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51st Cup Final – A

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 City of Coventry West Midlands
Lane 8 Bromley South
Lane 7 teamipswich London
Lane 6 Millfield School Western
Lane 5 Mount Kelly Western
Lane 4 Wycombe District South
Lane 3 Guildford City South
Lane 2 Plymouth Leander Western
Lane 1 Hatfield London
Lane 0 City of Peterborough East Midlands

0 Lane 0 City of Peterborough SC

City of Peterborough Swimming Club, or COPS as the club likes to be known as, is proud to represent the East Midlands league in The National Arena Swimming League Cup Final for the 7th time.

COPS was established in 1936, and became a city council supported swim programme in 1985. COPS had never made The National Arena Swimming League finals in its previous history, so is very proud of the recent 10-year history of representing and competing at this stage so often.

COPS is most likely the smallest club programme competing in the final, with only 140 members on the programme books. However, COPS’ priority is to get the best from its members, and in recent times has produced swimmers who have achieved Paralympic podiums, international senior caps, international junior caps, and numerous national podiums. The club is proud to have established a reputation for age-group and youth national development. COPS is proud to provide a core stage in the pathway of our members. The aim is to ensure that each of the club’s members learns life skills, swim skills and love for the sport which will stay with them for a lifetime. The COPS team looks forward to making memories again in the 51st National Arena Swimming League Cup Final.

1 Lane 1 Hatfield SC

Hatfield SC, located in Hertfordshire, was founded in 1966, growing from a small local club to one of the premier clubs in the country, during which time it has a proud history of success within The National Swimming League. This year will be the 16th consecutive year in which the club has qualified for a final, once winning a Cup Final and once being runners up.

Hatfield is still a small club in comparison to many, with just over 240 members, catering for those new to competitive swimming right through to the club’s own Masters European Record holder. Throughout its history, the club has had five Olympians, and the most recent international seniors were competing at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2017 and 2018, five of Hatfield’s swimmers represented GB teams (Four in the GB Junior Teams and one in the GB Para Swimming Team), and last year two swimmers won medals – Louise Fiddes in 100m breaststroke in the World’s Para Swimming Championships, and Nathan Hughes in the 10km swim in the European Junior Open Water Championships for 18/19 age group.

Creating excellent links with Hertfordshire University, Hatfield has enriched its programme with highly respected strength-and-conditioning and physiotherapy support, as well as sports psychology. Together with University of Hertfordshire, the club offers students a high-performance swimming programme, supported by grants from the university. Hatfield has been an accredited ASA Performance Club since 2016 and was voted ASA Club of the Year in November 2016. Since October 2017, another addition to the club’s programme has been a synchronised swimming section. Hatfield’s members are proud of the club’s achievements and are looking forward to the new challenges.

Hatfield SC wish everyone – its members and its rivals – another successful National Arena Swimming League Final!

2 Lane 2 Plymouth Leander SC

Plymouth Leander’s swimmers have a fine pedigree in The National Arena Swimming League, and really enjoy racing as a team against the best clubs in the country. Having started out in the late 1950s, as a ladies’ swimming club based in some beach huts on Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth Leander has grown into the successful and respected club it is today.

The Devon-based club is now proud to be sponsored by Arena. It currently has around 250 members – from 6 and 7-year-olds, just starting out, to Ben Proud, the reigning 50m fly World champion.

Our aim is to help and encourage all our swimmers to fulfil their potential and follow their dreams. Last year, new squads were launched for the youngest juniors, with the aim of improving the transition between learnto- swim programmes and competitive swimming.

Head coach Robin Armayan has built up an impressive coaching team since he took over at the helm in January 2017. His deputy is Olympian Roberto Pavoni, who joined from Loughborough after his retirement from competitive swimming. Antony “AJ” James is another former Olympian among the Plymouth Leander team. Plymouth born and bred, he rose through the ranks of the #bluearmy to swim alongside Michael Phelps at London 2012, and now relishes passing on his experience to the club’s younger swimmers.

Plymouth Leander enjoys a successful partnership with Plymouth College, through which it has established an elite swimming programme for athletes wanting to compete at the top level of the sport. Alumni include Ben Proud and Ruta Meilutyte, who became 100m breaststroke Olympic champion at the age of just 15! There are also strong ties between the club and Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council and Everyone Active.

Plymouth Leander were delighted to see an unprecedented number of the club’s athletes representing their home nations at the World Championships in Guangzhou, World Junior Championships in Hungary, European Junior Championships in Russia, European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku Azerbaijan, and many outstanding performances at both summer and winter nationals.

The very best of luck to all the teams competing today at The National Arena Swimming League Cup Final.

3 Lane 3 Guildford City SC

Guildford City SC is extremely proud to be representing the South league once again in The National Arena Swimming League Cup Final. Having won the competition in 2016, come 2nd in 2018 and third in 2019, we salute the hard work our talented team of swimmers and coaches have put in to keep us competing at the top of the best League competition in Great Britain. With the support from parents, committee members and volunteers, it has been a delight to watch our high-performance athletes represent the club with such enthusiasm and determination.

In December 2019 Guildford City defended The National Arena Swimming League-South title which it had held for 14 consecutive years, and, against extremely tough competition, came second to Wycombe District. Many congratulations to head coach Kevin Brooks and his team for breaking Guildford City’s long and illustrious unbeaten run.

Well done to all the club’s swimmers, and a big thank-you to our superb hard-working committee and the dedicated team of truly amazing coaches for yet another great year. Thanks are also extended to the club’s key partners Surrey Sports Park and the Guildford Spectrum – Guildford City’s twin operational headquarters.

Guildford City congratulate the five other South league teams who have also qualified for The National Arena Swimming League finals for the third successive year. Well done to Thanet, City of Oxford, Wycombe District, Bromley and RTW Monson. Good luck to everyone this weekend, participating in the most exciting swimming event of the year. As ever, it is a privilege and honour to be taking part.

4 Lane 4 Wycombe District

Wycombe District Swimming Club (WDSC) is a competitive swimming club which aims to develop swimmers of all abilities and ages to reach their maximum potential; with stroke improvement sessions from six-yearsolds to adult Masters, and with fun and fitness sessions to high performance training. The club boasts a highly successful performance programme which ranks highly in the UK, and in 2018 was selected as a Swim England National Performance Centre. WDSC currently has 640 active swimmers, and the club is the reigning Berks & South Bucks County Champions – a titled held since 2015.

The club trains at the state-of-the-art 50m pool at the Wycombe Leisure Centre, High Wycombe; and has an emerging base of swimmers at Risborough Springs, Princes Risborough. Both sections of the club are based in a relatively small district – The Wycombe District.

WDSC is a high-performing club, and at the 2019 British Summer Championships the team achieved 20 medals, seven of which were gold. The club also had 20 relay teams qualifying for the Championships – five more than any other team. Head coach Kevin Brooks brings a wealth of experience at all levels of coaching, notably coaching swimmers to the European Junior Championships, to the Olympic Games, and to British records. In 2018 he was the head coach of the Great Britain European Junior Championships Team, and he is currently head coach of the Swim England Performance Squad.

At the 2019 European Junior Open Water Championships Ella Dyson gained a silver medal in the 5km race, and Millie Sansome also placed highly in the 10km. WDSC was also Top Club at the Swim England Open Water Championships, for the second year.

The club hosts around five competitions each year, ranging from Level 3 meets to long-course Level 1 meets; and with a swim-down facility and food for the hard-working coaches and officials, WDSC like to think the club’s meets are a must on the calendar!

This year’s National Arena Swimming League Cup Final is the sixth time that WDSC has reached the finals weekend – the fourth time in the Cup Final! In 2019 WDSC’s incredible supporters won the ‘top supporters award’ at the 50th Cup Final.

5 Lane 5 Mount Kelly

Mount Kelly, set on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, combines academic excellence, an internationally recognised swimming programme, and exceptional pastoral care, to provide pupils with the opportunity to flourish in a fully integrated performance environment. The school, for both girls and boys aged between 3 and 18, offers both day and a full range of boarding provision, and currently has 600 pupils in total across the Prep and College.

The arrival of Mount Kelly’s 50m Olympic Legacy pool in September 2016, combined with the appointment of Emma Collings-Barnes as Director of Swimming in September 2018, has allowed Mount Kelly to expand and develop substantially over the last few years. Mount Kelly’s victory in the National Arena Swimming League B Final in 2019 was a good stepping stone in its performance progression; combined with a most successful British Summer Championships in 2019, leading to the signing of Finis as Mount Kelly’s official sponsor.

Current pupils at Mount Kelly include European Junior finalist Oliver Taverner, British and English Junior Record holder Leah Whittaker, as well as Robbie Jones, Macy Lawrence, Erin Little and Sandor Apponyi, who are all current national champions in their respective events. In addition, the swimming programme has had alumni or current pupils at the last five Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mount Kelly takes enormous pride in every athlete’s journey through the sport, providing swimmers with support and guidance to continue their career after they leave Mount Kelly.

6 Lane 6 Millfield School

Millfield School Swim Team has a proud tradition of excellence in swimming. The National Arena Swimming League forms an enjoyable part of the competition calendar and presents an opportunity for talented individuals to race together as one team. Millfield are delighted to have made the Cup Final again and are ready to fight for the overall title.

The Millfield coaching staff are led by Director of Swimming Euan Dale. Euan has worked with both British Swimming and Team GB over the course of his coaching career and has played a major role in guiding athletes to several senior international competitions. Euan was one of the Team England coaching staff at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and has recently been selected for the 2020 Olympics. Euan is supported by coach James Clarke (Lead coach – boys), coach Rachel Aldington (Lead coach – girls), coach Matt Puddy, development coach Kieran Smith, alongside athletic development lead Daniel Waddingham (Team England 2018 Commonwealth Games); all combine their experience, energy and diversity to create a positive and productive atmosphere for the team to thrive in support of the Director. Head coach of Millfield Preparatory School Helen Gouldby and assistant coaches Arthur Lawlor, Marcella Anis, Emma Heaton and Holly Gunner combine Helen’s experience as an Olympian with a mutual passion for development within the sport of swimming to collectively enable the future champions of the Millfield programme to flourish.

The walls of Millfield are graced with honour boards capturing the successes of Millfield’s past, present and future Olympic legends such as Duncan Goodhew, Mark Foster, Joanna Fargus, Caroline Foot, Euan Dale, Helen Gouldby, Edward Sinclair, James Disney-May and Paralympian Morgyn Peters. Accompanying them are the current generation of legends such as Olympians James Guy and Cameron Kurle. The future of this fine programme remains assured as the new breed of Millfield swimmers prepare to etch their names alongside the greats. With representation at all levels of the talent pathway within Great Britain, Millfield is sure to continue its run of producing world-class swimmers.

Further information about Millfield School Swim Team (including information relating to our extensive scholarship programme) can be found at www.millfieldswimming.com or by emailing [email protected].

#TheMillfieldWay #YearOfLegacy

7 Lane 7 teamipswich Swimming

Teamipswich Swimming (previously Ipswich Swimming Club) was founded in 1884. The club is based in the Suffolk county town of Ipswich.

The club primarily trains at Crown Pools, Ipswich, with five competitive squads, a vibrant water polo section, a competitive disability squad, a new masters squad and a learn-to-swim academy, incorporating a disability section.

Teamipswich boasts an outstanding team of coaches led by head coach Dave Champion. The club has seen a host of swimmers represent the club at an international level, including assistant head coach Zoe Cray. All the coaches who work in the club’s competitive programme were part of the competition groups before deciding to give something back to the club and moving into coaching.

Along with the coaching team and committee there are invaluable numbers of volunteers who help to keep the club running. Without them, the club would not be where it is today.

Despite its relatively small size, Teamipswich has always managed to make an impact when competing in national level team and individual events all over the country. The team has represented The National Arena Swimming League-London at the finals weekend over the past few years, and is always determined to give a good account of itself on the national stage.

Teamipswich prides itself on its team support, with the excellent and noisy legion of supporters who managed to win the ‘Best Supporters’ award at last year’s final in Cardiff.

Good luck to all the teams competing in The National Arena Swimming League Cup Final and B Final.

 

8 Lane 8 Bromley SC

Bromley Swimming Club is absolutely delighted to be back in Cardiff for the third year running – this time making its debut in the Cup Final!

All those returning to Wales have fond memories from previous visits – the atmosphere, sportsmanship and poolside banter really do make it a brilliant event to be part of.

BSC is a relatively small, competitive swimming club based in South-East London, but never lets its size stop its ambitions. The club has had a remarkable decade, graduating from local, low-level galas to competing on the highest stages, but the fundamentals and club ethos remain the same – team spirit is key. Its successes are a culmination of hard work, dedication and perseverance (alongside a dose of good humour!) from all members of the club – the parents, volunteers, coaches and, of course, the swimmers.

Here’s to a great gala! Best of luck to everyone!

9 Lane 9 City of Coventry SC

City of Coventry Swimming Club is delighted and honoured once again to be representing the West Midlands league in the Cup Final of The National Arena Swimming League. This will be the club’s first final since 2016, and the City of Coventry team is very much looking forward to it.

City of Coventry has thoroughly enjoyed the visits to Sheffield and Cardiff in recent finals, and the club is looking forward to another exciting final, and anticipating another hard-fought competition today. The unique opportunity the final brings, of allowing aspiring young swimmers to race alongside senior internationals, is invaluable, especially in this year of an Olympic Games.

2020 is a big year for the club, with its pool and spiritual home at Coventry Sports Centre finally closing its doors. This iconic building has hosted countless internationals, British Championships, nationals and trials over the last 50 years, and will be sorely missed. The closure though will signal the opening of Coventry Sports Centre replacement – the new 8 x 50m pool at the Alan Higgs Centre. It is incredibly exciting to be moving to the new pool, and the club thanks Coventry City Council and CVLife for their support.

The club would also like to give a big thank-you both to our club sponsors Aquarius Interiors for their generosity, and to Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and athlete scholarship programmes.

The whole club is looking forward to what we know will be a very challenging and exciting final. City of Coventry take this opportunity to wish every team the very best of luck.

Enjoy and swim fast!!!

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.