Sapphire Squad in the News

Maggie Ward, honorary lifetime member and Sapphire Squad Co-ordinator, has been featured in this month's edition of the Child Protection in Sport Unit newsletter - please click here

The Club has also received notice that the 2016 CP Sport National Swimming Championships are to be held at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village on 3rd April. This event will be long course and entries are now open.

If anyone has any questions about Sapphire Squad, or would be interested in joining our Para-Squad, please contact Maggie Ward

Swim North East Club Newsletter September 2015

The Swim North East Club Newsletter for September 2015 has been published - please click here to access this. There are a lot of useful and informative news stories on the North East Region website - swimnortheast.org

Award Success for Club Members

Durham City members have once again been successful at the Sport and Physical Activity Awards for County Durham, where their achievements and dedication have been recognised.

A huge congratulations to Stephen and Maggie Ward who have been jointly awarded the Contribution to Sport Award in the Durham and Chester le Street area. This is testament to their long service to the Club and countless number of hours given up to coach and teach and follows on from their Club Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards presented earlier this year.

Further congratulations to Katherine Hill (Senior Performance Squad) who was the winner of the Young Coach of the Year in the Easington & Sedgefield area. Nominated by her School, Katherine will be a familiar face to most within the Club, as a Swimming Captain and poolside coach, commiting to these voluntary roles at the same time as training herself.

Stephen, Maggie and Katherine now go forward to the County Awards Dinner on 9 October at Ramside Hall Hotel and will be up against the other area winners. Good luck to them on behalf of the entire Club!

A special mention must also go to Daniel Morley (Senior Performance) who was shortlisted for Young Sporting Achievement of the Year following his National level success last season.

Club News - August 2015

Dear all,
 
Hope you have enjoyed the break and please see the below Club Information circular:
 
1. Training re-commences from Monday 10th August 2015, as am sure most of you are aware. Given that the Squad Moves have taken place and New Timetable will be in effect, I have attached a copy of said Timetable for reference (should it be required).
 
2. Coach Announcement - I am pleased to announce that the Coaches for the Development Squads shall be in place from the 10th August 2015:
 
* Gold Squad - Maggie Ward
* Silver Squad - Mike Perry
* Bronze Squad - Sam Jepson (for those unaware, Sam coached with the Club up until last year, and has now returned to England from a position overseas)
 
3. Those whom have registered an interest in the Moor House Activity Weekend shall receive further information in the coming week.
 
Wishing all swimmers and players the best for the forthcoming months, and we will endeavour to ensure all members are kept informed and updated on all Club matters.
 
Many thanks,
 
Brett Baker
Secretary

2 Coaching Vacancies

The Club is currently advertising for two paid positions - a Development Coach and a Lead Water Polo Coach. Please click on the link below to access full details.

Vacancy Details

Club Announces 4 new Honorary Lifetime Members

Sunday 21 June 2015 was a very busy day for the Club, hosting its Summer Gala in the morning, where 10 Club records were broken, and then its Summer Splash Bash in the evening at Ramside Hall.

A huge well done to all the swimmers and water polo players who picked up awards in the evening, especially our National Qualifiers for this season, Daniel Morley, Oliver Smith and Emily Power. There were also special awards for our water polo volunteers, including Kathryn Salmon, and for our Junior League team who compete in the Division 2 Final next weekend. Our Swimmer of the Year trophy for this season was picked up by Oliver Smith.

The final set of awards went to recognise four coaches who have volunteered with the Club for a immense number of years. Maggie Ward, Stephen Ward, Pat Palmer and Margaret Shotten were all awarded with an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Club, which is the highest honour the Club can bestow, as a thank you for their dedication and years of hard work. We were delighted that Lyndon Longhorne, previously the only Honorary Lifetime Member, was able to attend to present these very special awards.

Well done to everyone involved, and thank you to those involved in the organisation and running of the day itself.

Medley Challenge Request

We are hosting the Medley Challenge Gala on Sunday 11th  October 2015 at Freeman’s Quay, and to make this Gala a success we need volunteers to help out on the day covering a variety of different roles.  If you are able to help out please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. We will be selling cakes and holding a raffle on the day so if there are any "Mary Berry’s or Paul Hollywood’s" out there if you could bring any cakes on the day that would be fantastic.  If you are intending to bring cakes could you please once again email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , just so we know what will be arriving on the day. If you have any items that you would like to donate to the raffle please give them to any member of the committee before Wednesday 7th October 2015.

Many thanks

Officials Training

Have you considered training as an official? The Club needs qualified officials to ensure we are able to host meets (a valuable source of income) and you also get free entry to galas where you are officiating and a ringside view of the racing! If every family in the Club had one qualified official in it, we would be able to spread around the time commitment and not rely on the same people at every gala.

Our Medley Challenge is fast approaching and we need enough officials to ensure the meet can be licensed. The next J1 course (the first stage of the officiating ladder) is being held on 14 October and more details are on the attached flyer or by clicking on this link. Please consider signing up and supporting the Club.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Stephen Ward.

Club Announces New N&D Christmas Qualifier Meet

Durham City AS&WPC are delighted to announce a new 2 day meet in December 2015. This meet will be held at Freeman's Quay on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December and will be aimed at swimmers seeking to qualify for the 2016 N&D County Championships. In addition it will allow younger swimmers the opportunity to gain valuable competition experience with 9 and 10 year olds guaranteed entries to all events (if oversubscribed any reductions will be from the 11 and over age groups).

Full details are on the attached file and Sportsystem entry files are available from Stephen Wilkinson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Summer Gala & Junior League Results

Please click on this article to download the results from the Club Summer Gala held on 21 June 2015. Well done to all involved.

Also a huge well done to the Club's Junior League Team who finished in 4th place in their Final on 28 June, just missing out on 3rd place by 1 point. All of the swimmers raced extremely well with more skills on show than in any other team across all three divisions. This bodes extremely well for next year's competition! Thank you to all the coaches and volunteers involved in organising this year's team and the Durham Dragon!

2015/16 Championship dates released

The Championships dates for next season have been released. The dates for your diaries are:

21/22 November 2015 - NER Short Course Championships

6/7 & 27/28 February 2016 - N&D Championships

30 April/1 May 2016 - NER Senior/Youth Championships

All events are at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre with more details, including qualifying times, to be made available in due course.