Vacancy – Swimming Club Finance Manager

There is currently a vacancy within the Swimming Club for a Finance Manager.
Julie, our current Finance Manager, who has taken the club through the difficult set up period putting the necessary procedures in place to ensure a ‘big business’ like our club can function and control its finances, is to stand down due to an increase in her business and outside commitments.
Julie has done a fantastic job in getting us to where we are and will assist in providing all the necessary training for her replacement.
A brief resume of the job is in the attached PDF file – further details can be made available and any questions answered via an email enquiry to info@gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk
Nigel Stevenson
Chair

Midland Age Group Championships – June 2011

COMPETING recently over two consecutive weekends saw 12 year old Henry Cawte represent Gainsborough Dolphins at the Midland Age Group Championships in the 50m pool at Coventry. With qualifying times for this event becoming increasingly tough the Kexby based swimmer was the only representative to enter for Dolphins against the fastest swimmers from across the Midland region. Qualifying for seven events Henry opted not to compete in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, allowing him to concentrate on achieving success in his favourite breaststroke events. In both the 100m and 200m breaststroke he qualified for the final after placing eighth and seventh respectively after the heats. The 200m saw him finish in eighth place where only tenths of a second separated him from a fifth place in a very close finish. His time was just outside his personal best as it was in the 100m where he bettered his position to finish seventh in the final out of the much detested lane 8. Henry had started his campaign in the 400m freestyle and was again just outside his life time best as he finished 14th overall after being seeded 20th. Unfortunately for Henry his 200m Individual Medley came hot on the heels of his 200m breaststroke final and despite a brave effort he was unable to produce a new personal best as he finished 20th. Luck deserted the youngster again in his final event as the dreaded lane 8 was drawn for him in the 200m freestyle. Following a very good first 100m he tired slightly to finish 30th overall out of a field of 38. Unfortunately for current Lincolnshire champion he also missed out on qualifying for the National Age Group Championships in August by tenths of seconds in both the breaststroke events.  For more information on the Club please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.

Congratulations!

Congratulations and well done to those, who over the Half Term holiday, took and passed their ASA UKCC Level 1 Award – Teaching Aquatics (QCF).Megan Stevenson, Leanne Clover, Malcolm Beresford, Nic Clover, Tony Bindon and Mark Smith are all now qualified Swim Teachers and we welcome them into our excellent team of Swim Teachers and look forward to seeing them in and around the pool. Well done all of you.

Nigel Stevenson
Chair

Doncaster Dartes Open Meet 2011

THE Adwick Leisure Centre was the venue for the recent B Grade Open Meet hosted by Doncaster Dartes where eleven Gainsborough Dolphins swimmers were in competition. Between them they placed in the top six on 13 occasions over their collective 25 events with six top three places. These types of competitions are designed to allow first time entrants and with strict entry rules to avoid the very fast swimmers from competing, allowing success for those that would not normally achieve in other Meets. Taking advantage of the opportunity two of the Dolphin members competed for the first time in the girls 9 years age group. Sian Saunders swam a superb 50m breaststroke in a very creditable time to claim sixth place whilst team mate Lily Talbot finished 10th in this event. Whilst Sian only entered one event Lily combated her nerves to produce three more outstanding performances as she placed 11th in the 50m backstroke, 15th in the 100m Individual Medley (I/M) and 17th in the 50m freestyle. Held over two sessions the morning one definitely suited 11 year old Tom Humphries who impressed with four sensational life time best swims. An accumulative of over 25 seconds was taken off his previous personal best times as he placed fourth in the 50m backstroke, sixth in the 50m freestyle, 7th in the 50m breaststroke and 8th in the 100m I/M. This resulted in him finishing just outside the top six for his age group with an eight position overall. The most successful swimmer was Emily Wright in the girls 15/O age group as she claimed two victories in the 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke with a second place in the 100m freestyle. All this culminated in her claiming the runner up spot overall in her age group. Molly Creed also achieved success with two second places in the girls 9 years 50m freestyle and 100m I/M whilst she placed 8th in the 50m breaststroke. Unfortunately she was also denied further glory by receiving a speeding ticket for swimming too fast in a time just outside the permitted cut off for this event. This placed her fourth overall in her age group in front of team mates Katie Bindon (9th) and Harriet Webster (12th). Katie swam a superb 50m backstroke to claim third place with a 9th place in the 50m freestyle and 11th in the 50m breaststroke in times just outside her life time bests. Producing some fantastic swims Harriet did manage to produce personal best times as she claimed fifth in the 50m butterfly, 8th in the 100m I/M and 11th in the 50m freestyle. In a very strong age group 12 year old Aidan Clover gained two personal best times in the 50m freestyle (12th) and 100m I/M (15th) but just missed out on his hat-trick of times with a 13th place in the 50m backstroke. In the most competitive age group 14 year old Tonicha Watson was another swimmer seeing the fruits of her hard work in training pay off as she too recorded new personal best times with sixth place in the 100m breaststroke and backstroke. She just missed out on the top six with a very impressive 100m freestyle to finish eighth whilst her best place came in the 100m I/M with a fourth place giving her 9th overall in her age group. In the same age group and despite struggling with a shoulder injury Lauren Zaitschenko battled through to record some very presentable times in the 50m butterfly (15th), 100m backstroke (17th) and 100m I/M (18th) with two 14th places in the 100m freestyle and backstroke. Amy Evans was too in excellent form producing some life time best times in the girls 14 years as she claimed a hat-trick of ninth place finishes in the 100m freestyle, breaststroke and I/M with tenth in the 50m butterfly and 11th in the 100m backstroke. For more information on the Club please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.

May 2011 Open Meets

THE month of May was a busy time for Sturton by Stow based brother and sister duo James and Loveday Beresford. The Gainsborough Dolphins swimmers competed at three Open Meets during this period attending events at the Ponds Forge International Pool at Sheffield and the impressive John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds. With Loveday in a last ditch attempt to gain qualifying times for the Midland District Championships she was unlucky just missing out by fractions of a second in the 100m and 200m freestyle. Despite breaking the 70 second barrier for the first time in the 100m she recovered from this disappointment managing to record four personal best times at Leeds in an event where all proceeds went to SportsAid, helping to fund athletes and swimmers from all across the country. This level one meet attracted some very fast swimmers from Wales, Scotland and all over the Yorkshire and Midland counties with Loveday excelling in the 200m freestyle. Against a competitive field she claimed a silver medal in the girls 12 years recording a life time best. Not to be outdone James also recorded four personal best times at this meet, his best coming in the 10 years 200m Individual Medley (I/M) where he reduced his previous mark by an impressive 11 seconds. After experiencing a 50m pool for the first time they returned the following week to Ponds Forge in the Rotherham Metro Level One Long Course meet. Competing in two events at Sheffield, Loveday again swam superbly to reduce both her 200m and 400m freestyle personal best times, finishing 12th in her age group in the former. This was again an impressive effort against swimmers from Plymouth, London, Tyneside, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Entering only one event James did find it tough going over the four lengths in the 200m backstroke as he swam outside his personal best by just over a second. Competing against the same the level of competition Loveday returned to Sheffield a week later to compete in a meet hosted by the City of Sheffield. Unable to reduce her 200m freestyle time for the third consecutive week she placed 16th in her age group as she did in the 100m freestyle, shaving just one tenth off her personal best. These achievements are quite remarkable as both only learnt to swim eighteen months ago and continuous hard work and dedication will endeavour to bring greater reward in the future. Anyone wishing to start swimming or for further information please visit www.gainsboroughdolphins.co.uk.