Two Hemel Hempstead swimmers Charlie Rayner and Max Jelfs who are both aged 13 are to receive County honours having been selected to participate at the National Inter-County gala on the 19th October. The prestigious annual event is held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield where the National Championships are held each year in the summer. Each County selects its strongest squads for the 13,15 and 17 and under age groups based on the previous year.
On a busy weekend of racing for Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club, some members of the Masters Team made the journey to Newmarket for the 2014 East Region Championships to claim 7 gold medals and numerous PBs.
How can swimmers maximise their performance at galas? Following a request from parents, Head Coach Justin Langford offers the following advice: Eating and drinking
Do not eat or drink sweets, crisps, fizzy drinks or chocolate prior to or during a gala. They could give you a ‘sugar high’ but in the dip which inevitably follows, your performance will also dip. Justin is willing to confiscate snacks like these in order to help you achieve your best performance on the night! The best snacks to eat and drink are salted popcorn, a healthy lunch, isotonic sports drinks, water and breakfast bars.
Following an annual swim21 review over the summer, Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club has been swim21 accredited at Essential level for another year. Joan Keevill, Club Chair, led the review process on behalf of the club and would like to thank everyone who helped gather together all the necessary evidence to demonstrate the Club's compliance with this ASA kitemark accreditation.
On the 13th September one of our Masters Keith Mulholland undertook a long distance swim in the River Arun from Littlehampton to Pullborough which is a an amazing distance of 34Km, we believe that this is the first time this swim has been undertaken. To put it into context 34Km would be 1360 lengths of the 25m pool at Hemel Hempstead. Well done Keith on a great achievement.
The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 14th July 2014 in the Meeting Room at Sportspace. The meeting was well attended this year compared to last year, with 39 present, though this is still a small proportion of our overall membership. The minutes plus reports from the Chair and Head Coach, Alan Doyle, are available to download here. The Treasurer's report is confidential so will not be published on the website but copies can be obtained by contacting the Treasurer, Andy Hingston, directly (email