Beckenham Swimming Club

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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

Well done to both the A and B teams on reaching the area finals for respective Divisions in the South Section of the National Arena Swimming League last Saturday.

The A Team finished in a strong Second position despite missing a number of swimmers due to the British Universities Championships and the B Team finished in a close 3rd position including winning nearly half of the 50 events.

The team results were as follows:

South Premier Division


City of Oxford



Beckenham A



Staines A



Bracknell & Wokingham A



Winchester City Penguins






Event winners were Tamara-Elise Elliott (15/u 100m Backstroke), Natasha Sinha (Open 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke), Luke Gunning (Open 100m Butterfly), Edward Pauling (10/11 50m Butterfly), Finlay Maxwell (13/u 100m Backstroke), Timothy Leberl (13/u 100m Butterfly), Joshua Ellis (10/11 50m Freestyle), Tiegan Child (13/u 100m Freestyle).

Click here for the full results.

The final round takes place on Saturday 12th December at K2 Crawley and pits the A Team against Guildford City A, City of Oxford, Thanet A, Sevenoaks A and Wycombe and District. This event allows qualification to the National Final in Sheffield in the Spring.


South Division 2 East


Herne Bay



Dartford & District



Beckenham B



Edenbridge Piranhas









Event winners were Lauren Braddon (Open 200m IM, 15/u 100m Backstroke, ), Lukas Antanavicius (Open 200m IM, Open 100m Butterfly), Mae Chandler (13/u 100m Breaststroke and Butterfly), Olivia Handley (Open 100m Butterfly), Abby Davison (13/u 100m Backstroke), Katja Biggs (15/u 100m Butterfly and Breaststroke), Emily McClymont (Open 100m Backstroke), Kie-Ren Lau (Open 100m Backstroke), Ella Hooper (10/11 50m Breaststroke),Sophia Grammatikopoulos (15/u 100m Freestyle), Lucy Grant (Open 100m Breaststroke), Ashley Hamilton (Open 100m Fresstyle), Henry Maxwell (Open 100m Freestyle), Girls 9/11 Freestyle Relay, Girls 13/u Medley Relay, Girls 15/u Freestyle and Medley Relay and Ladies Open Medley and Freestyle Relay.

In the final round also on Saturday 12th December at Beckenham Spa the B Team will be going for promotion to Division 1 against Thanet B, Herne Bay, Beacon, Dartford and District and Bromley B.

Beckenham Swimming Club "A" Team in the second round of the National Arena League in Crawley

Beckenham Swimming Club "A" Team in the second round of the National Arena League in Crawley

Beckenham Swimming Club "B" Team in the second round of the National Arena League



The timings will be as per the Promoters Conditions:

Session 1

Sign in Book Closes : 08:30 hrs

Warm Up Starts: 08:30 hrs

Warm Up Ends: 09:30hrs

Session shall Start: 09:35 hrs

Session 2

Sign in Book Closes: 13:30 hrs

Warm Up shall Start: 13:30 hrs

Warm Up Ends: 14:30 hrs

Session shall Start: 14:35 hrs


We will, once again, have the use of the downstairs studio for the morning sign in. This room can be accessed from outside the front of the Spa. Please note that once swimmers have signed in they may not be able to enter the Spa internally and may have to leave the sign in room and re-enter through the main entrance.

We suggest that a note of the swimmers competitor number for each event is kept to hand as this is where they will be on the sign in sheet - this will hopefully speed up the sign in process. Please make sure your swimmer(s) do not sign anything other than their name. Please do not write "not swimming" against a swimmer if you know they will not be competing on the day.

Also, please remember 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.



Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to date, however, if you are available on the day, please can you let Julia know as soon as possible. The Club cannot hold these meets without the help of parents and by holding these meets helps keep our membership fees down.....



Sonya Donaldson has kindly offered to oversee this area however, to date, we have not received any donations. Any items however big or small would be greatly appreciated. Please remember to bring any raffle prizes with you.



Colin Kirkwood passed away on Thursday 22nd October.  He was 80 and has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for many years, progressively getting worse and worse.

Colin joined Beckenham Swimming Club in 1947 and soon became much involved in water polo.  You can see a later photograph of Colin on page 33 of the club history as Captain of the 1964 Water Polo Team.  He also played for Kent and was awarded Senior Colours in 1955, continuing to 1980.  He was a qualified coach and referee and sat on the Kent and London W P Committees.

He was also one of the original members of the Masters section when it formed in the mid 1970’s which quickly grew into a very competitive group, travelling to competitions across the country including the British Championships, as well as the English, Welsh & Scottish Nationals.  In fact, he still holds the Kent Masters record for 50m Breaststroke set in 1997 when he was in the 60-64 age group.

Colin, a Life Member, sat on the BSC Executive Committee for many years and was Club President in 1981-82.

He was also a recipient of The Edward G. Maples Memorial Trophy from the Kent ASA, awarded annually for services to the disciplines of swimming.  

Colin’s funeral will be held at Kemnal Park Cemetery, Sidcup By-Pass, Chislehurst, BR7 6RR on 13 November at 1 o’clock.  Thereafter there will be a gathering at The Crown Inn, School Road, Chislehurst, BR7 5PQ.  Could you please let Peter Sutherland (BSC Masters Sec) know if you will be going to the Crown Inn.

The arrangement is for flowers from the family only.  Should you wish to make a donation in memory of Colin, you can do so by cheque, made payable to Parkinson’s UK.  You can either send your cheque direct to Mrs B Kirkwood at Norfolk Lodge, Manor Park, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5QE or pass them to Peter Sutherland for onward transmission.

Do you have some young volunteers aged 15-25 at your club?

Would they like to gain some more experience, develop their skills and have lots of fun?

If so, then our London Region Young Volunteer Programme 2015-16 could be for them!

Due to the success of a day we ran in January of this year, we are re-launching our young volunteer programme for 2015-16 which will require participants to attend two development days aiming to give young people the opportunity to access some more formal and informal training, put it into practice at their club, and to come away with additional qualifications and experience to help their club even further or to pursue other opportunities in aquatics for years to come should they want to.

We are pleased to announce that the first day will be held at the iconic London Aquatics Centre on Saturday 12th December 9-5pm. The second day will then be held in February/March 2016.

Attached is a flyer giving more detail about the programme but participants should expect the following training to be included across the two days (tutor dependant);

• ASA Young Aquatic Helper

• ASA Timekeepers Course

• St. Johns Emergency First Aid

• Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding for Young Volunteers (13+)

• ASA Team Manager Training (Module 1)

• Bespoke workshops on social media/communications, goal setting and an introduction to the sporting landscape in London

This is a great opportunity for any young people involved in aquatics to have fun and enjoy learning some new skills so please do pass this onto the young people at your club! Perhaps even pass it onto your coaching team who could suggest some people that they know would be keen, would appreciate the opportunity, or you could even use it as a way of rewarding and recognising your young volunteers by encouraging them to apply

Attached also is an application form we would need participants to fill in and send back to us. The cost of this development programme is only £10 and you can find payment details on the attached form also.

Please note that applications must be received before Monday 16th November.

Please contact either Esther Hill or Sophie Joinson, who is leading on the programme if you need any further details.

Esther Hill, Club Development Officer

SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough,

Leicestershire, LE11 3QF.

Mobile: 07879 427021.




Some fantastic swimming from Beckenham Swimming Club's A and B teams in Round One of the National League 2015/16 on the 10th October 2015. Well done to everyone!!

Congratulations to Beckenham B Team who smashed it to 1st place at Gillingham! The team all swam so well and all cheered each other on all night.

Beckenham A Team were 2nd in Woking.

Well done everyone.

A big “well done” must go to our Water Polo section’s Under 16 and Under 14 teams that recently swept the board at the Kent Championships. We are allowed to enter two teams but the first team must be a genuine first team. We usually win the gold medal but the real challenge is for our second team (the Breams) to come second. Well for the first time ever we won gold and silver at both age groups which was a fantastic achievement. There is also a player of the tournament award in the U14 age group and Jude Tinkler-Davies from Beckenham won this as well.

Here are our two U14 teams at yesterday’s tournament at Swanley looking very smart in their Beckenham hats and tops (the first team are in the all blue hats):




Silver Medalist 4 x 100m Relay team



Swimmers & Parents

It's that time of year again where we turn our attention to the BSC Club Championships 2015. Please find attached the entry details which include the:

Entry form

• championship conditions (please ensure you read these)

• and form to fill in if you are able to help out

The annual Club Championships take place over 6 Monday evenings between September 2015 and January 2016. They are for swimmers in Blue, White, Bronze, Silver, Club, Gold, Platinum and National squad.

For swimmers new to Blue or White squads who haven’t entered these Championships before, please check with your Coach as to which events your child should enter.

Swimmers in other squads, especially Gold squad and National Squad, are encouraged by their coaches to enter ALL events. We are a competitive swimming club and so swimmers should compete in these championships in order to make sense of all those hours of hard training over the year.

There will be one change to the Championships this year as a result from feedback received from parents over the last few years. In the past we have always started with our girls swimming first. This year, we will be alternating the start between both girls and boys (further details nearer the time).

Entry fees are set to cover the main expense of purchasing medals and the annual engraving of the trophies.

As always, these championships cannot take place without the help of Parents so please do complete the Helpers form (attached) and send in together with your entry form as soon as possible. If you have never helped out before, please don't let this put you off - you will be given lots of guidance and there are a multitude of roles that need filling at each session! Note that this year our timekeepers will need to be qualified otherwise our gala may not be considered licensed.

Raffle prizes are always needed so please start collecting over the summer.

I look forward to receiving your entry forms before the closing date of Friday 4th September 2015 & to holding a successful Championships this year!


Many thanks



Following on from her bronze medal winning performance earlier in the week Susie anchored the Great Britain Women’s Medley Relay Team to victory in Glasgow last weekend.

With thanks to the BBC Sport website

The medley relay team were pushed by Australia all the way but after Kearney on the third butterfly leg gave them a lead of 10 metres, Susie Rodgers held on to beat Australia's Lakeisha Patterson in another nail-biting finish.

Rodgers had struggled with a shoulder problem during the week and had to work hard to secure the 10th and final gold of the week.

"It took everything out of me and I knew I had to grit my teeth and get on with it," she said.

"But I'm so pleased - it's for the team."

Well done Susie!

Click here for results.

Congratulations to Susie Rodgers who finished third in the S7 110m Freestyle on Monday.

You can keep up to date with how Susie gets on in the heats and finals of the 50m Butterfly on Friday 17th July and Sunday 19th July. Click here for results.


Many thanks to Kathy Hook for providing us with a brief note on the above. Kathy is President of London Region and a member (and former President) of Beckenham Swimming Club.

“I had a grand day out at the London Open Water Championships today. These are held in Surrey Docks Watersport Centre, Rotherhithe. Kent swimmers take part and their results are extracted to form the Kent Open Water Championships results. These are the Beckenham swimmers results.”

5km Event

Tim Waters 40+ age group Male 1.30.06 Second in London and First in Kent

Natasha Sinha 17-18 age group Female 1.11.36 Second in London and First in Kent

Lauren Walton 19-24 age group Female 1.05.46 First in London and First in Kent

1km Event

Vaidehi Patel 13yrs age group Female 17.16.94 Third in London and Third in Kent

Ione Grammatikopolous 13yrs age group Female 18.16.48 Fourth in London and Fourth in Kent

1.5km Event

Oliver Pope 13yrs age group Male 26.06.80 Fourth in London and First in Kent

Alfred Waters 13yrs age group Male 26.20.46 Fifth in London and Second in Kent

Francesca Maiellano 13yrs age group Female 22.48.27 Fourth in London and First in Kent

Lucy Lewis-Ward 13yrs age group Female 23.18.26 Sixth in London and Third in Kent

Sophia Grammatikopoulos 14yrs age group Female 22.33.22 Fourth in London and First in Kent

3 km Event

Katja Biggs 15yrs age group Female 43.07.33 Sixth in London and First in Kent


Here are some photos of the event. The Medals were presented by Scott Walker Kent County President and Kathy Hook London Region President.


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.

Thank you.



.pdf copy of the results


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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


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.

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 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.




Upcoming Events

Bexley Short Course Open Meet (Level 3)

28/29 November 2015

Crook Log Bexleyheath


Beckenham Swimming Club Championships Session 5 (Level 4 )

7th December 2015

@ The Beckenham Spa


The National Arena Swimming League 2015 (Round 3)

12th December 2015

A team at K2 Crawley

B team Beckenham Spa


ASA National Winter Meet

(25m) 2015

17th December 2015

@ Ponds Forge International Sports Centre


BSC Open Meets & Events

Beckenham Rising Star's Open Meet 2015

@ The Spa Beckenham

22 November 2015


Weekly Newsletter

21st November 2015

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