December Stats:

Opens/Galas: Arena R3 & DASA County Sprints

Total Personal Best’s: 49

Top 3 Placings: 38

Total Club Records: 4


Stats for September, October, November & December 2016:

Total Personal Best’s: 689

Top 3 Placings: 225

Total Club Records: 27


Well done swimmers & the coaching team for your hard work and efforts for December!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

See you back in the pool on Tuesday 3rd January 2017…

Colour Gala Champions – Dec 2016

Well done to everyone who took part in the first Club Colours Gala this evening. The team spirit and atmosphere was fantastic with lots of cheering and supporting of your team mates. It was very competitive, which was reflected in the points on the night. They were extremely tight and there was lots of good racing and fun races included in the program. If you missed this time, then make sure you are at the next one. We are hoping to have a trophy for the winning team and other things that we’ll be adding into the event.

The final points on the night were as follows:

1st Yellow Team (111)

2nd Green Team (90)

3rd Purple Team (86)

4th Red Team (84)

5th Blue Team (81)

6th Orange Team (53)

Thanks to all who supported the event and helped on poolside to make the first Inter-Club Gala successful. Thanks to Phil, Dave, Gary, Graham, Cam, Sharon, Louisa

We are currently looking at dates for the 2017 Colours gala. We will confirm asap.

2017 League Fixtures

The next set of galas will be next year now, which gives us all a chance to relax and recharge. The following leagues are coming up, starting in January:

Leicester Winter League – RH

Nottingham Sports Centre League – KH

JC Dobb Trophy League – SB & MG

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Diddy League – DS

Jamie Rigby Memorial Gala Trophy – RH

National Arena League – RH

Please can you ensure you check the club calendar on the website and the notice board, and update your diary regularly. Please make sure you are available if selected for the above galas. In order for the Club to continue to be successful and to progress as a team, swimmers need to fully commit themselves.

A full list of open meets will be available on the notice board for January-July 2017 asap.

The Club is looking forwards to a successful 2017 and we hope that you are too!

Final Table: NASL 2016


Well done to all swimmers who played a part in any of the three rounds of the NASL!

Overall, the Club has achieved several records this campaign as described below:

  • Best round 2 total gala points in Club History
  • The highest League finish in our Club History in 8th position
  • The second highest Total Gala Points scored since joining the League
    • (Highest points total of 560 recorded in 2008)   

It shows hard work does conquer everything when we all pull together as a team…

As the Swahili proverb says,

“A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing his own way.”

Well done everyone #TeamIlkeston

NASL R3 @ Hucknall

The final round of the National Arena Swimming League was held at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Saturday evening. It was another very competitive gala, and after several swimmers pulled out last minute due to illness, which couldn’t be helped, it did make it a harder gala than it would have been. However, with that being said, the swimmers that attended stepped up and together we raced well and came out with 4th place!

There were a total of 13 first places, 8 second places, and 3 third places.

A total of 5 team PB’s and 12 individual PB’s were recorded.

Lewis Wright achieved a Club Record in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.14.02. Lewis has beaten his record in this event on 3 occasions, so far in the past three competitions!

As usual the Open Boys (William Wright, Lewis Wright, Daniel Sloan, Charlie Palmer, Owen Sheehan, William Foster) with another brilliant Freestyle Cannon at the end of the gala finishing in first place. Putting their foot to the peddle to finish nearly a half a length away from the rest of the pool!

Overall Placings; Falcon (205), Worksop (198), Daventry (183), Team Ilkeston (175), Dronfield (168), Long Eaton (121)

In all three rounds of the competition, the following stats have been recorded:

Top 3: 72 (28 – 1st, 29 – 2nd, 15 – 3rd)

PB’s: 47 (18 Team PB’s)

Club Records: 8 Records

Thanks to our poolside officials, team managers, t-keepers and coaches that stepped in to help with the running of the gala on the night!

DASA County Sprints

Great day for our swimmers at Ponds Forge for the County Sprints on 4th December.

17 Team Ilkeston swimmers represented the Club at the competition and overall the day was a success with swimmers showcasing quality technique and skills.

32 PB’s were recorded during the event, and 3 Club Records were broken by Summer in the 50m Fly & 50m & 100m Freestyle.

There were 14 top three placings from five different swimmers in total.

William Wright

Bronze 50m Butterfly

Lewis Brown

Silver 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke & Bronze 50m Backstroke,

Leah Burgin-Rawson

Gold 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly & Silver 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke

Lewis Wright

Gold 50m Breaststroke, Silver 50m Butterfly & Bronze 50m Freestyle

Summer Kennedy

Gold 50m Freestyle & Silver 100m Freestyle & Bronze 50m Butterfly

Swimmers were;  Abigale King, Sophie King, Sophie Stone, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Summer Kennedy, Tegan Hulme, Erin Pickard, Charlotte Mitchell, Hannah Mitchell, Keira Banks, William Foster, Ollie Palmer, William Wright, James Wright, Lewis Wright, Lewis Brown, Ethan Hulme

Well done to all swimmers – very enjoyable event as always and great fun.

If you didn’t enter this year, you need to be there next year as you’re missing out!

Reminder: Key Dates & Deadlines

Club Colour Gala – Sunday 18th December at 15:00-18:00pm [VPLC]

Please sign up by contacting us or alternatively sign up at the pool before the 18/12

Ernehale Open Meet Deadline – Sunday 18th December 2016

Please hand your forms and payment back into Erin!

Club Development Camp Deadline – Thursday 22nd December 2016

A lot of planning goes into this event, therefore, please hand in before above date

Swimmers will be grouped into Blue, White and Red Teams for team building activities

Final Training Session for All Squads is: Thursday 22nd December 2016

Main Squad Competitive – Thursday 22nd December 2016

Development Squad – Tuesday 20th December 2016

Splash Squads – Splash Pool Coordinator will advise you of your final session

Training will recommence on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Merry Christmas to all from Ilkeston SC

Presidents Evening

Fantastic night for all at the President’s Evening with everyone having the chance to have some fun for all their hard work and effort from the past 12 months. Steve Darkins, our Club President was present to hand out the awards on the evening, and everyone was pleased to see him back in action at the Club.

Award Winners 2016

Most Improved – Splash Squads

Boy – Joe Lynam

Girl – Olivia Drury

Endeavour Award – Splash Squads

Boy – Oliver Ward

Girl – Emily Espin

Team Trophy Award: 15/U Boys

Charlie Palmer, Lewis Wright, Ethan Hulme, Jake Gaskin & Tom Ingram

Butterfly Award: Leah Burgin-Rawson

Backstroke Award: William Foster

Breaststroke Award: Lewis Wright

Freestyle Award: Charlie Palmer

Most Improved Junior Boy: Ellis Haddon

Most Improved Junior Girl: Eja Coe

Most Improved Senior Boy: William Wright

Most Improved Senior Girl: Sophie King

Commitment Award: Samantha Stafford

Poolside Assistance: ALL

Leah Woodhead, Dale Wilkins, Phil Coe, Abigail Sloan, Abigale King, Samantha Stafford, Lewis Guilfoyle, Sue Rafai.

Jamie Rigby Award: Erin Pickard

Swimmer of the Year: Lewis Brown

After the Presidents Awards there were additional awards to be handed out to those who missed the Presentation Evening to collect their Club Championships awards, and two special awards for Regional Honours and Long Service.

Lewis Wright received his Regional Award after competing in numerous events at the 2016 East Midlands Championships earlier in the year.

Lesley Gilbert, Splash Squads Coordinator received her Long Service Award. Lesley gives up a lot of her time to coach the children in the Splash Squads and attends nearly every training session to help the Club continue to produce the best swimmers in the County and beyond. The committee and coaching team thought it was vital to show our appreciation to Lesley who has been involved in the Club and swimming on a wider scale for many years. Thank you for your time from everybody at Ilkeston SC!

Well done to everyone

Officially Officials

Congratulations to our new Judge 1 Qualified Officials:

Dale Wilkins, Phil Coe, Martin Gaskin & Shona Baldwin

The above have all been officiating since July and have completed their log books by attending various open meets and galas throughout the last six months.

If you are interested in qualifying and becoming part of the officials team as a judge or a timekeeper, then please get in touch with us for more details!

Well done all

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