The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Special Olympics East Herts (SOEH) has today (02/06/2017) been honoured by the announcement that it has been selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. Hoddesdon Swimming Club (est.1895) is proud to be one of the first clubs to start a section for Special Olympics East Herts members.
The award is given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
SOEH provide all year round training or activities for its members who have an intellectual disability. Alongside the training the charity branch offers opportunities for its members to take part in competitions and events which can be local, regional, national and even international. SOEH is an accredited branch of Special Olympics GB (SOGB) within Eastern Region. Hoddesdon SC work with SOEH to host two swimming competitions a year (April and November) where 130 athletes travel from across the UK to come and compete against each other.
With nearly twenty sports and social clubs in the local community the branch is ever growing with a new Fitness and Wellbeing club launched in 2016 and a new Gymnastics club in Bishop’s Stortford on the horizon.
Neil Ward (Founder) and Janet Warrington (Disability Sports Development Officer) were invited to Buckingham Palace to join The Queen for the first Royal Garden Party held on Tuesday 16th May.
Neil Ward, said “we are so proud that SOEH has been selected to receive the Queen’s Award for Volunteer Service 2017. We are planning to share this fantastic news with all of our volunteers, with whom this would not be possible at our at our annual presentation evening on Friday 8th September at Wodson Park.”
Posted on 2nd June
British Para Swimming International Meet
Para swimmer Grace Harvey has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Para Swimming World Series at the Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften (IDM) Berlin 6th July to 9th July 2017.
Grace who is a pupil at Presdales School in Ware and a member of the Hoddesdon Swimming Club travelled to the International Pool Ponds Forge in Sheffield 27th – 30th April 2017 to participate in the British Para Swimming International Meet as part of her race preparation for the IDM Berlin Open.
Swimming against some of the best Para swimmers in the world Harvey, who qualified for seven events: 100m Freestyle; 100m Breaststroke; 50m Freestyle; 200m Individual Medley; 100m Backstroke; 50m Butterfly and the 400m Freestyle, swam her best result in the 400m Freestyle event where she finished 7th place in the World Final which was a Multi Classification event. She recorded a time of 5:44.67 scoring 679 points.
Grace’s split in the 100m backstroke was actually a new British Record for the 50m Backstroke (S7) when she swam a split of 45.20 seconds. The race was in fact her highest scoring where she scored 704 points and clocked a time of 1:31.66 in the final World Final, where she finished in 11th place.
Overall Grace reached five World Finals: 400m Freestyle 7th; 50m Butterfly 10th; 100m Backstroke 11th; 100m Freestyle 100m and 100 Breaststroke 20th. She received two medals in GB finals: Silver in the 200m Individual Medley overall 20th in the world and a Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle 21st in the World. Grace is now working hard in the pool preparing to travel to Berlin, alongside finishing off her exams at school.
Disability Head Coach Janet Warrington said “It is a privilege to coach Grace. She has had to work very hard to get where she is and I am so pleased she has been selected to in Berlin. When she returns to the UK after Berlin she then has to get race ready for the British Summer Championships in Sheffield (25-30th July 2017).”
Posted on 2nd June
Cheshunt 50th Anniversary Open Meet
Saturday 20th May 2017
27 swimmers from Hoddesdon, most of them aged 11 and under, attended this Open Meet at Harlow Leisurezone for an afternoon and evening of fast swimming. Of the 97 swims by our club 67 of them were personal best times (PB’s) and there were 7 first, 7 second 3 third and 7 fourth places.
Age for this Open Meet was “Age on Day” which meant that swimmers were often in different age bands from normal.
Representing the 9 year old age group were Millicent Walker, Oliver Tom, Christopher Mulangala and Sammy Keens. Millicent competed in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle, recording PB times in both, her highest finishing position being 15th in the 50 Backstroke (53.12). Oliver competed in a range of events, 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle where he finished 5th with a time of 1.40.74. All his swims were personal best times. Christopher swam the 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke, recording PB times in both events, and finishing 19th in the 50 Backstroke (57.38). Sammy swam well to achieve PB’s in his three races - 50 free, 50 back and 50 Breast, where he came 11th (68.84). Well done to all of these swimmers who show great potential for the future.
10 year old swimmers taking part in this event were Cristiano Barone, Molly Hagan, Daniel Kanu, Daniel Ryan, Kitan Shekoni, Hayden Thornhill and Diara Zequiri. Cristiano recorded a 6 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (43.42) and an 8 second PB in the 50 Backstroke (50.19) to finish 13th in his age group. Molly
achieved a 4 second PB in the 100 IM (1.37.32), finished 3rd to pick up a Bronze trophy in the 100 Backstroke (1.32.34)and with another 4 second PB, also claimed a Silver medal in the 50 Breaststroke (45.58). Daniel Kanu competed in the 50 Freestyle (54.72), 50 Backstroke (53.87) and had his best result in the 100 Breaststroke (1.55.91) where he finished 11th. Daniel Ryan achieved a 4 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (42.02) and also swam in the 50 Backstroke (53.00), 100IM(1.51.72) where he finished 11th and 50 Breaststroke (55.55).
Kitan swam a 4 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (53.09) and also swam in the 50 Backstroke (61.95). Hayden swam a massive PB in the 50 Freestyle (40.79) to finish 19th. He also swam in the 100IM and 50 Backstroke, and in the 100 Backstroke swam a PB time to finish 9th in his age group. Diara swam in the 50 freestyle (44.69) and 100 Breaststroke (2.04.59) where she finished 16th. These swimmers are all improving rapidly, and it is clear they have been working hard in their training sessions.
11 year old competitors were Alessia Fiorentini, Ishara Hettiarachchi, Isabel Hinks, Lucy Keens, Holly Morgan, Bella Parkus and Izzy Short. Alessia swam a 2 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (37.36) to finish 16th and also swam a PB in the 50 Backstroke (43.81) to finish 12th Ishara swam a PB in the 50 Freestyle (37.41) to finish 17th and achieved a 2 second PB in the 50 Backstroke (44.75) to finish 13th. She also swam in the 50 Breaststroke but recorded her best time in the 100 Freestyle where she swam a 4 second PB to finish 11th. Isabel Hinks achieved a 2 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (36.16) finishing 11th, a 2 second PB in the 50 Backstroke (41.18) to finish 7th, a 5 second PB in the 50 Breaststroke (51.53) and a 5 second PB in the 100 Freestyle to finish 6th in her age group.
Lucy Keens competed in the 50 freestyle and 50 Backstroke, but had her best swims in the 100 Backstroke (1.40.83) where she finished 9th and the 100 Freestyle (1.32.66) where she finished 14th. Holly swam a PB time in the 100 Butterfly (1.21.41) to pick up a Silver Trophy. She also came 4th in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle, claiming a further Silver Trophy in the 50 Butterfly (35.26). She also came 5th in the 100 Backstroke. Bella achieved a 4 second PB in the 50 Butterfly (36.61) to finish 5th, swam a small PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.21.93) to finish 4th and swam an enormous 6 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.11.28) to claim a Bronze Trophy.
Izzy swam a 2 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke (1.40.96) to finish 11th and a small PB in the 50 Backstroke (42.03) to finish 10th. She also swam in the 50 Breaststroke (48.66), but her best results of the day were in the 50 Butterfly (43.40) where she finished 8th and the 100 IM(1.28.82) where she swam a 10 second PB to finish 7th. All these swimmers are working hard in training and it is very satisfying to see them achieving so many personal best times.
Abi Larkman was the only 12 year old swimmer from Hoddesdon at this meet, but she had a good afternoon of swimming, claiming a Silver Trophy in the 50 Freestyle (30.85). She swam a 4 second PB in the 50 Backstroke (36.08) to claim a further Silver and topped this off with a Gold Trophy in the 100 Breaststroke (1.27.97). Her successful session was completed when she won a spot prize for winning her heat!
Mollie Downes, Lara Fahy, Sophia Fiorentini, Lucy Hinks, Daniel Nouroozpour, and Catherine Ryan were all representing Hoddesdon in the 13 years category. Mollie achieved a good PB in the 50 Freestyle (32.75) and finished 4th in the 50 Butterfly (35.22), but swam an excellent 100 IM (1.22.73) to take 10 seconds off her entry time and finish 7th. Lara Fahy swam in the 100 breaststroke (1.50.35), 50 Backstroke (42.85), 100 IM (1.31.23), but her best result was in the 100 Butterfly (1.35.39) where she came 4th with a 12 second PB time.
Sophia was very consistent, swimming 2 second PB’s in every race she entered; 50 Freestyle (35.81), 100 Breaststroke (1.42.25) where she finished 8th, 50 Breaststroke (46.87) 9th and 100 Freestyle (1.20.99). Lucy showed a welcome return to form, finishing 6th in the 50 Freestyle (31.59), 50 Backstroke (35.08) claiming the silver Trophy for this swim, a small PB in the 50 Butterfly (35.26) and a PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.09.20) to finish 4th. Daniel swam PB’s in both of his races, the 100 backstroke (1.36.60) was a 6 second PB and 100 Freestyle (1.28.27) was an eight second PB. He finished 6th in the Backstroke and 10th in the Freestyle.
Catherine achieved a PB in the 50 Freestyle (30.12) for which she was awarded a silver Trophy in her age group, but because she was ranked 5th = overall she was given the opportunity to swim in the exciting Skins competition at the end of the afternoon session, where she finished 7th, and picked up a £10 prize. She also finished 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.35.51), 4th in the 50 Backstroke (35.91), 6th in the 100 IM (1,20.04), 6th in the 50 Butterfly (35.64), 5th in the 50 Breaststroke (42.40) and 6th in the 100 Freestyle with a good 2 second PB of 1.10.50. All these swimmers should be pleased with their performances, as most swims showed increased levels of skill, and that their process goals are being met.
Dominic McCarthy and Dougie Grayling, both 14 and represented the senior end of the Club. Dougie swam some great PB times, finishing 5th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.34.31)and 50 Breaststroke (42.63), 7th in the 100 IM (1.31.72) and in the 50 Freestyle (34.54). Dominic swam a 6 second PB in the 100 Butterfly (1.06.62), a PB in the 100 Breaststroke (1.14.70) and 50 Breaststroke (34.78), a five second PB in the 100 IM (1.08.67) and 50 Butterfly (30.58). Dominic ‘s clean sweep of Gold Trophy swims was completed with the 50 Freestyle (27.84) which also qualified Dominic for the skins competition. He went in 7th and came out 5th and £20 better off.
There was a great atmosphere at this meet and I would like to thank all those parents who helped our partners at Cheshunt SC whether it was by officiating or helping with medals or assisting with the results. I would also like to thank the swimmers whose behaviour was exemplary and who made Andrew and I very proud of our Club.
Posted on 26th May
Team Luton May Long Course Meet
Level 1 (National Qualifier)
13th and 14th May 2017
Eight swimmers travelled from Hoddesdon SC to take part in this meet. As a National qualifier, the standard was very high and the meet had attracted swimmers from central and southern England, all looking to post good times within the National qualifying window.
Holly Morgan (11) swam a long course (LC) personal best (PB) in the 100 Backstroke (1.25.96) to finish 2nd in her age group. She also claimed Silver in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 31.98, a LC and SC (Short course) PB. Holly also finished 6th in the 50 Fly (37.15), a LCPB, and 9th in the 100 Free (1.17.96), again a LCPB.
Bella Parkus (12) competed in the 200 and 50 Freestyle events, finishing 6th in the 200 Free (2.36.83) a LCPB, and 9th in the 50 Free (34.12) again a LCPB by two
Izzy Short (12) finished 11th in the 50 Breaststroke (46.71)which was both a Sc and LC personal best time.
Catherine Ryan (13) competed in a range of events over the weekend, achieving pb times in almost every one. Her highest placings were 6th in the 50 Backstroke (36.86), ), 9th in the 50 Fly (35.48), ) and 7th in the 50 Free (30.26), She also came 12th in the 200 IM (2.55.72) again a PB, 10th in the 100 Backstroke (1.22.53) 13th in the 200 Freestyle (2.35.46) and 14th in the the 50 Breaststroke (43.52).
Alex Tate (14) competed in the 100 Breaststroke (1.33.27) and 50 Backstroke (37.98) where he finished 9th in his age group.
Libby Dunford (14) who was recovering from illness still managed to pick up a Bronze medal in the 50 Butterfly (30.81) and finished 7th in the 100 Backstroke (1.14.44).
Lily Merrett (14) competed in many events across the weekend, claiming Gold in the 100 Backstroke (1.11.48), Gold in the 50 Butterfly (29.95), Gold in the 50 Backstroke (32.83), Gold in the 400 Freestyle (4.40.37) Silver in the 200 Butterfly (2.32.73) and 4th in the 200 Freestyle (2.17.50). All were Long course Pb’s.
Dominic McCarthy (15) competed in multiple events over the weekend, and performed well against very tough opposition. He achieved Pb’s in the 100 Breaststroke (1.16.84) where he finished 11th, 200 IM (2.31.35) 10th and 100 Freestyle (1.01.37) 15th. His highest placing was in the 200 Breaststroke (2.47.35) where he finished 4th. He also competed in the 50 Backstroke (33.8) where he finished 13th, 50 Free (29.07) 20th, 50 Breast (35.55) 13th, and 50 Butterfly (30.77) also 13th.
Well done to all the swimmers who participated in this meet. It is very exciting to watch the progress being made by the swimmers, and with continued hard work and attention to detail I am certain they will continue to improve and achieve success.
Posted on 19th May
Newmarket and District Swimming Club Open Meet
8th and 9th April 2017
A small group of 7 swimmers attended this meet held in Newmarket in Suffolk. It gave all the swimmers an opportunity to swim against different opposition from that usually encountered in Hertfordshire, and, despite the large number of swimmers who attended, the Meet was very well run and ran smoothly throughout the weekend.
Daniel Ryan (11) finished 9th in the 50 Breaststroke with a personal best (PB) time of 53.13
Holly Morgan (11) collected a Silver medal for the 50 Freestyle, swum in a personal best time of 32.52. She also claimed Bronze medals for her swims in the 100 Butterfly (1.28.70) and 50 Butterfly (36.49). She finished 4th in the 50 Backstroke with a time of 37.70, PB and 4th 100 IM (1.22.64) and was 5th in the 100 Freestyle (1.14.14).
Molly Cobbold (11) had a great weekend, claiming 3 Gold medals and two Silvers from 5 swims. She finished 1st in the 50 Backstroke (35.54) a personal best time, 1st in the 100 Butterfly (1.19.40) PB, 1st 200 Backstroke (2.48.37) 2nd 50 Butterfly (35.25), 2nd 100 IM (1.22.33), small PB time.
Catherine Ryan (13) had her best result in the 100 IM (1.20.40) , a 3 second PB time, where she finished 3rd to claim a Bronze medal. She also finished 6th in the 50 Backstroke (36.59), 10th 50 Butterfly (36.14), 10th in the 50 Breaststroke (44.05), 14th in the 200 IM (2.58.61) and 17th in the 100 Breaststroke in a personal best time of 1.39.33.
Dougie Grayling (14) finished 7th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.39.74) and 9th in the 50 Breaststroke (42.28). Both were Personal Best times.
Mollie Downes (14) achieved a personal best time in the 200 Butterfly (3.00.38) to claim a Silver medal. She was also 10th in the 50 Butterfly (35.94), a PB and 22nd 100 Freestyle (1.12.81)
Abi Larkman (13) claimed a Bronze medal for her swim in the 100 freestyle (1.06.93), where she swam a 2 second PB time. She was 6th 50 Freestyle 30.96, also a PB time.
Mary Wright said “ Well done to all our swimmers who attended this meet. There were some great swims and great PB’s. This was a very well run, friendly meet and I thoroughly recommend it to our swimmers for next year “
Posted on 19th May
City of St Albans Spring Open Meet
19 swimmers made the journey to St Albans on Sunday 26th March, to participate in the Costa Open Meet, held at Westminster Lodge pool. This showed much commitment from our swimmers and parents as this was Mothering Sunday, or Mothers’ Day, traditionally a day for families to get together. Those who made the journey to St Albans had a great day of swimming, with Hoddesdon winning 14 Gold, 6 Silver and 11 Bronze medals, and 44 Personal Best Times (PB’s). As it was Age on day, swimmers were swimming out of their usual Age Groups, but this seemed an advantage to many of our swimmers!
It was great to see our junior swimmers in action, some very early in their swimming career. They all did exceptionally well, and we look forward to seeing lots more of them in the future.
Daniel Kanu (10) achieved Personal Best times in his two races, where he finished 8th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.58.99) and 14th in the 50 Freestyle (44.08)
Daniel Ryan (10) achieved a PB in the 50 Freestyle (46.54) where he finished 17th and 14th and 15th respectively in the 50 Backstroke (51.72) and 50 Breaststroke (59.73).
Gabrielle Hunt (10) achieved Personal Bests in all 4 of her races, competing in the 200 Freestyle (4.23.19), 4th in her Age Group, 100 Breaststroke (2.17.17) 7th and she came 11th in both the 50 Backstroke (1.03.86) and 50 Freestyle (54.38)
Katie Warburton (10) came 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (4.18.18), 8th in the 100 Breaststroke (2.43.97) and 10th in the 50 Freestyle (51.61), also a PB.
Lily Rogers (10) swam in 3 races and achieved Personal Best times in all three, as well as two Gold and 1 Bronze medal. 1st 50 Breaststroke (47.27), 1st 50 Butterfly (43.57) and 3rd 100 Freestyle (1.26.05)
Molly Hagan (10) achieved a Gold medal in the 100 Breaststroke (1.42.63) and 4th in the 50 Backstroke (42.50). Both swims were Personal Bests.
Alessia Fiorentini (11) achieved PB’s in 3 out of her 4 events, finishing 9th in the 50 Breaststroke (51.93), 10th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.52.95) and 14th in both the 50 Backstroke (44.72) and 50 Freestyle (39.40)
Bella Parkus (11) swam in 3 events and achieved huge PB’s in all three, as well as a Silver medal in the 200 Freestyle (2.31.95) and Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (37.96). She also came 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.37.51). Well done Bella excellent results to match your excellent training!
Holly Morgan (11) competed in 5 events, achieved 2 PB’s and a medal in every event. She claimed Gold in the 100 Butterfly (1.22.47) and 50 Butterfly (37.30), Silver in the 50 Backstroke (37.41) and 50 Freestyle (32.83), and Bronze in the 100 Freestyle (1.14.31)
Ishara Hettiarachchi (11) finished 11th in the 50 Freestyle (37.56) and 19th in the 50 Breaststroke (52.39)
Izzy Short (11) achieved 4 PB’s out of her 6 swims, finishing 6th in the 50 Breaststroke (48.83) and 100 Backstroke (1.32.70), 7th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.42.79) , 9th in the 100 Freestyle (1.24.96), 11th in the 50 Backstroke (42.87) and 13th in the 50 Freestyle (39.03). Well done Izzy, your dedication and hard work is paying off!
Lucy Keens (11) , achieved an excellent PB in the 200 Freestyle (3.23.56) where she came 7th in her age group. She also came 15th in the 50 Backstroke (49.73) and 18th in the 50 Freestyle (44.41)
Abi Larkman (12) swam in 3 races, achieving PB’s in all three and 2 Golds and 1 Silver medal. She was 1st in the 100 Breaststroke (1.29.03) and 50 Freestyle (31.14) and was 2nd in the 100 Freestyle (1.08.20). Again this reflects how hard Abi has been working , so well done!
Alex Tate (13) swam a PB in the 50 Breastsroke (36.04) to finish 3rd and claim a Bronze medal. He won a further Bronze in the 100 Breaststroke (1.31.79). He also came 4th in the 50 Freestyle (30.50) and 5th in both the 50 Backstroke (36.04) and 100 Freestyle (1.08.78)
Catherine Ryan (13) is also being rewarded for her hard work with 1 Silver, 4 Bronze medals and 3 PB’s from her 6 events. She won Silver in the 100 Backstroke (1.21.11), and Bronze medals in the 50 Freestyle (30.78), 100 Breaststroke (1.33.53), 200 Individual Medley (2.53.28) and 50 Butterfly (34.48). She also came 4th in the 50 Backstroke (36.20).
Mollie Downes (13) swam a 10 second Personal Best time in the 200 freestyle (2.38.06) to finish 4th. She also won a Bronze medal in the 100 Butterfly (1.23.38)
Sophia Fiorentini (13) swam in 4 races and achieved 4 Personal best times, coming 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.44.29), 5th in the 50 Breaststroke (48.15), 6th in the 100 Freestyle (1.22.41) and 7th in the 50 Freestyle (37.11)
Dominic McCarthy (14) achieved 4 Gold medals from his 4 swims, finishing first in his age group in the 200 Individual Medley (2.26.09), 100 Freestyle (1.00.24), 50 Butterfly (30.21) and 50 freestyle (27.22). All 4 swims were Personal Best times.
Lily Merrett (14) won gold medals in her two events, the 200 Freestyle (2.13.65) and 50 Freestyle (29.37)
Libby Dunford (14) claimed Gold in the 50 Backstroke (31.72) in a personal best time, and Silver in the 200 Freestyle (2.18.11)
Mary Wright, Head Coach of Hoddesdon Swimming club said: “ I was very impressed with the high standard shown within every age group of Hoddesdon swimmers, which is an indication of how well the Club is developing. We have multiple medallists in every age group, and this is down to the hard work and determination of the swimmers and the hard work and talent of the coaching team”
Posted on 28th March
Watford Regional Qualifier
Bella and Sid with their medals after a successful weekend!
13 swimmers from Hoddesdon Swimming Club attended this two day open meet, held at the Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford. The swimmers showed they were on very good form coming away with 38 PB’s spread across all swimmers, 13 gold medals, 5 silver and 4 Bronze medals and 11 Regional Qualifying times.
Holly Morgan (11) swam in only 3 races due to illness, claiming Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (39.33) 4th in the 200 IM (3.00.11) and 5th in the 100 Freestyle (1.15.46).
Molly Cobbold (11) had a very successful weekend, coming home with 4 Gold medals in the 400 Freestyle (5.33.73), 50 Backstroke (36.89), 100 Backstroke (1.19.79) and 50 Butterfly (35.49), also a RQT. She also won Silver in the 200 Freestyle (2.39.65) and Bronze in the 200 IM (2.59.23) and 100 Freestyle (1.14.41)
Meisha Trend- Evans (11) attended the first session of the meet and achieved a 4 second PB in the 200 Breaststroke (3.51.09) to finish 6th, and a 6 second PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.35.06) to finish 10th. She also came 12th in the 50 Breaststroke (51.41)
Izzy Short (12) achieved a PB in the 200 Breaststroke (3.34.77) to finish 5th and achieved a 7 second PB in the 100 Backstoke (1.30.66) to finish 12th. She also finished 10th in the 50 Breaststroke (48.00)
Brother and Sister Sid Parkus (11) and Bella Parkus (12) both had a successful weekend of swimming, with Sid winning Gold in the 200 Backstoke (3.17.63) and coming 7th in the 50 Freestyle (38.79). Bella claimed a Silver in the gruelling 400 Individual Medley (6.09.97), 7th in the 100 Backstroke (1.21.96). All swims were personal best times.
Catherine Ryan (13) continued to show improvement across all events, her most exciting being the 50 Freestyle (30.25), where she achieved her first Regional Qualifying Time and came 5th. She came 9th in the 50 Butterfly (35.20), 11th in the 50 Backstroke (36.48), 12th in the 200 Freestyle (2.36.46), 14th in the 100 Backstroke (1.22.10) and 50 Breaststroke (43.39) and 18th in the 100 Freestyle (1.12.02)
Abi Larkman (13) swam in 4 races and achieved 4 Personal Best times (PB’s).
She finished 8th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.12.07), 8th in the 50 Breaststroke (41.72), 9th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.29.53) and 20th in the 50 Butterfly (38.81)
Lara Fahy (14) was 8th in the 400 Freestyle (5.26.89), 24th in the 100 Freestyle (1.16.34) and achieved a 3 second PB in the 200 IM (3.05.98) to finish 19th.
Libby Dunford (14) competed in the final session of the meet, taking home Gold in the 100 Butterfly (1.08.27) and the 50 Freestyle (28.58). Both swims were RQT’s, and the Butterfly a short course PB.
Lily Merrett (14) competed in 5 events over the weekend, achieving 4 Gold medals and 1 silver and 5 RQT’s. Lily won the 200 IM (2.28.68), 100 Freestyle (1.02.68), 200 Butterfly (2.28.58) and 50 Butterfly (29.74) and claimed a Silver in the 50 Backstroke (32.60)
Mollie Downes (14) achieved PB’s in all three races over the weekend. She finished 15th in the 50 Butterfly (35.62), 21st in the 100 Freestyle (1.13.28) and 25th in the 50 Backstroke (39.52)
Dominic McCarthy (15) swam a 6 second Personal Best time (PB) in the 200 Breaststroke (2.43.60) to win Gold in his age group and achieve a Regional Qualifying time (RQT). He won a second Gold in the 50 Breaststroke (34.46), also a RQT. He also claimed two silver medals in the 200 IM ( 2.26.63) and 100 Breaststroke (1.15.63) and the 100 Breaststroke gave him a third RQT. Dominic also gained a Bronze in the 50 Freestyle (27.41), came 4th in the 50 Butterfly (30.63) and 100 Freestyle (1.00.63) , 5th in the 50 Backstroke (32.52) and 6th in the 200 Freestyle (2.12.60)
Ezme Gladwell (15) came 8th in the 50 Backstroke (35.47) and 10th in the 100 Freestyle (1.07.65)
Mary Wright, Head coach of Hoddesdon Swimming club said: “ I am very proud of the progress the swimmers have made so far this season. They have worked hard in the training pool and deserve the success they are experiencing.Their skill levels and technique continue to improve which should enable them to realize their full potential as they progress. The Coaching Team look forward to seeing this happen”
Posted on 28th March
Special Olympics Eastern Aquatics Team - NSG17
Special Olympics Eastern Aquatics Team – NSG17
Thirty members of the Special Olympics have been selected to represent the Eastern Aquatics Team to compete in the National Summer Games (NSG17) to be held in Sheffield.
Saturday 18th March 2017 saw the team travel to Newmarket to take part in a Regional Training session in preparation for the Games.
Throughout the year and every year Special Olympics GB athletes have the opportunity to take part in single-sport and multi-sport competitions locally and regionally all across Great Britain.
Every four years athletes also have the chance to compete in our National Games as well as in European and World Summer and Winter Games.
The Special Olympics competition programme is non elite and is open to all abilities thanks to an inclusive divisioning system which offers athletes with intellectual (learning disabilities) the opportunity to compete among those with similar ability.
Any Special Olympics athlete from the age of eight has the opportunity to take part in local, regional, national and international level Special Olympics competitions in a variety of 26 sports.
SO East Herts works in partnership with Hoddesdon SC and Disabilty Head Coach Janet Warrington has been appointed the role of Head Coach for the Eastern Team which is made up of five branches: SO East Herts, SO Essex, SO Norfolk, SO Peterborough and SO St. Albans.
The NSG17 Sheffield will be held in Sheffield 7-12th August 2017. This is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities with around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities will come together from across the country. They will be supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 750 volunteers, 150 officials and over 5,000 family & friends.
As a branch SO East Herts is sending 55 members: 25 male and 12 female athletes together with 11 volunteer coaches and 5 volunteer head coaches and 2 management who will oversee the entire Eastern Team who will attend the Sheffield Games. SO East Herts members will be taking part in eight different sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Boccia, Football, Golf, Netball, and Tennis.
Janet Warrington Head Coach for the SO Eastern Aquatics Team said “the National Summer Games is a brilliant experience for all of the athletes and the volunteers. The athletes are able to compete on a level playing field, which is great, however just as important to them is the opportunity for them to develop their independence and self-help skills, socialise with their friends and make new friends.”
The Eastern Aquatics Team has 14 females and 16 males with 9 volunteer team coaches who support the Aquatics Team throughout the event. The breakdown of athletes from each branch is:
• SO East Herts – 4 athletes
• SO Essex – 3 athletes
• SO Norfolk – 5 athletes
• SO Peterborough – 6 athletes
• SO St. Albans – 12 athletes
The regional training started with ‘Team Bonding’ activities so that the athletes and volunteer coaches could meet and get to know each other. This was followed by a land training and relaxation session before lunch.
After lunch the swimmers took part in a pool training session working on skills, race pace and relay practice.
Posted on 21st March
East Region Para-Swimming Event
A fantastic afternoon of swimming at the East Region Para-Swimming event at Newmarket yesterday.
The afternoon got off to a flying start with Grace Harvey winning gold in the 100m freestyle (1:19.17) and 400m freestyle (5:47.09) and silver in the 200m IM (3:10.96) and 100m breaststroke (1:49.56).
Louise Storey swam three PB’s in the 50m freestyle (56.84), 100m freestyle (2:04.79) and 100m backstroke (2:10.80) she also won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke (1:13.19).
The newly classified Sam Carter and Marlon Solomon swam in three events; Sam 50m freestyle (1:03.92) 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke (1:20.71). Marlon 50m Freestyle (1:19.39) 50m breaststroke (1:43.28) and 50m backstroke (1:13.00), both winning medals in the 50m backstroke, Marlon a silver medal and Sam a bronze medal.
Well done to all swimmers at a very well organised event.
To top the afternoon off both Janet and I won the raffle!
Report by Julie Storey
Posted on 21st March
Final Weekend of Hertfordshire County Championships
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017
The final weekend of the county Championships comprises the long distance events, with Lily Merrett (14) and Bella Parkus (12) taking part in the 400 Freestyle event, and Lily Merrett also competing in the 400 IM and 800 Freestyle events.
Bella Parkus (12) knocked 13 seconds off her best time to finish 8th (5.25.56) in the 400 Freestyle in her Agre Group.
Lily Merrett (14) although showing signs of tiredness after a grueling 3 weeks of competition, swam 4 seconds faster than her entry time to win the 400 Freestyle in her Age Group. She also picked up a Bronze Medal in the gruelling 400 Individual Medley (5.21.55) In the 800 Freestyle she successfully retained the Gold medal she won last year with a time of 9.31.27.
The afternoon was time for the relays and saw many Hoddesdon swimmers attending the Venue, at Borehamwood to take part. The atmosphere was electric and much excitement was palpable as the teams were announced onto the poolside to take part in their swims.
Mary Wright said: “Hoddesdon were proud of all their swimmers who behaved themselves impeccably on Poolside and were a pleasure to coach. Of the 32 swims 24 were Personal Best times, with every team swimming faster than their entry time. What an excellent start to the season”
Our best results came in the Girls 14/15 Freestyle Relay, where our team of Lily Merrett (14) Lucy Hinks (14) Ezme Gladwell (15) and Libby Dunford (14) came 4th. The same Team achieved 5th in the Medley Relay. The 12/13 Girls also swam well in their Freestyle Relay to finish 6th. This Team comprised of
Abi Larkman (13) Bella Parkus (12) Isabel Hinks (12) and Catherine Ryan (13).
Also taking part were Alessia Fiorentini (12), Amy Bishop (14) Izzy Short (12), Lara Fahy (14), Maggie Wyper (14) Mollie Downes 14) Sophia Fiorentini, (14) and the boys were Alex Tate (14), Ciaran Fahy (15), Daniel Nouroozpour (14), Dominic McCarthy (15), Dougie Grayling(14), Ethan Biggs (14), Rhys Dolan (15) and Scott Carpenter, (15). Special mention must be made of Scott, who had his birthday on the day of relays but still turned up to participate. Well done Scott and Happy Birthday!
Posted on 9th February