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11/4/14 - Luke Thomas - Bronze British Championships - Junior Final

Our very own Luke Thomas, had the whole club cheering for him, as he took to the blocks for the British Championships 400 IM Junior Final. After swimming a PB in the heats this morning the pressure was on to deliver in the finals this evening.
Luke smashed it in the final, leading the pack through the breaststroke and finishing 3rd place and 3rd place in the Euopean Junior Trials Final.

Head Coach Kevin Brooks commented "Luke delivered an amazing performance, swimming as a 17yr old in the 17/18 Yr category. He has shown he can perform under pressure and who knows what the future holds for Luke and swimming. We'll be back next year and Luke will still be simming in the Junior Category and I expect if he continues swimming at this level, he will be in the running for a place in the Team GB European Junior Team; I can't wait."

Kevin went on to comment "It was an amazing evening, with some awesome swimmimng from Wycombe District Swimming Club's home grown talent!"

Meanwhile back in Wycombe, Team WDSC were cheering Luke on from the cafe at Wycombe District Leisure Centre, courtesy of Coach Craig's iPAD connect to the TV. It has opened our swimmers eyes to what is possible, and we are immensely proud of Luke and his achievements.

A Massive Congratulations to Luke from everyone at WDSC
6/4/14 - Information Crawley L1 LC Open meet - 12 & 13 April 2014

Please find below information with regards to the Crawley L1 LC Open meet next weekend. Please do take the time to read all details especially items to take note of. If you intend to withdraw from an event or are ill on the day please advise the coach.

Coaching Cover:

Saturday - Craig Oliver - Team Manager - Louise Sansome
Sunday - Kevin Brooks - Team Manager - Louise Sansome


K2, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9BQ

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ACCEPTED ENTRIES (note SCR means rejected)


Sign in required for all 400m events. Signing in will be on the poolside entrance

Active withdrawal for all other events by the start of the warm up for each session. Forms will be available poolside and on the desk.

Please ensure swimmers wanting to withdraw from events complete the forms provided, we do not want empty lanes. Withdrawals in advance can also be emailed.

Warm-up Saturday

Session 1 Warm-up 9.00am Start 9.45am Sign in for 400s no later than 9.00am
Session 2 Warm-up 12.15pm Start 1.00pm Sign in for 400s no later than 12.15pm

Warm-up Sunday

Session 3 Warm-up 8.30am Start 9.15am Sign in for 400s no later than 8.30am
Session 4 Warm-up 12.15pm Start 1.00pm Sign in for 400s no later than 12.15pm

Please note the following:
Poolside Bags: Please be aware, that Crawley will be restricting the size of bags taken poolside at this event. Bag size limit 65cm x 35cm x 30cm. Any large bags will be removed and must be placed in lockers. (Returnable £1 coin)

Balcony Area: Swimmers must not go up to the balcony without first drying off and putting on footwear and clothing before leaving the poolside.

Video/Photography: any person wishing to use video, zoom or close range photography, including mobile phones that have photographic capabilities should first register their details at the spectator entrance.

It is requested that all mobile phones are switched off or to silent during the competition and that there is no flash photography at the start of each event.

4/4/14 - Club Announcement - WDSC Development Coach

Wycombe District Swimming Club are pleased to announce that Oliver Brewer will join the club as our 3rd full time coach, starting in June.

Oliver completed his UKCC Level 2 in 2011 and over the last 3 years he has been studying a for a degree in “BSc Sports Coaching” at Loughborough University. Whilst studying for his degree Oliver was also balancing his own swimming training within the Loughborough University Performance Squads. His highest achievement was reaching British Championship Level when he competed at the British International meet in 2013. He main event was 200m backstroke.

Over the last few years Oliver has gained experience of Coaching (and Teaching) at all levels of swimming. He has been instrumental in recently setting up and coaching a new “Development Squad” for students at Loughborough University, along with assisting the performance coaches with their National and International standard swimmers.

In addition to his personal experience as a swimmer and coach at performance level he also has multiple years’ experience of working with adults and younger children on an individual and small group basis, from those learning to swim, up to swimmers training for fitness. He’s also taken the lead with competitive age group swimmers on local stroke camps and at some training sessions at a number of clubs. The role of the new WDSC Development Coach is very diverse. Oliver will become the new Lead Coach of our ‘Potential One Squad’; along with leading the programme of our Junior & Senior Club Squads, along with our Masters Section. He’s very much looking forward to this role and working with the fantastic team of coaches that WDSC now boasts.

Oliver will start his new role officially in Mid-June, after completing his final year exams; however we'resure you may see him coming to visit before then in order to get to know our set up in further detail and get accustomed to how we do things here at Wycombe!

Before Oliver starts at Wycombe, Craig will continue to lead the Potential One Squad and the Club Squads with support from our excellent volunteer coaching team.

We hope you will join us in making Oliver feel welcome, and part of our team here at Wycombe.

2/4/14 - Easter Training

Friday 18th April
AM: Training rearranged to 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Performance Squads & Masters only (6x25m lanes only)
PM: All training cancelled

Saturday 19th April
Training as Normal

Sunday 20th April Easter Sunday
Training as normal

Monday 21st April Easter Monday
All training cancelled

Happy Easter from WDSC!
30/3/14 - WDSC @ The Berks & South Bucks County Championships 2014

Team WDSC completed our most successful County Championships ever, with a staggering medal count of 132 Medals - nearly double the amount won last year.

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part, and to those who won medals and trophies - look out for a full report soon.

21/3/14 - Under Starters Orders!

It's official, work has started at the Handy X Hub site!

For the last few months, enabling works have been ongoing to divert a substantial mains electricity cable and a large water main and to lower fibre optic cables alongside the A404 Marlow Road. Over the next few weeks, part of the redevelopment site will be enclosed by hoardings and construction contractors Willmott Dixon will begin to bring in plant equipment in preparation to dig the huge 50m swimming pool 'pit' and create a new access road.

Phase one of the redevelopment includes building a new, multi-million pound sports and leisure centre, coachway park and ride and food store. Before the foundations for the new sports and leisure can be created, however, the old synthetic turf pitch, running track and flood lights must be removed. While a number of trees which are currently in the way of a new access road will also need be removed (and some have been cut down this week), future landscaping plans for the site include planting 170 new trees and creating new green amenity space, along with an area of water space linked to the site’s sustainable drainage system.

Cllr Richard Scott, Wycombe District Council’s Leader, commented: “It’s been a long time in the planning and preparation stages, so we've now reached a major milestone in the redevelopment of the Handy X Hub site.

“While it may be a case of ‘no pain, no gain’, we’ll be working with the construction company Willmott Dixon to keep disruption and inconvenience to local residents and sports centre users to the absolute minimum and all deliveries to the site will be made in off-peak hours.

“We’ve already got a fabulous new synthetic turf pitch up and running across the road at John Hampden Grammar School and the athletics facilities which have been relocated to Little Marlow are well on the way for completion in late spring, now that the weather is finally warmer and drier meaning the top surface can be laid. I cannot wait for the day that we open the doors to what will be a stunning new sports and leisure facility, a convenient, sustainable new coachway park and ride and a stylish new food store for Wycombe district residents.”

Designed by AFLS+P architects, the 10,750 m² Wycombe Sports Centre will be clad in metal panels that have different finishes to give it a distinctive look. Inside, sport and leisure facilities will include a 12 court sports hall, eight lane 50m swimming pool, sub aqua dive pit, 150 station gym, four rink indoor bowls hall, two squash courts, climbing wall and a café.

05/2/14 - Success is Long Term - an important read for swimmers & parents

We are delighted to share a document produced by British Swimming regarding the important stepping stones that swimmers MUST go through in order to reach their full potential. I explained this is great detail at my first introduction meeting to WDSC in September 2012; however its important to remind everyone of its importance at every opportunity.

The document explains whats needed at every development level of a swimmer and If any of these phases are “neglected” (or “missed out” all together) – particularly the “Training to Train Phase” for swimmers aged 12 to 16 (broadly speaking) then that swimmers life span (in competitive swimming) and ultimate success (in the long term) will never be truly realised.

At Wycombe the squad structure is designed so that these phases are catered for and are properly met – no other club locally can boast the pool time stepping stones that Wycombe has access too. Full commitment to the training programme offered in each squad ensures a balanced programme and the correct work needed to achieve in the long term. Every squad has target competitions and training cycles of work and these become more important as the swimmer moves through the structure of the club. Not everything is covered at every session, each week! The training week/cycle is split into differing phases and types of work; such as (but not limited too): Technique development, Aerobic Endurance, Kick, Skills, Turns, Starts, Pull, IM development, Speed and so forth.

Put simply – please ensure your children attend an absolute minimum of 80% of the hours/sessions available each month to the squad that they are placed in. Less than this will delay their progression and most importantly of all – their ability to cope with the evolving and progressive nature of the training programme – it will simply become too hard for them to cope with as the rest of the squad moves forward. The way to ensure that swimmers can keep up in training, improve in fitness and ultimately achieve PB’s at their target meets is ensuring that swimmers (through the support of their parents) commit to the training programme being offered. Swimmers will only have themselves to blame if they underperform and they haven’t been doing what the coaching staff have been asking them to do – the coaching staff want what’s best for each swimmer in the pool – so if we ask you to do something then it’s only going to be due to it benefiting you in the long term. Areas such as attending the correct number of sessions, staying in longer in the mornings before school, starting land training, ensuring you do your pre pool and flexibility work etc.

Swimming is a sport like no other – it depends very much on the “feel” of the water and the “physical conditioning” needed, in order to retain that feel in the water. The less a swimmers attends the less of an opportunity they have to enhance and develop that feel, efficiency and swimming fitness/capacity.

The document attached is the most recent document. Please note that this document is soon to be re-launched and enhanced imminently; I will ensure this reaches everyone at WDSC.

If you have questions about Long Term Athlete Development and what you child needs to do in order to ensure they are on the right path for improvement then please contact one of the coaching team; ideally your squad coach in the first instance.

23/1/14 - County Championships Entries

Just a reminder to complete your online entries for your swimmers entries to the Counties at http://www.bsbasa.org/

Note - all recent PBs, including from last weekends Windsor meet are on the ASA website and will aoutomatically appear when you complete the online entry. Swimmers should enter all events for which they qualify as per Coaches instruction.

Note - entries close on 29th Jan - please don't leave it until the last minute!
20/1/14 - Progression of the new Wycombe Sports and Leisure Centre

Implementation of plans for the new Wycombe Sports and Leisure Centre continue to move forward.

Just before the Christmas break, the Council placed further orders for more ‘enabling works’ and submitted a planning application for the detailed designs of ‘Phase 2’ which involves a foodstore, coachway park and ride, and overall site infrastructure.

In the meantime it is continuing to work with the preferred construction contractor to achieve an acceptable build and price. It has also obtained a number of financial bids from leisure operators for the new facility. The aim being to bring these two strands together in February and start the main construction works on site in March.

Following on from the recently completed diversion of a substantial mains electricity cable, the further enabling works involve diverting a large water main alongside the motorway and laying fibre optic cables alongside the A404 Marlow Road. These works will see further change to the appearance of the site.

The new synthetic turf pitch at John Hampden Grammar School is now in full use and the existing floodlights on the sports centre site will glare no more. They, along with a number of trees that are in the way of the new access roads into the site, will soon come down.

The landscaping plan for the site involves extensive new tree planting and the formation of new ’green’ amenity space, along with an area of waterspace linked to the site’s sustainable drainage system.

In total, some 170 new trees will be planted. Linked to the quality of the hard landscaping, the overall environment will be much enhanced.

Cllr Richard Scott, Leader of Wycombe District Council said:
“The efficient progress of the enabling works marks another milestone in our plans to transform the district’s sports and leisure offer.

“We've always been determined that the new Wycombe Sport and Leisure Centre will be a flagship facility and a most significant improvement on the existing building. The new centre will provide enhanced facilities and will give residents an Olympic legacy of which to be proud.

“Once built, these new facilities will put us on the national sporting map and really help our drive to encourage more people to take up a sport and enjoy better health and fitness.”

Read the full press-release HERE


Our very own Andrew Allum is organising an attempt on the world distance record for ice-cold water swimming (http://www.internationaliceswimming.com/). He is going to attempt 3km - The current record is 2.3km.
Andrew will be carrying out this attempt on Sunday 19th January at 10am. at the Wycombe Rye Lido

There will be a video recording made for ratification purposes, plus official witnesses and time-keepers. Spectator Entry is free but donations to Rays of Sunshine (https://www.raysofsunshine.org.uk/) will be accepted.

Andrew also has a "Just Giving" Account set up and would welcome any sponsorship for this Record Breaking Attempt!

JustGiving - Sponsor Andrew


2/1/14 - Recent Open Meet - Individual Results

WDSC Individual Results are available to download from a number of recent Open Meets and Competitions:

Derventio eXcel Christmas Cracker Meet

Kelkheim Christmas Meet

Maxwell December Meet

South East Winter Regional Championships

2/1/14 - Abingdon Winter Open Meet 2014

VENUE Temple Cowley Pool Temple Road Cowley Oxford OX2 2EZ ¦ 01865 467111
MEET FORMAT Short course. Level 3 licence
DATES Saturday and Sunday 4/5 JANUARY 2014

WARM-UP 9.00am, RACE START 10.00am each day.

Open Meet Schedule of Events is available HERE
Accepted Entries Available HERE

Get Directions to Temple Cowley Pool here:

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23/12/13 - Windsor Level 2 Open Meet - January 2014

Accepted Entries are now available - CLICK HERE to Download.

Note Windsor have released a revised schedule for their Open Meet - Download the Schedule here.

Get Directions to the Magnet Leisure Centre here:

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10/12/13 - Coach of the Year Award for Kevin Brooks!

In its eighth year, the Bucks and MK Sport Awards highlight and recognise individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to sport in the county, in essence the people who make sport happen.
Last Friday’s awards ceremony was preceeded bu work over the last few months , nominees from across the county have been put forward for eight categories, from Young Sports Leader of the Year and School of the Year to Coach and Unsung Hero of the Year.

The nominations for Coach of the Year Kevin Brooks (Aylesbury), Wycombe ¦ The Bucks Sports Awards nominees District Swimming Club ¦ Nigel Willard, Olney Tennis Club (MK) ¦ Lee Sadler, Shenley FC (MK). Coach of the Year: Kevin Brooks with John Cove of award sponsor MK Dons SET

The winner was our very own Kevin Brooks, Head Coach at Wycombe District Swimming Club.

The event was hosted by women’s cricket legend Charlotte Edwards and former England hockey goalkeeper Roger Dakin

10/12/13 - WDSC Christmas Fun Night

Tuesday 17th December 18:00 @ Wycombe Leisure Centre - Balcony

On behalf of the social committee - a quick reminder that next Tuesday is our annual festive fun evening at the pool, during club night.

For those that have not attended our Christmas Club Evening, it is not to be missed. Kevin and the coaches will be running a lighter training session than usual, with some fun and games in the pool towards the end of each squads session.

On the balcony we have a great social event, with mulled wine and nibbles on the balcony and some obligatory Christmas music to get us in the festive spirit.

In order to facilitate this event, we would like to ask all families if they can help, by contributing to the refreshments that will be on offer. This is an informal event and relies on each family bringing along a plate of either sweet or savory food or non-alcoholic drinks. Please complete the section at the bottom of the poster on the notice board, with your preferred offering that you can bring on the night. We would also welcome any parents who could offer a little bit of time during the evening to man the food and drink stations to share the workload.

A member of the social committee (Jenny Searle, Nicky Matthews, Nicola Ross) will be on the balcony from 6.00pm and will be very happy to take your donation ready for the evening to commence at around 6.00pm - 6.15pm.

Changes to Training Times for Tuesday 17th December

5:30 - 6:15
Stroke Improvers, Bronze Academy, Silver Academy, Gold Academy 6:15-7:00pm
Platinum Academy, P3, P2, P1

7:00 - 8:00pm
Performance, Competitive, Club Squads 8pm
Masters fitness swim as normal

We hope you can support this evening event and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 17th December.

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WDSC c/o: Wycombe Sports Centre
Street/Road: Marlow Hill
Town: High Wycombe
County: Buckinghamshire
Postcode: HP11 1SX
Email: WDSC Committee
Club Line: 01494 410 075