Club News:

Chippenham Swimming club held its first 2011 club championship event with the distance swims on Saturday night (1st Oct)

Swimmers competed over 800m and 1500m at the St Marys pool in Calne.

Age group winners in the Girls 800m were Natalie Pidegon, Chloe May, Katie Smith and Evie Preece.  Andrew Hare won the boys 11/12 years 800m.

1500 metre age group winners were George Claverley, Peter Holden and Henry Moore.

In all 39 swimmers took part.


Head Coach Nigel Butler shortlisted for sports award.

Head Coach Nigel Butler took a well earned rest from taking training on Thursday ( 22nd Sept) when he attended the 2011 Wilshire Sports Awards.

The Awards ceremony held in Salisbury City Hall was hosted by former England and Bath rugby captain Phil de Glanville with prizes handed out by Danny Crates the 2004 Paralympics gold medallist in the 800 metres.

Nigel was nominated by the club for the High Performance Coach of the year award and although unsuccessful on the night reached the top 3 in his category.

Nigel was accompanied to the awards evening by Heather and Catherine Butler, Ruth Holden and Mike  Lewis.

For a full report on the awards winners see


On Saturday 17th September four Chippenham swimmers travelled to Weston Super Mare for the B.N.J. Championships. The swimmers were Bryony and Tegan Cairns, Ethan Butterfield and John Davies. All four swimmers did very well with all of them achieving at least one final, three set new P.B's as well as Tegan bringing home a bronze medal for the 50 freestyle and John a silver for the 50 breaststroke. Well done to all swimmers, this weekend we return for the next set of events, let's hope all do as well if not better! Watch this space.....

Chippenham ASC sign Memorandum of Understanding with Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club

Chippenham ASC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bath University based Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club (ASPSC). ASPSC are one of the ASA South West’s performance club hubs formed from clubs who fall within a broad geographical proximity to the hub club.

What does this mean for Chippenham Swimming club?

The club will work with representatives from local swimming clubs including Corsham, Melksham, BoA, Bath Dolphins, Frome, Keynsham, Norton Radstock, Trowbridge, and Warminster on development projects around swimmers, workforces and clubs. The first task will be to identity priorities on which to work together with the network receiving ASA funding to enhance swimming opportunities.

Swimmer Pathways.

The network hub will also ensure that Chippenham ASC has the correct swimmer pathways in place (an essential requirement of CASC’s Swim 21 accreditation) in that it provides opportunities to develop talented swimmers further in consultation with and partnership of Chippenham’s Head Coach Nigel Butler.


Chippenham ASC will be represented on the ASPSC Committee by Stephen Miller.

Further information on ASPSC can be found at


Chippenham Swimming Club promoted in Summer league

Chippenham ASC have won promotion from Division 2 of the Wilts Summer league, after winning all four rounds of the 2011 competition.

On Saturday night Chippenham won the final round of the season at Corsham.  Chippenham won 22 of the 50 events scoring 164 points to Bradford on Avon's 131, Corsham 115 and Warminster 77.

Chippenham will now concentrate on its club championships which begin with the long distance events in October,   before turning its attention to the Winter league relay competition starting in November.

Chippenham's squad were Abby Cross, Benjamin Birkett, John Davies, Lucy Featherston, Bradley Coupland, Luke Brown, Natalie Pidgeon, Andrew Hare, Bryony Cairns, Harriet Olgivie, James Tucker, Sapphire Randerson, Tegan Cairns, Nathan Coupland, Sam Miller, Charity Moore, Chloe May, George Claverley, Jess Stafford, Katie Smith, Matt Hare, Beatrice Moore, Charlotte Myers, Chelsea Chard, Jack Cook, Matt Cruse, Peter Holden, Joe Bailey, Henry Moore, Evie Preece and Ollie, Maddie and Bronwyn Harris


Chippenham Swimmers due to Compete at British Gas National Team Championships

Following notification earlier this week, Chippenham Swimming Club’s John Branston and Matthew Hare have both been selected to represent Wiltshire at the British Gas National County Team Championships to be held next month. This highly competitive occasion will be held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on the 16th October 2011. Selection is based on ASA rankings following individual performance at the SW England Regional Championships held a few months earlier where both swimmers reached numerous finals following stiff competition in the heats.

Representing the County is a great honour and a significant challenge with a total of only 30 places available each year across all age groups. Head Coach Nigel Butler has passed on his congratulations recognising this major achievement by two dedicated and talented swimmers. This will be a debut appearance from Hare although Branston competed two years ago at the same event.

Wiltshire team training commences on the 25th September at the Trowbridge Sports Centre.