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September 2018

Date Event
16th Lancashire County Masters Championships 2018

Two members of the Colne ASC Masters team travelled to the Palatine Leisure Centre in Blackpool to take part in the Lancashire County Masters Championships 2018.

Philip Croxall swimming the 45 to 49 years age group won all his events as he competed in the 200m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.

Tony Catterall swimming in the 70 to 74 years age group also won all of his events as completed in the 100m Individual Medley, 50m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 800m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.
15th Swim England North West Region Council Meeting

Club Chairman Philip Croxall, attended the Council Meeting for the Swim England North West Region held in the Holiday Inn Express at the Leigh Sports Village.
13th Friendly League

The Colne ASC team returned to action as we hosted Great Harwood Otters in the first of three home galas in the North East Lancs Friendly League.

The gala started well for Colne as we won the first four races, before Great Harwood responded with eight wins in a row as they dominated the backstroke events. It was honours even during the butterfly events and the two medley relays that followed. At that stage Great Harwood led the contest by 38 points to 34.

Then Colne started to turn the contest round as they won 8 of the 10 breaststroke races to go into the lead by 52 points to 50 going into the freestyle events, which they promptly won by 7 races to 3. Colne completed our turn around victory when we won the 10 x 25m Freestyle relay to win the contest by 71 points to 64.

Over the course of the evening the Colne swimmers managed 51 new personal best between them, with 30 amongst the boys and 21 for the girls.

Our next and penultimate fixture is on Thursday, 27th September at the Pendle Lesiure Centre against the Burnley Bobcats.

August 2018

Date Event
30th Swimming Club Resumes after it's summer break.
22nd The Club updated it's SwimMark Accreditation submission for approval at the Swim England National Council.
2nd Last Swimming Club session before the summer break

July 2018

Date Event
14th Cheshire County 2018 Sprint and 400m Freestyle & IM Championships

On Saturday afternoon, whilst England were playing for 3rd place in the World Cup, one member of the Colne ASC Masters team travelled to the Grand Central Pool in Stockport for the Cheshire County Masters Sprint & 400m Freestyle & IM Championships 2018.

Philip Croxall competing in the 45 to 49 years age group finished 3rd in the 50m Backstroke, the 100m Individual Medley, the 50m Butterfly and the 50m Freestyle, and was 5th in the 50m Breaststroke.
5th Most Improved Swimmer

The Most Improved Swimmers for June Trophies were presented to Amelia Redfern and Niall Metcalfe by Club Coach Andrew Croxall.
1st The Most Improved Swimmers for January are Niall Metcalfe (15.44%) and Amelia Redfern (10.09%).

June 2018

Date Event
30th Lightwater Valley Club Trip

A group 37 swimmers and family members travelled to the Ligthwater Valley Adventure Park for a day of fun.

It took a long time to get there due to Blubberhouses being shut, so we arrived just 10:30am. Once there the kids (and adults) disappeared into the park. When spotted on any of the rides, photos were taken, but unfortunately not everyone had there photo taken.

The day ended once everyone was back on the coach by 4:45pm, which meant it was after 6:30pm when we arrived back home.
28th Cherry Wilkinson Memorial Gala for June

There was a smaller turn-out than usual, which was caused by England playing in World Cup and school activities, but those that did swim put in honest endeavour.
27th Friendly League Fixture

The team travelled to the Padiham Leisure Centre to take on Burnley Bobcats in our final away fixture of the season.
It proved to be an even contest as each team traded wins, but gradually with 8 races to go, Burnley had eased out to a 4 point lead. Then Colne strung a series of wins together as they won the next 6 freestyle races, before winning the final 10 x 25m canon relay. This enable Colne to win the close contest by 67 points to 65.

During the course of the evening the young Colne swimmers managed a futher 26 new personal bests, with 5 amongst the girls and 11 for the boys.

Colne next fixture starts the final sequence of 3 consecutive galas at home, with Great Harwood first up on Thursday, 13th September.
24th Inter-Association Gala

Colne had a single representative in the North Lancs team at the Inter-Association Gala held at the Palatine Leisure Centre in Blackpool. Charlotte Leigh was swimming in 14 years age group in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.

Charlotte finished 6th in the 200m Breaststroke in 2:55.76 and 6th in the 100m Breaststroke in 1:21.16.

The North Lancs finished in 3rd place with 1301.5 points behind winners Liverpool and District on 1558 points and Manchester and District on 1364.5 points. Cumbria finished in 4th place with 1059 points.

May 2018

Date Event
21st North East Lancs Friendly League

On the evening of Monday, 21st May, the swimmers from Colne ASC travelled the length of the M65 to the Darwen Leisure Centre to take on Darwen SC.

Once the gala started, Colne got off to flyer winning the first six races, then it was nip and tuck for a few races as Darwen and Colne traded wins. By the mid point Colne won both mixed medley relays, then continued to stretch their lead through the Breaststroke and Freestyle races.

In the end Colne won the final mixed 10 x 25m freestyle relay and with that beat their hosts by 73 points to 59.

During the course of the evening the Colne swimmers managed a further 25 personal bests with 12 amongst the girls and 13 for the boys.

Colne's next fixture is against Burnley Bobcats at the Padiham Leisure Centre on Wednesday, 27th June.
19th General Data Protections Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Policy documents were added to the website.
12th Yorkshire Masters Championships 2018

The Yorkshire Swimming Association's Masters and Senior Age Groups Championships 2018 were held at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds.

There was a solitary representative from the Colne ASC Masters Team taking part. Philip Croxall was swimming in the 45 to 49 years age group and was taking part in his first competition since the World Masters Championships held back in August 2017.

Philip's first swim was the 100m Butterfly, in which he won his age group in 1:14.07, which was his fastest time since 2011. Next was the 100m Backstroke where he finished 2nd in 1:25.72.

In the afternoon session he finished 2nd in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:23.32, and followed that up with a 4th place in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1:04.27. This was his fastest since 2015.

April 2018

Date Event
30th Friendly League

The Colne ASC team travelled down the M65 to the Hyndburn Leisure Centre, Accrington to take on Accrington Swimming Club.

The gala started off positively for Colne as they won the ladies 100m Individual Medley, but then Accrington hit back and won the gents race, after that it was fairly nip and tuck through the backstroke and butterfly races, with Colne edging ahead. Then mid gala there were the mixed medley relays, in which, Colne won both. Following that Colne started to stretch their lead and ended up winning the contest by 76 points to 58.

Over the course of the evening the Colne swimmers attained 39 new personal bests with 20 amongst the boys and 19 for the girls.

Our next fixture is away at Darwen on Monday, 21st May, with a 7:15pm warm-up for a 7:30pm start.
21st On Saturday 21st April 2018 the district had organised an event at the Academy in Accrington to try and get the North Lancs education programme up and running. Mark Ennis and Andrew Croxall attended, along with two swimmers aged 11/12: Emily Fenwick and Thomas Holgate.

The NL Swimming & Development Committee had asked former Olympian Michael Rock of ('Rockstar Swimming' - www.rockstarswimming.co.uk) to run a swim clinic with the aim of encouraging teachers and coaches to actively get involved and start discussion around a more informal event rather than a swim meet. Michael had very kindly agreed to pitch a clinic at swimmers whilst the volunteer teachers / coaches worked alongside the Head Coaches from each club, of which a talk had taken place to the Head's and volunteers after the clinic.

The focus was on two strokes, fly and freestyle, with a few different drills and demonstrations, underwater work/fly kick and turns.
19th Trophy Secretary

Mrs Soo Warner agreed to become the Club's new Trophy Secretary
16th North East Lancs Friendly League

On the evening of Monday, 16th April, the Colne ASC team travelled down the M65 to Great Harwood to compete in their first away fixture of the season. The venue was the small 20m pool in the Mercer Hall Leisure Centre, which meant the action was fast and furious.

Colne started the gala poorly losing all 10 backstroke races to give their hosts Great Harwood Otters a fantastic start. After that Colne tried to peg back the lead, but it was in vain as Great Harwood held on and won by 72 points to 63.

It was a creditable performance by the Colne swimmers, but home advantage for their hosts proved to be a telling difference.

Colne's next fixture is away against Accrington SC at the Hyndburn Sports Centre on Monday, 30th April.
15th Club Trip Survey

We put a survey on both Twitter and Facebook to guage opinion on a Club trip at the end of June. The choices were between Chill Factore and Lightwater Valley.

The were a total of 24 votes cast and the results are:
  • 9 votes for Chill Factore
  • 15 votes for Lightwater Valley

This means that we will be organising a trip to Lightwater Valley.

March 2018

Date Event
21st Financial AGM and Committee Meeting

The finances were accepted and the Club is in a healthy position.

It was decided to give the members a poll on where to go on the Club trip on Saturday, 30th June. It will be either Chill Factore or Lightwater Valley.

New hoodies are going to be provided at 18 for adult sizes and 13 for child sizes. These have been part sponsored by Provincial Engineering and the price includes Club logo and name on the back.

We have been asked by Pendle Twinning Association to provide a team of 7 swimmers aged 12 to 17 for a gala in Creil, France. The trip will be from Friday, 13th July until Monday, 16th July.
20th Pendle Schools Gala No. 3

The Club's Chairman Philip Croxall along with swimmers Mia Dodman and Grace Barker provided the Pendle Schools Partnership help in running the Schools Gala for Primary Schools.
13th Pendle Schools Gala No. 2

The Club's Chairman Philip Croxall along with teacher Deryn Ashby and swimmers Mia Dodman and Grace Barker provided the Pendle Schools Partnership help in running the Schools Gala for Primary Schools.
12th Friendly League

The new Friendly League season started when Colne were hosts to Accrington at the Pendle Leisure Centre. The competition was changed when the rules reverted the age groups back to how they were in 2016 (9/10s, 12 & under, 14 & under and open) along with the introduction of a new 16 years and under age group. The meant that there five age groups along with the 13 and under and open 4 x 50m Medley Relays and a new 10 x 25m Canon Relay which comprised a boy and girl from each of the age groups. This increased the number of races by 8 to 45.

Once the gala started, Colne got into a lead which they were never to relinquish as the provided far too strong for Accrington. This was a big turn-a-round from last season when Accrington won both fixtures.

In the end Colne finished the gala by winning the cannon, and thus the meet, by 78 points to 55.

Over the course of the evening there were 40 new personal bests with 22 amongst the girls and 18 for the boys.

The next fixture is away at Great Harwood on Monday, 16th April
12th Club Captains

Before the start of the first Friendly League Fixture of the season, the Club Captains were presented with their t-shirts.

The Senior Captains for 2018 are Lewis Fenwick and Eleanor Fuggle.

The Junior Captains for 2018 are Kian Noon and Emily Fenwick.
6th Pendle Schools Gala No. 1

The Club's Chairman Philip Croxall along with swimmers Mia Dodman and Grace Barker provided the Pendle Schools Partnership help in running the Schools Gala for Primary Schools.
1st Swimming Club Cancelled

Due to the adverse weather the swimming club was cancelled. The trials for entry to the club were postponed until Thursday, 8th March.

February 2018

Date Event
28th Swimming Club Cancelled

Due to the adverse weather conditions the swimming club was cancelled for 1st March.
13th Friendly League AGM

The Friendly League AGM was held at the Hyndburn Sports Centre after initially being postponed in January due to adverse weather conditions.

Colne ASC submitted two proposals for league amendments and both were agreed.

The first was a change to allow category two swimmers back into the league, but with a stipulation that the swimmer has not achieved a Lancashire County qualifying time for that event and age group. There was a amendment proposed to split the league into a category one and two, but that was rejected.

The second proposal was to reintroduce the 2016 age groups of 9/10, 12 and under, 14 and under, and open. This was accepted with an amendment of a 16 years and under age group.

The two mixed medley relays of 13 and under and open were kept unchanged, but the 8 x 25m canon relay was extended to a 10 x 25m canon relay due to the adding of an extra age group.

Both Pioneer 79 and Ramsbottom were invited to attend, but neither turned up so the league was kept as a single division of 5 teams; Colne, Accrington, Burnley, Darwen and Great Harwood.
5th The Most Improved Swimmers for January

A poolside presentation was made to both Daniel Warner and Sapphire Allko of their Most Improved Swimmer awards. The trophies were presented by Club Secretary Joan Croxall.

January 2018

Date Event
25th Cherry Wilkinson Memorial Age Group Gala for January 2018

There was a healthy turn out of swimmers for the January Age Group Gala with 26 boys and 26 girls participating. The majority of the swimmers managed to do all four strokes, which will make them eligible for the June age groups.

The Most Improved Swimmers for January are Daniel Warner (19.65%) and Sapphire Allko (9.40%).

The Most Improved Swimmer Awards for January will be presented week beginning Monday, 5th February.
20th/21st Rotherham Metro January A/B Graded Meet 2018
There were three members of Colne ASC competing in the Rotherham Metro ASC January A/B Graded Meet 2018 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.

Amelia Redfern competing in the 9 years age group finished with a best of 7th in the 50m Butterfly which equated to B Grade of 4th place.

Saskia Daly competing in the 13 years age group finished with a best of an A Graded 5th in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle events.

Mia Dodman also competing in the 13 years age group finished with a best of an A Graded 6th in the 200m Freestyle.
18th Jaycub Watson received the Bramhill Memorial Trophy from teachers Deryn Ashby and Andrew Higginbottom.
6th/7th Harrogate DSC Janus A/B Graded Meet 2018

On the first weekend of the year, three swimmers from Colne ASC travelled to Harrogate for the Harrogate District Swimming Clubs' Janus A/B Graded Meet 2018.

Amelia Redfern swimming in the 9 years age group in her first age group competition finished with a best of 3rd in the B Graded 50m Freestyle.

Saskia Daly swimming in the 13 years age group finished with a best result of 3rd in the A Graded 50m Freestyle.

Mia Dodman swimming in the 13 years age group finished with a best result of 5th in the A Graded 50m Butterfly and a 1st in the B Graded 100m Freestyle.
4th The John Dobbin Memorial Trophy was presented to Luke Chew by teachers Andrew Higginbottom and Deryn Ashby.