2016-2017 Season

Well Done to our AMAZING Junior Squad on their FANTASTIC win against City of Belfast tonight!

 

53 PB's have now been updated on the website and times swam can be found under the Fixtures & Results tab for Aquasprints.

 

A BIG Thank you to all the parents who helped poolside your help and support is invaluable and thank you to everyone who came to support the Junior Squad team!

 

We wish all our members and their families a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

Swim Club returns on Tuesday 3 January 2017!!!

Learn2Swim Xmas Gala

Tuesday 13 December 2016

We are so excited to host our Annual Christmas gala - with a very special guest ??All swimmers from the following classes

Learner pool - 6.30, 7.05, 7.30pm & 8pm
Main pool - 6.30 & anyone who swims at 7.05 and is NOT on the Aquasprint Squad

Can all swimmers please be on poolside for 6.30pm to ensure that the gala runs smoothly :)

Many Thanks

Great start to our Aquasprint season with a convincing win against Ballymoney.

BIG Congratulations to all our young swimmers. You all did your club and coaches proud!

154 Ballymoney. 246 Ballymena

 

Woohoo
It was a very close call but we won 584-560. I'm fairly sure I have a few more grey hairs after tonight's gala but what fabulous swimming it was! You were all really fantastic tonight and Ballymoney coaches commented on how great you all swam. We even had a comeback from head coach Mark Skillen demonstrating his BC and FC skills. 3 wins in a row bring on PTL 4.
Thanks to all parents who officiated and Aldrin for driving the bus!

Team Report and PB's have been downloaded to the website.

 

Well Done to all our AMAZING young swimmers who swam in the Club Time Trials last night. An astounding 151 new PB's from our competitive swimmers recorded and now updated under the Aquasprints tab!

 

Learn2Swim swimmers times have been updated and will be available on the Club noticeboard on Tuesday!

 

Every single swimmer last night was FANTASTIC we are all soo very proud of each and everyone of you! Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who made tonight such a great success!

Just a wee reminder to all Aquasprint & Learn2Swim 6.30 session swimmers Tuesday 22 Nov is Time Trial Night 6.30pm - 8.30pm!

Please can everyone be ready poolside for 6.30pm sharp and don't forget your bottle of water and extra towel!

Coaches/Teachers and available Senior Swimmers are kindly reminded to be poolside from 6.30pm to be timekeepers and marshalls for the evening.

There are over 120 swimmers from Aquasprints & Learn2Swim swimming each stroke tomorrow evening so it may take a wee tad longer updating the times so please bear with us!

Normal sessions will continue in the minor pool

***Swim Ulster Winter Qualifying Gala Update***
PBs updated on website. 
Congratulations to our swimmers who obtained 25pbs at the weekend. 
Medal list as follows  7 Gold 4 Silver 3 bronze!!!!
Although medals are a fantastic achievement we as coaches are looking for the PBs to tell us how well our swimmers are doing, sometimes it can be extremely hard to medal in some age groups. Chasing and making an elusive pb or breaking a minute mark in a swim is just as important to our swimmers as their medals are. Fantastic swims from all 10 entrants this weekend. 
Louise

Congratulations to all our relay teams on a fantastic nights swimming last night at the War Memorial gala. It was lovely to see Ballymena represented so well, but maybe a few more boys teams next year?? Thanks to all our post transfer test young ladies for coming to swim. 
Well done to D group boys + Jack, C group girls and B group girls for making finals in such strong competition. #swamwell #proudcoaches

*** Aquasprints Time Trials ***

        Tuesday 22 Nov 2016

              6.30pm - 8.30pm

 

With Our First Aquasprints Gala on 3 December it is very important that ALL Aquasprints attend the time trials on Tuesday 22 November from 6.30 -8.30 pm. Also, please can any Learn2Swim Swimmer from the main pool session at 6.30pm wishing to trial for the team / preaquasprint training squad on Tuesday 22 November, confirm attendance on the sheet on the noticeboard tonight so that the coaches can prepare the heats for each of the four strokes,  Please confirm attendance tonight on the record sheet on the notice board so that the coaches can organise the heats for each stroke.

Many thanks

***Congratulations***

Well done to all our swimmers who competed in the Bangor minors meet yesterday. You were truly amazing. 86 PBs and 15 medals !So proud to call myself your coach. 
PBs have been updated (thanks Emma) on the website with an f for finals PBs as some of you got PBs in heats and finals !

 

 

Please note we are NOT taking a break for Halloween

Club is on as normal on Tuesday 25th October & Tuesday 1 November!

See you all there!

 

Fantastic result tonight. Ballymena 598- Newry 546. It has been a long time since we have beaten Newry. We are so proud of our swimmers they were brilliant tonight. With 2 out of 2 wins bring on Ballymoney 26th Nov. Thanks again to all our parents who helped the gala run so smoothly.
#proudcoaches #blueandyellowarmy

 

*** Membership Fees ***

We understand that oversights happen and would really appreciate any outstanding Membership payments are made Tuesday 18 October between 6.30pm - 8pm at the club table just beside the lift in reception.

Many thanks

The Membership Team

Well Done to all swimmers at PTL 1 Home Gala v Swilly Seals, Finally i have got the photos up for the Gala.  Click link below

 

Swilly Seals PTL 1 Gala 24th Sept 2016

Tuesday night was Annemarie's last night as the Club's Membership Secretary. I still cant believe that she has handed over all the paperwork as I thought this day would never happen! Registration evenings just wont be the same without her. Good Luck from us all in your new venture!

*** Woohoo ***


What a FANTASTIC first Open Gala to start off the 2016/2017 Season. TWENTY of our swimmers took part today bringing home 38 PBs, 14 medals and 8 QTs. We saw a strong performance by our first timers along with everyone who also swam strong for their club. 

We now have TWO swimmers moving on to the Swim Ulster Qualifying Galas after their fantastic performance today !

We are looking forward to seeing what you all can achieve this season. 

Thank you to all our parents for their many roles today and those who got jobs they weren't expecting!

Thanks also for the help to set up and clear away, especially our swimmers and my fab assistant rubbish clearer Ben. 
 
Thanks also to our Club Captains, Rachel and Jame who were my Assistant Coaches today. The wee ones really appreciate your support. 

The medal board was well deserved and is as follows: SEVEN Gold Medals, SIX Silver Medals & ONE Bronze Medal !!!!

PB's have been updated on the website by our on the ball Secretary! 

You all have very proud coaches today, Well Done!

Louise

BASC 580 Swilly Seals 564

 

You were amazing and I'm hearing our brilliant A group swam their relay not only once but twice tipping the points to a win. I am very impressed with what I saw tonight as I know are the whole coaching team. It's going to be a great season for us. Well done to all who swam and thank you to our parents who helped tonight and allowed the gala to run so well! PB's have now all been updated xx

Well Done to Everyone who swam tonight in our first Club Gala !

I have now updated our website with all the PB's from the evening.

You will find the times swam vs existing PB times under the Fixtures and Results Sub tab for Club Galas 17.09.2016.

The PTL PB file under the PTL sub tab has also been updated for Boys and Girls from tonights swims.

Just to give you an idea at how amazing our swimmers were tonight here is a wee sneak preview of the breakdown of PB's...

                                   54 PBS FOR PTL A GIRLS !!!!!
                                   27 PBS FOR PTL B GIRLS !!!!!
                                   20 PBS FOR PTL C GIRLS !!!!!
                                     1 PB FOR PTL D GIRLS !!!!!
                                   26 PBS FOR PTL A BOYS !!!!!
                                   26 PBS FOR PTL B BOYS !!!!!
                                   24 PBS FOR PTL C BOYS !!!!!
                                     6 PBS FOR PTL D BOYS !!!!!

                                 184 PB'S OVERALL!!!

Swim Club returns Tuesday 6 September!

 

The Teaching & Coaching Team are looking forward to welcoming everyone back.

 

See you all there!

 

 

 

Well Done to all our Swimmers tonight!

 

Over 200 PB's to be updated which will keep me busy for the next week!!!! BUT in the meantime I have put the gala report on the website under Fixtures & Results Club Championships tab which does show all the amazing times and PB times from this evening .

 

Sorry for the delay and I promise actual PB records will be updated very soon!!

 

Fantastic swims and amazing team spirit!!

 

PB's have now been updated 27.06.2016

All the photos from Learn 2 Swim Gala on 14th June 2016 are now posted on website, apologies if some of the lighting is bit off, The Sun was giving me some challenges .    Click below to view

 

Learn 2 Swim Gala

All the photos from Aquasprint Finals are now posted on website, click below to view

 

Aquasprint Final Photos 

** Thursday Land Training **

 

We have been advised by the Leisure Centre that the number paying is not matching our register of the number attending. This session is not covered by club fees. Attendees must pay at the desk and get a receipt. I have looked at the records since Christmas and the weekly difference ranges from 4 to 6. This means that the income does not meet the minimum charge for the hall and instructor. 

 

In future the instructor will check receipts before allowing participation. 

It also appears that attendance has dropped off since Christmas. We can account for part of this reduction but I would encourage regular attendance otherwise the viability of the session will be at risk.

Derek Beattie (Head Coach) 24/02/2016

Importance of Timekeeping !!

To Parents of Team Swimmers

 

The Coaches are having difficulty starting training sessions due to swimmers turning up late.

 

Sessions always start with a warm up. This is an important part of the session as failure to warm up could result in injuries during sprint sets which follow. This puts the lane coach in a difficult position in having to adapt the session to suit the latecomers and is unfair to the swimmers who turn up on time.

 

Thursdays and Saturdays are worst with swimmers drifting in up to ten minutes after the session has started.  The problem is twofold, arriving late at the leisure centre and arriving in good time but not appearing on poolside till the session has started.

 

We would appreciate your cooperation by having your children on poolside ready to swim at the start of the session.

 

Thanks

 

Derek Beattie (Head Coach) 02/02/2016

Ballymena 637-507 Lecale 

 

Woohoo 5 out of 5 and Division 1 here we come!
Thank you to all our amazing swimmers for dedication and commitment to your team, you absolutely deserve this. Thanks to all our swim families for supporting us this season. 
#proudcoaches #blueandyellowarmy

** End of Season Learn 2 Swim Gala **

 

Well done to all our little swimmers tonight, who took part in our End of Season Swimming Gala 2017..  Great effort by all, keep up the good work.. See you all next year..  For photos click here to view

**** NEWSFLASH****

 

It's finally Official !

 

We are moving up to Division One! Woohoo! Division One Here we come!

 

Congratulations to everyone involved! Sooo very well deserved!

What a fantastic Aquasprint gala tonight aganist Mid Ulster!

 

34 AMAZING PB's uploaded to website!

3 out of 3 Aquasprint wins to date !

Everyone swam superbly and fantastic team spirit!


#proudcoaches #blueandyellowarmy

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