Open Meets Update & Regional Champs

Further to entering the Chesterfield L3 Short Course Open Meet on the 6th & 7th April, the next target meet will be the City of Leeds L3 Long Course on the 29th & 30th June.  Please note that the Rotherham Meet on 6/7th July will be removed from the calendar…  The Club calling notice for Leeds entries will be posted mid April, as entries cannot be submitted to the City of Leeds Swim Club before the 2nd week of May.

Please submit your QUALIFYING entries for the East Midlands Regional Championships to Leeann by Tues 9th April (gives time for qualifying at Chesterfield, but please note that ISC entries will be submitted electronically on the 10th to meet 11th closing date).  Entry is via Club only and there seems to be no entry form. Therefore, please email: Swimmer & ASA no, qualifying events entered, contact details & payment method (£8 per race + £2 per day – it is pricey!) to Leeann at:   (bacs to Club or cash/cheque to Leeann asap after email).

All entry conditions are not yet on the ASA website, but Qualifying Times & Schedules for Gala 1 (11-13yrs) at Corby and Gala 2&3 (14yrs+) at Ponds Forge can be found here:


Disability Swimmer Registration

Ilkeston Swimming Club is a diverse club which aims to accommodate all competitive swimmers and, as such, we are currently updating our swimmer registrations.  In order to be accurate, can swimmers or parents/carers of swimmers with disabilities please contact Victoria via email, or at the pool.  Registered disabilities include the following:

Vision impairment, Deaf or hard of hearing, Mental health conditions, Intellectual disability, Acquired brain injury, Autism spectrum disorder, Physical disability.

May Rotherham Open Meet Full!

Having moved from securing entry into the Chesterfield Meet to looking at the Rotherham Meet in May, I have this week discovered that it’s full already!  Apologies if you were holding out for this one, but ISC will not be there this time….  The next planned Open Meet will be the City of Leeds on 29&30 June and I will call for entries in late April as entries will only be accepted for this Meet in mid May (phew!!).

Training this Weekend – 9 & 10 March

Message from Richard to Mid Potential, Junior Elite and National Potential Squads: There will be no training this Saturday 7.30am to 9.30am (9th March) or Sunday 4pm to 6pm (10th March).  This is due to coaching staff and a significant number of swimmers attending the Nova Open Meet.  The Foundation and Development Squads will train as normal on Sunday 10th March – 3pm to 4pm.

Great Results at County Championships!

A total of 30 Ilkeston swimmers competed in the annual Derbyshire County Championships, held over the two weekends of 16th and 23rd of February at the ARC in Matlock, with fast swimming and great results. Swimmers of all ages produced some amazing performances, showing a lot of determination and will to win, combined with skills and fitness improvements after finishing a hard preparation training cycle. The Club was rewarded with a huge 91% personal best rate over the 1st weekend, followed by 84% over the 2nd, with 51 swims across 40 finals and 34 County Championship medals won:

James Wright – Gold in 50m breaststroke, 800m freestyle
Silver in 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke
Bronze in 50m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m back, 100m breast

Eja Coe – Gold in 200m breaststroke
Silver in 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m back, 1500m free, 400m ind medley
Bronze in 50m backstroke

McKinley Cotton – Silver in 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly,
Bronze in 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly

Fred Buckingham – Silver in 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly,
Bronze in 100m individual medley, 200m breaststroke

Leo Allanson – Silver in 100m butterfly
Bronze in 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley

Louie Stadler – Silver in 800m and 1500m freestyle

Lewis Brown – Silver in 1500m freestyle

Joshua Bestwick – Silver in 400m individual medley

Also, qualifying times for the East Mids Championships in April were achieved by;
Erin Pickard and Erica Beharall for the first time.
James Wright, Eja Coe, Caoimbhe Kirkland, Leo Allanson and Fred Buckingham.

IMG_0946[1]For a small Club, it was a great achievement with each swimmer deserving a mention for great racing, making it too difficult to choose a ‘Swimmer of the Meet’! Well done to; Leo Charlesworth, Alfie Brown, Oliver Macey, Finley O’Neil, Louie Stadler, Fred Buckingham, Ollie Palmer, Leo Allanson, Lewis Brown, George Buckingham, James Wright, George Riley, Ryan Kirk, Elliot Bestwick, Joshua Bestwick, Emmi Charlesworth, Ella Sloan, McKinley Cotton, Freya Miller, Arwen Moore, Caoimbhe Kirkland, Eja Coe, Alicia Bull, Erin Pickard, Erica Beharall, Holly Dobbs, Erin Miller, Delainey Cotton, Eve Beharall, Sophie Jackson.

A big thank you goes out to:
Coaches – Richard Tomlinson, Steph Brown, Dan Sloan
Team Managers – Victoria Bull, Claire Cotton, Kay Charlesworth, Leeann Pickard, Kate Beharall, Isobel Coe
Ilkeston Parents who volunteered to officiate over the two weekends and for all parents continuing support.

After taking on the Head Coach role 5 months ago, Richard Tomlinson has seen the swimmers build in confidence, with recent success in the Arena League, Derbyshire Sprints, Rotherham Meet and now Derbyshire County Championships. Richard has introduced some big changes in the reconstruction of squads and training cycles, with the swimmers rising to the new challenges. Ilkeston Swimming Club has a Development Programme from young swimmers, new to competition, to the top end of competitive swimming, with a great group of Coaching Staff, Committee Members and Parents working hard to support and further develop the success of the Club.