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

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Well done to all those swimmers who competed at our Summer Development Meet. There were some great swims and the Skins events, as usual, proved very popular with both swimmers and spectators.

Boys Skins was won by Josh Ellis and runner up Matthew Harding from Greenwich Royals.

Girls Skins was won by Ellen Stepan Greenwich Royals and runner up Lydia Mitchell.

There were some great swims. Once again, thank you to all the parents who helped during the day (most both sessions!) - you really do make my life easier as without your help, these Meets just wouldn't be able to take place.


Well done and THANK YOU.


A reminder that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 8 pm in The Buzz Zone, The Spa, 24 Beckenham Rd, Beckenham, BR3 4PF. The presentation of the Jack Petchey Awards will take place before the AGM. Everyone is welcome to attend with any Club member over 16 eligible to vote.



Dear Swimmers and Parents

We have taken the decision to POSTPONE next Monday's Club Champs Session 1 (100IM & Long Distance races) so Monday 6th June will now be a normal training evening.  

We tried to get the 21 necessary officials needed, but by close of play Tuesday we only had 10 confirm and this is simply not enough. If we had continued with this level the gala would not have been licensed. Session 1 will now take place in September & all swimmers will need to re-enter for the events that would have taken place next Monday. Entry details will be sent out in the next week or so.

Regarding those of you who have entered & paid for this gala already please note the following:

Online payments - will be held as a credit for when we send out entry forms for all Club Champs Sessions UNLESS you wish this to be refunded in which case you should contact me urgently.

Cheque payments - I have NOT banked any cheques as yet. Unless I hear from you to the contrary I will be shredding all checks on Friday 10th June. If you would prefer I return the cheque to you, again please contact me before next Friday, 10th June.


Many thanks Lindsey .

Beckenham Swimming Club is very proud of Susie Rogers who has recently made the team heading to the Rio Olympics! What a fantastic achievement and we can't wait to see how she gets on. Susie has trained incredibly hard over the past few years under the guidance of Tony, swimming and getting medals recently at the Nationals and Europeans to reach this stage in her swimming career. BSC would also like to thank Tony and the other coaches too for helping Susie reach this moment.

Please read the blog to find out more about Susie's journey to the Paralympic Games in 2016.


Susie Rodgers secured her fourth individual gold medal of the IPC European Swimming Championships with a strong finish in the S7 50m Freestyle. The British Para-Swimming Team finished the IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira with 22 gold medals to end the competition with a total of 46 medals.


Olympic Trials

19th March 2016.

Congratulations to Luke Gunning on qualifying for the Olympic Trials which took place last week in Glasgow. Brother Michael who trains mainly with London Aquatics but competes regularly for the Club also qualified. The full results can be found here.


Well done to all our swimmers who competed at Crystal Palace and the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford over the last four weeks against the top swimmers in the County. Yet again this was a very successful County Championships with a multitude of medallists and finalists.

Special mentions to:

Michael Gunning – winner of the award for Best Swim throughout the Championships based on FINA points.

Our Open Championship winners – Michael Gunning, Luke Gunning, Natasha Sinha and Tamara- Elise Eliott.

All the age group and multi classification champions including those above together with Tiegan Child, Jessica Frankland, Finlay Maxwell, Timothy Leberl and Kahoru Harazawa.

Those also achieving other podium places – Shannon Hornibrook, Drew Goold, Ruby Waters, Joe Kibblewhite, Alex Isidoro, Sophie Lewis Ward, Rhys Singleton, Billy Minchella, Joshua Ellis, Edward Pauling, Ned Moriarty, Annabel Wilson, Lydia Mitchell and Amelia Middleton.

All those reaching finals or the equivalent top 8 finish: Brooke Pitt, Maddison Mitchell, Fearn Cook, Neema Nyaulingo, Marcus McSpadden, Vaidehi Patel, Billy Minchella, Amelia Jones, Grace O’Brien, Mae Chandler, Andrew Rowland, Lucy Lewis Ward, Isobella Adams-Howard, Harry Minchella and Lukas Antanavicius.

Please let us have more pictures from the Championships like the one below showing Joe Kibblewhite on the podium at the LAC after taking bronze in the 15 years 50m Backstroke.

If any of you failed to pick up any medals let me know as I have inside track on them – email

Here is a picture of Tiegan on the podium receiving the Cup and Junior Trophy (both of which she is no doubt keeping vigorously polished) from Kent ASA President Jean Scott. Also pictured is Jess Frankland who finished second in the Open and won her age group. 14th February 2016.


Both the A and B teams had laudable results in their respective finals against very tough opposition.

In the Southern Premier League Final where the top four teams have all made the National Finals the result was as follows:


Guildford City A



Thanet A



City of Oxford



Wycombe District A



Sevenoaks A



Beckenham A



Winning performances came from Michael Gunning (Open 200IM and 100m Freestyle), Natasha Sinha (Open 100m Butterfly), Luke Gunning (Open 100m Butterfly). Finlay Maxwell (13/u 100m Backstroke) and Tiegan Child (13/u 100m Freestyle). Full results (.pdf) click here.


The B Team’s result was as follows:


Thanet B






Bromley B



Beckenham B



Herne Bay



Dartford & District



The following took first place: Olivia Handley (Open 200m IM), Lauren Braddon (15/u 100m Backstroke and Butterfly), Alex Isidoro (Open 100m Butterfly), Abby Davison (13/u Backstroke), Emily McClymont (Open 100m Backstroke), Katja Biggs (Open and 15/u 100m Breaststroke), Ashley Hamilton (Open 100m Freestyle), Girls 13/u Medley Relay, Girls 15/u Medley Relay, Ladies Freestyle and Open Medley Relay. Full Results (.pdf) click here.


Beckenham Swimming Club A team at National Arena League 2015 Round 3.


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


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.


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



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.

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.




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