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
Boldmere SC 199
Chase SC 124
Pershore SC 120
Congratulations Georgina Mitchell!
Full Report here.
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 !
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
Elinor Bird - 200 & 400 IM, 50 & 100 breast
Seren Mahon - 200 fly
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.
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.
All those attending the Boldmere Water Carnival should be aware that this year the "theme" has changed.
Boldmere have advised us "As usual we are planning some Carnival entertainment for Sunday lunch
time. The theme this year is "The 4th of July" (we are thinking cheer
leaders and pompoms!). There will of course be a prize for the "Best
If anyone needs any help in obtaining theme accessories, please catch up with Jen Morrison who may be able to help out.
Anyone considering further withdrawals should note the following :
"As entry is now closed and we have made rejections, we will not be able
to provide refunds for withdrawals except when a swimmer has been left
with only one swim in a session as a result of the rejections.
Withdrawal will be possible up until 9.00pm Friday 3rd July.
Unfortunately we have not been able to get everyone into the Boldmere meet, they were massively oversubscribed, half the clubs who've traditionally done it have missed out. A batch of our earlier entries have been accepted but even with those we have had some rejections.
We intend to try and enter the City of Derby Meet this week and will mail everyone Tuesday with details.
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.
BLYTHE BARRACUDAS 197
STRATFORD SHARKS 174
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.
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.
Great first place for Sharks last night at Redditch in the first round of this seasons NJL.
1st Stratford Sharks 231
2nd Redditch 228
3rd Hereford 176
4th Orion 159
5th Cannock 152
6th Leicester 117
Thanks to Dirk, Lisa, Ali, Chloe & Nell on poolside and well done to Laura & Daniel leading their team to a fantastic victory, great team work all round !
Some really good swims on the first day at Nuneaton including more Midland District times.
You can view the live results here.
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.
Some big swims at the 3 weeks of the counties and a lot of new or improved Midland QT's from -
Dan Cox, Nick Evans, Elena Nakariakova, Nadia Rogers, Tom Beamer, Laura Griffiths, Isabelle Callaghan, Madeleine Hoare, Ailsa Gavan McHarg, Robin Hughes.
The temporary timetable incorporating recent amendments can be found here.
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