Welcome to Etwall Eagles Swimming Club
Etwall Leisure Centre Pool
Etwall Eagles Swimming Club was formed in 1980 to organise and provide competitive
swimming for people in the Etwall and surrounding area.
The club is based at the Etwall Leisure Centre, Etwall (west side of Derby), Derbyshire.
All members, young and not-so-young, with varying standards of ability are well
catered for. Within the club we have members who regularly compete at Regional,
District and National level. The Club is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association,
ASA East Midlands Region and the Derbyshire ASA.
We are a relatively small club with currently about 250 members, and are always
seeking new members. Our Chief Coach is Dean Howard, who is helped by Charlotte
Howard, Chris Roworth, Rachel Slevin and Rachel Joyce.
The club trains four nights each week in the 6 lane x 25m pool at Etwall, and one
night in the 6 lane x 25m pool at Repton School. Training periods suit different
ages and ability. Particular attention is given to developing our younger swimmers.
If you are considering joining a swimming club and would like to know more about
Etwall Eagles, please visit us at Etwall Leisure Centre during a training period.
Ask to see one of our Coaches or Club Officials.
Summer Swimming and Skills Night Timetables
Please see this document for details of swimming sessions over the summer period, and this document for details of the Skills Night sessions.
British Gas Masters Championships
In a fantastic attempt to set a new British record Etwall's Ladies produced one of the quickest times in the world but unfortunately ran into an in-form UEA Norwich team who had just enough to beat our Ladies into second place.
Eagles quartet of Kirstie Forbes, Helen Rolle, Lindsey Gowland and Jacqui Mann smashed the old 4x100m British record by nearly 20 seconds and their own target time by 5 but in the end had to settle for Silver and the knowledge that they had almost certainly produced a time good enough to appear in the FINA World all-time listings and a new Regional record.
The Masters squad is extremely proud of their swim. The team would like to thank Coach Dean Howard for his help and the committee for their support.
At same event in Plymouth Gowland picked up a well-deserved Gold in the 50m Freestyle and Silver in the 50m Backstroke events (55-59yrs) whilst Forbes produced a fine swim to win Bronze in the 50m Free (30-34 age group). Returning to action was Captain Janet Briggs who swam a solid 1500m finishing 6th before turning her attention to the 50 sprint.
Next stop for the Masters is the Open Water season....
Important - Gala Team Sheets
The teams have been chosen for the Diddy League Round 3 Galas
Please check below to see if you have been selected, and let Rachel Joyce know asap as to whether or not you are able to swim. Rachel can be contacted by email (RJoy386@aol.com) or by phone (07815 726264). Alternatively, just put a tick against your name on the team sheets on the noticeboard at Etwall Pool.
Matlock and District Swimming Club Open Meet
MAD are holding their first open meet on Saturday, 28 September at the Arc Leisure Centre at Matlock.
If you are interested in entering, details including entry times and forms are available on the blue notice board and also via the link below. Please complete the form and return with cheques (made payable to MADSC), on this occasion, to Cathy Hall by Friday, 5 July.
The current Etwall Eagles website has been in place for over 2 years and we plan to update it over the next few months.
We would really appreciate your views on how the website should change:
- A blog, so you can comment on news stories?
- Personal photos to complement your personal page with your times?
- Ability to update your membership information?
Please let us know your views on these ideas as well as any of your own by email...
Derbyshire Open Water Taster Day
The first Derbyshire Open Water Taster Day is this Saturday, 25th May.
It is taking place at Hall Croft Farm, Uttoxeter Road, Hilton, Derby, DE65 5FZ, from 1-3pm. The session is free, and is ideal for any swimmer wanting to try open water for the first time, or those with some experience who want to get some practice in before a race or event. It is not essential to register or pre-book, but it will help the organisers with planning if swimmers could let us know if they are planning on attending - emails can come to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information and paperwork is available here... Spectators are welcome. There will be changing facilities and hot drinks available.
Derventio Excel Long Course Meet
Several of our swimmers took part in this recent event, with Beth Willetts winning the 50m backstroke event against very tough competition.
Here are a few photos of our swimmers with GB Olympic swimmers Liam Tancock and Fran Halsall.
Recent Results By EESC Swimmers
To all swimmers and members
Just a quick message to say a huge well done to all the swimmers who have competed lately at Open meets and the Junior League. We have seen some fantastic results and swims as individuals and as a team. The hard work in training is paying off for those putting the effort in. Swimming is a long-term building exercise with some long months of training for a day at an open meet or an evening gala, when it is up to you to show your hard work is paying off and the results that can be achieved.
I am very proud to be the coach at Etwall with a fantastic coaching team and such a great bunch of talented and happy swimmers, each and every one of you. Please take the time to look at what our top junior swimmers are achieving at the moment and let them inspire you all to take your swimming and our club even further. There is still time to get entries into the next few open events in to Craig and put EESC firmly on the map. WELL DONE!!!
Dean Howard, Proud and Happy Head Coach
Open Water Swimming
Have you ever wanted to try Open Water Swimming?
Why not come to a "Have a Go Session", run by Derbyshire Open Water on Saturday 25th May 2013 1-3pm or Saturday 22nd June 2013 1-3pm.
The FREE sessions are open to any swimmer 10 years and over and take place at the swimmer-friendly lake at the Lavender Patch, Hall Croft Farm, Uttoxeter Road, Hilton, Derby, DE65 5FZ
See this attachment or visit here for more information.
An earlier post on the website identified 3rd May as a pool closure night, but this was in fact incorrect.
Training will go ahead as planned on 3rd May!
Time Trial Results
Well done to all who participated in yesterday's time trials, with many children taking part for the first time. The times have been uploaded to the individual swimmers pages, and the full spreadsheet is available here...
There will be no training on the following dates:
- Monday 6th May – May day holiday as the leisure centre will have an early close
- Monday 27th May – Spring bank holiday as the leisure centre will have an early close
Gloucester Masters Meet
At 44 years and 364 days Garry Vickers became the oldest Etwall Master to break the magic 60 second barrier in the 100m Freestyle (short-course).
Competing in the Gloucester Masters Meet Vice-Captain Vickers set a new 45-49yrs club record when he powered out a 59.73.
Competing alongside Vickers were teammates Lindsey Gowland, Martyn Finney, and Richard Woodall all of whom were in good form, Gowland winning 3 sprint events, Finney the 100m Butterfly and Woodall taking third place in the 100m Freestyle.
Attention now moves to the end of April for the 3 day Midland Masters Championships in Royal Leamington Spa. The club will be well represented throughout the event.
The closing date for this round of SwimTech sessions has officially passed but we'd like to give all members once last chance to take advantage of what SwimTech has to offer before we confirm final numbers.
The uptake this time round has been fantastic, with over 20 swimmers signing up for the 4 session course. To confirm what's available:
- if your swimmer has never done SwimTech before the club will pay for a free 1 hour trial session - Further details...
- if your swimmer would like to take this further then the club will pay 50% of the cost of a 4 session course - Further details...
If you haven't already signed up please let Richard Jarvis know by this Thursday 18th April.
The club is delighted to announce that on Sunday 31st March, Mia Slevin became the fastest British 9 year old girl to ever swim the 50m backstroke, during a competition in Birmingham. She is now an official British Record Holder.
Well done Mia and to all involved in your stupendous achievement.
Try and keep this standard up now, as possible Diddy League selection is just around the corner.
As both Friday 29th March and Monday 1st April are bank holidays, Etwall Leisure Centre is closed, so there will NOT be any training on these dates. Hope you have a lovely Easter.
The three rounds of the Diddy League are being held on the following dates:
- Saturday 13th April 2013
- Saturday 18th May 2013
- Saturday 22nd June 2013
The team sheet contains details of the swimmers that have been shortlisted for selection for one of the Diddy League Teams. This decision has been made taking into account previously recorded times and current performance.
Please note that there will be plenty of opportunity to improve on your times before the later rounds if your name does not appear on the list. This year we have entered two teams to give more swimmers an opportunity to compete.
Can you please check that your details are correct, including your age for the event, which is age as at 22nd June 2013? A sheet on the noticeboard at the Etwall pool will be available to indicate your availability for each of the 3 dates in the respective columns as soon as possible. This will allow us to finalise the team sheet for the first round in a timely manner.
If you have any questions please ask a member of the coaching team.
Etwall Masters Busy around Britain
With 2013 not even three months old the Masters squad has already been busy competing around Britain.
Club representatives have swum at events in Shropshire, Clay Cross, Wolverhampton, Blackpool, Swansea and now Hucknall. With the 2013 just 5 days old Etwall secured 3rd place in the New Year Gala at Shrewsbury. The clubs top individual points scorers were; Helen Rolle (25pts), Dave Holland (23), Jacqui Mann (23) and Clive Smith (23).
The squad then travelled to North Derbyshire for the Rykneld Masters, before moving onto compete in the Staffordshire Masters, North West Championships, Welsh Open, and most recently the Calverton & Bingham Masters meet in Nottinghamshire. A good entry from Etwall saw victories from Dave Holland, Martyn Finney, Lindsey Gowland, Helen Rolle, Clive Smith & Karl Morley. Relay teams did well with hard earned victories for the Men's 120yrs Medley team & Ladies 160yrs Free team.
The squad now moves onto the Midland Masters Championships at Royal Leamington Spa.
Etwall Masters are World-Beaters
Etwall's Ladies Masters team are celebrating after being confirmed as the second ranked team in the WORLD.
Following FINA releasing the world rankings earlier this week it was confirmed that the clubs 160 years 200m Freestyle team of Kirstie Forbes, Helen Rolle, Lindsey Gowland, and Jaq Mann had produced the second quickest time in the world during 2012. Only Malmo from Sweden managed to better Etwall's 1.56 from the National Championships in October.
The same team also managed to make the Medley top 10 list finishing 8th. The achievement goes without saying is a truly fantastic effort.
World top 10 rankings were also secured by the excellent Kath Tunnicliffe and Lindsey Gowland. Tunnicliffe's fine 2012 being highlighted with top 10 placings in all the 60-64yrs Backstroke events, with a high of 3rd in the 50m Backstroke. Gowland finished with a ranking of 6th and top European swimmer in the 55-59yrs 50m Freestyle event. Both swimmers will be hoping to gain more honours during 2013.
Use of Lockers
All parents and swimmers are reminded that clothes and kit should be stored in lockers (refundable £1 is needed). Cubicles and communal changing rooms are for the purpose of getting changed and NOT for storage. An earlier notice to this effect continues to be ignored by some swimmers and so items left in the cubicles or changing rooms will be at risk of being removed by EESC staff and Leisure Centre staff.
PIZZA and PING-PONG
On Sunday 10th March from 4pm the Committee would like to invite swimmers from the age of 12-14 years for pizza and ping-pong!
As part of our on-going club strategy review, we would like to get views from our young swimmers on how to develop the swimming club and to
develop the social side of the club for this age group. A poster will be displayed at the pool for swimmers to put their names down so we
know how much pizza to order.
A classroom will be booked for 4pm at the Etwall Leisure Centre. From 5 till 6:30 a ping pong event will be arranged.
Hope to see as many of you there as possible! Please let your friends know.
Swim for Ben Turner
One of our swimmers, Errol Swift, has decided to undertake a 5km sponsored swim to raise money to support his friend Ben Taylor.
Errol approached the EESC committee to seek support, and the committee has decided to support his fund raising initiative.
The club will match funds raised by EESC contributors up to a total of £150. If you have made a contribution to the fund please can you add you name
to the form on the noticeboard at Etwall Pool so we can track the sponsorship.
Club Kit Order
Nicola Barnes sent an email on Tuesday 19th February regarding club kit. The email asked swimmers who have recently
ordered club kit to review the orders and highlight any issues by Friday 22nd February. The email was sent to all
swimmers for whom we have email addresses.
If you did not get this email please email Nicola with your email address stating your name and
the swimmers name.
The next planned kit order will be during June 2013. Please check the website for updates.
Time Trials Results
The first time trial of the year was a great success. All the times are available here... and the times have also been uploaded to the individual swimmers pages.
Time Trials for 2013
The first time trial of the year is just 2 weeks away on 20th January. Sorry for the late notice.
As is becoming more and more evident, these events are proving very popular and vital for the development of our younger swimmers. They are suitable for children from 4 years old and up, so long as they can swim a length. If in doubt, please ask your childs coach for assurance.
For those parents whose children have not attended so far, they are beautifully run by our band of coaches and helpers and the children will gain their first recorded times which will be posted on the childs individual webpage where progress will be monitored throughout their time with the club. If you are serious about your child becoming a seriously competitive swimmer then they are vital to their progression and the earlier they begin the better.
There are 3 of these events each year, all from 5-7pm on a Sunday. According to their age the children swim 1 or 2 lengths of each stroke. This years trials will be on the Sundays, 20th Jan, 21st April, and 21st July. To register, simply sign up on to the sheets, with name and date of birth, which will be up at the club on the movable competition board from tomorrow.
If you would like to help out with timekeeping we are always looking for new volunteers. Just let Craig Airey know.
Welcome Back To Training
Welcome back to training! We hope you all had a restful Christmas and are now looking forward to getting back in the pool!
The committee and coaching staff would like to take this opportunity to remind all swimmers and parents that clothes and kit SHOULD be stored in lockers. Cubicles and communal changing rooms are for the purpose of getting changed and NOT for storage. From January 2013 items left in the cubicles or changing rooms will be at risk of being removed by EESC staff and Leisure Centre staff.
Can we also remind you that swimmers should come suitably equipped for their training session. The suggested kit for swimmer (excluding beginners) is a drink, kick board, and fins. Club hats (which can be personalised) are available from Nicola Barnes (via the link on the website).
The internal club time trials start this month on Sunday the 20th January; look out for more details. The other time trial dates for 2013 are Sunday 21st April and Sunday 21st July.
Club Presentation Evening/Club Disco
You are reminded of this event which will be held on the 18th January 2013 at Burton Albion - see our poster... for full details. Tickets can be purchased from Sharon Smedley this coming Sunday during the training sessions between 17.30 and 20.00.
For those of you who reserved tickets on Finals Night and have not yet collected/paid for them, please do so this Sunday. If you are unable to collect them on this evening please confirm to Sharon Smedley, if you haven’t already, in an e-mail that you still require them. There may be an opportunity to purchase tickets from from other committee members until the very last opportunity at the first training session in 2013.
The Presentation itself will commence at 7.15, Dean will award swimmers their medals for places 1st to 6th and again this year there will be “Certificates of Achievement” for those swimmers 8 Years and under who took part in the heats. The Disco & Buffet will commence at 8.30.
Club Championship Finals
The results of the Club Championship finals are available here....
Well done to all the swimmers who took part, to the parents and families for thir great support and to all the officials who helped the event run smoothly.
The Presentation Evening/Club Disco will be held on the 18th January 2013 at Burton Albion - posters with details are on the notice boards at Etwall Leisure Centre. Tickets can be purchased from committee members in the cafe area of Etwall Leisure Centre as detailed below:
- Club Championship Finalists: Sunday 9th December from 17.30 to 20.00
- All Other Members: Sunday 16th December from 17.30 to 20.00
Masters Open Meet
Well done to Kenilworth Masters and Halton for retaining the top visiting team trophy and top non midland team respectively.
As you would expect the Masters section was out in force and welcomed debutant Ross Jakes to the ranks for his first meet. The club also had two seniors making debuts; Peter Briggs and Danny Prince, both helping the 72plus relay team set new club records.
Congratulations to Lindsey Gowland for winning the Paul Alderson Memorial Trophy, her total of 619 points was enough to pip Chris Ryall of Kenilworth into second place. Home age group winners for Etwall were Gowland, Richard Milner and Dave Holland.
Some outstanding results and lots of PBs from our swimmers who eneterd the County Long Course Championships this weekend.
All the results can be seen here...
Etwall Conquer the West Midlands
A group of swimmers entered the 13th Ickle People Junior Meet on 14th October. It wasn't quite the Battle of Waterloo or the Charge of the Light Brigade but this was certainly a historic victory which will be fondly remembered by all who witnessed one of Etwall Eagles greatest days.
- Luke Ryall produced PB's in every single event he entered and contributed 13 big points towards the teams victory total
- Michael Phelps appeared to stand in for him under Errol Swift and time and again swam
with astonishing energy, annihilating by massive amounts, every time he had ever produced before, bringing in 30
- Ben Slevin showed tremendous professionalism and stamina to win all 10 of his events
- In her last ever Ickle People event, Cara Adams left her mark with some phenomenally
quick and elegant swims none more so than her 34 second backstroke victory
- Mia Slevin with 9 out of 10 victories
- Macey Jarvis's seriously good 50 free swim at the end of the day
- Toby Arnold continued to swim whole heartedly all day and
gained numerous victories and Pb’s in a great day’s effort
- Alice Smart’s excellent silver medal in the 100 back
- Thomas Barnes’s surprising but brilliant bronze medal
in the 50 back before the judges robbed him of gold as they failed to recognise his pinpoint start in the 50 free
- Ben Freeman winning the 100 backstroke
- Meghan Geofferson's astonishing butterfly effort
- Mitch Adams showing the Diddy League team what it had been missing with one powerful swim after another
- Joel Muir winning every Breastroke event in town before returning stupidly fast times and PB’s in free style and butterfly,
knocking 7 and 14 seconds from his best times
- Jasmine cooper fresh from worldwide road race and gala victories smiling her
way to 3 victories and PBs in freestyle and breastroke
At the end of the day the announcer declared that shockingly Etwall had won by a massive 90 points.
The full meet report is available here... and the results here...
British Gas National Masters Championships
The Masters squad enjoyed another highly successful National Masters Championships.
The 3 day event staged at Ponds Forge, Sheffield attracted around 1,000 swimmers
from all around the UK.
Stand out performers for Etwall included Kath Tunnicliffe who bagged an incredible
6 gold’s from her 6 swims and collectively the Ladies 160yrs relay team who
came away with the national Freestyle title and a time which will almost certainly
see them gain a place in the World’s top 10 come the end of the year.
The full meet report is available here
FINA Aquatics Magazine
British Swimming have made available the post-Olympic, 2012/5 online edition of the FINA Aquatics World magazine. Please click this link... to have access to the online magazine for free.
Please note that the magazine may take a short while to load.
Club Championship Heats
Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in yesterday's heats, and especally those who have made it into the finals. All the results are available here... and have also been uploaded so thy can be accessed from the individual swimmers pages...
Don't forget the finals take place on Saturday 1st December 2012 at Repton, 18.30 pm Warm Up for 19.00 pm Start.
Midlands Masters Meet
Following the open water season the Masters squad returned to indoor competition with the Midland Masters
event at Royal Leamington Spa. The 3 day meet attracted over 300 swimmers with Etwall sending a 14 strong team.
In total the team brought back 34 medals including 14 Midland titles. Leading the way was the majestic Lindsey Gowland with 4 Golds
and Kath Tunnicliffe with 3 golds and a silver. Midland titles were also won by Andy Markgraf, Chris Rollé, Garry Vickers, Helen Rollé,
Janet Briggs, Kirstie Forbes, and Martyn Finney.
The full medal table is available here... The Masters will be back in action in Wales and then the National Championships in Sheffield.
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