Gala Results 2015


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Christmas Party & Presentation Evening

Saturday 5 December 2015


Rastrick Bowling Club

The Brighouse Swimming Club Christmas Party and presentation evening took place on Saturday night at Rastrick Bowling Club.

With plenty of awards presented and trophies won, the swimmers and volunteers of Brighouse Swimming Club thoroughly enjoyed their well desereved Christmas Party.

Compare for the evening, Siobhan Kaye had this to say, 2015 has been an extremely successful year for BSC. With over 348 members ranging from four years old to approximately 65 years old and over 40 volunteers, BSC continues to teach and develop the swimmers of the future.

Swimmers have achieved 20 new internal gala records and competitive swimmers have gained fantastic personal best times, well over 70 medals from gold silver and bronze positions, speeding tickets for swimming too fast and swimmers qualifying for The Yorkshire Championships.

As you know BSC is a development swimming club, run entirely on a base of volunteers. Without the fantastic, dedicated support of our coaching team, our swimmers would not progress at the pace they do. The volunteers that work tirelessly in the background were thanked and applauded, in particular Kay Suddick for all her hard work. The coaching team Ivor Clayton, Carol Skuse, Brian Smart, Mick Lamb, Helen Hirst, Dave Patrick(Paddy), Dawn Vickers, Tracey Harrison, Steve Vickers, Amelia Clough, Danielle Cahill, Megan Brier, Rebecca Taylor, Lynn Sibley, Amy Donovan, and Richard Bolland were presented to the audience and they received a huge round of applause and cheers, to thank them for all their dedication this year.

Presentations were then made by Head Coach Ivor Clayton. Trophies, Plaques and shields were presented to the winners of all the internal gala events throughout 2015.

Ten year old Luke Smith won a fair few awards in his age group taking home six event plaques and the Boys Cup. Junior Gents winner William Squire won three shields for his events and Williams Uncle, Senior Gents winner Martin Squire received one plaque and The Challenge Cup.

In the girls section, ten year old Thea Heywood was presented with two plaques and The Frechin Shield. Team mate Laura Whittington took home five plaques for her efforts this year and Junior Ladies winner Lucy Smith received six plaques, The Graham Coates Memorial Shield, The Geoff Crowther Memorial Trophy, The Ina Dale trophy, The Mary Brook Cup and The Castle Cup!

Brighouse swimmers were also winners of the Calderdale Clubs gala held earlier in the year at Halifax pool. a trophy was presented to each of the 36 swimmers that took part to recognise their performance.

Alongside the coaches are a small team of younger volunteers who also give up their time to assist with the coaching at the club. The young helpers were given a small token to thank them for their assistance and support.

Competitive Start Award Certificates were presented to all the swimmers that had undertaken the course in order for them to dive safely from the blocks and dive safely into shallow water.

It was then onto the coaches awards for outstanding performance:

Coach Lynn Sibley presented her 2015 Outstanding achievement award to Marlai James.

Tracey Harrisons award for 2015 Outstanding achievement went to Harrison Huckle.

Steve Vickers award for 2015 Outstanding Achievement was presented to Aimee Lodge.

Amelia Clough presented her 2015 Outstanding Achievement award to Eden Kaye.

Amy Donovan presented her 2015 Outstanding achievement Award to Roxanne Mountain.

Helen Hirst presented her 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award to Olivia Snowdon.

Mick Lamb presented his 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards to Ruby Doherty and Julia Millington.

Brian Smart presented an award on behalf of Carol Skuse, her 2015 Outstanding Achievement went to Izabel Young.

Richard Bolland presented his 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award to Ryley McDonagh.

Brian Smart presented his 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award to Alicia Howells.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school Brighouse were the winners of the two school shields. Swimmers from the school were there to collect the awards.

Head Coach Ivor Clayton presented the following awards:

The Top Tadpole Swimmer for 2015 went to Maizie Metcalf.

The Most Improved Junior Swimmer of 2015 went to Thea Jones.

The Most Improved Intermediate Swimmer for 2015 went to Aliya Bacakoglu.

The Most Improved Girl Overall in 2015 went to Emma Sykes.

The Most Improved Boy Overall in 2015 went to Cameron Price.

The Best performer in Away Galas throughout 2015 went to Cameron Price.

A new trophy was introduced this year called the Ambassador Cup. This award went to a swimmer who is part of the competitive squad. It is for the swimmer who demonstrates the skills to be an ambassador of Brighouse Swimming Club. Every swimmer is a credit to their parents, themselves and Brighouse Swimming Club. They support each other fantastically on poolside not only away at competitions but during training. It is very important to recognise the attitude, the maturity and the skills to be a great role model to younger members of the squad. The trophy, presented by Team Manager Siobhan Kaye, went to Cameron Price.

Following the presentation ceremony, a wonderful buffet was enjoyed before the disco dancing started. It was a fantastic evening, enjoyed by all.

Word has it that there has been an early delivery from Father Christmas himself, down at the club and there might just be a little present for all our swimmers before they finish for Christmas!

Swim along with Santa 29th November 2015

Swim-along-a-Santa 2015

B/C Grade Gala

Beverley Leisure Complex

Brighouse swimmers got themselves in the Christmas spirit when they took part in the Doncaster Dartes Swim Along A Santa Meet in Beverley at the weekend.

Seven swimmers from 9 years to 13 years took part in various events throughout the day. Coach Brian Smart was on hand to support his swimmers who for such a small number made themselves known. In the first event of the day 11 year old Ellis Kaye gave a great performance in the 200m Individual Medley gaining a new personal best time and the Bronze medal. Young Ben Calligan (10) performed fantastic throughout the day in his events achieving two silver medals and a gold medals. Team mates Laura Whittington and Ruby Harris also put on a great display with Laura winning a speeding ticket for going too fast! And Ruby proudly achieving a Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle and stormed her way down the pool in the 100m Breaststroke to win the Gold. Eleven year old Aliya Bacakoglu gained new personal best times which helped to secure her more places in her events for the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow in April 2016. Our youngest swimmer for the day was nine year old Evan Clark who is just starting his journey in competitive swimming. He too gave a great performance and took home a bronze medal and new pb times for his efforts.

Birthday girl Emma Sykes who turned 13 on the day of the competition celebrated her birthday by competing in seven different events. She achieved places within the top five in six of her events including a silver medal, not bad to say she had to move up an age group as it was her birthday!

Well done to all our swimmers for wonderful achievements throughout 2015.

Siobhan Kaye Team manager said ‘ it is an honour to take such a fabulous group of children out to competition. Not only are they wonderful swimmers they are great team mates and support each other in every competition. They are a credit to the parents and to Brighouse Swimming Club.’

This Saturday will be The BSC 2015 Christmas Presentation Night at Rastrick Bowling Club. Tickets are available on club reception.



Spenborough Swimming Club 125th Anniversary

AM Swimmers

PM Swimmers

Spenborough Swimming Club celebrated their 125th Anniversary this weekend with a swimming competition at The John Charles Centre in Leeds. Swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club supported the club in competing at this fantastic event.

Eleven swimmers participated, gaining medals, speeding tickets and personal best times improving. 10 year olds Megan Walch, Ruby Harris, Laura Whittington and Ben Calligan all did very well in their age groups with placings in the both B and C Grade and improvements in their personal best times. Ellis Kaye and team mates Martha Garnett and Aliya Bacakoglu both 11 secured medals and pb times between them in both B and C grade. Emma Sykes (12) took home a Gold in C Grade and a Silver in B grade along with a 4th and 5th place medal. Jack Mountain also 12 gained three new PB times which awarded him two Speeding Tickets and a 4th place medal. Finally in the boys 13 year age group Cameron Price and Dylan Walch also brought home Speeding Tickets and medals.

A fantastic achievement this weekend from all the swimmers a Brighouse swimming Club under the watchful eye of coach Brian Smart. Well done everyone.

Spen Meet AM Swimmers:


Cameron Price, Martha Garnett, Ben Calligan, Aliya Bacakoglu, Ellis Kaye, Emma Sykes, Emma Sykes, Dylan Walch

Spen Meet PM Swimmers:


Laura Whittington, Ruby Harris, Megan Walch, Jack Mountain

Halloween Meet by South Axholme Sharks Beverley 24-25 October

The spooky Halloween Meet by South Axholme Sharks was held in Beverley at the weekend. Seven swimmers from Brighouse made the journey across the M62 with coach Brian Smart.

Cameron Price (13), Emma Sykes (12), Aliya Bacakoglu (11), Ellis Kaye (11), Laura Whittington (10), Ruby Harris (10), Megan Walch (9) all competed in various events throughout the day.

Winning 9 trophies, 4 speeding tickets, a heat winner certificate and two spot prizes between them, it’s safe to say that team BSC did good!

After diving in on the 50m Breaststroke nine year old Megan Walch lost her goggles but carried on regardless. If she was to touch her goggles it would have been a straight disqualification but Megan continued and completed her event She quite rightly one the spot prize in her heat, well done Megan!

Next competition is the Spenborough 125th Anniversary meet at The John Charles Centre in Leeds on the 15th November.

Morning Session

Afternoon Session


Brighouse Swimming Club welcomed the local schools of Brighouse to join them in their fourth gala of 2015 down at Brighouse Pool on Monday night. With spectators full to capacity, announcer for the evening Siobhan Kaye, welcomed the participating schools Bailiff Bridge Primary School, St Johns, St Chads, St Josephs and Rastrick Independent. Brighouse Swimming Club swimmers also participated in individual events that ran alongside the schools competition. The evening consisted of fourteen various events which took place under the watchful eye of Head Coach and Judge for the evening, Ivor Clayton.

Before events started, one minutes silence was respected for long serving volunteer Peter Newton, who sadly passed away at the beginning of October. At the blow of the whistle, staff, parents and swimmers paid their respects to Peter, his family and his friends. Our condolences go to Peters family at this sad time.

The opening event was the Gents and Ladies 400m Freestyle. Cameron Price and Martha Garnett took the Gold medal in their respective events. Next up was the first of the two schools events, the 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay Team. In heat one, Bailiff Bridge, St Johns A Team, St Joseph’s and Rastrick Independent gave it their all as they gave great performances in the pool. St Johns B Team and St Chads equally performed great swimming as they raced in heat 2. It was fantastic news for St Josephs who scooped the Gold medal and set a new record time. In second place was St Johns B Team and in Bronze position was Rastrick Independent. A fourth place ribbon was awarded to Bailiff Bridge Primary School.

Twelve year old Emma Sykes set a new club record in the Girls 13 & 14 Years 25m Butterfly. Swimming the stroke in 16.47 seconds, Emma took just over one second off the current record and took the Gold medal. The record was last set in 2012 by Amy Donovan.

The second schools event of the evening was the 4 x 25m Medley Team event. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Hove Edge stormed their way down the pool setting ANOTHER new record and scooped the Gold medal. It was Rastrick Independent who won the Silver medal, St Johns A team in Bronze position and a fourth place ribbon for Bailiff Bridge Primary School.

Emily Layden-Fritz (11) had a great evening of swimming. She took part in three events winning Gold in each event and setting a new club record in the Girls 11 & 12 years 25m Butterfly. The record was held by Emma Sykes at 17.63 and Emily has now set it at 17.53.

Spencer Snowden participated in the Boys 11 & 12 year age group and after being awarded swimmer of the month at training, his hard work paid off. Spencer took home two Silver medals and a Bronze medal for his efforts in the pool.

Another fantastic night of swimming performed by our young swimmers of Brighouse. A very well done to the local school children who took part and to the swimmers of Brighouse Swimming Club.

4th July Novice Team Gala Halifax Pool

BSC did it again!!! Saturday night was victory night for Brighouse Swimming Club as they competed in the Novice Teams Gala held at Halifax Pool..

Teams from across Calderdale met to compete for the three available awards, Top Girls Team, Top Boys Team and The Crowther Trophy for The Best Team with the most points. Todmorden, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax and Brighouse Swimming Clubs were all competing for the awards.

The swimmers happily handed back the three awards we won last year but were determined to win them back and sit them back in their place on the shelf at Brighouse Pool.

The events started with Melanie Diwncyz swimming the freestyle in the Under 10 age group. Youngsters Oliver Blamires and Anneka Barmby gave great performances winning their heats in their age group Butterfly and Backstroke events. Rachel Hobson was in great form throughout the competition gaining valuable points for the team.

In the team events, the Under 12 girls Freestyle Team: Gypsy Walker, Alfie Walker, Eva Knott and Thea Jones made great progress in the pace of the event and were awarded second place.

The boys Under 14 Medley Team were also fabulous winning their event: Finbar Flaherty, Eoin Flaherty, Ben Bottomley and Gabriel Midgley.

In the open section, Richard ‘The Tank’ Squire was an amazing asset to the team , helping then win 2nd place in their team events.

Our young speedy swimmer Jordan Hare was amazing in his freestyle events and was fantastic in his contribution to the Team Cannon event. Other Cannon Swimmers were: Chloe Squire, Julia Millington, Ben Bottomley, Evan Clark, Rachel Hobson, Amelia Clough and Martin Squire. The Cannon Team narrowly missed out on first place but easily were awarded 2nd place.

A wonderful night of swimming was performed by swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club. Families of the swimmers could surely be heard back in Brighouse as the winners were announced: Top Girls – Brighouse, Top Boys – Brighouse, Overall Winners – Brighouse !

Coaches Ivor Clayton and Brian Smart were extremely proud of their swimmers and were delighted to be bringing the awards back home to Brighouse.

A very big well done to each and every swimmers for superb swimming.

Weekend Friday 19th June - Sun 21st June

A Weekend of Galas for our Swimmers

Every swimmer did themselves proud this weekend. The wonderful team spirit displayed by each member of Brighouse Swimming Club is something to be very proud of. Well done everyone!


Friday 19th June: Brighouse Internal Gala Brighouse Pool

With over thirty swimmers competing in a variety of events, Brian Smart got things underway as he started the swimmers off.

Edward Vickers gave a fine performance in his events taking the Gold medal in all three of his events. He is pictured alongside Silver medal winner Jack Mountain and Bronze medal winner Sam McIntyre.

Lucy Smith also put on a great display of swimming achieving Gold medals in her events and little brother ten year old Luke created new club records in his age group events.

Rachel Hobson earned herself a well deserved Gold medal in the 11 and 12 years 100m Breaststroke.

Amelia Clough, who has created new club records at all this year’s internal galas made sure she was going to set more records at this gala too. Well done Amelia, a fantastic role model to the younger swimmers.

As usual a great evening of swimming from all competitors under the watchful eye of Head Coach Ivor Clayton

Saturday 20th June: The Jorvik Viking Sprints at The John Charles Centre in Leeds

11 swimmers represented BSC; Megan Walch 9, Ben Calligan 9, Laura Whittington 10, Ruby Harris 10, Aliya Bacakoglu 10, Ellis Kaye 10, Anna Basford 11, Dylan Walch 12, Emma Sykes 12, Cameron Price 13 and Gabriel Midgley 13.

As always the swimmers held their own, achieved some fantastic personal best times and scooped up handfuls of medals each. Swimming for the first time in competition was Laura Whittington who bagged herself a Gold medal in the 10 years B grade category whilst team mates Ellis and Aliya took awards in the A grade category. Ruby Harris achieved fantastic PB times in B grade and C grade and a 2nd place C grade medal.

Young Megan Walch who competed in three events won a Gold medal in the C grade 50m Backstroke whilst big brother Dylan also took home a gold medal in the B Grade 50m Freestyle. Twelve year old Emma worked really hard in her events to secure some great new PB times also in both A and B grade and Gabriel and Cameron both put on a fabulous display of swimming in the 13 years age group. Both boys were awarded medals for their achievements.

Sunday 21st June Kirklees and District Gala 6 Teams Event

On Father’s day, the Brighouse swimmers took their Dad’s to The new pool in Huddersfield to support them at The Kirklees & District Gala 6 Teams event.

A combination of over thirty swimmers competed in 21 different events throughout the afternoon. .Coaches Ivor Clayton and Brian Smart were there to make sure their swimmers gave what they have trained for and that they did.

The Under 10 Girls medley Team; Ellis Kaye, Martha Garnett, Aliya Bacakoglu and Emily Layden-Fritz finished in Silver medal position and The Boys Under 10 medley team; Oliver Blamires, Evan Clark, Luke Smith and Ben Calligan finished in Bronze position.

Our Masters swimmers, Adrian Firth, Ryan Bolland, Steven Vickers and Martin Squire finished 4th place in the Open freestyle and medley events.

Runners up ribbons were awarded to all the other teams for finishing between 4th and 6th place in their events.

The last event of the weekend was the one length cannon event. A boy and a girl from each age group were selected by Head Coach Ivor Clayton, to swim a cannon relay, one length front crawl. The cheers of support from the crowd during the heats, encouraged the swimmers to safely secure a place in the final.

As the final started the Brighouse Swimming Club supporters were the loudest by far. Great performances were given regardless of their full weekend of swimming. A very well deserved Bronze medal was awarded to the ten cannon swimmers.

8th May 2015 - Club Internal Gala 2 Brighouse Pool

New records were set and fantastic personal best were gained by the swimmers aging from 7 years to masters age! From some swimmers it was the first competition they have entered and although the nerves were there they gave great performances in the pool.

The referee and judge for the evening was Head Coach Ivor Clayton who kept a close eye on the techniques of the swimmers whilst chief time keeper Michael Lamb placed the swimmers in the winning order.

Coach Brian Smart started the swimmers with the Open 200m Freestyle. 8 year old Daisy Bottomley gave it her best shot swimming against 12 year old Emma Sykes. Daisy was awarded the silver medal whilst Emma won the Gold. In the boys, Cameron Price took the Gold and Dylan Walch the Silver medal.

As the events moved on it was time for 7 seven year old Charlotte Shaw to take her turn. Charlotte took part in the girls 9 and under 25m backstroke and in a time of 24.66 she won the Gold medal. Team mates Julia Millington, Daisy Bottomley and Daisy Doherty took 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

Chloe Squire set a new club record in the Girls 13 and 14 years 25m freestyle. 15.85 seconds was recorded and she was awarded the Gold medal. Rachel Hobson swam a fantastic 100m Breaststroke in the Girls 11 and 12 years age group. A well-deserved Gold medal was awarded to her in a time of 1:47:15.

Finally, in the Seniors age group, masters swimmer Martin Squire narrowly missed out on a new club record in the 100m Freestyle. The club record is set at 1:05:22 and Martin achieved 1:05:75.

4th & 5th April 2015 - Hull Meet

Over the Easter weekend seven members of Brighouse Swimming Club attended the Kingston Upon Hull Meet at The Ennerdale Leisure Centre in Hull.

As usual, the small squad of swimmers made themselves known in the pool and came away with their fair share of awards. Competing in many events between them, they brought home Gold, Silver, Bronze, 4th, 5th and 6th place medals as well as being placed highly in both A and B grades. Coach Brian Smart was more than happy with his swimmers and commended them all, not only on their swimming but on their behaviour, attitude and team spirit.

A big well done to Lucy Smith, Cameron Price, Poppy Layden-Fritz, Brody Clark, Emily Layden-Fritz, Ellis Kaye, Luke Smith and Jack Sharkey.


12th April 2015- Kirklees & District Gala 5 Spenbororough Pool


On Sunday 12th April, BSC competed in the Kirklees and District gala 5 held at Spenborough Pool. Brian Smart coached his swimmers to victory yet again not only in their age group events but in the Open competitions too.

Ten year olds Ruby Harris, Aliya Bacakoglu and Ellis Kaye gave great performances in the Girls 9/10 years 4x1 length Individual Medley. With Aliya and Ruby great new personal best times, team mate Ellis qualified for the final and after a fantastic final swim she finished in Silver position, 2nd place.

Twelve year old Emma Sykes took the Bronze medal, third place in the Girls 12 years 100m Butterfly. She also was placed in 9th place in the Open Butterfly competition. Lucy Smith (14) also competed in the Open Butterfly, qualifying for a final position and finished in 5th place. She competed in a further two events, winning the Gold medal, 1st place in the Girls 14 years 4x1 length Individual Medley and swam the Open 100m freestyle, again qualifying for the final and finishing 6th.

Thirteen year old Cameron Price took the Bronze medal, third place in the Boys 13 years 100m Breaststroke and was placed 9th in the Boys open Breaststroke sprint, fellow team mate Luke Smith (10) also competed in the Boys Open Breaststroke Sprint achieving 13th place. Luke went on to swim the Boys 9/10 years 4x1 length Individual medley winning the Silver medal, 2nd place. He finished the evening by qualifying for the Boys Open 100m Backstroke event and achieved the 6th place pennant.

“Another great night of swimming by Brighouse swimming Club” said Brian Smart, “Well done to everyone”.

1st March 2015 - The Kirklees and District Gala 4. Spenborough Pool

Ten year old Emily Layden-Fritz again stormed the pool qualifying for the final in the girls 10 years one length butterfly alongside team mate Ellis Kaye. Emily took the Gold whilst Ellis took a three way tie in fourth place.

Aliya Bacakoglu(10), Martha Garnett(10) and Ruby Harris(9) also competed in the one length Butterfly but sadly missed out on a final place.

Ten year old Luke Smith competed in the Boys one length Butterfly, the Open 2 lengths freestyle and the Open 100m Butterfly. He won 2nd place in his age group event, 10th in the Freestyle and 4th in the Open Butterfly.

Dylan Walch took a silver medal in the boys 12 years 4 x 1 length Individual Medley and 12th place in the open freestyle.

Cameron Price settled for 7th place in the open freestyle, narrowly missing out on a final place and achiueved the Bronze medal in the Boys 13 years 4 x 1 length Individual Medley.

Emma Sykes and Lucy Smith competed in the Open 100m Butterfly, Lucy winning 6th place and Emma 8th. Lucy also went on to take the Silver medal in the girls 14 years 100m Freestyle. Emma achieved 8th place in the girls 12 years 100m Butterfly.

Masters swimmers Tracey Harrison and Martin Squire also brought medals home to Brighouse in the Masters one length Butterfly and Masters 100m Freestyle. In the Butterfly Martin won Silver and Tracey the Bronze. In the freestyle event Martin took the Gold and Tracey the Bronze.

Well done to all swimmers.


27th February 2015 - Club Tadpole Gala Brighouse Pool

Event 1: 2 Widths Front Crawl

Event 2: 1 width on front with float

Event 3: 1 width frontcrawl

1. Lily Welham

2. Harris Hobson

3. William Robinson

4. Rebecca Leacock

1. Aurelia Wells

2. Leah Underwood

3. Chloe Beaum ont

4. Sam Sibley

1 Tailla Green. -Moore

2. Maizie Metcalf

3. Alice O’Kane

4. Dylan Gresham

Event 4: 2 widths backstroke

Event 5: 1 width on back with float

Event 6: 1 width backstroke

1. Lily Welham

2. Aimee Lodge

Joint 3. William Robinson & Mia Barrett

1. Aurelia Wells

2. Olivia Snowden

3. Leah Underwood

4. Sam Sibley

1. Dylan Underwood

2. Tailla Green-Moore

3. Maizie Metcalf

4. Alice O’Kane

Event 7: 2 widths breaststroke

Event 8: 1 width horserace (float group)

Event 9: 1 width horserace (1 width group)

1. Lily Welham

2. Tegan Green-Moore

3. Reece Frayling

4. Rebecca Leacock

1. Aurelia Wells

2. Leah underwood

3. Chloe Beaumnt

4. Harry Bolland

1. Tailla Green-Moore

2. Maizie Metcalf

3 . Dylan Gresham

4. Dylan Underwood

Event 10: 2 width horserace (2 width group)



1. Tegan Green-Moore

2. Lily Welham

3. William Robinson

4. Aimee Lodge



Over the ten events that took place, more than thirty children between the ages of 4 and 8 demonstrated fantastic skills in the pool. a huge group of family and friends of the swimmers were there to show support and cheered the little swimmers on in all the events.

Head Coach Ivor Clayton was very impressed with the swimming at the gala, as were coaches Brian Smart, Helen Hirst, Richard Bolland, Helen Hirst, Steve Vickers and Michael Lamb. Young Lily Welham was more than happy with herself after scooping 3 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal for her performances in her events.

8th February 2015 - Kirklees & District Gala 3 Spenborough Pool

Led by Masters swimmer Steven Vickers who won the Gold medal in his event , a team of 10 younger swimmers competed individually in their age groups, in open events and as a medley team.

With every swimmer getting placed in their events, ten year old Emily Layden-Fritz gave a wonderful performance in the U10 girls 50m Backstroke gaining a place in the final and taking first place. Team mate Ellis Kaye also made the final and finished in 4th place. Nine year olds Ruby Harris and Megan Walch were also placed in this event and gained new personal best times. Emily went on to secure 5th place in the girls open backstroke event also.

Anna Basford competed in the Girls 11 years 2 lengths Breaststroke finishing in 9th place and also participated in a further two open events in which she was placed.

Edward Vickers and Harry Stevens both competed in the boys 12 years 100m Breaststroke taking Silver and Bronze medals home. Team mate Luke Smith was awarded a 5th place pennant for his swim in the Open 2 lengths backstroke final and nine year old Ben Calligan achieved 5th place in the Boys 9 years 2 lengths Backstroke.

The event of the night was the Under 10 Mixed Medley; Ellis Kaye (Backstroke), Jack Sharkey (Breaststroke), Luke Smith (Butterfly) and Emily Layden-Fritz (Frontcrawl). In the heats they stormed the pool, qualifying for a place in the final.

They wanted the Gold medal and they got it. Brighouse’s Under 10 Medley Team were superb! A fantastic performance from the young swimmers cheered on by their families and team mates.

Coach Brian Smart was more than pleased with the performance of his swimmers. Well done to all.

25th January 2015 - Kirklees & Distric Gala 2 Spenborough Pool

14 swimmers competed in their age groups.

In the Girls 9 and 10 years age group, Saoirse Duffin, Emily Hartley, Ellis Kaye and Emily Layden-Fritz competed in the 2 lengths freestyle. All four girls were placed in the event with Saoirse taking the Gold medal in the 9 year age group. Both Ellis Kaye and Emily Layden-Fritz qualified for the final with Emily winning The Kirklees and District trophy and the Gold medal and Ellis taking the Bronze medal.

In the Boys 9 and 10 Years age group Ben Calligan took a 6th place pennant in the 9 years whilst Luke Smith qualified for the Final and won the Silver medal.

Brody Clark gave yet another great performance and won the Silver medal in the Boys 11 years 2 lengths Breaststroke.

Dylan Walch won the Gold in the Boys 12 years 100m Freestyle.

Ciara Duffin made the finals of the Girls 14 years 100m Freestyle and won a 4th place pennant.

Well Done to all our swimmers competing this weekend including Anna Basford, Poppy Squire, Eleanor Harland, Edward Vickers and our masters swimmer Martin Squire who also brought a medal home.

January 18th 2015- Kirklees & District First Gala of the year at Spenborough Pool

Over 20 swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club competed in over twenty five events, demonstrating some fantastic swimming and gained some great personal best times.

First time competition swimmers Emily Hartley and Ruby Harris have a great performance in the Girls 9/10 years 2 lengths Breaststroke with team mates Saoirse Duffin, Aliya Bacakoglu and Megan Walch. Saoirse took home a 6th place pennant in the 9 years age group. Ruby also competed in her first Team vent which was Team B in the Under 10 Mixed Freestyle Team with Saoirse Duffin, Ben Calligan and Evan Clark.

Masters swimmers Martin Squire and Steven Vickers also gave a great display of swimming. They were cheered on by team BSC and did the youngsters proud by bringing the medals home to Brighouse, taking the Gold and Silver in their events.

Brody Clark competed in the Boys 11 years 4x1 length Individual Medley taking the Gold medal and The Bolton Royd Trophy.

Cameron Price took part in the Boys 13 years 100m Freestyle taking the Gold medal and The Junior Boys Diving Trophy.

Dylan Walch and Edward Vickers achieved the Bronze and Silver medals in their event; The Boys 12 years 100m Backstroke and Imogen Gee took the Silver medal in her event, The Girls 12 years 100m Backstroke.

Lucy Smith made the finals of her events, achieving a Silver medal, a Bronze medal and a 6th place pennant.

Anna Basford made the finals of the Girls 11 years 2 lengths Freestyle and won the 6th place pennant.

Emily Layden-Fritz gave a wonderful performance in the girls 9/10years 2 lengths Breaststroke, made the final and took home the Bronze medal. She also assisted her team mates in Team A of The Under 10 Mixed Freestyle event: Luke Smith, Ellis Kaye and Jack Sharkey where they came in First place, taking a Gold medal each and The Freestyle Team Cup.

Ciara Duffin, Harry Stevens, Megan Walch, Aliya Bacakoglu were all placed in their events also.


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