2019 Club AGM – Sunday 24th November

The Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the VPLC Dance Studio on Sunday 24th November at 1.30pm to 3pm.  This is the annual update on Club affairs & Committee election for the next year.  ALL Club members are welcome.

Committee Positions with Names of Volunteers standing so far….
            Executive Officers/Voting Rights:                                Other Committee/Volunteer Roles:

Chairman –  Carl Stadler                                                Welfare Secretary –  Tina Palmer
Secretary –  Leeann Pickard                           Disability/Deputy Welfare –  Victoria Bull
Treasurer –  Emma Miller                                        Swim21 Officer –  Kay Charlesworth
Membership Secretary –  Claire Cotton         Open Meets Secretary –  Leeann Pickard
(plus Appointed Coaching Team)                  Trophies Secretary –  Kate&Jake Beharall Fundraising Coordinator –  Michelle Moore
Courses Coordinator –  Fiona O’Neill
Public Relations Officer –  Jo Buckingham

VACANT Committee Positions (& how to find out more)
Club Kit Officer (see Kay Charlesworth)
Gala/Officials Organiser (see Richard Tomlinson or Daniel Sloan)

If you would like to stand for any of the above positions, particularly the vacancies, please notify Leeann, BY SUN 10th NOV, either by the pool or via l.pickard@hljs.co.uk

Anyone volunteering a little of their time in support of the Club is much appreciated and very welcome.   Ilkeston Swimming Club exists because of Volunteers!

Belper Open Meet – Top Club 2019!

Ilkeston Swimming Club took 38 swimmers to the Belper Marlins annual ‘Ghoul-in-the-Pool’ Open Meet, at the ARC Leisure Centre in Matlock, on Sunday 27th October and really impressed with the Top Club Award!

The main focus was on underwater skills and throughout the Meet they didn’t disappoint, with swimmers from 9 to 19 years old and many of the younger swimmers racing for the first time.  There was a massive improvement on starts and turns, fast swimming and some very impressive times.  The statistics for this Meet were the biggest ever for the Club with; 179 races, 101 personal best times (a 56% pb rate) and 108 awards over 68 top 6 finishes, with 18 Gold, 9 Silver and 9 Bronze awards.
The Top Boy Award was shared with one other swimmer, in a rare 3-way joint win, by Fred Buckingham and James Wright who both won Gold in every event they entered.  Also, McKinley Cotton was 3rd in the Top Girl Award.  This was a very successful Meet for Ilkeston Swimming Club, with too many names to mention for individual awards, so a massive well done to all the swimmers…
James Wright, Lewis Brown, George Buckingham, Fred Buckingham, Finley O’Neill, Ollie Palmer, Elliot Bestwick, Oliver Macey, Adham Zilate, Leo Charlesworth, Alfie Brown, Maximus Bull, Adam Hill, Reece Tait, Ronnie Archer, Maksim Krasnov, Sophie Jackson, Delainey Cotton, Erin Pickard, Erica Beharall, Erin Miller, Holly Dobbs, Arwen Moore, Alicia Bull, Maddison Ward-Lowe, McKinley Cotton, Ella Sloan, Emmi Charlesworth, Caitlin Cooke, Annie Poyner, Freya Miller, Felicity Dobbs, Sophia Bull, Lily Osvath, Grace Naylor, Darcie Barker, Emily Palmer and Eve O’Neill.

Thank you to Team Managers Claire Cotton and Emma Miller, Coaches Daniel Sloan and Steph Brown, parents and friends for great support throughout the Meet and all the ISC coaching staff for all their hard work with the swimmers, making this such a success.  Also, a big thank you to Belper Marlins for another very enjoyable and successful Meet.
A Massive Well Done to All!
Head Coach Richard 


Ghoul in the Pool – Sunday

Remember the clocks change this weekend!!!

Richard would like everyone at Matlock Arc by the pool and ready by 7.20am THE LATEST for pre-pool talk and warm-up!

Please bring chairs for the hall, also a pair of indoor shoes (flip-flops/crocs) as you will not be allowed from the Hall, through the changing rooms to the pool without footwear

Ensure you are in Ilkeston Kit, bring plenty of snacks and drink and lets have a good day!!!!

Nova L2 & Long Eaton L3 Distance Meets

ISC swimmers competed in a tiring weekend of swimming in 2 different open meets and again rose to the challenge, with some amazing swimming so early in the season!

Saturday 19th October – NOVA Level 2 Meet at Harvey Hadden, Nottingham
Leading the way was Fred Buckingham with a 100% pb rate and putting him on top of the Derbyshire rankings in more events, with some amazing pbs!
It was a tough meet, with a lot of swimmers taking part at a high level, and the stats says it all with an impressive 84% pb rate, 10 top 6 finishers and 3 medals won by;
Fred Buckingham – Bronze in 50 breaststroke
Erin Pickard – Bronze in 50 backstroke
McKinley Cotton – Bronze in 50 butterfly.
Others, also impressing with pbs, were Erica Beharall, Arwen Moore & Finley O’Neill.

Sunday 20th October – Long Eaton Level 3 Distance Meet at Queens Street, Derby
13 ISC swimmers attended over a long and tiring day, with some swimmers having also competed the day before. They carried on where they had left off the previous day, with the main focus on the skills and how to race distance swims with planning in place.  There were again some amazing swims throughout with;
Erin Pickard – a 2 min pb on 1500 free
James Wright – a 1.5 min pb on 1500 free
McKinley Cotton – a 1.5 min pb on 800 free
Also, 9 yr old Sophia Bull with an amazing swim in 400free for the first time.
It was a huge improvement on race skills during the meet, which was good to see, with a 98% pb rate, 13 top 6 finishers & 7 medals won by;
Leo Allanson (ISC/DX) – Gold in 400 IM and 400 free
McKinley Cotton – Gold in 400 free and Bronze in 400 IM
Erin Pickard – Bronze in 800 free
Eja Coe (ISC/DX) – Silver in 800 free
James Wright Silver – 400 IM

Other ISC swimmers with new pbs are; Erin Miller, Holly Dobbs, Delainey Cotton, Finley O’Neill, Louie Stadler, Maximus Bull and Elliot Bestwick. Well done to all the swimmers! Another good weekend for the Club, showing how hard work pays off with the right results….Keep focus, train to win and the rewards will come.

A big thank you goes to both Nova and Long Eaton Swimming Clubs for well organised meets and the Team Managers and Officials who helped to make it a success.  See you again next year!   Head Coach Richard

Arena Round 2 – Sat 9th November

Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre Walsall WS6 7JQ   (unfortunately, it’s the same venue as R1 and the Club has put in a complaint about the lack of space on poolside here!)
WARM UP 6.00PMplease be there by 5.30pm for pre-pool prep/talk.
Adam Hill
Alfie Brown
Kai Bullimore
Rory Mckeown
Louie Stadler
Finley O’Neill
Leo Allanson
Fred Buckingham
James Wright
Lewis Brown
Ryan Kirk
George Riley
George Buckingham
Dan Sloan
Owen Sheehan
Jake Gaskin
Elliot Bestwick
Reserves: Oliver Macey/Jack Stadler
Emmi Charlesworth
Ella Sloan
Freya Miller
McKinley Cotton
Erin Pickard
Erica Beharall
Eja Coe
Arwen Moore
Caoimbhe Kirkland
Maddison Ward-Lowe
Delainey Cotton
Erin Miller
Holly Dobbs
Eve Beharall
Sophie Jackson
Krissy Tomlinson
Reserves: Felicity Dobbs/McKenzie Wood

Please let me know if you are NOT available by Weds 30th October so that your place can be changed.   Thank you.  Head Coach Richard

Notices for this Week…

  • There is NO Weds land training until further notice.
  • There is NO Main Squad Training on Sat 26th or Sun 27th.
  • Foundation and Development Squads will train 3-4pm on Sunday as normal.
  • For all swimmers entered into the Belper Open Meet, on Sunday, the programme details can be found here:  https://www.belpermarlin.co.uk/belper-marlin-open-meet/   Please be at the ARC Leisure Centre in Matlock 30mins before warm up for orderly set up and pre-pool briefing.

Arena League Round 1 – Sat 12th Oct

The ISC Arena Team travelled to Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, near Walsall, for a tough 1st round of the League.  In very hot conditions, with limited space around the pool for swimmers, coaches and officials, they didn’t disappoint!  Although we finished 4th, the points between 2nd and 4th were very close and it could have gone either way in the final result.  However, ISC still managed to secure a large amount of points, which stands us well in the league.  There was improvement on skills and underwater work and some really good times throughout the competition, which required some 60% of the swimmers to compete in older age groups in both the relays and individual races.  There were a lot of tired swimmers at the end of the night, having given their all in every race that they were challenged with.

As always, there was great support from swimmers and parents throughout and thank you to the ISC Team Managers and Officials who stepped in at the last minute.  Well done swimmers, you stepped up and did the Club proud!  Head Coach Richard