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- Robin Hood Open 2017

Robin Hood Open Meet 2017 The weekend of 16/17th September saw Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club travel to the International Pool at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield to hosts it’s 37th Robin Hood Open Meet which attracted swimmers from across the UK as far afield as Scotland and Wales. The meet saw a total of 30 Sherwood swimmers with a high proportion of the club’s younger swimmers competing for the first time in their first open meet in a 50m pool which even for the more experienced swimmers this can be somewhat a daunting experience. The meet saw some great performances from swimmers from all clubs to say that the meet was held so early in the swimming season. To kick start Sherwood’s medal haul, the club’s 10 year old Ruby Maiden took gold in the Girls 10 years 200IM and 200m backstroke, silver in the 200m breastroke and 400m freestyle bronze in the 100m butterfly and 100m breastroke with young Courtney Atkins winning gold in the 9 years 200m freestyle closely followed by Rebecca Darrington securing the gold in both the 10 years 50m butterfly and freestyle and 100m butterfly and a bronze in the 100m freestyle and a bronze for Freya Gibbons in the 9 year old girls 100m breastroke, For the boys the young Lucas Torbett took the gold in the 50m butterfly, silver in 50m freestyle which was followed by 11 year old Jack Carter walking away with bronze in the 11 years 200IM. The medals continued for some of the older swimmer with 12year Heidi Marriott taking gold in 12 years girls 200m IM, the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, silver in the 400m freestyle bronze in in the 50 and 100m freestyle. Olivia Barrett took the bronze in the 12year girls 200 IM and 100 breastroke and the ever improving Suranne Cave for the 13 year old girls took the gold in 50m butterfly, 100m breaststoke, silver in the 400m freestyle bronze in the 200IM, 100m butterfly, 50m breastroke, 200m freestyle and 17year old Owen Wakefield Sherwood’s oldest competing swimmer took the silver in the 50m backstroke. Other swimmers that competed and put in some gutsy swims and achieving personal best times were Bonnie Evans, Cariad Morgan, Fern Millhouse, Freya Gibbons, Freya Longmead, Hannah Robinson, Heidi Toone, Joby Mannie Evans, Kendra Slaney Cortes, Leila Slack, Liam Hitchcock, Lillie Harris, Lucy Miller, Madeline Baker, Marnie Kay, Neave Musgrove, Niamh Tewson, Rhys Cope, Ruby Nilan and Sian Turk. Sherwood are now looking forward to holding yet another Robin Hood Meet in Sheffield in 2018.

3/5/17 - Easy Midland Swimming Championships

The International Pool in Corby held the Age Group East Midlands Regional Swimming Championships on the 29th and 30th April with seven Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club swimmers qualifying for the competition. Dawid Sroka was on fine form during the weekend qualifying and competing in eight events in total and impressively reached all eight finals. Dawid was determined to make this a successful Championship and put in a strong solid swim in the boys 13 years 200m freestyle and was dominant throughout the race to not only take the gold but also the Junior Champion title. Clearly on fine form Dawid also went on to take the silver medal in both the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Ellena Keigher competing in a total of six events and wanting to make herself known to her competitors put in outstanding performances during the competition and qualified for three finals and was triumphant in the Girls 13 years 50m backstroke to win the gold medal and also went onto take silver in the 100m backstroke. Suranne Cave entered a total of six events and qualified for two finals and just missed out on the medal position finishing fourth in the girls 13 years 100m butterfly. In the final event of a long first day and after numerous swims the feisty Suranne put in superb swim in the final of the 13 years 50m butterfly and finished faster than the earlier afternoon heat to achieve a new long course personal best time. Olivia Barrett her second regional championships qualified for all the age 11/12 breast stroke events went on to swim well and qualified for all three finals and in the 50m breast stroke final took the silver medal in a new long course personal best time. Heidi Marriott eager to add to Sherwood’s success qualified for three finals out of her five races entered and went on to take the bronze in the girls 11/12 years 50m backstroke and in the final of the 100m backstroke just missed out on a medal finishing an impressive fourth. The younger swimmers from Sherwood put in equally impressive swims with the young Grace Manson competing in three events the Girls Age 11/12 50 and 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly and achieved a new long course personal best time in the 100m backstroke. Sam Potts competing at the lower age range of the boys age 11/12 and will be eligible to compete in the same age group category in 2018 qualified for the 50 and 100m backstroke and achieved a new long course personal best in the 50m backstroke. Sherwood’s Head coach Ian Negus stated that “all our swimmers performed exceptionally well against the strongest competition in the East Midlands region. For a relatively small club to win seven medals in a Regional Championship is a massive success and all the swimmers should be extremely proud of themselves”.

25/02/17 - 2017 Notts ASA county championships report

Sherwood Colliery Swimmers Make A Splash As County Champs Conclude Sherwood Colliery’s swimming aces concluded their sparkling County Championship campaigns recently bringing home more new, individual & team County Champion titles, Nottinghamshire Age Group Category Awards and even a British Swimming Championships Qualifier. In the individual Girls’ County Champion competition, Rebecca Darrington took Gold & the 10/11yrs 200m Butterfly title, Olivia Barrett made it two Golds & two titles in the 12yrs 50m & 100m Breaststroke and a silver in the 200m event and Ellena Keigher a County Championship Gold in the 13yrs 50m Backstroke, adding two silvers in the 200m event and 50m Butterfly. The girls’ squad added more medals to Sherwood’s haul with Kanisha Haye taking a bronze in the 10/11yrs 100m Breaststroke, Gracie Clifton adding four silvers & two bronzes and Abbie Scott two bronzes in the 15yrs competition, Holly Whitehead a bronze in the 16yrs/over 800m Freestyle, Evie Timms a bronze in the 400m Freestyle and Natalee Meldrum a silver in the 100m Breaststroke, adding bronzes in the 50m event & 50m Freestyle. Natalee’s 34.25 sec swim in the 50m Breaststroke was a British Swimming Championship qualifying time and she’ll take her rightful place on the blocks alongside swimming’s elite at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge in April. In the individual Boys competition, Dawid Sroka led the Sherwood charge taking four Golds & County Champion titles in the 13yrs 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, adding five silvers and a bronze to his overall medal tally. Team mate Sam Potts added three silvers in the 10/11yrs 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke events, Nick Meldrum a 50m Breaststroke bronze in the 14yrs age group, Bailey Ward a silver in the 15yrs 1500m Freestyle and Kieran Harby a 16yrs/over 200m Backstroke bronze. In the Nottinghamshire Category Awards competition that rewards swimmers for their versatility across different strokes and distances, Dawid Sroka just missed out on the top spot by the narrowest of margins to take the runners-up spot in the Boys 13yrs age group with Rebecca Flisher taking the third-placed podium finish in the Girls 15yrs. Sitting just outside the podium spots but celebrating top ten finishes were Grace Manson, Nick Meldrum, Gracie Clifton, Kieran Harby, Natalee Meldrum and Jade Young. In the concluding and keenly-fought Team relays, the Sherwood swimmers didn’t disappoint, kicking off the exciting competition with a gold-medal win for Gracie Clifton, Ellena Keigher, Nick Meldrum & Dawid Sroka in the Mixed 14yrs/under 4 x 50m Freestyle and the runner-up spot & silver in the 4 x 50m Medley event. The gold-medal winning performances continued with the Sherwood quartet of Dawid Sroka, Nick Meldrum, Joseph Sadler and Ben Flinton making it a clean sweep across both the Boys 14yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle & Medley events. Not being outdone by the boys, the Sherwood Girls 16yrs team, Abbie Scott, Natalee Meldrum, Evie Timms and Rebecca Flisher, took double Gold in the 4 x 50m Freestyle & Medley events with another podium top spot for Olivia Barrett, Grace Manson, Rebecca Darrington & Heidi Marriott in the Girls 12yrs 4 x 50m Medley. Deserved bronzes followed for Eleanor Heath, Anya Fox, Ruby Maiden & Bonnie Evans in the Girls 9/10yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle & Medley teams and for Gracie Clifton, Ellena Keigher, Suranne Cave & Elli Seagrave in the Girls 14yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle team. As always, behind the top, medal-winning performances were a host of individual, East Midland Regional qualifying & personal best time achievements in the Sherwood Colliery squad for Suranne Cave, Leah Seagrave, Amber Thompson, Rebecca Hyatt, Sophie Cooke, Shannon Barrett, Jade Clarke, Lucy Carter, Jack Carter, Liam Meikle, Charles Austin, Ben Burton, Matthew Hull, Adam Pring, Owen Wakefield and Owen-Ben Sladen. The Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club Head Coach, Ian Negus, commented that he was “delighted that the swimmers & coaches hard work & long hours at the pool had produced so many amazing results” and that he was “proud of how many individual and team medals had been won. Well done to all.”

8th November 2016 - Christmas Party

Christmas is nearly here, and what better way to celebrate than to have a party!!!
This year we will be having a party, free for all Sherwood CSC members, to be held at The Forest Town Arena on Friday 23rd December from 19:00 to 23:00.
Food and drink will be available to buy from the venue on the night.
This will be a great way for all swimmers and parents to have a fun night together before enjoying the festive break.
We hope to see you all there!!

18th September 2016 - Licensed Time Trials

To avoid any confusion, it has been agreed that there will not be a full Club Champs this year, and instead we will hold Licensed Time Trial Events. The dates shall be Sunday 30th October, Sunday 13th November, Friday 25th November, Sunday 27th November and Sunday 4th December. Entry forms will be available from Tuesday 20th September, with a closing date of Sunday 16th October. Entries will be £2 per race to cover the cost of pool hire and License Fees. The Club Championships will then be held during June and July 2017, when the swimming calendar is less congested. This will not only alleviate the problems of organisation, but will also give the swimmers 2 chances to achieve County times for 2018. The only difference between Time Trials and Club Champs will be that trophies will not be awarded, both events will be licensed and both sets of times will be able to be used for British Rankings for entry to Counties and Open Meets. Should anyone have any questions or queries, please see me either on poolside, or contact me on chairman@sherwoodswimmingclub.com

18th April 2016 - Sherwood Superstar Aiming High

For many elite swimmers this was a very important week. Held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, we watched the British Swimming Championships 2016 take place. This was held as a run up to the Olympics in Rio this summer and for many talented swimmers to qualify for the Olympics. We also saw two other catchments of swimmers, which included target swimmers for Tokyo and the British juniors. All swimmers had to achieve a standard qualifying time to take part. Sherwood and Nova swimmer Lily Boseley, who is only 14, managed to qualify for two events. The events were the 200meter backstroke and the 100meter backstroke. Lily’s first swim was the 100meter backstroke on Wednesday morning. She swam a superb swim and won her heat with a new personal best time of 1:02.79. This qualified her as the fastest junior swimmer for this event. Later in the evening the finals took place. Many watched her swim live on the live stream that was available. With great anticipation everyone was cheering her on as she blasted through the first 50 leading the heat out. Lily finished first with another outstanding personal best time of 1:02.35. Her face said it all when she finished the finals, with a beaming smiling across her face. With this swim Lily broke the British junior record which was held by Elizabeth Simmonds since 2005. She is now the fastest 14 year old girl and a great role model for many local swimmers to aim for and to whom they look up to. Lily also swam in the 200meter backstroke even though she was unwell. She didn’t qualify for the finals, but it was still a great swim just outside her personal time, and again some more great personal experience swimming at this level. Later this month Lily is travelling to Italy to swim for England in the Energy Standard meet

14th March 2016 - Sherwood Girls Fly the Flag in Edinburgh

Talented swimmers from across Nottinghamshire, had been chosen to take part in the 2016 International Swim Meet held in Edinburgh over the weekend. There were over 60 teams competing from all over Europe. In total over 700 athletes swam including Olympic, World and European medallists and World and European Champions. Nova Centurion took a team of 20 swimmers throughout their squads to participate. Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club saw 5 of their gifted swimmers chosen, Gracie Clifton (12), Abbie Scott (13), Rebecca Flisher (14), Natalee Meldrum (14) and Jade Young (15).
Gracie Clifton (12) swam in 2 events, which included, 50m butterfly and the 200m backstroke. Abbie Scott (13) swam in 5 events which included the 50m,100m, 200m and the 400m freestyle and also the 50m butterfly. Rebecca Flisher (14) swam in the 50m,100m, 200m backstroke as well as the 200m and 400m individual medley. Natalee Meldrum (14) also swam 5 events, the 50m and 100 m breast stroke and the 50m butterfly. She also swam in the 50m and 100m freestyle. Jade Young (15) was chosen for a total of 7 events. They included the 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200 and 400 Individual Medley.
The girls left early on Thursday lunchtime, alongside two of the Nova coaches, and returned early hours on Monday morning. For some of them it was the first time away on a residential swim meet. Without the daily support of their families the girls got through a tremendous swim meet and made some fantastic new long course P.Bs. They also had the chance of swimming alongside some of the most talented swimmers that Europe has to offer. It has set their own aspirations very high with the hope of qualifying again for larger meets in the near future.
Well Done girls!

16 February 2016 - Sherwood Swimmers Make A Splash As County Championships Conclude

Sherwood Colliery’s swimming stars continued their sparkling County Championship campaigns last weekend bringing home more new, individual County Champion titles and Nottinghamshire Age Group Category Awards.

In the County Champion competition, Olivia Barrett added the younger girls’ 10/11yrs 200m Breaststroke title to the 50m & 100m achieved in previous weekends, Ellena Keigher added another gold in the Girls 12yrs 50m Freestyle and Jade Young stepped up to add more medals and take the gold & County Champion title in the Girls’ 15yrs/over 200m IM.

Adding to the Sherwood medal haul over the final weekend were Dawid Sroka, Gracie Clifton & Joseph Sadler, Rebecca Flisher, Bailey Ward & Adam Pring and additionally qualifying for individual event finals were Suranne Cave, Evie Timms, Holly Whitehead, Grace Manson, Millie Standen, Jade Clarke, Abbie Scott, Shannon Barrett and Nicholas Meldrum.

In the NottsCats (Nottinghamshire Category) competition, Sherwood’s Lily Boseley was overall champion in the Girls’ 15yrs/over age group with Dawid Sroka taking the runners-up award in the Boys’ 12yrs and Rebecca Flisher joining him on the 2nd place podium spot in the Girls’ 14yrs.

Just sitting outside the top three award places were Grace Manson (7th) and Olivia Barrett (9th), Nicholas Meldrum (9th) and Joseph Sadler (10th), Gracie Clifton (5th) and Bailey Ward (8th) and Jade Young (4th) & Evie Timms (8th).

As always, behind the medal-winning performances were a host of individual, personal & season's best time achievements for Kieran Thompson, Owen Wakefield, Matthew Hull, Liam Meikle, Rebecca Hyatt, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Natalee Meldrum, Imogen Lynk, Krystle Priestley, Grace Lynk and Emily James.

8 February 2016 - Sherwood Swimmers Amass More Medals As County Championships Continue

Our Sherwood swimming aces continued their fine form in the pool recently, producing more finalists, medalists and new County Champions in the process during the second weekend of the 2016 Notts ASA County Championships at Water Meadows.

Olivia Barrett continued her fine form from the first weekend taking gold in the Girls 10/11yrs 50m Breaststroke with Dawid Sroka & Ellena Keigher adding to their individual County Champion titles with golds in the Boys 12yrs 50m Butterfly and Girls 12yrs 50m Backstroke and Butterfly events. In the Girls 14yrs age group, Millie Standen & Rebecca Flisher added to the Sherwood medal haul with golds in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Individual Medley and 50m Backstroke and Lily Boseley hit the hat-trick with three golds in the Girls 15yrs 100m Individual Medley, 50m Backstroke & 50m Butterfly.

Individual event medallists over the second weekend also included Charles Austin, Joseph Sadler, Adam Pring, Gracie Clifton, Natalee Meldrum & Jade Clarke.

With a number of team relay County Champion event titles up for grabs, 8 of them came back to Mansfield & Ashfield with Sherwood taking 5 (Mixed 11/12yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle, Girls 11/12yrs 4 x 50m Medley, Girls 13/14yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle and both Girls 15/16yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle & Medley). Well done to our new team county champions Elena Keigher, Suranne Cave, Owen Harding, Dawid Sroka, Olivia Barrett, Grace Manson, Millie Standen, Rebecca Flisher, Shannon Barrett, Abbie Scott, Lily Boseley, Natalee Meldrum, Evie Timms & Holly Whitehead.

However, with the overall local club medal count in the team events topping 29, Sherwood celebrated 11 of them (5 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronze) so another huge well done to all of our relay & individual event swimmers Sophie Cooke, Ruby Standen, Rebecca Darrington, Anna Austin, Charles Austin, Alexander Peeters Weem, Kieran Thompson, Rebecca Hyatt, Adam Pring, Bailey Ward, Nicholas Meldrum, Niall Peeters Weem, Joseph Sadler, Krystle Priestley, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Gracie Clifton, Amber Thompson, Owen Wakefield, Liam Meikle, Kieran Harby, Matthew Hull, Libby Coleman, Emily James, Emily Keen, Sophie Malbon, Grace Lynk, Emily Waldram, Imogen Gould, Olivia Gould, Jade Clarke, Matthew Radford & Lewis Steptoe.

18 January 2016 - New Champions Are Crowned At First Weekend of County Championships

Weekend one of the 2016 Nottinghamshire County Championships got off to a storming start with almost fifty medals and sixteen new, individual age group, Junior & Senior County Champion crowns going to Mansfield & Ashfield’s swimmers over the two full days of competition.

With the competition moving to the new, £16million 50m pool at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham for the first time, the event is the highlight of the Nottinghamshire swimming calendar and, although held early in the season, helps build solid platforms to work from for competitions held at a Regional and National level later in the year.

In the overall Senior County Champion competition (15yrs/over), Sherwood's Jade Young stepped up to take the Girls 200m Butterfly crown and in the age groups, there were gold-medal winning performances and individual event county champion titles for Olivia Barrett (10/11yrs) and Dawid Sroka (12yrs).

Adding to the Sherwood medal haul were Gracie Clifton, Rebecca Flisher, Lily Boseley, Bailey Ward & Nicholas Meldrum and qualifying for individual event finals were Rebecca Hyatt, Natalee Meldrum, Grace Manson, Evie Timms & Joseph Sadler.

Behind the medal-winning performances were a host of individual, personal & season's best time achievements for Suranne Cave, Ellena Keigher, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Emily James, Charles Austin, Adam Pring, Kieran Thompson, Kieran Harby, Matthew Hull, Owen Wakefield, Liam Meikle, Shannon Barrett, Millie Standen, Holly Whitehead, Jade Clarke & Libby Coleman.

The swimmers now go straight back in to their next block of hard work in the pool to focus on their domestic league competitions for the rest of this month before the second weekend of the County Championships at the beginning of February hosted at Water Meadows.

14 December 2015 - Sherwood Stars Out In Sheffield For Christmas

With close to 1000 swimmers heading to Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield this Christmas, including a host of star names, the ASA’s inaugural National Winter Meet (25m) looks set to provide an exciting four days of fast, short course racing.

Among those racing for the top spots are Sherwood’s talented trio – Lily Boseley, Natalee Meldrum & Jade Young– all flying the black & gold flag as part of the Nova Centurion squad.

Double World breaststroke Champion & World record holder Adam Peaty will lead the star-studded charge alongside other household names such as Liam Tancock, Michael Jamieson, Fran Halsall, Ben Proud & Aimee Wilmott.

British National 13/14yrs Backstroke Champion, Lily Boseley will be hoping for a good end to her year in the Backstroke & Individual Medley events, competing alongside her team-mates Natalee Meldrum (50m Breaststroke) & Jade Young (100m Individual Medley).

5 December 201 - New Club Executive Officers, Officials and Committee Members

Following the recent Annual General Meeting, the Club would like to welcome its new 2016 Chairman, Gary Butcher and Treasurer, Dominic Armsby.

Both take up their new posts with immediate effect and bring with them a wealth of experience, energy, passion and expertise to take the Club forward into a new, exciting year.

Joining them to strengthen the existing team are newly-elected committee members Brigitte Beardsley, Colin Tunnicliffe, Katrina Scott & Nicola Harding.

Sadly we say goodbye and a huge thank you to the outgoing Chairman, Andy Rowbottom and Treasurer, Mick Hatton. Both have clocked up many years of unfailing dedication, loyalty, hard work & support and the Club wishes them well for the future; both remain Life Members.

Also stepping down from the Appointed Officials list for 2016 is Kim Miller, Membership & Registrations Secretary, Carole Steptoe, Club Championships Secretary, Lee Barraclough, Officials Secretary & Wayne Robinson, Workforce Coordinator. All have given many years of loyal, invaluable support, hard work and dedication and the Club would like to thank them and wish them well; Kim and Carole remain Life Members.

Please continue to give the new management team your encouragement and support to take the Club forward and, as always, please don't hesitate to contact any of them with ideas, feedback & comments for the exciting new year ahead.

24 November 2015 - Sherwood Turn In A Quality Performance At Major Oak Open Meet

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s black & gold colours were flying higher than ever recently competing at Mansfield SC’s Major Oak Open Meet hosted at Water Meadows.

Over the two full days of competition, the squad bought home two of the top three Top Boy Swimmer awards, Medley Skins finalists, a huge number of individual personal best & 2016 County Championship qualifying times and, despite fielding a relatively small squad, the thirty swimmers focussed on quality swims rather than quantity but still managed to bag almost 100 medals between them to earn themselves an outstanding runner up place in the Top Visiting Club competition.

11yr old Dawid Sroka led the Sherwood medal fest with 8 gold and 3 silvers to earn himself runner up in the prestigious Top Boy competition after amassing 66 points; just 4 points off taking the top spot.

Consistent swimming by his 12yr team-mate, Joseph Sadler, earned him the third podium spot in the Top Boy competition with 61 points achieved from his 6 golds & 5 silvers.

Sherwood’s additional boy’s squad medallists included 12yr olds Nick Meldrum & William Darrington, 13yr olds Adam Pring & Bailey Ward and 14yr old Liam Meikle.

In the girls competition, 10yr old Olivia Barrett dominated the younger girls breaststroke and headed home with all 3 golds from the 50m, 100m & 200m events, 13yr old Abbie Scott’s medal tally included all four golds from the 50m, 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle events and 14yr old Lily Boseley took both golds on offer in the Individual Medley events.

Additional girl’s squad medallists included 10yr old Grace Manson, 11yr old Suranne Cave, 12yr olds Gracie Clifton, Rebecca Hyatt & Amelia Tunnicliffe, 13yr olds Rebecca Flisher, Shannon Barrett & Millie Standen, 14yr olds Evie Timms, Natalee Meldrum & Emily James, 15yr olds Jade Young & Holly Whitehead and 17yr old Emily Waldram.

Just being pipped to the medals places but reaping the rewards of their hard work in the pool & gaining vital points towards the overall Top Visiting Club total were Matthew Hull, Matthew Radford, Owen Ben Sladen, Owen Wakefield, Isabel Fletcher and Emily Keen.

9 November 2015 - Sherwood Ladies Make A Splash At Short Course Championships

Eight Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers qualified for this years’ SRS Leisure Midland Regional Short Course Championships which moved away from Corby to the new Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham for the first time.

Competing in twenty six events between them, they reached three finals and brought home one gold, three silver & a bronze in the 15yrs/under Junior age category and a new, female, short course Junior Nottinghamshire County Record.

Swimming with the Nova Centurion squad, overall performer of the weekend was 14yr old Lily Boseley taking a hatrick of silver medals in the Junior 15yrs/under 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke events, but more remarkably qualifying for the Senior finals in each event, taking eighth place in the 50m, seventh in the 100m & a superb bronze & third podium finish in the 200m. Claiming that third spot in the 200m Backstroke final, Lily’s outstanding swim of 2:10.38 was a new, female Junior Short Course Nottinghamshire County Record which has stood firm since it was set back in March 2000.

2015 Breaststroke European Record Holder Charlotte Henshaw also enjoyed an impressive outing, taking gold in the 100m Breaststroke Multi-Disability event.

Adding to Sherwood’s strong performances over the weekend, Jade Clarke, Emily Waldram, Evie Timms, Jade Young, Natalee Meldrum & Rebecca Flisher all enjoyed reaping the rewards of their early-season race preparation & hard block of recent work in the pool.

6 November 2015 - Records Tumble At Annual Club Championships

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club kicked off their 2015 Annual Club Championships in fine style with a superb display of swimming over the first weekend of events.

Swimmers between the ages of 6 & 74 years old kept the Club statisticians busy with a total of 9 new Club Championship records and many individual, new personal best times & achievements.

8yr olds Anna Austin and Rebecca Darrington became the first weekend’s youngest new record holders taking the Girls 8yr 50m Backstroke & 200m Freestyle records between them while 11yr olds Dawid Sroka & Ellena Keigher set new records in the same events. 14yr old Lily Boseley joined them in the record books with new record times in the 200m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke & 100m Butterfly & her 15yr old team-mate Jade Young set a new record time in the 100m Butterfly.

3 November 2015 - Sherwood Youngsters Enjoy Splash & Dash Gala

They may be young, but Sherwood Colliery’s talented 5-12yr olds lacked nothing in terms of quality after their performances at the first of a two-gala series of Club 25m Splash & Dash events.

There were a host of impressive displays from the youngsters, with some of them experiencing their first taste of competition.

In the 25m Butterfly Joel Harby took first place in the 5/6yr age group, with Eleanor Heath, Ruby Maiden & Emily Anderson taking the award places in the 7/8yrs and Neave Musgrove & Lewis Robinson in the 9/10yrs.

Joel Harby completed the double with a first place in the 5/6yr 25m Breaststroke, followed by Emily Anderson, Luke Kelly & Ruby Maiden in the 7/8yrs, Emma Wallis, Ben Cappin & Neave Musgrove in the 9/10yrs and Erin Kelly in the 11/12yrs.

All children will receive certificates of achievement including Leila Slack, Alfie Allsop, Anya Fox, Josh Cappin & Sam Cooper.

The second gala at the end of November will see the children contesting the 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke events.

10 October 2015 - Robin Hood Open Meet Results

The Club apologises for the delay in posting the 2015 Robin Hood Open Meet results to the GB Rankings database.

Due to a licensing issue, the ASA have downgraded the swims in Session 4 (Sunday afternoon) from Level 3 to Level 4. This affects the 200m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly (girls only). All other sessions are unaffected.

This action unfortunately means that swims in Session 4 will not be eligible for entry into Regional competition.

The organisers of the Meet deeply regret this action has been taken and assures competitors that every effort was made to rectify the situation on the day. To those swimmers affected, we offer our unreserved apology.

Please address any queries or concerns to enquiries@sherwoodswimmingclub.com

4 October 2015 - Sroka Shines For Sherwood In Sheffield

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers travelled to prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently to host and compete in the 35th Robin Hood Open Meet.

After the Summer break, the Meet sets the bench-mark for swimmers in one of the first competitive environments of the new season, and the opportunity to swim in a 50m pool helps build solid platforms to work from for competitions held at a Regional and National level next year.

Clearly enjoying the Olympic-sized pool, the squad bought home over 40 individual medals, a third podium finish in the top male swimmer competition, the third top club accolade and a number of individual personal best times – a remarkable achievement so early into the new season.

11yr old Dawid Sroka led the Sherwood medal fest with nine medals, including three golds, five silvers and a bronze, earning himself the prestigious third overall in the top male swimmer competition.

Other medallists included Olivia Barrett & Alexander Peeters Weem (10), Ellena Keigher (11), Joseph Sadler & Rebecca Hyatt (12), Adam Pring, Rebecca Flisher, Abbie Scott & Bailey Ward (13), Kieran Harby, Liam Meikle & Natalee Meldrum (14), Matthew Hull (15) & Lewis Steptoe (21).

Just sitting outside of the medals places, but earning valuable points to contribute to the team award were William Darrington, Nicholas Meldrum, Niall Peeters Weem, Matthew Radford, Owen Ben Sladen, Shannon Barrett, Gabriella Beardsley, Suranne Cave, Gracie Clifton, Libby Coleman, Isobel Fletcher, Imogen Lynk, Sophie Malbon, Krystle Priestley, Millie Standen, Niamh Tewson, Evie Timms & Amelia Tunnicliffe.

Head coach, Ian Negus, said “The squads are going through a period of re-build following a number of our more experienced swimmers exiting over the Summer for pastures new at University. We’re continuing to hold our own in the domestic leagues and some of the performances over this weekend bode well for the future. No-one expects personal best times so early into the season – though some swimmers did remarkably set them – and the opportunity for our youngsters to gain 50m race practice is vital. I’m extremely proud of them.”

13 August 2015 - Sherwood Swimmers Make A Splash At English Championships

Fresh from our successes at the recent British Swimming National Summer Championships, it was the turn once again for Sherwood's swimmers to wow the crowds at the inaugural English Championships hosted by the Amateur Swimming Association at the iconic Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Swimming with the Nova Centurion squad, Imogen Gould, 20, led the local charge qualifying for an impressive five individual event finals, claiming podium finishes & silver medals in the Womens 18yr/over 50m Butterfly & 50m Breaststroke and placing 4th in the finals of the 200m Individual Medley, 5th in the 100m Breaststroke & 6th in the 100m Butterfly.

Continuing the squad successes, Natalee Meldrum, 14, qualified for the final of the Womens 14yrs 50m Breaststroke placing 5th and Jade Young, 15, qualified for the final of the Womens 15yrs 200m Butterfly placing 6th and the final of the 400m Individual Medley.

2 August 2015 - Sherwood Swimmers Leave Their Mark On British National Championships

Our swimmers once again thrilled the crowds at the British Swimming 2015 National Summer Championships recently with standout swims from Lily Boseley, Charlotte Henshaw, Declan Smith and Imogen Gould.

The event is the highlight of the National Junior & Youth swimming calendar and more than 2000 swimmers took part over six long days of competition at prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Swimming with the Nova Centurion squad, Lily Boseley, 13yrs, led the local charge after successfully defending her 2014 100m & 200m Backstroke titles taking gold medals in both the Girls 13/14yr events and setting a new, lifetime best time in the 200m. Lily also qualified for the finals of the Girls 13/14yrs 200m Individual Medley final, placing 7th and competed in the Girls 13/14yrs 100m Butterfly placing 22nd. Joining fellow Nova squad members, Lily swam in the Girls 14/16yrs 4 x 100m Medley relay team, just being pipped out of a finals place to finish in 11th.

Continuing the Nova Centurion successes and fresh from the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow, Charlotte Henshaw took gold in the Womens Multi Disability 100m Breaststroke final.

Completing our Club representation, 15yr old Declan Smith swam stunning relay legs to help take the Nova Centurion team to silver medals in the finals of the Mens 14/16yrs 4 x 100m & 4 x 200m Freestyle events and a finals place in the 4 x 100m Medley event, placing 6th.

Imogen Gould joined fellow Nova squad members in the Womens 17yrs/Over 4 x 100m Medley event just missing out on a finals place finishing 11th.

The Nova Centurion squad finished 18th overall in the medals table out of the 62 clubs competing.

22 July 2015 - Sherwood Dominate Inaugural Meet In New Pool

At the inaugural Notts ASA Summer Meet in the new, £16 million Harvey Hadden Sports Village, swimmers from Sherwood Colliery dominated the lanes in the 50m competition pool, amassing 47 medals between them and bringing home countless new season & long course, personal best times.

Stealing the show for Sherwood Colliery SC was 15yr old Jade Young with four Golds (100 & 200m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley & 200m Butterfly), a Silver & Bronze (200m Freestyle & 100m Freestyle).

Adding to the Club’s 47 medal total, Matt Hull (14) secured three Golds (200m & 400m Freestyle & 200m Backstroke), Holly Whitehead (14) two Golds (100m & 200m Freestyle) & a Bronze (400m Freestyle), Olivia Barrett (10) a Gold (100m Breaststroke) & three silvers (100m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke & 200m Individual Medley), Abbie Scott (12) a Gold (200m Freestyle) & three Silvers (100m & 400m Freestyle & 200m Individual Medley), Lily Boseley (13) a Gold (400m Freestyle) & two Silvers (100m & 200m Breaststroke) and Rebecca Flisher (13) a Gold (100m Backstroke) & two Silvers (200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley).

An additional six Silvers went to Owen Harding (10) (100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Breaststroke & 100m Butterfly), Evie Timms (14) two Silvers (100m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle) & a Bronze (100m Freestyle), Gracie Clifton (11) a Silver (200m Backstroke) & two Bronzes (100m Butterfly & 200m Individual Medley), Millie Standen (12) a Silver (100m Backstroke) and Bronze (200m Backstroke), Natalee Meldrum (13) a Silver (100m Freestyle) and Bronze (100m Breaststroke), Emily Waldram (17) a Silver (200m Backstroke) & Bronze (100m Backstroke) & Bailey Ward (13) a Silver (200m Butterfly).

Completing the Sherwood medal-fest was 11yr old Joseph Sadler with a Bronze (200m Freestyle) & Rebecca Hyatt (12) a Bronze (200m Breaststroke).

The full Sherwood Colliery squad additionally included Kieran Harby, Joseph Lewis, Nicholas Meldrum, Adam Pring, Matthew Radford, Owen Ben Sladen, Shannon Barrett, Gabriella Beardsley, Suranne Cave, Emily James, Grace Manson & Amelia Tunnicliffe.

14 July 2015 - Ex Sherwood Swimmer Gets Team GB Call Up For Youth Olympics

Local swimming sensation and ex-Sherwood member, Elliot Clogg, 15yrs, has been included in a 16-strong squad recently announced by The British Olympic Association to represent Team GB at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival in Tblisi, Georgia from 26th July – 1st August 2015.

With many of the senior Team GB athletes already working on the road to Rio 2016 & Tokyo 2020, Olympic Festivals play a crucial role in the development of young British athletes and provides a multi-sport event experience that helps them along the road to achieving their own Olympic dreams.

The Team GB squad consists of 16 up & coming swimmers, 8 males born 1999/2000 and 8 females born 2001/2002, who will test themselves against Europe’s finest for six days of explosive action in the purpose-built, 10-lane 50m aquatics centre. The opening ceremony takes place on 26th July at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Tblisi and is expected to fill to its 23,000 capacity as the Georgian capital welcomes over 2,500 competitors from 50 nations.

Meden Academy pupil Elliot has had a nervy wait for his selection confirmation following impressive performances at the British Swimming Championships back in April and will be fulfilling a life-long dream to represent his Country and pull on the prestigious Team GB colours.

Elliot started swimming with Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club at the age of 6, progressing quickly with Nottinghamshire’s Nova Centurion squad at 9 before then accepting a place on The City of Sheffield Swim Squad’s high performance pathway 18 months ago & training daily at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre under the expert guidance of his coach, Mike Taylor.

After impressing the selectors at this year’s British Swimming Championships, Elliot is thrilled to have made the squad and said that he is “proud and honoured” to have been selected and knows what an opportunity this is for him and something that he doesn't take for granted. “I’m looking forwarding to representing Team GB & wearing the Olympic Rings and can’t wait to experience a multi-sport event on such a grand scale.”

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13 July 2014 - Sherwood Bring Down The Curtain On 45 Years Of Swimming History At Beechdale

Making way for the new £16 million Harvey Hadden Sports Village, swimmers from Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club bought down the curtain on 45 years of competitive swimming at Beechdale Leisure Centre recently by taking the Top Visiting Club & Top Girl Awards at the Tony Holmes Sprint Meet hosted by Nottingham Leander Swimming Club.

In total, the black & gold colours of Sherwood notched up an impressive 245 points to take the title ahead of runners-up Calverton & Bingham with 150 & Mansfield SC in third with 107. Other competing clubs included Nottingham Leander, Sutton SC, Kimberley SC, City of Derby, Retford, Radford, Braunstone, Nottingham Northern & Carlton Forum.

Gracie Clifton, 11yrs, took the joint Top Girl Award with 30 individual points and Joseph Sadler, 11yrs, was Sherwood’s top boy with a fourth place in the Top Boy competition.

Swimming a series of 25 & 50m sprint events, there were medal-winning & pb-busting performances for Owen Harding (10), Joseph Sadler (11), Joseph Lewis (11), Nicholas Meldrum (12), Matthew Radford (19), Grace Manson (9), Gracie Clifton (11), Abbie Scott (12), Natalee Meldrum (13), Rebecca Flisher (13), Emily Keen (14) and Emily Waldram (17) with additional finals places being bagged by Alexander Peeters Weem (10), Niall Peeters Weem (13) and Krystle Priestley (14).

Built in 1970, Beechdale Leisure Centre is now set for demolition as competitive swimming in the City moves to the 50m pool at the new, state-of-the-art Harvey Hadden Sports Village next weekend with a launch event hosted by Notts ASA.

29 June 2015 - European Record Falls As Sherwood Swimmers Shine In Glasgow

Day Two of the Scottish National Swimming Championships saw a new SB6 100m Breaststroke European Record & gold medal for Nova Centurion & Sherwood Colliery SC’s Charlotte Henshaw in a time of 1:37.56.

Henshaw’s previous record was 1:38.46 that she set in Denmark back in 2010 and, having not set a personal best in that event since, the 28yr old was clearly pleased; “I’m ecstatic with that.” When asked about the forthcoming World Championships, Henshaw continued “I got my place on the Team thanks to a wild card, so hopefully me posting that time and breaking the record will go some way to repaying British Swimming who had enough faith in me to select me for Worlds. I’m so grateful to them for that opportunity and that time will give me confidence going into the event in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Imogen Gould completed the Sherwood/Nova Centurion squad line up placing 10th in the A final of the 200m Individual Medley, adding a 7th in the B final of the 50m Butterfly & 8th in the B final of the 100m Breaststroke. Imogen additionally swam the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle & 200m Individual Medley.

Both Charlotte & Imogen now go back in to their final training programmes heading into the World Championships for the para-swimming squad and to this Summer’s National Championship events.

22 June 2015 - Sherwood Have to Bow To Stronger Opposition As Final Goes Against Form

In the third and final round of the Derbyshire & Notts Junior Swimming League, the Sherwood Colliery youngsters found themselves in unfamiliar territory, having to settle for fifth place on the night behind the defending and new 2015 League champions, the City of Derby.

Following a run of good form after taking four recent gala wins on the bounce, the youngsters quickly found themselves outgunned by strengthened squads from the City of Derby, Sutton SC, Nottingham Leander and Calverton & Bingham, and, despite their best efforts, could only watch as the points difference grew and the battle for the top spots sadly went out of reach.

An unusually large number of event disqualifications only added to the squad’s misfortunes, and in the end, the title went to the reigning league champions from Derby. Sherwood had to settle for fifth place with 149 points and ahead of sixth-placed Belper Marlins with 116.

15 June 2015 - Sherwood Swimmers To Grace National Stage Again

Our swimmers have once again earned the chance to shine on the National stage after being selected to compete in the 2015 British National & ASA English National Championships being hosted at prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Results from licensed, long course (50m) competitions held between March and May were used as the basis to form rankings of the top swimmers eligible to participate; the top 24 being eligible to compete at the British event and the next 20 for the ASA English event.

The establishment of two new National championships was announced back in October as part of British Swimming’s new competition structure and has been designed to expose a greater number of young, talented swimmers to National level competition.

Celebrating their selections were Lily Boseley, Imogen Gould, Charlotte Henshaw, Natalee Meldrum & Jade Young.

Away from the championships, Meden Academy pupil & City of Sheffield squad member Elliot Clogg is also celebrating National selection after securing a place with the England-North squad at this Summer’s Sainsbury’s 2015 UK School Games.

British Swimming has positioned the UK School Games in its swimming pathway since the first Games, sitting just below the very top level of swimmers aged 15yrs and under that enter the European Youth Championships. Elliot’s selection comes as a result of his performances at top grade Meets over the past year and as he still nervously awaits news of his possible European Youth Olympic Festival selection.

15 June 2015 - Sherwood Youngsters Continue Great Form

Sherwood Colliery’s talented youngsters continued their great form after more great performances at the Notts ASA Stage 1 Summer Trophy Gala and the final weekend of the North East Regional Championships.

In the Stage 1 Summer Trophy Gala, our 8-11yr olds bought home the silverware after their teamwork paid off with a 12 points win over runners-up Sutton SC and teams from Retford, Falcon, Worksop Dolphins & Carlton Forum.

In the concluding weekend of the North East Regional Championships, and swimming with the City of Sheffield squad, Owen Ottaway, 13, competed in the 200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley before setting two, new personal best times in the 400m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, and securing a place in the Boys 14yrs 50m Backstroke final, placing 9th.

8 June 2015 - Sherwood Swimmers Sign Off With Four More Medals

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers Lily Boseley & Natalee Meldrum secured the final medals of the SRS Leisure 2015 Midland Regional Championships as the competition drew to a close in Coventry last weekend.

14yr old Boseley added another three medals to her overall Championship tally, taking silvers in the finals of the Girls 14yrs 200m Individual Medley & 100m Freestyle before adding a bronze in the final of the 100m Butterfly. The Sherwood Colliery & Nova Centurion swimmer bought her Regional campaign to a close with a 5th place in the final of the 400m Individual Medley.

Adding to the medal count for the Nova Centurion squad was Sherwood Colliery’s Natalee Meldrum with a bronze in the final of the Girls 14yrs 50m Breaststroke, adding a 12th place in the 100m event and a 16th in the 100m Freestyle.

Laying down their intentions, our swimmers additionally clocked up more finals between them with Sherwood Colliery SC’s Rebecca Hyatt placing 5th in the Girls 11/12yrs 200m Breaststroke final & 8th in the 100m event and Rebecca Flisher placing 8th in the 50m Backstroke final.

Additionally competing for medals, finals places and new, long course personal best times was Nova Centurion & Sherwood Colliery’s Joseph Sadler, placing 16th in the Boys 11/12yrs 50m Freestyle, Nicholas Meldrum 19thin the Boys 11/12yrs 50m Freestyle, Katie Mellors 22nd in the Girls 14yrs 50m Backstroke and Evie Timms 11th in the Girls 14yrs 100m Freestyle & 12th in the 50m Backstroke.

On the first weekend of the NESS Swimwear 2015 North East Regional Championships in Sheffield, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Owen Ottaway secured 5th for the City of Sheffield Squad in the Boys 14yrs 1500m Freestyle additionally placing 14th in the 200m Freestyle, 17th in the 400m Individual Medley and 21st in the 100m Backstroke.

As the swimmers approach the final weeks of the 2015 season, the countdown is now on for selection to British Swimming’s Summer National Championships and the ASA’s English Championship events. With the official qualification period now closed, the Country’s top ranked swimmers await the opportunity to experience competition at a National level. With a number of our swimmers in contention for both events, all eyes will be on the selection lists when they’re published later this week.

Additionally, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley and The City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg both still have nervy waits to hear about their possible European Youth Olympic Festival selections.

1 June 2015 - Sherwood Swimmers Clinch Regional Successes

A squad of local swimmers produced some promising performances at the first weekend of the 2015 SRS Leisure Midland Regional Age Group Championships held in Coventry.

The young squad of 11-14yr olds started the Championships in impressive fashion, securing 11 finals places between them, claiming 4 top three podium finishes & amassing a vast array of new, long course personal best times.

Competing against some of the biggest Clubs in the sport, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley lead the local charge, claiming two gold medals for the Nova Centurion squad and a clean sweep of the Backstroke finals in the Girls 14yrs 100m & 200m events. Adding a bronze in the final of the 200m Freestyle and a 7th place in the 400m Freestyle, Lily heads in to the second weekend as one of our local ‘ones to watch’.

Completing the individual finals places for Sherwood Colliery was Rebecca Flisher with a 5th place in the Girls 13yrs 100m Backstroke final and an overall 9th in the heats of the 200m event.

Other qualifiers & competitors included Nova Centurion & Sherwood Colliery SC’s Nicholas Meldrum who took 16th in the Boys 11/12yrs 100m Freestyle, Abbie Scott with a 20th in the 400m Freestyle, 24th in the 200m Freestyle & 22nd in the 50m Freestyle and Evie Timms an 11th in the 200m Backstroke, 15th in the 100m Backstroke & 13th in the 50m Freestyle.

With the tough qualifying times compounded by the introduction of British Swimming’s ‘age as of 31 December’ competition standard, the quality of the swims at this year’s event was extremely high and all the events were littered with some fantastic performances. At the halfway stage, our young swimmers have shown that they’re more than up for the challenge and look forward to the second half of the competition back in Coventry next weekend.

26 May 2015 - Race Is On For Sherwood Youngsters At Age Group Regional Championships

Mansfield & Ashfield’s young swimming elite will converge on Coventry and Sheffield over the next three weekends to compete against the best talent from across both the combined East & West Midland and North East regions at the Regional Age Group Championships.

Representing Sherwood Colliery SC and also swimming as part of the premier, competitive Nova Centurion & City of Sheffield squads, swimmers Abbie Scott, Evie Timms, Joseph Sadler, Katie Mellors, Lily Boseley, Natalee Meldrum, Nicholas Meldrum, Owen Ottaway, Rebecca Flisher and Rebecca Hyatt will compete in heats & finals across a range of strokes and distances for Regional titles and medals after successfully achieving the tough qualifying times.

The Meet will include a repeat showdown between Sherwood Colliery & Nova Centurion’s, British Swimming Championship 100 & 200m backstroke finallist, Lily Boseley and Ellesmere College’s Ellinor Southward, and also acts as a ‘last gasp’ qualifying opportunity for British Swimming’s new, invitation-only British Summer National & Home Nations Championships being held in Sheffield in July & August.

18 May 2015 - Sherwood Youngsters Bag A Hat-Trick Of Wins

Sherwood Colliery SC confirmed their status as one of the County’s top swimming clubs as their juniors claimed three gala wins in a row and secured their place in the final of the Derbyshire & Notts Junior League as joint favourites for the title.

In the first of a three gala series, the Sherwood youngsters dominated from the outset where the first & second places kept coming and didn’t stop. Individual and relay victories added points to the scoreboard to secure their win with a 241 points, holding off a strong Sutton SC team with 230 and ahead of Derby Phoenix, Etwall Eagles Silver, Southwell and Nottingham Northern.

The talented young squad, all aged between 9 & 12yrs, then continued their great form with another winning performance at the Notts ASA Stage 1 Spring Trophy Gala held at Water Meadows against tough opposition from Nottingham Leander A, Leander B, Worksop Dolphins, Chesterfield & Carlton Forum.

And completing the hat-trick of wins, in the second round of the Derbyshire & Notts Junior League, the young stars once again showed their impressive form holding off rivals from Belper Marlins, Derby Phoenix, City of Derby B, Chesterfield and Ripley with a comfortable 20 points victory to swim their way into the third round & League final next month.

There are currently 11 leagues that are affiliated to the Junior League, and within these leagues over 200 swimming clubs throughout England and Wales are participating. Sherwood Colliery compete in the Southern Area League where, in 2013, they secured the Derbyshire & Notts League Champions title and a place in the Southern Area Final.

4 May 2015 - Midland Marvels Make A Splash At Regional Championships

A talented squad of Mansfield & Ashfield’s young swimmers, aged 15yrs & over, produced some sparkling performances at the SRS Leisure Midland ASA Regional Championships in Corby last weekend.

Between them they reached over 20 finals, won a large number of medals and set a vast array of new, long course (50m) personal best times in the process.

Qualifying for three finals and taking home two medals was Sherwood Colliery SC & Nova Centurion’s Imogen Gould. Swimming in the Girls 17yrs/over age group, Imogen took silver in the 200m Individual Medley final, a bronze in the 50m Breaststroke final and placed 7th in the 100m Breaststroke final.

Also swimming in the Nova Centurion squad was Sherwood Colliery SC’s Declan Smith. Declan qualified for three finals in the Boys 16yr age group, placing 4th in the 100m Freestyle final, 7th in the 200m Freestyle final & 8th in the 100m Breaststroke final. Declan then joined his Nova Centurion team mates in the Boys 14/16yr 4 x 100m Medley relay taking a superb team gold, adding another gold in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay and a silver in the 4 x 100m Freestyle event.

Declan’s Sherwood team mate, Lewis Steptoe, joined the Boys Open age group Nova Centurion 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team, taking a superb silver and Lily Boseley joined the Girls 14/16yr Nova Centurion 4 x 100m Medley relay team, taking bronze.

Joining the Nova Centurion squad over the weekend-long competition was local para-swimmer Charlotte Henshaw who took gold in the multi-disability 100m Breaststroke.

Over the weekend-long competition, our local swimmers racked up an impressive array of new, long course (50m) seasons best times, and proving that it’s not always about medals & finals places, all achieved individual & personal successes with some competing at this level for the very first time.

Our contingent of swimmers included Charlotte Henshaw, Declan Smith, Holly Whitehead, Imogen Gould, Jade Young, Lewis Steptoe, Lily Boseley, Emily Waldram & Jade Clarke.

The final weekends of Regional competition being hosted in Coventry for the Midlands region & in Sheffield for the North East region will see our 11-14yr olds battling it out for equivalent age group medals and honours.

27 April 2015 - Sherwood Youngsters Continue Great Form

Sherwood Colliery’s talented youngsters continued their great form after another winning performance at the Notts ASA Stage 1 Spring Trophy Gala held recently at Water Meadows.

There were a host of impressive individual displays from the 8-11yr olds, with some of them experiencing their first taste of competition. The squad bought home the silverware to the ever-expanding Sherwood trophy cabinet after their efforts & teamwork paid off against tough opposition from Leander A, Leander B, Worksop Dolphins, Chesterfield & Carlton Forum SC.

19 April 2015 - Lily Faces Agonising Wait For Possible Olympic Festival Selection

After an explosive week at the British Swimming Championships in London’s Aquatics Centre, our local, hottest swimming prospects now face an agonising wait for possible European Youth Olympic Festival selection after promising performances catapulted them to the top of the list of new emerging, young talent.

Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley, 13yrs, swimming with the Nova Centurion squad, will have impressed the selectors after securing two Olympic Festival finals places in the 100m & 200m Backstroke, taking the runner up spot in both after touching in 1:04.45 and 2:19.41, both new personal & season’s best times.

Lily also secured British Championship qualification times in the 50m Freestyle where she placed 33rd in the Girls 13/14yrs age group and the 200m Individual Medley, placing 14th.

The British Swimming Championships is the biggest domestic competition of the year and saw the Country’s top swimmers battle it out for national honours as well as a place on the squad for this year’s World Championships in Kazan. On the penultimate day in London, the City of Derby’s Adam Peaty re-wrote the history books as he set a new World record in the Men’s Open 100m Breaststroke in a time of 57.92.

19 April 2015 - Sherwood Youngsters Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot After Diddy League Success

They may be young, but the Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club junior competitive squad (12yrs/under) lacked nothing in terms of quality after their first-round win of the 2015 Derbyshire & Notts League in the Arena Junior Inter-League.

In the first of a three gala series, held at Lammas Leisure Centre, the Sherwood youngsters dominated from the outset where the first & second places kept coming and didn’t stop. Individual and relay victories added points to the scoreboard to secure their win with a total points tally of 241. Local rivals Sutton SC finished second with 230, Derby Phoenix 194, Etwall Eagles Silver 111, Southwell SC 102 and Nottingham Northern SC 93.

There are currently 11 leagues that are affiliated to the Arena Junior Inter-League with over 200 swimming clubs throughout England and Wales participating. Sherwood Colliery compete in the Southern Area League where, in 2013, they secured the League Champions title and a place in the Southern Area Final.

7 April 2015 - Lily Hopes To Make A Splash At British Swimming Championships

Britain’s top swimmers with ambitions of competing at next year’s World Championships will determine their fate at the British Swimming Championships being held in the London Aquatics Centre.

The championships will double as British selection trials for the World Championships in Russia as well as the European Games in Azerbaijan and, for the younger swimmers, hot prospects will be hoping to qualify for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Georgia.

Maintaining her excellent form from her successes at last year’s British Gas National Age Group Championships, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley joins the Nova Centurion squad in the 50m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. At just 13yrs old, the Kirkby College pupil has established herself as ‘one to watch’ on the junior swimming circuit and enters the British Championships currently ranked amongst the top five 13 year old Backstroke swimmers in the country.

31 March 2015 - Charlotte Named In GB Squad For Worlds

Britain’s best para-swimmers descended on Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre last weekend to kick off their bids to qualify for this Summer’s IPC Swimming World Championships & a strong squad of local swimmers demonstrated they were more than up for the challenge.

The event was one of the largest Open competitions for para-swimming and, as a key qualification Meet, it attracted over 300 athletes & teams from 23 nations.

Despite missing the World qualification time by an agonising five hundredths of a second, named alongside World, European & Commonwealth Champion Ollie Hynd MBE in the British squad is Sherwood Colliery SC’s Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw.

Charlotte will compete in her third World Championship competition and brought home the bronze medal in the A final of the 100m Breaststroke behind Newcastle’s Bethany Firth who set a new SB14 100m Breaststroke world record in the process. Charlotte also competed in the 200m Individual Medley.

Sherwood Colliery SC’s Kirsten Pinson, 17, competed in five events, improving on her entry times in the 50m & 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley & 100m Butterfly.

23 March 2015 - Lily Rises To Scottish Challenge In Edinburgh

Local swimmers recorded impressive performances with the County’s elite Nova Centurion squad at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet recently as British swimmers bought their early season race preparation to a close ahead of next month’s British Swimming Championships.

With many World, Olympic, European & Commonwealth medallists in action, the Meet provided the swimmers with the opportunity to race their main events whilst being able to experience competing away from home and travelling & living together as a squad.

Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley, 13yrs, dominated the Girls 14yrs/under Backstroke events, qualifying fastest in the heats of the 100m before clinching victory & gold in the final in 1:04.47. It was a similar picture in the 200m event with Lily storming to another gold in 2:21.01; both race times were new personal bests. Continuing her busy Meet schedule, Lily also competed in the 200m Individual Medley & 100m Freestyle events where she took silver medals in both, the 200m Freestyle where she took bronze and qualifying for the final of the 100m Butterfly where she placed fourth.

16 March 2015 - Sherwood Turn The Beechdale Air Black & Gold

Our swimming aces turned the Beechdale Leisure Centre air black & gold over the final weekend of the 2015 Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships, bringing home a number of new, individual & team Junior & Senior County Champion titles and a remarkable 13 British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Awards including 1 BAGCAT Champion & 3 runners-up.

Sherwood's swimmers picked up another 5 individual County Champion titles including a Junior County Champion title & gold for Owen Ottaway in the Boys 14yrs/under 200m Individual Medley, two Senior County Champion titles & gold medals for Imogen Gould in the Girls 15yrs/over 200m Individual Medley & 100m Breaststroke and two Women’s County Champion titles & gold medals for Kirsten Pinson in the 100m Freestyle & 50m Breaststroke Multi Disability events.

There were additional podium places in the County Champion competition including a Senior County Champion Runner-Up spot & silver medal for Jade Clarke in the Girls 15yr/over 50m Freestyle and third-placed podium places and bronze medals for Owen Ottaway in the Boys 14yrs/over 100m Backstroke & Jade Young in the Girls 15yrs/over 100m Breaststroke. Evie Timms qualified for the final of the Girls Junior 200m Individual Medley final, placing fifth and both Jade Young & Jade Clarke qualified for the final of the Senior Girls 200m Individual Medley final placing fourth & fifth respectively.

In the individual age group competition, Jade Young took gold in the Girls 15/16yrs 100m Breaststroke & silver in the 200m Individual Medley, Imogen Gould a gold in the Girls 17yrs/over 100m Breaststroke & Jade Clarke two silvers in the Girls 17yrs/over 50m Freestyle & 200m Individual Medley. Owen Ottaway took gold in the Boys 13/14yrs 200m Individual Medley, adding a bronze in the 100m Backstroke and Declan Smith took silver in the Boys 15/16yrs 50m Freestyle.

In the BAGCAT competition, Sherwood’s Lily Boseley took the top spot & Champions award in the Girls 14yrs category with Dawid Sroka, Abbie Scott & Owen Ottaway taking second-placed runner-up awards in the Boys 11yrs & 14yrs and Girls 13yr age groups. Olivia Barrett (Girls 10yrs), Charles Austin (Boys 10yrs), Owen Harding (Boys 11yrs), Joseph Sadler (Boys 12yrs), Rebecca Hyatt (Girls 12yrs), Adam Pring & Bailey Ward (Boys 13yrs), Rebecca Flisher & Mille Standen (Girls 13yrs) & Evie Timms (Girls 14yrs) all achieved superb BAGCAT awards in their individual age categories.

In the team, relay events on the final day of competition, the black & gold face paints, tattoos & novelty hats added to the explosive atmosphere inside the Beechdale Leisure Centre where the Sherwood teams battled their way into no less than 9 of the 16 available relay finals.

Sherwood’s double medal-winning quartets of Emily Waldram, Jade Young, Jade Clarke & Imogen Gould took the team County Champion title & gold medals in the Girls Open age group 4 x 100m Medley relay event with Holly Whitehead, Jade Young, Jade Clarke & Shannon Brown taking the other team County Champion title & gold in the Girls Open age group 4 x 100m Freestyle. Evie Timms, Emily James, Abbie Scott & Emily Keen joined them on the podium after taking the runners-up spot & silver medals in the Girls 14yrs 4 x 50m Medley event and taking other podium runners-up spots & silver medals were the Girls 16yrs 4 x 50m Medley team, Hannah Carnell, Evie Timms, Holly Whitehead and Jade Young. The same quartet added a third-placed podium finish & bronze medals to their achievements in the Girls 16yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle event.

Just being pipped to medal-winning positions but qualifying for the team finals were the Boys 12yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle & 4 x 50m Medley team (Dawid Sroka, Alex Slaney, Owen Harding & Joseph Sadler) who placed fifth in both events, the Girls 12yrs 4 x 50m Medley team (Elena Keigher, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Rebecca Hyatt & Suranne Cave) who placed fourth, the Boys 16yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle & Medley team (Owen Ottaway, Matthew Hull, Owen Wakefield & Declan Smith) who placed sixth & fourth respectively and the Girls 14yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle team (Grace Lynk, Emily James, Emily Keen & Millie Standen) who placed sixth.

Over the month-long, gruelling County Championship competition, Sherwood has celebrated new & emerging swimming talent, a large number of new & existing Midland regional qualifying times and a vast array of new personal best times to take forward into future competitions. There have been countless stories of individual & personal achievement, determination & resilience that don’t always manifest themselves into high profile titles and medals but the Club
is extremely proud of all of their swimmers’ efforts & achievements and enjoy & applaud them.

All the swimmers go straight back into training to continue their domestic gala schedule and compete in a number of licensed Open Meets to secure & improve on final qualifying times ahead of the Midland Regional Championships held in May & June and the National competitions held in July.

9 March 2015 - International Swim Meets Provide Test For Sherwood's Ladies

British swimmers will bring their early season race preparation to a close when they compete at the Edinburgh International Meet at the Royal Commonwealth Pool next weekend.

And, at just 13yrs old, and taking her rightful place on the blocks alongside them, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley, joins a global field of swimming’s elite as they converge just four weeks out from the British Championships – the trials for this year’s World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The programme provides athletes with the opportunity to race their main events, and Lily joins a strong contingent of Nottinghamshire’s Nova Centurion SC swimmers at the three-day meet which will include showdowns between British breaststrokers Michael Jamieson, Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch as well as other British swimmers such as Hannah Miley, Fran Halsall, Ben Proud and James Guy.

The event is a key component of athlete preparation towards the British Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in April where Lily has qualified for three events; 50m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Backstroke, providing her & her Nova Centurion SC team mates with an opportunity to try and secure qualification for the Youth Olympic Festival being held in Tbilisi at the end of July.

Whilst the dust settles in Edinburgh, Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre then becomes the focus for one of the largest Open competitions for para swimming, attracting teams and swimmers from countries all over the world.

Sherwood Colliery SC & Nova Centurion SC swimmers Kirsten Pinson and Charlotte Henshaw join fellow para swimmers at the four-day meet as key preparation and qualification for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships which take place back in the Glasgow pool in July.

17yr old Kirsten competes in the 50m & 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly & 200m Individual Medley whereas Charlotte is targetting the 100m Breaststroke & 200m Individual Medley.

Kirsten is currently in the middle of the Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships where she recently took a trio of gold medals in the Women’s multi disability 50m & 100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle and Charlotte has just returned from Bangor after continuing her Glasgow preparation at the Swim Ulster International/2015 Dave McCullagh Memorial Meet.

2 March 2015 - Sherwood Keep Amassing The Titles As The County Championships Continue

Mansfield & Ashfield’s swimming aces continued their fine form into the second weekend of the British Gas 2015 Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships held at Beechdale Leisure Centre in Nottingham.

Remarkably, in the 9-14yr age groups, 32 local swimmers are currently sat in the coveted Top 10 British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Award positions, with final places due to be decided on what’s set to be an explosive last day of individual competition in the pool on March 14th.

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 13yr old Lily Boseley continued to lead the local title-fest, adding another 5 Junior County Champion titles to her first weekend’s tally, taking the County’s top junior honours in the 50m Butterfly, 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle. She additionally claimed the Junior County Champion Runner-Up Spot in the 400m Freestyle & is currently sat 1st in the Girls 14yr BAGCAT competition.

Continuing Sherwood’s successes, 17yr old Kirsten Pinson took another 2 County Champion titles in the Women’s 50m Freestyle & 100m Backstroke Multi Disability events, Imogen Gould, 20, claimed the Senior County Champion Runner-Up podium place in the 100m Freestyle, adding a 3rd placing in the Senior 50m Butterfly competition and Jade Clarke, 19, a 3rd placed podium finish in the Senior 50m Backstroke.

Sherwood’s male swimmers weren’t going to be outdone, with 21yr old Lewis Steptoe taking the Senior County Champion title in the 100m Freestyle and the Senior County Champion Runner-Up spot in the 400m Freestyle. 16yr old Declan Smith claimed the Senior County Champion Runner-Up position in the 200m Breaststroke and in the Junior competition, 13yr old Owen Ottaway added to his first weekend’s achievements claiming the Junior County Champion Runner-Up spot in the 400m Freestyle. Owen is currently sat in 3rd place in the Boys 14yr BAGCAT competition.

Aside from swimming for the Junior & Senior County Champion titles, medals were additionally awarded in the individual age group competitions. Lewis Steptoe , 21, claimed gold in the Boys 17yr/over 400m Freestyle, Declan Smith, 16, two golds in the Boys 15/16yr 200m Breaststroke & 100m Freestyle, Owen Ottaway, 13, a bronze in the Boys 13/14yr 400m Individual Medley, Jade Clarke, 19, a bronze in the Girls 17yr/over 100m Freestyle and Emily Waldram, 17, a bronze in the Girls 17yr/over 50m Backstroke.

The young Sherwood squad amassed a vast array of new personal best times too lengthy to list individually and, impressively, a large number of new & improved Regional qualifying times to take forward to the combined East & West Midlands Regional Championships being held in May.

Looking ahead to the final weekend of County Championship competition, Sherwood currently have 13 swimmers in the Top 10 BAGCAT positions – Charles Austin, Olivia Barrett, Dawid Sroka, Owen Harding, Joseph Sadler, Rebecca Hyatt, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Adam Pring, Abbie Scott, Rebecca Flisher, Millie Standen, Owen Ottaway, Lily Boseley & Evie Timms.

And in the Boys Open Top Swim competition, Lewis Steptoe is currently lying 5th out of 221 competitors, Lily Boseley 3rd & Imogen Gould 4th out of 251 competitors.

County Championship debutant Lucy Carter, 11yrs, successfully competed in the Girls 50m Backstroke competition improving on her entry time and placing 46th in her age group category.

16 February 2015 - New County Champions Are Crowned As Local Swimmers Dominate At Beechdale

Weekend one of the Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships got off to a storming start with no fewer than half of the new Junior & Senior County Champion crowns going to Mansfield & Ashfield’s swimmers.

As reported in last week’s News, a large number of swimmers this year were having to compete in age groups above their actual ages; however, our local swimmers proved they were more than up to the challenge, notching up not only medals and Junior & Senior County Champion titles, but additionally bringing home an impressive haul of Midland Regional qualifying times between them and a vast array of new, personal best times.

Lily Boseley, 13, from Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club led the local title charge, taking four 14yrs/under Junior County Champion titles in the 100m & 400m Individual Medleys, 100m Butterfly & 200m Freestyle and additionally secured the bronze medal in the final of the 200m Breaststroke.

In fact, the Girls 14yrs/under 200m Freestyle final was almost an all-black & gold affair with three of the six available places being taken by Sherwood swimmers; Lily Boseley claimed the top spot, Evie Timms was placed 5th and Libby Coleman, 6th.

Her Sherwood team-mate, Owen Ottaway, 13, took the 14yrs/under Junior County Champion title in the 1500m freestyle with an impressive display of speed endurance over 60 lengths of the Beechdale Leisure Centre pool. Owen additionally took the Junior County Champion Runner-Up spots & silver medals in the 200m Freestyle & 50m Backstroke adding a bronze medal to his first weekend’s haul in the 200m Backstroke final.

In the Senior competition, Sherwood’s Imogen Gould, 19, took the 15yrs/over Senior County Champion title in the 50m Breaststroke for an incredible sixth year running, adding the Senior County Champion Runner-Up spot & silver medal in the 100m Individual Medley.

Jade Young, 14, completed Sherwood’s Senior competition honours with the 15yrs/over Senior County Champion Runner-Up spot in the 400m Individual Medley adding two bronze medals to her tally in the 100m Individual Medley & 50m Breaststroke. Jade additionally qualified for the Senior 200m Breaststroke final in which she placed 4th.

Aside from swimming for the Senior & Junior County Champion titles, medals were additionally awarded for successes in the individual age groups.

Sherwood’s Olivia Barrett, 9, dominated the girls 9/10yrs Breaststroke taking gold in the 50m & 200m events & added a bronze to her tally in the 100m Individual Medley. Kirsten Pinson took a superb gold in the Women’s Multi-Disability 50m Backstroke & Rebecca Hyatt, 11, took a bronze in the Girls 11/12yrs 200m Breaststroke.

County Championship debutant, Ellena Keigher, successfully competed in the Girls 11/12yrs 50m Breaststroke, placing 28th in her age group out of the 43 competitors in that event.

10 February 2015 - Local Swimming Aces Prepare To Make A Splash At County Championships

Swimmers from all three local Clubs are in final preparations for the first of three weekends of the Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships being hosted at Beechdale Leisure Centre. And for the ladies & mums, there’ll be no breakfast in bed this year as the Championships kick off on Valentine’s Day and finish on Mothers’ Day!

Following a recent review by British Swimming, the format for this year’s competition has changed significantly with swimmers now competing in ‘age as at 31 December’ age groups. This means that many swimmers will be competing in age categories higher than their actual ages at the time of the competition and have had to work doubly hard to achieve the qualification times.

In total, 18 of Nottinghamshire’s Clubs are taking part & Mansfield & Ashfield are well represented with over 100 talented youngsters from our three local Clubs all battling it out for new, individual & team County Champion titles, medals & Regional qualifying times.

Additionally, the 9-14yr olds will compete for overall top ten finishing positions & BAGCAT (British Age Group Category) Awards which encourage youngsters to compete across a wide variety of strokes and distances in line with British Swimming’s Long Term Athlete Development strategy. In this competition, this year’s ‘ones to watch’ include 2014 BAGCAT Champions Abbie Scott & Lily Boseley and runner up Owen Ottaway. Imogen Gould & Jade Clarke will both be looking to retain their individual event Senior Champion titles.

Hoping to build on their 2014 successes, Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 42-strong qualifying squad is, in the main, made up of experienced swimmers who have competed at this level previously. However, Ellena Keigher & Lucy Carter are both making their first County Championship appearances after qualifying for seven individual events between them.

1 February 2015 - Sherwood Swimmers Celebrate At Annual Awards Ceremony

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers swapped costumes & caps for dancing shoes recently during a fantastic night at The Newstead Centre celebrating their annual Club presentation evening.

Medal and trophy winners partied late into the night after the Club chairman, Andy Rowbottom, paid tribute to their commitment, dedication and hard work, alongside that of the team of coaches, committee members and volunteers.

Reflecting on the Club’s successes last year, he congratulated all of the swimmers on a “truly great year” and thanked them all for their outstanding contribution in what had been the Club’s 80th year of competitive swimming; a year in which individual & team National, Regional & County Champions were crowned, new, Sherwood talent was identified by the ASA for their England Talent Programme, Premiership & League Champions titles were successfully defended & retained, new English Schools & Club records were set and there was even a surprise visit by a double, gold Olympian as part of the 80th year celebrations. To top off the great year, the Club’s achievements were then recognised in the local community as the competitive squads scooped Mansfield’s Team of the Year at the 2014 Sports Recognition Awards.

Swimmers received their awards and trophies from Head Coach, Ian Negus and coaches Gary Butcher & Dave Carnell.

13yr old Owen Ottaway received the silver, Paget Plate as the Junior Boy’s Club Champion whilst 11yr old Suranne Cave & 16yr old Hannah Carnell joined him on stage to receive their joint, Junior Girl’s Club Champion Award. Senior swimmers Jade Clarke, 18 and Connor Smith, 19 took the equivalent Female & Male Senior Club Champions titles; all five swimmers had recorded the most number of individual wins in their age group categories.

73yr old Roger Lloyd Mostyn received the highly prestigious Endeavour Award for his outstanding performances in the British Gas ASA National 2014 Masters & Senior Championships & 12yr old Kaitlin Robinson was awarded the equally prestigious President’s Award in recognition of her poolside, voluntary work for both the Club and children & adults with disabilities at the Sherwood Seals Swimming Club.

The dust hardly had time to settle on the celebrations however, before the swimmers were back in action the day after to start the defence of their 2014 Champions title in the Notts ASA League, Stage 3.

Showing their late-night partying hadn’t affected their competitive spirit, the squad romped to a convincing, first-round win at Lammas Leisure Centre beating fellow rivals Bramcote SC, Carlton Forum SC, Kimberley SC & Nottingham Northern SC with a total of 161 gala points. The second round fixture takes place at the end of February where Sherwood will be looking to take another maximum points win into the final round end-March.

19 January 2015 - Local Swimmers Make A Splash In Matlock As Sherwood Scoop Medals A Plenty

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club aces got their New Year off to a storming start last weekend, travelling to Matlock for the 2015 January Open Meet hosted at the ARC Leisure Centre by Ripley Amateur Swimming Club.

With visiting clubs competing from as far afield as Aberystwyth, the event was specifically targetted as final preparation for the swimmers before the 2015 Nottinghamshire County Championships in February & March and was a ‘last gasp’ opportunity for swimmers to achieve missing qualification times and improve upon existing times for both the County & Midland Regional Championships.

Showing they were on great form after the festive break, the squad stole the show cruising to an impressive 116 top six awards, including a number of bronze, silver & gold clean sweeps in some events and a vast amount of new & improved personal best, County & Midland Regional qualification times too lengthy to list.

In the boys 10yrs age group it was sparkling top six finishes for Owen Harding, Jack Armsby and Alex Slaney with Joseph Sadler, Joseph Lewis and David Sroka claiming them for the 11yrs. For the 12yr old boys Niall Peeters Weem joined Adam Pring, Bailey Ward & Owen Ben Sladen in the top six whilst for the 13yr olds, it was Owen Ottaway. Joining Kieran Harby in the 14yr boys category was Matthew Hull, Owen Wakefield & Tom Fletcher.

For the younger girls, 9yr old Isabel Fletcher collected her top six award alongside Gabriella Beardsley & Suranne Cave in the 10yrs age group. Rebecca Hyatt & Amelia Tunnicliffe joined them in the 11yrs alongside Abbie Scott & Rebecca Flisher in the 12yrs. Evie Timms collected her top six awards in the 13yrs age group alongside Emily Keen, Krystle Priestley & Erica Brown with Jade Clarke rounding off the girls medal fest in the 15yrs & Over.

Just being pipped to the medals, but achieving new & improved personal best and/or County Championship qualifying times were 12yr old Shannon Barrett, 13yr old Olivia Slaney & 10yr old Alexander Peeters Weem.

The squads now continue their training leading up to the County Championships next month, whilst starting the defence of their 2014 Premier League Champions title by competing in the first round of the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League and Notts ASA Stage 3 Gala League.
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15 December 2014 - Sherwood Shine Again On National Stage

Sherwood Colliery SC once again confirmed their status as one of the Region’s top swimming clubs as they claimed a top three finish in the East Midlands Regional B Final of the Country’s premier swimming competition, the National Arena League.

Swimming in the Premier Division, Sherwood qualified fourth fastest for the final alongside squads from the City of Cambridge, Lincoln Vulcans, Chesterfield, Modernians & Bramcote, but pulled up a place on the night to claim a superb third. At the half-way stage, the squad swam to within just 4 points of local rivals & overall winners, Chesterfield SC, but had to settle for third after runners-up City of Cambridge had a late run of good results.

The final points on the night were Chesterfield SC 204, City of Cambridge 194, Sherwood Colliery 188, Lincoln Vulcans 185, Modernians 146 & Bramcote 129.

The result ensures Sherwood retain their Premier Division place for the 2015 competition with an overall upper table 10th finish out of the 36 competing clubs.

Head coach, Ian Negus, praised the squad’s performance commenting “The National Arena League is the toughest competition we enter and our committed squad put in another gutsy display against some massive clubs in the Premier Division; all of the coaching team are very proud of their efforts.”

11 December 2014 - Imogen Leads Charge At Regional Short Course Championships

Eleven of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s competitive squad travelled to The Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby recently to compete against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands & West Midlands regions in the British Gas Regional Short Course Championships and came home with a number of coveted individual medals, finalist places and new personal best times.

Competing as part of Nottinghamshire’s Nova Centurion squad, 19yr old Imogen Gould led the Senior Open Age Group charge with four finals places (50m & 100m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley & 50m Butterfly) resulting in two individual medals (bronze 100m Individual Medley & bronze 100m Breaststroke).

Following her, but swimming in the Junior Age Group (15yrs/under) as part of the Nova Centurion squad, 13yr old Lily Boseley took the bronze medal in the 100m backstroke, adding a superb silver to her tally in the 50m backstroke. Remarkably, Lily’s swim in the 50m backstroke (30:78) additionally qualified her for the Senior final where she finished 5th and bettered her time to 30:44.

In a packed weekend’s programme, the Sherwood swimmers in the Nova Centurion squad proved they were more than up for the challenge, and although missing out on the medals, Connor Smith, Declan Smith, Lewis Steptoe, Holly Whitehead, Jade Young, Jade Clarke, Charlotte Henshaw, Kirsten Pinson & Emily Waldram all celebrated individual successes including achieving the initial qualifying times and/or swimming a number of new, personal best times.

11 December 2014 - Sherwood Honoured As One Of Mansfield's Sporting Elite

Mansfield celebrated another great year for sporting achievement recently at the 2014 Sports Recognition Awards. The annual ceremony, organised by Mansfield District Council, recognises the District’s sporting greats including the best teams, coaches, volunteers, sportsmen and sportswomen.

Staged at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex, the 2014 awards attracted a record number of nominations across 11 categories, and Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club secured four nominations; Team of the Year & three nominations in the Junior Sportsperson of the Year (Under 15yrs) category.

With the Junior Sportsperson of the Year award going to an individual in the sport of martial arts, all Sherwood eyes turned to the Team of the Year category with the Club up against stiff opposition from nominations for local teams representing Rugby, Football & Athletics.

As the Club’s accolades were read out, hopes were high & the announcement came shortly thereafter – Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, Mansfield’s 2014 Team of the Year.

Ian Negus collected the award on behalf of the Club and coach Lauren Clogg joined Ian on stage alongside squad members Lily Boseley, Elliot Clogg & Owen Ottaway for the official team photograph.

Reflecting on the award, Ian Negus thanked the swimmers, coaching staff, volunteers, parents, friends & family who all contribute to the sporting successes of the Club and commented that receiving such an award demonstrated yet again the amazing sporting talent we have.

The sport of swimming received a total of six awards on the night including Coach of the Year (Glenn Smith, Nova Centurion), Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year (Ben Foulston, Nova Centurion), The Mayors Special Achievement Award (Maureen Arnold), Disabled Sportsperson of the Year (Oliver Hynd, Nova Centurion) & Ian Bagshaw Memorial Award (Maureen Shaw, Nova Centurion & Mansfield SC).

26 November 2014 - Sherwood Retain Premiership Title

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club swept to emphatic victories in five out of six rounds of the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League to retain the League & Division 1 Championship title recently from under the noses of fellow Division 1 rivals Worksop Dolphins, Mansfield A, Bramcote, Retford SC & Newark SC.

After missing out on the title in 2012, Sherwood A made sure of their victories in 2013 & 2014 by winning five out of six rounds and amassing 35 points; at the other end of the Division 1 table, Mansfield A won the relegation battle with Newark SC to retain their place in the premiership for 2014.

With Sutton SC promoted from Division 2, it now means all three local clubs will compete in the Premiership next year; a great advert for Mansfield & Ashfield’s swimming.

In Division 3, Sherwood B achieved a superb runners up position behind 2014 Champions Kimberley SC, and go into 2015 as clear favourites for promotion.

24 November 2014 - Sherwood Para Swimmer Shows Form In Manchester

Sherwood Colliery SC’s 16yr old Kirsten Pinson took her rightful place alongside Para swimming’s elite recently competing in the English Federation of Disabiliy Sports British Gas Open Disability Short Course Championships.

Newcomers & experienced Para swimmers impressed the crowds at the Manchester Aquatics Centre and Kirsten was in good company alongside the Club’s Charlotte Henshaw.

Taking a superb five individual silvers in the 200m IM, 50m & 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke & 100m breaststroke, Kirsten then went one better, joining Charlotte and fellow Team GB stars Ellie Simmonds & Rebecca Franks to join forces in the East Midlands medley relay team where they took a superb gold medal.

The mixture of newcomer and world class swimmers gave the championships an extra special atmosphere & numerous British records were broken by swimmers with a range of experiences. All swimmers are now focussed on the British Para Swimming International Meet which takes place in Glasgow in March & will be a key qualification Meet for the World Championships.

18 November 2014 - Sherwood Turn The Water Meadows Air Black & Gold

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s black & gold colours were flying higher than ever recently competing in Mansfield SC’s Major Oak Open Meet hosted at Water Meadows.

Over the two full days of competition, the squad bought home the Top Male Swimmer Award, the Runner-Up Top Male Swimmer Award, the Male & Female Junior Medley Skins Champion titles, four Medley Skins finalists, 113 medals, a huge number of individual personal best, County Championship & Midland Regional Short Course Championship qualifying times and, with a total of 768 points, an outstanding first place overall in the keenly contested Top Visiting Club competition.

13yr old Owen Ottaway led the Sherwood medal fest with 8 gold (50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 200 & 400m freestyle, 100 & 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley) and 2 silvers (50 & 100m freestyle) to earn himself the prestigious Top Male Swimmer award after amassing 58 points. Owen also qualified for the Boys 13/under Medley Skins final, and, after progressing through all five elimination rounds, collected his cash prize as the Boys Junior Skins Champion.

Owen was joined in the Boys 13/under Medley Skins final by Sherwood team-mates 12yr old Bailey Ward with a gold (400m freestyle), a silver (200m backstroke) & 4 bronzes (200m IM, 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly) & Adam Pring with 2 golds (50m backstroke, 50m butterfly) & 5 silvers (200m IM, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 100m & 200m breaststroke). Both Bailey & Adam received cash prizes for qualifying.

Consistent swimming by 11yr old Joseph Sadler earned him the runner-up spot in the Top Male Swimmer competition with 49 points achieved with his 4 golds (50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m & 100m freestyle) and 5 silvers (200m IM, 100m & 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke).

Sherwood’s boys’ medallists additionally included 10yr olds Joseph Lewis with 4 golds (100m & 200m backstroke, 50m & 100m freestyle) & 3 silvers (200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m breaststroke), Dawid Sroka with 1 gold (50m backstroke), 5 silvers (50m & 100m freestyle, 200m IM, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke) & 2 bronzes (200m freestyle, 200m backstroke), Owen Harding with 1 gold (50m butterfly), 1 silver (100m butterfly) & 3 bronzes (200m IM, 50m & 200m breaststroke), Alex Slaney with a silver (50m breaststroke), Jack Armsby with a bronze (100m butterfly) and Alexander Peeters-Weem with a bronze (200m butterfly). For the 12yr olds, Niall Peeters-Weem a silver (50m backstroke) & a bronze (100m freestyle) and Ethan Barraclough a bronze (50m butterfly). The 14yr old boy’s medals were achieved by Tom Fletcher with 3 golds (50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle) & 7 bronzes (200m IM, 100m & 200m backstroke, 100m & 200m freestyle, 100m & 200m breaststroke).

In the girls competition, 13yr old Lily Boseley took 5 golds (50m & 100m freestyle, 50m & 100m butterfly, 200m IM) and qualified for the Girls 13/under Medley Skins final where she progressed through all five elimination rounds to collect her cash prize as Girls Junior Skins Champion. She was joined in the final by 13yr old Libby Coleman who took a bronze (200m IM).

14yr old Jade Young qualified for the final of the Girls 14/over Medley Skins final with 4 golds (200m IM, 100m & 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke), 2 silvers (100m freestyle, 200m butterfly) and a bronze (400m freestyle).

Additionally in the girls’ events, 9yr old Olivia Barrett headed home with 2 golds (200m IM & 200m breaststroke) & 2 bronzes (200m backstroke, 200m freestyle), with Gabriella Beardsley achieving 2 bronzes (50m freestyle & 50m breaststroke). Suranne Cave topped the medal charts for the 10yr olds with 2 bronzes (50m freestyle & 50m breaststroke) & a silver (50m butterfly). In the 11yr old category Rebecca Hyatt took 2 silvers (50m & 100m breaststroke) with 12yr old Abbie Scott taking 4 golds (50m, 100m, 200m & 400m freestyle), a silver (200m IM) & a bronze (200m breaststroke), Rebecca Flisher 2 golds (100m & 200m backstroke) & a silver (100m backstroke) and Millie Standen a silver (50m freestyle). 13yr old Evie Timms took a gold (50m backstroke), a silver (50m freestyle) and 3 bronzes (100m butterfly, 100m backstroke & 200m freestyle) with Holly Whitehead taking 3 silvers (100m & 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke) to add to her bronze (50m freestyle). Joining them in the medals was 13yr old Erica Brown with a silver (50m breaststroke), Emily Keen with a silver (50m backstroke), Krystle Priestley bronze (50m backstroke) and Emily James a bronze (100m breaststroke). 18yr old Jade Clarke took 2 golds in the 15/over 50m backstroke & 100m freestyle adding a silver to her tally in the 100m backstroke & bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Just being pipped to the medals, but swimming their way to superb, new personal best, 2015 County Championship qualifying times and gaining vital points towards the overall Top Visiting Club points total were 9yr olds Isabel Fletcher, Evie Pleasance & Harry Lewis, 10yr old Lucy Carter, 11yr olds Amelia Tunnicliffe & Imogen Lynk, 12yr olds Shannon Barrett, Owen-Ben Sladen and Katie Webster, 13yr olds Grace Lynk & Olivia Slaney, 14yr olds Matt Hull, Owen Wakefield & Sophie Malbon and 16yr old Emily Waldram.

11 October 2014 - Records Tumble at Annual Club Championships

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club kicked off their 2014 Annual Club Championships in fine style with a superb display of swimming over the first weekend of events.

Swimmers between the ages of 5 & 72 years old kept the Club statisticians busy with a total of 11 new Club records and many individual, new personal best times.

9yr old Olivia Barrett became the first weekend’s youngest new record holder, winning the Girls 9yr 200m breaststroke event in 3:36.06 while 10yr old Dawid Sroka set two new records in the Boys 10yr 100m Individual Medley (1:23.45) and 50m backstroke (38.92). 13yr old Owen Ottaway joined them in the Club record books setting a new time in the Boys 13yr 50m backstroke (32.30) & his 13yr old team-mate, Lily Boseley, topped the charts with no fewer than four new records in the Girls 13yr 200m breaststroke (2:50.06), 100m butterfly (1:08.90), 50m backstroke (30.61) & 200m freestyle (2:11.22). 14yr old Jade Young swam her way to a new record in the Girls 14yr 200m breaststroke (2:52) whilst in the Open Age Group, 18yr old Jade Clarke set a new record in the Girls Open 50m backstroke (31:30) and 19yr old Imogen Gould a new record in the Girls Open 200m breaststroke (2:45.82).

A full round-up of all the results will be published at the end of the Championships but are available to view now at RASC.

The Club’s younger squad swimmers held their own 25m ‘Splash & Dash’ events with the youngest swimmer just 5yrs old. Their results are also available to view at RASC and a full round up will be published at the end of their competition.

10 October 2014 - National Arena League, Round 2

Following on from a solid Round 1 performance & a trip down the A1 to Biggleswade, the black & gold colours of the merry men & women from Sherwood Colliery were hoping for somewhere slightly more local; with local rivals Chesterfield SC in the draw, fingers & toes were crossed.

So, with the draw pulling out a trip down the M1 to Milton Keynes, the coach was booked and once again the black & gold army headed off with (I suspect) the Chesterfield SC coach either just in front or not far behind.

With teams from Northampton A (who we drew in the first round) & City of Milton Keynes, it was always going to be a tough one. Throw in Chesterfield, South Lincs Comp & West Norfolk for good measure and the squad knew they were going to have to be at the top of their game.

In the bright and airy 8-lane pool at Bletchley, the squad didn’t disappoint. Consistent performances all evening saw us pull ahead of South Lincs & West Norfolk from the first points tally, and a strong Chesterfield squad seemed to be within our sights.

Our National Age Group Champion, Lily Boseley, gave us our first wins of the night in the backstroke events and a nice run of firsts & seconds from the younger age groups saw us pull within touching distance of the third spot. However, with many swimmers having to compete out of age and, in some cases, out of their comfort zones, the points seemed to stretch away from us again in the final events & we had to settle for another solid fourth place finish.

That wasn’t where the drama ended however. With a buoyant coach full of chatty swimmers & parents heading back to Nottinghamshire, the dreaded ‘M1 Closed’ overhead notices started to appear, and our fears were realised when, at J16, and at 10pm, the coach was diverted out into the Northamptonshire countryside. As beautiful as that might be under normal circumstances, it added almost 2 hours onto the journey and meant a 2am arrival back at our home pool, the Rebecca Adlington Swim Centre. The lengths some people will go to to get out of Sunday morning training!

Many thanks to our hosts down in Bletchley who battled a series of technical problems and to the patient swimmers and spectators who amused themselves in the delays with some excellent Mexican Waves.

Head coach, Ian Negus, praised the squad’s performance & resilience in difficult circumstances, commenting “The National Arena League is the toughest competition we enter and our committed squad put in another gutsy display against some massive clubs in the Premier Division; all of the coaching team are very proud of their efforts.”

3 November 2014 - Local Swimmers Get England Programmes Call Up

A trio of swimmers from two of our local clubs attended a regional Education & Development Day at Wrekin College in Telford recently after being selected to join British Swimming’s ASA England Talent Programme.

The ASA England Talent Programme for swimming is planned and delivered in alignment with the British Swimming World Class Pathway. The strategic goals of the programme are the development of a system that aims to support and enhance the development of high quality senior athletes for the future and to seek to identify individuals with the potential to achieve senior success.

Rhys Taylor (14), Mansfield SC, Owen Ottaway (13) & Lily Boseley (13), Sherwood Colliery SC, all received selection letters having been identified during their 2013-14 season performances & positioning on the National rankings database.

The Programme identified the trio after an outstanding season saw Lily achieve National Age Group Champion success in the 100m backstroke event and Rhys & Owen climbing onto the top 4 ranked athletes database in one or more Olympic events following the Regional Age Group Championships.

During their Education & Development Day, the swimmers underwent a series of anthropological tests & measurements, received expert lifestyle management advice & participated in both land & pool-based skills & strategic coaching sessions from England Talent Development Officer, Fred Furniss, and a team of selected Programme coaches.

The swimmers will now continue to receive training, educational programmes & sports science support services as an enhancement to their Club programmes and are hoping to progress onto either Regional or National event camps held later this month and early next year.

26 October 2014 - National Swimming Success For Retired Physician

Hundreds of the Country’s top Masters swimmers converged on Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently for the biggest short course competition of the domestic Masters calendar last weekend.

Taking to the blocks, and flying the flag for Sherwood Colliery SC, was well-known, retired physician, Dr Roger Lloyd-Mostyn, 73 yrs. Dr Lloyd-Mostyn hung up his stethoscope in 2007 after devoting more than 30 years of his life treating and helping patients at Kings Mill Hospital.

Swimming as part of the Otter SC Masters squad, Dr Lloyd-Mostyn competed in the gruelling 1500m freestyle event, taking gold and the National Masters Champion title in the Mens 70/74yrs age group in an outstanding, personal best time of 26:06.93, over a minute faster than his entry time. He then went on to secure a superb silver in the 50m butterfly in a time of 37:01.

Dr Lloyd-Mostyn trains locally with Sherwood Colliery SC, and will compete in the Club’s Annual Club Championships that take place throughout November.

20 October 2014 - Local Swimmers Battle National Inter-County Championships

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers Elliot Clogg (14), Owen Ottaway (13) & Lily Boseley (12) joined forces with Sutton SC’s Ruslan Golubs (15), Neve Fergie (14), Mia Fergie (13) and other Nottinghamshire-based swimmers, at prestigious Ponds Forge last weekend to compete in the one-day, high-energy, action packed British Gas ASA National Inter-County Championships.

The Championships first originated back in 1974 and used to feature just the 33 English counties of the ASA. In 1999 the competition was opened up to the four Scottish districts (East, West, Midland & North) as well as two Welsh regions (North & South) with the six newcomers joining the 15 lowest ranked counties from the previous year to form a second division.

The format has stuck and the competition has continued to thrive with now 40 teams from England, Scotland & Wales gathering under one roof for a fiercely-contested & spectacular display of the Nation’s youngest talent.

The atmosphere was second to none – 1200 swimmers and 1000 spectators raising the roof cheering their teams to the winning touch; Elliot swimming for Yorkshire and Owen, Lily, Ruslan, Neve & Mia for Nottinghamshire.

Individual events were contested over 100m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly & breaststroke in three separate age groups – 12/13yrs, 14/15yrs & 16/17yrs. There was also 4 x 50m medley relays held for each of the age groups and one mixed 6 x 50m freestyle relay with teams made up of one boy & one girl from each age group.

The Championships took place in two 25m pools at the same time – one for Division 1 races, the other for Division 2. Both Yorkshire & Nottinghamshire competed in Division 1, but sadly for Nottinghamshire, despite some great swimming on the day with stunning new personal best times & a maximum points win for Lily Boseley in the 12/13yrs 100m backstroke, their 211 total points tally wasn’t enough to keep them out of the relegation zone and they’ll compete in Division 2 next year alongside Essex, Warwickshire & Cumbria who were also relegated.

Yorkshire, on the other hand, faired significantly better, amassing 427 points to finish third overall in Division 1 behind runners-up Somerset and nineteen-times National County Champions, Lancashire.

6 October 2015 - Becky Pays A Surprise Visit As Sherwood Shine In Sheffield

Sherwood Colliery swimmers travelled to prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently to host and compete in their top flight, 34th Robin Hood Open Meet.

Clearly enjoying the Olympic-sized 50m pool, the squad bought home over 40 individual medals, the runner up top male team accolade, the fourth top female team accolade and a huge number of individual personal best times – a remarkable achievement so early into the new season.

And, to add to the excitement in the pool, as part of the Club’s 80th year celebrations, Sherwood’s double Gold Medal Olympian, Rebecca Adlington, paid a surprise visit to the Meet where she chatted poolside about her fond memories of swimming at the Club as a youngster, giving advice & inspiration to the hundreds of swimmers who then enjoyed possibly the largest number of selfies and t-shirt & cap signings ever undertaken in an hour.

Sherwood swimmers, Joseph Lewis & Suranne Cave, both 10yrs, presented Becky with a black & gold-themed bouquet of flowers & a gold, 80th-year commemorative swimming cap.

In another, special poolside presentation, Brian Barnett received an engraved, cut glass award from Club President Eileen Guilor, to commemorate his retirement after 34 years of service at the Robin Hood Open Meet.

In the pool, 12yr Lily Boseley led the Sherwood medal fest at the Meet with eight gold medals from eight events (50m & 100m freestyle, 50m 100m & 200m backstroke, 50m & 100m butterfly & 200m Individual Medley), earning herself a prestigious sixth overall in the top female swimmer competition.

Just behind Lily in the medal tally, 10yr old Joseph Lewis also had an outstanding Meet, taking seven medals home including four golds (50, 100m & 200m backstroke & 50m freestyle) and three silvers (50m breaststroke, 400m freestyle & 200m Individual Medley) finishing 5th in the top male swimmer competition.

Other Sherwood medallists included 10yr olds Dawid Sroka (silver 100m & 200m backstroke, bronze 50m backstroke, 100m & 200m freestyle), Owen Harding (silver 100m butterfly) & Alex Slaney (bronze 50m breaststroke), 11yr olds Joseph Sadler (bronze 50m freestyle), Rebecca Hyatt (silver 50m breaststroke) & Millie Standen (bronze 50m freestyle), 12yr olds Adam Pring (silver 100m butterfly & bronze 50m breaststroke) & Abbie Scott (bronze 400m freestyle), 13yr old Holly Whitehead (bronze 100m freestyle), 14yr old Elliot Clogg (gold 200m Individual Medley & 100m backstroke, silver 400m freestyle & 50m butterfly), 15yr olds Declan Smith (silver 100m & 200m breaststroke & bronze 100m & 200m freestyle) & Amelia Sale (gold 200m backstroke & bronze 200m Individual Medley) and Jade Clarke (silver 50m backstroke & bronze 100m backstroke) & Lewis Steptoe (silver 200m freestyle) in the 16yrs/over age group.

Just sitting outside of the top three medals places, but earning valuable points to contribute to the male & female team awards were Jack Armsby, Thomas Fletcher, Kieran Harby, Matthew Hull, Owen Ottaway, Owen Ben Sladen, Connor Smith, Owen Wakefield, Bailey Ward, Erica Brown, Suranne Cave, Emily James, Emily Keen, Grace Lynk, Imogen Lynk, Sophie Malbon, Olivia Slaney, Evie Timms, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Emily Waldram & Jade Young.

Head coach, Ian Negus, said “After the summer break, this top level Meet sets the bench-mark for our swimmers in a tough, competitive environment. There were some outstanding performances and the opportunity to swim in a 50m pool helps build solid platforms to work from for competitions held at a regional and national level next year”

Sherwood has also been recently celebrating achievements away from the Open Meet including a fourth consecutive round win in the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League.

On an individual swimmer basis, 12yr old Lily Boseley & 13yr old Owen Ottaway have both recently been selected to represent Nottinghamshire at the British Gas National Inter-County Swimming Championships later this month and, following their performances in the 2013/2014 season, have both been selected to join British Swimming’s England Talent Development Programme. 14yr old Elliot Clogg will represent Yorkshire at the British Gas National Inter-County Swimming Championships and progresses to the Regional ‘Beacon’ phase in the England Talent Development Programme.

Recent Club & individual successes on such a grand scale nicely sets the squad up for the first round of the Country’s premier swimming competition, the National Arena League, in which Sherwood will compete in Biggleswade next weekend to try and earn a place in the regional final. They finished fifth in the regional final in 2012 – the Club’s best ever result in a national competition.

1 October 2014 - Kirsten Takes Regional Honours

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmer, Kirsten Pinson, 16yrs, took regional honours recently competing against the best talent from across the West Midlands in the English Federation of Disability Sports Regional Championships at Rugby, bringing home a number of medals including three golds and two silvers.

Run under DSE rules, Kirsten led the charge in the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly & 100m Individual Medley S10 category to take the gold medals and regional champion titles, followed by further successes and silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley & 100m breaststroke.

The competition was open to swimmers with a disability, physical, sensory or learning disability and medals were awarded to the first three places in each event based on disability points.

22 September 2014 - Sherwood Celebrate 80 Years In The Fast Lane

Past & present swimmers from Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club turned the John Fretwell Sports Complex air black & gold recently during celebrations to mark the Club’s 80th year.

Swapping their race suits for dancing shoes, over 300 guests enjoyed a party & bbq to celebrate the Club’s important landmark and the Chairman, Andy Rowbottom, welcomed past & present members, coaching staff, committee members, volunteers, friends & family.

Formed on 6 October 1934 by a small, all-male group of Sherwood Colliery employees, the Club’s first 36 swimmers paid an annual fee of 2/- to become members, before the Club became affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) in 1935.

Members Mr H Frost & Mr W Scott, wearing the original SCSC Club colours of black & white, captained the squad in their first annual gala in December 1935, competing for the Junior Champion plate donated by Major J B Paget, a Director of Sherwood Colliery and the Senior Champion cup donated by wealthy Nottingham solicitor, Sir Jesse Hind; both awards are still competed for today at the Club’s Annual Championships and previous holders include double gold Olympian, Rebecca Adlington, undoubtedly Sherwood’s most famous past member.

With its competitive roots starting to take shape, the Club accepted ladies for the first time in 1938 and, after starting to enter mixed competitions, it held its first charity gala in 1950, raising & donating £25.10 to the Creswell Colliery Disaster Fund.

Fast-forward to more recent times, the Club’s first, flagship Robin Hood event was held in 1981 as a sprint-only Meet held at the then Sherwood Colliery Swimming Baths. Eleven clubs attended with 83 swims entered by boys & girls aged 9-12yrs. Thirty four years later the Robin Hood Open Meet, as it’s now known, is held at prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield, and offers almost 30 different events across multi-strokes and distances, with circa 60 Clubs taking part entering over 3,000 individual swims.

The Club’s home pool, Sherwood Colliery Swimming Baths, was refurbished in January 2010 and renamed the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.

Rebecca started her swimming career at Sherwood back in 1997 before moving on to the elite County swim squad, Nova Centurion, with which the Club still has strong ties and currently supports with 30+ swimmers. Coached in her early days by the current Club Head Coach, Ian Negus, Rebecca went on to become Great Britain’s most decorated female swimmer with four Olympic medals, two golds and two bronzes.

Current Sherwood member, Charlotte Henshaw, joins Rebecca in the Club’s history books after winning a Paralympic silver medal in the 100m breaststroke at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and, although Charlotte now mainly trains with Nova Centurion, she still dons the black & gold colours and represents Sherwood at selected Open Meets as part of her training schedule.

Away from the Pool, the Club was one of the first in the UK to achieve the swim21 ‘Essential’ accreditation in recognition of the work undertaken by the Club and its volunteers and current, long-standing committee members & volunteers Brian Barnett and Brian Dent have both received Torch Trophy Trust awards after being nominated by the ASA for their outstanding contributions to County and Regional swimming for some 60+ years.

Adding to the Club’s prestigious, non-swimming awards, Head Coach, Ian Negus, was awarded the UK Centre of Coaching Excellence’s ‘The Coaching Chain; The Appreciation of Coaching Award’ alongside Bill Furniss, Glenn Smith and Linda Bennett for having played a major role in Rebecca Adlington’s development as a swimmer.

In the pool there have been many highlights; most recently the Sherwood squad achieving fifth place overall in the 2012 East Midland regional final of the National Arena Swimming League, being crowned Junior League Champions with the 12/unders in the 2013 Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire League and this year seeing 23 swimmers achieving top ten British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) awards in the Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships, including three first-placed Champions, Senior Champion titles at the British Gas Midland Regional Youth Championships, Junior Champion titles & top eight BAGCAT winners at both the British Gas Midland & North East Regional Age Group Championships, a new English Schools Swimming Association record and incredibly seeing two swimmers achieve National Champion success just a couple of months ago at the 2014 British Gas National Age Group Championships; all outstanding achievements for still a relatively small Club.

The Club continues its commitment to provide a friendly atmosphere where Mansfield & Ashfield children of all ages and abilities can enjoy their swimming, develop their skills and stamina and go on to achieve their full potential in competitive swimming.

During the celebrations, Ian Negus presented each swimmer with a gold, commemorative swim cap and, with the dust settling on the party, the swimmers go straight back into training for their local competitions, the top-level, 34th Robin Hood Open Meet and the first round of the Country’s most prestigious swimming competition, the National Arena League.

8 September 2014 - Sherwood Off To A Winning Start At New Season Openers

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club put their Summer break well and truly behind them by taking a first & second place at two of the new season’s first competitions held recently at Worksop & Retford.

With both events being held on the same evening, the two squads were under added pressure with some swimmers competing for the very first time and many having to compete in multiple events both in and above their own age groups.

At Worksop Leisure Centre, the squad took a superb first place in the Trophy Gala hosted by Worksop Dolphins Swimming Club, securing a total of 217 points, and holding off strong squads from Worksop, Bramcote & Mansfield. Whereas in neighbouring Retford, the black and gold colours took a good, solid runner up spot in Newark Swimming Club’s annual Simeon Hansard Trophy ahead of Carlton Forum, Newark SC & Retford SC. Nottingham’s Leander took the win on the night.

With some good, individual and team relay performances at both events, the Club is now looking forward to the new season’s competition schedule including their own, top level Robin Hood Open Meet at prestigious Ponds Forge at the beginning of October.

5 September 2014 - 2015 Notts ASA County Championship Competition Announcement

Due to a lot of rumours and speculation the Swimming Committee would like to make a short statement regarding the County Championships 2015.

As many of you will be aware British Swimming and the ASA have put forward a full Competition review for swimming across the whole of the country. This will affect all major stages of competition from the National events all the way down to the County championships for each county in the UK.

The final decision to this review is still to be made and will come into force in 2016. However, with some of the changes that have been proposed, Nottinghamshire ASA feel that if these come into force that it will be a huge step to take and will impact a lot of swimmers if we were to suddenly have to make these changes in one year.

After many discussions we have decided to implement some of the changes in anticipation of the review results. Please find below a list of the changes that have been agreed upon by the committee.

The County Championships will be combined again, Age Groups and Youths/Seniors back together.

The “Age at Date” has been moved and fixed to 31st December in the year of competition (31st December 2015).

Removal of the 9 year old age group and changing the 10 year age group to be 10 and under. 9 year old swimmers will still be able to compete as long as they meet the minimum qualifying times for the 10 and under category.

Dates for 2015:

Saturday 14th February

Sunday 15th February

Saturday 28th February

Sunday 1st March

Saturday 14th March

Sunday 15th March

Full details such as venues, schedule of events and qualifying times will be announced shortly

12 August 2014 - Local Swim Clubs Reflect On National Successes

Swimmers from all three local Clubs have been in action recently at the British Gas ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The Age Group & Youth events are the highlight of the National junior swimming calendar and more than 2000 swimmers took part over five long days of competition, including some names fresh from the starting blocks of the Tollcross International Pool at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As reported last week, the Age Group event (11-14yr olds) produced two new National champions, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Elliot Clogg, 14, and Lily Boseley, 12, both achieving their successes in the 100m Backstroke events, and swimming alongside them was Sherwood team-mate Dec Smith, 14.

This week it was the turn of their older counterpart, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Imogen Gould, 18, to take to the blocks seeking similar successes in both individual and team relay events.

Imogen comfortably won the heat of her first event, the 50m Butterfly, finished a credible 46th overall out of a field of 88 swimmers & improved upon her entry time to swim a personal best time of 29:20. The 200m Individual Medley came in quick succession with Imogen finishing 27th overall and swimming just outside her entry time of 2:25.73. In the 100m Butterfly, Imogen’s 1:06.68 gave her a 43rd overall placing before another quick turnaround for the 50m Breaststroke where she swam a 34:39 and placed 52nd overall out of 143 competitors. Completing her Breaststroke and National event programme, Imogen swam a 1:16.38 in the 100m event and placed 23rd overall.

Nova Centurion, the County’s elite swim squad, finished 14th overall out of the 62 Clubs competing in the Youth event, and 10th overall out of the 63 Clubs competing in the Age Group event.

Swimmers from all the local Clubs are now taking a well-earned Summer break before resuming training at the end of August for the start of a new Season and domestic, County, Regional & National competitive calendar.

4 August 2014 - Sherwood Swimmers Top Best In Britain Rankings After National Successes

Swimmers from all three local Clubs were in action last week at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The event is the highlight of the National junior swimming calendar and more than 2000 swimmers took part over five long days of competition.

Swimming with the City of Sheffield elite squad, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Elliot Clogg, 14yrs, led the local charge after achieving new personal best times in the heats to secure finals places in all six individual events he entered, the 400m Individual Medley, 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle and 100m & 200m Backstroke, and all three team relays, the 4 x 100m Freestyle, 4 x 200m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Medley.

Taking the gold medal after a stunning 59.73 swim in the100m Backstroke final, Elliot now wakes up every morning as the fastest 14yr old 100m Backstroker in Britain, adding a superb silver medal to his tally in the 200m Backstroke and a bronze in the 100m Freestyle. Additionally, after securing qualifying times in all four British Age Group Categories, Elliot’s successes in the individual events earned him a superb third place overall and a coveted National BAGCAT award.

Continuing the Sherwood Colliery SC successes, 12yr old Lily Boseley proved she really was British Swimming’s ‘one to watch’ securing finals places in three of the six individual events she entered, the 100m & 200m Backstroke and the 100m Butterfly and the 4 x 100m Medley relay. Swimming with the county’s elite Nova Centurion squad, Lily’s superb 1:06.03 in the 100m Backstroke final secured her the gold medal and the fastest 12yr old 100m Backstroker in Britain accolade. Despite not securing qualifying times in all four British Age Group Categories, Lily still finished a very credible 25th overall out of the 122 girls who entered the event in her 12yr age group.

Completing Sherwood Colliery SC’s representation at the event, 14yr old Declan Smith competed in the 100m Breaststroke, swimming just outside his entry time in the heats to place 22nd. However, swimming as part of the Nova Centurion relay team, Declan swam stunning relay legs to help take the team to the finals of the 4 x 100m Freestyle & 4 x 100m Medley where they placed sixth in both before then taking the team to an outstanding third place and bronze medal in the 4 x 200m Freestyle event.

Bringing the official swimming season to a close, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Imogen Gould (18) competes this week at the equivalent event for 15/16yrs, 17/18yrs & 19yrs/over, the British Gas National Youth Championships, where she’ll contest individual and team events representing Nova Centurion.

29 July 2014 - Local Swimmers Pool Their Talents At National Showpiece Event

Swimmers from all three local Clubs start their individual and team campaigns this week as members of the elite Nova Centurion & City of Sheffield squads, at the British Gas ASA National Age Group & Youth Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The events are the highlight of the National junior swimming calendar, with more than 2000 swimmers expected to be taking part over five long days of competition, including some straight from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Heats, semi-finals and finals will be contested in six age groups, 11/.12yrs, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/18yrs & 19yrs/Over and para-swimming races will be contested in multi-classification format with positions ranked by British Disability Points. In the Age Group event (11/12yrs, 13yrs, 14yrs), as well as individual and relay medals, British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) awards will also be contested. The ASA have confirmed they will offer free, live video streaming of every session and commentary will be provided by Commonwealth gold medallist Sarah Ruckwood (nee Price) and Chris Wilson.

This year our local clubs are represented in the Age Group competition by Mansfield SC’s Ben Sharrocks (13) and Rhys Taylor (14), Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley (12), Elliot Clogg (14) & Declan Smith (14) & Sutton SC’s Neve Fergie (14). In the Youth competition, Sherwood Colliery SC’s Imogen Gould (18), joins Mansfield SC’s Oliver Hempsall (19) and Tom Howarth (17).

Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley is highlighted by British Swimming as ‘One To Watch’ after posting the fastest entry time in her age group in the 100m backstroke.

A full round-up of the swimmers’ progress will be available in next week’s issue, but can be followed, live, at www.swimming.org/asanationals.

21 July 2014 - Sherwood Youngsters End Season On A High

At an event designed purely to bring individual race times up to date for the start of the new season, Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s youngsters head off on their Summer break after excelling at the Notts ASA Summer Gala hosted at Beechdale Leisure Centre.

Swimming a maximum of four races each, the young squad consistently took top three places in each of their events, setting new personal best times along the way to take into the new season’s Meets and Galas starting in September.

Head coach, Ian Negus, paid tribute to his squad’s hard work, commenting that it was “outstanding” that they were still taking seconds off their individual race times at the end of a long, hard year and that it was testament to their hard work and long hours training in the pool both morning and night.

With Sherwood Colliery SC celebrating its 80th year in 2014, and specifically its very first session on 6 October 1934, there are a number of special events planned when the squad returns after the Summer break, and Negus commented that the swimmers deserved a well-earned rest ready to swim and celebrate in style when they return to training at the end of August.

7 July 2014 - Speed Thrills For Sherwood At Sprint Meet

They may be young, but Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 9-15yr olds lacked nothing in terms of quality after their winning performances at the recent Tony Holmes Memorial Sprint Meet hosted by Nottingham Leander SC at Beechdale Leisure Centre.

There were a host of impressive individual displays from the youngsters, all aged between 9 & 15yrs, with some of them experiencing their first taste of Open Meet competition.

11yr old Abbie Scott led the Sherwood charge, winning all of her events (100m Individual Medley, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle & 50m backstroke) to bring home five coveted trophies and earning herself the prestigious Top Girl award.

Squad members Gabriella Beardsley (9), Zachary Biggs (9), Alexander Peeters Weem (9), Evie Pleasance (9), Lucy Carter (10), Imogen Lynk (10), Suranne Cave (10), Joseph Lewis (10), Joseph Sadler (10), Millie Standen (11), Jake Biggs (11), Erica Brown (12), Rebecca Flisher (12), Niall Peeters Weem (12), Krystle Priestly (13), Grace Lynk (13) and Hannah Carnell (15) all earned themselves finals places, top three trophies & set new personal best times contributing to Sherwood taking the overall Top Club award back to the ever-expanding trophy cabinet at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.

Sherwood coaches Dave Carnell and Gary Butcher commented on how proud they were of the young swimmers, adding that there was clearly some exciting, new talent emerging for the Club’s future.

30 June 2014 - Sherwood Go One Better To Take Title

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club added more silverware to their trophy cabinet at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre recently with their A squad taking the Division 1 League Champions Title after an emphatic clean sweep of wins in the Notts ASA Stage 3 Events.

In the final of a three gala series held at Water Meadows, and having had to settle for the runners up spot in 2013, the black & gold colours dominated from the outset where the first & second places kept coming and didn’t stop. Individual & relay victories added serious points to the scoreboard to secure the win ahead of Nottingham Leander, Sutton SC, Calverton & Bingham, Mansfield A and Arnold. Swimmers Jade Young and Declan Smith are pictured with the trophy.

Over at Bramcote, the Sherwood B squad took a sensational runners-up spot in Division 2 with a total of 181 points to finish ahead of Ripley, Kimberley, Southwell and Mansfield B. Falcon took the top spot with 196 points.

30 June 2014 - Sherwood's Clever Clogg Sets New English Schools Record

Sherwood Colliery SC’s Elliot Clogg, 14yrs, added more swimming accolades to his belt after being selected to compete in the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) Inter-Divisional Championships that took place in Bristol recently.

Swimming in the North East Divisional squad, Elliot joined other selected swimmers from Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham, taking 2 individual gold medals (200m freestyle and 100m backstroke), a team gold in the 4 x 100m medley relay and a team silver in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. Elliot’s time in the 100m backstroke (1:01.5) set a new ESSA Junior Boys record and the North East Division went on to win the event overall.

ESSA was formed in 1949 and is a member of the International Schools’ Federation and competes in both the European and World Schools’ Games. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is the Patron, and the Association is currently celebrating its 65th year.

22 June 2014 - Sherwood Youngster Battle Hard in Junior League

Continuing the defence of their 2013 League title, Sherwood Colliery SC’s young swimmers aged 9-12yrs travelled to Derby recently for the final of the Derbys & Notts Junior Swimming League.

As one of four Nottinghamshire-based Clubs to qualify, the youngsters battled their way through 47 individual and team relay events, but came up against tough opposition from a talented and determined City of Derby squad and, in a very hard fought competition, had to settle for third place on the night and third place overall behind the new League winners, City of Derby and runners-up, Nottingham Leander, but ahead of Calverton & Bingham, Dronfield Dolphins and Sutton SC.

The young squad performed well in both the individual and relay events, and team members Lily Boseley (12) and Owen Ottaway (12) collected the third-place pennant and bronze medals on behalf of the squad.
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16 June 2014 - Sherwood Youngsters On Winning Form At Bramcote

They may be young, but Sherwood Colliery’s talented 8-11yr olds lacked nothing in terms of quality after their winning performance at one of the Notts ASA Summer Stage 1 Trophy Galas held at Bramcote recently.

There were a host of impressive individual displays from the youngsters, with some of them experiencing their first taste of competition, and the squad bought home the silverware to the ever-expanding Sherwood trophy cabinet after their efforts & teamwork paid off against tough opposition from Calverton & Bingham, Bramcote, Nottingham Northern, Nottingham Leander B and Retford.

Squad members Joseph Sadler and Mille Standen collected the trophy on behalf of the team.

16 June 2014 - Sherwood Swimmers Celebrate Regional Successes

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 10-14yr olds travelled back to Coventry & to Ponds Forge to compete against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands & West Midlands and North East regions in the final weekend of the British Gas Regional Age Group Championships and came home with a number of BAGCAT winners, more Regional Champions, coveted individual and team medals, event finalists and celebrating new, individual and personal successes.

12yr old Lily Boseley led the Sherwood charge over the second weekend, swimming as part of the Nova Centurion squad in the Midland Region, taking two individual Regional Champion titles and gold medals in the Girls 10/12yr 200m backstroke and 100m freestyle, adding a silver to her trio of medals in the 100m butterfly. Lily's time of 1:09.95 in the 100m butterfly added another remarkable National Qualifying Time to her overall tally and her overall points total of 2043 earned her the superb runner-up spot in the Girls 12yr age group and a coveted ‘Top 8’ BAGCAT award.

14yr old Declan Smith added to his first weekend’s successes, taking a superb gold and Team Midland Regional Champion title, swimming as part of the Nova Centurion A 4 x 200m freestyle relay team, as well as qualifying for the finals of the Boys individual 13/14yr 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle. Declan’s overall points tally of 2082 earned him one of the coveted ‘Top 8’ BAGCAT awards for placing seventh overall in the Boys 14yr age group.

12yr old Owen Ottaway added to his Midland Championship successes with Nova Centurion, taking bronze in the Boys 10/12yr 200m breaststroke, as well as qualifying second quickest for the final of the 200m Backstroke which he subsequently declined to swim to focus on the 1500m freestyle event later in the day. Owen’s overall points tally of 1696 earned him one of the coveted ‘Top 8’ BAGCAT awards for placing sixth overall in the Boys 12yr age group.

Competing as part of the City of Sheffield squad in the North East Region, 14yr old Elliot Clogg added another two individual Regional Champion titles to his tally, achieving gold in the Boys 13/14yr 200m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. Bizarrely, following a problem with the Ponds Forge pool before the start of the second day of competition, the second day’s events had to be abandoned.

With the ongoing challenging conditions, and proving that it’s not always about medals and times, the Sherwood & Nova successes continued with individual achievements being celebrated by 11yr olds Bailey Ward, Rebecca Hyatt and Abbie Scott and 13yr olds Owen Wakefield, Evie Timms, Holly Whitehead & Jade Young.


8 June 2014 - Sherwood Swimmers Take Regional Honours

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 10-14yr olds travelled to Coventry & Leeds recently to compete against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands & West Midlands and North East regions in the British Gas Regional Age Group Championships and came home with a number of Regional Champion titles, coveted individual and team medals, event finalist places and new personal best times.

Competing as part of the City of Sheffield squad in the North East Region, 14yr old Elliot Clogg led the charge with four medals including two individual gold & Regional Champion titles in the Boys 13/14yr 400m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle, adding another two gold medals and team Champion titles to his first weekend’s tally in the 4 x 100m & 4 x 200m Freestyle relays.

Following him, but swimming as part of Nottinghamshire’s Nova Centurion squad in the Midland Region, 12yr old Lily Boseley took the gold medal and Regional Champion title in the Girls 10/12yr 100m backstroke, adding a bronze to her tally in the 200m Individual Medley. Elliot and Lily also both improved upon their existing National Age Group Championship qualifying times.

12yr old Owen Ottaway took silver in the Boys 10/12yr 100m backstroke, as well as qualifying for the final of the 200m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle and more Sherwood & Nova successes followed with 14yr old Declan Smith taking two team silver medals in the 4 x 100m Medley & Freestyle relays and an individual silver in the Boys 13/14yr 200m Breaststroke and 13yr old Jade Young qualifying for the finals of the Girls 13yr 200m Individual Medley.

In extremely hot & humid conditions poolside, the Sherwood & Nova squad proved they were more than up for the challenge, and although just missing out on medals, 11yr olds Jake Biggs, Bailey Ward & Rebecca Hyatt (all Midland Championship debutants) and Abbie Scott, joined 13yr olds Owen Wakefield, Evie Timms & Holly Whitehead and 14yr old Tom Fletcher in celebrating individual successes including a number of new personal best times.

The Sheffield squad now heads to Ponds Forge and the Nova squad back to Coventry next weekend for the final rounds of the competition and the battle for one of the coveted top eight regional British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) awards.

2 June 2014 - Sherwood Swimmers Head To Regional Championships

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 14yrs & under swimmers are in their final training ready to compete against the best talent from across both the combined East Midland & West Midland regions and the North East Region in two weekends of intense competition at the British Gas Regional Age Group Championships hosted at Coventry & Leeds.

Representing both Sherwood Colliery and swimming as part of Nottinghamshire’s Nova Centurion SC & The City of Sheffield SC, squad members Abbie Scott, Bailey Ward, Declan Smith, Elliot Clogg, Evie Timms, Holly Whitehead, Jade Young, Jake Biggs, Lily Boseley, Owen Ottaway, Owen Wakefield, Rebecca Hyatt and Thomas Fletcher will compete in both individual and Team events for Regional Champion titles and medals after successfully achieving the tough qualifying times.

Away from the Regional events, Sherwood’s swimmers continued their unbeaten gala record in local leagues, with the A team taking a further win in the Notts ASA Stage 3 League gala and the B team a well-deserved fifth place after a tough league draw alongside A team opponents. .

19 May 2014 - Sherwood Youngsters Turn Up The Heat In Diddy League

The sun was shining outside and the young swimmers of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club were hot, hot, hot in the pool in Round 2 of the Derbyshire & Notts Junior League.

Continuing the defence of their 2013 League title, the young swimmers, 12yrs & under, swept to an emphatic 59 point victory over second-placed Dronfield Dolphins and ahead of Bramcote, Chesterfield, Etwall Eagles & Worksop Dolphins.

In the second of a three gala series, held at Worksop, they dominated from the outset where the first & second places kept coming and didn’t stop. Individual & relay victories added serious points to the scoreboard to secure their place in the finals on 21st June.

There are currently 11 leagues that are affiliated to the Junior League, and within these leagues over 200 swimming clubs throughout England and Wales are participating. Sherwood Colliery compete in the Southern Area League where, in 2013, they secured the Derbyshire & Notts League Champions title and a place in the Southern Area Final.

12 May 2014 - Lily's Top Of The COPS In Peterborough

Sherwood Colliery Swimmers travelled to Peterborough recently to take on the might of the Eastern Region’s top clubs in a ‘Last Chance Regional Qualifier’ hosted by the City Of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS).

Proving that it’s quality not quantity that counts, the relatively small squad bought home the prestigious Top Girl award, 44 medals, including 19 gold, and a vast array of new personal best, Midland Regional & National qualifying times to finish a superb 3rd overall out of 37 visiting clubs.

12yr old Lily Boseley achieved a magnificent seven wins out of seven; 50m, 100m & 200m backstroke, 50m,100m & 200m freestyle and 200m IM, amassing a total of 2,873 points, to bring home the Meet’s Top Girl Award; a remarkable achievement given that she was the only non-City of Peterborough squad swimmer in the top ten. Lily added another 12yr old Girls' National Qualifying time to her 2014 achievements so far, swimming a stunning 1:01.67 in the 100m freestyle.

Top three finishes were awarded to Olivia Barrett (9) 200m IM, 200m freestyle & 200m breaststroke, Dawid Sroka (10) 50m backstroke & 50m butterfly, William Darrington (10) 50m freestyle & 200m breaststroke, Imogen Lynk (10) 50m backstroke, Abbie Scott (11) 200m & 400m freestyle, Jake Biggs (11) 50m backstroke, Bailey Ward (11) 100m butterfly, 200m IM & 100m freestyle, Shannon Barrett (12) 50m butterfly & 200m freestyle, Erica Brown (12) 50m freestyle & butterfly, 100m breaststroke & 200m IM, Rebecca Flisher (12) 100m breaststroke & butterfly, Emily James (12) 50m freestyle, 100m & 200m breaststroke, Grace Lynk (12) 50m butterfly, Adam Pring (12) 50m & 100m butterfly, Tom Fletcher (13) 50m backstroke & freestyle, 200m IM, Matthew Hull (13) 400m freestyle, Evie Timms (13)100m backstroke & Krystle Priestley (13) 50m butterfly, 100m & 200m backstroke.

Just sitting outside of the top three, but securing valuable points towards the overall Top Visiting Club result were Rebecca Hyatt (11), Millie Standen (11) and Libby Coleman (12).

The squad have now returned to the East Midlands to continue their local league competitions and final preparations for the British Gas East & West Midlands combined Regional Age Group Championships held in Coventry early next month.

5 May 2014 - Sherwood Swimmers Take Regional Honours

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s youth swimmers competed against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands and West Midlands regions recently in the British Gas Midland Youth Championships and came home with a number of individual medals, two Senior Regional Champion titles and finalist places.

Representing Sherwood, but swimming as part of Nottinghamshire’s elite Nova Centurion squad, 18yr old Imogen Gould bought home two gold medals and Senior Regional Champion titles in the Womens 17yrs/over 200m Individual Medley and 50m butterfly, adding a silver to her weekend medal tally in the 50m breaststroke.
20yr old Lewis Steptoe qualified for the Mens 17yrs/over 400m freestyle final, placing sixth overall, and 17yr old Jade Clarke had a busy weekend, qualifying for four individual finals in the Womens 17yrs/over events, placing 5th in the 200m backstroke, 6th in the 50m freestyle, 6th in the 50m backstroke and 7th in the 100m backstroke.

Sherwood & Nova Centurion squad members, Connor Smith, Robert Barton, Sebastian Smith, Shannon Brown, Hannah Carnell, Emily Waldram and Amelia Sale all celebrated individual successes including top ten finishes and new personal best times.

Away from the Regional stage, Sherwood A continued their unbeaten gala record in local leagues, taking another first place recently at Retford to make it three wins out of three in Division 1 of the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League and Sherwood B recording a superb win at Water Meadows in Division 3.

At the half-way point, Sherwood A currently sit at the top of Division 1 with Sherwood B second in Division 3.

28 April 2014 - Sensational Sherwood Swimmers Head To Regional Championships

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 15yrs & over Youth swimmers are in final training ready to compete against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands and West Midlands regions in the British Gas Midland ASA Youth Championships hosted at Corby's Leisure Centre this weekend.

Representing both Sherwood Colliery and Nottinghamshire’s elite Nova Centurion SC, squad members Robert Barton, Connor Smith, Sebastian Smith, Lewis Steptoe, Shannon Brown, Hannah Carnell, Imogen Gould, Amelia Sale, Jade Clarke & Emily Waldram will compete in both individual and Team events for Regional Senior Champion titles and medals after achieving the tough qualifying times in licensed Meets within the qualifying dates.

Away from the Regional events, Sherwood’s swimmers continued their unbeaten gala record in local leagues, with the A team taking what was described by the hosts as a “sensational” first place recently in Round 1 of the Notts ASA Stage 3 event at Hucknall and the B team a well-deserved fourth place at Bramcote behind three other A team opponents.

6 April 2014 - Sherwood Sweep To Emphatic First Round Win In Defence Of Junior Title

They may be young, but the Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club Junior competitive squad (12yrs/Under) lacked nothing in terms of quality after an emphatic, first-round win in defence of their 2013 Derbyshire & Notts League Champions title in the Southern Area League of the Arena Junior Inter-League.

Despite their recent, month-long County Championship fixtures, the Sherwood youngsters secured wins in 21 out of 47 events, with consistent, top three places adding to the overall 236 total points tally over second-placed Sutton SC with 207 and Nottingham Leander B with 156.

There are currently 11 leagues that are affiliated to the Arena Junior Inter-League, and within these leagues over 200 swimming clubs throughout England and Wales are participating. Sherwood compete in the Southern Area League where, in 2013, they secured the Derbyshire & Notts League Champions title and a place in the Southern Area Final alongside squads from the City of Peterborough, Hillingdon, Northampton, Barnett Copthall and Swim Bournemouth.

31 March 2014 - Sherwood Turn The Beechdale Air Black & Gold

On the final day of the 2014 British Gas Notts ASA County Championships, consistent swimming from the Sherwood Colliery SC youngsters over the three weekends of competition resulted in a remarkable 23 coveted British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Awards – five more than the number achieved at the same event last year, and this year including three, first-placed Champions.

BAGCAT Awards are presented to the top ten individual performers in each age group for consistently-high standards of swimming across different strokes, medleys & distances in line with British Swimming’s Long Term Athlete Development policy.

Sherwood’s 23 BAGCAT winners included three first-placed Champions, Abbie Scott (11), Lily Boseley (12) and Amelia Sale (14), two in top three positions, 12yr old Owen Ottaway, second, and 13yr old Tom Fletcher, third, and 9yr olds Alexander Peeters Weem & Suranne Cave, 10yr olds William Darrington, Joseph Lewis, Joseph Sadler, Amelia Tunnicliffe & Rebecca Hyatt, 11yr olds Adam Pring, Bailey Ward & Millie Standen, 12yr olds Libby Coleman & Emily James, 13yr olds Nathaniel Wood, Owen Wakefield, Kieran Harby, Jade Young & Evie Timms and 14yr old Declan Smith.

Aside from the BAGCAT awards, there were still individual event titles to be decided and Sherwood’s swimmers picked up another 7 medals including another gold & County Champion title for Owen Ottaway, 12, in the 11/12yrs boys 50m breaststroke to add to his silver in the 100m Individual Medley, another gold & County Champion title for Lily Boseley, 12, in the 11/12yrs girls 100m Individual Medley to add to her silver in the 50m breaststroke and superb silvers for 10yr olds William Darrington and Rebecca Hyatt in the 50m breaststroke events and Amelia Sale in the girls 13/14yrs 100m Individual Medley.

The final events of the Championships were the hotly contested relay team titles, and once again Sherwood’s swimmers didn’t disappoint, turning the Beechdale air black and gold by medalling in 8 out of the 12 events.

In a real carnival atmosphere with face paints, team tattoos and novelty hats, the black & gold colours scooped 8 team medals including 6 golds and County Champion Team titles.

The Boys 9/10yr 200m medley relay team (Joseph Lewis, William Darrington, Joseph Sadler & Dawid Sroka) scooped a superb gold, adding a silver to their bag in the 200m freestyle relay as well. The older boys followed in their footsteps with Owen Wakefield, Declan Smith, Nathaniel Wood & Tom Fletcher bringing home a gold in the 14/Under medley relay, adding a silver to their bag as well in the 200m freestyle event.

Over in the girls’ camp however, both younger and older girls teams celebrated double gold victories with Lily Boseley, Emily James, Libby Coleman & Abbie Scott bringing home a team gold in the Girls 12/Under 200m medley relay and Lily Boseley, Millie Standen, Libby Coleman and Abbie Scott a gold in the 200m freestyle event.

In the Girls 14/Under relays, Jade Young, Lily Boseley, Evie Timms & Amelia Sale won both the 200m medley & 200m freestyle events to bring the total of team wins to 6 out of a possible 12.

Despite the month-long, gruelling County Championship schedule, the swimmers go straight back into training now to continue their domestic gala schedule and to compete in a number of licensed Open Meets to secure & improve on final qualifying times ahead of the Midland Regional Championships held in June and the National Championships in July.

24 March 2014 - Sherwood Sweep To Second Consecutive Sports Centre League Victory

Nestled in the middle of the recent County Championship fixtures, Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club swept to an emphatic second consecutive win in the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League Premier Division at Water Meadows last weekend, beating local rivals Bramcote, Worksop A, Retford, Mansfield A and Newark.

Following victory in the first round, the black & gold colours of Sherwood A established an early lead and continued to pull away throughout the evening to record their second round win with a total of 217 points. Bramcote took second place with 189 points and Worksop A third with 175.

Over in Nottingham, Sherwood B recorded their second runner-up spot in Division 3 of the same League finishing just behind Kimberley SC but ahead of Worksop B, Mansfield B, Nottingham Portland and Hucknall & Linby.

The squads are now back focussed on the final weekend of the Notts ASA County Championships which take place this weekend at Beechdale Leisure Centre in Nottingham.

17 March 2014 - Sherwood Turn Up The Heat At Second Weekend of County Champs

Adding another 15 medals to their overall squad tally during the second weekend of competition, including 5 gold & County Champion titles, the Sherwood Colliery Age Group County Championship Squad have a remarkable 22 swimmers currently in top ten positions; Alexander Peeters Weem (9), Suranne Cave (9), William Darrington (10), Joseph Lewis (10), Dawid Sroka (10), Amelia Tunnicliffe (10), Rebecca Hyatt (10), Bailey Ward (11), Abbie Scott (11), Millie Standen (11), Owen Ottaway (12), Lily Boseley (12), Libby Coleman (12), Emily James (12), Tom Fletcher (13), Nathaniel Wood (13), Owen Wakefield (13), Kieran Harby (13), Jade Young (13), Evie Timms (13), Declan Smith (14) & Amelia Sale (14).

12yr old Lily Boseley led the Sherwood medal-fest over the weekend with 3 golds & County Champion titles in the 11/12yr girls 100m & 200m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley and a silver in the 100m freestyle. Lily’s 200m Individual Medley time (2:30.69) was also a new National Age Group qualification time.

Amelia Sale (14) continued her fine form with another gold & County Champion title in the 13/14yr girls 200m backstroke, two silvers in the 100m backstroke & 100m freestyle & a bronze in the 400m freestyle.

12yr old Owen Ottaway took a well-earned gold & County Champion title in the 11/12yr boys 1500m freestyle to add to a silver in the 400m Individual Medley and finals places in the 200m Individual Medley and 200m breaststroke.

Amelia Tunnicliffe (10), earned herself a podium finish and silver medal in the girls 9/10yr 200m Individual Medley and superb bronze medals went to Declan Smith (14) in the boys 13/14yr 100m freestyle & 200m Individual Medley, Nathaniel Wood (13) in the boys 13/14yr 200m butterfly and Joseph Lewis (10) in the boys 9/10yr 200m breaststroke.

Finals places were earned by William Darrington (10) 200m breaststroke, Rebecca Hyatt (10) 200m Individual Medley, Bailey Ward (11) 200m butterfly, Libby Coleman (12) 200m backstroke, Emily James (12) 200m backstroke, Kieran Harby (13) 200m butterfly, Tom Fletcher (13) 200m breaststroke and Jade Young (13) 200m backstroke.

Achieving new, individual successes within their age groups, including some new & improved Midland Regional qualification times, were Imogen Lynk, Olivia Barrett, Abbie Scott, Olivia Slaney, Millie Standen, Krystle Priestley, Grace Lynk, Shannon Barrett, Evie Timms, Holly Whitehead, Owen Wakefield, Alexander Peeters Weem, Suranne Cave, Gabriella Beardsley, Matthew Hull, Dawid Sroka, Joseph Sadler, Jake Biggs, Niall Peeters Weem, Ben Flinton, Sam Hurt and Alexander Slaney.

The squad now go into the final weekend of competition perfectly poised for one of the most successful County Championship finishes ever and ready to secure the final, individual events before heading into the exciting team relays.

5 March 2014 - Elliot Rocks It In The North

It always makes life interesting when a ‘new kid on the block’ emerges; and this time it was Sherwood’s very own Clever Clogg, Elliot, who took the recent PAW Swimwear Yorkshire SA County Championships by storm, winning all six events he entered to be crowned Yorkshire Champion.

Having recently changed his premier squad training outlet to the City of Sheffield, Elliot entered the Yorkshire County Championships to gain more 50m pool experience, and at the John Charles Aquatic Centre in Leeds, he certainly did the black & gold colours proud and showed the North how we like to rock it in the Midlands.

Not being content with winning, Elliot comfortably qualified for the British Gas National Age Group Championships in all six events, bringing home the champions crown in the 100m freestyle (55.97), 200m freestyle (2:01.96), 200m backstroke (2:13.70), 100m butterfly (1:01.93), 200m Individual Medley (2:19.72) and 400m Individual Medley (4:55.29).

We look forward to seeing Elliot back in black & gold soon; well done, we’re all super proud of you.

3 March 2014 - Black and Gold Colours Dominate First Weekend At County Championships

Swimmers from all three local Clubs were in action over the weekend competing for junior titles, medals & finals places in the first weekend of the County highlight fixture, The British Gas Notts ASA Age Group County Championships.

The black & gold colours of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club were flying particularly high over the weekend, with the Club celebrating 5 new Junior County Champion titles, 21 medals, individual event finallists, new Midland Regional qualifiers and over 100 personal best times.

14yr old Amelia Sale led the Sherwood charge, taking 4 gold medals & Junior County Champion titles in the 13/14yr 50m & 200m freestyle and 50m & 100m butterfly, adding a bronze to her first weekend’s medal tally in the 50m backstroke.

Just behind her was 12yr old Lily Boseley who took 3 gold medals in the 11/12yr 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke & 50m butterfly, a silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 200m freestyle. Lily’s fast swim in the 50m backstroke (31.77) earned her the Junior County Champion title; a remarkable achievement given her young age as the title is normally awarded to girls in the older age group category.

12yr old Owen Ottaway got his County campaign off to a great start, taking silver medals in the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke & 200m freestyle and bronzes in the 50m backstroke & 400m freestyle, followed by Rebecca Hyatt (10) taking silvers in the 200m breaststroke & 800m freestyle and Declan Smith (14) taking bronzes in the 200m & 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Sherwood dominated the boys 9/10yrs 200m freestyle final with 10yr olds Joseph Sadler placing 4th, William Darrington 5th and Joseph Lewis 6th. William and Joseph Lewis also achieved a place in the 200m backstroke final placing 5th & 6th respectively.

Amelia Tunnicliffe (10) made the 9/10yr 200m breaststroke final, placing 5th and the 200m freestyle final, placing 6th. Emily James (12) placed 6th in the 11/12yr 200m breaststroke final and Jade Young (13) 5th in the 13/14yr 200m breaststroke final.

The Sherwood story wasn't just about medals and finals however; debutant Counties swimmers Gabriella Beardsley, Alexander Peeters-Weem, Evie Pleasance, Olivia Barrett, Suranne Cave & Charles Austin all proved themselves more than capable of performing on the big stage alongside fellow squad members Shannon Barrett, Libby Coleman, Grace Lynk, Imogen Lynk, Sophie Malbon, Abbie Scott, Olivia Slaney, Mille Standen, Evie Timms, Holly Whitehead, Ethan Barraclough, Jake Biggs, Tom Fletcher, Ben Flinton, Kieran Harby, Matt Hull, Sam Hurt, Niall Peeters-Weem, Adam Pring, Dawid Sroka, Owen Wakefield, Bailey Ward, Owen Wheatley & Nathaniel Wood.

All achieved individual age group successes & personal best times, with some achieving new qualifying times for the Midland Regional Championships and improving upon times already achieved.

Full results are available on the Notts ASA website.

17 February 2014 - Imogen Leads Sherwood Charge At County Champs

Swimmers from all three local Clubs, including London 2012 Paralympic stars Oliver Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw, were in action over the weekend competing for senior titles and medals in the recent County highlight fixture, the Notts ASA Senior & Youth County Championships hosted at Beechdale Leisure Centre in Nottingham

Over 40 local swimmers battled it out alongside swimmers from over 14 other Clubs, for individual and team titles; and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

18yr old Imogen Gould led the Sherwood Colliery charge with a fantastic four golds & County Champion titles in the 50m & 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle & 50m butterfly, adding silvers to her medal haul in the 100m freestyle, 100m Individual Medley & 200m breaststroke and bronzes in the 100m butterfly & 200m Individual Medley.

17yr old Jade Clarke was crowned County Champion with a superb gold in the 50m backstroke, adding a bronze to her tally in the 50m freestyle .

Sherwood’s Men added to the Club’s successes with 19yr old Lewis Steptoe taking silver in the 400m freestyle & bronze in the 200m event & Connor Smith, 18, taking a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

In the team events, Sherwood celebrated a new County Champion title in the Womens Open 4 x 100m freestyle relay with Jade Clarke, Shannon Brown, Jade Young and Imogen Gould powering them home over 3 seconds ahead of the runners-up. Jade Clarke, Imogen Gould, Hannah Carnell & Shannon Brown also took silver in the Open 4 x 100m medley relay, Emily Waldram, Jade Young, Hannah Carnell & Shannon Brown, a well-deserved bronze in the 15/16yrs 4 x 50m medley relay and Hannah Carnell, Esme Wood, Emily Waldram & Shannon Brown a silver in the 15/16yrs 4 x 50m freestyle relay.

Sherwood’s men added to the team successes with Sebastian Smith, Daniel Timms, Connor Smith & Lewis Steptoe taking a silver in the Open 4 x 100m medley relay and a bronze in the Open 4 x 100m freestyle relay.

It was also a good day in the office for London 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw, 27, who lined up in the 100m breaststroke taking first place in the Multi Disability category 6 and 11th place overall in a time of 1:41.34. Enjoying individual event successes alongside her in the SCSC squad was Nathan Staley (100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle) & Robert Barton (100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle).

11 February 2014 - Charlotte Goes for (Black And) Gold At County Champs

London 2012 Paralympic Silver Medallist, Charlotte Henshaw, will re-join her Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club team-mates at next weekend’s County highlight fixture, The British Gas Notts ASA County Youth/Senior Championships at Beechdale Leisure Centre in Nottingham.

Excited at the prospect of wearing the black & gold Sherwood colours again, Charlotte will compete in the 100m breaststroke and lines up alongside senior swimmers, Robert Barton, Connor Smith, Sebastian Smith, Nathan Staley, Lewis Steptoe, Shannon Brown, Hannah Carnell, Jade Clarke, Imogen Gould, Olivia Gould, Emily Waldram and Esme Wood, all aged 15yrs and over, in a bid to decide Youth/Senior County Champion titles across a number of different strokes and distances. The equivalent event for Sherwood’s Age Group swimmers (9-14yr olds) takes place throughout March.

With almost sixty swimmers qualifying across both the Youth & Age Group events, Charlotte joins one of Sherwood’s largest & strongest County Championship squads, and head coach, Ian Negus, is excited at the prospect of seeing some of the Club’s younger swimmers competing at this level for the very first time.

Away from County Championship preparations, Sherwood swimmers claimed their third successive gala win last weekend after another hugely creditable performance at the Minor Trophy Gala hosted by Worksop.

Designed specifically for swimmers aged 13yrs & under, the youngsters proved themselves more than capable of performing on the big occasion, pocketing a number of personal best swims between them to win by over 40 points ahead of second-placed Bramcote and followed by Sutton, Ripley, Mansfield and Worksop.

Coaches Ian Negus and Gary Butcher commented that they were proud of the young swimmers for how they performed on the night and that it was clear there was some exciting, new talent emerging for the future. Swimmers Tom Fletcher & Sophie Malbon collected the silverware on behalf of the Club.
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3 February 2013 - Sherwood Swimmers Celebrate At Annual Awards Ceremony

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers swapped costumes & caps for dancing shoes recently to celebrate at their annual Club presentation evening.

Medal and trophy winners partied late into the night after the Club chairman, Andy Rowbottom, paid tribute to their commitment, dedication and hard work, alongside that of the team of coaches, committee members and volunteers.

In a break from tradition & in-keeping with the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games, swimmers this year received their awards and trophies from Sherwood Senior Squad Members Daniel Timms, Amy Hull, Lewis Steptoe & Jade Clarke; swimmers who have all achieved great successes on the National stage and providing an inspiration to the younger members.

12yr old Owen Ottaway received the silver Paget Plate as the Junior Boy’s Club Champion whilst 15yr old Hannah Carnell joined him on the stage to receive her Junior Girls’ Club Champion Award. Older swimmers Imogen Gould, 18, and Robert Barton, 18, both took the Senior Club Champions titles and 13yr old Jade Young received the special, coveted Endeavour Award for her un-failing commitment and hard work during what was an extremely challenging year for her & her family in 2013.

The dust hardly had time to settle on the celebrations however, before the swimmers were back in action the day after to start the defence of their 2013 Premier League Champions title in the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League.

Showing their late-night partying hadn’t affected their competitive spirit, the Sherwood A squad romped to a convincing win at Water Meadows beating fellow Premiership rivals Retford SC, Worksop Dolphins, Mansfield A, Newark SC & Bramcote, whilst over in Worksop, the B squad enjoyed their best result in Division 3, finishing runners up behind Kimberley SC.

29 January 2014 - Sherwood Achieves swim21 club Essential Award

As recently confirmed by the swim21 National Panel, Sherwood Colliery SC is one of the first clubs to achieve the swim21 club Essential accreditation in recognition of the work undertaken by the Club and its volunteers.

The accreditation lasts for one year and, in addition to the development benefits of swim21, the club Essential award also entitles the Club to credits and discounts towards ongoing volunteer training, awards and qualifications to ensure the sustainability of activity in line with the Club's objectives.

swim21 is a ‘quality mark’ that recognises, nationally and regionally, the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members. Clubs work steadily towards the attainment of a series of outcomes, all of which are seen as essential if the right level of support is to be provided at each stage of an athlete’s development

The Club would like to thank all involved for their hard work to the swim21 club accreditation and particularly would like to recognise Liz Weston's commitment to this important achievement.

19 January 2014 - Sherwood Black & Gold Rush In Matlock

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club competed in their first major event of the new year last weekend when a 40-strong squad travelled to Matlock for the 41st Anniversary Open Meet hosted by Ripley Amateur Swimming Club.

With 29 clubs competing from as far afield as Aberystwyth, Guildford & Coventry, the event was final preparation for the Sherwood swimmers before the Nottinghamshire County Championships in February & March and was a ‘last gasp’ opportunity for swimmers to achieve missing qualification times and improve upon existing times for both the County & Midland Regional Championships.

Showing they were on great form, the squad achieved over 125 top six awards, of which 77 were for coveted top three plaques, including 36 gold, 23 silver & 18 bronze, and a vast amount of new & improved County & Regional qualification times.

In the boys 9yrs boys age group it was a gold plaque for Alex Slaney with 10yr olds William Darrington (1 gold, 1 silver & 2 bronze), Joseph Sadler (1 silver & 1 bronze), Joseph Lewis (1 silver) and David Sroka (1 silver) joining him in the top three placings. For the 11yr old boys Adam Pring made it 2 golds & 2 bronzes whilst in the 12yr old category Owen Ottaway took 5 golds and Owen Wheatley a silver. Nathaniel Wood led the 13yr olds with a silver and bronze, closely followed by Kieran Harby & Owen Wakefield who both took 2 bronzes each. For the older boys, 14yr old Elliot Clogg took 4 golds with Robert Barton achieving 4 golds and 2 silvers in the 15yrs & over category. Additionally achieving top six medals for the boys was Sam Hurt (11), Bailey Ward (11), Jake Biggs (11) & Matthew Hull (13).

For the younger girls, Gabriella Beardsley (9) took a well-earned silver, with Suranne Cave, also 9yrs, a bronze. Leading the 10yrs, Rebecca Hyatt took 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze with Amelia Tunnicliffe joining her with a bronze. In the keenly-contested 11yr old category, Abbie Scott led the way with 3 golds and a bronze, whilst for the 12yr olds it was Evie Timms with her 2 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze ahead of Libby Coleman with her bronze. Jade Young led the 13yr old age group with 7 golds & 2 silvers, joined by Holly Whitehead with 2 silvers and a bronze and Sophie Malbon a bronze. In the older girls’ categories, Hannah Carnell led the 15yrs & over with 3 golds, closely followed by Esme Wood with a gold and 2 silvers and Emily Waldram 3 silvers. Top six awards were additionally achieved by Imogen Lynk (10), Millie Standen (11), Olivia Slaney (12), Emily James (12), Emily Keen (12) & Krystle Priestley (12).

The Club now continue their training leading up to the County Championships next month and throughout March, whilst starting to defend their 2013 premier league champions title by competing in the first two rounds of the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League.
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12 January 2014 - Speed Thrills For Sherwood At Relay Gala

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club put the excesses of the festive season way behind them with an emphatic win at the recent Free Press Relay Gala hosted by Sutton SC.

Despite receiving a number of ‘speeding tickets’ for swimming too fast, the Sherwood relay teams dominated the event against local rivals & 2013 winners Sutton SC, Kimberley, Hucknall, Arnold & Carlton Forum.

Even though the speeding tickets meant some of the relay teams couldn’t add their wins to the overall points tally (a speeding ticket = 0 points), the black & gold colours still went on to record a convincing win to take the silverware back to the Rebecca Adlington Swim Centre for 2014.

Each perfectly-timed win resulted in big cheers from the Sherwood supporters, and, with team selections having to carefully balance speed & ability, Head Coach Ian Negus commented that swimmers, supporters and coaching staff had all thoroughly enjoyed their evening and looked forward to defending their title at the 2015 event.

9 December 2013 - Sherwood Youngsters Enjoy Their Annual Splash and Dash Competition

They may be young, but the Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club 25m Splash & Dash competitors lacked nothing in terms of quality after their performances at the Club’s annual championships held recently.

Sherwood’s head coach Ian Negus said: “I’m proud of our young swimmers for the way they performed and it is clear we have some exciting talent for the future.”

There were a host of impressive individual displays from the youngsters aged between 6 & 10yrs, with many of them experiencing their first taste of competition, in front of their older Sherwood team-mates and excited friends, family and supporters.

6yr olds Tom Park & Rebecca Darrington took first-placed honours in the 5/6yrs 25m breaststroke alongside 8yr olds Oliver Park & Tilly Epton in the 7/8yrs age group and Arron Mather (9) & Grace Crooks (10) in the 9/10yrs.

In the 25m butterfly, Tom Park once again secured the top spot in the boys 5/6yrs, whilst fellow 6yr old Anna Austin joined him at the top in the girls’ event. Harry Lewis (8) & Tilly Epton (8) finished first in the 7/8yrs and Arron Mather & Karis Robinson, both 9yrs, secured the 9/10yrs top spot.

Next up was the 25m freestyle and 6yr old Samuel Hutchinson led the way over second-placed Tom Park in the 5/6yrs boys, whilst Eleanor Heath, 6, finished ahead of Rebecca Darrington and Anna Austin in the girls' event. For the 7/8yrs it was Harry Lewis who took the top spot again ahead of Oliver Park, Harry Phillips, Dylan Millward, Jack Carter, Oscar Tunnicliffe, Thomas Knight and T J Leonard whilst Tilly Epton pipped Isabel Fletcher into second place and ahead of Ruby Standen, Niamh Tewson, Emma Wallis and Mia Alexander. In the 9/10yrs Thomas Feely secured first place ahead of Arron Mather, Reece Leonard, Daniel Gunning, Harry Shetliffe and Dylan Baker, whilst in the girls event Ellena Keigher, 9, took the honours ahead of Grace Crooks, Karis Robinson, Emma Carnell, Annie Kime, Annis Knight and Jasmine Allsop.

In the 25m backstroke, Tom Park pushed Samuel Hutchinson into second place in the boys 5/6yrs, whilst Eleanor Heath finished just ahead of Anna Austin and Rebecca Darrington to take the girls top spot. In the 7/8yrs, Harry Lewis continued his winning streak by taking first place ahead of Dylan Millward, Oliver Park, Harry Phillips, Jack Carter, Oscar Tunnicliffe, T J Leonard and Thomas Knight and Tilly Epton was back to her winning ways in the girls event ahead of Isabel Fletcher, Emma Wallsi, Ruby Standen, Niamh Tewson and Mia Alexander. In the older 9/10yr age group Arron Mather took top spot ahead of Reece Leonard, Daniel Gunning and Dylan Baker with Ellena Keigher finishing first ahead of Annis Knight, Emma Carnell, Annie Kime, Karis Robinson, Grace Crooks and Jasmine Allsop in the girls event.

Negus added: “At this age it’s all about having fun. We definitely had that, and the children will now continue working towards improving their skills and technique."

27 November 2013 - Records Tumble At Annual Club Champs

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club rounded off the year in fine style with a superb display of swimming in their own annual Club championships.

Held over three weekends, swimmers between the ages of 5 & 50 years old kept the Club statisticians busy with a total of 47 new Club records and many individual personal best, County & Midland Regional qualifying times.

The Club’s oldest competitors, 50yr old Sue Day, 48yr old Gail Wheatley and 46yr old Mark Pring, lined up alongside their younger team-mates whilst 8yr olds Olivia Barrett, Isabel Fletcher & Charles Austin became the youngest new record holders setting a total of 12 new Club records between them.

Joining Olivia, Isabel & Charles in the Club record books were Joseph Lewis (9), Rebecca Hyatt (10), Ethan Barraclough (11), Adam Pring (11), Lily Boseley (12), Owen Ottaway (12), Jade Young (13), Elliot Clogg (13), Hannah Carnell (14), Esme Wood (14) & Imogen Gould (18).

In the individual events, it was a clean sweep of wins across all 13 events for 12yr old Owen Ottaway and 14yr old Hannah Carnell with Adam Pring not far behind with 12 and Imogen Gould just behind him with 11.

Additionally taking individual first place wins were 8yr olds Olivia Barrett, Charles Austin, Isabel Fletcher & Harry Lewis, 9yr olds Joseph Lewis, Lucy Carter, David Sroka & Suranne Cave, 10yr olds Rebecca Hyatt, William Darrington, Joseph Sadler, Amelia Tunnicliffe & Alex Slaney, 11yr olds Millie Standen, Shannon Barrett, Ethan Barraclough & Grace Angus, 12yr olds Lily Boseley, Evie Timms & Emily James, 13yr olds Elliot Clogg, Jade Young, Nathaniel Wood, Holly Whitehead, Thomas Fletcher, Owen Wakefield, Laura Oxley & Sophie Malbon, 14yr olds Esme Wood & Carrick Brewster, 15yr olds Emily Waldram, Nathan Staley & Olivia Gould, 17yr old Luke Carnell and 18yr olds Robert Barton, Lewis Steptoe, Kieran McGinley & Jamie Harby.

Competing alongside them were Oliver Park, Harry Phillips & Evie Pleasance (8), Alexander Peeters Weem, Aaron Mather, Matthew Heath, Gabriella Beardsley, Karis Robinson & Annie Kime (9), Ben Flinton, Reece Leonard, Alice Fletcher, Chloe Phillips, Annis Knight, Verity Roxburgh (10), Sam Hurt, Bailey Ward, Niall Peeters Weem, Nathan Hicks, Katie Webster, Laci Fletcher, Abbie Shetliffe, Kaitlin Robinson & Molly Kime (11), Rhys Hutchinson, Owen Wheatley, Libby Coleman, Olivia Slaney, Chloe Holden, Layla Allsop, Krystle Priestley, Ruth Day & Erica Brown (12), Kieran Harby, Jack Barker & Matthew Hull (13), Elissa Barraclough (14), Shannon Brown & Jamie Sharpe (16), Jade Clarke & Jake Whitworth (17) and Sebastian Smith (19).

The Club’s younger & non-competitive squad swimmers held their own 25m ‘Splash & Dash’ events, and their results will follow shortly in a separate news report.

25 November 2013 - Sherwood Sweep To Emphatic League Win

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club swept to emphatic victories in five out of six rounds of the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League to scoop the League & Division 1 Championship title recently from under the noses of fellow Division 1 rivals Worksop Dolphins, Mansfield A, Calverton & Bingham, Retford SC & Newark SC.

After missing out on the title by just one point in 2012, Sherwood A made sure of their victory by winning five out of six rounds and amassing 35 points, ahead of runners-up, and 2012 champions, Retford SC with 28. At the other end of the Division 1 table, Newark SC won the relegation battle with Calverton & Bingham to retain their place in the premiership for 2014.

In Division 3, Sherwood B recorded a credible fourth place overall with a total of 21 points; an outstanding result for the B squad given that the first three positions went to other Club’s A squads.

18 November 2013 - Owen Leads Sherwood Charge At Major Oak Open Meet

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s black & gold colours were flying high recently amongst 23 other clubs competing in the Major Oak Open Meet hosted at Water Meadows.

Over the two full days of competition, the squad bought home the Top Male Swimmer Award, the Junior Medley Skins Champion, four Medley Skins finalists, over 65 individual medals, a huge number of individual personal best, County Championship & Midland Regional qualifying times and an outstanding second place overall in the Top Visiting Club competition.

With the Open Meet slotted in between the Club’s own championship events, a number of swimmers even bettered their personal best times set just a few days before.

12yr old Owen Ottaway led the Sherwood medal fest with 8 gold (50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 200 & 400m freestyle, 100 & 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley) and 2 silvers (50 & 100m freestyle) to earn himself the prestigious Major Oak Open Meet Top Male Swimmer award. Owen also qualified as the only 12yr old in the Boys 13 & under Medley Skins final, finishing fifth overall and being rewarded with a cash prize.

Sherwood’s Elliot Clogg, 13, also qualified for the Boys 13 & under Medley Skins final and, after progressing comfortably through all five elimination rounds, collected his cash prize and Junior Skins Champion title.

Sherwood’s boys medal winners also included 9yr olds Joseph Lewis with 3 golds (200m freestyle, 50 & 200m backstroke) & Alex Slaney with a gold (50m breaststroke) & bronze (200m breaststroke). For the 10yr olds, William Darrington bought home a silver (100m breaststroke) & 3 bronzes (200m individual medley, 50m & 200m breaststroke) with Joseph Sadler securing a bronze (50m backstroke). 11yr old Adam Pring secured a superb 4 golds (50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 50 backstroke), 2 silvers (50m breaststroke 50m freestyle) and a bronze (100m freestyle) and in the 13yr old category it was gold for Nathaniel Wood (100m butterfly) to add to his 2 silvers (50m freestyle & 50m butterfly) and bronze (100m freestyle), gold for Elliot Clogg (200m individual medley), gold for Owen Wakefield (50m backstroke) to add to his bronze (100m backstroke) and silver for Matthew Hull (50m backstroke). In the 15yrs & over age group, Robert Barton secured a silver (50m freestyle) and 2 bronzes (100m freestyle & 50m butterfly) with Jake Whitworth bringing home a silver in the 100m butterfly.

In the girls’ events, the top medal tally was shared between 10yr old Rebecca Hyatt with her 3 silvers (100 & 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke) and 2 bronzes (400m freestyle & 50m breaststroke) and 12yr old Holly Whitehead with 2 silvers (50m backstroke, 50m freestyle) & 3 bronzes (100 & 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke). 11yr old Millie Standen bought home a gold (50m butterfly) and bronze (50m freestyle), whilst 12yr old Lily Boseley secured gold (100m freestyle) and two silvers (200m individual medley & 50m butterfly), Evie Timms a silver (100m freestyle) and bronze (50m backstroke), Libby Coleman a silver (200m backstroke) and Emily James a bronze in the 400m freestyle. Jade Young made it a gold (100m breaststroke), silver (200m breaststroke) & bronze (100m individual medley) in the 13yr old category and in the girls’ older, 15yrs & over category, it was double gold for Jade Clarke (50m freestyle & 100m backstroke) and silver for Emily Waldram in the 50m backstroke.

12yr old Lily Boseley and 13yr old Jade Young also qualified for the Girls 13 & under Medley Skins final. Jade finished fifth overall whilst Lily secured the runner up spot after unfortunately being eliminated in the final round. Both were awarded cash prizes.

Just being pipped to the medals, but swimming superbly (some in their first ever Open Meet) and gaining vital points towards the overall Team total were Alexander Peeters-Weem (9), Bailey Ward (11), Shannon Barrett (11), Niall Peeters-Weem (11), Olivia Slaney (12), Krystle Priestley (12), Erica Brown (12), Sophie Malbon (13) and Esme Wood (15).

7 October 2013 - Sherwood Shine As Hosts In Sheffield

Sherwood Colliery swimmers travelled to prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently to host and compete in the Level 1, 33rd Robin Hood Open Meet.

Clearly enjoying the Olympic-sized 50m pool, the squad bought home over 40 individual medals, the top male swimmer award, the runner up top male team accolade, the third top female team accolade and a huge number of individual personal best & 2014 Notts ASA County Championship qualifying times & even a 2014 British Gas National Championship qualifying time – a remarkable achievement so early into the new season.

Head coach, Ian Negus, said “After the summer break, this top level Meet sets the bench-mark for our swimmers in a tough, competitive environment.

There were some outstanding performances and the opportunity to swim in a 50m pool helps build solid platforms to work from for competitions held at a regional and national level next year”

13yr Elliot Clogg led the way with a total of twelve medals from twelve events (ten golds & two silvers), earning him the prestigious top male swimmer award. Elliot will join other talented swimmers to represent Nottinghamshire at the Inter-County Swimming Championships later this month and, following his performance at the British Gas 2013 National Age Group Championships over the Summer, he’s been selected to attend an England Talent Development training day next month in Northampton.

Just behind him in the medal tally, 11yr old Lily Boseley also had an outstanding Open Meet, taking ten medals from ten events (2 golds, 7 silvers & 1 bronze) and finishing 4th in the top female swimmer competition. The highlight of Lily’s weekend however, was securing a 2014 British Gas National Age Group Qualifying Time in the 11/12yrs 100m backstroke (1min, 11.84secs) - a remarkable achievement so early in the new season.

Other Sherwood medal winners included 10yr olds Rebecca Hyatt (bronze, 50m & 200m breaststroke), William Darrington (bronze, 100m breaststroke), Millie Standen (silver, 50m freestyle) & Amelia Tunnicliffe (silver, 50m breaststroke); 11yr old Adam Pring (bronze, 50m & 100m butterfly & silver, 200m breaststroke); 12yr olds Owen Ottaway (gold, 400m freestyle & 50m breaststroke and bronze 100m backstroke & 200m individual medley) & Evie Timms (gold, 50m freestyle); 13yr old Jade Young (silver, 100m breaststroke); 14yr old Esme Wood (bronze, 100m breaststroke) & 16yrs & over Shannon Brown (gold, 400m freestyle & silver, 200m freestyle), Imogen Gould (silver, 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke & 50m butterfly) & Lewis Steptoe (bronze, 400m freestyle & silver, 100m freestyle).

Success on such a grand scale nicely sets the squad up for the first round of the Country’s premier swimming competition, the National Arena League, in which Sherwood will compete in Peterborough at the weekend to try and earn a place in the regional final. They finished fifth in the regional final last year – the Club’s best ever result in a national competition.

22 September 2013 - Sherwood Sweep To Fourth Consecutive Victory

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club swept to an emphatic fourth consecutive win in the Nottinghamshire Sports Centre League First Division at Bingham, beating local rivals Worksop Dolphins, Retford, Mansfield A, Newark and Calverton & Bingham.

Following victories in the previous three rounds, the black & gold colours of Sherwood A established an early lead and continued to pull away throughout the evening to record their fourth round win.

Out of the 45 races, Sherwood swimmers scooped maximum points in 15 of them, with consistent second and third places adding to the final 208 total points tally. Retford SC took second place and Worksop Dolphins third. The A Squad stay local at Water Meadows on 19th October to contest the fifth round of the League before swimming at Retford on 23rd November in the final round.

Over in Hucknall, Sherwood B recorded a credible third place in Division 3 of the same League with a total of 181 points to finish ahead of Portland SC, Mansfield B and Hucknall & Linby. The fifth round of Division 3 takes place at Lammas Leisure Centre with the final round being held back in Hucknall.

8 September 2013 - Sherwood Do The Double At New Season Openers

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club put their Summer break well and truly behind them by winning both of the new season’s first competitions held recently at Retford & Water Meadows.

With both events being held on the same evening, the two competing squads were under added pressure with many swimmers having to compete in multiple events both in and above their own age groups.

At Retford, the squad successfully defended Newark Swimming Club’s annual Simeon Hansard Trophy for the twelfth time, whilst at Water Meadows the black & gold colours also successfully defended Mansfield Swimming Club’s Mary Whiting Trophy for the second year running, holding off strong squads from Nottingham Leander, Mansfield & Arnold.

With some good, solid individual and team relay performances at both events, the Club are now looking forward to the new season’s competition schedule including their own, Level 1 Robin Hood Open Meet at prestigious Ponds Forge at the beginning of October.

4 August 2013 - Local Swimmers Pool Their Talent At National Champs

Swimmers from all three local Clubs were in action recently, as part of the County’s elite Nova Centurion squad, at the British Gas National Age Group, Youth & Open Water Championships at Ponds Forge and Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield.

National events only attract entries from the Country’s most talented youngsters who can achieve the tough qualifying times, and this year Sherwood were represented in the age group event by Elliot Clogg, 13, and in the youth events, Shannon Brown, 15, Imogen Gould, 17, Sebastian Smith, 18 & Lewis Steptoe, 19.

Elliot had something of a rollercoaster week. After securing a remarkable eight, individual event qualifying times, Elliot sadly had to withdraw from the final day’s events due to illness. However, not before taking over a second off his 100m freestyle to secure a new personal best time of 57.74 and another half a second off his 100m backstroke time at 1:05.19. Elliot also swam in the Nova Centurion B 100m freestyle and medley relay team, and, being only one of 12 competitors in his age group eligible for a British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Award, finished a superb tenth overall.

Away from the pool and into the open water of Rother Valley Country Park, 15yr old Shannon Brown, was the area’s sole representative at the National Age Group & Youth Open Water Championships, securing a qualifying time to participate in the Girls & Boys 15yrs 2km event. This championship is the flagship event for the future of open water swimming in the country and Shannon finished 21st overall in a time of 25mins 43secs.

Following the Age Group and Open Water events, it was back into the Ponds Forge pool for the youth Nationals, where 17yr old Imogen Gould recorded a new personal best time of 34.04 in the 50m breaststroke to go with her semi-final qualification for the 100m breaststroke and her other swims in the 50m & 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. She also joined Nova Centurion A team-mates in the 4 x 100m medley relay, qualifying for the finals and finishing sixth overall.

Sebastian Smith, 18, competed in the Nova Centurion B 100m freestyle relay team and Lewis Steptoe, 19, in the 200m & 400m freestyle.

22 July 2013 - Sherwood's Clever Clogg Leads National Charge

A quintet of swimmers from Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club begin their campaigns this week, as part of the county’s elite Nova Centurion squad, at the British Gas National Age Group, Youth & Open Water Championships at Ponds Forge and Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield.

Led by 13yr old Meden School student Elliot Clogg, with an incredible eight age group qualifying times, 100m, 200m, 400m & 1500m freestyle, 100m & 200m backstroke, 200m & 400m individual medley, the Sherwood swimmers will compete against the country’s most talented swimmers over a gruelling, long, week to bring the 2013 swimming season to an official close.

Joining Elliot, and fresh from her experiences at the recent British Swimming Championships, 17yr Imogen Gould will contest the 50m & 100m breaststroke, 50m & 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley at the youth event, with Daniel Timms, 18, the 200m breaststroke and Lewis Steptoe, 19, the 200m, 400m & 1500m freestyle. At the Open Water event, 15yr old Shannon Brown will contest the Girls 2K.

Sherwood Head Coach, Ian Negus, commented that, in comparison to some of the country’s top clubs & specialist swimming colleges, for a relatively small club like Sherwood to have five swimmers competing in the national championships was “outstanding” and testament to the long hours, late nights and early mornings the youngsters have to commit to in the pool every single day.

1 July 2013 - Imogen Does Herself Proud On The National Stage

British Swimming’s Head Coach, Bill Furniss, has today described the national swimming team bound for this month’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona as one that is focused on current form and Olympic events. Twenty-seven athletes have been formerly selected to the British Gas GB Swimming Team following the British Championships in Sheffield last week.

17yr old Sherwood Colliery swimmer, Imogen Gould, lined up in the last heat of the Womens 50m breaststroke and finished just over 2 seconds behind the eventual finals winner, Stacey Tadd, from Bath University. Stacey’s time of 31.75 secs was agonisingly just outside the world championship qualifying time.

Imogen will now focus on the National Youth Championships next month having secured an impressive five qualifying times.

Imogen’s Sherwood team-mate, Charlotte Henshaw, targeted the event as preparation for the IPC World Championships in Canada & finished 15th in the Womens MC 100m Individual Medley and 2nd in the Womens MC 100m breaststroke.

23 June 2013 - Sherwood Youngsters Sweep To Finals Victory

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club swept to an emphatic win in the Derbyshire & Notts Junior Swimming League Final at Bramcote, beating a very strong, but second-placed, City of Derby, as one of only three Nottinghamshire-based clubs to qualify.

Along with Mansfield & Bramcote Swimming Clubs, and up against three Derbyshire clubs, it was the black & gold colours of Sherwood that established an early lead and continued to pull away throughout the evening to record their win.

Presenting each swimmer with a gold medal, the young squad, aged 9 to 12, performed outstanding in both individual events and the team relays, illustrating the strength in depth of the Club.

Sherwood also won the Junior League Champions title & trophy as winners of the final, following victories in the two previous rounds in the series. The Club will now go on to the Southern Region Junior League Final in October, with the prospect of reaching the National Final in November.

12 June 2013 - Sherwood Ladies Head To Ponds Forge For National Showpiece Event

Sherwood Colliery SC swimmer Imogen Gould, 17, will line up alongside Britain’s swimming elite at the end of June to compete in the 2013 British Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The Championships are the highlight of the national events calendar, and with a number of GB’s big names hanging up their caps and goggles after London 2012, there will be a new focus on the next group of able-bodied and multi-classification athletes to rise to the challenge and take the top performances. With over 600 competitors travelling from all over the UK to take part, the event doubles up as trials for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, and top swimmers such as Hannah Miley, Liam Tancock, Michael Jamieson & Ellie Simmonds have already confirmed their participation.

In addition to her five qualifying times for the National Youth Championships, Imogen’s 50m breaststroke time, 34.05 secs, also earned her a place in the British Championships and she heads to Ponds Forge with some of her Nova Centurion team-mates to take her rightful place on the blocks at swimming’s national showpiece event.

Alongside her in Sheffield will be London 2012 Paralympic Silver Medallist & Sherwood swimmer Charlotte Henshaw, who will compete in the multi-classification 100m breaststroke & 200m Individual Medley events. Charlotte is targetting the event as part of her final preparations for the IPC World Championships in Canada.

Tickets for the British Championships can be purchased through Ticketmaster or via the British Swimming website.

10 June 2013 - Sherwood Shine At Regionals

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s in-form trio of 11yr old Owen Ottaway, 12yr old Jade Young and 13yr old Elliot Clogg, enjoyed a bumper weekend in the 50m pool at Coventry during the final events of the British Gas Midland Region Championship, bringing home three hotly-contested British Age Group awards and another haul of medals.

All competing as part of the County’s elite Nova Centurion squad, Owen picked up a silver (200m backstroke) and a bronze (200m breaststroke) to add to his two bronzes (100m backstroke & 100m breaststroke) from the first round, Jade a silver (800m freestyle) and Elliot another silver (100m backstroke) to add to his gold (400m freestyle relay), silver (200m backstroke) & two bronzes (100m & 400m freestyle) from the first round.

Rewarding the ‘Top 8’ achievers for high standards of swimming across five disciplines (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke & individual medley) and distances (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m & 1500m) Owen collected a British Age Group award for his fifth overall position in the 11yrs, Jade for sixth overall in the 12yrs and Elliot fourth overall in the 13yrs.

Elliot now heads to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to compete in the National Age Group Championships after achieving an outstanding eight national qualifying times.

Joining the Nova & Sherwood squad over the weekend and setting a number of personal best swims, some achieving top five and finals places, were 11yr olds Adam Pring & Lily Boseley, 12yr olds Nathaniel Wood, Evie Timms & Holly Whitehead and 14yr olds Amelia Sale, Esme Wood and Hannah Carnell. All eleven swimmers had to achieve the tough qualification times to compete, with some gaining valuable 50m pool experience at a Regional level for the first time.

Away from Coventry, Sherwood swimmers kept up the pressure locally by winning the Mary Davies Trophy by ten points over second-placed Kimberley and by qualifying for the finals of the Notts ASA Stage 3 competition and the Derbyshire & Notts Junior Swimming League. Both finals will be held over the coming weekends in the Water Meadows and Bramcote swimming pools.

3 June 2013 - Sherwood Duo Take Regional Medals

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 10-14yr olds travelled to Coventry recently to compete against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands and West Midlands regions in the British Gas Midland Region Age Group Championships and came home with a number of coveted medals, individual finalist and top five places.

Competing as part of the Nottinghamshire County’s Nova Centurion squad, 13yr old Elliot Clogg led the Sherwood charge with four medals including a gold with the Nova Centurion A 400m freestyle relay team, a silver in the 13/14yr 200m backstroke and two bronzes in the 13/14yr 100m & 400m freestyle. His 100m freestyle time, 58.98 secs, additionally earned him another British Gas ASA National Championship qualifying time and took his overall National time achievements to eight.

Following him with more regional medals was 11yr old Owen Ottaway who took two bronzes home in the 10/11yr 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, as well as qualifying for the final of the 200m Individual Medley.

More Sherwood & Nova successes followed with 12yr old Jade Young qualifying for the final of the girls 12yrs 200m Individual Medley and 11yr old Lily Boseley taking a top five finish in the 10/12yrs 100m backstroke. Achieving regional qualification times to join them in the Nova Centurion squad over the weekend were 11yr old Adam Pring, 12yr old Nathaniel Wood and 14yr olds Amelia Sale, Esme Wood and Hannah Carnell.

The Nova squad head back to Coventry next weekend for the final rounds of the competition and the battle for one of the coveted top eight regional BAGCAT (British Age Group Category) awards.

14 May 2013 - Sunday Session Changes - New Times & Arrangements from 26 May

Mindful of the increasing numbers and the need to ensure the safety and well-being of all swimmers and coaching staff, it has become necessary for the Club and coaches to review the current Sunday evening session arrangements with a view to introducing some changes as of Sunday 26th May.

These changes will run for a trial period, after which they'll be reviewed and revised if and where appropriate.

6-7pm: Starts & Turns (Dave & Gary's lane swimmers)
7-8pm: Training (Dave, Gary & Ian's lane swimmers)
8-9pm: Starts & Turns/Training (Ian's lane swimmers & Masters)

This new arrangement should free up more coaching staff for the first session, allow senior swimmers to train (for two hours if they wish) in the second & third session and also provide senior swimmers with starts & turns skills practice in the third session.

It MAY be that Gary would prefer some of his older swimmers to attend the 8-9pm Starts & Turns session - please check with him direct.

(Please note: with the safety and well-being of all swimmers being paramount at all times, Dave's lane swimmers should not attend the 8-9pm session and Ian's lane swimmers should not attend the 6-7pm session).

The Club and coaching staff appreciate that these changes may not suit all individual family circumstances; however, we ask that you please work with us during the trial period and raise any concerns individually with the coaching staff as part of the overall review afterwards.

The new arrangements should provide a happier and safer environment for swimmers and coaches and the Club thanks you in anticipation of your cooperation.

Thanks.

7 May 2013 - Sherwood Swimmers Take Regional Honours

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s youth swimmers competed against the best talent from across the combined East Midlands and West Midlands regions recently in the British Gas Midland Youth Championships and came home with a coveted relay medal and a number of individual finalist and top ten places.

Swimming as part of the Nottinghamshire Nova Centurion A 400m medley relay squad, 17yr old Imogen Gould took home a silver medal to add to her individual successes and adding to his overall event tally, 17yr old Daniel Timms celebrated a National Time achievement in the 200m breaststroke.

Other squad members, Robert Barton, Sebastian Smith, Jade Clarke, Kieran McGinley, Shannon Brown & Lewis Steptoe all celebrated individual successes including finalist and top ten finishes.

Away from the regional successes, Sherwood continue their unbeaten gala record in local leagues, taking first places recently in Round 1 of the Notts & Derbyshire Junior League, Round 1 of the Notts ASA Stage 3 event, Round 3 of the Sports Centre League and the recent Trophy Gala event in Worksop.

At the half-way point, the A squad currently sit at the top of Division 1 in the Sports Centre League with a 4-point lead over second-placed Worksop.

9 April 2013 - Sherwood Strike Gold At Regional Meets

Despite the month-long, County Championship schedules, Sherwood Colliery Swimmers travelled to Peterborough recently to take on the might of the Eastern Region’s top clubs in their premier swim meet.

Proving that it’s quality not quantity that counts, the relatively small squad bought home a tally of 36 medals, including 16 golds, along with numerous new personal best and Midland Regional qualifying times to finish a superb 5th overall out of 42 visiting clubs.

The 9yr olds led the way with eight golds; four out of four for William Darrington in the 200m breaststroke, 200 IM, 50m backstroke & 50m freestyle, three golds and two silvers for Rebecca Hyatt in the 50m & 200m breaststroke, 200 IM, 50m & 200m freestyle and a gold in the 50m breaststroke for Alex Slaney.

In the 11yr old category, Owen Ottaway made it five golds in a row for the 50m & 400m freestyle, 50m & 200m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, adding two silvers in the 200 IM and 100m breaststroke. Olivia Slaney added a bronze in the 50m breaststroke to take the 11yr medal tally to eight, with Shannon Barrett and Erica Brown just missing out in the backstroke, freestyle & breaststroke events.

Jade Young, Owen Wakefield & Matthew Hull battled through the 12yr old category to take nine medals between them including three golds for Jade in the 50m, 100m & 200m backstroke, three silvers in the 200 & 400 IM and 200m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m butterfly, to add to Owen’s two bronzes in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Matthew Hull was just pipped to medals places in the 400m freestyle, 200 IM and 50m, 100m & 200m backstroke.

Elliot Clogg & Sophie Malbon swam their way through a tough 13yr old category with Elliot taking gold in the 50m butterfly, three silvers in the 50m & 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke and two bronzes in the 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly. Sophie’s times in the 200IM, 50m & 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle events earned valuable points for the squad to add to their overall tally.

Hannah Carnell was the sole Club representative in the 14yrs age group, adding to the Sherwood medal tally with two bronzes in the 100m & 200m backstroke.

Away from Peterborough, a number of Sherwood swimmers took part in the 5th Spring Open Meet hosted by Worksop Dolphins Swim Club.

There were celebrations in the Wood family with 14yr old Esme taking gold in the 200m freestyle to add to a bronze in the 100m and younger brother Nathaniel, 12, taking two silvers in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

11yr old Ethan Barraclough took bronze in the 100m butterfly, and, having swam in Peterborough the day before, 14yr old Hannah Carnell completed her medal-winning weekend with silver in the same event.

The final event in Worksop was the 200m backstroke event, with Kieran Harby battling right to the end of the day to secure an individual gold in the 12yr age group.

12yr old Holly Whitehead and 14yr old Elissa Barraclough just missed out on the medals, finishing eighth and fifth respectively in the 200m freestyle and 200 IM and fifth and tenth respectively in the 100m freestyle.

The Sherwood swimmers will now continue to target licensed Open Meets to improve upon and secure any last remaining Regional and National qualifying times, as well as continuing their domestic gala and competition schedule.

27 March 2013 - Sherwood Swimmers Double Their Award Tally At County Champs

At the final events of the 2013 British Gas Notts ASA County Championships, consistent swimming from the Sherwood Colliery SC youngsters over the four weekends of competition resulted in a total of eighteen coveted British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Awards – double the amount achieved at the same event last year.

BAGCAT Awards are presented to the top ten individual performers in each age group for consistently-high standards of swimming in different strokes, medleys & distances in line with British Swimming’s Long Term Athlete Development policy.

Sherwood’s eighteen BAGCAT winners included two first-placed champions , Adam Pring, 10, and Amelia Sale, 13, four in top three positions, 11yr olds Lily Boseley & Owen Ottaway, Jade Young, 12, & Elliot Clogg, 13, and 9yr olds William Darrington, Joseph Lewis, Rebecca Hyatt and Amelia Tunnicliffe, 10yr old Bailey Ward, 11yr olds Libby Coleman & Emily James, 12yr olds Thomas Fletcher, Nathaniel Wood, Kieran Harby and Owen Wakefield and 14yr old Esme Wood.

Aside from the BAGCAT awards, there were still individual event titles to be decided and Sherwood’s swimmers picked up another 26 medals including gold for Adam Pring, 10, in the 9/10yrs 100m & 200m Individual Medley & 50m freestyle and Bailey Ward, 10, in the 200m butterfly, Jade Young, 12, in the 11/12yrs 400m freestyle & 200m Individual Medley and Thomas Fletcher, 12, in the 100m Individual Medley. Silvers went to 10yr old Millie Standen in the 9/10yrs 50m breaststroke and 14yr old Esme Wood in the 13/14yrs 50m freestyle & 100m Individual Medley with bronzes to Lily Boseley, 11, in the 11/12yrs 100m backstroke, Thomas Fletcher, 12, in the 100m freestyle, breaststroke & backstroke & 200m Individual Medley and Amelia Sale, 13, in the 13/14yrs 400m freestyle & 100m Individual Medley.

The final events of the Championships were the hotly contested relay team titles, and once again Sherwood’s swimmers didn’t disappoint. The black & gold colours scooped 13 team medals including 6 golds and County titles to the Girls 12yr 200m medley team (Libby Coleman, Evie Timms, Jade Young & Holly Whitehead), the Boys 12yr 200m medley & freestyle team (Kieran Harby, Owen Wakefield, Owen Ottaway, Nathaniel Wood & Thomas Fletcher), the Girls 14yr 200m medley team (Hannah Carnell, Jade Young, Amelia Sale & Esme Wood) & the Womens Open 400m medley & freestyle team (Amy Hull, Imogen Gould, Esme Wood, Shannon Brown & Jade Clarke). Silver medals went to the Girls 14yr 200m freestyle team (Hannah Carnell, Jade Young, Amelia Sale & Esme Wood), the Girls 16yr & over 200m medley & freestyle team (Jade Clarke, Imogen Gould, Esme Wood & Shannon Brown), the Mens Open 400m medley team (Sebastian Smith, Daniel Timms, Kieran McGinley & Lewis Steptoe) with the Boys 10yrs medley & freestyle team (Niall Peeters-Weem, William Darrington, Bailey Ward & Sam Hurt) scooping bronzes.

Despite the month-long, gruelling County Championship schedule, the swimmers go straight back into training for the City of Peterborough Open Meet held over the Easter holidays and a number of licensed Open Meets to secure & improve on final qualifying times ahead of the Midland Regional Championships held in June and the National Championships at Ponds Forge in July.

17 March 2013 - Sherwood Youngsters Go The Distance At County Champs

Over the middle two weekends of the British Gas Notts ASA County Championships, all eyes turned to the distance events; the boys 200m backstroke and 1500m freestyle and the girls 200m breaststroke and 800m freestyle.

Following their outstanding first weekend of competition, the Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club boys and girls continued their winning streak, bagging more medals, more Midland regional qualifying times, finallist, top 10 places and outstanding personal best times.

In the girls 800m freestyle, Jade Young, 12, took gold in the 11/12yrs, Amelia Sale, 13, silver in the 13/14yrs and Shannon Brown, 15, bronze in the 15yrs & over. Jade added a bronze in the 11/12yrs 200m breaststroke with 14yr old Esme Wood earning a finals place and Amelia Sale a top ten place in the 13/14yrs. There were triple breaststroke celebrations in the 9/10yr category with Rebecca Hyatt and Amelia Tunnicliffe, 9yrs, joining 10yr old Millie Standen in taking three of the top ten places.

For the boys, 13yr old Elliot Clogg took bronze in the 1500m freestyle with Michael Shillito, 17, bronze in the 15yrs & over. 12yr old Owen Wakefield, took sixth place in the 11/12yrs. In the 200m backstroke events, Sherwood’s boys celebrated a double in the 9/10yrs with Adam Pring and Bailey Ward taking top ten places, and a triple in the 11/12yrs with Owen Ottaway, 11, Kieran Harby, 12, and Owen Wakefield, 12, taking three of the top ten places. Elliot Clogg, 13, finished third overall in the 13/14yrs.

The swimmers are now in final preparations for the last days of competition taking place at Water Meadows next weekend, culminating in the coveted British Age Group Categories (BAGCAT) award presentations and relay team finals.

4 March 2013 - Adam Bags Fantastic Four At County Champs

Following the Club’s success at the recent senior event, it was Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 9-14yr olds who took centre stage over the first weekend of the British Gas Notts ASA County Championships.

10yr old Adam Pring led the Sherwood medal fest with four golds in the 9/10yr age group in 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke, adding another two silvers to his tally in the 400m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Hot on his heels was 12yr old Jade Young in the 11/12yrs with her three silvers for 400m IM, 200m backstroke & 200m freestyle and bronze in the 100m freestyle. 13yr old Amelia Sale took gold in the 13/14yr 50m butterfly, adding two bronzes to her medal tally for 400m IM and 100m freestyle and Thomas Fletcher, 12, took gold in the 11/12yr 50m breaststroke to add to his bronze in the 50m backstroke. Esme Wood, 14, took bronze in the 13/14yr 50m butterfly, Owen Ottaway, 11, bronze in the 11/12yr 200m breaststroke and Bailey Ward, 10, bronze in the 9/10yr 400m freestyle.

Away from the medals, 13yr old Elliot Clogg celebrated achieving two National qualifying times in the 200m & 400m freestyle and Sherwood’s swimmers clocked up a vast array of Midland Regional qualifying times and magnificent personal bests.

The championship events continue throughout March, culminating in the presentation of the coveted BAGCAT (British Age Group Category) Awards and County relay finals in a final weekend of swimming at Water Meadows.

18 February 2013 - Imogen Leads Sherwood Charge At County Champs

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club were celebrating five new senior titles, a haul of medals, finallist placings, Midland regional qualifying times & personal best swims following the recent British Gas Notts ASA Senior/Youth County Championships.

17yr old Imogen Gould led the Sherwood charge with a magnificent seven medal tally including three gold, three silver and one bronze which saw her take County Champion titles in the 50m & 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. Joining her in the medals was 18yr old Lewis Steptoe with gold and silver, crowning him County champion in the 400m freestyle, Sebastian Smith, 18, with a gold and County champion title in the 100m butterfly, 16yr old Jade Clarke two bronzes in the 50m freestyle and backstroke and 17yr old Kieran McGinley a bronze in the 50m butterfly.

It was also a good day in the office for London 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw, 26, who lined up in the 100m breaststroke taking first place in the Multi Disability category 6 and 12th place overall in a time of 1:40.15.

Just being pipped to the medals, but swimming to individual finals places and/or personal best times were Shannon Brown, Robert Barton, Luke Carnell, Prentice Dawn, Elliott Dudley, Lewis Harby, Jamie Harby, Jamie Sharpe, Michael Shillito and Jake Whitworth.

11 February 2013 - Charlotte Re-Joins Sherwood Swimmers At County Champs

London 2012 Paralympic Silver Medallist, Charlotte Henshaw, will re-join her Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club team-mates at next weekend’s British Gas Notts ASA County Youth/Senior Championships at Beechdale Leisure Centre in Nottingham.

Charlotte will compete in the 100m breaststroke, and lines up alongside a number of Sherwood’s most talented youth & senior swimmers, aged 15yrs and over, in a bid to decide Senior County Champion titles across a number of different strokes and distances.

The equivalent County Championship event for Sherwood’s 9-14yr olds takes place in March.

With over fifty swimmers competing in total, Sherwood are fielding their largest ever County Championship qualifying squad, and head coach, Ian Negus, is excited at the prospect of seeing some of the Club’s younger swimmers competing at this level for the very first time.

Away from County Championship preparations, Sherwood swimmers made it 3 gala wins out of 3 recently with new victories at Worksop in the Minor Trophy Gala and Division 1 of the Sports Centre League in Retford. The newly-formed B squad also entered the Sports Centre League, starting in Division 3, and finished a very credible fourth at their first event in Bramcote.

7 January 2013 - Sherwood Youngsters Quick Off The New Year Blocks

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s youngsters put the seasonal festivities behind them by winning the first local event of 2013.

Taking part in the Notts ASA Stage 1 event aimed specifically at 8-11 year olds, the Sherwood A & newly-formed B squads both brought home silverware for a stunning first place win in Division 1 and a strong, well-deserved third place in Division 3.

Partly due to the success of Team GB at London 2012, Sherwood has seen a healthy influx of younger swimmers, allowing the Club to field A & B squads in the Stage 1 events for the first time.

Head coach, Ian Negus, commented “Having so many talented youngsters for the Stage 1 events is great news for this generation of Sherwood’s swimmers. Some of them are competing for the very first time and it’s great that their hard work and long hours in the pool have been rewarded at these first events.”

10 December 2012 - Sherwood Make Club History on National Stage

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club has achieved a massive milestone in their Club history by finishing 5th overall in the East Midland regional finals of the country’s premier swimming competition, the National Arena Swimming League.

The competition includes 400 teams and over 16,000 swimmers divided into 7 regional leagues around the country, and after securing top places in the last two rounds, Sherwood booked their place in Coventry’s 50m pool finals alongside premier swim clubs such as City of Peterborough, City of Cambridge & City of Milton Keynes.

In something of a David V Goliath final, Sherwood battled their way to keep in touch with the country’s top swimmers (including at least one member of the London 2012 Team GB swim squad) in 50 individual and team relay events. More than half of the individual swims were personal bests, with 11yr old Owen Ottaway taking maximum points by achieving a coveted first place in the 50m breaststroke.

Head coach, Ian Negus, said “This is an outstanding achievement for this generation of Sherwood’s swimmers. Everyone swam their hearts out & pushed themselves to the limit to gain vital points for their Club. These swimmers can take pride in knowing they were a part of one of the Club’s biggest successes to date”.

19 November 2012 - Major Oak Open Success

The black & gold colours of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club were amongst 24 other Clubs that travelled to Water Meadows recently to compete in the Major Oak Open Meet.

Over the two long days of competition, the squad bought home a huge number of trophies, individual personal best, County Championships & Midland Regional qualifying times, and, despite being outnumbered by some of the area’s other participating clubs, performances earned the Sherwood swimmers an outstanding second place overall in the Top Visiting Club competition.

The Sherwood trophy winners included Rebecca Hyatt (9) 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50 & 200m breaststroke, Adam Pring (10) 50 & 100m breaststroke, 50 & 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, Evie Timms (11) 50 & 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, Owen Ottaway (11) 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 50 & 400m freestyle, Libby Coleman (11) 200m backstroke, Thomas Fletcher (12) 50m backstroke, Sophie Malbon (12) 100m butterfly, Nathaniel Wood (12) 50m butterfly, Jade Young (12) 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 200m breaststroke, Elliot Clogg (12) 200m individual medley, 100, 200 & 400m freestyle, 100 & 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, Hannah Carnell (13) 200m individual medley, Esme Wood (14) 50 & 100m freestyle, 50 & 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 50m backstroke, Jake Whitworth (16) 50m butterfly, Jade Clarke (16) 100 & 400m freestyle, 50 & 100m backstroke, Michael Shillito (16) 400m freestyle, Luke Carnell (16) 100 & 200m butterfly, Sebastian Smith (18) 100m freestyle & 100m butterfly.

16 November 2012 - Sherwood Make The Arena League Regional Final

Not even a full-scale fire alarm evacuation could dampen Sherwood's spirits in Peterborough recently, with everyone battling hard to finish a superb second in Round 2 of the East Midlands 1st Division National Arena League.

Sherwood had to pull out all the stops against stiff competition from swimming giants, the City of Peterborough (COPs), but after a nail-biting last few events, we finished four points ahead of Dereham Otters to scoop the runners-up spot and book our place in the regional final.

More than half of the individual swims were personal bests, resulting in top three placings in 36 out of 50 events. Imogen Gould, Evie Timms, Eliott Clogg & Lewis Steptoe all achieved coveted first placings.

Head coach, Ian Negus, thanked the swimmers for an epic performance, and having asked everyone to give that little bit extra to secure our finals place, the squad gave and it paid dividends.

The regional final will be held in the 50m pool in Coventry, on Saturday 8 December. Other finalists include City of Peterborough, City of Cambridge, City of Milton Keynes, Bramcote and Nottingham Leander.

29 October 2012 - Swim Caps & Dancing Shoes!

Sherwood Colliery swimmers swapped costumes & caps for dancing shoes recently to celebrate at their annual Club presentation evening.

Medal and trophy winners partied late into the evening after the Club chairman, Andy Rowbottom, paid tribute to their commitment, dedication and hard work, alongside that of the team of coaches, committee members and volunteers.

Before the celebrations began however, there was the small task of the Notts ASA Stage 3 gala final, at which Sherwood finished 2nd on the night and 3rd overall, and prior to that, Round One of the Country’s premier swim competition, The National Arena League, in Louth.

Drawn against stiff opposition from much larger Clubs, Sherwood battled to a superb 3rd place in Division 1, behind The City of Milton Keynes and Lincoln Vulcans A squads, setting them up nicely for Round Two of the competition which takes place in Peterborough later this month.

Away from Club competitions, Sherwood swimmers Amelia Sale, Daniel Timms, Kieran McGinley and Imogen Gould, joined fellow Nova Centurion squad members at the British Gas ASA National County Team Championships, swimming as part of the Nottinghamshire team at prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

8 October 2012 - Sherwood Make Waves at Robin Hood Open

Sherwood Colliery swimmers travelled to prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently to host and compete in the 32nd Robin Hood Open Meet.

Not fazed by the Olympic-sized 50m pool, the squad bought home a large number of medals, an individual top boy award and a huge number of individual personal best, County & Midland regional qualifying times.

Despite the squad being outnumbered by some of the UK’s top participating clubs & specialist swim colleges such as the City Of Peterborough, City of Leicester, Swim Gwynedd, Wrekin College and York City, the performances over the two days of gruelling competition earned the Sherwood swimmers an outstanding fourth place overall in the Top Club category, and Sherwood swimmer, Elliot Clogg, 12, achieved the overall Top Boy award.

Head coach, Ian Negus, said “After the summer lay off, this event sets the bench-mark for our swimmers in a stiff, competitive environment. There were some outstanding, individual swims and the opportunity to swim in a 50m pool helps build confidence for competing at a regional and national level.”

The squad’s success on such a grand scale now sets them up nicely for the first round of the National Arena Swimming League which takes place in Louth, Lincolnshire.

17 September 2012 - Sherwood Prove Size Doesn't Matter

Proving that they’re ‘quality not quantity’, Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club 12yr & unders were in action recently, scooping a credible third place in the Notts & Derbyshire Swimming League finals held at Clay Cross.

Held over three rounds, the talented youngsters qualified for the finals after beating off stiff opposition from much larger Clubs in and around the County, which resulted in a superb 3rd place overall behind league winners, Nottingham Leander, and runners up, the City of Derby.

Collecting bronze medals on behalf of all the swimmers, team managers Gary Butcher & Dave Carnell said they were immensely proud of the youngsters and they’d done themselves, and the Club, proud.

Over the same, very busy weekend of competition, the squads were also in action in Round 5 of the Sports Centre League. Consistent swimming from the A squad clenched their second Division 1 victory in a row at Bingham, and solid performances throughout the evening in Hucknall resulted in the B squad finishing 4th in Division 3.

Both squads go into the 6th and final round next weekend hoping to replicate their successes and bring home the League silverware.

3 September 2012 - Sherwood Make Waves At Ponds Forge Season Opener

Sherwood Colliery swimmers travelled to prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently for the 28th Dukeries Open Meet.

Not fazed by the summer break, the squad bought home a large number of trophies & medals, an individual top swim award, 3 gold team relay medals and achieved superb, individual personal best times.

In the girls individuals, trophies & medals went to 14yr old Emily Waldram in the 100m breaststroke, Esme Wood (13), 50 & 100m butterfly, 50 & 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Jade Young (12), 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke & 100m butterfly, Erica Brown (10), 50m breaststroke and Rebecca Hyatt (9), swimming in her very first meet at Ponds Forge, 50m breaststroke. Esme Wood also qualified for the individual, freestyle skins competition.

The Sherwood girls relay team were also in action, with Emily Waldram, Jade Young, Sophie Malbon & Esme Wood bringing home a superb gold medal each in the 14yr & under 200m medley relay.

The individual boys’ trophies & medals went to 11yr old Owen Ottaway in the 50 & 100m breaststroke, Elliot Clogg (12), 50m breaststroke, 50 & 100m freestyle, 50 & 100m backstroke & 50m butterfly, Nathaniel Wood (12), 50m butterfly, Jake Whitworth (16), 50 & 100m butterfly and 50 & 100m freestyle and Sebastian Smith (17), 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Jake Whitworth & Sebastian Smith also qualified for the individual, freestyle skins competition and Elliot Clogg achieved the Top Boy award for the best 12yr old individual swim of the competition.

In the boys team events, it was a double celebration for Elliot Clogg, Owen Ottaway, Thomas Fletcher & Nathaniel Wood, bringing home gold medals in the 12yr & under 200m medley & 200m freestyle relays.

Just missing out on some of the medals but achieving superb personal best times & consistent placings were 10yr olds Adam Pring and, getting her very first taste of swimming at Ponds Forge, Laci Fletcher.

Sherwood finished 6th overall at the meet out of a total of 19 visiting clubs.

July 2012 - Sherwood Fly The Flag for Mansfield at National Swimming Champs

Prestigious Ponds Forge in Sheffield hosted the nation’s top swimming performers recently at the British Gas ASA National Youth & Age Group Swimming Championships. Mansfield was well represented with a number of Sherwood Swimming Club swimmers proving they can compete with the best.

After achieving the tough qualifying times, an achievement in itself, Lewis Steptoe (18), Kieran McGinley (16), Daniel Timms (16), Imogen Gould (16), Shannon Brown (14) & Elliot Clogg (12) all swam strongly over five gruelling days of competition, putting in great performances between them in a number of individual & team relay events.

Lewis, Daniel & Shannon, as part of the Nova Centurion relay teams, finished a superb 5th overall in the 4 x 200m freestyle finals and Shannon additionally joined her Nova team-mates in the 4 x 100m freestyle & 4 x 100m medley events.

However, it was Daniel and his three Nova squad members who enjoyed the best of the relay results securing a coveted National bronze medal by finishing 3rd overall in the 4 x 100m medley event.

Individually, Imogen qualified for the semi final in 100m butterfly and competed in the 100m breaststroke along with Daniel qualifying for the semi final in 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley and competing in the 100m breaststroke. Lewis competed in the 200m, 400m & 1500m freestyle, Kieran in the 200m butterfly, Shannon in the 800m freestyle, and Elliot, swimming in his first National event, the 1500m freestyle.

July 2012 - Records Tumble at Annual Club Champs

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club rounded off their competitive season in fine style with a superb display of swimming in their own annual Club championships.
Held over three weekends, swimmers between the ages of 5 & 70 years old kept the Club statisticians busy with a total of 57 new Club records and many individual personal best times.

In a real carnival atmosphere, 46yr old Gail Wheatley set a new 50m butterfly record in the Open Age Group category alongside 48yr old Sue Day’s two new records in the 50m & 100m freestyle. The Club’s oldest competitor, 70yr old Roger Lloyd-Mostyn, showed his younger team-mates the way home winning his heat in the 100m butterfly, whilst 8yr old Joseph Lewis became the youngest new record holder in the 50m butterfly.

Joining Gail, Sue & Joseph in the Club record books were Olivia Slaney (10) 50m freestyle, Owen Ottaway (10) 50m, 100m & 200m breaststroke, Jade Young (11) 100m IM, 50m, 100, & 200m backstroke, 50m, 200m & 400m freestyle, 50m & 100m breaststroke, Elliot Clogg (12) 50m, 100m & 200m backstroke, 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, Esme Wood (13) 50m & 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, Hannah Carnell (13) 50m backstroke, Luke Carnell (15) 50m & 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke & 200m IM, Jade Clarke (15) 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly & 50m freestyle, Daniel Timms (16) 50m, 100m & 200m breaststroke, 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle, 100m & 200m backstroke, 200m IM, Imogen Gould (16) 50m & 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m & 100m breaststroke & 200m IM, Sebastian Smith (17) 50m & 100m butterfly & 50m & 100m backstroke, Lewis Steptoe (18) 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle.

Competing alongside the new Club record holders were Alexander Slaney, Ben Flinton, Joseph Sadler, Ethan Barraclough, Adam Pring, Nathaniel Wood, Rhys Hutchinson, Nathan Jones, Alex Maclaren, Prentice Dawn, Roger Lloyd-Mostyn, Kurt Hardy, Jamie Sharpe, Jake Whitworth, Kevin Lowe, Rebecca Hyatt, Millie Tunnicliffe, Kaitlin Robinson, Evie Timms, Libby Coleman, Sophie Malbon, Elissa Barraclough, Shannon Brown, Emily Waldram, Olivia Gould, Libby Straw, Ellie Wheatley, Owen Wakefield, Thomas Fletcher, Grace Angus, Lauren Clogg, Owen Wheatley, Callum Carney, Holly Whitehead, Mackenzie Sims, Molly Kime, Sam Hurt, Kieran Harby, Alice Fletcher, Annie Kime, Suranne Cave, Matthew Hull, Ruth Day, Emma Weston, Oliver Else, Oliver Gray, Sam Hurt, Lewis Harby, Michael Shillito, Millie Standen, Molly Ellicott, Clarissa Drury, Nathan Staley, Emily Leonard, Amelia Braithwaite, Caitlin Hardy and Paige Amber-Turner.

The Club’s younger & non-competitive squad swimmers held their own 25m ‘Splash & Dash’ events with Oliver Park (5/6), Alexander Slaney (7/8), Oliver Else (9/10) & Liam Kelly (11/12) taking the top places in the boys 25m breaststroke, Asha Scott (5/6), Suranne Cave (7/8) and Abbie Shetliffe (9/10) in the girls 25 breastroke , Oliver Park (5/6), Matthew Heath (7/8), Caid Murphy-Lea (9/10) in the boys 25m butterfly, Asha Scott (5/6), Lucy Carter (7/8), Abbie Shetliffe (9/10) & Faye Johnson (11/12) in the girls 25m butterfly, Harry Lewis (5/6), Charlie Austin (7/8), Rowan Jones (9/10) & Liam Kelly in the boys 25m freestyle, Asha Scott (5/6), Lucy Carter (7/8), Abbie Shetliffe (9/10) and Faye Duffin (11/12) in the girls 25m freestyle, Harry Lewis (5/6), Charlie Austin (7/8), Kieran Deville (9/10) & Liam Kelly (11/12) in the boys 25m backstroke and Asha Scott (5/6), Lucy Carter (7/8), Abbie Shetliffe (9/10) and Faye Duffin (11/12) in the girls 25m backstroke.

Additionally competing were Reece Leonard, Nathan Hicks, Ryan Walsh, Oliver Else, Jack Cooper, Alice Fletcher, Verity Roxburgh, Karis Robinson, Gabriella Beardsley, Evie Pleasance, Kieran Welsh & Annie Kime.

March 2012 - Sherwood's Top (BAG) Cats At County Champs

At the final events of the 2012 Notts ASA British Gas County Championships, consistent swimming from the Sherwood Colliery boys & girls over the 4 weekends of competition resulted in a total of 9 coveted British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Awards.

Encouraging & rewarding swimming across a wide variety of strokes and distances, Sherwood’s BAGCAT winners were Adam Pring in the 9yr category, Owen Ottaway & Libby Coleman in the 10yrs, Nathaniel Wood, Thomas Fletcher, Owen Wakefield and Jade Young in the 11yrs, Elliott Clogg in the 12yrs and Prentice Dawn in the 14yr old group.

Away from the BAGCATs, there were still individual titles and events to be decided over the weekend at Water Meadows, and Sherwood’s swimmers didn’t disappoint, picking up another 4 medals (Olivia Slaney, silver in the 9/10yr 50m breaststroke, Jade Young, silver in the 11/12yr 100m Individual Medley & bronze in the 400m freestyle and Nathaniel Wood, silver in the 11/12yr 200m butterfly) to add to an overall Championship Club tally of 5 golds, 7 silvers & 5 bronze.

Aside from the medals, there were impressive finals places for Prentice Dawn in the 13/14yr 200m butterfly & 200m Individual Medley, Libby Coleman in the 9/10yr 200m Individual Medley & 200m freestyle and Jade Young in the 11/12yr 200m freestyle alongside top 10 places for Owen Ottaway in the 9/10yr 100m Individual Medley, Libby Coleman in the 9/10yr 100m Individual Medley & 400m freestyle, Jade Young in the 11/12yr 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke & 100m butterfly, Esme Wood in the 13/14yr 100m & 200m Individual Medley, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly & 50m breaststroke and Hannah Carnell in the 13/14yr 100m butterfly, 100m Individual Medley & 50m breaststroke and Prentice Dawn in the 13/14yr 50m & 100m freestyle, 100m Individual Medley & 100m butterfly.

Alongside the BAGCAT awards & medals, the Sherwood swimmers clocked up a vast number of personal best times between them and pulled out all the stops achieving a number of qualifying times for the Midland Regional Championships later in the year.

February 2012 - Sherwood's Girls Continue County Champs Success

At the third consecutive weekend of competition for the 2012 Notts ASA British Gas County Championships, the Sherwood Colliery girls were in action in the 200m breaststroke events.

10yr old Olivia Slaney swam a solid heat taking over 12 seconds off her personal best time to finish a very credible twelfth overall in the 9/10yr age group. However, her 10yr old team mate, Libby Coleman, produced an impressive display in the same age group taking fourth place overall in a Midland Region event qualifying time of 3:25.14.

In the 11/12yr category, Jade Young, 11, continued her medal-winning streak by taking bronze in a Midland Region event qualifying time of 2:58.41 and Hannah Carnell, 13, just pipped her team mate, Esme Wood, 13, to a finals placing by a fraction of a second to finish sixth overall in the 13yr age group.

The next round of the competition for the Sherwood swimmers, boys & girls, takes place over the weekend of 3 & 4 March at Water Meadows, Mansfield.

February 2012 - Jade Goes The Distance At County Champs

At the second weekend of competition for the 2012 Notts ASA British Gas County Championships, 11 year old Sherwood Colliery swimmer, Jade Young, picked up a gold medal and County title in the girls 11/12 yrs 800m freestyle.

Part of the British Age Group ‘Distance’ category, Jade’s time of 9mins 58.36 seconds also qualifies her for the British Gas Midland Region Age Group Championships which takes place in Coventry later in the year.

Elsewhere in the pool, all eyes turned to the Boys 200m backstroke events. Elliot Clogg achieved a finals place & Midland Region qualifying time in the 11/12yr category and Owen Ottaway a top ten place in the 9/10yr category.

The next round of the competition for the Sherwood swimmers focuses on the Girls 200m breaststroke & Boys 1500m freestyle.

February 2012 - Sherwood's County Swimmers Turn Up The Heat

Swimmers from across the County braved the elements to compete in the first events of the 2012 Notts ASA British Gas County Championships that took place in Nottingham.

Competing against other youngsters from across the County, the Sherwood Colliery Club swimmers got off to a flying start, earning individual & team County titles, medals, finals places & new personal best times.

The Sherwood boys & girls relay teams were both in action; the boys dominating the 200m freestyle & medley events, with Lewis Illsley, Elliott Clogg, Nathaniel Wood, Owen Wakefield (freestyle) & Thomas Fletcher (medley), joining their older team mates, Luke Carnell, Daniel Timms, Jake Whitworth & Michael Shillito in taking the 12 & 16yr old County titles. The girls’ teams weren’t to be outdone and Emily Butcher, Jade Young, Esme Wood & Shannon Brown earned themselves a finals placing in the 14yr 200m medley event.

In the individual events, consistent swimming from 9yr old Adam Pring achieved him top ten places in the 50m breaststroke & butterfly, whilst Owen Ottaway, 10, dominated the 9/10yr boys breaststroke taking both County titles & gold medals in the 50 & 200m. Elliott Clogg, 12, turned up the heat on his competitors taking silver in the 11/12yr 200m breaststroke & freestyle, bronze in the 50m butterfly and top ten places in 50m breaststroke, 200m butterfly, 100 & 400m freestyle & 400m Individual Medley. Prentice Dawn, 14, achieved a well-earned finals position in the 13/14yr 200m freestyle.

In the girls events, 10yr old Libby Coleman took silver in the 9/10yr 50m butterfly, a finals position in the 200m backstroke and top ten placing in the 50m backstroke, whilst Jade Young, 11, took silver in the 11/12yr 400m Individual Medley, bronze in the 100m breaststroke, earned a finals position in 200m backstroke and top ten places in the 50 & 200m butterfly, 50m backstroke & 100m freestyle. Esme Wood, 13, made a top ten place in the 13yr 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke & 100m breaststroke alongside Hannah Carnell in the 100m breaststroke.

The Championships continue throughout February/beginning-March, and swimmers are encouraged to compete across a wide range of stroke & distance events to earn themselves an overall British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) score. This then recognises and rewards swimmers who are successful over a combination of events in line with the ASA’s Long Term Athlete Development programme

January 2012 - Sherwood Youngsters Prepare for County Test

Some of the areas most talented, younger swimmers from Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club are in final preparations for the 2012 Notts ASA British Gas County Championships that take place throughout February and beginning-March.

Almost forty of the Club’s swimmers, aged 10-14, have achieved the necessary qualifying times across a variety of individual stroke, distance & team relay events, and will compete against the very best in the County for junior titles, coveted medals & finals placings.

Head coach, Ian Negus, commented “Having so many youngsters qualify for an event of this calibre is a fantastic achievement for this generation of Sherwood’s swimmers and I know that each and every one of them will swim their hearts out. Some of them are swimming at this level for the very first time and are pushing themselves really hard in training with stunning results. I’m confident their hard work and long hours in the pool will be rewarded.”

January 2012 - Sherwood Swimmers Quick Off The New Year Competition Blocks

Both the youth and younger squads put the festive break behind them and were straight back to business at The Notts ASA British Gas County Youth Championships and Stage 1 Trophy Gala.

Running as a standalone ‘youth’ championship event for the first time, the older swimmers were pitched against some of the most talented swimmers in the County and took home a haul of medals, including 6 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronzes, along with a number of top 10 placings and personal best times. The equivalent County Championship event for our younger swimmers takes place in February & March.

Not to be outdone by their older counterparts, the younger swimmers recorded a very credible 2nd place overall at the recent Stage 1 Trophy Gala in Hucknall, being pipped to first place by the might of Nottingham’s premier Club, Leander, but beating off strong squads from Calverton & Bingham, Chesterfield and Nottingham Northern.

Ian Negus, head coach, commented “both events were extremely competitive on all fronts and our squads did us proud against some extremely talented swimmers. It’s testament to their hard work and commitment and I congratulate each and every one of them. Let’s hope this is the start of another bumper year for us.”

December 2011 - A & B Squads Enjoy Festive Success At Final Sports Centre League Events

In one of the final competitive events of 2011, the Club's A and B squads enjoyed success in the last round of the Notts ASA Sports Centre League.

Beating off stiff competition from other Notts-based Clubs, the A squad won their event to retain the top spot in Division 1, and the B squad enjoyed a joint first place with Rykneld in Division 3.

Consistent first and second placings helped both squads to success, with eighteen swimmers - Esme Wood, Kurt Hardy, Jade Young, Elliot Clogg, Luke Carnell, Nathaniel Wood, Owen Ottaway, Sophie Malbon, Lauren Clogg, Thomas Fletcher, Nathan Staley, Jamie Sharpe, Jamie Harby, Kieran Harby, Jake Whitworth, Ellie Wheatley, Emma Weston & Paige Turner - all achieving personal best times to add to the overall points tally.

December 2011 - Sherwood Swimmers Reflect on a Good Year

At the recent AGM, Ian Negus, Head Coach of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, reflected on a “very competitive” and “extremely successful” year for the Club.

Competition results have seen the Club’s A squad retaining top spot of the Notts ASA first division Sports Centre League, with still the final round of the competition to be swum, and the B squad currently sitting in third place just two points behind the leaders in division 2.

The 2011 Notts ASA County Championships were extremely successful again with many swimmers taking senior and junior titles, and three relay teams taking coveted gold medals. The squad’s great form carried over into the Midland regional age group and youth championships, securing finalists and medal winners at both levels, and onwards and upwards into the National competition with finalists, semi finalists and relay medallists.

A series of wins at numerous Minor Gala’s held over the year, and wins as ‘Top Visiting Club’ at the Major Oak Open Meet held recently at Water Meadows and the Ashfield Trophy at Hucknall have topped off what’s been a great year.

Commenting on the Club’s successes, Ian Negus, Head Coach, said “2011 has been very competitive on all fronts with some extremely good results. We have gained a few new quality swimmers this year that have undoubtedly added to the strength of our competitive teams and we’re developing one or two really promising youngsters who have already started to prove themselves and who I know will do us proud next year.”

October 2010 - Brian Barnett Honoured

79-year-old Brain Barnett has received the ASA's Aquaforce Award for Outstanding Contribution at County/Regional Level.

Brian was nominated by Kim Benstead because he has dedicated his life to swimming in Nottinghamshire, playing an important part in both club and county development.

"Since he first joined Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club in 1972, Brian has been a total inspiration to the swimming community," said Kim Benstead.

"He has dedicated many years to do the best possible for the swimmer, as in his own words, 'it is the swimmers who count'."

After representing his county in Athletics, Brian turned his interest to swimming and joined Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club when his son began to swim. Within a short time he decided that he wanted to be more involved with the club so he became a committee member and qualified as a swimming teacher, coach and lifeguard, dedicating three nights a week to the club.

He has also held most positions on the club's committee and was Chairman for approximately ten years. He has also been a dedicated member of the Nottinghamshire ASA Executive Committee. In 1989, Brian was awarded his County Blazer Badge for outstanding work within the county and in 1998 he became President of Nottinghamshire County ASA. In recent years he has also overseen the forming of a County Management Board - a huge constitutional change for the sport.


8 June 2010 - Club President Honoured

Club President Brian Dent has recently been recognized for his long service to the Club and to swimming in general. At the ASA Aquaforce Awards on Saturday 10th October in Stratford-Upon-Avon, he picked up the Aquaforce Long Service Award after being involved with Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club for 64 years. Since qualifying as a swimming teacher in 1967 Brian has joined the Club Committee and acted as Club Chairman, Polo Secretary and Club President for 10 years. He taught on pool side for 40 years and many of our current squad received their early training from Brian.

In addition, he has also been recognized for his contribution by winning a prestigious Torch Trophy Trust award. He received the award for his dedication to the Club and will receive it at a ceremony in London to be held on 16 November.