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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.
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.
Last Few Days - Swim Shop Closing Soon...
Posted by lisa on 01 October
The swim shop will close for this year on 6th October.

When the swim shop opens again in 2020 the jogging bottoms will only be available at full price. Merchandise will be delivered to the club in time for Christmas.
14 Sharks qualify for the Yorkshires
Posted by lisa on 16 September
Congratulations to the 14 swimmers who have qualified for this years Winter Yorkshire Competition, many qualifying for multiple events.
The Winter Yorkshires are swam over 2 weekends, depending on age.
Gala 1 is for the lower age groups (9-12 yrs), and will take place on: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2019.
John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds.
Gala 2 is for the upper age group (13+ yrs) and will take place on:
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2019.
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield

Our qualifiers are:

Kristopher Asher50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke.
Daniel Carter50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke
Thomas Crow50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley
Samuel Forster50m Breaststroke
ChristopherGrayson: 50m Breaststroke
Alfie Nixon50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke
Jack Warr50m Backstroke
Jessica Hather50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly
Lizzie McCallum50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly
Joanna McCallum50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke
McKenna Wilkinson50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke
Neve Wilkinson50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley
Annie Wilson50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke
Charlotte Wilson50m Backstroke, 50m Breast

Posted by lisa on 13 September
South Axholme Sharks merchandise is now available.

The shop will close on the 6th of October, and delivery is due approximately 7 weeks after the closing date. (in time for Christmas).

To order you need to follow the link below, register and the rest is straight forward.

As an introductory, one off offer we would like to offer every swim member the new tracksuit bottoms at a reduced price of £10. After they will only be available at full price.
None of the kit is compulsory, but we do ask that any items bought are initialed.
Sample sizes of the tracksuit bottoms are available - please speak to a Committee Member.
Summer Training - Squad Specific Sundays
Posted by Stuart on 31 July
During the summer we are proposing to hold 3 Sunday morning sessions tailored towards working on specifics ready for the start of the season in September. The sessions will run from 07:00 - 09:00 prompt.
  • Sunday 11th August - Reef Squad
  • Sunday 18th August - Mako Squad
  • Sunday 1st September - Great White Squad

It will still be possible for other members to come and swim during this time but it will be in a single lane
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