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Swim England Thank You
Posted by Sally on 01 March
Dear South Axholme Sharks Sc
Thank you for renewing your club’s members for their Swim England membership for 2021 and remaining a part of the Swim England family.
We know 2020 was a tough year for clubs across the country, which is why we’re so grateful to you for continuing to support our fabulous sports.
By renewing your club’s members, you are playing a big part in safeguarding the long term future of our sports.
We have really come together as one aquatics community over the past 12 months. We will continue to embody this spirit in our lobbying and campaigning to get your members, and all our clubs, back in the water as soon as it is safe to do so and for a return to the competitive action we crave.
Thank you again, here’s to a better 2021!
Swim England Chief Executive
The Government confirms roadmap for swimming pools reopening
Posted by lisa on 24 February
We can imagine many of you were frustrated by yesterday's Government announcement with over 18s facing a further wait before being allowed to train with their clubs. As such, we wanted to get in touch to let you know what we're doing on your behalf, and what it specifically means to you.
As Swim England Chief Executive Jane Nickerson said yesterday, "we shall be urging the Government to reconsider this restriction and allow adult organised activity to take place in the second wave when indoor pools reopen.”
We also wanted to let you know that Swim England’s Leadership Groups for each aquatic sport will now be looking closely at the pathway for returning to competition. We will release further details in due course.
Step 1 - From 8 March
School swimming as part of the national curriculum can resume.
From 29 March
Outdoor swimming pools and lidos plus open water venues will be allowed to open for both children and adults. Whilst clubs are allowed to return at this point in these outdoor pools and venues, we realise that only a handful will be able to access these pools.
Step 2 - From 12 April (At least five weeks after Step 1, no earlier than 12 April)
Indoor pools can reopen for individual use or within household groups as well. This will allow you to return to the water but not as part of your club.
Our sports can return in club sessions for under 18s at this step.
Step 3 - From 17 May (At least five weeks after Step 2, no earlier than 17 May)
Organised indoor adult sport will be allowed, meaning club activity for all over 18s, including group sessions, can recommence.
Returning to Training
Posted by Sally on 23 February
Following Boris's press conference yesterday things are looking up. The pool is planning on opening on the 12th April 2021. As a club we are waiting on guidance from Swim England with regards training. Emails will be sent out once things have been sorted to all those who have renewed their Swim England membership.
Our lobbying commitment to you over the next few weeks
Posted by lisa on 09 February
Over the coming weeks, there will be a lot of attention within the media, and no doubt your family and friendship groups, about how the country will begin to ease the national lockdown.
As a community, we accepted the need for pools to close at the start of January to play their part in the national lockdown, but they now need to be at the heart of the nation’s recovery.
As a Swim England member, volunteer, parent, coach, official and so many more roles that exist amongst our fabulous club community, we wanted to make it clear what Swim England's commitment is to you and what we are asking for on your behalf from the Government. With your continued membership in 2021, you are helping us to keep fighting for our pools and sports.
Our asks to the Government:
Reopen all pools across England as part of the first stages of easing the national lockdown
Swim England regulated activity is allowed to recommence across all age groups and in all tiers should this approach be adopted by the Government
Pools should be classed as ‘essential services’ due to the unique physical and mental benefits that being active in the water can bring.
Whether it's through the Swim England team's conversations with the Cabinet Office or the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, via current and former athletes supporting us on social media, or if I'm the face of our community on the TV or in the papers, we will be consistent in why we believe pools are safe and controlled environments.
Pools are also a place where millions of people who can’t exercise on land are able to be active. Continued closure of pools locks these people out from their only place to exercise.
My promise to you all is that the Swim England team won’t stop campaigning and lobbying until swimming pools are fully open and you can return to the water again.
Swim England Chief Executive
Annual General Meeting
Posted by lisa on 24 January
South Axholme Sharks Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom on Tuesday 19th January 2021.
Obviously there was not a lot to report back on for the previous year, but going forward the club is ready to take action once the green light is given.
Meet the committee for 2021 below.
Chairman's ReportMy report is obviously very brief this year, as we have had little activity since the last AGM. We did manage to enter four open meets, and six swimmers qualified and swam at the long course Yorkshire Championships.
And then it all stopped, with all swimming activities cancelled for five months.
We were fortunate is securing some training time at Crowle pool in September prior to Epworth pool reopening in October. We received positive feedback about Crowle, and some parents have made enquiries if we are able to make use of the facilities there in the future.
Unfortunately, we were only able to train at Epworth for three weeks before the second lockdown. We restarted again on the 2nd December, again for three weeks before the Christmas closure. As we know, there was only one training session before the current lockdown started. Hopefully, training will restart in the spring, possibly in “bubbles” as before.
My thanks must go to Stuart & Charlotte for their efforts in ensuring training can take place in a safe and secure environment, and to the committee members who have put the Covid-19 protocols in place, organised the swimmers into “bubbles”, and kept the parents informed.
It is difficult to put any timescales to the forthcoming year, but we should allow training when & wherever possible as before, and when we have a clearer idea of when competitive swimming can resume, we should develop a plan so the swimmers can build back up, and we can target meets appropriate to the stage we are at.
The new committee for 2021 :
Stewart Watson has stepped down from the Committee this year, and was thank for his many years of service.
At present there are four spaces for new members on the committee, in accordance with the constitution two members can be co-opted on to the committee during one year.
If you would like to know more about what the committee please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any member of the current committee.
2020 What a year...
Posted by lisa on 21 January
2020 started off on a high note with our annual presentation evening for 2019. Held at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe. As usual swimmers of all abilities were celebrated. There were the Club Champions, Individual Event winners as well as those who showed great attitude and dedication to the club.
This year Margaret and David Gray had a special mention, both have been involved with the Club from the very early years. Margaret stepped down from the Committee after many years of service, but continues to support swimmers during training sessions. Both David and Margaret have been swimmers and competed for Sharks along with their two sons Peter and Alistair. David gained his qualifications to the level of Referee and often supports the Club at Club Champs and The Halloween Meet.
Over 3 weekends in February the Yorkshire S.A Championships took place. These Championships are Long Course and South Axholme Sharks had 12 individual swimmers qualify to take part. Out of the 6 swimmers who attended the galas 9 personal best time were gained, and 3 club records were taken. Lizzie McCallum took the 14yrs 100m Backstroke and Tom Crow took the 16yrs 50m Freestyle and 16yrs 50m Backstroke.
Both Lizzie McCallumand Holly Hadfield reached Gala point rewards in February and March respectively.
Lizzie reached the top award of 750 and will receive her certificate and paperweight, Holly reached her 200 points and will also receive a certificate and a green swim hat.
March was mad with the start of the Open meet Galas.
The first one being Doncaster Dartes Mad March Sprints held at Adwick. 17 swimmers represented Sharks for the first short course meet of the year. 26 personal best times were achieved, Beau Dickerson managed to knock an impressive 30.23 seconds off his 50m Butterfly, and Leo Maloinge narrowly missed out by 1 point for 13/14yrs Top Boy award.
The following weekend was the opening gala for Long course - Stocksbridge Pentaqua held at Ponds Forge. 10 swimmers took part with a total of 21 PBS against entry times. Samuel Forster improved his 100m long Breaststroke by 20.94s, and his 100m Freestyle by 8.88s.
The third weekend in March, saw 2 galas, with some swimmers entering both.
Saturday was Team Jorvik Spring Festival Long Course Meet held at John Charles Sports Centre, Leeds. 5 swimmers spent the day, 17 races swam and 11 PB times, some improvements on the previous weekend swims. Lizzie gained another Club record – 14yrs 100m Butterfly Long Course.
Sunday and to Beverley for the Beverley Barracudas St Patricks Day Meet, 14 swimmers attended over the course of the day and another 29 personal best times achieved. Natalia Bradwell was the star of the day, as she gained the top girl award for 13yrs. Natalia managed 3 first places, 2 second places, 1 third place and 1 fifth place and took the award with a total of 34 points.
Then the announcement from the Government – YOU MUST STAY HOME.
All training had to stop, no more galas could go ahead. Life as we knew it ground to a halt.
Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, all swimming pools had to close until further notice……
Early April Girls Captain Annie Wilson organised the toilet roll challenge and the video was put together to help lift the spirit. Annie said
“I've been thinking of something we could do to show that we are busy during lockdown and, after seeing the Toilet Roll Challenge on face book and other social media sites, I thought it was perfect.”
Neve Wilkinson sent in a video of how she had been training using the family paddling pool and a resistance rope, it was great to see swimmers still enthusiastic about swimming during difficult times. Both could have been viewed on the website.
July the decision we hoped that we wouldn’t have to make, but we had to cancel our own Halloween Meet, but this proved to be the right decision as things were not improving and even if swimming pools did re-open then how could we run it! It would not be possible to run the gala, at the same level we have provided over the last few years.
August the news came that swimming pools could re-open, but with restrictions.
Sharks were able to secure some pool time at Crowle, as Epworth pool had decided to remain closed until September and postponed the start of training sessions for Sharks until October.
The difficult task of bubbling the swimmers and keeping everyone as safe as possible, was under taken and we were able to offer all swimmers who wanted to return to swim 1 session each week. The feedback we received back about Crowle was very positive and it is something that the committee will be looking into once training resumes to some kind of normal.
South Axholme Sharks returned home at the beginning of October, with the extra time available for training and even more swimmers wanting to return. It was great to see so many swimmers back in the pool, although swimmers could still only swim once a week, due to guidance from Swim England and the Government.
At the end of October the Club Captains, and four of the team Managers were able to attend a socially distance and Covid Secure Mental Health Awareness course. The aim of course was to raise awareness, and offer an introduction to mental health and issues around young people.
As a result of lockdown 2 being announced by the Government, and although schools were allowed to remain open, swimming pools yet again had to close temporarily, and training yet again stopped.
Fortunately sessions were able to recommence for 3 weeks before the pool closed for the Christmas shut down.
2020 came to a close, and the hope of the New Year ahead, the hope that things were going to get better, unfortunately lockdown 3 came just days into the New Year.
Once the pools are allowed to re-open South Axholme Sharks are keen to get the swimmers back into the water as soon as possible, although we envisage that similar restrictions will be in place as before.
But for now please
Presentation Evening Trophies
Posted by lisa on 20 January
As you are all aware we were unable to hold our annual presentation evening for the year of 2020, which was a great shame, as it is a great opportunity to celebrate all our swimmers.
At the presentation evening for 2019 if you or your child/ren were awarded a trophy/ies, they will need to be returned to the club, once we are able to return to training. (Sprint ladder awards do not need to be returned).
Likewise if you/your child has decided to no longer train/compete with South Axholme Sharks, any trophies held need to be returned upon resignation.
Return to swimming take 2 !!
Posted by Sally on 24 November
Sharks will return to the pool again on Wednesday 2nd December, all swimmers have received an email regarding their return. If you have not yet returned to training we have limited availability on a Monday evening, please get in touch.
Posted by Sally on 13 November
This years AGM will take place on Tuesday 19th January 2021. It will be a little different to normal as it will take place via Zoom. All parents are welcome, please email email@example.com for the link.
Please come along and find out what has been going on for the past year.
We will be electing a new committee and would like to hear from nominees (together with the names of your proposer and seconder).
If you have any suggestions for changes to the constitution these should also be received at least 21 days before the meeting.
Nominations and suggestions should be emailed to
the Secretary, Sally Wilson, by 1st January 2020 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by lisa on 02 November
After the government announcement earlier this week, that all Leisure facilities are to close until the 2nd Dec, we have no choice but to cancel all Sharks training sessions for the foreseeable future.
The decision has been taken, with the safety of all in mind, to stop training with immediate effect. Once we are given a date to recommence we will be in touch.
STAY HOME - PROTECT THE NHS - SAVE LIVES
Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times.
South Axholme Sharks Committee
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