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Long Course Irish Masters Championship at Limerick University pool
Jen and Audrey have just returned from a very enjoyable weekend of competition in Limerick. Jen won first place in all of her events - 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke. Audrey won first place in the 200 free, third in 50 back and 50 fly and 4th in 50 and 100 free.
Blackpool Long Distance meet
2 weekends ago Jen and Jean competed at Blackpool (not in the sea!) - Jen winning first place in the 400 metres event and taking the North West ASA age group record for this event with a time of 6.03 !... Jean won second place in both her 1500 and 400 events.
A few reminders -
Please continue to collect your tin foil and drinks cans - Jen sells to a scrap dealer for club funds.
Jen is always pleased to receive items to sell at her monthly table top sales - any "as new" items - books - CD's - DVD's
ornaments - bric-a-brac - good condition clothes and shoes - unwanted presents - in fact anything in good condition. So far in 2014 Jen has banked £201 into club funds, which is a wonderful effort and helps keep your monthly subs at a low level.
We have just a few "Spondon Masters" hoodies left at £20 each.... if you are interested please see either "open water" Heather or Brian.
A public thanks must go to Berry who has now completed her final annual membership return for us to the ASA. Berry has very efficiently submitted our annual membership return to the ASA for many years, but has now handed the task over to Camilla. We sincerely thank Berry for doing a great job for us, and we hope to see you at swimming, Berry, when time allows. Welcome to Camilla as Membership Secretary. Please remember to let Camilla know of any changes such as your home address, phone number or email address.
Saturday February 5th saw Jenny, Audrey and Jean competing at Wolverhampton in the Staffordshire Masters sprint meet, the first meet of the 2014 season.
Jenny won gold in her 50 & 100 breastroke events as well as gold in the 100 Individual Medley.
Audrey won silvers in the 25 and 50 freestyle. Bronze in 100 free, 100 IM, 25 fly and 50 fly.
Jean won gold in all of her freestyle events – 25, 50, 100 and 200.
It was good for us to meet up with Karen, who most of you will know, and who now swims and competes for the Fire Service. Needless to say, Karen won gold in all of her events – 50, 100 and 200 freestyle.
Our next competition sees Jean and Jen at Blackpool next Sunday 23rd at the North West long distance meet. Results in March newsletter.
WE HAVE A POTENTIAL CHANNEL SWIMMER IN OUR MIDST!
Jim has started the intensive preparation and training required to attempt a channel swim in 2016.
We asked Jim for more details and quote his email as follows:
“My plans for the next couple of years are:
In March I will be doing a 6 hour qualifying swim for the English Channel which needs to be in waters of 16c or less, it also has to be observed and certified.
Once I’ve completed that I will be booking the channel and am currently looking into which federation and pilot to go with, time of year etc.
As for this season, I’ll be joining the BLDSA (British Long Distance Swimming Association) and doing a few swims with them in preparation i.e. 5ks, Bala, Coniston, Windermere (these are one or two ways)
After joining Spondon I've benefited greatly from the 90 min sessions and Mick’s brutal sets!
Lol- happy swimming! “
So good luck with that, Jim, remember to keep us posted with your events and results.
Jen has done 3 table top sales already in 2014 raising a grand total of £210!! This helps to keep our fees down and is vital to keeping our finances in good shape. Do you have any unwanted items which Jen could sell?….. Books, DVD’s, CD’s, unwanted presents, toiletries, ornaments, pots, pans, etc etc – even clothes and shoes (providing they are in “as new” condition). Any items can be brought to Jen on club nights.
Did you know Jen also collects aluminium cans and tin foil which she sells to a scrap man? So, please collect your drinks cans (squashed down please) and foil - proceeds from which go to club funds.
SPONDON CLUB KIT
New hoodies and swim hats are being generously sponsored by Magenta Electronics Ltd. The artwork has been agreed and we are about to order hoodies and swim hats in the club colour of tomato red. Heather (open-water) is finalising order numbers for the hoodies, so if you haven’t already ordered your hoodie can you contact Heather as soon as possible.
Busy September for our Master Swimmers
Jenny in the European Championships Eindhoven Holland, where she competed in the Breast stroke events getting Silver in the 100m and 200m with a Bronze in the 50m event.
Three swimmers travelled to Scotland to swim in the Inverclyde Open meet. Here the trio of Karen Audrey and Jenny won 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze. Karen swimming the 800m distance event in a new competition record with gold in her other 2 events. Audrey got Silver in the 50m fly and 200m Freestyle with Bronze in the 50m and 100m freestyle. Jenny swam her Breast stroke events and also got 3 Gold.
Karen came back from the Fire service Championships with a fist full of Gold medals, 50m swims on all four strokes the 100m ind medley and the 400m freestyle a busy day.
Four swimmers went over for the weekend to swim the Jersey Open Meet
Karen doing another punishing meet with the 1500m, 800m, 400m,200m and 100m freestyle won 4 Gold and 1 Silver.
Jean also swims distance freestyle with the 800m and 400m but this time also did the 200m, 100m ,50m and the 25m getting 6 gold medals in her age group.
Audrey also made a clean sweep of all her events with gold in the 25m, 50m, 100m freestyle, 25m 50m, fly and the 100m I.Medley
Jenny doing the breast stroke events of 25m 50m 100m and 200m and the 50m fly and 25m free also gold.
All in all a good weekend for our swimmers Well done the end of a busy Month.
Audrey competed in the Arfon Open Meet in Llandudno where she swam the 50m Freestyle and 50m Fly getting 2 Gold medals. With a Silver medal in the 100m I.M.and a bronze in the 100m Freestyle, another good result for her.
Sabrina's Muddy Weekend
Sabrina put her fitness, and maybe a little of her swimming ability to good use at the weekend taking part in The JCB Mud Run. Competing as part of a team of 4 she took on the 5.5 mile course through the staffordshire countryside, and specially made mud runs. Finishing in a time of 1hr 15 mins.
Date for your diary
14th European Masters held in Eindhoven Netherlands website www.ecmasters2013.com
Swimming, Diving, Synchronized swimming and open water, for age groups 25yrs plus in 5year bands.
Expecting over 4000 competitors to be held 1st week in September
The Pieter Van Den Hooganband Stadium will host the Swimming ' Diving and Synchro, with the open water taking place in the Eindhoven canal ( some cheeky person on facebook said mind the shopping trolleys, I hope they don't have that problem over there).
Centerparcs will be available, accommodation as a Masters Village, with a shuttle bus to the Stadium.
Anyone wishing to follow the event can find links on the web.
Great Britain Masters - Plymouth 14th-16th June
The Great Britain Masters long course Championships held in Plymouth 14-16 th June
Karen Jenny and Jean won a total of 5 medals between them
Jenny winning the 3 breaststroke events, Karen and Jean in the 1500m freestyle event won a Gold for Karen and a Bronze for Jean who also came a good 4th place in the 400m and a 5th place in the 800m freestyle events, a successful weekend for the trio.
Spondon Masters on BBC Breakfast T.V. 25th January
Several members of Spondon Masters got up early on a Friday Morning to be interviewed, live by Jenny Hill of BBC Breakfast, whilst others were in the background training at the Lonsdale Pool, Mickleover.
This was part of a programme about promoting sport and fitness for the older athlete, where a 70 year + pole vaulter and an 80 year old + cyclist were also featured.
It was worth getting up to promote Masters swimming, and the other sports too.
FOIL & ALUMINIUM CANS
Please, please collect these and let Jen have them once you have a carrier bag full..... last year Jen made £74 on this so it does make a difference.....
(To put it into perspective - pool hire is now £40 an hour).
Most of us now pay by standing order - so thank you for your response to our last request....
Still one or two of you left to convert to paying by standing order ... PLEASE !!!
TABLE TOP SALES
Jen continues to do her regular Sunday morning sales - without which our finances would be in a sorry state! In the financial year ending 30th September 2012
Jen raised the magnificent sum of £810 !!
So, please continue to provide Jen with stock to sell - as new items such as books/CD's/DVD's/unwanted ornaments/unwanted gifts/ etc etc.
Anything - as long as it is in good condition - Jen can sell it!!
Pleased to see a few new faces at our AGM. Lee - our Chairman of many many years has asked to stand down and we elected a new chairman in Brian Brooks. A new Welfare Officer in Nigel Martin - all other members remaining the same as last year.
TABLE TOP SALES
You may already be aware, but for our newer members – Jen regularly does a Sunday morning table top sale which raises vital funds to keep our club afloat financially (pun intended!). New "Stock" is always very welcome. Do you have any unwanted gifts/CD’s/DVD’s/books etc etc in good condition which you could donate for Jen to sell? If so, could you kindly bring items to the pool on a club night when Jen will be very pleased to receive them.
I have been asked by Max, our esteemed treasurer, to respectfully remind everyone who does not already pay their monthly subs by banker’s order straight to our account, that it is our preferred method of payment, for several reasons:
It helps considerably with our budgeting. As you probably know, our finances are always very tight. If we know for certain that £X amount is coming in every month, regardless of whether you make all the sessions you book for, then we know we have the money to pay the pool hire.
It eliminates the need for you to remember to bring your subs with you every time you swim.
It’s much easier for everyone if there is no cash to handle when we all just want to get in and swim.
We hope you appreciate our reasoning for this request. Max can e-mail you a standing order form for you to complete and send to your bank - or can give you a printed copy if you prefer. Many thanks for your co-operation and help in this.
And if you already pay by standing order - which most of us already do - then thank you - it is much appreciated.
OUR BRITISH RECORD HOLDER!!!!!!!!!!!
For those who don’t already know – Jen now holds all the short course British Records for the 50m, 100m and 200m breast stroke events in her age group. At the National Championships in Sheffield in October she broke her own existing records. Congratulations to Jen – and to Mick for his brilliant coaching. All this from our little club and our little pool in Mickleover! Brilliant!
Well, that's all folks - I did warn you it was a long newsletter - lots to say!! Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to the AGM on Tuesday 4th December at the British Legion. Thanks for your responses to help with AGM attendance numbers, much appreciated.
Not content with coming back from the world championships with four medals, Jen was straight back to doing a Sunday Table Top sale, making another £65 for club funds.
Many thanks to Jen - without whose single-handed fundraising we would really be struggling to pay the pool hire costs - we really are that tight for cash!!
SO - if anyone has any stock that Jen can sell, please please bring it to club asap. Things ranging from unwanted books/CDs/DVDs/jewellery/ornaments/china/good quality clothes/nearly-new shoes/children's games/toys/jigsaws/pictures/ornaments/ Unwanted presents/home-made jams and pickles - the list is endless.
All Jen asks is that your items are in good condition to sell.
And don't forget to keep collecting your aluminium cans and tin foil and bring it to club.... it really does mount up and Jen sells this to a local scrap dealer, again adding to our funds.
FINAL RESULTS FROM MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN RICCIONE, ITALY
Last swim for our "girls" today and it was Jen's turn in her favourite event - the 200m breastroke - Jen only won ! and is coming home with a
Gold medal for a time of 3.19 - 14 seconds ahead of one of her old rivals, Sabine from Germany.
So the tally is:
1st place - 200 breast - 3.19
2nd 100 breast - 1.31
3rd 50 breast - 42.86
4th 50 Fly - 38.94
5th place - 800 free - 11.21
5th - 200 free - 2.38
some of you will not know Audrey -
she swam with us before moving to Wales, but is still a member of Spondon Masters. Audrey trains near her home with schedules
sent to her by Mick and qualified to go to Riccione.
However, Audrey got a bug on the first day in Italy which made her really poorly and a visit to the championships' doctor resulted in her being put on a course of anti-biotics.
Audrey swam in the 50 free, but was disappointed with her time, felt rotten and so sadly had to withdraw from her other events, which was a real shame after all that training.
Bad luck, Audrey - hope you are feeling better now.
The first 6 places receive a world medal, so its medals all the way for Jen and Karen. Mick still has the skill to produce world class swimmers and I am sure you will all wish to congratulate the "girls" and Mick on their outstanding achievement at this year's World Masters Championships.
To the rest of us - keep at it everyone - we may not be World class, but we can still "give it some wellie" at Lonsdale pool every week!!
We want to hear news of your competion results - be it marathons, open water events, tri events, water polo, etc etc....... so please let Sabbie have details so she can put them onto Spondon Masters website and email to me so that I can email out to everyone.
Great Britain long course Championships, held in Sheffield 4th - 6th May 2012
4 Club members competed in the Great Britain long course Championships, held in Sheffield 4th - 6th May 2012
Jenny Merritt broke her own British 200m breaststoke record in the 60-64yrs age group and also won the 100m and 50m breast.
While Karen Jennings and Jean Hiatt got two silver medals each, both of them in new age groups this year.
Karen in the 800m and 400m freestyle in her age group of 55-59yrs and Jean in the 1500m and 400m freestyle 65-69yrs.
Audrey Watson swimming at the top of her age group, produced her best results at the GB champs ever doing 3 personal best times and a 5th place in the 50m butterfly.
A great all round result for all, just the boost for Jenny, Karen and Audrey who are competing in Italy in June at the World Masters Swimming Championships.