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Swim England National Winter Champs
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Swim England National Winter Champs
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Swim England National Winter Champs
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Herts Major League 1/3
The News
Alan Doyle
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Friday, 01 December 2017 09:18
We are very sorry to report that Alan Doyle, our former Head Coach, died unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Alan’s association with the Club started when his daughters, Kelsey and Kira, joined over ten years ago. He trained as a coach and was initially responsible for the Junior and Development Squads (now Development 1 and 2) before becoming Head Coach in 2010. Pressure of work led to him stepping down in 2014 but his commitment to the club was such that when his successor resigned unexpectedly in 2015 he stepped into the breach without hesitation and held the coaching team together until the arrival of Ollie in 2016. Most recently he coached our very successful Masters section. Behind the scenes Alan was also responsible for the club’s website and our email service as well as being very active in the wider swimming communit.  It was his vision which led to the investments in competition equipment which made Hemel one of the best equipped pools in the county.

Many of us will have our own memories of when we have benefitted from his advice, experience and support. The Club owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Alan. He will be incredibly missed by all the committee members, coaches, swimmers, parents and everyone with whom he came into contact.

Our thoughts are very much with his wife, Caroline, and Kelsey and Kira.
 
Assistant Head Coach Vacancy
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:06
Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club has been within the swimming community for over a 100 years and are looking to strengthen their coaching team to support further membership growth and enhance swimmers to achieve even higher racing potential. The club currently has just over 250 members and growing, competing regularly across UK, aged from 6 to 70 years.




 
Medals Galore at Sprint meet
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 13:23
Saturday 30th September saw 9 swimmers go to Harlow for the Bishops Stortford Sprint meet bringing home 6 golds, 5 silvers and 8 bronze medals alongside lots of PBs bishops stortford sept 2017


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Hemel at Nationals
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:36
Congratulations to Alice Fender and Ashley Coombs who competed in their first English Nationals competition at Sheffield's Ponds Forge over the summer and to Joel Green who competed in the Welsh Nationals.  Alice reached the final of the 200 free, setting a new open club record and Joel set 4 new age group records in five swims. ashley coombs and alice fender at 2017 english champs 2 

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Hemel Masters carry the flag for GB at World Championships
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Friday, 25 August 2017 17:21
Hannah Bennett, Tony Gaines and Mike Foskett all succesfully represented the Club at the Masters World Championships in Budapest last week.  Mike won a silver and set two British records for his age group whilst both he and Hannah also set new Club records 2017-08-19 13.00.34 2 

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Gold for Mike in France
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:28
Congratulations to Masters swimmer Mike Foskett who won gold in his age group in the 100m backstroke at the French Open Masters Swimming Championship held in Vichy in France earlier in the month.  Mike also won bronze in the 50 free setting a new PB.
 
Luton Fast and Furious
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:20
Congratulations to Jack Christie who set a new Club open short course record in winning the 50 breaststroke with a time of 30.08 at Luton on Saturday.  He also won gold in the 50 free, pushing his personal best time to within 3 hundredths of a second of breaking the 24 second mark and registered improvements in all four of his other swims.  He was joined by Kyle Holmes who won silver in the 100 breast and set new PBs in each of his 50 free, back and breast.
 
East Region Open Water Championships
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:50
On Sunday 16th July 13 HHSC swimmers competed at the East Region Open Water Championships which doubled as the Hertfordshire County open water championships. The day saw some great racing, the lake was calm, the weather was generally fine except for some (heavy!) summer showers during the 5km race at the end of the day and no-one reported seeing any water snakes.
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Alice in Italy
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 10 July 2017 14:37
Congratulations to Alice Fender who was part of the team representing Great Britain at the 69th FISEC (International Sports Federation for Catholic Schools) in Italy competing against swimmers from Brazil, Netherlands, India and Palestine.  Alice won gold in the 200 free alongside bronzes in the individual 100 breast and 200 IM and silver as part of the medley relay team.  She set a new open Club record in the 200IM and an age group record in the 100 breast.
 
Club Champs 2017 - session 7
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Friday, 07 July 2017 09:06
43 swimmers participated in the final session of this year's Club Championships - the 800 and 1500 free.  Four club age group records were set by Rebecca Sewell, Heidi Gibbens, Matthew Rafiq-Craske and Kevin McKenna.  Three county qualifying times and 4 County Consideration times were achieved.  Because these events are not swum all that frequently there were lost of first time swims and big improvements, but there were also some notable races.  Most extraordinary was Dylan Kennel beating Matthew Rafiq-Craske by just two hundredths of a second after 60 lengths, although the third heat of the 800 was a close second with Millie Herbert edging out Heidi Gibbens by just over a second, who in turn was less than 2 seconds ahead of Lois Emery after 32 lengths.  Well done to everyone who entered.
 
Club Champs 2017 - sessions 5 and 6
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:04
Jack Christie set a new open club record in the 100 IM, just 75 tenths of a second off breaking the 1 minute barrier. Age group records were set by Mila Brooke (25 and 50 back and 25 fly), Rebecca Sewell (100 back), Jo Lee Pearce (100 fly), Joe Coldwell (100 IM), Sam Gaines (100 IM), Joel Green (50 fly) and Kevin McKenna (100 IM). Henry Newbury-Kemp won the boys Junior Skins and Sam Gaines won the senior event. There were also 22 County Championship qualifying times and 54 County consideration times.
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Changes to training over the summer
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Sunday, 02 July 2017 11:38
Summer Break
  • Aquabears through to Development and Masters finish Sunday 30th July
  • County & Regional Finish on Wednesday 2nd August
Return to training for 2017/18 season
  • County and Regional pre-season sessions; Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st August (evening only) and Saturday 2nd September.
  • All Squads training is back to normal on Monday 4th September (other than land training)
  • Land training to start from the following week, Monday 11th September.
 
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