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Age Group:38 
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ASA National Championships
Good luck to Izzy Callaghan swimming in the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Izzy is competing in the 200 breast stroke Thursday morning, Go Izzy!

Well done to Ailsa for her great swims in the relays heat and finals yesterday, and also good luck to Robin who takes part in the relays tomorrow.

Welsh National Champion

Congratulations to Elinôr Bird, Welsh National Champion in both 50 &100m Breast Stroke.

Well done Nell!

European Triathlon Championships

Well done to Yvonne Caswell who recently competed at the European Triathlon Championships, held this year in a very sunny and hot Geneva, Switzerland. Yvonne competed for GB age-group (40-44) in the standard distance event which consists of a 1500m swim in lake Geneva, 40k bike around the lake and a 10k undulating to say the least run around a park.

Yvonne finished 19th in her age group in a time of 2.38. 24. despite a chain malfunction of her bike.

Well done Yvonne.

Mercian League Rd 3

A massive thank you to all the swimmers who swam in Round 1, 2 and 3 of the Mercian League. Saturday night's result ended with Stratford Sharks finishing in 3rd place in the league. Thank you to all the coaches, officials, and parents who offered poolside help and of course well done to all the swimmers !

LSSC 230
CoC 182
Worcester 163
Redditch 161
Bilston 133

Well done Robin!

Robin Hughes took part in the Midlands Open Water Swim on Sunday at Bosworth Park having qualified with a Gold Medal at the Warwickshire Counties in March. The event involved a 3k swim in an open water lake amongst 120 other male & female swimmers aged 15 years and over.

This was Robin's first open water event, but un-intimidated by the adult swimmers around him Robin set straight out in the middle of the pack. After some good turns around the buoys he soon overtook most of the pack and kept a good pace throughout.

After an exhilarating swim Robin came out of the water finishing his swim in 43:07:00, 11th overall and a very close 4th in his age group. It was a great first open water swim, and Robin he says he is certainly looking forward to more open water swimming in the future!

Paul Weston Aquathlon 2015
Great results for Sharks Triathlon members at the recent Paul Weston Memorial Aquathlon at Birmingham University.

All 4 members who took part were placed in their categories: Abbie Wootton 1st Place TriStar 3 Girls, Joel Watson and Sebastian Hopper 2nd place in TriStar 2 Boys and Youth Boys respectively, and Isabelle Hopper 3rd place TriStar 2 Girls.

Well done!

W/C 26/10/15 - Guess Who's Coming to Town?
Junior League 3rd Rd
Some great swims against tough opposition last night at Newbold, so well done all!

Thanks to Dirk and all the coaches on poolside, and Julie Cox, Helen Evans and Jackie Hughes for officiating last night. A special BIG thanks to our Junior Captains Laura & Daniel and all the other 12 year old age group swimmers who have contributed in recent years as they finish their time with the Junior League Squad.

Northampton SC 245
LSSC 203
Boldmere SC 199
Chase SC 124
Pershore SC 120
U15 Girls British Modern Pentathlon Champion - 2015

Congratulations Georgina Mitchell! 

Full Report here.

British Masters Championships - 2015

At the British Masters Championships in the 50m pool at the Aquatics Centre in Manchester, Ali Skirvin won Bronze medals in both the 200 IM and the 200 Breaststroke. Ali also managed 4th in the 100 Breaststroke and 5th in the 50 Breaststroke.

Well Done  Ali !

Sandwell Junior Triathlon

A big well done to Ben Jones, Kieran Speechly, Abbie Wootton, Hope Lawton, Lucy Sainsbury, Seb Hopper, Seren Mahon and Gregor Kelling who represented Stratford Sharks in the Sandwell Open Water Junior Triathlon this morning. For some it was their first open water triathlon which is very different from swimming in a pool with lane ropes and lines! They all had a fantastic time and did really well. A special mention to Gregor Kelling who came 2nd and Seren Mahon who came 3rd in their Youth categories.


Well done! and some great swims at the Snowdome as Sharks took first place at the Mercian Summer League Rd 2. No snow in sight as the parents offered great support whilst they roasted themselves on the balcony! Thanks to Dirk and the coaches on poolside and also to Catherine, David and Jen for officiating.

1st Stratford Sharks 238
2nd Bilston 218
3rd Lichfield 195
4th Perry Beeches 151
5th Walsall 122
6th Tamworth 105


Congratulations to the following swimmers on their fantastic achievements!

British Nationals ( top 24 ranked in Britain )
Elinor Bird - 200 breast
Madeline Hoare - 400 & 800 free

Welsh Championships
Elinor Bird - 200 & 400 IM, 50 & 100 breast
Seren Mahon - 200 fly

English Championships
Madeleine Hoare - 50, 100 & 200 free and 200 & 400 IM
Izzy Callaghan - 200 Breast

Also Congratulation to Ailsa Gavin McHarg and Robin Hughes who are part of the Team Mercia National Team Relays.

Midlands Age Group Championships.

A pretty successful outcome for Team Mercia and Sharks over the two weekends, lots of PB’s and finalists for Team Mercia and Stratford, the highlight for Sharks were the 7 medals.

Three Silver Medals for Maddie Hoare in the 50m, 200m & 400m freestyle, two for Laura Griffiths with bronze in the 50m butterfly and silver in the 100m freestyle, bronze for Dan Cox in the 50m breaststroke and bronze for Izzy Callaghan in the final swim of the championships in the 200m breaststroke.

Sun's Up !

Junior League Round 2

A fairly tough night in Rugby for the second round of the Junior League, in the end we came third thanks to some very good individual swims.  Unfortunately we left quite a few points on poolside in a lot of the relays, work to do on the race skills.

Thank you to everyone who swam, supported and officiated on the night.


Sharks win at Mercian League Rd 1
Sharks continued their winning streak last night in Nuneaton, with another first place in the first round of the Mercian Summer League.

1st Stratford Sharks 260
2nd Wombourne 192
3rd Etwell 171
4th Oldbury 154
5th Walsall 141 
6th Ludlow 119

A really enjoyable evening with some great swims and lots of PB’s, well done and thanks to all the swimmers, coaches, poolside helpers and sharks officials on the evening.
Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers

Stratford Sharks are now registered to collect Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers which we can use to purchase equipment for our refurbished pool – we would be really grateful if you can hand them in to Julie Lawton at the club desk, Joy Beamer at the club shop or to Lisa Bird or Philippa Sherlock.


New Blocks! Thanks to Stratford Town Trust

With a brand new pool on the horizon none of the committee or coaches liked the idea of re-using the old starting blocks in the new pool. So with this in mind, I made a funding application to Stratford Town Trust back in January for brand new blocks.  I am delighted to tell you that the Trustees have been kind enough to award the club the full grant of £6,108  which will largely meet the cost of the new blocks. I hope the swimmers will enjoy using the new blocks and all squads will benefit from them.

Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of Stratford Town Trust, who continue to support the club and remain an important partner in our development. 


Fantastic Junior League Final

A massive well done to all the swimmers who swam in the Nuneaton Junior League Final last night at Wolverhampton.  We came 5th overall due to some fantastic swimming and support. Special thanks to all the parents and supporters who cheered every Shark and to all those poolside for all their hard work.

This was the result of a long seasons hard work and the results were there for all to see, now the hard part is to do it again every year! Individual race results (about 50% PB’s on the night!) are on the web site and full results will be up later when the splits are sorted.

Final results were:   Northampton A 221, Boldmere A  218, City of Coventry 191, Leicester Sharks A 165, Stratford Sharks 144 Leamington Spa 131

Coventry & District Champs 2015

Final reminder that entries for the C&D Championships need to be in this week, as soon as possible please, with Friday 28th August being the final deadline. Please note the deadline date on the entry form of 23rd August 2015 is an error and there is still time to get your entries in this week. To help Sue Kennedy process the club’s entries, if you have your entry ready please post it in the post box at SLC early this week. The post box is sitting on top of the filing cabinet behind the temporary reception, no cash please only cheques.

Club Shop
The club shop will be shut on Friday 21st and 28th August.  It will reopen on 4th September.
100 Club Draw - August

1st 52 Helen Evans
2nd 28 Paul Barnes
3rd 92 Not issued

Soundwell County Qualifier

The internal deadline for Soundwell has now passed and the club has submitted the entries.


A gentle reminder: When entering open meets, please ensure that cheques are made out to STRATFORD SHARKS ASC, and NOT the club hosting the open meet. Please ignore any instructions on the hosting clubs entry form about who to make the cheque out to.

We collate all the entries and enter the Open meet electronically, and pay by BACS transfer.

Club Shop Online Order

The club shop is open most Friday evenings between 6.30 and 7.30 pm at SLVC.  Visit the club shop page to view items.  Orders can be placed online (just place items in the basket and checkout – the clubshop will be sent an email and will contact you to arrange payment and delivery)