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Team Managers Report - Diddy League Rd 3 17th June

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM

In the final Diddy Gala of 2017 we came an undeserved 5th.   We had some very strong individual wins particularly on Butterfly from Molly and Alfie. Jade produced a great swim on the backstroke to take first place. We did equally well on the relays but the boys under 11 produced a stunning performance to win their relays in commanding style – In one race more than half a length ahead.

The swimmers were all very busy in this gala, swimming more races than normal and in some cases two age groups up. Several swam more than 7 races, Sam and Alfie showed just how good they are when they raced individuals two age groups up and matched the pace of main group of swimmers each time.

The three captains who came to help the team out, unanimously agreed that the star swimmers should be given to the boys 11&U team that's Archie Bryan, Samuel Branton, Alfie Fisher and Sam Hill, for a fine team performance and being willing to swim additional events to fill in.

Thanks to Simon Sanderson, Amelia Sanderson, Simon Hill and Emma and Lee Fisher and Sheila Motyl who have supported these Diddy Galas and made your child's team swimming possible for at least the last 6 years.

As Julie and I move on from Diddy Galas, we can reflect and see that every year the club produces and group of enthusiastic swimmers who rapidly improve during this race period. It is a pleasure to witness their enjoyment, and its extra special when its coupled to a win.


Team Managers Report - Diddy League Rd2 13th May

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Last night we came 4 out of 5 teams at the second Diddy Gala at Burton. The team did a great job, in a hot, cheery and well support event. You can really see that the swimmers are coming on Bethany Willingham’s diving and freestyle is almost unrecognisable from six months ago. Samuel Branson has come from almost nowhere to challenge top swimmers from much bigger clubs and Archie Bryan has improve significantly even in 6 weeks, and he wasn’t fazed by the false start in one of his races. You can really see the improvement in the swimmer’s performance in a short space of time.

The captains chose Natasha Jones as the star swimmer, she happily agreed to swim up an age group and cheerfully tried her best. She supported and cheered the team on and helped others…..just the kind of thing we need.

Alfie Fishers and Sam Hill were bedrocks in the team swimming more than six events each. There was a bit more pressure on the swimmers than usual as we had to juggle the team late in the day to cover for a couple of swimmers withdrawing due to sickness.

We welcomed Mille Lake and Jade Needham who had not swam for the club before, they did a great job despite being a bit nervous.

Thanks, again to the poolside team for helping to make it run smoothly. Special thanks to Liz Benham for stepping into the role of steward at very late notice.

The final gala is on 17 June, venue to be confirmed. The Team sheet will be will be issued during the week.

Thanks for your continued support.


Lawrence and Julie Robinson

SSC Annual Gala Entry Form 2017 (closing date 26th May)

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 5:45 PM

The 2017 Annual Gala entry form is now available - Closing date for entry is 26th May

The event will be held on Saturday 24th June and 1st July 2017

Team Sheet: Bryan Moore & Andy Munn Memorial Gala

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Bank Holiday Pool Times

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Monday 1st May & Monday 29th May         Bank Holidays - Pool Closed

There will be no training on either of the above dates, all other sessions will run as normal.

Easter Pool Times

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Easter Swimming:

Monday 10th - Training as Normal

Thursday 13th / Friday 14th / Monday 17th - Pool Closed

Thursday 20th & Friday 21st - Training as Normal.

TEAM REPORT: Diddy Gala 1st April

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Team Report: Diddy Gala 1st April

Lawrence Robinson: Posted on 03 April 2017 21:09

At the first of three Diddy Galas we came 5th, quite some way behind the leading teams. That said it was a great night we had many swimmers swimming competitively for the first time. Although their inexperience showed it was a joy to witness their excitement and enthusiasm particularly after they had swam their first race. In every case they really gave it their all, and that is all you can ask. Team spirit was great and the support of the spectators buoyed the evening.

We did have a couple of sparkling moments. Molly cruised a first in the 11/u fly and the boys 9/u medley relay achieved a first…what a great start.

It's worth mentioning some of our new swimmers; Ryan who was so nervous to start with, but gave it everything he had. Morris, Alice, Charlotte and Emily for calmly getting on with it and Michael for his enthusiastic support. Constance made a real impact on backstroke and surprised a few of her competitors with a well earned … place

Amelia and Max have selected Sam Hill to be the star swimmer (certificate on its way) for an outstanding performance in support of the team and even swimming an extra race that i’d not planned for! Well done Sam and thanks for taking the load.

As usual I’d like to thank all the poolside staff and officials, who freely give their time, Julie and Simon who managed the team poolside did a fantastic job organising the swimmers, its was one of the hardest nights in all the time we’ve been doing it, due to the number of new competitive swimmers. I’d also like to thank thank the parents for giving up their Saturday night to bring their children to the gala and for responding quickly to my texts, it really helps in organising the team.

Next gala is on Saturday May 13th the team list is about to be be text out, it’s on the website and will be on the poolside board by Thursday. I have an appeal for volunteers to help manage the team poolside for the final gala in June.

Finally back to the main point of the night, we have had a positive start to the Diddy league and i know that with training ,we can only get stronger and better, and I look forward to the next gala.

Lawrence Robinson

Diddy Team Manager