The refurbishment of the fitness pool changing area has been delayed until sometime in 2015 ! Therefore please revert back to using the facilities as normal.

Newsletter Dec 2014

Refurbishment

2014 21st AGM and Club Awards

Newsletter Apr 2014

Newsletter Aug Sept 2013

Newsletter Apr 2012

 



 

News and Views

 

MEDAL GLORY FOR LOCAL DISABILITY SWIMMERS

Colchester Based Swimmers bring home medals from the 2015 National Cerebral Palsy Swimming Championships.

Sunday 29th March 2015, three Colchester based swimmers traveled north to the Nottingham and Trent Jubilee Campus to compete in the 2015 Cerebral Palsy National Swimming Championships. The annual event was organized by Cerebral Palsy Sports UK who organize a variety of sporting events up and down the country for people diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
Veteran swimmer and Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club Chairman Darren Swash 31, cleaned up with a total of four gold medals and one Personal Best coming in the 50m Butterfly achieving a time of 0:38:42 the other three Gold medals came in the 50 meter Breast stroke, 50 meter Freestyle and 100m Breast stroke. Darren’s main goal is to qualify for the C.P World Games in August he has been an inspiration to the younger squad swimmers at Colchester Phoenix and has encouraged younger squad members to compete at disabled and able bodied galas. Darren’s enthusiasm and experience for the sport has been the driving force for Colchester Phoenix’s youngest Cerebral Palsy Swimmer Samuel Whearty.
Youngest swimmer off the blocks Samuel Whearty 12 years old, made his first appearance at the Cerebral palsy Nationals this year and achieved an amazing four new personal best times and a gold medal for his 100 meter Back stroke which Sam managed to break the golden two minute barrier which he has aimed for this year, Sam also achieved a Silver medals for his 50 meter Breast Stroke, 100 meter Freestyle and 200 meter Freestyle. This is an amazing achievement for Samuel who is new to the swimming gala circuit. Samuel who attends Colne Community School at Brightlingsea said “I feel really proud of what I have achieved so far this year, and I can’t wait to attend other galas”. Samuel has worked his way through the clubs learn to swim program and is now a regular squad swimmer.
Colchester Phoenix squad swimmer Nirari Yousesefi – Tichener 17 years old, achieved three medal positions and personal best times. Nirari was awarded silver medals for his 50 meter Back Stroke and Bronze medals for his 50 meter Breast stroke for his 100 meter Back stroke. Nirari was very popular with fellow swimmers and supporters at the event with his trade mark go get them attitude and infectious smile.
The Colchester Phoenix ASC swimmers came home with a total of 5 Gold’s, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, This is all due to hard work and determination and it shows that the hours of swimming training are really paying off.


PREMISSION GIVEN FOR RELEASE OF PHOTOS.

 

 

 
Guy (back row in Phoenix blue helpers T/Shirt). His last session at the Phoenix before going off to University. Sept 2014. Best wishes and good luck from us all.

 

On 8th May Jessica Green was one of 15 learners from Southview school in Witham who was chosen to take part in the Essex semi-final Panathlon Competition at Braintree College. Throughout the day a variety of sport was played and lots of mini tournaments took place against the other teams. Jess competed in 3 separate tournaments including New Age Kurling (involving rolling stones to a target); And 2 separate wheelchair races (one in and out of cones and one sprint). In all Jess came home with 3 medals (her first ever medals), one of which was a gold, and was rightly hugely proud of herself.

 

As from the 1st September 2014 the Phoenix Lane Line (01206-512021) will be available from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday only. (There is an answer service in operation during out of office hours).
Phoenix Mobile Number: 07724829677 - is available 24/7.

Colchester Phoenix ASC. 21st AGM And Club Awards Evening

 

COLCHESTER PHOENIX ASC. 21st AGM AND CLUB AWARDS EVENING.

DATE: SATURDAY 15th FEBRUARY 2014. TIME: 7.30pm START.

VENUE: THE DANCE STUDIO. COLCHESTER LEISURE WORLD.

ALL MEMBERS AND INTERESTED PARTIES INVITED.

Yule Tide Gala Epping.

13 Phoenix swimmers competed at the Epping Forest SC Yule Tide Gala Dec 2013. All the swimmers had a great day of competition, acheiving excellent short course P'bs and finishing their events in good medal positions. Well done to allour swimmers.

 

'Our very own super stars'

Swimmers Nirari Youssefi-Titchen , Connor Fletcher and Suzanne Warren from Colchester Phoenix ASC travelled to Sheffield to compete in the National Short Course Disability Swimming Championships as part of Team East. Numerous short course records were broken, including seven World and 15 European in a fantastic array of disability swimming. A host of GB’s finest World and Paralympic champions were in action at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. Organised by Disability Sport Events, 290 disabled swimmers took part in the National Open Short Course Championships.

All three Colchester Phoenix ASC swimmers achieved personal best and season best times in a series of highly contested races. The points each swimmers gained for their four best events were added to the 'Team East' tally and helped the team to win the overall trophy with Scotland close behind in second place.

S5 Para-swimmer Warren from Holland-on-sea took National Titles in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 100m and 200mIndividual Medley, with a second place finish in the 50m Backstroke. Warren was also selected for the East Region 20 point Medley relay team. Although the team of Warren, Helen Dolphin, Rebecca Lawes and Elissa Martin-De-La-Torre had never swum together before they worked together brilliantly and swam their way to the National title, finishing 9 seconds ahead of their closest rivals. The clock stopped at 4:20:25 beating the previous British record by 26 seconds.

Senior squad member Warren said: 'It was fantastic to have 3 members from our squad qualify to take part in the National Championships. The competition was a real challenge with all National Para-swimmer squad members swimming, including many who competed and won medals at the London 2012 Paralympic games. I am really pleased with both my own performance and that of the other Phoenix swimmers and our East region team mates'.

Head Coach of Colchester Phoenix ASC Maggie Hargraves commented 'I am so thrilled with all three of the swimmer’s achievements at Nationals. They are all real gutsy swimmers, putting 120% into everything they do. I feel really honoured at being their coach'.

All three swimmers and other squad members now have their eyes set on qualifying for the British International Championships in April next year, which are being held at the Commonwealth Games aquatics venue.


 

“CASH AROUND THE POOL” (Not in the Pool!) WAS HELD ON SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013. FITNESS POOL CLW 5PM – 6.45PM.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT RAISED:

£281.37p!

THE PERSON(s) WHO GUESS THE CORRECT AMOUNT OR WHO GUESSED NEAREST TO THE CORRECT AMOUNT RAISED WAS:

1ST Place: GASCOYNE (£277.00p)

2nd Place: NATHAN TREGETT (£267.53p)

Thank you to everyone who supported this event, by donating their loose change, laying the cash around the pool and / or collected all the wet coins up. Special thanks to the Chrissy and Mick who organised the ‘Guess how much in total was raised’ as an extension of Cash around the Pool 2013.

 

HEATHER RODWELL’S (CLUB HELPER) LAST SESSION WITH US BEFORE SHE GOES OFF TO UNIVERSITY TO STUDY MEDICINE.

GOOD BYE WE ARE GOING TO MISS YOU LOTS.

 

Suzanne Warren

Snr squad swimmer Suzanne Warren competed in her first Masters event last weekend at the ASA East Region Masters Swimming Championships. Suzanne, who competed along side non-disabled 'Masters' (in age group rankings) where Warren achieved silver medal position in the 50m Butterfly, bronze medal position in the 100m Individual Medley.
Well done Suzanne!

 

As been on the Nationwide Building Society Website.

Ability not Disability

Nationwide and DSE help disabled athletes reach their dreams. Here is Natalie Jones’s story

5 September 2012: This summer has seen able-bodied and disabled athletes from around the UK compete in a wide variety of sports, and Nationwide, in partnership with Disability Sport Events, is proud of its role in supporting disabled athletes achieve their dream of competing amongst the very best.


Disability Sport Events (DSE), an organisation set up to create equality in sport and physical activity, has given many disabled athletes the opportunity to compete against regional, national and international athletes, placing them in a stronger position to compete at the highest level. A whole host of athletes who have come through the DSE program have been selected to compete in this month’s sporting events, many of which have inspirational stories to tell.
Here is Natalie Jones’s story.
Natalie Jones – Swimmer
Natalie was born in October 1984. After an emergency caesarean, Natalie did not breathe for about nine minutes. It wasn't until she was about six months old that her parents noticed she was reaching and grabbing everything with her right hand - Natalie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her parents were told that she would not be able to ride a bike, play tennis or learn to swim properly.
At the age of ten, Natalie’s parents took her to a local swimming club, the Colchester Phoenix that was geared towards teaching disabled people how to swim. To begin with Natalie preferred to watch the other children from the side of the pool, but the club founder, Maggie Hargraves – herself an amputee – convinced Natalie to give it a go. After the session, Maggie commented: 'I don't know what it is about Natalie but she has a lovely swimming stroke and she could go far.’
The Disability Sport Events (DSE) and Nationwide Building Society partnership in athletics and swimming over the last 12 years, has meant Natalie and many other swimmers have had the opportunity to compete at structured competitions against regional, national and international swimmers. Natalie competed in the DSE Regional Championships and went on to compete at the DSE National Juniors, short course and British Internationals. It was whilst swimming at a DSE event that Natalie was spotted by British Swimming and put onto the talent programme.
Natalie went on to be selected for the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Her medal tally consists of two gold and two bronze Paralympic medals.
Natalie is competing in the 400m freestyle, 200m IM, 50m freestyle, 50m fly and the 100m freestyle at the Paralympics 2012.
Natalie’s mum said: “The Colchester Phoenix – Natalie’s first swimming club - motto is 'Ability not Disability' and the help that Nationwide and DSE have given should be a legacy to other inspirational young people. Natalie did learn to ride a bike and to play tennis, so after swimming who knows... Tour de France or Wimbledon could be next!”

 

Norwich Swimability Gala

A very successful 'Meet' for our swimmers who competed at the Norwich Swimability Gala on Saturday 15th September. Well done to you all. Many thanks to Soni and Pete for 'acting' as Team and Assistant Team Managers for this event.

 

Amelia and Wills

Amelia and Wills with their Medals after competing in the Epping Forest Meet on Sunday 16th September. Both swimmers had an excellent Meet by achieving Pb's on all their entered events with good medal positions in their age groups. Well done to both swimmers.

 

John

Many thanks to Zumba Instructor Veronique and her ladies and also John (Phoenix swimming teacher) in their fantastic effort of raising £245.00p in support of the Phoenix. Thank you all so much.

 

WELL DONE MARK!

Mark with his medals after competing at the 2012 May Phillips Swimming Championships in High Wycombe on Saturday 14th July.
Mark took Gold in the 50m Freestyle and Backstroke, Silver in the 50m Breaststroke and Bronze 50m Butterfly.

 

WILLIAM PALMER

Colchester Phoenix ASC swimmer, William Palmer, one of more than 150 athletes taking part
More than 150 competitors from the UK and Europe were in Wolverhampton this weekend (5th, 6th & 7th May) for the National Dwarf Games.

The games are sanctioned by the Paralympic Games and organised annually by the Dwarf Sports Association UK.

Palmer, who competed not only in six swimming events, but also in the Track and Field events, had a very tiring, but successful weekend.

The photo above shows Palmer back in Colchester with his six GOLD medals after taking first place position in the 100m IM, 100m Freestyle event, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and in the 50m Freestyle event.

Tim Shephard, from the Dwarf Sports Association UK, said: "Every year the number of competitors taking part in the National Dwarf Games increases and every year records are broken and personal bests attained."
Alongside track and field disciplines, other sports are included - basketball, hockey and swimming.

 

Well Done & Congratulations to Mark Holms!

Phoenix swimmer Mark will be competing at the DSISO 6th World & International Swimming Championships in Italy, in November as part of the DSISO Great Britain Swimming Squad.

 

Well done guys.

Phoenix swimmers, twins Gareth & Kristopher Cottee came back to Colchester with a haul of medals and Pb’s between them after competing in the CP National Swimming Championships in Nottingham.

 

Congratulations and our Best Wishes

GO TO AMELIA BACON ON HER SELECTION ONTO THE ENGLAND TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.
GOOD LUCK FROM ALL OF US AT THE PHOENIX.

CPASC PARALYMPIC SWIMMER FRAN WILLIAMSON RETIRES FROM COMPETITIVE SWIMMING.

Friday, 07 October 2011 12:28
Multi-Paralympic medallist Fran Williamson has announced her retirement from competitive swimming. Fran has competed at International level since 2001 and has won 23 International medals.

Speaking about her retirement, the Colchester Phoenix Amateur Club swimmer said,
“Everyone involved with the sport has been amazing to work with. The opportunity to train, travel and compete with some of the most talented people in the world has been the ultimate highlight and a true privilege.
“My swimming career has brought me so much. As well as 23 treasured international medals, I'm grateful for the things and experiences I've gained: friends, knowledge, motivation…. and empathy for sports people who have to squeeze into skin tight suits to compete!
“In Berlin this year I realised that, with new athletes coming through, the chances of me being able to compete for a place on the podium in London were pretty tough going. But instead of this being a negative, I turned it into a positive. I always knew that there'd be a 'sign' when it was time for me to stand down - this was definitely it.
"Especially when I realised what I could offer outside the pool. I came up with tons of plans, which I'm excited about, and finally decided it was time for a new chapter.
“My favourite competition, controversially, was also my least favourite: Beijing 2008. I spent most of the Games in agony with a severe shoulder injury that couldn't be eased by either physio or medical treatment. However, the overall atmosphere was so awesome and electrifying that it is still hard not to remember it with a smile… and I think I always will.”

National Performance Director John Atkinson added: “Fran has had a key role in the sport for the past decade and I know this decision must have been difficult for her to make. Her achievements in the sport have been vast and they are an outstanding credit to her and British Swimming.
“I took on my role 18 months ago and it has been a pleasure to work with Fran throughout that time. She is and always has been a great ambassador for the sport and we all wish her well for the future.”

From The Colchester Phoenix ASC
GOOD LUCK FRAN...WE WILL MISS YOU LOTS

Thank you to all the swimmers who competed in our 2011 Open Distance Meet on Sunday 26th June at Colchester Leisure World.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the ASA Officials and the wonderful Phoenix volunteers who gave up their time freely to make this event such a success.

Also thank you to the sponsors and supporter of the event: BT Community, Tendring District Council, Skaikly Motor Company, Peyton Tyler Mears and Colchester Leisure World.

To view the full results please click on the link below.



Full Results
Results 1500 & 800m Freestyle