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18/12/14 - Kevin & Craig help fill up the new pool

Kevin and Craig headed for a site visit to the new pool this morning, accompanied by the Leader of Wycombe District Council. Toda's mission was to start the 'Big Fill', where the contractors are filling the new pool, to test the water-tightness over the next few weeks.

Whilst on their visit, Kevin and Craig got the opportunity for a full tour to see the incredible progress that has been made so far, as the building team work hard, focused on the hand-over date towards the end of next year. It is only when you are down at the side of the new pool, that the scale of the new 50m pool really becomes real.

While they were there, it was a great opportunity to take a look around at all the areas within the site, and here are some of the pictures from the tour.

View of the main pool (left) and the Sub Aqua diving pit, with moveable floor, which closes flush with the main pool base. (right)


The Main 50m Pool, starting to be filled with water for the first time (left and the pool's deep End (right)

From the new speactator's gallery (left) Confidence pool for toddlers (centre) The 20m 4 Lane Warm Down Pool (right)

Finally - The new sports hall

The countdown to the new pool and Sports Centre is well and truly running!

18/12/14 - WDSC finds recipe for success in 2015

James Eddy (14) and Sophie Millen (15) from WDSC have been selected for Phase Two of the National England Talent Programme having made the cut at Phase One which took place in November. The talent programme is designed to provide resources and experiences to swimmers identified as having top level potential and since its inception in 2007 this is the first time that WDSC has had 2 swimmers make it through to the second phase.

Phase Two takes place on 2nd to 4th January 2015 in three different locations around the country; Liverpool, Coventry and Millfield School in Somerset. James is attending the backstroke-focused programme in Liverpool and Sophie is attending the Freestyle distance-based programme in Coventry. For his part WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks will be coaching once again on the talent programme, this time at the camp for Butterfly and Breaststroke specialists at Millfield School.

Kevin first spotted James’s potential when he was only 8 years old and taking part in swimming lessons at his local pool and he encouraged James to join Maxwell Swimming Club’s academy programme which was based in Buckingham, Bucks. However, in May 2014 at the age of 13 James made the switch to WDSC specifically to be coached by Kevin and to have access to long course training. Under Kevin’s expert guidance James has achieved highly impressive results including winning gold and silver medals respectively in the 100m and 200m backstroke National finals in 2014.

Kevin said: “James is a highly dedicated swimmer. He's very talented and driven. He knows what he wants and he's passionate about racing and achieving success. I'm not surprised that at 13 he was national champion. He's also a lively lad and this is a good thing as that just needs to be channelled into specific sets in training. He needs challenging and this is a good thing for such a competitive swimmer.”

Sophie on the other hand started at WDSC less than two years ago when she became a pupil at Wycombe High School and it’s fair to say that since then she has made sensational progress. In the last year alone Sophie has achieved for the first time not only County times but also Regional and National qualification times. She also went on to win a Silver medal at Nationals this year in the open water championships which is truly awesome swimming and is a great testament to her talent and efforts.

Kevin said: “Sophie is one of the most polite, enthusiastic and positive swimmers I've ever coached. Her positivity is something that truly lifts the coaching group and this helps the environment for training massively.”

When asked why James and Sophie have been so successful, Kevin said:
“It just comes down to how dedicated they both are. They're prepared to work hard and to listen to advice. They also have great team mates around them who are all on the same mission as them. Everyone in the performance squads at WDSC wants to achieve high level success so it's a great coaching environment. It also comes down to the programme at the club as they are both fortunate to have access to superb training times and also to both long and short course swimming.”

16/12/14 - WDSC lays down foundations for the future

Over 75 swimmers from WDSC competed at two venues in the 3rd and final round of the National Arena Swimming League on Saturday 13th December 2014.

Competing in the Southern Premier League the A Team led by Head Coach Kevin Brooks and supported by volunteer coaches Daran Jones and Cameron Roberts travelled to the ‘Pool in the Park’ in Woking where it finished in a fantastic 3rd place on the night behind only Woking and Rushmoor Royals. In the process the A Team took the notable scalps of Windsor, Bracknell & Wokingham and Staines showing the rapid progress that the club has made in the last couple of years. Overall the A Team finished mid-table in the Premier Division South and it was the highest placed club from the Berks & South Bucks ASA which was by far the best result for WDSC since 2005 when the club was at a peak in its history.

WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks said: ‘it was a fantastic evening of racing. The competitive nature of the event brought the very best of our swimmers and so many of them stepped-up and gained on the predicated places we thought they’d achieve. It was a great display of working as a team and demonstrating the strength of our emerging club’.

Club Captain Luke Thomas (17) said: ‘I love the Arena League, it’s so much fun! And on a personal note I swam great!’

Competing in Division Two West the B Team led by Assistant Head Coach Craig Oliver and supported by volunteer coaches Freddie Eastman and Nicky Matthews travelled to ‘The Quays Swimming Complex’ in Southampton. In a hard fought gala the B Team finished in 4th place on the night behind local rivals Chalfont Otters and Didcot Barramundis. When looking at the final league table, Didcot and WDSC finished level on 49 league points but the all-important 3rd place promotion spot was awarded to Didcot because they had scored just 1 more gala point over the three rounds through October, November and December. That is the equivalent of just one position difference in any 1 of the 167 races i.e. a difference of finishing in 1st or 2nd place in just one single race!

WDSC Assistant Head Coach Craig Oliver said “the National Arena Swimming League has been a fantastic experience for everyone involved. I have been really impressed by the support from the WDSC parents, team managers, judges, timekeepers and volunteers who have all rolled-up their sleeves and made it happen. To field two such high-quality teams is all down to their dedication and commitment. Missing out so narrowly on promotion to Division One may seem disappointing but we mustn’t forget that the WDSC B Team was only beaten by A Teams from other clubs. The B Team should be justifiably proud of what it has achieved this year and it’ll be back so much stronger next year as a result.”

15/12/14 - Elite Ambition Drives WDSC Coaches

“The momentum of the club is unreal; such exciting and positive energy, with clear vision and direction. And we are only just starting our journey.”

So says Craig Oliver, Assistant Head Coach at WDSC and newly appointed Lead Coach for the Berks and South Bucks Amateur Swimming Association. (Incidentally, Craig led the County to 7th place in the UK at the Inter-County Championships in 2014; their highest place in years). Craig, along with WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks and Development Coach Ollie Brewer, is one of 3 full-time coaches at WDSC, which is almost unheard of for a District Swimming Cl187.5ub like Wycombe. It’s just one of many examples of the depth of ambition that has been running through WDSC over the last 2 years.

Ollie Brewer, like Craig is an ex-National Level swimmer although he also represented Loughborough University at the British International Meet Level as a specialist in backstroke. With a swim pedigree like that, a Degree in Sports Coaching and Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications underway he has probably already achieved his modest-sounding ambition of being “a successful and respected coach”. As Development Coach at WDSC he is responsible for moulding the next generation of 10-12 year olds as they make their transition into the Competitive and Performance squads at the Club.

Cameron is WDSC through-and-through having represented the Club at County and Regional levels. He is a Level 1 and 2 qualified Swim Coach and Swim Teacher and Strength and Conditioning Coach. As well as coaching part-time at WDSC he is half-way through his 3rd year at Oxford Brookes University where he is studying Sports, Coaching and Physical Education. As if he wasn’t busy enough, he is also an MCC Strength and Conditioning Coach for high-level cricketers who are studying at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University and he has recently started a placement as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Oxfordshire CCC. Fast-becoming WDSC’s go-to- coach for pool-side strength training his aspiration is to become a specialist Strength and Conditioning Coach to International Level swimmers and the way that he is going, it won’t surprise anyone at WDSC when he does.

This year Cameron was invited to attend the England Annual Coaching Symposium and he was also selected as an assistant Strength and Conditioning coach on the South-East Regional Training Camp which is targeted at high-achieving 11 and 12 year olds; quite an achievement for someone who is still at University.

Craig Oliver also has top-level ambitions; in the short-term to grow WDSC’s Regional and National qualifiers In the longer-term, Craig wants to coach at the forefront of British swimming, coaching at major World and Olympic games events. First stop on that journey was his recent invitation to coach on the England Talent Programmes, one of only 16 coaches nationwide who were selected to further their knowledge with the ASA England Talent Team. WDSC’s ambition doesn’t stop at high-level performance; it’s much more than that. As Craig says “it’s not just about creating excellent athletes, but also about helping them to become excellent people”. And it’s clear that Craig, Ollie and Cameron are three coaches who are more than capable of ensuring that their swimmers fulfil that ambition.

15/12/14 - Three Wise M....

WDSC Press Officer gets up close and personal with Craig Oliver, Ollie Brewer and Cameron Roberts.

Read the Interview with our coaches HERE.

13/12/14 - WDSC meets Wycombe Sound

On 12th December WDSC Membership Secretary Nichola Crawshaw was Guest of Honour on the Friday Night Sports Programme on Wycombe Sound community radio on 89.7FM.
The show was hosted by Tom Fothergill with regulars Keith Higgins, Colin Besley and Luke ‘the producer’ all in attendance. Nichola was asked why WDSC had been awarded the Bucks County and MK Sports Club of the Year Award 2014 and she was able to tell everyone about the amazing volunteers involved in all aspects of the club and not forgetting the 400 swimmers aged from 6 to 76. There was plenty of celebration of recent achievements including the South-East Regional Championship in Portsmouth and much discussion about the Stroke Improvers and Masters sections of the club and the hard-working and dedicated parents who cope so well with the early morning starts.

The team at Wycombe Sound couldn’t have been more welcoming to Nichola and WDSC Press Officer Alan Harris and they really do deserve credit for the work that they do in supporting and promoting local sports clubs like WDSC.

They will be ‘on-air’ until Christmas and then hopefully in the early part of the New Year they will receive the green light to be a permanent fixture in radio locally. Thank you Wycombe Sound and we wish you the best of luck in 2015.
5/12/14 - WDSC wins ‘Team Of The Week’ Award

On 5th December 2014 WDSC was awarded the ‘Team of the Week Award’ by Wycombe Sound Community Radio, beating no less than Wycombe Wanderers despite them being top of League Two this week.

Keith Higgins, who hosts the Sports Programme each Friday night from 8.00-9.00pm announced the award on-air explaining that this was in recognition for WDSC winning the prestigious ‘Bucks County Club of the Year Award 2014’. Behind the scenes Keith told WDSC that this had been a unanimous decision amongst the hosts of the programme given the fantastic work that everyone is doing at the club at the moment.

Chris Ross, Chairman of WDSC, accepted the award with thanks on behalf of the club and highlighted the importance of supporting ventures like Wycombe Sound which is run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis and which focuses on the Wycombe community; very much like WDSC itself.

Wycombe Sound can be found on 87.9fm or via livestream on http://wycombesound.org/index.php?id=listen-live and by clicking the ‘listen live’ link on their website http://wycombesound.org/ .
5/12/14 - WDSC scoop gongs at Bucks and MK Sports Awards

Wycombe District Swimming Club (WDSC) was awarded the prestigious ‘Bucks and MK Sports Club of the Year Award 2014’ on Friday 28th November 2014. The other nominees were Aylesbury Rugby Football Club and Marlow Sports Club.

Wycombe success stories were among the honours this week at a county-wide awards ceremony, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the Bucks sporting world.

Almost 3,000 people gathered for the ninth annual Bucks and MK Sports Awards last Friday at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.

Hosted by Marlow’s very own Paralympic gold medal-winning rower Naomi Riches MBE and former England hockey player Roger Dakin, the event paid homage to unsung individuals and organisations from throughout the county.

Wycombe District Swimming Club, which took the ‘club of the year’ prize at Wycombe’s ceremony last month, won again in the same category gong at county level as the club took the honours.

The popular club was hailed as the "go to place for swimmers of every level".

It was one of just three awards which were taken home to the south of the county, with the majority won by individuals and groups in the north of the county.

Roger Fennemore, chairman of Leap, the County Sport and Activity Partnership which co-ordinated the awards, said: "This is the Bucks sporting version of the Oscars, with the message being to recognise the people behind the people in sport - all the volunteers who make sport happen.

"Friday was a fantastic celebration of their tireless work, and we were delighted to have organised such a successful and rewarding event."

In the picture Club Secretary Simon Shaw and Vice-Chairman Richard Lundie-Sadd, pick up the award on behalf of the club.

5/12/14 - Strong weekend of swimming at Luton

Wycombe District Swimming Club had a fantastic time at the Luton Level 2 meet just recently. With the new facility being built at Luton Sports Village in Stopsley and hosting the ‘Splash’ competition broadcasted on BBC1 this year, the swimmers and coaches were excited to take the stage at this wonderful venue.

The event was a 25m competition, however the pool is 50m and can be used for both short course and long course competitions. Using this facility had its benefits as the swimmers could complete a swim down straight after competing to aid recovery. Coach Craig said he was proud to see all our swimmers even including our youngsters take advantage of this access.

Wycombe had some great swims throughout the whole weekend taking home some new season bests and a wide range of personal bests. The senior swimmers were able to show off their sprinting talent and took home many p.b’s. Notably Aidan Roberts swam in the 100m Freestyle and gained broke the 56 second barrier achieving a P.B thanks to his effective race perpetration and race plan. Senior Competitive Squad Coach Craig was delighted with the result – ‘Aidan and I sat down together before his race and went through the race plan which seemed to work really well’.

The Wycombe District swimmers all gave their 100% effort in and out of the pool. Each individual had their own pre-pool warmup routine completed well before the warmups had begun which was one of the best efforts coach Ollie said he has ever seen – ‘I was extremely happy with the way we had focused our attention to warming up out of the pool before a race. It has been practiced time and time again in training and now seems to come natural to our swimmers which is effect and professional’. Coaches Craig and Daran attended the Saturday competition with Ollie and Freddie attending Sunday. ‘My most notable swimmer for the Sunday competition was Izzy Shea purely because of her incredible effort she put towards her underwater work on her 800m race (which she also gained a county time for too). Without fail she made sure she hit 7/8 metres off every single turn – which on an 800m isn’t easy!’. Coach Daran was also delighted to see one of his squad members Rachel Cornford (Potential 2 Squad), achieve a new technical triumph in refraining to breathe off of each of the turns which she had been practicing in training – ‘it was great to see that all her hard work has paid off in her racing. Now she can work towards other areas that we can improve on’.

Overall, the team atmosphere of Wycombe District has improved showing their desire to achieve and reach their potential as a swimmer and as an athlete. Coach Kevin was pleased with the clubs overall performance and was looking forward to welcoming the team back home into training!

5/12/14 - WDSC Christmas Fun Evening - Tuesday December 16th 2014

Its that time of year, as we prepare for Christmas, to invite all our swimmers and families to the WDSC 'Christmas on the Balcony' Extravaganza.

Please join us for some mulled wine, food and festive cheer on the balcony at Handy Cross throughout the evening.

As with every year our wonderful social committee would be grateful for your help, to receive any donations of food and festive cheer. Please look out for the notice at the pool, and sign up for what you are able to bring, to help the celebrations.

Please note that for this evevning, our coaches have organised a mixed training session to include some fun activities and games, as part of the celebrations.

Here are the revised squad training times for Tuesday 16th December 2014:

17:30 to 18:30 Academy Fun Session (Silver, Gold, Platinum)
18:30 to 19:30 Potential 123, Junior Competitive & Junior Club Squad
19:30 to 20:30 Junior Performance, Senior Performance, Senior Competitive & Senior Club Squad
20:30 to 21:30 Masters Session earlier, but a normal session

Please note that all members of the club are welcome, from Stroke Improvers through to all our squads including the masters.

We look forward to seeing you all there - and don't foget to sign up with what food item you can bring that evening.
1/12/14 - December Training Changes & Christmas Training timetable

Updated information from Kevin showing the modified training sessions for December, including the Christmas period.

View the changes to the December Training Schedule
1/12/14 - Derventio eXcel Christmas Cracker Open Meet - Dec 2014

For attention of swimmers who have entered Sheffield Derventio meet only

Accepted and Rejected Entries are available for the Derventio eXcel Christmas Cracker Open Meet 2014



13/11/14 - Wycombe District Swimming Club honoured at the Wycombe District Sports Awards 2014

The club was among a host of winners at the Wycombe District Sports Awards last week.

The Club, which has been going from strength to strength under Kevin Brooks, is currently on course for their best set of National Arena results.

A number of the club's swimmers were also honoured with Sports Bursary Awards, with Ethan Carter and Natasha Garry awarded Regional Grants and Luke Thomas was presented with a National Development Squad grant.

13/11/14 - Revised new training program from Jan 2nd 2015

Dear Members and Parents,

Following the recent announcement of new training times and the addition of RGS as a training location from January 2015, we are pleased to be able to provide you with a further update to the new training schedule.

We have been working with three potential pool locations to try and source additional time – Wycombe Sports Centre, RGS and Wycombe Abbey School – and at the time, only RGS had responded with availability for our needs.

Since publishing the new timetable, we have since had positive feedback from Wycombe Sports Centre, and following some intense discussions and negotiations by Kevin, we are pleased to inform you that we have been successful in buying additional pool time at Handy Cross.

The result of the negotiations means that we can now make a further amendment to the previously published training schedule from January 2015, to use more time at Handy Cross and be less reliant on RGS as a training location. We feel this provides a much-improved solution to our expanding needs as a club and continues to ensure the majority of our training is at our home location.

Kevin has worked hard to incorporate this additional time into our program from January 2015 and we believe that this revised training schedule provides a much-improved cohesive program for our swimmers.

Our goal remains growing capacity of the club, to ensure we continue to offer the broadest offering in the region and the critical element to this plan is securing additional pool training capacity, a difficult task, which should not be under estimated.

We hope that swimmers and parents appreciate the amount for work that goes into not only negotiating and securing additional time, but also what is involved in scheduling this time across our expansive club. We are delighted that we have been able to finally secure the additional time at Handy Cross, which was our original goal when this project started, it simply took longer than anticipated, but the resulting pool time has made the wait worthwhile. We will also keep some training time at RGS, but in a more limited capacity than originally intended.

The attached revised Timetable, effective Friday 2nd January 2015 offers a number of benefits:

We will only use 3 weekly sessions at RGS.
Junior and Senior Competitive Squads, which were the most affected squads in the previous program change, now have the majority of their training at Handy Cross, as opposed to the previous plan.
Senior Competitive gains increased pool and land training time, moving to 10 hours pool time per week, together with an even more robust land training program. Additionally, the Senior Competitive squad will now receive all their training sessions from Craig Oliver.
All Junior Competitive morning sessions now take place at Handy Cross
Finishing times for the majority of amended sessions are now earlier.

In addition to addressing many of the concerns that have been raised since we published the original changes, this revised program, this new available pool time at Handy Cross enables the club to deliver an expanded program which is more in line with our original plans and offers additional capacity across the club, to meet our needs for continued growth as we prepare to move to the new pool at the end of next year.

The committee would like to thank Kevin specifically, for his tenacity in continuing to work on securing the time at Handy Cross, and his success is the result of a significant amount of work and negotiation.

There alsowill be planned squad movements in January, as part of our regular progression planning through the club. Members who have been selected to move squads will be informed by letter, before the end of November. We remain excited about the program we can offer as a club, and we will continue to offer the most extensive and cost effective swim program for our members.

As always, we continually welcome your feedback, input and support.

Kind regards

Chris Ross - Chairman
Kevin Brooks - Head Coach

The new revised timetable can be viewed HERE
13/11/14 - Record Breakers - WDSC Swimmers continue to smash club records

The last couple of months has seen a lot of competitive swimming, from WDSC swimmers competing at Inter-Counties in Sheffield, to open meets at home and at other clubs.

Our club records secretary is being kept very busy, updating the records, and keeping track of all of our swimmers achievements, a big thank you to Andrew Allum who has been managing our club records for many years!

If you haven't seen our club records page, please take a look HERE.

The club is proud of our swimmers achievements, including Millie Sansome breaking the magic 1 min barrier in her 100 Freestyle at the inter-counties in Sheffield last month, a new club record for Solomon Williams (9yr) at our own BC meet together with a number of new records across most age-groups within the club. This demonstrates the increased performance our swimmers can deliver, as they benefit from our training program.

This last month also saw a number fo swimmers very close to breaking some long-standing records, and I am sure they will do this during the season.

These swimmers were Francine Kidd (17) in the 50 Back (SC), swimming 31.99 just short of the current record for her age group of 31.75. Lauren Jones (14) in the 50 Fly (SC), at 30.80, needing to beat 30.61 to break the record. James Eddy (14) swam his 100 Back (SC) in 1:01.13, needing to beat 1:00.68 to claim a new club record. Timur Gulyyen (13) was just 0.12 behind the current 200 Breast (SC) record, swimming 2:39.54 (current record - 2:39.42) and Sophie Millen (15) just missing the current 50 Free (SC) record of 28.28 and swimming 28.41. Its clear we are going to see continue record breakers as we go through the next few months.

We also track (thanks to Andrew) a number of WDSC Club All-Time Rankings, if you haven't looked at these, please do - and see where you are place.

In the Top 3 All Time rankings, we have some new names :
All Time Open Rankings - Millie Sansome, Issy Baxter and Rachel Cox take their place

All Time In-age Rankings - Cameron Brooker, Danielle Kidd, Emily Bench, George Finch, James Baxter, Josh Howard, Jonny Quainton, Kate Lees, Lauren Jones, Liam Jones, Luke Thomas, Matthew Telling, Natasha Garry, Oliver Brewer, Thomas Sansome - all took a top 3 position.

A host of our swimmers also took over Top 10 positions, it is fantastic to see swimmers from across all age groups getting into the the Top 10 spot:

In the Open All Time Top 10 - New entrants were : George Finch, James Baxter, Jonny Quainton, Josh Howard, Kate Lees, Lauren Jones, Liam Jones, Luke Thomas, Millie Sansome, Natasha Garry, Oliver Brewer.

In the All time In-Age top 10 rankings - New entrants were : Abby Matthews, Andrew Au, Bethany Hirst, Christopher Harbour, Christy Sadler, Daniel Cox, Eleanor Meadows, Emily Cannon, Ethan Carter, George Longhurst, George Simmons, Harriet Pugh, Henry Clark, Jack Cox, Jan Poulton, Joseph Horstead, Joshua Lancaster, Kathryn Reid, Lara Reed, Luke Madeline Turner, Madison Woods, Matthew Eddy, Matthew Penning-Lambert, Megan Daley, Rachel Brooks, Ross Calder

Congratulations to all the record breakers and new All Time ranked swimmers at the club!

We will be presenting record breakers with their certificates at this year's Annual Club Presentation Evening on the 14th November.

11/11/14 - BOOM! WDSC GreenArmy delivers strong performance in the Arena League round 2

Following-on from their impressive performances in the opening round of the National Arena Swimming League, the A and B Teams from WDSC competed in Round Two on 8th November.

The A Team was 3rd in Gala 1 of the Premier Division which took place in Guildford whilst in Horsham on the same night the B Team finished in 2nd place in Gala 2 of Division Two West beaten only by the A team of local rivals Chalfont Otters.

After Round Two the A Team remains in joint 7th place overall in the Premier Division, within just a few points of the top places and it continues to be the highest placed Berks & South Bucks Club so far in the competition. The B Team has also held on to joint 2nd place overall in Division Two West, just 1 point behind the league leaders Walkers Tigers from Jersey.

WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks said that he is ‘very happy with both teams in their 2nd round. There were some great swims against some of the Regions’ top clubs’. Assistant Head Coach Craig Oliver added that ‘some very strong swims show that we have not just a few talented swimmers leading the team, but more depth giving us two strong and competitive teams’.

Round Three takes place on 13th December to determine which teams progress to the Finals at Cardiff International Pool in April 2015.

View the South League Positions after Round 2 HERE!

4/11/14 - WDSC Judge Level 1 Course

Wycombe District Swimming Club are holding a Judge Level One course at Handy Cross on Tuesday 11th November at approx. 6.30pm (approx. 1.5 hours long). We only hold one of these courses a year.

This is the first level of a British Qualification and encompasses duties of timekeeper, Chief Time keeper and Inspector of Turns. The candidate undertakes some formal theory and gains practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor.

Swimming officials are crucial to our club, and without parents volunteering to help in this capacity we would not be able to run competitions for our swimmers, or attend outside galas.

The cost of the training will be covered by Wycombe District SC including you ASA membership (if needed). To find out more please contact Sharon Longhurst at officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk


30/10/14 - WDSC Swimmers at Wycombe High, to make a splash at London 2012 venue

WYCOMBE High School's swimming team, comprising of swimmers who train at Wycombe District Swimming Club, will be taking to the water at the pool used at the London Olympic Games after winning their regional heat.

They qualified for the National Schools Relay Finals after a phenomenal performance in winning the South East Divisional School Relay Championships in Watford on Friday.

Three new Championship records were set by the Wycombe girls, who will now take part in the grand final at the London Aquatic Centre - which was specially built for the 2012 Games.

The Intermediate team, consisting of Rachel Cox, Kate Lees, Lucy Wheeler, Millie Sansome and Harriet Pugh , dominated the Divisional races by winning the medley and freestyle relays and broke the Championship records in both.

The Senior team, made up of Isabelle Baxter, Bethany Hirst, Lara Reed, Sophie Millen and Christy Sadler, won silver in the senior medley relay and won the senior freestyle relay, breaking the Championship record in the process.

The Junior team of Maia Gehrmann, Phebe Haynes-Shariff, Madeline Turner, Naveesha Karunanayaka, Tina MacAulay and Annie Weddell did themselves proud by coming sixth in the freestyle relay - enough to qualify them for the finals - and 12th in the medley.

Tasha Saint-Smith, Director of Sport at Wycombe High School, said: "They are an immensely talented group of individuals who work tirelessly with their coaches at Wycombe District Swimming Club. We are all immensely proud and very much looking forward to the finals. Not many students can say they are going to compete in the Olympic pool. "It is the first time that the team have entered the competition in many years and could not have asked for a better outcome."

Sharon Cromie, headteacher of Wycombe High School, said: "It is great to see such success in our school and we are delighted to support the swimmers. We recognise the role that Wycombe District Swimming Club and others have had in their success. We wish them the very best of luck in the finals."

Kevin Brooks, Head Coach at Wycombe District Swimming Club, said "It's fantastic to see the girls from our club representing the school and yet again putting Wycombe District on the map, demonstrating the strength of our swimmers, strength of our training program and the important role that the club plays in the district."

The Wycombe team fended off competition from 36 other schools to book their place in the final, which takes place on Saturday, November 22 from 9.30am-5pm.

25/10/14 - WDSC's got talent!

5 swimmers from WDSC have been selected for the National and Regional England Talent Programmes this year. The programmes are designed to provide resources and experiences to swimmers identified as having top level potential. Last year Club Captain Luke Thomas (16) attended the National England Talent Programme which was the first time since the programmes were started in 2007 that a swimmer from WDSC had been selected.

This year James Eddy (14) Sophie Millen (14) and Millie Sansome (12) have all been selected onto the National England Talent Programme for youth swimmers. This means that 3 out of the 5 swimmers who have been selected from Berks & South Bucks are WDSC swimmers. Phase 1 takes place at Bradfield College, Reading on 2nd November. The numbers are whittled down for Phase 2 which takes place at Millfield School in January 2015. The programme is then reduced further to only 40 swimmers who are invited to attend Phase 3 which is a week-long training camp which takes place next year at a venue yet to be announced.

Sophie Millen (14), who only started swimmingly competitively at the age of 12, now trains in the Senior Performance squad at WDSC 9 or 10 times each week clocking-up a massive 20 hours of training. She said “this is a big step-up for me as before this year I had never even been to Nationals”. Sophie has been selected for the programme after finishing 2nd in the National open water championships and 6th in the National 800m freestyle championships.

James Eddy (14) and Millie Sansome (12), who are both backstroke specialists, swim in the Junior Performance squad and train for over 16 hours each week. James is returning to the England Talent Programme for the 2nd year in a row, this time after winning gold and silver medals respectively in the 100m and 200m backstroke National finals in 2014. “Ultimately my aim is to swim for my country in International meets” he said. Millie told the BFP that she aims “to improve as an athlete and to improve my technique and skills so that I can get faster”. She was keen to stress “just how much I love WDSC and how much it has grown and improved”.

Cameron Brooker (11) and Tom Sansome (10) have been selected onto the Regional England Talent Programme for swimmers born in 2002 or 2003 which takes place at Stoke Mandeville on 16th November. Tom, who trains for over 8 hours each week in the Potential 1 squad at WDSC was Top Boy at the Berks & South Bucks County Championships 2014. He is a butterfly specialist and won bronze medals in both the 100m and 200m fly events at the South-East Regional Championships this year.

The Club’s Head Coach and Bucks Coach of the Year Kevin Brooks has been invited to coach at Phase 2 of the National Programme at Millfield School in January; the 7th year in a row that he has been invited to participate in some capacity. This year Assistant Coach and newly appointed Berks & South Bucks County Coach Craig Oliver has also been selected; a first for him and the first time that WDSC has had 2 coaches taking part.

23/10/14 - WDSC B&C Grade Open Meet - an outstanding success

WDSC hosted its annual B/C open meet on Saturday 18th October and witnessed some fantastic racing. The club’s German exchange and linking club Kelkheim SC, also attended the meet with some solid performances in all age groups. From the overall results, Wycombe District Swimming Club dominated the Top Boy awards with an outstanding result of winning first and joint second with Paolo Mura claiming Gold and Ben Walford and James Lewis coming second. The girls from WDSC earned a total of 652.5 points, which was over double in comparison to other rival clubs. Congratulations to Coventry who were awarded top visiting club, with Thame coming second and Maxwell Third.

A total of 94 WDSC youngsters competed in this competition with over 540 swims in total. WDSC’s new Development Coach Ollie Brewer was proud to see so many of the Wycombe youngsters competing, “It was a fantastic result for Wycombe District, having over 200 P.B’s which shows that our swimmers are constantly developing, even in the early stages of the new season!”. WDSC would like to thank all coaches, swimmers and volunteers for making it an exciting and enjoyable day for all.

17/10/14 - WDSC – National League Success

On 11th October 2014 WDSC took part in Round One of the prestigious National Arena Swimming League 2014 and for the first time in the club’s history it was able to field 2 teams.

The National Arena Swimming League has 400 teams participating in 7 regions around the country with WDSC competing in the South region.The 3 rounds take place in October, November and December and the Finals are held at Cardiff International Pool in April 2015.

Competing in Round One of the South Premier Division at Bexleyheath the A Team finished in a fantastic 3rd place; its’ best first round performance for almost a decade. The team is now ranked 7th in the whole of the Southern Premier League and it is the highest placed Berks & South Bucks Club so far. The B Team also performed with distinction in Round One of Division Two West which took place at Waterlooville, winning with an impressive 30 point margin. The B Team is now ranked 2nd overall in the division

Entering 2 teams is a sign of the club’s ambition and the rapid progress that it has made over the last two years under the guidance of Head Coach and Bucks Coach of the Year Kevin Brooks. He said “this is a significant step for WDSC and it is a statement of our intent. Both teams performed excellently in Round One and I’m very proud of them. It doesn’t stop there though. The A Team is targeting the South Premier Final, which means finishing in the Top 6 overall and the B Team is targeting promotion to Division Two. We still have lots of hard work to put in to reach our potential but this has been another big step in the right direction.”

Round Two takes place on the weekend of 14th November 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Alan Harris
Press Officer, Wycombe District Swimming Club
E-mail: press@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

Notes to Editor: "The aim of the Wycombe District Swimming Club is to provide an environment for the coaching and development of swimming and to provide the opportunity and encouragement to enable all of its membership to reach their full potential within the sport of swimming."

10/10/14 - WDSC Annual Presentation Evening

09/10/14 - Club Captain Nominations

A reminder for swimmers that we are looking for nominations for Club Captains for 2015.

Date for submission of nomination forms has been extended to Friday 17th October

The Nomination Form is available here.

01/10/14 - October Training Changes

Saturday 11th & 12th October All swimmers competing in the Arena National League to train as normal at their usual Saturday & Sunday sessions. No resting!

Saturday 18th October – Wycombe B/C Meet Training as normal for Junior Comp, P1, P2 and P3 5:45 to 7am, including Land Training NO ACADEMY SESSION – Due to the Wycombe B/C Competition!
Stroke Improvers as normal

Friday 24th to Friday 31st October - Performance Training Camp Amended Training Timetable will be produced for this week, for any effected Squads - TBA

Full details available HERE
05/9/14 - Swimmer & Parent Evening - Monday 15th September

Important Meeting for all Swimmers and Parents

Please join us for our our third annual parents evening, providing an opportunity for parents and swimmers from across clubs’ squads to learn more about their club, how to support the club through volunteering and how swimming development works.

Evening Agenda Update from the Committee
Head Coach Presentation - What to expect in Year 3

MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER - 7:30 to 9:00 PM St Andrew's Church, Hatter's Lane High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP13 7NH

05/9/14 - Special Offer from Mailsports

Mailsports are offering club hoodies for the start of the new season at a special price of £26.50 ( normal price £32.50 ) between now and end of Sept.

Visit the Mailsports WDSC online store or call in to the shop.

Mailsports are also doing another named hat order which will be submitted on 23/9/2014 as normal orders can be placed over phone or in shop price £8 each with order.

Mailsports are located at Unit 1, Wessex Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 5DT tel. 01628 529206
05/9/14 - Update Club Fixture List Available

Please take a look at the updated fixture list for this season. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
31/8/14 - The Great Cake Sale is back

Dear Tenerife Parents / Swimmers,

There is a meeting for all the WDSC parents/swimmers on Monday 15th September (more info to follow), where Kevin will outline his plans for the coming year for the club.

If you attended last years meeting, you may remember the great cake sale (if not then see the photo's!) - cakes made by Tenerife swimmers (and parents!). We would like to have a similar cake sale at this years meeting - funds for the Tenerife swim camp towards team treats. Home made cakes sold best - but all welcome. Hope you / your swimmer will be able to help

31/8/14 - WDSC 2014 Club Champs - action required by 7th September

Dear Parents / Members,

Club Championships is a WDSC only event it is open to all swimmers (with 8 and unders able to enter 50m events), ages are as of 21st Sept 2014.

Note - in addition to the entry letter, there is specific information from coaches for 11 and under swimmers, selected distance event swimmers and nomination forms for relays.

Please complete and return forms along with payment by 7th September latest.

Any questions, please speak to the coaching team who will be happy to advise.

Download forms here:

Entry Letter

Information for 9 & 10 Year Olds

Swimmers Selected for Distance Events

Relay Nomination Form


Dear Parents,

As our club continues to grow, the amount of competitions we attend is also increasing. We need many more parents to train as club time keepers, and so help distribute the work load.
Club time keeping is the first step in an officials role poolside. You will be able to time keep at competitions which are licensed level 3 and below, plus all unlicensed events.

The course involves a one hour classroom session (9th September) and a practical session (to be completed poolside during one session at Club Champs (20th or 21st September).

If you would like further information at this stage, or if you wish to put your name forward please email with your details to officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

Many thanks

Sharon Longhurst
Officials secretary

Attention all Tenerie Warm Weather Camp Attendees

Dear Swimmers and Parents,

Please can you consider carefully the appropriate sun cream for your swimmer, a high factor, waterproof sun cream - preferably 30-50 is needed for all swimmers. Please also discuss sun safety, prevention of this is better than having to manage unwell swimmers through sunburn.

Please be aware that Which have recently published a report on sun creams, you may like to look at this as there are a few surprises as to the effectiveness of some of the more popular and expensive brands. The full report is on Which.co.uk, the edited highlights are on the link below.


We have only received a few passport and EHIC copies back, with quite a lot are outstanding, please can you get these to Jancis as soon as possible along with a current, colour, passport size photo.

As the school year is almost at a close and families will be on holiday shortly can I ask you to:

1, Ensure all payments are made by Aug 1st, however if you are on holiday to do this before your departure. WDSC cannot pay your swimmers fees for Tenerife on your behalf.
2, Forward me passport and EHIC copies and a photo,
3, Return your swimmers room preference choices before July 22nd. We have to notify Sports Abroad over the summer recess of the room allocations.

Jancis will be at the pool Tuesday pm and Saturday mornings, also a lot of next weekend if you have any queries.

Otherwise please contact Jancis via email, Jancis@tshepherd.fsnet.co.uk
11/7/14 - End of Season Meet - HELP NEEDED

Dear Parents / Members,

As you know we rely on volunteers to run our Open meets. Please sign up on the Notice board if you are able to help for one or more of the sessions at our end of season meet which will be held on 19th and 20th July. No previous experience needed and you still get to see your swimmer compete.

Open Meet Manager Richard Lundie-Sadd will be giving his world famous and often eagerly anticipated briefing next Tuesday at 19:00 at the deep end of pool spectator gallery.

Looking forward to a great WDSC event to complete the season!
11/7/14 - Club Championships 20th & 21st September 2014 - Information

The 2014 to 2015 Fixtures list is currently being put together – and it will be released soon. In the meantime please see below details regarding the WDSC Club Championships 2014.

They will be held on the 3rd weekend on September and every swimmer in the club is invited to enter and participate. Awards are given to all swimmers who take part with swimmers in each age group winning Top Age Group awards, too.

The programme for this year’s event is the same as last year….. but with added “Mixed Relays”. These relays will all be about FUN and they will combine various levels and ages of swimmers, parents? And maybe coaches?! Swimmers will need to put their names forward for relay selection, upon completing the Championship Entry form! As with last year, entrants into the 1500 & 800 will be by invitation only.

Daran will be sending out entry forms very soon – please watch this space.

The presentation evening FOR ALL SWIMMERS TAKING PART will take place on Friday 14th November at Crowne Plaza, Marlow
01/7/14 - Summer Training Schedule

Normal training will continue up to Sunday 10th August for all squads.

From Monday 11th August to Sunday 31st August we will be operating a “summer tick-over” programme of reduced training for the following squads:
Junior & Senior Performance
Junior & Senior Competitive
Potential One, Two, Three & Junior FT

Normal training will continue over the whole of July & August for the following squads, with no reduced training or break factored in:
All Academy Squads at Wycombe and Risborough
Junior & Senior Club Squads (with possible training time changes)
Masters (with possible training time changes)
Stroke Improver classes

A full training timetable (for 11th to 31st August) highlighting all the squad sessions IS AVAILABLE HERE

Monday 1st September will be the “start” of the new 2014 to 2015 season for all squads.
30/6/14 - Tenerife parents meeting with Jancis and Jean 8th July 7.30pm Party room Handy Cross

We would like to invite all Tenerife Swim Camp parents meeting about the Tenerife Swim Camp on Tuesday 8th July at 7.30pm in the party room at Handy Cross.

This meeting is for parents; particularly whose swimmers have not been to a swim camp with WDSC before, although all parents are welcome.

Swimmers and parents will be invited to a meeting in October where Kevin will discuss his expectations and we will finalise camp details.

Tenerife polo shirts - Polo shirts with the WDSC logo and the swimmers embroidered name are included in the camp cost. Please ask your swimmer to confirm with Kevin the size of polo shirt that they require and the name they wish to have embroidered on the polo shirt. Kevin has the sample sizes to try on.

For all parents to provide for July 8th: Please provide copies of your swimmers:
1, Passport
3, A current photograph

Please also complete the room preferences form, we will do our best to put swimmers with a chosen friend.

Please place all documents in a plastic A4 pocket and give to Jancis or Jean.

Just a reminder that the balance of payment is due by August 1st.
21/6/14 - Information for Parents/Carers and Swimmers - Maxwell Meet Level 3 Open Meet 28th & 29th June 2014

The Maxwell L3 Open meet is fast approaching, it will be a very busy meet for the WDSC #greenarmy with 102 swimmers attending over the weekend and the lowest number of swimmers we will have in any session is 86 swimmers. Below is information regarding coaching staff, warm-up times and sign-in, car parking and other key meet and centre information.

Please make the Team Managers aware, if there is any swimmer with any medical conditions or anything else that they need to be made aware of teammanager@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

Coaching Staff and Team Managers
Lead coach: Craig Oliver
Support coaches: Oliver Brewer and Daran Jones (tbc)/Cameron/Freddie
Team Managers: Liz Connick and Charles Pugh (tbc)

Lead coach: Craig Oliver
Support coaches: Oliver Brewer and Daran Jones (tbc)/Cameron/Freddie
Team Managers: Liz Connick & Greg Searle

Kevin will also attend part or all of Saturday.

Accepted Entries
A list of accepted entries is available here.

Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre , Park Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1DX

Car Parking:
Please be aware that parking at Aqua Vale will only be available for Officials and Volunteers named on the Entry List. It is therefore advised that swimmers, parents and coaches allow extra time in order to find alternative parking. Detailed information on available parking in Aylesbury can be found HERE

Reporting Poolside:
Please ensure that you advise the Team Managers that you have arrived poolside, I am going to try to have a session sign in/out sheet on the wall for all swimmers to sign in and out. In between sessions all swimmers are the responsibility of their parent/carer.

Can all swimmers ensure that they have their WDSC poolside t-shirt, WDSC swim hat, poolside shoes, a small kit bag to take poolside as large bags are not allowed, spare goggles and swim suits.

Warm Up and Signing In

Reporting for your events:
The meet organisers have advised that all competitors must report to the competitor’s steward in the marshalling area one event prior to their own. Any competitor not reporting in time will be excluded from the event. The Team Managers will let you know when you should go and report in so could all swimmers ensure that you are poolside.

Emergency and Safety Procedures:
The meet organisers advise that everyone attending this Meet must familiarise themselves with the location of the emergency exits, which must be kept clear at all times. There is to be no standing on the stair ways. Everyone is asked to observe all normal precautions in the pool area and when moving around. Swimmers must wear suitable clothing and footwear on poolside and when moving around Aqua Vale. Swimmers wearing wet clothing are NOT allowed in the spectator seating area.

Age Groups:
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16+

All events will be Heat Declared Winners (HDW) and awards will be to the first 3 places in each age group per event. Speeding Tickets will be awarded to swimmers exceeding the “No Faster Than” times. Awards are to be collected from the medal table following posting of the results after each session.

Large swimming bags will not be allowed on poolside – please bring a small poolside bag. Lockers are available to leave belongings (a £1 coin, which is returnable, is required).

Please note, as this venue is a Leisure Centre the changing facilities are open to the general public during the Meet.

The Cafeteria area will be open during Meet.

There will be an official authorised photographer to take photos which will be available for purchase. No other photography is allowed.

Mobile Phones/Tablets:
Swimmers, parents and coaches are reminded that the taking of photographs and/or filming using mobile phones and tablets is not permitted inside the pool environs and changing areas. This policy is actively enforced and all visitors are asked to comply.

Maxwell will be running a raffle over the weekend with all proceeds being raised to support a young teenage swimmer Nat Armstrong who is suffering from severe health related issues, you can read more here

If on the day a swimmer is unable to attend please advise Craig Oliver or one of the Team Managers.
27/5/14 - Bob The Builder 'Brooks'

The building work continues at full pace down at Handy Cross. Today our very own Kevin "Bob the Builder" Brooks took to the controls of a 40 Tonne digger to lend a hand [hopefully we will still end up with a level pool after that Ed.].

The excitement continues to grow as every day we see new developments in the building program.

Meanwhile the club goes from strength to strength, with new acadamies in Princes Risborough now fully underway and the launch of our Aquatic Youth Club on Tuesday evenings.

The Club is working hard to be in the best position possible to deliver a leading coaching program today, whilst building the club for the future in the new pool.

Thanks to everyone who puts in hours of their free time to keep things running smoothly and especially to our committee - without whom the club cannot function.

Best Regards

Chris Ross

25/5/14 - Team Managers - Free Training Course

We have organised a TM1 training course on the evening of Monday 16th June at The Hub in Wycombe from 6.30pm to 8.30pm This course will be run by Chris Glover one of the volunteers for South East Swimming. We have nine parents attending the training which is fantastic.

If anyone else would like to attend please let me know via email teammanager@wycombe-swimming.org.uk The courses only run a couple of times a year so if you are thinking about it come along, no commitment to be an active team manager until you feel you are ready to do so.

What do Team Managers do?

Team managers play an important role in assisting our coaches when the club travels to Open Meet Competitions and Galas. The club's aim is to build up a large group of team managers so that it has limited impact on each individual team manager. i.e. that you will only be needed at occasional meets/galas where your children are swimming.

The main roles are:
• Sending out via Communications Officer the details for the event (in brief) including mentioning any specific promoters conditions that are relevant
• Checking that all swimmers have arrived at the venue
• Ensuring swimmers do their pre-swimming warm up, prior to the swimming warm-up
• Ensuring swimmers go to marshalling area time for their heat
• Advising swimmers to speak to the lead coach or assistant coaches for pre/post-race briefing
• Check that swimmers regularly drink and have something to eat
• Ensure behaviour is to WDSC expected code of conduct
• Welfare and safety of swimmers at the venue (poolside) when not with a parent/carer

This allows the coach(es) to coach the swimmers, watch the races and provide feedback. Kevin Brooks, Head Coach, sees this volunteer role as very important for the club and is keen to estalish a good group of parents as team managers from all squads in the club.

More Information on the Team Manager Role here
Meet our current Team Managers here
If you need further information please get in contact.

Liz Connick
Lead Team Manager
25/5/14 - Welcome back - Coach Alex Vine

Some of you may have noticed a familiar face on poolside last Tuesday 20th April. Home grown Swimmer and Coach; Alex Vine is making a return to WDSC as a member of our ever growing coaching team.

Alex will be taking up the role of Lead Coach to our new Aquatic Youth Programme on Tuesdays 9:00-10:30pm and will also be taking lead of our new Gold Academy based at Princes Risborough on Mondays 6:00 -7:00pm. In addition to this he will also be assisting coaches Craig Oliver and Oliver Brewer with the Junior & Senior Club Squads on Tuesday nights.

Alex is a very experienced coach having once been the Assistant Coach at WDSC from 2006 to 2012. He then became the Assistant Coach to Windsor Swimming Club from 2012 to 2014. Alex is a Level 3 Coach and has coached swimmers up to National Level, assisted on England Talent Camps and importantly he’s always been able to deliver sessions for all abilities and aspiration levels – including those who are non-competitive.

As a teenage swimmer, Alex swam at WDSC to a very high level - he reached International standard when he was selected to swim in the 200 IM at the European Junior Championships for Great Britain in 2003.

I hope you’ll give Alex a warm #greenarmy welcome back!

24/5/14 - Wycombe District Swimming Club - Regional Youth Championships 2014

Wycombe District Swimming Club had 25 Swimmers qualify for the 2014 South East Regional Championships and the club achieved some of the best results seen over the last 8 years.

British Championship Junior Finalist Luke Thomas (17) spearheaded the Wycombe campaign with a GOLD in the Open 1500m Freestyle and a SILVER in the 400 IM, his main event. Luke also swum a huge PB in the 200 Fly earning himself his 4th National Qualifying Time. Daniel Manners (18) helped to make it a 1st and 3rd in the Open category, with his BRONZE in the 1500m Freestyle – with an awesome 16 second PB.

Fiona Shaw (19) led the way for the girls with the Women’s Open 800 Free, earning herself a GOLD and a PB, along with a BRONZE in the 400 Free. Youngster Sophie Millen (14) shone at what was her first Regionals; earning herself a GOLD in the Junior (14 years) 800 Freestyle, having earned herself a SILVER in the 400m Freestyle the previous day! Sophie also earned herself National qualifying times in both of those events, along with qualifying for the Open Water event, based on her 800m swim!

Liam Jones (17) ensured that the medal winning class he showed at the recent County Championships continued to the next level when he earned himself a GOLD in the Open 50m Backstroke – also qualifying him for the National Championships in the summer; along with the British International Meet in June.

WDSC had 6 Relays at the event and based on (unofficial) National rankings it appears that the Boys 4x100 Medley Relay (Liam Jones, Luke Thomas, Connor Lewis & Matt Penning-Lambert) along with the 4x200 Freestyle Relay (same boys) have qualified for the National championships – that will be the first time the club has had National Youth relay teams in around 8 years.

The girls 4x200 Freestyle Relay narrowly missed out on National selection by 2 seconds.

Other swimmers reaching the Top 8 in their Age Groups were; Rachel Cox, James Baxter, Ethan Cater, Natasha Garry, George Longhurst, Connor Lewis, Issy Baxter & Kate Lees.

Head Coach Kevin Brooks commented: “It was a great Youth Regional Championships for WDSC with many PB’s, new national qualification times and more medals earned than the whole of the last 8 years put together! – The kids deserved these wins, improvements and medals - they’ve worked so hard and have embraced the culture change at the club since I arrived in 2012 – the future looks very bright as we build towards our new pool”

Congratulations to all swimmers competing! Wycombe’s Age Group Regional swimmers (10-13 years) will compete at their Championships at the end of May.

19/5/14 - Handy Cross Hub redevelopment - keeping you up to date

Construction schedule

Phase 1: A new sports and leisure centre

Spring 2014 Construction work starts on site. From 22 April, cable diversion works at the existing road junction will start for a period of four weeks. Traffic management will be in place during these works, which may impact on our journey time to and from the sports centre and Fair Ridge.
January 2015 Parking for sports centre users moves to the new coachway park and ride car park. Summer 2015 New multi-storey car park opens.
October 2015 New sports and leisure centre completed.

Phase 2: Food store, coachway park and ride and spine road

Spring 2014 Building work for new food store, spine road and associated car park starts.
Autumn 2015 Completion and opening of new food store and coachway park and ride.
NB: Roadworks on the A404 are restricted to off-peak hours and construction traffic is restricted to new accesses, not the existing access road.

New sports and leisure centre

The new sports and leisure centre will be completed by October 2015.

Facilities will include:
an eight lane 50m pool with moveable floor and sub-aqua dive pit
20m by 8m learner pool with moving floor 1.2m deep
fun water for toddlers
150 station gym
dance studio (s)
climbing wall
12 court sports hall
bowls (four rink)
two squash courts
two party or meeting rooms

The current Wycombe Sports Centre will remain open while the new sports and leisure centre is being built next to it in the footprint of the running track.

A new synthetic turf pitch

A new pitch has been created at John Hampden Grammar School, which is opposite the sports centre site. The like-for-like replacement is a second generation, sand-dressed pitch, ideal for hockey use and for football. Changing room and parking facilities are provided at the school for out-of-hours public use. To find out more about the new pitch, or to make a booking, please contact the reception staff at Wycombe Sports Centre.

A new athletics facility

The new facility at land south of the A4155 Marlow Road in Little Marlow is almost finished and will be ready for use in the summer. They've created an eight lane track with parking and improved road access. We've also turned a building on site into changing and storage facilities and we've installed some clever new lighting. The green top surface of the track has just been laid and the in-field seeded, ready for use next year.

New transport connections

The proposal to combine a new park and ride terminal with a regional coachway on the Handy X Hub site aims to improve transport links between High Wycombe and the surrounding area, as well as within the town itself.
24/5/14 - Training Changes - May and June 2014

Ammendments to training schedules for May and June - Available HERE
23/5/14 - The WDSC Summer Fun Evening at the Wycombe Rye Lido

The WDSC Summer Fun Evening at the Wycombe Rye Lido is now on Sunday, June 22 from 4-7pm.

The club will have exclusive use of the outdoor pool and changing facilities. There is a cafe on site but families can bring their own picnics and drinks. The WDSC coaches will organise a some games and hopefully the sun will shine as it has in the past two years!!

Tickets are £3 each and can be bought from the club desk on a Tuesday evening or directly from Nicky Matthews, Nicola Ross or Jenny Searle. There's also a form on the notice board to pre-book tickets.
19/5/14 - Milton Keynes Junior League (MKJL) – Saturday 7th June, 2014

The first round of the MKJL is only a couple of weeks away. Oxford B will be hosting (round 1, gala 1) at Temple Cowley Pools and the teams and lane draws are as follows:

Lane Assignments
Lane 1 Oxford B (Hosts)
Lane 2 Maxwell
Lane 3 Ealing
Lane 4 City of Guildford
Lane 5 Staines
Lane 6 Wycombe District

Coaching Staff/Personnel
Lead Coach is Craig Oliver and Team Manager is Liz Connick. They can be contacted via email assistantcoach@wycombe-swimming.org.uk or teammanager@wycombe-swimming.org.uk. Craig will also be supported by other coaching personnel and helpers.

All swimmers should wear their Wycombe Team tops, poolside shoes and have a small poolside bag with a drink and snacks. Timings
Arrive at pool: 5.00pm
Warm up: 5.30pm
Gala Start: 6.00pm

There is limited parking at Temple Cowley so the organisers have arranged for parking at Henmans Freeth LLP, 5000 Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2BH
This is about a 5 minute walk from the pool. Please note that parking at the pool is reserved for officials and Oxford have asked us to respect that as without the officials the gala would not run.

Entrance Fee
Adults £4 each, Children/OAP FOC
I said I could attend, what do I do if I can’t attend on the day?
Please contact the Lead Coach, Craig Oliver or Team Manager, Liz Connick as soon as you can, this is essential so that another swimmer can be contacted and the team sheets amended.

Find out more about the league at http://www.mkjuniorleague.org.uk/
We are looking forward to an evening of exciting racing and welcoming some of our younger swimmers who will be competing in the league for the first time. If you have any questions please do get in contact.

Liz Connick
WDSC Lead Team Manager
21/4/14 - Stroke Improvers is Changing

From Tuesday 22nd and Saturday 26th April our Stroke Improver classes will now become “rolling squads”; similar to all of our current squads within the club. This means that there will be no defined start/finish date anymore.

Swimmers will be able to join Stroke Improver classes each month (provided that there is space) and swimmers will be moved up to the Silver Academy (when ready) at the squad movements dates – roughly each quarter. This change will ensure alignment with the rest of the club along with continued swimming during holiday periods (apart from any cancelations or holiday timetable changes that you’ll be informed of in advance).

Fees are going to kept largely the same; even whilst including our clubs annual £60 membership.

£60.00 per quarter (payable in full before each January, April, July & October)
£60.00 annual club membership
Annual ASA Category One Fees

21/4/14 - Coaching Update - Cameron Roberts

From Tuesday 22nd April Cameron’s role at Wycombe will be increasing slightly. Since gaining his UKCC Level 2 a few months ago he has progressed rapidly and will soon be studying for his UKCC Level 3. As many of you’ll know he is also studying for his degree in Sports Coaching and has 1.5 years remaining with this.

Cameron will be taking up the following roles within the new Squad Structure & timetable:

- Lead Coach of Potential 3 Squad – with support on Fridays from Assistant Coach Craig Oliver
- Lead Coach of the Platinum Academy – whilst still providing support with the Silver Academy
- Land Training Assistant – Saturday mornings and all Junior/Senior Competitive Sessions
- Performance Assistant – Helping Kevin & Craig at varying performance sessions
If that wasn’t enough, Cameron will also be continuing to lead Potential One Squad on Thursday mornings once the Lead Coach to this squad (Oliver Brewer) starts in mid-June.

It’s great to see a “Wycombe Swimmer” make such a solid transition into coaching at his home club; and become such a valued member of our coaching team. If any other swimmers (14+) or indeed parents want to get involved with volunteer coaching then please get in touch with either Craig or Kevin directly.

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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Contact Details
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