RASCALS Newsletter July 2015
Please note that the RASCALS Presentation Night is now on Saturday 19th December, at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton.
RASCALS Open Meet
Many thanks to everyone who helped out with our recent Open Meet at Alfreton, especially Kath and Shaun Dawson for all their hard work. Twenty six RASCALS swimmers took part, and produced some fine results, with 65 personal best times between them, and 21 first place finishes.
RASCALS swimmers have competed in three Galas at Matlock in the past few weeks. Unfortunately the third and final round of the Diddy League, which was to have been held at Sharley Park in June, was cancelled due to a problem with the pool roof.
The Jamie Rigby Gala saw the Team finish in fifth place, having tied on points with Kimberley who were awarded fourth place by virtue of more first place finishes.
Our novices competed on 13th June and won, beating Matlock A into second place, with Rykneld third. Virtually every swimmer produced personal best times on the night, with many fantastic performances.
RASCALS were in action again on 11th July in the Elaine Bowler Trophy Gala, and finished in a very creditable second place behind Derby Phoenix, despite not having any 15-year-old boys available! Very well done to all the boys who swam up, and everyone taking part for a fabulous team effort!
Please note that all swimmers competing for RASCALS should wear a yellow club hat. These can be purchased from the club shop run by Marie Barrett at Ripley Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings, and you can email her from the website Club Officials page.
Details of upcoming Galas can be found on the Diary section of the website. Swimmers should make every effort to attend please, if selected.
The next Gala is on Saturday 12th September at Matlock.
The Club Championships will be on Saturday 10th October and Saturday 14th November at Alfreton Leisure Centre, full details to follow regarding entries.
The Mabel Mansey Trophy is awarded to the male and female swimmers who have won the most points in galas for RASCALS in the previous four months. The winner for the period April to July for the boys was Jacob Whittle, with Liam Dawson in second place and George Whittle in third. For the girls, the winner was Gracie Dawes with Mia Barber in second place and Freya Layton in third. Many congratulations to you all.
Upcoming Open Meets
RASCALS will be supporting Matlock and District Swimming Club’s licensed Level 3 Open Meet on Saturday 26th September, and would like to see as many RASCALS entering as possible. Age groups are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and over, ages are at 31st December. Events are: 50m and 100m for all strokes, plus 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley. Closing date for entries is Saturday 29th August. For full details please see: www.madswimming.org.uk. Please submit your entries via the Coaching Team, Simon Atkin or Shaun Dawson so we can do an electronic entry.
Following this are Belper Marlin’s Open Meet at The Arc, Matlock, on Saturday 31st October, and Derbyshire Sprints on Sunday 6th December.
British National Swimming Championships
This event will be held from 28th July to 2nd August at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, with the top 24 GB swimmers in each event and age group qualifying to swim.
RASCALS have two swimmers at this prestigious event: Jamie Ingram will be competing in 100m butterfly on Tuesday 28th July, then in 200m butterfly on Thursday 30th July; Fearn Middleton will be swimming in 50m backstroke on Saturday 1st August.
These Championships have an array of top swimmers competing, so why not take a trip to Sheffield to see them in action?! Tickets can be obtained from Ticketmaster.
Reflections from a RASCALS Parent
Over the last couple of years my eyes have well and truly been opened to the world of swimming; and I am sure we can all relate to the fact that we could have been doing countless other activities if we were not sat watching our children swim. Often the only saving grace are the jokes provided by Tom over a PA system!!!!!
With admiration I continue to be amazed at how dedicated our children are to a sport they obviously love. Week after week they dive into a pool in pursuit of another PB, yet this is despite the tears we often see when they think they haven’t performed as well as they had hoped.
RASCALS Lifesaving has been a new venture for Emily this year and to be honest Liz and I were thinking……”nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooo, not more pool time, not more travel, not another weekend sat by a pool”. Adding to our despair of more disrupted weekends was the confusion that beaches existed north of the Watford gap!! We emigrated to Derbyshire from Kent and had never heard of Blythe or Bridlington, let alone know they were beaches. We were also perplexed by a new strange lifesaving language. This foreign language included Emily saying “towing”, “flags”, “isolation” and “tank”. We so desperately wanted to hear the familiar words of “streamline” and “tumble turn”, but it wasn’t to be.
Yet, what a lovely surprise it has been. Every Friday night since starting Lifesaving Emily has come home wanting to practice her first aid moves. I have been rolled into the recovery position so many times that I am now doing it my sleep. Resusci Annie is now my hero as I am convinced that without her I would not be a stranger to 30 compressions and 2 breaths!!!!!
Blythe and Bridlington do in fact have nice beaches, but I expect you know that already. Blythe provided the setting for a competition where Liz and I were sat quite comfortable camped on the beach under the RASCALS flag. From our vantage point we could just see the lifesavers showing their prowess swimming, throwing life rings, running and grabbing hose pipes in an event not dissimilar to musical chairs. What struck me about the day was the relaxed, yet competitive spirit demonstrated by all the competitors. Not dissimilar to a traditional swimming gala it is reassuring to see that competition is alive and strong in our young people.
The pool lifesaving competitions at Alfreton and subsequently Retford were very different from what I was expecting. Faced with two unknown pool situations, operating as a team, a pair of competitors are expected to evaluate, assess and manage these situations. It was an impressive sight to see all competitors dealing with these stressful situations. It cannot be easy especially when you consider that there are lots of eyes on them and some of the competitors haven’t even reached a double digit age!! I am sure that they will carry these life skills into their adult life which should be reassuring for us all.
As it is not often you get asked to contribute to a newsletter I will take this opportunity to say thank you to RASCALS. The success of a life saver / swimmer including Emily is not just down to the motivation of the individual. The coaching professionals have a huge impact on the individual. Without the guidance, dedication and encouragement from both Glenn and Jeremy’s teams I have no doubt that Emily and all the other RASCALS would not be as successful as they are. Thank you. Austen Field.
What have our lifesavers been doing?
National Lifesaving Championships
Each year RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) organise the National Championships where lifesavers age 12 and above compete at County and Regional level with the winners at Regional Level qualifying to represent East Midlands at the National Finals at Ponds Forge in October. The Regional Competition took place at Retford 18th July where the following Rascals lifesavers won their category and secured their place at the Finals:-
Junior boys: Daniel Waterfall / Jason Lockwood
Junior Girls: Esme Parker / Emily Field & Georgina Holbird / Jess Hancock
Senior Girls: Imogen Parker / Amy Evans
Senior Boys: George Spendlove / Alistair Hutchinson
Open Men: Anthony Mason
Masters: Karen Dening
Fantastic yet again to see so many RASCALS representing the region at this prestigious event.
Drowning Prevention Week
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe near water.
Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting this into context, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK.
At RASCALS we obviously continue to educate our members in water safety but also highlighted drowning prevention week by distributing leaflets badges to all rookie swimmers and to local area schools. Anyone that is interested please contact Jeremy Johnson / Dawn Lockwood and they can pass on some goodies.
Open Water / Beach
A number of our lifesavers took advantage during recent months of the open water and athletic beach training at Holme Pierrepont and Bridlington provided by RASCALS. Many of them went on to test their skills in competition at the Blyth Beach Carnival on 11th July. Thankfully the weather was reasonably kind and 19 of our lifesavers were rewarded with a top 3 placing and a medal. Top performers winning their overall age category were:-
Ben King: age 9/10
Rebecca Somes: age 11/13
Becky Emerton: age 30 + !!
Another open water success story is lifesaver Jess Hancock who not only picked up a National Record in the pool earlier this year but also took the Derbyshire ASA Open Water title for her age group at Market Bosworth in July.
In response to feedback from our members, in September we will be introducing a Rookie teaching program from Bronze to Gold in-line with the RLSS award scheme. We are aiming to issue awards and certificates as they progress through the scheme, and meet defined lifesaving skills criteria.
This will be taught at our junior Friday session 7.45pm – 8.45pm. For more details please contact Dawn Lockwood Lifesaving Team Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org
The last session for Lifesaving is on Friday 6th August 2015 and our first session back is on Friday 21st August.
So no sessions at all, including land-based at Denby etc., between these dates.
European Lifesaving Championships
A team of 4 boys and 4 girls are heading to Swansea 8th August to compete at the European Lifesaving Championships 2015. Supported by Jeremy Johnson and Dan Woodthorpe they will compete at events in the pool, on the beach and in the sea.
Frazer Crump, Anthony Mason, George Spendlove, Sam Wesson, Jess Lockwood, Millie Hammond, Susannah Allsop and Jennie Lockwood will be flying the flag for RASCALS. GOOD LUCK GUYS!!
This year has seen a shake up in Swimming National Competitions in this country. A new British Summer Championships has been established as part of the British Swimming Performance Pathway strategy. Swimmers have to post long course times within a qualification window between mid-March and late-May, with up to 24 top-ranked swimmers in each age group and event being invited to the new end of season British Summer Championships. The age is taken as age at the end of the year.
RASCALS swimmers Jamie Ingram (17) and Fearn Middleton (15) have both qualified for these Championships.
Jamie, who trains with Derventio Excel (DX), qualified in 100m and 200m butterfly in the 17/18 years category, and will also swim for DX in the relays.
Fearn, who trains with City of Derby, qualified in 50m backstroke in the 16 years category.
Many congratulations to both swimmers on their tremendous achievement in qualifying for this prestigious competition. The Championships will be held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield at the end of July.
The Presentation Evening is now on
Saturday 19th December 2015
The Post Mill Centre
Dates For Your Diary
Date Event Venue
Sat 10th Oct 2015 Club Championships Alfreton LC
Mon 2nd Nov 2015 RASCALS AGM Ripley LC
Fri 13th Nov 2015 Small Pool Championships Ripley LC
Sat 14th Nov 2015 Club Championships Alfreton LC Gala 2
Fri 20th Nov 2015 Small Pool Party TBC
Sun 6th Dec 2015 Lifesaving Championships Alfreton LC
Sat 19th Dec 2015 Presentation Night Post Mill Centre
Holiday Closure Dates for RASCALS SWIMMERS
Last Session Thursday 27th August 2015
First Session Back Friday 4th September 2015
Last Session Thursday 17th December 2015
First Session Back Saturday 2nd January 2016
Holiday Closure Dates for RASCALS LIFESAVERS
Last Session Friday 7th August 2015
First Session Back Friday 21st August 2015
Last Session Saturday 19th December 2015
First Session Back Saturday 2nd January 2016
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