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19th March 2017

Watford Swimming Club Regional Qualifier 2017 – March 2017

Thank you to Michele Block for writing this gala report

A squad of some 20 swimmers ventured to Watford for the annual Regional Qualifier meet over the weekend of 18th/19th March 2017.  Those swimming on the Saturday were lucky enough to enjoy a lie-in as the meet didn’t start until 1pm so the swimmers were lively and raring to go once the event got underway.  Sadly this wasn’t the case for those swimming on Sunday with another more usual early start!

Team Thame enjoyed a great weekend of racing against a very competitive field from much larger clubs, with all our swimmers coming home with at least one PB and most with multiple PBs, which was a fantastic result! 

Outstanding moments from the weekend are highlighted below:

  • An awesome opening swim for Murray Wakefield, knocking 14 secs of his 400 Free, having only just set his ‘old’ PB at Counties in February!
  • In the 200 IM, the Group 3 girls - Tabitha, Maya and Flora all got impressive PBs with an eye on trying to move up a lane in training (a very canny lane ordering system introduced by Simon Haarburger!)
  • Josh Williams went a fantastic sub 2 minutes for the first time in his 200 Free, which ranks him top of the South East Region and 13th in the whole of Great Britain in this distance for his age group.  Wow – what a phenomenal achievement; well done Josh!  Josh also takes the top place in the SE Region for his 400m Free PB of 4.15.74.
  • George Pearson, our sole Group 1 swimmer on Saturday, knocked an amazing 5 seconds off his 50 Fly (also getting PBS in 100 Fly and 200 Fly – no guessing his favourite stroke!)
  • Joshua Greig powered to a PB of 29.56 in his 50 Free, his first sub-30 second time at this event – fabulous!
  • Oscar North picked up four Regional Consideration Times for 400 Free, 50 Fly and 200 Free and 100 Free – great work Oscar.
  • Katelin Phillips for an outstanding 400 Free swim, knocking a whopping 25 seconds off her previous PB, way to go!  Katelin also went sub 40 for the first time on her 50 Fly with a time of 38.81.
  • Maya Camp for fabulously swimming sub 3 minutes for the first time in her 200 Backstroke (2.54.21) – awesome swimming Maya.

Our Club was congratulated by some of the Watford Marshals for having such a lovely, polite and punctual squad of swimmers – so thank you to you all for being so fabulous!

Thanks to Paul Williams, Emma Camp, Rachel Humphreys and Emma Day for officiating and to our ever supportive coaches Ian Blyth and Iain Phillips for all their encouragement.  It was a rare outing for Michele Block as Team Manager (usually officiating!), helped by our new recruit, Damian Wakefield – we had a great time – thanks to all the swimmers there who threw themselves into cheering and supporting each other – what a Team!

Our Medal table also looked pretty impressive against such a strong field:

4th March 2017

Sunshine & Smiles at the CMK Swimming Club Spring Open Meet

As the sunshine filled Bletchley Leisure Centre, a squad of 23 Thame swimmers took to the water to compete in the annual CMKSC Spring Open Meet.  Under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth and Coach Iain Phillips all the swimmers rose to the occasion and put in some fantastic performances.  It was so rewarding to see the smiles so wide and the genuine happiness of the swimmers after their races.  Great camaraderie was in evidence too with lots of cheering by all the team.

Thank you to our wonderful officials:  Rachel Humphreys, Rachel Mould, Michele Block and Phil Evans - and to Helen Birmingham for Team Managing for the very first time (and doing it brilliantly)!

Notable call-outs include:

  • Martha Block for knocking an amazing 12 seconds off her 100 IM time and to Louise Birmingham for swimming under 2 minutes for the first time in the same event.  Mayur Humphreys also took a whopping 16 seconds off his 100 IM personal best time too.

  • George Pearson for his amazing 18 second PB in the 200 Fly event – fabulous!

  • Oliver Humphreys and Jack Allman for both swimming under 40 seconds for the first time in their 50 Freestyle, way to go boys!  Further Jack Allman also swam under a minute for the first time in his 50 Breaststroke.

  • All of the following swimmers who swam events for the very first time:  Thomas Collins (100 Breaststroke, 100 IM); Isabella Johnston (50 Fly); Ben Mould (400 Free); Katelin Phillips (400 IM); Jack Allman (100 IM, 100 Breaststroke); Oliver Humphreys (100 Breaststroke); Martha Block (200 Free); Heather Sluka (200 Free) and Louise Birmingham (100 Breaststroke).

The swimmers also amassed a fabulous medal tally, detailed below.  Well done to all those swimmers winning medals today.

26th February 2017

Successful Thame Rotary Swimathon for TSC

Huge congratulations to all the Thame Swimming Club swimmers who took part in the annual Thame Rotary Swimathon today.

We had a record number of 9 teams taking part, across all the Groups and we had a parents team too – so well done to all!  Special call out to Ben, Marcus, James, Rory & Josh who smashed the previous Rotary record of c185 lengths with an amazing 221 lengths in the hour!

Whilst the sponsorship monies are still being collected and counted, early indications show that we have raised in excess of £1600 in total, with half of that coming to the Club so a fantastic result all round!

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to two of our long-standing swimmers – James Newton and William Simpkins – both of whom have played a major part in making Thame Swimming Club the fabulous club it is.  You will both very much be missed but good luck with your future studies and we hope you keep up with your swimming in some form or other.  James will still be around in a coaching capacity.

Thank you to Linda Newton for once again orchestrating the entries and the teams – fabulous as ever.

21st February 2017

WOW, Awesome Swimming at WDSC BC Long Course Meet, February 2017

A fantastic squad of some 21 swimmers across all the groups from Thame Swimming Club attended the Wycombe District BC Long Course Meet over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017, under the guidance of coaches Mark Simms and Iain Phillips on the Saturday and Ian Blyth and Simon Haarburger on the Sunday.  For some swimmers it was their first ever gala and for some it was their first time swimming long course.  The swimmers were all on fire with an abundance of PBs and medals in evidence!  A very big well done to all.

Very excitingly we achieved the status of Top Visiting Club for the Girls (out of 14 other Clubs) and we were 3rd for the boys.  The Girls won 254 points across the weekend, outperforming Windsor who came in 2nd place with 205 points.  Way to go girls!

A few notable swims and call-outs:

  • Jack Allman for winning medals in his first ever gala for Thame – and a 50m pool too. Excellent swimming Jack!
  • Thomas Collins for swimming under a minute in his 50 Breaststroke and winning a Gold medal in his 50m Free despite his goggles snapping before the race and swimming it goggle less.  What a great spirit Thomas!
  • Ben Mould for taking a massive 12 seconds off his entry time for his 200 Free.  Fabulous Ben!
  • Martha Block for taking an amazing 24 seconds off her 100 Breaststroke and winning the Silver medal – brilliant Martha!
  • Katelin Phillips, Kate Collins and Flora Kershaw for taking over 20 seconds off their 200 Free time.
  • Tally Simms for taking a huge 15 seconds off her 200 IM time – whoop!

I would also like to take this opportunity to say huge congratulations to Tom Goetz for winning two Gold medals in his last ever gala for Thame.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tom for his commitment to the Club, being one of the original swimmers when the Club first evolved.  We wish you well in your future studies Tom.

Thank you to Melissa Simms and Marcus Birmingham for Team Managing and to those parents who gave up their time to officiate, as ever it’s hugely appreciated.

The medal tally can be seen below – WOW!

20th February 2017

Outstanding Swimming at ONB County Championships 2017!

Truly inspiring swimming was in evidence across the whole of the ONB County Championships 2017 with Thame Swimming Club achieving its highest ever placing, coming 10th overall with 140.5 points.  Further we had a 34% increase in the number of accepted race entries which is a fantastic accolade for both our swimmers and coaches alike – especially with the changes to the age groups implemented this year.

Thank you to Head Coach Ian Blyth and the coaching squad of Simon Haarburger, Mark Simms and Lucy North who supported and coached the squad across the championship.  They inspired the swimmers to reach for their goals resulting in County Champions, Regional Accepted and Consideration times, PBs and all round fantastic swimming being in evidence.

Thank you also to all our wonderful officials, parent volunteers and team managers who gave up their time to also support our swimmers and the smooth running of the Championships overall.  Without you, Thame wouldn’t be the fabulous Club it is.  Thank you.

So to the swimming!

Distance Events

  • Congratulations to Josh Williams who achieved a 17 second PB in his 1500m, taking the Open Club Record in a time of 17.22 minutes.  Rory Pridmore achieved an 11 second PB in a time of 18.11 minutes.
  • Elizabeth Humphreys and Ella Simms swam brilliantly in their 800m Free, kicking off Counties in style for the girls.
  • The girls were on fire in their 400m IM with Lucy Block, Lucy Day and Ella Simms all achieving big PBs.
  • Well done to Elizabeth Humphreys for winning a finalist plaque in the 400 Free and to Lucy Block, Lucy Day, Hazel Randall and Tally Simms for their fab PBs too.
  • In the 400m Free for the boys both Ben and Josh Williams won finalist plaques with Josh being the 2nd fastest in the County for 15 year old boys J.  Well done to Rory Pridmore, Marcus Birmingham and Murray Wakefield for their awesome PBs too.

Sprints & All Other Events

  • WOW where to start!  Simply awesome swimming across the piece with some notable call outs too:
    • Jo Hewett:  3 x Gold Trophies  (100 Free, 50 Free, 100 Back) and 2 x Silver Trophies (200 Free, 50 Back) within the multi-disability category and some great PBs along the way too.  Fantastic Jo, we’re so proud of you.
    • Josh Williams:  5 x County Champion (200 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back, 200 Back, 50 Fly) … amazing swimming Josh and what a fabulous way to end your time at Oxon & North Bucks!
    • Lucy Block:  achieving Regional Accepted Times for her 50 Back, 100 Back and 200 Back … brilliant!
    • Lucy Day:  winning her first ever finalist plaque J
    • The Sumo Wrestler, the Morph Man, the Random Florescent Man & the Random Hawaiian Man:  for entering into the spirit of things and smashing the Relay record!

It is with some sadness that I write this as it will be my last Counties report for Thame Swimming Club but wow I’m also writing it feeling so proud of each and every swimmer.  It’s been an absolute pleasure to Team Manage the squad and be there for them whether they be happy or sad.  There really is nothing quite like the feeling when you see a swimmer achieve a goal or a dream and the absolute sense of euphoria that comes with it.  So a heartfelt thank you and huge congratulations to every one of you.  You gave it your all and we can’t ask for more than that!

A summary of the Top 8 Finalist placings are detailed below with an (F) indicating where a Final was swum:

The following Regional Accepted or Considered times were also achieved during the Championships:

Club Records were also being smashed throughout the Championships (thanks to Marcus for updating these so quickly):

Congratulations to all our relay squads, especially to those for whom it was their first ever Counties:

Below is a picture of some of our swimmers from ONB Counties – apologies to those who were unable to attend the photo shoot this evening.

Well done again to all our swimmers.

28th January 2017

Celebrations & Fun at Thame Swimming Club’s Annual Presentation Evening

Saturday 28th January saw a fabulous 170 people come together to celebrate Thame Swimming Club swimmers success and achievements over the previous year.  WOW, what a fantastic night it was too.  It was held at Lord Williams’s Lower School which again seemed to be the perfect location to host our annual event.  The food was delicious and plentiful and the atmosphere was buzzing!

This year our Guest of Honour was the Mayor of Thame, Linda Emery who opened our evening and presented awards too.  A really special touch to add to the evening.

Thank you to all those who helped to make the event such a success including the Committee,  parents who helped on the night either with car parking or on the bar and all those parents who very kindly donated raffle prizes.  A special thank you to our Chairman Phil Evans and Rachel Humphreys for orchestrating the evening overall, to Iain Phillips for his fabulous photography and to Simon Haarburger for doing such a fantastic job compering the evening!

But the evening was about our amazing swimmers and it started with a review of the key highlights from 2016 covering local galas, open water events, Counties, Regionals and Nationals; charity events such the Swimathon and Santa Sleigh;  fun events like the Aquathlon and Thame Town Carnival and another successful swim camp to Torremolinos.  What a truly amazing year!  We also raised £4,372 in terms of fundraising over the year so thank you to everyone who has supported our charity events.

The coaches then presented the swimmers with their achievement plates from Club Champs – and a massive thank you to Emma and George Day for organising each and every plate, a huge complex job!
The link through to the photos will be sent via a separate e-mail as soon as the photos are uploaded.  Please contact Iain Phillips if you would like a copy of any of these photos.

Flowers, plates and thank you’s were then given to Karen Powell who is stepping down as Group 1 coach (but will remain as Group 1+);  Sherri Cozier who is stepping down as Group 3 coach; Wendy Randall who has stepped down as Officials Secretary and Helen Williams who will be stepping down as Comms Manager and Team Manager from July 2017.

Helen Birmingham presented the Tom Birmingham Skins awards, in memory of coach Tom Birmingham, to Elizabeth Humphreys and Ben Williams, congratulations again to you both.

Team GB were then presented their awards and prizes by David, Caroline and George Finch, as winners of the Will Finch Breaststroke Canon Relay, in memory of Will Finch who passed away in 2015.  Well done to Martha Block, Thomas Collins, Lucy Block, Dominic Loughran, Flora Kershaw, Josh Williams, Laura Creswell, Harry Block, Ellen Ludlow and Will Simpkins.

As ever the much anticipated Coaches awards were then announced so well done to the following swimmers:

This year there were also Silly Awards and these went to Toby Pridmore (Group 1); Mia Collinson (Group 2); Lauren Gibbs (Group 3) and Rory Pridmore (Group 4).

Three more awards then followed:

UCare ‘Most Committed Award’:  awarded to Louis Withers for continuing to swim with a smile despite challenging times.

Rob Brooks ‘Most Improved Award’:  awarded to Lucy Block with a 7.63% improvement, followed by Oscar North and Jacob North.

Simon Burnett ‘Most Competitive Award’:  awarded to Josh Williams, followed by Ben Williams and Elizabeth Humphreys.

A fantastic evening celebrating so many achievement and lovely to chat and mingle away from the pool!  Thank you to everyone who came and made the evening such fun and helped to raise £742 for the Club too!

7th January 2017

On Saturday 7th January Thame Swimming Club Group 2 swimmer, Benjamin Mould, was lucky enough to meet former GB Olympic swimmers Rebecca Adlington and Steve Parry at an AquaVale event. 

Benjamin got the chance to chat to them both and get autographs – together with seeing Olympic medals up close too.

18th December 2016

A Winter Wonderland of Swimming at Hillingdon, December 2016

A small but powerful squad of 8 Thame Swimming Club swimmers were in action over the weekend of 17th/18th December at the annual Hillingdon Winter L3 Meet.

Despite being the end of the year with Christmas just around the corner, the swimmers rose to the occasion and put in some great swims with PBs pretty much across the piece so well done to Rory Pridmore, Harry Block, Lucy Block, Ben Williams, Josh Williams, Douglas Birchall, Elliot Riley-Brown and Oscar North.

Kudos to Lucy Block for being the only girl swimmer for Thame across the weekend and for smashing her two backstroke races!  Congrats also to Josh Williams for gaining our one (Bronze) medal of the weekend in the 50 Backstroke, going under 30 seconds for the first time and achieving a Regional accepted time too!  Well done too to Oscar North for achieving a great 2.5 second PB in his 100 Fly.

Many thanks to Iain Phillips, Lucy North and Simon Haarburger for their fabulous coaching over the weekend.

So now all that is left for me to say for 2016 is Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year …here’s to health, happiness and fantastic swimming in 2017.

4th December 2016

Marvellous Swimming at Maxwell Gala, December 2016

19 Thame Swimmers braved the cold and frosty mornings across 3rd/4th December to attend the Maxwell Swimming Club December Meet, under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth.  What a fantastic weekend of swimming with PBs being broken across the board and County Accepted & Consideration times being achieved too.

The team were amazing at cheering one another on during the race (and were thanked for cheering the Didcot swimmers too) … great team spirit and fantastic swimming … well done Thame!

Thank you to all the officials and team managers who gave up their time to support this gala and congratulations to Rachel Humphreys and Carol Gibbs for passing their J1 – fantastic news.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who achieved County times:
Well done to the following swimmers who won the following medals too:

Thank you to Geraldine Dodds and Melissa Simms for writing this report.

Sunday 20th November

Thame Swimming Club – Club Championships 2016 – Simply Brilliant!

Well, what can I write other than WOW?!  Another totally awesome Club Champs run at Thame Leisure Centre with some 98 swimmers taking part across the 3 different sessions with fantastic swimming, awesome PBs and thrilling races all in evidence.

Girls 800m
The girls kicked Club Champs off in style with brilliant swimming in their 800m races.  Elizabeth  Humphreys took the overall 800m crown going under 10 minutes for the first time with a time of 9 minutes and 53 seconds.  There were some massive PBs also in evidence - and whilst swimming isn’t all about PBs and is about the process and how the swim felt - it is important to call out the following:  Lucy Block (4 minutes and 14 seconds PB); Lucy Day (2 minutes and 50 second PB); Maya Camp (1 minute, 50 seconds PB); Hazel Randall (46 second PB); Phoebe Browne (37 second PB) and Laura Creswell (34 second PB).

Boys 1500m
The boys then continued the fantastic performance in their 1500m race with Ben Williams taking the overall winners podium in 17 minutes and 26 seconds, going under 18 minutes for the first time.  Again some spectacular swimming was in evidence with the following PBs worthy of their own special mention:  Rory Pridmore (2 minutes, 11 seconds); Elliot Riley-Brown (59 seconds); Josh Williams (47 seconds and also went under 18 minutes for the first time); Ben Williams (45 seconds) and Will Simpkins (26 seconds).

So then we moved onto the faster and more furious 400m Free and 400m Individual Medleys which made for a very exciting evening of swimming.

Congratulations to Emily Evans, Ella Chandler and Rosie Earl who swam their very first 400m Free race and to Phoebe Browne and Ella again for swimming the 400 IM for the first time too!  At the time of writing this, Josh Williams’s 400 Free time of 4.19 puts him 24th in Great Britain.

A number of our swimmers gained either County Considered or Accepted times in their 400 Free Race too so congratulations to:

Awesome PBs were again in evidence with the following swimmers knocking at least 30 seconds off their previous PBs.  400 Free:  Phoebe Browne (61 seconds); Lucy Block (51 seconds);  Joshua Greig (41 seconds); Lucy Day (38 seconds); Tally Simms (37 seconds) and 400 IM:  Lucy Day (38 seconds).

Main Event
The main event was the full day Club Champs on Sunday 20th November and what a fast and furious day of swimming it was with amazing swimming in evidence – great technique, awesome PBs and a scattering of County Accepted and Considered times too!   Massive congratulations to all of our fabulous swimmers, especially those for whom it was their first ever gala.  The gala flowed really well although it must have felt like a whirlwind at times as the swimmers got out of the pool and immediately queued up again!!  Great stamina!  We were lucky enough this year to have our Mayor, Linda Emery, attend the main event too which added an extra boost to the swimmers!

The Will Finch Breaststroke Canon Relay in memory of Thame Swimming Club swimmer William Finch who very sadly passed away in 2015 was a brilliantly team spirited race that saw 50 of our swimmers (5 teams of 10 swimmers) each swimming 25m breaststroke in canon style to celebrate Will’s favourite stroke.  The leader board changed throughout the race making for a really exciting finish with Team GB taking home the victory so well done to Martha Block, Thomas Collins, Lucy Block, Dominic Loughran, Flora Kershaw, Josh Williams, Laura Creswell, Harry Block, Ellen Ludlow and Will Simpkins.  Prizes will be awarded at Presentation Evening on 28th January.  Thank you to Simon Haarburger for arranging the teams!

Club Champs also saw the third year of the Tom Birmingham Skins event in memory of Coach Tom Birmingham who very sadly passed away in 2014.  As ever this proved to be a highly charged and exciting event as the top five swimmers from the 200IM competed against each other in an elimination style challenge … would it be breast, back, fly or free pulled out of the hat?!  For the girls Laura Creswell, Martha Pearson, Lucy Block, Ella Simms and Elizabeth Humphreys all competed with Lizi just pipping Ella to win the shield for the girls.  For the boys it was Harry Block, Josh Williams, Douglas Birchall, Marcus Birmingham and Ben Williams with Ben again just pipping Marcus to the touch … thrilling to watch!  Well done again to all the swimmers!

The cheering came thick and fast during the 200m Fly event with the biggest support coming for George Pearson who took on Ben and Marcus … fantastic swimming George and a great PB too!

Thank you to all the families who baked delicious cakes and to Anne Kidgell for organising the sale which made a fantastic £150.  Thank you to all the parents who helped to run the stall too.

Events like this can’t be held without the support of so many people – too many people to mention by name – but all of the Officials, Team Managers, Committee members, Coaching team led by Ian Blyth and Parent Helpers were fantastic and a massive thank you from us all.

Thanks also to Iain Phillips for taking the photographs on the day –

So again, well done to all our swimmers, we’re proud of each and every one of you and look forward to celebrating your success at the Awards Evening on Saturday 28th January 2017 (further details to follow).

13th November 2016

Group 1 & Group 2 Swimmers Do Thame Swimming Club Proud at Witney Long Course Gala

An awesome squad of 7 swimmers from Group 1 and Group 2 bravely took on the 1500m and 800m challenge at the Witney Level 4 Distance Meet on Sunday 13th November. 

George Pearson (Group 1), Aidan Morley (Group 1+),  Louis Bolton, Ben Mould and Jacob North (all Group 2) showed amazing stamina and swam a good steady pace for the whole of the race.  Given this is the first time the boys have swum this event the results are really fantastic.

Esme Shipley and Elleanor Weeks-Pearson (both Group 1) were equally fantastic in their first ever 800m race, showing great courage and swimming well, even speeding up for the last 100m and coming in less than 2 seconds apart.

Huge congratulations to all that took part – we’re very proud of you.

Thanks to Lucy North, Coach, for writing this report


13th November 2016

Thame Swimming Club Doubles It's Attendance at South East Region Winter Championships

Thame Swimming Club doubled its attendance from last year at the South East Region Winter Championships over the weekend of 5th/6th November.  This is an elite gala given its ‘open’ nature of entry, meaning that only the top swimmers within the region qualify and thus it was fantastic that we had Ben Williams, Marcus Birmingham, Harry Block and Josh Williams swimming for the Club.

  • Ben tripled the number of events he qualified for, swimming in the 50 Back, 100 Back, 100 IM, 200 Free and gaining PB’s in his 50 Fly and 200 Back.
  • Marcus doubled the number of events he qualified for, swimming in the 100 Breast and gaining PB’s in his 400 IM, 200 Breaststroke & 100 Fly  (having only just PB’d in these events at Wycombe only a couple of weeks earlier!).
  • Harry qualified for Winter Regionals for the first time and swam fabulously in his 50 Fly.
  • Josh also qualified for the first time and gained a personal best in his 200 Back.

Thank you to Ian Blyth for supporting the boys over the weekend – especially as he was coaching without a voice!

31st October 2016

BaT Camp Triumph – Torremolinos – October 2016

Another fabulous swim camp took place in Torremolinos during October half term!
Thank you so much to the Cooke family who kindly sponsored the kit with the swimmers sporting red hoodies, t-shirts and swim camps - they certainly stood out from the crowd!

Also thank you to Ian Blyth for 'Heading' up the coaching team and Sherri Cozier and George Finch working on technique - strokes have been transformed over the week and fingers crossed for reaping the rewards in the forthcoming galas! We are especially thankful as they gave up their time off work to keep the swimmers safe, fed and entertained.

Thank you also to Katharine one of the Didcot parents who was one of our chaperones, we received a lovely email from her on her return..."Thank you again to Thame club for including us in this fantastic week - all of the swimmers were a pleasure to accompany and the Barramundi swimmers have had a great time, hugely benefited and are motivated to get back to their regime and hopefully some pb's. They have also made some lovely new friends and I hope that they all keep in contact".

The daily updates of camp are the bit that keep the parents at home entertained....

*So, after a 5am start, the team of 21 swimmers all arrived at Gatwick in their shiny new red BaT camp hoodies, full of smiles and energy. After only a minor delay and the longest plane taxi’ing any of us have ever experienced, we were off!  The final descent came with much turbulence and a bit of a bumpy landing, but we landed safely, were met with sunshine and found our way to the Hotel Griego Mar – a familiar sight for last year’s victims/athletes.
*With ideas of a relaxing afternoon, the swimmers were soon brought down to earth when Head coach Ian Blyth announced they had one hour to get unpacked, changed into land training kit and be back downstairs with their skipping ropes.  A 30 minute uphill trek to the outdoor pool gave everyone chance to see where the weeks training would take place, before George put them through their paces with jogging round the track, and a circuit set during which one of the ‘Bens’ was heard to utter the words “Oh my, this is only day1!”
*Dinner came, and chips, pizzas and ice cream were very popular - we have to lull them into a false sense of security – sensible food from tomorrow ;-) Early to rooms tonight at 9pm, with phones all handed in to chaperones without any squabbles is a good sign of things to come. Every single one of the squad have been in high spirits all day, keen to work hard, keen to socialise with each other and an absolute pleasure to be with – long may this continue.

*Sunday started well, with only one room missing their alarm and missing the 6:15am meeting time.
*No land training today, but with nearly 12k swum and 10k walked, along with mobility and stretches, there has been no room for slacking!
*Session 1 this morning was an endurance set using all four strokes, and seemed to be such a challenge that one of the boys even lost their underwear! Not naming names, but they would have probably only fit our largest swimmer!
*After a stroll to do some stone skimming at the beach for many, the afternoon was more technical based offering the squad an opportunity to apply the tips fed back by the coaches, who battled on through torrential rain.
*A red swim hat was awarded to 'the swimmer of day' for each of the two groups based on effort and attitude - huge congratulations to today's winners .......Ben Williams and Issy Langley.
*The evening entertainment led by Ian's team was 'Heads Up' where one competitor struggled to guess his own name, and even when given the answer, one person was unable to guess Ryan Lochte - obviously a massive fan!
*With Rory just about able to keep his eyes open, they all headed up to rooms at the 9pm curfew ready for a killer of a day 2.

*All swimmers were up and ready to head to the pool again in good time. With a slight delay, the mornings swim started at 7:30 with lots of butterfly and putting yesterday's freestyle technique work to good use on some timed swims.

*The swimmers have started to feel tired, with reports of heavy arms and aching legs. Spirits are high however and everyone seems motivated to give it their all. After a brief chat about the importance of a balanced meal it was good to see a few less "breakfast donuts" and fizzy drinks at meal times!
*The afternoons swim consisted of more technique with a few faster swims based on heart rate - lots of energy left for  land training then!
*All of the swimmers really showed drive and determination during the evenings land training, with plenty of plyometrics and squat jumps (where one swimmer loudly proclaimed her wind) and body weight resistance work. It was good to see the younger boys showing off their pull ups to the older boys too!
Red hat winners were:
Oscar North - for determination and making an outstanding effort to use coaches feedback in the swims.
Ella Simms - for maintaining a consistent high level of motivation during the swims and pushing herself to the limit during the land training.
As George writes this (at 9:15) all swimmers are in bed sound asleep ready for another big day tomorrow.

*An extra 5 minutes in bed this morning made all the difference , and the swimmers were straight In the pool after mobility and warm up ready for a hard kick set of 1000 meters. Backstroke technique seemed popular with some real improvements evidenced with video footage and feedback.
*Just enough time for a quick snooze for some before lunch, to save energy for a sprint set followed by Georges land training which culminated in a ‘plank competition’ with the finalists  Chris Sims in third place, Maisie Randall in second battling through serious muscle tremors and Lizzie Humphreys taking the title ; all lasting well over 5 minutes!
*Tips of the day from George focussed on pre-competition warm ups , and pre-race preparation ; do's and don'ts.
*The evening’s entertainment was Bingo with Ben Williams being the overall winner, and an update on travel team points announced Sherri’s team as leading so far - reigning champions rule!!!
The red hat winners of the day were:
Ellen Ludlow for total commitment not only in the morning session, showing massive improvement after taking on board feedback, adjusting her work as advised to rest an aching shoulder and then giving her all again in the land training.
Rory Pridmore for showing exactly what could be done with kick with full effort and continuing to push himself throughout the whole day.
Early to bed tonight for some very tired athletes and some very stiff mums who attempted the land torture.

*What day is it? We seem to have lost all track of time! We only have 4 swimming sessions left before we head home.
*This morning’s session saw a couple of great successes with video analysis allowing a few of the swimmers to hone in on their technique and fix a few long term quirks - let's hope they can keep it up when we get home.
*With only one swim session today, the squad were up for a full day of rest and relaxation, as well as some very important team building fun. First the shopping, then the beach, then off to crazy golf - if you thought Ian was competitive poolside, don't play crazy golf with him! His team won the overall  trophy but they took so long to get round, we all nearly lost the will the live! After an hour in the amusements with Josh winning at ping pong, Lucy beating me on the basketball game and various older boys enjoying the toddlers musical rides, it was back to the hotel, but only after collecting all the inappropriately logo'd t-shirts they'd all ordered on the way out - apologies for any of these, we applied no sensors other than reminding them that parents would likely be washing them
*All swimmers went off to bed promptly, all secretly sneaking TV's on to watch the final of the Bake-off.
Today's red hat swimmers were:
Alfie Baum -
for his solid determination, right through from the warm up, great attitude and technique work following feedback.
Maisie Randall -
for working the hardest I've ever seen from her (and I've known her swimming for about 6 years!), and taking on board feedback to improve her freestyle no end
Wish us all luck for challenge day tomorrow; may the best (wo)man win!

* On return to the pool this morning, the swimmers were sad to discover the floating half-tailed lizard they found yesterday had gone 'to a better place'!
 *After a short warm-up, came the first 'challenge' ; 4x200 (1x200IM / 3x200free) in descending times. They all rose to the challenge with the last boys standing after 2 hours being Ben W, Josh W, Alfie B and Rory P - approx 32 lots of 200m !!!!! They were all exhausted...
 *Lunch was very quiet and as the week has progressed food choices have certainly got more considered.
*'Challenge 2' was made up of 3x100's in descending times, basically until they no longer made the times. They all amazed us with their determination to break through their own pain barriers, and impressed us with their team support - Izzy was heard to cheer "well done Ben (N) , I'm sooo proud of you". Josh W was outstanding as the overall winner. By now, many of the swimmers have found a new use for their swim hats as much needed ice packs, and have been given various stretches for their own specific needs.
*Even in 27degrees heat, George didn't let up with land training, where Ella and Lizzie won the squat challenge holding good form for 7 minutes. Nick battled through with a record breaking blister, and Lucy Day beat her fear of heights by climbing (almost) to the top of the rope.
 Red hat winners tonight were:
Josh Williams -  for being a winner in both swimming challenges, and displaying a strong desire to succeed in all he has been faced with
Douglas Birchall - total commitment in all challenges, solid work all week and showing huge improvement in his freestyle form
Georges 'Team GB' were the winners of tonight's dingbats quiz, which we are assured they did not cheat in????
Two sleeps left...

*Yes, you guessed it, we swam again this morning ... Last day to get some technique analysis in, and things are getting so desperate that we actually got George underwater to observe!  If there is little improvement, it is not from lack of trying.
*Swimming this afternoon turned into fun with Ian racing Ben at freestyle, and thrashing him, and George racing Nick at Breaststroke just about nipping it at the end. Then, not wanting to miss out, Katharine joined in with the relays, doing us Mums proud.
*Ian spent some time with each swimmer (and coach) giving 1:1 feedback, asking how they will apply their learning, and how they found camp.
*It was nice to escape the hotel tonight, heading in to town for dinner and last minute shopping for home, and for gifts for the coaches and chaperones ; Killer coach cap for Ian, Lego for George, perfume for Katharine and charity donation in place of a gift for me.
*Instead of the daily red hat winners, today we asked the swimmers to vote anonymously for their 'Top Girl' and 'Top Boy', with awards being awarded to Lizzie Humphreys and Josh Williams.
*What a great week, and a great bunch of kids.
*Everyone is ready for home, but not looking forward to the alarm at 4:15am

16th October 2016

Awesome Swimming at Wycombe LEVEL 2 Short Course Meet

A fantastic squad of 13 Thame Swimming Club swimmers who qualified for the inaugural Wycombe Level 2 Short Course meet,  participated to incredibly high standards over the weekend of 15th/16th October.

Swimming against some the country’s elite swimmers our squad were inspired and registered some brilliant swims, coached all the way by Head Coach Ian Blyth.  Craig Gibbons (2012 Olympic Relay Squad, ex Maxwell Swim Club – coached by Ian) brought some of his Sirens squad from Malta to compete which added an element of excitement to the gala too!

Notable call outs to:

  • Lucy Block for smashing the County Accepted time for her 100 Backstroke (1.14.68 vs County Accepted time of 1.16.0).
  • Marcus Birmingham for his truly amazing 1.00.91 100 Fly time, gaining a Winter Regionals consideration time and having his sights on going under the minute next time (roll on Club Champs)!
  • Josh Williams for qualifying for 5 x Finals in 100 Free, 100 Back, 50 Fly, 100 Fly and 50 Back.  Josh’s 57.88 in his 100 Free now puts him first in the County too!

Well done to all our swimmers:  Elliot Riley-Brown, Marcus Birmingham, Sam White, Harry Block, Lucy Block, Lucy Day, Ella Simms, Hallam Cozier, Douglas Birchall, Rory Pridmore, Elizabeth Humphreys, Ben Williams and Josh Williams.

Thank you also to Michele Block and Paul Williams for officiating at the gala too.

Whilst the medal tally may not be as exhaustive as usual, given the high level of gala, all our swimmers should be incredibly proud to have qualified and participated – fabulous swimming from you all.


15th October 2016

Thame Swimming Club Brings Home the Winner’s Cup from the Natalie Barry Open Meet October 2016

Saturday 15th October 2016 saw a squad of 36 Thame Swimming Club swimmers from across all 4 groups head for the Natalie Barry Open Meet at Bletchley Swimming Club.

Natalie Barry was a young, fit and healthy Bletchley & District Swimming Club swimmer who represented her club many times.  After a normal day and evening she went to bed like she did every other night but sadly this was her last day as she did not wake from her sleep - so to honour her short life the Natalie Barry Gala was put together.

Four other clubs joined Thame at Bletchley for a great day of competitive swimming.  With many of Thame's swimmers having competed a few weeks prior there was a lot of talk about pb's and medals. With determination in their eyes, one by one they took to the blocks. With many of them taking seconds off their entry times it was great to see so many smiling faces in camp Thame. Notable swims were evident from many of our swimmers with a special mention to Matthew Stamp for taking a fabulous 11 seconds off his 100m breaststroke PB time.

With the medal table growing race by race Thame found themselves in 2nd place over all by the end of Session 2.   As Session 3 got under way the swimmers did what they do best and that’s swim their hearts out.  As the last event of the day got underway, two of our Group 2 swimmers took to the starting blocks for the 50m freestyle grudge match.  Murray Wakefield and Szymon Siuta were entered with almost identical entry times and thus were placed side by side in Lanes 6 and 7. With both swimmers turning together at the 25m mark they were neck and neck all the way to the finish with Murray just pipping Szymon to the post in a time of 35.09 to Szymon's 35.72.  It was a great race that saw every Thame swimmer shouting them on all the way.   Marcus Birmingham brought the day to a close with a blistering 50m freestyle swim taking Gold in a time of 26.76.  

All that was left was to wait for final team results to come in … So can we all stand and give all 36 swimmers a big round of applause and congratulate them in becoming the 2016 Natalie Barry Open Champions.   Yes we won!

We would like to thank coaches Iain Phillips, Karen Powell and Lucy North and Team Manager Geraldine Dodds -  along with all the officials and time keepers for making it possible for Thame to bring a fantastic squad to this worthwhile gala.

Medal Tally:

2nd October 2016

Marvellous Swimming at Maxwell Level 3 Gala

A fantastic squad of 28 Thame Swimming Club swimmers competed at the Maxwell Level 3 October Meet over the weekend of October 1st/2nd at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury.

Supported by Head Coach Ian Blyth and Group 2/2+ Coach Mark Simms the swimmers rose to the occasion and put in some very impressive swims with new PBs being achieved or for some, first ever times being registered!  Huge congratulations to all our swimmers of whom we are very proud but special mentions to:

  • Katelin Phillips:  for taking a whopping 44 seconds off her 400 Freestyle time and to Elizabeth Humphreys for achieving a County Accepted time in the same even.
  • Lucy Block:  for achieving a County Accepted time for her 200m Backstroke and a County Considered time for 400IM (not bad given it was the first time Lucy had ever swum this race!!).
  • Martha Blockfor knocking an impressive 4 seconds off her 50 Free time having taking 10 seconds off at BBAT only 2 weeks ago.  Way to go Martha
  • Ben Williams:  achieving a Winter Regional consideration time for his 100 Backstroke
  • Ella Simms:  taking a brilliant 17 seconds off her previous 400 IM time and achieving a County Considered time in the process.
  • Louis Bolton:  taking an amazing 18 seconds off his 200 IM
  • Flora Kershawtaking a fabulous 13 seconds off her 100 Backstroke
  • Murray Wakefield:  for achieving a much sought after sub-40 seconds for his 50 Fly J  Murray also achieved a 12 second PB on his 400 Free having only just taken 9 seconds off at BBAT!
  • Josh Williamsachieving a County Accepted time for his 200 Backstroke and to Elliot Riley-Brown for achieving County Considered time for  his 100 Backstroke.

Thank you to all our fabulous officials who volunteered their time to ensure that our swimmers times counted … Paul Williams, Emma Camp, Sue Hewett, Rachel Humphreys and Brian Pridmore.  Huge congratulations to Emma Camp for passing her J1 officials assessment.  Thank you to Melissa Simms and Michele Block for Team Managing so fabulously on the Saturday too.

The medal tally is below:

… and here is a picture from the Saturday (thanks Milly)

18th September 2016

BBAT – Fabulous First Gala of the Season!

The start of the new season kicked off at BBAT over the weekend of 17th/18th September with 79 Thame Swimming Club swimmers taking on the neighbouring clubs of Didcot Barramundi, Aylesbury and Bourne End.  What a weekend it was too, full of camaraderie and a great team spirit.

Didcot Barramundi retained the overall winner’s trophy (1540 points), with Thame coming a respectable third (1283 points) behind Aylesbury (1402) – we were robbed! 

With the fabulous coaching support from Mark Simms, Lucy North, Karen Powell and Simon Haarburger our squad of swimmers were amazing.  Congratulations to everyone for putting their heart & soul into each and every race and a special call out to all the swimmers for whom this was their first gala for Thame:  Mayur Humphries, Hywel Scott , Matthew Stamp and Lexi Pluckrose.  We are very proud of you all.

Congratulations to Josh Williams for coming home with the Top Boy Award with a massive 99 points (vs the 75 points for the swimmer in 2nd place) and to Lucy Block who came 3rd in the Top Girl Award, missing out on the 2nd place by just 1 point.  Awesome swimming from you both!

Whilst each swimmer was amazing, there were a couple of notable call-outs from the weekend:

  • Izzy Nelson:  for showing such great spirit and determination in swimming the majority of her 400IM without her goggles, well done Izzy.
  • Ella Simms: for winning Gold medals in all 8 of her races, brilliant!
  • George Pearson:   for being the youngest competitor to take on the 200 Fly and winning Gold!
  • Hazel Randall:  for swimming the 400 IM and 200 Fly for the very first time.
  • The following swimmers who took staggering amounts of time off the following races:
    • 200 FreeLucy Day (39 seconds); Hazel Randall (13 seconds); Tabitha Dodds (12 seconds); Murray Wakefield (14 seconds)
    • 400 FreeHazel Randall (32 seconds)
    • 50 BreastOscar North (5 seconds)
    • 100 BreastMatthew Stamp (10 seconds)
    • 200 BreastTabitha Dodds (13 seconds); Hazel Randall (40 seconds)
    • 200 IMMatthew Evans (33 seconds); Lucy Day (10 seconds)
    • 200 FlyHarry Block (10 seconds); Maisie Randall (13 seconds)

 The gala ended with the dramatic Canon Relay comprising of 8 swimmers across different age bands each swimming 50m Freestyle – with our Thame Team A taking the Bronze medal – so huge well done to George Pearson; George Nelson; Isabel Day; Lucy Block; Josh Williams; Elizabeth Humphreys; Ella Simms and Ben Williams.

Thank you to all the volunteers and officials who gave up their valuable weekend time to support this gala – without you we cannot host galas such as this so it really is appreciated.  Thank you to Melissa Simms for co-Team Managing so brilliantly and to Iain Phillips for being our official gala photographer.  Photos to follow but for now please watch Iain’s ‘A Day of Swimming In Less Than 2 Minutes’

 We achieved a fantastic medal tally, please see below.  (With so many medals, apologies if any have been missed)!

4th September 2016

Thame Swimming Club 3rd Annual Aquathlon Event

On Sunday 4th September 2016, Thame Swimming Club held its 3rd annual Aquathlon event and what a fantastic way to start the new swimming season it was!  We had an awesome 65 entrants who were split into the following two age groupings:

  • 8-12 year olds who swam 400m and then ran 1k.
  • 13+ year olds who swam 800m and then ran 2k.

Every competitor was amazing, pushing themselves to keep going and we are proud of each and every one.  All competitors will receive a Thame Aquathlon medal.  Thank you to Simon Haarburger for orchestrating the event, a great success.

Well done to all the following age group winners and to Lucy Block, Sam White, Elizabeth Humphreys and Josh Williams for being the overall age group winners.  A special call out to Jenny and Charlotte Hinde for being such an awesome mum and daughter team too!


There was a fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie amongst both the competitors and the supporters so a massive thank you to all the parents, siblings, grandparents and friends who came to cheer everyone on.

Thank you to Sarah Shipley for organising such a wonderful (and truly delicious) cake sale which raised a brilliant £115 for the Club – thank you also to everyone who baked and brought such lovely cakes and cookies!

Thank you also to all parents who volunteered to help – we cannot run such events without your support – so a massive thank you from us all.  I will send a link out to the photos from Iain Phillips (thanks Iain) in the next couple of days but in the meantime a couple of my amateur attempts are attached!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and here’s to a successful swimming season ahead, kicking off with BBAT on 17th September.


9th August 2

Thame Swimmers Excel at National Swimming Championships

Ben Williams, Hallam Cozier and Josh Williams all competed last week at the Welsh National Open Swimming Championships at the National Pool in Swansea and wow what a week it was!

  • Ben swam strongly, PB’d in 4 events and qualified for 3 finals in the 50 Back, 100 Back and 200 Back, coming 7th, 5th and 6th respectively which is a great achievement given the 17+ age grouping.  Ben also took the 400 IM Open Club Record with a PB time of 5.11.05.
  • Hallam PB’d in all 8 of his events with notable mentions being 5.5 seconds off his 200 Free time and 3.5 seconds off his 100 Back and came 6th in the 50 Free Final, taking the 15 Year Old Boys Club Record.
  • Josh PB’d in all 9 of his events, qualifying for 8 finals and coming home with 5 x Bronze medals (100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 50 Fly and 50 Back), 1 x Silver medal (200 Back) and a Gold Medal (100 Back).  Josh’s outstanding swim in the 100 Back gave him National Champion status with him now being 4th in the Region and 34th in the whole of Great Britain in this event for his 14 year old age group.

Many thanks to Head Coach Ian Blyth who supported the boys throughout the week and to Sherri Cozier and Paul Williams for officiating.

The boys did Thame Swimming Club proud and the camaradarie and support amongst the 3 was fantastic.

Well done boys – it was an absolute pleasure to cheer you on!

23rd July 2016

Henry's Success at Henley Club to Pub Swim, 23rd July 2016

Group 3 Thame Swimming Club swimmer, Henry Bell came third in the Henley Club to Pub swim last night. The event is actually for adults aged over 18 so a special waiver had to be signed to allow Henry to swim, meaning he was 2 years younger than the youngest swimmer there!  This made his 3rd place even more of a special achievement.

The distance was just over a mile and Henry achieved it in a fabulous 19.40 minutes.  They started by swimming upstream, round the buoy and then back downstream as fast as they could swim to the Angel for a bottle of Two Bells ale.  The medal was a bottle opener!!

Well done Henry, we are as ever, very proud of you.

17th July 2016


What a fantastic way to end the swimming season with a squad of some 44 Thame Swimmers competing at the Fast & Furious Luton meet!  On what felt like the hottest day of the year all of the swimmers, under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth and Coaches Simon Haarburger and Mark Simms, put in some awesome swimming to really end the season on a high. 

The meet was somewhat different in that rather than award medals by age category, the top 16 swimmers for each race – no matter what age - went through to two finals, A and B.  Whilst the younger swimmers were disappointed at this they remained motivated and swam for their own PBs, many of which were achieved so well done to them all.  There were also ‘spot prizes’ whereby the winners of randomly chosen heats won £5 so well congratulations to Hazel Randall and Lucy Block, both who came home a little richer!
A couple of notable swims are highlighted below:

  • Lucy Block and Matthew Evans for both taking a whopping 33 seconds off their 200 IM PBs – with Lucy going under 3 minutes for the first time and likewise for Sam White.  Great swimming!
  • George Nelson for taking 12 seconds off his 100m Freestyle PB – fabulous.
  • Martha Block for swimming her first 100m race at a gala – brilliant!
  • Hazel Randall for knocking a huge 10 seconds off her 100 Breaststroke PB, wonderful!
  • Ben and Josh Williams for both swimming in the Open Boys Skins Event (top 8 fastest boys from the 200 IM event) with Josh going out in the first Breaststroke heat and Ben coming a fantastic 3rd, turning pro and winning £10 for his efforts!  Well done boys, we’re proud of you.  Thank you to Ian Blyth, Mark, Milly, Ella & Tally Simms, Simon & Amy Haarburger, Lizi Humphreys and Helen & Marcus Birmingham for cheering right until the end … 10.15pm is way too late for any race!

A big thank you to Melissa Simms for Team Managing and to our officials who supported the gala too:  Brian Pridmore, Wendy Randall, Phil Evans, Michele Block, Emma Day, Emma Camp and Paul Williams. 
Congratulations to the following swimmers who swam in the A/B Finals:

26th June 2016

Swimmers on Fire at CMK End of Season Open Meet

A squad of some 23 Thame Swimming Club swimmers swam up a storm at the CMK end of season Open Meet over the weekend of 25th/26th June.  Under the guidance and support of Head Coach Ian Blyth and coach Iain Phillips the squad put in some impressive swimming with PB and new records being set and County Accepted and Considered times being achieved too.

What is always lovely to see is the all-important team spirit amongst the swimmers with a special call out to Murray Wakefield on the Saturday and Louis Bolton on the Sunday for always being the first to cheer! 

Whilst every swimmer is applauded for their fabulous results, there are a couple of notable call-outs:

  • Ella Simms, Marcus Birmingham and Ben Williams for competing so well straight off the back of their GCSE’s and AS’s – highly impressive.
  • Elliot Riley Brown and Murray Wakefield for both taking a whopping 20 seconds off their 400m Freestyle PB times.
  • Lucy Block for her fabulous 18 second PB in the 200m Breaststroke with Laura Creswell taking a superb 14 seconds off hers too.
  • Josh Williams for joining the 100 Free sub-minute gang with a time of 58.42 and being the 2nd reserve for the Open Male ‘Skins’ event.  Josh also went sub 30 seconds for his 50 Fly short course for the first time too.
  • Tally Simms and Louis Bolton for being our youngest girl and boy respectively at the gala to achieve medals, we’re proud of you both.
  • Lucy Day for taking an awesome 11 seconds off her 200 Backstroke PB and an equally awesome 13 seconds off her 200 IM too.
  • Oscar North and Elliot Riley-Brown for joining the sub 30 50 Freestyle club – brilliant swimming boys!
  • Thank you to Douglas Birchall, Josh Williams, Elliot Riley-Brown and Ben Williams for the most competitive and fun heat of the gala … all 4 were in the same 200m Breaststroke heat with Ben narrowly taking the top spot from Elliot!

Thank you to Mark Simms, Phil Evans, Sherri Cozier, Emma Day and Brian Pridmore for officiating at the gala too.

The medal tally is below:

26th June 2016

Henley Classic Open Water Swim

At 4.00am this morning Thame Swimming Club Group 3 swimmer, Henry Bell was proud to swim the Henley Classic, a 2.1k race down the Henley regatta course, in memory of William Finch.

This was his fourth time of competing in the race but river conditions and heavy currents, dictated a slower race this year.  The race was won in 30 minutes by an elite Olympic swimmer with Henry taking the silver medal in the Junior category, just 4 minutes behind at 34 minutes (and only 20 seconds behind his old school friend, Scott Barnet). 

There were no medals for a very cold mum and dad but bacon butties and hot chocolate were welcome on a fairly raw June morning. 

Well done Henry, what an amazing achievement and what a wonderful way to remember Will too.  Thank you from all the Club for such a special swim.

11th June 2016

Thame Swimming Club - Waving the Flag At The Thame Town Carnival

A record number of over 35 Thame Swimming Club swimmers took part in this year’s Thame Town Carnival, helping to raise the profile of the Club throughout the town. 

The theme this year was Best of British which was fantastic as we could showcase our Thame Swimming Club red, white & blue tops, wave flags, wear garlands and red/white/blue bowler hats too.

We were also incredibly lucky to be joined by the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry!  Not only that but we also had our own Australian/GB masters champion too!

Amazingly the rain held off so spirits were high – so a massive big thank you to everyone who supported the Club at this important event, it really is a great opportunity to show Thame that it has a strong, vibrant and competitive swimming team.


5th June 2016

Witney & District Swimming Club Development Sprint Meet, June 2016

On the afternoon/evening of Sunday 5th June, a fabulous squad of 35 Group 1 and Group 2 Thame Swimming Club swimmers attended the Witney and District Swimming Club Development Sprint Meet, under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth,  Group 2 Coach Mark Simms and Team Manager Melissa Simms. For most of the swimmers this was their very first gala, and at 9 years of age can be a very scary and daunting thing but they ALL coped with it amazingly well and swam brilliantly, with speeding tickets and medals galore!

The team displayed great support for each other both poolside and in the whipping area, where a big thank you and well done goes to Caitlin Shipley for taking on the role to look after and guide the first time swimmers. Great team spirit!

There were many great swims, here are few notable ones:

  • Louis Bolton for getting a speeding ticket or medal in all of the races he swam - 5/5!
  • Matthew Evans and Ben Rose for gaining the exact same time in their 100m IM, a thrilling race to watch!
  • Ben Mould for getting 3 speeding tickets.
  • Katie Livingstone- thrilling 50m Butterfly and taking the Gold medal.
  • Kate Collins and Tally Simms in the 50m Freestyle race, exciting race with Kate just narrowly taking the Gold medal, and Tally the Silver.

Thank you to all the officials, Michele Block, Emma Day, Phil Evans and Rachel Mould.
It was a pleasure to team manage such a polite and supportive team – you should all be very proud.

The full medal tally is below, including Speeding Tickets:



4trh June 2016

ASA South East Region Swimming Championships 2016

Thame Swimming Club has just achieved its most successful South East Region Swimming championships with a record number of 6 swimmers competing in a record number of 21 swims.

The Championships kicked off 30th April – 2nd May in Portsmouth for the 15+ year old age group.  Massive congratulations to:

  • Jo Hewett who PB’d in 5 of her 6 events and won a fabulous 5 medals in the multi-class disability category:  2 x Gold (100 Breast; 200 Free) and 3 x Bronze (100 Free; 50 Free & 100 Back). 
  • Marcus Birmingham who PB’d in all 4 of his events:  200 Free; 100 Breast; came 8th in the 200 Breast Final and took a huge 34 seconds off his 400 IM time.
  • Harry Block for being a first time regional swimmer in the 50 Fly and coming an impressive 14th out of 28 swimmers. 

The 14 & Under Squad then competed over two weekends in May in Crawley and again huge congratulations to all three for whom it was their first time at Regionals:

  • Lucy Block for being our youngest ever Regional swimmer, competing in the 50 Back.
  • Elizabeth Humphreys for swimming well in 4 events:  50 Free; 100 Free; 50 Back and 200 Free.
  • Josh Williams for swimming in 10 events, PB’ing in 7 of them and coming 7th in the 200 Free Final and 9th (first reserve) in 5 further races (100 Fly; 200 Back; 100 Back; 50 Fly and 50 Back) – so near and yet so far!  A special mention for the fact that in his 10th and the final boys race of Regionals – the 400 Free - Josh still managed to take a whopping 5 seconds off his previous Personal Best.

So a highly impressive set of results across the whole Championships for our swimmers and a huge thank you to Ian Blyth, Head Coach, for supporting each swimmer before and after each race.  Also thanks from the Didcot Barramundi swimmers for being their surrogate coach too!

Well done to all!

15th May 2016

Leighton Buzzard Level 3 Open Meet May 2016

On Sunday 15th May a 30 strong team of Thame swimmers competed in the Leighton Buzzard Level 3 Open Meet at Bletchley under the guidance of Group 2 coaches Mark Simms and Iain Phillips, and Group 1 coach Lucy North.

The whole squad were magnificent with swimmers getting PBs in nearly every race.  Everyone really raised their game which placed Thame Swimming Club equal 3rd from the seven clubs competing at the gala, with an impressive medal tally.

Special mention should however go to Josh Boddy who was taking part in his first gala and achieved 2 gold medals; Jess Chandler for an amazing IM performance; Kate Devereux for a clutch of terrific PBs and Dominic Loughran and Jacob North for keeping us gripped as they battled neck and neck in their 100 IM heat, alternately taking the lead and finishing just 0.16 seconds apart.

Thank you to our officials Wendy Randall, Emma Day, Emma Camp and Matt Randall who helped support the gala.  It was an extremely busy gala and the good behaviour of the Thame squad was noted by the organisers, so thank you for being such good ambassadors for the club.   Thank you also to Geraldine Dodds who was Team Manager for the very first time at this gala and who also wrote this report – thank you!

We didn’t get a photo of the entire squad but congratulations should go to all who took part:

Douglas Birchall, Harry Block, Lucy Block, Josh Boddy, Maya Camp, Jess Chandler, Emma Clarke, Kate Collins, Mia Collinson, Laura Creswell, Lucy Day, Ella Devereux, Kate Devereux, Tabitha Dodds, Emily Evans, Matthew Evans, Flora Kershaw, Dominic Loughran, Amy Merchant, Jacob North, Oscar North, George Pearson, Katelin Phillips, Hazel Randall, Maisie Randall, Tally Simms, Szymon Siuta, Murray Wakefield.

23rd April 2016

Thame WOWs at the Wycombe District Swimming Club Long Course Sprint Meet, April 2016

Thame Swimming Club were on fire on Saturday 23rd April at the WDSC Long Course Sprint Meet.  It was the first time the Club had competed at the new Wycombe 50m pool and wow, it really is a fabulous!  Under the guidance and encouragement of Head Coach Ian Blyth and coaches Simon Haarburger and Iain Phillips the swimmers put in some tremendous swims gaining new PBs, breaking Club Records and winning medals along the way too. What an experience, especially for those swimmers for whom it was their very first long course meet:  Amira Matton, George Pearson, Ben Mould, Murray Wakefield and Jasmine Grimes.

Not only did Thame come 3rd out of all the 10 visiting clubs but Harry Block and Elizabeth Humphreys also won the Top Boy and Top Girl awards so a massive congratulations to the both and indeed to all the swimmers who helped achieve our 3rd place.

Some notable call outs:

  • Happy Birthday to Sam White who was celebrating his 12th birthday and achieved PBs in all of his races!
  • Lucy Block for taking an impressive 15 seconds off her 100 Free Long Course time, 13 seconds off her 50 Fly and 11 seconds off her 100 Back.
  • Ella Simms and Elizabeth Humphreys for providing the most exciting race of the day in their 100 Free, taking both girls to new PBs!
  • Elliot Riley-Brown for going under 40 seconds for the first time in his 50 Breast and the same for Amira Matton, Ben Mould and Murray Wakefield in their 50 Free races.
  • Tally Simms for taking a whopping 12 seconds off her 50 Fly time and Tabitha Dodds a fabulous  15 seconds off her 100 Back.
  • Hallam Cozier, James Newton, Ella Simms and Emily Evans for swimming 100 Fly Long Course for the first time - with Emily picking up Gold too!
  • Jacob North for taking 8 seconds off his 100 Backstroke and Lucy Day for taking  9 seconds off her 100 Free.
  • Henry Bell for his awesome 100 Free race -  blowing the competition in his race out of the water – and from Lane 8 too!

Thank you to Michele Block, Sue Hewett and Brian Pridmore for officiating throughout the day and to Melissa Simms for Team Managing.

The very impressive medal table is below:

17th April 2016

Team Luton Swimming Club Level 1 Long Course Meet, April 2016

A small but powerful squad of Thame Swimming Club swimmers competed over the weekend of 16th/17th April at the Luton Level 1 Long Course meet.  With Head Coach Ian Blyth encouraging the squad across both days there were some spectacular swims with notable mentions below:

  • Lucy Block, competing at her first ever Level 1 gala and coming away with not only 2 Personal Bests but a Regional Consideration time for her 50 Back too!
  • Elizabeth Humphreys for achieving a Regional Accepted time for her 50 Back.
  • Josh Williams for achieving a Regional Accepted time for his 100 Fly and winning the one medal for Thame over the weekend – Bronze for the 200 Back!
  • Elliot Riley-Brown for achieving a Regional Consideration time for his 50 Fly.
  • Harry Block for going under 29 seconds for his 50 Fly long course for the first time … it was fast!
  • Rory Pridmore for taking 10 seconds off his long course 200 Free pb time.

We also adopted a swimmer from Greenwich Royals for the two days who also achieved two Regional Accepted times – it was lovely to see our squad cheering him on too like he was one of their own.  It’s this kind of thing that makes Thame Swimming Club special.

3rd April 2016

Cheering and Celebrating Aplenty at CMK Level 3 Open Meet, April 2016

A squad of some 35 Thame Swimming Club swimmers competed over the weekend at the CMK Level 3 Sprint Open Meet at Bletchley.  Under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth and Group 2 Coach Mark Simms the swimmers put in some tremendous swims, achieving new personal bests, breaking Club Records and winning some medals along the way too.

It was really rewarding to see was everyone getting involved in cheering the team on – from the youngest to the oldest of swimmers.  The team spirit was fabulous so thank you to all who cheered and shouted, it really does make such a difference.

Whilst everyone swam fabulously over the weekend, a few notable mentions are detailed below:

  • Tally Simms for taking a fabulous 15 seconds off her 200 Free time and swimming it under 3 minutes for the first time.
  • Lucy Day for taking a tremendous 54 seconds off her 400 Free time and Tabitha Dodds taking 20 seconds off her previous PB for the same event.
  • Lucy Block for swimming under 3 minutes for the first time in her 200 Backstroke and Phoebe Browne taking 13 seconds off her PB in the same event, both of which are fantastic achievements!
  • Ellen Ludlow for swimming 200 Fly for the very first time.
  • Louis Bolton, Murray Wakefield and Ben Mould for competing in their first ever open gala.  Well done boys, you were awesome.
  • Murray Wakefield for taking a spectacular 20 seconds off his 200 Free and 11 seconds off his 100 IM time; Louis Bolton for taking a whopping 10 seconds off his 50 Fly time and Magnus Pridmore for doing the same on his 200 Breaststroke.
  • Matthew Evans for taking an amazing 15 seconds off his 100 Free time.
  • Harry Block for achieving Regional Consideration times for both his 200 Backstroke and 100 Fly and to Josh Williams for achieving a Regional Accepted time for his 200 Free and getting 10 Golds in 10 swims!
  • Hallam Cozier for taking a fab 9 seconds off his 100 Breaststroke.

Thank you to all our officials & Team Managers who helped support the gala – without you we can’t compete so it’s as ever very much appreciated. 

Well done to all our swimmers who won the medals detailed below:

29th March 2013

The Williams Brothers Work Their Wonder @ Welsh Nationals, Easter 2016

Ben and Josh Williams fore-went any chocolate treats this Easter, instead competing at the closed Level 1 Long Course Welsh Nationals swimming meet in Swansea from the Friday through to the Monday.

Both boys put in some truly inspiring swims, competing against the Welsh British Nationals Elite squad and holding their heads up high with their achievements.

In summary, Ben competed in 2 finals (200 Back & 50 Back) and PB’d in 5 races, took a number of the Open Club records and achieved a goal of going under 58 seconds for his long course 100 Free.

Josh PB’d in 9 races, went through to 6 finals (200 Back, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Free, 50 Back & 50 Fly), gained 2 further Regional Accepted times (200 Free, 100 Free), a Regional Consideration time for 400 Free and to top it all off a Bronze medal for his 200 Back … meaning Josh is now part of the elite Thame Swimming Club Nationals medal club.

Both boys ended the Nationals weekend on a high with both of them swimming sub 30 for the first time in their 50 Fly (29.58 for Ben and 29.64 for Josh)!

Phew, what a weekend - well done boys and enjoy that well deserved chocolate!

19th March 2016

DSE SE Regional Development Meet, March 2016

Huge congratulations to Joanne Hewett, one of our Masters swimmers, who  travelled to Southampton on Saturday, 19th March to take part in DSE SE Regional Development Meet. This is an open competition for disability swimmers and also a training day for swimming officials regarding IPC disability rules.

Jo was a star as ever and swam in 5 events, being placed in the top 3 in all of them:  100 Back (1st); 100 IM (1st - PB);  50 Back (1st);  50 Breast (2nd) and 100 Free (3rd).

A fun afternoon was had with the family getting home in time to watch England play France in 6 Nations finale!

Well done Jo.

13th March 2016

Watford Regional Qualifier Gala Report 12th/13th March 2016

A squad of 18 Thame swimmers: Lucy Block, Maya Camp, Laura Creswell, Lucy Day, Emily Evans, Matthew Evans, Lauren Gibbs, Joshua Greig, Flora Kershaw, Amira Matton, Oscar North, Katelin Phillips, Hazel Randall, Elliot Riley-Brown, Ella Simms, Tally Simms, Kaycia Socrates and Sam White travelled across to Watford last weekend for this L3 Open Meet. The competition was hot with some very large clubs competing, including the hosts Watford, and their even bigger rivals Hatfield.

Team Thame were under the guidance of three coaches over the weekend, Mark Simms, Lucy North and Simon Haarburger, our thanks goes to them for giving up their time and for all their words of encouragement to the swimmers. Thanks also go to the Officials who helped over the weekend: Wendy Randall, Michele Block, Carol Gibbs and Phil Evans.

There really was an excellent team spirit amongst all our swimmers this weekend, cheering and supporting each other's races and we were definitely the team with the best French and fishtail plaits, which occupied the girls beautifully in between events!

The Club won a total of six medals over the weekend, which, with the heavy competition, was a great achievement; Elliot Riley-Brown winning four of them, so congratulations to him!

Elliot Riley Brown: GOLD 200 Backstroke & 200 IM BRONZE 50 Fly & 100 Breaststroke

Sam White: BRONZE 200 IM

Laura Creswell: BRONZE 50 Fly

There were some truly amazing swims and huge PBs from Team Thame on both days, too many to list all of them but a few notable ones from Saturday were Flora Kershaw & Lucy Day in the girls 50 backstroke; Sam White for the boys 200 freestyle, Tally Simms & Emily Evans for the girls 50m Breaststroke, Matthew Evans in the boys 50 free and Elliot Riley-Brown who hit 30.41 on his 50 free, getting ever closer to going sub 30!!

Sunday proved to be the day for peeling chunks off entry times, notably Laura Creswell who swam a phenomenal 400 Freestyle race, shaving 26 seconds of her PB and Oscar North over the same distance, took 21 seconds off his time. Lucy Block then followed them with a 22 second PB on her 200 backstroke swim and Flora Kershaw who went sub 40 secs on her 50 fly for the first time!

It was a brilliant gala, the first for us novice Team Managers, so thanks to all the swimmers for being so lovely and making our job easier!

Melissa Simms (Sat) & Michele Block (Sun)

28th February 2016

Well done to all the Thame Swimming Club swimmers who took part in the Thame Rotary Swimathon today – the best turnout we have ever seen with 6 teams competing.

What a great fun event that saw how many lengths each team could swim in a relay over 55 minutes!  The results are below – fantastic swimming by all. 

What’s even better news is the amazing amount of money that has been raised.  Whereas in previous years all of the money raised went towards local charities, via the Rotary Club, this year we are able to retain 50% of all monies raised for Thame Swimming Club.  The sponsorship is still being counted but early indications are that we will have raised in total over £1650 which means a massive £825, as a minimum, for the Club.  An update will be provided once the final amounts have been confirmed.

So a huge well done to all who participated and a really big thank you to everyone who sponsored our swimmers.  Get well soon too to Jake Priestnall who was unable to swim on the day due to sickness but has still raised money for the Club – thanks Jake.

Thank you also to Linda Newton for organising and co-ordinating the teams!   The next Rotary Swimathon will most likely now take place in 18 months’ time so let’s see if we can beat our record (in terms of number of teams entered, number of lengths swum and amount of money raised too) - we do love a bit of competition after all!

Below are some pictures of the teams, apologies to those who had left before the photos were taken.

21st February 2016

Oxon & North Bucks County Championships 2016


WOW, Thame Swimming Club keeps on going from strength to strength with a massive 101 entries for the Oxon & North Bucks County Championships Club this year, over 25% increase on last year!  Overall we came 11th with the most number of points ever achieved by the Club… 162.5.  The swimmers were on fire, evidenced by all the fantastic swimming and PBs across the championships.  As ever thank you to Head Coach Ian Blyth who supported every swimmer throughout all four galas and to all the coaches, parent volunteers and officials without whom the event would not have been such a success. 

Sunday 10th January
The Championships kicked off on Sunday 10th January with the long distance events with 1500m for the Boys and 800m for the Girls.   Well done to Josh Williams and Elizabeth Humphreys for gaining such great PBs (44 seconds for Josh and 10 seconds for Lizi) and to all those who took part:  Hallam Cozier, Harry Block, Ben Williams, Zoe Cooke, Maise Randall and Ella Simms.  A special mention to Maisie for swimming on despite losing both her swim hat and hair band but continuing on despite not being able to actually see anything.

Sunday 17th January
Next came the exciting 400m races with Elizabeth Humphreys kicking the day off with a great 4 second PB in the 400 IM followed by Sam White knocking 10 seconds off his 400m Free  and gaining a plaque for 8th place.  Oscar North was like a rocket in the water and took a whopping 27 seconds off his time.  Josh Williams took the Bronze position for the 400m Free and Marcus Birmingham also got a plaque for his 8th position.  Ben Williams, now in the 17+ age group, also broke his PB.

The Girls 400m Free then followed with Jo Hewett taking a massive 27 seconds off her PB, taking the Silver trophy in this event.  Lizi Humphreys also won the Bronze award for this event within the 14 year old girls. In the 400m IM for the boys, Elliot Riley-Brown stormed to a 19 second PB and led his heat from the start, being followed by Josh Williams who achieved a 9 second PB and took the 4th place plaque overall for the 14 year old boys.  Fantastic PBs were seen by Harry Block and Marcus Birmingham, who took the 6th place plaque for this event.  Ben Williams went under 5 minutes for the first time with a new personal best too.

All the relays were high energy and some great PBs being seen across the piece so thank you to all the swimmers who participated, raising the profile of the Club yet further.

6th/7th February
And so it was on to the two main weekends of County swimming.  Saturday 6th February saw some fast & furious swimming with Josh Williams, Rory Pridmore and Marcus Birmingham all going through to Finals in 100 Fly & 50 Free (Josh), 100 Fly for Marcus and 50 Free for Rory.  For Josh it was his very first time experiencing Finals at Counties so a massive well done from us all and we hope you enjoyed the experience!  George Finch was our one representative in the 100 IM and achieved a great PB too – well done George!  Well done to Oscar North for knocking a fabulous 10 seconds off his 200 Free time and to Josh Williams for getting 4th place overall for his age group.  Ben Williams also achieved a top 8 Finalist placing for his 200 Free for the 17+ age group.

Sunday 7th saw Josh and Elliot Riley-Brown smashing their previous times on 100 Back and making it through to the Finals in the evening with Marcus Birmingham swimming in the 100 Fly final too.  Elizabeth Humphreys stormed to the final of the 100 Free, coming 3rd overall, PB’ing in both the heat and the final.  Laura Creswell narrowly missed out on reaching the final too.  Jo Hewett as ever was amazing taking Gold in both the 100 Free and 50 Backstroke.  Impressive Breaststroke swimming was evidenced in the 200m by Sam White, Elliot Riley-Brown and Marcus Birmingham, all of whom achieved top 8 Finalist plaques.  Both Maisie Randall and Elizabeth Humphreys also got great PBs in their 200 Backstroke.

The Relays were again a highlight over the weekend with both the boys and girls teams doing us proud and ending the day on a high.

13th/14th February
And so it was on to the last weekend with all the swimmers again showing impressive performances.  Marcus kicked off the Saturday with a great 100 Breaststroke swim, going straight through to the final!  Elizabeth Humphreys followed the same pattern with her 50 Free (again coming 3rd overall) with Laura Creswell and Laura Nobes both achieving great PBs.  Josh Williams and Harry Block both flew in their Fly heading to the final … with this being the first ever final for Harry so huge congratulations, a great achievement within the 16 year old age group.  Jo Hewett continued her Gold streak, picking up the top trophy for her 50 Free.  Elizabeth, Laura Creswell and Ella Simms were all on fire in their 200 Free, with Lizi and Laura winning Top 8 plaques for their age group.  The Girls Relay team were awesome in the evening, putting in a great time overall.

The final day was then upon us and still the swimmers didn’t tire (unlike the Team Manager!!).  Elizabeth Humphreys set the tone for the day going through to the 100 Back final with Josh Williams, Rory Pridmore, Hallam Cozier and Harry Block all doing the same for their 100 Free.  A special call out to Hallam given he achieved this despite not having been able to train for the previous 4 weeks due to illness.  Well done J  Both Elliot Riley-Brown and Josh stormed to the 50 Back final and both were top 8 Finalists for their 200 Back too! Despite 200 Back being the last event for the boys all four of the swimmers achieved great PBs, showing the energy was there to the very end so well done to Elliot (-6 secs), Josh (-6 secs), Harry Block (-3 secs) and Ben Williams (-6 secs).   Jo Hewett was again amazing taking the Gold in the 100 Backstroke and going under 1.40.00 for the very first time!

Counties for 2016 ended with dressing gowns, shower caps and the Six Nations all being represented by the Girls and Boys Open Relay teams … what a way to finish!

And thus ONB Counties for 2016 came to an end and wow, as I re-read the above I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of all of our swimmers.  There may have been highs and lows but throughout the championships the attitude, determination, support, cheering and overall fantastic spirit of Thame Swimming Club has shone through.   This is what makes Thame Swimming Club GREAT!

A summary of the Top 8 Finalist placings detailed below with an (F) indicating where a Final was swum:

The following Regional Accepted or Considered times were also achieved:

A tremendous number of new Thame Swimming Club records were also set during Counties, these are detailed below:

Full Squad:
Marcus Birmingham, Harry Block, Lucy Block, Maya Camp, Zoe Cooke, Hallam Cozier, Laura Creswell, Lydia Devitt, George Finch, Jo Hewett, Elizabeth Humphreys, Katie Livingstone, Dominic Loughran, Laura Nobes, Oscar North, Martha Pearson, Katelin Phillips, Magnus Pridmore, Rory Pridmore, Maisie Randall, Elliot Riley-Brown, Alexander Russell, Ella Simms, Tally Simms, Murray Wakefield, Sam White, Ben Williams, Josh Williams and Louis Withers.

30th January 2016

A Fabulous Presentation Night at Lord Williams’s School

Thame Swimming Club (TSC) held its annual Presentation Evening at its new home of Lord Williams’s School in Thame – and what a successful and fun night it was.

Organised by Rachel Humphreys and supported by the TSC Committee members and parents too, the evening saw 180 people all enjoying delicious food (who knew that school dinners had become quite so tasty?!) before Simon Haarburger took to the stage to compere the rest of the evening.

The whole evening is about celebrating the swimmers achievements from the previous year and what a fantastic year it had been.  Key highlights are detailed below:

  • County Championships:  with over 32 ‘Top 8’ plaques being awarded
  • South East Regional Championships (Summer):  well done to Marcus Birmingham, Jo Hewett & Ben Williams for their achievements
  • Smurfs @ The Carnival:  over 30 participants supporting the Club at the Thame Carnival
  • Fundraising Cake Stall:  £188 raised
  • Welsh Nationals:  well done to Hallam Cozier for getting to 2 finals, Ben Williams for winning the first National medal for TSC and Josh Williams for PB’ing in all his races.
  • British Learning Disability Swimming Championships:  well done to Jo Hewett for coming home with 2 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.
  • Aquathlon:  over 62 participants and well done to Ella Simms and Marcus Birmingham for winning overall.
  • BBAT:  great achievement by 73 swimmers for Thame, coming 3rd overall.
  • Swim Camp, Spain:  inaugural camp seeing the swimmers do 65 kilometres of swimming over 22 hours of swimming!
  • South East Regional Championships (Winter):  well done to Marcus Birmingham & Ben Williams for qualifying and representing the Club
  • Club Championships:  85% of the Club took part with fantastic swimming evidenced throughout

Marcus Birmingham presented the Tom Birmingham Skins awards, in memory of coach Tom Birmingham, to Ella Simms and Harry Block, congratulations again to you both.

Team USA were then celebrated and presented their awards by David & Caroline Finch as the winners of the Will Finch Breaststroke Canon Relay in memory of Thame Swimming Club swimmer, Will Finch who tragically passed away last year.   Well done to Emily Evans, George Pearson, Lucy Block, Sam White, Zoe Cooke, Elliot Riley-Brown, Ellen Ludlow, Will Simpkins, Lily Hawkes and George Finch.

The coaches then presented the swimmers with their achievement plates from Club Champs.  Again a really big thank you to Michele Block for organising each and every plate, no mean feat with so many swimmers!
The link through to all the individual photos can be found here.  Please contact Iain Phillips if you would like a copy of any of the photos.

The eagerly anticipated Coaches awards were then announced so well done to the following swimmers:

Three more awards then followed:

Rob Brookes ‘Most Improved Swimmer’:  awarded to Ben Williams with a 17% improvement, followed by Josh Williams and Rory Pridmore.  Well done Ben especially as you were also studying for your GCSEs too!

Simon Burnett’s ‘Most Competitive Swimmer’:  a highly fought competition with Josh Williams taking the top spot, followed by Ben Williams and Harry Block.

For the full analysis on the Most Competitive Award and the most Improved Award click on the links below:

Most Competitive Swimmer 2015

Most Improved Swimmer 2015

UCare ‘Most Committed Award’:  awarded to Holly Revill for her dedication to both swimming and coaching and for always having a smile on her face.

Holly accepting her award in Paris!

Wendy Randall thanked all of the officials who give up their time to support the Club.  We cannot attend galas without this support and we really do need more people to get involved so please do volunteer, it’s fun and rewarding too!  Please contact Wendy on

Brian Pridmore, the Club’s Vice Chairman also took to the stage (with the help of Mark Simms and Sherri Cozier) to inspire more parents to get involved with other aspects of the Club such as coaching, becoming a committee member and team managing.  Again please do get in touch if you would like to join in any aspect of supporting the Club.

The swimmers who attended the BAT Swim Camp also provided an overview of their time in Spain … having come back stronger, fitter and closer as a team … with their results showing the benefits of the Camp too!

A wonderful evening celebrating so many fabulous achievements and thanks to everyone who came and made it such fun!

30th January 2016

We are delighted to communicate that Mike Singleton, one of Thame Swimming Club Masters swimmers, recently competed at the Masters South East Regional Championships at the K2 in Crawley.

Mike achieved fabulous PBs in both of his swims of the 400m (5:53.91, a 4 second PB) and 200m (2:46:27 a PB).

This is a fantastic achievement so please join me in congratulating Mike.

Sunday 10th January

Barnet Copthall Novice Meet 2016

Sunday the 10th January saw a team of 8 under 12 Thame Swimming Club swimmers head to Barnet for their first meeting of 2016. It was great to see all the swimmers being so excited about the first gala of 2016 with lots of happy faces being seen throughout the day.  The swimmers had a storming day with many PBs being achieved and qualification into the finals too!

PBs were achieved by Mia Collinson, Emily Evans, Katelin Phillips, Lucy Block, Kate Collins, Callum Slater and Joseph EndicottJasmine Grimes now has registered times in all her races so is now looking forward to her next gala to see if she can beat them!

Well done to:

  • Katelin Phillips for winning a Bronze medal in the final of the 50 Breast
  • Lucy Block for going through to four finals and winning a Silver medal in the 50 Breast and Bronze in the 50 Back
  • Kate Collins for going through to the final for the 50 Fly

Thanks to all the parents for getting the swimmers up and out of bed at 6 in the morning and getting them to the pool on time.

20th December 2015

Great Swimming @ The Final Gala of the Year – Hillingdon Dec 2015

So as the year draws to a close a fabulous squad of 9 Thame Swimming Club swimmers dug deep and mustered every inch of their energy and competitive spirit to compete at the Winter Short Course Level Two Meet at Hillingdon over the weekend of 19th/20th December.  What an amazing weekend it was too and a great way to end the gala season for 2015.

As ever, the squad was under the guidance of Ian Blyth who was thrilled with the performances especially as every swimmer put 110% effort into each race.  This resulted in strong PBs across the board.

Some notable mentions:

  • Hallam Cozier for joining the sub-minute crew for 100 Free (and very almost going 58 seconds)!
  • Ben Williams for the very first time going sub 30 seconds for his 50 Backstroke (Regional  Consideration time tbc) and sub 2 minutes for his 200 Free, earning a place in the Open Final.
  • Josh Williams for achieving a Regional Accepted Time for his 50 Backstroke (tbc) and PB’ing twice in his 400 Free J
  • Rory Pridmore for being awarded a Spot Prize for his 400 Free, being singled out by the host club’s coach for such a good PB.
  • Marcus Birmingham for achieving a Regional Consideration time (tbc) for his 200 Free.

So well done to Marcus Birmingham, Harry Block, Hallam Cozier, Elizabeth Humphreys, James Newton, Rory Pridmore, Ella Simms, Ben Williams and Josh Williams for representing the Club at this gala (and to their parents for giving up the last weekend before Christmas too)! 

Wishing you all very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

29th November 2015

TSC Club Championships – Summary

One word summarises Club Champs for 2015 – awesome!

Overall we had just under 100 swimmers and some 85% of the Club take part in at least one or more race which is a significant uptake in participation on previous years!  We also had representation from each of our Groups from Group 1 through to Masters so a massive well done to all the swimmers who took part and who made the Championships the success it was.

We kicked off on Sunday 15th November with the 400m Freestyle and 400m IM for both the girls and boys with new County Accepted times being achieved for Sam White and Oscar North for their 400 Free and Josh and Ben Williams for their 400 IM.  There were some fabulous PBs in evidence too so special call out to the following swimmers who knocked a whopping 1 minute or more off their previous times:  Joshua Greig, Lucy Block, Laura Creswell and Kaycia Socrates.

Next on Sunday 22nd November was the 800m for the girls and 1500m for the boys with Elizabeth Humphreys bringing home 1st place overall for the girls and Ben Williams for the boys.  There were some amazing PBs in evidence so again well done to the following swimmers who knocked over a minute or more off their previous best times:  Hazel Randall, Elizabeth Humphreys, Zoe Cooke, Isobel Nelson, Ellen Ludlow, Jo Hewitt, Josh Williams, Elliot Riley-Brown, Hallam Cozier, Rory Pridmore and Henry Bell.

The main event was the full day Club Champs on Sunday 29th November and what a fabulous day of swimming it was full of fantastic swims and lots of personal bests too.  A massive well done to every swimmer especially to all those for whom it was their very first gala.  There was very little time between races so kudos to all the swimmers who kept their energy and motivation levels up.

New for 2015 was the Will Finch Breaststroke Canon Relay in memory of Thame Swimming Club swimmer Will Finch who very sadly passed away earlier this year.  What a fitting tribute race it was too with 50 of our swimmers (in 5 teams of 10) each swimming 25m breaststroke in canon style to celebrate Will’s favourite stroke.  Fitting too that George Finch brought his team home to win overall with each swimmer winning a £10 voucher.  Well done to all those who took part and to those who cheered and made lots of noise during the race too! 

Club Champs also saw the second year of the Tom Birmingham Skins event in memory of coach Tom Birmingham who passed away in 2014.  The event was as nerve wracking and exciting as ever as the top five swimmers from the 200IM competed against each other in an elimination style challenge … would it be breast, back, fly or free pulled out of the hat?!  For the girls Kaycia Socrates, Lily Hawkes, Maisie Randall, Laura Cresswell and Ella Simms all competed with Ella just pipping Laura to win the trophy.  For the boys it was Hallam Cozier, Elliot Riley-Brown, Josh Williams, Ben Williams and Harry Block with Harry also just pipping Ben to the top spot!  Well done again to all the swimmers!

As a special call-out I would like to highlight that it was Elizabeth Smith’s (one of the Club’s very first swimmers) last gala for Thame Swimming Club so good luck Lizzie for the future. 

Thank you to all the parents who baked such delicious cakes and to all the parents/children who bought and enjoyed them too.  I’d like to thank Colin Gibbs for running the stall which made a massive £150 in total!  Thanks also to Rachel Humphreys for supplying the deliciously tasty homemade apple juice.

This is the first time we have run a ‘licensed’ meet and as ever such an event cannot take place without all the support of the parent volunteers and officials, so many thanks to everyone who helped to make Club Champs the success it was.  A special call out to Wendy Randall for being lead referee overall for the  gala, supported by referee Mark Simms – without either of them we would not have been able to run this gala.  Thank you also to all the coaching staff, under the leadership of Ian Blyth who encouraged their swimmers throughout the Championship and to our Chairman Simon Haarburger for orchestrating the whole event!

We now look forward to a fabulous Awards Evening on Saturday 30th January 2016 to celebrate everyone’s success.  Every swimmer should be proud of their achievements as we are indeed proud of every swimmer.

8th November 2015

Thame Swimmers do us Proud at South East Region Winter Championships 2015

Two Thame Swimming Club swimmers qualified and competed at this years’ SE Region Winter Championships held in Portsmouth over the weekend of 7th/8th November.  This is an elite gala given the ‘open’ nature of entry meaning that only the top swimmers within the region can attend so it was fantastic that we had representation from both Marcus Birmingham and Ben Williams.

Marcus achieved a PB in his 200 Breaststroke on the Saturday with Ben narrowly missing out on his 200 Free on the Sunday but achieving one on his 50 Back! 

It was an experience for the boys to be swimming with GB swimmers and was great to watch.  Thanks as ever to Ian Blyth for supporting the boys over the weekend in Portsmouth.

31st October 2015

BaT Camp – A Fantastic Joint Venture in Torremolinos, Spain Oct 2015

Please find below a report from BaT Camp which saw 15 swimmers across Thame Swimming Club and Didcot Barramundi Club venture to Torremolinos for a week of intensive swim training.  The week was a huge success with the children all benefiting from the training, with some fun along the way too.  Thanks to Ian Blyth for being Head Coach to the full BaT Camp team for the week and to Sherri for being support coach and helping the swimmers as the Welfare Officer.  Paul and I enjoyed being chaperones with our job being made so much easier due to the exemplary behaviour and attitude of each and every swimmer.  We were all incredibly proud of the whole squad.  None of this would have been possible without the fantastic organisation from Wendy Randall who truly made this week possible, thank you Wendy.

Day 1
An early start saw the BaT Camp Squad meeting at Gatwick at 06.30am full of excitement and anticipation.  The flight was uneventual despite Hallam, Paul, Ian and Ella being stopped or their bags searched at security – always a slightly nervous moment!  Norwegian Airlines were very good with only a few bumps on the way!   The hotel (Griego Mar) was comfortable and the rooms have all worked out well and luckily everyone found the rugby on the TV to cheer on New Zealand (except for Sherri and myself who decided to watch ET in Spanish)!
We took a wander up to the indoor and outdoor pools which were both fabulous and the children were then looking forward to getting on with the training the following day.  I should say that the walk to and from the pool was 10k over the day.
We celebrated Jack’s 16th birthday and all sang happy birthday as the cake was presented to him!

Day 2
Day 2 started really early – approximately an hour early for some due to the clock changes as alarms went off at 4.35am by mistake!  The first training session was really quite bizarre.  Getting into the outside pool in the pitch black and getting out in sunshine!  Apparently the pool is quite salty but all the swimmers were amazing and impressed the coaches with their 6000m set!    I’ve never seen so much breakfast being eaten quite so quickly!  A second session in the pool followed in the afternoon with the swimmers smiling through the rain showers – so a total of 10,700m swum in one day – impressive stuff.
Nick Simms was awarded the prestigious ‘Red Hat’ award for being top swimmer of the day.  Who will it be tomorrow?!
A trip to the beach pre supper was a lovely way for the children to unwind and to explore a bit of Torremolinos.
A team quiz was held in the evening helping the swimmers to bond and have a bit of a laugh!

Day 3
A day of two halves … rain and shine!  Initially the rain came down … and down and down and down.  The day started at 5am (on purpose this time rather than an hour early!) but luckily the session was inside so whilst the walk to and from the pool was somewhat ‘wet’ at least the swimmers were warm inside!  A mighty breakfast fit for swimmers definitely then hit the spot!  The morning chill-out was much needed to sneak in some more sleep, chill with friends or learn new card games – it was lovely to see!  Then after lunch it was back to the inside pool.  Determination and great spirit was in evidence today as the tiredness and aches and niggles started to appear but the swimmers continued to be impressive and the sunshine for stretching after the session was a welcome sight! 
Harry Block won the ‘Red Hat Award’ today for over-coming adversity yet continuing to give 125%.
The evening’s entertainment was “Bingo with a Twist” as hosted by Bingo Maestro Sherri … never before have the swimmers shown so much interest in Fly and Breast!!

Day 4
Another 5am start with our training this morning seeing the swimmers in the next lane to an Spanish Olympic swimmer!  A drills session was a welcome relief for some whilst others were chomping at the bit for more sprints - you can never please them all! The whole team had an outing to the beach where some dare devils just couldn’t help but go into the sea, even in their pants!  The highlight however was the frozen yogurt shop on the way back to the hotel with some trying out the free fish manicure tank next door! 
Surprisingly this afternoon’s run was met with whoops rather than dismay – we’re obviously not working them hard enough!  And this was after a sprint set which was pretty intensive so again the squad hugely impressed us with their stamina.
Lizzie Humphreys was awarded the now sought after Red Hat Award for her grit and determination.

Day 5
We were well over half way through and yet still the children were up and ready for swimming at what now seems like normal-o’ clock (5am)!  The same however can’t be said for Sherri and I who appreciated an accidental lie-in (of a whole 20 minutes)!  There was a spring in the step today as the swimmers relished the fact there was only 1 training session, helped by the fact that the sun actually came out too!  A competitive spirit was in the air at breakfast too with the ‘pancake eat-off’ …!  Who won shall remain nameless but congratulations from us all!
Alfie Baum was the Red Hat Award winner today for his consistency and effort at all times.  Well done Alfie.
Free time saw sleeping for some, sunbathing for a few adonis’s and a table tennis tournament for others – well done to Josh for winning!
The visit to the Crocodile Park in the afternoon was fun and a real highlight of the week– with a ‘snappy’ demonstration and everyone being really brave, cuddling a 6 month old baby croc!  Thanks to Wendy for organising a great trip.
The swimmers were well rested which was just as well as it was Challenge Day in the outdoor pool the following day.

Day 6
A much needed lie in (5.50am!) was much appreciated by all today to prepare us all for Challenge Day!  The first session saw the swimmers see how many 400 meters they could do in 90 minutes and they amazed us all, and themselves, with everyone beating their goals.  Jack led the way with a massive 18 x 400 metres (and an extra 100m too)!  Fantastic swimming by all.
Chill out saw sunbathing, sleeping and generally relaxing to re-energise for the afternoon’s 100m challenge!  Surpassing Ian’s expectations everyone pushed themselves to the limit and beyond.  Simply awesome!
And even at the end of this those that needed their GCSE swimming filmed managed to do it with a smile.
The final Red Hat was awarded to both Charlotte and Jack for their effort and performance throughout both Challenges.
An evening out was in order to celebrate the week’s achievements so we ventured out into Torremolinos for a team pizza, bumping into Mickey and Minnie on the way. 

Day 7
So all too soon we were on the final day of BaT Camp which had seen 65k+ of swimming over 22 hours with minimum 10k walking every day – and still the swimmers managed to put in some PBs at the end of the last session.  Training was as normal this morning with a more relaxed feel this afternoon with some fun relays to finish off what has been a hugely enjoyable camp.  Ian Blyth showed the squad what he was made off by taking on Ben in a 100m freestyle race!
The Red Hat winners for the day were Ella for her fabulous underwater phase and Ben for being the pace maker all week.
The evening saw awards for each and every swimmer from First To The Tuck Shop Award, to Funkiest Trunks When Remembered Award through to the Forest Gump Award and Bravery Award.  The swimmers all voted for who they though had got the most out of the camp with the prize going to Jack for the boys and Laura for the girls. 
As a special treat for being so good throughout the week the swimmers watched the Rugby World Cup play off for 3rd & 4th place and then it was off to bed, ready for the 4.50am alarm call the next day.

A hugely successful swim camp!

18th October 2015

Brilliant Swimming at the Wycombe District Swim Club Level 3 Gala 17th/18th October

A squad of some 40+ swimmers  from Thame Swimming Club put in some fantastic swimming over the weekend, celebrating the last ever gala at the old Wycombe 50m pool.  Under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth and Coach Karen Powell the swimmers rose to the occasion achieving some well-deserved personal bests, speeding tickets, medals and all-round great swimming.

The team came second in the Visiting Clubs award, missing out to Maxwell and huge congratulations to Lauren Gibbs who came joint second in the Top Girl award winning 6 Gold medals and a Speeding Ticket.

Special mention also to Dominic Loughran who at 9 years old and only his second gala ever, came away with a Speeding Ticket and two Gold Medals – well done Dominic.  Also to Douglas Birchall for gaining 6 out of 6 Speeding Tickets, awesome swimming Douglas.

Thanks as ever to all the officials who gave up their time over the weekend to support this gala – without you there would be no galas:  Brian Pridmore, Paul Williams, Wendy Randall, Emma Camp, Emma Day, Matt Randall and Sue Hewett.

The impressive speeding ticket and medal tally is shown below, well done to each and every swimmer:

4th October 2015

A Small But Fabulous Squad Fly The Flag for Thame at Harpenden Level 3 Legacy Meet

A small select team of Thame Swimming Club swimmers went to Harpenden 3rd/4th October 2015, achieving an array of personal bests and medals. Izzy Nelson had a storming afternoon on Saturday with huge PBs with Freddie Cunningham and Lucy Block following suit on Sunday. Lauren Gibbs came back from being unwell on Saturday to some great swims and PBs on Sunday. 

Well done to Maisie Randall for the following medals:

Thank you to Wendy Randall, Hugh Nelson and Holly Revill for standing in last minute as coaches and Wendy and Michele Block for officiating on Sunday. 
Thank you to Wendy and Maisie for the above report on this gala.  I was at Maxwell, report below!

Brilliant Swimming in Evidence at Maxwell Level 2 Gala

Again a small but mighty squad from Thame Swimming Club were in full swing at the Maxwell Level 2 gala over the weekend of 3rd/4th October under the guidance and support of Head Coach Ian Blyth and Coach Sherri Cozier.  Hot on the tail of BBAT the squad put in some fantastic swims with lots of PBs being achieved, memorable swims being swum and medals being won too!

All the swimmers put their all into each and every race with a couple of call-outs:

  • The Boys 50 Free event saw some spectacular swims from Douglas Birchall (going sub 29 for the first time which is really impressive given he only went sub 30 at BBAT); Rory Pridmore going sub 28 seconds for the first time and Ben Williams going sub 26 for the first time too.
  • Rory also went under the magical minute for his 100 Free – fantastic!
  • Marcus Birmingham and Ben Williams both achieved Winter Regional Consideration times.
  • Six swimmers also gained County Accepted times (over and above those already achieved):
  • Elizabeth Humphreys for her 400 IM.  Lizzie swam a storming race taking a fantastic 7 seconds time off her personal best which had only just been gained at BBAT.  Lizzie also achieved a County Accepted time for his 50 Free.
  • Josh Williams for both his 50 Fly, taking almost a second off his BBAT personal best time and his 50 Back.
  • Marcus Birmingham for both his 200 Breast, taking a massive 9 seconds off his previous personal best and his 50 Free too.
  • Elliot Riley-Brown for securing his County Accepted time in his 50 Back.
  • Rory Pridmore:  for both his 200 Free, taking 4 seconds off the time he achieved in BBAT and his 100 Free.
  • Harry Block for his 50 Fly, getting very close to going sub 29 seconds.

Thanks as ever to all the officials who supported this gala:  Michele Block, Mark Simms, Brian Pridmore and Paul Williams. 

I would also like to say thank you and well done to the whole squad who supported, cheered and whooped for Morgan Smith, the sole swimmer from Didcot – it meant a lot to Morgan.

A highlight of the weekend was seeing the boys trial their new BAT Swim Camp speedo trunks!  Much hilarity as they strutted their stuff in their funky trunks - please see the photos below!

Well done to all the swimmers who achieved medals at this Level 2 gala:

21st September 2015

Fantastic weekend at the BBAT Gala

A massive well done to our fabulous squad of 73 swimmers who represented Thame Swimming Club over the weekend of 19th/20th September in the annual BBAT Open Meet at Aqua Vale, Aylesbury against neighbouring clubs Aylesbury & District Swimming Club, Didcot Barramundis and Bourne End Swimming Club.

The camaraderie amongst the squad was, as ever, awesome and if there was an award for the best  cheering  and supportive team we most definitely would have won it.  Didcot Barramundis retained the winners’ trophy, followed by Aylesbury with Thame coming in third, ahead of Bourne End.  We were robbed after all the fantastic speeding tickets, medals and brilliant personal bests that were in evidence across the whole weekend. 

The gala was a first for many of our younger swimmers so a huge well done to them all for getting stuck in and doing so well – here’s to many more successful galas ahead!

Whilst each and every swimmers was amazing there are a couple of notable call-outs:

  • Elizabeth Humphreys, Douglas Birchall and Josh Williams for joining the elusive short course sub 30 50 Free Club, a great achievement by them all.
  • Josh Williams for taking second place overall in the Top Boys Award –so close Josh!
  • Each of the following swimmers for their fabulous PBs in certain events (25 seconds or more):
    • Alice Daly:  23 seconds off  200 Free and 49 seconds off 400 Free
    • Lauren Gibbs: 33 seconds off  200 IM, 28 seconds off 100 Fly and 48 seconds off 200 Free
    • Tally Simms:  50 seconds off 200 Free
    • Lucy Block:  30 seconds off 200 Free
    • Elizabeth Humphreys:  55 seconds off 400 Free
    • Jo Hewett:  45 seconds off 100 Fly
    • Josh Williams:  28 seconds off 200 Breast and 26 seconds off 400 Free
    • Ben Williams:  78 seconds off 200 Breast
    • Douglas Birchall:  26 seconds off 100 Back; 38 seconds off 400 IM and 36 seconds off 200 IM
    • Louis Withers:  61 seconds off 400 Free
    • Henry Bell:  32 seconds off 100 Breast
  • Kaycia Socrates for showing such determination and bravery in the 400 IM when her goggles came off during the the Fly leg – an amazing achievement.
  • Well done to both Sophia and Guilia Fisher for both winning medals in their last gala for Thame Swimming Club (for now)!

The gala ended on a massive explosion of screaming and shouting as the Canon relay took place.  The Thame A team narrowly missed out on winning but wow, what a close race!  Next year …!

BBAT as a licensed gala could not be run without the endless support of all the parents who give up their time to help in its running.  So a massive thank you to Wendy Randall for organising our fabulous officials and each and every member of the officials team, not an easy task without the timing board working.  Special thanks to Brian Pridmore and Paul Williams who stepped in at short notice on Sunday.  Thanks also to all the coaches over the two days:  Lucy North, Karen Powell, Holly Revill and Mark Simms. 

A big thank you to Iain Phillips who took photos relentlessly over the two days, no mean feat with so many swimmers!  Thanks to the parents who manned the sign-in desk and last by no means least to Milly Simms for stepping in as Team Manager and doing a fantastic job in getting all the children to the races in the right order and at the right time!  We were exhausted but with such a polite squad of children it makes our job a pleasure!
The awesome medal/speeding ticket tally is below (apologies if I’ve missed any or got any in the wrong box but with so many it was quite a task)!

Well done again to all the swimmers and here’s to the next gala!

Click here for medal table
Click here to see all the photos from the weekend

6th September 2015

Thame Swimming Club Rocks The Aquathlon!

On the evening of Sunday 6th September 62 swimmers from Thame Swimming Club enjoyed the second ever Thame Aquathlon event at Thame Leisure Centre.  The event was organised by Chairman, Simon Haarburger who even managed to get the sun to shine for what was a fabulously run event. 

The children were split into two groups:

  • 9-12 year olds who swam 400 meters and then ran 1 kilometre
  • 13+ year olds who swam 800 meters and then ran 2 kilometres

Every child did incredibly well and finished the run with a smile before receiving their well-deserved Thame Aquathlon medal.

Well done to all the following age groups winners and to Marcus Birmingham and Ella Simms for the fastest times overall.

Full Results:

Girls ResultsBoys ResultsOverall Results

Many thanks to all the parents who helped make this event such a success.  Without the help of the parents we cannot run such events so a massive thank you.  Thanks to all the parents, friends and family who came to support the event too and cheer on all the swimmers/runners – what a great atmosphere!

A special mention to Amy Haarburger too for whom it was her last event for the Club for a while as she heads off to Bath University.  Thank you to Amy for having been a great Girls Club Captain, you will be missed and we wish you lots of luck as you venture off for a new adventure.

Link for photos taken at the Aquathlon by Iain Phillips

30th August 2015

Letter From MP for Henley, John Howell

See below a letter from the MP for Henley, John Howell, recognising the achievements of Ian Blyth, Thame Swimming Club and the swimmers who took part in the ASA South East Regional Championships back in May.

This is great recognition for the Club and it is rewarding to know that people are reading and acknowledging the Thame Gazette articles when they get published.

Click to enlarge

23rd August 2015

Jo Hewett Brings Home the Medals from the British Learning Disability Swimming Championships 2015

Jo Hewett recently competed at the Mencap hosted British Learning Disability Swimming Championship over the weekend of 22nd/23rd August, held at the Wales National Pool in Swansea.  Jo swam brilliantly and came home with 4 medals – 2 x Golds (200 Back and 50 Fly); 1 x Silver (50 Breast) and 1 x Bronze (100 Back) - and 3 Personal Bests.

Paralympic swimming star Jessica-Jane Applegate and Commonwealth medallist Jack Thomas were at the Championships and swam in challenge races with some lucky competitors, giving the event a really great fun atmosphere.

So a massive well done to Jo for such amazing achievements – we are all very proud of you.

Jo Hewett


Three Thame Swimming Club swimmers spent the week of 23rd-29th July competing at the Welsh National Swimming Championships held at the Welsh National Pool (50m) in Swansea. 

Following in the steps of Ellie Simmonds who used to train there,  Ben Williams, Hallam Cozier and Josh Williams rose to the challenge and put in fantastic swims over the whole week, coming home with new personal bests, new Club Records and the kudos of being National Finalists!  It was a long week but the boys’ attitude and energy never wavered, as they supported each other and put everything into each and every race.  Well done boys, we are all very proud of you. 

In summary:

  • Josh Williams:  First ever Thame swimmer at Nationals and gained personal bests in all 9 of his races.
  • Hallam Cozier:  First ever Thame National Finalist, twice (200 Free and 50 Free) and gained personal bests in 8 of his races.
  • Ben Williams:  First ever Thame National medallist, gaining Bronze for the 200 Free and achieved personal bests in 9 of his races.

Thank you to Ian Blyth and Sherri Cozier for coaching the boys over the week and to Paul Williams and Sherri for officiating too.

Day 1 – Thursday July 23rd

  • Josh kicked off Welsh Nationals being the first person to swim at Nationals for Thame, stormed to a great PB in his 50 Free (30.09), moving from 25th place in the rankings to 15th and breaking his own Club Record that he had only set the Saturday before at Wycombe! 
  • Hallam was amazing, achieving a fabulous PB of 28.15 in his 50 Free, breaking the Club Record and went from 16th in the rankings to 6th, earning him a place in the 14 year olds Final.  Hallam Cozier = National Finalist! 

Day 2 – Friday July 24th

  • The rain came down – well it was Wales – but all was sunny in the pool.
  • Ben kicked off his National taking 5 seconds off his 200 IM time (2.27.88) and breaking a Club Record in the process.  He also achieved another PB of 30.04 (so close to the illusive sub 30 for long course) for his 50 Fly.
  • Both Hallam and Josh achieved great PBs in their 50 Fly (32.15 and 33.69 respectively) with Josh again breaking his own Club Record!
  • An early finish so it was off to Mumbles Pier for some free time playing at the Amusement Arcade (got to love a 2p slot machine)!

Day 3 – Saturday July 25th

The sun came out for another morning of fabulous swimming with all three boys achieving brilliant PBs in their 100 Backstroke

  • Ben took 4 seconds off his PB achieving a time of 1.08.33 and smashing the Club Record that had been in place since 2011.
  • Hallam then took 5 seconds off his PB achieving a time of 1.14.84 and smashing the Club Record by 4 seconds!  [Ironically this was Ben’s last remaining record so Ben is now wiped off the 14 year old Long Course Records)!!
  • Josh then achieved a massive 11 second PB finishing in a time of 1.14.63 and again taking the Club Record for his age group.

With only one race today it was off to the beach for some well-deserved fresh air, ice-cream and jelly fish spotting.

Day 4 – Sunday July 26th

  • Oh how the rain lashed down again today but the boys again pulled out some fantastic swims despite the tiredness beginning to kick in.
  • Ben beat his demons and swam (and finished) the 100 Fly attaining a great PB and new Club Record of 1.08.34.  Ben finished the day with his 50 Free and just missed his PB which he had set in Wycombe only the week before!
  • Josh achieved a fabulous PB for his 100 Free and again broke his own Club Record.  He then knocked a staggering 20 seconds off his 200 IM, taking the Club Record with a time of 2.47.74 which had been in place since 2010.
  • Hallam took a brilliant 6 seconds off his 200 IM too with an awesome time of 2.43.19.

Day 5 – Monday 27th July

  • Monday saw the arrival of Ian Blyth to come and inspire the boys for the final 3 days and what a day it was!
  • Josh stormed his 200 Backstroke setting a new Club Record with 2.39.50 taking 9 seconds off his previous time.
  • Ben then took ½ second off his 100 Free time breaking his own Club and Open Record with a time of 58.04 (again, 0.04)!  Coming 13th out of 45 in the meet was no mean feat!  He then took ½ a second off his 50 Back with a time of 31.41, set a new Club Record and was a reserve for the Final.
  • Hallam absolutely smashed his 400 Free time, beating his impressive PB of the previous weekend at Wycombe by an even more impressive 6 seconds to give a time of 4.44.76 – making him 6th fastest in his age group.  Hal also set a new Club Record.
  • Josh took a whopping 20 seconds off his 400 Free time, setting a new age group Club Record time of 4.56.74 and came 8th in his age group overall.
  • WOW, what a day.  An early finish for some much needed rest & recuperation!

Day 6 – July 28th

  • Today was 200 Free day for Hallam and Josh and wow, great swimming.
  • Josh gained a PB on his previous best set only the weekend before at Wycombe, breaking the Club record and being reserve for the Final. 
  • Hallam absolutely swam the swim of his life to get a time of 2.14.99 (a 5 second PB on the weekend before!) and gained 6th place going into the Final.  Hallam Cozier = National Finalist, again!  Hal then pulled out all the stops and PB’d again in the Final, taking an amazing 5th place with a time of 2.14.04 (another 0.04)!
  • Ben then swam a race he’d never swum before – 400m Free!  He came 5th out of 29 other boys in the same age range with a time of 4.25.18, setting both a new Club Record for 16 year old boys and the Open Record for the Club overall.  Great swimming!
  • So had there been Finals for 400 Free then Ben, Hallam and Josh all would have qualified!
  • To celebrate the team had a feast supper at the local Beefeater!

Day 7 – July 29th

  • The Beefeater obviously worked wonders as we came to the last day of the meet.
  • Josh and Hallam both stormed to new PBs for their 50 Back with both being placed as reserves for the Finals. Josh missed out on a place in the Final by 0.04 of a second!
  • Ben had waited patiently all week for his favourite race … 200 Free.  Luckily it is his favourite as he got to swim it twice – once in the heat and once in the final!  Ben was ranked 12th going into the day, was 3rd going into the final (with a time of 2.05.55, a 3 second PB) and then took Bronze in the Final with a time of 2.04.37.  Ben = National Medallist!  What a fabulous way to finish a brilliant week.

21st July 2015

Fabulous Fundraising by Thame Swimming Club

The Thame Swimming Club Community Stall at the Thame Market today raised a staggering  £188 for the Swim Camp in October. 

Huge thanks must go to Sherri Cozier for organising the stall and rallying the troops to bake, bottle apple juice and come along and help support this fundraising initiative.  Thanks also to Melissa Simms for supporting the team and playing the role of emergency first response team to a poor older gentleman who fell unwell right opposite our stall – 999 had to be called with Milly remaining calm and in control throughout.

Hallam Cozier, Ella & Tally Simms and Ben & Josh  Williams were all salespeople extraordinaire, encouraging people to part with their money!  They must have done a good job as people were giving their money willingly, sometimes without even wanting a cake in return!

Great job to everyone involved and thanks to those parents who donated home produce for the stall whether it be cakes, cookies, muffins, tray bakes, homemade apple juice or those who came along and bought a cake or two!

A great day and the sun shone throughout!

19th July 2015

Fabulous way to end the Summer Season @ Wycombe L3 Meet, July 2015

A fabulous squad from Thame Swimming Club mustered every last bit of energy and determination to end the season on a high at the Wycombe District Swim Club Level 3 meet over the weekend of 18th/19th July.  Under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth the swimmers put in some stunning swims with 8
swimmers making it to either the 15+ Finals or the 14 and Under Finals.

Thank you to all those officials who supported this meet:  Sue Hewett, Paul Williams, Sherri Cozier, Rachel Humphreys and Mark Simms.

Notable mentions are highlighted below:

  • Elizabeth Humphreys:  For going sub 30 for the very first time in the final of the 50 Free and taking Gold. Also for knocking a whopping 29 seconds off her 400 IM
    time and 44 seconds off her 400 Free.
  • Martha PearsonFor taking an impressive 10 seconds off her 100 Free time and achieving great PBs in all her races.
  • Tally SimmsFor taking a fantastic 22 seconds off her 200 Free time and likewise Katelin Phillips for taking 15 seconds off hers.
  • Katelin Phillips and Maya Camp For achieving great times in their first ever 400m Free long course race.
  • Elliot Riley-BrownFor taking a fabulous 18 seconds off his 100 breast personal best time.
  • Josh WilliamsFor qualifying for his first ever Final!

The medal tally is below – well done to all:


All that is left is to say Happy Summer Holidays to everyone …

12th January 2015

Open Water Success for Henry Bell and Fun In The Water for Thame Swimming Club Swimmers

Henry Bell again had success in the open water, coming in second (out of 400 entrants) in the Elite Category at the Padstow-Rock swim yesterday, Sunday 12th July.  He swam just under a mile in 15.5 minutes, a staggering 5 minutes faster than last year.  This is an annual charity swim for Marie Curie and is a one mile swim across the Camel Estuary.  Well done Henry.

At the same time, coach Ian Keys, and his wife Emma helped a keen group of Thame Swimming Club swimmers get used to the Open Water experience at the Oxford Wakeboard & Ski Club, near Berinsfield, Oxford.

It was a bit overcast at 8.15am when the squad met up lakeside, but at least it wasn’t raining!  Ian & Emma managed to find some wetsuits to fit the crew, ran them through some safety guidelines, then it was time to get used to the water, which apparently wasn’t that cold - although it didn’t look particularly warm from where the parents were standing!

The seven swimmers, Oscar North, Maya Camp, Lucy Day, Caitlin Shipley, Laura Cresswell, and Lucy & Harry Block swam a 300 metre circuit under the guidance of their coaches, they repeated this three times, which is no mean feat for their first time on an Open Water Swim, and Harry even went back for another cheeky circuit at the end.

The swimmers then took to a high swing at the edge of the lake where they had great fun hurtling into the water, followed by a warming sauna, bacon buttie and hot chocolate.  A fantastic morning and introduction to Open Water Swimming, which many are keen to try again. 

Many thanks to Ian and Emma for giving up their time.

Thanks to Rebecca and Michele for the write up.

4th July 2015

Brilliant Swimming at Bracknell & Wokingham Swimming Club Level 3 Open Meet 4th July 2015

On a hot, steamy day with an ice cold swimming pool, a squad from Thame Swimming Club again excelled at the Bracknell & Wokingham Swimming Club Level 3 Open Meet on Saturday July 4th.  Under the guidance of Ian Keys, the squad put in some spectacular swims with personal bests being achieved, club records being broken and all round brilliant swimming all in evidence.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive congratulations to Rebecca Brightling for whom it was her last gala for Thame before heading off to new adventures come September – 2 Gold medals and a Silver medal is a great way to finish too!  Rebecca is a founding swimmer of Thame Swimming Club and back in March 2009 won the competition to create the logo which is still being used today, what a legacy!

Notable call-outs from the gala are:

  • Harry Block for swimming sub-30 for his 50 Fly.
  • Douglas Birchall for edging ever closer to going sub 30 on the 50 Free, 30.01 is the cruellest of all results.
  • Hazel Randall for knocking 7 seconds off her 200 Free time – no mean feat given she knocked 15 seconds off at CMK only two weeks ago!  Hazel also took a whopping 18 seconds off her 200 Back personal best time.
  • Manas Bapat for taking 19 seconds off his 200 Free and 12 seconds off his 100 IM personal best times.
  • Flora Kershaw for taking 10 seconds off her 100 IM personal best time.
  • Josh Williams for swimming at all given he got home from A&E just before 1am on the morning of the gala following a football collision!

Thank you to the following officials who supported this gala on behalf of Thame Swimming Club:  Mark Simms, Michele Block, Emma Day, Brian Pridmore, Paul Williams, Wendy Randall and Matt Randall.

We achieved a massive medal count of 77, the details for which are below:


28th June 2015

Henry Bell Excels at Henley Classic Open Water Event

Henry Bell swam the Henley Classic Open Water Event earlier this morning and came a fantastic 3rd place, taking the Bronze medal, in the Junior Category with a time of 31.58 minutes - a whopping 7 minutes faster than this time last year! 

The regatta course is 2.1 kilometres in length and because of the boats preparing for the races later in the week the race is swum early.  This meant Henry was up at 3.00am and in the water ready for the off at 4.45am!

Well done to Henry for his brilliant achievement today.

21st June 2015

Thame Swimming Club Excel at the City of Milton Keynes Swim Club Open Meet June 2015

A fabulous squad of swimmers represented Thame Swimming Club at the City of Milton Keynes Swim Club End of Season Open Meet over the weekend of 20th/21st June.

Ian Blyth coached and encouraged the team the whole weekend, assisted by Lucy North with the swimmers putting in some amazing swims.

The gala hosted Grand Finals for the 100m Free with Ella Simms and Laura Nobes qualifying for the girls and Harry Block and Hallam Cozier qualifying for the boys.  The finals created a great atmosphere with everyone cheering wildly … especially when Harry Block took home the first place!

Massive personal bests were achieved by the following swimmers, all of whom should be congratulated:

Hazel Randall:                       400 Free (30 + seconds)
Oscar North:                         200 Back (30+ seconds)
Kate Collins:                          200 Breast (40+ seconds)
Elizabeth Humphreys:           400 IM (30+ seconds)
Sam White:                           400 Free (40+ seconds)
Lucy Block:                           200 Back (16+ seconds)

A big thank you also to Brian Pridmore, Paul Williams, Michele Block, Sherri Cozier and Angie Day  who along with Ian Blyth gave up their Father’s Day to be poolside.  Thanks also to Rachel Humphreys, Mark Simms and Wendy Randall for officiating on the Saturday too.

The medal tally was also very impressive:

13th June 2015

Thame Swimming Club Embrace the Movie Theme for Thame Town Carnival June 2015

Over 30 Thame Swimming Club swimmers transformed into Smurfs to take part in the Thame Town Carnival on Saturday 13th June, helping to raise the profile of the Club throughout the town. This was a record turnout for the Club and our swimmers were highly praised for smiling throughout the parade, despite the wet weather and a rather late start – so a big thank you to everyone who joined in the fun. 

We were also very lucky to have Papa Smurf amongst us so a massive thank you to Iain Phillips for making such a fantastic effort and really entertaining the crowds on the way to the recreation ground.

Thank you also to Rachel Humphreys for organising and running our Bargain Bonanza stall, helping to raise money for the Swim Camp in October.

A really great team spirit was evident today so thanks to all the Smurfs, big and small and here’s to better weather next year!

Click here for more photos from Thame Carnival

7th June 2015

Witney & District Swimming Club 24th Level 4 Open Meet

A team of 10 swimmers from Groups 1 & 2 took part in the Witney & District Level 4 Open Meet in the afternoon and evening of Sunday 7 June under the guidance of coach Karen Powell.  It was an ideal chance for those with no entry times to compete and get their first official times in a friendly environment and was the first competitive gala for Group 1 swimmers Emily Evans and George Nelson.

The fact that the pool was not equipped with timing pads or display screens posed an interesting challenge for the coach and watching parents who timed the Thame swimmers in their heats on their iphones to give indicative timings ahead of receiving the official times only once each entire race was completed!

41 races resulted in 22 PBs for Thame swimmers and a clutch of medals.  All the swimmers should be proud of their achievements, so well done to:  Caitlin Collins, Lucy Day, Tabitha Dodds, Emily Evans, Matthew Evans, Joshua Greig, George Nelson, Magnus Pridmore, Szymon Siuta and Louis Withers. 

Some notable performances were Caitlin taking 5 seconds off both her 50 Fly and 50 Back; Szymon taking 11 seconds off his 100 IM, Louis with 5 seconds off the 50 Fly and Magnus taking a magnificent 16 seconds off his 50 Fly.  Finally congratulations to George for winning a medal at his first gala. 

We would encourage all Group 1 swimmers, including those who have not yet ventured to galas or are apprehensive about doing so, to look out for similar small Level 4 meets as they provide the ideal environment for swimmers to compete in a friendly and fun environment.

31st May 2015

Thame Swimming Club Swimmers Compete at ASA South East Region Championships

Over the weekend of May 30th/31st three Thame Swimming Club swimmers competed at the ASA South East Region Championships in the 50m Olympic sized pool at Crawley, Sussex with Ian Blyth as their Head Coach. 

  • Ben Williams, Boys Club Captain, competed in three events - 50m Free, 100m Free and 200m Free – achieving personal best times in all three races.
  • Marcus Birmingham, Boys Vice Captain achieved a personal best in his 200m Free race.
  • Jo Hewett, Masters, competed in six events overall, winning Silver medals in the 200 Free and 100 Breaststroke and also achieved a personal best for her 50m Free, in the Multi-Disability discipline. 

Well done to all three of the swimmers for qualifying for the Regional Championships and for their fantastic swimming over the weekend.

17th May 2015

Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club Level 3 Open Meet, May 17th 2015

Fabulous swimming was again in evidence at the Leighton Buzzard Level 3 meet on May 17th with some 32 swimmers representing Thame Swimming Club, under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth and Coach Lucy North.

There was some fabulous swimming with very few DQs from Thame, despite the somewhat dodgy starter!  It was also great to see some new faces from Group 1 and 2 so congratulations to those who now have their first gala under their belt.  Especially well done to Dominic Loughran who won medals at his first ever gala too!  A special call out for Oscar North too who achieved a PB in his 100 Free despite swimming 30 metres before being recalled for a false start and having to get straight back into the water.  Great attitude and determination Oscar!

It was very, very hot on poolside so a big thank you to those officials who supported the gala:  Wendy Randall, Brian Pridmore, Mark Simms, Emma Day and Michele Block.

Club Records
Congratulations to Sam White for taking the Club Record for 11 Year Old Boys 100 Breaststroke.

The medal tally is below:

10th May 2015

Thame Swimming Club Ventures to Coventry for Level 1 Meet, 9th/10th May

A small squad of 4 swimmers represented Thame Swimming Club at the Coventry Level 1 meet in May 2015.  Harry Block, Hallam Cozier, Elizabeth Humphreys and Josh Williams under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth were all on fine form over the weekend achieving some great long course PBs and breaking club records too!

Congratulations to Harry for winning Silver in his 50 Fly and Bronze in his 100 Fly.

Well done to Hallam for being the only Club swimmer on the Sunday and swimming the 400 Free too with great swimming and long course PBs all weekend.

Elizabeth was on fire and achieved a great PB on her 50 Fly, beating her short course converted time which is no mean feat given as a Club we are not used to 50m pools.

Josh kept up the Williams’s tradition of slipping off the block at Coventry but refrained from the full on belly flop of his older brother!  Josh did however go on to achieve a great PB in his 200 Free!

Club Records

Congratulations to all 4 swimmers who also broke Long Course Club Records (attached) at the gala and thanks to Marcus for updating so quickly:

  • Elizabeth Humphreys:  100 Free; 200 Free; 200 Back; 50 Fly.  Lizzie also now holds the Open Club Record for 200 Back for 12 year old girls.
  • Josh Williams:  100 Free, 200 Free
  • Hallam Cozier:  400 Free.  Hallam now also holds the Open Club Record for 400 Free for 13 year old boys.
  • Harry Block:  50 Fly; 100 Fly

26th April 2015

Thame Swimming Club Ventures to Rugby Level 3 Meet, 25th/26th April 2015

A squad of nine Thame Swimming Club swimmers ventured to Rugby for a weekend of swimming over 25th/26th April under the guidance of Ian Blyth, Simon Haarburger and Lucy North.  What a busy gala it was too with 53 Clubs attending and some 700 children swimming – with Thame achieving some fabulous personal bests and great swimming throughout.

Congratulations to Harry Block for winning Gold in the 200 Free and Silver in the 200 IM and Amy Haarburger for winning Silver in the 200 Free.

Well done to all the swimmers:  Harry Block, Lucy Block, Zoe Cooke, Hallam Cozier, Elizabeth Humphreys, Oscar North, Katelin Phillips, Elliot Riley-Brown and Josh Williams.

Many thanks to those parents who officiated too, your support is always appreciated.

14th April 2015

Congratulations to Hannah Hawken

Hannah has just competed at the Schools National Modern Biathlon.  Hannah won the Biathlon qualifying event in Abingdon last year, winning her a place in the finals at the London Olympic Park in March 2015. 

The under 19s undertook a 200m Freestyle swim in the Olympic pool followed by a 1600m run. Hannah came 14th overall and found it an ‘incredible experience’! 

This year’s qualifier in on 11th October in Abingdon – please speak to Ian Keys if you are interested in this.

Hannah Hawken

12th April 2015

Tigersharks ASC Spring Level 3 Open Meet – April 2015

Sunshine and Smiles in Swindon

A squad of 15 Thame Swimming Club swimmers ventured to Swindon over the weekend of 11th/12th April for another fabulous weekend of personal bests, medals and great swimming.  Thank you to Karen Powell, Simon Haarburger and Lucy North for their coaching of the swimmers over the weekend and to Michele Block for being our ‘official’ too!

Against squads from as far as St Ives, Plymouth and Haverford West our Club performed strongly with a great team spirit evident across the two days, despite the sweltering heat.

Each of our 15 swimmers should be incredibly proud of their achievements so well done to:  Elliot Riley-Brown, Harry Block, Lucy Block, Josh Williams, Sam White, Lucy Day, Zoe Cooke, Rory Pridmore, Magnus Pridmore, Laura Nobes, Tabitha Dodds, Amy Haarburger, Oscar North and Katelin Phillips.

A couple of call-outs:

  • Lucy Block for going under 2 minutes for her 100m Butterfly
  • Zoe Cooke and Oscar North for being the only swimmers to  enter  the 400m Free
  • Magnus Pridmore for taking  11 seconds off his 100m IM
  • Harry Block for taking 29 seconds off his 200m Breaststroke
  • Josh Williams for breaking Nat Armstrong’s 100m Fly Club Record which had been held since 2009

The medal tally is below and well done to the following swimmers:

29th March 2015

Brilliant Swimming From Thame Swimming Club at Swim Bournemouth L2 Regional Qualifying Meet 28th/29th March

A fabulous squad of 12 Thame Swimming Club swimmers headed to the sea last weekend to compete at the Swim Bournemouth Level 2 gala at the Littledown Centre, Christchurch.

Faced with tough competition at this Regional Qualifying Meet our swimmers did incredibly well gaining great Personal Bests, winning medals and breaking Club Records – all under the great leadership of Head Coach Ian Blyth who kept the team motivated throughout the two full on (and very hot and humid) days.

It was the first outing for the new Club Captain and Vice Captain Club shirts and they certainly inspired them to win the first medals of the competition!

Well done to all the squad which consisted of:  Marcus Birmingham, Harry Block, Lucy Block, Hallam Cozier, Amy Haarburger, Elizabeth Humphreys, Rory Pridmore, Maisie Randall, Elliot Riley-Brown, Ella Simms, Ben Williams and Josh Williams.

The medal tally is detailed below:

For those who are very observant you will see that both Hallam and Rory gained Silver for their 50 Free – and they’re in the same age group!  This is because both boys achieved the exact same time of 28.55!
Marcus will be updating the Club Records in the next couple of weeks but as a sneaky preview, Lucy Block broke a couple over the weekend so well done to Lucy!

Many thanks to all the parents who helped officiate over the weekend:  Wendy Randall, Paul Williams, Brian Pridmore, Sherri Cozier and Michelle Block – as ever it’s really appreciated.

Fun times were had in the evening when the squad, parents and brothers & sisters all headed to a Beefeater Restaurant in Christchurch – a lovely way to have everyone together, although the Coziers were missed. 
Apologies to the girls – I need to improve my photography skills – I promise I will take a proper squad photo at TigerSharks.

15th March 2015

Smiling Faces and Fantastic Swimming at Maxwell Meet March 2015

A fabulous squad of some 38 Thame Swimming Club swimmers competed at the Maxwell Meet over the weekend of 14th/15th March 2015 – and what a meet it was!  Fabulous Personal Bests, Finals, medals, regional consideration times, achievement of personal goals and all round great swimming was in evidence.

Thank you to Ian Blyth for coaching each and every swimmer over the whole weekend supported by Coaches Simon Haarburger and Lucy North.

For some it was their very first gala and what a noisy, busy but fun filled gala it was which was hopefully enjoyed by all. 

Every swimmer should be applauded for their performances but a couple of notable call-outs:

  • Harry Block for going under a minute in his 100 Free
  • Oscar North, Maya Camp and Tabitha Dodds for knocking a whacking 20+ seconds off their 200 Free times
  • Elliot Riley-Brown for getting ever closer to the Regional accepted time for 50 Backstroke
  • Josh Williams for taking Nat Armstrong’s Club Record for 200 IM which had been held since 2009!
  • Lucy Block, Sam White and Oscar North for being Finalists.
  • Rory Pridmore for gaining Regional consideration time for his 50 Free.
  • Hallam Cozier and Oscar North for winning over 70 points each.

Thanks also to all the officials who gave up their valuable time over the weekend, especially to Brian Pridmore who spent his birthday in whites poolside.  This is dedication over and above, thank you.  Also thank you to all the mothers who spent their special Mother’s Day poolside too.
We had a great medal count, as detailed below:

24th February 2015


Finalists, personal bests and simply all round brilliant swimming were all in evidence at the Oxon & North Bucks County Championships during January & February 2015.  31 Thame swimmers were competing across individual races and relays and amassed a record number of points for the Club, coming 12th out of 17 clubs overall!  Many thanks to Ian Blyth, Head Coach, who was there coaching and supporting each and every swimmer throughout the Championships.

The Championships kicked off with the long distance events with 1500 metres for the boys and 800 metres for the girls so well done to Harry Block, Marcus Birmingham, Tom Goetz and Maisie Randall for starting us off so well. 

Both the 11-12 year olds and 13-14 year old girls and boys relay teams that followed were brilliant, swimming competitively against the other Clubs.  Congratulations to the 13-14 year old boys (Elliot Riley Brown, Josh Williams, Hallam Cozier and Rory Pridmore) who won the first ever Relay plaque for Thame, coming 3rd in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay.  The older age relay teams were also inspiring and swam really well, driving for the best possible times.

This winning streak then continued with the last of the long distance swimming events with 4 of our swimmers being placed within the top 8 of the whole County:  Amy Haarburger (7th for 400 Free); Elliot Riley-Brown (7th for 400 IM); Ben Williams (5th) for 400 Free and Marcus Birmingham (4th) for the 400 Free.  PBs were a plenty in these long distance swims with notable swims by Ella Simms, Zoe Cooke, Maisie Randall, Josh Williams, Hallam Cozier, Rory Pridmore and Harry Block.

So then it was on to the fast and furious main events held over two weekends in February with fantastic swimming being seen, personal bests being achieved, the wonder of Finals being experienced and Club records being broken!

A table for top 8 plaque winners is shown below:

Whilst all swimmers are applauded for their brilliant swims and wonderful support for each other throughout the championships a couple of call-outs:

  • Sam White:  the youngest of our boys representing the Club and getting 2 x Top 8 plaques in breaststroke
  • Lucy Block:  the youngest of our girls who took a whopping 10 seconds off her 200 breaststroke.
  • Ella Simms:  for going sub-30 in her 50 Free for the first time
  • Elizabeth Humphreys:  for gaining regional consideration times
  • Jo Hewett:  for winning 5 x 2nd place trophies in the girls Multi-Disability events and great PBs too
  • Elliot Riley Brown:  for winning 6 plaques overall and gaining regional consideration times.
  • Ben Williams:  for swimming 55.97 in the 100 Freestyle final and taking the Open Club Record which had been held for quite some time!

In terms of the Age Group Club Records, an amazing number of records were broken at Counties this year which was a fabulous achievement, so well done to all of the following swimmers (and to Marcus for updating so quickly):

A massive thank you to all the Thame officials and parents who helped throughout the Counties, even when their children were not swimming.  The Counties cannot run without such support and it really is hugely appreciated.

With so many fantastic performances, we should all feel incredibly proud to be part of Team Thame!  But now as we say goodbye to Counties until next year we look forward to all the galas which are coming up in the next couple of months and brilliant swimming from all our Thame Swimming Club swimmers.

Relay Teams:



Total Squad:
Marcus Birmingham; Harry Block; Lucy Block; Maya Camp; Zoe Cooke; Hallam Cozier; Laura Cresswell; Otto Davies; Alice Daly; Lucy Day; Ines Devitt; Lydia Devitt; Hannah Ekerold; Tom Goetz; Amy Haarburger; Jo Hewett; Elizabeth Humphreys; Jess James; Martha Pearson; James Newton; Laura Nobes; Oscar North; Rory Pridmore; Hazel Randall; Maisie Randall; Elliot Riley-Brown; Ella Simms; Sam White; Ben Williams; Josh Williams; Louis Withers.

Click here for more photos of our County swimmers!

Saturday 31st January 2015

Thame Swimming Club Heads Back to the Spread Eagle for a Celebratory Awards Evening

Thame Swimming Club held its annual Presentation Night at the Spread Eagle, Thame on Saturday 31st January 2015.

The evening celebrates all of the children’s achievements from the previous year and is a wonderful opportunity for the children and parents to get together, outside of the usual confines of a swimming pool!

Our new Chairman, Simon Haarburger, did a fabulous job of compering the evening which started with thinking about William Finch, who is currently in hospital in Switzerland.  “Once a Thame swimmer, always a Thame swimmer”, so we’re sending our best wishes Will for a speedy recovery.

We then applauded the following achievements through 2014:

  • County Championships 2014:  a great success for all those who qualified
  • Swim The Thame 10k:  which raised £2,622, half of which went to UCare, our chosen Club charity)
  • Strongarm Gala:  which raised £3,087 for Nathaniel Armstrong, a previous Thame swimmer
  • Thame Swimming Club:  5 years old in April
  • Thame Carnival:  watch this space for more details about this year, Saturday 13th June
  • Lord Williams School Gala:  reinforcing the strong link between the Club and the School
  • Extra Curricular Activities:  open water (Henry Bell, Grace Gilmore); triathlons (Hannah Hawken), ESSA National Relay Finals (Amy Haarburger, Hannah Hawken) etc
  • Thame Aquathon:  such a success than Ian and Emma Keys are looking to repeat this year
  • BBAT: and all the many galas that the swimmers attended
  • Thame Rotary Swimathon:  raising money for the Rotary Club
  • 2014 Club Championships:  a roaring success with the benefit of being hosted for the first time at our home pool in Thame
  • Tom Birmingham Skins: now to be an annual event within Club Champs and well done to Ella Simms and Ben Williams again for winning the inaugural shields.
  • Long Service Award:  thanking Ian Goetz for all his efforts over the years

Phew, what a year!

It was then over to Head Coach Ian Blyth who thanked all of the Coaching team for their brilliant efforts with their swimmers over the year.  The Coaches then presented their swimmers with the awards from Club Champs.  Thanks to Michele Block and Geraldine Dodds for a phenomenal job in getting all the plates ready!  It was lovely to see so many people there but we do need to inspire a full turnout next year!

To break things up a little we then had a Caption Competition, created by Pat Withers.  This was won by Sam White’s very creative table so well done to all.

And then it was on to the highly anticipated Coaches awards so well done to the following winners:

Ian Blyth then thanked Rory Price, Rachel Newton and Rebecca Smith for all their fabulous Captaincy/Vice Captaincy as they step down to concentrate on their A Levels.  The new team was then announced:

Three more awards then followed:

Simon Burnett’s ‘Most Competitive’ Award (presented by Mel Burnett, Simon Burnett’s mother):  tightly fought competition with Marcus Birmingham taking the top spot, closely followed by Ben Williams and then Josh Williams.

Rob Brookes ‘Most Improved Swimmer’ Award (presented by Ian Blyth as Rob Brookes is about to become a dad again, good luck Rob and family):  again a close run battle with Josh Williams taking the trophy with an 18% improvement of the year, followed by Harry Block and Elizabeth Humphreys.

UCare ‘Most Committed’ Award (presented by Jean Simmonds from UCare) was awarded to Rachel Newton for her absolute and consistent commitment to the Club which always goes over and above, even coaching on her birthday!

Wendy Randall then thanked all of the officials who give up a lot of time to support the Club.  Without them we really wouldn’t be able to attend so many galas so the more people who volunteered and get involved the less each person has to do.  So please do volunteer – it’s fun and rewarding too.  Please contact Wendy Randall

The evening finished with the exciting auction of two Simon Burnett GB swimming hats raising over £200 for UCare so thanks to Iain Smith and Helen Williams for their over-zealous bidding and to Melissa Simms for upping the ante (and then donating to UCare too)!

Link to photos from the evening can be found here:

A great evening and here’s to a fantastic 2015!

Tom Birmingham Skins Winners


Coaches Award Winners


Club Captains & Vice Captains


Most Competitive, Most Improved & Most Committed Swimmers


Saturday 24th January 2015

Reading Swimming Club L3 Open Meet

17 of our Groups 1, 1+ and 2 made their way down to sunny Berkshire on Saturday 24th January to compete in their first meet of 2015.  It was an afternoon/evening meet, so we were all able to have a nice gentle start to the day and arrive in the light and sunshine!

Under the guidance of Group 2 coach, Ian Keys and Group 1 coach, Lucy North, the squad had some amazing swims, with plenty of PBs being smashed - a fabulous way to start the year off.  We were up against some big clubs, Reading, Slough & Eton, and Windsor being a few of them, but Team Thame held their own – their effort and determination shone through in every event – well done to all the swimmers who took part.

The squad did manage to pick up a few medals, against a very competitive field:

… and there were also plenty of 4ths for Thame, which although not rewarded with a medal were a credit to the swimmers, against some tough opposition:

Jack Day (100 Breast & 50 Free)
Sam White (100 Breast)
Maya Camp (100 Fly)
Szymon Siuta (100 Free & 100 Back)
Oscar North (100 Free & 200 IM)

Also congrats to Tally Simms and Katelin Phillips for ducking under 40 seconds on their 50 Free for the very first time – well done girls.

Thanks as ever to those who volunteered their services as officials.

I know the coaches were really pleased and proud of the whole squad.  If reading this, you feel that your swimmer would like to compete in a gala, then please look out for future Level 3 galas.  The camaraderie and friendship in the Thame squad is very special, and the smiles yesterday said it all!


21st December 2014

Fabulous Final Gala of the Year – Hillingdon Dec 2014

A squad of 8 Thame Swimming Club swimmers ventured to the Winter Short Course Level Two Meet at Hillingdon over the weekend of 20th/21st December.  It was the first time the Club had been to this venue and it was a successful one for all.  Despite being the end of the year with Christmas just around the corner, PBs were achieved by everyone who swam.  As ever the squad was under the guidance of Ian Blyth who was really pleased with how the Club did at this met – especially as they were up against the likes of the University of Bath, University of Loughborough, two clubs from the Isle of Wight and City of Guildford too, many of whom have National swimmers.

Amy Haarburger stormed to the final of 100 Free and came 4th, a great achievement.  Marcus Birmingham came home with a fantastic Silver medal from the 200 Free.  Both Marcus and Ben Williams also achieved Regional consideration times during the meet too.

So well done to Marcus Birmingham, Harry Block, Amy Haarburger, Elizabeth Humphreys, Rory Pridmore, Ella Simms, Ben Williams and Josh Williams for representing the Club at this gala (and to their parents for giving up their last weekend before Christmas too)! 

14th December 2014

Thame Round Table Santa’s Sleigh Collection for Thame Swimming Club

On Sunday 14th December parents, current swimmers and past swimmers from Thame Swimming Club gathered in Long Crendon to volunteer for the annual Thame Round Table Santa’s Sleigh Ride. 

Many thanks to Geraldine Dodds, Ian Goetz, Jamie Goetz, Claire Revill, Steve Price, Rory Price, Michele Morley and Paul Williams who gave up their afternoon/evening to support this great cause.

Thame Round Table Santa’s Sleigh Collection
Many thanks to Michele Block and Geraldine Dodds who organised our involvement with the collection this year.

Working with collectors from Thame Hockey Club and the Round Tablers, the total amount collected was £638.04 of which Thame Swimming Club will received £255.21.  The money will be used for Coach and Officials training as well as coach passes for galas, all of which benefits the whole membership.

It really is a great event – nothing beats the awe and wonder of seeing Santa from the very youngest to the very oldest of people.  It was unfortunate that our slot this year clashed with the CMK Christmas Cracker Gala but hopefully next year we’ll have an abundance of parents wanting to join the experience!

Thanks again to all involved.

14th December 2014

Thame Swimming Club has a Christmas Cracker Time at CMK December Meet

A great day at Bletchley for the CMK Christmas Cracker meet, with lots of good swims - PBs and medals abounded especially as we were spoiled being awarded medals up to 6th place! 

The highlight of the day was the relays:  there was lots of cheering over the Xmas Hat Kick Relay. Competition was close and Hallam took us to victory with only 0.01 seconds between 1st and 2nd place! The Egg and Spoon race was interesting and luckily there were no disqualifications allowed as our swimmers cheated at every opportunity!

The best race of the day was the parents relay: Helen Cooke led the way with a storming start; Sherri Cozier on the 2nd leg showed great style; Wendy Randall performed a graceful swan dive (racing dive would have been preferable) and Simon Haarburger fought to the finish!  It was great fun and one that Simon feels should be repeated!  Our team came in an astounding 3rd place (but don’t ask how many were in the race)!
Huge congratulations also to Mark Simms for passing his J2S exam and to Michele Block and Sherri Cozier for passing their J1. 

Below is a photo of some of our Christmas Crackers but well done to all the swimmers, especially those achieving their first ever medals.

Medal Table (pdf)

30th November 2014

Thame Swimming Club – Club Championships - Chairman’s Summary

Club Championships 2014 has come and gone and I think that the overall feeling is that it has been a resounding success in a number of ways. 

On the performance side, there were 639 swims in total, of which 333 (52%) resulted in personal best times!  Considering the high average number of races by each swimmer, this is a fantastic result and with only 18 disqualifications overall, these results reflect the ever improving quality of competitive swimming being demonstrated by the Club. 

In terms of logistics, we got off to a late start due to a delay in the arrival of the timing equipment however all events were swum without the gala going over time.  From a venue side, Thame Leisure Centre worked better for the swimmers, officials and coaches, although the lack of spectator seating and cafeteria facilities could have been greatly improved.  We will work on this for 2015, as this was a test run to determine if TSC hosted galas could be run at the pool in future. 

On a final note, I would like to thank again all of the Committee, officials, coaches, volunteers, parents and, of course, the swimmers for staging a fantastic Club Championships.

Simon Haarburger

WOW!  What a Club Champs!  Overall we had some 87 swimmers compete over the 3 galas in November – many for whom it was their very first gala.  A huge congratulations to all who swam and who made the Gala so special for so many reasons.

On Sunday November 9th we kicked off Club Champs with the 800m for the girls and 1500m for the boys with Amy Haarburger bringing home Gold for the girls and Marcus Birmingham for the boys.  Special mention should be made to Magnus Pridmore who swam the most awesome 1500m ever and finished with rapturous applause.

Next on Sunday November 16th came the 400m Free and 400m IM with some impressive swims by all.
The main event was the full day Club Champs on Sunday 30th November and what a day it was.  Hosting for the first time at our very own home pool it was a very special event with smiling children from beginning to end.   There were so many fantastic swims and as the Chairman has mentioned so many personal bests too.  We look forward to a fabulous Awards Evening on Saturday 31st January to celebrate everyone’s success and every swimmer should be proud of what they achieved.

New for 2014 was the Tom Birmingham Skins event in memory of coach Tom Birmingham who very sadly passed away this year.  This exciting, nerve wracking and hugely entertaining event saw the top 5 swimmers from the 200 IM compete against each other in a elimination style challenge … would it breast, back, fly or free?!  For the girls Maisie Randall, Hannah Hawken, Elizabeth Humphreys, Amy Haarburger and Ella Simms all competed with Ella Simms winning the trophy for the girls.  For the boys it was Hallam Cozier, James Newton, Harry Block, Marcus Birmingham and Ben Williams with Ben Williams winning the trophy for the boys.  A fabulous edition to Club Champs, one which now will become an on-going tradition. 

As part of the main day we also said thanks to Ian Goetz who has handed over the reigns of Chairmanship to Simon Haarburger.  We thank Ian for his tremendous contribution and leadership of the Club over the past 5 years and now give all our support to Simon to inspire the Club for the future. 

The first set of photos are available for viewing via the link below:

Click here for the link for the photos for the main Club Champs (30th Nov) see email for password.

If anyone would like a copy of particular picture please can you e-mail Iain Phillips at this e-mail address quoting the image number of the picture and then he can e-mail it to you:

To re-iterate Simon’s words, events such as this cannot take place without all the support of those people who give up their time to make it happen so a massive thank you to you all and a huge congratulations again to all our fantastic swimmers.  A special mention to Ian Blyth for keeping us entertained throughout November with his ever growing Movember – well done Ian!

As a reminder, the Awards Evening will be held at the Spread Eagle on Saturday 31st January (times to be confirmed but likely to be 6pm-9pm) so please save the date and come and celebrate our fantastic swimmers.

Click here for photo gallery

Well done to all!

1st November 2014

Thame Swimming Club Conquer Coventry – November 2014

On Saturday 1st November a squad of 13 TSC swimmers competed at the City of Coventry License 1 Open Meet, against many National and GB Youth swimmers.  Were they intimidated? 
No!  They won an amazing 14 medals and a number of PBs were achieved too.  No mean feat given they were up against the giants of City of Birmingham and Coventry too – under the
guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth and support of Team Manager Helen Williams. Thanks to Wendy Randall, Mark Simms and Paul Williams for officiating too.

Many thanks also to Wendy for organising the mini bus and to Mark for driving it so superbly.  Unfortunately we left Thame in the dark and got back in the dark so no pictures of the bus
but it definitely added an element of fun to the day.

Special mention should be made to Harry Block who won 6 medals, 3 of which were Gold, which was absolutely fantastic given it was a Level 1 meet.  Well done Harry.  Congratulations also to
Brian Pridmore who found out last week that he had passed his J1 course.

A newly created ‘Ouch’ award was given to Ben Williams for the most spectacular belly flop of the day as he slipped off the blocks for his 50 Free!

The squad compromised:  Maisie Randall, Ella Simms, Elizabeth Humphreys, Amy Haarburger, Ines Devitt, Lydia Devitt, Marcus Birmingham, Rory Pridmore, Harry Block, James Newton, Hallam Cozier, Ben Williams and Josh Williams.

The medal tally is detailed below:

19th October 2014

Thame Swimming Club Supports the Natalie Barry Invitational Meet @ Bletchley

Thame Swimming Club was in action again on Sunday 19th October at the Bletchley & District Swim Club Natalie Barry Invitational Meet.  The gala was in memory of Natalie Barry who sadly passed away in January 2011 - a Bletchley and CMK swimmer who also swam at County level for Oxon and North Bucks.

The squad came home with a mass of medals, personal bests and happy faces after performing well – despite sniffly colds, late nights and tired limbs after the Wycombe gala the day before. 

Well done to all the swimmers – especially to Amy Haarburger, Harry Block and Ben Williams who won Gold in all of their races.

Thanks as ever to Head Coach Ian Blyth, coach Simon Haarburger and to all of the officials who supported this event and kept smiling despite the number of technical issues.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for Brian Pridmore who took his J1 assessment today too.
I invite people to send in their best captions for the photo above … some of the face are priceless!

Click here for the Medal Table

18th October 2014

Fantastic Result for Thame Swimming Club at Wycombe District Swimming Club BC Meet

A squad of swimmers from Thame Swimming Club came a fantastic second place in the WDSC Gala on October 18th, missing out to Coventry who took the coveted Top Visiting Team award overall. 

The squad included swimmers from all Groups with personal bests being smashed and medals and speeding tickets being won.  Special mention to Will Wallis as it was his first competitive gala and even better he achieved a great personal best time for his 50 Free too.  Also to Maya Camp, Hallam Cozier, Tom Goetz, Rory Pridmore and Josh Williams for their Speeding Tickets – great achievement.

Ian Blyth led the team, supported by Team Manager Helen Williams.  Thank you to those parents who were officials on the day too – as ever the support is very much appreciated.

Well done to all the swimmers, the 50 metre pool is always challenging and they all rose to the occasion.

Click here for the Medal Table

Click here for photos

12th October 2014

Thame Rotary Swimathon

For the second year running Thame Swimming Club was delighted to have entered two teams into the Rotary Swimathon.  It’s a fantastic way to raise money for Thame Rotary Club who use the proceeds for local charities.

Last year we were narrowly pipped to the post by the Fireman who swam 174 lengths in the allotted 55 minutes, so the gloves were off and we were aiming to beat their total.  Both teams did incredibly well with Team 1 swimming an amazing 173 lengths (so close) and Team 2 achieving a staggering 180 lengths.
Well done to both teams, great community effort.  It’s still not too late to sponsor the teams so please give any donations to either Ben or Rachel.
Thank you also to Linda Newton for organising the teams and starting them off on the day!

Team 1
Ben Williams
James Newton
Rowan Read
Hannah Czakan
Zoe Cooke
Team 2
Rachel Newton
Tom Goetz
Marcus Birmingham
Josh Williams
Katelin Phillips

5th October 2014

Thame Swimming Club Visit Pastures New …

Over the weekend of 4th/5th October a squad of 20 Thame Swimming Club swimmers ventured off to a brand new gala - Harpenden Swimming Club Legacy Meet @ Borehamwood.  The squad represented swimmers from Group 1 through to Group 4 and were led by Head Coach Ian Blyth and supported by Coach, Lucy North.

Great swims were recorded across the weekend with special mention to Elizabeth Humphreys who not only finally achieved a 200 IM time having been disqualified on 3 previous attempts but won Silver in the process!  ‘If at first you don’t succeed try, try again’ really holds true in this instance so well done Lizzie.

This was the first time Harpenden had hosted a gala with a great atmosphere being created with all swimmers (well most swimmers!) enjoying a bit of Saturday Night from Wigfield, dancing around the pool to the Conga and a bit of Hey Baby!  All swimmers swam well, especially being so close after BBAT and diving in at the shallow end – a totally new experience!

The medal tally is as follows:


25th September 2014

3rd Place is Becoming a Habit for Lord Bills!

On Thursday 25th September, the Lord Williams’s School Swim Team were in action at the 4th Oxfordshire Secondary Schools’ Relays gala held at Abingdon School, under the expertise of Mr Brooks from the school.  The squad, the majority of whom are Thame Swimming Club swimmers, came a very respectable 3rd place overall, the same as last year.  A great result given there are 35 schools in Oxfordshire!  The intermediate boys, Years 9 & 10 came first in the 4 x 50 Free Relay and the senior boys, Years 11+ came 2nd in the same event.

The boys were represented by:  Tom Goetz, Marcus Birmingham, Nacho Mendi, Ben Williams, James Newton, Harry Cooke, Elliot Riley-Brown, Rory Pridmore, Oscar North and Josh Williams.  The girls were represented by:  Grace Gilmore (now Wycombe & District Swimming Club), Ella Simms, Isobel Nelson, Holly Revill, Daisy Laye, Lauren Collins, Zoe Cooke, Elizabeth Humphreys, Amy Merchant and Laura Cresswell.

The results were as follows:

Well done to all, especially those representing the school for the very first time!

21st September

BBAT - Storming Start to the Season

Well done to our fabulous squad of 72 swimmers who represented Thame Swimming Club over the weekend in the annual BBAT Open Meet at Aqua Value, Aylesbury against neighbouring clubs Aylesbury & District SC, Didcot Barramundis and Bourne End SC.

It was a hugely buzzing gala with great camaraderie amongst the teams with Didcot Barramundis taking home the winners trophy, Aylesbury & District SC coming in second followed by Thame SC and then Bourne End.

There were lots of first time swims from the younger swimmers and lots of PBs overall, despite only a few weeks training so far this season – and a whopping 174 medals being won overall.  These ranged from the youngest – Jacob North and Hannah Matthews through to the oldest, Jamie Goetz.  Amy Haarburger was our Golden Queen with 5 Golds from 5 races and Hallam Cozier joined the elusive Under 30 50 Free Club!  The medal tally can be found at the bottom of this report.

Special mention should be made of Jamie Goetz as it was his last competitive gala for the Club.  Jamie has been with the Club from its early days with Wycombe, to when it split to form Thame SC and was more latterly Boys Captain.  We wish Jamie well with his studies at Oxford and hope his love of swimming continues. 

BBAT cannot be the success that it is without all the help from our Coaches, Team Managers, Officials, Photographer and Technical Support specialists – a massive thank you to you all.  Wendy Randall deserves a huge well done for as ever inspiring a great turn out amongst the officials, never an easy job especially over two days.

There were a number of DQs over the two days so please do speak with your Coach who will be able to advise on the reasons for this.

Overall a really positive start to the season and here’s to the next gala in Harpenden in October!

Click here to download the Medal Table (pdf) BBAT Results (pdf)

Click here for more photos taken at the BBAT!

7th September 2014

Jo Swims a Storm at Barnet Copthall Masters Sprints Meet

Jo Hewett has kicked off the new swimming season in style winning 4 medals from 4 events at the recent Barnet Copthall Masters Spring meet so well done Jo on your 2 x Silver medals and 2 x Bronze medals – great start to the season!

Sue Hewett was also lucky enough to meet some interesting people at this meet, one of whom was former Hungarian Olympian - Susan Halter (aged 87) - who swam in the 1948 London Olympics and another was European Masters champion (and world record holder) Jane Asher (aged 83)!

7th September 2014

Thame Swimming Club Does Aquathlon!

On the evening of Sunday 7th September 52 swimmers from Thame Swimming Club enjoyed the inaugural Thame Aquathlon event at Thame Leisure Centre.  This fabulous event was the brainchild of Ian and Emma Keys who championed the race from start to finish, ably supported by members of the Oxford Tri Club (thank you to Jane Bell, Ian Smith, Richard Dunbabin, Michele Gautier and Robert Pertingell).

The children were split into two groups:

  • 9-11 year olds who swam 400 metres and then ran 800 metres
  • 12+ year olds who swam 800 metres and then ran 1600 metres

Every child did incredibly well and finished the run with a smile before receiving their well-deserved Thame Aquathlon medal.

Results are below with Hannah Hawken and Ben Williams taking overall first place.

Thanks to the very generous help of Big Cow Events, Open Water Swim, Derek Turner and James Gibson – who very kindly supplied the majority of the equipment - the Club will also be able to donate over £100 to uCare.

Thanks also to all the parents/helpers who provided support on the evening and to Sherri Cozier for co-ordinating a fantastic feast for all the athletes at the end of the event.

Here’s to the 2nd Thame Aquathlon next year!

Click here to see the photos

1st August 2014

Henry’s Open Water Summer

Thame SC’s Henry Bell has had a busy open water swimming summer, competing at two major events!  First up was the Henley Classic, where swimmers have to complete the Regatta course - a distance of 2.1 k.  The race takes place at 4.30 am before the rowers come onto the Thames to practise, which demanded a certain degree of dedication from team Bell who had gone with Henry to the event!  Henry quite cheerfully got into the freezing water for his heat (rest of men and juniors) at 4.50 am, having got to the course at 3.30 am to meet his open water swimming trainer Nigel Downing. 

In spite of adverse river conditions which meant the race swam slower than last year, Henry managed to knock three minutes off last year's time and came in at a breezy 38 minutes, ready for his cup of tea and bacon butty.  Henry's cheerful demeanour at that time in the morning and his energy was very impressive, especially as he has Aspergers Syndrome which makes him more than usually anxious about things.  Henry came 6th in his category and 76th overall out of 700 swimmers.

On Sunday 20th July, Henry competed in the Elite Category of the Padstow - Rock swim in North Cornwall, a mile race across the estuary.  Taking place at the more palatable time of 4.00 pm, when the tide was at its highest, Henry powered his way across finishing around 9th out of 200 swimmers and coming in at under 20 minutes!  According to Nigel, his trainer, he was smiling all the way across.  Henry arrived to a huge support group with many cheers and received a pasty and a t-shirt to mark his achievement!  He has raised over £1,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care - a huge thank you to those of you who sponsored him.

26th July 2014

Grace wins open water race

Congratulations to Grace Gilmore for winning the Pearl Izumi Open Water 750 Race in Milton Keynes in a time of 10.07.

She is racing again on 30th July in Marlow. The open water season will end in about a month so if you fancy having a go contact Ian Keys at 

A big thank you to BigCow events for donating 4 sets of swim hats for the club aquathlon on 7th Sept.

20th July 2014

Wycombe District Swimming Club Long Course End of Season Meet  19th/20th July

What a Way to End the Season
The final gala of the season was held at High Wycombe for a weekend of fantastic swimming by Thame swimmers who all did themselves proud at the end of a long run of galas!  The squad as ever was coached by Ian Blyth and supported by Team Manager, Helen Williams.  Many officials gave up their time too:  Wendy & Matt Randall; Paul Williams; Mark Simms; Rachel Humphreys and Sue Hewitt – many thanks.

There were so many highlights:

  • Will Finch’s last gala for Thame Swimming Club.  Thanks Will for all the great swimming and loads of luck as you head off to Switzerland for a fabulous new adventure.

  • Tally Simms swimming a fantastic 200m freestyle – the only 9 year old from Thame to swim this event.
  • Marcus Birmingham and Maisie Randall doing Thame proud and swimming the 400m IM (and don’t forget it’s a 50m pool so that must have hurt)!
  • Maisie winning Bronze in the 200m Fly … awesome to watch.
  • Marcus Birmingham for winning the 14 years & under 100m Free FINAL (cue lots and lots of cheering)!
  • Ben Williams for going through the stress of a 100m Free ‘swim off’ against a National swimmer … and marginally missing out!
  • Marcus gaining Bronze in the 100m Fly final and swimming in the 50m Back final and Ben for gaining Silver in the 15 years & over 50m Back final.
  • Florence Savage swimming her heart out and gaining Silver in the 400m Free.
  • Rachel Newton storming the medals with 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.
  • Watching all the girls break their PB’s over and over again and swimming so well so well done to Ella Simms, Elizabeth Humphreys, Lucy Day, Hazel Randall, Isobel Nelson, Maya Camp, Ellen Ludlow, Bronte Cozier, Izzy Potts, Rosie Earl, Rachel Newton, Jo Hewett, Zoe Cooke, Maisie Randall, Laura Nobes, Tally Simms and Amy Marchant.
  • Similar for the boys, great stuff:  James Newton, Hallam Cozier,  Rory Pridmore, Marcus Birmingham, Ben Williams, Josh Williams and Will Finch.

So a fantastic end to the season.  Please check the revised summer timetable for training over the summer.  Wishing everyone a great summer holiday.

Click here for Medal Table

12th July 2014

Bletchley End of Season Invitation Meet 12th July 2014

A squad of 17 Thame Swimming Club swimmers headed off to Bletchley on 12th July for the end of season meet, with some strong swims being swum.  Well done to all who competed.

Results table:

5th July 2014

Team Thame Travel To Luton For End Of Season Long Course Meet

Thame swimmers headed to the Luton 50m Long Course pool on Saturday 5th July for the Bishop’s Stortford SC End of Season meet. This was a good opportunity to boost those long course PBs and swim in a relatively new 50m pool. The squad were supported by Head Coach, Ian Blyth and Team Manager, Helen Williams. Many thanks to the Thame officials who supported the event; Michele Block, Steve Price and Wendy Randall. Apparently, the officials were marched out to the music from Lemmings!

There were lots of long course (50m) PBs and some, after conversion, Short Course PBs. The boys had a great day, particularly Josh, Harry & Marcus who racked up the medals.

Click here for Medal Table

Well done to all!

4th July2014

Thame SC AGM

Thame SC held it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 4th July 2014 at 7pm at the Thame Leisure Centre.

The slides used on the night are attached. The accounts presented by Treasurer, Simon Haarburger, can be obtained on request from the Club Secretary (

Simon presented a cheque to Val Berry and Jean Simmonds from UCARE with funds raised at the Swim The Thame 10K event, organized by Helen Williams and Linda Newton. Jean and Val made a speech and thanked the swimmers. The Club Captain will remain the same for the 2014-15 Season: Girls Captain Rachel Newton, Girls Vice Captain Rebecca Smith, Boys Captain Rory Price and Boys Vice Captain Ben Williams.

Slides from the AGM (pdf)

Thame Swimming Club

29th June 2014

Team Thame Speed On In Watford

The Thame SC squad were back in action again on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2014 in the Woodside pool in Watford for the Watford SC “Terry Davies” meet. The close proximity of the pool to the Harry Potter Studios must have had an effect on the swimmers as some magical performances were put in over the weekend, despite the tropical conditions in the pool where swimmers, coaches and parents alike suffered from the heat and humidity.

Many thanks to Head Coach Ian Blyth & Team Manager, Helen Williams for braving the heat and supporting the swimmers poolside. Also thanks to Matt Randall for officiating.

The swimmers had the chance to compete with clubs they don’t normally swim against at this meet including Romford, Havering, Tring and Flitwick. There were a number of amazing swims but the 200m Freestyle stands out for several swimmers for different reasons. Maisie Randall and James Newton put in great 200m Free performances, tactically leading their heats and responding well to pressure from the other swimmers to take the lead.

Ben Williams put in the swim of the weekend with his 200m free performance, leading his heat from the start and clearly the first 50m in 28.XXsec and the first 100m in 1:00.58 finishing in 2:06 seconds, a great determined swim. Ben then went on the next day to knock a lump off of his 100m Free time as well.

There were strong performances from Harry and Lucy Block, Amy Haarburger, Manas Bapat, Maya Camp, Hazel Randall, Kate Collins, Katelin Philips, Will Simpkins and Elizabeth Humphreys. Josh Williams put in some strong performances often leading his heats and tactically responding well.

Click here for photos
Medal Table

Well Done to all!


22nd June 2014

Team Thame In Action At The CMK L3 End of Season Meet

The Thame squad was in action again at the Bletchley pool on the weekend of 21st – 22nd June pool for the CMK SC Level 3 End of Season meet. The squad were ably supported by Head Coach, Ian Blyth and Team Manager, Helen Williams.  The event yielded several PBs for Thame swimmers and medals, as shown in the medal table for Thame for the event.

100m Freestyle Finals were also offered by the Organisers with Thame’s Grace Gilmore getting into the Girls 15+ Age Group 100m Free final, taking a 5th place and then Marcus Birmingham and Harry Block reaching the boys 13-14 age group 100m Free final taking first place and a Gold medal for Marcus and 7th for Harry.

Thomas Goetz reached the 15+ age group 100m Free final taking third with a Bronze medal. Marcus had a great weekend, taking Gold, Silver and Bronze medals including Gold in the 400m Freestyle. There were PBs for the other swimmers including Hazel & Maisie Randall, Lucy Block, Elizabeth Humphreys, Josh Williams, Rory Pridmore, William Simpkins, Kaitlin Philips, William Finch and Eliott Riley Brown.

Many thanks to the Thame officials; Conny Gilmore, Matt Randall, Michele Block and Brian Pridmore and Wendy Randall with special congratulations as Wendy was signed off as a J2S starter at the event.

Click here for photos.

Well Done to all!

14th June 2014

Lord Williams’s School Gala 2014 A Great Success

Thame Swimming Club, as part of it’s partnership with Lord Williams’s School, ran the annual school end of year swimming competition at Thame Pool on Saturday 14th June 2014, The event ran from 5pm to 9pm with 22 swimmers from the school, mostly also members of Thame Swimming Club, competing.

The event was supported Mr Brooks and Mr Bierling from the school with officials and helpers coming from Thame SC and some parents.

Swimmers competed in their school Years, to align with England School Swimming (ESSA) events, rather than strictly in their age groups as in ASA galas. Hence, the swimmers were competing for medals in Years 7, 8,9, 10, 11, 12 & 13. The medals were then used to determine points so that the winners of the Lower Site Trophies (Boy & Girl in across years 7,8 & 9), Upper Site Trophies (Boy & Girl in across years 10 & 11) and the Sixth Form Trophy (Boy & Girl in Years 12 & 13).

So, for the school year Sept 2013 – July 2014 the Trophies were awarded as follows:

  • LOWER SITE GIRL: Ella Simms (Yr 9)
  • LOWER SITE BOY: Marcus Birmingham (Yr 9)
  • UPPER SITE GIRL: Grace Gilmore (Yr 11) – (sorry, no photo as the minute the swimming stopped Grace shot off to a party!)
  • UPPER SITE BOY: Shared between Ben Williams (Yr 10) & Thomas Goetz (Yr 11)
  • SIXTH FORM BOY: Not Awarded – No Sixth Form Boy Swimming
  • SIXTH FORM GIRL: Rebecca Smith (Yr 12)

Many thanks  to all the parent volunteers from Thame SC who turned out to support this event and extra special thanks to Judge Sue Hewett who volunteered to help even though her daughter isn’t a student at Lord Williams’s School. Many thanks Sue.

As you can see from the Photos there was a certain amount of giggling in front of the camera – mentioning no names (Holly, Ella and Daisy) showing this was a fun event. Many thanks to Mr Brooks for sorting the budgets for medals and hiring the pool.

Click here for the photos

14th June 2014

World Of Sport Carnival Sees Thame Swimmers In The Parade

On Saturday 14th June 2014 a group of Thame swimmers, coaches, committee and officials gathered in Elms Park, Thame for the Thame Carnival. The theme this year was “World of Sport”. Many thanks for Officials Secretary, Wendy Randall for organising the entry and to Girls Squad Vice Captain, Rebecca Smith for creating the Olympic Rings banner shown in some of the photos.

As ever the parade walked from Elms Park to the Recreation Ground on Southern Road passing all the towns folk lined up along the High Street. The swimmers had been asked to wear club shirts and then their swimming hats and goggles but with the sunshine being…. “limited” it wasn’t easy to see where they were going with their goggles on so the goggles didn’t stay on for long.

Many thanks to all those who turned out to help us show the town that Thame has a swimming club!

Click here for photos

5th June 2014

Calling all parents....

Please can you spare a morning of your time?
The next judges course is being held on Sunday 22nd June 2014 in Kidlington at 9.30am.

Why should you do it?

  • it will give you a better understanding of the swimming rules/stroke/turns/ why your child may get disqualified at a gala
  • it gives you something to do while your child is swimming rather than sit boiling on poolside (galas are not there for you to drop off your child and leave - there should be an adult there who is responsible for each child - not the coaches)
  • they feed you well and generally ply you with alcohol or chocolates to thank you for your time (occasionally they refund some of the entry money when your child swims)
  • the other judges are fairly sociable!
  • by taking part you enable more than just one child to be able to compete

What do I have to do?

  • email to register your interest
  • turn up on the 22nd June at Kidlington, with a pencil and clipboard and a booklet (this will be sent to you on email)
  •  the club will pay the £8 course fee and provide you with a white shirt to wear poolside
  • you have to buy a stop watch (very cheap on Amazon), clip board and whistle

What will you expect of me?

  • to attend course (2-4 hours depending on questions)
  • to undertake mentoring sessions only at galas when your child is swimming
  • when qualified to help at BBAT and club championships and any other gala where your child is swimming
It would be great if you could help us help your kids to keep swimming!
Please give me a call or catch me poolside if you wish to discuss this further.

Many thanks

Wendy Randall
07815 802395


4th June 2014

BBAT 2014: Entries

Together with Bourne End SC, Didcot Barramundis SC and Aylesbury & District SC, Thame SC is hosting the annual BBAT Meet on Saturday 20th  & Sunday 21st September 2014 at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury. This is an ideal opportunity for ALL Thame SC swimmers to compete and improve their times and we want a really big turn out from the club as we want to win the BBAT Shield and bring it home to Thame.

The weekend includes all the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m events and is aimed at all swimmers. Download the event list

Entries are £3.50 per event. Please look out for an email from the Team Manager. All Entries to be in by Friday 18th July 2014.

There are NO qualification times. In the unlikely event that we have too many swimmers, scratches will be for those swimmers who already have a provisional ONB 2015 County Champs Qualification time so far we have not had to scratch any swimmer from a BBAT meet.

As in previous years the 4 clubs will be competing for the BBAT Shield and there will be Top Boy & Top Girl Trophies. We will end with the Cannon Relay and the club who wins that will get the Cannon Relay Trophy. The Cannon Relay team will be chosen on the day by the coaches.

Medals will be awarded for age groups 9 & Under, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & Over. If you achieve a provisional ONB 2015 County Champs Qualification time then you will get a “Too Fast For First” Certificate (Speeding Ticket). Your points will still count for Top Girl/Boy & Club.


If you are in doubt over which events to enter then please speak to your coach.

entries to be in by Friday 18th July 2014.

See you there!


3rd June 2014

Thame Carnival 14th June 2014 11:30am Elms Park, Thame

Just a reminder to all swimmers, officials and coaches to please support the club on Saturday 14th June at 11:30am to meet at Elms Park in Thame for the Carnival Parade. We’d like a really big turnout at this fun event to promote the club to the town and encourage new members which in turn helps us to keep fees down.

The Theme this year is the World of Sport, so:

  • SWIMMERS: Please wear your club shirts & Hoodies, club swimming hats and your goggles!
  • OFFICIALS: Please wear your whites and bring your stop watches.
  • COACHES, COMMITTEE & TEAM MANAGERS: Please wear your club shirts.

The parade leaves Elms Park at 11:45am and we’ll finish at the Recreation Ground on Southern Road about one hour later so any parents not walking with the parade should pick their swimmers up promptly at the Recreation Ground.

Many thanks for your support.

Thame Swimming Club

29th May 2014

Provisional 2015 ONB County Times

Click here to download the Provisional 2015 ONB County Qualification and Consideration Times.

17th May 2014

Team Thame Compete At The LBSC Level 3

Thame SC sent a squad to the Leighton Buzzard Level 3 meet on 17th May 2014 at Bletchley pool. The squad were supported by Head Coach, Ian Blyth and Coach Lucy North. The squad performed well with many PBs and many medals. There were also those who swam faster than the NFT or Not Faster Than time which meant although getting a great time, they didn’t get a medal. You should get speeding ticket points for the most competitive swimmer award for those swims. There was definitely Gold in the pool that day with several Thame swimmers bringing home Gold medals as well as the Silver ware and the Bronze.

Click here for the medal winners

We had some DQs so if you were unlucky enough to be DQ’d, have a chat with your coach and they can check the results to get the DQ code to see why you were DQ’d and can tell you what you need to do to avoid it at the next gala.

Many thanks to the Thame volunteers who helped make the event possible.

Well done to all!

13th May 2014

Volunteer Scheme - Aqua Vale 2014/2015

Everyone Active Aqua Vale have an impressive Swimming Lesson Scheme. Without the qualified Teachers running the lessons we would struggle to supply such a brilliant service.

We are looking for some volunteers to help on our scheme for the year 2014/2015 alongside the current teaching team. This would include being in the water supporting the teachers and the children, working with children and getting a hands on experience in a lesson situation.

This is not a club initiative and if any swimmers or parents who qualify are interested, please contact Aqua Vale directly.

Download the poster for more details (pdf)

12th May 2014

New Training Schedule: New Group 1+ & Group 2+ Training Groups

Thame SC has been working to get more pool time to allow extended training for some swimmers in Groups 1 and 2. Head Coach Ian Blyth wanted to extend the training programme to provide a smooth progression for swimmers from Group 1 through to Group 3.

Hence, the following changes are being made:

GROUP 1+ : This Group is selected by the Head Coach, Ian Blyth and the Coaching Team for Group 1 and aims to provide an extra hour of training for those swimmers showing promise and aiming for Group 2. They will continue to swim with Group 1 on a Friday and a Sunday and will get an extra hour of training on a Tuesday night between 6pm & 7pm when Coach & 2013-14 Girls Squad Captain, Rachel Newton, will coach them. This additional training will be at Thame pool.

GROUP 2+ : This Group is selected by the Head Coach, Ian Blyth and the Coaching Team for Group 2 and aims to provide an extra 2 hours of training for those swimmers in Group 2 showing promise and aiming for Group 3. They will continue to swim with Group 2 on a Friday and a Sunday and will get an extra 2 hours of training on a Tuesday night between 6pm & 8pm when Head Coach Ian Blyth, will coach them. This additional training will be at Headington Girls School pool, Headington, Oxford.

These changes provide a smooth transition for swimmers moving through the club to Groups 3 & 4 and also allow the club to use additional pool time that is available in Thame and space that is available at the Headington pool.

Swimmers in these new groups will have additional fees.

The changes will come into effect soon and those swimmers affected will be told by their coaches when they will start in Group 1+ and Group 2+.

New Training Calendar

12th May 2014

Thame Swimming Club AGM: Friday 4th July 2014 Thame Swimming Pool Small Hall 7pm – 8pm

Thame SC’s AGM is on Friday 4th July at Thame Pool in the Small Hall between 7pm and 8pm. Please attend this meeting to hear the Chairman’s, Treasurer’s and Head Coaches Annual Reports and the club plans for 2014/15. The 2014/15 Club Captains and Vice Captains, as selected by the Coaching Team, will be announced. In addition the team of Volunteers who form the committee will also be elected by YOU the membership to support your swimming club for the next 12 months. We need your support at the meeting to fulfill this key constitutional activity so the club can keep running. The current status of those volunteering to stand for the next 12 months is shown below. We are looking for a Vice Chairman at present, the role is as follows:

  • Support the Chairman & Committee
  • Make Pool Bookings
  • Attend ONB County Exec Meetings when the chairman cannot attend – (Held in Bicester every other month, 7pm – 9pm)
  • Support Club events (BBAT, Club Champs, Presentation Night, Carnival, Charity Events) and Committee activities as needed.
  • Volunteer for County Championships poolside voluntary work.

Simon Haarburger is currently looking to stand down as club treasurer. A parent has expressed an interest and hopefully will take on the role which Simon is confirming – hence his name is in RED on the list. He will remain on the committee in the role of Performance Director, something that Simon really wants to do, looking at the swimmers Hytek results as well as other information sources on their performance to help the coaching team guide the swimmers into the right events as galas, pick up on DQs and correct the faults and to identify swimmers who may need extra help with some aspect of their swimming. Other committee changes will be communicated at the AGM on 4th July.

If you would like to volunteer as Vice Chairman or for any of the other roles on the committee, please contact the Club Secretary on by Friday 20th June 2014 (two weeks before the AGM).

I’d like to thanks all the 2013/14 voluntary Committee members for all their hard work to run your swimming club and in particular Siobhan Smith, Janet Price, Jayne MacDonald and Anneliese Pearson.

Many thanks for your support,

Thame Swimming Club

Committee List

12th May 2014

Thame SC At Thame Carnival: SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 2014

Thame Swimming Club is taking part in the Thame Carnival on Saturday 14th June 2014. We will gather at Elms Park in Thame at 11:30am.

We want a maximum turnout by the club to show the town Thame Swimming Club. This helps to promote the club to future members and also helps to attract good will from potential sponsors etc and hence by supporting the event you are helping to keep your fees down. Swimmers should wear their Club Shirts, Club Swimming Hats and Goggles. Any Officials who want to come along please wear your Thame SC whites and bring your stop watches so you look the part, coaches and committee in Club Shirts please.

It’s a fun event so please come along and support the club.

6th May 2014

Thame Swimmers Raise A Grand Total Of £2622!

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in the Swim The Thame 10k event held on 30th March 2014 at Thame Pool, a grand total of £2622 was raised which is fantastic achievement. As previously stated, the money will be split 50:50 between the club and UCARE, the Urology Cancer Charity who share Simon Burnett as a patron with Thame Swimming Club and sponsor the “Committed Swimmer” award at presentation night.

Many thanks again to Team Managers Helen Williams and Linda Newton for organising and running the event and then chasing all the swimmers for the sponsor money.

We hope to present a cheque to UCARE at the club AGM .... watch this space for details as the date will be set soon.

Thame Swimming Club

3rd May 2014

Medals & PBs At The City of Milton Keynes L2 Meet

Team Thame were back in action again on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April 2014 at the Bletchley pool for the CMK L2 meet. Ian Blyth lead the squad who put in some fantastic performances with many PBs and medals and some club records changing hands.

Florence Savage took the Bronze in the Girls 15yrs and over 400m Freestyle with Amy Haarburger taking the Silver in the 15yrs and over 100m Freestyle as well as the Gold in the 200m Freestyle. Elizabeth Humphreys took the Bronze in the girls 11yrs 50m Freestyle whilst Josh Williams took the Silver in the boys 11yrs old 50m Backstroke with Elliott Riley-Brown & Harry Block taking the Silver for the boys 12yrs & 13yrs 50m Backstroke respectively. Ben Williams took the 50m Backstroke Bronze for the 14yr old boys. Marcus Birmingham took home a Bronze for the boys 13yr old 400m Freestyle as well as the Silver in the 200m IM. Ben Williams also took Silver in the 14yr old boys 100m Freestyle and Marcus took the Gold for the 13yr old boys, Tom Goetz taking Bronze for the 15yr old age group. For the boys 200m Freestyle, Marcus picked up another Gold and then another for the 50m Free with Ben taking a Silver. PBs came in on most events with Grace Gilmore, Ella Simms, Lucy Block and Hallam Cozier all improving on their times.

Event Medal Chart:

So, club records have changed hands. Ben was on facebook updating his mates as soon as he was in the car on the way home as he is now the fastest in the club over 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle..... with Marcus, Tom, James and Harry all chasing hard.

Many thanks to Ian B for supporting the swimmers and to the Thame officials who supported the event.

Well Done To All!

17th April 2014


Thame SC Treasurer Simon Haarburger, Bourne End SC Head Coach Andy Ruler and Everyone Active Manager Christine Coppack gathered at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury today to present Nat Armstrong and his Grandfather Bob with a cheque for £3087. This was the sum raised at the Strongarm Gala on Sunday 6th April when the BBAT clubs came together, at very short notice, to organise a gala to raise money to help Nat with funds for his treatment.

Strongarm Gala raises £3087
Nat is effectively allergic to food and needs a course of special injections, not available on the NHS, to treat the condition. The treatment costs £1700/week and with several of Nat’s friends from school also swimming for the BBAT clubs, the swimmers were motivated to raise funds to help him. Officials and volunteers from all four clubs came together to run the various functions at the gala and to run a raffle. At the end of the evening the gala had raised £3087 which really will.... Help Nat.

Thame SC Is 5 Years Old!

Thame SC was launched on the 17th April 2009, so we are 5 years old.

Happy Birthday Thame SC!

13th April 2014

Simon Completes The London Marathon!

Thame SC Treasurer and Coach, Simon Haarburger fulfilled his ambition to complete a marathon before he turns 50. Simon completed the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April 2014 on a glorious spring day. Simon was running to raise money for MIND and completed the course in 4 hours 7 minutes. He was back poolside on Monday 14th feeling some aches but otherwise in great shape.

You can still support Simon’s cause, MIND by visiting the Virgin Money Giving Page:

Apparently the atmosphere in London was great with the crowd cheering him on. Some bloke called Mo was well ahead but no doubt Simon beat him to the bar afterwards.

Congratulations Simon!

Simon Haarburger & family

6th April 2014


On Sunday 6th April 2014, swimmers from the BBAT clubs –
ourne End SC, Didcot Barramundis SC, Aylesbury & District SC & Thame SC came together at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury for the Strongarm Charity Gala. The Gala was held to raise money for Help Nat, a fund set up to gather funds to help an ex-Thame Swimmer, Nat Armstrong who is a student at Lord Williams’s school and friends with many of the Thame swimmers. Nat also used to swim for Aylesbury and is well known and liked around the ONB County. At the County Championships in March, Nat, unable to swim due to his condition, attended to see and cheer on his friends.

Strongarm Charity Gala
His friends decided to help raise money to help Nat pay for treatment he needs for a condition that in simple terms, makes him allergic to food, treatment that is not available on the NHS and costs £1700/week.

Inspired by the swimmers the BBAT clubs decided to run a charity gala, and to organise it as soon as possible to avoid clashing with the 2014 competition season – 6th April was set as the date and the organisation started, looking for officials, volunteers to man the entry desk, medal desk, poolside drinks and marshalling area and all the other tasks needed to run a gala. Medals were paid for out of the four clubs funds to avoid using any money raised for anything other than helping Nat. The operators of the Aqua Vale agreed to let the BBAT Clubs have the pool for free to support the charity event – many thanks to Everyone Active.

Nat and his family attended the event and gave an emotional speech, thanking the clubs and swimmers for their help. At the end of the event the gala raised just over £3000.

Thame swimmers put in some great performances with many PBs. Head Coach Ian Blyth said that several swimmers had now qualified for higher level galas coming up and was looking forward to seeing them enter. Thame volunteers and officials did a great job – many thanks to them and all agreed the event was a great success.

Well done to all!

Click here for photos

31st March 2014

Swim Camp October half term 2014

We are looking to put together a training camp somewhere warm and sunny during the October half term week - 25th October to 1st November 2014.

We need to know by the SUNDAY 6th APRIL if you would like your child to be considered.

To be eligible:
·  Your child must be 13 years old at the date of travel
·  Your child should be either swimming in Groups 3 or 4 or have the potential to be swimming in group 3 at that time.
·  This will be a serious training camp not a holiday and your child will need to have shown that they have the right attitude to training in order to be considered for the camp, the coach’s decision on eligibility will be final.

Key Details:
·  The camp will be designed to have a serious positive impact on the swimmers development.
·  The cost is likely to be £700 all inclusive - flights, accommodation, meals, insurance, etc.
·  We will provide sufficient swimming coaches and chaperones to look after the children.

The children will have a great time swimming four hours a day and taking part in lots of other group activities. It will be a work hard play hard week for the swimmers.

If you are interested and your child is eligible then email Janet at  before SUNDAY 6th April 2014 confirming your interest.

30th March 2014

Thame Swimmers Rack Up The Lengths As They Swim The Thame 10k

Thame Swimming Club ran a charity swim to raise funds that will enable the club to cover training of coaches and officials and also to raise money for Oxford based Urology Cancer charity, UCARE, who also have Team GB swimmer Simon Burnett, Thame SC’s patron, as their patron and who sponsor the "Committed Swimmer" Award at Thame SC Presentation night. The event took place at Thame Pool on Sunday 30th March 2014, with Thame Leisure Centre operators, BETTER, allowing Thame SC and extra hour in the water for free to support the charity event. 68 Thame swimmers registered for the event and swam various distances to be swum, equivalent to the check points on the Thame 10K run. Parents attended to act as lap counters. Those 68 swimmers collectively covered 12,000 lengths between 4pm & 8pm or 300,000M.

As ever, events like this cannot be run without volunteers so many thanks to Team Managers, Helen Williams and Linda Newton for organising the event and chasing parents to register as well as creating and printing some excellent certificates to mark the swimers achievement. Many thanks for Jean Simmonds from UCARE for dropping in to encourage the swimmers and to do a bit of lap counting.

So far with the £1/swimmer entry fee and the sponsor money handed in at the event, £383 has been raised, a great start. The swimmers now need to collect their sponsor money and bring it in over the next 4 weeks. This can be handed in poolside to Head Coach, Ian Blyth, Team Managers Linda Newton and Helen Williams or the club Captains (Rory Price and Rachel Newton) and Vice Captains, (Ben Williams and Rebecca Smith).

We’ll up date you once we know the total.

Well done to all the swimmers!

21st March 2014

Thame Swimming Club’s Best Ever County Championships

Thame Swimming Club had its most successful Oxfordshire & North Bucks (ONB) County Swimming Championships during February and March 2014 with a record number of 35 swimmers representing the Club in at least one or more events, under the inspirational leadership of Head Coach Ian Blyth.

Whilst all the swimmers performed strongly, smashing a number of their personal best times, it was Ella Simms, Marcus Birmingham, Nacho Mendi, Jo Hewett and Amy Haarburger who came home with finalist medals for finishing in the top 8 in the whole county.  Nacho Mendi also qualified for the Regional Championships with his 50 metres Butterfly though as did Marcus but he unfortunately misses out on the ASA South East Regional competition as his birthday is 2 days too early! Marcus not only achieved top 8 positions he achieved two Bronze and one Silver medal as well as other finalist medals, a great performance. Thame’s own Jo Hewett entered three disability events and took three first places, a fantastic achievement. Amy Haarburger made the final in three events and not only PB’d in the heats but also in the finals. Nacho Mendi also made the finals in two events whilst Grace Gilmore received a finalists medal and Ella Simms also picked up a finalists medal.

The boys under 14 200 metre Free relay team consisting of James Newton, Kymir Ibragimov, Marcus Birmingham and Ben Williams came 4th fastest overall, a tremendous effort given they came 15th last year!
The full list of Thame SC swimmers for the 2014 championships was:  Manas Bapat, Marcus Birmingham, Emma Borme, Phoebe Brown, Georgia Cahill, Maya Camp, Hallam Cozier, Lucy Day, Ines Devitt, Lydia Devitt, Tabitha Dodds, Hannah Ekerold, Will Finch, Sophia Fisher, Lauren Gibbs, Grace Gilmore, James Goetz, Thomas Goetz, Amy Haarburger, Hannah Hawken, Joanne Hewett,  Kymir Ibragimov, Nacho Mendi, James Newton, Rachel Newton, Rory Price, Rory Pridmore, Hazel Randall, Maisie Randall, Elliot Riley-Brown, Florence Savage, Ella Simms, Tally Simms,  Rebecca Smith and Ben Williams.

As ever, the county championships could not run without the effort of the volunteers and Thame SC provided a number of poolside volunteers and also officials for the event. Many thanks to them.

Click here for the Thame Gazette article 28th March 2014

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12th March 2014

Please Support The Thame  Swimming Club Treasurer, Simon Haarburger In  Raising Funds For Charity In The London Marathon

Thame Swimming Club Treasurer, Simon Haarburger will be running the London Marathon in a matter of weeks. Please support him if you can to raise money for an excellent, in Simon’s own words......

Dear All,

This is a personal request!

Call it a midlife crisis or simply affirmation that older men can still strive for greatness, I intend to run the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 13th April, 2014.  Some of you will know that I have been running for the past few years and had wanted to run a marathon before my 50th birthday in May this year.  The training has been going well despite seriously cold, wet long runs and a few nagging twinges in leg muscles.

I am raising money for Mind, the mental health charity, which is a fantastic organisation that helps so many people cope with life.  If you can find your way to supporting my efforts in this venture then please click on the following link to my Virgin Money Giving page 

Not only will you be contributing to a great cause, but also providing the much needed incentive for me to go run another 20 miles on the weekend in the rain!!  Any amount donated would be great, but if you can't, won't or have sponsored others, then that's fine too.

Many thanks in advance

Simon, Treasurer, Thame Swimming Club


3rd March 2014

: Club Child Protection Officer (CPO)

The Club is urgently looking for a Parent Volunteer to take on the Committee role of Child Protection Officer (CPO). Our current CPO, Jayne MacDonald has decided to step down and we’d like to thank Jayne for all the work she has done on the committee and in the role.

ASA rules state that the club cannot operate without a CPO and although Jayne is willing to stay in post for a while until a new CPO steps forward and to handover to the new volunteer, we do need to find someone so the club can keep running.

The role is to run the ASA Child Protection Policies and Processes as stated in the ASA Wavepower document and to ensure that all relevant club personnel (Coaches, Committee etc) are CRB’d and have attended Safeguarding Children courses as necessary.

The committee meets every other month, usually on the first Thursday of that month from 8pm to approximately 10:00pm.

In addition, as a committee member, the CPO would be expected to help with other committee work such as gala (e.g. BBAT, Club Champs) and other event (e.g. Presentation Night) organisation and to volunteer for duties at the County Championships as needed.

If you can volunteer as the Club CPO please contact

Many thanks

Thame Swimming Club

1st March 2014

Jo Swims The Bracknell Masters

Thame SC’s Jo Hewett swam at the Bracknell Masters event on Saturday 1st March 2014. Jo did 5 events over the 2 sessions and left at 9pm with the competition still running!

Jo & her Mum, Thame SC Judge, Sue Hewett were treated to seeing a new world record in 100m Freestyle (Men's Age Group 100-104!) which was set by John Harrison - Godalming.

Jo came away with 2 medals and one PB in Breaststroke and was wearing the new Club Kit.

200m Free       03:28:88
50m   Free       00:44:32
200m Breast    04:39:51          (Bronze)
100m Free       01:41:68
100m Back      01:49:56          (Silver)

Well done Jo!!

Thame Swimming Club

Jo Swims The Bracknell Masters

9th February 2014

ONB County Champs Starts Well For Thame

The Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire County Championships kicked off on Sunday 9th February at the Bletchley pool with the long distance events. Thame entered a number of swimmers for the Boys 1500m and Girls 800m events as well as the boys age group relays. The boys swam well with several PBs, notably Tom Goetz, Ben Williams and Marcus Birmingham who all swam under 20 minutes for the first time with Marcus achieving an ASA South East regional Time for his 19:00 minute swim, almost swimming sub 19 minutes. Grace Gilmore was the top Thame 800m swimmers followed by Ella Simms and Rebecca Smith. Florence Savage unfortunately got DQ’d for what would otherwise have been a good swim.  In the Boys 11-12 200m Freestyle Relay (4x50m), Manas Bapat, Hallam Cozier, Rory Pridmore and Elliott Riley Brown put in a good show flowed by the Boys 13-14 4x50M Freestyle Relay where Ben Williams, James Newton, Kym Ibragymov and Marcus Birmingham put in a fantastic swim taking Thame to 4th Place.

The second weekend of the counties was on Sunday the 16th February 2014 at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury for the 400m events and the Girls Age Group relays. Ella Simms picked up a County Finalists medal with a 6th Place in the 400m Freestyle and a PB of 9 minutes. Grace Gilmore, Florence Savage and Rachel Newton also swam the 400m Freestyle. Grace came 4th in the 400m IM in a pretty much on PB time, shaving 0.2 off of her entry time. Marcus Birmingham stormed home to a 3rd Place and BRONZE medal in  the boys 400m Freestyle with a 20 second PB as well!

The girls relays had squads made up of Tabitha Dodds, Lucy Block, Maya Camp, Hazel Randall, Sophia Fisher, Hannah Ekerold, Phoebe Browne, Maisie Randall, Laura Nobes, Emma Borme, Lizzie Smith, Ella Simms, Tally Simms, Lucy Day and Lauren Gibbs.

So, a great start to the counties with the main championships coming up on 8th – 9th March and 15th – 16th March at the Aqua Vale. Many thanks to all the Thame Officials that turned out to support the ONB Counties. On the 9th February at the 800m/1500m and boys relays they were Paul Williams, Mat Randall Wendy Randall, Steve Price, Mark Simms and Conny Gilmore. On the 16th February at the 400s and girls relays it was Mark Simms, Wendy Randall, Conny Gilmore whilst Sherry and Bronte Cozier did a mentoring session.

Counties Feb 2014

9th February 2014

Jo Swims At The Regional DSE Gala

Thame SC’s Joanne Hewett from Group 1 & Masters swam at DSE SE Regional gala on the weekend of 8th & 9th February 2014. Jo swam in 5 events with times of:

100 free         1:37.70
100 IM            1:54.45
50 Breast       59.96
50 Back          50.66
100 Back       1:49.03
Jo Hewett

No medals are awarded at this gala and whilst it is a Multi Class event they do not work out the places on the Disability Points system. However, against those in her class, S14, Joanne was 1st in Breast Stroke and 50m Backstroke and also achieved 4 sec PB in the 100m IM.

Well Done Jo!!

Thame Swimming Club

7th February 2014

Club Donates To UCARE

Jean Simmonds from UCARE visited Thame Swimming Club on Friday 7th February 2014. Jean visited between the Group 1 and Group 2 training sessions and spoke to the swimmers about how the money they have raised for UCARE is used to fund UROLOGY CANCER research. Jean spoke of the hope that the research brings for cancer sufferers and thanks the swimmers for all their efforts.

Club Treasurer, Simon Haarburger, then presented Jean with a cheque for £500 from the club. The money was raised with the Club Champs cake sales and the Thame Round Table Santa’s Sleigh evening. Jean thanked the club and the swimmers for a wonderful surprise.


Jean then presented the club with some London 2012 Olympic and Delhi Commonwealth Games mementoes from Club & UCARE Patron, Simon’s Burnett’s swimming career; a signed Team GB shirt from London 2012, a signed England Shirt from the Delhi Commonwealth games and the scarf Simon wore for his medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games. Club Chairman, Ian Goetz, thanked Jean and UCARE for the mementoes. The club is looking at getting these framed to hang on the wall by the pool in Thame.

The “Swim The Thame 10k” event is on Sunday 30th March 4pm – 8pm at Thame pool with the aim of raising money for UCARE. ALL swimmers are to take part and have a go at the event.

Details can be found at: Swim The Thame 10K Charity Swim Sunday 30th March 2014 4pm – 8pm

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25th January 2014

NEWS & VIEWS: Presentation Night

Thame SC Presentation Night: Chips, Plates, Awards and Fun!

Thame SC held it’s annual Presentation Night at Thame Football Club, Meadow View Park on Saturday 25th January 2014.

The swimmers and parents gathered to celebrate the awards for those swimmers who came first, second or third in their age groups at the Club Championships in November and December 2013 and hence who won one of the engraved plates.


This was the first time the club had used the Football Club venue and with a large turnout of swimmers, parents and grandparents, proceedings were cosy but with a great atmosphere. Parents had been asked to supply their own food and as people arrived it was clear some had gone for a minimal “Nibbles” approach whilst others came with a banquet fit for a King!

Our MC for the evening was Club Treasurer, Simon Haarburger, who was celebrating Australia day and couldn’t resist mentioning the cricket. There were thanks for Club Secretary, Michele Block and Club Membership Secretary, Geraldine Dodds for organising the awards and also for David Finch who calculated the results for the Most Competitive and Most Improved swimmers. With the help of club Captains, Rachel Newton and Rory Price the awards from club champs were presented by Head Coach, Ian Blyth.

Once all the swimmers had received their awards from Club Champs the annual DQ Awards were presented by Club Chairman, Ian Goetz. There was the now traditional, “Best face pulled at a gala” award, the “Quote of the Year” and many others, including the “Longest Shower” and the “Blind As A Bat Award”.

Proceedings were then handed back to Simon Haarburger for the Coaches Awards, awarded to the Boy & Girl swimmers from each training group (1A, 1B, 2, 3 & 4) who have shown consistent commitment and determination and are nominated by the coaches. This year the winners were:

Then came the awards for the Simon Burnett “Most Competitive”, Rob Brooks “Most Improved & UCARE Committed Swimmer. Rob Brooks from Lord Williams’s School was on hand to present the Most Improved Swimmer award. He 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. 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. 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.

The evening drew to a close. The next big focus is the Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire County Championships, Ian Blyth thanked the coaches, committee and officials on behalf of the swimmers and parents for all their hard voluntary work and commented that this year, Thame entries to the county champs had doubled as compared to 2013.

Details of who came where for the Most Improved and Most Competitive can be found on the Club Records page.

Click here to take a look at the photos from the evening!

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12th January 2014

Great Day For Thame At The Bletchley Invitational Meet

On Sunday 12th January 2014 Thame opened the new year with a great performance at the Bletchley Invitation Meet. The Bletchley & District SC team ran a great gala as ever with all having fun. Head Coach, Ian Blyth was ably supported by Simon Haarburger and Kathy Malkin poolside with Helen Williams, Andrew Newton and Membership Secretary, Geraldine Dodds volunteering as warm up marshals. As ever, Thame supplied several officials with Mark Simms, Conny Gilmore, Wendy & Matt Randall, Jayne MacDonald, Paul Williams and several others all poolside to help or be mentored.

The squad had a very successful day with a string of medals as well as those all important County Qualification & County Consideration times for the forthcoming Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire (ONB) ASA County Championships. The squad did so well that many parents were adding ONB entries to their forms on Sunday night.

In addition, there was a great squad spirit which was fantastic to see. The boys squad have a new mobility routine for warm up before they enter the water – the Hokey Cokey! Careful lads presentation night is coming!

21st December 2013

Christmas Competition For Thame

Thame SC sent a squad to the Aylesbury & District SC Christmas Gala on Saturday 21st December 2013. It was the shortest day so it was already dark as we arrived in the car park at the Aqua Vale to meet at 16:45 for a 17:00 start. Thame SC came third overall in the event with 136 point with some great swims by members of the squad. Thame beat Aylesbury B and Bourne End but lost out to the Aylesbury A team and the Linslade Crusaders.

Harry Block

Man of the match was very definitely Harry Block, in the 4x50m medley relay, Harry hit the water in 4th on the butterfly leg and finished his leg in 1st! Then he did the same again in the Squadron relay where Harry as well as Ella Simms, Marcus Birmingham had some cracking swims, along with the old man of the squad – last year’s captain Jamie Goetz, out of retirement and home for Christmas from University, brought us in to 3rd.

Many thanks to Coach Lucy North for Coaching the squad along with Jamie and Rory for supporting her. Also, many thanks to Mark Simms, Wendy Randell, Steve Price, Brian Pridmore and Jayne MacDonald for officiating.

21st December 2013

The Only Way Is Essex For Thame!

On the 21st/22nd December an intrepid group of Thame Swimmers headed for some pre festive cheer at a Level 1 gala in Basildon, Essex. And festive cheer they certainly got with personal bests being achieved across the piece. The team consisted of Amy Haarburger, Grace Gilmore, Rebecca Smith, Elliot Riley-Brown, Hallam Cozier, James Newton and Ben Williams, under the guidance of Head Coach Ian Blyth.

All were up against National swimmers which inspired  the team to raise their game and achieve some really impressive results: Amy Haaburger achieved a whopping 2 second PB on her 100 fly and stormed the 50 fly too despite being under the weather, Ben achieved good PB's across all 4 of his races and James, Elliot and Hallam all got great PB's in their 50 free too! Grace also stormed a PB in her 50 Free, as did Rebecca Smith in her 100 Free.  A great weekend and a great experience of a fabulous 50 meter pool. Merry Christmas!

Basildon Level 1 gala

Georgia & Hannah At The ASA SER Regional Winter Championships

Hannah Hawken and Georgia Cahill were representing Thame Swimming Club at the ASA South East Region Winter Championships at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth on the 7th and 8th of December 2013. With no finals to qualify for during this year's event, the pair both competed in the 50 freestyle heats on the Saturday, putting in times of 29:30 and 28:44 respectively. Sunday saw Georgia take part in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Though resulting in no PBs, Georgia was up against some of the region's finest swimmers and recovering from injury. The swimmers were supported by Head Coach Ian Blyth.

Well done to both Georgia & Hannah!

15th December 2013

Club Champs Part 3 – All Finished For 2013!

Finally, a pool with heating, the right amount of chlorine and time so we could finish the 2013 Club Championships. Thame SC gathered again this evening at Thame pool for Club Champs Parts 3. There was an excellent cake sale, organised by Vice Chair, Siobhan Smith (see other News & Views entry) and some thrilling racing. The 100m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke and the 50m freestyle were the order of events with the final heat of the 50m Free being taken by Ben Williams in 27.95 secs in what was a very close race where all the swimmers touched at what looked like the same time. In the end the fastest and slowest in the heat were separated by about 1 second. The Girls 50m Free was taken by Georgia Cahill followed by Amy Haarburger with Grace Gilmore coming third.

Head coach Ian Blyth was supported by Lucy North and Karen Powell with many Thame officials turning out to support the event as well as our much appreciated external officials. Many thanks to Caroline Finch and Emily Malkin, freshly back from University for marshalling the swimmers and to Helen Williams & Linda Newton for the all important poolside drinks.

So, finally, that’s it for 2013. Some of the swimmers are in the squad for the Aylesbury Christmas gala on the evening of Saturday 21st December and the rest just have some training sessions before Santa comes with new goggles and swim suits.

Photos of Club Champs part 3

Have a Very Merry Christmas !!!!

Thame Swimming Club

15th December 2013


The Cake sale went ahead this evening at Club Champs Part 3, organised by Siobhan Smith, Vice Chairman Thame SC. Many thanks to all of you who put you home baking skills to the test and brought in cakes and to all of you who bought cakes and pretty much scoffed the lot!
The funds were counted at the end of the evening and £148.28 had been raised.

Special thanks go to swimmer Rhiannon Price who was out of action due to a burnt leg (hot coffee – ouch!) and the parents: Anneliese Pearson, Natasha Laye and Isabel Tew.

Many Thanks!

14th December 2013

Swim The Thame 10K Charity Swim Sunday 30th March 2014 4pm – 8pm

The Swim The Thame 10k Charity swim has been moved to Sunday 30th March 2014 between 4pm and 8pm. There is no gala clash so all swimmers are expected to get involved and raise money for both UCARE, the Oxford based Urology Cancer charity whom we share our patron, Simon Burnett with and who sponsor the Committed Swimmer award at Club Presentation Night and the club where the funds will assist with the training of officials and coaches and the awards from presentation night.

The Flyer has a slip on it, please add your swimmers NAME and who will be there LAP COUNTER and then either hand the slip to your coach, our Head Coach, Ian Blyth or e-mail it to

So sign up and start fund raising!

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10th December 2013

Thame Round Table Santa's Sleigh Collection for Thame SC

On Tuesday 10th December parents and swimmers from Thame SC gathered in Haddenham to volunteer to collect for Thame Round Table's Santa's Sleigh Ride. After several appeals for volunteers from club parents the club mustered 8 volunteers. Club Treasurer, Simon Haarburger, Club Chairman, Ian Goetz, Club Web Master Claire Revill, Former Vice Chairman Andrew Newton, Team Manager Helen Williams, Judge Steve Price, Boys Squad Captain Rory Price and former Boys squad Captain James Goetz and student member James Goetz just back from University for Christmas.

Thanks must go to Janet Price who organised our involvement with the Santa Sleigh collection this year.

Working with collectors from another local cause and the Round Tablers, the evenings collection from around Haddenham totalled £567 which Santa agreed to round up to £600. The Round Table are banking the money and working out how much Thame SC will receive but the money will be used for Coach and Officials training as well as coach passes for galas, all of which benefits the whole membership.

Some of the volunteers have been doing this each year since 2007 for Thame swimmers and it's become the event that signals the start of Christmas and great fun. All the volunteers tonight agreed it was a fun evening and left the counting room (the Star & Garter in Thame) stating they'd be back next year.

So, when the call goes out next year we want more parents to volunteer and come along to help raise money for your club to help keep your swimmers competing.

10th December 2013


Thame Swimming Club’s Annual Presentation Night will be at Thame Football Club, Meadowview Park, Thame on Saturday 25th January 2014.

This is the event where the swimmers will receive their awards from Club Champs.

This is where the winners for the Most Competitive and Most Improved swimmers will be announced

.... and a few of the usual “funny” awards.

This will be a bring a plate event. Watch the website ( ) and your e-mail for more details.

1st December 2013

Club Champs Part 2 – Great Times, Good Fun, Shivers and A Scarcity of Chlorine!

Well, Sunday 1st December was certainly eventful. The SC turned out to the Stadium Pool at Stoke Mandeville for Part 2 of the 2013 Club Championships. The Swimmers were looking forward to PB’s, winning positions in their age groups and gaining vital points for the Simon Burnett “Most Competitive Swimmer” Trophy. However, the Gods of swimming were not looking kindly on our event and decided to play havoc with the schedule. Initially we were informed that the pump that circulates the chlorine in the pool was faulty and that the pool needed to have chlorine added manually with a period of time required for the chlorine to circulate evenly through the pool water..... oh and the poolside heating is broken!

So we waited, some drank coffee, most went back to the lockers and changed into warmer clothes and the rest tried to keep warm using towels and club shirts/hoodies. After an hours delay we got started with some great races. It was really good to see the younger swimmers having a go at the 100m and even some 200m events. As ever, the entrants for the 200m Butterfly were a bit rarer, 3 boys – James Newton, Nacho Mendi and Tom Goetz and only 5 girls. We made up the time by lunch time and were back on schedule, looking for a great afternoon’s swimming but the Swimming Gods hadn’t had enough fun and we were informed the Chlorine pump was completely broken and the pool was closed. So, at about 3pm, we finished the girls 100m Freestyle and started planning Club Champs.... Part 3. Which will be at Thame Pool between 5pm & 8pm on Sunday 15th December. Swimmers not entered into the 6 remaining events, 27-32 in the programme, should go to Princes Risborough and train between 6pm & 8pm with Coaches Rob & Simon.

So, it’s certainly rare to see swimmers in thick cardigans and jumpers or jeans walking around poolside at a gala where it’s normally tropical but they improvised and we got through most of the events. See you on the 15th for the third and hopefully last part of Club Champs 2013.

Photo's from Club Champs Part 2

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24th November 2013

Club Champs Part 1: PBs and Fun

Thame SC’s annual Club Championships kicked off at Thame pool on Sunday 24th November. Once the preceding party and the large inflatable had cleared the pool the Thame volunteers had the pool set up for competition and ready to go in a record 15 minutes. The events for Part 1 of Club Champs were the 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, the Girls 800m Freestyle and the Boys 1500m Freestyle, though we did have a boy who entered the girls race and a girl who entered the boys race but that was sorted on the night.

Many thanks to all the coaches (Ian B, Ian K, Rob, Simon, Karen and Susie), thanks also to the entry desk team (Michell Block & Claire Revill) and to Helen Williams & Linda Newton for the poolside drinks and sweets, also to Wendy Randall for the poolside cake to keep the volunteers fuelled. Thanks also to all the officials who ensured the event ran according to the rules.

There were some good PBs but we can’t tell you the results yet, they will be published after Club Champs Part 2 at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium pool on Sunday 1st December.

Photo's from Club Champs Part 1

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No you’re not seeing things, we are holding a Club Champs Part 3. Due to the pool problems at Stoke Mandeville today resulting in the pool closing at 3pm, we are holding the remaining events on Sunday 15th December 2013 at Thame Pool between 5pm & 8pm. We are complaining to the management of the STADIUM pool at Stoke Mandeville. The swimmers put in some great swims and PBs on 1st Dec, the Coaching Team and the Committee were all extremely disappointed that the event had to be stopped. We want to make sure all the swimmers get the chance to go for their County Qualification times and to swim to win for presentation night awards so we are using training time on 15th Dec to finish the event. We completed the Girls 100 Freestyle (event 26) so will run events 27 – 32 on Sunday 15th December.

  • RISBOROUGH: Training for Group 2 at Princes Risborough that evening is cancelled as you should be at Thame competing in the remaining events of club champs.
  • EVENTS: Events 27 – 32 will be run on Sunday 15th December
  • SWIMMERS: ONLY those swimmers already entered for Club Champs on the 1st December’s remaining events should be swimming at Club Champs Parts 3 – no new entries will be accepted.
  • IF YOU ARE REGISTERED & CAN’T MAKE IT: If you are already entered but can’t make that day due to clashing commitments, please contact by Tuesday 10th December and we’ll take you out of the race(s) you were in and arrange a refund. If you don’t contact us by then and/or don’t show up on the evening then no refund will be issued.
  • WARM-UP: Will start at between 17:00pm & 17:15pm depending on whether Thame Pool has a party before our session and we need to clear the inflatable. YOU HAVE TO BE THERE BY 16:40pm to sign in, Sign In closes at 17:00pm, no sign in, no swim and no refund.

All parents are reminded that you have to be present, or have arranged for your swimmer to be looked after by another adult at the event, if your swimmer is under 16 years old as you are responsible for your swimmer at the event, the coaching team will be running the event.

So, bring your drinks & snacks, wear your club shirts, make sure you have your hats and goggles and come along to get the job done and finish club champs in style!

6th December 2013

UCARE “Swim The Thame 10k” Sponsored Swim Moving To 30th March 2014

TheThe UCARE “Swim The Thame 10k”, currently set of Sunday 22nd December is being moved to Sunday 30th March, 2014, after the County Championships and before the 2014 competition season kicks off. The Club Captains (Rachel & Rory) and Vice Captains (Rebecca & Ben) as well as their parents, have done a great job organising the event for the 22nd Dec, including several issues of leaflets to get parents and swimmers to sign up for the event. However, too few swimmers have signed up for the event to be viable at this stage.

UCARE share Thame Swimming Club’s patron, Team GB Olympic Swimmer Simon Burnett and sponsor the Committed Swimmer award at Presentation Night. They do a great job raising money for urology cancer research and the club wants to maintain those links.

So, the date doesn’t clash with the County Champs, is before the school Easter Holidays and also before the Competition Season kicks off, so you have no excuse not to support the event and Swim The Thame 10K!

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20th November 2013

Thame In Action At The CMK 502400s

Thame SC were back in action on 16th & 17th November with at squad at the City of Milton Keynes “502400s” L2 meet at the Bletchley pool. The squad were supported by Head Coach Ian Blyth with judges Conny Gilmore, Mark Simms and Wendy Randall officiating. There were some good swims and PBs with Georgia Cahill, back from exams, the summer and European travels with 4 GOLD medals. Both Ben Williams and Marcus Birmingham took away a Bronze medal each. Some of the heats seemed to have half the pool full of Thame swimmers with Girls Squad Captain Rachel Newton, Florence Savage and Girls Squad Vice Captain Rebecca Smith racing each other and then Tom Goetz, Boys Vice Captain Ben Williams and William Simpkins racing each other. Should be a good Club Champs!

Well Done to All!

19th November 2013


Thame Swimming Club’s Annual Club Championships will soon be upon us. These Championships are open to ALL members of the club regardless of how long you have been swimming and what group you are in.

We hold the championships in 2 stages:

• STAGE 1: Sunday 24th November Thame Pool 5pm – 8pm: This stage is for the Girls 800m Freestyle, the Boys 1500m Freestyle and the Girls & Biys 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly

• STAGE 2: Sunday 1st December, The Stadium Pool, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury: This is the main championships and covers the remaining 50m, 100m and 200m events.

Only Thame Swimming Club will be at Club Championships so it’s a great opportunity to introduce yourself to competitive swimming and race against your training buddies. We will have a full set of officials so that any county qualification or county consideration times attained will count for the Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire County Championships in March 2014. The coaching team will be present so there will be a familiar face to ask what you should be doing.

Your coach can advise on what races you should be entering for your level. Generally we ask the Group 1 Swimmers to do all the 50m events and the 100m IM, the Group 2s to add the 100m events and the Group 3 & 4s to try everything if they can.

If you have not received the e-mail with the entry details please contact or go to the following links to enter and see the event programme. Each race entered costs £3.50.

• Entry Link:
• Event Programme:

We remind you that parents are responsible for their swimmers at galas, including Club Championships. If your swimmer is under 16 you must be present to look after your swimmer or have told us who will be the responsible adult looking after them. We understand the event is running close to Christmas and you may be tempted to some last minute Christmas shopping but the Club Coaches & Volunteers are there to run the event and not look after all the swimmers.

So Parents, Grandparents – come along and cheer your swimmers on to some great PBs and hopefully an award at presentation night – 25th January 2014.

27th October 2013

Jo Competes At South West Region Championships

Thame SC’s Jo Hewett competed at the Disability Swimming South West Region Championships on Sunday 27th October. Swimming with Bucks Disability SC. Jo took part in four events and won 3 medals as shown below, these were awarded using the multi-disability point system.

  • 50m    Back    00:50:37 (3rd)
  • 50m    Breast  00:59:70 (1st)
  • 100m   Back  01:50:92
  • 200m   IM  04:02:99 (3rd)

Well Done Jo!

27th October 2013

Thame Top Team At Wycombe BC!

Team Thame were back in action again at the WDSC BC meet at the 50m Handy Cross pool on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2013. The squad were looked after by Head Coach Ian Blyth with Team Managers Kathy Malkin and Helen Williams as well as coach Simon Haarburger.

Whilst the weather outside was mix of thunder, lightning, heavy rain and then sunshine, inside is was as hot and humid as ever at a swimming event.

There were great achievements at the event by Thame members; Judge Steve Price was assessed and is now a Judge Level 2 – congratulations Steve, and there were several “first medals” for Thame swimmers, including Lilly Hawkes. Thame provided many officials for the event so many thanks to Wendy Randall, Matt Randall, Steve Price, Mark Simms, Ros Hawkes, Paul Williams, Jo Woodin, Conny Gilmore and Sue Hewett.


All the clubs were competing for the Top Visiting Club trophy and Thame were up against swimmers from Maxwell SC, Didcot Barrmundis SC, Bourne End SC, Coventry SC, Windsor SC, Kidlington & Gosford, Leatherhead SC and some swimmers from Kelkheim in Germany on an exchange with WDSC.
In the end, Team Thame lifted the Top Visiting Trophy shield which will be displayed in the club trophy cabinet at Thame Pool.

In addition, there were Top Boy & Top Girl trophies. Thame’s Thomas Goetz was awarded the Top Boy trophy, only the second Thame swimmers to win Top Boy at a gala.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Click here for photos

25th October 2013

Thame in A Spin!
Spinning Classes Thame Leisure Centre Fridays 7-8PM

On Friday 25th October 2013, swimmers from Thame SC's Groups 3 & 4 training squads started the first weekly spinning class. The sessions are taken on alternate weeks by Charlotte, a spinning instructor from Thame Leisure Centre and then by parent volunteers on the other weeks. The places were limited but the swimmers all agreed it was great fun and a great way to build stamina and speed endurance for their swimming. For the weeks when Charlotte is not there, swimmers aged 14 and over may still attend and use My Ride - Charlotte will ensure that they know how to do this. Costs £2 for Charlotte's session, £1 for My Ride session

Many thanks to Thame SC Joint Vice Chairman, Janet Price and Siobhan Smith for sorting the sessions out.

13th October 2013

Thame SC Support The Rotary Swimathon 2013

Two teams from Thame SC took part in the Rotary Swimathon on Sunday 13th October 2013 at Thame pool. There was considerable rivalry between the two teams to see who could swim the most lengths in the 55 minute slot. In the end Team 2 swam 160 lengths (though Rachel insists they did more) and Team 1 did 159 lengths. Now, they went home believing they had the Thame Rotary Swimathon record, but later that day a team from the Fire Brigade swam 174 lengths! – Sign them up for the Masters! The teams raised money for the Rotary. The two teams were:


Team 1:                                                      

  • Marcus Birmingham
  • Ella Simms
  • Maisie Randall
  • Boys Squad Cpt: Rory Price (Team 1 Captain)
  • Girls Squad Vice Cpt: Rebecca Smith

Team 2:

  • Boys Squad Vice Cpt: Ben Williams
  • Thomas Goetz
  • James Newton
  • Girls Squad Cpt: Rachel Newton ( Team 2 Captain)

Each member of the teams was awarded a medal by Jeannette Matelot, President of the Thame Rotary Club and the volunteers from Thame Rotary. The costs of the pool and medals were covered by local businesses. The Health & Safety rules for the event meant the pool was raised to 0.9m for the whole length meaning Benh looked like he was standing in a paddling pool (and probably pulling on the bottom) and we won’t tell you what judge Mark Simms said about daughter Ella and the deep end – wait for presentation night for that one!

Have a look at the Thame Rotary Swimathon Website Page:

Well done to all!

Thame Swimming Club

Many thanks to Nick White Photography for the Photos of the teams with their certificates

10th October 2013

Jo Takes GOLD At Guildford Masters!

Thame SC’s Jo Hewett was in action at the Masters and Senior Short Course Competition on Saturday 5th October at The Spectrum Leisure Complex, Guildford. Jo said she was a little nervous of competing without being with a larger team and the support of a coach/team manager, but she quickly found a friendly team from Teddington Swimming Club who invited her to sit with them and always had someone to chat with. Sue Hewett was poolside as an official (turn judge).

Jo Hewett
Jo swam in 3 events and came away with 2 medals:
200 Free 03:24:61 PB Silver
50 Free 00:42:44 PB
100 IM  01:53:74 Gold

Jo enjoyed the experience (apart from missing her 100 backstroke event as she lost track and didn't go up to the start in time – could be an award for presentation night) and says she wants to go again next year. Hopefully other Thame masters swimmers will join her next time, at what is a really friendly, everyone welcome, event for all ages 18 to 90.

Well done Jo.

10th October 2013

Place an order for these special 1st edition UCARE tulip bulbs

An auction bidder at a dinner in March 2013 had a unique opportunity to name a new, beautiful pink, tall stemmed tulip which would be forever be part of UCARE’s history.

The tulip, synonymous with the UCARE logo, will be used for publicity and promotional purposes and be part of UCARE’s marketing and branding.  
It’s still not too late for you, your friends, family  and colleagues to buy the bulbs. According to Monty Don, tulips are best left until November and as long as they are in the ground or container by Christmas they will reliably flower at some point in April or early May.

We are delighted to be able to take orders for this very special 1st edition UCARE tulip bulb.

  • 15 bulbs @ £8.50
  • 30 bulbs @ £16.00
  • Larger numbers are available –  please contact us as below

Please send your orders, name and address for delivery and a cheque made payable to UCARE:
c/o The HIFU Unit
Churchill Hospital
Old Road, Headington
Oxford, OX3 7LJ

UCARE tulip bulbs
Available at the office to pick up or please add £4.95 for postage and packing. 
Cheques payable to UCARE Or you can pay on line through our donation site

If you choose to pay on line please reference your name/tulips in the message box
Orders can be taken via email:
Or call 01865 767777

Many Thanks!

2nd October 2013

Thame Win Medals At The CMK Development Meet

On Saturday 28th September, Thame SC swimmers were back in action at the CMK Development meet at the Bletchley Leisure Centre pool. This meet was aimed as the younger swimmers with less gala experience and hence only had entries up to 12 years old. The squad were supported by Coach Simon Haarburger and Team Manager Tony Collins. Many thanks to them and the Thame officials present for giving their time in support of the swimmers.

There were a few DQs , which is what you expect from a development meet and the coaches will have the reasons you got DQ’d and will be working with you to ensure you learn and don’t do it again. Several swimmers earned medals; Harry Block took Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke, Maisie Randall took Silver in the 400m IM, Amy Merchant took Silver in the 200m Breaststroke and Elliott Riley-Brown took silver in the 100m Fly, Gold in the 200m Backstroke and Silver in the 200m IM. There were many PBs and it was good to see several swimmers trying the longer distances.

Click here to see the photos of some of the swimmers.

Well Done To All!

1st October 2013

Henry Succeeds In Open Water

Thame Swimming Club’s Henry Bell has been succeeding in Open Water swims over the summer, Henry entered the Padstow to Rock Swim in Cornwall and was awarded the Sarah Hawkins Trophy.

Henry has raised £2000 for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and has progressed to the elite section of open water swimming over the 3 years he has been taking part. The Chef, Rick Stein presented the trophy to Henry for the Padstow to Rock swim. Henry and his trainer Nigel came jont 7th out of 200 entrants in classically Cornish choppy sea conditions which nearly meant the event had to be cancelled, despite the sweltering weather on dry land!

Henry also took part in the Henley Classic open water swim (2.1k) and the Henley Mile for the first time this year.  He swam these in 41 minutes and 25 minutes respectively. 

Henry got into the freezing cold Thames on his own without a trainer and appeared to be completely unphased by the 4.00 am start in the Henley Classic although team Bell supporting from the river bank were a bit knocked for six by it!!

With a 25 minute time for a mile (1600m) in a river we should see Henry cruising along at the ONB County Championships in March 2014 in the 1500m event. Henry continues to train for open water events - watch this space!

Well done Henry!

1st October 2013

The Bills Compete Against Oxfordshire Schools

On Friday 27th September, the Lord Williams’s School swim team, largely made up of swimmers from Thame SC, were in action against other schools from Oxfordshire at the Abingdon boys school pool. Mr Brooks from the school was supported by Tony Collins from the club. The team were a tad late arriving as the coach driver got a little lost in the Abingdon one way system but the swimmers were there in time to compete. This was the first time the school could field a full sixth form girls squad but alas, only two of them were available so Mr Brooks swam up some of the Intermediate Girls (Years 10 & 11) and in fact Lord Williams’s was the only squad to field and team in each event. Overall the school came third with the Year 10 & 11 Girls taking 1st place and hence are Oxfordshire Champions for the 4x50m Freestyle Relay.

Several Thame SC swimmers were in the squad including Daisy Laye, now at LWS Sixth Form, Rebecca Brightling, Holly Revill, Grace Gilmore, Boys Squad Vice Captain Ben Williams, Boys Squad Capt Rory Price, Tom Goetz, Marcus Birmingham, William Finch and several others,

The results were as follows:

      • Junior Boys (Yr 7-9):
        • 4 x 50m Medley Relay= 4th
        • 4 x 50m Freestyle =3rd
      • Junior Girls (Yr 7-9):
        • 4 x 50m Medley Relay = 5th
        • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay = 4th
      • Intermediate boys (Yr 10 & 11):
        • 4 X 50M Medley = 3rd
        • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay = 4th
      • Intermediate Girls (Yr 10 & 11):
        • 4 x 50m Medley Relay = 3rd
        • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay = 1st (Oxfordshire Champions)
      • Senior Boys (Yr 12 & 13):
        • 4 x 50m Medley Relay = 3rd
        • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay = 3rd
      • Senior Girls (Yr 12 & 13):
        • 4 x 50m Medley Relay = 2nd
        • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay = 2nd

Well Done To All!

30th September 2013

Medals & PBs But Alas No Shield At BBAT 2013

Thame SC swimmers were in action again over the weekend of 21st & 22nd September 2013 at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury for the BBAT meet hosted by Thame SC along with our friend from Bourne End SC, Aylesbury & District SC and Didcot Barramundis SC. This was the first time that the event was held over 2 days and Thame were hoping to repeat last year’s performance and take home the BBAT Top Club Shield but alas it wasn’t to be.

The squad was supported by Coaches Sherri Cozier and Simon Haarburger with Team Managers Helen Williams and Pauline Newell on Saturday with Coach Ian Keys joining them on Sunday. Head Coach Ian Blyth was away on holiday for the event. Many Thame officials turned out to support the club including Officials Secretary and Judge L2 Wendy Randall and then Mark Simms, Ros Hawkes Siobhan Smith, Conny Gilmore, Steve Price, Jo Woodin, Brian Pridmore, Paul Williams, Sue Hewett, Sol Fidalgo, Andrew Gilmore, Janaice Lorimer, Matt Randall, Jayne MacDonald and Elaine Brightling. Thame also fielded volunteers for the entry desk (Claire Revill & Michele Block) and David Finch helped keep the temperamental timing system under control, whilst Caroline Finch and Kathy Malkin helped run the marshalling area. All the clubs contributed to running the event which it was agreed was a great success.

There were many PBs, too many to mention in the write up but the swimmers put in some great performances. Tally Simms attended her first gala, coming 8th in her age group in the 50m freestyle with a time of 46.56 seconds whilst another first time gala swimmer was Lucy Block who was putting older swimmers to shame by swimming the 200m Breaststroke in her first gala, aged 9 and taking the Gold medal!

Results: When looking at the results you have to manually draw a line where the Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire (ONB) County Qualification times are for that stroke, age and distance. These can be found on the ONB ASA website and were also printed in the programme that was circulated. Those who swam a county time or faster received a speeding ticket and those under the county time received the medals, hence the results needs to be manually adjusted when looking at them and this will also be done to ensure the swimmers get the right points for the club’s Most Competitive Swimmer award at presentation night.

The competition for the Top Club Shield was tight with Thame in second place at the end of the first day by only 52 points. However, despite the great swims by the end of the second day Thame had slipped to 3rd and Didcot Barramundis took the shield home with them:

1st - Didcot Barramundi Swimming Club - 2,105.50
2nd - Aylesbury & District Swimming Club - 1,747.50
3rd - Thame Thame   - 1,707
4th - Bourne End Swimming Club - 704

In the Top Girl Trophy, Didcot came first again but Thame’s own Girls Vice Captain, Rebecca Smith came second. In the Top Boy Trophy, the Barramundis took the trophy as well with Thame’s highest boys, Thomas Goetz & Harry Block coming equal 9th place. So, the event ended, as is now tradition, with the Canon Relay an exhilarating, noisy, fun 16x25m event with a girl and boy from each of the 8 age groups taking part in a pure sprint.... Thame came .... 3rd and the Barramundis took the trophy. Ah well, we’ll be back next year fighting for the shield again.

There were some DQs so as ever, check with your coach who has been given the details of the event, who DQ’d and why they DQ’d and will be able to work with you to make sure you don’t do it again. Also, there were a number of under 16 year old swimmers who were dropped off by their parents. We remind parents that the club is not responsible for the swimmers at galas – the coaches are trying to coach and run the event and parents should either stay to watch their swimmers of leave them in the care of another willing parent and ensure the coach knows who is responsible for that swimmer. Some swimmers were late for warm up and were very nearly scratched from the event. Some were first timers at galas whilst some should know better. You turn up poolside at least 15 minutes before warm up and SIGN IN, if you don’t when the event is re-seeded by the referee, which happens when SIGN IN closes, usually at the start of warm up, you will be scratched and you will NOT be refunded.

Click here for the photos

The Squad Had Fun and Swam Well, Many Thanks To All The Volunteers & Well Done To All!

8th September 2013

Grace Starts The Season..... On Open Water!

A great start to the season and great end to the summer. Thame Swimming Club’s Grace Gilmore was in action today at Bray Lake for the F3 Events 2k race. She completed the event in 26 minutes and was the 1st place Junior and the 1st Place overall female winner. Coach Ian Keys was there to support Grace. Grace & Ian would like to thank the team at Bray Lake, notably Kevin Wallace and Martyn Edwards for all their support.

Well done Grace, a great start to the new season!!

Grace Starts The Season..... On Open Water!

5th August 2013

Half Way Point – Who’s In The Lead For The Simon Burnett “Most Competitive Swimmer” Trophy at the Next Presentation Night?

The scores are in and at the half way point for 2013 we have the positions for the Most Competitive Swimmer award at presentation night, the Simon Burnett Trophy. Much coveted and fought for, you can see who has points and where you’ve come. Then, you can see what you have to do between September & Christmas to improve your chances. The places can change dramatically after a gala, especially Club Champs, it’s not about being the fastest, it’s about your position in your age group at the gala. Good Luck and Go For It!

Currently Grace is in the lead with Ben and Tom chasing close behind, 1 or 2 Gold medals behind to be exact.

To see where you come in the table click here.


5th August 2013

Tretrathlon...... And Why Alice Swims and Rides In The Same Sport!

Alice Peet is a Group 3 Performance Swimmer and has been doing Pony Club Tetrathlon since the age of 10. Tetrathlon has four sports; pistol shooting, swimming, running and horse riding. For the swimming phase, you have to swim as far as you can in 3 minutes and she has been training with Thame Swimming Club in order to improve her swimming and hence the distance she can achieve in 3 minutes.

For the last 3 years, Alice has qualified for the National Tetrathlon Championships and last year she was placed 6th out of 63 competitors in the Open section (up to 21yrs). For the last 2 years she has also been selected to compete for Central England at the regional competition which takes place in August.

Alice has just been selected to represent England in Tetrathlon and will be part of a team that is travelling, with horses, across to Ireland for the Irish Tetrathlon Championships on the 16th - 18th August. In August next year there is an international trip to Australia which takes 5 boys and 5 girls to represent GB, so that is her next aim!

So, good luck Alice and for the rest of you, no we won’t be asking you to add a horse to the list of your training equipment.


5th August 2013


Thame Swimming Club held their 5th Annual General Meeting at Thame Leisure Centre on 7th July, 2013.

To see the slides from the meeting click here and if you would like to read the minutes click here.


13th July 2013

End Of Season Success For Thame!

Thame swimmers were back in action again at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury on Saturday 13th July 2013. Coach Ian Blyth was assisted by Team Manager, Tony Collins as the squad took on larger squads from Maxwell SC and Aylesbury & District SC as well as the hosts, Bletchley & District as well as other clubs. It was a hot day outside and a hotter day inside but the swimmers put up a great performance resulting in Thame SC coming second in the Top Club list, with 605 points to Maxwell’s 795 points. In the top girl competition, Thame’s Ines Devitt came 12 with the boys getting 4 swimmers in the Top 10 a brace of Williams’s and a brace of Goetz’s with Ben Williams coming 4th, Joshua Williams’s coming 7th, Tom Goetz coming 8th beating his brother in the same 15+ age group to 9th. Jamie minded, after two years trying to break the minute barrier for 100m Freestyle and his training being dogged by illness, Coach James Goetz lined up for the 100m Free against Tommy Ruler of Bourne End SC and Dominic Minihan of Bletchley & District SC. The announcer talked up the tension stating that at least 3 of the swimmers could go under a minute for the 100m not realising what this meant to Jamie. They all exploded out of the blocks and with everyone screaming in support Jamie hit the finish first in 59.9 secs and a massive grin on his face. A great ending to a great day for the club at the event which saw Thame swimmers taking medals and speeding tickets in many events and holding their own against larger squads.

Many thanks to all the volunteer officials; Paul Williams, Steve Price, Marc Simms, Wendy & Matt Randall and Sol Fidalgo. Ines took 7 Gold medals and many other swimmers walked away with a haul of medals.

Now, at presentation night, swimmers get awards for doing daft things – Jamie may get a death sentence for ripping his hat but Coach & Girls Squad Captain, Rachel Newton could be on for a Presentation night award, at least luckiest swimmer – taking first place and a speeding ticket for the 250m Freestyle, no not a typo, 250m!

Well Done To All, A Great Way To Finish The 2012/13 Season – keep fit and be ready for the next competition season in September which starts with the BBAT Meet!

Check out the photos!


8th July 2013

Second Open Water Session A Great Success

Coach Ian Keys and his wife Emma took the swimmers off to the lake again on Saturday 6th July 2013 for a second session of open water swimming. With glorious weather on the warmest day of the year so far, the swimmers took to the water and headed off around the course. All agreed it was a great success and plans are already being made for more sessions and competitions in 2014. Watch out for details!

Open Water Session


8th July 2013

BILLS Compete At The School Games

On Friday 5th July 2013, the Lord Williams’s School Swim Team, The Bills, were back in action at the Oxford University pool in Iffley Road, Oxford for the School Games. With some potential swimmers away on Year 10 work experience and the rest of the squad either just back from Marlow Camp or Duke of Endinburgh Bronze expedition the swimmers were either absent or tired. That said, they put in a fantastic performance with the Under 14 Girls finishing 3rd and the Under 14 boys finishing 2nd, by 1 point with the under 16 boys finishing 3rd. No times were taken so we can’t let you know about PBs Mr Beerling accompanied the squad and was helped by Thame SC Team Manager, Tony Collins. The teams were made up of:

U14 Girls
Lauren Collins
Florence Savage
Amy Merchant
Ella Simms
Imogen Newell

U14 Boys
Ben Williams
Nacho Mendi
Marcus Birmingham
Harry Cooke

U16 Boys
Rory Price
Ben Williams
Nacho Mendi
Marcus Birmingham

Well Done To All!

Lord Williams's team


5th July 2013

Jo Competes At The Reading LD Gala

Thame’s own Jo Hewett was in action at the Reading LD (Learning Disability) gala on Sunday 30th June 2013, swimming with Bucks Disability SC. Jo achieved a PB for 50m Breaststroke - swimming sub one minute for the first time ever and earning a silver medal. 00:57:35 (4th fastest overall) and then came 4th in 50m Freestyle in 00:45:27. Jo also had a good crack at 200IM - completing this event in a PB time 03:56:53 - but was DQ’d (for alternating leg movement in fly).

The BDSC squad also had fun in the relay events and Jo swam Breaststroke in Mixed 100m Medley and 1st leg in Womens 100m Free. They hadn't mastered the change overs though and the BDSC squad were unfortunately DQ’d in both. The boys team fared better, winning gold in their heat of Men’s 100m Freestyle relay.

Well done Jo!

Jo Competes At The Reading LD Gala

  3rd July 2013

No Parking BUT Lots of Medals!

No Parking BUT lots of medals
sums up team Thame’s performance at the Hillingdon Summer L3 gala at the Botwell Green, Hayes 25m pool on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013.

Head Coach Ian Blyth took the squad into action again supported poolside on the 29th June by Team Manager, Kathy Malkin. In addition the PB’s were coming thick and fast and the team announced themselves to the clubs from West London.
Hillingdon Summer L3 gala

This was team Thame’s first trip to a Hillingdon Gala and certainly the first trip to the Botwell Green Pool. The centre has 33 parking spaces – many of which are for disabled customers and 3 are for electric cars so parking was an issue, although other local car parks were not too far away and were free on the Sunday.

On the hottest weekend of the year..... So Far!, the team, coaches and supporting parents all suffered the sauna conditions in the pool area. Fortunately, the rest of the centre was nicely air conditioned and so we all kept sneaking off for “Cool Breaks”.

Grace Gilmore stamped her authority on the Top Girl Trophy on the Saturday finishing the day in 1st place. Unfortunately, Grace wasn’t racing on Sunday but half way through the day, had only slipped to 4th place such was her lead from the first day of the event. By the end of the day she finished 11th. Tom Goetz was in 4th Place for the Top Boy trophy.

As well as the medals there were some great PBs and many swimmers trying events that they hadn’t done before. Some made some great times and were just pushed out of the medals. Douglas Birchall put in some great breaststroking only to be pipped to a 4th place after a great swim and PB. Josh Williams pulled in a Gold in the 100m Backstroke and Emily Malkin, in possibly her last gala for Thame SC as University looms, took home a Gold and a SILVER medal.

The Goetz boys, Boys Squad Captain James Goetz and brother Thomas were, by a quirk of gala organisation, in the same age group (15 and over) and on more than one swim in the same heat – since Jamie pushed Tom into 4th place, whilst he took 3rd and the Bronze on one event so Tom missed a medal you can imagine the bickering in the car on the way home.

Many thanks to the Thame volunteers who gave up their time to officiate over the weekend. Thanks go to Conny Gilmore, Steve Price, Paul Williams and Sol Fidalgo.

Well Done To All!

The squad will be back in action again on Saturday 13th July at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury for the Bletchley SC Summer meet.

Medals Table

Medal Table

27th June 2013

PBs A Plenty At The CMK L3!

Thame SC were back in action again at the Bletchley 25m pool for the City of Milton Keynes (CMK) L3 Gala over the weekend of 22nd – 23rd June 2013. Head Coach Ian Blyth was supported by coach Rob Briars and Team Managers Tony Collins and Andrew Newton to get the squad into action. The squad put in a strong performance. Overall, the squad put in 127 swims and turned in 106 Personal Best times – a fantastic performance.

Grace Gilmore put in some great swims in the Girls 13/14 years age group: 1st 400m Freestyle in 4.46.20, 2nd 200m Freestyle and 3rd 400m IM as well as making it to the 100m Freestyle final and achieving a 5th place. So Grace went home with a set – Gold, Silver and Bronze!

Lydia Devitt also took Gold with a 1st in the Girls 13/14 years age group 100m back in 1.12.21 whilst Hannah Hawken in the 15 years and over age group made the 100m Freestyle final, achieving a 5th place in 1.04.62. Also in the 100m Freestyle final was Girls Squad Captain and soon to be coach, Rachel Newton achieving 8th place in 1.06.90.

The boys had a cracking weekend and there were several new members of the sub-30 club for 50m freestyle as well as some great PBs. Nacho Mendi in the 13/14 age group made the 100m Freestyle final and walked away with a Silver medal for his second place in 59.31.


Boys Squad Captain, James Goetz back in action for the first time since the counties due to illness and A-Level exam, to his surprise - PB’d in the 50m Free, 100m Free and 50m Breaststroke and made the final for the 100m Freestyle in the 15yrs and over age group taking sixth place in 1.01.51 with old training buddy Dominic Holmes taking the fifth place in 1.01.00. Elliott Riley Brown shot off in the 400m Freestyle putting in a huge PB.

Head Coach Ian Blyth nominated the sub-30 club as his best swims of the gala, so congratulations go to:

  • Ines Devitt 2nd 50m Freestyle 29.83
  • James Newton 50m Freestyle 29.93
  • Ben Williams 50m Freestyle 28.96

Many thanks to the Thame volunteers and officials whose work enabled the squad to have such a great weekend. Thanks to Steve Price, Sol Devitt, Conny Gilmore, Mark Simms and Brian Pridmore for officiating. The squad is back in action over the weekend of 29th & 30th June at the Hillingdon Gala, Good luck to all!

Click here to see the article on


15th June 2013

Lord Williams’s School Gala

Thame Swimming Club assisted Lord Williams’s School to run their annual end of school swimming gala on Saturday 15th June 2013. This was for the 2012-13 Academic School Year. Mr Beerling came from the school to support 26 students, many from Thame Swimming Club, who took part in the event. Many thanks to David Finch, Iain Smith and Tony Collins for managing the Hytek software on the lap top and sorting the results as well as thanks to Helen Williams and Linda Newton for handling the medal table and Coach Karen Powell and Caroline Finch for managing the marshalling area.


Thanks also to the officials who turned out for the evening; Judges: Conny Gilmore, Siobhan Smith, Mark Simms and Steve Price and time keepers: Elaine Brightling, Andrew Gilmore, Janet Price, Paul Williams and Jo Woodin.

With only 26 students the swimmers were often getting out of one race to line up for the next so a couple of breaks were weaved into the programme which proved a true test of stamina. Despite this there were some good PBs and some great races where members of the club who train with each other daily pushed hard to beat both their friends and the clock. Those doing all the events and hence aiming for the trophies as well as the medals were rewarded. Medals (Gold, Silver & Bronze) were awarded for first, second and third in each year group at the school, (Yr 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12+) as a result it was not a forgone conclusion that a Year 9 would win the lower site trophy and a year 11 the upper site trophy and this proved to be these case;

· The Lower Site Key Stage 3 Girls Trophy was won by Ella Simms.

· The Lower Site Key Stage 3 Boys Trophy was won by Marcus Birmingham who shared the trophy last year as well, with Nacho Mendi & Tom Goetz

· The Upper Site Key Stage 4 Trophy was shared between Grace Gilmore and Rachel Newton

· The Upper Site Key Stage 4 Trophy was won by Tom Goetz

· There were no sixth form girls competing but the sixth form boys trophy was won by George Finch who will be off to the nationals in July. Good Luck George!

NOTE: The results for this event do NOT count towards the Thame SC most competitive swimmer trophy as it is not open to all Thame Swimmers.

The Lord Williams’s Swim Team – The Bills, have qualified for the Oxfordshire Schools Games during early July with many of the team coming from Thame Swimming Club, listen out in notices to see if you are on the squad.

Well Done To All!!


15th June 2013

Thame Get Blown Away At The Carnival

On Saturday 15th June 2013, members of Thame Swimming Club turned out to take part in the Thame Carnival parade, something the club has participated in since it’s foundation in 2009.

The weather was a typical British June day – so we all got cold and were blown away whilst waiting for the off in Elms Park. The parade kicked off at 12:00 noon and we walked down Park Street and High Street before turning left into Southern Road and along to the Thame Recreation Ground.

Many thanks to Officials Secretary Wendy Randall for entering the club and to all the swimmers and members of the officials team and committee that turned out as well as to Head Coach Ian Blyth who came along to support the club.

We aim to do this again next year as it shows the town we have a thriving swimming club and is another way to attract new members, so this is another way you can help the club to help keep your fees from rising by ensuring there is always a steady stream of interest from new members, so please support this in 2014!


14th June 2013

Singular Success For Mike At The Master’s Nationals

Mike Singleton of Thame SC Masters was in action at the National Finals for the Masters at the Plymouth Life Centre over the weekend of 14th – 16th June 2013. Mike took part in the 1500m, 800m and 400m events and achieved a second place in his age group in the 1500m event. His times and placings were as follows:

· 1500m: 24:18.76 seconds 2nd Silver

· 800m: 12:31.54 seconds, fourth

· 400m: 5:57.51 seconds, ninth

Well Done Mike!

  Mike Singleton

8th June 2013

What No Pool – Must Be The Open Water Section!

On Saturday 8th June Thame swimmers and some parents gathered at Bray Lake, donned wetsuits and took to the water for an open water swimming session. Many thanks to Thame SC coach Ian Keys and his wife Emma for organising the event and well done to all the swimmers who braved the water.

The swimmers were Hannah Hawken, Grace Gilmore, Girls Squad Captain Rachel Newton, Maisie Randall, Hazel Randall, Amy Haarburger, Coach Ian keys, Ella Simms, James Newton, (ex-Vice Chairman in the green hat – Andrew Newton), Daisy Laye, Maisie McDonald and Rebecca Smith.

Open water swimming June 2013

It was an early start for the swimmers who had to meet and swim early before the lake closed to swimmers. Ian Keys predicted a “lovely morning” and the sun was shining even if a good breeze was blowing, Water temperature couldn’t have been high with the late arrival of any warm weather in the UK this year so the swimmers did well not to freeze.

This was the first Open Water session organised since the club added Open Water to its’ constitution, not an easy process with the ASA and we can thank Ian for his enthusiasm to get this going. More sessions will follow, maybe not this year as holidays are looming and the lake is unlikely to be open for swimming in the autumn, but now the constitution has changed we can organise these events more easily so watch out for more sessions and competitions in the future!

26th May 2013

Georgia And Hannah At The ASA South East Region Competition

Both Hannah Hawken and Georgia Cahill attended the SER Youth Championships at K2 Crawley on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2013 representing Thame Swimming Club.

Hannah and Georgia swam in the 50m freestyle in regional times for an olympic sized long course 50m pool, beating their previous personal best times. Georgia also swum the 100m backstroke followed by the 50m backstroke in a time which placed her 11th in the 17 years and over category.

The following day further achievements were made by the duo from Thame as Hannah and Georgia once again, beat their 100m freestyle PBs to gain another long course regional time. Hannah also managed to climb 10 places in her ranking out of South East England's swimmers.

Well Done to them both!

Click here for Thame Gazette article

Hannah & Georgia

23rd May 2013

Lord Williams's School End of Year Gala 15th June 2013

Lord Williams’s School will be holding the 2013 end of season School Championships on Saturday 15th June 2013 for members of the school swimming club and those swimmers who have swum for the school in the school team, the Bills. The event is running on Saturday 15th June 2013 6:30pm – 9:00pm at Thame Leisure Centre swimming pool.

This event is being run with Thame Swimming Club whose volunteer coaches, officials and parents will be assisting Lord Williams’ School staff.

Pupils will be swimming as the School year they are in July 2013, so if your child is now in Year 9, they will be swimming as a Year 9. The event will be run at Thame Swimming pool and will be using ASA competition rules. Time keepers and judges will be there and the pool will be equipped with anti-wave lane ropes and flags.

Medals will be awarded for first (GOLD), second (SILVER) and third (BRONZE) in each of the school years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. In addition, there will be a TOP BOY and TOP GIRL trophy for those from Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 with the most competition points accumulated from their finishing positions across the events.

To cover the cost of the pool hire and medals, the school is charging £1/race for entry. Please make cheques payable to Lord Williams’s School and hand them in, 1 Cheque per swimmer, with the attached entry form by Friday 24th May 2013.

Parents will be allowed to spectate poolside and from the coffee area. We look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Click here to download entry form

19th May 2013

Medals & PBs at the LBSC L3 Meet

Team Thame were back in action again at the Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club (LBSC) Level 3 Open Meet at the Bletchley Pool on Sunday 19th May. Rob Briars was lead coach supporting the swimmers, ably assisted by Coach Sherri Cozier and Team Managers Tony Collins and Helen Williams. As ever, Thame supplied its’ share of officials with club Officials secretary Wendy Randall, Judge Mark Simms, Jayne MacDonald, Paul Williams and Janice Lorimar all officiating. The officials were welcomed in to the Star Wars theme and then all were asked to stand for the National Anthem.


The swimmers were in fine form with many PBs and many medals – in fact 37 medals and speeding tickets!. There were several swimmers who swam really well and were just placed outside the medals. There were also some DQs, see your coach and they will check the D codes in the results and advise you what you did wrong and what not to do next time.

Click here for list of medal winners

Well done to all!


20th May 2013

PB’s Galore & 6MG – That’s 6 Medal Gracie!

Team Thame were back in action on Saturday 11th May 2013 at the 50m pool at Handy Cross, High Wycombe for the Wycombe District SC (WDSC) Sprint meet. Head Coach Ian Blyth was supported in the afternoon by Group 1 Coach Karen Powell and Thame punched above it’s weight on the officials front with Officials Sec and JL2 Wendy Randall leading an officials squad from Thame consisting of Conny Gilmore, Mark Simms, Ros Hawkes, Sol Fidalgo, Pat Read, Sue Hewett, Jayne MacDonald and husband Matt Randall.

There were many PBs, both long course and short course (once the times are converted) and the team came 5th in the Top Visiting Club competition with Grace Gilmore coming 5th in the Top Girl Trophy stakes and also taking 6 medals one of which was the Silver in the 50m Backstroke in a time of 35.43 seconds, where Rebecca Brightling & Rowan Read took Silver & Bronze respectively with Georgia Cahill taking the gold in their age groups.

In the 50m Butterfly, Ben Williams took the Silver in the 13yr old boys age group and Rebecca Smith took the Gold in the 100m Backstroke for 16yr old girls. In the girls 14yr age group 100m Freestyle, Grace Gilmore and Lydia Devitt took silver & bronze respectively with Georgia Cahill taking the Gold for the 17yr and over old age group. Grace got the Bronze in the 50m butterfly and Marcus Birmingham took the Gold in the 12yr old boys 50m Freestyle with Grace getting Silver again in the 100m Backstroke with Rowan Read and Maisie MacDonald taking Gold and Bronze in the 15yr old age group for the same event. Marcus then took bronze in the 100m Butterfly as did Ben Williams in his age group and Girls Squad Captain, Rachel Newton took Silver in the 50m breaststroke and Jo Hewett took the bronze in their age groups. Marcus was back in the medals in the 50m Backstroke, taking Bronze. Then Grace Gilmore and Amy Haarburger took gold in the 50m Freestyle with Maisie MacDonald taking silver and Jo Hewett picked up a bronze. Marcus Birmingham was back in the medals again with a gold in the 100m Breaststroke whilst Tom Goetz picked up a bronze. Grace picked up another Silver in the 100m Butterfly and Ben Williams got a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

There were a few DQs so have a word with your coach and get them to look at the DQ Codes in the results so they can advise you what you did wrong and how not to do it next time.

A great meet and well done to all!


16th May 2013

ATTENTION THAME MASTERS: Senior Age Group Championships 2013

British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2013

Friday 14th - 16th June 2013

Competition Course: 50M

The British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships is the highlight of the national masters calendar.  With international entries and records tumbling it showcases truly world class competition.
Venue: Plymouth Life Centre Mayflower Drive Plymouth, PL2 3DG


14th May 2013

Jo Does IT Again!

Jo Hewett was in action again for the MENCAP British Learning Disability (LD) Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on 5th May 2013. Jo came 4th in the 100m IM with a time of 1:52:30 and would have PB’d in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 3:52.26 but got tangled in the lane ropes and got DQ’d, however Jo came bouncing back on the 100m Freestyle with a third place and Bronze medal in a time of 1:40.80 secs.

Jo was swimming for Bucks Disability Swimming Club and was looked after poolside by Gordon Dart who is Team Manager for the Reading Cygnets.

Well done Jo!


10th May 2013

Coach Keys Passes The Test!

Many congratulations to Ian Keys from the Thame SC Coaching team who has just passed his ASA Level 2 Coaching Qualification.

Congratulations Ian!

  Ian Keys

10th May 2013

Thame Swimming Club AGM Sunday 7th July 2013

It’s that time of year again when we need to call on the support of ALL parents and swimmers to help with the club’s constitutional obligations.

Thame Swimming Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday 7th July 2013 between 5pm and 6:30pm at Thame Leisure Centre, Dance Studio.

This is an important meeting for the club to fulfil it’s constitutional obligations by:

  • Voting in the committee for 2013-14
  • Announcing the Team Captains & Vice Captains, elected by the coaching team, for 2013-14
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Head Coach’s report
  • Plans for 2013-14
  • Your Feedback, Questions & Answers

The following members of the committee, shown in the table below are standing again for election. However, as several swimmers are moving on to University in September there are a number of places open that need to be filled. The key position of Club Secretary has to be filled as Ros Hawks is standing down. We also need someone to take on the Club Kit, Swim 21 Coordination as Ann Jermey and Greg Smith are standing down. All have done a fantastic job to keep the club running and Greg was one of the founder members of the club who in November 2008, set out to form Thame SC. Tony Collins, our Team Manager and Gala Secretary is also standing down. I’d like to thank them all for all the hard work they have put in to keep the club running and the kids swimming.

The constitution states that those members of the committee that have served for 3 years, i.e. were founder members of the club, have to stand down BUT can stand again if they are willing and the membership request it.

In addition, ASA rules state the committee must have as a minimum, a chairman, treasurer, child protection officer and secretary and with Tony standing down and Ros that means unless parents step forward to volunteer the club won’t be able to enter any galas OR, if we do not have a club secretary, be able to operate under the rules of the ASA

Should anyone want to put themselves forward for any of the roles, please contact by 23rd June 2013, so your details can be circulated to the membership.

Those currently standing are as follows:


We need your support to volunteer and so please come along to the AGM!

Thame Swimming Club


13th May 2013

- Parent’s GALA Information Meeting Sunday 26th May 2013, Thame Pool

As fewer coaches are available that first thought and hence Ian Blyth needs to be at Princes Risborough pool for the evening of 26th May we are cancelling the Parents Gala Information evening and will re-schedule for a later date.

Thame Swimming Club



1st May 2013

Attention All Lord Williams’s School Swimmers!

The School Swim Club starts on 1st May at Thame pool, after school. Mr Brooks has sent details out through the school in Notices and forms to sign up for this year are available from the PE Department. This is some extra pool time to help you build your skills. So get along to the PE Dept and sign up. Being a member of this club and/or swimming for the school swim team, The Bills, makes you eligible to swim at the school end of year swimming gala and try for school medals in your age group. The school gala is on Saturday 15th June in the evening – letters will be going out soon.

21st April 2013

Great PB’s for Team Thame At The City of Milton Keynes L2

Team Thame were back in action for the City of Milton Keynes (CMK) Level 2 gala at the Bletchley Pool on 20th and 21st April 2013. Team Thame delivered some great PBs at the event, with performances on Saturday from:

  • 400m Freestyle, Grace Gilmore 4.50.80 a 1sec PB and then she went on the a 100m Backstroke of 1.15.36, another PB.
  • 100m Freestyle, Ella Sims put in a time of 1.10.56, with teammates Florence Savage (1.08.80), Grace Gilmore (1.07.81) and Hannah Hawken ( 1.05.41) all putting in good performances.
  • 200m Freestyle and the girls were back in action again: Ella (2.33.69) an 11 sec PB!, Grace (2.25.55), Flo (2.24.39).
  • 100m Butterfly and Hannah put in a 3 second PB with a time of 2.22.95.
  • Then came the 50m Butterfly and the boys squad opened it’s account for the meet with Ben Williams delivering a 1 second PB and 4th Place in 34.13 seconds.
  • The girls were then back for the 50m Freestyle with great times; Ella (33.04), Hannah (30.20) and Flo (33.25).
  • Then Ben was back for the.... well the Back - 50m Back to be precise and a 2 second P with a time of 35.70

That concluded the team’s events for the Saturday, on Sunday 21st Grace was back in action with more of the boys squad in attendance. Grace was in the 100m Butterfly with a 1 second PB in 1.18.07 and followed it up with a 2 second PB in the 200m Backstroke in 2.43.00. Then the boys took to the water in the 50m Freestyle with Elliot Riley Brown delivering a 2 second PB in 35.59 seconds with Marcus Birmingham (31.40), Kymir Ibragymov (30.35), Ben Williams (30.10), William Simpkins with a 3 second PB in 31.88 seconds. Tom Goetz then put in a 1 second PB to go sub-30 seconds in 29.65 seconds. In the 100m Freestyle Kymir Ibragymov delivered a 6 second PB in 1.08.08 seconds with Ben Williams going one stage further with a 7 second PB in a time of 1.04.86 seconds. Marcus Birmingham put in a 1 second PB in the 200m Freestyle with a time of 2.27.33.

Head Coach, Ian Blyth was very pleased with the squad which had achieved 50% Ps over the weekend.


20th April 2013

Thame Too Fast For First At The Leighton Buzzard Team Gala

Team Thame were in action on the evening on 20th April at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre Pool for the Leighton Buzzard SC Team Gala. The swimmers had been carefully picked by Team Manager, Tony Collins and Head Coach, Ian Blyth to be within the Not Faster Than (NFT) times for the gala but the training has had an effect since Club Champs when most of the swimmers most recent times were achieved and as a result the Thame SC swimmers were on fire, producing some great PBs that were unfortunately faster than the NFT times and hence the club didn’t win the points. So, despite winning the lions share of the events, Thame came last in the points.

Many thanks to coach Rob Briars and Team Manager, Tony Collins for looking after the swimmers poolside and also a big thank you to Thame officials, Wendy Randall, Matt Randall, Steve Price, Jayne McDonald, Lorene Holmes and Mak Diab.

Leighton Buzzard Team Gala


17th April 2013

Thame SC is Four Years Old Today

Happy Birthday Thame Swimming Club!!


27th March 2013

Team Thame Deliver Success With Regional Times At The ONB Counties Main Champs – Second Weekend!

Team Thame were back in action on the 16th & 17th March at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury for the second weekend of the Oxon & North Bucks (ONB) County Championships 2013.

Previous County events were the distance and 400m events and the first weekend of the main championships, this was the second weekend with more 50m, 100m and 200m events as well as relays and Team Thame delivered some great performances.

Team Thame - Click here for more photos

Grace Gilmore opened the weekend with a PB in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 1:15.91 secs. Then came Georgia Cahill with a heats time of 1:08.41 secs which git her to the finals with a 6th Place finalists medal and a time of 1:08.17secs. Then Nacho Mendi opened the boys account for the weekend in the 100m Breaststroke with a heats time of 1:22.61 secs getting him to the finals with a time of 1:19.99 secs.

Then came the girls 50m Freestyle with two Thame SC swimmers achieving ASA SER Regional Times and reaching the finals and several PBs for the girls:

  • Ella Simms 31.99 pb 2 secs
  • Imogen Newell 32.24 secs
  • Florence Savage 30.70 secs PB 1 sec
  • Ines Devitt 30.29 secs PB 1 sec
  • Grace Gilmore 30.53 secs PB
  • Hannah Hawken heats 28.62 secs PB 1 sec Final 28.67secs ASA SER Regional time
  • Georgia Cahill heats 28.40 secs Final 28.67secs ASA SER Regional time


The boys followed with the 50m Butterfly. Kymir Ibragimor produced a PB with 35.71 1 sec and Nacho was on form again with a PB in the heats of 30.11 which took him to the final and a PB of 2 secs and taking him under the 30second barrier in 29.67 secs. Grace was back in action in the 100m IM with a time of 1.19.62 secs and then came the 200m Freestyle with both Florence Savage getting a 2 second PB and a time of 2.20.12 secs and Georgia Cahill with a time of 2.15.84 secs. The boys 100m Freestyle followed with a 4 second PB from Marcus Birmingham in 1.08.69 pb and once again a great performance from Nacho Mendi with a heats time of 59.13 secs, taking him under the 1 minute with a PB of 3 seconds and into the final where he PB’d again with a time of 59.09 secs.

Next came the boys 50m backstroke with Kymir Ibragimor producing a 1 second PB in a time of 36.58 seconds and Nacho PB’ing again with a time of 33.42 seconds. All the Thame SC relay teams in action on 16th & 17th March beat their entry times by 5 to 10 seconds with great swims all round.

Jo Hewett, did it again, swimming for Bucks Disability SC, (but she’s a Thame SC Group 1 & Masters swimmer) came home with three second place trophies! Well Done Jo!

Head Coach Ian Blyth said “The swimmers were committed and swam well to deliver some great performances and points for Thame Swimming Club with more swimmers qualifying for the ASA SER Regional events later in 2013, well done squad!”

Well done to all the squad and many thanks to the Thame SC Volunteers to attended and helped out as officials (Mark Simms, Conny Gilmore, Ros Hawkes, Sue Hewett, Wendy Randall, Siobhan Smith), Poolside Drink Volunteers (Helen Williams, Andrew Newton, Janet Price, Simon Haarburger, Ian Keys & Iain Smith ) and as coaches supporting Ian Blyth (Ian Keys, Tom Birmingham and Sherri Cozier).

Team Thame came in 15th place in the Top Club list.

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Thame Gazette Counties article - 12th April 2013

Thame News link to Counties article


Easter Swimming Arrangements 2013

Good Friday 29th March
• No evening training Groups 1 & 2
• No morning Group 4 Training

Easter Monday 1st April
• No evening training Groups 3 & 4

See the poster for any other training changes.

Click to enlarge


14th March 2013

Golden Jo and Team Thame Deliver Success at The ONB Counties Main Champs – First Weekend!

Team Thame were back in action on the 9th & 10th March at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury for the first weekend of the Oxon & North Bucks (ONB) County Championships 2013. Previous County events were the distance and 400m events but this was the first weekend of the main championships with 50m, 100m and 200m events as well as relays and Team Thame delivered some great performances.

The boys had some great swims in the 50m Freestyle on Saturday 9th March. Hallam Cozier had a great swim and delivered a PB of 34.20 seconds and was the second reserve finalist, Marcus Birmingham did a 1.5 sec PB with 31.09 secs and was racing Kymir Ibrgymov all the way to the finish where Kym came first in the heat with 30.66 secs, a 1 sec PB just pipping Marcus. Kym made the final for the 12 year old boys at his first ever counties. Then came Ben Williams who confirmed his sub-30sec performance in the relays in February and stormed to the finish in 29.62 secs, a 1 second PB.

Jo Hewitt

The 14 year old boys were represented by Nacho Mendi with a heat time of 27.27 secs which not only took him to the final but also to the position of fastest in the club, beating Jamie Goetz’s PB of 27.50 seconds. Jamie followed in the 17yr old and over heat achieving a time of 27.56 seconds, only 0.06 slower than his PB after missing training due to illness.

Then the girls came centre stage for the 50m Butterfly. Hannah Hawken delivered a time of 33.58 secs. The boys 100M IM followed and Marcus Birmingham delivered a 4 second PB with 1.19.37 and was first reserve finalist in 9th for the 12 year old boys. Nacho also delivered a 4 sec PB with 1.10.56.

Then came the girls 4 x 100 relay where the Thame Team came 6th in 5.02.59 seconds,  11 secs under their entry time. A great success and all got finalist medals. The team was Lydia Devitt (back 1.12.71), Rebecca Smith (breast 1.28.87), Grace Gilmore (fly 1.16.06), Hannah Hawken (free 1.04.57). The next event was the 200m IM and Grace was back in action delivering a 3 second PB in a time of 2.41.62 secs.

The boys then came back for the 200m Freestyle with Marcus Birmingham delivering a 9 second PB with a time of 2.28.08 secs. Then it was the third session with the finals from the earlier events. Both Nacho and Kym made the finals for the boys 50m Freestyle and both pb’d again – Nacho after some significant streamlining (he shaved his legs!). Their times were; Kymir 6th place in 30.35 and Nacho 5th place in 27.05, Great swims. So, after a long day, everyone headed home to rest and prepare for the next day of hard competition.

Sunday started off with Ella Simms in the 100m Freestyle and a 3.5 second PB in 1.10.08 secs. Then came Imogen Newell with a PB and a time of 1.11.20 secs and Florence Savage with a PB of 1.07.25 secs. Grace and Hannah were back in action again and didn’t disappoint. Grace delivered a 2second PB with 1.04.97 secs and Hannah a 3 second PB and an ASA South East regional Qualifying time of 1.03.35 secs and to add to that she was 1st reserve for the final. Grace was back in action for the 50m backstroke with a 1 second PB of 34.20 secs and then Lydia Devitt with a PB in 34.36 secs but Lydia went on to deliver a 3 second PB in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2.38.19 3 secs.

So, why is Jo the Golden Girl? Well she’s a Double County Champion – ok she was swimming for Buck Disability SC but she’s a Thame SC Group 1 & Masters swimmer and came home with two first place trophies! Well Done Jo!

Head Coach Ian Blyth said “The swimmers were committed and swam well to deliver some great performances and points for Thame Swimming Club, well done squad!”

Well done to all the squad and many thanks to the Thame SC Volunteers to attended and helped out as officials (Mark Simms, Conny Gilmore, Siobhan Smith), Poolside Drink Volunteers (Ian Goetz, Helen Williams, Ian Keys, Claire Revill and Andrew Newton) and as coaches supporting Ian Blyth (Tom Birmingham and Sherri Cozier).

Thame Swimming Club 


4th March 2013

Bills Compete At Inter School Gala

On Friday 1st March 2013 the Lord Williams’s School Swim team, the Bills, were in action again to qualify for the Oxfordshire Schools Games later in the year. The U14 boys and girls won and are through to the school games. The U16 girls came second. The U16 boys , U14 Girls and Boys all qualified. Unfortunately we don’t have any of the times from the school. The teams were made up of Thame SC swimmers.

Well done to all!

Lord Williams's

18th February 2013

400m Success on Day 2 of the 2013 County Championships

Thame Swimmers were back in action on Sunday 17th February for the second day of the Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire (ONB) County Championships at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury. Grace Gilmore came 8th in the 400m Freestyle with a PB of over 8 seconds. Grace’s entry time was 4.59.31 for the 400m Freestyle and she swam it in 4.51.23. Her 8th place earned her a finalists medal.

Then Thame were in action in the Girls relay events. The Girls 13-14 year olds the Lydia and Innes Devitt, Imogen Newell and Grace Gilmore.

Thame swimmers at the second day of the Counties

The Girls 11-12 year old team was 4 x 50m Medley: Ellie Haarburger, Amy Merchant, Maisie Randall and Ella Simms with the 4x50m Freestyle: Maisie Randall, Amy Merchant, Katherine Jacobs and Ella Simms. In each event the girls PB’d as a team compared to their combined entry times.

Many thanks to the Thame volunteers who helped the squad this weekend. Mark Simms, officiated in the relays whilst Wendy Randall and Conny Gilmore officiated in the 400m events and the relays. Team Manager, supporting Head Coach Ian Blyth was Pauline Newell who team managed for the relays. Well done to all!



11th February 2013


Click here for all events (pdf)
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These are the accepted individual and Relay entries for the 2013 Oxon & North Bucks County Championships main weekends at Aqua Vale, Aylesbury.


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These are the REJECTED individual and Relay entries for the 2013 Oxon & North Bucks County Championships main weekends at Aqua Vale, Aylesbury.

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11th February 2013

Team Thame Off To A Great Start At The ONB County Championships 2013

Thame Swimmers opened their campaign at the Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire County Championships 2013 with some great swims and PBs at the Bletchley Pool on Sunday 10th February 2013. The first event was the boys 1500m Freestyle, 60 lengths of the pool. This year, Thame only had two boys who wanted to swim this event; Ben Williams and Thomas Goetz, both from the Group 3: Performance squad. They were both in the first heat and matched each other throughout the race. Both boys came home with a 1 minute PB in times of 21:33.12 for Tom and 21:35 for Ben. The second event was the Girls 800m Freestyle where Thame had three swimmers, Ella Simms, Florence Savage and Grace Gilmore. Ella put in a PB, finishing in 11 minutes 43 seconds and Florence came in close to her PB despite swimming the whole event in pain from her hand after she dislocated a couple of fingers at school. Grace put in a gutsy swim, chasing a swimmer from Oxford and holding off a challenge from a Maxwell swimmer to take second place in the final heat in a time of 10:03.51.

The third session had Thame’s 13-14 year old boys relay team in action for the Boys 4x50m (200m) Freestyle relay. Head Coach, Ian Blyth wanted the team for aim for a time of around 2:06 and to be in front of the Didcot Barramundis team in the lane next to them. Their entry time was 2:10 and the boys; Tom Goetz, Will Simpkins, James Newton and Ben Williams had improved on that to 2:08 in training on Friday evening. In the actual race the boys stayed ahead of the Barramundis in their heat and had a combined time of 2:05 – a really determined swim. Well done to all!

Thame SC is back in action again at the County Championships on Sunday 17th February at Aqua Vale for the 400m and Girls relay events, good luck to Team Thame!

Team Thame At The ONB County Championships 2013

2nd February 2013

Awards & Fun At Presentation Night

Thame SC swimmers, parents committee, coaches and officials gathered at the Spread Eagle in Thame on the evening of Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 for club Presentation Night. This is our annual event to present the swimmers with their awards from our club championships in November and to present the Simon Burnett Most Competitive Swimmer and Rob Brooks Development trophy for the Most Improved Swimmer to the winners. In addition, the coaches awards are presented to the girl and boy in each of the four training groups that the coach feels should receive special recognition for commitment and effort in both training and competition.

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.


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.

We were then 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 2nd twice before. Click here for the results 2012. (if this image looks small just click on it to enlarge).

The Coaches Awards were then presented to those swimmers who the coaching team felt deserved particular recognition for commitment and effort in training. The Coaches awards were as follows:

Coaches awards 2012

We then moved on with Officials Sec Wendy Randall rewarding out officials (time keepers and judges) and Chairman, Ian Goetz asking for a round of applause for the coaching team and then again for the committee to thank them for all their work for the club. The DQ awards were then presented with ex-Vice Chairman, Andrew Newton, winning both the 2012 Technology Award for an upside down video of the girls 100m Butterfly at Club Champs and Crimes Against the Club for organising a social dinner when a gala was on that meant valuable time keepers went to his house as guests. Amongst other categories was the “Worst Face Pulled At A Gala” which went, after audience participation to Girls Squad Capt Rachel Newton.

Outgoing Membership Secretary, Jeanette Russell was thanked for all the hard work she has put in for the club and was presented with flowers and some wine. Many thanks Jeanette!

We sincerely hope you all enjoyed Presentation Night and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Thame Swimming Club

27th January 2013

Georgia Cahill at the ASA Zonals, Crawley

Georgia Cahill was again the sole representative of Thame SC at the ASA Zonals held at K2, Crawley on 26th-27th January, having also swum in the South East Regional Championships and Hillingdon Level 1 meet in December. It was a very high level meet, with qualifying times being faster than at regional. Nonetheless, Georgia competed in the 50 Free (29:19) and 100 Back (1:10:87) and did exceedingly well to make the 50 Back final with a long course PB time of 32:42, eventually coming 8th. Thanks to Maxwell SC for taking her under their wing for these past three galas.

Well done Georgia!



3rd February 2013


The club strives to ensure that the results and spelling on the Presentation Night Plates is accurate. However, even after review and checking some errors do creep through. If you have found any spelling errors on your plate, please take them to PSG Trophies in Park St Thame,

PSG, 68b Park St, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3HU, Tel:01844 212556

and they will correct them for you, free of charge. If you think your actual results should be different, please drop an e-mail to and Tony will check through to see if your positions are correct, once we have the final answer you can go to PSG.

If you would like the box your plate came in, these are in a brown cardboard box on top of the club cage, poolside at Thame Pool. We also have a small number of unclaimed stands which are also in that box.

Thame Swimming Club


1st February 2012

ONB COUNTIES 10th Feb 2013 - 1500m, 800m & Relays Accepted and Rejected Entries

We have received these documents from the Oxon & North Bucks (ONB) ASA County Exec regarding entries for the Boys 1500m, Girls 800m and the relays on 10th February 2013 at Bletchley Pool. Unfortunately there have been a number of rejections from the 1500m, 800m and age group relays and they have some restrictions on the 9/10, 11/12 & 13/14 Age group relay restrictions which are necessary to ensure they do not have excessive numbers both on the poolside as well as in the spectator gallery to meet Health & Safety limitations. Therefore the ONB Exec have applied a cut based on this year’s age group relay entry to restrict the entry to a maximum of four teams per club for each of the age group relays.

Parents & Swimmers please NOTE: If you are in ANY of the events you HAVE to be there for WARM UP. If you are not, Head Coach Ian Blyth is obliged under the County Champs rules to withdraw you. For a relay team, this will mean the withdrawal of the relay team and not just the individual swimmer who hasn’t turned up. This is due to all clubs Coaches/Team Managers having to ensure that comply with point 17 & 23 of the promoters conditions for the ONB Counties:

  • Point 17 ‘Relay Team declaration forms must be submitted to the Promoter NO LATER THAN 15 min. AFTER THE PUBLISHED WARM UP START TIME FOR THAT GALA to the admin room. The form should give the names of the four members of the team and their correct swimming order, no substitutions will be allowed’.
  • Point 23 is to prevent fines, and withdrawal of swimmers/Relay teams from the Championships who repeatedly fail to comply with this condition.
ONB Counties Accepted & Rejected entries. Click to download the pdf:
400m accepted entries
800m accepted entries
1500m accepted entries
Long Distance rejections

Relays 9-14 Girls
Relays 9-14 Boys
9-14 Age group relay scratches/withdrawals
Session Times


13th January 2013

Team Thame’s First Outing of 2013 – Medals & PBs!!!!

Team Thame were in action again at the Bletchley & District Invitation meet at the 25m Short Course pool in Bletchley on Sunday 13th January 2013. Head Coach, Ian Blyth was ably assisted by Coach Tom Birmingham and Thame Officials Wendy Randall, Conny Gilmore, Paul Williams and Mark Simms all turned out to support the swimmers and officiate at the meet. This is our last competition before the closing date for the ONB 2013 County Championships Entries and the swimmers were out to boost their haul of County Qualified and County Consideration times. As ever, the Bletchley team ran a well organised and friendly meet and we hope to go again next year with a larger squad. This year, we had been allocated a small number of swims to fill space at the meet and Ian Blyth had selected the swimmers he believed were closest to gaining their county times.

There were several medals and many PB’s as well as County Consideration and Qualification times. The squad did really well. Head Coach, Ian Blyth said “ The swimmers have had a great day, achieved many PBs and all enjoyed themselves, well done to all!”.

The medal table was as follows:

Well Done To All!


13th January 2013

Francisco Mendi's Cancer Research Fund Raising Challenge

Francisco Mendi, Nacho’s Dad, emailed us regarding a Cancer Research fund raising challenge that he is undertaking to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

He is cycling a 900km route off road and alone as his challenge, so anything you can give to sponsor him would make a difference for the charity and I am sure huge encouragement to him in his venture. Click here to to read his email and find out more about his challenge.

He has targeted himself to try and raise at least £2000 for this charity and below is his just giving website link for you to be able to sponsor him if you could spare some money and help him reach his target.

Just Giving website




4th January 2013

Thame SC Presentation Night

Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 7pm – 11pm Spread Eagle, Thame

The Swimming club’s annual presentation night will be on Saturday 2nd February 2013 at 7pm at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. Parking is at the rear of the building or the usual town car parks. We will be making presentations for the swimmers with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their age group at Club Champs, including Masters as well as the coach awards for commitment and determination.

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We will also be presenting this year’s winners of the Rob Brooks Development Trophy and the Simon Burnett Competition Award for the most improved and most competitive swimmers in the club in 2010. The fun DQ awards will be back and a bar and disco. So, come along, bring the family and have fun with the rest of the club.

All swimmers must be accompanied by a parent.

See you all there!




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