Beckenham Swimming Club
Beckenham Swimming Club welcomes you to its web site. With over 300 members, Beckenham Swimming Club is a very successful swimming club and our members have gained success swimming at Club, County, District, National and International levels. We also have a Masters section for over 19 year olds and a very strong Waterpolo section running Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Junior and Mini teams.
Our Swimming coaches are professional and dedicated in the art of coaching to ensure every swimmer reaches their potential. In return, we expect dedicated commitment from every swimmer. Our Water Polo coaches have helped Beckenham players reach top honours over the past few years.
For more information or to speak to us about joining Beckenham Swimming Club, please contact the membership secretary or come along to The Spa in Beckenham on a Monday night to watch eight of our squads train between 6pm and 10pm. The membership secretary helps coordinate and run a number of trials for new members throughout the year.
Beckenham Swimming Club News
For those of you who have already offered your help "thank you", however, we are still looking for a number of volunteers to help at one or both sessions to make the Meet run as smoothly as possible.
We need help on poolside (where you will have the perfect view to watch your child swim). There are other areas of help needed..... hospitality, entrance, raffle to name but a few.
If you have never helped before, please don't worry that you wont know what to do as you will be looked after and placed with someone who has. Helping can be fun and rewarding and, at the same time, enables the Club to run an efficient and successful Meet.
We are in need of raffle donations however big or small. Claire Burbidge from Gold Squad has once again kindly offered to collate and organise this years raffle. If you have any donations, please give to either myself or Claire.
CAKES / BISCUITS
To all those bakers out there........ it would be great if you could make/bake to help boost the Officials lunch (could you email me and let me know if you can help in this way).
Please note that the Spa is undergoing extensive renovations to the Reception Area. The temporary entrance will be through the café area. We will, once again, have the use of the downstairs studio for sign in. This room can be accessed from outside the front of the Spa (to the right of the main reception area). Please note that once swimmers have signed in they will not be able to enter the Spa internally, they will have to leave the sign in room and re enter through the temporary entrance. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Also, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that the car park of the SPA, Beckenham is metered 7 days a week and we are under the impression that there is a 4 hour parking limit. However, there are many residential roads surrounding the Spa which do offer free parking on a Sunday.
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 5th July 2015.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks and regards
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Here are the results from yesterday's Elementary Gala. On behalf of Mark and I, we hope you all enjoyed taking part in and watching the competition (in spite of the odd DQ!); it was lovely to see so many of you swimming and supporting!
A massive Thank You to all those who helped out yesterday .... officials, parents and our older swimmers, we couldn't have done it without you.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Thanks Lindsey & Mark
The British Swimming Championships 2015 (14-18 April) will see athletes make a competitive return to London for the first time since the 2012 Olympics. Beckenham Swimmmers Luke Gunning, Kunmi Ogunfeibo, Sophie Lewis-Ward and Teigan Child will pitting themselves against the Nation’s best swimmers. Also competing will be Lauren Walton and Michael Gunning who are Beckenham members currently representing other programmes. Good luck to all of them.
The British Swimming Championships will also act as the qualification event for this year’s World University Games, South Korea; the European Youth Olympic Festival, Georgia; European Games Baku, Azerbaijan; World Junior Champs, Singapore.
The Championships can be followed on the British Swimming website
British ChampionshipsThank you all for joining us to make this years Easter International Open another success. We do hope that everyone enjoyed the weekend and that great swims were achieved.
The Top Visiting Club trophy this year went to Ealing, with Sevenoaks in 2nd place and Bromley in 3rd. Well done to all teams.
Also, a huge thank you to all the Officials and Volunteers who gave up their weekend to help this Meet run so smoothly. Without you, these meets just wouldn't take place.
.pdf copy of the results
Some photos from the Beckenham International Open Meet 2015 ...
Congratulations to Susie Rodgers who has been selected as apart of an 18-strong British contingent has been named to face the rest of the world at the IPC Swimming World Championships from 13 – 19 July in Glasgow.
The British Para-Swimming International Meet took place at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre last weekend finishing on Sunday 29th March 2015. Susie Rodgers competed in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.
Congratulations to Luke Gunning on his selection by British Swimming to represent GB at the forthcoming Multi Nation Open Meet in Lugano in May. This recognises Luke's hard work over the past few years including multiple National championships. Our Head Coach Tony Beckley has also been selected as one of the lead coaches for the trip. This builds on a particularly successful last 12 months for Tony who is the current holder of the British Swimming Coaches Association award as Disability Coach of the Year for his work with Paralympian Susie Rogers and London Coach of the Year.
Congratulations also to Lukas Antanavicius who has been selected in the Lithuanian squad for the European Youth Olympic Festival which is due to take place in Tbilisi in July/August 2015.
Well done all 3 of you.
From 1st March 2015 the rules which govern Licensed Open Meets have changed. This applies to our Club Championships. Most of our swimmers obtain their County Qualifying times at the Club Championships provided the Championships can be licensed. If the Championships are not licensed the children will not be able to use their times achieved at the Club Championships for entry into the Kents. As a result swimmers will need to enter Licensed Meets run elsewhere to achieve times which may prove more problematical for them and more expensive. It may also be worth noting that the new licensing criteria also mean that leagues cannot be licensed. So Kent Junior League and Arena League times will not be licensed and cannot be used for entry into County Championships. Swimmers are expected to enter the Club Championships in any event as this is a time when all the Club are present and camaraderie among the swimmers built up.
The new licensing Guidelines now require the following officials to be present at a Level Four gala – Club Championships.
Referee - Qualified to Judge 2S
Starter - Qualified to at least Judge 2
Judge of Stroke x 2 - Qualified to Judge 1
Chief Timekeeper x 1 - Doing the Judge 1 training and qualified as a timekeeper
Finish Judge x 2 - No qualification or training required.
Inspector of Turns / Timekeeper x 8 - Qualified as a timekeeper
Inspector of Turns x 4 - Qualified as a timekeeper.
The big change here is that Timekeepers need to be qualified so dragging parents off the balcony at the last minute in no longer an option. Also they need to be qualified as a timekeeper. Unfortunately Kent does not offer Timekeeper courses only Judge 1 courses, so although the requirement is for a qualified timekeeper we should read this as a Judge 1 in training.
Previously we were able to use any parent or swimmer over (16) as an official but the rules have been tightened by the ASA. We therefore need as many parents as possible to take the Judge 1 course and get the timekeeping bit signed off as a matter of urgency. The Club will bear the fee payable to the ASA for anyone undertaking the training. Please contact the Club Secretary Sharon McSpadden if you are interested in helping the Club in this way. Sharon’s email is email@example.com
Luke, Micheal, Kunmi and Natasha were selected to swim for the London Regional Swimming Team that travelled to Amiens, France over the Valentines weekend to compete in the FNN Golden Tour 3rd International Meet. Tony was one of the London Region Coaches.
The championships proved to be of the highest quality with swimmers from France, Hungary, Germany, Sweden to name but a few. Throughout the weekend, World best times were swam and competition was very tough against Olympians and World Champions. Despite this the London Region team did well considering. Of the Beckenham Swim club swimmers, we all made Finals. My personal highlight was swimming in the next lane to multiple World Champion, Katinka Hosszú from Hungary and I was fortunate to swap hats with her at the end of the championships. We had a fantastic weekend and an incredible experience swimming against elite swimmers from Europe.
Luke, Micheal, Kunmi and Natasha selected to swim for the London Regional Swimming Team that travelled to Amiens, France.
Congratulations to Beckenham SC Masters Nick Bunclark who broke the Kent L/C Records in the 50m & 100m Butterfly and Iain Jameson who did likewise in the 50m Butterfly. The photo is of the winning 160+ Years IM Relay Team, reading from left to right, Nick Bunclark, Valentin Goverdovsky, Paul French & Iain Jameson.
Rather nice 70th celebration for Cilla at the Spa on poolside on the 22nd December 2014. All very ably mustered by Jo. Rousing “Happy Birthday to you…” from Gold squad, which she was covering, and then also from Silver (at least from those that had not run off!). Happy Birthday to Cilla from everyone in Beckenham Swimming Club!
Award winners at the KCASA Annual Council Meeting on the 13th December 2014.
Congratulations to Lauren Walton (Beckenham SC) KCASA Swimmer of the Year 2014 !
And also to well done to Beckenham SC Ladies/Girls who were the winners of the Keighley Memorial trohpy for being the points winners in the KCASA 2014 championships.
Photo: Lauren Walton (Beckenham SC) KCASA Swimmer of the Year 2014, receiving the award from Kathy Hooke at the Kent ACM 2014 on 13th DEC 2014.
Many congratulations to our head coach, Tony Beckley, who was recently awarded the London ASA award for the Top Seniors Swimming Coach - a prestigious award and recognition of the excellent coaching Tony provides for Beckenham's swimmers. Although he trains Top Squad, as Beckenham's head coach he oversees coaching for all the squads within the club.
The award was presented to Tony by Kathy Hook, the President of London ASA, at the recent London Winter Championships held at the London Aquatic Centre.
Tony Beckley receiving the award from Kathy Hooke
Beckenham Swimming Club Round 2 of the National Arena League
8th November 2014.
Beckenham Swimming Club A team were in action at the Spa and the B team were in at Medway Gillingham.
Success for Beckenham Players in Kent U16 Water Polo
9th November 2014.
Kent beat Sussex and Essex to reach the final where they played Middlesex. This match started off quite evenly matched and at half time the score was 4 - 2 to Kent. Kent then really turned on the power in the second half and ran away to finish clear winners by 11 goals to 3. Coach Simon Woolley said “This was a fantastic all-round performance by the Kent Team. Their performance in the final and several of the goals they scored were outstanding."
The team comprised: Billy Sawyer (gk) Freddie Pearson (capt) Thomas Karam Isaas Edey James Spencer-Boyce James Guthrie Simon Newton Henry Simpson Buzz Robb Joe Charuy Sasha Tinkler-Davies Zet Roper-Blackman Ten of these came from Beckenham.
We all know that Tony Beckley is a top coach, but it is wonderful to see his efforts and achievements being recognised beyond the club and the Spa. Tony was one of eight coaches from around the country to be honoured at the recent British Swimming coaches’ conference and awards dinner in Leeds.
He was presented with an award for “coaching excellence” in recognition of his work with Susie Rodgers. Susie took five golds and one silver at the Eindhoven 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in August. She also broke another British record last week on 400m freestyle, so many congratulations to her too.
Beckenham is very proud of both Susie and Tony, and it is terrific to see their achievements being acknowledged in this way.
Beckenham swimmers end 2013/14 season with national & international success
14th August 2014.
Beckenham Swimming Club’s top swimmers finished the year with a very successful trip to Sheffield for the British National Age Group and Youth Championships at the end of July and start of August. Tamara-Elise Elliott and Timothy Leberl represented BSC at the Age Group events, putting in some good swims and achieving a number of personal bests. Ruby Waters also participated in the open water race at Rother Valley Country Park.
Next it was the turn of the Youth swimmers, both in Sheffield and, for the open water events, at Rother Valley Country Park.
Top squad coach Tony Beckley took even more swimmers for individual events than last year’s bumper crop. Many fine PBs were achieved at the end of what had been a particularly long season, but particular congratulations must go to Lauren Walton, who came second in the Ladies’ Open Water 3km race and just a few days later won Bronze in the Open 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle events at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield.
Luke Gunning took Bronze in the 15Yr/16Yr 100m and 200m butterfly events and Kunmi Ogunfeibo won Bronze in the 17/18 Yrs 100m Backstroke as well as reaching the finals in the Open 50m Backstroke. Natasha Sinha reached the finals in the 17Yrs/18Yrs 200m butterfly.
Beckenham also fielded teams for the Ladies’ 4 x 100m freestyle event and the 4 x 100m medley event, in which the Beckenham girls improved significantly on their qualifying time. The boys entered the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle event, which was less successful, and the 4 x 100m medley relay, in which they qualified for the final. They finished a creditable seventh, having taken more than four seconds off their qualifying time.
For Beckenham to come away with six medals at Nationals is a real achievement, and follows a very successful season at all levels within the club. Lauren is currently competing at Senior level at the European Open Water championships in Berlin, a tremendous feat with which to top off her Beckenham career.
And Lauren is not the only BSC swimmer to compete on the international stage this summer. Susie Rodgers has had a fantastic IPC European Championships in Eindhoven, winning five Gold medals and setting a new British record for 50m freestyle. As well as her 50m freestyle Gold, Susie took Golds in 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly and in a relay event. She also won the Silver medal in the 100m backstroke.
Tony Beckley expressed his delight at Beckenham’s efforts throughout the club: “I couldn’t be more proud of all my swimmers this year both in and out of the pool,” he said.