London Region Youth Championships 2016

IMG_1183Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: Last weekend 8 Leander swimmers participated in London Region Championships. This was the first part of the Championships with distance events for all age groups, most relays and Youth events (swimmers 15 and over).

As it was still the school holidays for many we started unusually on Friday at Crystal Palace with relays and distance events.

Our most successful team were the girls 14-16 medley team (Mia, Imogen, Megan and Kirstin) who came 5th out of 20. The girls freestyle team (Kirstin, Enerel, Lucy and Lily) came 12th overall. See the full results. Continue reading

Duel in the pool round 2

Kate Eaton writes: On Saturday 19th March Bromley and Leander swimmers met for the second Bromley vs Leander Dual Meet of the season – the first having been last September.

This time the venue was Alleyn’s instead of JAGS and it was the turn of our younger swimmers to be put through their race paces (although a group of senior swimmers was also there to show them the way). There was some fantastic racing and there were some nail-bitingly close finishes.

Team Leander came away with 82 PBs out of a total of 120 races (a 68% success rate) with some swimmers attempting events such as 100 fly for the first time ever. Swimmers displayed great team spirit and nearly took the roof off with their cheering during the final event – the squadron relay. Bromley pipped Leander to the post for the squadron event but as the final scores were tallied it became clear that Leander had held the day with 373 points to Bromley’s 277.

Go Leander go! Many thanks as always to all the coaches and parent-volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success. See the full results.

Request for volunteers to become Team Managers

Dear Parents,

Leander Swimming club cannot participate at the various swim leagues (MK, Arena) without parents volunteering as Team Managers. We are currently looking for parents from Bronze, Silver and Gold to become Team Managers. It is not as daunting as it sounds, if you are calm, organised and approachable then you are a perfect Team Manager. Training will be provided, the more Team Managers, the less we have to do.

What is a Team Manager?  They are in charge of taking a group of children to an away event and liaising with the Coach re teams and consent forms, plus sending emails regarding timings and agenda for the competition. If you have ever gone on a school trip, then you know what’s involved, ticking, counting and ticking again. We don’t want to lose anyone.

There will always be more than one Team Manager needed for any trip, usually we send a team of adults along, so the burden is shared, however we must always have one trained Team Manager to any event. We are talking about 6 evenings over the course of a year.

Our current team managers are: Sarah White, Mark White and Lorraine Colfer, who between them do every trip.  We need more help please.

Next training course takes place on 29 March at Dulwich College 6:30-9:30pm

Thank you in advance, Lorraine

If you would like to help by training as a team manager please contact: John Wood

Surreys 2016 final weekend

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Head coach Martin writes: The last weekend of Surrey Championships brought us to Crystal Palace for 50m races and relays.

We started the weekend with 50’s and got to a great start winning four individual medals.

In relays, all but one team placed in the final top 8. Our 14-15 girls Medley team (Mia, Imogen, Kirstin and Lucy) won Bronze medal.

On Sunday we continued to score points and medals. Leander swimmers scored 55 points, placed 12x in the top eight and won 6 medals.

Our 14-15 years old girls Freestyle team (Kirstin, Lucy, Lily, Enerel) came second by 0.16sec in a very close battle.

There was another very close race in boys 14-15 Medley team (Jake, Jordan, Jack, Tymek) just finishing 4th. Those two unbelievably close races in relays show the power of the team where everyone has to work super hard for the win, not relying on the last person to anchor the relay. Swimming is a team sport whether there are relays or individual events, everyone can help the team, even if it this just by cheering them on.

Overall, 13 of our relay teams (out of 16) made top 8 finish. Well done to all swimmers. Continue reading

Surreys 2016 2nd weekend

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Head coach Martin writes: Leander entered the second weekend of the Surrey County Championships in 7th position after a very successful first weekend.  This time it was 200m all strokes and the 100 and 200 IM, held in the 25m shortcourse pool at the Guildford Spectrum. See the latest results.

On Saturday we had a ‘quieter’ day with only 5 boys and 7 girls competing. Sunday was a very long day for all but again many Leander swimmers did really well in 58 races, gaining 46 PBs – a 79% success rate.

Our swimmers were in the top 8 29 times (again no finals swam this weekend), scored 125 points and we had no DQs! We won 8 medals and now stand on 19 medals and 238 points.  Continue reading

Wandsworth Active Awards 2015

Congratulations to Becky Atkinson – Volunteer Services to Sport and Physical Activity 2015


Becky and Lorraine went to the Wandsworth Active Awards 2015 held in the Wandsworth Civic Centre on Thursday 11th Feb. The event was hosted by David Garrido (Sky Sports presenter) and Jordon Nobbs (Arsenal/England Footballer)

Becky, among others picked up her award for Voluntary Services to Sport and Physical Activity – which is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution in 2015 to their sport.

Other Leander Stars nominated were: Tory Craddock/Batten, Sarah Marcar, Tom Ruppel, Fiona Sydney and John Wood.