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Interested in Becoming a Competitive Swimmer?
Posted by lisa on 24 January
Although Sharks is an inclusive club, it is predominantly a competitive swimming club, and all members are encouraged to participate in some of the galas the club attends.

But which competitions are for you?

This article will help you with what you need to know, including a full explanation of the three types of competition the club participates in.
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Competing with Sharks

There are three main types of Galas that South Axholme Sharks attend: Club Champs/May Sprints, Open Meets and Team Galas. You will hear competitions referred to as both 'galas' and 'meets'. They mean the same thing.

Club Champs

Who decides who goes? – The swimmer.

Who decides what events and how many to swim? – The swimmer, although some of the longer distances are at the Head Coaches discretion. Your Coach will help you decide if you are unsure. Events vary at each Gala.

Is there a cost? – Yes £2.50 per event entered.

Where and when are the Club Champs held? – This year these events will take place at Gainsborough Leisure Centre. DN21 1EP.
  • Club Champs 1 – 25th April
  • Club Champs 2 – 13th June
  • Club Champs 3 – 14th November
  • Club Champs 4 – 21st November
  • All the above have a 6:00pm warm-up

Who will I swim against? – Boys and girls have separate events, but you will swim against other swimmers of similar times, if you haven’t swam before you will be entered in the event as no time.

How do I know which age group I am in? – Medals are awarded to the top three boys and girls in the following age groups: 8yrs and under, 9yrs, 10-11yrs, 12-13yrs, 14-15yrs 16-20yr and 21yrs and over, in all events. A swimmers age is as on the day of the event.

Can I earn points from swimming? – Yes - each time you swim at a Gala you earn 5 points on the Gala Points reward system. You can also add to your Sprint Ladder total each time you gain a personal best time in an event.

Where do I find out about the Galas? – Entry forms are emailed out to all members, and information can be found on the noticeboard. Please note that there is a closing date for entries and late entries cannot accepted. It is the swimmer/parents responsibility to enter and forms along with payment can be posted in the Sharks post box at the pool, or handed to a member of the Committee.

May Sprints

Who decides who goes? – The swimmer.

Who decides what events and how many to swim? – The swimmer. Distance swam are 20m, 40m, and 60m in all four strokes with an 80m Individual Medley.

Is there a cost? – Yes £2.50 per Gala.

Where and when are the Club Champs held? – This year these events will take place at Epworth Swimming Pool.
  • May Sprints 1 Gala – 2nd May
  • May Sprint 2 Gala – 16th May
  • Warm up for both starts at 2:00pm

Who will I swim against? – Boys and girls have separate events, but you will swim against other swimmers of similar times, if you haven’t swam before you will be entered in the event as no time.

How do I know which age group I am in? – Age on day of the event. Medals are awarded to all swimmers for participation.

All other information is the same as for Club Champs.

Open Meets – including Sharks Halloween Meet

Who decides who goes? – The swimmer. Most Galas that Sharks enter have cut –Off times and swimmers must not have swam faster than the upper times. Entry times decide on the grade swimmers are entered in. Higher level meets have entry times, swimmers must have swam faster than these times to qualify for these Galas.

Who decides what events and how many to swim? – The swimmer, at some Galas depending on your age group will be either morning session, or afternoon session, some Galas are all day. It is the swimmers decision on which events to swim.
Is there a cost? – Yes per event entered.

Where and when are the Open Meets held? – Dates for Open Meets vary during the year. A list can be found on the website, further dates can be added during the year. The main venues for Galas Sharks enter are:
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield
  • John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds
  • East Riding Leisure Centre, Beverley
  • Adwick Leisure Centre, Doncaster

Who will I swim against? – Boys and girls have separate events, but you will swim against other swimmers of similar times and age, if you haven’t swam before you will be entered in the event as no time. Depending on the Gala Meet Conditions and your personal best time will depend on which Grade you swim in. Some Galas, though, are graded on the day - how you swim on the day decides which grade you are placed in the results.

How do I know which age group I am in? – Most galas are age on the day of the gala, but some usually the DMASA galas, and the higher level meets such as the Yorkshire Championships are age as of the 31st December.

Can I earn points from swimming? – Yes – the same rules apply as Club Champs. You can also gain points that accumulate to make a team score, and can result in being part of the top team at the Gala.
Often at Open Meets there are Top boy/ Girl awards this is an accumulation of points for all events swam, the swimmer with the most points within an age group could be awarded a trophy. The medals awarded vary from meet to meet.

Where do I find out open meets? – Meet pack are available near the noticeboard, all the information for the individual meets is available, please be aware that there is a closing date and some meets fill up really quickly. It is the swimmers/ parents responsibility to submit entry forms in plenty of time.

If you require any assistance please ask a member of the Committee or Coaching Team.

Team Galas

Who decides who goes? – Coach

Who decides what events and how many to swim? – Coach

Is there a cost? – No

Who will I swim against? - Usually swimmers in your age group. Sometimes you may be asked to swim up an age group to give the team the chance of a better overall score.

How do I know which age group I am in? – Your Coach will tell you.

Can I earn points from swimming? – Yes - each time you swim at a Gala you earn 5 points on the Gala Points reward system. You can also add to your Sprint Ladder total each time you gain a personal best time in an individual events. Relay teams do not count as personal best times.
Points for the team may be gained for each event swam.

Where do I find out about these Galas? - On the noticeboard. Either the Coach will ask for volunteers available on the day of the gala, or a team sheet will be provided and swimmers are to confirm their availability.

For Club Champs, May Sprints and Team Galas you need Swim England Category 1 Membership. For Open Meets you need Swim England Category 2 membership, which if you need to update needs to be paid before you swim at the gala.

Presentation Evening for 2019
Posted by lisa on 20 January
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual presentation evening, it was a great evening celebrating all our swimmers and their achievements over the past year.

Anyone who could not join us and has an award these will be handed out over the next few weeks at the pool.

All Halloween meet plaques, sprint ladder blocks, club champion medals and NER salvers are yours to keep.

The age group championship trophies and blocks, are yours to hold for the year and should be returned by the second week in December, or if you stop swimming with the club as part of your resignation. The Special awards are also held for a year, and the same applies to those. Anyone who received one of these awards on Saturday, could you please bring them in this week so we can have them engraved with your details on. The sooner we have them all, the sooner we can return them to you.

Once again, thank you for your continued support.

South Axholme Sharks Committee

ASA Fees
Posted by lisa on 20 January
A reminder: if you have not already paid your ASA fees, they are due as soon as possible after the end of January. Details can be found on the website, posted 28th November.

Anyone not having paid fees by the end January will not be able to swim for insurance purposes. If you then wish to continue swimming, you will have to pay a re-joining fee as well as the annual fees.

Swim England fees need to be paid at the pool reception.

If you are no longer planning on swimming at Sharks, could you please email us to notify us of your resignation so we can remove swimmers details.
So Another Year Over and a A New One Just Begun . . .
Posted by lisa on 11 January
What did South Axholme Sharks achieve in 2019?

Sharks had 3 swimmers qualify for the NERS in 9 events. We were TOP CLUB at our own Halloween Meet and then again two weeks later TOP VISITING CLUB at Scunthorpe Anchors Remembrance Day Gala.

Three swimmers (Thomas Crow, Joanna McCallum and Lizzie McCallum) competed at the North East Region Championships.

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We competed in 19 Open Meets (a mixture of long and short course):
  • 5 Yorkshire Weekends
  • 4 Club Championships
  • 3 Fun Nights
  • 2 May Sprint Galas
  • 1 Masters Gala
  • 1 Team Friendly

Fourteen swimmers qualified for the Yorkshire Championship over the Year:
Kristopher Asher
Harry Buttrick
Daniel Carter
Thomas Crow
Samuel Forter
Christopher Grayson
Jessica Hather
Joanna McCallum
Lizzie McCallum
Alfie Nixon
McKenna Wilkinson
Neve Wilkinson
Annie Wilson
Charlotte Wilson

Forty Nine swimmers represented Sharks at our Halloween Meet to bring home the TOP CLUB trophy, something we have been close to for the last few years, and this year it was achieved.
Nadine Addlesee
Rohan Addlesee
Isla Asher
Kristopher Asher
Hannah Barker
Caitlin Bradwell
Natalia Bradwell
Harry Buttrick
Bethan Carlile
Daniel Carter
Ellie Carter
Louis Craighill
Oliver Craighill
Oliver Crow
Thomas Crow
William Dallinson
Beau Dickerson
Georgia Drury
Bobby Evans
Emily Exton
Sam Forster
Harry Garbutt
Christopher Grayson
Holly Hadfield
Jessica Hather
Emma Heywood
Emma Hughes
Beth Lewis
Poppy Livingstone
Elodie Maloigne
Leo Maloigne
Joanna McCallum
Lizzie McCallum
Daniella Milner
Alfie Nixon
Niamh Noble
Eva Phillipson
Lucy Porter
Grace Rowing
William Smith
Eva Temperton-Croft
Molly Warr
Amelia Wilkinson
Mckenna Wilkinson
Neve Wilkinson
Annie Wilson
Charlotte Wilson
Isabel Winsborough

May Sprint Galas were again a success, allowing swimmers an insight into competitive swimming. Over the two Galas 27 Club Records were broken. Some had stood since 2001. The distances the events are swam over were 20m, 40m, 60m in all four strokes and an 80m Individual Medley.

51 Club Records fell during 2019 - an amazing achievement for all those who were able to take a record and be part of the Club's history.

1458 Personal Best Times were swam by South Axholme Shark Members, which lead to 27 swimmers achieving Gala Points rewards:
50 PointsBeau Dickerson, Holly Carlile, Samuel Bond, William Smith, Niamh Noble, Eva Temperton-Croft, Isla Asher, William Dallinson
100 PointsGeorgia Drury, Neve Wilkinson, Matthew Bond, Beau Dickerson
200 PointsCaitlin Weir, Eva Phillipson, Nadine Addlesee
300 PointsJoanna McCallum, Daniella Milner, Elodie Maloigne and Amelia Wilkinson
400 PointsKristopher Asher, Leo Maloigne, Alfie Nixon, Natalia Bradwell, Hannah Barker, Joanna McCallum
500 PointsCaitlin Bradwell
750 PointsEmily Exton

The three fun nights were well supported with the games again put together by Pete Smith and his marvelous imagination, along with Pete’s Helpers Richard and Dan. The nights proved to be a success in bringing the squad members together.

So, onto 2020 and what will it bring for South Axholme Sharks. Could you be part of the success for this year? Watch this space for all achievements as they happen.
AGM Notice
Posted by lisa on 06 December
Tuesday, 21st JANUARY 2020 at 7pm, upstairs at the Red Lion, Epworth

Please come along and find out whats been happening at Sharks over the past year. We will be electing a new committee and would like to hear from nominees (together with proposer and seconder). Without the committee's dedication and support the club would not be able to do what it does. Fresh faces bring new ideas.

If you have any suggestions for changes to the constitution, these should be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the meeting.

Nominations and suggestions should be emailed (or in writing) to the Club Secretary by January 1st 2020.

Two Top Boy Awards at Swim-along-a-Santa
Posted by lisa on 06 December
The recent change to Club Champs 3 meant that some swimmers were back in action the following day. A team of 18 traveled to John Charles Center at Leeds to take part in the Doncaster Dates Swim A Long Santa Meet.

Alfie Nixon secured the 12yrs Top Boy Trophy, with an impressive 2 first places, 2 second places, a third ,fourth and a fifth place, as well as a speeding ticket. Thomas Crow also took top boy award in the 15yrs and over age group. Thomas placed first three times, second once, third three times and fourth and fifth once. At lunch the there was one point separating Thomas and Kristopher Asher. The afternoon proved to be a great competition between the two swimmers.

Out of all swimmers 7 were placed in the top 3 within their age group.
Young Leaders Development Days 2020
Posted by lisa on 28 November
Young Leader Development Days have been scheduled to take place in 2020 for Young Volunteers from the Swim England North East Region Clubs to gain aquatics volunteering skills and some practical experience of working at aquatics events.

The opportunities are available are for young adults aged from 14 and 17 years who are part of an aquatics club. The days will provide the young leaders with an opportunity to develop their skills, broaden their knowledge, enhance their CV and get involved in the wider aquatic community.

The development days will take place on:

Saturday 14th March 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm at John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, LS11 5DJ.

Sunday 15th March 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm at Beverley Leisure Centre, Beverley HU17 0LT.

(Note: Each development day will cover the same content. Candidates are required to attend just one of the two days).
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If it is something that your child would be interested in please let a member of the Committee know, as South Axholme Sharks are willing to pay the course fees for any of our swimmers attending.

Both development days will include the following workshops:

Event Volunteering

This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider what goes into delivering an aquatics event, the various different roles involved and the different skills required to ensure that an event runs effectively and efficiently.

Swimming Officiating

This workshop will cover an introduction into the world of the swimming officiating. The training opportunity will include British Swimming Timekeeper and Judge 1 training.

Timekeeper training will cover the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper. Judge 1 training encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

Candidates will undertake some classroom based theory instruction, then gain practical experience of working on the poolside at a competition at the venue in the afternoon.

Young Leaders who attend the days will be provided with the appropriate resources to support them with event officiating volunteering.

A £5 contribution will be requested from each volunteer to assist in delivering the day. Candidates will be asked to pay this contribution once their place on the day has been confirmed.

Candidates attending the day will be given the opportunity later in the year to volunteer at other events across the region such as the Regional Competitions and National Competitions organised by Swim England.

Places on each of the development days are limited. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Applications should be made online at: Young Leader Development Day Application Form 2020. Apply early to avoid disappointment!

If you require any additional information, please contact David Parry, Regional Development Officer,, Tel; 07949251482.

David Parry

Regional Development Officer

T 01325 481260
M 07949 251482


ASA and Training Fees 2020
Posted by lisa on 28 November
Annual ASA Membership. There are 3 categories with different payment for each – DUE 1st JANUARY 2020
CAT 1 – Non competing members.
CAT 2 – Swimmers who compete in any league gala or open meet – excluding Club Championships.
CAT 3 – Non swimming member – i.e. Adult Helpers, Judges, Timekeepers, Parents etc.
If you join as a CAT 1 and then intend to swim in a licensed gala you will need to complete a CAT 2 form and pay the additional fees before competing.
No increase in Squad fees for 2020.
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Reef squad x 1 swim per week £12.00 per month
Reef squad x 2+ swims per week £24.00 per month
Mako Squad x 1 swim per week £13.00 per month
Mako Squad x 2+ swims per week £26.00 per month
Great White / Masters squad x 1 swim per week £14.00 per month
Great White / Masters squad x 2+ swims per week £28.00 per month
Please ensure the correct payment is being made and that it is referenced to the swimmer.
If you need a Standing order form please ask at reception.
If you are not sure which category you should be in please speak to the Head Coach.

Many thanks

Mr R I Jenkins
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.
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.
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