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"It's been a busy time at the Phoenix over the past couple of months. Some of our junior swimmers from our Learn to Swim programme have achieved their Distance Badges and Certificates.
The Competitive squad have been competing at various meets, achieving excellent Pb's and medal positions, competing at Non-disabled open meets as well as disability meets!

Watch this space for further details".


What some of our swimmers have been up to over the last few months - May to July 2014.


A MEGA well done to William for passing his 5m badge tonight - and falling asleep on the pool side after is EPIC ACHIEVEMENT


This photo speaks for its self. BIG SMILES all round from Amelia Bacon and Amelia Edgar after competing at the Deaf Swimming Nationals at Loughborough LC Pool.


MANY CONGRATULATIONS Suzanne on being recognised on your EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE in the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke events. Also for getting 2nd place position in the Team Medley. DSE/Nationwide East Mids Disability Swimming Champs 2013.



The start of the swimming season could not have been better for Colchester Phoenix ASC, as the club was kindly invited to Epping Forest district Swimming clubs gala, in a step to promote inclusion between able bodied and disabled swimming clubs. Always looking for a challenge and ways to improve performance, gain valuable experience and register good times for the season ahead Colchester Phoenix ASC accepted the kind invitation from Epping.

A strong squad of eight squad swimmers with disability classifications ranging from S5-S17 rose to the challenge, where they swam within their age group against non- disabled athletes. The team coached and managed by Maggie Hargraves excelled in the pool bringing home 21 medals and countless personal best times.
FROM Holland-on-sea
Senior squad swimmer Suzanne Warren said; 'Our team were fantastic today, we had all worked hard in training and it showed. We were there to support each other throughout the gala and everyone put in superb performances. I am really proud of the team and we really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and welcome we were given’.

Maggie Hargraves added; 'Our swimmers competed superbly proving that all the long hours of training certainly has paid off. The swimmers should be very proud of the achievements; I know I am proud of them. Integration / participation and equality within our sport is really important for both the non-disabled and disabled swimmer. It ‘opens’ a new world for both disciplines’.
Colchester Phoenix ASC are now preparing for the East Region Disability Swimming Championships which take place in October, whilst Mark Holmes has now been chosen to represent Great Britain at the Down Syndrome European Championships. In addition to this Warren gained three qualifying times at Epping to compete at Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield in November as part of the ASA East Disability Swimming Team at the DSE National Disability Short Course Swimming Championships 2013.


.........on your epic swim of 5M unaided. June 2013.


Kristopher and Gareth travelled up to Nottingham on the 23rd March to compete in the 2013 Cerebral Palsy (CP) National Swimming Championships.

Between them, both swimmers enter eight events, bringing back to Colchester five Silver and two Bronze medals between them. Many congratulations to you both.




Amelia Bacon back in Colchester after competing at the 2013 DSE/Nationwide Junior – Youth Disability Swimming Championships, Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Amelia who is deaf completes in the S15 swimming category competed in a total of six events, bring back to Colchester excellent Pb’s and good medal positions on all the events she entered.

Well done Amelia.

(Photo above shows Amelia with her medals at the Garrison Pool. Permission has been given for release of this photo).


Christmas Fun session at the Garrison Pool December 2012.


2012 Sponsored Swim.



3rd Annual Diddy Gala.

The 8th of December 2012 saw many of little swimmers from our 'Learn to Swim' programme take part in our 3rd Annual Diddy Gala. Also a few of the squad swimmers competed as a way of showing the 'little ones' what what be acheived (Ability not Disability), if you try hard enough. Other squad swimmers helped on the poolside during the event.
Our volunteer club helpers played a very active role in this event by supporting and encourageing the very young swimmers in the water. A great time was had by all.


Amelia Bacon

With her medals after competing at the Sudbury Open Meet, Kingfisher Pool 29th / 30th September 2012.


Amelia Bacon

12 year old Amelia Bacon with her medals from the Deaf National Swimming Championship 2012.


Heart Essex Heroes Awards

Martin and Su from Heart Breakfast hosted the glittering Heart Essex Heroes Awards at the Crowne Plaza, Colchester - an event to recognise the county's unsung heroes voted for by Heart listeners. The evening was sponsored by Lloyd Green Solicitors.


Harwich Sprint Triathlon.

Colchester Phoenix ASC Swimming Teacher raised £660.00 for the Phoenix by taking part in the Harwich Sprint Triathlon. This was Johns first attempt at doing a Triathlon, he said. "He enjoyed it so much, that he wants to do it again next year!" Well done John and many thanks for your excellent fund raising efforts!



Two swimmers from the Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club travelled to Sheffield to compete in the National Junior and Youth Disability Swimming Championships.

The swimmers, thirteen year old William Palmer who is Achondroplasia, (dwarfism) and twelve year old Amelia Bacon who is deaf competed in a total of twelve events over two days of gruelling competition. Palmer (S6 category swimmer) and Bacon (S15 category swimmer) formed part of the ASA Team East Swimming Squad came back to Colchester with a total of six gold, three silver and two bronze medals between them.

Well done to both William and Amelia!


Canoeing on Saturday 25th February with Instructors and members from Colchester Canoe Club

Colchester Phoenix ASC members and Club Helpers had a fantastic opportunity to try their skills at Canoeing on Saturday 25th February with Instructors and members from Colchester Canoe Club

A great two hour session was had by all..lots of fun, ...lots of smiling faces and lots of new skills were lernt.

Many thanks to Colchester Canoe Club for giving up their time so freely to us.

More photos can be viewed on the Club Notice Board


The Phoenix held their 2nd Annual Club Diddy Gala on the 10th Dec 2011.

The gala which was organised by Snr Swimming Teacher/Lessons Co-ordinator, Sarah Del-Guice attracted over 40 young swimmers, ranging from beginners to junior Squad swimmers.

Our band of dedicated club helpers and teachers turned up in force to assist many of the younger swimmers in the water. Senior Squad Members helped by being officials at the event.

Sarah said. "She was pleased to see so many of the beginners and improvers take part in the event, proving once again of the swimmers Ability and not their Disability!" Sarah went on to say. "Thank you to all the volunteer club helpers and teachers and also the squad members who supported and helped at the event".


9 Year old Charley Weston with her medal from the Thetford Lions Disability Gala November 2011.

(This was Charley's first ever gala and look she won a medal! Charley has severe Cerebral Palsy, she is a lovely little girl and has loads of never know we may be looking at a future Paralympian!)



The start of November is proving to be a very busy and successful time for Amelia Bacon, William Palmer, Callum Simmons, Arron Dadd, Charley Weston and Matthew Garnett.

On Sunday 6th November Amelia and Wills (as he likes to be called) competed at the Braintree and Bocking 200m Swim Meet. Both swimmers achieved Pb's on all their entered events and good placing in their age group.

Sunday 13th November saw Amelia and Wills travel to Epping Forest to compete in the Epping Forest District Short Course event. Once again, both swimmers had a very successful Meet by achieving pb's on all their entered events.


Saturday 12th November Matthew, Callum, Aaron and Charley competed at the Thetford Lions Disability Swimming Gala. The swimmers had a wonderful time bringing back to Colchester many Pb's and good place positions between them.



During the Colchester Phoenix ASC Summer break from training fourteen year old Nirari Youssefi-Titchen took to the cold waters of GOSPORT LAKE to do an OPEN WATER SWIM to raise funds for the charity CORDA (CORDA is a pioneering charity, dedicated to the early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke).

Nirari who has severe Cerebral Palsy exchanged his Phoenix swim trunks for a Wet Suit, but still insisted in wearing his Blue Phoenix swim cap swam alongside his brother Sargon in the Masters Class and also alongside British Olympic swimmer Ross Davenport!

Well done Nirari!



11 year old Amelia competed in the LC National Deaf Swimming Championships and Deaf Age Group Gala at the end of March 2011. This competition was the first ever swimming event Amelia had entered.

But she was not put off by the fact this was her first competition as gutsy Amelia came home with 1 Silver, 2 Bronze medals plus Pb's from all the events she entered. Well done Amelia.


The 2011 Suffolk Swimability Gala once again played host to Disability Swimming Teams from over the East Region. Swimmers from the Phoenix, Callum Simmons, Ben Eeles , Arron Dadd and Nirari Youssefi-Titchen all had an excellent meet by coming back to Colchester with many medals and an equal amount of Pb's from the events they entered. Well done to all the swimmers!
Nirari was presented with the young Achievers Cup