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Midlands Open Water 2018! Team Sharks!!
Well done to Felix ( 1st) and Robin (2nd) in the 5k Male 17/18 year old (West Midlands Region) Midlands Open Water! Good luck for National Open Water later on in the month!

Well done to Keana for also representing Sharks in the 3k 14 years and gaining 9th Place for the West Midlands Region at Midlands Open Water!


Congratulations to our growing Band of Officials!

  • Judge Level 2: Joanne Callaghan
  • Judge Level 1: Dave Bartlett, Steve Goldsbrough, Veronica Ristov & Craig Morrison.
  • Time Keepers: Carol Taylor, Lara Forbes, Monica Orenes, Nil Lukic, Claire Prescott, Louise Greenall, Alison Ireland & Susie Wood

A big thanks to Julie Brear for all her support!!

Well done to Leah and Charlotte for being selected to represent Warwickshire in the Bedfordshire Inter-County gala being held on Sunday 16th September 2018!

The girls have also been selected to attend the Regional Camps in September, October and November! Well done girls #TeamSharks

Thank you and Well done! Team Sharks Champs
Thank you for all the support on poolside/ behind the scenes/ officials/ Time Keepers /Coaches/ Parents/Grandparents/Swimmers over the two weeks for Team Sharks Champs!! We hope you enjoyed it!

We are now so pleased that we have so many new Officials and Timekeepers so thank you for all the hard work. Thank you to Julie Brear, Trevor Key and Mike Wardle for supporting the officials throughout the champs.

All results have now been placed on our website under 'Quick News' and the times are on British Rankings.

Cholmondeley Castle 5k Swim
Well done Robin !!

First place today in the Cholmondeley Castle 5k swim, in 55 minutes!

British Masters Championships 2018
Well done to Tabby for representing Team Sharks at the British Masters Championships 2018 in the 50m freestyle 25th, 50m Fly 10th and 50m back 18th! Well done Tabby for some great personal bests!!! All results can be found here

Great North Swim 10k

Well done to Sarah Jane and Chris for representing Team Sharks at the Great North Swim 10k!

All results can be found here.

#TeamSharks #Masters #openwater

Team Sharks Communication
Keep updated!

Here is a reminder that as well as emailing out to the club and placing information on the Team Sharks website, we also use other social media platforms and here they are.




National Qualifiers for Team Sharks
Team Sharks,

We have some fantastic news to share.

Officially today we have the following swimmers qualify to compete at National Level and represent Team Sharks.

This year's following swimmers are: -

Isabelle Callaghan - British Championships - 200m Breaststroke (Senior Performance)

Daniel Cox - English Nationals - 200m Breaststroke (Senior Performance)
Ellie Harsant - English Nationals - 50m Breaststroke ( Junior Performance)
Felix Gallagher - English Nationals - 1500m Freestyle ( Senior Performance)
Isabelle Callaghan - English Nationals - 50m Breaststroke ( Senior Performance)
Robin Hughes - English Nationals - 800m Freestyle ( Senior Performance)

Elinôr Bird - Welsh Nationals - 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM, 400m IM (Senior Performance)

Rebecca Morrison - Scottish Nationals - 1500m Freestyle (Junior Performance)

Well done for to all the hard work it really has paid off!! We are so proud!!

Thank you for all the continued support for the Team Sharks programme this year and we will keep everyone up to date on the performances throughout the National events!

Kind Regards
Kim Mortimer
Head Coach

Team Sharks,

I just wanted to communicate out how we did at the Midlands Championships over the last two weekends.

Swimmers, Coaches and Parents were faced with difficult conditions (high heat and humidity) over the weekends but responded well to the challenge. I was proud to see many fine swims, plus outstanding professionalism and resilience.

We had 22 swimmers who represented Team Sharks over the two weekends who were Abi Dudfield, Sandy Forysiak, Alistair Ristov, Cassie Lea, Charlotte Harding, Daniel Cox, Eleanor Vickers, Elinor Bird, Ellie Harsant, Georgina Ireland, Hannah Penny, Isabelle Callaghan, Joel Watson, Kathryn Lythgo, Lauren Maher, Leah Bowen, Lilian Perdomo, Molly Bullock, Morgan Evans, Owen Lawton, Rebecca Morrison and Robin Hughes.

In total we had 20 motivational times from 9 different swimmers, 7 Club Records from 5 different swimmers (which have stood from a long time within the club), new personal best times and Sharks being represented in the finals 25 times! We had a mix of 1st, 2nd, 3rd places within the finals!! All details have been placed on our Twitter page so please take some time to have a look @TeamSharksASC

There really was some tough competition but we proved our worth, so we are definitely doing something right.

I also wanted to tell you that whilst at the championships I had four different clubs come and speak to me about our swimmers saying how impressed they were on how many we had in the finals/ PB/ Poduiming and gaining medals and winning with some fast times!! This is real testament to the changes Team Sharks are making and the hard work of the swimmers/coaches, and with continued support and a positive drive we will make even more gains in up and coming open meets for the remainder of the season.

Well done all.

Kim Mortimer
Head Coach

Leah hits Gold!
Well done to Leah for winning the 12 year old 100m freestyle with a PB of 1.03.81! New Midlands Champion!

#fastswimming and plenty of Pb’s!

Squad Coach Vacancy
Stratford Sharks Swimming Club, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, has a part time vacancy for a senior squad coach to join our team, working between 5 and 7 hours per week. We are a forward thinking, ambitious, competitive club with SwimMark status.

Your main responsibility will be to act as senior competitive and masters squad coach and deliver high quality coaching in line with the club development plan and macro training cycle.

The ideal applicant will:

  • Deliver regular weekly training sessions, including weekends.
  • Take a situational approach to swimmers, adopting different coaching styles where necessary.
  • Build a two way relationship with swimmers
  • Attend competitions where squad members are competing
  • Hold a coaching qualification - Level 1 working towards Level 2.
  • Most importantly be enthusiastic, self-motivated and be an excellent communicator.

Please send applications with CV to: headcoach@stratfordsharksasc.co.uk
Stratford Sharks playing the long game in Wolverhampton.

Sharks swimmers struck gold at the Stourbridge Swimming Club Long Distance Open meet in Wolverhampton recently. 17 swimmers made the journey up the M6 early on Sunday morning, bringing back 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. Rebecca Morrison hit the ground running for Sharks, bagging a Bronze in her age group for the 400 Individual Medley and Ella Vickers followed up with a Gold in her age group in later heats.

Chris Clements & Robin Hughes led the boys charge in the 1500 freestyle, winning Silver and Bronze medals in the 16 years & over age group, and Seb Hopper swam a great PB. Gracie Wain kicked off the 400 freestyle for the girls in style, with a Bronze medal in the 10 Years age group, and Molly Bullock, Georgia Pridham and Charlotte Marshall all had great swims. Rebecca Morrison took a Silver Medal in her age group, and Hannah Penny and Kathryn Lythgo both hit Gold.

In the afternoon Felix Gallagher had a great swim, taking Gold in the 400m Individual Medley and Charlotte Marshall, Hope Lawton, Rebecca Morrison and Izzy Hopper all acquitted themselves well in the 800 freestyle. Hannah Penny achieved her second gold of the weekend, and Izzy Callaghan and Kathryn Lythgo battled it out in the last few meters to take Gold and Silver respectively.

More medals followed in the final event of the day, the boys 400m freestyle, with Robin Hughes taking Gold and Felix Gallagher Silver, and Harvey Flint swimming a great PB in the 12 year old age group.

Stratford Sharks Head Coach Kim Mortimer, said Team Sharks had a great day and it was well worth the trip with over 71% of the swimmers achieving Personal Bests.

Midlands Championships
Well done to Elinor Bird and Isabelle Callaghan who competed at the Midlands Championships this weekend.

Elinor Bird
50m breast 22nd
100m breast 12nd
200m breast 12nd

Isabelle Callaghan
50m breast 31st - New Long Course PB
200m breast 22nd - New Long Course PB 


All results can be found here..

Twitter - @TeamSharksASC

Follow us at our new Twitter Handle: @TeamSharksASC

Coventry Sprints 2017
Team Sharks,

A BIG WELL DONE to everyone who swam in the Coventry Sprint Open Meet yesterday, there were some fantastic swims and we received the prize for Top Visiting Club!! The results link will be put on the website shortly.

For some Team Sharks Swimmers, it was their first open meet in a long course pool and we hope you enjoyed it!!

Thank you for all the support and help from poolside, officials, timekeepers, ref, parents/grandparent support. 


Meet Ian Armiger
Team Sharks,

I am pleased to inform you all that Ian Armiger our Technical & Programme Advisor will be visiting the club this Friday 22nd September. All swimmers and parents are invited to come to one of the following sessions to welcome Ian to the Club and for him to explain a little more about himself.

Two sessions have been arranged to allow for swimmers to still attend their training session and for volunteers and coaches to also attend. You only need to attend one session.

6.15-6.45pm and 7.15-7.45pm in the meeting room in Stratford Leisure Centre.

Kind Regards

Kim Mortimer
Head Coach
Banbury Lido

It was #TeamSharks last session in Banbury on Saturday morning for the 2017 season! Thanks to the staff at Banbury Lido for looking after us throughout the summer now on to the Autumn training back indoors!

New Timetable Monday 4th September 2017
Please remember the new time table starts on Monday 4th September. Those squads which have slightly amended sessions have received emails. If you click on the tab 'Swimmers' and scroll down to 'Timetable' you will be able to view your new training time slots.
Team Sharks British/English/ Welsh National Results
#TeamSharks update.....
A busy week last week with all results as

British Summer Championships

Well done to Tom Beamer for achieving in the 15 year old age group
8th in the 400m Freestyle
16th in the 200metres Butterfly
18th in the 400metres Individual Medley
19th in the 200metres Backstroke
15th in the 200metres Freestyle

English Nationals

Well done to Felix Gallagher for achieving in the 16 year old age group
12th in the 1500metres

Well done to Tom Beamer for achieving in the 15 year old age group
13th in the 200metres Individual Medley

Welsh Nationals

Well done Elinor Bird for achieving in the 17 and over age group
1st in the 100m Breaststroke
2nd in the 200m Breaststroke
2nd in the 400 IM
7th in the 200m Backstroke
5th in the 50metres Breaststroke
8th in the 200m IM
Swim Wales Summer Open Meet 2017

#TeamSharks update!!!

Well done Nell getting 🥇 in the 17 years and over 100m breast in the Welsh Nationals!!!

Mwy o aur am Nell!    



Swim England - National Open Water Festival 2017
A massive well done to #TeamSharks at Open Water Nationals Championships today and a big thank you to Coach Yvonne for supporting!

A really fantastic effort well done to all.

Seb Hopper finished 25th in the 5k (17/18)
Felix Gallagher finished 10th in the 3k (16)
Robin Hughes finished 13th in the 5k (17/18)
Seren Mahon finished 17th in the 5k (17/18)

All results can be found here.

Swim Wales Summer Open Meet 2017

Congratulations Nell for 2nd place in the 200m Breaststroke!

Chi wedi gwneud yn dda!


British Summer Championships 2017
A massive Good Luck to Tom Beamer representing #TeamSharks at the British Nationals this week competing in 200metres back, 200metres fly, 200metres free, 400m free, and 400m IM and 200metres IM at English next week! We will keep you up to date with Tom's efforts If you wish to watch the live streaming please use the following link https://www.britishswimming.org/…/british-summer-champs-li…/ Tom is in the 400m free final tonight so def have a watch!
We also have some other of our Sharks Senior swimmers representing #TeamSharks over the next two weeks at Welsh and English Nationals their pictures will be up soon......!!!

GB FISEC Swim Team - Italy 2017
Well done Izzy Callaghan competing in GB FISEC in Lignano Pineata. Izzy got bronze in the 50m Breast and 200m Freestyle and silver in the 4x 100m free relay and bronze in the Team competition. Izzy also gained new Long Course PB's in 200m free & 100m back!

Well done Izzy!

Anyone for Cake!!??!!

An amazing cake made by one of our parents Catherine Silvester! Catherine is going to set up her own business and #TeamSharks will def recommend her, thank you Catherine!

Thanks to Nell, Sandy, Lisa and Chloë for sorting out the pressies.

Good Luck and all the best to Dirk, Sally and Martha in your next adventure in Malaysia!

Mercian League Final 2017

Great swimming tonight @sharksasc and congratulations to @swimcoventry for 1st place in the Mercian League final tonight at Pingles, Nuneaton.

City of Coventry: 217
Leamington: 211
Worcester: 175
Stratford Sharks: 159
Blythe Barracudas: 156
Nuneaton: 120

Great respect to all @sharksasc swimmers, gaining a credible 4th place despite being seeded 6th!

Well done all, and a special mention to Mike Ireland who brought the team home in first place, on the last leg of the last relay tonight. Not bad for an old one Mike, not bad at all!

Thanks to Mark, Dave & Helen for officiating and thanks too to our fab coaches Kim & Yvonne.

Scottish National Championships 2017
A massive well done to Kathryn Lythgo on gaining 2nd place in the 17/18 age group for the 800m freestyle at Scottish Nationals! 

Midland Open Water Swimming Championships 2017
Midland Open Water Swimming Championships held at Bosworth water, Bosworth.

Sharks had an impressive five entries. In the 5km event, Robin Hughes and Seb Hopper competed in the 17-18 yrs boys event with 5laps to complete it was a test of pacing and endurance! With an exciting last lap, Robin surged to the front of his group and with it took the 17/18yrs title followed by Seb a very pleasing 5th in the age group. The girls 5km Sharks entrants were Seren Mahon and Izzy Caswell, Seren paced her race well and in finishing 7th was delighted to complete the event despite her limited training due to A levels. For Izzy, it was a new challenge and her inexperience showed as her first lap she lost contact with the group in front; however, she settled into a good rhythm and made her way through the field to achieve 11th place. In the 15/16 yr age group, Felix Gallagher was the sole Sharks representative. He started in fine style and his sighting skills and experience showed as he achieved an impressive 3rd place.

Final results with the following swimmers qualifying for National Open Water Event being held on Monday 31st July.

Robin Hughes 1st and Seb Hopper 2nd in the 17/18 age group for the West Midlands Category for the 5k Open Water Championships.

Seren Mahon 3rd in the 17/18 age group for the West Midlands Category for the 5k Open Water Championships.

Felix Gallagher 1st In the 16 age group for the West Midlands Category for the 3k Open Water Championships

Well done to all!! #TeamSharks

GB FISEC Swim Team - Italy 2017
Good luck to Izzy Callaghan, swimming with the Great Britain FISEC Squad in Lignano Pineta, Italy this week.

Go Izzy!

Congratulations to Tom Beamer and Daniel Cox who have been selected to represent the county in the Inter-County competition held in Sheffield in October. The boys will be part of the 14/15 year old Medley Relay Team. Well done boys!
Mercian League Rd 2
Great swimming from Team Sharks in Solihull tonight, some fab swims and a great result!

Well done all!

1st Blythe Barracudas 235
2nd Stratford Sharks 212
3rd Warley Wasp 173
4th Wombourne 147
5th Hadden Hill 135
6th Cannock Phoenix 132

Ian Armiger - Technical & Programme Advisor
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Armiger as Technical & Programme Advisor from September. Ian, who has enjoyed a successful coaching career spanning 40 years, was Director of Swimming at Loughborough University and a GB Olympic Coach, placing swimmers at six Olympics with swimmers making Olympic Finals at three of these. Ian was awarded the prestigious Mussabini Medal for services to Coaching in 2007, a Loughborough University Medal for outstanding service in 2012, and was inducted into the British Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013. Ian has held numerous positions both Internationally and within the UK. Ian remains an active Coach and is a Mentor/Advisor to various organisations including the West Midlands Talent Coach Development Scheme.

I was privileged to work under Ian’s tutelage on the Loughborough Fast Swimming programme, and have seen first-hand the immediate performance benefits swimmers enjoy from Ian’s programme and coaching techniques. He is an outstanding coach & mentor and his experiences as an Olympic GB and International Coach will be invaluable to the club and coaching team as we look to build the framework which will allow our swimmers to push on to greater achievements.

Kim Mortimer
Head Coach
Summer Nationals Qualifiers 2017

Congratulations to the following Sharks swimmers who have qualified for this year's British and Home Nations Summer Nationals:-

Tom Beamer - British Nationals (200 back, 200 fly, 200 free, 400 free, 400 IM); English Nationals (200 IM)

Felix Gallagher - English Nationals (1500 free)

Kathryn Lythgo - Scottish Nationals (400 free, 800 free)

Elinor Bird - Welsh Nationals (50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM)

Seren Mahon - Welsh Nationals (200 fly)

Regional Qualifiers!

Congratulations to all our Sharks swimmers who have achieved qualifying times for the West Midlands Regional Championships! - Becca Morrison, Harvey Flint, Georgina Ireland, Joel Watson, Ellie Harsant, Hannah Penny, Daniel Cox, Tom Beamer, Ella Vickers, Abbie Wootton, Michael Allen, Felix Gallagher, Izzy Callaghan, Georgina Mitchell, Seren Mahon, Robin Hughes, Kathryn Lythgo, Chris Clements, Elinor Bird, Sophie Warden, Sandy Forysiak

Junior League Rnd 1
Introducing our Junior Captains for 2017 Harvey Flint and Becca Morrison.

Both Becca and Harvey are very dedicated to their swimming and in sessions always give of their best. They are keen to improve and this year has seen both swimmers achieve numerous pb’s and MQT (Midland Qualifying times). This is testament to their hard work and attitude. We know they will lead the team with enthusiasm this evening at Round 1 of the Junior League.

Good Luck !


International Women's Day
On International Women's Day - congratulations to our lovely Kim Mortimer on her graduation from Loughborough University - MSc Sport Coaching.

We're all done and on our way home!

8 hours in the pool, 20k swam, 2 hours in the gym and we're all done! Thanks KIm and Dirk for a fantastic weekend!

More photos from Mount Kelly


Inspired by Adam Peaty.........?

Could you be the next Adam Peaty?  Come for a trial with Sharks!

We are looking for new swimmers to join the Competitive Section of our club.  Swimmers need to be aged 7 to 10 years of age and have reached the minimum standard of Level 7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Programme.  Email membership to arrange a trial.

Masters....... were you a Competitive Swimmer in your youth?  Would you like to get back involved?  Sharks has an active Masters section with a dedicated Masters coach.  Email masters enquiry

Sharks - Masters
Land Training Tomorrow Night !!
Team Sharks,

Please note there will be no land training running tomorrow evening 5-5.45pm Tuesday 17th July 2018.

The pool session will be running as normal 6-8pm.
Saturday Lunch Time Sessions
Juniors/ JDS,

Please see the dates below where the 12-1pm Lunch Time slot at SLC will be replaced by 8-9am session at Banbury Lido, Wood Green Leisure Centre. This will allow Junior swimmers to train in a 50m pool before the City of Coventry Long Course Sprint Open in September.

Sat 21st July 2018 8am - 9am at Banbury Lido
Sat 28th July 2018 8am - 9am at Banbury Lido
Sat 4th August 2018 8am - 9 am at Banbury Lido

Emails have been sent out with specific details.
100 Club - July

Congratulations to the following winners

1st 56 – Vacant - £25.00
2nd 74 – Yvonne Caswell - £10.00
3rd 51 – Anna Bartlett - £5.00

If you would like to join our 100club contact 100club@stratfordsharksasc.co.uk

Midlands/National Open Water
Team Sharks,

For those swimmers who are wishing to enter Midlands and hopefully leading onto National Open Water, all details can be found in our Competitive Planner on the Sharks Website.
GCSC L3 Open Meet 2018
Banbury Lido Sessions.

Banbury Lido Sat Morning session will be starting Sat 2nd June 2018 7.30-9am and will run until Sat 2nd Sept 2018 (excluding our shutdown - 11th & 18th Aug). This session is for swimmers who normally swim on Sat 5.30-7am at SLC. However, Juniors will be offered some training towards the end of the summer and details will follow.

DX 2nd LC Open Meet May 2018
C & D Secondary Galas 2018
WM Championships 2018
WDSC LC L1 Premier Meet
WCC 2018
Club Shop Online!

You can visit our club shop page to see all our fast kit, just select what you need, then click on the basket icon within checkout, and collect your items from the club desk on a Friday night, payment will be taken by GoCardless DD.

Any queries please email us