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Synchro: 2015 Warwickshire Championships
The Synchro Section had a fantastic Warwickshire Championships in Rugby on 4th July with superb performances by the whole squad. Birmingham took the gold medal in every one of the team routines in which we took part including the Championship Team Competition. Other highlights included duet golds for Sydney Jackson & Zoe Pain (13-15) and Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith (15-18). Phoebe also took gold in the 15-18 figures and 15-18 solo routine. In both of the 13-15 figures and 13-15 solo Sydney Jackson took gold and Zoe Pain silver.
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Birmingham Synchro's Phoebe Bradley-Smith Heading to Azerbaijan
Birmingham Synchro's Phoebe Bradley-Smith will soon be heading to Baku in Azerbaijan to swim for Great Britain in the 2015 European Games which take place from 12-28 June..
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Great Britain qualified for the European Games by way of the England Talent Squad's excellent bronze medal in the team free routine and fifth place overall at the 2015 Junior European Games in Istanbul.

Great Britain will also be represented by Birmingham Synchro's Head Coach Allison Pratt who will be a judge.

Midland Age Group Championships, Coventry - 30th/31st May & 6th/7th June
City of Birmingham took a focussed group of young athletes from the Development & Junior Squads to both weekends of the meet in Coventry. Midlands posed as a final chance to qualify for the summer nationals - this gave the meet a much needed buzz where we saw one of the most competitive midland age groups in a long time.
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The COB swimmers upheld themselves in a professional manner dealing with busy schedules and having a clear process for each race. This led to an excellent conversion rate from heats to finals. The final sessions are where Birmingham shone bright, bringing an excellent TEAM atmosphere from Coaches, Swimmers & Parents that resounded around the pool. Overall Midlands was an excellent meet where everyone had fun & became a stronger team because of it. COB left with 43 Medals in total; 14 Gold - 15 Silver - 14 Bronze.
Energy Standard Cup - Venice, Italy 9th-10th May 2015
City of Birmingham swimmers Luke Davies and Caitlin Hubbard, along with Head Coach Carl Grosvenor represented England this month at the Energy Standard (4 Nations) Cup which was held just outside Venice, Italy.
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The event was a 4 way competition between the England Team, plus national teams from Russia, Italy and Germany. England finished in second place behind the Italians with the Birmingham swimmers doing a great job for the cause. Caitlin won 3 Silver medals (100fly, 200fly and 4x100 medley relay) and Luke won 1 Gold (200brst) and 1 Silver (100brst). Luke also won the highly prestigious 'Performance of the Meet' award for his 200brst victory, out performing every other male athlete from all 4 nations.

Congratulations to both swimmers on their National team selection, and medal winning performances.

World's Selection for Chloe!!
Chloe Finch has been selected to represent Team GB at the World Junior Championships at the end of August.
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Chloe qualified as part of a small GB team of just 12 athletes at the recent British Championships at the London Aquatic Centre. Her outstanding performances in winning her age group and getting under the seriously tough qualifying times on both the 400 and 800 freestyle proved well worthy of selection.

The event is being held in Singapore with a 5 day holding camp prior to the event in Phuket, Thailand.

Congratulations from us all Chloe on your selection to this great event.
British Championships 2015 - London Aquatic Centre
City of Birmingham's 13 qualifiers performed outstandingly as they took part in a memorable Championships. The event, which acted as trials for World Championships, Junior World Championship, Youth Olympics and European Games saw an incredible World Record by Adam Peaty in the 100 Breaststroke on day 4.
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The Birmingham team swam a total of 42 swims, with 36 of those being lifetime bests. We qualified for 14 finals (split into Youth Olympic, European Games and Senior categories) gaining 7 top 3 finishes. Three of our final appearances were Senior finals (Chloe Finch 400/800fr, Brittany Horton 200bk), seeing the start of our elite Junior swimmers starting to challenge the nations best senior swimmers.

Top 3 finishes came from: Caitlin Hubbard (Gold and Silver), Luke Davies (2x Silver), Becky Kamau (Silver) and Issy Griffiths (Silver and Bronze).

West Midland records were broken on 4 occasions by Chloe Finch (x2), Issy Griffiths and Ben Stanford.

Chloe, in finishing 4th overall on the 800fr and 6th overall on the 400, posted the 3rd fastest time ever by a 16yr old female British swimmer in both events and ranked herself 2nd in the World for her age.

We have since had confirmation that Luke Davies has been selected to represent Team GB at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan at the end of June. We are awaiting confirmation on other possible Team GB selections.

Congratulations to all qualifiers and coaches on what has been a breakthrough championships for this City of Birmingham team.

Qualifiers were: Ben Stanford, Braiden Hartles, Jake Dixon, Ashley Markall, Alex Rogers, Luke Davies, Lily Wood, Morgen Watson, Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Becky Kamau, Issy Griffiths

England Talent - Phase 2 Selections
City of Birmingham put one swimmer on each of the 3 England Talent camps taking place during the first week of January.
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Congratulations to Ben Stanford (Free/Back camp), Caitlin Hubbard (Fly/Brst camp) and Lily Wood (Free/IM camp) on their selection for these camps. We had outstanding reports on all 3 of our swimmers performance while away.

Carl Grosvenor was also invited onto the coaching team for the Freestyle/Backstroke camp in Liverpool.
Midland Short Course Championships - Rugby - 6th/7th December 2014
City of Birmingham sent its team of 21 qualifiers to the Midland Regional Championships at Rugby to compete against the best teams in the Midland region.
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We had an outstanding meet. We started counting medals but lost count and turned to counting GOLD medals with 21 in total! This far exceeded every other competing swim programme with Loughborough University our nearest challengers in 2nd position on the medal table.

Midland Champions were: Chloe Finch 1, Brittany Horton 3, Alex Rogers 2, Ben Stanford 3, Caitlin Hubbard 3, Becky Kamau 4, Issy Griffiths 4, Womens Relay 1.

On top of the medal table we also broke 5 new West Midland all time records (Womens 4x100 Fr relay, Issy Griffiths 2, Becky Kamau 1, Caitlin Hubbard 1) and 3 new City of Birmingham club records (Womens 4x100Fr relay and Chloe Finch 2).

These are exceptional results against very strong opposition. Congratulations team!
National Age Groups Success for Synchro Section
City of Birmingham did well at the 2014 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester. Highlights included gold medals for Madison Griffith in the 18-19 Figures and for Madison and Hannah Smith in the 18-19 Duet.
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Madison also took silver for her 18-19 solo. The 13-14 team and the 19 & Under teams both won excellent silver medals against stiff opposition in the combination routines.

Birmingham's Phoebe Bradley-Smith representing the England Talent Team was third in the international category for her solo and figures.

Record Breakers!!
City of Birmingham were in record breaking form during Novembers Short Course meet at Stockport. The records are listed below.
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Caitlin Hubbard 2 Warwickshire Jnr records – 50 Fly 29.2, 100 Fly 1.02.4
Isobel Griffiths 2 West Midland Jnr records – 400 fr 4.12.7, 400IM 4.50.8
Chloe Finch 3 Worcestershire Snr records – 200 fr 2.01.0 , 400 fr 4.10.5, 400IM 4.52.4

Congratulations to all 3 girls!
2014 Midlands ASA Synchro Championships, Leicester
The entire Synchro Team gave stunning performances at the 2014 Midlands ASA Synchro Championships in Leicester on 12th October coming home with a tally of 12 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.
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After picking up two golds plus a silver and bronze in the figures we saw some lovely solo routines. Highlights included a 13/14 silver medal for Sydney Jackson; 18/19 gold for Madison Griffith and a clean sweep in the Championship Solo with Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse taking the top three places.

In the duets, highlights included 13/14 silver for Sydney Jackson & Zoe Pain; 15-17 silver for Lucy Rouse & Jodie Norton and golds for Phoebe-Bradley Smith and Lois Powell in both the 15-17 duet and the overall championship duet.

Birmingham dominated the team events with a clean sweep of golds in all five of the team combination routines. There was a scare halfway through the team competitions when Jodie Norton was injured during a lift in the 19 & under routine but she bravely took her place in the 15-17 and Championship teams helping to ensure they also took gold medals home.

Full results and videos of team routines can be found HERE.
Synchro: Novice Championships, Walsall
Wonderful performances by all girls at the Novice Championships in Walsall produced a creditable result for the club.
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In the figures, gold medals were awarded to Elicia, Emily and Holly; Olivia took silver and Emma & Jasmin bronze. In the duets gold medals were won by Tegan Smith & Katherine Richey & Shona Mills; silver by Olivia Hall & Eithne Evans and bronze by Eleanor Hall & Ellie Parker. The 12 & under team won a well deserved gold medal in for their routine.

GB National Event Camps – 17th-20th Sept
City of Birmingham had two girls selected to GB training camps this month. The National event camps objective is to bring together a very small group of the best senior swimmers and best junior swimmers in Britain to train side by side.
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The Birmingham girls at only 15 years of age had the opportunity to train alongside Olympic finalists, World Record holders and many of the champions from this summer’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Congratulations to selected athletes Brittany Horton (Backstroke camp, Bristol) and Isobel Griffiths (Freestyle camp, Loughborough).
Birmingham Sports Award – Junior Team of the Year! – Villa Park, 18th Sept 2014
City of Birmingham SC attended the annual awards ceremony after our nomination for Junior Team of the Year. We are happy to say we won the award over many other excellent organisations throughout the city.
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The event was pretty star studded with many of the great and good of West Midlands sport, past and present, turned out.

The Junior category covers sports clubs with athletes aged 18 and under so this truly is a CLUB effort. Well done everyone on our award!

UK School Games - Manchester, 4th-7th September 2014
City of Birmingham SC had 4 of its swimmers selected to represent England Central at the Sainsbury's UK School Games. The event is a multisport event that sees teams representing English and Scottish regions plus a combined Wales team and combined Ireland team.
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Birmingham swimmers Chloe Finch, Becky Kamau, Brittany Horton and Jake Dixon played their part and made an impact on the medal table with medals coming from:

Chloe - 800fr Gold, 400fr Silver, 4x100fr relay Silver
Brittany - 200bk Gold, 100bk Gold, 4x100 medley relay Silver
Jake - 200IM Silver

Great start to season 2014/15 you guys!!!

Another First for Caitlin!
After a couple of First place finishes at this summer's Nationals, Caitlin Hubbard achieved another first by becoming the first swimmer to progress from City of Birmingham Development to Junior and now to Senior Squad!
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As the Development Squad only began fully in January 2012 Caitlin is the first of what we hope is a long line of swimmers progressing through our programme and excelling like Caitlin along the way!
Portuguese National Championships - Lisbon
Four City of Birmingham swimmers (more than any other club!) were selected to represent their country as England sent a development squad of quality young swimmers to the Portuguese Nationals. Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch were the Birmingham representatives.
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Chloe Finch lead the way with two Golds (400 and 800 freestyle) just ahead of Birmingham teammate Isobel Griffiths with two Silver (also 400 and 800 freestyle).

The meet will prove a great experience and stepping stone onto future International team selections.

British Gas National Youth Championships August 5th-10th 2014, Sheffield
City of Birmingham returned right back to the forefront of club swimming in Great Britain this summer. We finished in 3rd position on the overall Top Club Points award behind Plymouth Leander and Carnegie SC. Points are awarded for Medals and finalists. Outperforming so many great programmes from all over the country is something for us all to be extremely proud of.
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Among a whole heap of successes and lifetime best performances were 10 medals. They went to:

Chloe Finch (Gold 800fr, Silver 400fr), Brittany Horton (Gold 100bk, Bronze 200bk), Ella Bowkley (Bronze 100bk), Luke Davies (Gold 200brst, Bronze 100brst), Joshua Winnicott (Silver 100brst) and Bradley Lynch (Silver 50fr, Bronze 100fr).

This meet was a huge benchmark to how far we have progressed as a club. Congratulations to all involved!

British Gas National Age Group Championships 30th July - 3rd August, Sheffield
National Age Groups brings the best young swimmers in the country together to create a fierce competition. It is a weeklong competition & serves as a big learning curve for young athletes hoping to take the first stepping stone to future success on an international level. City of Birmingham once again proved it is developing young swimmers who have the potential to have a great future in the sport.
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National Qualifiers:
Samuel Osborne, Ashely Markall, Oliver Lillycrop, Archie Langston, Ryan Andrews. Isobel Griffiths, Caitlin Hubbard, Bethany Morrin, Kate Davies, Courtney Poxon, Morgen Watson, Lily Wood, Alexandra Bartley & Megan Moss.

National Medallists:
Caitlin Hubbard - 100,200 Fly (GOLD in both)
Isobel Griffiths - 800 FC (SILVER) 400 I.M (SILVER)

National Finalists:
Oliver Lillycrop - 200 Fly
Bethany Morrin - 400 I.M, 200 Fly
Ashley Markall - 400 I.M, 200 Fly, 200Breast
Isobel Griffiths - 200/400 I.M - 200/400 FC - 200Fly
Caitlin Hubbard - 100/200 Fly
Girls 4x200 FC relay (Isobel Griffiths, Morgen Watson, Courtney Poxon & Kate Davies)

Congratulations to all qualifiers & an extra congratulations to all Medallists.
European Junior Swimming Championships - Dordrecht, Netherlands, 9th-13th July
City of Birmingham's Brittany Horton was last week representing GB at the European Junior Championships in the Nederland's. Brittany was selected at April's British Championships in Glasgow. City of Birmingham Head Coach Carl Grosvenor also selected onto the team coaching staff for this event.
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The British team did a fantastic job against the best of Europe and showed great potential with a top 3 finish overall on medal table. Swimmers are expected to use this event as a springboard onto success with the GB senior team.

Brittany raced 50, 100, 200 Backstroke and was chosen to do the Backstroke leg in 4x100 medley team. After a fast Semi final she finished 1st reserve for the final on 50. She progressed to the 100 final finishing 5th (0.3 seconds off bronze!) in a PB equalling swim and finished 4th in the 200 final in a new personal best time. The GB girls medley relay also made the final.

Brittany has done a fantastic job ranking herself 4th and 5th in Europe on her first GB team call up. Congratulations!

Attention at City of Birmingham now turns to Rebecca Kamau who races at next weeks Commonwealth Games as well as the 4 Birmingham swimmers selected to represent England at the Portuguese Nationals next week. All these International events are followed by the season ending British National Championships.

2014 Warwickshire ASA Synchronised Swimming Championships
The Synchro team performed brilliantly in the Warwickshire Championships in Rugby at the weekend. In the Warwickshire competition Birmingham won 10 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. In the invitation competition, involving teams from throughout England, Birmingham took 10 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.
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Highlights included a clean sweep of golds for Phoebe Bradley-Smith in all figures and solos competitions for her age group and also for Phoebe and Lois Powell in the duet competitions; double wins for the 15-17 team, the 19 & under team and the open team; the overall solo championship for Phoebe; the overall duet championship for Phoebe and Lois; and the overall team championship for City of Birmingham.

Synchro Success in Croatia
Phoebe Bradley-Smith was part of the gold medal winning England Talent Junior Team at the 2014 Primorje Cup in June. Phoebe also swam well in the figures and solo competitions improving from 12th place (second highest England score) after the figures to a creditable 7th following a near perfect performance in her solo routine.
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Full story HERE.

Commonwealth Games Confirmation
City of Birmingham SC will have representation at this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games after confirmation that Rebecca Kamau has been selected for the Kenyan team. Rebecca was selected after breaking multiple National Records at the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi during February.
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At 14 years of age this will be great experience for Rebecca as she begins her International Swimming career as she competes on the same team as ex Olympic record holder Jason Dunford. Rebecca also becomes the first City of Birmingham swimmer to compete at a senior major games (Olympic, World, Commonwealth, European) since Terri Dunning raced at the 2007 World Long Course Championships in Melbourne.

Congratulations and good luck!!

England Team Selections
Following on from their outstanding results at the British Championships in Glasgow, City of Birmingham have had FOUR swimmers selected to represent England as part of the England Programme's visit to the Portuguese National Championships.
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England Programmes are investing in a team of England's best young swimmers and this event was chosen as a fantastic development opportunity that sets the swimmers up for future International representation.

Congratulations to Josh Winnicott, Bradley Lynch, Isobel Griffiths and Chloe Finch on your selection!
City of Birmingham Open, April 18-21st 2014
The club again put on another highly successful annual Easter Open Meet and had the pleasure of witnessing some excellent performances in the pool including outstanding Club and West Midland records from Brittany Horton and Chloe Finch.
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Between us we managed to put on 3 and a half days of racing, with all of the 12 sessions running without hitch and almost bang on time. In total there was almost 20 hours of racing and I think the most we were behind time in any one session was 5 minutes. That is a huge credit to everyone.

To emphasise the scale of the event, we had 412 swimmers, representing 61 clubs from across the UK and New Zealand, who between them swam over 2700 individual swims in 419 heats and 52 finals. In total we awarded over 760 medals.

We had over 50 volunteer officials and around 75 members of the new blue-shirted volunteer team.

We have received some wonderful feedback from visiting clubs for which we are extremely grateful. A huge congratulations and thanks go to Pete Winnicott for excelling in his role of Meet co-ordinator.
Midland Youth Championships, Corby - May 3-4th 2014
City of Birmingham's 14 Regional Youth Championship qualifiers raced at the annual Midland Championships in Corby last week. The club's swimmers did a great job producing many Midland Champions.
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All 6 City of Birmingham relay teams qualified for National Championships which is great news. Extra congratulations go to the Boys 4x100freestyle team and 4x100 medley team which both won Gold and are going into this summers National Championships ranked to medal again.

Team preparations now lead towards National Championships in August as well as our 4 qualifiers for the England team trip to Portugal and Brittany Horton's GB selection in Holland both in July.

The 14 Swimmers attending were: Daniel Moore, David Gyulai, Josh Winnicott, Brad Lynch, Louis Oliver, Jake Dixon, Braiden Hartles, Kieran Smith, Luke Davies, Maria Lyri, Emma Smith, Chloe Finch, Ella Bowkley, Brittany Horton.

British Gas Swimming Championships 2014, Glasgow 10th-15th April
City of Birmingham had 9 swimmers qualify for 24 events at the Championships. The meet doubled as a Commonwealth Games selection meet as well as a European Junior Championship selection meet.
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Also on the Junior side, selections for a development meet in Portugal for some of Britain's most promising swimmers will also take place.

City of Birmingham came away with 13 PBs, 1 Senior Semi Final and 17 Junior Finals. The outcome from these finals was 2 Gold, 4 Bronze and 4 very promising but frustrating 4th place finishes in Junior finals! Brittany Horton also achieved 2 European Junior consideration times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and has since received confirmation of her selection onto the GB team for those championships. Congratulations Brittany!!

Selections for the Portugal International Meet will be made over the next couple of weeks with hopes high for City of Birmingham representation.

Swimmers competing in Glasgow were: Bradley Lynch, Luke Davies, Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Ella Bowkley, Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Brittany Horton, Emma Smith.

Top 3 finishes went to: Brittany Horton - 2 Gold, 1 Bronze, Chloe Finch - 2 Bronze and Josh Winnicott 1 Bronze.

The team did a fantastic job at the Championships, congratulations to all on your hard work and success.
2014 British Synchronised Swimming Championships
The Synchro Section performed exceptionally well in the British Championships in Sheffield. Phoebe Bradley-Smith got off to a great start on the first day with a silver medal in the Figures competition.
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On the second day Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse took bronze in the Technical Duet and Phoebe finished second in the Free Solo with the smallest of margins between the gold and silver places. In the team routine we finished a creditable 4th place against stiff opposition with an excellent routine despite being one woman down due to injury.

On the final day Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith rounded off a fine Championships with a silver medal in the Free Duet.

Becky Dominates in Africa!
City of Birmingham SC's Rebecca Kamau made an exciting return to Kenya to race at their National Swimming Championships in Nairobi from February 28th-March 2nd.
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City of Birmingham SC's Rebecca Kamau made an exciting return to Kenya to race at their National Swimming Championships in Nairobi from February 28th-March 2nd.

Becky, who was born in Kenya but moved to England with her family in 2010 where she joined City of Birmingham SC dominated the event, coming away with 7 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 National senior records in 400 Individual Medley and 200 Freestyle.

Becky will now wait to find out whether national team selection follows her successes in Nairobi with Kenya sending a team to this years Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Congratulations from all at City of Birmingham!

Ryan Padbury Selected for Great Britain Men's Water Polo Team
City of Birmingham player, Ryan Padbury has won his first senior international cap after being selected to play in the LEN European Championship playoff match against Romania.
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Ryan has come up through the ranks of City of Birmingham Water Polo Club, playing at Youth, Junior and now Senior level. The Club also boasts a number of other promising Juniors involved at various levels of the GB set up who will be hoping to follow Ryan’s footsteps and break into the Senior team.

Ryan’s GB selection tops off a fantastic season for the Club, following on from the Men’s 1st team winning promotion as undefeated Division 3 Champions and strong placings in the British Water Polo League for both the Second City of Birmingham team and City of Birmingham Women’s team.

Luxembourg International Meet, 7th-9th February 2014
City of Birmingham contributed 1 Coach and 10 of the 24 strong team representing the West Midlands at the Luxembourg International Meet 2014. The meet was a regional initiative to aid the best young swimmers development through exposure to International competition.
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City of Birmingham contributed 1 Coach and 10 of the 24 strong team representing the West Midlands at the Luxembourg International Meet 2014. The meet was a regional initiative to aid the best young swimmers development through exposure to International competition.

The meet boasted a top quality international field with Olympic Medallists, World Medallists and current World Record holders in attendance.

The West Midland team won 7 medals overall with City of Birmingham swimmers winning 6 of those!!! Medals came from:

Chloe Finch - 2 Gold
Isobel Griffiths - 1 Silver
Brittany Horton - 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

City of Birmingham swimmers selected for the trip were: Bradley Lynch, Luke Davies, Kieran Smith, Joshua Winnicott, Louis Oliver, Rebecca Kamau, Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Ella Bowkley, Isobel Griffiths.

Central Zonal Meet - 25th/26th January 2014
City of Birmingham's qualifiers raced long course again at the end of January as we continue to work hard into the Commonwealth Trials and our own Open Meet in April.
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A similar pattern emerged to our City of Derby outing with tough races mixed in with a fresh helping of new PB's, National times and a couple of new Commonwealth Trials qualifying times.

Rotherham Metro Open January 18th/19th 2014
The weekend of the 18th and 19th of January the Development squad travelled up to Sheffield. The weekend was a very successful one, with swimmers transferring skills into a long course pool for the first time this season
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Technique and race skills were much improved from before Christmas and this showed with City of Birmingham hats leading the way in most of the heats they were in.

Not only was it a very successful weekend of racing but swimmers conducted themselves professionally throughout the weekend.

City of Derby Meet - 11th/12th January 2014
City of Birmingham sent a large team to the City of Derby meet as they embarked on the start of the long course season 2014.
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Coming out of a short course season always takes a bit of getting used to but amongst some 'rusty' swims some great PB's, National times and new Commonwealth Trial qualifying times were achieved.

City of Birmingham also dominated the Top Club award, taking the prize with ease.

England Programmes: Phase 2 Camp, 3rd-5th January 2014
After another successful pass through the selection process City of Birmingham sent its 5 selected swimmers and 1 Coach to the England Programmes Phase 2 Camps.
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The selected swimmers have successfully progressed through two selections, initially identified at National Championships and then assessed individually at the Phase 1 Camp so have already obviously caught the eye.

Congratulations to Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Jake Dixon, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch on the selection.

Midland Short Course - Stafford, December 7th-8th 2013
City of Birmingham finished the calendar year with a trip to Midland Short Course Championships at Stafford.
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The team comprising members of the Senior and Junior Squads raced well with some really good best times and a heap of medals. Pleasing Relay medals came from the Men's 4x100fr team and Girls 4x100 Medley team to finish a pretty gruelling weekend of racing on a high.

Extra congratulations to Jake Dixon for breaking the Junior Short Course West Midland Record in the 200IM.

2013 World School Games, Brasilia
Three members of the City of Birmingham Swimming Club have just returned from representing England at the ISF Gymnasiade, the World School Games in Brazil
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Brittany Horton, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch joined team-mates from across schools in an England team that included Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte for the 6 day event, held at the Ayrton Senna Aquatic Complex in Brasilia.

In total the trio collected 7 of the team's 32 medals, a record haul for England which earned them a table topping position for the swimming events.

Brittany Horton led the way for Birmingham, collecting a total of 4 medals. She started well on the first day winning Gold in the 100m backstroke. She followed this on Day 2 with a Silver medal in the 200m backstroke, racing in the outdoor pool in conditions described by Head Coach Tim Hartley as some of the worst he had ever seen at an International Swim Meet. As the day's rains developed into a tropical storm, hoardings, chairs, hats and cups were blown into the pool.

Brittany added 2 more Silvers in better conditions on Day 3 and 4, in the 4 x 100m medley relay and 50 m backstroke.

Josh Winnicott also raced through the storm on the Saturday evening (Day 2) to take the Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. He then went on to top this, securing a Gold Medal with his team-mates in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay on Day 3. He also won the B Final in the 200IM to take 9th place overall in the 200m Individual Medley.

Bradley Lynch put in a strong performance to help the 4x100m freestyle relay team to a Silver medal during the busy second day, as the team were just denied gold by Italy. His Silver medal topped two individual 5th place performances in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Well done to all three swimmers, who did their schools, their country and not least the City of Birmingham Swimming Club proud.
Synchro: 2013 National Age Group Championships
The Synchro section competed in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester during the weekend of 29 Nov - 1 Dec which featured appearances from Team GB and a number of overseas competitors.
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We made an encouraging start on the Friday when a new 19 & Under Combination Team that have only been swimming together for 5 weeks took the bronze medal against stiff opposition from across the UK. In solo events, Madison Griffith came an excellent 3rd place in the 19 & Under figures and Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 2nd in both the 15-17 Figures and the 15-17 Solo. The highlight of the weekend was a superb gold medal for the enchanting duet by Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith (pictured).

Two girls qualified for the forthcoming England Trials which take place at Crystal Palace. Sydney Jackson will swim in the England Development trials and Phoebe Bradley-Smith in the England Junior trials. Good luck to Sydney & Phoebe!

British Paralympic Short Course Championships - 23rd/24th Nov 2013
We are pleased to confirm that Tully Kearney broke a British and European Record in the 400 meter Freestyle while representing the City of Birmingham SC at last weekends British Paralympic Short Course Championships in Sheffield.
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She also dipped under the previous 100 Backstroke European Record but was beaten into second on the touch. Tully is mentioned in the British Swimming write up HERE.

Congratulations Tully on your continued record breaking form!
Synchro: Recognition for Yvette and Allison
Congratulations to former Birmingham team member Yvette Baker for being awarded Warwickshire ASA Swimmer of the Year and to Head Synchro Coach Allison Pratt for her nomination for Performance Official of the Year at the The Sports Officials UK Awards. Synchro: 2013 Midlands Championships, Leicester
The Synchro section enjoyed a very successful Midlands Championships in Leicester on 13th October 2013. The girls all swam brilliantly winning 8 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals.
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Highlights included gold medals for Sydney Jackson (12&U solo); Sydney Jackson & Jasmin Lockhart (12&U duet); the 12&U Combination Team, the 19&U Free Combination Team and the Championship Team.

Behind the stunning performances by the girls was a team of unsung heroes. Our coaches and team managers deserve medals themselves for their dedication and professionalism in turning out a team that we're proud of.

UK School Games, September 12th-15th - Sheffield
Three City of Birmingham swimmers were selected to represent England Central at the 2013 UK School Games this month. The Event comprises of squads representing England South, England Central, England North, Scotland North and West, Scotland South and East, Ireland and Wales and is a multi sport event.
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Jake Dixon, Givenchy Sneekes and Ella Bowkley all came away with medals from the event which saw the best young swimmers in the UK go head to head.

Medals - Jake - Bronze 100 Butterfly, Ella - Silver 100 Backstroke, Bronze 200 Backstroke, Givenchy - Gold 4x200 Freestyle Relay, Silver 4x100 Freestyle Relay

Congratulations to all for again representing Birmingham with distinction.

Brittany Selected for GB Event Camp
City of Birmingham's Brittany Horton has been selected by British Swimming to attend the GB Backstroke event camp at University of Bath during September.
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Brittany will be the youngest member of the 12 swimmer group which includes 3 time Olympian and World Record holder Liam Tancock, London Olympic finalist Lizzie Simmonds, as well as other London Olympians Chris Walker-Hebborn, Marco Loughran and Georgia Davies, and recent World Championship finalists Craig McNally and Lauren Quigley.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Brittany that has been well earned. Congratulations!!
International Paralympic Committee
World Swimming Championships Montreal, Canada - August 2013

City of Birmingham swimmer Tully Kearney represented Team GB at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal at her very first senior International event. Tully managed to come away with a fantastic Bronze medal in the 400 freestyle, breaking her own British Record by 3 seconds in the process and also breaking the 200 freestyle British Record at the halfway split en route to her medal!!
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Tully has started her senior International career superbly and will only be learn more and keep improving on the road to the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Congratulations Tully from all at City of Birmingham!!

National Youth Championships, Sheffield 30th July - 4th August
City of Birmingham's National Youth qualifiers did another really good job for the club. The team finished 12th in the final Top Club points standings with a huge haul of lifetime best performances.
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The group of 12 swimmers stepped up and saved many of their best swims of the season until National Championships, with 11 of the 12 swimmers making semi-finals and 8 of the 12 making finals.

Our medals came from Emma Smith (Bronze, 200IM) and the boys 4x100 medley team of Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Jake Dixon and Brad Lynch (Bronze).

National Age Group Championships, Sheffield 24-29th July
City of Birmingham took a large age group squad of 18 members to Sheffield to compete against the best young swimmers in Britain. The swimmers did not disappoint making sure City of Birmingham were in multiple finals every night - in some cases 2 or 3 swimmers in a single final.
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The squad came away with 7 medals in total and many more finalists.

Special mentions go to Brittany Horton 2 GOLDS (100,200 Backstroke) Benjamin Stanford 1 GOLD (100 Freestyle) 2 SILVER (200 freestyle, 200 I.M) 1 BRONZE (400 Freestyle) Ashley Markall 1 BRONZE (200 Breastroke). Also Isobel Griffiths finished 4th a heart breaking 5 times and vows she will come back even stronger next year!

Well done to all who helped City of Birmingham top off a fantastic 2012/2013 season by finishing 4th in the overall Top Club Award. The Coaches are very proud!

Girls: Brittany Horton, Rebecca Kamau, Isobel Griffiths, Kate Davies, Bethany Morrin, Victoria Long, Megan Moss, Caitlin Britt, Caitlin Hubbard

Boys: Benjamin Stanford, Ashley Markall, Alex Rogers, Samuel Osbourne, Tom Page, Leo Karski, Kai Alexander, Ken Ho, Archie Langston.

Mick Hepwood
It is with sadness we heard that Mick Hepwood passed away on 27 August, after a long illness. Mick's involvement with the Birmingham Advanced Coaching Scheme started around the time of the scheme's inception in 1985, when he joined us as a part-time sessional swimming coach working alongside Rick Bailey at the Monument Road pool.
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Mick was Junior Squad Coach, initially for a period of 5 years; before re-joining our programme in late 1996 for a further 5 year stint. In 2001 Mick joined British Swimming as a Coach Coordinator working alongside Fred Kirby and Martin Woodruff; where their primary involvement was with the World Class Age Programme. Following the demise of this programme in 2007, Mick returned to his Black Country & West Midland Region roots where he worked briefly as part of the Sport England Club Coach Project; before enforced early retirement due to ill health.

Mick Hepwood was a much loved and respected man, by parents and swimmers alike; he will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Mick was idolised by his young charges, he had above all a unique poolside ability to motivate; but to do so with empathy. City of Birmingham Swimming Club owe a debt of gratitude to Mick Hepwood's work with the Advanced Coaching Scheme.

David Corbett, Chairman

Warwickshire ASA & Staffordshire ASA Championships & Open Invitation
The girls in the Synchro Section all swam very well at Walsall in the combined Warwickshire ASA / Staffordshire ASA and Open Invitation Championships. In the Warwickshires we collected 13 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes and in the Open Invitation 8 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes.
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Phoebe Bradlley-Smith won 5 individual Warwickshire golds and 5 individual Invitation golds plus further medals in duet and team competitions. Phoebe won the Warwickhire ASA Rose Bowl; best overall solo and best overall figures.

Other highlights included the Presidents Shield for the duet by Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith and the wins by the 19 & Under team in both Warwickshire and Invitation competitions. Our younger competitors also produced excellent performances. Sydney Jackson & Jasmine Lockhart won gold in the Warwickshire 12 & Under duet and Sydney won gold in the Warwickshire 12 & Under figures. The 13-14 team won gold for their routine in both Warwickshire and Invitation competitions. Last but not least the 12 & Under team which included a number of girls who were competing for the first time won gold in the Warwickshire Championships and silver in the Invitation.

World Championship Trials - 26th-30th June 2013
City of Birmingham sent 6 of its qualifiers to the Trials for this year's Barcelona World Long course Championships at Ponds Forge. We used the event as a last blow out before the National Youth and Age Group championships and IPC World Championships.
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It was a good chance to see where we are at during hard training and what needs working on in the final weeks into the focus meets. All swimmers achieved personal bests or seasons best performances with 5 of the 6 getting a second swim in either a semi final or final.

Three of the six swimmers were racing at their first senior National championships so racing in a senior open event was new ground - but that didn’t halt some great progress at the meet with Brittany Horton, the youngest competitor at the whole meet, still achieving a second reserve spot for the 100bk final!

Massive congratulations go to Tully Kearney who broke the 100 bk and 400 fr S10 British Records at the meet setting her up nicely for her first major senior GB International, next months IPC World Championships in Montreal.

A great effort all round from City of Birmingham representatives : Louis Oliver, Emma Smith, Rebecca Cole, Ella Bowkley, Brittany Horton and Tully Kearney.
Bradley - Lloyds TSB Local Hero!
City of Birmingham swimmer Bradley Lynch has been selected onto the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes Programme. As part of the programme he will attend programme 'camps', receive grant aid funding plus mentoring from ex International sports stars.
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To see the interview Bradley conducted as part of the programme please click HERE.
Midland Age Group Championships - Coventry 2nd/3rd & 9/10th June
City of Birmingham took their team of 36 Regional Age Group qualifiers to Coventry over the first two weekends in June. The team had representatives from all 3 squads, Development, Junior and Senior, with swimmers, coaches & parents coming together to create a fantastic team atmosphere which everybody thrived upon.
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With City of Birmingham collecting 23 GOLD, 14 SILVER & 22 BRONZE medals it was our most successful Midland age groups in a very long time and along with NOVA left our competitors in the shade.

Highlights of the weekend go to the girls relay teams dominating the 4x100 freestyle and 4x100 Medley, all swimmers achieving extra national qualifying times, and of course the 23 Champions!

Congratulations go to all our swimmers - they did the City of Birmingham SC proud.

We now look ahead to 7 key weeks of preparation into National Age Group Championships.
City of Sheffield No Frills Meet - 25-26th May 2013
City of Birmingham Senior squad attended the Sheffield No Frills meet during May. The meet was an opportunity to get new National Qualifying times and World Championship Trials times as well as seeing what needs working on prior to those meets.
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The squad did come away with plenty of new qualifying times for Nationals and the Trials as well as many Seasons best and Personal best performances. Well done to all.

Now the focus will be on preparing well for the important summer meets.
Rotherham Open Meet - Sheffield 18/19th May
City of Birmingham Junior squad travelled up to Sheffield with high hopes of swimming fast - they didn't disappoint! With every swimmer achieving big long course bests & many swimmers claiming additional national times, the meet was a big success.
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A select 11 swimmers from the Development squad also travelled to Sheffield, for them to show how they had developed their skills and technique in recent weeks. They certainly stood out from the rest of the swimmers their age, with very impressive turns and underwater they dominated around the walls. Along with these superior skills they also produced some fast swimming, with a couple of swimmers getting close to National times.

As a result of such good performances City of Birmingham came away with Top club (again!) for the meet ahead of big squads such as Barnet & NOVA despite only taking our age group squads. Well done to everyone on your progress.
Midland Youth Championships 4th/5th May 2013
The swimmers who attended Midland Youth did a good job overall with many medals and Midland Champions among the successes. It was extra pleasing to see such strong relays with all 6 teams qualifying comfortably for National Youths with the boys team going into Nationals ranked 3rd, 4th and 4th overall on their 3 relays.
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The Midland Championships marks the start to the business end of the season with last chance meets to qualify for National Championships coming up followed by World Championship trials for some and National Championships for most.
Gloucester Open 27th-28th April 2013
On the weekend of 27th/28th April 2013 City of Birmingham’s Development Squad travelled to Gloucester for their level 2 meet. Having swum with great race skills at City of Birmingham Open earlier in the month all swimmers improved on these skills with much tighter and faster turns particularly on freestyle as well as being powerful off the walls.
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In addition to much more skilful swimming it was a very successful weekend in which Kate Rainsford and Harriet Gordon clocked their first Midland times of the season with Harriet’s being her first every qualifying time, as well as many others adding to their Midland qualifying tally.

Only having swimmers in the 9-12 year age groups it was a very impressive feat for the squad to come away with 3rd in the Top club standings against many clubs who brought full teams covering all age groups.

The squad are back in hard training ready to compete at the Midland Age Group Championships at the beginning of June.
British Synchro Championships, Sheffield
The Synchro section represented Birmingham admirably at the British Championships in Sheffield, an event made special by appearances by international athletes representing Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands as well as the top domestic teams from around the country.
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The team came a creditable 5th in the free combination routine. The team practised a difficult lift time and time again during the warm up and just didn't seem to be able to get it right. However, when the pressure was on during their routine, the lift was executed to perfection as the girls produced a fantastic performance of the routine they've been working on since January.

In the technical solo, Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 9th with Lois Powell and Maddison Griffith in 16th and 17th respectively. Phoebe qualified for the free solo on the second day finishing 10th. In the technical duet Phoebe and Maddison finished 12th and in the free duet Phoebe and Lois finished 8th.
British International Open - Leeds, March 7th-10th
City of Birmingham's 13 qualifiers competed at the main Junior International selection trials at the British Gas International Open. The meet was certainly a big stage with several Olympic Medallists competing alongside the best young swimmers in Great Britain.
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A special mention goes to Jake Dixon who as well as breaking West Midland and Warwickshire Junior long course records on 50 fly and the Warwickshire 200IM Junior long course record, he was just 0.24 sec off breaking the British all time record for 14yr's 50 Fly.

Of the 13 swimmers from City of Birmingham 6 managed to progress to the Junior Final in one of their events which is a great achievement from those guys.

The event will prove good experience and set many of the swimmers up for a shot at International selection next year or over the coming years.
Dave Corbett Receives the BEM at The CoB SC Easter Open Meet
Dave received his British Empire Medal from Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr Paul Sabapathy CBE, in a special presentation made on the Saturday morning of the meet..
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David Giess
City of Birmingham Swimming Club are sorry to announce the passing away of Water Polo Coach David Giess.
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Dave, affectionately known as Jimmy by his players, worked as a volunteer in water polo for 54 years He first became involved as a fifteen year old, playing for Nechells Water Polo Club and Warwickshire County. At the age of eighteen he ran the Nechells Club with its senior and junior teams, and was part of the transition of this club into City of Birmingham Water Polo Club.

As a young man he qualified as a referee and attended the inaugural water polo coaches' course at Cosford. He then managed and coached the district age group teams, taking them to the ASA Championships. He was honoured to accept the role of president of the Midlands Water Polo Team.

David coached and managed the City of Birmingham senior and three age group teams. He was match secretary for the Midland Youth League.

He was instrumental in reforming the City of Birmingham Water Polo section in 2003 and has since then had success at both youth and senior level with both male and female players.

In the first year of swimming the junior men's team reached the national final where they were narrowly beaten. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham hosted a reception for the team at his Parlour at Birmingham Council House - one of David's proudest moments.

Since that time the junior team has reached at least the semi-final stage of the competition.

In 2007 City of Birmingham also entered a senior team in the National Water Polo League and won the championship at the first attempt. The team won 11, drew 1 and lost 2 games in a memorable start. The championship team included: John Cooper, Tom Carpenter, Alex Boyle, Phil Lucas and skipper Marcus Hook. Gary Tonks, Toby Hook, Matt Foulds, Richard Baker, David Giess (Coach), Rob Cash, Ashley Hillier and Mike Foulds.

His impact on the world of water polo across the West Midlands region has been immense. In 2010 the ASA awarded him an Aquaforce Award for his contribution to sport.

He will be sorely missed by many.

City of Birmingham's Dave Corbett Awarded British Empire Medal
BIG congratulations go to the City of Birmingham Club Chair, Dave Corbett, who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year's Honours List for his voluntary service to Aquatic Sport in the West Midlands.
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Dave is incredibly well known, not just in Birmingham and the West Midlands but across the national aquatic family. Well done!!!

ESSA W.I.S.E International - Sunderland - 17/18th November 2012
Three City of Birmingham SC swimmers were selected to represent England at last weekends W.I.S.E (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) International held at the Sunderland International pool. Our three swimmers were massive contributors to England's overall victory bringing home 5 Gold and 3 Silver medals between them. The Birmingham representatives were: Brittany Horton (2 Gold), Louis Oliver (3 Silver) and Rebecca Cole (3 Gold). Congratulations to all three on representing your Country and performing so well. Boldmere Open Meet, 17/18th November 2012
City Of Birmingham's Junior & Development Squads attended the Boldmere Open Meet at Stetchford Cascades. The weekend was a big success with many clean sweeps in a number of events, which was fantastic to see. Both squads enjoyed a weekend of fast swimming with many PBs and new Midlands qualifying times. The supporting atmosphere created by both squads contributed to C.O.B achieving its 3rd Top Club of the season. City Of Coventry Open Meet, 3rd November 2012
City Of Birmingham took all 3 squads to Coventry for their annual 1 day open meet. It proved to be a valuable experience with swimmers honing in on their race skills/plans and it was good too see all the early season hard work being put into practice, ready for a winter full of racing. C.O.B came away with Top Club for the second time already this season. 2012 Birmingham Sports Awards
Congratulations to City of Birmingham Swimming Club who did so well at the Birmingham Sports Awards on Friday 16th November, held at Birmingham University.
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Winners were:

Dave Corbett, Club Chair - Volunteer of the Year
Bradley Lynch - Young Sportsman of the Year
Swim Squad - Junior Team of the Year
Judy Tullett, Castle Vale Pool Users Group - Community Project of the Year

Also shortlisted were:

Carl Grosvenor - Performance Coach of the Year
Yvette Baker, CoB Synchrony Olympian - Sportswoman of the Year

20th Anniversay Open Meet
An important message from City of Birmingham SC Chairman Dave Corbett to all club members can be accessed HERE. Big City of Birmingham Team Heading to Leeds
The entries are in for the British International Open which will be held at the start of March in Leeds. The event is a new meet brought about by British Swimming after the external post Olympic review.
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As well as being an International class event it will act as the main selection trials for the European Junior Championships, European Youth Olympic Festival and World Junior Championships.

City of Birmingham have done an exeptional job in qualifying 13 swimmers in 31 events.

The qualifiers Bradley Lynch, Louis Oliver, Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Jake Dixon, Isobel Griffiths, Victoria Long, Rebecca Cole, Emma Smith, Givenchy Sneekes, Brittany Horton, Ella Bowkley and Rebecca Kamau will now be fully focussed on backing qualification up with quality results at the meet.

Congratulations to all 13 on qualification.

Synchro: 2012 Midlands Synchronised Swimming Championships
At this year's Midlands Synchronised Swimming Championships in Leicester, City of Birmingham won 8 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals.
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Highlights included a clean sweep of gold medals for the combination team routines with wins by the 12 & Unders, 13-14s, 15-17s and the Championship team; a gold medal for Phoebe Bradley-Smith for her 15-17 Solo; golds for Lucy Ridge and Phoebe Bradley-Smith in the 15-17 and Championship Duets and medals for Melanie Whitburn and Jodie Norton in the 13-14 figures, solos and duets. Well done to everybody that took part or helped, especially the coaches.

Full results and scores HERE.

Water Polo: League Updates
There was much drama when the National Water Polo League Division Three programme reached its climax at Walsall (13/14 October), with Birmingham finishing 3rd in the league and progressing to the next round.
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Meanwhile, Solihull maintained their dominance of Division Five, hammering 2nd City Birmingham 22-5. Birmingham finished 4th in the league, while Birmingham ladies play their next matches this weekend (20th October) at Marlborough College.

Water Polo: Evergreen Cole Makes His Mark - After 35 Years!
It's never too late to make an impact in the British League!
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In men’s Division Five, 2nd City Birmingham needed goalkeeping cover for two of their matches at Walsall (13/14 October). So they drafted in Mark Coles – for his first appearance in National League water polo for 36 years - which must be some sort of record.

Mark last played for Leamington in the old men's National league. Since then, he has turned out for Camp Hill Edwardians, who currently play in Division 2 of the Midland League.

Mark is no stranger to record-breaking. He was also a member of the Camp Hill team that broke the world record for the longest-ever water polo match.

Swimming: Derventio Excel Open Meet, 6 & 7th October 2012
The weekend was a chance for all new and existing Development & Junior Squad City of Birmingham swimmers to come together and race as a team. It proved to be a fantastic weekend for all, with a great team atmosphere in which everyone thrived.
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All swimmers had the oppurtunity to practice race skills early season and see where they need to improve for future competitions. C.O.B came away with Top Club & Oliver Lillycrop came away with Top Boy.

Well done to both squads, the weekend was a huge success!

Swimming: ESSA W.I.S.E International Selections
City of Birmingham swimmers Louis Oliver and Brittany Horton have received their first England call ups for the ESSA (English School Swimming Assosiation) annual W.I.S.E (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) home nations international on the 17th November in Sunderland.
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City of Birmingham will also be represented on the England Team by Rebecca Cole. Representing your country for the first time is a massive moment and one I am sure they will enjoy and thrive on.

Good luck to all our swimmers!!

Carl Grosvenor
Head Coach
Swimming Section

Swimming: Regional and National Selections For City of Birmingham SC
City of Birmingham are being very well represented at all levels of the ASA England Talent programme, as well as the British Swimming World Class Programme, for the coming season.
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England Talent L1 (West Midlands) programme is dominated by Birmingham swimmers with Ashley Markall, Ben Stanford, Beth Morrin, Kate Davies, Victoria Long, Issy Griffiths, Becky Kamau, Megan Moss and Brittany Horton all represented, as well as Adam Taylor being part of the Coaching Team.

England Talent L2 (Central): CoB is represented by Jake Dixon and Josh Winnicott as well as Carl Grosvenor being part of the Coaching Team.

England Talent L3 (National) has Brad Lynch as the City of Birmingham representative.

Scottish Development Programme: Emma Smith has qualified to be part of the Scottish Swimming Development programme (Gold level). This is an exciting time to be involved in Scottish programmes with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow becoming a major focus. Emma has been invited to the initial Commonwealth Games orientation camp with the Scottish senior team.

British Swimming World Class Programme: Carl Grosvenor has been selected as one of the coaching staff for this season's World Class camps. The world class programme underpins the GB senior team and is aimed at the last stage of development for athletes on track to make senior teams and senior podiums.

Swimming: World Junior Open Water Championships - Ontario, Canada
City of Birmingham swimmer Bradley Lynch came a fantastic 4th in the 5k Open Water at the World Junior Championships in Ontario, Canada during August. To come 4th in the World is a remarkable feat.

More information can be found HERE. Synchro: Yvette Baker - 2012 Olympics Synchro
Congratulations to the GB team for great performances at the 2012 Olympics. Special congratulations go to our own Yvette Baker who swam in the team technical routine.
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Yvette started swimming in the summer of 2001 aged 9 years. She came first in the figures at the Warwickshire Age Groups in 2002 and then the following year was under 12 champion.

In May 2007 Yvette took part in the Junior GB trials and was invited to train with the Junior GB squad on an intensive 5 week training camp at the High Performance Centre in Aldershot. At the National Age Groups 2008 Yvette's performance again qualified her to train with the Junior GB team.

Yvette's been training hard with the GB squad in Aldershot ever since and this year was selected for the GB team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Synchro: CoB's Ali Pratt Returns From Olympic Duties
Birmingham Swimming Club would like to congratulate Ali Pratt, our Synchro Head Coach, who was selected as the sole UK representative on the Synchronised Swimming judging panel at the London 2012 Olympics. Ali was one of a panel of 16 from around the world that were needed to judge the Duet and Team Synchronised Swimming events over nine days of the Games.
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Away from her official duties and as one of the Olympic officials' perks Ali was lucky enough to get front row seats to see many of the swimming events, as well as Tom Daley diving!

Other CoB members playing a part at the Olympics included Alex Smith, part of the backroom ASA team at the event, and "Britain's Got Talent" star Beth Smith- who was also the Guardian's Synchronised swimming special advisor!- as well as, of course, Yvette Baker. Well done all!

Congratulations to CoB's Terri and Carl!
Carl Grosvenor, CoB Head Coach married Terri Dunning, former international swimmer and life member of City of Birmingham Swimming Club, on 12th August 2012. Congratulations to you both!
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Swimming: Portsmouth Northsea End Of Season Meet 14th/15th July
On the 14th/15th July City of Birmingham development squad traveled to Portsmouth for their end of season meet. Over the past 7 months the squad has produced some great swims with skilful swimming at short course meets, as well great performances at the Midland Age Group Championships in June - but this was the first long course meet that the whole squad had attended.
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There were many great performances over the weekend producing over 100 long course best times as a result of improved race skills and stroke technique.

As well as many best times the squad came away with an impressive medal haul of 19 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals. Special mention must go to Alexandra Bartley who won 8 gold medals and 1 bronze medal to collect the top girl award in the 9/10 year girls age group, with Oliver Lilycrop also picking up top boy in the same age group after winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.

All swimmers have shown great improvement on all four strokes, as well as great starts, turns and underwater work since the formation of the squad in January.

Well done to all swimmers on their great progress. We look forward to seeing more vast improvement with the squad's first full season beginning in September.

Swimming: Britsh Gas National Age Group Championships 22-26th July Sheffield
City of Birmingham took a squad of 15 excited swimmers up to Sheffield for the 2012 Age Group Nationals. The week was a huge success with City of Birmingham finishing 2nd, just 5 points behind Hatfield SC, in the race for overall Top Club during the Championships.
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The squad had some fantastic races coming home with a haul of 9 medals - 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze. Eight 4th positions showed our consistency in finals throughout the week, as well as the fine lines between standing on the podium and getting straight in the swim down!!

Our Boys 4x100 Medley team swam very well to make the final with superb efforts from all.

2012 Age Group Nationals has been the most successful for City of Birmingham in many years, we have proved that we are a force to be reckoned with on a National Level.

We would like to congratulate all of the swimmers for their efforts in a fantastic season.

Swimming: British Gas National Youth Championships 17-21st July Sheffield
City of Birmingham ended the season in style with some impressive performances from its 11 swimmers at the National Youth Championships. Birmingham swimmers were busy in the evening sessions with 6 swimmers making numerous finals and coming out with 1 Gold medal and 3 Bronze medals along with a big batch of best times.
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The medal successes along with accumulative points for making finals achieved a 10th place overall position in the Top Club standings.

Swimmers representing City of Birmingham were: Dan Evans, Bradley Lynch, Louis Oliver, Richard Spoor, Joshua Winnicott, Sophie Bridgman, Rebecca Cole, Lucy Corden, Kristie Hackett, Emma Smith and Givenchy Sneekes.

Medallists were: Bradley Lynch Gold 200fr and Bronze 400fr, Joshua Winnicott Bronze 100Brst, Rebecca Cole Bronze 100Bk.

Swimming: Bradley Takes Silver At European Junior Championships!
Well done to City of Birmingham's Bradley Lynch on his Silver Medal winning performance at the European Junior Open Water Championships in Kocaeli, Turkey.

You can read more about Bradley's medal winning swim on the ASA WEBSITE. Synchro: 2012 Warwickshire Synchronised Swimming Championships
The City of Birmingham Synchro team swam brilliantly in his year's Warwickshire & Staffordshire ASA Invitation Championships. The final medal tally in the Warwickshire Championships was 9 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze.
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In the Invitation Championships which this year attracted a number of strong teams from around the country we won 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze.

Highlights included: gold medals for Melanie Whitburn in both the 13-14 Warwickshire Figures and the 13-14 Warwickshire; golds for the 15-17 team in the Warwishire and Invitation competitions; gold for the Open Team in the Warwickshire competition and silver in the Invitation competition.

Lucy Ridge and Phoebe Bradley-Smith won golds for their duet in both the Warwickshire and Invitation competitions and Phoebe won golds in both competitions for her beautifiul solo performance. Phoebe & Lucy were crowned overall duet champions and Phoebe the overall Solo Champion.

Championship Team Routine Videos of the Club's other team routines can be found by clicking on a link below:

15 - 17 Team
13 - 14 Team
12 and Under Team

2012 British Gas Midland Age Group Championships
City Of Birmingham's Junior & Development Squads took 36 swimmers to the Midland Age Group Championships held in Coventry over the weekends of 2nd/3rd & 9th/10th of June.
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It was the most successful Age Group Championships Birmingham have had in many years with a Medal haul of 18 Golds, 20 Silver and 15 Bronze totalling 54 Medals. Both weekends included some fantastic swims, resulting in swimmers achieving many new national qualifying times.

Focus will now turn to the National Age Group Championships that will be held in Sheffield from the 22nd-26th July, where Birmingham will be taking a 14 strong squad to compete - and we'll be looking to take our Regional success onto the National stage.

Congratulations go to all of the swimmers who represented the club for doing City Of Birmingham SC proud - and for showing the whole of the Midlands that we are a force to be reckoned with.

European Open Water Cup - Eilat, Israel, May 2012
City of Birmingham swimmer Bradley Lynch this week completed his 10k Marathon Swim at the European Cup.
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Bradley was selected along with a group of GB's most talented distance swimmers to compete alongside Olympic Medallists David Davies and Keri-Anne Payne as part of the British Squad. Despite the event being an open aged event Bradley came home in 14th position overall in what was his first 10k swim and only his second Open Water swim of any kind. The event was made even harder by the temperature being 36c throughout the race and having to swim over jellyfish!!

Brad came back from the event with a glowing report and will now be hoping to be selected for the GB Open Water European Junior team for this July.

Midland Youth Championships, 5th-6th May 2012
City of Birmingham SC took its team of 14 Midland Youth Qualifiers to Coventry for the Midland Championships.
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The event can be a challenge, with lots of individual heats, individual finals plus all relays crammed into 2 days. This year we went for quality over quantity which paid off with our 14 swimmers finishing with 10 Gold, 7 Silver and 5 Bronze medals as well as all our Relay teams qualifying for this summer's National Championships.

Congratulations to the whole team, especially Gold medal winners Becki Cole, Bradley Lynch, Louis Oliver, Dan Ruckwood and Josh Winnicott.

Derventio Excel Open Meet 28th & 29th April
Over the weekend of April28/29 the City Of Birmingham Junior Squad competed at Sheffield. It was a very successful weekend with the squad achieving numerous National & Midlands times, coming away with a very impressive medal haul of 21 Gold, 17 Silver & 18 Bronze Medals.
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Special mentions go to Ryan Andrews who came 3rd in the 11 year old Bagcat award, and to Victoria Long who won the 11 year old Bagcat awards, with Lauren Wall achieving 3rd place in the same age group as well. It was a fantastic weekend and the Junior squad showed they are a force to be reckoned with!

The Juniors will now refocus for the next 5 weeks until the Midland Age Groups where we hope to replicate the same level of professionalism as this weekend.
City of Milton Keynes Open Meet 28th-29th April 2012
On the 28th and 29th April the Development Squad travelled to the Milton Keynes Level 2 Open Meet for their first away meet as a squad. With such great performances at City of Birmingham Open earlier in the month it was always going to be difficult to improve on these but the swimmers performed even more skilfully than they had just three weeks earlier, recording 66 best times as a result.
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Over the weekend four new Midland Age Group qualifying times were posted with Tom Page (200IM), Oliver Lillycrop (200back) and Aristea Knight (100breast) all adding to events they will already be swimming at the Championships. Special note must go to Roan Griffiths who recorded his first ever Midland qualifying time in style on the 200 back and was close to adding a couple more.

As a result of this skilful and fast swimming, the development squad came away with an impressive medal haul of 12 Gold, 15 Silver and 10 Bronze medals against some strong opposition.

The progress all swimmers have made on their race skills and technique over the past few months has been outstanding but they will be working hard to improve on these even more before the upcoming Midland Age Group Championships in June and the end of season Portsmouth meet in July.

Chris Littler, Development Coach
City of Birmingham Open Meet - April 2012
City of Birmingham swimmers once again stepped up to the plate at our own annual open meet with some great results. The meet is always a fantastic opportunity to post some quick short course times and proof of that came with over 100 PB's for City of Birmingham swimmers.
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Among the City of Birmingham team were our new Development Squad who were representing us for the first time. It was great to see the Development Squad starting to put their new skills into practice and getting some massive best times as a result. All 3 squads recorded some super quick times from the promising up and coming 9 year olds to the big 19 year old boys setting some quality times.

Bradley Lynch was busy rewriting the record book once again with 5 West Midland records (200 IM, 400 IM, 100 FR, 200 FR, 400 FR) and 1 Warwickshire record (200 Fly). City of Birmingham Junior Squad coach Adam Taylor didn't know whether to laugh or cry as he watched Bradley take his own 400 IM West Midland record!

The meet was exceptionally run throughout the 4 days by the many dedicated volunteers. I am sure all swimmers, coaches, parents and officials that attended would agree it was another great meet.

Carl Grosvenor, Head Coach

Andrew Gould Sweeps All Before Him
Andrew Gould from City of Sheffield Swimming Club had his most successful City of Birmingham Open Meet this year since entering for the first time four years ago. He has consistently won the 'Les Hayes Trophy' for the best performance by a disability swimmer for the last three years for his setting and breaking of S10 GB Junior records.
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No change this year, with Andrew breaking his own S10 GB record in winning the level 3 200m backstroke final in 2:27.25.

To add to his haul of trophies he also won the 'Andy Jackson Trophy' as 'Iron Man of the Meet' for swimming the most events at the meet - a staggering 21 swims - 10 heats, 10 finals and 1 HDW. In his finals he scooped 4 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals as well as winning his HDW event. His tally of points in the heats meant that Andrew also picked up the Top Boy award for age group C (13+ years) with a grand total of 54 from a possible 66 points. All this bearing in mind Andrew was swimming against able bodied swimmers in his level 3 events.

Congratulations to Andrew from all at the City of Birmingham Swimming Club. Andrew is pictured above receiving the 'Les Hayes Trophy' in 2009.

Bradley Gets First GB Selection!
Following his record breaking 1500 Freestyle at the recent Olympic Trials Bradley Lynch has been selected to represent Great Britain at the LEN World Open Water Cup in Eilat, Israel.
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The event, which will be held in May, is an opportunity for Britain's best distance swimmers to test themselves against the world's best on the open water scene. Britain are world leaders in Open Water swimming which makes Bradley's selection even better. The GB coaching staff will be looking for the next generation of Open Water champions and Bradley, as the youngest male on the team, will be eager to make the most of his opportunity.

Congratulations on your selection from all at City of Birmingham and Good Luck!!!
Olympic Trials Update 2
Congratulations to City of Birmingham's Bradley Lynch who set a new West Midlands Junior LC Record of 16.05.41 in the 1500 freestyle (setting a Warwickshire County Junior LC record at the same time and a new Warwickshire County Junior LC Record of 8:35.77 for the 800 freestyle during the race). Olympic Trials Update 1
City of Birmingham's Josh Winnicott made history when he became the first competitive swimmer to touch the timing pads in first position - when he swam 4.42.16 and won the first heat of the 400IM at the British Championships/Olympic Trials in the London Aquatic Centre.
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Josh then recorded 1.08.32 in the 100m Breast while 15Yrs old City of Birmingham teammate Bradley Lynch followed with times of 4.01.59 and 1.53.40 in the 400m and 200m Freestyle events respectively - which broke the Junior Long Course Midland District/W Midlands Region Records which have stood for nearly 30 years.

Well done to both!
City of Derby Open Meet 14th-15th January 2012
Over the weekend of 14th-15th January three more City of Birmingham swimmers dipped under the the qualification standards for the Olympic Trials, ensuring they will be racing at the London Aquatics Centre this March.
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Dan Ruckwood (200bk), Dan Evans (100brst) and Givenchy Sneekes (100fr) qualified in style, all 3 were lifetime bests and Givenchy's time of 58.00 in the 100 freestyle was also a Warwickshire Junior Long Course record.

As well as the qualification success for Olympic Trials, Birmingham swimmers also racked up a whole host of Medal winning performances as well as several swimmers acheiving new National Age Group and National Youth Championship qualifying times, some for the first time. City of Birmingham also again finished as top West Midlands club in the final 'Top Club' standings.

Swimmers will now turn their attentions to the upcoming Central Zonal Championships, Midland Distance Swimming time trials and of course March's Olympic Trials.
Plymouth Leander Open Meet - 16th-18th December 2011
City of Birmingham SC took 37 of its swimmers to the annual Plymouth Leander Open Meet at Millfield School, Somerset.
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While some swimmers were experiencing their first high quality Open Meet like this with the City of Birmingham's performance squad, some of the club's older swimmers were using this meet as a yardstick of their progress towards the Olympic Trials in March. Several of the squad's swimmers are already qualified for the Olympic trials, which will be the inaugural meet held at the new London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic park, but several more will be looking to get their shot at the trials by qualifying over the next 5 weeks.

City of Birmingham, lead by Head Coach Carl Grosvenor and Assistant Coach Adam Taylor, came away from the meet with the Top Visiting Club award as well as many Personal Best swims and new National Championship Qualifying times.

Swimmers and Coaches will now be working hard through Christmas and New Year with the focus now on continuing the young swimmers' excellent progress as well as challenging the best in Britain at the Olympic Trials.
2011 Midland Short Course Championships
City of Birmingham SC sent its 17 qualifiers to the Midland Short Course Championships (3rd/4th December) at Corby International Pool.
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Despite not being fully rested for the meet the City of Birmingham squad were in record breaking form. As well as picking up 4 Gold, 9 Silver and 5 Bronze medals Birmingham swimmers broke 4 all time West Midland records, 7 all time Warwickshire records and 2 all time Worcestershire records. As well as this Bradley Lynch also won Junior Male 'performance of the meet' award.

Congratulations to all who competed, especially medal winners and record breakers. Hard work always pays off!
ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships
The Synchro Section had a tremendous weekend at Gloucester’s GL1 Leisure Centre competing in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships. The event included an exciting performance by the GB Synchronised Swimming Team who will compete in the Olympics next year.
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Our first group, swimming on the opening day of the competition, was the 13/14 team who won gold in the Recreational Free Combination competition with a score of 58.620 earned by their best ever performance of this year's routine.

The 12 & under team opened the final day and won a well deserved bronze medal against stiff opposition. Finally, in an thrilling climax to the weekend, our 19 & Under team secured a gold medal with a score of 62.350 awarded for their lively and fun routine.

All of these winning routines will be performed at our Christmas Display at Stechford Cascades on 18th December along with the other routines on which the girls and coaches have worked so hard this year.

CoB synchro swimmers

2011 Midlands Synchro Championships
City of Birmingham SC Synchro Section enjoyed success at this year's Midlands Championships. Superb performances secured 9 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze medals.
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Birmingham made a clean sweep of the Championship Solo competition with Jessica Campbell taking gold, Lucy Ridge silver and Katie King bronze. Jessica and Lucy also took gold in the Championship Duet.

Other highlights included golds for Phoebe Bradley Smith in both the 13-14 figures and solo events; gold for the 15-17 team routine; silver for Jodie Norton in the 12 & Under Figures; silver for Melanie Whitburn in the 12 & Under Solo and silver for Melanie Whitburn in the 12 & Under Solo.

Full results can be found HERE and more photos are available HERE.

CoB synchro swimmers

Aquaforce Award for CoB SC Chairman Dave Corbett
At Boldmere's 2011 Club Championships at Stechford on 24th September, long-serving stalwart of swimming in Birmingham and the West Midlands - and current Chair of City of Birmingham - Dave Corbett was (re)presented with his 2011 Aquaforce for Outstanding Contribution at Regional/County Level by Boldmere Paralympian Star, Ellie Simmonds.
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To accompany the award, Boldmere also asked Ellie to present Dave with a framed copy of the citation which the club compiled after consulting distinguished and established Warwickshire County and West Midlands Regional representatives. A copy of the citation which summarises some of Dave's attributes can be viewed HERE.

Congratulations Dave - and Thanks!. The award and framed citation are a small recognition of the commitment you have shown to the sport in our region for over 30 years.

UK School Games 2011: 2nd - 4th September 2011
City of Birmingham swimmer Bradley Lynch has just returned from a successful UK School Games where he won 3 Bronze Medals while representing England Central. Bradley's 3 Bronze Medals came in the 400m Freestyle, 4x100 Freestyle Relay and 4x200 Freestyle Relay.
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Bradley's 400 Freestyle time was superb considering how early this meet is in the season and once again saw him dip under the Olympic Trials Qualifying time.

Bradley helped England Central (253 points) on their way to winning the Competition just ahead of England South (249 points).

Uk school games 2011

Newly-promoted Worthing experienced a rollercoaster weekend when the men’s Division Three season opened at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre (17/18 September, 2011).
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The Sussex club will have been encouraged by a return of two wins from three games – but it could easily have been three out of three. One of the most dramatic matches of the weekend was their clash with Birmingham, who held a comfortable 11-8 advantage after three quarters.

The match changed dramatically in the final period. Worthing suddenly hit top form, pulling up to 12-12 and levelling again at 13-13 with 51 seconds remaining thanks to a goal by Elan Stark. A draw seemed certain until just four seconds from the end when Ben Cartwright’s fifth goal snatched a 14-13 victory for Birmingham.

Earlier, Worthing defeated Swindon Dolphin 17-10, including a seven-goal haul by Matt White. Their clash with South Derbyshire was another nail-biting affair. South Derby led 10-6 early in the third before a Worthing recovery squared the match at 13-13 at the end of an all-action third period. Then four Worthing goals without reply – by Nathan Hart, Sam Abbott, Tate and Richard Hooper – took them clear and set up an 18-14 win. Hooper finished with eight while Tony Lamparelli scored four for South Derby.

Caledonia, Exeter and Birmingham all won their opening trio of matches, which already means they are strongly placed to move into the second phase of the season in one of the top five places.

Caledonia beat Otter 15-6 and then outplayed University of Bristol 21-6, including four goals in the first quarter from Mark Speed. They rounded off with a 16-10 defeat of Swindon, including four more goals for Speed, three for Dave Baxter and two apiece for Callum McGregor, Darren Campbell and Logan Shepherd.

Exeter have welcomed back Andy Margetts after a season away and he made an immediate impact with eight goals in a 17-10 success against South Derby. Once again, South Derby began well, leading 8-7 at half-time, but then faded in the last period.

Exeter’s 17-13 win against Swindon included five more goals from Margetts – and seven for Swindon by ex-Solihull stalwart Simon Pemberton. Darren Heagarty grabbed seven in Exeter’s third victory – 24-10 against University of Bristol.

Birmingham trailed 6-5 to Otter at the start of the third period but recovered to win 14-9. South Derby’s 17-8 defeat of Otter featured six goals by Boyd Mellors and four by Davide Bernardi.
National Youth Championships 27th-31st July 2011
City of Birmingham's National Youth Qualifiers raised their game for the recent Championships at Sheffield coming home with a superb set of results.
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Dispite a large proportion of the squad stepping up from Age Group to Youth this year and being bottom age in the duel age groups 7 of the Squad progressed to Semi Finals and Finals with plenty of big PB's along the way. Finals were made by Boys 4x100fc relay, Richard Spoor 200 Brst, Emma Smith 200 Bk, Dan Ruckwood 200 Bk, Brad Lynch 100 and 200 Fc, Josh Winnicott 100 Brst and Louis Oliver 100 Brst.

Extra congratulations go to our swimmers who achieved top 3 finishes in their Age Group:

Bradley Lynch - 2nd - 1500 Fc/3rd - 200 Fc
Emma Smith - 2nd - 200 Bk
Louis Oliver - 2nd - 100 Brst
Joshua Winnicott - 1st - 100 Brst
European Youth Olympics - 25th-29th July 2011
City of Birmingham's Givenchy Sneekes recently competed in the European Youth Olympic Festival in Turkey. Givenchy was representing the Nederlands in the 200IM after being selected from this years Dutch Nationals.
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Givenchy's heat time saw her progress to the 'B' Final in which she PB'd coming 4th. The whole trip which included holding camps in Holland and Italy will prove invaluable experience for her as she continues to develop her swimming career.
British Gas National Age Group Championships - Sheffield - 21/25th July 2011
City Of Birmingham SC took a Squad of 9 swimmers to the National Age Group Championships which took place in Sheffield. The swimmers accumulated 36 National qualifying times between them during the meet, swimming a total of 42 personal best times. Every swimmer representing City of Birmingham made at least one National final which is a fantastic achievement.
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The swimmers had some fantastic results with Emily Graham winning a Silver medal for the 100 metres Butterfly event in the 12 year old girls age group, Emily also qualified for the 400 i.m final. Bethany Morrin qualified for the 200 Butterfly, 200 Breastroke & 400 I.m Final. Benjamin Stanford qualified for the 100,200, & 400 Freestyle Final. Isobel Griffiths qualified for the 400 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke Final and also Finished 6th in the 800 Freestyle. Rebecca Kamau qualified for the 100 Breastroke Final. Jake Dixon qualified for the 200 I.M Final. Kate Davies qualified for the 200 Breastroke Final. Joel Cunningham qualified for the 400 Freestyle Final and Caitlin Britt qualified for the 200 Breastroke Final.

Well Done Swimmers on your fantastic achievements and doing Birmingham proud!
British Gas Scottish National Championships - June 30th-July 3rd
The City of Birmingham Senior Squad made the long journey to Glasgow to race at the British Gas Scottish National Championships held at Tollcross, Glasgow. The event was the last chance for swimmers to achieve qualifying times for this year's National Youth Championships but was also a great meet for the existing Youth Qualifiers to gain some vital race practice. > Read more
The meet was of a very high standard with the Spanish and Irish National teams in attendance along with swimmers representing Brazil, Venezuela and Tunisia. We had the pleasure of watching Commonwealth Champions, European Champions, World Champions and Olympic Champions during the meet as well as 2 existing World Record Holders in the form of Rafael Munoz (50 Fly) and Britain's own Rebecca Adlington.

Despite the incredible standard there were a number of City of Birmingham swimmers 'mixing it with the big boys' in the A and B Finals. Finals were made by Karol Bukowski, David Fellows, Louis Oliver, Richard Spoor, Joshua Winnicott, Lucy Corden, Kristie Hackett, Holly Lynch and Emma Smith

2011 Warwickshire Synchro Championships, Rugby
The Synchro Section gave some great performances at the Warwickshire Championships in Rugby on 2nd July, winning 9 gold, 13 silver and 6 bronze medals. In the Invitation Championships, involving clubs from other regions, Birmingham took 5 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals. > Read more
DHighlights included wins in the Team Championships for both the Warwickshire and Invitation competitions and the overall Club Trophy. Jessica Campbell won the overall Warwickshire Solo Championship. Lucy Ridge & Jessica Campbell won the overall Warwickshire Duet Championship.

British Gas Midland Age Group Swimming Championships June 2011
Over the course of two weekends at Coventry Sports Centre, City Of Birmingham SC took a squad of 17 swimmers to the Midland Age Group Swimming Championships. > Read more
The Championships was a great success with swimmers achieving many new National Qualifying times and numerous finals being made. City of Birmingham achieved a haul of 9 Golds, 7 Silvers & 10 Bronze Medals.

City of Birmingham were the only club during the championships to take a clean sweep of Gold,Silver & Bronze in the same event. It was achieved in the Girls 11 year old 100 metres Butterfly. This is an extremely rare occurrence and credit must go to all three swimmers.

Well done to all swimmers who took part, it was a fantastic event with some fantastic results.

City of Birmingham Advanced Coaching Scheme - Important Update For All Members
Please find HERE a letter from the club chairman summarising the outcome of a recent meeting between the City of Birmingham SC and Birmingham City Council regarding the future structure of the Advanced Coaching Scheme. Rotherham Open Meet 14th/15th May - Sheffield
On the 14th/15th May, City Of Brimingham swimming club took it's Junior squad to Sheffield for the Rotheram Open Meet. It proved to be a great success with 109 personal best swims and swimmers gaining many new National qualifying times. > Read more
Despite only taking a squad of 17 C.O.B came 6th in the top club competition and enjoyed a great weekend of fantastic results for all swimmers. Congratulations to all the swimmers on their continued progress.

2011 Midland Youth Championships
Just one week after our annual open meet the City of Birmingham's youth swimmers were racing again at the Midland Championships at Coventry (April 30th - May 1st). Despite the challenge of competing in an entire race programme, including 3 relays over 2 days we managed to come back with some great results. Medallists were: > Read more
  • Gold - Bradley Lynch - 1500fc
  • Silver - Emma Smith - 100bk, Emma Smith - 200bk, Louis Oliver - 50brst, Joshua Winnicott - 400IM, Mens 4x100fc team, Girls 4x200fc team, Mens 4x100 Medley team
  • Bronze - Holly Lynch - 50bk, Emma Smith - 50bk, Holly Lynch - 100bk, Lucy Corden - 100bk, Richard Spoor - 100brst, Richard Spoor - 200brst, Mens 4x200fc team

City of Birmingham Annual Open Meet - Coach's Report
Our Club's Annual Open Meet was held between 22nd and 25th of April 2011 and was once again a great occasion for all involved, not least the City of Birmingham swimmers themselves. > Read more
Over the 4 days City of Birmingham swimmers achieved a total of 262 PB's, many new National Qualifying times (some for the first ever time) and broke a Warwickshire record. The record was broken by Bradley Lynch, this time in the Junior short course 200 freestyle with a time of 1.54.28.

Congratulations to the organisers that continue to put on such a spectacular show, the volunteers that helped it run so smoothly and the swimmers for their performances in the pool.

A Letter to Members from the Club Chairman
April 2011: Please click HERE for a message from Dave Corbett, City of Birmingham SC Chairman. 2011 Dutch National Championships - Givenchy Heading to Youth Olympics!
City of Birmingham swimmer Givenchy Sneekes once again travelled to the Nederlands to compete in the 2011 Dutch National Championships. Givenchy, whose parents are both Dutch, races at the meet each year as she qualifies to represent the Nederlands at International level.
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Givenchy's fantastic progress this year was outlined by her fantastic results at the meet. She came home with 4 Gold and 3 Silver Medals, overall Bagcat winner for her age and a new Dutch Age Group record in the 200 Breaststroke.

Givenchy also qualified in the 200IM to represent the Nederlands at this years European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon, Turkey.

Congratulations to Givenchy on her superb achievement and I am sure you will all wish her every success in Turkey.
British Gas Swimming Championships, 05/03/11 - 12/03/11
City of Birmingham took 6 swimmers to the British Championships which were held in Manchester between the 5th and 12th March. The standard of competition was genuinely World Class as the Championships doubled as the Great Britain selection meet for the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.
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Holly Lynch made a Semi-Final in the 50 metres backstroke and finished in a respectable 11th position while Joshua Winnicott Finished top swimmer in the 1996 born age group in the 100 metres Breastroke in a massive personal best time.

Bradley Lynch continued his record breaking form by coming top of his 1996 born age group in the 400 and 1500 metres Freestyle in new personal best times, smashing his own Warwickshire records in the process.

A big congratulations to Scott Allin, Holly Lynch, Bradley Lynch, Louis Oliver, Dan Ruckwood and Joshua Winnicott for representing the City of Birmingham at such a quality event. The Championships proved a fantastic learning curve, especially for our young swimmers.
Advanced Apprentice of the Year for Synchronised Swimming
Yvette Baker of the City of Birmingham has been named as the Advanced Apprentice of the Year for Synchronised Swimming.
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She was one of 102 athletes from the world of aquatics that successfully completed their unique apprenticeship, which has been designed to help young people aged 16 to 18 combine education and sport.

Yvette was selected to join the British Synchronised Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, at the High Performance Centre in Aldershot in 2009 during the second year of the AASE programme.

This meant that Baker had to move away from the family home whilst in the middle of her A-Levels but she still managed to keep up-to-date with her work and keep up her ambition to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

'Yvette works really hard at whatever is put in front of her, this is demonstrated by her success and she was academically a high achiever', said Karen Thorpe, the ASA's Talent Development Officer.
New Water Polo Coach Appointed
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Nigel Greenwood will be taking over as Head Coach of the City of Birmingham Senior Men's Water Polo Team.
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Nigel began his distinguished playing career with Halifax S WPC in 1980 and went on to Captain the Birmingham University Men's team to their last BUSA Gold medal in 1991.

Nigel brings over 20 years of National League experience to City of Birmingham, including nine seasons with Cheltenham WPC in Division 1. Nigel has coached local club Camp Hill Edwardians for the past 7 years and was instrumental in City of Birmingham's Division 3 Championship success last season. The players and committee are excited to build on last years' success under Nigel's leadership.
ASA Central Zonal Meet
City of Birmingham SC took a squad of 18 swimmers to the Central Zonal Meet held in Corby on the 29/30th of January 2010.
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Birmingham swimmers achieved many new National Qualifying Times during the weekend along with a tally of 22 P.B's and a Junior Warwickshire record broken by Bradley Lynch in the 1500 Freestyle.

The meet was of a very high standard and Birmingham swimmers came away with 3 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals. This placed City Of Birmingham SC 6th overall in the top club rankings, again leading the way for the West Midlands Clubs. A big congratulations to all the swimmers who competed over the weekend.

STOP PRESS! Bradley Breaks 23 Years Old Record!
This weekend (January 29th/30th) Bradley Lynch broke the longest standing Junior or Senior Warwickshire record. It came in the 1500 freestyle with his time of 16.33.02 breaking the Junior record which had stood since 1988!
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In breaking the Record he also qualified for the British Championships (World Championships Trials) being held in March. The record far exceeds the Birth of all current City of Birmingham swimmers plus Junior Coach Adam Taylor!

Congratulations to Bradley from all associated with the City of Birmingham SC.

Water Polo: Birmingham Narrowly Miss Out In Play-Off
City of Leeds will remain in Division Two next season after a thrilling 12-11 play-off victory over Division Three champions City of Birmingham at Manchester Aquatics Centre (21 January).
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Leeds were narrowly ahead for much of the game, despite some outstanding saves by Birmingham goalkeeper Tom Carpenter, including a second quarter penalty.

But tension increased in the final period as Birmingham rallied. Leeds goalkeeper Shaun Greatorex made a vital close quarters save from a shot by Nigel Greenwood and, with a little over two minutes remaining, Gary Tonks third goal brought the Midlanders up to 11-11.

Only victory would have earned promotion for Birmingham. But their hopes were dashed just 23 seconds later when Andy Marshall notched his fourth goal to give his side a one-goal victory.
2011 City of Derby Open Meet, Sheffield
The City of Birmingham attended the City of Derby Open Meet at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on the weekend of the 8th/9th January 2011. City of Birmingham, without 3 swimmers taking part in the England Talent Level 2 Camp in Norwich, once again rose to the occasion and took some big steps forward with 92 PBs recorded over the two days.
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This Meet being only 3 weeks after our successful visit to the Plymouth Leander Meet makes these results even more remarkable.

The Club came away with the Top Club award, beating NOVA, Stockport Metro, City of Derby and City of Sheffield into 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

There were also individual successes in the Top Boy and Top Girl category as Emma Smith and Givenchy Sneekes won their respective Age Categories. Other swimmers receiving awards for finishing in the Top 3 overall swimmers in their age were - Beth Morrin, Caitlin Britt, Jake Dixon, Jenny Fowler and Katie Richardson.

Congratulations to all City of Birmingham swimmers and good luck to those racing at the upcoming Zonal Meet at Corby.
2010 Plymouth Leander Open Meet
The City of Birmingham SC took its whole squad to the Plymouth Leander Open Meet from 17th - 19th December 2010. The meet was an opportunity for the entire club to to travel down and stay together at a meet and was the first time many of the younger swimmers had experienced a meet like this.
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Despite illness, adverse weather conditions and the sometimes confusing organisation of the event, results were once again outstanding in what turned out to be challenging conditions at the meet. The club achieved over 100 PB's over the 3 days and included another Warwickshire County Junior Record for Bradley Lynch in the 400 fc (4.08.37). Despite taking considerably less swimmers than other visiting clubs the City of Birmingham SC finished the meet as second top club on points behind Portsmouth Northsea. Equally importantly the club won the best dressed club award for our effort as convicts on the final day!

City of Birmingham swim squad at the 2010 Plymouth Leander Open Meet

2010 National Synchro Championships
Both of the City of Birmingham synchro teams competing at this year's National Synchro Championships in Gloucester on 4th December produced medal winning performances.
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The 15-17 team performed their energetic Moulin Rouge routine superbly to achieve an identical score to Bristol Central and both teams were jointly awarded gold medals. The 13-14 team took the bronze medal with their Austin Powers routine.

All girls who took part in the figures did well. Congratulations to Lucy Ridge & Jessica Campbell who qualified for the first round of the 2011 GB Junior Squad selection process.

Full results are available HERE.

City of Birmingham's Medal Winning Synchro Teams

Champions City of Birmingham completed the Division Three season with a proud 100 per cent record when they won their final matches against Caledonia (9-8) and Exeter (19-13) at Grantham (27/28 November).
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The clash with Caledonia produced a precise repeat of the sides previous meeting a 9-8 Birmingham win. The Midlanders led 5-1 at the halfway point before Caledonia rallied and, with just over three minutes to go, pulled up to 8-8.

Mike Foulds then claimed a vital ninth goal for Birmingham and, despite further time-outs and near misses, there was no more scoring. Ben Cartwright (3), Gary Tonks (3), Foulds (2) and Shuichiro Kawuaguchi were the Birmingham marksmen.

Birmingham s victory over Exeter proved harder work than the score suggests. Exeter were only 13-12 in arrears at the start of the fourth period but then suffered from the loss of players on three exclusions and were outplayed in the final minutes. Cartwright netted five for Birmingham, with Marcos Alejandro scoring seven of the Exeter goals. There were celebrations for Invicta Marlins, who recorded their first win 16-12 over Ealing, including seven goals by Tom McDonald. Ealing also claimed their second victory of the season as Johan van der Flier contributed seven of the goals in a 17-9 defeat of Swindon Dolphin.

Birmingham now qualify for a promotion play-off against the sixth-placed club in Division Two. Invicta and Ealing drop to Division Four, with Swindon lined up for a probable play-off against Division Four winners Worthing.

City of Birmingham's Victorious Water Polo Team

Top Coach Visits City of Birmingham SC
On Friday 19th November 2010 City of Birmingham SC were proud to be joined on poolside by Australian Olympic Coach Rohan Taylor. Rohen coaches in Melbourne, Victoria - one of the swimmers he coaches is Australian breastroker Liesel Jones.
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Liesel is widely regarded as the best Female breastroker of all time and has held World Records in both the 100 and 200 Breastroke Short Course and Long Course. She also has an outstanding record of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze over 3 Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008) as well as 10 Golds and 1 Silver over 3 Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006, 2010).

Rohan was in the UK to talk at the Annual British Swimming Coaches Association Conference being held at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

Australian Olympic Coach Rohan Taylor visits CoB SC

2010 Boldmere Open Meet
The City of Birmingham SC sent 16 members of the Junior Squad to the Boldmere SC Open Meet on the 20th/21st November at Stetchford LC. The meet was an opportunity for the whole squad, new faces and more experienced junior members, to come together in a professional manner as a team and to compete Short Course early on in the season.
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To the delight of Adam Taylor the squad was on top form with 96 PBs and a total of 7 GOLD, 7 SILVER and 4 BRONZE medals being brought home - and an impressive number of well deserved Midland times were achieved by all swimmers. A massive well done to: Joel Cunningham, Jake Dixon, Braiden Hartles, Liam McGurk, Daniel Moore, Megan Moss, William Moss, Alexander Rogers, Caitlin Britt, Kate Davies, Issy Griffiths, Becky Kamau, Beth Morrin, Franca Phillips,Sophie Stables and Ben Stanford.

Junior Squad swimmers at the 2010 Boldmere Open Meet

ASA West Midland Young Coach of the Year Award
City of Birmingham SC is glad to announce that Head Coach Carl Grosvenor was awarded ASA West Midland Young Coach of the Year on Sunday 14th November at the annual ASA West Midlands Awards Dinner held at Villa Park.
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Carl was nominated by his fellow regional coaches for the award and said 'To be recognised by fellow coaches is always nice. Thanks to Birmingham City Council and West Midland Swimming for their support of myself and the City of Birmingham SC but thanks most of all to all the City of Birmingham Commitee Members, Coaches and Swimmers for their efforts both in the past, present and future.

Carl Grosvenor with his ASA West Midland Young Coach of the Year award

2010 Midland Short Course Championships
The City of Birmingham SC sent its 17 qualifiers to the recent Midland Short Course Championships held at Corby. It was the first City of Birmingham meet of the season for all swimmers and turned out to be a massive success and fantastic start to the season with 62 new PB's!
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The 10 Birmingham swimmers that raced ALL swam in either a relay or individual final and Medals were won by Bradley Lynch (2 Bronze) and Emily Graham (2 Silver, 3 Bronze). Things could have been even better with Birmingham swimmers coming away with 4th place SEVEN times Massive credit must go to the swimmers for their performance, commitment and behaviour during the Championships and coming away with such fantastic results. The swimmers now have a well earned break before getting back to hard training at the end of the month.

Congratulations to all swimmers, especially those who brought home medals, on some fantastic results from the Championships and such a great start to the new season. Swimmers attending were: Karol Bukowski, Dave Fellows, Brad Lynch, Louis Oliver, Dan Ruckwood, Josh Winnicott, Sophie Bridgman, Lucy Corden, Courtni Foster, Jenny Fowler, Emily Graham, Kristie Hackett, Alice Holmes, Lydia New, Katie Richardson, Emma Smith and Givenchy Sneekes.

Chase SC 2010 Open Meet
The City of Birmingham SC sent 12 of its newest recruits to the Chase SC Open Meet on the 23rd/24th October at Stafford LC. The meet was an opportunity for the swimmers to represent the City of Birmingham for the first time, and for Adam Taylor to see his new swimmers step up and race for the first time.
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The swimmers came The swimmers certainly did step up and all achieved many massive PB's with most swimmers achieving a PB in every race they entered. The 12 swimmers also brought home an impressive haul of 22 medals! Congratulations to all the swimmers who made such an impressive start to their careers with City of Birmingham SC... The future looks bright! Swimmers Attending were: Joel Cunningham, Braiden Hartles, Daniel Moore, William Moss, Alexander Rogers, Caitlin Britt, Kate Davies, Issy Griffiths, Becky Kamau, Beth Morrin, Franca Phillips and Sophie Stables.
CoB Water Polo - Played 12 Won 12!
Only a remarkable turnaround on the final weekend of the season will deprive City of Birmingham of the Division Three title after they maintained their 100 per cent record with another hat-trick of wins at Walsall (6/7 November).
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One more point from their last two matches at Grantham on 27/28 November admittedly against Caledonia and Exeter, the second and third-placed teams will ensure success and the prospect of a promotion play-off against the sixth team in Division Two.

The key game for Birmingham was their clash with Caledonia which, predictably, was close all the way through. The score was 8-8 with four minutes to go and it remained like that until less than two minutes from the end when Gary Tonks fourth strike of the match earned his side the points.

Birmingham were actually three goals down early on against Swindon but then recovered to win 17-11. They rounded off with a 19-11 victory over Invicta Marlins.

Caledonia won their remaining games high-scoring affairs against Warley (19-12) and Ealing (20-16).

Exeter took over from Warley in third place after a weekend of close matches. A goal 26 seconds from the end by Andy Barry clinched a 12-11 victory over Warley; they needed late goals from Steve Margetts and Darren Heagarty to edge through 17-16 against a determined Ealing team; and trailed South Derbyshire in the last quarter until a goal by Margetts with 33 seconds remaining earned a 13-13 draw.

In the battle of the two bottom sides, Ealing defeated Invicta 22-10, with Jakob Iwanowski (5), Vincente Torres (4) and Johan van der Flier (4) leading the scorers.

Invicta may not have picked up any points this season but they gave South Derbyshire a run for their money, trailing 12-11 early in the final quarter before going down 17-14.

Graham Harrington claimed eight of Warley s goals in a 21-16 success against Swindon. Rob Toolen, the division s top marksman, also scored eight remarkably, including seven in the final quarter!

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Synchro Section Enjoys Championships Success
The hard work in recent months by swimmers, coaches & team managers in preparation for this year's Midland Championships was rewarded with excellent performances in Leicester on Saturday 30th October.
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Birmingham's medal tally of 7 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze included golds for Championship Combination Team; 13-14 Combination Team; 15-17 Combination Team; Championship Duet (Jessica Campbell & Lucy Ridge); 15-17 Duet (Katie King & Lucy Ridge); 13-14 Duet (Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith) and 15-17 Solo (Lucy Ridge).

Videos of the duet and team routines are available in the Synchro Section HERE.
Birmingham Water Festival - Results
Full results from the Birmingham Water Festival are now available HERE. Water Polo - Last Ditch Exeter Win Boosts Birmingham
City of Birmingham are clear leaders of Division Three after main rivals Caledonia crashed 14-13 in a spectacular match against Exeter at Marlborough College (23/24 October). Exeter had hardly hit the heights in completing earlier wins against Swindon Dolphin (16-11) and Invicta Marlins (22-11). But the clash with the Scots produced a match of real quality and drama.
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At the start of the final period, Exeter, with powerful Andy Barry and Spaniard Emmanuel Salvivelli leading the attack, led 12-9. With four minutes remaining, however, Caledonia had recovered to trail 13-12 and they sensed a chance of victory when Barry had a one-on-one opportunity brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Simon Metcalfe.

Salvivelli then scored his fifth goal to put Exeter 14-12 up. Once again, Caledonia responded, notching a goal by Andrew Woodall with less than three minutes left. But, crucially, they then had a penalty saved by Exeter goalkeeper Will Purchall and the points went to Devon club.

Caledonia will still feel they have a chance of overhauling Birmingham the sides meet twice in the final weeks of the season.

But Birmingham seem to be improving with every game, wearing sides down with a slick counterattacking approach. They were four goals up before derby rivals Warley fond the net and, with Nigel Greenwood scoring five, completed a comfortable 12-5 victory.

At the other end of the table, Invicta Marlins had a chance of their first points of the season when they battled back from 5-1 down to begin the last quarter against Swindon Dolphin at 9-9. Swindon finished the stronger, however, and won 13-11, with Rob Toolen scoring five. Dan Hanlon and Jamie bailey notched four each for the Marlins.

Ealing, inspired by Johan van der Flier, were also chasing their first victory when building an early 4-0 lead against South Derbyshire. But South Derby had recovered to lead 9-8 at the start of the final period and eventually they won 12-10, including five goals by Neil Swainson.
Water Polo - Birmingham and Caledonia Take Charge
City of Birmingham and Caledonia underlined their Division Three title ambitions with three more wins apiece at Walsall (9/10 October). Both sides have 100 per cent records from six matches, with Warley (eight points from six games) the nearest challenger.
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Birmingham, coached this season by Vargin Yeke, enjoyed the more comfortable passage of the top two. Nigel Greenwood (4), Gary Tonks (3) and Shuichiro Kawunguchi (3) were the chief scorers in a 17-9 defeat of Exeter.

They hammered Invicta Marlins 23-5 and rounded off with a 17-9 victory over Swindon Dolphin. Tonks (he won his first international honours in 1986 according to the Walsall honours board) helped himself to 16 goals in the three games.

Caledonia started slowly against South Derbyshire, struggling to contain five-goal Craig Mellors. The Scots trailed 8-7 at the halfway point but turned the game around in the third period, scoring five times without reply. South Derby rallied again towards the end, but Caledonia held on for a 13-12 victory.

David Stewart, Mark Speed and Callum Fraser all scored three in a 16-10 defeat of Ealing. Then Caledonia withstood a late rally by Warley to clinch an 11-9 victory.

Warley outplayed Invicta Marlins 21-5, including five goals each for Graham Harrington, Phil Powell and Roger Kennedy. Adam Whitehall bagged five against Swindon, who were beaten 17-10.

Neil Swainson scored six in South Derbyshire s 15-10 defeat of Exeter, who at least rounded off a disappointing weekend with two points from a 12-6 victory over Ealing. Will Purchall, Exeter s 19-year-old goalkeeper, was in outstanding form all weekend.

Next round is at Malborough 24/25 October.
Water Polo National League 2010 Week One
City of Birmingham's new recruits Ben Cartwright (ex-Birkenhead) and Nigel Greenwood (ex-Cheltenham) - both scored four goals as their team beat Ealing 17-9 to ensure a six-point start to the Division Three season at Middlesbrough.
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TBirmingham also defeated South Derbyshire 9-8 thanks to a goal 14 seconds from the end by Cartwright and Midlands rivals Warley 16-8. This time, it was ageless ex-international Gary Tonks and Jason Culloo who each contributed four of the Birmingham goals.

Caledonia were the only other side to notch victories from their three matches and look well set to challenge for promotion.

Andrew Woodall (4) and Ryan Laird (3) led the scoring in a 15-12 defeat of Exeter, for whom Darren Heagarty hit seven.

Callum Fraser netted four in Caledonia s 16-9 win against Swindon. The Scots rounded off with a comprehensive 20-4 victory over Invicta Marlins.

Late goals for South Derbyshire by Tony Lamparelli and Craig Mellors failed to avert an 11-10 defeat by Warley.

Week two matches will be at Walsall Gala Baths on 9th and 10th October
Rebecca Cole Represents GB at European Junior Championships
Rebecca Cole represented Great Britain at the European junior championships in Helsinki, Finland last week. Rebecca, making her international debut, had a great meet swimming two life-time bests and winning a silver medal as part of the heats team in the 4x100m Medley Relay.
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Rebecca was very unlucky in her individual 100m backstroke where she finished fourth overall in the heats but failed to qualify for the semi finals. Although four swimmers per nation can enter European competitions, only two may progress into semis and finals and two of Rebeccas teammates were 2nd and 3rd after the heats.

Rebecca's time in the lead off swim of the relay of 1.03.55 was also a new Worcester County and West Midlands junior record. City of Birmingham SC would like to congratulate Rebecca on her achievements and wish her all the best for the upcoming National Youth Championships starting on 2nd August
2010 Warwickshire & Invitation Synchro Championships
The City of Birmingham Synchro team gave fantastic performances at the Warwickshire ASA and Staffordshire ASA Warwickshire & Invitation Championships held in Rugby on 3rd July. The final medal tally in the Warwickshire Championships was 13 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze. In the Invitation Championships we won 7 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze.
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The 13-14 team and 19 & under team took gold in both competitions as did Katie King (15-17 figures & 15-17 solo); Phoebe Bradley-Smith (13-14 solo); 13-14 duet (Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith); 15-17 duet (Katie King & Lucy Ridge).

Emily Firth took gold in the Championship Figures and was crowned the Figures Champion. City of Birmingham was awarded the trophy for Best Overall Team. The full medal list is available at www.synchro.org.uk

2010 Midland Age Group Championships
City of Birmingham age group swimmers (Boys 10-14yrs, Girls 10-13yrs) raced over the weekends of 5th/6th and 12th/13th June at the Midland District Age Group Championships. The club came away with some great results. Our 13 swimmers achieved 3 Gold, 13 Silver and 11 Bronze medals between them and gained 60 new P.B's and several new National Qualifying Times along the way.
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Extra congratulations go to our Gold medal winners, Bradley Lynch (1500fc) and Emily Graham (100fly and 100fc). The club also qualified for National Age Groups on every relay.

These Championships are the last major event prior to the National Championships in Sheffield starting in July and for all qualifiers the focus now switches to preparation for this event.

Photo: Steve Harlow Photography

Givenchy Shines at Dutch Nationals!
City of Birmingham swimmer Givenchy Sneekes recently competed at the Dutch National Junior Championships in Amsterdam (18th-20th June 2010) coming away with a PB in every event and 2 Bronze medals. The Bronze Medals came in the 400IM and 200 Breastroke with her coming 4th and just missing a medal in the 200IM.
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Givenchy is a Dutch National and would be eligable to compete for the Netherlands in International competition in the future.

Congratulations to Givenchy on her success from all at City of Birmingham.

Photo: Steve Harlow Photography

City of Coventry Open Meet/East Midlands Long Distance Time Trials
City of Birmingham sent its Junior Squad to both the City of Coventry Open Meet (8th and 9th May) and the East Midlands Long Distance Time Trials on the 9th May. The Squad raced well all weekend and achieved some great results. The squad left Coventry with an impressive medal haul of 24 Gold, 25 Silver and 13 Bronze as well as gaining 48 new P.B's and several new National Qualifying Times.
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Seven City of Birmingham swimmers in total raced at the 800/1500 Time Trial at Loughborough University pool. The swimmers again came back with a great set of results with 5 of the 7 swimmers achieving National Qualifying Times.

Most of the swimmers involved will now be looking forward to performing well at the upcoming Midland District Age Group Championships.
2010 Open Meet Photos
In response to a number of requests received by Steve Harlow for photos taken at this year's Easter Open Meet, Steve has now provided access to photos (of City of Birmingham swimmers only) on his website at steveharlowphotography.co.uk. Please feel free to visit the site - follow the instrcutions on the 'Events' page to access the photos. Midland Youth Championships 1st and 2nd May 2010.
The May bank holiday weekend was a busy time for the City of Birmingham Swimming Club swimmers when they raced at the Midland Youth Championships in Coventry. The team had a very successful weekend considering several key members of the squad were missing through illness.
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The swimmers came away from Coventry with some excellent results, a host of new National Qualifying Times and 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. Leading the way were Holly Lynch (3 Gold), Dan Ruckwood (2 Gold, 1 Silver), David 'Maximus' Maxwell (2 Gold, 1 Silver) and Dan Evans (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze).

All the swimmers will now be training hard for a competition in Sheffield at the end of May which will be their final racing opportunity before the National Youth Championships in August.
Water Polo Final Result
The City of Birmingham Junior Water Polo team lost out in their quest to gain their first National title when Lancaster City Juniors regained their National Title at the 2010 National Junior Water Polo Championships after 19 years. At one point the City of Birmingham held a four goal lead but eventually lost out to a very strong Lancaster team 17 goals to 14. Rebecca Selected for Great Britain Junior Team
Congatulations to Rebecca Cole of City of Birmingham SC, who has been selected for the GB Junior Squad to compete at the European Junior Championships. This will be her first international meet and she will travel to Helsinki, Finland as part of a squad of 39 top junior swimmers competing for European pride from 14th - 18th July.
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She has been selected to swim the 100metres Backstroke following her excellent performances at the recent British Championships in Sheffield at the beginning of April, where her semi final time of 1.03.99 was a lifetime best by over 2 seconds, breaking the Worcestershire Junior Record and securing her selection.

Rebecca was straight back into training after the championships with a week-long camp in Spain. We wish her all the best for the Europeans this summer.

Successful Championships for Birmingham Swimmers
Six City of Birmingham swimmers recently competed at the British Championships in Sheffield that doubled as the trials for the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and European Junior Championships.
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Alex Hooper, Holly Lynch, Rebecca Cole, Dan Ruckwood, Will Smart and Richard Spoor all raced hard and swam some great times.

Alex and Holly led the way with great swims to make the final of the 50m Backstroke. Both girls, along with Rebecca Cole, also made the semi-final of the 100m Backstroke. Dan Ruckwood swam well to make the semi-final of the 50m Free and 100m Backstroke. He narrowly missed the final of the 200m Backstroke where he finished in 12th position. Will Smart raced the 50m Free and Richard Spoor swam the 200m Breaststroke.

17th City of Birmingham Open Meet - Report
The 17th City of Birmingham Open meet was held at Stechford Cascades, Birmingham from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th April. This was the first licensed meet that included both level2 and level3 competitions run together at the same time in the Midlands region. The format worked well and provided an opportunity for swimmers with mixed qualifying times to be able to compete at one event and on equal time scales.
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Over the weekend there were 3585 swims by 601 swimmers from 69 clubs set as far apart as Carlisle and Essex. 58 National Youth Qualifying times and 16 national age group qualifying times were set along with several hundred Midland Championship times. Also of note were the two GB S10 records at 1500m free and 200m back set by Andrew Gould from Sheffield City SC - for the second year running - and Warwickshire records by City of Birmingham swimmers Bradley Lynch in the 800m free (Junior short course) and Holly Lynch in the 50m backstroke (Senior short course).

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17th City of Birmingham Open Meet Results and Thanks
A great big thank you to all the swimmers, coaches and parents for making the meet such a success. My especial thanks to all the yellow shirt brigade from City of Birmingham, Boldmere and Fox Hollies for their work in the background (and sometimes in the foreground).
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Some folk I need to say a great big thank you to: Neil Holmes, John Swinhoe, Andy Youngman, Jack Wilson, Judy Tullett, Helga Edstrom and the evergreen Phil Littler for their efforts.

We hope all those who attended had a good time. We know we didn't get it all right but as a new venture as a combined level 2 and level 3 meet we had a deal to learn. We hope to see as many people as possible back next year.

Congratulations to Aaron Kirchin-Brown for retaining his 'iron man' trophy and to Andrew Gould for breaking his own GB S10 records at the meet and retaining the Les Hayes Memorial Trophy. Warriors were top club, Killerwhales best supported and Warriors the most improved club to win the remaining trophies.

A full breakdown and report will follow shortly. Keep watching out on the web site for updates."

Andy Jackson, City of Birmingham SC Chairman

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Bordeaux International Meet, France 6th/7th February
City of Birmingham Swimming Club's Alex Hooper raced in Bordeaux, France over the weekend of 6th/7th February as part of the England team at the prestigious Bordeaux International. Alex had a busy weekend of racing as part of her preparation for the Commonwealth Trials in late March.
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Her Gold medal winning swim in the 50m Backstroke against a strong international field was the highlight of a tough weekend, as well as her top 5 finishes in the 100 Back and 200 Free.

It is back into hard work now for Alex as she continues her preparation for the Trials in March - along with fellow Birmingham swimmers racing there, Dan Ruckwood, Richard Spoor, William Smart, Rebecca Cole and Holly Lynch.
Synchro Section Celebrates Success
A large crowd of families, friends and guests enjoyed the Synchro Section Celebration Display at Stechford Cascades recently. The display included many of the medal winning routines which brought the club success during 2009.
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In regional competitions the club won gold medals in 26 events, silver in 13 events and bronze in 8 events. The season came to a climax with superb performances at the National Championships resulting in a gold medal for the 15-17 team, a silver for the 13-14 team and bronze medals for the 12 & under team and the 12 & under duet.

One of the club's senior members, Yvette Baker, moved to Aldershot to train full time with the GB Senior Squad during 2009 and, more recently, Katie King and Lucy Ridge have been selected to take part in trials for the 2010 England Age Group Squad.

Success breeds success and membership of the club increased significantly during 2009 with many younger members joining and the Celebration Display provided the newer members with the opportunity to perform their routines to an audience for the first time.

National Gold Medal winning 15-17yr synchro team and young 'Learn to Synchro' group

City of Derby Open Meet 9th-10th January
The City of Birmingham took both Squads to the City of Derby Open Meet last weekend (9th/10th January) and enjoyed another successful weekend. Birmingham swimmers achieved another 82 PB's, despite managing 81 PB's only last month at the Plymouth meet. Birmingham swimmers also won 13 Golds, 11 Silvers and 16 Bronze medals.
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Extra congratulations go to Emily Graham and Holly Lynch who came 1st and 2nd respectively in the Top Girl competition in their age groups, and to Jake Dixon (4th Top Boy) Josh Winnicott (2nd Top Boy) and Charlie Payne (2nd Top Boy) in their age groups.

Holly also broke the Warwickshire County long course record for 50m Backstroke.

City of Birmingham swimmers in action at the 2009 Boldmere Open Meet

Photos by Steve Harlow.
Plymouth Leander Christmas Open Meet 18th-20th December 2009
The City of Birmingham SC travelled down to Millfield School last weekend (18th-20th December) to compete at the Plymouth Leander Christmas Open Meet. Both the Junior Squad and Senior Squad competed as one for the first time this season.
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For a few of the younger swimmers it was their first experience of travelling and staying away at a meet without their parents. Despite the senior squad having to cope without the soon to be banned performance enhancing suits for the first time, the Club still had some fantastic results. We came 2nd overall to Portsmouth Northsea in the Top Club award, beating Team Bath and some other well represented clubs along the way. Overall we achieved 81 PB's, 11 Gold Medals, 10 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals. More importantly than all that though, Adam and Carl won best Fancy dress for their Sunday appearance as Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble!!

The Club would like to thank May Smith as always for her tireless work in organising the meet for us, and also the 3 chaperones, Julie Foster, Allan Colclough and Darren Oliver for their support of the Swimmers and Coaches during the trip.
2009 ASA National Synchronised Swimming Championships 4th-6th December 2009
Superb performances from all our girls against stiff opposition at this year's National Championships in Gloucester resulted in a medal tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze. The 15-17 team opened on Friday with an energetic routine to take gold in the combination team event.
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Phoebe Bradley-Smith and Lois Powell followed with a great performance in the 12 & under duet to take bronze.

On Saturday, the 13-14 team produced their best peformance of their combination routine this year to take silver.

The 12 & under team rounded off a great weekend on Sunday taking bronze with their combination routine. Congratulations to all the girls and coaches for a brilliant climax to our competitive season. More details here.
Boldmere 2009 Open Meet 21st-22nd November - Report
Over the weekend of the 21st/22nd November, City of Birmingham sent a young squad of 14 swimmers to the Boldmere Open Meet at Stechford.Despite the limited size of the CoB contingent, the club still managed to put in a strong performance, taking second place in the table of top visiting clubs...
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- with City swimmers winning many medals and returning from the meet with a large number of new PBs.

Coach Carl Grosvenor comments: 'Congratulations to all of the swimmers who took part for their performance in the competition and to Boldmere Swimming Club for hosting a fantastic meet'.


Boys: Brad Lynch, Josh Winnicott, Jordan Youngman, Karol Bukowski, Ben Colclough, Charlie Payne, Jake Dixon, Charlie Hackett, Liam McGurk

Girls: Katie Richardson, Lara Hadlington, Givenchy Sneekes, Emily Graham, Katrina Holmes

City of Birmingham swimmers in action at the 2009 Boldmere Open Meet

2009 Midland Short Course Championships Report
City of Birmingham sent its team of 28 qualifiers to the Midland Short Course Championships in Corby on the weekend of 7th/8th November. This is the first meet that City of Birmingham has attended as a group this season yet some of the results were outstanding.
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We had 60 new PB's which included several new National Qualifying times. Our swimmers qualified for 33 Finals where 16 medals were picked up by City of Birmingham swimmers, 3 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze. City of Birmingham were also in record breaking form as Holly Lynch broke 2 Senior Warwickshire records, the 50m Backstroke that had stood for 9 years plus the 100 Back that had stood for 13 years! Rebecca Cole also broke the Worcestershire Junior records on 50 and 100m Backstroke and the City of Birmingham Male 4x100fc relay team broke the West Midlands Senior Record.
City of Birmingham Swimming Club Announces New Open Meet Sponsor - GAIA TECHNOLOGIES
City of Birmingham Swimming Club are pleased to announce that Gaia Technologies have become the new main sponsors for the Easter Open Meet in 2010. Gaia add to the long term main club sponsors Tempus Computers in ensuring the Open Meet is a financial success.
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The Chairman, Andy Jackson, would like to personally thank Anas Mawla of Gaia for his generosity in assisting the Club. Please visit the Gaia Technologies website to view the company's extensive range of ICT Services and Solutions.
ESSA (English Schools Swimming Association) 60th Inter Divisional Championships
On the 23rd and 24th of October, City of Birmingham sent 17 of its swimmers to represent their relevant Division at the ESSA (English Schools Swimming Association) 60th Inter Divisional Championships at Crystal Palace. It is an annual competition that is attended by some...
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of the best swimmers across England and the standard is extremely high. With this in mind we had some excellent results with 13 individual finals and 4 medals going to Dan Ruckwood, Holly Lynch, Becky Cole and Louis Oliver. Extra Congratulations go to those four.

As a result of these championships and this years National Championships, an England team will be selected to compete at the World School Games which will be held in Qatar in December. Alex Hooper, despite being unable to compete at ESSA this week has been pre selected for this team. Alex is no stranger to this event, having won a Silver medal at the 2006 event held in Athens and will be hoping to go one better this time!

Swimmers who raced at the Championships were: Dan Ruckwood, Dan Evans, Rich Spoor, David Maxwell, David Fellows, James Robinson, Louis Oliver, Josh Winnicott, Bradley Lynch, Holly Lynch, Kristie Hackett, Becky Cole, Victoria Robinson, Alice Holmes, Lucy Knibbs, Jenny Fowler and Alix Swinhoe.

2009 ASA Midlands Synchronised Swimming Championships
Superb performances from the City of Birmingham team secured an impressive haul of medals at the 2009 ASA Midlands Synchronised Swimming Championships held at Walsall Gala Baths on Sunday 25th October. Our total haul of 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals included golds...
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for the overall Championship Duet and Championship Team competitions. Congratulations to all of our athletes, coaches & team managers. Full details HERE.
Welcome to the Re-Launched City of Birmingham Swimming Club Website!
The site has long needed an overhaul to bring it more in line with modern technologies.
Thanks to Jack Wilson at Wilson Web Design for his work in designing and implementing the new portal to the club...
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and to Steve Harlow who has provided an exceptional photographic input - which we believe makes this site one of the best available.
We have kept the design clean and simple to facilitate efficient navigation and presentation of information. We hope you find what you are looking for and that you bear with us as we build the site over a number of months.

Andy Jackson
City of Birmingham Swimming

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City of Birmingham Swimming Club Features

The 17th City of Birmingham
Open Meet April 2010

The 17th City of Birmingham Open Meet

2009 Midlands Age Group Championships

2009 Midlands Age Group Championships, Coventry

The 16th City of Birmingham
Open Meet April 2009

The 16th City of Birmingham Open Meet

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