Christmas Presentation Evening
Brighouse Swimming Club held their Christmas Party and Presentation Evening in December at Rastrick Bowling Club where the success of all the swimmers achievements throughout 2018 was celebrated.
President of BSC Michael Lamb, welcomed the full to capacity crowd and thanked the swimmers for their dedication and the committee for making Brighouse Swimming Club the wonderful club it is. Without the superb voluntary work of the committee, BSC would not be where it is today.
Swimmers received awards from the galas throughout 2018 and coaches had the hard task of selecting one swimmer from each of their groups for a special award.
Youngsters from age four upwards were selected to win an Outstanding Achievement Award, Schools Awards, Most Improved Overall, Best Tadpole, Best Junior and Intermediate swimmers, Best Performer at External Competitions and The Ambassador Cup which is awarded to a swimmer for being a great ambassador to the club. A new award this year was also presented, which has been donated by The Lloyds Banking Group. It is ‘The Making A Difference Award; this is not just based on their swimming ability but something a swimmer has done to really make a difference. In addition to our gala awards, a new event took place this year in memory of our wonderful friend Carol Skuse who passed away earlier this year. Carol’s family attended our presentation evening and presented The Carol Skuse Memorial Shield to the winner of that event; the Mixed Under 10 50m Breaststroke.
In the Outstanding Achievement Awards, the following swimmers were presented with an Outstanding Award Shield:
Harry Taylor, Elsie Anderson, Thomas Robson, Eden Kaye, Ruby Doherty, Evie Lambert, Oliver Frearson and Alfie Heslop.
The Best Tadpole award was won by Oliver Frearson.
Schools Shields were won by Woodhouse Primary and Bailiff Bridge Primary.
Most Improved Junior was won by Ruby Doherty.
The Most Improved Intermediate was won by Bella Barrett.
Most Improved Swimmers overall were Isla Westwood and Nicholas Hudson.
Best Performer at External competition went to Cameron Price.
The Ambassador Cup was awarded to Imogen Gee.
The Lloyds Banking Group ‘Making a Difference’ award was awarded to Jessica Stafford. Earlier this year Jessica was involved in a car accident. She suffered great damage to both legs, resulting in operations and weeks of intense physiotherapy. The courage, commitment and dedication this little girl demonstrated, enabled her to be back swimming in competition. The club are extremely proud of how she focused on her recovery and rehabilitation and was back in the pool on the day she set as her goal! Super well done to her.
Our winner of The Carol Skuse Memorial Shield was presented to Tailla Green-Moore.
Certificates were presented to those swimmers who have completed and achieved the Competitive Start Award, this award enables swimmers to dive safely from the blocks.
A token of appreciation was also presented to our older swimmers who volunteer their time each and every week as assistants to the teachers, in and out of the pool.
After the presentation, the swimmers and their families enjoyed a pie and pea supper and hotdogs before dancing away to the disco.
2018 has been a very successful year for Brighouse Swimming Club. We have been lucky enough to secure funding from The Lloyds Banking Group and The Tesco Blue Coin Appeal. This money will go towards exciting new equipment, training aids and clothing. All of which we are extremely grateful for.
Swimmers have represented Brighouse Swimming Club at Local, Regional and National level in competition. We have brought home hundreds and hundreds of medals, ribbons and speeding tickets, for swimming too fast!
We are proud and honoured to be part of such a wonderful club.
As we move onwards and upwards into 2019, preparation for an exciting year has already begun....... BSC are taking 33 swimmers on a four day Swim Camp for the first time. Internal and external gala have been arranged and swimmers continue their training programmes to progress in the pool. Our youngest swimmers are moving up groups and some of our older swimmers are taking their teacher certificates.
THE TADPOLES GALA 9th NOVEMBER
The youngest swimmers in the club took part in their very own gala, competing in events such as one width front crawl, 2 widths back crawl and of course, the wonderful horse race ! (with a woggle).
Swimmers as young as 4 years old gave it their best as the eagerly set off, when Brian Smart blew the whistle. Coach Helen Hirst and three of our older swimmers, Imogen Gee, Thea Jones and Poppy Squire assisted the youngsters in the water whilst the timekeepers recorded their swim times.
The young swimmers gave the spectators a great display of swimming and demonstrated how much they have progressed this year.
Once the results were in, the young swimmers waited patiently to hear their names called for the presentations. All of the youngsters received a ribbon for taking part and the top four in each event were presented with awards.
Oliver Frearson had a superb evening, winning three gold medals in his events. Emilie Johnson was also on top form taking home two gold medals for her achievements too.
George Petch stormed across the pool to win Gold in the one width front crawl event. Harry Cockcroft won Gold in the one width back crawl and Flossie McGregor won the first place Gold medal in the 2 widths breaststroke event.
Youngsters Jacob Fletcher were mightily pleased with themselves winning first place in the one width horserace events.
A big well done to all of the youngest club swimmers.
GALA 4 15th OCTOBER
Local schools, Woodhouse Primary St Andrews, St Chards and Bailiff Bridge also came along to compete in the schools relay events.
The Brighouse swimmers demonstrated some fabulous swimming to our visiting schools and the spectators especially Nic Hudson. Nic had a great evening winning three Gold medals and setting a new club record in the 11 and 12 year boys 25m Butterfly.
A new event took place in memory of our wonderful friend, ex club president and swimming teacher Carol Skuse. Carol sadly passed away in May but her memory will be celebrated each year as BSC have created an event in her name. The winner of this event, Tailla Green-Moore, will be presented with the Carol Skuse Memorial Shield at our Christmas presentation evening in December.
In the schools events, Bailiff Bridge scooped the top spot, Gold position in the 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay and Woodhouse won Gold in the 4 x 25m Medley Relay.
In the older age groups, Ben Bottomley and Cameron Price who have both qualified for The North East Regional Championships took Gold and Silver places in their events with Ben winning two Golds and setting a new record in the 100m Butterfly and Cameron taking home two Silver medals.
Poppy Layden-Fritz earned herself two Golds and a new club record and sister Emily Layden-Fritz took a Gold medal and a new club record.
Youngsters Jessica Cameron and team mate Bella Barrett are certainly making themselves known in the pool. Jessica won Gold in the 12 and under 100m Freestyle and Bella won herself two Golds in the 25m Butterfly and 25m Backstroke.
A great evening of swimming, applauded by a wonderful group of spectators. Full results will be available re shortly.
The Doncaster Dartes September Sprints
30th September Beverley Leisure Complex
The competitive squad did Brighouse proud. From our young 9 year olds to the 16 year olds, the swimmers earned handfuls of Gold Silver and Bronze medals. Speeding tickets were handed out to many of the swimmers for swimming too fast times!12 year old Jamie Haines won Top Boy in his age group for his efforts in all his events. He also achieved two gold medals, 2 silver’s and a bronze for his five events.Imogen Gee (15) achieved two Gold’s and two bronze and went on to win Top Girl in her age group too.Out of 23 clubs competing, Brighouse took 6th place against clubs from across the region.
The Bradford and District Teams Competition
Saturday 6th October Shipley Pool
A selected team of 29 swimmers took part.There were many individual events in the different age groups, where the swimmers earned points for their team, depending on their finishing position. Points were also awarded to the age group teams in the medley and freestyle relays. It was a very fast paced meet which kept the swimmers on their toes!
All of the swimmers were fabulous and gave it their all but the Under 10 boys team and Under 10 girls team did Brighouse proud.
The final event of the evening was the Canon event. A boy and a girl from each age group were selected to compete in the 8 x 1 length freestyle relay.
BSC were amazing and deservedly won first place after the 8 swimmers gave a great display. The spectators were on their feet applauding our swimmers.
Once the points were added up, overall, Brighouse Swimming Club were awarded Bronze position, third place.
Coach Amelia Clough was absolutely delighted with the performance of her swimmers. Not only did the swimmers perform well they had a great time too!
The Yorkshire Championships held at the John Charles Centre in Leeds.
Our young Yorkshire Championship Qualifiers did themselves and Brighouse Swimmin Club proud!
Nine year old Izabel Young gave a great performance as she swam the girls 100m Individual Medley. Competing for the very first time, she earned herself a new personal best time and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
Team mates William Robinson and Jamie Haines also achieved new personal best time with William narrowly missing a top ten spot in the 50m Backstroke.
With experience of this event under their belts they are back in the pool training hard ready for the next competition.
Well done to the young swimmers at BSC.
Qualifiers for The Yorkshire Championship
Ten swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club have qualified for The Yorkshire Championships, to be held at The John Charles Centre in Leeds mid September and Ponds Forge in Sheffield in October.
Swimmers from 9 – 16 years have qualified with between one and eight events which is superb news from BSC!
16 year olds Ben Bottomley and Cameron Price have qualified in 13 events between them. Ben has 7 and Cameron 6. Ben is looking forward to the 50m Butterfly events whilst Cameron is focusing on the 100m Breaststroke. Both boys are hoping for a place in the top 10.
Imogen Gee (15) has qualified for the first time at the Yorkshire Championships. Although she has been swimming a while, she is fairly new to the competitive circuit but is keen to make herself known in her 3 qualification events, with 50m Backstroke been her favourite. She too is hoping for a place in the top ten.
Sisters Poppy Layden-Fritz (15) and Emily Layden-Fritz (14) are regulars at the Yorkshire Championships, having 4 qualification times between them. Poppy is focusing on a PB in her 100m Butterfly and Emily the same in her 50m Backstroke event.
Brothers Louis Rozsa and Cormac Rozsa have achieved three qualification times, Louis has 1 event and Cormac 2 events.
11 year old Jamie Haines has qualified in two events. He hopes for a new personal best in all his events.
Our youngsters William Robinson and Izabel Young have made superb progress in competitive swimming this year.
10 year old William has achieved a huge 8 qualification times. His favourite event is the 50m Backstroke where he would love to achieve a place in the top 15.
9 year old Izabel has qualified for the 100m Individual Medley. She thoroughly enjoys swimming Butterfly and is hoping for a new personal best time at The Yorkshire Championships.
Head Coach Brian Smart is more than happy with his swimmers, ‘they have trained hard and I hope they give the best they can. We are all really proud of them!’
Brighouse Swimming Club coaches, committee and team mates would like to wish our swimmers the very best of luck.
The Lower Age Competition runs 15th & 16th September at The John Charles Centre Leeds and The Upper Age Competition runs 20th & 21st October at Ponds Forge Sheffield.
K & D Championships Teams Gala Sunday 10th June Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
With over 35 swimmers on poolside and a huge following of spectators, Brighouse certainly made themselves known.
First up was the Under 10 girls Freestyle Team consisting of Charlotte Shaw, Olivia Stafford, Ruby Doherty and Izabel Young and The Under 10 Boys Medley Team made up of Jack Blamires, Hartley Earl, Alfie Heslop and Jake Norris. Great swimming from our youngest swimmers.
It was then onto the 11 & 12 year boys medley team and girls freestyle team. Another round of great swimming with cheers of support from the supporters as the boys won Gold and the girls Bronze.
We were lucky to be able to swim two teams in the Girls 13/14 years age group. Both A and B Teams performed very well. In the Freestyle event, The A Team won 2nd place and the B Team 5th place and in the Medley event, the A Team took 1st place and B Team 5th place. In the Boys 13/14 years, the freestyle team won Silver position.
The Junior Girls and Junior Boys did themselves proud in their events with the Junior Girls Medley Team taking the Gold spot first place in their event. Katherine Howell, Ruby Harris, Emily Layden-Fritz and Thea Jones were fabulous. In the Freestyle event they achieved Bronze medals.
In the Open section, both the Open Boys and Open Girls cleared the board winning all their events, first place Gold medals and trophies for Poppy Layden-Fritz, Emma Sykes, Amelia Clough, Imogen Gee, Martin Squire, Steve Price, Cameron Price and Ben Bottomley. Their performance in the pool was outstanding.
The final event of the afternoon was the 10 x 50m freestyle Cannon event. Over the years Brighouse Swimming Club has grown immensely and we swam two teams in the cannon event.
It was a very proud and emotional moment for Head Coach Brian Smart as his two teams of twenty swimmers gave the most fantastic performance in the pool. The crowd of spectators were on their feet as the final swimmers dived in for the final two lengths. In the A Team, Cameron Price was the last swimmer and swam his final length in great time. Ben Bottomley was the final swimmer in the B Team and too gave it his all.
The Brighouse A Team took Gold and The Brighouse B took Bronze. The volume of applause was immense and the display of celebration from the swimmers was very well deserved.
A fantastic victory for Brighouse Swimming Club.
BSC News.... Masters Yorkshire Championships John Charles Centre.
A fantastic display of swimming was put on by our Masters Swimmers from Brighouse Swimming Club in May at the Masters Yorkshire Championships held at The John Charles Centre.
Martin Squire, Steve Price, Amelia Clough and Gemma Sykes participated in the Medley Relay Team and won themselves the second place spot and Silver Medals all round.
Both Steve and Martin parti
cipated in individual events too during the competition earning themselves wonderful new personal best times.
For the four participants, they took a great crowd of spectators with them to cheer them on and show the younger swimmers how it's done!
Huge congratulations to all four of them they did Brighouse proud.
11TH MAY GALA 2
With a huge amount of swimmers and spectators filled to capacity, it was a busy one!
Cameron Price was back on top form after recently qualifying for and competing at The North East Regional Championships ,were he achieved new personal best times. Cameron won every event he competed in at the internal gala and set four further club records. Amazing swimming yet again from Cameron.
Imogen Gee also displayed some fabulous swimming and set a new record in the girls Junior Girls 25m Freestyle. Young Jamie Haines won his four events also and set two new club records in the Boys 11/12 year 4 x 25m Individual Medley and the Boys 11/12 years 50m Breaststroke.
In the Under 9’s group Ryan Brooksbank took Gold in the 25m Freestyle, Silver went to Alfie Heslop, Bronze to Harry Holder and the the 4th place ribbon to Zachariah Green-Moore.
The first Under 9 girls event was the 25m Backstroke where Freya Eastwood won 1st place, Poppy Sales 2nd, Izabel Young 3rd and Eden Kaye 4th. In the 25m Breaststroke event, Izabel Young won Gold, Freya Eastwood Silver, Poppy Sales Bronze and the 4th place ribbon was won by Isla Westwood.
It was a close call in the senior gents 25m Butterfly with all three competitors finishing tightly together. The Gold was won by Martin Squire, Silver was Steve Price and Bronze Gabriel Midgley. The same tight finish happened with the 50 Breaststroke event, Martin Squire finished in 1st, Gabriel Midgley in 2nd and Steve Price in 3rd.
A great night of swimming was had at Brighouse Pool.
MARCH INTERNAL GALA 1
Welcoming new swimmers, participating for the first time, it was great to see many new names in the programme. President Mick Lamb was our Referee and Judge for the evening, keeping a watchful eye on the technique of his swimmers.
Ben Bottomley and Cameron Price gave some great performances swimming head to head in all of their events. Between them they set new records for the club and took home a collection of Gold and Silver medals.
Youngster William Robinson was delighted with himself setting a new club record in the Boys 11&12 years 50m Backstroke and winning the Gold medal. 13 year old Emily Layden-Fritz stormed her events by winning the Gold medal in all of her four events and setting new club records in each event too!
10 year old Ruby Doherty set a new club record in the Girls 10 years 25m Butterfly and of course took home the Gold medal.
Spencer Snowden won first place and the Gold medal in the 13 & 14 year boys 25m Backstroke, in 2nd place was Oliver Blamires and the Bronze was won by Harley Spears.
Julia Millington performed very well in the 11&12 Year girls 50m Backstroke. She won the Gold medal and first place. Julia then went on to take Gold in the Girls 25m Breaststroke.
It was super swimming all round, even in the Masters events; Gabriel Midgley took Gold and set a new club record in The Gents 25m Backstroke. He received a huge round of applause and cheers from his team mates.
BSC were extremely busy attending the Yorkshire Championships held at The John Charles Centre in Leeds and Ponds Forge in Sheffield. We also attended The Kirklees and District Meets at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
BSC had six swimmers qualify for The Yorkshire Championships all of which gained personal best times and Cameron achieving finalist places for his events! A super well done to Ben Bottomley, Cameron Price, Poppy Layden-Fritz, Emily Layden-Fritz, Jamie Haines and William Robinson (not pictured).
At K&D Gala 3, sisters Ruby and Daisy Doherty both swam to victory in their events, Ruby winning the Under 10s 50m Backstroke final and Daisy winning the Under 12s 100m Individual Medley final. Jamie Haines was also on fine form winning the U12s 100m Breaststroke and Cameron price took first place in the Open 200m Individual Medley.
It was then onto K&D Gala 4 where the swimmers from Brighouse made themselves known yet again. With our travelling supporters in full volume they cheered our swimmers on in all their events.
Young Alicia Howells was delighted with her Bronze medal she achieved in the final of the U11 girls 50m Butterfly whilst team mate Chloe Hemingway took Silver in U13 100m Breaststroke. Ruby Doherty was back on top form and won The U10 girls 50m Butterfly. Jake Norris won the Bronze in the U9 s 50m Butterfly.
At the weekend just gone Brighouse Swimming Club travelled to The JCC in Leeds for the Jorvik Long Course Meet. Youngster Tailla Green-Moore competed for the very first time at an external competition and took home a Bronze medal for her event! Many personal best times were achieved and a huge amount of medals were brought back home to Brighouse.
Well done to all of our swimmers for fantastic swimming.
Brighouse Swimming Club have made a fantastic start to 2018. With three competitions down already, as well as the first weekend of The Yorkshire Championships, the swimmers are bringing home the medals.
First weekend of January, a large group of swimmers attended The Harrogate Janus Meet at The Hydro Pool in Harrogate. A fantastic 10 gold, 13 silver, 9 bronze medals were won and 30 new personal best times set.
Next up was The Kirklees & District Gala 1 held at Huddersfield Leisure Centre. A fantastic set of results from all the swimmers, especially for Under 13 Girls Ruby Harris and Laura Whittington who took the Gold and Silver positions in the 100m Butterfly event. Youngster Jamie Haines won Gold in the Under 12 boys 100m Backstroke and Cameron Price was back on top form winning the Open 100m Freestyle.
The Brighouse Swimmers also attended The Kirklees & District gala 2, when yet again they came away with an array of trophies, medals and finalist ribbons. It was a fantastic result for the under 9 and Under 10 Girls in the 50m Freestyle event. Charlotte Shaw and Ruby Doherty won 1st and 2nd place with new to competition swimmer 8 year old Olivia Stafford, taking home the Gold medal, 1st place in the Under 9 category.
Jamie Haines won himself the Under 12 boys 100m Freestyle and Cameron Price took Gold in The Open 100m Breaststroke.
It was a superb performance from all the BSC swimmers who took part.
Last weekend was the first weekend of The Yorkshire Championships. With six of our swimmers qualifying for various events, first up was Jamie Haines and Cameron Price participating at The John Charles Centre in Leeds. Jamie placed 18th in the 100m Breaststroke and Cameron won himself a place in the final and finished in 4th place!
Swimmers Poppy Layden-Fritz, William Robinson, Ben Bottomley and Emily Layden-Fritz are also preparing their Yorkshire events which are coming up mid February at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
With the competition calendar already in place, it is sure to be a busy year for Brighouse Swimming Club. Head Coach Brian Smart is proud of the way his swimmers carry out the training programmes and reward themselves and the club with fantastic results at competition.