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Gala Reports 2016

Many thanks to our J1's Ian Lane and Kevin Harris and to all our J1's in training Jeff Harris, Zoe Mortimer-Ford, Patricia Doig and Sue Hagger without your attendance the club would not be able to attend these galas.

 

26th November Romford Town SC

12 of our swimmers attended the Long Course event at the London Aquatic Centre, and achieved a total of 8 PB's. Well done to all of you who competed some for the first time in a 50 meter pool.

Congratulations to 10 year old Jamie Benjamin who gained his Essex Time in the 50mtr Backstroke event.

 

29/30th October Winter Championships

Over the weekend 3 of our swimmers attended the Essex Winter Championships at Basildon. Well-done to Joe Lane gaining a PB in his 50 Breaststroke, Lillie Smallcombe for a PB in her 100 Breaststroke and Ella Smallcombe for her PB in the 50 Butterfly.

 

22nd October Basildon & Phoenix Sprint

 11 Swimmers attended the Open Meet on Saturday with some fantastic swimming by all. PB's gained and Essex Times achieved. Keep up the good work and lets see if we can get a few more qualified for Essex. As always thank you to our Coach Carly and our Officials, without them we would not be able to attend these open meets.

 9th October Home Mini League Gala South Woodham Ferrers.

Saturday saw Maldon Sharks hosting the final round for the season of The Essex Mini League at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre.

There were five clubs in attendance, and the results were as follows, Brentwood 175 points, Romford 150 points, Chelmsford 129 points Maldon 125 points and Clacton 107 points.

A very well done to all of our swimmers as this was our best result of the year. A great effort all round, many thanks to you all especially those of you competing at a gala for the first time.

The Essex Mini League is of great value to the club as it gives the novice swimmer a taste of competitive swimming whilst participating in a great team event. We complete in five galas a year spread between February and October and taking place on a Saturday evening. Dates will be posted on the Website for 2017.

I must thank all who made this Gala run so smoothly, from the Coaches, Poolside helpers, Time Keepers, Turn Judges, Starters and Referees, and not forgetting the army of Mums manning the Door, Raffle and Cake stands.  Thank you for all the donations to the raffle and the fantastic array of cakes and goodies. A truly fantastic effort by all.

A big thank you to all of our Raffle Sponsors who have helped us raise monies for the club.

 

Yours in Sport**Harry Greens Barbers**Tesco Maldon

Feathers Hairdressers**Talking Flowers**Intimo Restaurant

Beauty by Charlotte Beautician** Blackwater Leisure Centre Monkey Puzzle Play Centre**Morrison’s Supermarket

Buntings of Maldon**Continental Coffee shop.

Sweet Pea Cake Boutique, Danbury** Birkett Long Solicitors.

Forrester Park Golf Club, a complementary round of golf for 4 people**

Hollies Beauty Room**Rose & Crown (J D Wetherspoon)

 

 

 

24th/25th September 2016 Basildon & Phoenix Season Opener

A small group attended the Season Opener with some good results. Well done to all the swimmers and of course our poolside helpers.

 10th September Dave Warner Early Season  Taster

Carly took a small group to this early taster Open Meet at Basildon and continued the trend of swimmers gaining their Essex Times Well done to Abbie and Charlotte.

 

3rd September Halstead Season Sprint Starter

Sharks were off to a flying start to the season with a host of PB's, and Medals, well done to you all.

 Congratulations to Kasper Doig for gaining his Essex Time in the 50m Breastroke.

A special mention also for George Lewis for some fantastic PB's in his 50m Breastroke and Backstoke events taking an amazing 15 and 12 seconds from his entered times.

George normally competes with Runnymead Swimming Club in their SwimAbilty section and has reached the Nationals in in class, this was his first Open Meet competition and I am sure not his last.

Thank you swimmers and Helen for making this first gala of the season an enjoyable experience for all attendees.

 

 

 

23/24th July Basildon and Phoenix end of Season Long Course.

Only 8 swimmers for this End of Season Event, and although turnout was a little disappointing, all 8 swimmers had some good results for this Long Course Event.

 

 

2nd July 2016 Basildon and Phoenix Summer Novice

10 Swimmers attended this gala and although we were short on numbers those ten managed a total of 20 PB's.

Some great swimming.

 

 

25th June Witham Dolphins Invitation meet \summer Championships

Maldon Sharks Club Championships and Stanway Swimming Club Championships

 

27 Swimmer attended the Gala at Braintree Leisure Centre.  This was a invitation meet from Witham Dolphins attend also by Stanway Swimming Club.

It was great to see some new swimmers attend their first Open Meet. A great time was had by all with some fantastic results.

1st Place = 18

2nd Place =12

3rd Place =10

4th Place = 8

5th Place = 4

6th Place =6

And a whole host of PB's and some Essex times gained.

We were against Stanway in the Skins with Charlotte Harris the overall winner.

Well done to all.

 

 

 18th June Eric Shepherd Meet Harlow Penguins

 

11 of our swimmers attended the Eric Shepherd Gala at Harlow Leisure  and come home with fantastic results.  11 swimmers 33 events 22 PB's and a Winter Championship qualifying time.

Well done to Cameron, Kaspa, Amrit, Charlotte and Emily Hart for their impressive times. keep up the good work.

 

 

Harlow Mini League 14th May 2016

Saturday saw the team compete in the Mini league at Harlow Leisure. Once again Team Sharks had some fantastic swims both in the individual and relay events. A very well done to you all and a big thank you to our team of poolside helpers.

Our next Mini League event is our Home Gala on the 8th October at South Woodham Leisure Centre. Please make a note in your diary and make our last event a great one.

 

 

Basildon and Phoenix 7th May 2016

 

On Saturday 10 of our members attended the event held and Basildon Sporting Village. The event was all 50s and 200 Freestyle long course event. Well done to all swimmers who had some fantastic results gaining PB's and medals all round. This was great event with a good atmosphere and one to encourage more of our swimmers to attend in the future.

 

Witham Dolphins James Gibson Gala 24th April 2016

Sunday saw Maldon Sharks put up a very strong team to attend the James Gibson gala at Witham Leisure Centre. Thank you to all swimmers, some of whom were attending their first gala, for their fantastic effort. The atmosphere amongst the team was one to be applauded. Well done to all who completed in the final event of the evening for coming first again this year. Thank you to Carly, Dave Emma and our poolside helpers.

 

Halstead. Mini League 9th April 2016

A big thank you to those who swam at the mini League on Saturday at Braintree, Once again we were low in numbers, which after the turn out in March was disappointing. However the team can be congratulated on achieving a fantastic 3rd place with 120 points.  A big thank you must go to the fantastic team of officials from MSSC without whom this gala was in danger of being cancelled.

 

April 3rd 2016

On Sunday George Lewis travelled to Nottingham CP Sport National Championships, competing against other swimmers with Cerebral palsy. He was very pleased to get new long course PB's in all 5 of his races and took a fantastic 10 seconds off his freestyle time! He won a silver medal for 50m Breaststroke and a Bronze in the 100m 10-14 age group. George  was presented with his medals by the Paralympic medallist Matt Walker.

 

Brentwood. Mini League 12th March 2016

On Saturday 12th March we took a full team to the mini league at Brentwood. It was great to see so many of the younger members compete, many for the first time. Well done to the team and the poolside helpers.

 

 

Essex County Championships 2016

The end of February saw the last weekend of the County Championships. Well done to those swimmers who competed individually and all of the relay teams.

We had some fantastic swims with PB's all round. We must also thank our Head Coach and the coaching team for all their hard work in encouraging our swimmers to achieve their best.

 

Colchester. Mini League 13th February 2016

A big thank you to those that swam at the Mini League in Colchester. We were very low on numbers and had to miss out on a lot of races. However, we showed that as a club we have a great team spirit. We had some great swims and some very tired swimmers at the end of the evening. Well Done all.

 

GALA REPORTS 2015

End of Year Report

We have had a busy time since our Mini League Gala in October, with Harlow Penguin’s Gala in November, Braintree and Bocking Christmas Cracker 5th and 6th December, Thurrock Swimming Club on the 12th and 13th December ending with Basildon and Pheonix Last Chance qualifier on the 19th and 20th December.

Our swimmers have achieved some excellent results with PB’s broken and Essex Championship qualifying times realized. We have 14 out of a total of 29 competitive swimmers through to the Championships in early 2016. A fantastic result, well done to all swimmers and the coaching team.

Our Head Coach, Carly, has also been able to enter teams for the relays held during the Championships. This year we are putting forward 9 girl’s teams and 2 boy’s teams covering age groups from 10 to 14 years in Freestyle and Medley events.

We wish all our competitors the very best of luck for the Championships.

 

Basildon and Phoenix 19th/20th December

Basildon and Phoenix Swimming club hosted a Last Chance Gala on the 19/20th December giving swimmers a last attempt to achieve their Essex County times.

Maldon Sharks saw an excellent close to the year as 8 new times were recorded taking our qualified swimmers to 14 covering a total of 40 events over the course of the Championships. The club is also in a position to enter the relays this year with 11 teams entered in the Freestyle and Medley events.

Well done to those swimmers obtaining a qualifying time this weekend with some excellent PB’s and to all of the members who have shown some excellent swimming to qualify for these Championships throughout the year.

 

Mini Gala 10th October.2015

 

Saturday saw Maldon Sharks hosting the final round for the season of The Essex Mini League at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre..

A very well done to all of our swimmers as this was our best result of the year. A great effort all round, many thanks to you all especially those of you competing at a gala for the first time.

The Essex Mini League is of great value to the club as it gives the novice swimmer a taste of competitive swimming whilst participating in a great team event. We complete in five galas a year spread between February and October and taking place on a Saturday evening. Dates will be posted on the Website for 2017.

I must thank all who made this Gala run so smoothly, from the Coaches, Poolside helpers, Time Keepers, Turn Judges, Starters and Referees, and not forgetting the army of Mums manning the Door, Raffle and Cake stands.  Thank you for all the donations to the raffle and the fantastic array of cakes and goodies. A truly fantastic effort by all.

A big thank you to all of our Raffle Sponsors who have helped us raise monies for the club.

 

Open Water Meet

On Sunday 19th July, Kelly, Dave and Thomas Rozee and Rachel Harris travelled up to Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre in Norwich for the ASA East Region 2015 Open Water Championships and Age Group Competitions.

 

After a very early start, Thomas was first to swim the 800m novice event and came in an incredible 4th place for his age (11-12 year olds) in the county and 9th regionally, an outstanding performance for his first open water competition.

 

Kelly, Rachel and Dave then took to the water for their 1500m event. Despite the very windy conditions and a mass of weeds in the lake, they all swam very well. Rachel came in 6th in the county for her age group of 12-16 year olds and placed 24th in the region, a great achievement considering this was also her first open water event. Dave came 3rd in Essex and 4th regionally in his age category and Kelly a very impressive 1st in Essex and 1st regionally and Dave and Kelly are now the proud owners of county and for Kelly, regional medals. Very well done to all of them.

 

If anyone from the club would be interested in joining them next year, or in just giving open water swimming a try, please speak to Dave at training.

 

 

 
Saturday/Sunday 18/19th  July Basildon End of Season Long Course Event

10 of our swimmers competed in this End of Season Long course event at Basildon Sporting Village.

This was, for many of them, their first long course event and judging from the PB's I am sure that it was an enjoyable experience.

Well done to all.

Saturday 4th July  Basildon Independence Day Gala

On Saturday we saw 12 of our swimmers compete at the Independence Day Gala at Basildon Sporting Village.

I am not sure which was hotter being outside or inside but our swimmers made it worth being uncomfortable by coming home with a total of 21 Personal Best times and a number of medals between them.

Well done to all.  Thank you to Carly, Dave and Rob who where poolside to assist our swimmers.

I must just mention our three trainee J1's who where allocated timekeeping/Turn Judge and Ass Chief timekeeper duties, Well done all.

 Saturday 20th June Thurrock Summer Sprint Meet

 

Saturday saw 9 members competing at the Summer sprint meet at Thurrock Swimming club.

Congratulations to all the competitors who came home with a total of 15 PB's between them, another great gala.

If you haven't yet competed in an Open Gala and think you would like to do this next season which starts September 2015, please speak to Carly at any of the training sessions.

 

 Sunday 31st May Basildon Long Course No Frills Meet

 Well done to Erin, Abbie and Charlotte who competed in this Long Course event on Sunday, with some fantastic results and PB’s. Erin was first in the 10year old 50 meter Freestyle and come home with Gold , Abbie was placed 6th overall in the 50mtr Freestyle final and Charlotte came 5th in the final of the 50mtr Backstroke.

 Congratulations to you all.

Sunday 10th May Braintree and Bocking Spring Festival

Well done to all those swimmers who completed in the Spring Festival held at Braintree on Sunday the 10th May. We had 11 swimmers compete in 31 events who clocked up a total of 18 PB’s. between them also bringing home an impressive amount of medals. This was all the more inspiring as they all completed in the Saturday Mini Gala which did not finish until late.

Saturday 9th May Mini League
Competing Terms:  Hornchurch, Brentwood, Canvey, Southend and Maldon
Results: Canvey 144 – Southend 143- Hornchurch 141 – Brentwood 125 – Maldon 114
Well done to all who competed and a big thank you to the pool side team.
We are always looking to encourage new swimmers but if anyone knows of any boys aged 8 and above who could join our good, but very small team of boys, please let Coach Carly know.
 Sunday 26th April The James Gibson Gala

Held at the new pool at Witham this was, as usual, a great gala with lots of atmosphere made all the more fantastic with James signing everything from shirts, hats and water bottles, you name it, he signed it.

There were some fantastic swims in both individuals and relay events and Coach Carly was very impressed with how well everyone got on with it and made it all run smoothly, with Sharks coming third place overall. A big thank you to the pool side helpers your assistance is appreciated by all. Congratulations to everyone. A special mention to Teni and Temi competing in a gala for the first time, well done to both of you.

We must mention the fantastic cannon race at the end, what great excitement, with the team making a gutsy swim to make it a very close finish and a WIN for Sharks. A great result.

 

Sunday 12th April Halstead

 It was a glorious day both with the weather and the achievements of our 10 swimmers who managed to tot up 28PB’s between them and come home with several medals.

Erin Little came joint first in the Top Girl 9 year age category and has received a half share of the £20 award, well done Erin.

Charlotte Harris also did very well in coming 8th overall in the 10-16 & over Top Girl category, which is a great achievement. Congratulations to you both and to all of our swimmers for some impressive results.

We must also mention Molly Devlin who was attending her first Open Meet overcame her nerves and achieved great results in her events.

 Basildon Easter Long Course Meet 4/5th April

 Sadly we only had one entrant for this Gala as those swimmers with qualifying times were enjoying the Easter Break.

 Well done to Olli for coming 6th overall in his age group in the 50 Freestyle event.

  Harlow Penguins Junior Development Gala 28th March

 As usual the meet at Harlow Penguins Spring Junior Development meet proved to be

 ‘just what it said on the tin’ with 7 of our swimmers obtaining several PB’s . Well done to all.

 It was a fun packed Gala with swimmers dancing around the pool to the pre gala music.

 Mini League Saturday 14th March

 We had an excellent turnout for the Mini Gala although we were lacking in teams for some of the relay events and this sadly reflected in our overall scores.

 Well to Dave for stepping in to cover for Carly who due to a family commitment could not be with us, and to all the poolside helpers.

 A big thank you to all of our swimmers for some excellent personal results.

Results:

 Harwich 163 - Harlow 137 - Braintree 133 - Brentwood 129 - Maldon 106

 

January/February 2015 Essex Age Group Championships

This year the club had 12 swimmers reaching the necessary times to qualify and compete in the Essex Age Group Championships. The championships were spread over three weekends and held at Basildon Sporting Village and Garons Park, Southend.

All our swimmers performed well achieving a number of PB’s.  Well done to you all.

A special well done to Abbie Mortimer-Ford, Rachel Harris, Thomas Rozee, Sam Davies and Joseph Lane competing for the first time at this event.

Our swimmers were:-

Ella Smallcombe, Abbie Mortimer-Ford, Kira Dunston, Charlotte and Rachel Harris, Amy Stainer, Alice Pugh, Gemma Mizon, Thomas Rozee, Olli Wilsher, Sam Davis and Joseph Lane.

For the first year in a long time the club also entered a number of teams for the relays, well done to all those who took part.

Those competing were

9/10 year old Freestyle – Abigail, Lucy, Erin and Breanna.

11/12 year old Freestyle – Kira, Charlotte H, Ella and Rachel S.

11/12 Medley - Charlotte H, Ella, Abbie and Kira.

Bagcat Medley – Charlotte H, Rachel H, Ella and Lillie

Bagcat Freestyle – Rachel H, Charlotte H, Abbie and Lillie

Well done to our youngest team of 9 year olds for not being overwhelmed by the event,

Again, congratulations to all who took part, here’s hoping for similar events, we may even see some boys teams.

 

February 7th 2015 Mini League

This weekend saw us competing in the first of the Mini League Galas for 2015.

 A great gala with some excellent swimming by all with the Sharks achieving third place, a great start to the year.

A big thank you to all the officials and helpers for supporting the smooth running of the event.

Well done to all, especially to those with so many races, everyone clubbed together and swam anything that was needed for the team. We had a few first timers so a big thank you to you all for making their first gala enjoyable, also thank you to Nick and Scott two of our past swimmers for making an appearance.

 

Overall points:

Colchester       175

Harwich           161

Sharks             121

Canvey           120

Redbridge       112

 

January 4th 2015

The first gala of the year saw 5 Sharks having their times accepted for a Level 1 Gala at the Olympic pool in Stratford. Well done to Abbie, Gemma, Amy, Rachel and Olli. Although it was an early and frosty start to the day all enjoyed the experience of competing at an Olympic Pool, some even starting on the same block as their Olympic champion. For the photos please logon to the member’s area.