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2006 News Archive

Bognor Open Long Distance Meet

Posted 23 December 2006

Summary of Bognor Open Long Distance Meet

On Sunday 10th December 2006, 6 Worthing swimmers attended the Bognor long
distance open meet.
Joe Hazeldine, Amy Quach, Alex Milner, Sarah Blacker, Zoe Yeandle and Chris
Luesley all attended the meet.
All of the races were swum over 200 metres for each of the strokes, with
age groups being 9 - 11 years, 12 - 13 years and 14+
With Shiverers and Portsmouth Northsea, being some of the clubs in
attendance and some of the swimmers
being the youngest in their age group, medal opportunities were always
going to be limited.
In the last 2 events of the evening, Chris Luesley finished 2nd in the 14+
Years 200 metres butterfly and Zoe Yeandle
was 3rd in the same event.

Well done to all the swimmers who attended this event and achieved
excellent personal bests.

Chris Luesley
Boys Captain

Speedo League Round 3

Posted 23 December 2006

On Saturday 9th December 2006, Worthing participated in the final
round of the Speedo League Division 2 West league.
Having qualified for the final 6 in 5th place, there was still a good
chance of promotion. However, 3rd place or above would be needed to achieve
this feat.

1st   Tilehurst         219 (Promoted)
2nd   Slough                  217 (Promoted)
3rd   Portsmouth Northsea     171 (Promoted)
4th   Rushmoor Royals B 151
5th   Worthing          148
6th   Cranleigh         140

Worthing finished in 5th place on the night. (See Speedo Website for League
Just 23 points separated Worthing from Portsmouth Northsea who were the 3rd
team along with the 2 dominant teams of Tilehurst and Slough.
The achievements of Ziggy Tate, Scott Martin and Joel Abbott getting into
the GB junior water Polo squad
meant that they were unavailable for this crucial gala due to training in
With several swimmers swimming out of age and in strokes that may not be
their best,
every effort was made to keep with Portsmouth Northsea.

Not through lack of effort, the weakened mens open team struggled on the
an area in which the promoted Northsea were very strong.

This is the 2nd year running that Worthing have nearly been promoted from
this league.

'3rd time lucky' springs to mind for next year.
Meanwhile, attention turns to the forthcoming Sussex League in March,
where promotion is also hoped for.

Well done to all those that have swum in the squad in all competitions this
Keep working hard in training and Worthing will 1 day achieve division 1
in both the Speedo and Sussex Leagues.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Chris Luesley
(Boys Captain & Media Secretary)

Speedo League Round 2

Posted 14 November 2006

Speedo League Round 2 held at Reading on 11/11/06

1st   Tilehurst               219
2nd   Portsmouth Northsea           203
3rd   Worthing                185
4th   Reading B               160
5th   Wey Valley              158
6th   Romsey & Totton         119

This was an entertaining evening of swimming with the highlight of the
evening being an outstanding performance
in the girls 6 * 50 metre freestyle relay which resulted in 1st place.
Tilehurst and Portsmouth Northsea proved too strong on the night as
Worthing added 3rd place to the 2nd place
gained in round 1.
This result should now ensure that Worthing are well placed in the top 6 in
Division 2 West ready for
the final gala in December with 3 promotion places up for grabs. Worthing
secured 9 race victories and 9
2nd places on the evening. There was only 1 disqualification which is a
vast improvement from the 6 experienced in the 1st round
and comes as a result of increased practice of those errors in training.
Wey Valley were lucky enough to gain from Worthings disqualifications in
gala 1 where they came 1st.
However, in round 2 they only managed 5th place so Worthing are now placed
them in the current league table and this highlights how important it is
not to have any disqualifications during races.

Well done and Thank You to all swimmers, helpers and for the fine support
from parents.

Allan Tate & Chris Luesley

(A Joint Effort)

Cranleigh Open Meet Review

Posted 20 October 2006

On Sunday 8th October 2006, 10 swimmers from WSC attended the Cranleigh Open meet,
held at the Cranleigh pool. Every Worthing swimmer won at least 1 medal in their own age group.
Most notably, Alastair Hardinge won 5 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in his age group.
Joe Hazeldine and Sam Wildman both picked up a speeding ticket for being too fast in their age group
in 200 Metres Butterfly and 200 Metres Backstroke respectively.

In addition to this, most of the swims by the 10 swimmers were in personal best times.
Congratulations to all those involved on the day in winning so many medals.

Chris Luesley
Boys Captain

*** Aspire Channel Swim - Chris Luesley ***

posted on 28 September 2006

Aspire "Channel" Swim

On Wednesday 13th September 2006, Chris Luesley, Boys Captain and Swimming Teacher at Worthing Swimming Club attempted to swim the equivalent distance of the English Channel in the Aquarena pool. The challenge involved covering 22 miles which is 1,078 lengths in a day. After a number of refreshment stops and with very achey arms, Chris completed the challenge in 12 hours and 55 minutes which was marked by a round of applause from everyone who was in the Aquarena at the end, swimmers, staff and gym class members. The challenge raised approximately 580 for the Aspire Spinal Charity. Any swimmer who would also like to complete the challenge has until the beginning of December to do so. See for further details.

Portsmouth Pier to Pier sea swim.

As a warm up for the Aspire Challenge, Chris Luesley swam in the Annual Portsmouth Pier to Pier sea swim on 10th September 2006. Against a strong high tide, Chris completed the 1.25 mile swim in just over 31 minutes and came 5th in the Mens race. If you are interested in open water swimming, see Chris for more details about entering races next summer. 13 years and older only.

South East Masters Championships

On Saturday 23rd September 2006, Chris Luesley participated in the South East Region Masters competition held at Haslemere pool. Swimming in the 25 29 year old category, Chris secured a full set of medals, with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. The Gold came in the 50 metres freestyle and the time will stand as a South East Region record as the event is in its inaugural year after the change from the old Southern Counties region.

There is also a news article on the website.

Rother League Round 3 Gala Review

Posted 28 September 2006

The 3rd and final Rother League gala was held at Hart Leisure Centre at Fleet on Saturday 23rd September 2006. After a fairly long coach journey to the venue, Worthing had a slow start in the pool before moving our way up to 3rd place by the end. This was an encouraging result against all of the teams in our division. Worthing finished all 3 galas in the Rother League in 3rd place which should enable us to retain our position in Division 2 and improve our ranking within the division. The gala was won by Staines who have dominated the division and look likely to gain promotion to division 1.

Congratulations to Alastair Hardinge and Florence Scordoulis who were given the individual awards for Worthing in the Rother League.

The results which have been achieved are due to a great team effort, with some swimmers swimming out of age and having to cover those that have been ill or unable to swim.

The form shown in this league now has to be carried forward to the Speedo League which starts in 3 weeks time (14th October) Good Luck everyone !!!

Chris Luesley
Boys Captain

Sea Swim

Posted 31 July 2006

Sunday 30th July 2006.
The race was started by the Mayor of Worthing,

5 Ladies and 6 Men from the club took part in this years event. The weather was very sunny, but with a strong wind blowing from the West, the sea condition was quite rough, making it difficult for spectators to actually be able to see the swimmers.

Nathan Hart won the 800 Metres mens race in 10 Mins 40 seconds after leading from the line. Chris Luesley and Stuart Stirling were tied for 2nd place in 10 Minutes 59 seconds. Lawrence King was 4th in 11 Min 13, John Coppin 5th in 12 Min 35 and John Matthews 6th in 13 Min 16.

Jade Tate won the 400 Metres ladies race in 6 Minutes 17 seconds. Zoe Yeandle was 2nd in 6 Min 53 Rianna Poppeliers was 3rd in 7 Min 09 Nichola Gatland was 4th in 7 Min 16 Karen Wardley was 5th in 8 Min 17.

Congratulations to all of the swimmers for braving the rough conditions.



Rother League Round 2 News

Posted 19 June 2006

Here is the result and report for Rother League Round 2 at Basingstoke 18 June 2006.
Staines 261
BBFS (Basingstoke) 200
Worthing 170
Hart 146
Dorking 144
Bognor 138
Well done to every one who swam in the Rother league relay gala; a fine performance, all giving 105% which brought in quite a few personal bests. Fine wins for the boys under 16s relays. Three new additions to the squad were Abbie Earles, Amy Rodemark and Emmy White-Moncrieff. They all seemed to have a good time and swam well. We were seeded 4th and finished third behind Stains and Basingstoke beating Hart, Dorking and Bognor.
I now look forward to the Junior Trophy Gala on the 24th June where the 13 and under squad can show their form. Good luck to them.
Again well done.

Age Group Competition Presentation

Posted 10 June 2006

Presentation evening 9 June 2006 - Photo Album.

Worthing Inter-Schools Gala

Posted 17 May 2006

The Worthing Inter-Schools Swimming Gala was held on the 17 May 2006 at Worthing Aquarena. Nine schools competed in 17 events. There were 8 individual events and they were won by the following swimmers:

Girls Backstroke - Victoria Edwards of West Park
Boys Backstroke - Jack Durkowski[WSC] of Thomas A Becket
Girls Breaststroke - Amy Windibank[WSC] of Chesswood
Boys Breaststroke - Joe Hazeldine[WSC] of Broadwater
Girls Butterfly - Emily Moore of West Park
Boys Butterfly - Jacques Williams[WSC] of Broadwater
Girls Freestyle - Florence Scordoulis[WSC] of Thomas A Becket
Boys Freestyle - Jack Swift of Thomas A Becket
[WSC - Worthing Swimming Club]

For detail results and team scores, please see the Results section.

New Trophies from the Williams

Posted 28 April 2006

Club Chairman, Peter McCallum was presented with two new trophies for the Club, by Annabelle and Jacques Williams in memory of their late father, who died suddenly last year.

Peter said "it was a wonderful gesture by the family and the excellent trophies will serve as a permanent reminder of the their contribution to the Club"

Chris Luesley - London Marathon - 23 April 2006

Posted 26 April 2006

Chris completed the London Marathon in 3 Hours 59 Mins and 7 seconds.
Running in wet conditions, he kept going throughout, though wanted to quit after only 8 miles.
Thanks to all at Worthing Swimming Club that have supported him in raising money for Macmillan Cancer.

James Hickman Visit - 22 April 2006

Posted 23 April 2006

Click here for photo album

Bowling outing - 12 April 2006

Posted 23 April 2006

The Social Committee organised a ten pin bowling session on Wednesday 12th April, the event was a great success and attracted 21 people. Those who attended were:- Karen Chan, Kevin Chan, Alastair Hardinge, Daisy Hazeldine, Jo Hazeldine, James Kilby, Lawrence King, Daniel MacDonald, Louise Maloney, Sam Maloney, Ellie Matthews, Emily Matthews, Hollie Matthews, Robert Osborne, Tara Osborne, Rachel Piper, Oliver Wildman, Samuel Wildman, Annabelle Williams, Jacques Williams and Zoe Yeandle, and. A prize of a bag of sweets was given to the person who scored the most points in each lane. The winners were Sam Wildman, Alastair Hardinge, Lawrence King and Ellie Matthews. Thanks should go to Rowland Gibson and Fanny Chan for organising the event.

Click here for photo album

Sussex County Championships Feb/March 2006

Posted 23 April 2006

Click here for photo album

2006 Volunteers Dinner

Posted 24 February 2006

To thank the many volunteers at the Club for all their hard work and commitment, many over a number of years, the Club arranged a meal for them and their guests, at the Ardington Hotel, on Saturday 4th February. A total of 81 people sat down for a wonderful meal and all enjoyed the evening, which gave a great opportunity for all to meet socially away from the poolside.

This successful function will be repeated annually as a way of the Club thanking all those involved in the running of the Club.

If any parent would like to be involved in Club activities, please see Peter McCallum.

2006 Volunteers Dinner Album