Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club (HHSC) ranks as one of Hertfordshire’s premier clubs. The Club currently has around 250 members from age 5 to Masters Level who compete regularly in a wide range of competitions. We are Swim 21 Accredited as a Skill Development Club.
With the clubs newly installed starting blocks in action for the first time, the Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club 2014 Club Championships kicked off with two of the most challenging events; the 1500 metres Freestyle for Boys and the 400 IM for Girls. The Club's swimmers were in great form with Personal Bests in nearly every swim on the night.
We are delighted to announce that the Club's new "Olympic-style" starting blocks have been installed and will be used for the first time in anger during the forthcoming Club Championships. The adjustable raised back foot plate of the blocks (technically called the "OSB11" manufactured by Swiss Timing) allows the swimmer to exert greater force when pushing off from the starting block, resulting in a faster initial speed into the water.
Following on from a strong Round 1 performance in the National Arena League, Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club were drawn in Round 2 in Basildon with teams from Epping Forest, Potters Bar, Basildon, Anaconda, Sudbury, Hitchin and Saxon Crown. Despite many of the squad having been back for less than a week from an intensive training camp in Tunisia over the half term week there were some superb performances.
A huge vote of thanks to Tom Sherriff who masterminded the highly successful 2014 swim camp in Tunisia over the autumn half term. It’s taken a year to plan and included organising a sponsored swim and bag packing to help fund the trip as well as arranging sponsorship for the coach to the airport and the special red camp hoodies that you’ll now see at training. Tom also had to battle with the availability of accommodation, pool time and flights for a whole range of options before eventually settleing on Tunisia, but all the feedback suggests that it was time very well spent.
With a temporary lull in domestic competition Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club is a celebrating a record number of qualifiers for Winter Regionals, the first regional competition of the season held in early December. 20 swimmers have qualified to enter just under 120 events in a competition which traditionally has tough qualifying times.
Two of the Club's 13 year old swimmers, Charlie Rayner and Max Jelfs, were absent from last weekend's Birthday Open having been selected to take part in the National Inter- County gala at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on Sunday. Both boys put in sensational performances to set new PBs and Club records whilst Charlie improved his national best time for the 100 breaststroke set only last week.