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British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships 2014

30 July 2014


Held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf Street Sheffield S1 2BP





Beckenham Swimming Club


Beckenham Swimming Club welcomes you to its web site. We hope that you will find all the information that you require about our club, which has been established since 1893.

All our members are valued and it is always exciting for us to have new members as this brings in enthusiasm, passion and talent. We wish every member personal success in their swimming.

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 Men’s, Women’s, Junior and Mini teams.

Our 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.

Further information about the squads, locations and training times can be found on the SQUADS web page. 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 SC Rising Stars Meet 2014

Sunday 23rd November 2014.

Level 3 Licensed Short Course Open Meet

Under ASA Laws and FINA Technical Rules of Swimming

License No. 3LR4500 Sunday 23rd November 2014



The competition will be swum in the following age bands: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 with ages determined as at Midnight, 23 November 2014).

Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, up to and including the closing date of Friday, 31 October 2014 (Midnight)

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To enter your swimmer(s) electronically please click on the boxes below to download (Save to your computer) the files you will need. You might want to download them to your ‘Desktop’. Please also print off the “Getting Started” file below, as it gives a Step-By-Step guide on how to make your entries.

Electronic Entry - Getting Started notes for guidance

After reading the guidance notes, use the image links below to:

• Download and install the Entry Manager program

• View the quick start video

• Import the "Entry File Set" for this competition.

Download the SPORTSYSTEMS entry manager for SPORTSYSTEMS Meet Organisation 5.3 here Download Entry Files for the Beckenham SC 2010 Open Meet View the Video: How to use SportsSystems Entry Manager V2.0


Any general enquiries should be addressed to the event oganiser:

The Beckenham SC Open Meet Secretary


Tony Rowbotham

Sunday 6th July 2014.

A note to inform you of the very sad news that Tony Rowbotham, a member of our Masters Section for over 30 years, passed away on Tuesday morning from Motor Neuron Disease, a particularly cruel disease. His family had a room adapted at home for his special needs but his last days were spent in St Christopher’s Hospice where Josh and I visited him on Monday afternoon.  He died Tuesday morning at 6 am.

The cremation is on Monday, 14 July at Beckenham Crematorium. Peter Sutherland will be attending along with several other Masters.

The family has requested that any tributes to Tony are made by donations to the MND Association. The club will be making such a donation but should you wish to make a personal donation this can be done by a cheque made payable to MND Association and sent to:

Mrs S Rowbotham,16 Barnfield Wood Road, Beckenham BR3 6SR

Alternatively I will pass any cheques to the family.

Kind Regards



London Regions Youth Championships 2014

5th May 2014

Held on 3rd, 4th and the morning of 5th May 2014 at the Olympic Pool – the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford.

WOW what a weekend!!  Beckenham ’s older swimmers produced some great performances at this year’s London Regions Youth Championships, held at the 50m Olympic Pool at the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford on 3rd, 4th and 5th May. The individual age categories were 15/16 years and 17 years and over, with relay teams being aged between 15 and 18 years old.

The venue proved to be a great success with fantastic facilities in a beautiful setting, and the additional bonus of the opportunity to watch Tom Daley going through his paces during a training session in the adjoining diving pool. With all cameras in the spectators’ gallery being directed towards the diving pool, the swimmers had to put on a good show to ensure attention was drawn back to the racing, and indeed that is exactly what our swimmers did. Both the Men's and Women's 4X100 Medley Relay & 4X100 Freestyle Relay have qualified for the Nationals after a superb performance and we also had many pb’s after numerous finals and also a few more individual National times and quite a lot of close National times. Well done to you all and a big well done to Tony Beckley, lets hope we can have a few more NQT at our Beckenham Open this weekend.

Picture of the Medal Ceremony for the Men's (1st) 4X100M Medley Relay at the London Champs.

Picture of the Medal Ceremony for the Women's (3rd) 4X100M Medley Relay at the London Champs



The Marcus Humphrey-Gaskin Trophy

20th February 2014

Marcus first started swimming competitively for Beckenham Swimming Club in April 2001 at the age of ten. He was placed in Club Squad and soon his coach has become aware of many of Marcus’s qualities, some of which included reliability, commitment, discipline, focus and determination. He was also incredibly courteous and well-mannered and with a happy disposition.

Marcus has only been at the Club for a couple of months and his coach already started presenting him as an example of what she was expecting from her squad.

Marcus continued swimming for the Club for a total of 8 years and it has always been his intention to return after his studies to swim in the Masters. During his time at the Club, he has taken part in various swimming competitions, in particular the Areana League, where he gained points for his Club.

Marcus left in 2009 to study at the University of Sheffield. Sadly, he passed away in March 2011 aged 20 while in the 2nd year of his studies.

The committee of Beckenham Swimming Club have kindly set up a trophy in Marcus’s memory to reward swimmers with those same qualities and for this gesture, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

It is with great delight that we present the trophy to a swimmer who has the same qualities as Marcus. The inaugural winner of the Marcus Humphrey-Gaskin Trophy for the Ultimate Club swimmer is Harry Ingamells.

Harry Ingamells winner of the Marcus Humphrey-Gaskin Trophy for the Ultimate Club swimmer, with Maria Humphrey-Gaskin

Luke Gunning presenting Maria with a Thank you Bouquet, and Fiona Peasron who delivered the speech.



Peter Sutherland – Winner of the Edward G. Maples Memorial Trophy 2013

10th February 2014

Peter Sutherland of Beckenham Swimming Club has been awarded the Kent County Amateur Swimming Association Edward G. Maples Memorial Trophy. This trophy is awarded annually to any club officials, administrator or voluntary worker in Kent whose services to the disciplines of swimming are worthy of recognition.

The award was presented to Peter by Kay Grimshaw, President of the Kent ASA. In its nomination.

Beckenham Swimming Club had this to say about Peter: “Peter has run our successful and popular Masters section single-handedly for a great many years and his effectiveness in the role, together with the continued success and popularity of Masters swimming, make him a tremendous volunteer asset to our club. Peter has not only been a Past President of the club, but is also a Life Member and himself an active Masters competitor. He is the driving force behind Masters swimming at Beckenham and is a major influence on Masters swimming in the wider area.

His success and desire to encourage ‘younger’ Masters has been a success not only in itself, but has enabled him to retain many older swimmers in the pool. This broad age profile reflects the depth of interest in Masters swimming at Beckenham and is a testament to Peter’s lifetime dedication to the sport.”

Beckenham Swimming Club would like to congratulate Peter on this award. If you wish to find out more about Masters swimming at Beckenham, please contact Peter at


World Schools Games 2013 in Brazil

2nd December 2013

Luke Gunning, Natasha Sinha and Kunmi Ogunfeibo of Beckenham Swimming Club represented England at the World Schools Games in Brazil from 29th November - 3rd December 2013. England boys were third overall and the girls were first.


Beckenham Masters Swim the Straits of Gibraltar

25th September 2013

On 25 Sep 2013, Suzie, Louise and John completed the 14.4km swim in 4hrs 21mins. However, allowing for the strong currents off the Moroccan coast, they in fact covered 18km. Suzie is now the 409th swimmer to complete this epic swim without a wet suit, as certified by the Gibraltar Swimming Association and Louise 410th!

The swimmers were led by a pilot boat, which was in continuous radio contact with all the nearby shipping, allowing them a safe passage without any collisions. Apparently, 300 ships pass through the Straits of Gibraltar each day in addition to the numerous ferries between Spain and Morocco. A rib boat travelled beside the swimmers which allowed the support team (Lianna & Kit) to pass the various high energy food gels to the swimmers every 30mins. During these food stops (max of 1 minute), the swimmers were not allowed to touch the boat - if they'd done so they would have been disqualified.

Local marine life was restricted to dolphins and the odd flying fish and no sharks or jellies were spotted. The average water temperature was 21C but reduced to a surprisingly chilly 17C off the Moroccan coast. The waters were crystal clear during the swim i.e. unlike the very polluted waters they'd experienced during their English Channel relay swim. A small crowd of Moroccan locals gathered to applaud the swimmers as the finally touched the rocks. Job done!

Finally, many thanks for the generous donations to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The donations have exceeded the initial target of £1000 and has now reached £2000+, so well done everybody, including the swimmers!

Left to Right - Lianna, John, Suzie (Beckenham), Louise (Beckenham) & Kit


Emily Grant Platinum Squad & Beckenham Water Polo Player

9th September 2013

Congratulations to Emily Grant who played for the GB 17/UN Water Polo team at the Tri Nations tournament, Glasgow in August, against the senior Welsh and Scottish teams. The GB girls beat the Welsh convincingly and the Scots by a close 1 goal to win the trohpy. Emily also played in the Isopolo tournament in Bursa, Turkey where the girls came back with a silver medal.

The British Gas GBR under 17 Water Polo team


Nationals success for Beckenham Swimming Club

24th July 2013.

The 2012-13 swimming season may be drawing to its conclusion, but it is all smiles at Beckenham Swimming Club as Tony Beckley, the head coach, prepares to take the biggest team of qualifiers from the club to the national age group and youth championships later this month.

Twenty swimmers, aged 11 to 19, have qualified in races ranging from 100m sprints to 2km open water events. Beckley will be taking 6 swimmers to the age group championships in Sheffield – the most who have attended at this level in any one year – with 14 swimmers participating in the youth championships.

Beckley says that the size of the team is testament to all the hard work the swimmers have put in during training, with some youngsters training up to 20 hours a week.

“These swimmers are incredibly focused and really work hard on their training and performance and, in the end, that kind of commitment pays off,” said Beckley. He is particularly pleased that clear talent is emerging among some of the club’s younger swimmers and the future looks good for BSC.

Although the head coach is thrilled to be taking such a large team to Ponds Forge in Sheffield, he is also delighted that four of his swimmers are tasting international success this year. Luke Gunning is participating in the European Youth Olympics in Utrecht for GB, and Lauren Walton has already swum in Portugal for GB. In November, Gunning will be joined by Kunmi Ogunfeibo and Natasha Sinha at the World Schools Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

The club also participated in the B Finals of the National Arena League in Cardiff, beating some substantially larger clubs on a day of strong performances.

"All in all, it has been quite a special season,” says Beckley, who is hoping to build on these foundations with more great swims next year.

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Beckenham Swimming Club AGM 2013

5th June 2013

The Beckenham Swimming Club AGM took place on the 5th June 2013, the new committee structure can be found on the Committee webpage. Many thanks to all the new, remaining and outgoing committee members without whom the club would not exist.

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Lauren Walton secures Euro juniors qualification

18th May 2013

Lauren Walton

Lauren Walton, from Beckenham Swimming Club, has recently taken part in her first international competition for Great Britain, achieving selection for the European Junior Championships, which take place in Turkey this July 2013.

On Saturday May 18, Lauren was one of a group of British swimmers who took part in the Portuguese Open Water Nationals. She was accompanied by British Swimming officials, leaving her two sisters and parents back in Britain. She was very nervous but excited at the same time.

The weather conditions were less than favourable and not quite what Lauren had expected from Portugal: cold, wet and with winds of 30km an hour.

“They smothered us in animal fat, in the hope it might keep us warm - it stunk like crazy! Soon it was time to enter the water which was beyond freezing,” says Lauren. “A horn sounded and we were off, both sexes together. All I could see were bodies, arms and legs, and I got jostled a fair bit. I started to swim and soon got into a steady rhythm. I had no idea how I was doing or where I was in the pack.”

The conditions were extreme and a number of swimmers from Britain and elsewhere did give up, some quite soon after the race began.

“I felt OK until about 7.5km when the cold really began to kick in,” says Lauren. “Gradually I found it harder to move my arms over my head and at times I found myself intermittently swimming on my back to get some relief. I just kept thinking about all the support I’d had back home from my coach, friends and family. No way was I giving up. Finally I hit the finish pad - I was so relieved to climb out of the water, but so happy that I’d completed my first ever 10km swim.

Lauren was the third female British swimmer to finish in her first Open Water International. As a result she has been selected to compete in Turkey this July.

Also competing on the European stage this summer will be Luke Gunning, another Beckenham swimmer, who qualified to swim in Utrecht at the European Youth Olympics in March at the British International Open in Leeds. Luke already holds national titles at both 100m and 200m Butterfly.

In what has been a stellar season for Beckenham, three of the club’s swimmers – Michael Gunning, Lauren Walton and Kunmi Ogunfeibo - will be taking parting the British Championships this summer. These championships are the trials for the World Championships. And three have also had their places confirmed at a world schools championships in Brazil in November. They are Luke Gunning, Natasha Sinha and Kunmi Ogunfeibo.

Tony Beckley, the head coach, is thrilled with all that his swimmers have achieved. “They have all worked so hard, and this gives us a great platform to build on throughout the club.”


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