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Swim along a Santa 3rd December
The John Charles Centre Leeds
Brighouse Swimming Club finished 2017 with an absolutely fantastic performance at The Doncaster Darts Swim along a Santa meet at The John Charles Centre in Leeds at the weekend.
Almost all of the 18 swimmers achieved personal best times in the all of their events, some by a huge ten seconds! The medal haul of Gold Silver and Bronze medals which were replaced with Gold Rudolph medals, Silver Santa medals and Bronze Christmas Tree medals were greatly received by our swimmers.
In total BSC brought home 18 Golds, 11 Silvers, 7 Bronze and a whopping 15 speeding tickets for swimming too fast! Brighouse Swimming Club finished in 6th place overall out of 19 swimming clubs!
Coach Brian Smart was super impressed with all his swimmers especially youngsters Charlotte Shaw and William Robinson who both also achieved Top Boy and Top Girl awards in the Under 9 age group.
As 2017 comes to a close, the swimmers have certainly made their mark in the competitive swimming world this year. Not only has their swimming improved significantly, their attitude towards their training and team commitment has too.
We celebrate our year on Saturday with our Presentation Night and Christmas Party at Rastrick Bowling Club.
Brighouse Swimming Club held their final gala of the year last Friday at Brighouse Pool, The Tadpoles Gala.
Over twenty youngsters aged from 4 upwards competed in different events throughout the competition.
Molly Richardson was on top form in her events, winning two Gold medals and a silver. Brothers Zachariah and Jaxon Green-Moore took home their fair share of the awards too. Austen Sapsford did too clear the board with three Gold medals for achieving the fastest swims in his three events.
It was great night for the upcoming swimmers at Brighouse, many swimmers showing fantastic potential. Well done to all.
The Spenborough Bonfire Bash
The JCC in Leeds 17th Nov
A strong 27 swimming team competed throughout the sessions on Sunday in various 50m events and 100m Individual Medley races.
New to competition swimmers 9 year old Ruby Doherty and 10 year old Evie Lambert did themselves proud in their events coming away with a pin medal for their races.
A huge amount of medals placed 1st to 6th place were achieved by our swimmers. Charlotte Shaw was placed third place top girl in her age group overall and William Robinson was 4th place top by overall in his age group.
Our eight strong Cannon Team were amazing in the pool as they competed in the 8 x 1 length freestyle relay against nine other lanes. Narrowly missing out on the top spot, Brighouse were delighted with their Silver position trophy for second place. A big well done to Ben Bottomley, Alicia Howells, Charlotte Shaw, Luke Winterbottom, Jamie Haines, Emily Layden-Fritz, Poppy Layden-Fritz and Cameron Price.
All swimmers were graded in their events, depending on the times achieved. Many swimmers achieved new personal best swim times which in many cases moved them up a grade.
Coach Brian Smart and Team Managers Siobhan Kaye and Kay Suddick, were extremely proud of the efforts of their swimmers. With fantastic support from the travelling spectators, Brighouse Swimming Club came 9th place overall out of 26 clubs.
Well done Team BSC!
Internal Gala 3
SPRINT GALA FRIDAY24th MARCH
Kirklees & District Gala 5 Sunday 19th March 2017
Huddersfield Leisure Centre
Sixteen swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club participated in the different events throughout the afternoon, supported and led by coach Brian Smart.
First up was the Girls Open 50 Butterfly event. With superb swimming in the heats, sisters Emily and Poppy Layden-Fritz qualified for the final, Poppy took the silver medal and Emily came in 4th place.
Cameron Price made it to the final of the Boys Open 50m backstroke taking silver position and won himself Gold in the Boys 15 years 100m Backstroke. He narrowly missed out on the first place position in the Open 50m Breaststroke.
11 year old Ruby Harris gave a fantastic swim in the Girls 12 years 100m Butterfly alongside team mate Laura Whittington. Ruby came in first place, Gold position winning herself a fabulous cup. Laura took bronze position.
12 year old Emily Layden-Fritz took first place in the 13 year girls 100m Backstroke with Ellis Kaye coming in third.
Newcomer to Brighouse Swimming, Club Jamie Haines took part in the 11 year boys 50m freestyle with Luke Winterbottom. Not only did they cruise to a place in the final but Jamie took Silver and Luke Bronze.
Youngsters William Robinson, Charlotte Shaw and Alicia Howells all won places in the finals of their age group events. William won 4th place in the boys 100m Individual Medley, Charlotte 2nd in the under 9s and second in the under 10s of the 100m IM and Alicia a 4th place finalist ribbon.
Emma Sykes won Bronze in her age group event of the 100 IM, Julia Millington won a 4th place ribbon in her 50m backstroke event and Oliver Blamires took Silver in the boys 13 years 100m Breaststroke.
Megan Walch and Eva Knott also competed narrowly missing out o finalist places.
A big well done again to all the swimmers at BSC.
This Friday sees our first internal club gala of the year down at Brighouse pool.
Saturday 11th March
The Kingfishers Meet at Scarborough Pool
Nine swimmers age 10 – 13 year participated in various events over the course of the day. A supportive crowd of families encouraged and cheered our swimmers all day, especially the young group of brothers and sisters; the future swimmers of BSC. (pictured L_R) Eden Kaye, Connie Harris, Arthur Garnett, Olivia Snowden and Poppy Sales.
10 year olds Alicia Howells, Julia Millington and Luke Winterbottom had a fantastic day with Alicia bringing home a medal in all of her events, Julia four medals and a speeding ticket and super-fast Luke, achieving speeding tickets for all his events for swimming too fast!
In the girls 11 year old events, Evie Sales won herself a speeding ticket in the Breaststroke event and was placed highly in all her other events but narrowly missed out on the medals. Laura Whittington and Ruby Harris also 11, came away with the fair share too. Laura four medals and a speeding ticket and the same for Ruby!
Spencer Snowden (12) was on top form too. His training paid off with four Gold medals!
Martha Garnett and Ellis Kaye competed in the 12 year girls category. Martha won herself a Bronze medal whilst Ellis took home a speeding ticket and a Gold medal.
Last but not least was our 13 year old Rachel Hobson. Rachel took home three medals from the three events she competed in; a Silver and two Bronze.
A fantastic day of swimming from Brighouse Swimming Club followed by a treat of fish and chips at the seaside!
Sunday 12th March The Jorvik Spring Long Course Meet
JCC in Leeds
Events took place in the 50m pool throughout the day, with 10 Brighouse swimmers taking part. Again they were very well supported by their families who were in all fine voice as we sung Happy Birthday to swimmer Laura Whittington celebrating her 12th birthday.
Lots of new personal best times were achieved throughout the day and in some cases up to 20 seconds improvements!
5 Golds, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze, 5 fourth place and 4 fifth place medals were brought back home to Brighouse. Nine year old William Robinson made himself known in the pool at his first big competition. he participated in the 100m Breaststroke and the 100m Freestyle, placing 1st place, Gold position in the Breaststroke and 2nd place, Silver position in the Freestyle.
Ellis Kaye, Ruby Harris, Laura Whittington and Luke Winterbottom were back competing for their second day of competition after the successful day in Scarborough the day before. Elis won herself a Gold in the 200 IM and Bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke. Ruby, a Bronze in the 200m Freestyle and Silver in the 100m Butterfly. Birthday girl had to move up to the 12 year age group achieved two 5th place medals in the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Breaststroke. Youngster Luke Winterbottom did himself proud too taking home a 5th in the 100m Backstroke, a 4th in the 100m Freestyle.
Brother and sister duo Ben and Daisy Bottomley achieved a handful of medals between them to add to the club tally including a Gold for Ben in the 100m Freestyle and Bronze for daisy also in the 100m Freestyle.
Sisters Emily and Poppy Layden-Fritz swam head to head in some heats of the events. Emily swam a fantastic 100m Backstroke and Poppy a superb 100m Freestyle. They added a few more medals to their growing collection too.
Also competing was Rachel Hobson, Megan Walch and Oliver Blamires who were all placed in their events, achieving some good pb times and Oliver happily took home a 5th place medal in the 100m Backstroke.
Coach Brian Smart and Team manager Siobhan Kaye were on poolside all weekend, providing support and guidance to the swimmers. Brian had this to say ‘it has been a fabulous weekend both socially and of swimming. We have a great bunch of swimmers and parents who do us proud at every competition. they have fabulous team spirit and we thoroughly enjoy working with them,’
It will be back training this week for the swimmers, in preparation for The Kirklees and District Gala 5 at Huddersfield Pool on Sunday and then a short rest before a trip over to Hull in April.
29th January: Grassroots Meet at Shipley
Illness and Injury had descended on the Brighouse Swimmers this week but this didn’t stop them from making their mark at The Grassroots Meet at Shipley at the weekend.
Super swimming all round was observed from the spectator stand. The Brighouse support group were on form cheering on our swimmers.
Cameron Price, despite being ill, came away with his fair share of awards: four 1st place trophies and a silver medal! Poppy Layden-Fritz also took home an array of awards: 4 1st place trophies and a silver medal for her too.
Ruby Harris put in a great performance winning two 1st place trophies, a Bronze and 4th place. Team mate Emily Layden-Fritz secured a 1st place trophy in the Girls 100m Freestyle with a fabulous time of 01:11.87, great work from the 12 year old.
Girls, Martha Garnet, Megan Walch, Jessica Stafford, Alicia Howells, all gave great swims but just missed out in the medal stages of their events. Emma Sykes, however made it into the medal stages, coming home with one silver, three bronze, a 4th and a 5th.
Julia Millington also took home her fair share of medals after a great performance in the pool.
Luke Winterbottom and William Robinson were on fire at the first big competition. Luke was delighted with his 1st place trophy in the Boys 100m Individual Medley but not so keen with his Speeding Ticket for the 50m Backstroke, even though he was awarded it for swimming too fast!
William also had a successful day winning a Silver and Bronze medal but was also selected to swim in the Blind Date Relay. As the fourth swimmer in a team with swimmers from other clubs, he gave it his all as flew down the pool to win the last length! With his winnings in his pocket he was a very happy boy, not more so than coach Brian Smart was super proud of his swimmers.
Spencer Snowden and Laura Whittington achieved some great times in their events, with Spencer winning four medals and Laura two 1st place trophies and a silver medal (pictures below).
Brian Smart said ‘ we have unfortunately been hit with illness this week and had to withdraw swimmers through injury but our swimmers have done us proud again, well done everyone!’
News from the first gala of the year:
7th January: Janus Meet at The Harrogate Hydro Pool.
It was fantastic results from the first competition of 2017 for the Brighouse swimmers.
Five swimmers from BSC represented the club at the Harrogate Janus Meet at The Harrogate Hydro Pool.
Cameron Price, Ben Bottomley, Poppy Layden-Fritz, Emily Layden-Fritz and Daisy Bottomley gave it their all in the pool with hard work at training
It was a great weekend of pb’s and medals and achievements of Yorkshire times.
Poppy - 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 PB's and 1 Yorkshire Time in 50m Frontcrawl
Cam - 5 Gold, 4 Silver, 7 PB's and 1 Yorkshire Time in 200m Breaststroke: Ben - 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, 4 PB's and 1 Yorkshire Time in 50m.
Frontcrawl: Daisy - 1 PB, Emily - 1 PB.
A big well done to all five swimmers.
15th January: The 2017 Kirklees and District Championships Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
Seventeen swimmers from Brighouse attended and with their fantastic support of their families, made themselves known.
In the girls 9 and 10 year age group, youngsters Alicia Howells and Tailla Green-Moore gave fantastic swims in the heats of the 50m Breaststroke, at their very first competition. Alicia made her way to the final, placing 5th in her age group and 6th overall.
William Robinson also competing for the first time, swam his way to a final place in the Boys 9 and 10 year age group, he placed 8th in the final.
Jessica Stafford, Tegan Green-Moore and Julia Millington all secured places in the final of the girls 11 years 50m Freestyle. Julia finishing in Bronze position, third place and team mates Jessica fifth place and Tegan eighth place.
Megan Walch joined team mates, Emma, Ellis, Alicia and Laura in the Open 50m Freestyle which saw a few of our swimmers narrowly missing a finalist place.
Also swimming in his first competition, Luke Winterbottom went on to swim the final of the boys 11 years 100m Individual Medley. Luke was placed fifth overall.
In the older girls section, Laura Whittington and Evie Sales made the finals of the 100m backstroke in the 12 year age group. Laura placed winning the Bronze medal and Evie eighth wining a finalist ribbon.
Ellis Kaye swam her way to the final of the Open 100m Backstroke, placing fourth overall and Katherine Howells placed 5th in the girls 14 years 100m Breaststroke. Emma Sykes won the silver medal, second place in the girls 15 years 100m Butterfly event.
The older boys section, saw Oliver Blamires and Spencer Snowden place in the finals of the 13 years 100m Freestyle; Spencer winning a fifth place ribbon and Oliver the Bronze medal in third place. Oliver also went on to achieve sixth place in the junior section of the Open 100m Freestyle.
Cameron Price stormed the pool in the Boys 15 years 100m Breaststroke with a fantastic first place win. Cameron continued his wins with a third place overall in the Open 100m Freestyle final which also saw him Junior Champion of this event too.
And last but not least, our Masters swimmer Martin Squire won Gold in the Masters 50m Freestyle and sixth place overall in the final of the Open 100m Freestyle.
A huge well done to all of our swimmers, many of which were swimming in competition for the very first time. Head Coach Brian Smart was extremely impressed with his swimmers performance, however it is back to training, in preparation for Gala 2 which is, next Sunday at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
22nd January: The 2017 Kirklees and District Championships Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
Another fine performance from the swimmers of Brighouse swimming Club at The Kirklees & District Gala 2 held at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
First time competition swimmer Charlotte Shaw competed in the girls 9/10 years 50m Freestyle event with Alicia Howells. Both gave great swims with Charlotte securing a finalist place and Alicia just missing out. Charlotte stormed her way down the pool in the final, winning the Silver medal 2nd position overall in the 9/10 age group and second place in the 9 year age group. A fantastic start to her competitive swimming journey.
Luke Winterbottom won himself a finalist place in the boys 11 years 50m Breaststroke event. He achieved 7th place in the final winning a finalist ribbon.
Onto the girls Open 200m Individual Medley event where Ruby Harris, Emma Sykes, Laura Whittington and Ellis Kaye all participated. Emma, Ruby and Ellis all made it to the final and demonstrated some fantastic swimming. Emma took home 4th place, Ellis 6th place and Ruby 8th.
Emma went on to achieve the silver medal, 2nd place in the 15 year girls 100m Freestyle. Ellis also took part in the 100m Freestyle in the 13 year age group and won the Bronze medal, 3rd place.
Ruby and Laura, along with team mates Evie Sales and Megan Walch swam the 12 year girls 100m Breaststroke. With all four girls winning a final place, the supporters were on their feet as Ruby came in Silver position 2nd place, Laura 3rd, Evie 4th and Megan 6th.
It was a straight final for the 11 year old girls 100m Individual Medley. Julia Millington, Jessica Stafford and Daisy Bottomley all gave great swims supported again by our crowd of supporters. Julia brought home the Silver medal, Jessica 4th place and Daisy won herself a finalist ribbon.
Daisy’s big brother Ben Bottomley participated in three events over the course of the meet. In the Open 50m Butterfly he won the Bronze medal. He won the Silver medal in the 15 year boys straight final of the 100m Butterfly and achieved 2nd place in the Open section and 2nd place in the Junior section of the 100m Breaststroke.
Head Coach Brian Smart again was super proud of his swimmers but its back to training this for the upcoming Grassroots Meet at Shipley pool this Sunday.
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