20th ‘B’ Final – 7th March 2020

The National Arena Swimming League takes the opportunity to express its
appreciation to Arena International and Solo Sports for their support.

51st Cup Final

Solo Sports and Arena International have contracted to sponsor the League through to 2025. This includes financially sponsoring the constituent leagues and supporting the rounds which take place on the second weekend in October, November and December.Additionally Solo Sports and Arena International have supported this final, ensuring that the branding of both Arena and the League is an integral part of the day. League-branded merchandise has been produced for purchase. Check out the website for the details.

In their eleventh year of supporting us, Arena has continued to ensure that there are Arena backstroke flags and Arena banners at many of the rounds’ venues.

Arena’s agents in the UK, Solo Sports, have been very supportive to the management team during the rounds and leading up to this final. We take this opportunity of thanking them. Their team is at the venue today and also operating the ARENA shop, just behind the spectator area.

Keepers, for the clubs winning the competition and the relays, are provided by Solo Sports and Arena. Agegroup winners will also receive Arena merchandise.

The National Arena Swimming League takes the opportunity to express its appreciation to those companies who have helped the League throughout the year;

A big thank-you to our
other supporters who
have helped to ensure
that the finals take place

The Competing Teams
and the league they represent

Lane Club League
Lane 9 Boldmere West Midlands
Lane 8 City of Cambridge East Midlands
Lane 7 City of Oxford South
Lane 6 Thanet Swimming South
Lane 5 Camden Swiss Cottage London
Lane 4 City of Cardiff Western
Lane 3 City of Swansea Aquatics Western
Lane 2 Chelsea & Westminster London
Lane 1 RTW Monson South
Lane 0 Preston North West

0 Lane 0 Preston SC

Preston Swimming Club (PSC) is a fantastic family club, with a long and proud history of producing swimmers from swimming lessons to international level in mainstream swimming, masters and biathlons. The coaching team are passionate about providing swimmers with the best opportunities to progress in competitive swimming. This inspires the swimmers to ‘Work Hard and Dream Big’.

PSC is working together with the current pool operator GLL, and making closer links with the University of Central Lancashire, to continue to provide swimmers in the city and surrounding areas with the best possible training programme to compete at the highest standard possible.

After qualifying for a number of The National Arena Swimming League finals in the past, this year, making significant improvements, the club finds itself in its first B Final since 2014. Swimmers, coaches and all PSC members are extremely proud to be in today’s final. This is truly a magnificent achievement for the club and PSC is very honoured to be taking part.

PSC has had a successful 2019 in the pool, re-establishing the club as one of the premier clubs in the North West, in all team competitions. On the individual front, PSC swimmers have competed and reached finals at the British Championships, won medals at the English Summer Nationals, and won medals at World Masters level. The PSC is hoping for another successful season in the pool in 2020.

With a new coaching team and squad structure now in place, it is hoped to continue the traditions and values that make PSC a fantastic place to follow swimming dreams.

Work Hard, Dream Big and Swim Fast!

1 Lane 1 RTW Monson

RTW Monson, based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is a small and friendly, local swimming club with a rich 120-year heritage. The club has celebrated many accolades over the years, as diverse as setting a World Record in 1968 for the first and youngest relay team to swim the English Channel, to helping to organise the first National Inter-League Final in 1970, and to medals and representation at international level.

RTW Monson strives to be an inclusive club for all abilities, and to foster a strong sense of team. A family’s involvement can often span generations of swimmers, including three of our current coaches. Success is not only measured by medals, although the club’s performance and Para swimmers have had a great year, but also through technical instruction, and instilling a love for the sport.

Graham Bassi’s appointment as head coach in 2017 and a restructure of the entire programme and performance pathway, has allowed the club to gain momentum and offer every athlete the opportunity to reach their individual potential. This long-term approach is now bearing fruit and the club’s position in this competition is a great example of its progress. In the past, RTW has only reached the individual league finals, and two years ago relegation from the premier division was avoided by just one point. This year the club is thrilled to reach its first-ever National Arena Swimming League B Final.

The road to Cardiff has been a real journey and a huge achievement for a club with only 161 squad swimmers. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and hours which both swimmers and coaches have invested, and everyone is incredibly proud of this.

Everyone at the club is thanked for their continued support – particularly the parents and the amazing volunteers. The club looks forward to a very bright future together!

RTW Monson would also like to wish the other teams competing today a great experience and the best of luck.

2 Lane 2 Chelsea & Westminster SC

Chelsea & Westminster Swimming Club was formed in 2010 by the merger of the Chelsea & Kensington Swimming Club and the Westminster Borough Swim Squad. It is one of the most reputable and largest clubs in Central London, with over 850 swimming members, using pools across Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Central London.

Led by Lisa Bates since 2017, the club’s depth and performance has gone from strength to strength. The Chelsea & Westminster team is extremely excited to have achieved the club’s highest-ever position in The National Arena Swimming League B Final in the 2019/2020 season. The result is a true reflection of the commitment from all staff, volunteers and, of course, swimmers – all of whom are determined to fight for every point.

Resilience, camaraderie and focus are very much ingrained in our home environment. CWSC is
committed to creating a pathway of sustainable success. Aspiring to give every swimmer the skill set to achieve, from county through to the international stage. A holistic approach is adopted, where swimmers are treated as individuals. Every day is treated as an opportunity, not only to become a better athlete, but also to become a better person.

CWSC would also like to extend a huge thank-you to the councils, leisure providers and local schools which support the club – including Westminster City Council; Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; Everyone Active; Greenwich Leisure Ltd; YMCA; Latymer Upper School and Holland Park School. Without their continued ongoing support and relationships, the club would not be where it is today.

Chelsea & Westminster wish Good Luck to all teams competing in the B Final and Cup Final this year!

3 Lane 3 City of Swansea Aquatics

City of Swansea Aquatics is a competitive swimming club with over 300 members, and is one of the largest clubs in Wales. Last year, the club celebrated its centenary year. Affiliated to Swim Wales, and working in partnership with Swansea University, the club is a Performance Four ‘Dragon Mark’ accredited swimming club. Across nine squads, the swimmers progress from the Academy entry level squads through to the Performance squad of swimmers competing internationally for Wales and Great Britain. Led by head coach, Hayley Baker, the club structure is designed to cover the development, competitive and performance elements of the swimming programme.

Over the last decade, Swansea Aquatics has grown in ambition. Drawing from the membership base, the club has, and is, developing a very promising group of age-group, youth and senior swimmers, some of whom are Welsh and British record holders.

The club benefits hugely from a professional and experienced structure of coaching staff. In 2015, Hayley Baker was appointed as head coach. Hayley has been part of the Swansea coaching team since 2008, and has worked as part of both the Welsh and GB squads.

City of Swansea Aquatics has seen swimmers at the Paralympic Games 2016, Commonwealth Games – Team Wales in 2014 and 2018, World Championships 2017, European Junior Championships 2014 and 2017, European Youth Olympics 2011, 2013 and 2015, Youth Commonwealth Games 2017 and FINA World Open Water events.

As a Wales-based club, City of Swansea Aquatics considers itself to be a swimming family committed to growing and maintaining its position as a premier club in Wales, and also cementing its place as one of the top competitive clubs in the UK.

4 Lane 4 City of Cardiff SC

The City of Cardiff Swimming Club has a rich history with The National Arena Swimming League and its predecessor, spanning four decades. It was formed in 1974, by its former head coach Dave Haller MBE, from an amalgamation of swimming clubs in and around Cardiff. In 1975, just one year after its formation, the club won its first final. It is with great pleasure that the City of Cardiff Swimming Club is back again, competing in the 51st National Arena Swimming League Cup Final.

As the largest swimming club in Wales, and designated Swim Wales National Performance Centre, City of Cardiff Swimming Club currently has eleven squads, including elite, high-performance, competitive and academy squads, which currently cater for around 320 members.

The club’s elite and high-performance squads contain swimmers of exceptional talent, with European, Commonwealth and Olympic representation, and record holders, as well as national representative honours at both senior, junior and para-swimming.

2019 was another successful year for the club with Kyle Booth representing Team GB at World and European Junior Championships. Success also came from some of the club’s more senior swimmers, with Helen Gorman and Chris Jones bringing home six medals from the Masters World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The club’s talented and promising swimmers of all age-groups are continuing to embody and sustain the rich heritage of the City of Cardiff Swimming Club as an important stakeholder and contributor to national and international swimming, both past and present.

The club is extremely proud of its coaching team who are regularly called upon for Swim Wales duties, and there is developing band of volunteers who provide support to the national teams as team managers and chaperones, as required.

City of Cardiff wish all the swimmers and coaches a very enjoyable and successful competition, but
especially the club’s head coach Graham Wardell and his team, as they embark on an exciting journey. City of Cardiff look forward to returning to this fantastic event for many years to come.

“We lead, others follow”

5 Lane 5 Camden Swiss Cottage SC

Created through a merger of several local clubs in 1979, Camden Swiss Cottage is a swimming club
based in North London, drawing its members from the London Borough of Camden and some of the surrounding boroughs. Drawing athletes from this diverse area means that the club has many different nationalities swimming under its banner – from the USA to Russia and South Africa.

This is the club’s third B Final in a row. In recent years we have also built a successful junior inter-league team and have made the national inter-league final in this competition finishing 3rd for the last 2 years. Everyone in the Camden Swiss Cottage team is looking forward to participating again and building on the finishes in the last two seasons.

6 Lane 6 Thanet Swimming

Thanet is a small swimming club, based on the East Kent coast, with approximately 270 swimmers. The club continues to punch above its weight in its achievements.

Thanet is enjoying its sixth year of attendance at The National Arena Swimming League finals weekend, having in previous years not even qualified for the final of The National Arena Swimming League – South!

Thanet’s swimmers thoroughly enjoy competing in The National Arena Swimming League, and everyone is very proud of their achievements, really supporting them to fulfil their potential. Parents and volunteers provide an amazing atmosphere and team ethos, which has seen supporters dressing up for previous finals as “Only Fools and Horses” “Down to Margate” and “Kiss me quick” with bucket and spades. What will they do this year?

The club’s dedicated coaching team consists of Dan Cross, Alan Londesbrough, Jordan Honour, Claire Miles, Cathy Macartney and an army of support coaches, and they and Thanet’s amazing swimmers deserve high praise for qualifying for the B Final again.

Good luck to everyone and let’s have a fun gala!

GO TEAMTHANET!

7 Lane 7 City of Oxford SC

The City of Oxford Swimming Club has qualified for The National Arena Swimming League Cup Final for the sixth year running from the South league. The whole club is extremely proud and excited to be attending this prestigious event, along with several other teams from The National Arena Swimming League-South.

The team boasts an array of talented swimmers who excel when they represent their club on The
National Arena Swimming League stage. There are numerous junior and senior county and regional record holders, including swimmers who have been selected for home nation and British programmes. The League competition always brings out the best in the swimmers, and places on the team are much prized and sought after. This competition helps inspire the younger team members, by giving them the opportunity to be involved in an exciting, fun atmosphere alongside international swimmers.

The experienced COSC coaching team is led by head coach Amanda Booth, who is supported at the club by coaches Zichen Liu, Liz Basterfield, Fabian Whitbread and strength-and-conditioning coach Matt Croyle.

The City of Oxford team is looking forward to going into battle once again in Cardiff – swimming at our very best. We wish all the other finalists the very best of luck.

8 Lane 8 City of Cambridge SC

City of Cambridge Swimming Club is one of the largest clubs in Cambridgeshire, and it offers opportunities for swimmers of all ages and ability to continue their pathway through the sport of
swimming. The club currently has 300+ active members.

For the past ten years, City of Cambridge has consistently produced East Region champions, and national medallists and finalists. City of Cambridge has many swimmers who are currently on England and regional talent programmes, and the strong Para Squad and Masters Squads also support swimmers who compete at all levels, including regional and national levels.

The club has a great partnership with both Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). Both universities are incorporated into the swimming squads, with the latter offering significant scholarships for regional/national standard swimmers. The club would also like to highlight and congratulate the fantastic job which the network clubs of Royston SC and Bottisham SC are doing, as they have produced swimmers who have joined CoCSC and are competing as part of the team today.

Having grown hugely since 2009 when current head coach James Freezer joined, the club has gone from strength to strength, making The National Arena Swimming League B Final in 2012, 2013 and 2019. City of Cambridge is proud to be returning for a consecutive year in 2020. Everyone is very excited to be in the ‘B’ Final this year and extremely proud of the hard work put in by the swimmers and the coaching team to achieve this result, and certainly would not be here without the tireless efforts of all the volunteers and supporters.

City of Cambridge would like to wish all competing teams the best of luck in today’s event.

9 Lane 9 Boldmere SC

Boldmere Swimming Club is one of the longest-established swimming clubs in the Midlands, and will be celebrating its 125th year in 2020. It has the largest number of active members of any sports club in the UK’s second city. Currently over 500 members attend 17 sessions at eight venues, with more than 200 regularly taking part in competitive swimming and water polo events.

The club was formed in 1895 by a group of enthusiasts who swam regularly in the pools of Sutton Park (on the north-eastern edge of the Birmingham conurbation), taking its name from the nearby village of Boldmere, which today is one of several residential areas which make up the historic Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.

Boldmere SC is currently one of the most successful competitive sports clubs in the Midlands. Swimmers have seen success at high-level events on the national, international and world stage, where they have competed against swimmers from other leading UK swimming clubs.

Gala
Officials

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We extend a warm
welcome to all our guests

The expected guests include:
Ian Mackenzie President – Swim England
Jane Nickerson Chief Executive Officer - Swim England
Luca Belogi General Manager International Business – Arena
Eva Vitali Marketing Manager International Business – Arena
Digby Gunson Managing Director - Solo Sports
Nikki Dodd Sponsor Liaison – Solo Sports
Allan Thornton Arena Ambassador – Solo Sports

The intention is to have the event streamed and there will also be official photographers. Photographs of the event will appear on the League website and social media.

Gala Officials

Senior Officials: Tom Baster Helen Whittle Jane Whittle
  Rhiannon Edwards Helen Akers
Meet Director: Ian Mackenzie
Field of Play: Sheila Mackenzie

Judges from:

Jan Annan Nicholas Holmes Tom Piggott
Tim Bartley David Hopkin Nick Richmond
Wendy Boyd Olga Ignatovich Guy Rudd
Irina Cozma Panayiota Koulafetis Zoe Slater
Anne Davy Lisa Libby-Inman Nigel Smith
Louise Dexter Anita Mold Antonio Venuti
Mitchiko Divet Chris Moran Jeremy Whiting
Matt Edwards Cathy Moss Sofia Whittles
John Gould Peter O’Callaghan Tom Williams
Graham Haggerty Jo Peter Isabella Zhang

Event Support Team

Brian Collis Adrian Edwards Kay Grimshaw Chris Hisgrove
Amanda Harrison Graham Spratt Di Gambie Sheila Bryant
Clive Smith Nigel Fussey Brian Boyle Eve Edwards
Kathy Hook Amanda Harrison Fiona Laing
Announcer: Peter Bays Sound system: Audio Visual Services
Commentator: Alex Fussey Streaming: Shockwave Digital
Chief recorder: Simon Sinclair Warm-up marshals: Team Coaches

 A big thank-you to all our officials, who give up their valuable time, not only today, but at the rounds of our League across the country.