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CLUB RECORDS December 2016 (CLICK HERE)
 

Club Trophies

The club has set up two new swimming awards for Thame Swimming Club swimmers. Those of you who attended the AGM in June will know about the trophies and how to win them. These trophies are awarded to the most improved and most competitive swimmers in the club. To recognise the fantastic support we have had from Rob Brooks, Director of Sport at Lord Williams’s school, we have set up the Rob Brooks Development award. This award will be awarded to the swimmer whose times improve the most between and will be awarded at the Club presentation night.

           

UCARE Committed Swimmer 2015

The UCARE Committed Swimmer Award, nominated by Head Coach Ian Blyth, went to Holly Revill who was nominated for her dedication to both swimming and coaching and for always having a smile on her face. 

Holly is currently studying for her A levels whilst also working as a Life Guard at the Thame Leisure Centre and yet still trains consistently and inspires those around her with her endless enthusiasm and love of all things swimming. 

           

Rob Brooks Development Trophy for The Most Improved Swimmer of 2015

The annual Rob Brooks Development Trophy was this year presented in person by Rob Brooks from Lord Williams’s School to the winner, Ben Williams who achieved a 17% improvement.  Ben was closely followed by Josh Williams and Rory Pridmore.  Well done to Ben who was also studying for his GCSE’s during 2015 but retained his commitment and focus, using swimming as a way to take some time out from his school agenda.

[The award is calculated by taking each swimmers time at the start of the year and at the end of December for all the 50m and 100m events, including the 100 IM].

           

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2015

The Simon Burnett Most Competitive Swimmer trophy was again a fiercely fought battle throughout the year with Josh Williams taking the winners spot ahead of Ben Williams and then Harry Block in 3rd Place. 

Well done to Josh for consistently representing the Club at galas and winning the top number of points in the year!


UCARE Committed Swimmer 2014

The UCARE Committed Swimmer Award is nominated by Head Coach, Ian Blyth and presented by Jean Simmonds from UCARE.  The award went to Rachel Newton who was nominated for consistently going over and above in terms of her commitment to the Club whether it be swimming or coaching.  Rachel has been a fantastic Girls Squad Captain for the past couple of years – she has boosted the morale of many a swimmer and coached a huge number of the overall squad watching the swimmers move from Academy to Group 1 and onwards.  From all at the Club we wish Rachel huge success as she goes on to take her A Levels and we look forward to her on-going coaching and commitment before her next adventure commences.

UCARE Committed Swimmer 2014
   

Rob Brooks Development trophy For The Most Improved Swimmer of 2014

The annual Rob Brooks Development Trophy was presented by Ian Blyth on behalf of Rob Brooks from Lord Williams’s School who unfortunately was unable to attend the Awards Evening due to impending fatherhood!  The winner of this years’ award was Josh Williams, with an 18.7% improvement.  The award is calculated for all swimmers taking their times at the start of the year and at the end of December for all 50m and 100m events, including the 100M IM.  Harry Block came a very close second with over 18% improvement, with Elizabeth Humphreys taking 3rd place.

Rob Brooks Development trophy For The Most Improved Swimmer of 2014
   

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2014

The Most Competitive Swimmer trophy was presented at Club Presentation Night on Saturday 31st  January 2015. The Simon Burnett Trophy was presented by Simon’s Mum, Mel  with the winner of this fiercely fought battle throughout the year being Marcus Birmingham, narrowly beating Ben Williams and then Josh Williams in 3rd place!  Well done to Marcus for consistently representing the Club at galas and winning the top number of points in the year!

 

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2014

UCARE Committed Swimmer 2013

The UCARE Committed Swimmer Award is nominated by Head Coach, Ian Blyth and normally presented by Jean Simmonds from UCARE but due to a power cut caused by the inclement weather earlier in the afternoon, she was unable to attend so it was presented by Ian Blyth. The award went to Josh Williams who suffered a wardrobe malfunction during a 200m Free, early in the 2013 season but pushed on without giving up and delivered a significant PB. Ian Blyth was impressed with Josh’s determination to continue and get a good time, a quality that Josh continued to exhibit throughout the 2013 competition season.

   

Rob Brooks Development trophy For The Most Improved Swimmer of 2013

Rob Brooks from Lord Williams’s School presented the Most Improved Swimmer award at Club Presentation Night on Saturday 25th January 2014. The award is calculated for all swimmers taking their times at the start of the year and at the end of December for all 50m and 100m events, including the 100M IM. Swimmers who have not got a time for these events in that period do not qualify for the award. Mr Brooks spoke of the position swimming has in the school and that Lord Williams’s Swim Team, the Bills is now ranked third amongst the Oxfordshire schools. He then presented the award to
Manas Bapat.


Click here for the results for the Most Improved Swimmer

   

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2013

The Most Competitive Swimmer trophy was presented at Club Presentation Night on Saturday 25th January 2014. The Simon Burnett Trophy was due to be presented by Simon’s Mum, Mel but her husband had been taken ill and she was unable to attend. Head Coach, Ian Blyth stepped in to present the award. The results were a reversal of the top 3 swimmers in this contest at the half way point in July 2013; Grace Gilmore came third and Ben Williams second, with Thomas Goetz taking the trophy.

Click here for the results for the Most Competitive Swimmer


UCARE Committed Swimmer Trophy Awarded

The 2012 UCARE Committed Swimmer Trophy was presented for the first time at club presentation night on 2nd February 2013 at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame The evening started with a disco and the awards presentation started at 8:30pm with a new award, the UCARE Committed Swimmer Award. This award is nominated by the Head Coach for a particular act of commitment by a swimmer. Head Coach Iain Blyth explained that this swimmer had done something he has never seen before in his 20+ years of coaching. The award, presented by Jean Simmonds of UCARE, was awarded to Coach & Group 4 Swimmer, Susannah Smith. Susie had shown great commitment to get to the WDSC BC meet in October 2012 whilst her parents were away. She took the train to High Wycombe and then a taxi to the Handy Cross pool, returning via the same route for just one race, she then did the same the next day. Jean Simmonds went on the thanks the club for the money raised for UCARE in 2012. The raffle that evening, for 5 of Simon Burnett’s Team GB shirts, raised a further £224

UCARE Committed Swimmer Trophy Awarded - Susie Smith

Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the Most Improved Swimmer 2012 Awarded
 

The 2012 Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the most improved swimmer was presented at club presentation night on 2nd February 2013 at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. This award looks at improvement in times throughout the season between September, the start of the season and July at the end. To qualify, swimmers must have a time for each of the 50m events and each of the 100m events including 100m Butterfly and IM. This year the three finalists were very close indeed. The trophy was presented to Marcus Birmingham but with the improvers so close this year it could have been very different. We were joined by Rob Brooks, Director of Sport at Lord Williams’s School to present the Rob Brooks Development Trophy to the Most Improved Swimmer of 2012. The runner up for 2012 was last year’s winner, Marcus Birmingham whilst the winner was last year’s runner up, Tom Goetz. Rob thanked the club and it’s volunteers for the work they put in to keep the Lord Williams’s Swimming Team, The Bills, in action in ESSA and other local events.
 

Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the Most Improved Swimmer 2012 Awarded - Tom Goetz

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2012 Awarded

The 2012 Simon Burnett Competition Trophy for the most competitive swimmer was presented at club presentation night on 2nd February 2013 at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. We were joined by Simon Burnett’s Mum, Mel to present the Simon Burnett Competition Trophy for the Most Competitive Swimmer. This is awarded to the swimmer with the most points from races at all galas between January and December. This year the award went to Group 4 swimmer, Grace Gilmore, who has come second twice before. 

Click here for the results for 2012.

 

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2012 Awarded - Grace Gilmore

Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the Most Improved Swimmer 2011 Awarded. 

The 2011 Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the most improved swimmer was presented at club presentation night on 28th January 2012 at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. Rob Brooks couldn’t be at the event as his father was ill in hospital in Cornwall and Rob had to go and see him.

This award looks at improvement in times throughout the season between September, the start of the season and July at the end. To qualify, swimmers must have a time for each of the 50m events and each of the 100m events including 100m Butterfly and IM. This year the three finalists were very close indeed. The trophy was presented to Marcus Birmingham but with the improvers so close this year it could have been very different. Well done to Marcus.

  Tom Birmingham - Rob Brooks Development Trophy 2011
  • 1st - Marcus Birmingham, 6.4%
  • 2nd - Tom Goetz, 6.2%
  • 3rd - Nacho Mendi, 5.6%
Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2011 Awarded to Liam Talbott

The 2011 Simon Burnett Competition Trophy for the most competitive swimmer was presented at club presentation night on 28th January 2012 at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. Simon couldn’t be with us as he is training hard for Team GB London 2012 qualification and will be in the UK in February for training in Sheffield before heading to the London 2012 Aquatics centre at the Olympic park in March for the British Gas Nationals which is the qualifying event for London 2012, hopefully we’ll see him some time in March. Simon’s Mum, Mel was due to present the award but family issues prevented her from attending. She did send a message for the club. Jean Simmonds from UCARE stepped up and read a personal message from Simon Burnett’s Mum, Mel and then presented the Simon Burnett Competition Trophy.

To win this trophy points are awarded for race placings between a Speeding Ticket, Gold, Silver, Bronze etc all the way down to 1 point for a DQ as at least the swimmer was there. Just before Club Champs to top five places were separated by only 35 points between Liam Talbott in first and Grace Gilmore in 5th with James Goetz, Nacho Mendi and George Finch, it could have gone to any of them as they all did well at Club Champs. In the end the award went to Liam Talbott, well done Liam.

Click here for top 10 most competitive swimmers

Liam Talbott - Simon Burnett Competition Trophy 2011
 

 

Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the Most Improved Swimmer 2010 Awarded. 

 
Rob Brooks, Director of Sport at Lord Williams’s School, who sponsors the Most Improved award came to present the Rob Brooks Development trophy at Thame Swimming Club’s second annual presentation night at the Spread Eagle on Saturday 15th January. To qualify for the most improved swimmer award, the swimmers had to have times for all the 50M and 100M events. The times being compared between September 2009 and September 2010. The evening then moved on to the Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the most improved swimmer in 2010. The swimmers are assessed on their times through a whole season, September to September and their percentage improved on all strokes assessed. The Rob Brooks trophy was lifted by Lauren Collins with an improvement of 20.5%. The runners up with Liam Talbott, Rachel Newton, Grace Gilmore and Florence Savage.  Rob Brooks presented the trophy and congratulated Lauren, who started at Lord Williams’s School in year 7 in September 2010.
  Lauren - Most Improved

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy Awarded to the Boys Vice Captain, Jamie Goetz 

 

The Simon Burnett Competition Trophy for the Most Competitive Swimmer was awarded at Thame Swimming Club’s second annual presentation night at the Spread Eagle on Saturday 15th January 2010.

Simon Burnett could not be with us as he is already on his training programme for the nationals in March 2011 and training in the USA. This is a hotly contested award where points are awarded for places earned at galas. Points are awards throughout 2010 to the swimmers for their performance in galas. Points are awarded for places from a speeding ticket, GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE etc, all the way down to a DQ – as if you were DQ’d you were there.  This year the trophy went to Boys Squad Vice Captain, Jamie Goetz who missed out last year coming second to the Finchinator. This year Jamie lifted the trophy with 473 points, 117 points clear of Grace Gilmore who came second.  George “The Finchinator” Finch came third followed by Liam Talbott and Ella Simms. Results.

  Jamie - Most Competitive

 

Rob Brooks Development Trophy for the Most Improved Swimmer 2009 Awarded.

Rob Brooks, Director of Sport at Lord Williams’s School, who sponsors the Most Improved award came to present the Rob Brooks Development trophy at Thame Swimming Club’s first annual presentation night at the Spread Eagle on Saturday 10th January 2010  and to entertain us with one of his speeches. To qualify for the most improved swimmer award, the swimmers had to have times for all the 50M and 100M events. The times being compared between September 2008 and September 2009. Lauren Collins put in a fantastic performance with 24.2% improvement but couldn’t qualify as she was missing one of the required times.

 
Tom - Most Improved

In third place for the award was Gemma Sutton with 18.7% improvement. In second was Jamie Goetz with an improvement of 20.5%, an impressive performance for a Group 4 County & District swimmer where such large improvements are harder.

The award was won by Thomas Goetz with a 26.7% improvement. Mr Brooks presented the award to Thomas and then thanked the club for honouring him with an award, even though in his opinion, you normally have to be dead to get that honour. Mrs Brooks has had him checked out several times this year and he’s definitely ok and will be back next year to present again!

Simon Burnett Competition Trophy Awarded to the Finchinator! 

The Simon Burnett Competition Trophy for the Most Competitive Swimmer was awarded at Thame Swimming Club’s first annual presentation night at the Spread Eagle on Saturday 10th January 2010.

 

Simon Burnett could not be with us as he is already on his training programme for the Commonwealth Games later this year and is training in the USA. A hotly contested award where points are awarded for places earned at galas.

The squad have been chasing this award since it was announced in 2009 and it has been touch and go all year between the top few swimmers with first and second places constantly changing hands. In third place was Imogen McCalman with a total of 248 points. In second was Jamie Goetz, Boys Vice Captain, with 317 points but with 339 points the Finchinator himself– George Finch, boys squad captain, raised the trophy.

  George - Most Competitive
 
             
 
 
Rob Brooks Development Trophy
The Rob Brooks Development Trophy is awarded to the most improved swimmer.

Improvement is measured by dividing total improvement time for all 50m and 100m strokes (including 100 IM) by the aggregate of base times for the same 9 strokes.  

Base times are set from the start of the season in September and the winner is the swimmer with the highest % improvement by the end of the season in August of the following year.    

Rob Brooks

Swimmers will be able to monitor progress on their individual report card and, by including strokes for which every swimmer must have a time, the measure should ensure parity across all ages and abilities.  
Rob Brooks
 
The Rob Brooks Development Trophy
 
  The Simon Burnett Competition Trophy is awarded to the most competitive swimmer.  Points are awarded to swimmers for attendance at galas, the number of events they enter and the results they achieve, in accordance with the following:  
   
The Simon Burnett Competition Trophy
 

Achieved                     

Speeding Ticket

Gold Medal         

Silver Medal           

Bronze Medal       

Fourth Place       

Fifth Place     

Finished (No DQ)  

DQ/DNF   

Points

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

     
   
Simon Burnett
Simon Burnett  
 
The Simon Burnett Competition Trophy
       
         

Points will be recorded from January until December and a league ladder will be updated periodically on the noticeboard and website, in order that swimmers can monitor progress. We hope that Simon will be able to attend the presentation evening to present this award to the winning swimmer.

You’ll get to keep the big trophy for 9 months until the December of the year you win it, then we’ll need it back to allow us to prepare for the next presentation night but don’t despair you will also receive a smaller award to keep to mark the fact that you won one of the clubs trophies.

So, with time trials, galas and club championships all coming up before December 2009 there is plenty of opportunity move up the rankings and win one or both of these fantastic trophies – the best of luck to all swimmers.