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Chippenham Swimming Club results Summer League Rd 2 – May 20th

Chippenham ASC were 4th in Division 1 of the Summer league on Saturday night (18th May) in Trowbridge.

Chippenham took 5 first places and 8 2nd places out of 50 events. Matthew Hardick repeated his success form the 1st round winning the U12 50 metres butterfly and breast stroke. The Hare brothers both won an event, Andrew taking the U14 50 metres breast stroke and Matt the U16 100 metres butterfly. The U12 girls team of Ella Parker, Rachel Hare, Isabelle Pinguey and Michaela Sheppard won the Individual Medley relay race. Chippenham swimmers swam a superb 32 personal bests.

Team scores were Trowbridge 165, Bradford on Avon 123, Swindon Dolphins 115, Chippenham 93

Chippenham’s squad were: Matthew Hardick, Harrison Jacomb, Josh Dreelan, Jason Hall, Ethan Garrett, Luke Brown, Andrew Hare, Luke Collins, Cameron Perkins, Matt Hare, Henry Gaunt, James Tucker, Ellis Bailey, Peter Holden, John Branston, Joe Bailey, Matt Cruse, Michaela Sheppard, Ella Parker, Isabelle Pinguey, Amy Gibbons, Rachel Hare, Abbie Cross, Leona Lovegrove, Natalie Pidgeon, Tegan Cairns, Katherine Sheppard, Amy Hall, Chloe May, Bryony Cairns, Puruvi Ruparel, Harriet Olgivie and Katie Smith in her final swim for Chippenham ASC.

Chippenham swim second fastest Swimathon 5k in the country!

Chippenham ASC swimmers Jack Cook, Matt Cruse, Matt Hare, Peter Holden and Henry Moore were the second fastest 5km Swimathon team in the country. 1674 teams entered the Team relay with Chippenham swimming 59 minutes and 11 second for the 5km distance.

The 2013 Swimathon raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Chippenham Swimming Club results Summer League Rd 1 – April 20th

Chippenham ASC were 4th in Division 1 of the Summer league last month.

Chippenham faced tough opposition from the top clubs in Wiltshire but still took 4 first places and 11 2nd places out of 50 events. Matthew Hardick won the U12 50 metres butterfly and breast stroke, Andrew Hare the U14 50 metres breast stroke and Matt Hare the U16 100 metres butterfly. Chippenham swimmers swam a fantastic 52 personal bests.

Team scores were Trowbridge 145, Swindon Dolphins 130, Bradford on Avon 120, Chippenham 97.

Chippenham’s squad were: Matthew Hardick, Harrison Jacomb, Josh Dreelan, Jason Hall, Ethan Garrett, Luke Brown, Andrew Hare, Luke Collins, Benjamin Birkett, Matt Hare, Henry Gaunt, James Tucker, Ellis Bailey, Peter Holden, Henry Moore, John Branston, Joe Bailey, Matt Cruse, George Claverley, Michaela Sheppard, Ella malik, Isabelle Pinguey, Amy Gibbons, Rachel Hare, Abbie Cross, Natalie Pidgeon, Emily Montecute, Tegan Cairnes, Katherine Sheppard, Amy Hall, Chloe may, Bryony cairns, Puruvi Ruparel, Harriet Olgivie, Katie smith, Emma Holloway and Leona Lovegrove

Chippenham swimming club results – South West region Youth Championships 4-6 May 2013.

Six Chippenham swimmers competed at the youth (15 and over) Regional championships held at Milfield over the Bank Holiday (4-6 May).

Matt Hare had a busy schedule after qualifying for 7 events with his best placing 6th in the 400m meters Individual Medley (IM). Peter Holden swam in 3 events and did well in the 400m IM placing 10th in his age group. John Branston was 9th in the 100m butterfly and 10th in the 100m back stroke (BC), Joe Bailey 30th in the 200m IM and 200m BC, and Jack Cook 26th in the 50m freestyle.

Katie Smith swam in 2 events coming 12th in the 200m breast stroke.

!5 swimmers from Chippenham Swimming Club competed at the Salisbury Open meet on Sunday 21st April.

Top swimmer was Andrew Hare who came away with 3 gold (50m, 100m butterfly BF and 100m breast stroke BS) and 1 silver (50m BS). Best girl was Tegan Cairns with 2 silvers (100m BS and 100m freestyle FC) and Cairns also received a “speeding ticket” in the 100m BF – speeding tickets are awarded to those swimmers who swim faster than the upper qualifying time for this meet! Bryony Cairns also picked up a silver in the Fly. Other medallists included Amy Gibbons with silver in the 100 m Individual Medley IM and 2 bronze (50m BF and 50m BS), Luke Brown 2 silvers (100m BF and 100m BS), Harrison Jacomb 2 bronze (100m IM and 50m BF), Leilani Attwell silver ( 50m BF), Michaela Sheppard silver (50m BF) and bronze (100m IM), Ella Parker bronze (50m back stroke) and Benjamin Birkett 2 bronze (50 and 100m BF).

There were also great swims from Katherine Sheppard, Rachel Hare, Molly Bennett, Madison Lavelle and Katherine Butcher.

More Land Training now arranged.

17 swimmers attended land training on 12th April and had great fun!. More sessions have been arranged for the dates below (all 1900-2000). Most of the sessions will be in the River Bank studio except for the 26th April and 24th May where the session will take place outside in Monkton Park

26th April (Monkton Park: meet at the Olympiad)
10th May
24th May (Monkton Park: meet at the Olympiad)
14th June
21st June
12th July
26th July

All swimmers 13 years and over are invited to join in and benefit from this training. Please wear gym clothing, bring a bottle of water and a “sweat “ towel to wipe down equipment.

Land training

Chippenham ASC will be starting land training this week on Friday 12th April.

A room and gym instructor have been booked at the Olympiad for 1900-2000.

All swimmers 13 years and over are invited to join in and benefit from this training. Please wear gym clothing, and bring a bottle of water and a towel.

See you there.

Network Hub – learning session – Start and Turns 11th April

There will be a coach’s learning session covering starts and turns at Bath University on 11th April - 1900- 2100.

ITC Coach Graeme Antwhistle will be tutoring including a classroom session and then practical demonstrations with local swimmers.

Chippenham have 4 places available. Please contact Stephen Miller if you can go along.

Chippenham ASC results from the Wilts County Bagcats 16/17th March

Chippenham swimming club’s Matthew Hardick came away from the Wilts Championships as best 10 year old boy (age group points competition) and 6 gold medals at the week end (16/17th March).

Hardick took gold in the 50 metres butterfly (BF), 200m BF, 200m breast stroke (BS), 100 and 200 individual medley (IM) and the 400m free style (FS). Hardick now has 3 regional qualifying times to compete at Millfield later in the year. Joining him in the medals was Andrew Hare with gold in the 200m BF (regional qualifying time) and 200m BS and silver in the 200m IM and 100m BS. Natalie Pidgeon took silver in the 100m BS.

There were also great swims from Amy Gibbons, Tegan Cairns, Harrison Jacomb, Puruvi Ruparel, Luke Brown, Michaela Sheppard, Benjamin Birkett and Henry Gaunt.

Chippenham ASC results on first day of the Wilts County BAGCAT championships 3rd March

Chippenham competed well at the first day of the Wilts County BAGCAT (9-13 years) Championships held in Swindon on 3rd March.

Top boy swimmer was Matthew Hardick who won age group gold in all four of his events, the 50 metres breast stroke BS and freestyle FS, and 200m back stroke BC and FS. Andrew Hare won gold in the 400m Individual medley and 50m BS, and silver in the 100m butterfly BF. Tegan Cairns took bronze in the 100m BF but also achieved a South West regional qualifying time in the 400m IM.

There were also great swims from Puruvi Ruparel, Natalie Pidgeon, Harrison Jacomb, Amy Gibbons, Ella Parker, Megan Wright, Ella Malik, Luke Brown, Benjamin Birkett, Madison Lavelle and Leon Perry.

Chippenham swimmers achieve 5 Regional qualifying times at Wilts Youths (2nd March)

Chippenham club swimmers achieved another 5 regional qualifying times on the last day of the Wilts Youths championships on Saturday (2nd March).

Matt Hare, Peter Holden and Joe Bailey all qualified for the South West region 200 metre Individual Medley (IM). Cameron Perkins qualified for the 200 m breast stroke and Jack Cook the 100m freestyle (FS).

In the county age groups Amy Hall took gold in the 200m butterfly (BF), Matt Hare silver in the 200m BF (3rd in the Junior Champs) and bronze 200m IM, Emma Holloway silver 100m FS, Jack Cook silver 100m FS and Joe Bailey silver 50m Back stroke.

There were also good swims from Bryony Cairns, Chloe May, James Tucker, John Branston and Matt Cruse.

Chippenham swimmers achieve regional qualifying times at Counties

8 Chippenham swimmers achieved regional qualifying times at the Wilts Youth Championships last weekend (23/24 Feb).

Chippenham’s regional qualifiers were Matt Hare (6 qualifying times), John Branston (3), Joe Bailey (2), Peter Holden (2), Jack Cook (1), Katie Smith (1), James Tucker (1) and Cameron Perkins (1).

Hare was 100 metre butterfly Junior Champion (JC) and won an age group bronze in the 50m fly. Others to medal were Amy Hall (silver 50m fly and 2nd JC), Katie Smith  (bronze 50m and 100m breaststroke BS), Tucker (silver 50m BS and 3rd JC),  Cook (silver 50m and 200m freestyle FS), Cruse (silver 200m backstroke), Bailey (bronze 100m back stroke and silver 100m fly), Branston (gold 50m and 100m fly), Emma Holloway (silver 50m FS) and Holden (bronze 50m Fly).

There were also great swims by Ben Holloway, Bryony Cairns, Evgenia Burgess, Chloe May, and Nathan Coupland.

Success at Skills day at Burnham on Sea yesterday for:

Skill 1:   Lauren Makepeace, Zoe Bird, Bethany Barnett, Lani Attiwell, Madeleine Bright

Skill 2:   Natalie Dodd, Shona Moore

Wiltshire County Synchronised Swimming Championships were held at Calne Leisure Centre on Sunday 11th November, 2012. 57 girls attended from the two Clubs in the County.

Chippenham ASC had a very successful competition and won 5 of the 6 Figure groups:

Novice 10 and under:  1st Lani Attiwell with 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places going to Chippenham swimmers

Novice 12 and under:  1st Kara Mackintosh again Chippenham secured the top 4 places

Skill 1 :    1st   Abbie Cross

Skill 2:     1st   Abbie Drummond

Skill 5:     1st   Isobel Collings

In the routine section:

Skill 1:    1st   Jess Smith and Rhian Mackintosh

Skill 3:    1st   Abbie Drummond and Liberty Moore

Skill 5:    1st   Emma Holloway


Chippenham Swimming Club held its 400 metre freestyle races on Saturday night (27th Oct) at St Marys, Calne.

Boys winners included Matthew Hardick (10 years), Ben Birkett (11/12), James Tucker (13/14), Matt Hare (15/16) and Joe Bailey (17 and over).

Girls winners were Lani Attwell (10), Tegan Cairns (11/12), Bryony Cairns (13/14), Charity Moore (15/16) and Katie Smith (17 and over).

Fastest times on the night were Hare (4 mins 38.89 secs) and Bryony Cairns (5 mins 11.97 secs).

Qualification for National Age Groups

9 year old Jess Smith has qualified for the National Synchronised Swimming Age Group Championships to be held in Gloucester 1st/2nd December 2012. Jess passed her Skill 2 last Saturday which qualifies her to compete in the Figure section of the Championships in the youngest age group. Also competing at Gloucester in the 18/19 age group is Emma Holloway.

Skills Day Burnham-on-Sea 20.10.12

Skill 1: Rhian Mackintosh, Kara Mackintosh, Eloise Legg, Holly Adair

Skill 2: Jess Smith, Isobel Dodd

Chippenham Synchro success at Multi-regional Championships 2012 - Plymouth

Chippenham ASC entered two teams in the 12 and under section

The Lion King team (Lani Attiwell, Zoe Bird, Madeleine Bright, Soraya Chesworth,Eloise Legg, Kara & Rhian Mackintosh, Lauren Makepeace, Amy Mash, Jess Smith) finished in SILVER place a tiny 0.075 behind Bristol Central

The second team (Bethany Barnett,Alice Emerson Pink, Amy Gibbons, Madison Lavelle, Courtney Matthews, Charity Sugg) finished in 5th position

GOLD went to the 13/14 team (Marsha Burgess, Abigail Cross, Francesca Graham,Ciara Irwin, Chloe Makepeace, Hannah Mash, Rosie Sanders, Leah Thompson)

GOLD went to the 15/16/17 team (Holly Adair, Hannah Crocker, Kate Cummings, Abbie Drummond, Ellen Gaunt, Amelia Hall, Hannah Lawrence, Deborah Moore, Shona Moore)


Chippenham Club Championships - Distance events 6th Oct 2012

Chippenham swimming club opened its 2012 club championships with the 800 and 1500 metre events on Saturday night (6th Oct) at St Marys, Calne.

Age group winners in the 800m were Benjamin Birkett (11/12), Tegan Cairns (11/12), Bryony Cairns (13/14), Jessica Brown (15/16) and Emma Holloway (Over 17). Fastest on the night was Holloway in 10 mins 35.68 secs.

In the 1500 metres age group winners were James Tucker (13/14), Peter Holden (15/16) and Matt Cruse (over 17). Holden swam the fastest clocking 18 mins 54.2 secs.

Chippenham swimming club finished 4th in the final round of the Wilts summer league ( Division 1) on Saturday night (16th Sept) at the Milton Road pool in Swindon.

Chippenham swimmers placed first in 3 races; Tegan Cairns winning the U12 butterfly, Matthew Hardick the U12 breast stroke and the team of Daniel Branston, James Tucker , Matthew Hare and George Claverley the U16 free style relay.

There were personal bests for Amy Hall and John Branston in the 100 m butterfly events, and Joe Bailey broke 60 seconds for the first time in the 100 metres freestyle.

James Wright, Michaela Sheppard and Ellis Bailey were all awarded blue caps in recognition of competing for the club in league gala for the first time.

Overall league positions were: 1. Trowbridge  2. Swindon Dolphins  3. Tigersharks  4. Chippenham

Chippenham’s full squad were:  Tegan and Bryony Cairns, Kathryn Robbins, Michaela Sheppard, Emily Fletcher, Natalie Pidgeon, Chloe May, Puruvi Ruperal, Amy Hall, Harriet Olgivie, Katie Smith, Chelsea Chard, Beatrice Moore, Maddie Harris, Emma Holloway, James Wright, Matthew Hardick, Luke Brown, John Davies, Andrew and Matt Hare, Henry Gaunt, James Tucker, George Claverley, Daniel and John Branston,  Peter Holden, Ellis and Joe Bailey.

Chippenham Swimming Club results – Summer League round 3 (14th July)

Chippenham swimmers competed at Corsham in the 3rd round of the Summer League Division 1 fixture on Saturday night (14th July). Chippenham took 5 first places, 10 seconds and 14 thirds to finish 4th on 98 points.

Chippenham winners included George Claverley in the 100 metres freestyle (58.02 seconds), Tegan Cairns in the 50 m butterfly (36.02 secs) the U16 Boys medley and freestyle team, and the U12 Boys freestyle team.

After 3 rounds the overall points positions are:  Trowbridge 441, Swindon Dolphins 403, Tigersharks 368, and Chippenham 287.

Chippenham’s  team:  Jason Hall, Matthew Hardick, John Davies, Luke Collins, Luke Brown, Cameron Perkins, Henry Gaunt, Tom Tennant, Andrew and Matt Hare, James Tucker, George Claverley, Daniel and John Branston, Joe Bailey, Peter Holden, Henry Moore, Jack Cook, Emily Fletcher, Leona Lovegrove, Kathryn Robbins, Tegan and Bryony Cairns, Natalie Pidgeon, Amy Hall, Harriet Olgivie, Chloe May, Puruvi Ruparel, Emily Daulby, Katie Smith, Maddie Harris, Rachel and Beatrice Moore.


Developing our volunteers, coaches  and teachers.

As part of Chippenham ASC’s Swim 21 accreditation, all volunteers, coaches, teachers have a personal development plan.  There is a template on the ASA site at

The purpose of a PDP is to identify what new knowledge, skills & experience is needed to carry out the current role more effectively and in addition, to prepare for future roles/tasks. The PDP should clearly link into the club’s and the employee/volunteer’s objectives and values as well as the competencies required for the role. The PDP could involve training courses, spending time with others, mentoring & coaching, study & research. The overall outcome is that all parties are beneficiaries of the learning.

For example as a L1 Coach and L1 teacher I was keen to improve my stroke analysis and be able to improve swimmers technique in specific strokes.  I therefore took the opportunity to attend the butterfly and breast stroke clinics organised by the South West Network hub at Bath University.  I then looked for opportunities to use this new knowledge as part of the routine training programme for our swimmers.

Skill development can be met by other means e.g. by shadowing our more experienced coaches or shadowing a learning/teaching session.

Once coaches and teachers have identified their training objectives and the actions they could take to meet them, all coach and teaching plans are discussed and agreed with either the Head Coach (Nigel Butler) or Head Teacher (Heather Butler).

Stephen Miller

Chippenham ASC