CMKSC's young official Faith attends National Camp
Club member and senior swimmer Faith Kimberley, 16, has represented the County at a national sport camp in Loughborough as an official. Faith got through a selection process as one of just ten young ASA officials from across the country to take part in the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp (NTC). The unique residential experience brought together 350 of the most talented young athletes, coaches and officials across England. All candidates were selected based on their sporting/coaching or officiating achievements and a demonstration of their commitment to personal development.
During the four-day camp, Faith and her fellow young officials joined in the multi-sport, multi-role, three-dimensional camp which aimed to increase individual aspiration and ambition. Participants were stretched and challenged to aim high and achieve their sporting best. The camp was funded by Sport England and presented by Loughborough University, working with seven National Governing Bodies of Sport, including the ASA.
While on the course, Faith took part in busy days beginning with circuit training at 6.45am in the morning and with activities continuing until the late evening. They were given presentations by motivational speakers as well as preparing for a busy year ahead. Faith is now in the midst of a 12-month development programme where she can expect to be challenged and meet some unique opportunities within the aquatic sporting arena.
Find out more about the camp here: www.swimming.org/asa/teaching-and-coaching/national-young-coaches-academy/
Some positions have come up on the committee that we would like to fill and I am asking parents if some volunteers could step forward to fill these vacancies.
Firstly we are looking for a recruitment officer to replace Mike. This is not a huge job but mainly requires chatting to other parents to get them on board to help with other jobs or other positions.
Secondly we are looking for a second welfare officer to help support Sarah Showler.
And finally we are looking for someone to help Claudia with membership. As the club is growing this job is increasing all the time, so help to support Claudia is needed as well as imputing information into the system will be required.
If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I can forward you a full job description.
CMK success at Oxford and North Buckinghamshire Counties
The 2015 ONB counties have now come to an exciting conclusion with CMK having another successful championships. CMK swimmers set 5 South East England records. (Max Murphy 200 free jnr, Lucy Farmer 50 butterfly jnr, Joss Ulyett 100 Brst snr, 200 Brst snr & 200IM snr). We also broke 7 ONB County records and 14 club records.
Developments to our junior program have started to bear fruit with many young swimmers featuring in finals and performing strongly. Congratulations to Amy Delderfield, Anabelle Sivills, Matt Sturgess, Jack Edwards, Jayden Hill, Marcus McAuliffe, Jaimie Haans, Ellie McManus, Edie Patey, Mia Murphy, William Barry, Brayden Ditchfield-Watkins for performing so well as a group.
As with the last few years CMK were very successful in Youth and Senior categories. The highlight was possibly on Sunday morning with the Mens 4x100 medley team breaking the county record followed by the Womens 4x100 free team going under 3.50 for the first time. Individual County Champions were Max Murphy, Lucy Farmer, Oliver Lines, Ryan Anscomb, Matt Masters, Isobel Jones, Emily Jones and Jocelyn Ulyett
CMK finished second in the points behind a strong Oxford team despite reduced competition programs for many swimmers due to illness or prioritising other meets.
CMK get set for busy year ahead
Swimmers at City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club enjoyed a short Christmas break before getting back into the pool to prepare for the start of the Oxon and North Bucks Counties. These kick off earlier than usual this weekend with the distance swims at Bletchley Leisure Centre. The boys' 15000m and girls' 800m freestyle events take place, plus the boys' relays. Later this month three swimmers from the club head off to warmer climes in Barcelona to take part in the Catalan Championships, representing South East England. The three earned their place on the team in December when they took part in the Regional Short Course Championships in Portsmouth. Elite swimmers from the club took part in these championships and it was good news all round with every swimmer gaining at least one new PB. South East England Champions from CMKSC were Lucy Farmer, Oliver Lines, Tom Flaherty, Max Murphy and Isobel Jones.
It was a very busy December with around 80 swimmers from City of Milton Keynes Swim Club competing in competitions. Whilst the elite swimmers were in Portsmouth, 40 age group swimmers competed at Aylesbury to try to secure County Championship qualification. A huge number of swimmers improved, many of whom are now expecting to qualify. Head Coach Greg Buck said: "These two meets combined make this weekend one of our most successful in terms of personal bests ever." Later in December the swimmers joined forces for the
final of the East England Arena League points competition. Perennial favourites City of Peterborough SC were strong from the start and it was left to the three remaining teams - Northampton SC, Norwich SC and CMKSC -
to battle it out for second place to make the National final. There were some excellent swims, especially in early relay events, but sadly CMK were beaten into third place by Northampton. This still represents the club's
strongest ever finish in the competition.
The next day the club's younger swimmers met for the annual Christmas Cracker gala at Bletchley Leisure Centre. Hosted by CMK, many swimmers competed in the sprint events and enjoyed the Christmas themed relays in what was a great way to end the 2014 competitive calendar where CMK have gained so much success.
Changes to Swimming Competitions
British Swimming have made changes to planned competitions and further information is on Greg's page.
Women's Water Polo
Water Polo is a fast paced sport played by two teams in a swimming pool. If you want to give it a try MK Water Polo is offering women over 16 the opportunity from 13 November at Stantonbury. Further details here and here.
CMK Development Meet
Well done to all the swimmers who took part in CMK's Development Meet on Saturday - some fantastic PBs were achieved and a great atmosphere all round. A huge thank you to all the volunteers & officials who helped out (some in new roles, well done!) and many who had no swimmer there at all (a MASSIVE thank you, to you!).
Medals for CMK at Nationals
It was a bumper year for City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club at this year’s ASA National Championships, collecting no less than five medals across the Youth and Age Group competitions >>
2015 COUNTY SUCCESS
8 County Champions, 7 County Records, 14 CMK Club Records & 5 SE England Senior Records