forget to come along on Friday 10th July to the presentation evening at the summer BBQ to receive your awards. The BBQ is being held at Potters Bar Cricket club in The Walk.

Peanuts League 2015 - Final Round

Good Luck to the Jade and Blue Teams Peanut swimmers competing this weekend and don't forget to attend the PBSC Summer BBQ where all Peanuts swimmers will receive a presentation for their endeavours.

PBSC Summer BBQ & Peanuts Presentation - Friday 10th July 2015

Everyone is welcome to the annual PBSC Summer BBQ which is on Friday 10th July 2015 at The Cricket Club, The Walk, Potters Bar, from 7.30pm onwards. There will be a licensed bar and burgers and sausages can be purchased from the BBQ. The Peanuts swimmers will be recognised with individual awards during the evening, so please make every effort to come along to celebrate their achievements. Everyone is welcome so bring your picnic rug and come and enjoy the fun.

There will be no swimming from 8.15pm onwards that night at the FF. The Learn to swim and J1 & J2 sessions will operate as normal.

PBSC Camping weekend

Please click here for a report on the PBSC Camping weekend which was a great success. Thanks to Anita and Steve Shipman for organising another fun weekend.

Peanuts League Results - Great performances by Jade and Blue

The Jade (Division 3) and Blue (Division 1) teams finished third and fourth respectively in their 2nd round gala, with some great individual performances by our swimmers. 

Jade Team Performance report                                Blue Team Performance report

PBSC Jade Team Coach Bronwen Hardy "I am absolutely thrilled that the Jade team placed 3rd, the swimmers all swam terrifically well"

PBSC Blue Team Coach Darren Woodward "It was a great team performance by all the swimmers in the Blue team and I delighted that we came 4th on the night"

We will be celebrating the success of all our Peanut swimmers at the Summer BBQ on Friday 10th July so make sure all Peanut swimmers come along to receive their award.

British National Age Group Qualifiers 2015

We are delighted to advise that Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, David Shipman and James Woodward have qualified for the British National Age Group Championships that are being held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield between July 28th and August 2nd.  This is one of the premier swimming events in age group swimming throughout the World. Qualification has been by virtue of the fact that they have achieved a top 24 ranking in the ASA rankings database during the recent qualification period. Please see the qualifiers page by clicking on the tab above for the full list of events they have qualified in.

The qualification of four swimmers for the British National Age Group Championships is another fantastic achievement for the swimmers, coaching team and club. This is the most swimmers we have ever qualified for the British National Age Group Championships so represents the good progress the club has made in recent years. Well done to Ben, Morgan, David and James!

Potters Bar Summer BBQ and Peanut's Presentation - Friday 10th July

Everyone is welcome to the annual PBSC Summer BBQ which is on Friday 10th July 2015 at The Cricket Club, The Walk, Potters Bar, from 7.30pm onwards. There will be a licensed bar and burgers and sausages can be purchased from the BBQ. The Peanuts swimmers will be recognised with individual awards during the evening, so please make every effort to come along to celebrate their achievements. Everyone is welcome so bring your picnic rug and come and enjoy the fun.

There will be no swimming from 8.15pm onwards that night at the FF. The Learn to swim and J1 & J2 sessions will operate as normal.

Swimmer of the Month - Jessica Heesom

Well done to Jessica who was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy by Head Coach Wray after great performances at the Regional Championships and in the 1st round of the Peanuts League.

Representative Honours for PBSC swimmers

Katie Conyers, Ben Harrison and Morgan Newman have been selected to represent the ESSA Schools East Region in the National Schools Inter-Region event that is being held in Sunderland on the weekend of the 27th and 28th June 2015. This is a premier event in the schools calendar and will feature the future stars of British swimming. 

Jessica Heesom  Ben Harrison and James Blount have been selected to represent Hertfordshire ASA in the ASA East Region – Inter County Gala @ Borehamwood on Sunday 5th July 2015. This is another fantastic achievement and our swimmers will be competing against the very best in from the other five counties in East Region.

This is great news for the swimmers, coaching team and Club. Good Luck to Jessica, Katie, Ben, James and Morgan.

ASA Regional Championships - Great success by PBSC swimmers!

PBSC swimmers excelled at the Regional Championships held at Norwich over the Bank holiday weekend so please click on this link to read about their great performances.

ASA East Regional Championships - Weekend 2

This weekend some of our younger swimmers will be making the journey to the 50m pool at the University of East Anglia in Norwich to compete in the ASA East Regional Championships. PBSC will be well represented by Jessica Heesom, Jessica Woodward, Katie Harrison, Kate Andrew, Samuel Balchin and Alfie Francis at the 3 day event. Qualifying for the regional championships is a great achievement in itself and we are delighted that PBSC has had so many swimmers qualify this year. Over the last five years we have seen more swimmers qualify year on year which is fantastic progress for the club.

The live results from the event can be accessed through the ASA East website so you can keep an eye on their progress over the weekend.. The squad will be joined by Ben Harrison and James Woodward on the bank holiday Monday as they are swimming the 1500m Freestyle that day.

The PBSC Coaching team are confident the swimmers will swim fast and wish them all the best of luck!

Middlesex Open Meet

A small group of swimmers attended this Level 1 open meet which was held at the 50m pool at Luton. Please click here for a report that details the great performances by them.

Swimmer of the Month - Katie Conyers (P1)

Well done to Katie Conyers who was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy after her medal winning and club record breaking performances at the Regional Championships

Potters Bar Summer Open Meet - Level 3 Licensed

We still have capacity for entries to our Level 3 summer open meet on Saturday 13th June 2015 - click on the open meets tab above for full details. All PBSC Squad swimmers are encouraged to submit an entry to this event.

Jade and Blue both 4th in 1st round of the Peanuts League 2015

The Jade and Blue teams finished in 4th place in their respective galas last night which is a good start for the club in the 2015 Peanuts League. The Jade Team competing in Division 3 of the League competed at The Venue, Borehamwood where the gala result was as follows: Watford SC "B" (90pts), Berkhamstead SC "B" (176pts), Broxbourne SC (199pts), PBSC Jade (201pts), Stevenage SC (213pts), Kings Langley SC (237pts) and Letchworth SC (237pts). The PBSC Jade team swam terrifically and were unlucky not to finish in third as our position throughout the gala fluctuated between 3rd and 4th.

The Blue Team where at Hemel Hempstead in the Division 1 gala and also finished in 4th place. The points totals for the gala were Watford SC (105pts), City of St Albans SC (106pts), Harpenden SC (176pts), PBSC Blue (195pts), Hemel Hempstead SC (200pts) and Hertford SC (259pts).

Well done to both the PBSC Blue and Jade Teams on good first round results. Teams will be selected shortly for the 2nd round which takes place on Saturday 6th June so please keep this date free.

Peanuts League 2015 - Good luck to our Jade and Blue Teams!

Tonight the PBSC Blue and Jade Peanut teams will be competing in round 1 of the 2015 League. PBSC Jade team are competing in Division 3 and will be swimming at The Venue, Borehamwood and the PBSC Blue Team are competing at Hemel Hempstead in Division 1. The Peanuts league is a great competition for our very youngest swimmers and it gives them good competitive swimming experience in a gala situation. It should be a fun night for our swimmers and this also helps them swim fast. Lets have a fun night of fast swimming with lots of vocal support from our supporters in the balcony for our swimmers.

There are three rounds in the Peanuts League and we need to draw on a large number of swimmers from within the club to field two full teams. It is no easy task to field two teams so please make every effort to be available if you are selected. The teams are selected by the PBSC Selection committee in accordance with the club's selection policy.

PBSC swimmers produce fantastic results at the Regional Champs!

Our swimmers have produced some all round fantastic performances at the ASA East Regional Championships last weekend. The performances of the team has seen Potters Bar SC finish in 12th place in the Championship medal table, which is a great achievement given the region consists of six counties. We are currently in the National Qualifying window for the British National Age Group Championships and the performances from our swimmers sees them well placed in the ASA rankings database. The PBSC Team consisted of Katie Conyers, Georgina Tallon, Phoebe Love, Morgan Newman, James Blount, James Woodward, David Shipman, Ben Harrison and John Cunningham. This is by far the largest squad of swimmers we have ever qualified for these Championships.

Click on this link to see a full report of our swimmers fantastic achievements. 

PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper "It was a fantastic weekend of swimming by the PBSC Squad , they all rose to the occasion and put in some fantastic performances. It was great to see so many swimmers recording PB's and winning medals, it has really promoted the club within the region" , "It just shows that commitment to training on a regular basis will bring great results so let's keep this going as we work towards the National Championships" 

Swimathon Team PB

Adam Gill our reporter at the London Aquatic Center writes:

On Sunday the PB Swim Team consisting of Sophia & Adam Zeinden, Alfie Francis, Benji Refson & myself headed up to the London Aquatic Centre to take part in the 2015 Swimathon in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
We had decided to take on the 5km challenge. When we arrived we went straight to registration where we were given our hats and assigned to lane 4. We then had to agree what order we would swim in and how many lengths we would each do. We decided on 20 lengths each; and that I would go first, followed by Alfie, Sophia, Adam Z & Benji.
We attended a short briefing and then a had a warm up in the Diving Pool and then we were off. The lane was quite crowded to begin with, the hardest bit was overtaking the slower swimmers but as many of them were doing the shorter challenges it became easier as we progressed.
After we had all finished we each received a medal, a certificate and a pool toy, then we went to celebrate at Nandos which was great fun.
We really enjoyed swimming together at the Aquatic Centre and of course the best bit was that we raised £820.00 for such a good cause. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us.
Adam

Tape Trophy 2015

Well done to the swimmers, officials, families and supporters for the great effort at the Tape Trophy gala on Saturday.  Potters Bar Blue team won the trophy with Hemel Hempstead second, Berkhamsted third, Hoddesdon fourth and Potters Bar Jade team fifth.

You can download the results spreadsheet here, and the Blue Team performance report is here and the Jade Team report is here.

Looking at our performance reports I see the majority of swims were personal best times which is remarkable.  I'm sure the visiting teams will have found the same.  This all bodes well for an exciting season of Peanuts League racing.

Thank you to the visiting teams from Hoddesdon SC, Berkhamstead SC and Hemel Hempstead SC for helping make a great night of racing for many young swimmers many of whom were experiencing their first inter-club gala.

Luton Open Meet Report

PBSC Swimmers were in great form at this meet and have posted some fast times early in the qualifying window for the National Championships. Click here to see full report.

PBSC Swimmers to participate in the Swimathon for Charity

On 20th April Adam Gill, Sophia & Adam Zeinden, Alfie Francis and Benji Refson are taking part in the Swimathon at the London Aquatic Centre in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. They aim to swim 5km and have set themselves a fundraising target of £200.00 I’m sure we all have friends who have suffered from this horrible disease, Marie Curie are a brilliant charity that help in so many ways that any amount raised will be put to good use. If you wish to donate please use the below link http://my.swimathon.org/sponsor/pb-swim-group

No Training over the Easter Weekend

Just a reminder that there are no training sessions over the Easter weekend so please enjoy a well earned rest after the exigencies of the last few weeks. We look forward to seeing all swimmers back next week and our 1st training session is on Tuesday morning at the FF starting at 6am.

Herts County Champs report - Weekend 3

Final weekend of Hertfordshire Age Group Championships results are summarised below and it's fair to say that our swimmers have excelled over the last month and that the PBSC Coaching team are extremely pleased with the performances.

Gold Medals and County Champions : 11yrs - Jessica Heesom - 50 fly 9yrs - Alex Mason - 50 free 17yrs - Phoebe Love - 50 free 15yrs - James Woodward - 400IM, 50 Back 14yrs - Ben Harrison - 400IM , 200 Back 11yrs - Samuel Balchin - 50 Back 11yrs - Jessica Woodward - 200 fly

Silver Medals : 9yrs - Charlie Stanbury - 50 free 11yrs - Samuel Balchin - 200 fly, 100IM 14yrs - Ben Harrison - 200 fly, 100IM, 200 breast, 100 back, 50 back, 100 fly 14yrs - David Shipman - 50 free 11yrs - Jessica Woodward - 400IM, 50 breast, 100IM 12yrs - Katie Harrison - 400IM, 200 fly 15yrs - James Woodward - 200 fly, 50 free, 200 breast, 100 back, 400 free

Bronze medals : 9yrs - Joshua Heesom - 50 free 11yrs - Jessica Woodward - 50 fly, 400 free, 200IM 11 yrs - Jessica Heesom - 50 free 12 yrs - Kate Andrew - 50 free 14 yrs - Katie Conyers - 200 free, 100 free, 400 free, 400IM 14yrs - David Shipman - 200 breast, 100 free 14yrs - Ben Harrison - 400 free 17 yrs - Phoebe Love - 50 fly

Congratulations to Samuel Balchin for getting his first regional qualifying time in the 200 butterfly he then followed this by achieving a second regional qualifying time in the 50 backstroke.

Congratulations to Jessica Heesom for getting her first regional qualifying time in the 50 fly.

Congratulations to Georgina Tallon for achieving her first regional qualifying time in the 50 fly.

Congratulations to Ben Harrison for reaching 2 finals in the last weekend of racing. He reached the 50 back final and 100 fly final. He came a very creditable 6th and 5th place respectively. Ben has also qualified for the National Winter Short Course Championships in the 100IM and becomes our 1st National Qualifier in 2015.

Very well done to both Katie Conyers and Phoebe Love for reaching the 50 freestyle final. Katie finished in a creditable 6th place and Phoebe raced to a bronze medal. It was great to have two PBSC swimmers contesting this final.

Well done to the following swimmers for achieving further regional qualifying times:- Jessica Woodward – 400IM, 200IM, 100 Breast James Blount – 50 backstroke, 100 fly Katie Conyers – 400IM, 400 Free David Shipman – 200 breaststroke.

There were also some very strong performances and Personal Best times achieved during the last weekend of racing. Congratulations to the following swimmers:- Lucinda Andrews, Justine Sansom, Kate Andrew, Katie Harrison, Lauren Andrew, Harriet Newman, Georgiana Balchin, Maya Spence, Rachel Connery, Thomas Stanbury, Morgan Newman, Matthew Honeyman, Justin Houpt, Thomas Hooper, Benji Refson, Jack Shewell-Cooper, Thilan Walallawita, Rob McLean, Leah Refson and Alfie Francis.

Well done to Wray and Chris for all their hard work poolside with the swimmers providing invaluable advice and encouragement during the entire championships. Well done to all the volunteers from Potters Bar Swimming Club including Officials and Helpers who gave up their time to help support the Herts ASA. Thank you to all the parents of the swimmers too for their support and encouragement during the championships.

Herts County Champs report - Weekend 2

There were some great performances from PBSC swimmers over the second weekend which are summarised as follows:-

Gold Medals

Morgan Newman – 14 yrs - 50 Breaststroke & 100 Breaststroke, Ben Harrison – 14 yrs - 200IM and James Woodward – 15 yrs - 200IM

Silver Medals

Samuel Balchin – 11 yrs- 200IM,  Ben Harrison – 14 yrs - 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, Joshua Heesom – 9 yrs - 50 fly, Phoebe Love – 17 yrs - 100 freestyle, Charlie Stanbury – 9 yrs - 200 freestyle, James Woodward – 15 yrs - 50 butterfly, 200 freestyle and Jessica Woodward – 11 yrs - 100 butterfly

Bronze Medals

Ben Harrison – 14 yrs - 50 butterfly Joshua Heesom – 9 yrs - 200IM Phoebe Love – 17 yrs - 100 butterfly James Woodward – 15 yrs - 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and John Cunningham - 18yrs + - 50 fly

Congratulations to Alfie Francis for getting his first regional qualifying time in the 50 breaststroke, he then followed this by achieving a second regional qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke.

Congratulations to Morgan for reaching the final in the 100 breaststroke and coming 6th in the final.

Congratulations to John Cunningham for reaching the 50 fly final. He came a creditable 5th place in the final.

Well done to the following swimmers for achieving further regional qualifying times:- James Blount – 200 freestyle, Katie Conyers – 100 butterfly, David Shipman – 200IM and Jessica Woodward – 100 butterfly

Well done to the following swimmers for achieving some good personal best times and strong performances:- Lucinda Andrews, Jessica Heesom, Kate Andrew, Katie Harrison, Harriet Newman, Thomas Hooper, Callum Tilley, Benji Refson, Justin Houpt, Matthew Honeyman, Nicholas Formby, Jack Shewell-Cooper, Thomas Stanbury, Rob Mclean, Rachel Connery, Georgina Tallon, Lauren Andrew & John Cunningham.

Eric Penwill Relay Gala

Some of our younger swimmers went to Southbury Road where they finished in an impressive 2nd place. It was a fun gala with Enfield Swim Squad ( ESS – Blue ) finishing in 1st place with ( 154 ) points, PBSC 2nd place with ( 101 ), Anaconda 3rd place with ( 98 ), Broomfield Park 4th place with ( 92 ), ESS – Purple 5th place with ( 81 ) and Ware 6th place with ( 46 ).

Our successes on the night were:-

1st places

Boys 9yr old 25m Free Rly, 25m Medley Rly and 25m Breaststroke Rly which included Joshua Heesom, Thomas Hooper, Daniel Smith & Charlie Stanbury. Well done boys.

Boys 12 yr old 25m Medley Rly which included Billy Barber, Alfie Francis, Samuel Balchin & Henry Follett. With Billy & Samuel swimming up an age group.

2nd places

Mixed 25m Back Rly Squad which included Emily Dunn, Charlie Stanbury, Inez Crowe, Dylan Hilton, Katie Johnson, Billy Barber, Anna Shipman & Henry Follett.

Girls 10yr old 25m Medley Rly which included Inez Crowe, Charlotte Cork, Efa Davis & Daisy Morrison.

Mixed 25m Breaststroke Rly Squad which included Lilly Blount, Joshua Heesom, Charlotte Cork, Callum Tilley, Amy Webb, Jack Savage, Eliza Connery & Alfie Francis.

Boys 12yr old 25m Free Rly which included Samuel Balchin, Billy Barber, Henry Follett & Alfie Francis.

Boys 11yr old 25m Free Rly which included Billy Barber, Jack Savage, Patrick Doran & Samuel Balchin.

3rd places

Boys 10 yr old 25m Medley Rly which included Dylan Hilton, Callum Tilley, Arthur Follett & Patrick Doran.
Girls 11 yr old 25m Back Rly included Amy Webb, Olivia Morey, Yasmin Wheeler & Katie Johnson.
Boys 11 yr old 25m Medley Rly which included Billy Barber, Jack Savage, Samuel Balchin & Patrick Doran who swam up an age group.
Girls 9 yr old 25m Breaststroke Rly which included Emily Dunn, Angelyn Rivera-Escoba, Ellie Bostock & Lilly Blount. Both Ellie & Lilly were our youngest swimmers on the night. Well done girls & thank you!
Girls 10 yr old 25m Free Rly which included Inez Crowe, Charlotte Cork, Daisy Morrison & Efa Davis.

Head Coach Wray said " I am very pleased with all the young talent coming through and it will be great to see these  swimmers at the forthcoming Peanuts League which will take place in May, June & July”. Thank you to Louise Hughes, Victoria Francis, Tina Stanbury, Lila Blount and our youngest helper Joseph Wheeler for all their help & support on the night.

PBSC Jade win promotion in HML Final

The PBSC Jade Team were in Hitchin for the last round of the Herts Major League (HML) and finished first in Division 3. It was a very exciting gala with many fantastic performances. The results were as follows - Potters Bar 1st (104 pts), WGC 2nd (136.5 pts), Broxbourne 3rd (145.5 pts), Letchworth 4th (156 pts) and Bushey 5th (178 pts).

There were 23 first places – Katie Gormley in 100m free and 100m breast, Jack Shewell-Cooper in 100m free, Maya Spence and Matthew Honeyman both in 50m fly, Leah Refson in 50m freestyle, Sophia Zeinden in 50m fly, Katie Johnson in 25m Fly, James Spence in 50m back, Samantha Over in 50m fly, Ella Grosse in 25m Freestyle, Nicholas Formby in 50m breast and Anna Shipman in 50m back.

There were also first places for the following relay teams –

  • Open Girls Medley Relay – Maya Spence, Amelia Hardy, Katie Gormley and Samantha Over
  • Under 12 Girls Freestyle Relay – Efa Davies, Inez Crowe, Katie Johnson and Ella Grosse
  • Under 6 Boys Medley Relay – James Spence, Nicholas Formby, Matthew Honeyman and Justin Houpt
  • Under 14 Girls Freestyle Relay – Sophia Zeinden, Eliza Connery, Anna Shipman and Harriet Newman
  • Open Girls Freestyle Relay – Katie Gormley, Maya Spence, Leah Refson and Samantha Over
  • Under 12 Girls Medley Relay – Inez Crowe, Ella Grosse, Katie Johnson and Efa Davies
  • Under 16 Girls Freestyle Relay – Leah Refson, Harriet Newman, Amelia Hardy and Maya Spence
  • Under 16 Boys Freestyle Relay – Mathew Honeyman, Justin Houpt, James Spence and Jack Shewell-Cooper
  • Under 14 Girls Medley Relay – Anna Shipman, Eliza Connery, Sophia Zeinden and Harriet Newman
  • Squadron – Katie Johnson, Alexander Mason, Harriet Newman, Nathan Martell, Maya Spence, Matthew Honeyman, Samantha Over and Thilan Waiallawita


We had the following swimmers achieve second places – Inez Crowe and Jamie Andrews in 25m back, Eliza Connery in 50m breast, Samantha Over in 100m back, Justin Houpt in 50m freestyle, Sean Lovell in 50m Fly, Paul Newman in 100m breast, Joshua Heesom in 25m fly, Harriet Newman in 50m free and Maya Spence in 50m breast.

There were second places for the following relay teams: -

  • Open Boys Medley Relay – Nicholas Formby, Paul Newman, Thilan Waiallawita and Matthew Honeyman
  • Under 12 Boys Medley Relay – Jamie Andrews, Alexander Mason, Charlie Stanbury and Freddie George

We also had third places from Jack Shewell-Cooper in 100m breast, Leah Refson in 50m back, Nathan Martell in 50m free and Thilan Waiallawita in 50m fly.

Head Coach Wray and Coach Bronwen said “Another fantastic performance! Tonight was an outstanding evening of swimming from PBSC Jade Team. This was a well-deserved win with much stiffer competition tonight than the previous two rounds. As a result the Jade Team has achieved our goal of promotion back to division 2 of HML.”

PBSC Blue team finish 6th in Division 1 of HML Trophy final

The PBSC Blue team (209pts) finished in a very creditable 6th place in Division 1 after an exciting gala at The Venue. Without exception our swimmers swam their hearts out against strong opposition from COSTA (143pts), Hoddesdon (145pts), Bishop Stortford (166pts), Hemel Hempstead (178pts) and Berkhamsted (191pts).

Our top performers on the night were: -

1st places – Ben Harrison in the 100m Fly and backstroke, Jessica Woodward in the 50m Breaststroke, the under 12 Freestyle relay team of Jessica Heesom, Lucinda Andrews, Leah Block and Jessica Woodward and the under 16 Freestyle Relay team of James Blount, James Woodward, Ben Harrison and David Shipman.

2nd places – Jessica Heesom in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, Katie Conyers in the under 16 100m Free, the under 12 Medley Relay team of Lucinda Andrews, Jessica Woodward, Jessica Heesom and Leah Block and the Under 16 medley relay team of James Woodward, Morgan Newman, David Shipman and James Blount.

3rd places – Katie Conyers in the open 100m free, David in the open and under 16 100m free, Morgan Newman in the open 100m Breaststroke, the boys open freestyle relay of David Shipman, James Blount, James Woodward and Daryl Mason. Our Squadron relay of Jessica Heesom, Benji Refson, Kate Andrew, Thomas Stanbury, Katie Conyers, David Shipman, Phoebe Love and Daryl Mason swam terrifically to come third.

Also special mention to the following who recorded PB times on the night as follows: - Thomas Stanbury, Jessica Heesom, Benji Refson, Katie Conyers and Ben Harrison

Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach “Well done to all swimmers on a good team performance that sees us finish in 6th place in the 2015 league. There were some great individual and relay performances and I am pleased that we have finished as one of the top swimming clubs in Hertfordshire”

Herts Major league and Eric Penwill Relay Gala

Good luck to all PBSC swimmers competing at the Eric Penwill Gala on Sunday and to the PBSC Blue and Jade teams that are contesting the final round of the Herts Major League competition. Have a great swimming weekend and swim fast!

Herts Counties 2015 - PBSC Swimmers in the medals!!

Last Saturday saw the start of the Hertfordshire Count Championships 2015 with girls competing over 800m Free and boys over 1500m Free. There were great performances from the whole team and PBSC swimmers attained podium places with Jessica Woodward (11), James Woodward (15), Ben Harrison (14) all winning silver medals, Katie Harrison (12) and Katie Conyers (14) also won valuable bronze medals. There were PB's from Kate Andrew  and James Blount and a strong swim from Justin Houpt.

Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach "I was delighted with the individual performances from all of the swimmers and it was great to have PBSC swimmers attain podium places, achieve regional qualifying times and to see some long standing club records broken. This was a great start to the Hertfordshire County Championships and the PBSC Coaching team is looking for more big performances over the coming weeks"

Note training changes for Counties and Easter

Note there will be no training on Saturday 14th or Saturday 21st March 2015 due to the Hertfordshire County Championships taking place. Also note there will be no training Good Friday 3rd April, Saturday 4th April, Easter Sunday 5th April or Easter Monday 6th April 2015.

ASA National Short Course QT's released!

Click here to see the QT's for the ASA National Short course championships that will be held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in December. This should give our swimmers additional incentive to perform well at the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015.

Regional Championships 2015 - Club entry information

The club closing dates for Potters Bar swimmers to enter the ASA East Regional Long Course Championships that are being held in May 2015 is March 23rd 2015 for 15/Over Age Groups and 20th April 2015 for 14/Under Age groups. Emails have been sent to swimmers currently eligible to enter. If you gain any additional or 1st time regional qualifying times before the club closing date, please email our Gala Secretary on pbscgalasec@gmail.com so that your entry can be submitted.

The South Herts Trophy

Here are the results from the South Herts Trophy - Blue Team & Jade Team. The Jade and Blue team swimmers all put in some terrific performances and the PBSC Coaches are delighted with the progress being made. Blue were the winners of gala, Hertford SC second, Hoddesdon SC 3rd and then Jade. A big thank you to all officials and volunteers who assisted on the night. 

Hertfordshire County Championships 2015

It is now just two weeks to the start of the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015. PBSC are delighted to advise that we have 38 swimmers entered who will be swimming in excess of 300 events over the course of the Championships. Additionally we have entered relay teams to represent the club and will be advising on selection for these teams in the near future.

The PBSC Coaching team are looking for our swimmers to perform well at the Championships and encourage all swimmers that have qualified to make an extra session or so over the coming weeks. The PBSC Coaching team are confident that our swimmers can achieve PB's and attain podium places. The Hertfordshire County Championships are also the stepping stone qualifying event for those swimmers that are still seeking to attain qualifying times for the ASA East Regional Championships 2015 that are being held in May. We currently have 12 swimmers qualified for the ASA East Region Championships and the PBSC Coaching team are confident that more swimmers will be added to this roster following performances at the County Championships. Click here to see eligibility report for the Regional Championships.

Hertfordshire Schools Inter-district gala

A large number of swimmers from PBSC were selected for various school district teams that competed in the Hertfordshire Schools Inter-district gala held at Watford last Friday. The results from the gala are here. On the night the PBSC swimmers achieved individual podium places as follows: -

1st places - Katie Conyers, David Shipman, Ben Harrison and Morgan Newman - the latter two swimmers breaking the schools record for their events.

2nd places - Thomas Stanbury, Kate Andrew, James Woodward and James Blount

3rd places - Adam Zeinden, Morgan Newman and Kate Andrew 

On the night there were also some great performances by Adam Gill, Katie Harrison, Sophia Zeinden, Oscar Eagle, Amy Mason, Rachel Connery, Eliza Connery, Harriet Newman, Amelia Hardy and Lauren Andrew as well as success in the various relay events. Well done to all swimmers!

PBSC Camping weekend

This years camping weekend has been booked for the weekend of Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June 2015. Once again we are back at Henlow Bridge Lakes but we are in a different field this year. All pitches now have electric hook up and there has been an increase in the cost. An estimate of the total cost, working on the basis of 20 pitches being taken would be £85.00 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children for two nights). Once again we have to pay for the field so final costs will be calculated once we know how many pitches are taken.

If you would like to come please reserve your pitch by giving Anita or Steve Shipman £30 non refundable deposit as soon as possible in an envelope with your name, number in your party and email address. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at no additional cost. There are approximately 20 pitches available so deposits required asap with pitches allocated on a "first come, first served basis".

Jade win at Hitchin and Blue third at Stevenage - Herts Major League Rd 2

Congratulation to all PBSC swimmers in the Jade team who again put in a sterling performance to win the 2nd round gala held at Hitchin last night. This means the team is on track to achieve being promoted back to Division 2. The team won the gala by over 50 points so well done to all swimmers on a fantastic result. Click here for a performance report.

The PBSC Blue team also rose to the occasion and finished third in the Division 1 gala held at Stevenage missing second place by just 3 points. Hemel Hempstead SC were the gala winners followed by Hoddesdon SC who took second place. This result should see the PBSC Blue team make the trophy final in the final round. Click here for a performance report.

The final round is on the evening of Saturday 7th March 2015 and the PBSC selection committee will be meeting soon to select the teams to represent the club. It is really important that we field our strongest teams for this event so please keep this date in mind.

Bronwen Hardy - PBSC Jade Team "It was another great performance by the PBSC Jade and I am looking forward to the final round and hope that we can achieve promotion."

Chris Andrew - PBSC Blue team "It was a good performance by the PBSC Blue Team with some great individual and team performances.

"We will need to step up again in the final round where the final league positions will be decided by a small points difference.  I'd like all swimmers to make that extra effort in training over the next few weeks so that we can achieve our potential in this league" 

Fees due from February 1st 2105

All members should have received email notification that fees fort the next 4 months are due as follows: -

Squad P1 - £135
Squad P2 - £135
Squad J1 - £120
Squad J2 - £95
Learn to swim groups - £65
Masters 1 session per week - £40
Masters 2 sessions per week - £75
Masters 3 sessions + per week - £100

Payment can be made at the "help" desk on the balcony on Friday evenings or can be handed to Mel Woodward, PBSC Membership secretary who is at the FF most evenings

Potters Bar SC Winter Open Meet 

Here are the results from our event. PBSC Swimmers can also click here for a performance report. Well done to all swimmers that participated and thank you to all officials and volunteers that made the event run smoothly. The following link will take you to some photographs from the event.

Tickets on sale for British Championships

The British Swimming Championships are being held at the Olympic pool between April 14th and April 18th and the very best swimmers in the UK will be competing. The event also doubles as the trials to make the British team for the FINA World Championships, the European Youth Olympics so this would be a great opportunity for PBSC swimmers to see some high level swimming. Tickets are on sale through the British Swimming website.

Peanuts Trials Results

Well done to all swimmers that took part this evening. Click here to see the results.

Herts Major League - Jade and Blue Teams

Well done to the swimmers in both teams as the 1st round performances were excellent. The Jade Team were strong winners of the Division 3 gala and the Blue Team finished 3rd in a very close gala in Division 1. These results set us up nicely for the 2nd round in just a few weeks time. Keep up the good work in training so we build on these performances.

Herts Senior Schools Gala - Friday 6th February 2015

If you wish to be considered for selection for the Mid-Herts Senior Schools Team to compete at the Herts Senior School gala then please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and it will be forwarded to Jacky Tape who is assisting with co-ordinating the team. You will need to provide your verifiable times over 50m for each stroke and the 100m IM along with details of your school and year. The times provided will be used in the selection process.

Swimmer of the Month

Well done to James Woodward who was named as the "swimmer of the month" after some great performances at the Hillingdon Open meet and for his commitment and effort in training throughout December. Keep it going, James!

End of year 50m Free Rankings

Here are the end of year club rankings for the Men's and Ladies 50m Freestyle which has been taken from the ASA's National rankings database. Well done to Daryl Mason and Phoebe Love who top the Club rankings in this event, second places go to Katie Conyers and David Shipman and third places to Georgina Tallon and James Blount.

PBSC Land Training programme 2015

The next block of Land Training sessions will start on Friday 9th January 2014 and will run for 10 weeks at a cost of £25. This block of sessions leads us up to the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015 and all PSC County Qualifiers are encouraged to take part in this additional training which will help you prepare for what will be the most important event in the season to date. Mark Dunn will be leading the sessions. The sessions are open to all swimmers in Squads P1 and P2. If you are interested then please email Pbsccoaches@gmail.com to book a place. Mark is always available to discuss the land training programme with parents so don't hesitate to approach him when he is at the pool. There are limited places available which will be offered on a "first come, first served" basis so don't delay. 

400M IM Time Trial at Queenswood on Tuesday 13th January 2015

This time trial is open to all swimmers in Squads P1 and P2 who are looking to achieve Hertfordshire County Qualifying times in this event. If you wish to take part please email pbsccoaches@gmail.com to enter as soon as possible.

Peanuts Trials 2015

We are holding our annual "Peanuts" time trials on Sunday 11th January 2015 for all swimmers that are aged 12 and under (age at June 15th 2015) as part of our preparations for competing in the Hertfordshire Swimming Leagues "Peanuts" League in 2015. The trials will be on the four strokes over 25m for the youngest swimmers and 50m for those in the 12 year age group. The results from the trials are entered into the clubs database and will assist the PBSC Selection committee pick swimmers for the Blue and Jade teams that will represent the club in the league (see the diary page for league dates). We are also hosting two warm up team galas as part of our preparations for the league - The South Herts Trophy and The Tape Trophy (see diary page) and the times from the trials will also help select the two teams for each gala.

All PBSC Swimmers aged 12 and under (age at 15th June 2015) in Squads J1, J2, P2 and P1 are encouraged to take part in the trials as this will give them so competitive racing experience within the club environment. We are also running a time-keepers course on the same date and those on the course will be undertaking their practical exam during the course of the time trial so good luck to all those on the time-keepers course. We realise that for many of our young swimmers may be nervous about competing so we will have plenty of coaching staff and older swimmers on hand to assist.

We will be posting more information about the Peanuts Time trials on the website over the next week so keep an eye out! NB There will be no training for all squads and masters on Sunday 11th January 2015 due to the holding of the annual Peanuts Trials.

Looking ahead to 2015!

As we approach 2015 it is time to look to the swimming season ahead. It is clear that the Club and our swimmers have a very busy January and the events we have to look forward are as follows: -

• On Sunday 4th January 2015 PBSC swimmers will experience competing at the Olympic Pool, Stratford at the Waltham Forest and District Level 1 Open meet. This is a long course event so this is a great opportunity for some new PBSC Long course to be set and a great experience to swim in the Olympic Pool.

• On Saturday 10th January 2015 PBSC will be fielding a Blue and Jade Team in the Hertfordshire Major Swimming League. The Blue Team is in Division 1 and the Jade Team is in Division 3 and we will need all swimmers (if selected) to be available to swim for the Club. We are aiming for a top 6 finish in Division 1 and looking for the Jade team to push for promotion from Division 3.

On Sunday 11th January 2015 we will be holding our annual Peanut trials for all swimmers that are eligible to represent the club in the 2014 Peanuts League. The warm up for the trials will start at 6.15p and swimmers will need to “sign in” in the foyer by 5.45pm. More details of this event will be posted on the website shortly so please keep an eye out. The Peanut trials allow our very youngest swimmers to gain some valuable competitive experience in advance of the forthcoming Hertfordshire Peanuts League 2015. Once again we have entered a Blue Team and Jade team so that we can give as many swimmers as possible the chance to participate in this competitive league.

• The Club is also running a time-keepers course on this day to increase the number of qualified officials in the club. Dani Harrison, PBSC Officials co-ordinator is organising this event in conjunction with Hertfordshire ASA.

On Tuesday 13th January 2015 we will be holding a 400m IM Time Trial at Queenswood for swimmers in P1 and P2 who are seeking to attain County Qualifying times for the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015. If you interested in participating in this time trial then please speak to Wray and Bronwen.

• On Saturday 17th and 18th January 2015 we have over 45 swimmers that are competing at the Hoddesdon open meet which is a fantastic entry from the club. Many swimmers will be looking to attain County Qualifying times for the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015 so it will be a busy weekend for our swimmers.

• On Saturday 31st January 2015 we are hosting our 2nd Winter Open meet and will be hosting swimmers from across London and the South East. This will be the last opportunity for our swimmers to obtain county qualifying times for 2015 so hopefully it will be a day of fast swimming for our swimmers! We are looking for volunteers to assist with the running of this event and if you can assist then please speak to Lila Blount, who is co-ordinating the workforce for this event.

• We are also just 10 weeks away to the start of the Hertfordshire County Championships for 2015, which for many of our swimmers will be their biggest racing event of the season. It is therefore important to train frequently over the coming weeks and mentally prepare for this prestigious event in our swimming calendar. The PBSC Coaching team are looking for all swimmers to make a step up in their performances at this event. Performance in the training pool directly correlates to performance in competition so make sure you “Go hard” in training over the next 10 weeks. We currently have 45 swimmers within the club who have attained County qualifying times so we should be well represented at the 2015 Championships. Hopefully we will add to this roster by the end of January 2015.

Seasons Greetings!

Potters Bar SC wish all of our members, friends and their families a happy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all at the post Xmas training sessions that start on December 27th 2014. Scroll down the page for full details of the Xmas training roster 

Timekeeper Courses

Dani Harrison will be organising some timekeeper courses during 2015 for club members and/or parents who want to learn to be an official qualified timekeeper. If you are interested in taking the course, which is just 2 hours theory then approximately half an hour practical, run by a Hertfordshire ASA representative then please speak to or email Dani. The courses are usually held at the Furzefield Centre on a Sunday afternoon/evening. Dani will then let you know once we have dates for the courses in 2015.

National Arena Swimming League Promotion Final

Last night saw the PBSC team (170pts) finish in eight place in the promotion final. This means that we finish 8th in the league overall which is an improvement on last year. Hillingdon SC (374pts) won the final by a large margin ahead of Basildon and Phoenix (290pts), Harlow Penguins (209pts), Saxon Crown SC (205pts), Team Luton (202pts), Anaconda SC (178pts, Hemel Hempstead SC (171pts) and ourselves just 1 point behind. It was an exciting gala with our position fluctuating from 6th to 8th throughout so it made it a tense finish. The small margin of points between the teams underlines the importance of winning the small margin races, avoiding disqualifications and making sure that that we have our strongest team available to swim. The team put in a great performance and the Coaches were very happy with the performances of the swimmers.

Our only event winner on the night was Alfie Francis who won the Under 12 boys 50m Breaststroke and a second place finish was achieved by Katie Conyers (Under 15yrs 100m Free). We also had third place finishes from the Girls U15 4 x50m Free Relay (Rachel Connery, Lauren Andrew, Georgina Tallon and Katie Conyers), the Boys 4 x 50m Free relay (James Blount, James Woodward, Matthew Honeyman and David Shipman) and the Boys 4 x 50m Medley relay (Ben Harrison, James Woodward, David Shipman and James Blount). Special mention must go to Jack Savage, Billy Barber, Oscar Eagle, Adam Gill and Alfie Francis who all stepped up to the mark and swam their hearts out for the team. Many of these young swimmers had to compete in older age groups as we had lost swimmers due to illnesses and injury at short notice. Also thanks to our PBSC Masters swimmers (Kelly Dunn, Daryl Mason, April Richards and James Allchorne) for supporting the team and putting in some great performances on the night. Well done to all swimmers!

We can now look forward to the Herts Major League that starts early in the New Year. As usual we will be fielding a Blue and Jade Team and will be calling on all sections of the club to support both teams. By entering two teams we are able to provide competitive swimming experience to a wider section of the club. We do need swimmers to be available to swim so please make a note of the dates (see diary page) in your diary. Selection email will be going out shortly and prompt replies are always appreciated.

Xmas Pantomine Trip 2015

PBSC are arranging a trip to the Pantomime on Saturday 27th December. The pantomime is Beauty and the Beast at Wyllyotts Theatre starting at 5.30pm. The cost will be £14 per child which includes a vanilla ice-cream in the interval. If your child / children would like to go please get the money to Dani Harrison or Melanie Woodward as soon as possible (and no later than Sunday 14th December 2014). There are limited seats available and will be allocated when payment is received. On the day, please meet in the foyer at 17.15pm.

Sunday 14th December 2014 - 1500m and 800m Time Trials

There will be no squad training on this evening as we are holding the 800m and 1500m Time Trials for swimmers in P1 and P2. The time trials are held annually at this time of year so that our swimmers can try and attain County Qualifying times so that they can enter these events at the Hertfordshire County Championships in March 2015. P1 and P2 swimmers interested in participating in this event should speak to Bronwen or Wray a.s.a.p as there is limited spaces for this trial. Good Luck to all swimmers that are competing in this event.

Christmas Training Times

Please see the Training Times page for the Christmas training schedule.

ASA Winter Regional Championships 2015

Ben Harrison, David Shipman, James Blount, James Woodward, Katie Conyers and Phoebe Love competed at the East Winter Regionals held at Luton Inspire Pool this weekend. Eleven PBSC swimmers in total qualified although they did not all swim. To see the list of ALL the swimmers who qualified please refer to the 2014/2015 qualifiers. This is the largest number of qualifiers from Potters Bar Swimming Club ever recorded. This is an Open event with no age group categories and tough qualifying times so a special well done to the younger qualifiers in this competition. The Championships began on a Friday evening and completed on Sunday evening.

All swimmers who took part in the championships swam some excellent swims. Many PB's and club records were achieved. Spirits were high in the viewing gallery too with music to entertain the parents. Head Coach Wray was extremely pleased with the performances of all the swimmers and was particularly pleased that so many swimmers had qualified for this event, showing that hard work from the swimmers really does pay off!!

PBSC Winter Open meet 2015 - Saturday 31st January 2015

This event has attracted entries from teams across Hertfordshire and the South East and promises to be an exciting day of racing. It will also be one of the last opportunities to record qualifying times for the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015. We are still accepting entries but advise all PBSC swimmers and external clubs to submit their entries asap as once the entry closes it will apply to all including our own swimmers. Therefore if you have still to enter please do so asap to avoid disappointment. Full details of the event can be found on the "open meets" page on this website. We look forward to welcoming all swimmers, coaches and spectators to our Winter Open Meet.

Xmas Break 2014

The Club has been informed by the Furzefield Sports Centre management team that the pool will close on Monday 15th December for essential maintenance work. The pool will re-open for swimming on Saturday 27th December 2014 when morning training sessions will start for the rest of the Xmas and New Year period. The Club has explored whether to hold sessions at other venues but have found that there is limited pool time available that is suitable for our needs. Therefore we have taken the decision to take an extended break so that swimmers can re-charge and enjoy their holiday with family and friends. The reality of the situation is that the closure only affects the club for one week as we had already planned a Xmas break for our swimmers in this period. We also have a number of swimmers competing at the Hillingdon Open meet over the weekend of the affected period so this reduces the loss of pool time further for those swimmers.

The Club will be reimbursed for the loss of pool time and it is the intention of the PBSC Committee to use these funds to help off-set training fee increases which are currently subject to review, with the planned increases to be implemented at the start of the February 2015 term. This seems the fairest and most equitable way to deal with the loss of sessions to all swimming members. We hope that all members are happy with this. Ian Bays, Club Chair and Chris Andrew, Club Secretary are available to speak to any members about this approach. We will keep the PBSC membership informed by posting updates on the website.

Presentation Evening

Click here to see some pictures from the presentation evening. It was great to see so many members at the event having a great time!

PBSC Swimmers at English Schools National Relay Finals

Click here to see an article that highlights the achievements of James Blount, James Woodward, David Shipman and Ben Harrison who qualified for the National Schools Relay Finals which were held at the Olympic pool in Stratford, London.

Watford Open Meet 2014

About 40 PBSC Swimmers attended the Watford Open meet last Sunday and many recorded great performances. Click here to see a report from this event. Well done to all swimmers!

ASA East Region 2015 and British Gas Championship 2015 qualifying times released

The qualifying times for ASA East Regional Championships 2015 have been released and can be found on qualifying times page of the website. Also, the qualifying times for the British Gas Swimming Championships 2015 have been posted. This event will be the trials to select swimmers for the World Championships, European Youth Olympics and the European Games. There are qualifying times for younger swimmers and these may be within the sights of a few PBSC swimmers. This latter event is being held at the London Aquatic Centre. PBSC swimmers are encouraged to obtain tickets for this competition as it will be great to see the best swimmers competing to make the GB Teams

Swimmer of the Month - Nathan Martell

Well done to Nathan who was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy for the month of October. In the short time that Nathan has been with the club he has made great progress from J1 into P2. Nathan has also shown great commitment in training attending many sessions and even gets himself up for morning training sessions. He has also competed well. This has really impressed the PBSC Coaching team who are delighted with the progress that Nathan is making. Well done, Nathan!

National Arena League Round two

PBSC swimmers travelled to the Sports Village at Basildon last night to compete in the 2nd round of the National League. We are in Division 1 of the London league and last night finished in 4th place which was a great result against some big "powerhouse" clubs.

Full report is here.  Lots of great swims and no DQs won us fourth place out of eight which might see us in the top final in round three on 13th December.  Well done all swimmers and thanks to the helpers and supporters.

World, European and British Records for PBSC Masters swimmer, Cate Jackson!!!!

                                                  

Cate Jackson, PBSC Masters swimmer recently travelled to Sheffield to compete in the GB Masters Championships and was in red hot form becoming the British Champion and Gold medallist in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke events. Cate also won a silver medal in the 50m Backstroke and 4th in the 50m Butterfly. 

Cate carried her great form into the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay where her team went onto break the World, European and British record for the event. Cate was in a 4 x 50m Mixed relay that broke the European and British Record and also in a Women's 4 x 50m Medley relay that broke the British Record. This is an absolutely fantastic achievement by Cate and her team mates and a huge well done from all at PBSC.

Cate has been training with PBSC Masters for a number of years and commented "I had a fabulous weekend and really enjoyed racing again. It was great to become British Champion and breaking the World, European and British records was an unexpected surprise. I love the team spirit at PBSC Masters which has inspired me to keep on swimming"  

Thanks to Cate for taking time to show her medals and talk about her achievements to the Swimmers in P1 Training last night. Cate's fantastic achievements will no doubt help inspire our age-group swimmers.

100m Freestyle Rankings

Here are the men's and ladies rankings taken from the ASA's National Rankings database. Well done to Katie Conyers and David Shipman who are the Clubs leading swimmers over this "Blue Ribbon" event.

PBSC AGM

Just a quick reminder that the AGM is being held at the FF this Thursday 6th November 2014 starting at 8.30pm. All PBSC members are encouraged to attend as this is an opportunity to hear the annual reports from our Head Coach, Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Gala Secretary and Records secretary. It is also your chance to ask questions and express your views to those that are running the club so please make every effort to attend. At the AGM we will also be electing the committee for the year ahead.

Arena National Swimming League - Round 2

Good luck to PBSC Swimmers competing at Basildon Sports Village in round 2 of the Arena National Swimming League on Saturday 8th November 2014. We will be competing against some very strong clubs so it's really important that all swimmers are on top form and up for this event. We will be competing against teams from Anaconda SC, Saxon Crown SC, Hemel Hempstead SC, Basildon and Phoenix SC, Epping Forest and District SC, Sudbury and District SC and Hitchin SC so it is going to be a highly competitive gala.

We are currently in 9th place in the league so the result from this gala will determine whether we make the promotion final or contest the relegation gala in the final round. The top eight teams make the promotion final and Anaconda SC are currently in 8th place in the league. We need to fight for every point as the final gala placing's are likely to decided by a small margin. It is also extremely important that we avoid any DQ's as these can be very costly to the team score. We are encouraging all swimmers competing in this event to make the effort to attend an extra session or two this week so that they are well prepared and ready to race on Saturday night!   

Masters Medal Haul in Dublin

7 Potters Bar Masters swimmers travelled to Dublin over the weekend of the 18/19th October for the Annual Celtic Masters Gala, held at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.  See Masters page for more details and photos.

PBSC Awards and Presentation Evening 2014

The Annual Awards and Presentation Evening this year is on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at Mount Grace School. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will start at 7.30pm. This is the social event of the year and not to be missed! As a Club we celebrate the achievements of our swimmers so on the night there will be presentations to ALL swimmers who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers "Swimmer", the Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and Junior and Open Championship awards.

There will be a licensed bar, hot food and Adi Heesom will be doing the disco! Tickets for this event will be on sale at the information desk on the balcony each Friday evening and on the balcony on other evenings priced at £3 each. Please purchase your tickets in advance as this will assist with the catering arrangements.

The evening operates as a fund raiser and there will be a raffle, so any donations for this (wine, smellies, meal vouchers etc) will be gratefully received! Also, if you are able to help on the night please let Anita Shipman or another committee member know as the evening will run smoother will more helpers!

The club has had another great year and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress the swimmers and club have made so please make every effort to come along to this great social event! We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable and fun night for our swimmers and their families!

James Blount heading "North" to the National Inter-County Gala at Sheffield

Good to luck to James Blount who will be travelling to Sheffield as part of the Hertfordshire ASA County team competing in the National Inter-County Gala being held at Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield on Sunday 19th October 2014. This event sees the very best age group swimmers in the country representing their counties. It will be a great experience for James as he will train with the Hertfordshire Team on Saturday, then will travel by coach with the team and stay overnight before competing on Sunday. We wish James all the best and hope he swims fast! 

Phoebe Love and Morgan Newman (injury) also received selections for this event but unfortunately are not able to travel up to Sheffield. Well done to Phoebe and Morgan as it reflects well on the club to have three swimmers selected for the Herts County Team. 

Training Rota and Squad Expectations reminder.

Please click here for the training rota and here for the Squad expectations.

Potters Bar SC come 5th in  the 1st Round of the National Arena Swimming League 2014

PBSC swimmers travelled to the Inspire 50m Pool at Luton last night to compete in the 1st round of the National League. We are in Division 1 of the London league and last night finished in 5th place which was a great result against some big "powerhouse" clubs.

Basildon and Phoenix SC (309pts) who are coached by Olympian and GB Coach Dougie Campbell were winners on the night.  The other placing's were Team Luton SC (2nd 263pts), Hemel Hempstead SC (3rd 248pts), Harlow Penguins SC (4th 248pts - count back rule applying!), Potters Bar SC (5th 228pts), Berkhamstead SC (6th 206pts), Epping Forest and District SC (7th 16pts) and Halstead SC (8th 125pts).

Our swimmers swam some great races and showed real determination against strong opposition. Some swimmers had a very busy night swimming not only in their age group but also swimming up against much older opposition. Swimmers in the top 3 of their events are as follows: -

1st Place finishes - Well done to Jess Woodward who won the 50m Fly and 50m Breaststroke, Ben Harrison who came 1st in the 100m Backstroke. The Girls Under 16 4 x 50m Free relay of Rachel Connery, Lauren Andrew, Georgina Tallon and Katie Conyers also swam a great race and were our only relay winners on the night - Great swimming girls!

2nd Place finishes - Great swimming by Alfie Francis (50m Brs), Ben Harrison (100m Fly), Katie Conyers (100m Free), David Shipman (100M Free), the Girls under 12 4 x 50m Medley and Free relay teams (Lucinda Andrews, Eliza Connery, Jessica Heesom and Jessica Woodward), Girls under 14 4 x50m Free relay (Kate Andrew, Elise Cork, Leah Refson and Katie Harrison), Girls under 16 4 x 50m Medley relay (Lauren Andrew, Georgianna Balchin, Georgina Tallon and Katie Conyers) and the Boys under 16 4 x 50m Medley Relay (Ben Harrison, James Woodward, David Shipman and James Blount). Well done to all swimmers!

3rd Place finishes - Well done to Kate Andrew (100m back and 100m Fly), the Open Ladies 6 x 50m Free relay (Kelly Dunn, April Richards, Katie Conyers, Samantha Over, Rachel Connery and Phoebe Love). Great Fast swimming!

Wray and Chris are confident that when the times from this event have been processed the performance reports will show some great PB's by swimmers in the team. It is also expected that the breaking of more Club records will be confirmed, which shows that swimmers are continuing to raise the levels of competitive swimming within the club.

It was a busy night for the swimmers and they all performed terrifically. We now have a few weeks before the 2nd round and need all swimmers to put in that little bit extra so that we improve on last nights performance. Our performance and final position in the 2nd round will determine whether we make the "promotion" Final or whether we contest the relegation "final", so lets see all swimmers making that extra effort over the next few weeks for the team! It would be great to see more swimmers coming along to the morning training sessions that are now available. The top individual performers from last night are ones that have made the commitment to morning training so why not come along too. Sessions are available on the following mornings - Tuesday (all squads), Thursday (all squads), Friday (P1 and P2 only) and Saturday (all squads)

Potters Bar SC AGM - Thursday 6th November 2014

We will be holding the Annual General Meeting of the Club on Thursday 6th November at the FF starting at 8.30pm. All parents/guardians are encouraged to attend as this is a great opportunity to hear about the progress of the Club. On the night there will be reports from the Head Coach and various members of the committee covering the clubs membership, finances and club records etc. Members will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the committee so please take this opportunity to come along.

At the AGM we also elect the new committee for the year ahead. The committee consists of 15 members who assist with running the various functions of the club. If you are interested in standing on the committee then please submit a nomination form by midnight of Thursday 30th October 2014 to Chris Andrew, PBSC Club Secretary. In the event of more than 15 members submitting a nomination a ballot of members will be held at the AGM. Click here for a nomination form.

National Arena League 2014 - Round 1

Good Luck to all swimmers competing in the 1st round this evening at Luton.

Potters Bar Winter Open Meet - Saturday 31st January 2015

Please click on the open meets tab for full details of this event which we anticipate will be in high demand. This will be one of the last opportunities for swimmers to achieve County Qualifying times for the 2015 County Championships. No Late entries will be accepted.

Swimmer of the month - Lauren Andrew

Well done to Lauren who was presented with the swimmer of the month trophy at last nights final session of the 2014 Club Championships. Over the last month Lauren has attended 36 training sessions which included all the new morning training sessions. This has led to much improved performances and Lauren has recorded huge PB's during the 2014 Club Championships. Well done, Lauren - keep up the hard work it has paid off!

Club Champs - 4th and Final session!

Here are the results and performance report for session 4. Thanks to all of the officials, volunteers and spectators who made it a great evening. Well done to all of the swimmers and Head Coach Wray an son Jack who successfully defended their parent and child relay title.

Club Champs - Session 3 results

Here are the results and a performance report. Once again our swimmers excelled in the pool with some great races. Thanks to all officials and volunteers that helped on the night for making the event run so smoothly.

October 1st - Annual Membership and Swimming Fees due

The next terms swimming fees become due on the 1st of October and this will include the annual membership fee. We will be sending out emails very shortly and we always welcome early payment. Payments can be made at the Club desk on a Friday evening on the balcony. Any questions regarding fees please speak with Mel Woodward or email newmembers@pottersbarsc.co.uk

PBSC Club Championships - Session 1 & 2 results

Here are the results from the 1st session and a performance report. Here are some pictures from the 1st session

Here are the results from the 2nd session and a performance report

The 1st session saw swimmers break 11 Club Championship records and 3 Club Short course records. Over the two sessions that were fantastic new PB's set by the swimmers too and some of our youngest swimmers participated in their 1st ever competitive gala. A big thank you to all volunteers, officials and swimmers for making the first weekend of the Club Championships a great success. 

PBSC Land Training programme

We will be re-starting the PBSC Land Training programme on Friday 10th October at 7pm to 8pm in the dance studio. Mark Dunn will be leading the sessions and the first block of ten sessions will cost £25. The Land training programme is open to swimmers in P1 and P2 and any other swimmers that have attained a qualifying time for the Herts County Championships in 2015. There are a limited number of spaces so if you are interested in joining the programme then please speak to Coach

Hoddesdon Open Meet

Well done to all PBSC Swimmers that swam terrifically at the Hoddesdon open meet over this weekend. As you can see from the attached performance report there were some huge improvements on times and many many PB's recorded.

The Eric Eady Trophy

There was a great team effort by all the swimmers who swam at the Eric Eady Trophy which saw the Club finish in 2nd place behind Enfield Swim Squad. Well done to all Swimmers. Click here for a performance report.

Hoddesdon Open Meet and The Eric Eady Trophy Gala

Good luck to all PBSC swimmers competing this weekend which for many is the 1st competition of the new season. We have forty of our youngest swimmers at the Hoddesdon Open meet which is a fantastic entry from the Club. The Eric Eady Gala on Sunday is a team gala. With the PBSC Club Champs starting next week these events are a great opportunity for some racing practice. The PBSC Coaching Team are looking forward to some fast swimming and hopefully lots of PB's this weekend.

ASA East Winter Champs QT's

Here are the 2014 ASA East Regional Championships qualifying times. This event will be held at the Inspire Pool, Luton between Friday 5th December and Sunday 7th December 2014. We currently have ten swimmers who have attained the qualifying times for this event which is fantastic as last year we only had one swimmer compete at this event. Those swimmers with qualifying times have been listed on the "roll of honour" on the 2014/15 qualifiers page (click on tab above)The PBSC Coaching Team are delighted to have a bigger squad on the pool deck this year and are also looking to other swimmers to qualify before the entry closes.

PBSC's Open Meet Policy for the 2014/2015 season

Please see the attached policy for the swimming season ahead. If members have any questions on this subject please speak to Chris Andrew, Club Secretary and Wray, Head Coach.

Annual AGM - Thursday 6th November 2014

The annual general meeting of the club will take place at the Furzefield Sports Centre starting at 8.30pm. At this meeting the Head Coach and Executive Members of the committee will present their annual reports to all Club members so please put this date in your diary. This is also a great opportunity for all members to ask questions of the Head Coach and Committee about the administration of the Club and the swimming programme. At this meeting we will also be electing the committee for the year ahead. If you are interested in joining the committee next year please speak with Ian Bays, Chair and Chris Andrew, Club Secretary. Nomination forms will be posted nearer to the date of the meeting.

J1 and J2 Race Night results

Here they are : J1 Results & J2 results Well done to all swimmers as there are lots of PB's

Swimmer of the Month - Ben Harrison (P1)

This months swimmer of the month was an easy choice for Head Coach Wray after Ben's fantastic performances at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield, Ben made two National Finals and broke many club records in doing so. His performances at the Nationals also cemented his selection for the England Talent Programme for the second year running. Well done, Ben!

Morning Training Programme

The morning training programme will restart from Tuesday 2nd September 2014 and we hope to be able to confirm an additional morning session on Thursday mornings at the FF. The morning training sessions will be as follows: -

Tuesday morning @ FF 6am to 7am - Masters, P1, P2, J1 and J2 Swimmers - whole pool. Coaches Wray & Chris - starts Tuesday 2nd Sept

Thursday morning @ FF 6am to 7am - Masters, P1, P2, J1 and J2 Swimmers - whole pool. Coaches Wray & Chris - NB starts Thursday 11th September

Friday morning @ FF 6am to 7am - P1 and P2 swimmers only - single lane. Coach Wray

Saturday morning @ FF 7.15 am to 8.45pm - Masters, P1, P2, J1 and J2 swimmers - four lanes Coaches Wray and Chris

We are keen to encourage swimmers in all squads to regularly attend morning training sessions particularly those with aspirations to swim in County, Regional and National Championships.

PBSC Land Training Programme

We are looking to restart the PBSC Land Training programme from Friday 12th September at 7pm for one hour. The programme will be open to those swimmers in P1 and P2 or those swimmers that hold a qualifying time for the Hertfordshire County Championships 2015. The cost will be £25 for a block of 10 sessions. There are a limited number of places so please speak to Coach Chris or email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk 

Queenswood Training

Training at Queenswood restarts on Tuesday 9th September 2014.

J1 and J2 Race Nights

We will be running the J2 race night on Tuesday of this week and the J1 Race night on Friday evening. All swimmers in these squads are encouraged to participate and the times will be entered into the club database. The times are used to mark the development of the swimmers, used by the PBSC selection committee when selecting the various teams to represent the club in galas and are also used to seed the events in the forthcoming Club Championships. The events all give the swimmers some competitive swimming experience in readiness for the Club Championships. We also use the data to assist with deciding upon squad promotions the next of which take place on October 1st 2014.

Club Championships reminder - Entry deadline - midnight on Sunday 14th September 14

Just a quick reminder that of the closing date for entries for our 2014 Club Championships, the full details of which are on the Club Champs page of this website. No late entries will be accepted. This is a great event for all of our Masters and Squad swimmers to experience some competitive racing within the confines of the Club. The parent and child relay is also a must do event and once again will be strongly contested. Last years winners, Head Coach Wray and son, Jack have confirmed their entry for this event and are looking to defend their title! We are very keen to see our youngest members taking part in this event and parents/guardians are encouraged to speak with the Coaches if they have any questions about the event.

Looking ahead to the new swimming season!

As we approach the end of the summer vacation period it's time to start looking forward to the start of the new swimming season. Last year was a very busy and successful year for the club and we have much to look forward to over the next year. There are lots of opportunities for all of our swimmers such as : -

  • The PBSC Club Championships 2014 which are held over 4 sessions and are licensed at ASA Level 4. This means the times from this event are eligible to be entered into the ASA rankings database and count towards County and Regional Qualifying times. The full details of these championships are on the Club Champs page of the website. All PBSC squad swimmers are expected to participate in this event so please make sure you submit your entries before the closing date of midnight on September 2014 as no late entries will be accepted.  These championships are a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to swim competitively within the environment of the Club which is a valuable experience. We also encourage swimmers to enter the parent and child relay which is a fun event but often the most hotly contested event of the Championships. Last years winners were Head Coach Wray and son, Jack. No doubt they will be looking to retain their title this year! The Club Championships are also open to all PBSC Masters swimmers too so lets have a big entry and make this the best Club Championships in recent years! All awards from this event are presented at the Annual Presentation evening that will be held on Saturday 22nd November 2014.
  • Thirty nine of our youngest swimmers are competing at the Hoddesdon Open Meet on Saturday 20th September 2014 which is a great entry for this meet. For many this will be their 1st open meet so good luck to all swimmers that are competing! We have also large entries for open meets being held by Bishops Stortford and Watford which is fantastic. It will be great for the PBSC Coaching team to be on the pool deck with so many swimmers.
  • The National Arena Swimming League starts in October and consists of three rounds. We are competing in Division 1 of the London League against some very strong clubs from London and the South East so we need to field our very strongest team for this event. We also need to make sure we have our strongest team available for all three rounds so please keep the dates free so that you available to swim if you are selected. As a warm up event for the National Arena League we are competing in the Eric Eady Trophy Gala being hosted by the Enfield Swim Squad at Southbury Road on Sunday 21st September 2014. This will give our swimmers some early season racing experience.
  • PBSC Masters swimmers are competing at the Barnet Copthall Masters Meet so good luck to those competing.
  • We will also be holding our second PBSC Winter Open Meet on Saturday 31st January 2015 which will be licensed at Level 3. This will be a "last chance" opportunity for swimmers seeking to attain Hertfordshire ASA County qualifying times for the 2015 County Championships.
  • Some good news just in is that Ben Harrison after his success at the British Gas National Age Group Championships 2014 has, for the second year, been selected for an England Talent Programme Development day that is being held on September 28th 2014. Well done, Ben!

As ever we are always looking to recruit new swimmers into the Club and we look to our members to promote the Club to friends and family. We hold trials on a Friday evening at 7.15 pm for prospective new swimmers so if you know of someone that is interested why not encourage them to come along. Good Luck to all swimmers for the season ahead!

Well Done Phoebe at the Welsh Nationals

Phoebe Love took part in the Welsh Swim Nationals and achieved a bronze medal in the final for 50m Fly in a time of 30.77 seconds and a 4th place in the final for the 50m Free with a PB of 28.80 seconds.

Full results are here.

Well done Phoebe.

Update from GB Nationals

Please see below for update on GB Nationals after the last day...

Open Water Aquathlon

A few older swimmers enjoyed an open water aquathlon at Lee Valley recently.  Full report is here.  If you think this sort of thing is for you please ask anyone that did it this time.

J1 Race Night

Here are the results! Well done to all swimmers that participated!

Swimmer of the Month - Charlie Stanbury

Well done to Charlie who swam very well during the Peanuts League and has improved greatly in training over the last month.

Summer Training Break

There will be no training on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th and Monday 11th August 2014 as we are having a break as both coaching staff and swimmers need to recuperate after a long successful season. This includes the Friday evening "learn to swim" sessions. We hope you all have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you back in pre-season training from Tuesday 12th August 2014.

National Championships results Friday - Sunday

Ben Harrison made his second National final when he qualified for the 400IM final on Friday night. He went in 10th fastest and finished 8th in a new PB of 4.57.75, breaking 5 minutes.
Ben also had a great swim in the 200m Backstroke, and swam a time of 2.22.69 and finished 17th out of 37 swimmers.
Ben's team mates - Morgan Newman, David Shipman and James Blount then joined him in the 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay where they swam really well and finished 34th in a new PB of 8.46.64. There were some really big Clubs and top swimmers competing in this event, and the boys did PBSC proud - well done boys!
Saturday saw Ben and Morgan swim in the 100m Breaststroke, where Ben finished 13th in a time of 1.14.69 and Morgan 15th in 1.14.87. Ben then went onto swim in his final individual race of the Championships the 100m Fly where he was just outside his PB, finishing in a time of 1.04.92.
Sunday saw the boys compete in their final relay the 4 x 100 Medley Relay. Ben swam the Backstroke, Morgan the Breaststroke, James Woodward the Fly and David Shipman the Freestyle leg. All swam really well and they improved their entry time by 3 seconds. They came 27th overall. A great achievement in all the relays, as only the top 40 in the Country qualify and they were competing against the biggest Clubs in Britain.
It was a great 5 days, with lots of PB's and good swims, all of our swimmers should be very proud of themselves. Well done boys.

British Nationals Update...

Ben Harrison makes his first National Final in the 13 year boys 200 IM
Today saw Ben Harrison make his first National Final in the 13 year boys 200IM. He went into the final in 6th place, and finished in 6th place in a new PB of 2.21.01.
He also came 12th in the 200m fly in 2.21.81 and 13th in the 1500m freestyle with a 21 second PB, in a time of 17.38.40.
Yesterday he came 16th in the 200m breast in 2.41.19 and 22nd in the 100m backstroke in 1.07.07.

The boys 4 x 100m free relay team - James Woodward, Morgan Newman, Ben Harrison & David Shipman, also swam well with a new PB of 3.58.16, and finished 29th out of 40 teams.
Ben still has 4 individual swims to go, Morgan is doing the 100 breast on Saturday, and the boys have 2 more relays to swim, so we look forward to the results of those too.

Well done boys!








Bronze medal at the Welsh Nationals for Phoebe Love!

A big well done to Phoebe Love who has won the bronze medal in the girls 16 and over 50m Butterfly at the Welsh National Championships. Phoebe qualified in 4th for the final but stepped up a gear in the final to win the bronze medal! Great swimming!

British National Age Group Championships, Sheffield 2014

Good luck to the PBSC Swimmers that are going to the British National Age Group Championships in Sheffield, which is to be held from Wednesday 30th July to Sunday 3rd August at the Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield.
The swimmers going are:- Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, David Shipman, James Woodward & James Blount.
This year Ben Harrison has qualified for 9 events and will be competing every day in the following events:-
100m Backstroke; 200m Breaststroke; 4 x 100 Free Relay; 200m fly; 200m IM, 1500m Freestyle; 400m IM; 200m Backstroke; 4 x 200m Free Relay; 100m Breaststroke; 100m fly and the 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
Morgan Newman has qualified for the 100m Breaststroke, and will also be swimming in the 4 x 100m Free Relay, 2 x 200m Free Relay and the 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
David Shipman will be swimming in the 4 x 100m Free relay; 4 x 200m Free relay and the 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
James Woodward is swimming in the 4 x 100m Free Relay and the 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
James Blount is swimming in the 4 x 200m Free Relay.

You can follow the boys swimming, on the www.swimming.org website and click on 'Live Streaming', from Wednesday at 9am.
We wish all the boys the very best of luck and congratulate them on qualifying for this major swimming event.



PBSC Club Championships 2014

Please see the Club Champs page by clicking on the tab above for full details of the 2014 Club Championships. There is an expectation that all PBSC Squad swimmers (P1, P2, J1 and J2) should participate in this fun event. The Club Championships are a licensed event so times will go into the ASA rankings database and will be eligible to count towards Herts ASA County and ASA East Region qualifying times. The Club Championships are also a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to gain competitive racing experience within our own club environment. Please ensure that you submit your entries in good time as no late entries will be accepted, the closing date being midnight on Sunday 14th September 2014

Romford Gala Successes

Well done to all 11 swimmers who competed at the Romford Gala at Blackshotts Pool in Grays on Saturday 19th July. Lucinda Andrews, Jessica Heesom, Anna Shipman, Amy Webb, Jessica Woodward, Sophia Zeinden, Callum Tilley , Alfie Francis, Tim Belayev, Thomas Stanbury and Charlie Stanbury. Most of these swimmers had been out at the club's social the night before but managed to put in some good performances. Medals were won and some excellent pb's achieved. Wray, Head Coach, was extremely pleased with many of the swimmers performances on the day, a good experience at a venue new to all the swimmers who swam. All the results from this gala can be viewed in the section 'swimmers times' on the club's website.

Irish Nationals Report

A number of club swimmers qualified for the Irish Nationals Agegroup Championships held recently in Dublin.  Here is a report of their performances.









Brighton Pier to Pier Swim Saturday July 12th 2014

Saturday saw 12 Potters Bar Swimmers & Masters compete in the Annual 1.2K Brighton Pier to Pier swim.

It was a great day with the sun shining, the sea was fairly calm although there was a very strong undercurrent, which made it a very tough swim. However, all made it back in one piece - times ranging from 27 to 65 minutes.

Well done to all swimmers: Jack Shewell-Cooper, Katie Gormley, Niamh Gormley, Wray Shewell-Cooper, Dani Harrison, Caroline Griffin, Martin Higgins, Eugene Gormley, Darren Hamshere, Paul Newman, Mark Formby, James Aiken and Frank West (Dani's Dad).

Thanks also to all the supporters who carried the bags!!! Jacqui Gormley, Cath Shewell-Cooper, Morgan & Harriet Newman & Alex West.

PBSC Summer BBQ - Friday 18th July 2014

Everyone is welcome to the annual PBSC Summer BBQ which is on Friday 18th July 2014 At The Cricket Club, The Walk, Potters Bar From 7.30pm onwards. There is a bar. Burgers and sausages can be purchased from the BBQ. The Peanuts swimmers will be recognised with individual awards during the evening. Everyone is welcome so bring your picnic rug and come and enjoy the fun. It's a fun night and chance for all members to socialise away from the pool so please come along

Peanuts - Final Round

It was a mixed bag of results for the Club in the final round of the Peanuts League. The swimmers in the Jade Team all swam very well to the delight of Coaches Wray and Bronwen. The Jade Team all gave 100% effort and showed that they are a competitive team. Unfortunately the team has been severely hampered in each round of the league this year due to a lack of available swimmers. This has meant that the team has accrued a large number of points before the gala has even started that the team competing realistically cannot make up. As a result the Jade team will be relegated to Division 3 next year. This is disappointing for the Club and highlights the importance of swimmers being available to swim should they be selected.  All PBSC swimmers that have represented the Jade Team are invited to attend the Club BBQ (see above) as your efforts in representing the Club will be recognised at this event so don't miss out on your award! 

The Blue Team who were competing in the Division 1 consolation final at Stevenage stepped up a gear and also put in a great performance. The Blue Team ran out as winners of the gala which sees us finish 7th in the league for 2014. This was a great performance in the final round, so a big well done too. Again the Blue Team was unable to field a fully compliant team this year so like Jade has been at a dis-advantage before the galas have even started. Coaches Chris and Darren are extremely pleased with the performance of the Blue Team whose performance excelled their expectations. All PBSC swimmers that have represented the Blue Team are invited to attend the Club BBQ (see above) as your efforts in representing the Club will be recognised at this event so don't miss out on your award! 

PBSC Jade Team Performance Report                     PBSC Blue Team Performance Report

Photographs from Blue Team gala

PBSC Summer Open Results

Here is a performance report for the PBSC swimmers that competed at the Summer Open held on Saturday 5th July 2014.  Many thanks to the army of volunteers who made it possible and all the swimmers and parents that made it all worthwhile. Please also see the link for some photos of our swimmers in action. Here are the full meet results.

Swimmer of the Month - Adam Gill

Well done to Adam who was named the "swimmer of the month" for June 2014. Adam swims in P2 and Coach Chris Andrew said "Adam has worked well in training over the last month. I am really pleased with the improvements he has shown with his strokes and the commitment he has shown to training regularly. Adam has also swum well and is the worthy recipient of this months award" 

J2 Race Night

Here are the results from tonight's time trial.  Well done to all swimmers!

James W called up to County Team

James Woodward (P1) has been called up to represent Hertfordshire ASA in this weekends Inter-County competition being held at Basildon. Well done, James!

PBSC Summer BBQ - Friday 18th July 2014

Everyone is welcome to the annual PBSC Summer BBQ which is on Friday 18th July 2014 At The Cricket Club, The Walk, Potters Bar From 7.30pm onwards. There is a bar. Burgers and sausages can be purchased from the BBQ. The Peanuts swimmers will be recognised with individual awards during the evening. Everyone is welcome so bring your picnic rug and come and enjoy the fun.

Hertfordshire ASA County Qualifying times for 2015

Here the are the qualifying times for the 2015 County Championships.

Eight PBSC swimmers to compete in the Irish National Age Group Championships

In just four weeks time a team of PBSC swimmers consisting of Katie Conyers, Kate Andrew, Harriet Newman, Katie Harrison, James Blount, James Woodward, Mathew Honeyman and Morgan Newman will compete at the Irish National Age Group Championships that are being held at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin between July 16th and 20th. For many of these swimmers it will be their first experience of competing in a National Championships and the PBSC Coaching Team are confident that they will rise to the occasion and perform well. The team will be under the guidance of Coach Chris Andrew and Dani Harrison, Team Manager.

Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach "I am looking forward to leading our team in Ireland and with continued good work in the training pool I am sure they will pull out some big performances. For most of our swimmers It will be their first experience of a National Championships and I am confident that we will see some of our swimmers make the Irish National Age Group Finals"

Peanuts Performance reports

Here are the performance reports for the Blue and Jade team. Well done to all swimmers!

Weekend 2 - Regional Championships 2014

PBSC swimmers continued their good form at the Regional Championships in Norwich where Ben Harrison became our first regional champion in 2014 by winning the 100m Butterfly in the 13 year old boys age group. 

The results of our swimmers can be summarised as follows: -

  • Ben Harrison (13 years) won the 100m butterfly, came second in the 200m IM, 3rd in the 1500m Free, 4th in the 400m Free, 5th in the 200m Free, 6th in the 100m Breaststroke and 11th in the 100m Freestyle. Many of Ben's times were within the National Qualifying time. Ben also won the bronze medal in the BAGCATS Championships to cap off a great regional championships. Great swimming, Ben!
  • Jess Woodward (10 years) came a very creditable 13th in the 200m Breaststroke and then rushed back to Potters Bar to swim in the Peanuts League where she swam some great races. Fab swimming, Jess and thanks for supporting the Peanuts team!
  • Katie Harrison (11 years) came 4th in the 200m Free and 11th in the 400m IM. Both of these swims are inside the PBSC Club record and were PB times for Katie.
  • Morgan Newman (13 years) also swam well finishing 4th in the 100m Breaststroke, 6th in the 400m Free and 7th in the 100m and 200m Free. Well done, Morgan!
  • James Woodward (14 years) came 6th in the final of the 200m Fly, 7th in the 1500m Free, 12th in the 100m Free and 11th in the 200m IM. James recorded new PB's too - great swimming!
  • James Blount (13 years) swam a fast 200m Free to finish in 10th place and followed this up with 15th place in the 100m Free. James swims were PB's - Well done, James.
  • David Shipman (14 years) just missed out on the final finishing in 9th place in the 200m Free but stepped up to finish in 7th place in the final of the 100m Free. Well done, David!
  • The boys 4 x 100m Medley relay of Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, Ben Harrison and David Shipman swam a great relay and finished in 4th place which was a great result at the end of a busy weekend.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "This year saw eight PBSC swimmers qualify for the Regional Championships and I am delighted they have swam well over the last two weekends. I hope they inspire our swimmers as I am already looking to be back next year with an even bigger team"

Peanuts - Blue and Jade Team improve performances in 2nd Round

Well done to both the Blue and Jade team who stepped up a gear in the 2nd round of the 2014 Peanuts League. The Blue team finished 4th and the Jade team came 6th in their respective galas. It was tough on the night for both teams as we were unable to field relay teams in the 9 year old age groups due to a lack of available swimmers. This means we do not score points in these events and puts us in a big dis-advantage to other teams. In light of that we are pleased with the performance of our swimmers and in particular those swimmers representing the Jade team.

We are keen to recruit new members and in particular swimmers who are 9 years old so if you have a prospective member why not bring them along for a trial.

Swim Clinic - Sunday 22nd June 2014

Many PBSC swimmers have signed up for the swim clinic that was to be taken by Craig Gibbons. Unfortunately Craig has had to withdraw at short notice, however, we are now pleased to announce that Ed Sinclair, who is a double Olympian and 3 x World Championship medallist will now be taking the session that will start at 5.15pm sharp. We are assuming that all swimmers that have signed up for this event still wish to participate and look forward to seeing you on Sunday. There are still places so if you wish to sign up please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk or speak to Wray or Paul Newman who are co-ordinating the event.

David and Ben receive County "Call up"

Congratulations to David Shipman and Ben Harrison who have been selected to represent Hertfordshire ASA in the Inter-County gala to be held at Basildon on July 6th 2014. This event is one of the premier events in the swimming calendar and it will see them competing against the strongest age group swimmers in the country.

Regional Champs - Day 2

It has been another successful day for our swimmers and we continue to see PB swims, medals being won and club records being broken. Today has seen the following great results: -

  •  Ben Harrison has continued to add to his medal haul winning two more bronze medals in the 200m Butterfly and 200m Breaststroke events. In a thrilling race he was leading the 200m Butterfly at the last turn and was just overhauled on the last length to finish in third place. Well done, Ben - great performances all weekend!
  • Jessica Woodward swam in the 100m Breaststroke and qualified for the final in her 1st year of Regional qualification and swam a determined race to finish in 8th place. Well done, Jess !
  • Morgan Newman also made the 200m Breaststroke final and  swam well to finished in eighth place. Well done, Morgan.
  • Katie Harrison swam superbly in the 400m Freestyle to finish in 5th place in the 11 year olds age group recording a time of 5.03.01 which is inside her own club record. Congratulations, Katie.
  • The Boys 4 x 200m relay team of Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, James Woodward and David Shipman also swam very well to finish in 5th place which is another fantastic achievement. We will have wait to see if their time is fast enough to qualify for the National Age Group Championships to be held in Sheffield later this year. The fastest split went to David Shipman who recorded a scorching 2min 8 seconds. Well done to Ben, Morgan, James and David.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It has been another great day for PBSC swimmers and I am very pleased with the performances to date", "I am looking forward to next weekend and hope this good form continues!"

Regional Champs - Day 1

PBSC swimmers have been in great form during the first day of competition at the 2014 Regional Championships that are being held in Norwich. We have had some excellent performances that can be summarised as follows:

  • Jessica Woodward swam a long course personal best in the 200m IM in her first ever Regional Championships. Well done, Jess
  • Katie Harrison was in red hot form swimming excellent PB's in the 200m IM and 800m Free were also inside the PBSC Club records for 11 year old girls. Katie finished 4th in the 800m Free just missing out on a bronze medal by a fraction of a second. Fast swimming, Katie!
  • Katie Conyers also swimming in her first ever Regional Championships went off like a rocket in the 100m Freestyle and her determined swim saw her finish in a new  1.03.17 which is inside the PBSC record for a 14 year old. This fantastic swim saw her finish as the second reserve for the 14 year old girls final. Great swimming, Katie!
  • Morgan Newman swam the 4 x 100m IM which is one of the toughest events in the swimming programme and recorded a new Long Course PB. Well done, Morgan.
  • James Woodward got off to a great start swimming a fast 100m backstroke and then put in another great swim in the 4 x 100m IM. Well done, James!
  • Ben Harrison had a busy day and won a silver medal in the 4 x 100m IM and a bronze medal in the 200m Backstroke for 13 year old boys. He also recorded a new National qualifying time in the 100m backstroke and a number of his swims are inside his own Club records. Ben now has 7 National Qualifying times for events at the National Age Group Championships to be held in in Sheffield at the end of July.
  • The PBSC Boys 4 x100m Freestyle relay team of Morgan Newman, James Woodward, Ben Harrison and David Shipman swam one of the races of the day to win a fantastic bronze medal. The team came from behind on the last leg to secure the bronze medal in what was a very exciting race that had the PBSC supporters in full voice from the balcony. The team broke the 4 minute barrier and will now wait to see if this time was fast enough to qualify for the National Age Group Championships. Well done to Morgan, James, Ben and David on a fab performance. Also special mention and thanks to James B, who was the reserve for our team and showed great sportsmanship and support in this role.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It has been a great first day for PBSC swimmers and I am delighted to see new PB's being set, medals being won and Club records being broken. We have also seen PBSC swimmers showing good sportsmanship and I am now looking forward to some more great performances from our swimmers"

Regional Championships 2014 

This weekend sees the start of the 2014 Regional Championships and we have our largest ever number of swimmers competing. They are Jessica Woodward, Katie Harrison, Katie Conyers, James Woodward, Morgan Newman, James Blount, David Shipman and Ben Harrison. Good luck to all competing!

Swim Clinic with 2012 GB Olympian

Craig Gibbons who is one of the fastest GB swimmers and a 2012 Olympian will be taking a swim clinic on Sunday 22nd June with PBSC Swimmers. The attached flyer gives full details. There is a small cost of £5 and we encourage you to book your place as soon as possible. Wray and Paul Newman are co-ordinating the event if you have any questions.

100M Freestyle Rankings

Here the current rankings in the Club for the 100m Freestyle. The men's rankings are headed by Club Captain David Shipman and the ladies ranking's sees Katie Conyers as the new leader. These rankings are extracted from the ASA's rankings database. PBSC Swimmers need to compete in licensed open meets to have their times included in this rankings database.

Bank Holiday Monday and PBSC Social

Saturday evenings social and disco starts at 7pm at Elm Court so come along for a fun evening and lots of dancing. Tickets can be purchased on the door. Also there is no swimming on Bank Holiday Monday.

PBSC Blue Team - Peanuts League 2014

Well done to all those swimmers who swam in the peanuts division 1 gala at Stevenage. The competition was extremely tough and it was always going to be difficult for us as we did not have a full compliment of 9 year old girls. Despite this setback our swimmers swam their hearts out and just missed 4th place by 1 point. This highlights the importance of avoiding unnecessary DQ's and winning the small margin races to make sure every point counts for the team.

The final results on the night were as follows:- 6th Tring 227 points 5th Potters Bar 203 points 4th Harpenden 202 points 3rd Stevenage 188 points 2nd Watford 163 points 1st City of St Albans 73 points.

Head Coach Wray 'I was very proud of all the swimmers who swam in the first round of this gala and for some swimmers it was their very first gala. There were some excellent individual and relay performances'. We are currently processing the results and are confident that many of our swimmers recorded PB's on the night. The performance report will be posted as soon as it is available.

The next round is on Saturday 14th June and we need all swimmers to make a few extra training sessions and to be available to swim as we need to improve on this performance otherwise we will be facing relegation in the final round.

PBSC Peanut Swimmers in action this weekend!

Good luck to our youngest swimmers that are competing for the Jade and Blue teams on Saturday night, many of whom will be experiencing their first inter-club gala. The Jade team are at the Furzefield and the Blue Team are at Stevenage. Have a great gala and swim fast!

Peanuts Hats

We have a batch of PB hats with 'Peanuts Team' on for sale at £5 each, for swimmers to wear at the forthcoming Peanuts Galas. If you would like one - they will be available from the table on Friday night, or from Dani Harrison on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at the Furzefield Centre.

Spring Social & Disco, Saturday 24th May at Elm Court.

Tickets are on sale on the balcony £3 each. Come along and join the fun! Please speak to Anita Shipman if you can help with any of the following;

  •  Help prior to or on the day, the more help we get the easier it will be for everyone

  • Make fairy cakes to sell at the event

  •  Supply any prizes for the raffle

J2 Race Night

Here are the results from last nights time trials. Well done to all swimmers!

PBSC Camping Trip 2012 - June 27th to 29th 2014

This years camping trip will be to Henlow Bridge Lakes and Riverside whose website address is ww.henlowbridgelakes.co.uk 

This year the payment arrangements are: Total cost of the field £900 which will be divided between the number of pitches taken.  A £25 non refundable deposit is required by 23rd May and the balance will then be calculated. The balance will need to be paid by 6th June. All money needs to be given to Steve or Anita Shipman in an envelope with their name, number in their party and email address. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at no additional cost. There are approximately 20 pitches available so deposits required asap with pitches allocated on a "first come, first served basis". If you are interested then email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk or Speak directly to Steve or Anita Shipman.

J1 Race Night results

Well done to all swimmers that took competed in last nights time trials and here are the results. All times have been entered into the Clubs database.

British Gas ASA East Region Youth Championships 2014

This weekend Phoebe Love, P1 squad, will travel to Luton Sport Village to compete in the British Gas ASA East Region Youth Championships 2014. The competition will be swum over 2 days in 6 sessions. Phoebe will swim in the 50 & 100 free and the 50 & 100 fly we wish Phoebe good luck and hope she swims well.

May Bank Holiday's - No Training!

There is no training at the Furzefield on the two Bank Holiday Mondays in May. 

Basildon and Phoenix Open Meet

Here is a performance report for the swimmers that competed in this Level 1 Open Meet.

J2 and J1 Race Nights

Our 2nd Race Night for our youngest swimmers start on Friday 2nd May for J1 swimmers. J2 swimmers will race on Tuesday 6th May 2014. All J1 and J2 swimmers are encouraged to participate as their times will go into the Clubs database and are used to select the various teams that represent the Club. We have three rounds of the Peanuts League over the coming months to it is important that swimmers have up to date times for consideration by the PBSC Selection Committee.

PBSC 100m Freestyle rankings

Here are the current Men's and Women's rankings for the 100m Freestyle. These rankings have been extracted from the ASA's rankings database. In order for your time to be included in the ASA's rankings database you must have competed at a licensed swimming event. Licensed events include our own Club Championships and the various open meets that we enter.

GB Youth International instructs P1 and P2 Swimmers

P1 and P2 Swimmers training last night received a nice Easter Surprise when former PBSC Swimmer, Joel Knight joined the session. Joel is a GB Youth International and was back in Potters Bar having been at the British Championships last week in Glasgow. Joel joined in the session and also provided some invaluable instruction to our swimmers and kindly demonstrated stroke technique and drills. Our swimmers also had the chance to race against Joel in some relay races at the end of the session. Thanks to Joel for coming along and we look forward to seeing him again. 

PBSC 200m Free - Rankings

Here are the rankings for PBSC swimmers over 200m Freestyle - Men and Ladies. These rankings have been extracted from the ASA's rankings database.

Phoebe competing at the Welsh National Championships

Phoebe Love is travelling to Swansea this Easter weekend to compete in the Welsh National Age Group, Youth and Senior Championships where she will be competing in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. The results of this event are posted live on the Swim Wales website so you can follow Phoebe's performance. Good Luck to Phoebe this weekend! 

Basildon and Phoenix - Level 1 Open Meet

Good luck to all PBSC swimmers that are competing at the 50m pool at Basildon Sports Village over the Easter Weekend. This is a good opportunity to gain some long course swimming experience and a big opportunity for swimmers to try and break some of the Clubs Long Course swimming records. It looks a great venue for our swimmers to experience.

PBSC Social - Saturday 24th May 2014

There is a PBSC social and disco at Elm Court on Saturday 24th May to celebrate the success at Herts Majors and the Herts Counties amongst others and the start of the Peanuts galas. Start time 7pm for 7.30pm, tickets are priced at £3.00 each. There will be a soft drinks bar and members are invited to bring their own alcoholic drinks and nibbles. There will be the usual burgers and cakes on sale. Tickets will be available from the "Help Desk" on the balcony from this Friday or from Anita Shipman who can often be found on the balcony during squad training. Please come along and support the club!

PBSC Swimmers make National Schools Relay Finals

Harriet Newman (P2) and Efa Davies (J2) from Stormont School swam in the 8 x 25m freestyle relay team in the regional round at Bishop Stortford College in February have qualified for the National IAPS Swimming final that will be held in May at the K2 Centre in Crawley. The girls team have qualified as the 3rd fastest Small School in the country so are well placed going into the final!

Matthew Honeyman (P1) swimming for Bishop Stortford College will also be competing as he is a member of the schools freestyle and medley relays that have qualified for the National Final. In addition to that great achievement Matthew also qualified for the National Finals of the 50m freestyle individual event. 

Well done to Efa, Harriet and Mathew and the best of luck in the National Finals!  

PBSC 50m Rankings

Here are the current Club rankings for men and women over 50m Freestyle. The times have been extracted from the ASA Rankings database. Phoebe Love, PBSC P1 Squad swimmer heads up the Ladies table and Daryl Mason, PBSC Masters swimmer tops the men's rankings.

Irish National Age Group Championships 2014

We have swimmers that have achieved the qualifying times for the Irish National Age Group Championships that are to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin between July 16th and 20th 2014. This event is an "open" event and any swimmer that has attained the qualifying time is able to enter. The full details of the event are in the attached document (pages 21 to 23). If you have attained the qualifying times and are interested in entering this event then please speak to Chris.

J1 Race Night results

Well done to all J1 swimmers that took part and here are the results.

Swimmers of the Month - March 2014

Well done to April Richards, Katie Conyers, Phoebe Love and Samantha Over who were named as "Swimmers of the month" following their fantastic achievement in winning a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m Open Freestyle Relay at the Hertfordshire County Championships 2014. This is our first County Open Relay medal in many, many years so well done to all.

British Gas Swimming Championships 2014

The British Gas Swimming Championships are being held in Glasgow between April 10th and April 15th and the event will be "live" streamed on the internet (See the British Swimming website). The final's sessions for the last three days of the Championships will be also shown on Sky Sports 2. This event also doubles as a qualification event for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games that will be held later this year so will see the very best swimmers in the UK competing. PBSC Swimmers are encouraged to tune into this event to see some top flight swimming.

National Arena League 2014

We have been notified that this years competition will take place on Saturday 11th October, Saturday 8th November and the final round on Saturday 13th December 2014. Please put the dates in your diary so that you are available to swim (if selected) as we need to put out our most competitive team for this event.

Queenswood School closure over Easter Break

There will be no training on Tuesday's 8th and 15th April as the school is closed for the Easter Holidays.

J1 Race Night - Friday 4th April 2014

Just a quick reminder that we will be holding a "Race Night" for all J1 swimmers at Friday evenings session, so all squad members are encouraged to attend.

J2 Race Night

This evening we held our 1st race night for swimmers in Squad J2. Over 20 members from this squad participated and had their times recorded for 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. For many of the swimmers this has been the 1st time they have competed over these distances so we now have times within our club database which can be used to measure the swimmers future progress. A few swimmers have already shown big improvements on their previous times. We will also use the times in the database to help the PBSC Selection Committee pick the swimmers to represent the Club in the forthcoming Peanuts League competition. The results of tonight's race night can be viewed by clicking here. Well done to all J2 swimmers that took part!

Half Term - Mark Foster Swim Camp

There are a few PBSC Swimmers considering attending a swim camp to be run by Mark Foster, 6 x World Swimming Champion and now a TV Celebrity. One of the one day camps is being held at the 50m pool in Basildon at a cost of £95 which includes the provision of a swim cap and sporting heroes book. Full details of these events can be found on www.MFSA.co.uk. These events are aimed at competitive swimmers age 11 to 18. If you are interested in attending please liaise with Dani Harrison

East Training Break

We will be having a training break over the Easter Weekend for all squads, masters sessions and the "Learn to swim" group. The last sessions will be on Thursday 17th April and normal training routines will re-commence on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

New Recruits needed

As a club we are always keen to recruit new members and with the 2014 Peanut's League fast approaching we are keen to recruit 9 year old girls (Age as at June 15th 2014) as we are short of swimmers in this age group. We are appealing to our membership to help encourage new members to join our great club. Trials are held on a Friday evening at the Furzefield at 7.15pm. Please speak to Wray, Bronwen, Chris and Darren if you have any questions.

4 x 100m Open Ladies win Bronze medal at Counties

We have been advised by Herts ASA that our open ladies team of April Richards, Katie Conyers, Samantha Over and Phoebe Love have been promoted to the bronze medal position following the disqualification of one of the teams that competed in this event. Well done to April, Katie, Samantha and Phoebe.

Eight PBSC Swimmers invited to Herts County Presentation evening

Following their fantastic performances at the County Championships the below swimmers have been invited to the Herts presentation evening on Wednesday 26th March 2014. This means that these swimmers have finished in the Top 8 of the BAGCATS competition for their age group. The final placing's are to be announced on the night however just receiving an invite is an excellent achievement in itself and well deserved given the hard work and commitment shown over the last year. The swimmers are: -

Jessica Woodward, Katie Harrison, Kate Andrew, James Blount, Morgan Newman, David Shipman, Ben Harrison and James Woodward

This is the most swimmers that the Club has had finish in the Top eight in the history of this competition and we hope that their achievements will inspire all the swimmers in our Club

Herts County Championships - 3rd Weekend Report

The Hertfordshire County Championships have concluded and PBSC swimmers have again excelled over this third weekend. The success of our swimmers performances can be summarised as follows: -

 • David Shipman, PBSC’s Club Captain was in record breaking form when he raced in the 13 years 50m Freestyle to become the County Champion and Gold medal winner! David also won the bronze medal in the 13 years 100m Individual Medley. Fast swimming, David – Well done!

 • James Woodward added to our list of County Champions winning Gold in the 14 year olds 200m Butterfly, one of the toughest events in the swimming programme! Well done, James!

• Katie Harrison continued her fantastic form in the 200m Free, 400m Free and 400m IM in winning gold medals in each of these events. All three of Katie’s swims recorded new Club Records which just shows how well Katie has excelled in each of these events! Well done, Katie.

• Ben Harrison won the gold medal in the 13 years 100m IM, silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m backstroke, 200m Breaststroke and bronze medals in the 100m backstroke and 400m Freestyle. Well done, Ben!

• Phoebe Love also continued her good form to win the silver medal in the 16 years 50m Butterfly. This saw her qualify for the Championship final where she again improved on her heat time to finish 5th, another brilliant achievement. Phoebe’s times were new Club Short Course records! Great swimming, Phoebe!

 • Jessica Woodward swam like a rocket to the silver medal in the 10 years 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke events. Well done, Jess!

• Morgan Newman swum to the bronze medal in the 13 years 200m Breaststroke. Well done, Morgan!

• Kate Andrew recorded a new Club record in the 200m Backstroke for 11 year old girls breaking a record set over 12 years ago. Great swimming, Kate!

 • A special mention of Morgan Newman and James Woodward who went under the “minute” for the very first time in the 100m Freestyle. This is a significant time to surpass so well done boys! Also well done to all our relays teams that competed in some very exciting races and in particular the female Open 4 x 100m Freestyle team of April Richards, Katie Conyers, Samantha Over (PBSC Club Captain) and Phoebe Love who finished in an excellent 4th place

• Personal Best Times were swum by: Alfie Francis, Benji Refson, Georgianna Balchin, Anna Shipman, Georgina Tallon, Jessica Hurley, Mathew Honeyman, James Smith, Jessica Woodward, Elise Cork, Katie Harrison, Katie Conyers, Georgina Tallon, Rachel Connery, Lucinda Andrews, Harriet Newman, Kate Andrew, Rachel Connery, Katie Harrison, Katie Conyers, Samuel Balchin, James Blount, Jack Shewell-Cooper, James Woodward and Ben Harrison. Well done to all swimmers!

Thank you to all PBSC parents/guardians that supported our swimmers from the balcony, your support always helps spur them on. The PBSC Team were in good spirits and were without doubt the best dancing team on the pool deck! The PBSC supporters were pretty good too!

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach “Over the last two weekends we have seen some fantastic performances from our swimmers and I am delighted with the overall performance of PBSC Team”, “It’s great that we have a number of County Champions and medal winners. I am sure their achievements will inspire the younger swimmers in the Club”

Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach “Stats show that 20 Club records have been broken and over 60% of all swims have been PB’s. It was great to see the hard work in the training pool turn in to some fantastic performances and we can be proud that we now have eight swimmers qualified for the Regional Championships in June, with a number of other swimmers knocking on the door of qualification. Let' keep up the great work and keep the Club moving forward”

Race Nights - Squads J1 and J2

On the 1st Tuesday (J2) and Friday (J1) of each month we will be running race nights for swimmers in Squads J1 and J2 so that our youngest swimmers can gain some valuable competition experience ahead of the forthcoming Peanut's League competition. These events will also assist the coaching team in measuring the progress of our swimmers so we are encouraging all of our swimmers in J2 and J1 to participate. If you have any questions please speak to Coaches Darren and Wray who will be able to advise.

We have two teams entered in the Peanuts League so will need many of our swimmers to be available to represent the Club (if selected) so please try and keep the following Saturday evenings free: May 17th , June 16th and July 12th 2014.

We are particularly keen to recruit 9 year old (as at June 15th 2014) female swimmers to the Club so if you have friends, family with girls of this age why not ask them to come along for a trial. 

Final weekend - Herts County Championships 2014

Good Luck to all PBSC swimmers racing this weekend - Let's see some fast swimming!

Herts County Championships 2014

It was another successful weekend for PBSC swimmers at the Hertfordshire County Championships and our performances can be summarised as follows: -

  • Morgan Newman became the clubs second County Champion of 2014 winning gold medals in the 13 years 50m and 100m breaststroke  - The latter being a National Qualifying Time so Morgan becomes our second swimmer to qualify for the British National Age Group Championships that will be held in Sheffield in July 2014.
  • Ben Harrison was in silver medal winning form in the 13 years 200m Medley and 100m Breaststroke. Ben's 200m IM time also being a British National Age Group qualifying time. Ben also won bronze medals in the 50m and 100m Fly.
  • Phoebe Love won a silver medal in the 16 year old Females age group in the 50m Free. Phoebe's time also qualified for the Championship Final, our first finalist in many years. In the final Phoebe was in red hot form and raced to an excellent 4th place from Lane 1. In doing so Phoebe broke the PBSC Club Records for this event and achieved a Regional qualifying time.
  • James Woodward and Morgan Newman won bronze medals in the gruelling 400m Medley in the 14 year and 13 years age groups. Kate Andrew swam a determined 100m Butterfly and won the bronze medal. Katie Harrison swam a very fast 50m Free and raced to bronze! David Shipman also swam a fast 50m Breaststroke to win a bronze medal in the 13 years age group.
  • Katie Conyers became the 8th PBSC swimmer to qualify for the ASA East Regional Championships recording her qualifying time in the 100m Free.
  • There were some big PB's recorded by swimmers that include Jessica Heesom, Lucinda Andrews, Jessica Woodward, Georgina Tallon, Harriet Newman, James Woodward, Jack Shewell-Cooper, James Blount, Georgianna Balchin, James Smith, David Shipman, James Woodward, Maya Spence, Anna Church, Samuel Balchin, Mathew Honeyman, Rachel Connery, Anna Shipman and Leah Refson.
  • Well done to all PBSC Swimmers that swam at the weekend as it should be noted that qualifying for the Counties is a big achievement in itself.

The PBSC Coaching Team are looking forward to next weekend and more big performances from our swimmers.

Herts Major League - Blue 5th and Jade face relegation

Last weekend saw the Blue and Jade teams contesting the final rounds of the Hertfordshire Major Leagues in Divisions 1 and 2 respectively. Both teams were under strength, however the swimmers in both teams swam valiantly and recorded some excellent PB's. Many of our swimmers had to "swim up" in older age groups due to the shortage of swimmers so their improved times did not necessarily turn into points on the scoreboard which is so vital in these team galas. The Blue Team finished in 5th place in a tough gala won by Hatfield who fielded a much stronger team than that in the earlier rounds. The Jade Team also swam well but unfortunately finished in 6th place which means we will be relegated to Division 3.

Chris Andrew - PBSC Blue Team Coach "Against strong competition we can be pleased with finishing 5th with such a young team of swimmers who all swam their hearts out on the night often against older swimmers. With our strongest team out I am confident we could have improved on this position"

Bronwen Hardy - PBSC Jade Team Coach  " Well done to the Jade Team again on some great individual swims and I was really pleased with the efforts of all the Jade Team swimmers", "Like the rest of the PBSC Coaching Team I am disappointed that the team faces relegation"

PBSC swimmers supporting Sports Relief

On Sunday the 23rd March five swimmers from PBSC are traveling up to London to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon at the Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Sean Lovell, Adam and Sophia Zeinden, Thomas and Charlie Stanbury have formed a relay team and are swimming 1.5 km to raise money for Sport Relief. If you would like to sponsor them and help raise money for Sport Relief you can make a donation on their just giving page http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/potters-bar-aqua-team. Please let us know if your supporting Sports Relief and we will publish your story.

Herts County Champs warm up times

Please visit the Herts ASA website for details of all warm up times.

Harriet and Natasha through to National Schools Relay Finals

On Friday 7th March PBSC swimmers Harriet Newman and Natasha Guidice from Stormont School attended the Regional rounds of the Primary School Relays at Woodside Pool Watford. This event is open to all schools across the country for both boys and girls in year 5 and 6. They were part of the team that qualified for the Freestyle Relay Nationals, having achieved 2nd place at this regional event. This event will take place at Ponds Forge Sheffield 21st June. Well done to Harriet and Natasha and good luck in the National Final.

Potters Bar Summer Open Meet 2014

We are holding our summer open meet on Saturday 5th July 2014 at the Furzefield Sports Centre and this event has been granted a Level 3 Licence. It is anticipated that this event as in previous years will be fully subscribed so we are encouraging you to submit entries as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Full details of the event are on our "Open Meets" page.         

Herts County Champs - Live results and live web video

Herts ASA will be posting live results and a video feed for all events so why not take a look at their webpage and sign up to follow all the action and to keep tabs on the PBSC swimmers that are competing. Access their webpage by clicking here

The South Herts Trophy 2014 - Blue victors & Jade were great!

Last night we hosted the annual South Herts Trophy at the Furzefield Sports Centre and the PBSC Blue Team (123pts) were victors in an very exciting gala ahead of Hoddesdon SC (146pts), Hertford SC (154pts), Berkhamstead (185pts), Cheshunt SC (192pts) and the PBSC Jade Team. PBSC swimmers celebrated the win by jumping into the pool at the end of the gala.

The performance reports for the Jade and Blue Teams are being processed but early reviews show that all of our swimmers have swum well and it's fair to say that Head Coaches Wray and Bronwen are delighted with the win and the individual performances of the swimmers in both teams.

Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team "The Jade team swam so well and I am delighted with the performance of the swimmers many who swam several races over the evening"

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Blue Team "Well done to the Blue Team on winning the South Herts Trophy, this is a great result. I was also delighted with the performance of the Jade team swimmers so it was a great night on all counts"

                   Herts Counties 2014 - Katie H brings home Gold!

Well done to Katie Harrison who has become our 1st County Champion of 2014 winning gold in the 11 year olds 800m Freestyle. It was a PBSC 1-2 with Kate Andrew battling hard to come out in 2nd place and picking up the silver. Ben Harrison also added to the PBSC medal haul winning a bronze medal in the 13 year olds 1500m Free. Katie Conyers, James Blount, Jack Shewell-Coooper, David Shipman, James Woodward and Morgan Newman all swam well setting long course PB's and were just outside the medals. Morgan and James W achieved Regional Qualifying times in doing so.   This is a fantastic start to the 2014 County Championships so a big well done to all swimmers

Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach "We have got off to a great start in the County Championships and against tough competition we have come away with medals and our first County Champion for 2014. Hopefully this will spur on our swimmers and I'm looking forward to seeing more big performances at the Counties"

                                              Hydration

A couple of incidents in recent weeks have highlighted the importance of hydration. Therefore we are reminding all swimmers, parents and guardians of the importance of having a proper hydration strategy. Swimmers should bring a water bottle to all training sessions and take a three stage approach as follows: -

1) swimmers should make sure that they have hydrated before getting to the pool.

2) swimmers should replace fluid as they lose it during the session and should be drinking between 150ml to 300ml of fluid every 20 minutes. Swimmers need a large (or more than one) water bottle to see them through the sessions.

3) swimmers should take post training fluids in order to replace any fluid deficits. 

                                        Busy month ahead !

PBSC swimmers have a busy month ahead as next weekend we are hosting the South Herts Trophy at the Furzefield where we will be competing against four visiting teams. It is also the start of the Hertfordshire County Championships 2014 and we will have a small group of swimmers competing in the distance events being held at the 50m pool in Luton on the same night. The PBSC Coaching team are confident that our swimmers will perform well at both of these events and that we will see some of our younger swimmers, who are competing at the South Herts Trophy, start to blossom as they begin their journey in competitive swimming.

On Saturday 8th March we have two teams competing in the final round of the Herts Major League with the Blue Team swimming in the Division 1 Final that is being held at Hitchin. We are currently 4th in the league but have the same league points as Hatfield SC, Bishop Stortford SC and just 1 point behind Hoddesdon SC. The final league positions will be decided by a very small margin so please make every effort to be available to swim (if selected). On the night we need all swimmers to put in some terrific performances and above all we need to avoid unnecessary disqualifications as every point will count. The PBSC Jade Team are competing in the Division 2 Final "promotion" Final which is in itself a fantastic achievement and has well exceeded the Coaching Teams expectations this year so well done to all swimmers that have helped achieve this fantastic result. This guarantees at least a 6th place finish in Division 2.  It will be great to see Thomas Stanbury back in the PBSC Jade team as he has been unable to swim due to a long term injury. Thomas has been back in training and has impressed the PBSC Coaches with his progress.

The following two weekends in March will see PBSC Swimmers competing in the Hertfordshire County Championships 2014. This is one of the most important competitions in our swimming calendar and we are looking for PBSC Swimmers to perform at their very best. This year we had 47 PBSC Swimmers achieve County Qualifying times which exceeded the target set by the PBSC Coaching Team. It is really important that those competing at the Counties continue to train well and frequently over the next few weeks as we are looking for all swimmers to post PB's in their events. PBSC swimmers have every chance to win medals, achieve National and Regional Qualifying times and PB's and set personal best times at these Championships - "Fail to prepare, then prepare to Fail".

Good Luck to all swimmers competing in any of the above events - We hope you swim fast!

                          Herts Major League Jade Team gala

The Jade team travelled to Hitchin for round 2 of the Herts Major League . It was another strong performance with a 4th place finish. The relay teams performed well. The gala saw another successful evening for the 9-11 girls relay team who won both their events (Jessica Heesom, Eliza Connery, Lucinda Andrews & Harriet Newman). Kaywon Alekasir also had a great race winning the 100 butterfly .

There were 2nd places for Matthew Honeyman, Kaywon Alekasir, Jessica Hessom, Harriet Newman, the 14-15 relay teams (Katherine McEnery, Jessica Hurley,Elise Cork & Rebecca Hurley), (James Spence, Oliver Formby, Kaywon Alekasir & Nicholas Formby) and 3rd places for Rebecca Hurley, Anna Church, Eliza Connery , Matthew Honeyman, Sean Lovell, David Cai, Oliver Formby, 14-15 relay teams (Katherine McEnery, Jessica Hurley, Rebecca Hurley & Madeleine Formby), (Oliver Formby, Nicholas Formby, James Spence & Kaywon Alakasir), 12-13 relay teams (Elise Cork, Madeleine Formby, Amelia Hardy & Leah Refson), (Josef Wheeler, Adam Gill, Edward Burt & Matthew Honeyman).

Here are the results for the Jade Team and here are the results for the Blue Team

                          Potters Bar Winter Open Meet Results

Here are the results from the Open Meet on 1st Feb and here is the performance report for our club swimmers. A big "thank you" to all visiting teams, officials and volunteers for making it a great day of competition.

Club Swimming Fees due!

As we have turned the 1st of February the next terms swimming fees have become due and need to be paid as soon as possible by all members. The fees for each squad are detailed on the "Fees" page of the website that can be viewed by clicking on the tab at left of this page. The fees cover the next four months of swimming and can be paid at the Club desk that is situated on the balcony on a Friday evening. Alternatively please write a cheque to "Potters Bar SC" for the correct amount, clearly stating the name of the swimmer(s), their squad/group and hand into one of the Committee or Coaching Team. Prompt payment is always appreciated. Mel Woodward and Liz Dean, PBSC's membership secretary's are able to advise on any issues around fees so please speak with them if need be. They can be contacted via newmembers@pottersbarsc.co.uk

Potters Bar Winter Open Meet 2014 - Saturday 1st February 2014

We are looking forward to hosting swimmers from clubs from across the South East at our Winter Open Meet. We will be using a "sign in" system for swimmers to confirm their entries and all swimmers for the first session must have signed in by 1215hrs at the desks that will be in the foyer. Signing in for the 2nd session will close at 1645hrs. We are keen to avoid any swimmers missing their races so please make sure you arrive in good time to sign in. The café at the centre will be open and hot beverages and food will be available throughout the day. The post code for the Furzefield Sports Centre, Potters Bar is EN6 3BW.

Good luck to all those taking part, we hope you enjoy the event and swim fast!

The Tape Trophy 2014

This weekend we are hosting the Tape Trophy at the Furzefield Sports Centre and will be fielding two teams that will be competing against visiting clubs. PBSC swimmers need to be at the FF by 5.45pm and racing starts at 6.30pm and are reminded that it is club policy that all swimmers should wear a PBSC Rhino T-Shirt and Club Hat when representing the Club. We are encouraging parents, guards and friends to come along and support our youngest swimmers, many of whom will be participating in their first competitive galas. There should be a great atmosphere so lets have plenty of support from the balcony for our swimmers. Good Luck to all PBSC Swimmers taking part!

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " This will be a great event for our youngest swimmers to gain competitive gala experience and I am looking forward to being on poolside with the PBSC teams"

Potters Bar Winter Open Meet - volunteers required - Can you help?

 We are looking for some additional volunteers from within the club to help with the running of our open meet on Saturday 1st February 2014. If you are able to assist either in the afternoon or evening session please either email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk or speak to Lila Blount, who is co-ordinating the event workforce.

David, James W and Ben called up to County Team

David Shipman (P1), James Woodward (P1) and Ben Harrison (P1) have received selection notices from Hertfordshire ASA and will be representing the County in an Inter-County gala at Biggleswade on Saturday 1st February 2014. Well done!

Jade and Blue Teams off to a good start in round 1 of the Herts Major League

The Jade team finished in 5th place with 215 points in a tough gala against some very strong opposition. The final position was not far behind Bushey on 206 points whom they were beating through much of the gala. There were some strong performances from our swimmers and no DQ's. The under 12 girls (Katie Hamshere , Elena Izquierdo-Hall, Eliza Connery and Olivia Seal) had a very sucessful night winning both the freestyle and medley relays. Olivia also came 1st in the butterfly individual event. There were 2nd places for Elise Cork, Matthew Honeyman & Katie Hamshere,and 3rd places for James Turner,Melissa McGrath, Eliza Connery, David Cai, Matthew Honeyman, the under 14 girls freestyle relay (Elise Cork, Sophia Zeinden, Melissa MaGrath, Leah Refson) and the under 12 boys medley relay (James Turner, Oscar Eagle, David Cai , Billy Barber)

The Blue team who are in Division 1 competed at the FF and finished in 3rd place. The swimmers performances have posted to the on-line database, which can be accessed via the swimmers times page.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Jade Team Coach "The team swam well against tough opposition and came out in a creditable 5th place. We also avoided picking up any DQ's which was very pleasing. I know that we can improve on this position in the next round but I need every swimmer to work hard in training over the coming weeks and to be available to swim otherwise we will be fighting relegation"  

Chris Andrew, PBSC Blue Team Coach "The team performed above my expectation and it was great to see the Under 12 Boys (Samuel Balchin, James Smith, Sean Lovell and Alfie Francis) win their relay events. The team swam with great determination which was fantastic and it was evident that the swimmers that pulled out the big individual performances are those that train frequently. We need a similar performance in the 2nd round to give us a chance of making the Trophy Final"

Hertfordshire County Championships 2014 - " Fail to prepare" then "Prepare to Fail"

Now that we have entered the New Year it is a timely opportunity to remind all PBSC Swimmers that we are just ten weeks away from the start of the Hertfordshire County Championships 2014. For many of our swimmers this is the biggest individual event of the year so it is really important to make that extra effort over the coming weeks so that you are fully prepared to swim well. Those that train regularly and perform well in the training pool go on to perform well in competition so please make the extra effort to fit in an extra session or two. This is equally important for all PBSC swimmers and particularly those seeking to attain County Qualifying times in the coming weeks. Swimmers are reminded that we have early morning training sessions at the FF on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week and those swimmers looking to perform well at the Counties should be in regular attendance at these sessions in order to compliment their evening training. There are also some places left on the PBSC Land Training programme starting on January 10th which runs for 9 weeks up to the start of the Herts County Championships which is recommended for swimmers in P1 and P2. If you would like a place please then speak to Coach Chris.   

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " I am looking for improved attendance at our morning training sessions and that bit of extra effort in the training pool so that all PBSC swimmers are ready to swim well at the Counties. The Counties is the biggest individual event of the year for many of our swimmers so make sure you have prepared well"

Basildon and Phoenix Long Course Open Meet

A small contingent of PBSC Swimmers attended this Level 1 Open on the weekend before Xmas. There were some great performances that can be summarised as follows: -

• Ben Harrison won Gold in the 400m Freestyle and also achieved his first British National Age Group qualifying time of 5.13.00 for 2014 in the 400m Individual Medley. This fantastic achievement saw him win the bronze medal in this gruelling event. He also won silver in the 200m Backstroke, bronzes in the 200m and 100m Fly. Over the course of this open meet Ben broke an amazing 25 PBSC Long Course Club records. Great Swimming, Ben – Well done.

• Morgan Newman won a bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke and his fantastic form continued in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke saw him break 13 Potters Bar SC Long Course records. Well done, Morgan! His performances included Regional Qualifying Times

• Katie Harrison was also in good form and broke three PBSC Long Course records in 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke events. Well done, Katie!

• There were also long course personal best swims from Olivia Seal. Anna Shipman, James Woodward, James Blount, Mathew Honeyman, Jack Shewell-Cooper, Harriet Newman, Jessica Woodward and Lucinda Andrews. #Fast swimming – Well done to all.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach “The whole team put in some great performances with over 40 Club long course records broken and plenty of long course PB’s. It was a successful meet capped off by Ben making his first British National Age Group Qualifying time for 2014”

                                        Happy New Year

A brilliant time was had by all at the New Year social.
Without our dedicated parents, this evening would not have been possible.
A special thank you goes out to Lila, for driving this event forward and making it happen.

National Arena League - Division 1

The official results have been received and it has been confirmed that we have finished 5th out of 16 teams in Division 1 of the London league. This an excellent achievement and another step forward for the club as this is highest league finish in many years. It also exceeds the performance target of a top 8 finish set by the PBSC Coaching Team at the start of the season so well done to all swimmers that participated and swum so well.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "In only our second year in Division 1 we have shown further progress by finishing in a fantastic 5th place, the final was an exciting event, the team raced hard and fought for every point which was great to see. The swimmers can be very proud of their performances"

Peanuts Trials 2014 - Sunday 5th January 2014

We will be holding time-trials for all squad swimmers who are aged 12 or under (the swimmers age is that at June 15th 2014) as part of our preparations for competing in the Peanuts League 2014. Once again we have entered two teams (Blue and Jade) so we need all of our swimmers to take part in the trials and support the Club. Time permitting we will be running trials over all the four strokes over distances of either 25m or 50m dependant on age. The event is run under ASA Laws so it is a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to attain some competition experience in the Club environment. As we are running the event under competition conditions all swimmers taking part will need to "sign in" at desks in the foyer of the Furzefield by 5.45pm latest. This is the latest "sign in" time so please ensure you arrive in good time. If you are late it will not be possible to swim as the entry will have closed so that the event management paperwork needs to be printed off before racing can start. You will appreciate we are keen to avoid any swimmers being disappointed. As we are a competitive swimming club there is an expectation that all squad swimmers eligible to swim in these trials should take part so please let a member of the Coaching Team know if you are unable to attend. More information about the event will be circulated via email so keep any eye out for these.

The results from this time trial will go into the Club's database and along with all other times are used by the PBSC Selection Committee to select the various teams that represent the Club. We have a very busy period of competition in the New Year and one of the first team events is the Tape Trophy gala at the FF on the evening of Saturday 25th January where we will have two teams competing (aged 9 to 12 years). The PBSC selection committee will be meeting on Monday 6th January to select the swimmers for this event. The Peanuts trials are therefore a great opportunity for swimmers to record up to date times that will be considered by the PBSC Selection Committee when teams are selected. Good luck to all swimmers that take part in the Peanuts trials! If you have any questions about the event please speak to Wray and Bronwen who will be taking the various training sessions at the FF over the Xmas period.                               

Potters Bar SC Winter Open

We are at full capacity for our Winter Open meet and have had to take the decision to close applications early so that the meet will run to time. The event has seen entries from clubs from across the South East and London and we look forward to welcoming all swimmers and supporters to the Furzefield Sports Centre for a fantastic day of racing. 

PBSCs Phoebe Love at the ASA East Region Winter Championships in Norwich

Phoebe Love, 16yrs, competed this weekend at the ASA East Region Winter Regionals. This was a long course meet and Phoebe swam in the 50m fly competing against the very best swimmers from the Counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. This was an open age group competition and Phoebe swam an amazing 30.98 secs race giving her a place in the A final whene she finished in 7th place.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach: "Phoebe qualifying for Butterfly A final in these Championships was a great achievement and then to finish in 7th place in the East Region was very pleasing. I was delighted."

Congratulations Timekeepers

Well done to the 17 PBSC swimmers and parents who successfully took part and passed their time keepers qualification last Sunday at the Furzefield Centre.
All the candidates completed a 2 hour classroom session before being assessed poolside and all passed with flying colours! Congratulations to Claire Dean, Colette Hurley, Eleanor Yong, James Spence, Jay Wheeler, Katharine McEnery, Katie Gormley, Maya Spence, Phoebe Love, Rachel Connery, Rebecca Hurley, Robin Tranter, Stuart Burt, Susie Chapman, Thillan Walallawita, Tina Stanbury and Victoria Francis. A big thank you to Marilyn and Derek Hughes, 2 of Hertfordshire's leading referees who ran the course and to all the extra PBSC parents and coaches who enabled the course to go ahead. Any one wishing to continue on the Officials training programme can find further details on the Herts ASA website.

Christmas training times and Sunday 15th December 2013

The detailed training times will be published soon and until then please see the Training Times page for details of when the club has pool time over the holiday. Next Sunday there will be no training for Squads J1, J2, P1, P2 and Masters in order to run the re-scheduled 800m and 1500m distance time trials. The distance time trials are being run so that PBSC swimmers can try and attain County Qualifying times for the 2014 Hertfordshire County Championships. Due to the limited pool time to run these distance events this will be an "invitation" only event and is aimed at those swimmer that have already attained CQT's for events at next years Championships. If you wish to be considered for this event please speak to Bronwen or Wray asap.

Potters Bar Boys Blue Team win Daplyn Trophy for the second year in a row!

Potters Bar Boys Blue team 2013 - David Shipman, Ben Harrison, James Woodward, Morgan Newman and James Blount won the Boys Daplyn Trophy this year. This is the second year in a row that the Potters Bar Blue Team have won it.
Both girls and boys Blue & Jade teams swam fantasticaly at the gala, held at The Venue, Borehamwood.
There were 1st places for Ben Harrison (50 back), James Woodward (50 fly), Morgan Newman (50 breast), and the Boys Blue Team 4 x 50 Freestyle and Medley relays.
James Blount came 2nd in his 50 freestyle, and David Shipman 3rd in the 100 IM.
There were lots of PB's too.
It was an energy charged exciting evening with music and dancing around the pool, with all teams and Officials dancing and taking part. There was even a couple of breaks where they held Team dancing competitions - which we won too!!!
Team Managers Mel Woodward and Steve Shipman were there leading the dancing and did a fabulous job of making sure swimmers went up for their events on time as well.
Stand in Coach Dani Harrison said of the evening "The atmosphere was great - it was so much fun to see the swimmers enjoying themselves so much and it created an amazing team spirit. Everyone swam really well and came away laughing. Even the parents enjoyed themselves dancing and singing. It was a brilliant event - made even better when the boys Blue Team won again. Well done to all the swimmers that took part you should all be proud of yourselves."
Well done to Georgina Tallon, Georgianna Balchin, Madeleine Formby, Leah Refson, Elise Cork, Harriet Newman, Anna Shipman, Jessica Woodward, Amy Mason, Emilea Read-Letts who all swam really well in the PBSC Blue and Jade Girls Teams. Another big well done to Matthew Honeyman, Josef Wheeler, Ismail Mert, James Smith and Adam Gill who also put in fantastic performances for the PBSC Boys Jade Team

Masters at Herts Senior League

A team of 14 masters swimmers and two officials were at Bishop's Stortford College for the annual Herts Senior League competition on Saturday.  They did well coming fifth out of nine with some having to swim up to seven races.  Here are the team's results and here are the gala results.

Fab Four in National Schools Gala Final!

Our Potters Bar Swimmers did us proud last Saturday at the Secondary Schools National Relay Gala at Crystal Palace.
Ben Harrison, James Woodward, David Shipman & James Blount got into the final of the Junior Boys (yrs 7,8 &9) 4 x 50m Freestyle relay and ended up coming 4th behind top swim Schools Millfield, Plymouth and Kelly College. They were representing their school Chancellor's.
Their time 2.52.38 was just 1 and half seconds behind 3rd place Kelly College.
It was a very exciting race to watch, with David powering home closing the gap all the time.
This is an amazing achievement and they are now the top state school in the Country for this event.
They then went on to receive a special award for the most improved time achieved during the competition.
It was a great day for the boys, their School and the parents watching, as well as being another fantastic result for Potters Bar Swimming Club.

Well done boys!!!

PBSC New Year’s Eve Party tickets now on sale

Tickets for the New Year's Eve Party are now on sale.  First come first served. Please don’t miss out. Venue: Elm Court Mutton Lane, Tuesday 31st December 7.30PM start. Carriages: 1.30am. Dress Code: Elegant/Smart. Price: £12.50 P/Person (Food included). DJ booked!!!! Please contact Lila Blount.

Jessica, Alfie and Harriet at Primary Schools Swimming Championships 2013

Well done to Harriet Newman, Alfie Francis and Jessica Woodward who qualified to swim in the East and South East Primary Schools Championships held in Watford last Friday. They all swam very well and Jess came away with a bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke. Great Swimming!

Potters Bar SC Swimmers at the National Secondary Schools Relay Team Finals, Crystal Palace 23 November 2013

This Saturday sees 4 of our P1 swimmers representing their secondary school - Chancellor's, at the ESSA National Secondary Schools Relay Team Finals, held at Crystal Palace.
The Chancellor's Junior Boys team qualified for the final in both the 4 x 50 Freestyle relay and 4 x 50 Medley relay events.
Our swimmers - James Woodward, Ben Harrison, David Shipman & James Blount along with another Hatfield swimmer Anthony Smith will be representing the School in the relays this Saturday.
The fastest 16 teams in the country qualify for the finals, and Chancellor's are currently 9th fastest in the Freestyle relay and 13th in the Medley relay.
They will be competing against some of the top schools in the country such as Millfield and Plymouth Leander.
120 schools around the country entered the competition, so to get to the final is a great achievement.
Good luck to the boys!

PBSC Presentation Evening - appeal for cakes!

Next weekend we have our annual presentation evening and we are appealing to members to bake and donate some cakes for the evening. We also need a few volunteers to assist with the venue set up for the evening. If you can help out with either of these requests please speak to Catrina Church or email treasurer@pottersbarsc.co.uk

Club Shirts Orders by 30th November

Dani will be sending off an order for PBSC club shirts so if you need one please let her know by 30th November with the swimmer's name.  Price kept down to £13 by sponsorship from Third Eye Installation Systems.  Payment to PBSC with order please.

Entry pack available for Winter Open Meet

The full entry pack is available for the Winter Open Meet on 1st February 2014.  See the "PBSC Open Meets" page for details.

Annual General Meeting - Thursday 14th November 2013 at 8.30pm

The AGM will take place at the FF and all members are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to hear the yearly reports from Ian Bays (Chair), Catrina Church (Treasurer), Eleanor Burt (Membership Secretary), Martin Higgins (Gala Secretary) and Wray Shewell-Cooper (PBSC Head Coach). As members this is your opportunity to come along and hear about the progress the Club has made over the last year as well as opportunity for you to ask any questions that you wish to raise. We look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting. The meeting will see the election of a new committee to run the administration of the Club for the year ahead.  The agenda is here and last year's reports and minutes are on this page.

National Arena League Division 1 Final - Here we come!

The Division 1 league results have been confirmed and we have made the Division 1 Final which will be held at the Eltham Centre, London on Saturday 14th December 2013. It is going to be a very tense gala as many of the teams have competed against each other in the earlier rounds and have been separated by just a few points. Teams competing in the final are Bishop Stortford SC, Berkhamstead SC, Borough of Harrow SC, Anaconda SC, Epping Forest and District SC, Sutton and Cheam SC and Saxon Crown SC (Lewisham). We are currently in 6th place in the league but with double points on we could move up and down the league depending on how we perform on the night! This is the biggest team event of the year for the Club and it will be a fantastic night of high octane racing! Swimmers are encouraged to make every effort to be available to swim in this event if selected.

Round 2 National Arena Swimming League

Our swimmers put in a great performance at last nights gala to secure third place with 233pts behind Bishops Stortford (329pts) and Berkhamstead SC (241pts). It was a very tense affair as the team position fluctuated during the gala before we finished ahead of Epping Forest and District (226pts), Saxon Crown SC (224pts), Stevenage SC (206pts), Sudbury and District SC (166pts) and Halstead SC (160pts). This result should see us through to the promotion final which will be a fantastic achievement.

Celtic Masters report

Here is the report from the recent Celtic Masters short-course gala in Dublin.

National Arena Swimming League - Round 2!

This weekend we are competing in the second round of Division 1 (London) and need our swimmers to put in a big performance as we have a chance of making the promotion final. We finished third in our first round gala and this weekend we will be competing against strong teams from Bishops Stortford SC, Berkhamstead SC, Epping Forest SC, Stevenage SC, Sudbury and District SC and Halstead SC so we will need to be in good form. The team bus will be departing the Furzefield at 3.45pm so please arrive promptly.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am looking for a great performance and have every confidence the team will perform well. We need to avoid unnecessary DQ's as the final positions will be decided by a few points"

Katie and Niamh pass teaching and coaching qualifications

Congratulations to Kate and Niamh Gormley who have successfully passed teaching and coaching courses, Katie spent the half term week at Hatfield where she passed her Level 1 Teaching course, whilst Niamh spent a week in Northwood on her Level 2 Teaching Course and then spent a further three days in Northwood and Harrow to attain her Level 1 Coaching Swimming qualification. PBSC will benefit from their qualifications and increased knowledge as Katie and Niamh are involved with the Club's teaching and coaching programme. Well done to Niamh and Katie.

Presentation Evening

As many of you will already know we have the annual presentation evening on Saturday 23rd November at Mount Grace School. Tickets can be purchased on Friday evenings from the information desk on the balcony. If you are coming to the event and have yet to purchase a ticket please could you email treasurer@pottersbarsc.co.uk stating the number of tickets that you require so that we can establish numbers with regard to catering. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation with this.

Coaches upgrade their knowledge!

You may have been wondering where PBSC Coaches Bronwen and Chris have been this last week, so you will be interested to know that they have spent the last eight days at the Inspire 50m pool in Luton on a UKCC Level 2 Coaching Competitive swimmers course. PBSC Masters swimmer, Louise Hughes also joined them on the course that was tutored by Neil Longridge, an ex-international swimmer who has over 30 years of experience that includes coaching GB Teams, High Performance Clubs in the UK and America. Over the week they also had practical coaching sessions with high performance swimmers from Team - Luton so were able to put the theory into practice and experience a different coaching environment to PBSC.

PBSC Coach Chris Andrew "The course was excellent and it was great to listen and learn from Neil who has coached competitive swimmers at the highest levels.We have also learnt a great deal from working with the performance swimmers at Team Luton and I'm looking forward to using this additional knowledge to help improve PBSC Swimmers technique and performances"

Well done to Bronwen, Chris and Louise on successfully passing the course. 

Distance Time Trials postponed

The distance time trials we had hoped to run on Sunday 27th October are postponed until early December.  Date and details to be confirmed but Sunday training on 27th October will be as normal.

Enjoyable Aquathlon Outing for the Over Sisters

On Sunday 6th October 2013 Samantha and Julia Over took part in the Bedford Aquathlon. In a well run event with separate races for each school year group, Julia swam 133m and ran 1.2km whilst Samantha swam 400m and ran 2.8km. Both achieved personal bests in the pool and Samantha followed up last years successes with another win in her Year 11 category.

More information here.

Barnet Copthall 200's meet details

The second session of the 200 meet on Sunday will be warm up and cards posted 1.15 start 2 pm.

October Subs now due

The October subs letters have been sent by email (on 16th October). If you have not received or seen the email please check it is not in your spam folder (the subject was "PBSC Fees October 2013"), and if still not found please contact the membership secretary preferably by email on membership@pottersbarsc.co.uk Thank you for your support.

PBSC Awards and Presentation Night 2013

This will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Mount Grace School starting at 7pm. It is the social event of the year and not to be missed! On the night we will presenting our annual awards and medals for all those that took part in the Club Championships 2013. There will be a licensed bar, disco and hot food. Tickets for this event will be on sale at the information desk on the balcony each Friday evening. Please purchase your tickets in advance as this will assist with numbers re catering etc.  

Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our AGM at the FF on Thursday 14th November 2013 at 8.30pm and all members are invited to attend. At this meeting their will be reports provided by the following: -

  • Chair's Report - Ian Bays
  • Head Coaches Report - Wray Shewell-Cooper
  • Treasurer's report - Catrina Church
  • Membership Secretary report - Eleanor Burt
  • Gala Secretary - Martin Higgins and Dani Harrison

At this meeting we also elect the committee members and officers (Chair, Club Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer) for the year ahead. The Club is currently looking for new committee members to assist with the running and administration of the Club, so if you are interested why not consider submitting a nomination form. Committee members need to be available to attend monthly meetings and have sufficient time and energy to help promote and develop the Club. If interested and you would like more information please speak to Ian Bays, PBSC Chair and/or any current committee members. All nomination forms are to be submitted to Chris Andrew, PBSC Club Secretary by Midnight on November 3rd 2013. 

Nomination form can be downloaded here.

National Arena League Round 1 - Terrific performance by PBSC!

The Club competed in the first round in Division 1 (London) of the National Arena Swimming League at Eltham, London last night and the whole team put in a fantastic performance to come third with 233 points. Well deserved winners were Bishops Stortford (323 pts), Borough of Harrow SC (273 pts) came in second and we were ahead of Anaconda (229 pts), Saxon Crown SC (221 pts), Haringey Aquatics (192pts), Halstead SC (167pts) and Hitchen (165pts).

This is only our second year in this Division having won promotion two years ago so to finish third against strong opposition is a fantastic result. The official results have been received and it is very pleasing that we went through the whole gala without a single disqualification. This is particularly important in team galas as every point counts towards the final result. This worked to our advantage last night as Anaconda who we beat by just four points picked up two DQ's during the gala.

Well done to all the team!  Team performance report is here. Use this link to see some photographs of our swimmers in action.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Last night was a great team performance and I am delighted that we finished in third place. Once again we had fantastic support from the balcony and this really helps lift our swimmers performances. With just a few weeks to the second round I am looking for the team to put extra effort in training so that we can build on this great start"

Potters Bar New Years Eve Party - Tickets now on sale

We are holding a New Years Eve Party on Tuesday 31st December 2013 at Elm Court and tickets are on sale for £12.50 per person which includes food. The event will start at 7.30pm and finish at 1.30 am. Please see Anita Shipman and Lila Blount for tickets and more information.

Club Champs 2013

The excellent performances by PBSC swimmers in this years Club Championships continued in the final session which concluded with the highly competitive parent and child relay. It was fantastic to see so many participants in this event and the podium places were decided by small margins. Amy and Daryl Mason (former England International Swimmer) set down the marker for the those in the final heat to beat. The final heat saw Jack and Wray Shewell-Cooper (PBSC Head Coach and former National Swimmer) race to 1st place, with last years winners Joshua and Martin Higgins taking 2nd in front of Lauren and Chris Andrew (PBSC Coach and former National swimmer) who finished in third place. Well done to Wray and Jack on winning the "Blue Ribbon" event!

The running of the Club Championships requires the assistance and hard work of many of the Clubs Officials and volunteers and this is a timely opportunity to say "thank you" on behalf of the club to all those that have made these events run so smoothly. The standard of swimming has been high with over 20 Club Championship records broken.. We now have 38 swimmers with qualifying times for the 2014 Hertfordshire County Championships which is well on our way to the target of 45 that the Coaching team have set. All the swimmers times have been entered into the Clubs database and can be viewed by the swimmers times tab on the left hand side of the page. We use the times in the clubs database to select the swimmers to represent the Club in league  and team galas. As the event was licensed we have submitted the eligible swims to the ASA's rankings database for inclusion in the National Rankings database. This can also be accessed via the link on the swimmers times page. 

As a Club we like to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers and we will be presenting the medals and awards at the Presentation evening which is being held on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Mount Grace School. Please make every effort to come along as this a great social event.

Results are here for session 1, here for session 2, here for session 3 and here for session 4. 

Here is a list of the new Club Champs records set this year.  Well done to all concerned.

Click on the link for some pictures from Session 1

Click on the link for some pictures from Session 3

Click on the link for some pictures from session 4

Here are some video clips of the action. The video clips include the final heat of the parent/child relay.

Masters Barnet Copthall Sprints success

Here is the report from the recent Masters Sprints meet at Barnet Copthall.

European Masters Championships report

Full report here.

Tuesday Morning Training sessions starting October 1st 2013

We are pleased to announce that starting next Tuesday we will be trialling another morning training session at the FF between 6am and 7am. This new training session is open to swimmers from the following squads; -

  • Performance 1
  • Performance 2
  • Junior 1
  • Club Swimmers
  • All Masters swimmers

The Club will have sole use of the whole pool for this session which is is an important development to our competitive training programme. We are encouraging as many of our Junior and Performance squad swimmers to attend and in particular those in P1 and P2 squads who have aspirations to compete at Regional and National Levels.

Potters Bar Club Championships 2013

Next weekend sees the start of our Club Championships which has seen a record entry and we should be in for some fast swimming and hotly contested races. The Club Championships are licensed and times from the event will be submitted for inclusion in the ASA's rankings database. We would encourage families, relatives and friends to come along and support the swimmers as this really helps lift their performances. PBSC has a tradition of having some of the best vocal support from the balcony so please come along and offer your support to the swimmers.

Here are the timings for the 2013 Club Championships: -

  • Session One - Saturday 28th September Signing In 5.15 - 5.45pm, Warm Up 6.00 - 6.25pm, Racing starts 6.30pm.
  • Session Two - Sunday 29th September Signing In 5.30 - 6.00pm, Warm Up 6.15 - 6.40pm, Racing starts 6.45pm.
  • Session Three - Friday 4th October Signing In 6.30 - 7.00pm, Warm Up 7.15 - 7.40pm, Racing starts 7.45pm.
  • Session Four - Saturday 5th October Signing In 5.15 - 5.45pm, Warm Up 6.00 - 6.25pm, Racing starts 6.30pm.

In order for these events to run smoothly it is very important that swimmers sign before the closing time for the sign in desks. This allows us sufficient time to print off the event paperwork that is required. It is the swimmers responsibility to "sign in" and failure to do so means that they will miss their swim. Clearly we wish to avoid this situation so please ensure that you arrive at the FF in good time.

The Hertsmere Challenge and the Eric Eady Trophy 

Last night saw the club field two teams in two separate team gala's, the Hertsmere Challenge at Borehamwood and the Eric Eady Trophy at Enfield.

The PBSC Jade team at Borehamwood gave a great performance to finish third in an exciting gala which is a super result so early in the this new swimming season. These galas saw lots of our swimmers put in some great performances. The PBSC Blue Team came a fabulous third place in another nail biting competition which had seen the team in second place throughout much of the gala. This great result exceeded the coaching expectations and again our swimmers lifted their performances on this big occasion.

Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team "It was a great performance by the PBSC Jade team and well done to all the swimmers for a great team result"

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Blue Team " Third place exceeded my expectations and the team swam really well throughout, thanks to the masters swimmers that swum and now I'm really looking forward to this years National Arena Swimming League"

Performance reports will be published once we have received and processed the official results from each gala.

Club Long Course records broken at Sheffield

Well done to Jessica Woodward, James Woodward, Kate Andrew and David Shipman who all broke Club Long course records when competing at the Dukeries Open meet in Sheffield.

PBSC Coach Chris Andrew "It is great to see the performances at Sheffield resulted in numerous club long course records being broken. Well done to Jess, James, Kate and David" 

County "call ups" for PBSC Swimmers

Ben Harrison and Morgan Newman have been selected to represent Hertfordshire ASA in the National Inter-County Team competition on October 20th. They will meet up with the team the day before for a training session then travel to Sheffield where they will stay overnight in the team hotel before competing in the International pool at Ponds Forge. Good Luck to both boys!

PBSC New Years Eve Party Invite

Please click here for details or speak to Anita Shipman or Lila Blount on the balcony

Club Championships - Closing Date for entries - Midnight on Sunday 15th September 2013 - No Late Entries!

Please click on the Club Champs tab on the left for full details and how to enter. The Club Championships are a licensed event and all times will go into the ASA's rankings database. Medals and awards from this event will be presented at the Clubs Annual presentation evening in November. So far we have seen a record entry for this years event but there are still a significant number of squad swimmers that have not entered. We would encourage all swimmers to submit an entry before the deadline as this will be a very enjoyable event and a great way for our newest members to experience competitive swimming within the Club environment.

Ben selected for the ASA's England Talent Programme

It is with great pride that we are able to announce that Ben Harrison (Squad 1)  has been selected for a place on the ASA's England Talent programme. This follows his great performances at the British National Age Group Championships in Sheffield. The ASA England Talent programme will provide additional sessions for Ben to develop his skills and knowledge which are critical to performance swimming, the first of which will see him attend a Profiling and Development Day in October.

PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper "This is a fantastic achievement by Ben and a great reward for his commitment and hard work over the last few years. Ben should be very proud  of his selection for such a prestigious programme which I am sure this will inspire the rest of our swimmers"

Photo's from Sheffield

Please click on the below link to see PBSC swimmers in action at Ponds Forge.  Here is a full report.

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PBSC Swimmers to open the new competitive swimming season in the International Pool at Sheffield

Twenty of the Clubs swimmers will start the new season this weekend at the Dukeries Open meet which is being held at the Ponds Forge 50m pool. This is also the venue for the British National Age Group Championships - Good luck to all those competing and have a safe journey up and back!

The coaching team for this event will be Chris Andrew and Darren Woodward. The warm up starts at 8am so it will be an early start for our swimmers, who need to be poolside by 7.55am.

PBSC Coach Chris Andrew - "We have a strong group of swimmers attending this meet and I am looking for some good early season performances and silverware", "It is also a good opportunity for our swimmers to try and set some new PBSC Long course club records!"

PBSC Club Championships 2013

Just a quick reminder for all squad swimmers to submit their entries for the 2013 Club Championships. This is a free to enter event and all squad swimmers are expected to participate. "Click" on the Club Champs tab on the left for full details.

Land Training Programme

We are looking to re-start the PBSC Land Training programme on Friday 13th September 2013 between 7pm and 8pm. The Land Training programme is open to all swimmers in Squads 1 and 2. The cost will be £25 for a block of ten sessions. If you wish to participate in the programme please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

World Masters Games - Gold & Silver for Daryl

Daryl Mason and Julian Swindale entered the World Masters Games in Turin and Daryl came away with gold in the 50m freestyle in a time of 25.34 and silver in the 50m breast in a time of 31.77 seconds.  Julian swam a great 29.59 in the 50m free to take 6th place and 1:07.96 in the 100m free to take 10th place.  Not bad for oldies!  Full results here.

British National Age Group Championships report

Please click here to see the report. 

Phoebe, Morgan and Ben off to National Championships 2013

Good luck to Phoebe Love who will be swimming in the Welsh National Championships this weekend and also to Morgan Newman and Ben Harrison who are competing in the British National Age Group Championships that start on Wednesday. Both of these events have "live Streaming" via the internet.You may wish to sign up to watch our swimmers via the Swim Wales Website and/or the British Swimming website. It is a fantastic personal achievement to compete at such a high level and we wish Phoebe, Ben and Morgan all the best in their endeavours.

PBSC Club Championships 2013

We are now taking entries for the PBSC Club Championships. "Click" on the Club Champs tab on the left of this screen for full details.

Aquathon Success for PBSC Swimmers

Three members of PBSC took part in an Aquathon (run and swim) at Queenswood School. A competitors final time includes the transition time from the pool to putting on your trainers and running gear and competitor number. Eliza Connery (Squad 3) came 2nd in the girls race swimming 100m and running 2.2km in 13mins 3 seconds. Rachel Connery (Squad 1) kept up the family success also finishing second in the longer distance of 200m swim and 2.2 km run in a time of 13 mins 15 seconds. Karen Murphy  (PBSC Masters) won the womens race for 400m swim and 4.5km run in a time of 29mins 15 seconds. Well done to Eliza, Rachel and Karen!

Swimmer of the Month

Well done to Elise Cork, who was "swimmer of the month" after some great performances at the PBSC Open Meet and in the Peanuts League. Keep up the good work.

Dates for your diary!

The diary page has been updated with details of the various open meets we will be entering in the new season. These events will give our swimmers plenty of events to record County, Regional, Zonal and National Qualifying times and cater for all levels of swimmer within the Club. Details of each event will be circulated by Dani Harrison, PBSC Gala Secretary.

Hoddesdon Open Meet - Saturday 21st September 2013

All Squad swimmers should have received an invite to enter the Hoddesdon Open Meet. Click here for details. This open meet is a good event for our younger swimmers and we are encouraging those swimmers in Squad 3, 4 and 5 to enter. Please speak to your coach about which events to enter.

Brighton Pier to Pier

On the hottest day so far this year, Wray Shewell Cooper (head coach) and his son Jack, Eugene Gormley (PBSC Masters) and daughters Niamh and Katie set off at 6am to take part in the Brighton Pier to Pier race. The race is organized by Brighton Swimming club which was formed in 1860 and is the oldest continuously formed swimming club in England. The Pier to Pier race first took place in 1938 and starts from the beach adjacent to the old West Pier and finishes at Brighton Pier, a distance of approximately 1.1 km. The weather conditions were very favourable, however the water was cold yet very calm which meant that the waves were low and made for a good swim. The men started the race first and the women followed approximately two minutes later. The fastest ever time in the races 75 year history was achieved by West Suffolk swimmer Danny Proffitt of 11.58.32. PBSC swimmers also performed extremely well, results as follows:

Mens results: 19th place Wray at 14.53, 30th place Jack at 16.08, 42nd place Eugene at 20.08

Womens results:
11th place Katie at 15.14, 22nd place Niamh at 18.00

A great day was had by all.

Hertfordshire BAGCATs Development Day

Ben Harrison, David Shipman, Morgan Newman and Katie Harrison all went to St Albans School for the day with the other top County swimmers.  Read the full article here.

James Woodward "called" up to represent Hertfordshire

James is the third PBSC swimmer to be selected to represent Hertfordshire in this weekends Inter-County gala being held at Luton. Well done to James on this fantastic achievement.

Potters Bar Summer Open Meet

A big "thank you" to all the PBSC volunteers that assisted with the running of the annual summer open meet. We had over 250 swimmers competing in over 1000 swims over the two sessions.With your assistance the event ran smoothly and to time. Follow the below link to see some pictures from yesterdays event.

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Here are the results from the meet. PBSC Swimmers and parents can click here for a performance report. PBSC now have 28 swimmers qualified to swim in the 2014 Hertfordshire County Championships. See the list of those swimmers on the 2014 Qualifiers "Roll of honour" page.

County "call ups" for Georgianna and James

Georgianna Balchin and James Blount have received selection letters from Hertfordshire ASA to represent the County in the forth coming Inter-County competition that is being held at Luton on July 7th 2013. Well done!

Jade Team - Peanuts Division 2 Promotion Gala


Last Saturday saw the final round of the Peanuts League. With the Jade Team in the Promotion Gala held at the Furzefield they saw themselves up against four first teams from Hitchin, Berkhamstad, Tring, Veralum and Hemel B team. A fantastic performance on a tough evening, with several key swimmers missing, and again a shortfall in the 9 yr old boys saw the team finish in 6th place on the night and 6th place overall in the League out of the twelve teams. Having only gained promotion last year the result has secured their place in Division 2 for next season.

A great all round performance saw 4 second places for : - Elena Izquierdo-Hall – U12’s Freestyle, Anna Shipman – U11’s Breaststroke, Katie Hamshere – U12’s Breaststroke & Madeleine Formby – U13’s Butterfly. There were 7 third places: Sophia Zeinden – U12’s Backstroke, Madeleine Formby – U13’s Breaststroke, 9 yr Girls Freestyle Relay & Special Relay team of Inez Crowe, Efa Davies, Madison Harrison & Leah Block, U12’s Girls Freestyle Relay & Medley Relay team of Elena Izquierdo-Hall, Millie McGrath, Sophia Zeinden & Katie Hamshere & James Turner – U11’s Backstroke.

Click here to see a performance report.

Head Coach Bronwen Hardy said “ This was an extraordinary performance from all the swimmers , we were up against four first teams who were swimming County and Regional swimmers so to come out in the Promotion Gala in 6th place was just brilliant. I am so very proud of everyone of them and look forward to next seasons Peanuts League.

Blue Team - Peanuts Division 1 - League Final 

Well done to the PBSC Blue Team that finished 5th in final gala which meant we finished in 5th place overall in the League. A good result against strong opposition in Hatfield SC who came out as the league winners just ahead of the City of St Albans SC. On the night we had six 1st place finishes -James Smith, U11 25m Free; Matthew Honeyman, Morgan Newman, Ben Harrison, James Blount, U13 Medley relay; James Blount, U13 50m Free; Jess Woodward, 9 yrs 25m Breaststroke; Ben Harrison, U13 50m Fly Matthew Honeyman, Morgan Newman, Ben Harrison, James Blount, U13 4*50m Free relay.

Click here to see a performance report.


Natasha, Elena, Harriet and Lucy - National Schools Relay Finals

Four of our young swimmers recently represented Stormont School in the National Schools relay finals. Please click here to see a report from the event. A big well done to Natasha, Elena, Harriet and Lucy as making the National finals is a fantastic achievement.

British Gas Masters Championships - Plymouth 2013

Click here to see a report from this event where PBSC was well represented by our Masters swimmers. Well done to all those that competed and in particular to our medallists.

Change to Squad 4 and Masters Sunday evening training sessions

As of Sunday 23rd June Squad 4 will move to the earlier training slot of 6.15pm to 7.15pm and all Masters swimmers will train between 7.15pm and 8.15pm. We hope to see a greater number of Squad 4 swimmers attending this earlier session and the later start for the Masters will allow their land training programme to take place before they swim.

ASA East Region BAGCAT Championships 2013 - weekend 2

Another set of great performances by PBSC swimmers with Ben Harrison becoming the 12 year old Regional Champion over 200m Butterfly and Morgan Newman becoming the 2nd PBSC swimmer to qualify for the British National Age Group Championships. There were fine performances too by Katie Harrison, David Shipman, James Woodward and Harriet Newman. Click here to see the report from the second weekend.

Morgan makes it to the British National Age Group Championships 2013

Potters Bar SC swimmers are in action this weekend at the ASA East Region Championships in Norwich. Morgan Newman competing in the 100m Breaststroke has become the second PBSC swimmer to qualify for the British National Age Group Championships that are held in Sheffield in July. This is a fantastic achievement and a big well done to Morgan. Full report from the ASA Regional Championships to follow.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Morgan swam a very focused race and showed great determination and I am delighted that he was rewarded with a National Qualifying time. This is a great personal achievement. It also shows that our Club is developing National Level swimmers and we hope to develop many more in the next few years"

ASA East Regional BAGCATS report

Please click here for a report on PBSC Swimmers performance at the Regional Championships held in Norwich last weekend. Good luck to all those competing this weekend. 

Peanuts League - Final Round on June 16th 2012

We have been advised that the PBSC Jade Team will be competing at the Furzefield (meet at 6pm) and the PBSC Blue Team will be at Stevenage (meet at 5.45pm). Both teams have made the final of their respective Divisions so our swimmers should be delighted with this achievement. Each of the finals are going to be very exciting galas and our swimmers will need to be in good form so a few additional sessions over the next few weeks would be great.

ASA East Region Championships 2013

This Saturday sees the start of the 2013 Championships that are held over the next two weekends at the UEA Sports Park in Norwich. PBSC will be well represented at these championships with its largest ever number of qualifiers. We wish James Blount, Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, David Shipman, Katie Harrison, Harriet Newman and James Woodward the very best of luck and hope they enjoy the competition. Thomas Stanbury also qualified but is unable to participate due to injury. We wish Thomas a speedy recovery.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " It is great to be going to Norwich with so many qualifiers. I am confident the team will swim well and achieve podium places in doing so. Good luck to the team"

PBSC to compete at the International 50m pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield 

All squad swimmers should have received an email inviting them to compete in the Worksop Dolphins SC Dukeries Open Meet at the International Pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Saturday 30th August 2013. The Club has competed at this event in recent years and it has been a great experience for the swimmers to compete at such a prestigious venue. The British National Age Group Championships are held at Ponds Forge and competing at this venue really inspires the swimmers.

The trip involves an overnight stay in Sheffield, which is also great for team morale and bonding. We would like to encourage as many of our swimmers to take part in this event as it will be a great experience. If you have not received the email that provides details of the event and the hotel used by the team then please email pbscgalasec@googlemail.com

PBSC Masters compete at Luton

The club has a very active masters section coached by PBSC Masters Coach John Cunningham and a team competed at a masters competition in the 50m pool at Luton last Saturday. Please click here to see the event report courtesy of Jonathan Refson.

Peanuts Results for the Blue Team

The PBSC Blue team (169pts) finished in second place to Hatfield SC (91pts) and ahead of Bishops Stortford SC (171pts), Hoddesdon (191pts), Hertford SC (201pts) and Cheshunt SC (209pts). This result should see the team through to the final of Division 1. There was a great atmosphere at the gala and the team thrived on the vocal support of the PBSC supporters in the balcony. The teams performance can be summarised as follows:

  • There were eight first place performances: James Blount, Ben Harrison, James Smith and Morgan Newman each won their individual events and there were 1st places for Girls 10yrs Medley and Free Relays (Eliza Connery, Katie Harrison, Olivia Seal and Harriet Newman) and the Boys 12 yrs Medley and Free Relays (Mathew Honeyman, James Blount, Ben Harrison and Morgan Newman). Well done!
  • There were seven second places as follows: Lucinda Andrews, Georgianna Balchin, Jesscia Woodward, Olivia Seal, Girls 9 year old Medley and Relays (Jessica Heesom, Jessica Woodward, Lucinda Andrews and Justine Sansom) and the Boys 10 yrs Medley Relay (David Cai, Alfie Francis, Charlie Milbery and James Smith). Great swimming - Well done!
  • There were thirteen third places: Samuel Blachin, Harriet Newman, Georgina Tallon, Jessica Heesom, Alfie Francis, the Boys 9 years Medley Relay (Billy Barber, Callum Tilley, Samuel Balchin and Alex Quilter), Girls 12 yrs Relay (Georgina Tallon, Georgianna Balchin, Olivia Seal and Leah Refson), Boys 11 years Relay (David Cai, Adam Zeinden, Alfie Francis and James Smith)
  • There were PB's from virtually every swimmer which just evidences that it was great team performance. The performance report for the team can be accessed by clicking here.

A big thank you to Lauren A, Rachel C, Katie C and James W who came along to assist Coaches Darren and Chris with managing the team, you were a big help with making the night run smoothly.

PBSC Blue Team Coach Darren Woodward "It was my debut as the Lane end Coach and I am delighted that the kids put in a great performance. The performance report shows that they all stepped up a gear and swam well. We should look forward to being in the Division 1 Final which will be great night of racing, not to be missed"

PBSC Jade Team results

The PBSC Jade team travelled to Hemel Hempstead and swam well to finish in 5th place overall. The teams overall performance can be summarised as follows:

  • 2 x 1st places for Natasha Giudice in 25m U 11’s Backstroke & Madeleine Formby in 50m U 13’s Butterfly. Well done girls!
  • 4 x 2nd places for Benji Refson in 25m U 11’s Freestyle, Madeleine Formby in 50m U 13’s Breaststroke, U 11’s Girls Medley & Freestyle team of Natasha Giudice, Anna Shipman, Alex Rice-Smith & Nicole Humphreys. Well done!
  • 9 x 3rd places for Nicole Humphreys in 25m U 11’s Freestyle, Ismail Mert in 50m U 13’s 50m Breaststroke, U 13’s Boys Medley & Freestyle team of Jordan Seal, Ismail Mert, Ed Burt & Adam Gill, Amy Webb in 25m 9yr’s Backstroke, Emilea Read-Letts in 50m U 13’s Freestyle, Adam Gill in 50m U 13’s Freestyle, Jordan Seal in 50m U 13’s Butterfly & 9yr’s Girls Special Relay team of Amy Webb, Leah Block, Charlotte Cork & Inez Crowe. Well done !

The PBSC Jade team swam well and the finish in 5th place does not reflect the true ability of the team. It was unfortunate that a number of our younger swimmers were not available to swim as this meant that we did not score in a number of the events.The team will go into the final round and will need a strong performance to avoid relegation.

Click here for the performance report.

PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper "The Jade Team swam very well and I am pleased with the swimmers performances overall. We will need to swim our strongest team in the third round so please keep the date free so that you are able to swim if you are selected"

Harriet Newman finishes 4th in National Schools Final

Last weekend Harriet travelled to the K2 Sports Centre in Crawley to compete in the National IAPS schools swimming finals. Harriet qualified as sixth fastest in the country over 25m Freestyle. Harriet swam a very fast 15.39 seconds in the heat and went into the final. In the final Harriet swam well to finish in fourth place - a fantastic achievement - Well done, Harriet. 

Braintree and Bocking Open Meet

Good luck to all PBSC swimmers competing this weekend, hope you all have a great time and swim fast!

Millfield School Swim Camp

If you are interested in attending a swim camp that is being held between August 10th and 14th at Millfield School, Somerset then please speak with Dani Harrison and Wray Shewell-Cooper for more details. The swim camp is being led by Double Olympian swimmer Ed Sinclair and will make use of the top class facilities at the school.

A group of PBSC swimmers attended a similar camp at the school two years ago and had a great time. There is a report on the swimmers information page on the website that gives you an insight to the experience those swimmers had!  

Herts ASA County Championship Qualifying times 2014

The qualifying times for next years County Championships have now been released and you can access a copy by clicking here. We are encouraging all of our squad swimmers to try and achieve a CQT for 2014.  The Club has its very own licensed open meet on Saturday 29th June and this is a good opportunity for swimmers to try and record sometimes.

Open Meets, Club competitions and Herts County Qualifying times!

We will soon be publishing details of forthcomimg open meets and Club competitions that our Head Coach Wray and the PBSC Coaching Team have decided that we as a club will enter. This includes a trip to the Ponds Forge International 50m pool in Sheffield at the end of August. This will be a great opportunity for all swimmers to gain experience swimming long course in a pool where many International and National Swimming events have taken place. In fact Ben Harrison, our first National Age group qualifyer in many years will be swimming there in the British National Age Group Championships in July. This will also be a good opportunity for PBSC swimmers to try and break the recently published PBSC Long course club records.

Whilst Wray and the coaching team are planning the competition programme for next season it is a good time to advise all members that as a Club we aim to provide a competition programme for all levels of swimmer within the Club. In doing so we aim to provide the right level of competition at the appropriate time in the swimming calendar for those swimmers seeking County, Regional and National Qualifying times. In setting the open meet competition programme we also have to fit this around club competitions such as the Peanuts League, Herts Major League and National Arena Swimming League. As a general rule we do attend open meets on days of club competitions. However there may on occasions be good reasons to attend an open meet that is unsupported by the Club. In such circumstances please ensure that you have spoken to Wray before entering so that he and the coaching team are aware and can advise.

Herts ASA are finalising the 2014 County Qualifying times and they are likely to be published soon. One of the first opportuntities to acquire CQT's will be at our very own open meet on June 29th. If you have not already submitted your entries for this event, then we advise you to do so quickly, as it is already two-thirds full and we are expecting a couple of big club entries from two other local clubs.

ASA East Region Youth Championships

Phoebe Love is our only competitor in the 2013 ASA East Region Youth Championships being held this weekend. Phoebe will be competing in the 50m Butterfly and we look forward to hearing how she swims - Good Luck Phoebe!

Social and Disco at Elm Court Saturday 27th April

Put the date in your diaries. There is a club social and disco at Elm Court on Saturday 27th April to celebrate the success at Herts Majors and the Herts Counties amongst others and to look forward to the forthcoming Peanuts galas. Start time 7pm for 7.30pm, tickets are priced at £3.00 each. There will be a soft drinks bar and members are invited to bring their own alcoholic drinks and nibbles. There will be the usual burgers, hot dogs and cakes on sale. Tickets will be available from the "Help Desk" on the balcony from this Friday. Please come along and support the club!

Peanuts Round 1 - Jade and Blue Teams off to a great start !

The Official results are in for the Blue team. The results for the Jade team are here.

Jade Team - Gala Report

Round 1 of division 2 of the peanuts league was held at Furzefield. The Jade team finished in a comfortable 3rd place with 162 points, behind Hemel, 141 points, and the winners Veralum, 91 points. They were ahead of Berkhamstead 191 points, Ware 197 point a and Welwyn 237 points. There was tough competition but the team performed very well even though for many of our swimmers it was their first ever gala. It was an exciting evening with a well deserved result.

There were first place results from, Stefan Dojin U11s fly (23.90s) Anna Shipman U11s breaststroke(22.35s) and Natasha Giudice U11s backstroke(22.35s). The girls under 11s relay team did the double with first places in both the medley and freestyle relay, well done to Alex Rice-Smith, Anna Shipman, Natasha Giudice and Nicole Humphreys.

There were 13 second places-Nicole Humphreys, Madeleine Formby, Ismail Mert, Inez Crowe, Katie Hamshere, Emilea Read-Letts, the 9 year old girls freestyle relay team, the 11 year old boys medley and freestyle teams.

Henry Follett, Alex Rice-Smith, David Cai, the 9 year old girls and boys medley team, U13 girls freestyle team and the squadron team all gained third places.

Overall on the night the swimmers swam 32 personal best times!

Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper said "It was an excellent performance from all swimmers and a great result. I am particularly pleased with the number of personal bests swum which shows how much effort the children put in. Keep up the good work for round 2."
Head Coach Bronwen Hardy said "I am very proud of how the children swam on Saturday, they all swam to the best of their ability and should be very pleased with their performance."

     Blue Team - Gala Report

The Blue Team travelled to Stevenage to compete in the first round gala in Division 1. We finished in second place with 155pts behind City of St Albans (99pts) and ahead of Harpenden SC (169pts), Hertford SC (174 pts), City of St Albans B (206pts) and Cheshunt SC (227pts). It was a tense and exciting gala as team positions changed throughout and it was great for our young swimmers to finish in a worthy second place. The teams performance can be summarised as follows: -

  • There were individual 1st place finishes by Jessica Woodward, James Blount, Morgan Newman, Thomas Stanbury and James Smith. Our 12 year old boys of Adam Gill, Morgan Newman, James Blount and Mathew Honeyman  also won the 4 x 50m Medley Relay.  Well done to all!
  • There were second place individual finishes Lucinda Andrews, Mathew Honeyman, Jessica Woodward and Georgina Tallon. Great swimming!
  • Georgianna Blachin, Olivia Seal, Elise Cork, Katie Harrison, Amy Mason and Thomas Stanbury also had individual third place finishes.
  • Our relay teams put in great performances and finished in the top 3 places for most events, which shows what great strength in depth we have in the Club.This was a big factor in securing second place for the team. Well done to all swimmers.
  • PBSC Blue Team swimmers recorded 29 Personal Best Times (PB's) - Well done to Adam Zeinden, Lucy Hopkins, Eliza Connery, James Blount, Amy Mason, Katie Harrison, Billy Barber, Jessicia Heesom, Mathew Honeyman, Georgina Tallon, Olivia Seal, Alex Quilter, Morgan Newman, Georgianna Balchin, Kate Andrew, James Smith, Samule Balchin, Justine Sansom and Jessica Woodward.
  • Chris and Darren, the PBSC Blue Team coaches are delighted that we went through the whole gala without a single DQ so a big well done to all the swimmers.

PBSC Blue Team Coach Chris Andrew "I am delighted with the performance of the Blue Team as finishing in second place was beyond my expectations.The performance report shows how well they swam and it is great to see so many PB's recorded. I would encourage all swimmers to try and make an extra session or two as we have the second round in a few weeks time and we need to build on this good result"

ASA Long Term Athlete Development

The ASA Long term athlete development document is an interesting read for all parents particularly for those that have just joined the Club and are new to competitive swimming. It explains the system of Licened Open Meets, the theory behind the BAGCATS competition and the stepping stones to high level competition. For those swimmers and parents new to competitive swimming it is an interesting read. 

Peanuts League 2013

Our youngest swimmers will be competing on Saturday 20th April 2013 in the first round of the Hertfordshire Swimming Peanuts League.  The PBSC Jade team gained promotion last year so make their first appearance in Division 2 with their first round gala being at the Furzefield. The PBSC Jade Team are in Division 1 and will be at Stevenage competing against the strongest clubs in the County. We are encouraging family and friends to come along and support our teams on the night as its always great for our swimmers to have fantastic support from the balcony as it really helps lift the swimmers performances.

PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper "I am really looking forward to seeing our youngest swimmers competing in the Peanuts League this year. It's a great competition for our youngest swimmers to gain some competitive experience and I am looking forward to a great evening of racing" , "I would encourage swimmers to try and make an extra session this week so they are ready to race on Saturday"

Potters Bar Summer Open Meet - Saturday 29th June 2013

We are encouraging all PBSC Squad swimmers to submit their entries a.s.a.p to this event the full details of which are on the PBSC Open Meets page accessed by clicking on the tab on the left.

Swimmer of the Month - Ben Harrison

Last month Head Coach Wray said he was looking for a big performance to catch his eye for this months award and Ben's performances over the last month certainly did not leave Wray disapppointed. Ben had a great County Championships becoming Hertfordshire County Champion in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke and winning a further six silver medals and five bronzes to make an impressive haul. Ben also finished 3rd in his age groups BAGCATS competition. When most swimmers were taking a rest Ben travelled to the City of Norwich Easter Meet and swam a fantastic 200m Butterfly to record his first ever British National Age Group Qualifying time, so he will be competing in the National Championships to be held at the Ponds Forge 50m pool in Sheffield in July. Ben has been the first PBSC swimmer under the reign of Wray as Head Coach to achieve a British National Age Group Qualifying time and is the first PBSC swimmer for many years to do so. Well done, Ben!

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Ben's performances at the County Championships and the attaining of a British National Age Group Qualifying time make him the worthy recipient of this months award. Achieving a National Time is a huge personal milestone for Ben and also for the Club too. I am sure Ben's achievements will help raise the aspirations of all PBSC swimmers"

PBSC Swimmers qualify for the Schools Swimming National Championships

Harriet Newman, who swims in Squad 2 and is a pupil at Stormont School has qualified as the 6th fastest freestyler in the country for the IAPS Schools National Swimming Championships that are being held at the K2 50m pool in Crawley on 11th May 2013. Three other Potters Bar swimmers also swam at the qualifying round for the relays, Victoria Curley, Lucy Hopkins and Elena Izquierdo-Hall. Despite being 2 seconds faster than their schools team last year who did qualify, the team narrowly missed out on qualifying for the National Final of the relay event this year.

Not deterred by missing out on the IAPS National relay event, Harriet and her team mates that include PBSC swimmers Natasha Guidice and Lucy Hopkins from Stormont School have also qualified for the ESSA National Schools relay Championships in both the Medley and the Freestyle. In winning both of these events, they were the overall winners in Hertfordshire for the small schools category. They were up against mixed teams of boy and girls and still triumphed. The ESSA National Finals are being held at the Ponds Forge International 50m Pool in Sheffield on June 15th. Well done and best of luck for the Nationals!

Welsh National Championships

Over the Easter Weekend Phoebe Love competed in the Welsh National Championships and finished a creditable 16th in the 50m Freestyle missing out on the final by just 0.34 seconds - Well done, Phoebe.

National Qualifying Time for Ben!

Ben Harrison has achieved a national qualifying time for 200m fly at the City of Norwich meet on 31st March 2013.  He swam 2:38.14 which is one second inside the qualifying time for 11/12 year olds in a long course pool.  Well done Ben!

Counties 2013 Results

The club's results at the Hertfordshire County Championships are here.  They have also been included in the online database of swimmers' times.

Squad 4 - Easter Training

Over the East Holidays Squad 4 are invited to train on Tuesday evenings between 6pm and 7pm at the FF. Once the half term is over they will revert to training at Queenswood.

Queenswood School Training - Withdrawal of Monday Nights Training session

After twenty years of swimming at Queenswood School we are disappointed to announce that the Monday evening training sessions at the school have been terminated as of April 1st 2013. Over the last few weeks we have been in dialogue with the School/Queenswood Enterprises Ltd asking them to reconsider their decision and to try and secure other available pool time but this has not been successful. As members of the Club you will appreciate that this decision has a direct impact on over 50 of our youngest swimmers in Squads 4 and 5.  Therefore to ensure that we continue to provide our youngest swimmers with sufficient pool time to enable their development we have had to re-schedule the Squads Training sessions. As of April 1st 2013 there will be new training times so please click on the training times tab on the left for full details. As a Club we need additional water time to aid the development of our swimmers so we will continue to look for other options.

Herts County Championships 2013 - 2nd weekend

PBSC swimmers continued their good form with more excellent performances in the pool winning more medals as follows: -

  • Ben Harrison was PBSC's medal man winning gold in the 50m backstroke, silver medals in the 400m Freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m Butterfly and 100m IM. Ben also won bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle and 200m breaststroke.
  • Katie Harrison also swam fantastically to win gold in the 400m Freestyle, silver in the 100m IM and bronze in the 200m Freestyle.
  • David Shipman won gold in the 50m Freestyle and and silver in the 100m Freestyle. In winning his silver medal David went under the "minute barrier" for the 1st time and broke the County Record only to see it broken again a few heats later by the event winner.
  • Amy Mason swam impressively in the 50m Butterfly to come third making this her second bronze medal of the Championships.
  • Harriet Newman swam a great 400m Freestyle to finish with a bronze medal recording her first Regional Qualifying time in doing so.
  • Jessica Woodward really stepped up a gear and did magnificently to win a bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke in her 1st ever Counties
  • Olivia Seal swam a very gutsy 400m IM and won a bronze medal for her endeavours.
  • James Woodward won a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly one of the toughest events in the swimming programme.

Ben Harrison, David Shipman, Thomas Stanbury, Morgan Newman and Katie Harrison have been invited to the Herts County Championships 2013 presentation night that will be held on Wednesday evening as they have finished in one of the top eight positions of the BAGCATS age group competitions. The final placings will be revealed on the night - well done to all!

Over the two weekends we have had over 55 PBSC swimmers competing. The vast majority of swimmers recorded personal best times showing that they were able to put in some great individual performances. Well done to all PBSC swimmers that qualified this year which has been our biggest ever team at this prestigious event.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "We should be very proud of the performances put in by our swimmers and the medal count shows that we have a broad range of talent within the Club. I am hoping our younger swimmers will be inspired by our medal winners and will be looking to emulate their success next year"

Land Training Sessions - Spaces available

There are spaces available for the Land Training sessions that take place on Friday evenings between 7pm and 8pm for those swimmers in Squads 1 and 2. A block of ten sessions costs £25. The next block of sessions start on Friday 19th April 2013. Please speak to Chris or email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk if you are interested.

PBSC Camping weekend -5th to 7th July

There are still plenty of spaces for the PBSC Camping weekend so if you are interested please speak to Steve and Anita Shipman who are co-ordinating the event. The campsite is by the River Thames and has excellent facilities and last years trip was a great success. We have a field for exclusive use of PBSC members. Alternatively email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and your email will be forward to Anita and Steve.

Medals Galore at the Herts County Championships 2013

PBSC swimmers have been competing over this weekend in the 2013 Herts County Championships and have managed to achieve podium places as follows: -

  • Ben Harrison has won six medals this weekend which consisted of a gold medal in the 50m Butterfly, two silvers in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke and three bronzes in the 400m IM, 50m Breaststroke and 200m IM.
  • David Shipman won gold in the 50m Breaststroke (which saw a PBSC 1-2-3) and bronze medals in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle.
  • Katie Harrison won gold in the 200m IM and a bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke.
  • Morgan Newman won a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke  and another in the 50m Breaststoke.
  • Lauren Andrew won a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly
  • Thomas Stanbury won a bronze medal in the 200m IM
  • Amy Mason who won a bronze in the 50m Freestyle
  • Olivia Seal won a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly

There were lots of other great swims by PBSC swimmers with many PB's recorded and once we have processed the official results a performance report will be posted.

PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper "The performances by PBSC swimmers this weekend on the whole has been great and for some of them to go on and win medals at this level of competition is fantastic. Lets hope we can continue this success next weekend" 

Easter Bank Holiday weekend

There will be no training over the Easter weekend starting on Good Friday 29th March 2013 to Monday 1st April 2013 inclusive. After a busy few weeks at the Counties all swimmers and coaches will be having a well earned break ready to re-charge batteries for the remainder of the swimming season ahead.

Kate Lack Open Meet - Club entry rejected!

The Clubs entry to the Kate Lack Open Meet has been rejected as the events is massively oversubscribed. Clearly we are disappointed for the 39 swimmers that entered. All swimmers should receive an email inviting them to enter the Braintree and Bocking Open Meet being held the same weekend. Swimmers will need to reply very quickly as we wish to submit the entry to this meet early to avoid missing out again. Any queries please email Martin and Dani on pbscgalasec@googlemail.com

Important information re Counties

The Counties events are run on an "active" withdrawal basis and therefore it is each swimmers responsibility to make sure that they have withdrawn from any events they will not be swimming. Herts ASA will be imposing fines of £10 per swim missed and these fines will be passed onto the individual swimmers/parents to settle. Therefore if you know that you have entered an event that you will not be swimming please ensure that you notify Martin Higgins and Dani Harrison our gala secretary's by email on pbscgalasec@googlemail.com so that these fines can be avoided. If you need to withdraw from an event on the day then please speak to Wray and/or Chris who will be poolisde for most sessions.

Live Results from the Herts County Championships and the latest session times

If you wish to get live results from the County Championships to your Ipad or mobile then have a look at the Herts ASA website for details. Herts ASA have also posted the latest session times to help plan your weekend at the pool. www.hertsasa.org.uk

Ellen wins Gold to become our first County Champion in 2013

Last night saw PBSC swimmers competing in the Long distance events at the Inspire 50m pool at Luton. Ellen Hunt was certainly inspired as she raced to 1st place in the 17 year olds 800m Freestyle striking PBSC's first Gold medal of the Hertfordshire County Championships 2013. There were also great swims by Katie Conyers, Georgianna Balchin, Katie Gormley and Lauren Andrew who all set fast times too indicating they are all in good form for the events ahead. Well done girls!

Ben Harrison continued the PBSC medal hunt claiming silver medal behind Hatfields Nathan Hughes in the 1500m Freestyle and recording a regional qualifying time in doing so, There were good swims too by Morgan Newman and Jack Shewell-Cooper who swam well in their 1st ever competitive 1500m swim. Well done boys.

PBSC Heady Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper said "What a great start to the 2013 County Championships! I am delighted that Katie C, Georgianna, Katie G, Lauren, Morgan and Jack all swam some great times in their 1st ever long course distance swims. Ellen, who is our first County Champion of 2013, and Ben have got the Club off to a great start in the medal count so a big well done to all"

Herts County Championships 2013

Last night saw many of the PBSC County Squad 2013 being presented with their County T-Shirts and Hats which have been kindly sponsored by Oakfield Foods and tonight eight of our swimmers will compete in the Long distance events at Luton which herald the start of the 2013 Herts County Championships. Good luck to those competing this evening and lets get off to a great start!

Over the next three weekends our swimmers will be in action and its going to be interesting to see how they all do. This year sees PBSC's largest every entry and the swimmers have been working hard in training so hopefully this will convert to good performances in the pool. Its also clear that other Clubs in the County have stepped up their performances so its going to be interesting to see how our swimmers fare. We will endeavour to keep the website updated with the results and make sure you are subscribed to our "twitter" feed @pottersbar swim for live updates from the pool.

There is also added incentive for our swimmers as Herts ASA have announced that the top 8 in each BAGCAT Age Group will be invited to a development day where they will receive coaching guidance and instruction by Plymouth Leander Head Coach Jon Rudd who is also the Lithuanian Olympic Coach. Jon Rudd will be bringing his 15 year old Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte and British Olympian Butterflyer Anthony James who finished 32nd at London 2012 to the event so lets hope some of our swimmers can make the top eight in their age groups. There is added interest in this event as PBSC Coach Chris swam with the same Club and went to the same school as Jon Rudd and is hoping to attend and pick up a few tips from his old team mate.

PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper "I'm really looking forward to the Counties and quietly confident that there are some big performances to come out over the next couple of weeks. Good luck to all PBSC swimmers, enjoy taking part and believe that you can do well as I am confident that you can"

Swimmer of the month - February

Well done to Lucinda Andrews in Squad 4 who was named as the swimmer of the month for February.

Wray Shewell Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Lucinda has been with the Club a relatively short period but has progressed well. In the recent competitions she has excelled recording some very fast times and is well deserving of this months award. Keep up the good progress"

Wray went onto say "The Herts County Championships are upon us and I am looking for a swimmer to catch my eye with a big performance at the Counties for March's swimmer of the month award"

Herts Major League - Fantastic Performances by Jade and Blue Teams

Here are the gala results from the Herts Major League Division 1 gala last night which are subject to confirmation by the League. The results from the Jade Team Division 2 gala are awaited.

Division 1 - Round 3 Relegation Final Gala result

1st 130 Points - Potters Bar Blue
2nd 138 Points - Harpenden A
3rd 165 Points - Stevenage A
4th 170 Points - Berkhamstead SC
5th 171 Points - Hertford SC
6th 265 Points - Bushey A

Final - Division 1 League Position

7th Harpenden A
8th Potters Bar Blue
9th Stevenage A
10th Berkhamstead SC
11th Hertford SC
12th Bushey SC

A fantastic performance team performance on the night secures our Division 1 status for next season. Again this is subject to confirmation by the League. Going into the gala we had to finish in the top 4 to ensure we would avoid relegation. By the end of the evening we ran out as strong winners with some exceptional individual and relay performances that included 14 first places, 14 second places and 6 third places. There were 1st Places for;

  • Individuals - Phoebe Love, Kelly Dunn, James Woodward, Daryl Mason, Thomas Stanbury, Ben Harrison  
  • Girls Open Medley & Free (Kelly Dunn, April Richards, Phoebe Love, Sam Over, Andrea Houben) 
  • Boys Open Medley (Chris Holmes, Daryl Mason, James Ayres, Robert Branch) 
  • U16 Girls Medley (Andrea Houben, Phoebe Love, Sam Over, Anna Church) 
  • U14 Girls Free (Katie Conyers, Georgianna Balchin, Lauren Andrew, Maya Spence) 
  • U14 Boys Free & Medley (Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, James Woodward, David Shipman)
  • Squadron (Elise Cork, Thomas Stanbury, Katie Conyers, David Shipman, Phoebe Love, Thilan Walallawita, April Richards, Robert Branch)

There were 11 PBs set in the individual events and some of the stand out performances were;

• David Shipman - Congratulations for breaking the Potters Bar Club record in the 100m Freestyle record in 1.00.23s (beating Jonathan's Quinn's record set 10 years ago)
• Georgianna Balchin who swam a regional time in the 100m Breaststroke (but needs to repeat this in a licensed meet)
• Ben Harrison who is now only 1 second off a national qualifying time in the 100m Butterfly

Here is a performance report for the Blue Team.

Chris Andrew, PBSC Blue Team Coach "The team put in a terrific performance to come out as worthy winners of this gala. They raced hard throughout the evening and never gave up. It was great to see us come out on top in some of the close margin races, no more so than in the Squadron relay where we came from third place in the last few metres to win. Well done to all the team"  

A big thank you to all PBSC Volunteers who helped with the hosting of this event and made the event run smoothly.

Potters Bar SC Summer Open Meet 2013

Our annual summer open meet will be held on Saturday 29th June 2013 at the Furzefield Sports Cetre, Potters Bar. Full details have been published on the "PBSC Open Meets" page so just "click" on the tab on the left for more information. All PBSC Squad swimmers are encouraged to take part in this event which is Licensed at ASA Level 3 (Licence Number 3ER3306).

Herts County Championships Squad 2013 - Presentation

Next weekend sees the start of the 2013 Hertfordshire County Championships and the Club will be presenting County T-Shirts and Hats sponsored by Oakfield to all PBSC swimmers that are competing. The presentation will take place at 8pm on Friday 8th March 2013 and all PBSC County Swimmers are encouraged to attend this presentation.  

Land Training - New Block of sessions - Bookings being taken.

We are taking bookings for the next block of 10 Land Training sessions that will start on Friday 19th April 2012 and take place between 7pm and 8pm. The Land Training sessions are open to swimmers aged 10 and over who swim in Squad 1 and 2. The cost for this block is £25. In order to secure a place please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk. There are 25 places available and these will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. Those swimmers taking part are expected to swim in the Friday night Squad session. Speak to Chris if you have any questions.

Open Meets

Swimmers in Squads 1 to 5 should have received various emails inviting them to enter competitions over the next couple of months. The Coaching Team would like to see as many of our younger swimmers taking part in these events to gain experience of competition swimming. The closing date for Club entries are on a short time scale.

PBSC Masters swimmers competing in Ireland this weekend!

This week will see eight of our masters swimmers travel to Ireland to swim in the Limerick Masters Open Meet that is being held at the University of Limerick 50m pool. Good Luck to Dani Harrison, Ian Bays, Julian Swindale, Jonathan Refson, Eugene Gormley, Mark Formby, Darren Hamshere and Martin Higgins who have all been preparing well for this event by following a pool and land training programme set by John Cunningham, PBSC Masters Coach and current World Masters Champion. The swimmers will also be attending a gala dinner on the Saturday night before flying home on Sunday.

Sunday Training on March 3rd 2012 - Change to training times

Due to the Furzefield taking a "double booking" we have been asked to change our training times for this Sunday only in order to avoid a very young child and their friends missing out on a pool birthday party celebration. Therefore for this Sunday only training will be between 7.15pm to 9.15pm with the various Squads start and finish times as follows: -

7.15pm - 8.15pm - Squads 3, 4 and 5

7.15pm -9.15pm - Squads 1 and 2 as well Masters swimmers who will follow the squad session programme.

8.15pm - 9.15pm - Novice Masters

Normal Sunday training times will resume next week.

Herts County Championship entries 2013 Herts County Champs


The Clubs entry to the 2013 County Championships has been submitted and we have entered 56 swimmers for a total of 275 individual swims. This shows a huge improvement on 2012 where we entered 40 swimmers in a total of 183 swims. This is a great indication that the Club has continued to progress well over the last 12 months. This year we will be entering three girls relay teams and two boys relay teams to represent the Club and selection for the relays will take place in the next week or so. 

Another great turn out at Saturday morning training

This morning saw another great turn out from our youngest swimmers some of whom attended a PBSC Breakfast at a local cafe. We hope to run another breakfast next week and are looking for an even bigger turn out to morning training.

Mark Foster Swim Camp

This week a number of PBSC swimmers will be attending a swim camp with Mark Foster, ex-world record holder, Olympian and TV Personality. Keep an eye on the website for pictures and a report from Ben Harrison, James Woodward and James Blount from this event.

Fantastic turn out to Saturday morning training!

Well done to the fifty plus swimmers that made morning training this morning and put in a sterling effort in the pool. Thanks also to Daryl, our resident ex-international swimmer who took time to pass on some of his "hot" tips to our youngest swimmers. Wray and Chris were absolutely delighted to see so many of our younger swimmers commit to this session and its evident we have a strong contigent of young swimmers developing within the Club. Hope to see you all next week!

Perhaps we should have a PBSC post training breakfast at a suitable local venue?

Herts Flyers "Last Chance" Open Meet - Session Times

Good luck to all PBSC Swimmers competing this weekend.  Here are start times.......

Venue : QE Boys School, Queens Road, Barnet, EN5 4DQ

1st Session events 1-14  Warm-up 1.15pm   Withdrawals by 1.30pm

2nd session events 15-28 Warm-up straight after 1st session finishes Withdrawals by 4.15pm, Start 4.45pm

Herts Major League results

We are still awaiting the results for the Jade Team but please click here to see a performance report for the Blue Team who finished the gala in 5th place after a tough night of competition. The final placings were Watford (115 pts), CoSTA (134pts), BishopStortford (155pts), Harpenden (188pts), PBSC Blue (215pts) and Hertford (223pts). A big well done to Ben and Thomas who were our only individual winners on the night and and to all those swimmers that swam PB's.

This result means that the PBSC Blue Team will be contesting the relegation final in the third round and we must improve on our current placing in the league to avoid relegation. We expect the Jade team to be in a similar position in Division 2. The PBSC Selection Committee have met this week to select the two teams for the final round and selection emails will be sent out later this week. It is important that those selected make every effort to be available to represent the Club in the final round as we would like to have a strong a team as possible for Blue and Jade. 

Chris Andrew, PBSC Blue Team Coach "Despite facing strong competition I was pleased with the efforts put in by the Blue Team, I particularly enjoyed the great result by the Cannon relay, who swam in reverse and really gave our supporters something to cheer about. That said we must avoid relagation from Division 1 so I am asking the swimmers to put in some extra sessions over the next few weeks"   

Herts Flyers "Last Chance" Open Meet - Accepted and Rejected entries

We have just received notification of the accepted and rejected entries for this weekend's open meet. As you will see from the attached report many of the Club's entries have been rejected (marked SCR). This is due to the event being heavily oversubscribed. Naturally we are disapppointed that so many entries have been rejected for this event. Dani Harrison, one of our gala secretary's will be arranging the appropriate refunds so please either speak to her direct or email pbscgalasec@googlemail.com

Good luck to those swimmers that will be competing on Sunday.

Tape Trophy - Performance report update

We have now had chance to evaluate the performances from last week end and a very well done to both the Blue and Jade teams for their performances. Here are some of the notable performances: -

The Blue Team saw individual wins for Alexandra Rice-Smith, Amy Mason, Ben Harrison, Georgianna Balchin, Harriet Newman, James Blount, James Smith, Jessica Woodward, Katie Harrison, Leah Refson, Sophia Zeinden and Thomas Stanbury. The Under 11 girls Alex, Katie, Harriet & Olivia Seal won both the medley and free style relays as did the Under 13 girls Georgianna, Amy, Leah & Georgina Tallon. The Under 12 girls Amy, Sophia, Katie Hamshere & Elise Cork won their free style relay. The Under 11 boys James S, Charlie Milberry, David Cai & Henry Follett won the medley and the Under 13s of Ben, James B, Mathew Honeyman & Morgan Newman took first place in both the medley and freestyle relays.

The Jade Team had four 2nd places, well done to Efa Davies, Anna Shipman, Natasha Giuidice and the 9yr old girls relay team of Olivia Moray, Charlotte Cork, Madison Harrison & Amy Webb. Excellent swims by Millie McGrath, Emilea Read-Letts & Medeleine Formby saw them finish in 3rd place in their races. The Jade Team also saw a number of PBs (personal best times) swum by Nicole Humphries, Freddie George, Joshua Over, Ismail Mert, Thomas Walk, Elena Izquierdo-Hall, Arthur Follett, Oscar Eagle, Kate Andrew, Ella Higgens, Millie, Emilea & Natasha.

Land Training

There are still a few land training places available if there are any swimmers interested. These sessions take place on a Friday evening between 7pm and 8pm and swimmers are expected to swim in the Friday Squad session. If you are interested please speak to Chris in the first instance or email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

Swimmer of the Month - January 2013

A big well done to Nicole Humphrey's who was awarded the "swimmer of the month" trophy for January 2013. Nicole received her award in front of over seventy swimmers that attended last fridays "starts and turns" session. This months decision was particularly difficult one after some fantastic performances by our youngest members at the Tape trophy.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Nicole swam really well at the Watford County Qualifier open meet and recorded her first ever County Time which is a great achievement. As one of our younger swimmers she has shown potential to do well and deserves this months award"

Tape Trophy 2013

Many thanks to visiting teams from Berkhampstead, Watford, Stevenage and Hertford along with our own Blue and Jade teams for a thrilling gala to set the scene for the forthcoming Peanuts League.  The gala results are here.

The balcony of Furzefield was packed with supporters eager to see in excess of 60 of our young swimmers put on a good show in the Tape Trophy against Berkhamsted, Watford, Stevenage and Hertford, and they weren’t disappointed! 

Potters Bar fielded two teams, Blue and Jade. The Jade team was made up of many swimmers for whom this was their first experience racing against swimmers from outside of the club. Without exception, both teams did brilliantly. Many of our youngest swimmers overcame their nerves in what can at first be a very daunting experience and blasted their way to big PB’s.

Support from our older swimmers, including our club captains Thilan Walallawita and Samantha Over was brilliant. Thank you all for giving up your Saturday evening to support the clubs next generation.

Thank you also to the officials and the small army of parent helpers who all mucked in and made the event run smoothly, without your help events like this would not run. A special mention goes out to our poolside team managers: Mel Woodward, Bronwyn Cork, Susie Chapman, Sam Over and Georgie Lawson. Having learned everyone’s names and dealt with the nerves, and the endless questions that the nerves bring on, they got the swimmers to their races at the right time every time! Well done!

Consistently strong performances by the PBSC Blue team saw them win the event with 22 - 1st places, 16 - 2nd places and 5 - 3rd places. The Blue team results are here.  The Jade team results are here.

Swimmers of particular note were: Freddie George who fearlessly stepped in & took on races for a late withdrawal and 9yr old Lucinda Andrews who in her first gala who took 3s off her 25m Freestyle time to finish second in 18.31s.

Team coach for the night, Martin Higgins said, “This event saw some fantastic performances and sees us going into the Peanuts League in a strong position. We have a few weeks left before the first round which gives everyone a last chance to really push themselves for more improvements.”
Jade Team's manager Melanis Woodward said "Jade Team put a fantastic effort in last night's tape trophy. For many it was their first experience of a team gala or any gala come to that, and they all dealt with the challenges that lay ahead superbly. The children were exceptionally well behaved and took on instructions with ease. Some showed signs of nerves but eventually overcame them to actually enjoy the gala. I would also like to say how well my co-team-manager, Sam Over, performed on the night. Her calm demeanour was a great asset for many of the younger swimmers in the Jade team."

Blue Team swimmers Georgianna Balchin and Ben Harrison receive the trophy from club chairman Ian Bays.

New Sponsor Oakfield Food

The club is very fortunate to be supported by Oakfield Food who this year are sponsoring the County swimmers' club shirts and "County" hats.  All of our sponsors make a positive difference to our swimmers and club.  We are delighted with this generous support.

Tape Trophy 2013

Good luck to our youngest swimmers who will be competing in the Tape Trophy this weekend at the Furzefield. We have two teams and over sixty swimmers from the Club taking part and for many this will be their first experience of competitive swimming. We would encourage all the swimmers parents and family members to come along to watch this exciting event and to give lots of encouragement to our two teams from the balcony. 

Just Seven weeks to the County Championships 2013!

We are now just seven weeks away from the start of the 2013 Hertfordshire County Championships and those swimmers with aspirations to do well are encouraged to participate in a few extra sessions over the coming weeks. Squad 1 and 2 swimmers are reminded that they can attend Saturday morning sessions at the FF starting at 0715 hrs. This would be an appropriate additional session to attend by swimmers in these squads.  

Watford Open Meet Results

Here is a performance report for our swimmers. These results confirm that our kids put in some great performances which can be summarised as follows: -

 1) Sixty one swimmers swam in 245 races of which 147 were PB's and 47 were no previous times. This means that 79% of these races were PB's or NPT's which is an excellent success rate.

2) PBSC Swimmers won 27 Gold medals, 17 silver medals and 9 bronze medals and record 107 County Qualifying times and 13 Regional Qualfiying times - a fantastic effort by the swimmers. There are just too many swimmers to name individually!

3) Well done to Samuel Balchin, Nicole Humphreys, Leah Refson, Sean Lovell, Madeliene Formby and Luc Houben who recorded their first County Qualifying times and are now invited to attended the County Performance Squad Training that takes place at Queenswood School on Tuesday evenings. This now means that PBSC have 60 swimmers that have qualified to enter the Hertfordshire County Championships that take place in March 2013. 

4) A big well done to Katie Harrison and Thomas Stanbury who recorded their first Regional Qualifying times for 2013. They now join a squad of eight PBSC swimmers that have qualified to swim in the ASA East Region Championships in 2013.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "The performances at the weekend were fantastic and with just seven weeks to go to the County Championships I am asking the swimmers to make the extra effort in training in these last few weeks. I am delighted with Nicole, Leah, Luc, Sean and Madeleine for recording their first County Qualifying times and delighted that Katie and Thomas have recorded their first Regional Qualifying times too. With the "last Chance" meet to come I am still hoping to add to the County Squad"

PBSC Club Championship dates for 2013

The dates for this years Club Championships have been entered onto the diary page. All PBSC swimmers are encouraged to take part in these events so please put the dates in your diary. We are in the process of applying for a license so that times achieved will be eligible towards entering into the 2014 Hertfordshire County Championships and the ASA East Region Championships.

Swim Camp in Mallorca,Spain during October Half Term

We are looking to organise a swim camp to the Mallorca, Spain during the October Half term and will be holding a meeting on the balcony on Thursday 24th January at 6.30 pm for those who may be interested. The Club is considering booking with Blue Water Training Camps who have their own website that can give you an insight. We have to make a quick decision on this so if you interested please make every effort to attend this meeting. Information regarding costs will be provided at the meeting.

You may also wish to register your interest by emailing secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and when  there is further information available we will be able to send this to you. Anita and Steve Shipman are looking into the arrangements so you may wish to speak directly with them.

Social Dates for your diary

Here are a couple of dates to book : -

                              1)  Saturday 27th April 2013 - Social and Disco

                              2) Friday 12th July 2013 - Summer Barbeque

Herts Major League - Blue Team Results

Here are the results for the Blue Team who finished 6th in the 1st Round gala that was won by Hatfield. Well done to Phoebe Love who was our only winner and the swimmers that recorded 14 Personal best times during the gala.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "We faced really tough opposition in the first round and despite finishing last I was pleased with the performance of PBSC swimmers. There were 14 PB's on the night and Phoebe put in a great performance in winning her 100m Fly. It's important that we are placed higher in Round 2 so I really need all swimmers to be available to swim. We need to avoid relegation this year so I'd encourage the team to put in a few extra sessions"

Land Training - Last few places remaining so don't delay!

We are now taking bookings for the next block of 10 land training sessions that will start on Friday 1st February. The Land Training sessions are open to those in Squads 1 and 2. The cost will be £25.  There are a limited number of places and to register your interest please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk 

The Land Training sessions are held at the FF on a Friday evening between 7pm and 8pm in the dance studio. Those taking part are expected to swim in the Friday night Squad session.

PBSC - Newly qualified Officials

Many congratulations to Samantha Burt and Chris Andrew who have both recently qualified as Level 2 Judges. Sam joins Niamh Gormley as one of the clubs youngest J2s. Well done also to Dani Harrison who passed her Level 1 Judges qualification last weekend. This is great news for PBSC. There is always a demand for officials and with the club entering 2 teams into the Herts Majors and Peanut Leagues it’s important to continue to encourage new parents and older swimmers to undertake these courses.


Anyone interested in learning more about becoming an official can contact Karen Lawson or any of the other Club Officials for advice. Or visit the Herts ASA website.

Jade Team come fourth in their Divison 2 debut

Our Jade team made a good start to this years campaign in Division 2 of the Herts Major League finshing fourth in the gala that was won by a strong Berkhampstead Barracudas Team. The team picked up six second place finishes and eight third places and there were four disqualifications.

Click here to see the performance report for our swimmers.

Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team coach "The Jade team swam really well in our debut in Division 2 and to come out fourth was a good result especially as we lost a few swimmers to the Blue Team at short notice to cover. I need all my Jade team swimmers to work hard over the next few weeks so we can improve and if we reduce the number of disqualifications and have everyone available I am sure we can do well in round 2" 

Interested in attending a 3 day swim camp with Mark Foster, Ex-World Champion swimmer and TV personality?

During the Spring half term - from the 18th to the 20th February - Mark Foster will be holding a 3 day swim camp at the Holloway Sports College for club swimmers aged 12 to 17 who swim at county level or above. He is going to work together with the swimmers to educate them about: -

1) Proven ways to dramatically improve their strokes, speed and endurance

2) Advanced land training and conditioning programmes to transform their fitness levels

3) The mental and physical strategies that he and other successful international swimmers have used to achieve champion level performance. 

His website address is www.mfsa.co.uk There are only 60 places available so if you want to reserve places, or have any questions, call Damian Lo Cascio camp organizer on 07941766659 or email enquiries@mfsa.com

Wray and Dani Harrison are co-ordinating any interest from the Club so you may wish to speak with them about this camp.

Peanut's Time Trial results!

Last night we had over sixty of our youngest members take part in the 2013 Peanut's time trials. It was great to see so many taking part supported by an appreciative gallery. In fact this is probably our most attended trials in recent years, another good sign that the club is developing well. It's also clear from the results that our young swimmers performed really well so they should be really pleased with their performances.

The event was officiated in accordance with the ASA Rules and as alway this means that some swimmers will have been disqualified (DQ'D) in events. This is not an un-common occurence as it takes time for swimmers to learn to swim the Butterfly and Breast strokes correctly and to make sure that their starts and finishes are in accordance with the rules of swimming. The results of the trials are reviewed by Wray and Bronwen, the Club's lead coaches so that area's for improvement can be addressed in training over the coming weeks.

Last nights results have helped us to select the swimmers who will represent PBSC in the Tape Trophy on the evening of January 26th when we will be hosting four visiting swimming clubs. Those selected to represent the Club should receive selection emails later this week. For those new to the club it is important to confirm by return email only whether you are able to swim or not. This is because if you are not available to swim we need to select other swimmers and it's only right we give them as much notice as possible.

Well done to all PBSC Peanut trialists on a great night of swimming, Click here for the results.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am really pleased with the swimmers performances and we can look forward to competing in this years Peanut's League with confidence that we can do well. We have the Tape Trophy and South Herts Trophy as warm up events and I'd like all of our swimmers to experience competing against visiting clubs"

A big thank you to all officials and volunteers especially the older swimmers that assisted on the Lane ends and with the marshalling of the competing swimmers.

PBSC Masters swimmers to compete at the Limerick Masters in Ireland

A team of PBSC masters swimmers are heading to Limerick, Ireland to compete in the Limerick Masters Open meet that takes place between March 1st and 3rd 2013. The team will include Ian Bays, our Chairman, Julian Swindale, Martin Higgins, Dani Harrison and Eugene Gormley. This competition is open to all PBSC Masters and is likely to be a very social weekend. If you are interested have a chat with those that have already committed to this event as they can advise regarding flights and accomodation

Swimmer of the Month - December

Last nights "starts and turns" session saw a fantastic turn out of over 60 swimmers in the pool and at the end of the session our Head Coach Wray awarded the swimmer of the month trophy to Morgan Newman in Squad 1.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Morgan has worked hard over the last year and his performances have placed him as one of the fastest boys in his age group in the Country. His recent breaststroke times have been close to attaining National Qualifying times and he deserves my award!" 

Happy New Year!

The New Year has arrived and at PBSC we have a busy swimming programme ahead which starts this weekend with the Peanut's Trials (see below article for further details). We will be using the swimmers times from this event to select the two teams that will compete in the Tape Trophy, which we are hosting on January 26th. It's important swimmers keep this date free so they are available to swim (if selected). Selection emails will be sent next week.

The following weekend we have two teams competing in the Herts Major League, the Blue Team in Division 1 and the Jade Team making their debut in Division 2 after promotion last year. These events will see over 60 swimmers representing the Club and we are confident that our two teams can continue their good form of recent years in this competitioon.

There are just ten weeks to the start of the Hertfordshire County Championships, one of the main competitions in our swimming calendar. With over 52 PBSC swimmers qualified to date it's clear we are going to have a bigger presence on the poolside. Qualifying to swim in the County Championships is a great achievement in itself but it's important that our swimmers make an extra effort over these last ten weeks to attend training regularly so that they can maximise their performances. "Be prepared or prepare to fail" is an appropriate motivational quote as those swimmers that perform well in training are more likely to excell in competition. Individual performances over the last year have shown that we have some very talented young swimmers who have the potential to do well at the County Championships and should be looking to achieve podium positions.

Shortly after the Counties our youngest swimmers will compete in the Peanut's League, which is over three rounds and will require nearly all of our swimmers to be available to represent the Club. The dates are on the Club Diary page so please try and keep these free so that you are able to swim (if selected) as it's important that we are able to field our strongest teams. This is also a great competition for young novice swimmers to compete in to gain experience of competitive swimming.

At PBSC we rely upon new members joining the Club each year so we encourage our members to recommend us to their friends, family and acquaintances etc If you do have any one interested in joining the Club then please do get them to come along for a trial, which we hold on Friday's. We have a thriving masters section which is always on the lookout for new talent too. Please speak to Wray, Bronwen on the Coaching Team or Eleanor our membership secretary if you know anybody that would like to have have a trial.

We hope everybody has had a good break and a chance to re-charge the batteries ready for the busy swimming programme ahead. Best wishes for the New Year and we hope you enjoy your swimming with PBSC.

Peanuts Trials - Sunday 6th January 2013

On Sunday 6th January 2013 we will be holding time trials at the FF to aid selection for the two teams that will represent PBSC in the Peanuts League in 2013. The time trials are open to all PBSC swimmers aged between 8 and 12 as of 15th June 2013. All swimmers in this age group in Squads 5 and upwards are encouraged to take part in this event and should have received an email inviting them to do so. If you have not already entered please submit an entry asap by emailing pbscselection@gmail.com .

The time trials are an ideal opportunity for our younger swimmers to experience competitive swimming within the environment of the club. It also allows us to record their times which aids the selection process. Additionally it will be beneficial to our older swimmers in this age group to record up to date times. All of this will help us to ensure that we have the best possible teams selected for the forthcoming competitions.

We will also be using the times from this event to select two teams to represent PBSC in the Tape Trophy, which is an annual gala held at the FF and this year takes places on the evening of Saturday 26th January 2013. This is a good "warm up" gala for our two teams as we will be competing against visiting clubs.

On the night of the Peanut's trial it is necessary that all swimmers must sign in between 5.45pm and 6.00pm at the sign in desks that will be in the foyer. This is really important as we need to prepare the event heat sheets etc and so failure to sign in by 6pm means that swimmers are likely to be disappointed by being unable to participate. Naturally we wish to avoid this so please sign in in good time. 

We look forward to seeing all our young swimmers on Sunday and we will have plenty of our older swimmers poolside to assist those that may be nervous about taking part in this event.

Xmas Training Schedule

Please click on the following for our Xmas Training Schedule. We would encourage all of our swimmers to take a dip in the pool over the Xmas period especially those that are competing early in the New Year. Also just a quick reminder that we are holding "distance" time trials at the Furzefield on Sunday 16th December 2012 so there is no training session that night.

Phoebe makes final at the Welsh National Championships in Swansea, Wales

Phoebe Love is competing this weekend at the Welsh National Championships in Swansea, Wales. The competition started on Friday and Phoebe raced in the 15 and under 50m Butterfly finishing in 10th with a time of 32.32 seconds - missing the final by just 0.26 seconds.

Today Phoebe has continued her good form competing in the 15 and under 50m Freestyle where she has set a very fast time of 29.53 seconds to qualify in eight place for tonight's Welsh National Final. This is a great achievement and we wish her the best of luck tonight!! 

Phoebe improved her performance in the final to 7th place.

NASL Division 2 Final - Harlow

PBSC Captains - Robert Branch, Georgina Lawson, Samantha Over and Thilan Wallalawita pictured with the pennant for finishing in 8th place in Division 2 ofthe National Arena League (London).

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It was a great experience for PBSC to take part in the Division 2 final and I was pleased to see all the swimmers put in a great effort. I am delighted we have done so well this year and making this final in the first year after promotion was beyond my expectations. We can look forward to next years competition knowing that we can do well"   

Swimmer of the Month - Katie Harrison

A big well done to Katie Harrison who was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy for the month of November. This is well deserved as Katie's efforts in training and her performances at the Watford Open meet have been great.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Katie did a huge PB at the Watford Open Meet and has been training like a "pocket rocket" and is the worthy recipient of the swimmer of the month trophy"

PBSC Boys Team succeed in winning the Daplyn Trophy

PBSC entered two boys and two girls teams in the Daplyn Trophy, which is a small team gala for swimmers aged 13 and under. The Daplyn Trophy has a long history and is named after a former Hertfordshire President. All of our swimmers swam well above expectations. A massive well done to the PBSC Blue Boys team of Jack Shewell-Cooper, James Woodward, Morgan Newman, Jack Higgins and James Blount who swam brilliantly to win the Daplyn Trophy. This is a brilliant achievement as the last time the Club held the Trophy was over thirty years ago.

Our PBSC Blue Team of girls consisting of Lauren Andrew , Katie Conyers, Jessica Hurley, Maya Spence and Georgianna Balchin came fourth in their competition which is a great result. It bodes well for next year as many of the girls will be still be eligible to swim. PBSC Jade Team swimmers of Mathew Honeyman, Alex Ayres, Josef Wheeler, James Spence, Siobhan Gallagher, Rachel Connery, Leah Refson, Katherine McEnery and Georgina Tallon also swam very well with some great PB's achieved.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " The boys put in a great performance and it's fantastic they lifted the trophy for PBSC. As Head Coach I am absolutely delighted as this success raises the profile of the Club"

Daplyn Results


PBSC Swimmer Phoebe Love competes at the ASA East Region Winter Championships in Cambridge.


Phoebe Love, 15yrs, competed this weekend at the ASA East Region Winter Regionals in Cambridge. Phoebe swam in the 50m free, 100m free and 50m fly competing against the very best swimmers from the Counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. This was an open age group competition and the 2nd year running that Phoebe has qualified to compete in the Regional Winter Championships.  

• Phoebe recorded a time of 29.19 in the 50m Free coming 40th. A time of 32.13 in the 50 fly saw Phoebe finish in 25th place and in the 100 free a time of 104.83 saw a 56th placing.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Phoebe qualifying for these Championships for the second year is a great achievement and then to perform so well on the day is very very pleasing. I'm delighted "


Watford Middle Distance Open Meet results

Here is a link to a performance report from last Sunday's Open meet at Watford.

A fantastic 48 PBSC swimmers competed at this open meet and came away with some great results that can be summarised as follows: -

  • there were 162 swims by PBSC swimmers from which 20 gold medals , 19 silver medals and 22 bronze medals were won.
  • 67 of the 162 swims were swum in Personal best times (PB's), a further 29 swims were events in which the swimmer had no previous time (NPT)
  • Morgan Newman and Ben Harrison attained Regional Qualifying times - Well done!
  • 73 swims attained the Herts Count Qualifying time - Nicholas Formby achieved his first CQT of the season - Well done Nicholas!

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am very pleased with the performances of PBSC swimmers and it was great to have the biggest team at the event"

PBSC Camping Trip - July 5th to 7th 2013

We are arranging another PBSC Camping trip and are inviting members to register their interest so that we can get an indication of numbers. Steve Shipman has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the event again. If you are interested please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and Steve will be in touch in due course with further details.

Distance Time Trials and "Peanut's" Time Trial dates for your diary's

We will be running 1500m (Boys) and 800m (Girls) Time Trials for swimmers in Squads 1 and 2 on Sunday 16th December. This will be of particular interest to those swimmers seeking County Qualifying times over these distances. Entry details will be posted soon.

The Peanut's Trials for younger swimmers under the age of 13 who are in Squads 1 to 5 will take place on Sunday 6th January 2013. More details will be circulated soon.

Xmas Pantomine Trip for PBSC Swimmers

We have only 14 tickets left for the pantomime "Cinderella" on Saturday 22nd December, 6.30pm at The Wyllyots Theatre in Potters Bar.
50 members of PBSC are already booked to go, so if you would like to join them, please let Vivien Higgins know before 29th November. Tickets are £14 per child. email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

We are now collecting payment for the tickets so please pass all monies to Vivien or a member of the committee, in an envelope with your name on, marked Panto money. Please make cheques payable to PBSC. Payment by 29th November please!

Potters Bar SC - Presentation evening 

Last night's saw over three hundred swimmers and family members gather at Mount Grace School for our annual presentation evening. This is our biggest ever attendance and it was great to see our swimmers being awarded their medals before such an appreciative audience. The recipients of the various squad awards, Wrays awards, the "swimmers" swimmer of the year, Major League and Peanut swimmers of the year and the Open and Junior Championship winners were all well received.

Head Coach Wray also announced that Samantha Over and Thilan Wallalawita, both swimmers in Squad 1 would be the Club Captains for 2013 - We wish them an enjoyable year ahead.

Thanks must go to those members that donated some fantastic raffle prizes and to the army of helpers that helped set up, that ran the bar, the door, the raffle, those that coooked the excellent food and those that helped clear up at the end of the night. A "Special" Thank you to Karen Lawson for co-ordinating such a great night, the highlight of which must have been the sight of PBSC swimmers on the stage dancing "Gang Nam" style!! It was also great to see so many swimmers and parents having a great time on the dance floor.

The below link takes you to some pictures from the evening.

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Apologies but due to a technical problem some pics did not come out in focus.

National Arena League - PBSC make the "Promotion Final"

According to the results published on the National Arena League website we have qualified to swim in the promotion final taking the eighth and final spot. This is an absolutely great achievement for our first year in Division 2 particularly with so many of our swimmers at the younger end of their age groups. This is an event to really look forward too and it will be a thrilling finale to this years league! The final will take place at Harlow Leisurzone Complex and we will be the hosts for the event.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It's fantastic that the Club has done so well this year and I'm really looking forward to the Club competing in the "promotion" final. I'm confident our swimmers can lift their performances and do well but I need all our swimmers to be available to swim if they are selected. I also need our swimmers to continue to raise their efforts in training over the coming weeks"

National Arena League - Round 2

PBSC (219pts) finished in 5th place behind City of St Albans (318pts), Anaconda (273 pts ), Berkhampstead Sports (260pts) and Stevenage (232 pts) and ahead of Haringey Aquatics (197 pts), Hitchin SC (183pts) and Greenwich Royals (96pts). This means it will be "touch and go" as to whether we make the "promotion" final in the third round which is dependant on the results from the other galas.

April Richards and Andrea Houben were individual winners of their events last night, so well done to them! Kelly Dunn, Thomas Stanbury, Georgianna Balchin, Lauren Andrew and David Shipman all swam very well to be placed second in their individual events. Third place finishes were achieved by Katie Conyers, Kelly Dunn, Samantha Over, Ben Harrison and Thomas Stanbury - well done to these swimmers.

Here is a performance report.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "We were up against some strong teams last night and 5th place was a good result. All of our swimmers swam really well and showed that we can be competitive at this level. Hopefully we may make the "promotion" final"

Cheshunt Open Meet Results

Finally here are are the results.

Regional Qualifying Times are out!

Here are the 2013 Regional Qualifying times (RQT's) that have just been published. Last year seven PBSC swimmers managed to qualify for the Regional Championships and we hope to increase the numbers doing so this year.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Now we know what the RQT's are it should give PBSC swimmers some added focus for the season ahead. Some of the times are harder than last year so it's really important our swimmers put in the training over the next few months if they are aiming to qualify" 

NASL Round 2

Good luck to PBSC swimmers competing this evening in round 2 of the National Arena Swimming League at Borehamwood.

Cheshunt Open Meet results

We are still awaiting the official results from the host club so are unable to publish a performance report just yet. The report from the PBSC Coaches gives us every confidence that the performance report will show how well our swimmers performed. As soon as we are able to publish the official results we will do so.

Club AGM

The Club's Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday 8th November at the Furzefield Centre, starting at 8.30pm. All members are invited to attend. The following nominations for positions on the committee have been received: -

Chair - Ian Bays

Hon. Treasurer - Catrina Church

Hon. Secretary - Chris Andrew

Committee Members - Darren Woodward, Eleanor Burt, Karen Lawson, Dani Harrison, Bill Letts, Mike Smith, Anita Shipman, Claire Formby, Jacqui Gormley, Martin Higgins, Paul Newman, Graham Hunt, Chris Andrew, Ian Bays and Catrina Church. The agenda is here.  Last year's minutes are here.

Swimmer of the Month - October

Samantha Over from Squad 1 was the recipient of the "Swimmer of the month" award and was presented with the trophy by Wray at training this week.

Wray said "Samantha's performances in the Club Championships and in the 1st round of the National Arena League have really stood out for me and she is the worthy winner of this month's award"

Land Training - New Block of sessions

Bookings are now being taken for the next block of ten land training sessions that will start on Friday 16th November 2012. This is open to swimmers in Squads 1 and 2. There are 25 places available so if interested please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk to register your interest. The cost will be £25 for the 10 sessions.

Cheshunt Open Meet

Good luck to all PBSC Swimmers competing tomorrow at Southbury Road, Enfield - Swim fast!

ESSA Primary Schools Gala at Watford on Friday 23rd November 2012

PBSC swimmers in years 5 and 6 of primary schools may wish to consider entering the Hertfordshire Primary Schools Gala that will take place on Friday 23rd November 2011 at Watford. More details and how to enter can be found via the attached link. Those interested need to submit their own entries to this event.

 http://www.hertsssa.org.uk/

PBSC - Presentation Evening at Mount Grace School on Saturday 17th November 2012

This year's Presentation Evening will be held at Mount Grace School, Potters Bar on Saturday the 17th of November. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will start at 7.30pm.There will be presentations to all swimmers who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers "Swimmer", the Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and this year for the first time - Junior and Open Championship awards. We have had a great year and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress the swimmers and club have made so please make every effort to come along!

We plan to operate the evening as a fundraiser which means we will be operating a Raffle - any donations would be gratefully received - prizes can be anything from a bottle of wine, sporting tickets, unwanted presents to meal vouchers. There will be a licensed bar, Disco and food available.

Tickets for the evening are priced at £3 per head and are available from Karen Lawson, Ian Bays or from any member of the committee or coaching staff from this coming Friday. We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable night for our swimmers and their families ! This really is a chance for swimmers and parents alike to mix and hopefully raise some funds in the process.

NASL 2nd Round Selection

Selection for the second round of the NASL which takes place on November 10th has taken place. Those selected to represent PBSC have been sent a "selection" email.

An early reply is always appreciated as we need to select other swimmers if you are not available.

Masters - Land Training Programme


Masters Land Training has been confirmed for Sundays at 19:15 for an hour. This is a 10 week block of sessions, with aim to improve flexibility and core strength. If anyone else is interested, please email John Cunningham at pbscmasterscoach@gmail.com as there is still availability for members.

National Arena League - Round 1 Results

Here is a performance report from last nights gala. 

PBSC put in a great first round performance to come fourth behind Hemel Hempstead, City of St Albans and St Paul's Barnes. This has placed us sixth in the Division 2 League. As can be seen from the attached performance report there were some very good performances by PBSC swimmers. Well done to Samantha Over who recorded a very fast 100m Freestyle time and follows on from her good performances in the Club Championships.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " To come fourth in this gala was a great result as we were promoted from Division 3 last year. I'm looking forward to the next round and if we put in a good team performance we could make the "promotion" final"

October Subs notices

The October subs letters have been sent by email (on 11th October).  If you have not received or seen the email please check it is not in your spam folder (the subject was "Potters Bar Swimming Club October Fees now due"), and if still not found please contact the membership secretary preferably by email on membership@pottersbarsc.co.uk  Thank you for your support.

Fifty PBSC Swimmers qualify for the 2013 Herts County Championships

With the new season barely under way it is fantastic to announce that already fifty (50) of our swimmers have recorded county qualifying times CQT's) making them eligible to enter the 2013 Hertfordshire County Championships, that will take place in March 2013. This exceeds the forty five qualifiers from last year. Those that have recorded CQT's have been added to the "roll of honour" that can be viewed by clicking on the 2013 Qualifiers tab on the left of this page. We also have five swimmers who have also recorded Regional Qualifying times (RQT's) for the ASA East Region Winter Championships which is another great achievement so early in the season.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It's fantastic that we have exceeded the number of County Qualifiers from last year so early in the season. It's important that we build on this over the coming months and I'm confident we can qualify a significant number of more swimmers. I'm really looking forward to see how the team performs at the County Championships"

Wray has also commented "I would like to see Squad 1 and 2 swimmers attending Friday and Saturday morning trainining sessions as part of their preparation for next years County Champs"

Session Four results! Five more Club Champs records broken!

 Here are the results for session 4.

Another great evening of racing and a fantastic atmosphere. This session saw five Club Championship records broken. Highlights of the night were as follows: - 

  • Martin and Joshua Higgins were clear winners of the "blue ribond" parent and child relay ensuring they have "bragging" rights for the next year. Well done on a great performance!
  • Kelly Dunn set a new Club Championship record in the 100m Backstroke - 17-24 years age bracket. The original record was set over 22 years ago. Well done, Kelly!
  • Morgan Newman broke the 11 year old boys 50m Club Champ record in a time of 30.77s. Well done, Morgan!
  • Thomas Stanbury broke the 11 year old boys 100m backstroke record in a time of 1.21.66. This record set over 10 years ago was previously held by Jonathan Quinn, who went on to become a Junior International - Well done, Thomas.
  • David Shipman smashed the 12 year old boys 50m record also previously held by Jonathan Quinn setting a new mark at 28.93 seconds. Well done, David!
  • Chris Holmes broke the 100m backstroke record in the 17-24 year old age bracket with a time of 1.08.02 secs. Well done, Chris!
  • Daryl Mason and Kelly Dunn were the winners of the 50m Freestyle events and along with Chris Holmes, all recorded Regional Qualifying times  (RQT's) making them eligible to enter the East Region Winter Championships in December - Well done to all!
  • There were some great swims by our 5 to 8 year old swimmers many of whom were competing for the first time.

A big "thank you" must go to all the volunteers and officials who helped with the management and running of this years Club Championships. It was great to see so many willing volunteers help put on a great event for our swimmers. Well done to the swimmers for putting in some great performances too!

Here are some pictures for session 4

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Here are some pictures from session 3

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Swimmer of the Month - Rachel Connery

Rachel was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy last night by Head Coach Wray in recognition of her hard work and progression over the last month. Rachel has worked really well in the training pool and her efforts caught the eye of the coaching team, Her hardwork has led to some big PB's being set during the Club Championships and has led to her being promoted to Squad 1. Well done, Rachel.

PBSC Club Championships Update ! Seven Club Champ Records tumble!!

Here are the results for session 3.

It's the final session tonight and the big event that we have all been looking forward to is upon us. The "parent and Child" relay has seen a record entry and it will probably be the most "hotly" contested event of the evening. Lets have a good evening and create a great atmosphere. Good Luck to all parents taking part! Please do not forget to sign in for this event!

PBSC swimmers have excelled in the pool so far in this years Club Championships and we have seen seven (7) Club Championship records broken as follows: -

1)  Chris Holmes has set a new record in the 100m IM in the 17-24 year old bracket with a great time of 1.05.50 - Well done, Chris.

2) Thilan Walallawita broke the 14 year old 50m breaststroke record setting a new mark of 36.75 seconds - Well done, Thilan.

3)  Dani Harrison in the over 25 year old bracket broke the 100m Freestyle record setting a new time of 1.11.85 - Great swim, Dani.

4)  Kelly Dunn set a new record time of 1.09.25 in the 100 m butterfly in 17 - 24 years bracket. Well done Kelly.

5)  Morgan Newman has broken two club championship records in the 11 year olds 50m and 100m breaststroke in times of 40.50 seconds and 1.27.71 respectively - Well done, Morgan

6) David Shipman broke the 12 year olds 100m Freestyle Club Championship record setting in a time of 1.03.15. Well done, David.

Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am delighted that so many Club records have been broken at this years Club Champs and with one session to go I am hoping that we may see more broken tonight"


  • Club Championships - Session 1 & 2 results!

    Here are the official results for the first two sessions of the PBSC Club Championships - there was some great swimming over the weekend so well done to all swimmers!

    A big "thank you" to all PBSC Officials and volunteers who made these events run smoothly as without your assistance these would not happen.

    The attached links take you to some photo's from the Club Champs: -

    session 1

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    session 2

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    Change to Squad 3 and County Performance Training Times

    Due to the increasing size of the County Performance Squad it has been decided that: -

    • With immediate effect the County Performance Squad will train at Queenswood between 6pm and 7pm each Tuesday evening where they will have full use of the pool under the guidance of Head Coach Wray.
    • Squad 3 Training will move to the FF on Tuesdays between 6pm and 7pm where they will have two lanes 

    Bishops Stortford Open Meet Results

    There were some great swims by PBSC swimmers who were competing in the first open meet of the new season. The attached performance report lists all the PB's and the percentage improvement and its clear to see just how well our kids swam. A few of the many highlights are as follows: -

    • Thilan Wallalawita was in great form in the 50m breaststroke setting a new Club record for 14 year old boys - Well done Thilan!
    • Ben Harrison won nine gold medals and according to the ASA rankings set the fastest times in the country for an 11 year old in the 50 & 100m Fly and the 100m IM. Well done to Ben - Keep up the hard work it's really paying off!
    • Mathew Honeyman and James Smith recorded their first ever County Qualifying times (CQT's) of which they should be rightly proud - well done boys!
    • James Blount continued with his good early season form recording some huge PB's  
    • Katie Harrison swam a 14 second PB in the 200m Freestyle which was a fine swim.
    • Andrea Houben showed good early season form recording PB's in the 100m Fly and 200IM
    • Maya Spence also swam PB's in the 50m Free and 200m Free.
    • Well done to all other PBSC swimmers that recorded PB's, there are so so many from this meet!

    PBSC now has 36 swimmers that have achieved CQT's for the 2013 Championships which is fantastic given that the new season has only just started.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "The results from this meet show just how well our swimmers performed and I'm extremely pleased with just how well everyone did", "It's clear that the swimmers efforts in training are being rewarded with some huge PB's so I'd encourage everyone to continue working hard in the training pool", "Well done to Thilan on breaking the 14 year old boys 50m breaststroke club record"

    Hoddesdon Open Meet Results

    Here is a performance report for those that competed. There were some great performances by our swimmers and particular mention to Eliza Connery and Anna Shipman who recorded their first ever County Qualifying times.

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Coach - "I was delighted with the performances of all the swimmers as for many it was their first real experience of competing at an open meet outside the Club environment", " Well done to Anna and Eliza for achieving CQT's" 

    Club Championships 2012 - Session Programmes published!

    Please "click" on the Club Champs tab on the left of this screen for important information regarding this years Club Championships!

    Pantomime 22nd December

    See flyer for details of the trip to Wyllyotts to see Cinderella.

    Volunteers sought!

    If you can help at any of the Club Championship sessions please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk or speak with Paul or Collette Newman. We need help to run the door & raffle, the sign-in desks, refreshments and marshalling of swimmers etc. No experience necessary!

    Eric Eady Trophy - Morgan breaks Club records and Robert goes beneath the "minute"!

    It was a tough start to the new season for PBSC swimmers that competed in the Eric Eady Trophy at Southbury Road, Enfield last night. PBSC (219 pts) finished in fifth place behind Enfield Swim Squad (360 pts), Hoddesdon (312 pts), Enfield Swim Squad "B" (234 pts), Haringey Aquatics (224.5 pts) and ahead of Bethnal Green Sharks (198.5 pts), Hackney Aquatics (142pts) and Ware (100 pts) The event has given us an insight to the level of competition that we will face in Division 2 of the forthcoming National Arena League. The highlights of the night from the PBSC perspective are summarised as follows; -

    • Morgan Newman swam a fantastic 100m breaststroke winning in a time 1.22.87 to break both the 50m and 100m Club records which were set over 10 years ago by Johnathan Quinn, who went onto to become a Junior International. Morgan's time would place him as the fastest 11 year old in the country.   
    • Robert Branch swam a time of 59.18 seconds to break the minute barrier in the 100m Freestyle. This is a significant achievement in freestyle swimming so congratulations to Robert. Who will be the next PBSC swimmer to do so?
    • Thomas Stanbury showed good early season form to win the 50m's Backstroke and Breaststroke. Well done to Thomas!
    • There were second place swims for Kelly Dunn, Andrea Houben and David Shipman - Well done!
    • Samantha Burt, Olivia Seal, Georgina Lawson and Ben Harrison achieved third place finishes so well done to these swimmers
    • Well done to the following swimmers who recorded personal best times -Ben Harrison, Kelly Dunn, Georgianna Balchin, Morgan Newman, Olivia Seal, Thomas Stanbury, Maya Spence, Jack Higgins, Thilan Wallalawita, Samantha Over, Emilea Read-Letts, Adam Gill, Katie Conyers, David Shipman and Robert Branch.

    PBSC swimmers performances can be viewed via this performance report.

    Chris Andrew, PBSC Coach - "We experienced a higher level of competition last night so it was pleasing to see good early season performances by our swimmers. There are just a few weeks to the start of the National Arena swimming league and I'd ask the swimmers to work hard in training over the coming weeks so we can raise our overall performance",  "Well done to Morgan on breaking two long standing Club records which is a great achievement and reward for his commitment" , "Well done to Robert too on finally breaking the elusive minute barrier"

    Closing date for Club Champs - Midnight on Sunday 16th September

    This year we have a record entry for our Club Championships and with the closing date for entries a few days away there is still time for those members who have not submitted entries to do so. "Click" on the Club Champs tab on the left of this page for full details and how to enter. The Club Champs are a fun event and a great opportunity for our younger members to experience competitive swimming. We also have a parent and child race which we encourage everyone to take part in.

    This friday it will be possible to submit entries at the information desk on the balcony, so please speak with Karen Lawson who will be staffing the desk if you have any questions.

    Alfie - swimmer of the month for August

    Well done to Alfie Francis who was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy by Wray. Alfie has made good progress over the summer and has attended training regularily and worked hard.  His award is well deserved!

    Masters Training changes on Mondays

    Please see the Masters page or Training Times for change to details.

    Welcome back ! The New swimming season is upon us!

    We hope that all PBSC swimmers and families have had a relaxing summer and have takem the opportuntiy to "re-charge batteries" in readyness for the new swimming season. There has been a significant uplift in the numbers at training this week as members return from holidays and its evident that the swimmers and Coaching team are excited about the season ahead. We have much to look forward to as the season gets off to a quick start. 

    In the coming weeks we have swimmers competing at the Hoddeson and Bishop Stortford open meets as well as a team competing in the Eric Eady Trophy, which is good warm up event for the National Arena Swimming League that starts in October. We also have our very own Club Championships at the end of September, beginning of October where there are events for all our members to compete in. The parent and child relay is a "must" and is probably the most "hotly" contested event and guarantees "bragging rights" for the rest of the season. All squad swimmers are expected to take part in the Club Championships so if you have not already submitted an entry please do so. If you "click" on the Club Champs tab on the left of this page for the details and "how to enter". The closing date for entries is Midnight on September 16th so don't delay.

    The National Arena League starts in October and this year we will be competing in Division 2 having won promotion last year. The level of competition will be a significant step up for PBSC swimmers and there is going to be some very exciting galas against some of the big London swimming Clubs. We are awaiting details of where the galas will be held but it's likely we may have to travel further afield which will be a new experience for us all. We will need to have a strong team in order to maintain Division 2 status so please try to be available if you are selected.

    Twenty nine swimmers have been invited to train in the County Performance Squad for 2013 and we expect this to increase significantly as more swimmers meet the criteria over the next few months. This training will start on Tuesday 11th September and not the 4th as previously advised. We hope this training coupled with the ever popular land training will help lift our swimmers performances at next years County Championships.

    The Club's membership continues to grow which is great sign that the Club is thriving. We are always keen to encourage new members so please promote the Club to your friends and family. Trials for prospective members are normally held on a Friday evening at the FF and if you know anybody who would like to come along then please speak to Wray, Bronwen or Chris on the coaching team or Eleanor Burt, our membership secrtary.

    Craig Gibbons, London 2012 Olympian to visit PBSC for a swim clinic with our swimmers!!!

    Inspired by the performances of Team GB at this year's Olympics? Then don't miss the opportunity to attend a swim clinic with 2012 London Olympian and Team GB swimmer, Craig Gibbons. Craig is one of the fastest swimmers in Britain and has been competing at World and European level since 2005. He will be demonstrating and giving advice on swimming technique so don't miss this opportuntiy. There will be opportunities to ask Craig questions about his career and for photographs.

    The clinic will be held on the evening of Friday 7th September at the Furzefield at a cost £7.50. If you would like a place at this swim clinic then please print off the attached form and submit it asap to Wray, Bronwen, Chris, Alan or Tracy. 

    Land Training will be on as normal and those attending the swimming clinic will attend the third session.

    PBSC Club Championships 2012 - Closing date for entries is fast approaching!

    Our Club Championships are fast approaching and all swimmers are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible.  "Click" on the "Club Champs" tab on the left for full details and how to enter.

    County Performance Squad 2013

    As we approach the start of the new swimming season congratulations are in order to the below swimmers who have been invited by Wray, PBSC's Head Coach to train in the County Performance Squad for 2013. This training will take place at the FF on Tuesday evenings. The swimmers are: -

    Kate Andrew, Katie Harrison, Harriet Newman, Olivia Seal, Elise Cork, Lauren Andrew, Georgianna Balchin, Katie Conyers, Georgina Tallon, Andrea Houben, Rebecca Hurley, Katie Gormley, Georgina Lawson, Phoebe Love, Samantha Burt, Ellen Hunt, Kelly Dunn, Thomas Stanbury, James Blount, Ben Harrison, Jack Higgins, Morgan Newman, David Shipman, Jack Shewell-Cooper, James Woodward, Thilan Wallalawita, Aryan Alekasir and James Ayres.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I'm delighted that we have twenty nine PBSC swimmers that have attained CQT's before the new season even starts. As we progress through the season I expect the size of the County Performance Squad to grow considerably as more swimmers qualify. It's important the swimmers work hard in training over the coming months so that as a Club and individually we do well at next years Championships"

    The criteria for being invited to train in this session is as follows: -

    • Swimmers must have achieved at least one 2013 County Qualifying time at a licensed meet and intend to compete in the County Championships 2013.
    • Swimmers are expected to swim three other additional sessions per week not including the County Squad session. The County Performance Squad session is an additional session over and above the three squad sessions.

    Australian Olympic Swimming Champion Ian Thorpe coaches Sam

    On the last day of London 2012 PBSC swimmer Samantha Burt was lucky enough to have a coaching session by 5 time Olympic Champion Ian Thorpe.
    Ian had tweeted the night before that he would be at Tooting Bec Lido to meet serious swimmers of all abilities. Sam went across London & arrived at a sunny Lido and waited to see what would happen. To a round of applause Ian entered the Lido & made some presentations. Then the children were allowed to meet Ian in small groups. Firstly they had the chance to ask questions and get items signed by Ian. The swimmers then jumped into a not very warm pool & were given a lesson by Ian. Sam’s group asked to do freestyle and butterfly. Their session ended with each swimmer swimming a length on their own for Ian to assess & he then provided some individual feedback.
    Sam was given advice on how to improve her freestlye & was told her fly was a beautiful stroke, praise indeed from Ian.
    Her length (93 metres!) earned a round of applause from the South London swimmers!

    Guess Who Sean met at the Park

    PBSC Land Training Programme - NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED!

    We are now taking bookings for the next block of 10 Land training sessions that will start on Friday 31st August 2012 and will run through to Friday 9th November 2012. This is proving to be a very popular session for our swimmers and as there are only 25 places available it is likely to be oversubscribed. The Land Training programme is open to swimmers in Squads 1 and 2, who must commit to swimming in the Friday night squad session if they secure a place.

    The cost for the 10 sessions will be £25, so if you are interested please email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk to reserve a place. NB There will be no Land Training on Friday 5th October 2012 as we are holding our Club Championships on this evening.

    Swimmer of the month - Phoebe Love

    Wray announced at last Fridays session that Phoebe was the swimmer of the month for July for her excellent performances at the Welsh National Championships where she made the final of 50m Freestyle and was the fourth fastest 14 year old in the country of Wales. Well done to Phoebe.

    Masters Monday evening times in summer

    Masters swimming on Mondays during summer at Furzefield will be at the later time of 9pm to 10pm from 30th July to 3rd September excluding bank holiday on 27th August.

    Club Championships 2012

    We have now published details of this years Club Championships, which are licensed at ASA Level 4 for the first time. "Click" on the Club Champs tab on the left of this page for details.  

    Going to the Olympics?

    If any PBSC members are going to the Olympics and get the opportunity to take any pictures with any of the swimmers or athletes please send them in to the above address for publication on the club website. Let's see who can get a picture with the biggest star!

    Other photos as they come will be put into the Photo Gallery.

    Great BBC documentary

    If you have not had chance to see the BBC documentary on Olympic swimming history do try and watch it on iPlayer or youtube.  The iPlayer one may have been taken down as it was a week ago.

    PBSC Club Bye-Laws

    A copy of the Clubs Bye-Laws have been added to the "Rules and Policies" page that can be accessed via the tab on the left of this screen. Members are encouraged to read these Bye-Laws as there have been recent amendments agreed by the Club's committee concerning "Retro" Squad membership and the consequences of non-payment of Club fees.

    Twenty nine PBSC swimmers record CQT's

    To date 29 PBSC swimmers have recorded CQT's for the 2013 Herts County Championships. Their names have been added to the 2013 Qualifiers page that can be accessed by clicking on the tab on the left. This is a great start as the new swimming season does not get under way until September! In September we have swimmers competing at open meets at Hoddesdon and Bishops Stortford, and we have our own Club Championships so there are lots of opportunities coming up for more swimmers to qualify.

    Swimmer of the month - June

    This months recipient is James Blount in Squad 3 who since coming to the Club has progressed rapidly through the squad system. Over the last few months James has excelled with great performances in the promotion winning Jade Peanuts team. He also recorded his first ever County qualifying time at the Potters Bar Summer Open Meet when he attained the 50m freestyle mark. James rarely misses a training session and his efforts have not gone un-noticed by the PBSC Coaching Team - Well done James - keep up the good work!

    PBSC Summer Social on Friday 13th July 2012

    We would like to invite all PBSC members and families to our summer social event that will be held at Tilbury Hall, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar starting at 7.30pm. This year we have had great success in the Peanuts League, with our Jade Team winning promotion to Division 2 and the Blue Team finishing in third place in Division 1. As recognition of these fantastic performances we will be presenting awards to all swimmers that swam in either the Blue or Jade Peanuts teams so swimmers are encouraged to come along for the presentation. We will also be reflecting on other successes of the Club as this season comes to a close. It is also great opportunity for the kids and parents to socialise away from the pool so please make every effort to come along. There will be a BBQ and Licensed bar.

    Herts County Qualifying Times 2013

    Next years qualifiying times have been published, here is a link to a copy. It is important to note the warning at the top of the document.

    Potters Bar Summer Open Meet

    Well done to all swimmers that competed yesterday at our annual open meet. Here is a performance report for PBSC swimmers that show some great improvements. Follow the attached link to some pictures from the event: -

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    A big thank you to all Officials and volunteers who assisted with the running of the event.

    Joel Knight in Torch Relay

    Catch Joel Knight on BBC i-player on June 29th at 13:28 on the timeline.  "1328: Up next is teenage swimming sensation Joel Knight from Potter's Bar, who is Britains fastest ever 15-year-old in the 1500m freestyle."

    Herts Masters Success for PBSC Swimmers

    See the Masters page for the latest on results from the Herts Masters and also the Worlds masters attended by some.

    Dates for Christmas Panto for your diary

    The tickets for the club outing to the panto at Wyllyotts have been booked for 6.30pm on Saturday December 22nd.  Will Cinderella go to the ball?  Speak to Vivien Higgins for details.  More details after summer.

    Updated Report - Fantastic performances by PBSC Jade and Blue Teams in the final round of the Peanuts League 2012

    The Jade Team (162 points) who were competing at Hitchin put in a great performance to finish in third place behind a strong Hitchin team (122 points) and Harpenden (156points) which means the team finished second in the league overall. If this result is confirmed then the PBSC Jade will have secured promotion to Division 2. This is a great result by the PBSC Jade Team who have done so well this year. The results from this gala are available by accessing the PBSC Hyek Database, the link for which is on the Swimmers times page. "Click" on meet results and then "Click" on Division 3 Peanuts Round three. Here is a link to a performance report. Apologies for the delay.

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team Coach "I am so pleased with the Jade Teams performances this year and absolutely delighted that we have finished second in the league - well done to all swimmers that have swum for the Jade team this year"  

    The PBSC Blue Team (178 points) who were competing in the Division 1 final at Biggleswade also swam fast and finished in third place behind Hatfield SC (94 points) and City of St Albans (178 points). This result placed us third in Division 1 which is a great achievement and our best performance in many years. It is further evidence as to how as a Club we are developing. In this gala we had seven first places, six second places and 12 third places and nine PB's by the swimmers. We also swam through the gala without picking up any disqualifications which is so important in team galas where every point counts. 

    The results from this gala have been posted on the PBSC Hytek Database. You can also follow this link to a performance report

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " The Jade team have performed well beyond my expectations this year and I am absolutely delighted they have done so well. The performance of the Blue team has been great too and I am delighted with Jade and Blue doing so well in this years Peanuts League competition", "The results of the Jade and Blue team show that we are progressing well as a Club"

    Follow the below link for some pictures from the gala: -

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    Final Round of the Peanuts League

    This evening many of our younger swimmers will be competing in the final round of the Peanuts League 2012.

    The PBSC - Jade Team are competing at Hitchin and are currently in first place in the League so have a good chance of winning promotion. They are competing against strong teams from Hitchin, Harpenden,Letchworth, Broxbourne and Cheshubnt. In order to be promoted we need to finish in the top of the League after this final round. The previous gala's have been close affairs so we will need our young swimmers to swim well tonight. It will be an exciting gala and the team will doubt get some excellent encouragement from our supporters in the balcony. Good Luck to all PBSC Jade swimmers this evening!

    Bronwen Hardy - PBSC Jade Team Coach "The children have done so well this year and I know they are excited about tonights gala. I'm confident they will swim well and have a great evening"

    The PBSC- Blue Team are competing at Biggleswade in the Division 1 Final against Hatfield, Stevenage, City of St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Bishops Stortford. These are the strongest clubs in the County so we can be proud that our swimmers have done so well to make this Final. We have every confidence that they will swim fast and have an exciting night. Good Luck to PBSC - Blue Team!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Blue Team Coach "It will be an exciting gala with some fast races decided by very small margins. It's important we swim hard and avoid disqualifications as every point will count towards the final result"

    Thank you to all the PBSC Officials and volunteers at both galas for helping to make these events run smoothly. Have a great evening!

    June subs notices sent out

    Please note that the June subscriptions are now due and most have been sent by email.  If you have not received this then please ask the membership secretary at the committee desk on the balcony on Friday evening at Furzefield.  If you think you may not have received this then please check your email spam folder.

    Day 4 - Regional Championships

    There have been further good performances in the pool at Norwich today inlcuding a medal winning performance by Ben Harrison who won the bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly. This followed a 6th place in the 400m Freestyle, where team mate Morgan Newman finsihed in 8th. Ben H finished off the day with 4th place in the 200m Butterfly, which is a very tough event and more so after a busy weekend of racing.

    Well done to Ben, Morgan, David, James, Thomas, Phoebe and Georgina on some great swimming over the last two weekends. We should remember that qualifying for the Regionals is a big achievement in itself and it's been a great progression for the Club to have seven of our members qualify this year. Well done to all!

    Day 3 - Regional Championships @ Norwich - more success in the pool for PBSC Swimmers

    There have been some further great swims by our regional qualifiers who are again competing this weekend in the Regional Championships in Norwich. These can be summarised as follows: -

    • Morgan Newman swam an excellent 100 m breaststroke to win the bronze medal in the 11 year old age group. This followed his eigth place in the 200m Freestyle final and 15th in the 200M IM. A podium place is an excellend achievement so a big well done to Morgan!
    • Ben Harrison also swimming in the 11 year old age group put in some more strong swims in the 200m IM and and 200m Freestyle, making the final in each event and being placed 6th in both. Ben also finished 11th in the 100m Breaststroke to finish off another good day in the pool.
    • Georgina Lawson swam a strong 100m backstroke to finish in 9th place in the 14 year old age group and was the "reserve" finalist.
    • Thomas Stanbury also continued his good form and finished 10th in the 200m IM and 14th in the 200m Freestyle.

    Well done to our swimmers, it has been great to see so many qualify this year and these great performances are an added bonus. 

    Additional Squad 3 Training session at Queenswood

    From Tuesday 12th June Squad 3 will have an additional training session at Queenswood school pool between 6pm and 7pm. At this session we will also have some swimmers from Queenswood School participating and we look forward to this new development. Squad 3 swimmers are encouraged to attend this session that will be led by Tracy Seal. 

    Regional Results coming in...

    Follow the online results here.  Great swims on Saturday from Phoebe, Georgina, Ben and particularly from Thomas Stanbury who made two finals in backstroke.  Sunday produced some fine swims from Georgie, Ben, Morgan, Thomas, James Woodward and David with Morgan making the final in 200m breaststroke and taking fourth place, Ben taking third place in the 100m freestyle final and David taking fourth place in the 100m freestyle final and breaking the club record twice in the process.  More racing next weekend.

    Swimmer of the month - David Shipman

    This month's winner of the "swimmer of the month" award goes to David Shipman, who swims in Squad 1. Over the last month David has broken long standing Club records in the 50m and 100m Freestyle, both of which were held by Johnathan Quinn who went on to become a Junior International swimmer.  In fact David's 50m Freestyle record placed him as one of the fastest 11 year olds in the Country in the ASA's rankings database.

    David's success has come about by lots of hard work in the pool and during the Land training sessions where he is one of those that put in the most effort. Unfortunately David was not able to be present to receive his award as he is in Norwich this weekend competing at the Regional Swimming Championships. However there was a big round of applause from those at "starts and turns" when his name was announced by Wray. 

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Congratulations to David who has really stood out over the last month or so, he should be very proud of his Club records which are the results of his commitment to hardwork in training"

    Seven go to Regionals

    This weekend seven Potters Bar swimmers will travel to the University of East Anglia Sports Park in Norwich to compete in the 50m pool at the British Gas ASA East Region BAGCAT Championships 2012. The competition is swum over 2 weekends in eight sessions. This is a big step in the right direction for the Club as last year only four swimmers attained the qualifying standard. In order to compete at these Regional Championships swimmers have to attain qualifying times in the preceding year at licensed open meets. These qualifying times are set faster than those for the Hertfordshire County Championships, as the “Regionals” are the next step on the way to competing in the National Championships. On behalf of PBSC we wish them the best of luck and hope they all swim well and enjoy the experience of competing at this high level!

    Our youngest competitor Thomas Stanbury will swim in the 10yr old boys category in the 100 & 200 backstroke, 100 & 200 freestyle and the 200 IM. Morgan Newman 11yrs will swim in the 100 & 200 breatstroke and freestyle, the 400 freestyle and the 200IM. Ben Harrison 11yrs qualified for 11 events including the 100 & 200backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly & freestyle the 200 & 400IM and the 400freestyle. David Shipman and James Woodward 12yrs both qualified to swim in the 100freestyle. Our girls will be represented by Pheobe Love 14yrs swimming in the 100 freestyle and Georgina Lawson, Girls Club Captain swimming in the 100, 200 & 400freestyle the 100 & 200backstroke and the 100 butterfly.Thomas, Morgan, James and David will all be competing for the first time at this event and Ben, Pheobe and Georgie are looking forward to their second year at the Championships.
     
    Wray Shewell-Cooper PBSC Head Coach “I’m delighted that Thomas, Ben, Morgan, David, James, Pheobe and Georgie have all qualified for the “Regionals” and am confident they will swim well. They have worked hard throughout the year in training so they should be very proud about qualifying and I’m sure they will inspire all PBSC swimmers, as I’d like to be back next year with an even bigger team”

    Please see updated report below from Kate Lack Gala

    Sunday 27th May - Squad 3,4 and 5 Time Trials

    Well done to all swimmers, supporters, officials and ALL helpers for a successful evening.  Great to test out the electronic timing before the Summer Open.

    Due to the time trials on Sunday evening for Squads 3, 4 and 5 there will be no training at the FF for Squads 1, 2 and novice masters. All Squad 1, 2 and novice masters are welcome to attend Saturday morning's session which starts at 7.15am.

    Squad 3, 4 and 5 swimmers are reminded that the time trials will be over 50m on all four strokes (time permitting). It is important that all swimmers sign in by 5.45pm at the "signing" in desks that will be in the foyer. Clearly we do not want swimmers to be disappointed so please make sure you sign in before 5.45 pm otherwrise it is likely that swimmers will not be able to take part. This is because the time trial needs to be "seeded" and the necessary paperwork for the officials needs to be printed before the event can start.

    We look forward to seeing all our Squad 3, 4 and 5 swimmers on Sunday evening. Parents and family are welcome to come and support from the balcony.

    Join with us in welcoming Monica to the coaching team

    We are pleased to announce that Monica Ragg has joined the coaching team with the club.  Monica will be working with squad 4.  When asked about her swimming credentials Monica said: "I swam at national junior level in Romania and my favourite race Was 200m backstroke. Later on I competed as part of the university team. Upon achieving a sports degree I started my swimming coaching/ teaching career in Dubai running a swim school of 50 members, from beginners to advanced/ competitive swimmers.
    Since relocating to UK 9 years ago, I dedicated my time to teaching with emphasis on stroke development".

    Wray said: "With the increase in club numbers and pool hours and our ambitions for our swimmers this addition to the coaching team is just what we need.  Please join with us in welcoming Monica to the club".

    Not only swimming but also...

    Three Potters Bar swimmers braved the damp, cold morning of Sunday 20th May to arrive bright & early at Bedford’s swimming pool. Matthew Papa and Samantha and Edward Burt had entered Bedford Council’s Junior Aquathlon. This event is run alongside a senior Triathlon event and is a great introduction to multi discipline sports. In the Aquathlon competitors swim & then undertake a transistion so they can then run out of the pool for the final part of the race. The distance competed over depends upon the age of the competitor.
    Sam started first of the PB swimmers. She swam a strong 400m, ditched her hat & goggles, put on her trainers & t shirt & was out of the door to run her race in just over 6 minutes. She then ran 2.9km. Despite some dreadful blisters she put up a creditable performance and retained the title she won at the last event.
    Next up was Matt. His category was much more competitive. His swim was good and his running element was especially good. He ran so fast the photographer could not get a decent shot! His efforts were rewarded and Matt ended up with 2nd in his category a good improvement in both time and position.
    Lastly Edward took to the pool. He managed to knock a very impressive 19 seconds off his previous time, an improvement which was good enough to see him finish third.
    All three club members had a very enjoyable morning and it was great to see all their efforts rewarded by finishing first, second & third. Well done.

    Peanuts League 2nd round - Jade win at Borehamwood and Blue 2nd at Hitchin

    PBSC swimmers were in great form last night with the PBSC Jade Team winning the Division 3 gala at Borehamwood by 3 points. This is an excellent result and with the final round to come the team could be looking at promotion to Division 2 - Well done to all PBSC Jade Team swimmers on a fabuluous result.

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team Coach "It was a great night and I'm delighted with the result which is a credit to our swimmers performances. Well done to all the Jade Team".

    Provisional results show the Jade team with 137 points, Hitchin with 140, Harpenden with 148, Broxbourne with 169 and Letchworth with 228. Cheshunt B team did not compete.  We took 15 first places, 8 seconds and 9 thirds.  Individual firsts went to Amy Mason, Nicholas Formby, Eliza Connery, Luke Maddock-Lyon, James Blount, Alex Ayres, Madeleine Formby and Jack Shewell-Cooper with an amazing seven firsts in the relays showing great strength in depth.

    PBSC Jade Team results are here. It's great to see how well the Jade swimmers swam.  Here is a link to some pictures from the gala.

    The PBSC Blue Team (137 points) also swam magnificently to finish a very confortable second behind Hatfield SC (88 points), who recently finished second in the National Arena Swimming League final behind Plymouth Leander, so it can be rightly claimed they are the second best team in the country. Hemel Hempstead (176 points) were 3rd, Hertford (193 points) in 4th, Hoddesdon (202 points) were 5th and Berkhamstead Sports Centre (245 points) in 6th. We achieved 13 first places, 9 second places and 10 third places and the swimmers recorded 22 personal best times. We also won the "Squadron Relay" to cap a great evening beating a strong Hatfield team that included County and National Champions. There were individual wins for: -

    James Smith (2), Ben Harrison (2), Harriet Newman, Thomas Stanbury (2) and Morgan Newman (2). We also showed great strength in depth in the relays.

    Congratulations to David Shipman on breaking his own club record in the boys 11 & under 50m freestyle in a time of 29.13 seconds.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " Another great night of performances by PBSC swimmers both at Borehamwood and Hitchin which should put us in a good position for the final round on June 19th. Well done to all swimmers and lets keep up the hard work over the next few weeks so we are ready for the finals"

    PBSC Blue Team results are here and also on the PBSC Hytek Database accessed via the swimmers times page.  Here are some pictures from the Blue team gala.

    Georgianna 7th in National Schools Final

    Georgianna Balchin swam in the National Independent Schools Championships on Saturday 19th May at the K2 Centre in Crawley and qualified for the 50m Breaststroke final. In the final she swam her heart out to finish in seventh place recording a personal best time of 41.69 seconds. This is an extremely fast time and shows the high level of competition.

    Well done to Georgianna on this great result

    David claims his 2nd Club Record at the Kate Lack Open Meet

    Well done to David Shipman for breaking the Potters Bar club record for the Boys 11 & Under 100m Freestyle when swimming at last weekends Kate Lack Open Meet at Barnet Copthall. His time of 1 05.15 surpassed Jonathan's Quinn's record of 1 05.61 set in April 2002. David has trained extremely well over recent months and he is reaping the rewards of his efforts. This is the second Club record that David has broken this year.

    Land Training programme

    We are now taking bookings for places on the next "block" of ten land training sessions that will start on Friday 15th June. This block will run through to August 25th. It is clear from the recent performances of our swimmers that this additional "strength and conditioning" training has contributed greatly. The cost of this "block" of ten (10) sessions will be £25. To secure your place on the programme please register your interest by email to pbscselection@gmail.com

    NB The Land Training programme is open in the first instance to all swimmers in Squads 1 and 2 and takes place on Friday evenings between 7pm and 8 pm. Those swimmers that wish to take part in this session must also commit to swimming in the Friday night Squad session between 8.15 pm and 9.15pm.

    Time Trials for Squad 3, 4 and 5 - Sunday 27th May 2012 at FF

    On Sunday 27th May 2012 we will be holding time trials at the Furzefield Sports Centre for all swimmers that are in Squads 3, 4 and 5. We are running the time trials to give our swimmers some valuable competitive swimming experience within the club environment and to establish current times in advance of the Potters Bar Summer Open meet. All Squad 3, 4 and 5 swimmers are encouraged to take part!

    The swimmers will be competing over 50 metres on all the four strokes (time permitting) and the event will require all swimmers to "sign in" on the night by 5.45 pm. It is very important thall all swimmers sign in by this time so that the necessary "meet management" paperwork can be printed so that the time trials can start promptly. NB Please note that if swimmers do not sign in by 5.45pm then it is highly likely that you will not be able to take part. Clearly we do not want anybody to be disappointed so please arrive in good time to sign in.

    On the night we hope to have electronic timing in operation so this should add to the excitement and enjoyment for swimmers and parents. The event will be subject to ASA rules and will be "officiated" by qualified officials from within the Club. We will have access to the pool from 6.15pm and need to be finished before 8.15 pm when the public swimming session starts.The results from these time trials will be entered into the Club database and are used to help select teams that represent the Club.

    Kate Lack Trophy Results

    A great turn out and lots of spectacular swims for Potters Bar swimmers at the Kate Lack trophy at Barnet Copthall on Sunday.  We were the third largest team with over 158 swims, 26 first places were claimed by Thomas Stanbury ,Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman, Georgianna Balchin, Lauren Andrew, James Woodward, David Shipman, Jack Shewell-Cooper, Andrea Houben, Thilan Walallawita, Oliver Formby, Pheobe Love, Georgina Lawson, James Ayres and Samantha Burt. 20 silver medals were taken by Katie Harrison, Harriet Newman, Thomas, Georgianna, Ben, Lauren, David, Jessica Hurley, Jack, Rebecca Hurley, Thilan, Pheobe and Samantha. 13 bronze medals were won by Elise Cork, Olivia, Harriet, Thomas, Ben, Jack, Andrea, Charlie Stapleton, Oliver Formby, Katie Gormley and Samantha.
    Personal best times were swum by James Blount, James Spence, Maya Spence, Madeleine Formby, Emiles Read-Letts, Siobham Gallagher, Amelia Hardy, Aleyna Mert, Ismail Mert, Adam Gill, Ed Burt, Kate Andrew, Katie Conyers, Elie Lawson, Katharine McEnery, Alice Johnson, Sean Lovell and Nicolas Formby. Well done to James Smith, Natasha Guidice, Anna Shipman, Greg Hurley, Claudia Hawkins, Eleanor Yong and Niamh Gormley who all swam well this being their first open meet for some.
    To top it all there were 2 new regional qualifiers with James Woodward and David Shipman qualifying for the East Region Championships in the 11yr old and 12 yr 100 free style which takes the number of swimmers qualifying for regionals to 7 this year.  Georgina Lawson added a further RQT in the 200 back stroke.

    Meanwhile the results summary is here.

    Dunstable Gareth Jeans team gala results

    The Potters Bar team won 14 out of the 49 events in this invitation gala at Dunstable on Saturday against Dunstable SC, Flitwick Dolphins SC, Witney SC and Aylesbury SC.  They were narrowly pipped into third place but plenty of great swims.  Here is the result sheet.

    Squad 5 Training session on Sunday evenings

    Squad 5 swimmers are invited to attend an additional session on Sunday evenings at the FF between 6.15pm and 7.15pm. 

    PBSC swimmers represent Mid Herts Schools Team

    The Club was well represented in the Mid Herts School Team that competed at the Primary schools district gala that was held at Watford earlier this evening. This event also acted as the selection trials for the Hertfordshire Primary School Team.

    Those selected for the Mid Herts School team from the Club were: -

    Kate Andrew, Katie Harrison, Elise Cork, Sophia Zeinden, Adam Zeinden, Katie Hamshere, Thomas Stanbury, Sean Lovell, Yasmine Crowe, Adam Gill, Edward Burt, Georgianna Balchin, Morgan Newman, Ben Harrison, Greg Hurley, Georgina and Stephanie Tallon and Susan Bugg. Well done to all these swimmers!

    A particular well done to Morgan, Ben, Thomas and Georgianna for being selected to represent Herts County Primary schools team in a forthcoming Inter-County event to be held at Watford.

    Our swimmers times have now been published on the PBSC Hytek Database that can be accessed via the swimmers times page.

    Busy weekend ahead for PBSC swimmers!

    This weekend we have a team of swimmers representing PBSC at the "Gareth Jeans" gala that is taking place in Dunstable on Saturday evening. We will be competing  against Dunstable SC, Flitwick Dolphins SC, Witney SC and Aylesbury SC in this team event - Good Luck to all those swimmers representing PBSC.

    On Sunday we have a large team of swimmers competing at the Kate Lack Open Meet that is being held at Barnet Copthall Pool. It will be good to see how our swimmers perform particularly those who are looking to achieve Regional QT's before the closing date for entries next week. Last year we came away from the event with the "Top Club" Trophy and we hope to be in the running for it again this year - Good Luck to all those competing!  

    PBSC Camping Trip

    The camping trip over the weekend of the 6th, 7th and 8th of July has proved to be very popular with members. There are still pitches available should any more members like to come along - If you are interested you need to speak to Steve Shipman as soon as possible.  Scroll down this page for the full details of the campsite and its website.

    For those that have already expressed an interest deposits of £10 need to be paid to Steve by Wednesday 16th May 2012 so that numbers can be finalised. Email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and your email will be forwared to Steve.

    Time Trials on Sunday 27th May 2012

    We will be holding time trials over 50m for swimmers in Squads 3, 4 and 5. This will afford the swimmers the opportunity to have times recorded in advance of the PBSC Summer Open Meet. All swimmers in Squads 3, 4 and 5 are encouraged to take part in the time trial to gain experience. The swimmers times are also recorded in the Clubs Database and are used by the PBSC Selection committee to select the teams to represent the Club in the various leagues and galas that we participate in. More details concerning the time trials will be posted nearer the date.

    PBSC Summer Open Meet - Saturday 30th June 2012

    Just a quick reminder to PBSC swimmers to submit their entries for the PBSC Summer open meet promptly. The event is licensed at ASA Level 3 so times recorded at the event will be entered into the ASA's rankings database and will also be eligible to be used as qualification times for the Herts County Championships in 2013. The full details of the open meet and how to enter are on the PBSC Open meets page of this website.

    A good evening had by all at the PBSC Social

    About 150 PBSC members attended the social and disco held at Elm Court on Saturday. It was great to see the kids having a great time and there were some star performers on the dance floor and stage! Swimmers who represented PBSC in the National Arena League were awarded certificates marking their contribution to the team that gained promotion to Division 2. Swimmers who represented the PBSC-Jade Team, which  in the teams first year in the Herts Major League secured promotion to Division 2, were also awarded certificates to recognise their fantastic performance - Well done to all swimmers!

    Amy Mason was awarded "swimmer of the month" trophy having excelled in recent weeks at training and having put in some great swims in the first round of the Peanuts League. Well done Amy!

    A big thank you to Karen Lawson for organising an enjoyable evening and to all those that helped with the set up, the running of the bar/raffle and for the Chef's that worked hard in the kitchen.

    Additional Squad 5 session on Sunday evenings!

    Squad 5 swimmers are invited to train on a Sunday evening at the Furzefield Sports Centre between 6.15 pm and 7.15 pm. The PBSC Coaching team are keen for Squad 5 swimmers to take advantage of this additional session to help improve performances in the Peanuts League and the forthcoming Potters Bar Summer Open Meet. The first session will be on Sunday 29th April 2012. We look forward to seeing Squad 5 swimmers on Sunday evening. This session will be reviewed at the end of June .

    This message has been "tweeted" to PBSC members so please follow us at @pottersbarswim if you have not already done so!

    PBSC Blue Team put in a great performance and come 3rd in 1st round of Peanuts Division 1

    The Blue team finished in a very credible third place with 148 points behind winners Hatfield (128 points) and City of St Albans (136 points). These are two of the biggest and strongest Clubs in the League so to finish so close behind them was an excellent performance. Over the course of the gala we had 14 1st places, 7 2nd places, 9 3rd places and just one DQ. Twenty four (24) personal best times were also recorded by PBSC Swimmers.

    There were individual wins for Ben Harrison, David Shipman, Morgan Newman, James Woodward and Thomas Stanbury. In winning the 25m backstroke in a time of 17.97 seconds Thomas Stanbury broke the Club Record that had stood for over 9 years.

    Well done to all PBSC Blue Team swimmers on an excellent performance. 

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am very pleased with the performance of both the Blue and Jade Teams. We have the 2nd round in a few weeks time and I'd like to see everyone put in a few extra sessions so that we can build on these 1st round performances. Well done to Thomas on breaking the 25m backstroke Club record"

    PBSC Jade Team Win First Round of Peanuts Division 3

    Here is the gala report for the Jade Team kindly written by Anna Church - many thanks for the report!

    "It was an exciting night for the members of the Jade team at Borehamwood on Saturday. They won the close fought gala with a total of 148 points (9 points ahead of Hitchin, their nearest rival.) Amy Mason got the gala off to a great start by winning the freestyle and getting a personal best. There were also individual wins by Jordan Seal, Eliza Connery, Luke Maddock-Lyon, Lucy Hopkins, James Blount, Alex Ayres, Madeleine Formby and Jack Shewell-Cooper. The 9 year old girls (Anna Shipman, Eliza Connery, Holly Bradbury, Ella Higgens and Victoria Curley) and the 12 year old boys(Luke Maddock-Lyon, Nicholas Formby, Alex Ayres, Jack Shewell-Cooper and Josef Wheeler) won both the freestyle and medley relays. And the 11 year old boys (James Blount, Jordan Seal, Edward Burt and Ismail Mert) won their freestyle relay. We finished the evening off with an exciting squadron swim in which we came second with a brilliant final leg by Jack Shewell-Cooper in a time of 14.94 seconds! 

    Coach Bronwen Hardy said "The children were fantastic they all swam brilliantly and the result was well deserved!"

    The results from this gala are on the "reports and results" page and are also on the PBSC Hytek Database accessed through the link on the swimmers tims page. For relay splits make sure you click on the "relays" button and then the "splits" button and this will bring up the swimmers relay split times.  Here are some photos from the gala.

    Follow PBSC on "Twitter"

    Club members are now able to follow PBSC on "Twitter" @pottersbarswim . We will be "tweeting" news from the Club so if you have a "Twitter" account then please sign up to to keep up to date with the latest news.

    Morgan Newman achieves two Regional qualifying times

    Morgan attended the Redbridge Regional qualifying open meet this weekend with the aim of achieving two regional qualifying times (RQT's). In recent weeks he has worked really hard in training and his efforts paid off in that he attained RQT's in the 200m IM and 100m Breaststroke. The added bonus was that he won the gold medals in these events and the 100m backstroke too. His 100m Backstroke time was a 9 second personal best - Well done Morgan and keep up the hard work in training!

    Morgan is one of five PBSC swimmers that have qualified to swim in the Regional Championships that take place in June. The Championships are being held at te 50m pool in Norwich. Ben Harrison, Thomas Stanbury, Georgina Lawson and Phoebe Love are our other qualifiers.

    Herts ASA on "Twitter" and "Facebook"

    PBSC swimmers and members may wish to sign up to Hertfordshire ASA's "Twitter" and "Facebook" accounts to gain instant unpdates from them regarding swimming in the County. See their website www.hertsasa.org.uk for more information.

    Camping Trip - Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July 2012

    Steve Shipman is kindly co-ordinating a camping trip over the above weekend for PBSC swimmers and families. A number of pitches have been reserved at the Hurley riverside park campsite in Hurley. The website for this campsite is www.hurleyriversidepark.co.uk which gives full details of the site and amenities available.

    To secure your pitch requires a payment of £10 to Steve as soon as possible with the remaining balance to be paid to the campsite on arrival. A pitch for a small tent (up to 4 metres) to include 2 people costs £19 per night. A larger tent (up to 6 metres) to include 2 people costs £21 per night. Extra adults are £3 per night and extra children are £2 per night. Dogs are welcome too at a cost of £2 per night.This camping trip is open to all PBSC members and the site is a short drive away from Chessington World of Adventures.

    Speak to Steve Shipman to reserve your pitch or email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and your email will be forwarded to him. This is a good opportunity for the kids to have a fun weekend together away from the pool and enjoy the fresh air!

    Peanuts League - Round 1

    This weekend we will have about seventy of our youngest swimmers competing in the Peanuts League 2012. We have the PBSC - Jade Team competing in Division 3 at the Venue, Borehamwood (meet at 5.45pm) and PBSC - Blue Team in Division 1 at Stevenage (meet at 6pm). This should be a great experience for our swimmers and the PBSC Coaching team are keen to see how they perform.

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC - Jade Team Coach "I am looking forward to a great evening with the Jade team and I'm sure the swimmers will swim their socks off and have a fun night"

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC - Blue Team Coach "We are swimming against some of the strongest clubs in Hertfordshire so I'm looking for the Blue team to put in a big performance. Every point will count so its so important that we avoid unnecessary disqualifications and I'm confident we will do well if we do"

    Want to swim like Rebecca Adlington?

    PBSC swimmers will enjoy this video of Rebecca Adlington. There are some great underwater shots in which she demonstrates great streamlining and the importance of a good "catch" and "pull" through the water. Excellent streamlining is one of the most important skills that all competitive swimmers need to acquire! The "catch" and "pull" is equally as important as this helps generate speed through the water. Let your Coach know if you have viewed this video!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuJo_lVmO1Q 

    Starts and Turns - Friday 13th April

    Just a reminder that this fridays session will be a "starts" and "turns" session and that all swimmers in Squad 1, 2, 3 and 4 are encouraged to attend. With the first round of the Peanuts League just a week away we are keen to see many of our younger swimmers at this session for some extra practice. 

    Social and Disco at Elm Court Saturday 28th April

    Put the date in your diaries.  There is a club social and disco at Elm Court on Saturday 28th April to celebrate the success at Herts Majors, the Herts Counties amongst others and to look forward to the forth coming Peanuts galas.  Start time 7.30pm and price £3.00 each.  Licenced bar and food available.  Tickets available from the "Help Desk" on the balcony from this Friday.

    Phoebe at the Welsh National Age Group Championships

    Over the Easter weekend 14 year old Phoebe Love will be competing in the Welsh National Age Group Championships that are being held at the 50m pool in Swansea, Wales. She has a busy weekend competing in the 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly. In the 50m Freestyle she is currently seeded as the fourth fastest 14 year old in the age group. Phoebe will be cheered on by members of her family who live locally so she will have plenty of supporters to impress.  Good luck to Phoebe from all at PBSC!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Phoebe should be delighted she has qualified for the Welsh National Championships as this is a big achievement in itself.That said she has a great chance to make finals and I'm confident that in front of her supporters she will swim well and be a great ambassador for PBSC"

    Potters Bar Summer Open Meet - Saturday 30th June 2012

    We are now accepting entries to this years summer open meet which will be held at the Furzefield Sports Centre in Potters Bar. This event is an ASA Level 3 Licensed event so swimmers times will be eligible for the ASA's rankings database and for entry to next years Herts ASA County Championships. At PBSC we appreciate the importance of rewarding swimmers and will be making awards for those placed in the first eight (9/10 yrs and 11/12 years age groups) and to the top six in all other age categories. We are also mindful of the cost of entries so have fixed this at £4 per entry which is much less than the current norm.

    Please click on the PBSC Open Meets Tab on the left of this page for full details including meet conditions, programme of events, upper and lower qualifying times and HYTEK files for visiting Club entries. This is a very popular event so you are advised to submit entries promptly.

    PBSC Swimmers need to submit their entries via email to pbscsummeropen@gmail.com . The entry form can be found on the PBSC Open Meets page. Please also submit a hard copy entry to the Coaching Team or a member of the PBSC Committee. 

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am very keen to have a big entry from the Club and encourage all PBSC swimmers to compete in as many events as possible. There are medals and prizes for the first eight in some age groups and the first six in others so there is a good chance that your efforts will be rewarded"

    South Herts Trophy

    The results for the South Herts Trophy have been posted on the "reports and results page" and can also be accessed through the PBSC Hytek on line database the link for which is on the "Swimmers times" page on this website.

    Last nights gala was a great introduction to competition racing for many of the young swimmers that took part and the PBSC Blue team put in a good performance to finish second to Hoddesdon SC by just seven points. PBSC Jade team also swam well and gained valueable experience ahead of the forthcoming Peanuts League.

    Click on the below link for some pictures from last nights event.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115496772782293772798/SouthHertsTrophyMarch2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCNq0h5bm5cagywE#5726402412930861618

    Swimmer of the Month - March 2012

    At the end of last night's training session PBSC Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper awarded the swimmer of the month trophy to 10 year old Thomas Stanbury who trains in Squad 2. Thomas put in some great performances at the Herts County Championships in his first year of competition and won a bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke in a time that was just 0.03 seconds off the PBSC Club record. He also finished in fourth place in the 10 year olds BAGCATS competition and recorded several Regional Qualifying times which is a great ahcievement. Well done - Thomas!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "This months award has been the most difficult for me to decide upon after a number great performances by PBSC swimmers at the Herts County Championships. Thomas has swum really well in his first year of competition and to win medals at the Counties, achieve Regional Qualifying times and come 4th in the BAGCATS competition is a real stand out performance" , "We have the Peanut's League and South Herts Trophy coming up and I'm looking for our younger swimmers to impress me over the next month"

    Georgie at Scottish National Agegroups

    This weekend Georgina Lawson, Girls Club Captain, will travel to the Sunderland Aquatics Centre to compete in the Scottish Gas National Age Groups Championships 2012 which are being held between the Saturday the 31st of March and Tuesday the 3rd of April. Georgina will be competing against Scotlands top swimmers in her age group at this National long course event. Georgie achieved qualifying times in the 100 back stroke and the 100 freestyle which will be swum on the Saturday and Tuesday afternoons. Good luck Georgie.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach - “I am delighted that Georgina has qualified for the Scottish National Age Group Championships. It’s well deserved given her efforts over the last year and I’m sure she will thoroughly enjoy the event. I’m confident she will swim well and be a great ambassador for Potters Bar SC. Hopefully Georgie will rise to the challenge having just completed 2 weekends swimming at the County Championships"

    Six PBSC Swimmers finish in the top 8 in the Herts ASA BAGCATS Competition

    In this years BAGCATS we have six PBSC swimmers that have finished in the top eight of their age groups BAGCAT competition. They are Kate Andrew, Katie Harrison, Thomas Stanbury, Ben Harrison, Morgan Newman and David Shipman who are all invited to attend the presentation evening at Welwyn Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn, AL6 9ER on Wednesday 28th March 2012 where the final placings will be revealed. The presentation evening starts at 7pm. Our Bronze medal winning relay team of Georgina Lawson, Andrea Houben, Claire Dean and Phoebe Love are also invited to the presentation where they will be awarded their medals. Katie Gormley is also invited so she can be awarded her silver medal in the 1500m Freestyle.

    The PBSC Coaching team are extremely pleased that so many of our swimmers have finished in the top eight and shows a big improvement on last year were we had two top eight finishes. In order to participate in the overall BAGCAT competition, you must enter and compete in at least one event from a number of categories. Points are scored for each event, dependent upon the time swum, contributing to an overall score and position. If you enter more than 1 event in any category it is only the “best” score that counts towards the overall competition.  

    And more medal winning performances on the final day of the Herts County Championships!

    Well done to Thomas Stanbury who swam a fantastic 50m backstroke on the final day that won him the bronze medal in the 10 year boys age group. Ben Harrison rounded off a very successful championhips by winning the silver medal in the 400m Freestyle. Both swimmers recorded personal best times to finish on the podium - Well done to Thomas and Ben.

    We are awaiting the official result files from Herts ASA before posting our swimmers times on the website/swimmers times database but will do so as soon as we are able. That said the PBSC Coaching Team are delighted with the overall performance of PBSC swimmers at this years Championships.

    PBSC swimmers win more medals at Herts County Championships 2012 and David Shipman breaks a Club Record

    There has been more success this weekend at the Herts County Championships 2012 that are being held the Venue in Borehamwood as follows: -

    1) David Shipman was in "red hot" form in the 50m Freestyle where he smashed the 11 year old boys Club record on the way to winning the silver medal - Well done David - well deserved.

    2) Olivia Seal and Kate Andrew won silver and bronze medals respectively in the girls 9 years 50m butterfly, both girls swimming personal best performances to do so. Well done to Olivia and Kate!

    3) Morgan Newman and Ben Harrison won silver and bronze medals respectively in the boys 11 years 200m breaststroke - Again both recorded new PB's for this event - Well done to Morgan and Ben.

    There is one final day to go so we are hopeful of more medal winning performances and PB's from our swimmers.

    Good luck to all that are competing tomorrow.

    Good News

    Masters rankings for 2011 are out and John Cunningham is ranked 3rd in the world for 50m and 100m short course butterfly!

    Long-standing club member and masters swimmer Richard McGonegle picked up an award for "Highly Commended Adult Volunteer of the Year" at the Enfield Sports Awards for his work with Enfield swimming clubs.

    Well done both.

    Herts County Championships - Update!

    Sunday

    It has been another good day at The Venue, Borehamwood where our swimmers have continued with the good form of yesterday.They have again swum fantastically with many recording personal best times in their events. Again a number of medals have been won and they are summarised as follows: -

    1) Georgina Lawson won a silver medal in the 14 year old 100m Backstroke, which added to her bronze medal of the previous day. Unfortunately Georgina injured her hand as she finished and had to withdraw from the 200m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly that was held later in the day.

    2) Ben Harrison added to his haul of medals with another silver medal in the 11 year olds 50m Breaststroke and bronze medals in the 200m Individual medley and 200m Freestyle.

    3) David Shipman raced to a bronze medal in the 11 year olds 50m Breaststroke, making it 2nd and 3rd for PBSC. 

    4) Lauren Andrew swam a very determined 100m Butterfly which saw her win the bronze medal in the 11 year old Girls age group.

    Again many of the PBSC swimmers swam PB's and we are awaiting the official results so we can enter them into the Club database. Well done to all swimmers that competed today and in particular to Thomas Stanbury and Morgan Newman who both achieved Regional Qualifying Times. Thomas attained qualifying times for the 200 IM and 200m Freestyle and Morgan the 200m Freestyle. Despite achieving these Regional Times they were both placed just outside the medals so this gives some indication as to the high standard of swimming that has been seen at The Venue over the weekend. 

    Wray Shewell-Cooper " We have continued with good performances today and again I am delighted with the efforts of our swimmers. Despite it being the second day of competition many of the swimmers recorded PB's and won medals so they deserve a big "Well done". I'm looking forward to next weekend and hopeful that the good performances will continue"

    Saturday

    Today we have had a large number of our swimmers competing at The Venue in Borehamwood in sessions 2, 3 and 4 of the Herts County Championships. Many of our swimmers have put in great swims and recorded personal best times. We have also had swimmers achieve podium finishes in their events which can be summarised as follows: -

    1) Phoebe Love swam an extremely fast 50m Freestyle to win the silver medal in the 14 year age group. This swim was just 0.03 seconds outside the PBSC Club Record.

    2) Ben Harrison was in the medals with silver in the 400 IM and Bronze medals in the 50m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke. His 200m Backstroke was a Regional qualifying time.

    3) Georgina Lawson swam a very fast 100m Freestyle in the 14 year old age group and won the bronze medal which is another great achievement.

    4) The 15 & Under Girls 4 x 50m Freestyle Team of Phoebe Love, Claire Dean, Andrea Houben and Georgina Lawson put in a big performance to come third and collect the bronze medal. This is the Club's first relay medal at these Championships for many years. All of these swimmers will be eligible to represent the Club in the same event next year which is great news.

    Many of our swimmers recorded PB's and these will be published once they have been inputted to the Club Database but a "big well done" to all those swimmers who raised their performance today.

    Well done to Thomas Stanbury who became PBSC's fifth qualifier for the Regional Championships that take place later in the year. Thomas qualified in the 200m Backstroke and surpassed the qualifying time by over seven seconds. This swim placed him fourth today in the 10 year olds age group - Well done - Thomas!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "PBSC swimmers have really stepped up today and I'm delighted with so many PB's. The medals won by our swimmers are an added bonus and hopefully we can continue with more great swims over the remaining sessions."

    Hertfordshire County Championships 2012 - Warm up Times

    Sunday 18th March 2012

    Session 5 - warm up starts @ 0830 hrs and Session 6 - warm up starts @ 1200 hrs

    Their will be a "live results" service operating over the weekend so you can keep in touch with the progress of our swimmers over weekend via the following link: -

    http://results.hertsasa.org.uk/2012_champs/

    Good luck to all those competing this weekend

    Fantastic efforts by PBSC Swimmers who raise money for charity by taking part in the Rotary Swimathon



    The following report and above pictures have been received courtesy of one of our members: -

    "An excellent turn out from Potters Bar SC for the annual Charity Swim Challenge. Out of the 18 teams that entered, 10 teams included Potters Bar swimmers. This was an excellent turn out from the Club. All teams that entered did extremely well and appeared to being having great fun in aid of raising money for both The Alzheimer’s Society and The Orpheus Centre.

    "The Girl Racers" (Samantha Over, Phoebe Love, Claire Dean and Rebecca Hurley) were in the lead up until the 6:30pm with a very respectful 56 lengths in 20 minutes of racing.

    At 6:30pm The Dream Team (Morgan Newman, Ben Harrison, David Shipman, James Woodward & Thilan Wallalawita) were swimming alongside, or should I say against "The Strokes" (Paul Newman, John Cunningham, Neil Kirk, Nicola Lawrence & Julian Swindale). To say the testosterone levels where running high would have been an understatement. The rolling starts by a certain International master were rather dubious but The Dream Team matched them in speed and take-overs, both finishing with 63 lengths in the name of charity and good fun. The Old Codgers (Chris Dean, Tom Dean, Ed Lawson, Robert Branch and Andy Gardner) achieved 57 lengths in the 20 minutes. Robert swam back to back races, as The Old Codgers were running one short. Well done Robert!

    Also racing at the same time where Team Flower Power (Harriet Newman, Victoria Curley, Anna Shipman and Yasmin Wheeler). The team were also one short and very sportingly both Anne Curley and Steven Shipman very kindly offered to step in at the last minute. Steve won the toss of the coin and added to the fabulous job that the girls did, achieving 32 lengths.

    It is not currently known how much has been raised to date, but a rough figure of nearly £2,000 has been raised already. Sorry for any accidental omissions but unfortunately, did not see all of the races to comment on"

    Many thanks for the report!

    PBSC Swimmers enjoy a great evening at the Olympic Aquatic Center

     This evening a number of PBSC Swimmers attended the Olympic Aquatic Center to watch the British Gas Swimming Championships which are doubling up as the Olympic Trials. There was added interest in tonights session in that former PBSC swimmer, Joel Knight was competing in the final of the 1500m freestyle. Joel is pictured left with our swimmers.

    Joel qualified for the final in 8th place but put in a fantastic performance to finish fifth  setting a new British record for 16 year olds in a time of 15 mins 24.92 seconds. This mark is also a European Junior Championships qualifying time. This is a great achievement and shows that Joel has great potential to make the 2016 Olympic Team that will compete in Brazil. His performance was an inspiration to our swimmers. Well done Joel!

    To round off a great evening PBSC Swimmers managed to secure a great picture with Liam Tancock who is the current 50m Backstroke World Record Holder who secured his place on the London 2012 Olympic Team by winning the 100m backstroke. Our eagle eyed swimmers spotted Liam in the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre and congratulated him on his performances and in return he obliged by posing for a photograph.

           One young PBSC swimmer also managed to scure a hug from Liam after declaring   how much she loved his performances this week or was it how much she loved him?

           Thanks to Liam and good luck to him and all the GB Team at the Olympics

    Here is a link to some more great photographs from the British Gas Championships 2012: -

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115496772782293772798/BGasSwimmingChampionshipsMarch2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCJnUkYqk-tm9Rg

    Joel Knight makes final of 1500m at the British Gas Championships 2012 (Olympic Trials)

    Our friend and ex-PBSC swimmer Joel Knight has made the final of the 1500m at the British Gas Championships 2012 at the new Olympic pool. Joel who is 16 years old now attends and swims for Millfield School which has a great reputation for developing some of the very best swimmers in the country.

    PBSC members will recall Joel kindly presented awards at the summer social event that we held at the cricket club. Joel also popped in over the summer and helped with sessions with some of our younger swimmers.The Final is on Saturday 10th March and for those that don't have tickets you will be able to watch it via BBC1 (red button) at 1825 hrs. In the final there are two places up for grabs on the GB Olympic Team. There are a number of PBSC members attending tomorrow night and will be rooting for Joel. Good luck to Joel from all of us!

    Here are some photos from the heats.  Here is a link to their website.

    Anna Church meets three time Olympian and ex-World Record Holder Mark Foster at the British Gas Championships 2012 (Olympic Trials)

      

    Here is a super picture of Anna Church with Mark Foster outside the Olympic Aquatic Centre. Anna has been one of many PBSC swimmers that have taken the opportunity to attend the British Gas Championships which are doubling up as the Olympic Trials to select the GB Team.

    Well done Anna on securing a great picture!

    Herts County Championships 2012 - T-shirts and Hats to be presented on friday evening

    This weekend sees the start of the Hertfordshire County Championships 2012. Over the next three weeks we have forty five swimmers from the Club competing which is a record entry. With so many swimmers competing it is going to be a very busy period and we will keep the website updated with our swimmers progress and achievements. Herts ASA will also be running a "real time" on line results service and the link will be published soon. Once it is known we will add it to the website so you can keep up to date with how PBSC Swimmers are doing!

    At this fridays Squad session Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach will be presenting "Counties" T-Shirts and Hats to those swimmers competing at this years Championships, so swimmers please come along. We will also take the opportunity to have a team photograph. The "Counties" T-Shirts are to be worn to and from the pool, with the PBSC Rhino T-Shirts to be worn on the pool side. We are keen to have a uniform approach on the deck and be one team all supporting each other!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach - "The PBSC Coaching Team are looking forward to see how our swimmers perform and have every confidence that we will see some great performances. Hopefully some performances will see podium finishes and I'm confident we will see improved results in the BAGCAT's events. Good luck to all PBSC swimmers and make sure you enjoy the occasion"

    Swimmer of the Month - February

    Josef Wheeler in Squad 2 was awarded the swimmer of the month trophy at last nights "starts and turns" session by Head Coach Wray. Josef has been a long standing member of the Club who was recently promoted to Squad 2, where he has excelled and managed to progress towards the front of the lane. Josef rarely misses a training session and his efforts have seen him achieve his first County Qualifying Time this year. Well done Josef your award was well deserved!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Josef's progress over the last few months has not gone un-noticed by the Coaching Team. His determination and hard work in training has paid off in that he has achieved a County Qualifying time of which he should be rightly proud" 

    The Swimmer of the month trophy for March will be awarded at the next "starts and turns" session and with the Hertfordshire County Championships this month there is plenty of opportunity for swimmers to stake a claim for the award.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "For next months award I am looking for a swimmer who put's in a big performance at the Counties, not necessarily one that win's a medal but a swimmer that shows a big improvement and a big step up! We have forty five swimmers competing so they all have a chance of winning the swimmer of the month trophy"

    Herts Major League results published

    See the articles below for the links for the swimmers results. The results can also be accessed via the "reports and results " tab. Well done to all swimmers on some great performances !

    Kate Lack Open Meet at Barnet Copthall - Sunday 13th May 2012

    We will be entering the Kate Lack Open Meet once again and this event is open to all swimmers in Squad 5 and above that meet the criteria for entry. This is a Level 4 Licensed open meet and is suitable for those looking to experience their first competition through to those who are more experienced competitors. It would be great to see some of our newer members taking part in this event as it is likely we will have a big team presence on the poolside. This will be the last opportunity for any swimmers seeking Regional Qualifying Times as Regional Entries Close on May 17th 2012.

    The flyer for this event is here and the Upper Qualifying Times are here.

    NB The Closing Date for Club Entries is Saturday 3rd March 2012 so don't delay in submitting your entry to Martin Higgins on pbscgalasec@gmail.com

    PBSC Blue finish in top 6 of Div 1 Herts Major League

    The Blue team took fifth place in the winners gala of the third round of Herts Major League on Saturday.  Chief Coach Wray said "This is a fabulous achievement for a team that was only just promoted to division one this year.  It proves we are truly worthy of our place in division 1".

    Up against the top swimmers in the county many of our swimmers were achieving personal best times but still coming fourth or fifth in the races.  The Under 12 boys medley relay team won an exciting first place and boosted team morale. Here are the results. 

    Here is a link to some pictures from this gala: -

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115496772782293772798/HMLDiv1Final25212?authkey=Gv1sRgCJXA05q8lvqSfw&feat=email

    Tania and Josephine qualify as J1 Officials

    It wasn't only the swimmers that were put through their paces at the weekend, Tania Houben and Josephine Connery also undertook their J1 Judges assessments at the Herts Major League Div 1 Final and passed with flying colours. They are the latest club members to qualify as officials and thats great news for the Club as we always need plenty of officials to help with the running of gala's at home and when we are competing away.

    Officials Training Courses are run by Herts ASA each year and we are keen for any other interested members or parents to undertake the training in support of the Club. If you are interested in undertaking the training then have a chat with Karen Lawson, PBSC's Officials co-ordinator or drop her an email at officials@pottersbarsc.co.uk . It's a great way to help the Club and learn more about our sport.

    PBSC Jade Team come 2nd in Herts Major League Division 3

    Last night PBSC Jade Team swimmers put in a great performance to win the final round in Division 3 of the Herts Major League 2012.This fantastic result elevated our position in the league to second behind Royston Swimming Club. Niamh Gormley and Robert Mclean, PBSC Jade Team Captains proudly collected the runners up trophy on behalf of the Jade team. This result will see the PBSC Jade Team promoted to Division 2 for next years competition.

    On the night there were 19 first places, 11 second places and nine third places and just one disqualification which just shows how well the PBSC Jade team performed. The excellent results in the relay events showcased what great strength in depth we have in the Club and was integral to achieving such a good result.

    There were individual first places for April Richards, Jack Higgins, Leah Refson, Charli Stapleton, Lorcan Vieyra,, Paul Newman, Thomas Stanbury, Chris Andrew, Josef Wheeler, Danielle Houben and Robert Mclean - Well done to these swimmers for winning their events!

    There were individual second places for Thomas Hay, Rachel Connery, Ellen Hunt, Katherine McEnery and Luke Maddock-Lyon - Well done! Robert Mclean, Ellen Hunt, Martin Higgins, Madeleine Formby, Luke Maddock-Lyon, Rachel Connery and Jack Shewell-Cooper all had individual third place finishes in their events, so well done to them too.

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade team Coach "Last night's performance by the Jade Team built on the excellent results the team had in the earlier rounds so well done to all swimmers that represented the Jade Team this year. I am really pleased with the strength in depth we have in the team and this should help us next year when we are in Division 2"

    Here are the results from the gala. In the meantime here is a link to some photographs from the event: -

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115528579666953238463/StevenageJadeHSLFeb12?authkey=Gv1sRgCIbY6PCYhq_pdA

    Swimmer of the Month - February!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach will be awarding the PBSC Swimmer of the month trophy at next Friday's "Starts and turns" sesssion so please come along to see who this is awarded too - It may be you!!

    "Over the last month I have had a number of swimmers in mind for the award so I have a difficult decision to make over this week" said Wray earlier today when at the PBSC "Big Breakfast".

    PBSC "Big Breakfast"

    This morning saw a record turn out for Saturday morning training with many swimmers inspired to take part in the PBSC "Big Breakfast" event at the "golden arches!". In fact there were more swimmers there this morning than we see in some our evening squad sessions. Well done to all those swimmers who set their alarm clocks and made it along this morning, we hope to see you and more next week!

    Next week we plan another "big breakfast" and plan to go to another venue in Potters Bar. If all PBSC Swimmers could wear their hoodies next week at the "big breakfast" that would be great!

    Herts County Championships 2012 - Volunteers required !

    We have received a request from Herts ASA seeking volunteers to assist with the running of the Herts Count Championships. Volunteers are required at each of the sessions to assist with roles such as running the door, marshalling, refreshments etc. This year PBSC has a Club record entry and therefore we need to do our bit to make sure these Championships run smoothly so are hoping that some of the parents of our swimmers will be able to assist.

    If you are able to assist please email Caroline Holt on caroline.holt1@hotmail.com and please remember to mention that you are from Potters Bar SC. There are sessions on Sunday 11th March and both days of the weekends of March 17th/18 and March 24th and 25th. If you do volunteer please could you let Karen Lawson know too.

    PBSC Blue and Jade Teams in action this weekend in the final round of the Herts Major League

    The final round of the Herts Major League 2012 takes place this weekend and PBSC will have over fifty of our swimmers competing, so its another very busy weekend for the Club.

    PBSC Jade Team have excelled and are competing in the final of Division 3 and need a good result to try and gain promotion in their first year of competition in this league. The Jade team is competing at Stevenage and the team needs to meet by 6pm.

    PBSC Blue Team performance this year has already exceded our expectations and has made the final in Division 1 and will be competing against the very best clubs in Hertfordshire.  This means we will finish at least sixth in Division 1 which is a great achievement in our first year after promotion. PBSC Blue Team are at Hitchin and need to meet by 6.15pm.

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team Coach "I'm looking for a good performance from the Jade Team on Saturday and have every confidence they will swim well. It should be an exciting gala as previous rounds have shown there is a small margin between the teams.We need to avoid any disqualifications in this final round as every point will count"

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Good luck to PBSC Swimmers this weekend. The Jade team are in for an exciting gala and have a chance at gaining promotion. The Blue Team have already exceeded my expectations so they can go into the final and enjoy swimming against the very best teams in Hertfordshire"

    Hertfordshire County Championships 2012

    The closing date for entries to this years County Championships closed on Friday and PBSC has forty five swimmers competing this year. This is a fantastic achievement and a massive improvement from the twenty two swimmers that qualified last year. A big well done to the swimmers and Head Coach Wray and his coaching team on this great achievement. This has been the result of a great deal of hard work and commitment by the swimmers and coaching team over the last 12 months.

    With just four weeks go to the Counties PBSC "County Qualifiers" are encouraged to try and add a couple of extra sessions to their training over the next few weeks. The PBSC Coaching Team are particularly keen to see those swimming at the County Championships at the Saturday morning, Thursday and Sunday evening sessions over the next few weeks. To encourage attendance at next Saturdays morning training session it is proposed that all swimmers are invited to a post training "big" breakfast at a location within Potters Bar. The venue is often referred to by some as having "Golden Arches" - The PBSC Coaching Team look forward to seeing our swimmers at next Saturdays session.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I'm delighted with the number of swimmers that have qualified for this year's Counties. With just four weeks to go it's now important that we focus on preparing the swimmers so that they raise their performances at the Counties. For that reason I'm encouraging them to try and fit in some extra sessions over the next few weeks "

    Motivational quotes: -

    • "If you're not on your 'A' game in your workouts every day, you're going to get absolutely smoked." - Michael Phelps, Swimming Legend
    • "The swimmer who says, "It can't be done" is passed by the swimmer who is doing it"

    Land Training Programme - Expressions of interest!

    As many of our members know we have have been running a Land Training "trial" programme on a Friday night between 7pm and 8pm. Feedback to date suggests that the swimmers have found it very enjoyable and the PBSC Coaching Team are keen to continue running this session. We are seeking "expressions of interest" from those that would like to be considered for the next block of sessions. It is proposed to start these on Friday 30th March and run for 9 weeks which takes us through to Friday 25th May 2012, which is one week before the ASA East Regional Championships 2012. 

    The Land Training programme is in the first instance offered to those in Squads 1 and 2. In the event of it being oversubscribed then a decision will be made by the Coaching Team as to who is offered places. This will be based upon factors that include frequency of attendance at swimming training, level of competition at which the swimmer competes, attitude and effort in training.

    In the first instance swimmers are invited to register your interest by emailing Chris Andrew at secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

    British Swimming Championships 2012 (Olympic Trials) - March 3rd to March 10th

    For those British Swimmers seeking to make the Olympic Team there is just two weeks until the start of the British Swimming Championships 2012 (Olympic Trials) that are being held at the Olympic pool in Stratford. There are a number of PBSC swimmers that earlier in the year took the opportunity to purchase tickets. It is clear that these swimming championships are going to be one of the best ever swimming events staged in this country. This week the "draft" programme of entries has been published and this has revealed the large number of foreign international swimmers that are coming over to experience the Olympic Pool.  These include Paul Biederman of Germany and Milos Cavic of Serbia, who are both featured in the videos on the "Coaches Corner" page of this website. Lotte Friss of Denmark who was the silver medal winner behind Rebecca Adlington at the 2011 World Championships is also competing so this should make for an exciting race with the British Double Olympic Champion.

    The draft programme is here and here is a link to information for those spectators attending the British Championships (Olympic Trials) 2012. For those attending it will be a great opportunity to meet some of the stars of our sport and they are often quite happy to sign autographs and have photographs taken so our young swimmers are advised to take along their camera's and autograph books. If you do get a picture then let Chris Andrew know via secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and we can arrange for it to be published on the website. Lets see who can get the best picture!

    The event will also be covered on the TV so make sure you take the time to watch and see our top British swimmers competing for a place in the British Olympic Team.

    Club Information Desk - Friday 17th February

    This Friday members of the PBSC Committee will be staffing an information desk on the balcony at the Furzefield and will be available to help members with providing information about the Club. This could include information about membership, training times, open meet competitions, Club galas, volunteering and officiating opportunities so please don't hesitate to ask any questions that you have. They will also be available to collect membership fees that are now due. PBSC Hats will be on sale and it is also an opportunity to order PBSC Club T-Shirts for those that do not have them.

    Eleanor Burt, the Club's membership secretary and Karen Lawson, a committee member and PBSC's officials co-ordinator will be staffing the desk so please stop by and have a chat with them.

    Rotary Sponsored Swim 10th March

    The Rotary Club is organising a sponsored swim on the evening of Saturday 10th March.  The application form here explains all.  You will need a team of 5 swimmers who swim in relay over 20 minutes.  Try to break a record or raise some money for charity or just have some fun.  Apply early to get the best start time.

    Tape Trophy - Results are in!!

    Well done to all PBSC swimmers that competed at the Tape Trophy on Saturday evening. It was a great event and the PBSC Blue team came out as winners (65 points) ahead of Stevenage (151 points), Bushey (162 points), Potters Bar Jade (171 points) and Broxbourne (215 points).

    PBSC Jade Team put in some great swims so well done to all swimmers and in particular to Elena Izquierdo-Hall, Tomas Hay, Amelia Hardy, Nicholas Formby, Alice Johnston, Stephen Curley, Indigo Sagoo, Abbie Longley, Siobhan Gallagher, Nicole Humphreys, David Cai and Carlo Cusenza who all recorded Personal Best times (PB's)

    A strong performance by the PBSC Blue Team, who managed to swim through the gala without picking up any disqualifications (DQ's) saw them come out as winners of the Tape Trophy for the second year running. Well done to all swimmers and in particular to Jessica Hurley, Lorcan Vieyra, Harriet Newman, James Smith, James Blount, Georgianna Balchin, Natasha Guidice, Katie Hamshere, David Shipman and Charlie Milbery who all recorded Personal Best Times (PB's).

    The results are here : PBSC Jade Team and here: PBSC Blue Team

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Jade Team Coach " I was delighted with the performance of the swimmers in the Jade team, many of whom were competing in their first competitive swimming gala. It has given them some much needed experience in preparation for the Peanut's League and they all did fantastically well"

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It was another exciting evening of swimming and I am delighted to see so many of our swimmers doing well, so a big well done from me. Successfully retaining the Tape Trophy for the second year running was an added bonus, as was seeing so many PB's recorded by those in the Jade and Blue Teams"

    A big thank you to all PBSC Officials, volunteers and our senior swimmers that all helped make this event happen. In particular it was great to see so many of our older swimmers volunteering to help and offering their experience and expertise to our younger members - A big "THANK YOU"

    To see some pictures from the event please click on the below link:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115528579666953238463/TapeTrophy2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCPLvt4ul08rVGg

    Herts Flyers Open Meet - Going ahead as planned

    Today's event at QE Boys is going ahead as planned. The warm up is at 1.30 pm. Swimmers need to give notice if they are not attending so they can be withdrawn from the events they have entered. This is particularly important so that events are not swum with "empty" lanes. If you are not planning to attend then please email pbscgalasec@gmail.com . This email address is being monitored so your withdrawal can be notified to the event organisers.

    To those swimmers who are attending we wish you the best of luck and hope that you swim well.

    January - Swimmer of the Month Trophy "And the winner is........."

    Wray Shewell Cooper, PBSC's Head Coach last night awarded the Swimmer of the month trophy to Nicholas Formby who swims in Squad 2. Nicholas has the honour of being the first recipient of this trophy and it is well deserved given the recent progresses he has made. Over the last few months he has shown a great commitment to training regularly and although not having been in Squad 2 for long has progressed towards the front of the lane. His commitment to training has also led to improved performances in competition where he has posted a number of PB's and he has also achieved his first County Qualifying time.

    Well done Nicholas!

    Herts Flyers - "Last Chance County Qualifier" Open Meet

    Tomorrow we have forty four PBSC swimmers competing at QE Boys School in the Herts Flyers Open Meet. This open meet is the last opportunity for those swimmers seeking to attain County Qualifying times and we wish all PBSC swimmers the best of luck and hope they swim well.

    The warm up starts at 1.30pm and PBSC Swimmers are advised to be ready on poolside by 1.15pm.

    PBSC Camping weekend / Chessington World of Adventures

    A number of the Clubs members are keen campers and Steve Shipman has kindly offered to organise a camping weekend for those that are interested in a weekend away. The dates in mind are the weekend of July 7th and 8th 2012. Initial thoughts are to look for a site close to Chessington World of Adventures to incorporate a day at the theme park. If you are interested in taking part in this weekend which is open to all Club members then either speak to Steve Shipman who is often on the balcony at the FF or email secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk and your email will be forwarded to him. Steve will need to know numbers and tent sizes etc so that he can make appropiate enquiries with campsites.This is a geat opportunity for the kids to have some social time away from the rigours of training and competition.

    Thanks to Steve for offering to arrange this activity! 

    Herts Major League Results

    We are still to post the Herts Major League results from last weekends events. This is because due to delays by the "hosting" clubs not submitting them to the Herts Swimming League(HSL). The HSL need to confirm the results before circulating the official results to Clubs.

    As soon as we are able to publish the official results we will update tthe website and the PBSC Hytek Database. 

    PBSC Social -Peanuts and Counties Awards night

    PBSC will be having a social event and disco at Elm Court on Saturday 28th April 2012. At this event there will be awards for our swimmers who have swum in the Peanuts Trials and at the Herts County Championships. It will also be a great opportunity for the kids and parents to socialise away from the pool so make sure you put it in your diary now.

    More info closer to the date!

    Squad 4 - Friday training at 6.15pm

    We are pleased to announce that Squad 4 will have a new session at the Furzefield starting this Friday 3rd February 2012 at 6.15pm. Swimmers will need to be on the pool side for 6.10pm.

    This weeks usual Squad 4 session on Thursday at 7.15pm will go ahead as usual but will be replaced by the Friday session after this week. Over recent months we have seen significant growth in the Club which has led to a high demand on the water time that is available to our swimmers. To alleviate some of this pressure we have had consultation with the Furzefield Sports Centre management and have managed to secure this additional pool time.

    Wray, PBSC's Head Coach has taken the decision to move Squad 4 to the Friday evening slot. This will allow Wray, the opportunity to take Squad 4 on a regular basis which also gives the swimmers a great opportunity to have his experience and direction as well as the opportunity to impress him.

    In the event that this change causes any great difficulties then please speak with Wray and Bronwen.

    We look forward to seeing Squad 4 swimmers at this new session.

    Great Performances by "Jade" and "Blue" Teams

    Last night saw two excellent performances by the "Jade" and "Blue" Team's that were competing in the second round of the Herts Major League in Divisions 3 and 1 respectively.

    The "Jade" team who were competing at the Furzefield finished in second place to Royston SC in a close run gala. In the early part of the gala we were in fourth place but came through strongly to finish second. This result should put us into a good position in the league going into the final round where if we do well we may have a chance at gaining promotion - Well done to all PBSC "Jade" team on a great result!

    The "Blue" team who were competing at The Venue, Borehamwood also excelled in their performances and finished in third place behind very strong teams from Watford SC and Hoddesdon SC. This great result should put us into the final where we will be competing against the top six Hertfordshire Clubs. This is a great achievement for the Club after gaining promotion last year - Well done to all PBSC "Blue" team on another fantastic result. 

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC "Jade" team coach - "It was a great performance by the Jade Team to finish in second place and I was delighted by the effort shown by the swimmers. This result put's the team in a great position going into the final round were if we can avoid disqualifications we can do well"

    Wray Shewell-Cooper - PBSC "Blue" team coach "It was another great performance by the Blue team, who are performing well above my expectations in the Herts Major League. As Head Coach I'm also extemely happy with the performance of the "Jade" team who are competing in the Herts Major League for the first time"

    The swimmers times from each of the galas will be posted as soon as we are able, which is likely to be in the next few days because we have to await the official results from each event.

    Here are some photos from the Blue team gala at Borehamwood.

    Georgina finishes 11th at "Zonal" Championships

    The ASA "Zonal" Championships were held on Saturday 28th January 2012 at Corby in Northamptonshire and PBSC's only qualifier for this event was our girls captain, Georgina Lawson.

    The "Zonal" Championships were a new competition introduced last year and they are the next "stepping" stone between the Regional and National Championships. To qualify and swim in these Championships is therefore a fantastic achievement in itself.

    Georgina is the first PBSC swimmer to compete in a "Zonal" Championship and on Saturday she swam in the 50m Freestyle recording a time of 28.91 seconds to finish in 11th place out of 43 competitiors in the 14 year old girls age group. This was a great swim and Georgina just missed out on making the final by 0.2 seconds. Well done to Georgina!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Georgina swam really well to finish 11th and I'm very happy with the performance. It's my first "Zonal" Championships too and I'm hoping to be back with more swimmers from PBSC next year"

    Good Luck to PBSC Swimmers competing this weekend!

    This weekend we have Potters Bar Blue and Jade Teams competing in the second round of the Herts Major League at The Venue, Borehamwood (arrive 5.45pm) and Furzefield Sports Centre (arrive 6.15pm). We will have over fifty swimmers from the Club taking part in these two gala's. In addition to this Georgina Lawson, PBSC's Girls Captain will be competing in the "Zonal" Championships that are being held earlier in the day before heading back down the motorway to Borehamwood.

    PBSC Blue are currently in sixth place in Division 1 going into the second round and need to consolidate on a great first round performance. PBSC Jade Team who are competing in the Herts Major League for the first time this year are currently in 3rd place in Division 3 and should have a good chance on improving on this position at our home pool. Good Luck to all PBSC swimmers that are swimming in the two galas!

    Georgina Lawson is the Clubs only qualifier for the "Zonal" Championships that are being held this weekend in Corby. "Zonal" Championships were introduced last year and are the next tier between Regional and National Championships. Georgina will be competing in the 50m Freestyle and will be competing against the very best swimmers from East Region and the Midlands - Good Luck to Georgina!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach " I was delighted with the first round performances from the Jade and Blue Teams. It's important we try and consolidate on the first round results, and I'm confident we will. It's important that both teams avoid picking up disqualifiactions as like the first round there is likely to be a small points margin between the competing Clubs"  , "I'm also looking forward to attending my first "Zonal" Championships with Georgina and I'm looking for her to cotinue her recent good form at this high level event"

    Swimmer of the Month Trophy

    As we approach the end of January 2012 it is an appropriate time to announce that Wray Shewell-Cooper, Head Coach will be awarding the "swimmer of the month" trophy. This is a new initiative for 2012 and Wray's nomination for January is currently under consideration. The recipient of the monthly award will be presented with the above trophy that can be retained until the next recipient is named.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I'm looking forward to awarding the "swimmer of the month" trophy and have a number of swimmers under consideration for the inaugural award. There are lot's of different criteria for which I will be making the award that include attitude and commitment to training, improvement in technique and competition perfomance. I was impressed by the swimmers performances in the Peanut's trials and have a number of the younger swimmers who took part under consideration for it's first award" 

    Peanuts Trials at the Furzefield on Sunday 22nd January 2012

    Well done to all swimmers, supporters, officials and helpers for a successful time trials on Sunday night.  62 swimmers swam 25m of each stroke and recorded 136 personal best times and a further 68 NPT (no previous time).  The information gained from the trials will help the selectors for the upcoming galas and will help the coaches develop the swimmers.  There were a small number of disqualifications which happens in all galas at all levels and even these help swimmers and coaches focus on swimming and racing technique.  Here are the results of the trials.  If you missed the trials please speak to your coach about whether there might be other opportunities to record times.

    We will be entering two PBSC Teams "Blue" and "Jade" in the 2012 Peanut's league which is a swimming league for young swimmers in Hertfordshire. As part of the Club's preparation for these events we ran some time trials for all "Squad" swimmers who are under the Age of 13 as of 30th June 2012.

    The results from these time trials will help us select the teams that will represent PBSC in the forthcoming galas: -

    The Tape Trophy - Saturday 11th February
    The South Herts Trophy - Saturday 31st March
    Peanut's Gala Round 1 - Saturday 21st April
    Peanut's Gala Round 2 - Saturday 19th May
    Peanut's Gala Round 3 - Saturday 16th June

    Please try and keep the above dates free so that you are able to swim for the Club (if selected). If you have any questions with regard to the Peanut's trials please speak with Wray and Bronwen. Note the youngest age for swimming in the galas is 9 years on 30th June 2012, but we encourage 8-year olds to enter the time trials.

    Thanks to the older squad swimmers and masters swimmers for giving up their pool time on Sunday.

    Hoorah for the young officials

    Niamh Gormley has qualified as a level 2 judge and as such is probably the youngest in the country at 15.  This is hot on the heels of Samantha Burt who was the youngest J1 in the country at 14.  Fantastic progress and well done to both of them.

    Watford Open Meet - The Results are in and PBSC swimmers performances exceed expectations

    The results from this weekends County Qualifier Open Meet at Watford are in and show that PBSC swimmers were in great form. The results from the event can be summarised as follows:

    * PBSC swimmers competed in 258 swims of which 142 (55%) were personal best times for the swimmer. In fact so many of our 55 swimmers set PB's that there are too many to list by name on this website entry. Please see the results on this link to see all the PB's but special mentions to Amelia Hardy for a 9 second PB on her 100m Butterfly, a 28 second PB to Jack Shewell Cooper in the 400m Free, Georgina and Stephanie Tallon in the 200m IM, Stephanie Tallon in the 50m Butterfly, Katie Gormley (200m Free, 400m Free and 200m Breast), Samantha Burt (200m free and 50m breast), Vinthiya Perinpanathan in the 200m Breaststroke, Charli Stapleton (100m Breast),  Madeleine Formby (50m Breast), Adam Gill and James Blount in the 50m Freestyle - Well done to all swimmers that achieved PB's in their events

    * We had numerous swimmers who won medals in their events - Georgina Lawson, Ben Harrison, David Shipman, Andrea Houben, Ellen Hunt, Samantha Burt, Morgan Newman, Jack Higgins, Sean Lovell, Katie Harrison, Georgianna Balchin, Phoebe Love, Aryan Alekasir, Georgina Tallon, Thomas Stanbury, Andrew Bays, Kate Andrew, Harriet Newman, Lauren Andrew, James Woodward, James Ayres, Katie Gormley and Jack Shewell-Cooper - A big well done!

    *There were 103 swims that were swum in a time that achieved the swimmers a County Qualifying time. Those that attained their first County Qualfiying times for the 2012 Hertfordshire County Championships were Harriet Newman, Rachel Connery, Claudia Hawkins, Sean Lovell, Nicholas Formby, Kaywon Alekasir, Joshua Higgins and Josef Wheeler. PBSC now have 46 swimmers that have attained qualification for the 2012 Championships. Well done to all PBSC Swimmers that swam CQT's this weekend.

    * Four PBSC swimmers achieved Regional Qualifying Times. They were Ben Harrison (200m Breast, 200m Free, 400m Free, 200m Fly, 200m IM),
    Morgan Newman (200m Breast), Georgina Lawson (100m Free, 200m Free, 400m Free, 100m Back) and Phoebe love (100m Free, 200m Free). Well done to Ben, Morgan, Phoebe and Georgina.

    * Georgina Lawson continued her current record breaking feats by breaking four PBSC Club records in the 100m Individual Medley in a time of   1 min 11.66 and then breaking her own 100m Club record in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 1 min 01.08. Well Done to Georgina.

    The results from the Watford Open meet are now on the PBSC Hytek Database that can be accessed via the link on the swimmers times page.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper PBSC Head Coach "It has been a successful weekend at Watford and it is great that so many of our swimmers achieved PB's especially as for some this was their first open meet experience. It's also great to see so many of our swimmers winning medals and I am really pleased with how the team performed, it was above my expectation"

    Here and here are some pictures from session 2.  Here are some pictures from Sunday.  Apologies for any accidental omissions.

    Watford County Qualifier Open Meet 2012 - Good Luck to all PBSC swimmers that are competing!

    This weekend there will be over fifty PBSC Swimmers competing in the Watford County Qualifier Open meet that takes place over four sessions, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. We are the Club with the biggest number of swimmers competing so we should have a big presence on the poolside which should help make for a great weekend of racing. For many of our swimmers they will be aspiring to achieve County Qualifying times to so they are eligible to enter this years Hertfordshire County Championships. The session timings are as follows: -

    Saturday 14th January 2012   - Session 1 warm up 1300 hrs and start 1400 hrs, Session 2 warm up 1700hrs and start 1800 hrs.

    Sunday 15th January 212 - Session 3 warm up 0830 hrs and start 0930 hrs, Session 4 warm up 1245 hrs and start 1345 hrs.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper PBSC Head Coach "I'm excited about having such a big team from PBSC competing at the Watford County Qualifier Open meet and confident there will be some good performances from all of our swimmers. I'm looking for the team to encourage each other over the weekend"

    Extra Video's on "Coaches Corner"

    See "Coaches Corner" for some extra video's and the link to the "Go Swim" website, that has great video's, tips and drill's and well worth viewing by our swimmers.

    Goals achieved in Bognor!


    Samantha & Edward Burt ventured South over the weekend to take part in Littlehampton Swimming Club’s Splash into 2012 meet. They rose to the occasion and both achieved the goals they had set themselves. Edward started off the gala well, gaining a new personal best in the 50 free. He then joined his grandparents to watch Samantha come away with medals in all the events she entered, including gold for the 200m free. Medals were not what Sam wanted from the meet, her goal was to gain another CQT. This looked unlikely as she could barely walk following the land training on Friday. However, grit, determination and a strong level of competition meant that she achieved her aim. Well done to both of them. It was a great meet, the hosts were very welcoming and the level of competition was strong throughout the age groups. The pool was opposite Butlins at Bognor & close to the sea. Maybe this is a venue more of the cub could experience in the future – their next meet is in April.   

    PBSC Morning training sessions at Queenswood School to start this week!

    We are pleased to announce that PBSC will this week start two weekly morning training sessions at the Queenswood School pool. Wray-Shewell Cooper, PBSC Head Coach will be taking these sessions and PBSC swimmers will be training alongside swimmers from Queenswood School.

    These morning sessions are an important development for the Club and are open to swimmers in Squads 1, 2 and 3. These sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting at 7am though to 7.45/8am depending on the swimmers need to get to school.

    PBSC are keen to develop our swimming programme and the link with Queenswood School is a great opportunity, so we are encouraging our swimmers to try and get along and take part in these sessions. The first session will start on Tuesday 10th January 2011.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "The additional water time and the opportunity to link up with Queenswood School is a fantastic opportunity for the Club and I am encouraging as many of our Squad 1, 2 and 3 swimmers to come along for some extra training"

    PBSC Swimmers off to a "Flyer" in the Herts Major League 2012

    PBSC swimmers made a super start to 2012 with two great team performances on Saturday 7th January 2012 in the first round of the Herts Major League.

    Hemel Hempstead

    Potters Bar "Jade" were competing in the Division 3 at Hemel Hempstead and finished in fourth place, just missing out on third place to Bushey SC by six points. This is a great first round performance by the team as it is the first time we have entered two teams in this swimming league and our swimmers demonstrated they can do well in this competition. 

    There were individual first places by Thomas Stanbury, Paul Newman, James Blount, Rebecca Hurley and Stephen Curley - Well done to these swimmers and it's good to see their efforts in training being rewarded.

    It is also very pleasing that there were 25 PB's Times achieved by the following swimmers: Eleanor Lawson, Amelia Hardy, Siobhan Gallagher, Luc Houben, Lorcan Vieyra, Nicholas Formby (x3), Madeleine Formby, Josef Wheeler, Sabrina Dighe, Jessica Hurley, Alex Ayres, Adam Gill, Mathew Papa (x2), Kate Andrew, James Blount (x2), Rebecca Hurley, Paul Newman, Yasmine Crowe and Stephen Curley - Well done to all these swimmers.

    The results are here.  The results can also be accessed via the PBSC Hytek on-line database, the link for which is on the "Swimmers times" page. To see the splits from the relays just "click" on the "Relay" button.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115528579666953238463/HemelHSL7thJan2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCKGdmpyjwNjqqgE

    Click on the above link for some photographs take by our swimmers

    Borehamwood

    Potters Bar "Blue" were competing in Division 1, having been promoted last season and showed that as a Club we have really progressed over the last 18 months. In this first round gala we finished in third place behind very strong teams from Watford SC and City of St Albans SC. This was a great performance, especially in light of the fact that many of the swimmers were feeling the rigours of land training the previous night.

    There were individual 1st places for David Shipman, Katie Conyers, Ben Harrison and Georgina Lawson and personal best swims from Phoebe Love, James Woodward, Jash Pooni, Claire Dean, Oliver Formby, James Ayres, David Shipman and Stephanie Tallon. Well done!

    The results are here. The results can also be accessed via the PBSC Hytek on-line database, the link for which is on the "Swimmers times" page. To see the splits from the relays just "click" on the "Relay" button. 

    Coaches Comments: -

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I'm delighted with the performance of the two teams last night and it shows we can hold our own in Division's 1 and 3. I'm really pleased that there were so many PB's and it's a great start to 2012 by the PBSC "Blue" and "Jade" teams so a big well done to all the swimmers"

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Senior Coach "The performance by the PBSC "Jade" team was excellent and all the swimmers swam really well. In particular I was really pleased with the team spirit and I'm delighted with so many PB's"

    And finally, a big thank you to all the PBSC Volunteers and helpers that assisted with the management of the teams and the running of the gala's as without you these events would not happen.

    Mid Herts Schools Team

    We have received a request for swimmers to represent Mid-Herts Schools in the Hertfordshire School's Swimming Association District Gala on Friday 3rd February at Watford. This is to swim for Mid-Herts against five other districts in Hertfordshire as a team gala. The races are 100m IM, 50m each stroke individuals and a medley and freestyle relay each 4 x 50m. These are swum for each gender and for each of three agegroups: Years 7-8, years 9-10 and years 11-13. To qualify the swimmer needs to be at a school in the right area (Mid Herts - area 4) of Herfordshire:

    http://www.hertsssa.org.uk/uploads/5/2/5/3/5253152/herts_district_map.pdf  

    Joanne Mitchinson jmt@monkswalk.herts.sch.uk is coordinating entries for Mid Herts and has vacancies in most genders and agegroups. The next step for you is to reply to Joanne. Please mention your date of birth, which school you attend and that you swim with Potters Bar Swimming Club. Then Joanne will confirm whether you are selected to swim.


    Wray Shewell Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "I am encouraging all PBSC swimmers to put themselves forward for selection for the Mid-Herts Schools Team as being selected is a worthy achievement and it also helps raise the profile of our Club. I'm hoping that some of our swimmers may gain selection for the area schools teams and perhaps even go on and swim in the Schools National Championships"

    Happy New Year - It's Olympic Year!

     

    It's "Olympic Year" and best wishes to all swimmers, families and friends of Potters Bar SC for the year ahead. With the excitement of the Olympic's it is going to pass quickly and the sport of swimming will have its profile raised in the media in the coming months. The fireworks in London last night have given an insight to how exciting the year ahead will be.

    At the beginning of March we have the British Championships at the Olympic pool in Stratford, which also double as the "Olympic Trials" for those hoping to make the British Team. A number of PBSC swimmers have tickets for this event and it will be a geat opportunity for them to see some great swimming. You can get to know more about the GB swimmers who will be looking to qualify for the Olympics by following the attached link http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/2012trials/  . You can check out the stat's and profiles of swimmers such as Liam Tancock, Rebecca Adlington, Fran Halsall and Hannah Miley who are all Olympic podium prospects.

    Not withstanding the excitement of the Olympics at PBSC we have a busy start to the New Year with two teams competing in the Herts Major League (Divisions 1 and 3) this weekend, with over fifty swimmers representing the Club. We also have over fifty swimmers competing at the Watford County Qualifier Open Meet over the weekend of January 13th and 14th 2012. This is a Club record entry for an open meet.

    So far we have 38 swimmers qualified for this years Hertfordshire County Championships and many of those competing at Watford will be looking to attain qualifying times for additional events with some aslo aspiring for regional, zonal and perhaps National qualifying times! Good luck to all those competing! 

    The Hertfordshire County Championships are a little over 10 weeks away and it will be of great interest to see how our swimmers perform. This week sees the start of a 10 week Land Training programme trial which should help boost our swimmers performances and help provide a varied form of training. For our younger swimmers we have the Peanut's Trials that will take place at the Furzefeild Sports Centre on Sunday 22nd January which is an event for them to look forward too. More details on the Peanut's trial to be published shortly.

    Those that have been at the Furzefield over the Xmas break will have seen that our swimmers have put plenty of time in the pool and Wray and Brownwen are delighted with the attendance.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, Head Coach "It has been great to see so many swimmers taking a "dip" in the pool over Xmas and I'm confident this will help them perform well in the Herts Major League and Watford Open meets. The Herts County Championships are just over 10 weeks away and I'm hoping that the good attendance will continue" 

    We hope to keep the website up to date with good news stories. If you have any suitable items then please email them to Chris Andrew secretary@pottersbarsc.co.uk

    Coaches Corner

    PBSC Swimmers are encouraged to check out the video's on the Coaches Corner page, just click on the links. The Coaching staff are interested to know who has watched them so make sure you mention that you have the next time your at training.

    Eugene Gormley awarded the Masters Trophy for 2011

    Twenty six PBSC Masters swimmers met this evening for the annual Christmas Curry. This evening is also the presentation evening for the Masters Trophy, which this year has been awarded to Eugene Gormley. Eugene has been a PBSC Masters swimmer for a number of years, regularly training with the masters and squads. He is also a PBSC Official and often on the poolside helping out at the various galas as a volunteer and always greets everyone with a big smile!

    Well done, Eugene - well deserved!

    Hertsmere Challenge Team Gala

    Well done to the PBSC swimmers who competed in the Hertsmere Challenge at The Venue, Borehamwood. The Official results have been received and have now been posted on the PBSC Hytek on-line database that can be accessed via the Swimmers times page. On the night : -

    • Four individual 1st places for Emily Dean, Paul Newman, Luc Houben and James Blount - Well done to these four swimmers.
    • Sixteen PBSC swimmers recorded PB's, they were Sabrina Dighe, Luc Houben, Harriet Newman, Sean Lovell, Vinthiya Perinpanathan, Mathew Papa, Siobhan Gallagher, James Blount, Kirsty Newton, Jack Shewell-Cooper, Sophia Zeinden, Yasmine Crowe, Paul Newman and Anna Church - Well done!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper - PBSC Head Coach "PBSC Swimmers once again showed that they are swimming well and I'm extremely happy that so many of the swimmers recorded PB's"

    Click on the below link to see some pictures from the evening

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115528579666953238463/HertsmereChallengeDec11?authkey=Gv1sRgCOn--8vE8Z3p0AE

    Georgina Lawson swims fantastically well at the Scottish Open Winter Championships

      

    PBSC Girls Captain, Georgina Lawson has these last few days been in Inverness, Scotland competing at the Scottish Winter Short Course Championships. This is an Open Age competition so for 14 year old Georgina to qualify for this event is a big achievement at such a young age. Georgina has Scottish heritage, through her Mum, Karen.

    On day one of the competition Georgina spent part of the session chatting with Scottish swimming sensation, Hannah Miley (pictured above) who is already an Olympian and World Championship silver medallist and a podium prospect for London 2012. In fact Georgina has commented that she was delighted that Hannah asked to look at her programme to keep track of events. On the first day of competition Georgina competed in the 50m Butterfly and set a personal best time of 31.43 seconds coming 36th out of 63 swimmers. This time was a fraction of a second outside the PBSC Club record and was a great 1st swim at these Championships.

    Georgina also competed in the 50m backstroke where she made the "B" final in which she swam an incredible 31.83 seconds to finish 14th in the whole of Scotland. At the age of 14 this is a superb performance. Her final time of 31.83 seconds is not only a PB but but also broke four PBSC Club Records. This result also placed her as the 4th fastest 14 year old in Scotland.

    On the final day of competition Georgina competed in the 50m Free and recorded a time of 28.49 seconds which placed her 22nd out of an entry of 60 swimmers. This fast time saw Georgina become the third fastest 14 year old in Scotland in this open age group event. This swim also surpassed the ASA Zonal Qualifying time for the Zonal Championships that take place in January 2012. Georgina is the 1st PBSC Swimmer to qualify for these new Championships, that are the next step between ASA East Regional Championships and ASA National Championships.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Georgina has done amazingly well and to make the "B" Final in the Scottish National Championships is fantastic. To raise her performance in the final and finish 14th in the whole of Scotland whilst breaking Club Records too is just great. I'm absolutely delighted for her"

    Swimmers Times Database, Club records and ASA Rankings Database

    PBSC Swimmers should now be able to access the PBSC Hytek-On Line Database to view their times and the PBSC Club Records. The database also records the times from each of the galas we have taken part in, so it is well worth saving the link as a "favourite" on your computer.

    There is also a link to the ASA Rankings database as you may wish to search their databse to see how you are ranked Nationally, in ASA East Region and Hertfordshire ASA. The ASA Rankings database only records times that have been attained at ASA Licensed events. For those competing at the Hertfordshire County Championships 2012 you may wish to see how you are currently ranked within Hertfordshire ASA.

    The link for access is on the "Swimmers Times" page, there is also a link from the "Club records" page.

    Good Luck to PBSC Swimmers competing this evening in the Hertmere Challenge!

    A team from PBSC are competing in the Hertsmere Challenge Gala this evening at The Venue, Borehamwood. We hope they have a great time and swim well.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper - "I'm looking forward to being on poolside with the team, who I'm confident will swim well. For some of the swimmers it will be their first competition in the new season so I'm keen to see how they perform. It should be an exciting event!"

    NASL Final - PBSC Swimmers achieve 19 PB's and Georgina Lawson breaks 13 Club Records

    The official results from last weekend's Division 3 Final have been received and as expected show that our swimmers swam fantastically well recording 19 Personal Best times (PB's). Georgina Lawson was in incredible form breaking an amazing thirteen (13) Club Records on the night, some of which have stood for over 15 years. Georgina's times and the  Club records broken were: -

    • 50m Back in a time of 31.99 seconds breaking the 14,15,16 and Open age group records 
    • 100m Back in a time 1.08.64 breaking the 14, 15, 16 and Open age group records - These records were held by Sarah Price, who went on to become a double Olympian!
    • 50m Free in a time 28.28 seconds breaking the 14,15,16 and Open age group records 
    • 100m Free in a time 1.01.62 breaking the 14 years age group record - This record had stood since 1987.

    There were PB's for Katie Conyers, Morgan Newman, Claire Dean, Joshua Higgins, Thilan Walallawita, Kelly Sanders, Lauren Andrew, James Woodward, Andrew Bays, David Shipman, Jash Pooni, Katie Gormley and Phoebe Love

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "The results show that our swimmers really swam well and I'm delighted that so many of them recorded PB's on the night. Georgina was in "red hot" form and to break 13 Club records in one gala is a great achievement" 

    The results are here.

    Georgina to compete at the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Inverness, Scotland

    Georgina Lawson, a pupil at Mount Grace School and Potters Bar Swimming Club’s Girls Captain, will fly to Inverness in Scotland to take part in the British Gas Scottish National Open Short Course Championships that are being held between December 15th and 18th 2011. This is one of the premier events in the Scottish Swimming Calendar and Georgina will be rubbing shoulders with 2012 Olympic hopefuls like Hannah Miley, who won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2011.

    Georgina has succeeded in attaining qualification to compete in the following events: -  50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke and the 100m Individual Medley

    Over the last year Georgina has excelled in her performances that have included breaking a longstanding club record held by double Olympian Sarah Price. As Captain and one of our strongest swimmers Georgina is a great inspiration and role model for our young swimmers.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach - “Georgina should be delighted she has qualified for the Scottish National Short Course Championships. It’s well deserved given her efforts over the last year and I’m sure she will thoroughly enjoy the occasion. I’m confident she will swim well and be a great ambassador for Potters Bar SC”

    Ian Bays, PBSC- Chairman “It’s great to see our swimmers competing at such a high level and on behalf of all at Potters Bar SC I wish Georgina a successful time at these National Championships

    Timekeepers Course

    A big thank you to our members who gave up their time to complete the Timekeepers Course which was held at the Furzefield Centre on Sunday. The Club now have 11 newly qualified TKs - well done to Todd Chadwell, Luc Houben, Georgina Lawson, Aryan Alekasir, Graham Lovell, Darren Woodward, Ian Bays, Eleanor Burt, Bronwen Hardy, Pia Cunningham and Dani Harrison. The course involved a 2 hour classroom session followed by a poolside assesment. All those who passed are given the opportunity to continue onto the Judge 1 course. The club is grateful to Ian MacKenzie who facilitated the afternoon and the clubs own J2S Gary Wright who filled the role of starter for the assessment. The club intends holding another TK course in the New Year - anyone interested in taking part please contact Karen Lawson (officials@pottersbarsc.co.uk) or speak to any Committee member for further information.

    PBSC Swimmers excel at Division 3 - Final of the National Arena Swimming League

    In a very exciting final PBSC swimmers raised their performances to finish in second place behind Deben, who were worthy winners. The evening got off to a tense start when a number of our swimmers arrived late due to a car fire causing havoc with the London traffic. It was a great relief though to see them arrive moments before they had to get onto the blocks and race. PBSC swimmers showed great determination throughout the gala and were consistently well placed in most races despite some very close finishes. There was fantastic support from the balcony and this made for a great atmosphere. At the end of the gala, Andrew Bays (Boys Captain) and Georgina Lawson (Girls Captain) were presented with the Pennant for PBSC finishing in second place in the Final.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It was a great gala and a great result for Potters Bar Swimming Club. The swimmers swam fantastically well and they should all be really pleased with their performances"

    We are awaiting the official results before publishing the swimmers times but are confident the results will bear out that our swimmers stepped up and swam fantastically well.

    Good Luck to PBSC Swimmers in the NASL Division 3 Final

    On Saturday 10th December 2011 PBSC swimmers are competing in the Division 3 final of the National Arena Swimming League (London) which is being held at the Clissold Sports Centre, London. PBSC are currently in second place in the league behind a strong team from Deben. On the night we will also be competing against Ware, Brompton Bees, Clissold, Bethnal Green Sharks, Berkhamsted Sports Centre and Griffins of Enfield. If we finish in the top two in the league we will be promoted to Division 2. It is going to be an exciting final and our swimmers will need to raise their performances and swim well to secure promotion.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "This is going to be a very competitive final with many of the events decided by fractions of a second. We must avoid disqualifications so we don't drop unnecessary points. That said it's going to be a great event to take part in and I'm sure our swimmers will do well. I'm also expecting the usual fantastic support from the balcony as this will help raise our swimmers performances"

    Niamh and Sam pass their J1 Officials Course

    Congratulations to Niamh Gormley and Samantha Burt, who are the latest PBSC swimmers to pass their J1 Officials assessment! Niamh and Sam have already started the next stage of officials training by undertaking the J2 course and we wish them well with that.

    Coaches Corner

    Have a look at the new tab on the left called "Coaches Corner". There are some video links published that swimmers may enjoy.

    PBSC Swimmers excel at the ASA East Region Winter Championships in Norwich, with PB's and Club Records!

    Both Georgina Lawson, PBSC Girls Captain and team-mate, Phoebe Love were in excellent form at the ASA East Region Winter Championships, where they were competing against the very best swimmers from the Counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. This was an open age group competition so it was a big "step-up" for Phoebe and Georgina, who are the first two PBSC swimmers to compete at these Championships for many years, and they can be delighted with their performances as follows: -

    • Georgina Lawson set personal best times in the 50m Backstroke recording a time of 32.80 seconds and in doing so broke four PBSC Club records in the 14 & Under, 15 & Under, 16 & Under and Open Age Groups which is a fantastic achievement! Georgina swam 29.17 seconds in the 50m Free, 32.90 seconds in the 50m Fly, and 1.03.71 in the 100m Free.
    • Phoebe Love recorded a personal best in the 50m Free in a time of 29.00 seconds, a time of 32.17 seconds in the 50m Fly and a time of 1.05.18 in the 100m Freestyle. 

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "Phoebe and Georgina qualifying for these Championships at such a young age is a great achievement in itself and for them to perform so well on the day is very very pleasing. I'm delighted they both set PB's as this shows they rose to the occasion and swam well on the day. Georgina breaking the Club Records in the 50m Backstroke is a great accomplishment of which she should be very proud"

    The Daplyn Trophy - PBSC achieve best results for many years!

    It has been a busy weekend for PBSC with two boys teams and two girls teams competing at The Daplyn Trophy at The Venue, Borehamwood on Saturday evening. In the Girls competition our teams were up against 15 teams from clubs from across Hertfordshire and our Boys were in a field of 12 teams.In a very exciting gala the PBSC Boys and Girls Teams achieved the best results the Club has had for many years of entering this particular competition, and in particular well done to: -

    •   PBSC Girls Blue Team of Anna Church, Katie Gormley, Claire Dean, Andrea Houben and Jessica Hurley who were bronze medal winners. 
    •   PBSC Boys Blue Team of James Woodward, Joshua Higgins, Thilan Walallawita, Ben Harrison and David Shipman who came in 5th place.
    •   PBSC Girls Jade Team of Georgianna Balchin, Katherine McEnery, Vinthiya, Perinpanathan, Lauren Andrew and Rebecca Hurley who came 12th
    •  PBSC Boys Jade Team of Morgan Newman, Jack Higgins, Oliver Formby, Jack Shewell-Cooper and Jash Pooni who came in a very creditable 6th place

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach "It's great to see PBSC post its best results in this competition for some years and well done to Claire, Anna, Katie, Andrea and Jessica for winning bronze medals, which is a great result. I am also really pleased with the achievements of our other teams"

    The results from the Herts ASA website are here. Swimmers performances are here.

    ASA East Region Winter Championships 2011


                                                                                          

    Phoebe Love and Georgina Lawson, two of PBSC's leading female swimmers will this weekend travel to Norwich to compete in the ASA East Region Winter Championships 2012 that are being held at the University of East Anglia Sports Park. This is one of the premier events in the East Region calendar and the girls are the first PBSC swimmers to qualify and compete at these Championships for many years, which is a great achievement in itself.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper PBSC Head Coach - "Phoebe and Georgina qualifying for these Championships is not only a fantastic personal achievement but great for PBSC too. As the Head Coach I'm looking to see them raise their performance and I'm confident they will"

    Watford Middle Distance Open Meet

    It was a busy weekend of competition for the thirty plus PBSC swimmers competing at the Watford Middle Distance Open Meet, the results of which are on the "reports and results" page. 

    The overall performance of the swimmers was fantastic with a Club record broken by Georgina Lawson in the 50m backstroke, Ben Harrison achieving East Region Qualifying times, 1st places for Morgan Newman, James Ayres, Olivia Seal, David Shipman, Katie Gormley, Niamh Gormley and Andrea Houben. There were also medals for Katie Harrison, Danielle Houben, Jack Shewell-Cooper, Andrew Bays, Thomas Stanbury, Thilan Walallawita, James Woodward, Lauren Andrew, Aryan Alekasir, Kate Andrew, Georgina Tallon, Georgina Lawson and Emilea Read-Letts. There were lots of PB's too - A big well done to all of our swimmers!

    Danielle Houben, Stephanie Tallon, Katie Harrison, Luc Houben, Katherine McEnery and James Ayres also became 1st time County Qualfiers, a great achievement and well done! In total there were 61 swims that surpassed the CQT at this meet.

    And not to be outdone by the swimmers, Karen Lawson (J2), Eugene Gormley (J1) and Chris Andrew (J1) also made it a successful weekend by passing their officials course assessments. 

    Wray Shewell-Cooper "It's great to see so many of our swimmers coming away from this meet with medals and PB's which is a reward for their commitment in training and well deserved. I'm also delighted that a number of PBSC swimmers became 1st time County Qualifiers as it's going to be great to have a big squad at the Counties" 

    Herts Development Meet 

    The official results for this gala are on the Reports and Results Page. Well done to Emilea Read-Letts and Olivia Seal on achieving County Qualifying times and also to Amelia Hardy, Georgina Tallon, Stephanie Tallon and Josef Wheeler for setting new Personal Best Times!

    Are you interested in becoming a qualified time keeper?

    We will be running a time keepers course at the Furzefield Sports Centre on Sunday 11th December 2012. We would encourage any interested members to take part, the course will consist of a two hour classroom session followed by a practical assessment that will be integrated into a time trial session for our younger swimmers.

    As a Club we are very keen to increase the number of qualified timekeepers so that we can run the various swimming galas we have planned for next year, so if you are interested please speak with Karen Lawson, our Officials Co-ordinator for more details. Karen can be found on the balcony at the FF most evenings.

    Hertfordshire Masters win at Newmarket

    A team including nine Potters Bar Masters won the East Region Inter-county Masters competition on Sunday.  Report and writeup are here. Results download is here.  Our own John Cunningham broke the East Region 50m fly record.  Daryl Mason, Nicola Lawrence, Wray Shewell-Cooper, Ian Bays, Barbara Edlin, Steve Lestrange, Kelly Sanders and Jackie Jackson also represented PB for Hertfordshire.  This is the second year that Hertfordshire has won the trophy.  Full results including County positions as a download are here.

    Presentation evening

    Here are some pictures from the awards ceremony at the presentation evening.

    Over 250 PBSC members attended the presentation evening which was held in the school hall at Mount Grace School. It was great to see our swimmers being presented with their medals and certificates by Wray and Bronwen.

    Wray, PBSC Head Coach "I was delighted to present our swimmers with their medals and certificates as they have performed so well this year. It was also great to see so many of our Club members at the presentation evening as it's important we celebrate the achievements of all our swimmers" 



    Barnet Copthall 100s

    Great swims at the Barnet Copthall 100s meet.  Here are the results.  In summary 25 swimmers, 71 swims, one 1st place, two 2nd places, four 3rd places and 31 PBs.

    Also here are the current CQT swims for the 2012 County Champs. We are already up to 105 swims, compared to the 98 swims this time last year

    NASL Round 2

    Great result from the second round of the National Arena Swimming League on Saturday.  First place again and by a mnargin of 35 points.  Well done to the swimmers - young and old and all those who helped make it possible.  Here are the results and here are some photos.

    Presentation evening 19th Nov

    This year's Presentation Evening will be held at Mount Grace School, Potters Bar on Saturday the 19th of November. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Presentations to all those who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers Swimmer, Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and more. We plan to operate the evening as a fundraiser which means we will be operating a Raffle - any donations would be gratefully received - prizes can be anything from a bottle of wine, sporting tickets, unwanted presents to meal vouchers. There will be a licensed bar and food available. Tickets for the evening are priced at £3 per head and are available from Karen Lawson, Ian Bays or from any member of the committee or coaching staff. We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable night for our swimmers and their families ! This really is a chance for swimmers and parents alike to mix and hopefully raise some funds in the process.

    Butterfly Clinic Sun 6th Nov

    We are delighted to announce a 'Butterfly Clinic' to be run on Sunday evening from 6.15pm to 8.15pm on Sunday 6th November. John Cunningham our own reigning world champion butterfly swimmer will be demonstrating technique and leading the coaching at this session. The session is open to all squad swimmers and masters who would normally be eligible to swim on Sunday evenings. The different squads will be given appropriate training for their level of development. Just turn up at your normal training time and prepare to have your butterfly tuned up.

    We have the whole six lanes of the pool on Sundays from this Sunday 6th November until 18th December. We are suggesting a voluntary donation of £2 per participant at this fly session to contribute to the cost of additional pool time. This can be collected by the coaches or committee on the balcony.

    We urge all squad and masters swimmers to take advantage of this offer. If it is successful there may be similar clinics between now and Christmas. Please speak to your coach in the first instance if you have any questions.

    Charity Gala 5th Nov

    The club is organised a charity gala on 5th November in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research.  The gala was at Furzefield using the format of the Herts Major League division 2.  PBSC entered two teams as the club will be entering two teams in the Major League in the new year.  Here are the overall results.  The team results are hereHere are some pictures of the occasion.

    Over £600 was raised for Pancreatic Cancer Research from entry, the raffle and Wrays "golden" moment!!

    Three cheers for Chief Coach Wray on his golden birthday year and for being a good sport in the name of charity.  Some extra photos here of this sponsored event.

    Barnet Copthall 200s

    PB swimmers notched up 21 personal bests and 10 NPTs with 3 firsts and 3 seconds at the recent Barnet Copthall 200s meet.  Here are the results.  The picture shows Olympian Ed Sinclair with the PB team.  During his swimming career Ed Sinclair represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games - Sydney 2000 as part of the 4 x 200 Freestyle relay team which finished 5th and Athens in 2004. He also competed at 4 European Championships winning 6 medals and 5 World Championships winning 3 medals. He also held the British record for three years in the 200 meters Freestyle. His highest World Ranking was 7th in 1999 in the 200m Freestyle Long Course.

    National Arena League Round 1

    Chief Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper said: "PBSC swimmers excelled themselves in the first round of the National Arena Swimming League coming out worthy winners in a very exciting gala. The performances by all swimmers were fantastic and I was particularly pleased with the relay teams as we were well placed in each event. It was also great to have the best support in the gallery as this always spurs the swimmers on! The second round is only a few weeks away so I’m looking for our swimmers to continue to work hard in training so that we can build on last night’s result."

    Well done to all that took part.  The Results are here. Here are some great pictures too

    Outing to Panto

    We are organising a trip to the Panto at Wyllyotts for Dec 22nd. All details here. Closing date Nov 1st.

    Club AGM

    The Club's Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday 17th November at the Furzefield Centre, starting at 8.30pm, more details and a committee nomination form are here.

    Herts Senior League

    Please see the Masters page for those masters swimmers and other swimming parents for a fun gala on Nov 26th!

    Club Champs

    Thanks to all the organisers, officials, helpers, coaches, supporters and swimmers.  Plenty of great swims and some photos are here and here. Photos for session 2 are here and here. Photos for session 3 are here and here. Results are finally here.  Sorry for the delay.  Winners over the years are here

    Hoddesdon Open Meet

    A good attendance and performance from PB swimmers.  18 first places, 14 speeding tickets, 8 County qualifying times and 58 PB or NPTs.  Here are the results.  Did anyone get any pictures?

    Sheffield Dukeries 28th Aug

    A team of Potters Bar Swimming Club swimmers travelled North to compete in the Worksop Dolphins “Dukeries” Open Meet, which was held in the 50 metre International Pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield over the August Bank Holiday weekend. This is the second year that PBSC have competed at this event. It gives our swimmers the opportunity to experience swimming at this prestigious venue at the very start of the new swimming season. The early start for the warm up necessitated that the team stayed over the previous night at a hotel in Sheffield. There was a team bonding session over Pizza’s at a Local restaurant before retiring for an early night. The performance of PBSC Swimmers can be summarised as follows: -

    · Phoebe Love was placed 1st in the 50m Butterfly, and 2nd place in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. Phoebe also qualified for the “Skins” Final, which was a new experience for her. She made it through to the second round before being eliminated. She also won the Top Swim award for her age group, which capped off a very successful weekend.

    · Georgina Lawson won the 100m Freestyle for 12/13 year old Girls, in which Phoebe came second making it a PBSC “1-2”. Georgina was also 3rd in the 50m Backstroke.

    · David Shipman swam extremely well to finish in 2nd place in the Boys 11/12 years 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.12.36, a new PB by 2.6 seconds and a County Qualifying time.
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    · Georgianna Balchin was in great form achieving three County Qualifying times in 100m & 50m Breaststroke events and the 50m Freestyle. Jack Shewell-Cooper (50m Freestyle), Lauren Andrew (50m Butterfly & 100m Freestyle) and Katie Gormley (100m Freestyle) also swam well to achieve County Qualifying Times. Well done to Georgianna, Jack, Lauren and Katie.

    · There were also Personal Best swims from Amelia Hardy, Josef Wheeler, Kate Andrew, Luke Maddock Lyon and good early season swims from Eleanor Lawson and Niamh Gormley.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach – “ It was a very enjoyable weekend at Sheffield and I am pleased with the performance of our swimmers so early in the season. The team spirit was great and It was good to see the swimmers enjoying themselves. Phoebe was our top performer at this event and it was great to see a PBSC swimmer winning the Top Swim award and being in the “Skins” final. I’m also delighted with the win by Georgina, the silver medal won by David and the good performances by the rest of the team, many of whom recorded PB’s and achieved County Qualifying times! ”

    Bronwen Hardy, PBSC Senior Coach – “ It was great to see our swimmers performing well in this long course pool, and to see many of them recording PB’s in their swims. It was a great opportunity for them to swim in a 50 metre pool, which is often very daunting and they can feel very proud of how they all performed”

    Here are some pictures.

    Swim Camp 2011 report

    A number of swimmers attended a swim camp at Millfield School in Somerset this summer.  Read about it in the Swimmer Information page.

    Joel wins gold in European Youth Olympics

    Joel Knight former PBSC swimmer has just won gold in the 1500m race at the European Youth Olympics in Trabzon, Turkey.  He broke the British record by 11 seconds in a time of 15:28.26.  Well done Joel!

    Joel is pictured at the recent club celebration with the Peanuts teams and their awards.

    County Qualifying times

    The dates for the Herts County Championships have now been set so we can now see who has achieved CQTs so far.  This will be maintained on the Swimmer Information page.

    Watford Open

    “Georgina Lawson, PBSC’s Girls Captain was in “red hot” form at the “Alternative Nationals Open Meet” held this last weekend in Watford, where she broke long standing Club Records in the following events: -

    · 50m Backstroke in a time of 33.65 seconds
    · 50m Freestyle in a time of 28.89 seconds
    · 100m Freestyle in a time of 1 min 02.70 seconds – This particular record was held by Sarah Price, who went on to compete in the Sydney Olympics in 2004. Sarah also broke over 30 British Records and one world record, as well as setting Commonwealth and European bests during her swimming career that started at Potters Bar Swimming Club.

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach stated “Georgina has done exceptionally well this year and breaking all these Club records in one weekend is a remarkable achievement. To see Sarah Price’s record broken gives you some idea of the potential Georgina has, and as one of the Club Captains she is a great inspiration for our younger swimmers”

    There were also great swims from Sam Burt who swam in the 400m IM in a time of 6.07.15. This was her first time swimming this event and she looked very strong and swam very well. She also swam in the 400m free, this she hadn't swum for a very long time and did a very big PB. She achieved a very good time of 5.19.50. Sam also swam in the 50m fly and free and was very near to her PB times in both.
    Ellie Lawson swam well especially in the 200m freestyle, which I believe she hadn't swum before and she clocked a time of 2.53.35, well done to her.
    Ben had some good swims too, he swam for the very first time in the 400m IM in a time of 6.06.62, however was dq'd on a backstroke turn (glided in), but really enjoyed the experience and is desperate to do it again! He also swam in the 400m free and looked very strong clocking a time of 5.30.11 a new PB, his previous time was 6.18.55!
    Another new event for him was the 200m breaststroke in a time of 3.23.47.
    Morgan swam a great 200m breast in a time of 3.32.29, but was unfortunately dq'd - an official even commented on what a great swim it was!
    As a club with only a few swimmers we didn't do too badly on the medal table -

    Georgie won 4 Golds
    Ben won 5 Golds and 1 Silver

    It was a great end to a very successful swimming season!

    Peanuts Round 3

    The Jade team swam brilliantly coming third on the night and third in the league.  Here are the results and  here are some photos of the action.  This means the Jade team should be in a strong position in division 3 next year if the number of teams stays steady.

    The Blue team won their gala on the last race at Borehamwood in an exciting finish.  Here are some pictures and here are the results.  This puts the Blue team in 7th place out of 12 in division 1.

    Katie Qualifies for Irish National Championships

    Potters Bar SC swimmer, Katie Gormley took part in the Irish National Age Group Championships  held at the National Aquatics Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Katie has qualified to compete in the 400m and 800m Freestyle events and will be competing against the best swimmers in Ireland at this prestigious event. It is a fantastic achievement for Katie to qualify for these National Championships and from all at PBSC we wish her the best of luck.

    Head Coach Wray Shewell-Cooper said “Katie is one of the hardest workers in training so I’m delighted that her efforts have resulted in her qualifying for the Irish National Age Group Championships. The National Aquatic Centre looks a great venue to compete at and I’m sure the occasion will help Katie raise her performance. I’m confident she will swim well!”

    Live results here.

    Herts Masters 2011

    The Herts Masters Championship was held at the Venue, Borehamwood on Saturday 25th June.  Your team from PBSC put up an impressive performance including 26 first places with 61 personal best or NPT.  Cate Jackson broke the East Region record for 100m IM and Jackie Jackson broke her own East Region record for 50m freestyle.  Daryl Mason broke the club record for 50m breaststroke.  Full results with all competitors are here, and summary of our club's competitors are here.  The team points total is here.  More galas coming up on our Masters page.

    PBSC Summer Open

    Many thanks to all who competed, officiated, supported and helped at the Summer Open gala at Furzefield on 18th June.  Here are the results. Here are the PBSC swimmer results.  Here and here are some photos of the action.

    Open Water Swimming?

    Su Tysoe the County Open Water Coordinator has negotiated an opportunity to train in Open Water once a week. This is following initial contact with the centre by Ian Mackenzie. This is a fantastic opportunity to establish regular training for those interested in Open Water swimming - please use it!  Here is the document explaining the arrangements.

    Regional Championships


    The Regional Championships held the at the 50m pool at the University of East Anglia Sports Park in Norwich concluded this weekend and our four swimmers, Ben Harrison, Georgina Lawson, Phoebe Love and Andrea Houben can be delighted with their performances in the pool at this top level event. Their performances can be summarised as follows: -

    · Ben Harrison was PBSC’s top performer with silver medals in the Boys 10 years 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley; a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle, 6th in the 200m backstroke and 10th place in the 100m backstroke. Ben was placed 3rd overall in the BAGCATS competition and his successes should be set against the fact that he was competing against Hatfield swimmer, Nathan Hughes who broke a British Age Group record at these Championships (subject to ratification) and is probably the fastest 10 year old in the country. Well done, Ben!

    · Andrea Houben qualified for the 3rd year in succession for the Regionals. This year Andrea qualified for the 12 years 100 m Breaststroke and swam incredibly well finishing in 11th place. Well done, Andrea!

    · Phoebe Love swam in the Girls 13 years 100m Freestyle and swam a personal best of 1m 04.87 seconds which saw her come 9th place and being the “reserve” finalist. This was Pheobes first time swimming at Regional level and missed a place in the final by the smallest of margins. Well done, Phoebe!

    · Georgina Lawson, PBSC’s Girls-Team Captain swam superbly in the Girls 13 years 100 and 200m Freestyle races, qualifying for both finals where she came 5th. In an exciting 100m Freestyle final where there was only 1.2 seconds between 1st and 5th place which is a very small margin. Georgina also qualified in the 100m backstroke and came 16th. This was the first time that Georgina has qualified for the Regional’s so making two finals is a great achievement. Well done, Georgie!

    Wray Shewell-Cooper, PBSC Head Coach said “I am very pleased with the performances by Ben, Georgina, Phoebe and Andrea as they all rose to the occasion and swam well. Ben did fantastically well, winning so many medals and coming 3rd overall in the BAGCAT’s is a great achievement. It was also great to see Georgina make the finals in her first “regionals” as well seeing Phoebe, who was unlucky in just missing out on the final, and Andrea swim well too. These performances should be an inspiration to our swimmers and I’m hoping to be back next year with a bigger PBSC Squad “

    Detailed results here.

    Peanuts Round 2

    Well swum to all our swimmers in round 2 of the Peanuts League.  Results here for the Blue team in Division 1.  Results here for the Jade team results from division 3.  However here are some pictures from the Jade team gala.

    Picture here is from the Blue Team gala at QE Boys School pool.

    Top of the World for John at World Masters & 4 Irish National records

    John Cunningham won the 100m fly in a time of 58.55 seconds at the World Masters Championship in Gottenberg, Sweden on Tuesday 3rd August 2010. He also broke the championship record for 50m fly (longcourse) on Monday in a time of 25.96 seconds. This took second place by 0.23 seconds. The first event for John on Sunday was the 100m freestyle in the long-course pool where he secured 8th place in a time of 55.78 seconds. On Tuesday morning John swam 25.68 seconds for the 50m free taking 8th place. All four swims beat the Irish National records and one by over 8 seconds. The 50m and 100m fly are also club records in the open age group. There were over 100 competitors in John's age group at Gottenberg.

    World Masters website is here.
    Congratulations John.  What next?




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  • PBSC Blue Team - 1st Round of the Peanuts League

    PBSC Summer BBQ and Peanuts Presentation - Friday 10th July!

    Everyone is welcome to the annual PBSC Summer BBQ which is on Friday 10th July 2015 at The Cricket Club, The Walk, Potters Bar, from 7.30pm onwards. There is a  licensed bar and  Burgers and sausages can be purchased from the BBQ. All of the Peanuts swimmers will be recognised with individual awards during the evening. Everyone is welcome so bring your picnic rug and come and enjoy the fun.

    There will be no swimming from 8.15pm that evening. The LTS Groups and J1 and J2 sessions will operate as normal that night.

    Jade and Blue finish third and 4th respectively in the 2nd Round of the Peanuts League 2015

    Well done to all swimmers in the Jade and Blue Teams on some great swimming over the weekend which saw the Jade Team finish in a fantastic 3rd place (Division 3) and the Blue Team in 4th (Division 1). We are still waiting for the results from the Jade Team gala to be sent to us and will post both teams results as soon as we are able.

    PBSC Jade Team Bronwen Hardy "It was a fantastic performance by all of the swimmers in the Jade team and I am absolutely thrilled  that we finished in 3rd place on the night"

    PBSC Blue Team Coach Darren Woodward "I was delighted with the performance of all the swimmers in the Blue team who all swam their hearts out and put in a great performance"

    Swimmer of the Month - Jessica Heesom

    Well done to Jessica who was named the "swimmer of the month" by Head Coach Wray after great performances at the ASA East Regional Championships and in the 1st round of the Peanuts League 2015. Keep up the good work!

    PBSC Swimmers called up for Herts ASA and Schools National Inter-County event

    Katie Conyers, Ben Harrison and Morgan Newman have been called up to represent the English Schools East Region in the Schools National Inter-County event that is being held in Sunderland on the weekend of the 27th and 28th June 2015. They will be travelling to Sunderland with the team for the weekend and will be competing against many of the very strongest swimmers in the country, so will need to be on top form. This event is likely to feature many of the future stars of British Swimming.

    Jessica Heesom, James Blount and Ben Harrison have also been selected to represent Hertfordshire ASA in the forthcoming East Region Inter-County event on July 5th 2015 at Borehamwood where they will be competing against the other five counties within the East Region. This is another high level event and our swimmers will be swimming against the very best from within the Region so will also need to be on top form.

    Well done to Katie, Jess, Ben, Morgan and James - This is great news for the swimmers, coaching team and Club.

    Peanuts League - Round 2

    Good Luck to our younger swimmers who will be participating in the 2nd round of the Peanuts League this weekend. Have a great gala and swim fast!

    Potters Bar SC - Competition Programme & Policy

    Please click here to see the Club Policy and be advised that all competitive events will be added to the Club Diary page so members are able to plan ahead. The diary page will be updated once details are provided to us by the Host Clubs.

    The closing date for qualifying for the 2016 Hertfordshire County Championships is Friday 18th December so swimmers need to consider carefully the open meets they wish to enter in the period running up to this deadline. Details of the open meets the Club will be supporting will be circulated by the PBSC Gala Secretary to members. Entries are currently being invited for the Level 3 open meet being held by Hoddesdon SC on Saturday 19th September. We are also in the process of arranging our own 2 day Level 3 Open meet in the Autumn and will publish more details of this event as soon as we are able. Our own Club Championships also provide a great opportunity to record County Qualifying times as do the Licensed "time trials" that we have scheduled for later in the year. Any questions on this subject please speak to Coaches Wray, Bronwen, Chris & Darren.

    Squad Training Fees now due - June 1st 2015

    All members will be receiving an email notification that fees for the next 4 months are due as follows: -

    Squad P1 - £135
    Squad P2 - £135
    Squad J1 - £120
    Squad J2 - £95

    Club Squad - £85
    Learn to swim groups - £65
    Masters 1 session per week - £40
    Masters 2 sessions per week - £75
    Masters 3 sessions + per week - £100

    Payment can be made at the "help" desk on the balcony on Friday evenings or can be handed to Mel Woodward, PBSC Membership secretary who is at the FF most evenings

    PBSC Presentation evening & Disco - Saturday 21st November 2015 

    The Annual Awards and Presentation Evening this year is on Saturday 21st November 2015 at Mount Grace School. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will start at 7.30pm. This is the social event of the year and not to be missed! As a Club we like to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers so on the night there will be presentations to ALL swimmers who competed in this year's Club Championships, individual squad awards, club trophies including Swimmers "Swimmer", the Hurley Trophies, Wray's Award and the Junior and Open Championship awards.

    There will be a licensed bar, BBQ and Adi Heesom will be doing the disco! Tickets for this event will be on sale at the information desk on the balcony each Friday evening and also from Anita Shipman or Brenda Heesom on other evenings priced at £3 each for all attending. Please purchase your tickets in advance as this will assist with the catering arrangements. The evening operates as a fund raiser and there will be a raffle, so any donations for this (wine, chocolates, meal vouchers etc) will be gratefully received!

    Also, if you are able to help on the night please let Anita Shipman or another committee member know as the evening will run smoother will more helpers! The club has had another great year and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress the swimmers and club have made so please make every effort to come along to this great social event! We look forward to seeing you there and making this another enjoyable and fun night for our swimmers and their families!

    PBSC AGM - Thursday 12th November 2015