As I am fast approaching my "21st" birthday in March, I thought we could have charity challenge. On March 12th, during training at 5pm, we will be holding a relay race. Not a 6x50m, or indeed a 12x50m, but a 50x50m relay. (might be a clue in the real age there). The charity element comes in from a number of elements, there will be a small charge to watch this extravaganza, but also in a sponsorship deal. (more of that later). All monies raised will go to the Chairman's beer fund, well Cancer Research to be honest.
The teams will be Boys, led off by Toby Rigg, vs Girls, led off by Jasmine Rigg, vs Masters led off by myself, with maybe a small (very small) handicap in the start, to get things started. There will be 50 boys, and 50 girls, so from the very oldest and largest through to the development section. Devesh is sorting out the boys and girls teams.
The Masters team will be a motely crew cobbled together from the Master's section, past and present, a few guests hopefully, and here is the good bit.
If you want to sponsor your parent to be in the team, you offer £5 to watch your mum swim 50m, she may have to counter with £6 not to swim. You get the idea.
There won't be a trophy or any medals, but unlimited bragging rights.
Rugby Swimming Clubs – Awards Evening
Rugby Swimming Club held their annual awards evening on Friday 13th January, at the Railway Club, Hillmorton Road attended by squad members and their families. There was no red carpet, but everyone had certainly come dressed to impress. The club has been going since 1971 with members from 6 to…..well it would be rude to say who but some soon to enjoy a “special 50th” birthday.
A delicious buffet and bar was enjoyed, as each member brought “a plate of something” maybe next year we should limit the sausage rolls to under 1000??. This was followed by speeches from the club chairman, Simon Rigg, who, after welcoming everyone, and thanking various members including Leisa House, Sandra Kelleher, Steve James, and Jon Seaton. The swimmers were then all invited up to thank their parents and guardians for all their help and support over the year. He went on to the prize giving, ably assisted by Club President Ross Turner, aptly enough, as these two were joined by Karen Taylor and Rachel Lloyd earlier this year in winning Rugby’s first ever GB Master’s relay title. One of a number of notable achievements in 2016, including Cov and District trophy wins, National Open Water titles, for Rachel and Kelly Dughmosh and first final appearances in the Mercian and Leicester leagues, and culminating in promotion to the Arena Premier League.
Trophies won by swimmers at the club championships in September/October were presented, with a fabulously supportive atmosphere being shown by the whole squad throughout the prize giving ceremony. Prizes are based on a decathlon type scoring system to find the true all-rounder in each age group. Many swimmers came away with silverware:
Best in age group
Girls 8yrs – 1st place, Lucy Carlyon
Boys 8yrs – 1st place, Logan Wilson Shrubb, 2nd Finlay Lloyd, 3rd Noah Unwin
Girls 9yrs - 1st place Annabel Crees, 2nd Emma Jones, 3rd Elizabeth O’Brien
Boys 9yrs – 1st Alfie Hebb, 2nd Ben Carley 3rd Farrell Hennigan
Girls 10yrs – 1st Erin Lloyd, 2nd Ella Marlow, 3rd Yanna Villasis
Boys 10yrs – 1st Toby Marlow, 2nd Kieran Jarvis, 3rd William Stamp
Girls 11yrs – 1st Jessica Mackenzie, 2nd Anna Farrow, 3rd Harriet Troup
Boys 11yrs – 1st Max Green, 2nd Ben Aitchison, 3rd James Armeson
Girls 12yrs – 1st Lana Wilson-Shrubb, 2nd Charlotte O’Brien, 3rd Erin Moran
Boys 12 yrs – Mackenzie Patchett Smyth, 2nd Tom Tyler, 3rd, James Phillips
Girls 13yrs – 1st Ceri House, 2nd Hannah Webber, 3rd Cerys James
Boys 13yrs – 1st Daniel Carey, 2nd Barney Dudkowsky, 3rd Toby Rigg
Girls 14yrs – 1st Regan Walker, 2nd Lauren Phillips, 3rd Eva Rath-Juanola
Boys 14yrs – 1st Matthew Seaton, 2nd Ben Jones, 3rd Max Taylor
Girls 15yrs – 1st Megan Williams, 2nd Maddie Haywood, 3rd Holly Cochrane
Boys 15yrs - 1st Thomas Parker, 2nd Rhys James, 3rd Ross Turner
The following swimmers won prizes for most improved, voted for by the coaches. Ella Marlow was first followed by Anna Farrow, and Emma Jones for the girls and the boys were Barney Dudkowsky, Ben Jones and Max Taylor, in that order.
New captains and vice captains
New captains were announced for 2017, these again being picked by the coaches, the successful candidates were, senior boys captain Jack Carey and vice-captain Ben Jones, senior girls captain Megan Williams and vice-captain Lucy House. The junior boys captain was James Armeson and vice was Max Green, Junior girls captain was Jessica Mackenzie and vice-captain was Anna Farrow.
Team Player of the Year
This was jointly awarded to Jon Seaton, for all his work on the Rugby Open, and the committee in general, and Sandra Kelleher, for her sterling work, as Membership and Open Meet secretary.
Attending the evening after completing his first year with us was head coach James Dyer. James and his team Tony Hall, Devesh Chohan, Rory Grealy were thanked by the Chairman, as without them the achievements of the swimmers would not be possible. Not to mention the numerous poolside helpers we have who give their time generously.
The celebratory atmosphere continued after the prize giving with a disco and games, which were thoroughly enjoyed by both swimmers and parents! In some cases a little too much by some of the parents, as competitive instincts had to be curtailed at times, Cat Rimen, as always, generally speaking keeping order.
For only the third
time in their history Rugby Swimming Club have made it to the dizzy heights of
the West Midlands Arena Premier League. Going into the final at Derby in 4th
place, RSC knew they would have to throw everything at the final to make the
top 2. A difficult decision was made to move swimmers across from the Leicester
league team to strengthen the team as much as possible, some swimmers only
having one race, but if they could save half a second and were happy to help
out, then so be it. It is only 3 seasons ago that Rugby missed promotion to
Division 2 by one point in the play-off final, only to move up when another
team dropped out. That year relegation was avoided back to Division 3 by the
smallest of margins. Last year a solid mid table position was secured, as the
club moved on and attracted some new blood, and just as importantly kept
swimmers into their mid to late teens. It is not long ago that the 6 x 2
cannon, was a mixture of masters and mid teenagers, now there is one master and
5 late teenagers making up the team. This is also true on the ladies side. The
final has double league points, so Rugby knew the only way of finishing in the
top 2 was to finish first or second in the gala, as all the top six teams were
there. These being, Belper Marlins, City of Derby B, Rugby, Arnold, Stratford
Sharks and Pershore. To put it into perspective a certain Olympic Champion and
WR holder, Adam Peaty swims for Derby A. Rugby were on fire all evening, and
were always in the top two places at every point check, and at each the hope
grew as did the fear factor of dropping back. Rugby had 10 winners on the
night, as well as 22 other top three places, and crucially on twice did they
finish 6th, with no DQs all evening. Head Coach James Dyer was
justifiably pleased with the whole team effort, and augers well for the
upcoming County Champs in the new year.
The team being
Years Boys 11/U Years Girls
Marlow Erin Lloyd
Aitchinson Harriet Troup
Jake Smith Anna Farrow
Armeson Anna Rath
13/U Years Girls
Kenworthy-Fahy Lucy Ann
15/U Years Girls
Jack Dolly Ellen Armeson
Turner Maddie Haywood
Parker Megan Williams
Popov Rachel Lloyd
We will of course
await official confirmation of the results before counting our proverbial
League team went to Braunstone set on having a great time, and maybe unsettling
a few teams. As one of only 2 non “A” teams in the final, they knew the going
was going to be very tough. Some teams do not enter the National Leagues for
various reasons, whereas Rugby entered the LL to ensure more swimmers can
compete, and in the 4 years, we have moved up each year, from the bottom
quarter, to lower mid table, to upper mid table and now into the grand final.
As discussed Rugby had moved some swimmers over to the AL, and with other teams
welcoming back students from Uni, it was going to be an uphill task. To give
you an idea both the open men’s and ladies 100m were won in times 2 to 3
seconds faster here than at Derby. Rugby were intent on being the best
supported and loudest team on show, which it is fair to say was achieved. The
team was led by two members of the committee, Chairman Simon Rigg, and
Secretary Karen Bates, whose huge experience helped the younger and less
experienced swimmers enjoy the evening despite unfortunately finishing 8th,
and of course chief cheerleader Ethan Fletcher was superb in rallying the
troops. He led a rousing chorus of “you can only beat our B team” during the
final event, the 8x 1 cannon, which prompted the coach from Burton to
congratulate the club on the team spirit and sense of fun. Rugby were in an
evening long battle with Burton and Leicester Sharks, but the real battle at
the sharp end saw Rushden just pip Nuneaton to victory. Team Manager Darren
O’Brien was extremely pleased to see every swimmer giving their all despite the
team managing only 3 x 3rd places all evening, but team spirit never
The team being
Years Boys 10/U Years Girls
Stamp Elizabeth O’Brien
Carley Annabel Crees
Ray Emma Jones
Hebb Yanna Villasis
Years Boys 12/U Years Girls
Tyler Clara Haywood
Patchett-Smyth Erin Moran
Phillips Ella Marlow
Smith Elena Ridges
Taylor Briony Dew
14/U Years Girls
Taylor Victoria Perxylo
Haynes Hannah Webber
Jones Lauren Phillips
Anspokes Regan Walker
Boys Open Girls
Chohan Karen Bates
Markham Lucy House
Fletcher Maya Patchett-Smyth
COVENTRY NOVEMBER OPEN MEET
This weekend Rugby took a team of predominantly younger swimmers over to the Coventry 50m pool for the November Open Meet.
With medals up for grabs for each individual age group, off we went with the intention of bringing some home! Some needing times for the upcoming Warwickshire’s and others just wanting to get long course times and experience in this daunting 50m pool!
The competition was tough as Coventry train here all the time, so this makes it a comfortable environment for them. Rugby on the other hand swim long course only a few times a year, and this can make it slightly more difficult as you need a different approach to your swims in a 50m pool. The competition were teams such as Biddulph, Co Birmingham, Camp Hill, Leek, Stafford Apex and the elite group of swimmers Derventio! Derventio seemed to have a particularly high number of swimmers in the upper age groups making it even harder competition for those older swimmers that had come along!
So medals we went for, and medals we got!!....To start off day one, a few of our swimmers bravely took on the 400IM, Mackenzie & Maya Patchett-Smyth along with Briony Dew and Yanna Villasis. Yanna received a Gold in her age group! 200 Back saw Kieran Jarvis (10yr) receiving a Bronze and Alfie Hebb (10yr) just missing out with 4th place, with less than a second between them, both knocking 8/10 seconds off their pb’s! For the girls Yanna (10yr) received a Bronze along with a Silver for Harriet Troup (11yr)! In the 50 Fly Max Green (11yr) got a Bronze for the boys. For the girls was a Gold for Annabel Crees (9yr) and Bronze for Emma Jones (9yr), a close race with only 0.50 between them! 200 Free was a tough event with Emma (9yr) getting a Gold with a 7 second pb! Annabel just missing out on 4th place. Issabelle Hobbs (10yr), Alfie and Ella Marlow (11yr) all had excellent pb’s in this event! 100 Fly I think I can fly….. and she did, Yanna (10yr) was successful again with a Bronze. In the 200 Breast both Emma (9yr) & William Stamp (10yr) got a Silver, Toby Marlow (11yr) just missed out on a 3rd place. 50 Back again saw medals for Annabel & Emma (9yr) with 2nd/3rd places. And Hannah Webber (14yr) received a Gold!
On to day two, another good day….100 Breast, William (10yr) received Bronze as did Toby (11yr), whilst Ben Jones (14yr) had a tough race and just missed out to the Derventio lads with 4th place. Erin Moran (12yr) just missed 3rd place also. Ella (11yr) however, was very successful with a Gold! Then came the very tough 200 Fly the only two daring enough (must be mad!!) to take this on were Yanna and Mackenzie! Both getting Gold medals so worth the effort!! In the 50 Free we gained a number of medals with Gold going to Annabel (9yr), Silver going to Adam Kenworthy-Fahy (12yr) and Bronze to Emma (9yr) and Max (11yr). 200IM Kieran (10yr) got Gold, Annabel (9yr) Bronze and Alfie (10yr), Adam (12yr), Anna Farrow (11yr) just missing a medal with 4th ! Poor Hannah (14yr) had a goggle problem meaning she had to step down! The O’Brien sisters took the 100 Back by storm with a 2nd for Charlotte (12yr) and a 3rd for Libby (9yr), the boys also did well with Kieran (10yr) in 2nd and Alfie (10yr)/Adam (12yr) getting 3rd. And to finish on a high…. a very successful event for us the 50 Breast we had Emma (9yr)/Ella (11yr) with Golds, Annabel (9yr)/Adam (12yr)/Hannah (14yr) with Silvers, Toby & Anna (11yr)/Erin (12yr)/Ben (14yr) with Bronze and William just missing out on Bronze by 0.10!!!
The Rugby Cheer Leading team were in good voice and made themselves heard, it was a great atmosphere as the club in the main were seated together, which made the long days, not such long days for the parents! We know kids… you can’t hear us!!
And not forgetting to thank of course our supportive coaching team who did a great job! Tony, Darren & James.
Masters Swimmers travelled to the QDJC on Sunday the 20th to defend
their Midland’s Title. Master swimmers are those over 18, and in some cases in
this meet, over 70. This is a fantastic, friendly but fiercely competitive
meet, with some rivalries going back 50 or even 60 years. With 68 events,
including mixed aged based relays, the logistics is somewhat complex, two male
2 female swimmers with of total age exceeding a set figure. Warwickshire, as
ever marshalled by Team captain, Trevor Clarke, went on to retain their title
with relative ease, scoring 402 points, well clear of Notts, 352, and Derby,
302.5. We will not know the full National results until the master central
computer compares all the times form the North, East, West and South regions,
but it will be a great surprise if Warks are outside the top three.
Club, provided 5 of the victorious team, from Gleb Popov, 18 last month,
through Ross Turner, 37, Rachel Lloyd, 44, Simon Rigg 49, to Barry Davies 70.
Not many people make their county debut at 70, and Barry was a little nervous
at first, but soon got into the swing of things coming second in the second
event, despite giving 5 years away to his victor, clocking a very rapid 34.05
for 50m freestyle. Barry was also instrumental in helping the age totals in his
relays, as well as making up valuable time. Ross seemed to swim 50m
breaststroke any number of times, as he swam in the 18+ event, 25+ and 35+ and
just about every Medley relay going, as well as a freestyle relay or two, going
sub 25 for free on a couple of occasions. Rachel swam a variety of strokes and
relays in her debut, and was integral in these relays gaining very valuable
points, clocking a very quick 28.7 freestyle and possibly a lifetime best 50m
back in the medley relay in 33.96, in also her first appearance for the county.
Simon Rigg in only his second race since being out injured for 6 months, was
competitive if not on top form. Clocking 27s for freestyle when he would hope
to be doing low 26s or even high 25s in relays. Still working off one good leg,
his starts and turns were badly affected, but valuable points gained, despite
only being able to swim freestyle and not his specialist breaststroke events.
Gleb drafted in at the very last moment, showed just why he is such a force,
swimming 50m backstroke in a couple of different relays, and doing most of it
underwater, as his kick is just a sight to behold, dipping under 30 on one
occasion. All in all Rugby contributed heavily in this resounding victory for
Warwickshire, as can be seen from the picture, despite the age range, a great
team spirit was felt between the five.
In the second
round of the Arena National League (ANL) and the Leicester League, (LL) Rugby
Swimming Club had a very challenging draw, but hopes were high. The Arena team
were at home, and seemed to make home advantage count, as they came first,
having won out in a battle with Stratford Sharks that lasted all evening.
Eventually winning by 223 to 201, with Orion 3rd with 183, Leicester
Sharks 152, Warley Waspes 148, and Coalville 139. Over at Hinckley Rugby were
always up against it, being in the next lane as Nuneaton A, so the aim was to
finish second, which was nip and tuck with Nene Valley all evening, again Rugby
prevailed, as Nuneaton romped home with 316 points, Rugby 250, and NV 232.
Possibly the highlight of the LL was the whole team, up and chanting during the
last relay. An 8x1 cannon, as Kelly Doughmosh, GB Master Champion at 3km,
racing over 25m much to her own amusement, and finding it just a tad short for
her taste. As ever Ethan Fletcher led the support, as a strong Rugby team, were
undoubtedly the loudest team on show, if not always the fastest.
Rugby had 18
winners at the ANL, well clear of the next best who had 8 each. These were, the
Ladies and Gents open medley relay teams, the 9/10 girls equivalent, boys 13s
free relay, the 15s girls medley, and the Open ladies completing the double,
Harriet Troup, Lucy Ann Cunliffe, Ellen Armeson, Anna Farrow, Jess Mackenzie,
Dan Carey, Holly Cochrane, Jack Carey, Barney Dudowski, Megan Williams. Seconds
for several of the other relay teams, and Ross Turner, Maddie Haywood, Ben
Black, Jack Dolly and Erin Lloyd. These were backed up by solid thirds, for
Rhys James, standing in at the last minute, and smashing his 100m free pb, with
57.2, Rachel Lloyd, Tom Parker, Toby Marlow and the ailing Jack Carey.
The highlight of
the evening epitomises the recent rise of the club, this has to be the senior
ladies team, for several years this has been, how shall we delicately put it?,
not our strongest area. Held together by Masters swimmers and girls swimming up
in recent years. Now the girls are older, and have been joined by one or two
additions, several have now been with the club for 8 or 9 years, despite being
only 15 or 16 years old. The Medley team, of Maddie, Rachel, Holly and Megan,
were joined by Jasmine Rigg, and Ellen, to win the cannon, and thus both relays
with relative ease.
Over at Hinckley
an interesting mix of Youth and experience took on the mighty Nuneaton,
admittedly success was limited, but we did have them worried on several
occasions. The real competition was between Rugby and NV for second, and
ultimately it was Rugby’s consistency that won the day. Rugby had 6 firsts,
compared to Nuneaton’s 32, but NV only had 3, and Rugby were outside the top 4
on just 2 occasions, and as always, steady accumulation of points is the key.
Maximum points were secured by Lauren Phillips, Ben Jones, Mairead Williams,
Annabelle Crees, Erin Moran, and the girl’s 14 and under relay team. William
Stamp, Ceri House, Max Taylor, Hannah Webber, and several relay teams backing
this up with seconds, with too many thirds to mention, Rugby were solid all
evening, without a single DQ, and team spirit was superb. Club Chairman Simon
Rigg confirms that RSC have made the top 8 final for this year, in only the
fourth year in the league, and will be one of only 2, non “A” teams in the
In preparation for the AGM on the 22nd, the
committee are proposing some changes to the club rules. In line with our
rules, these must be shared with the membership at least 14 days in advance of
the meeting. The proposed changes are outlined below.
If anyone who has not already advised us that they wish to
stand for the committee or any of the three officer posts, can you please do so
by return so that the necessary preparation can be made. In addition, we
are also looking for someone to take on the post of club welfare officer as
Linda Peake will be standing down from this post.
Change the reference to membership officer to membership secretary
this is an addition to the rules. Upon becoming a member of the club, the
swimmer and parents / guardians are automatically bound by the clubs code of
This rule did state that an annual subscription in included in the monthly
fees. Change to an annual fee is payable each year alongside the monthly
fees. The membership fee is due when joining the club and ongoing on an
Change final contact my post to final contact by email
this is an addition to the rules. Upon resignation from the club, any
annual trophies or other club goods must be returned to the club on the date of
Change to where possible, all deposits and payments will be made by bank transfer.
All payments are submitted by the treasurer and authorised for payment by
either the Chairman or Secretary. Remove all references to cheque
Following much debate over the supplier of our club kit, we have made the decision to move supplier. This is now up and running via a company called LISS Sport.
All club kit can be ordered online, we won’t be holding any stock as a club. The link can be found on our club website.
Please make sure you select speed rather than synchro as the logo’s are different.
We have the following items available to order :
Green Pool side t-shirt – you can personalise this on the back with a name (please keep it clean !!)
We will also be looking at additional pieces of club kit, so if there is something you would like us to consider, please let us know. If we feel there will be enough interest then we will see if we can stock. We have already been looking at adding towels into the kit
When you are selected to represent the club you are required as a minimum to have a green poolside t-shirt. If you have the old style, there is no need to purchase new kit until it is time to replace. But remember, club kit makes a great Christmas present !!
We have some sample pieces that you can look at for sizes but as a general rule – they are pretty true to normal shop sizes
Link to the website is :
Could all swimmers fill out the target sheet for the upcoming season.
Could you please email them back to email@example.com when they are filled out. Also you can have a chat to your squad coach.
Deadline for submission is 18th September please.
This message is for anyone attending the Warwickshire's
We have been previously been asked by the Warwickshire swimming committee to provide helpers to run the event. As they have not had sufficient volunteers come forward they have now had to allocate jobs out to all the clubs attending.
We have been allocated the following jobs and they must be filled, so if anyone is able to help it would be very much appreciated. Could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on don't be shy!! If you are not sure what it involves please just ask and we can fill you in.
The jobs are as follows:
Sat 28th Jan & Sun 12th Feb
Door, start end x 3 people 12.30-4.30pm (you get in for free!!)
Marshall 4 - 12.30-4.30pm
They are also looking for an announcer for Sun 29th Jan & Sun 12th Feb session 2 & 3 although these have not been allocated, but any volunteers would be fab!!! Our very own MC Mr Fletcher has already volunteered for some sessions.
Thankyou in anticipation of your generous offers!
We have closed the surveys now, with 58 swimmers responding and 80 parents. Generally speaking it was a very positive response, with all questions being answered 60+% positively, and in some case up to 90% positively.
Clearly there were some negative comments, and suggestions, which we are working through, and we will send out a general reply to cover as many of these off as possible.
One area that cropped up was information or lack off, in that regards the Website is the central focal point for all aspects of the Club. If you can't remember your log on, we can re-issue, as the website has the Calendar, schedule of events, swimmers PBs, club rankings, swimmers progress, Midlands QTs to name but a few pieces of information readily available.
We will aim to have a fuller response shortly.
Just a quick request....
With the increasing success of the club we are finding ourselves recording our successes with a quick snap shot. Therefore, can I please ask that if there is anyone who would prefer their child/children not to be photographed for our own purposes or newspaper reports etc. or to be shown on our social media sites would you please email me at email@example.com so that it can be recorded and ensure we adhere to your request.
A bit of fun for all the kids.
I am sure the gentlemen involved won't object.
Please send in an appropriate caption for this picture, to Nicky at Secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk, polite (ish) obviously
Thankyou to all of you who have completed our recent parent and swimmer questionnaires, we have had a great response. We will be sitting down very shortly to take and look at these and discuss the way forward.
We will feedback as soon as possible.
New planner released on the Competition tab please have a look! UPDATED 11/11/16
Results from all sessions now available on the competition page.
Thanks to all parents and officials for their help.
New Club Kit available to order from LISS Sport
Zip hoodies and towels now available!