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Only Gone and Done it Again ........ Top Club
Posted by lisa on 10 November
South Axholme Sharks have triumphed again and won Top Visiting Club at the Scunthorpe Anchor Remembrance Meet. All the swimmers contributed to the points tally with lots of medals in all grades. Well done to all the swimmers, it is a fantastic achievement to have two top club trophies in as many weeks.
Scunthorpe Anchor Remembrance Meet
Posted by lisa on 06 November
Can all swimmers attending the gala, make sure that they have a poolside top with them, on the day.

During both sessions there will be a pause in proceeding (at 11am and 2pm) to observe a two minutes silence.
Halloween Meet was a Howling Success
Posted by lisa on 06 November
Our 13th annual Halloween Meet Gala was a great success in many ways.

There are many people to thank: starting with the Officials who come back year on year to support our club; Cris Lewis the man in the the background, who manages the technical bits; Beverley Leisure who provide us with an excellent service; the Army of volunteers who help with the smooth running, before, during and after the Gala; and finally our swimmers who this year brought home the Top Club Trophy

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Last year, South Axholme narrowly missed out on bringing home the Top Club Trophy, with 48 swimmers over the course of the day, it looked like a possibility this year.

After the first event Scunthorpe Anchor took an early lead, over the next nine events the lead passed between Louth, Pocklington (last years winners), Scunthorpe Anchor and South Axholme Sharks. By the tenth event Pocklington and South Axholme were tying. At the end of the morning session South Axholme were ahead by 26 points.

South Axholme managed to hold the lead till the tenth event in the afternoon, when Pocklington managed to gain enough points to equalize. During the rest of the afternoon the lead bounced between the two clubs. South Axholme crept into the lead four events from the end of the day and held the lead to win by 8 points.

Congratulations to all swimmers involved, it was a great team effort. Along with all the medals, 26 Speeding Tickets were achieved.

Lizzie McCallum was awarded the top 13/14yrs Top girl award, Lizzie placed one first place, three second places and a third to top the table with 25 points.
Three Sharks at the Winter NERs
Posted by lisa on 03 November
Three swimmers from South Axholme Sharks gained qualifying times to swim at the North East Region Championships this weekend.

Thomas Crow (15yrs) qualified in three events: 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke. Lizzie McCallum (14yrs) qualified in two events: 50m Backstroke and 100m Individual Medley. Joanna McCallum (11yrs) made her debut at the Championships, with an impressive 4 events: 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley.

Well done swimmers to all three.
Emily Triumphs at the DMASA Individual Champs
Posted by lisa on 21 October
Emily Exton triumphed with 5 impressive swims to take Top 15 Year Old Girl at the recent DMASA Individual Champs.
Emily placed, first in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Individual Medley and the 100m Butterfly, 2nd in the 100m Breaststroke and 3rd in the 100m Backstroke, gaining two pbs against entry times along the way, to gain 27 points and secure top girl award.

Well Done Emily

The DMASA ( Doncaster Metropolitan Amateur Swimming Association) hold several Galas throughout the year at Adwick Leisure Centre, and swimmers are from the Doncaster Area.
Clocks go back on the 27th Oct 2019 at 2am
Posted by lisa on 21 October
All those attending the 2019, Halloween Meet, please remember that the clocks go back, so you get an extra hour in bed, before the busy day ahead at Beverley.
Swimmers should be on poolside approximately 10 minutes before warm up starts. Remember your poolside top.Fancy dress if you dare (no face paints).
Let's make this our best Gala yet!

Introduction to Open Water Swimming
Posted by Stuart on 15 October
Open water swimming is a truly different experience to the pool, and one all swimmers should try at least once!

Without the confines of lane ropes or walls, it’s liberating, adventurous and unique.

Open water also appeals to the adrenalin-seekers. Competitive races are often frenetic and fierce, with swimmers hustling and bustling for position.

Intrigued? Read on to find out more about open water swimming.
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So, what exactly is open water swimming?


A fair question! Technically speaking, open water swimming takes place anywhere that isn’t a swimming pool. This means no man-made sides and bottom, and no lane ropes or black lines to follow.

Open water venues include:
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Lochs
  • Seas
  • Reservoirs

Most people find the freedom and lack of chemicals so invigorating they can’t help coming out of the water feeling happy and relaxed.

However, you do have to consider there are plants, fish and other things living in the water which add to the fun!

You might also see open water swimming referred to as wild swimming or outdoor swimming.

The names are very interchangeable but to make things easy we stick to the term open water swimming.

Wild swimming also means swimming in groups or individually where there is no supervision.

This is a riskier choice for swimmers, and we recommend you never go open water swimming on your own.

The history of open water swimming


Swim England has a long association with open water swimming and has run a national open water championship for more than 100 years.

Competitive swimming at the Olympics traces its roots to competitions in the sea, lakes and rivers rather than pools, although modern open water swimming races tend to be held over longer distances than are swum in the pool.

The sport has increased in popularity since men’s and women’s 10km Marathon races were included in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.

English swimmers Keri-anne Payne and Cassandra Patten won silver and bronze respectively for Team GB in Beijing.

The 10km Marathon was one of the most popular events at the London 2012 Olympics, with hundreds turning out to support Payne in the open water swimming race held in the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

Can anyone do it?


Open water swimming is for everyone, both kids and parents, of all abilities and age groups as long as you have the ability and confidence to swim without being able to put your feet down.

Remember it’s very likely you’ll be out of your depth for some of the time (if not most of the time).

You can take it as seriously or as casually as you want to, from social swimming to elite level. All we ask is that you try and enjoy what you do.
Sisters sprint to Success
Posted by lisa on 07 October
Both Joanna McCallum 11yrs and Lizzie McCallum 14yrs took the Top Girl awards in their age group, at the recent September Sprints hosted by Doncaster Dartes.

JOANNA - accumulated 23 points, ( 1 x 1st place, 3 x 2nd places and 1 x 5th place). LIZZIE - accumulated 27 points, (4 x 1st places and 1 x 4th place).

Well done Girls. The Club gained 199 points overall, and placed 8th out of the 18 clubs attending.
Can you Help? The Halloween Meet is fast approaching.
Posted by lisa on 07 October
Thank you to all the swimmers who have entered, and all those parents and friends of the Club who have volunteered to help on the day. Lisa has a list of jobs for the day.

We still need Raffle Prizes, these can be handed into any member of the Committee.

Thank you for your continued support.
Gala Points Reward Update
Posted by lisa on 01 October
Two swimmers have reached Gala Points Rewards targets. Congratulations go to :
Niamh Noble reached her first Gala Points Reward and received her Sharks water bottle for 50 points after competing in 10 Galas. Emily Exton received her 750 Gala points reward. Emily has swam with Sharks for the last 7 years and competed for Sharks from the age of 9. Emily is a regular on poolside at Club Champs, Open Meets and Team Galas, often swimming the butterfly events. Emily has also represented Sharks at the Yorkshire Championships.
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