Latest News – 2018

Luton Winter Meet 9th December 2018

On Sunday 9th December a team of 33 swimmers, coached by Ian Blyth and Mark Simms, attended the Luton Winter Meet. The swimmers ranged from 9 to 17 years old, some with plenty of gala experience aiming to improve or swim county times and some who are just starting out swimming competitively.

The team did Thame Swimming Club proud, supporting their teammates, showing positive attitudes, swimming plenty of PBs and winning 73 medals in total (27 Gold, 28 Silver and 18 Bronze). Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part, enjoy your well earned rest over Christmas (parents too!).

Good luck to all the swimmers who have submitted their county entries, fingers crossed!

Full results to follow when they are published, in the meantime use this link

Watford County Qualifier Meet 17-18th November 2018

A team of 20 swimmers over the two days represented Thame at the Watford County Qualifier meet. A big thank you to Ian Blyth, Damian Wakefield, Mark Simms and Megan Hard for coaching poolside. The swimmers swam brilliantly with many PB’s and county considered and accepted times. As you can see from the medal table below, there were plenty of medals taken home. Congratulations to all the swimmers!

CMKSC Autumn Open Meet 17-18th November 2018

This was a busy but fun gala with very early starts and long days. Andy Kidgell coached (his first gala) on Saturday supported by Ian Blyth in the morning and Helen Birmingham Team Managing in the afternoon. Andy returned on the Sunday (he must have enjoyed it) with Iain Phillips and Helen Birmingham. Our other Thame swimming club volunteer was Michelle Block who officiated.

We had some of our youngest swimmers Ellie, Thomas, Hugo, Holly, Crystal, Caitlin, Mia and Chloe who invented new games such as hide in the lockers (and they can fit!). George managed to read 2 books while waiting for his swims. We had a large group of group 2 and 2+ swimmers namely Olivia, Emma, Elleanor, Louise, Martha, Ella and Olivia, Izzy, Freya, Amira, and Esme who had a lot of chatting to do. Joseph and James represented our other group 1’s and Jake and George represented our group 3’s. We had Group 4 swimmers Elliot and Ben swimming on Sunday having swum in the National schools gala the day before.

Although we started on Saturday poolside watching all the amazing swimming, on Sunday our base was in the locker room which was a new experience for all of us.  Thame swimmers adapted really well and even coped with the freezing conditions.

The medals table is below but this does not reflect the number of swimmers who PB’d. The gala produced some brilliant achievements which our swimmers should be very proud of and shows all the hard work in training is working.

The photo was taken by Iain Phillips and is just one group of our swimmers enjoying themselves

South East Winter Regional’s November 2018

Once again Thame swimmers are at the Winter Regional’s with Lucy Block and Mathew Evans both managing to qualify for this open event.

This being Mathew’s first ever Regional Championship (he has never even qualified for the local county events), it was a massive step forward for him in qualifying for the 200 Breaststroke and competing in these open championships.  The experience will stand Mathew in good stead for the future.

Lucy was one of the youngest swimmers again at these championships.  Last year only having the one swim whereas this year Lucy had four, the 50, 100, 200 backstroke and the 100 Individual Medley.

Lucy managed new personal best times in all her swims and in doing so qualified for the British Championship in December in the 200 back. She just missed the qualifying time for the 100 back by 0.1 of a second.

Well done to both Mathew and Lucy (below with Head Coach Ian Blyth).  ‘Go Thame Go’.  

Harpenden Legacy Meet 6-7th October 2018

It was Team Thame’s first time competing at the Westminster Lodge Pool in St Albans for the Harpenden Legacy Meet. Over the weekend 40 swimmers represented our club with a great team spirit and plenty of encouragement for each other. We finished the weekend with 78 medals (40 Gold, 23 Silver and 15 Bronze) and many personal bests were swum, well done to everyone who took part. Thank you as always to Ian Blyth, Mark Simms and Damian Wakefield for your coaching and support poolside.

Many of the swimmers on Sunday were lucky enough to meet and get autographs and photos with Lizzie Simmonds, a Great Britain Olympic backstroker and former European Champion. Maya Camp also had the privilege of swimming her 200m backstroke heat with Lizzie, something to remember for a long time.

Modernian Golden Eagle Meet 29-30th September 2018

A small but very enthusiastic and determined group of swimmers attended the Modernian Golden Eagle meet last weekend. This was a level 2 gala with tough qualification times so well done to all that were able to enter, and congratulations to the swimmers below who won medals. Also a big thank you to Ian Blyth for coaching.

BBATT Gala September 2018

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in BBATT, helping the club to achieve a very impressive SECOND! Well done to everyone, each point earned in every race contributed to our success, congratulations everyone!

Below is the medal table, you should all be very proud of your achievements for the first gala of the new season.

A big thanks to all the coaches, team managers, officials and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this a success. We couldn’t do it without you!

Thame Swimming Club Annual Aquathlon

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in the clubs annual Aquathlon on 2nd September and a massive thank you to all the coaches, parents and swimmers who helped out. You all made it a wonderful event!

Below are the results and some pictures of the participants….

Portsmouth EOS Meet July 2018

A warm and sunny weekend in July saw Team Thame at The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth for the Portsmouth End of Season Gala. Despite it being the end of a very long season, our swimmers didn’t disappoint! There were many great swims, lots of pb’s and 33 medals (15 Gold, 11 Silver and 7 Bronze). Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part and thank you as always to Ian Blyth, Mark Simms and Damian Wakefield for your support and encouragement poolside.

It was also the last opportunity for Marcus Birmingham and Ella Simms to represent the club before they both headed off for University this September. Good luck to both of you on your chosen courses and we look forward to seeing you both again whenever you are back at home.

Bishop Stortford EOS Gala-30th June 2018

A team of 30 swimmers from Thame, supported poolside by Damian Wakefield, Helen Birmingham and Emma Lambourne, took part in the Bishop Stortford End of Season Gala at Luton on Saturday 30th June. For some of the younger swimmers, this was their first experience in a long course pool. Team Thame did themselves proud, overcoming the heat of sitting directly in the sunny windows to swim some fantastic races and bring home plenty of “bling”! A total of 43 medals (9 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze), well done to everyone who took part. Looking forward to visiting Portsmouth for the last gala of the season before a well-earned break! Well, for most of us anyway!

Terry Davies Alternative Nationals Meet 23rd/24th June 2018 Gala Report

A team of 17 swimmers represented Thame Swimming Club this weekend at the Terry Davies Alternative Nationals meet. Once again, Team Thame were at their best, with plenty of PBs swum and some more club records falling. We finished 7th out of 13 teams over the weekend, not bad considering the size of our squad compared to others competing, with a total of 23 medals (7 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze). Well done to everyone who took part, we look forward to yet another successful meet on Saturday at Luton.

CMK Summer Open Meet 16th/17th June 2018

A team of 32 swimmers from Thame, under the watchful eyes of Ian Blyth, Iain Phillips and Mark Simms attended the CMK Summer Open meet this weekend. Everyone did themselves proud, there were countless PBs (12 of which were more than 10 seconds), 40 medals (8 Gold, 9 Silver and 23 Bronze) and some new club records. Special mentions to Jacob Pillinger for swimming sub 5 minutes 15 seconds for the first time in his 400m freestyle, Martha Block for swimming sub 40 seconds for the first time in her 50m freestyle and Sam Williams for swimming sub 3 minutes for the first time in his 200m freestyle. Well done to all, it was a fantastic weekend of swimming. Onwards to Watford next weekend for more of the same!

Thame Swimming Club at the South East Regional Championships 2018

The event started on 5th May with the 15 and Over. First we had Jo Hewett in the Multi -Disability group gaining a 1st in the 50m backstroke and personal best times in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

Marcus Birmingham was next in the Men’s Open coming 8th in the 200m fly in the heats and going even better in the final pushing up to 6th place. He also gained 8th place in the 400m Individual medley with a 5 second personal best breaking the 5 minute barrier for the first time.

Next we came to the 14 and Under with George Pearson, Abi Hard and Murray Wakefield swimming for the first time at Regionals. George being the youngest started by gaining 7th place in the 800m freestyle and a personal best time in the 200 fly. Abi swam in the 50m freestyle and Murray in the 100m and 200m fly. Murray had a 2 second personal best time in the 100m fly of 1.07.72.

Lucy Block was the last of our swimmers with 4 swims in the 50m, 100m & 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley. Lucy made all backstroke finals coming 5th in the 50m in 32.77 and stepping up to come 3rd in both the 100m & 200m with personal best times of 1.08.83 in the 100m and 2.26.96 in the 200m. This is the first time Thame Swimming Club has won medals at the South East Regional Championships in the 14 and Under age group . Lucy’s times should put her in the National Championships in July/ August which is another first for Thame Swimming Club

Well done to all swimmers.

Thame Development Meet 20th May 2018 –  Gala report

Thame Swimming Club had 34 swimmers entered in the first invitational gala hosted by our club. The age group of the swimmers was 8 -12 years old. Our swimmers swam 167 races in total racing 50m back, breast, fly and free followed by 100m IM.

Thame swimmers achieved 81 PB’s and there were 44 swims where the swimmer hadn’t swum at any previous gala and didn’t have a registered time…but do now! We had a number of swimmers who had never swum at a gala before and had one swimmer who just got into the gala as his 13th birthday was 4 days later!

The medal table is as follows.

Gold Silver Bronze
Finn Soutar Back Free
George Blight Fly Back Free
Ruthie Galloway Back, Fly, IM, Free Breast
Harriet Jolly Back Breast
Esme Shipley Breast Back, IM, Free
Elleanor Weeks-Pearson Breast Free
Samuel Williams Fly, Breast, IM
Ellison Socrates Fly Breast
Martha Block Back
Joseph Endicot Breast IM
Lucy Evans Fly
Caitlin Way Fly
Crystal Bogacki Fly
Saoirse Brady Fly
Matilda Spiers Fly, IM
Isabel Day Free IM
Hugo Pearson Free
Frederick Neighbour Free
Jack Norman Free
Alessandra Charlton Free


We had 8 swimmers who had PB’s over 10 seconds.

Thank you to the coaches Ian Blyth, Karen Powell, Lucy North and Holly Revill and team managers Helen Birmingham and Annie Pearson.

Thame Swimming Club Development Meet Press Release

On Sunday 20th May 2018 Thame Swimming Club held its first ever Junior Development Meet.

We had 126 young swimmers aged between 8 – 12 years old, from 5 clubs – Thame, Witney, Bicester, Newport Pagnell and Didcot. There were 5 events, the 50m freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and the 100m Individual Medley, accumulating in nearly 500 individual entries.

The meet was designed to give the younger swimmers a chance to compete against swimmers from other clubs and give them valuable experience for the future. There were many impressive swims with nearly all the swimmers achieving a least one (if not several) personal best times.

Thame Swimming Club would like to thank all those who made this event possible including all the Volunteers\Officials who gave up their valuable time, Thame Leisure Centre for hosting the event and Sundance Pools the Club’s sponsor.

We are already looking forward to planning our next event…….

Team Luton Swimming Club – March Long Course Level 1 Meet – 24th and 25th March 2018

This weekend saw fourteen swimmers from TSC compete at the Luton level 1 Long Course meet. In a very competitive event with clubs from all over the UK a majority of our swimmers managed to swim personal best times, as well as improving on their regional level consideration times too!

Under the watchful eye of head coach Ian Blyth along with Damian and Mark over the weekend, the team had a great weekend showing the typical camaraderie you would expect from team Thame. A race didn’t go by without the support from the team cheering each other on from poolside.

Swimmers competing were as follows; Abi Hard, Jacob Pillinger, Benjamin Mould, Lucy Block, Lucy Day, Lizzi Humphries, Ella Sims, Tally Simms, Marcus Birmingham, Murray Wakefield, Sam White, Sam Williams, Harry Block, Jack Allman. Congratulations to everyone on such a great gala!

Medal wise, Lucy Block, Sam Williams and Marcus Birmingham all picked up a podium place. Lucy being awarded a Silver medal in all three Backstroke events, 50, 100 and 200m, Sam Williams picking up a Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle and Marcus Birmingham winning bronze in the 200 Fly. In such a competitive field this was extremely well done, many congratulations!

We now have a short break for Easter break and then head back to Luton for the final regional qualifier event in 3 weeks’ time. Easy on the chocolate this weekend please swimmers!!

CMK Spring Open Meet 17th March 2018

Thame Swimming Club had 52 swimmers at the CMK spring meet which is a very successful attendance. The team comprised of swimmers who had never been to a gala outside Thame to those seasoned swimmers trying to achieve PBs.

The medal tally was very impressive which showed how dedicated our swimmers are to their swimming and very few DQs proving their skill. Overall there were 82 medal winners with 18 Gold, 36 Silver and 38 Bronze.

Our swimmers need to be praised for looking after each other and excepting additional lone swimmers from other clubs

Thank you to Ian Blyth, Head coach, Mark Sims and Lucy North for coaching and Emma Lambourne and Helen Birmingham for team managing.

Watford Regional Qualifier 3-4th March 2018

Once again Thame Swimming Club put together a strong squad of enthusiastic swimmers at this popular gala in Watford, a gala that is particularly competitive with swimmers from far and wide all chasing regional qualifying times!

While it was cold outside with snow nearly disrupting the event, pool side was very hot, as was the swimming with Thame picking up 27 medals in total across 10 of our swimmers.

Outside of the medals there were notable swims from Jacob North, Maya Camp, Harriot Jolly, Sam Williams, Tally Simms and Esme Young all impressing in the pool and picking up nice PB’s along the way! However PB’s did not stop there, with many other swimmers improving on their best times and swimming great races, so congratulations to everyone.

Special thanks to Emma Camp, Rachel Humphries and Wendy Randell for helping to officiate, and to Emma Lambourne and Annie Pearson for team managing.

All in all another enjoyable and successful gala for team Thame!

WDSC Dual Award L3 Meet 17 and 18th February 2018

A team 39 of swimmers supported by Ian Blyth, Iain Phillips, Damian Wakefield, Helen Birmingham, Marie Withers, Jane Evans, Marcus Birmingham and Emma Lambourne attended the first gala of the year at Wycombe District Swimming Club.

The gala was a dual award meet, meaning two galas were run simultaneously; entry into either the B or C section was dependant on entry times. This was a fantastic opportunity for many of our younger swimmers to show how much they have improved over the last few months with some of the older swimmers taking a rest following Counties.

As you can see from the medal table below, Thame very much deserved their place as third best visiting club. Well done to all our swimmers with a special mention to those competing at an outside gala for the first time (Hattie Jolly, Katie Croft-Baker and Juliana Browning).

Press Release for the 2018 Thame Para-Swimming Event:

2018 Thame Para-Swimming Event

Thame & District Lions Club (CIO) are extremely pleased and proud to announce the first Thame Para-Swimming Event which will be held at Better’s Thame Leisure Centre on Saturday 24th March 2018.

The event’s activities, organised and run on our behalf by, Thame Swimming Club, in association with Swim England Para-Swimming, is open to para-swimmers aged 6 years and over. They’ll be invited to take part in a range of fun activities including a short 25-metre race. Swimmers will race one to a lane and will be timed.  Those requiring support will be able to have someone swimming alongside them.

Commenting on the event, Mike Holms-Sharp from Thame & District Lions Club said: “We hope that para-swimmers of all ages will take part.  Not only will it be great fun, it’ll also offer swimmers the chance to experience the competitive buzz with spectators cheering them on from poolside. We might even identify some local talent for the 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Colin Williams, Better’s Community Sports Manager added: “We’re delighted to be able to support this event by hosting it at Thame Leisure Centre. Swimming offers a host of physical and psychological benefits to both the abled bodied and disabled and can provide a real sense of freedom.”

Will Hard, Communications Manager of Thame Swimming Club said: “We are delighted to be supporting the first Thame & District Lions Para-Swimming gala and hope it becomes a regular event attracting local talent into competitive swimming. We are also grateful to Lucy Electric for sponsoring this event.”

This event provides swimmers with a Physical, Visual, Hearing and Intellectual (low IQ), a taster of para-swimming with the opportunity to race over a short distance.

Free To Enter

The normal £5 Entry Fee has been waived for the 2018 Thame Para-Swimming Event … but we wouldn’t say no to donations on the night to the Thame & District Lions Club (CIO), should participants wish to do so!

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Thame Swimming Club is delighted to announce local business Sundance Pools as its main sponsor for 2018.

Sundance Pools is an Aylesbury-based supplier of one-piece swimming pools. The company’s Director Ed West and Project Manager Mark Kirsten both live in the Thame area with their families, and the firm supplies domestic pool customers all over the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire area.

Thame Swimming Club was founded in April 2009 and has its home at Thame Leisure Centre. It is focused on the development of swimmers across a broad range of training levels and prides itself on a great, welcoming atmosphere.

It aims to give each swimmer a feeling of accomplishment at his or her individual level. Whilst swimmers learn good swimming technique they also learn to be part of a team that values fair play and sportsmanship. Thame is a competitive swimming club with swimmers taking part in galas across the region in order to build their competition experience.

Sundance Pools’ sponsorship will enable the Club and its excellent coaching team to continue the development of the swimmers skills as they progress from the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, through the Club’s training groups into the County & District Squad.

Will Hard, Communications Manager of Thame Swimming Club said: “Thame Swimming Club is delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with Sundance Pools of Aylesbury. Sundance’s generous investment into Thame Swimming Club underpins their commitment to the local community, and will significantly contribute towards the ongoing development of our club.”

Alice West, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sundance Pools said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to strengthen our commitment to youth swimming and our support of local community projects. Thame Swimming Club shares our values – healthy lifestyles, competitive spirit and seizing opportunities – so this was a natural fit for both parties. We are looking forward to playing a part in what is one of the best swimming clubs in the region.”

The Sundance Pools team attended Thame Swimming Club’s annual awards evening on Saturday 27th January where the Club celebrated the success of its swimmers at galas and at the Annual Club Championships held the previous November.

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