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Due to the continued expansion of our swimming programme and in particular our junior squads we are looking for motivated and enthusiastic parents to help on the pool deck at gala’s and during training session. For those willing to commit the club can assist with acquiring coaching qualifications.

If you are keen to become involved in a fast growing club please contact:
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Mission Statement
Alsager Bridgestone ASC is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to the improvement and progress of competitive swimming. We aim to encourage and develop good sportsmanship, individual integrity, team spirit and provide an environment in which swimmers can realise their full potential at all levels.
Youngsters Shine at Winsford Development Meet
Congratulations to the 10 swimmers who competed at the Winsford development meet last weekend. There were some great performances shed loads of medals and a huge number of PB’s during the two sessions.
Alsager Bridgestone Swimmers competing:- Shannon Birkin, Lucy Church, Jake Dale, Samantha Dokter, Jodie Hulme, Abigail Jones, Jessica Jones, Lydia Litchfield, Amy Wyatt and Jack Wyatt.
Well done guys you are a credit to the club.
I would also like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out at the meet.

156 Medal haul and best visiting club award for the third year running.
Thirty swimmers from our competitive squads took part in the Biddulph open meet last weekend and picked up a staggering 156 medals. The hot weather did not seem to affect performances and after a tough season, swimmers still managed to put in some outstanding swims.
There was some awesome swimming throughout the weekend but credit must go to our younger swimmers whose approach to the meet was very professional and produced some outstanding results. A very nervous Molly Plant went into her first ever competitive 400m freestyle race but she did not disappoint, coming away with the gold medal. These swimmers are the future of the club and with performance like that the future looks rosy.
Well done guys.
Congratulations must also go to both Euan O’Neill and Sam Pickford who were awarded second and third best boys of the meet respectively. We also picked up Best Club Award for the third year in a row and this was thoroughly deserved.
Once again, the swimmers were commended by officials for their outstanding behaviour on poolside and the camaraderie amongst the swimmers, both on and off poolside.
Let’s all wish Marcus and Sam the best of British as they compete in the Nationals at Sheffield next month.
Well done to everyone who took part you are a credit to the club.
Swimmers competing were:- Marcus Tyson, Sam Pickford, Simon Corbishley, Cameron Emery Hyson, Conner Riley, Jack Fox-Mars, Jacob Copeland, Alex Corbishley, Euan O’Neill, Jake Dale, Jake Plant, Jack Wyatt, William O’Neill, Harm Dokter, Isaac Brookes, Kitty Price, Lydia O’Neill. Madison Emery Hyson, Molly Plant, Jodie Hulme, Jess Jones,Izzey Riley Abigail Jones, Molly Fox-Mars, Yasmin Emery-Hyson, Francesca Townsend, Beth Hitchen, Sam Dokter & Olivia Cork

Final Weekend of Northwest Regional Age Group Championships
A great last weekend at the Swim Northwest Regional Age Group Championships. Congratulations go to all those swimmers who took part. Great job from both Mike Goodby and Cameron Emery-Hyson for making finals In the 100m Fly and 400m Fc respectivley.
Guys there was some awesome swimming at both the Youth and Age Group Championships over last few weeks. Combined results from both Championships put us top club in East Cheshire.
Well done Guys

First Weekend of Northwest Regional Age Group Championships
Well done to all those swimmers who competed at the North West Region Age Groups today. There was some awesome swimming. A great swim from Cameron Emery-Hyson with a new PB and picking up a silver medal 1500 freestyle.

Liverpool Sprint meet
Well done to all those swimmers who competed at the Liverpool long course meet last weekend. It was a great experience for some of our younger swimmers. There was some outstanding swimming with PB,s across the board from Simon & Alex Corbishley, Jacob Copeland, Lucy Church, Jake Dale, Molly Plant and Jack Plant. 7 medals were shared between Jacob Copeland and Simon Corbishley , with Simon also picking up second best boy award. Well done guys

Alsager Bridgestone secure a top place at Northwest Region Youth Championships
Five Alsager Bridges swimmers took the trip to Liverpool Aquatics centre to compete in the North West Region Youth Championships. Swimmers were Marcus Tyson, David Brown, Sam Pickford, Simon Corbishley and Kitty Price. What a weekend they had making 16 finals with 11 finishes being in the top three placing. To add to this they secured a top ten placed club in the Championships.

Well done guys.

Regional Qualifying times gained at Satellite Open meet
What an incredible weekend of swimming with 18 Alsager Bridgestone swimmers competing at the level 2 Satellite open meet. There was some awesome swimming showing how far swimmers have moved forward over the last few months.
Outstanding performances across the board helped to put Alsager Bridgestone in third place overall for best club award. To add to the clubs success swimmers picked up a 33 medals, 8 Regional Age Group Qualifying times. Congratulations to Jack Fox-Mars for adding this name to the ever growing list of 2014 Regional Qualifiers. Congratulation also goes to Sam Pickford for picking up top boy award for the second week on the run
Guys this was an outstanding performance from all our swimmers. Let’s move forward and raise the bar again for the Regional Championships

Sam is the Man at the City of Stoke Open Meet
Twenty Alsager Bridgestone swimmers competed at the City of Stoke open meet over the weekend and they were certainly on form, which was very clear to see with a 51 medal haul, numerous PB's, and Regional qualifying times.
Leading the way was team captain Sam Pickford who took gold in 13 events and was awarded best boy at the meet. But let’s not forget our two youngest swimmers Jack Plant and George Roberts who both swam well and achieved good PB’s.
Medallists on the day were : - Sam Pickford, Cameron Emery-Hyson, Madison Emery-Hyson, Euan O’Neill, Billy O’Neill, Jacob Copeland, Jack Fox Mars, Josh Priestman, Amy Wyatt, Jess Jones, Beth Hitchen and Conner Riley.
Well done guys, there was some great racing.

Kitty Competes at Commonwealth Trials
Congratulations to 17 year old kitty Price who represented Alsager Bridgestone at the Scottish National Championships in Glasgow. The meet designated for Commonwealth games selection took place at the newly refurbished 10 lane Tollcross International Swimming centre.
Kitty competed in 8 events over the 4 day prestigious meet and put in some outstanding swims, but left her best to last. On the last day of the meet she went into the 200 Butterfly and produced an outstanding swim, gaining a life time best and heading the afternoon ranking for the event.

Kitty said was a great experience to swim at this pool and compete against some of the best swimmers in Scotland.

41 Medal Haul at County Championships
This was a record breaking Championships for Alsager Bridgestone and another fantastic performance during the two weekends 0f galas. What a great County Championships with swimmers picking up 41 medals, 3 County Records, 6 County Championship firsts, numerous PB’s and Regional Qualifying times.
Marcus Tyson broke County records in three events. The 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke and the 50m Butterfly, while David Brown took the County 50m Breaststroke Championship accolade. Jacob Copeland also took the 12year old 50m Freestyle gold.
Medallists were:- Marcus Tyson, David Brown, Sam Pickford, Simon Corbishley, Cameron Emery-Hyson, Josh Priestman, Conner Riley, Michael Goodby, Euan O’Neill, Jacob Copeland , Niamh Minton.
BAGCAT awards were also made to Euan, Simon Cameron and Jacob for achieving at top sixth place in their Age Groups.
Regional Qualifying times achieved were:- Jacob Copeland 400m FC, 200Fc Euan O’Neill 200Fly, Isabella Harris 100Fly, 200Fly, 200Fc, Madison Emery-Hyson 200Bc, Conner Riley 400m FC , 200IM, Marcus Tyson 100Fly, Michael Goodby 200Im
The last session of the meet included the relays and our two boys teams swam out of their skins, with the open boys taking the 200m Freestyle and IM titles while the boys 13/14 years took the 4x50m Freestyle title and came second in the 4x50 IM.
Well done guys it was a great couple of weekends racing. Let’s build on this success and move forward to the Regional and National Championships.

Youngsters have a ball at the Cheetham Lambert Gala
A group of young Alsager Bridgestone swimmers took the short trip over to Macclesfield to compete in the Cheetham Lambert team gala and came away with a third place after some outstanding swimming. First time competitors Till Copeland, Joe Shirley, Eva Nawoor, Fin Glover, Charlie Lomas, Ben Townsend, and Dominic Church were not phased by their first ever gala and put in some great swims.
Event winners on the evening were Joseph Jonson, Molly Plant, Alex Corbishley, Tilly Copeland, Thomas Litchfield, Jack Plant, Jodie Hulme, Jacob Copeland and George Roberts with the girl’s 10/U & boy’s 12/U relay teams coming first place in the medley & freestyle relays.
The atmosphere was electric throughout the night with swimmers coaches and chaperones rounding off the evening by performing the MACARENA
Well done guys some great swimming and a credit to the club.
A big thank you must also go to coach’s parents and volunteers who contributed to the excellent atmosphere at the gala. Thanks Vicki, Audrey, Pip, Max, Nigel, Nick, Tracey, Samantha, Amy and Sasha.
Demolition Derby Day
Over 40 swimmers joined in with Alsager Bridgestone Club Captain’s “Demolition Derby” at Alsager Leisure Centre on Saturday........this was inflatable fun at its best, with Jake and Abi picking up awards for fastest over the course, whilst Theo and Yasmin scooped prizes for making everyone laugh!!

Junior Club Captains, Jack and Fran, awarded Emily with a special “Bravery” award.

Many thanks to Joy, Liz and Pip for all their help on the day.
Medal Haul at North Midlands Age Group Championships
What an incredible start to 2014 with 41 Alsager Bridgestone swimmers competing at the North Midlands Age Group Championships. Over the two weekends there has been some awesome swimming showing how far we have moved forward over the last few months. Then just as we thought the competition was drawing to an end, up stepped seven of our swimmers to raise the bar yet again while competing in a fantastic skins event. Kitty Price, Sam Pickford, Marcus Tyson, Simon Corbishley, Cameron Emery-Hyson Michael Goodby and Conner Riley all competed in the event with Simon Corbishley and Sam Pickford eventually winning the junior and senior titles respectively.
There were outing performances all across the board during the two weekends which helped to put Alsager Bridgestone in third place overall for best club award. To add to the clubs success swimmers picked up a 91 medals, 9 open trophies, and numerous Regional Qualifying times. Congratulations to Euan O’Neill, Jacob Copeland, Lydia O’Neill and Josh Priestman for adding their names to the ever growing list of 2014 Regional Qualifiers.
Medal Winners were:-
Marcus Tyson, Sam Pickford, Benn Legge, Simon Corbishley, Cameron Emery-Hyson, Michael Goodby, Josh Priestman, Conner Riley, Jacob Copeland, Alex Corbishley, Euan O’Neill, Jake Dale, Kitty Price, Niamh Minton, Lydia O’Neill, Fran Townsend, Lydia Litchfield
Guys this was an outstanding performance from all our swimmers. Let’s move forward and raise the bar again for the County Championships.

Kitty to Compete at Commonwealth Trials
Congratulations to 17 year old kitty Price for achieving qualifying times for the forth coming Commonwealth games Trial. She will be representing Alsager Bridgestone during the trials in the newly refurbished 10 lane Tollcross International Swimming Centre in April, which will be host to the swimming competition during Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games.
Competitors will be travelling from all corners of the UK to swim at this prestigious event. The event programme is designed for both swimmers and spectators with each day’s action concluding in fanatic style. Races will take place over 4 days with heat sessions taking place in the morning/afternoon and finals in the evening.
It will be a great experience to compete against some of the best swimmers in Britain
Medal Haul at Manchester Snow-Pen Meet
11 Alsager Bridgestone swimmers took part in the last meet of the year at the Manchester Commonwealth pool. Swimmers were- Sam Pickford, Kitty Price, Marcus Tyson, Niamh Minton, Simon Corbishley, Alex Corbishley, Michael Goodby, Euan O’Neill, Lydia O’Neill, Madison Emery-Hyson and Cameron Emery-Hyson.
What a great finish to 2013 with swimmers picking up 23 medals, numerous PB’s and new Regional Qualifying times. Sam and Marcus both went inside the National 50m Backstroke qualifying time for the second time in two weeks. While young 11 year old Euan O’Neill stepped up to the next level by gaining a Regional Age Group qualifying time in the 200m Backstroke.
Well done guys it was a great way to end the year. Let’s build on this success and move forward in the New Year.

Gold all the way for Mike
Eight Alsager Bridgestone swimmers were competing at the Wirral Metro development meet. Swimmers were Conner Riley, Mike Goodby, Sam Dokter, Isobel Riley, Jacob Copeland, Matthew Sawdon, Molly Plant and Jack Plant.
Our swimmers were certainly on form, which was very clear to see with a 20 medal haul, numerous PB's,a Regional qualifying time and a Cheshire County qualifying time for one of our junior members Isobel Riley.
Mike Goodby was on fire during the meet picking up 8 gold medals along the way. Not far behind him was Jacob Copeland who came away with 3 gold and 3 silver medals. Other medal winners were Conner Riley, Sam Dokter, Isobel Riley and Matt Sawdon.
Well done guys, there was some great racing.

National Times Achieved at North West Region Winter Championships
Alsager Bridgestone swimmers are celebrating after fantastic results from the North West Region Winter Championships held at Manchester Aquatics centre. They came up against elite athletes from some of the best North West clubs.
Ten swimmers took part in the Championships, Marcus Tyson, Sam Pickford, Simon Corbishley, Ben Legge, Cameron Emery-Hyson, Kitty Price, Katie Sutton,James Walker Niamh Minton and Lydia O’Neill.
There was some outstanding swimming over the weekend with swimmers making 19 finals. Kitty IM Price just missing out on a medal place in the 400IM final where she produced a blistering time of over 8 seconds faster than her heat time set in the morning session. Marcus Tyson came strong in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly picking up two well deserved bronze medals.
Congratulation must go to both Sam and Marcus for gaining National qualifying times for the 50m Backstroke.
Just to top the weekend – Alsager were placed as 10th Club in the North West!
Head Coach, Mike Barnes, said that this was the best set of results ever at a Winter Regional Championships for Alsager Bridgestone, not just in terms of medals and finals but also the quality of times produced.

Alsager Bridgestone Swimmers light up Blackpool
Nine Alsager Bridgestone swimmers were in action at the Inter Association gala in Blackpool. Simon Corbishley, Cameron Emery-Hyson, Conner Riley, Josh Priestman, Lydia O’Neill, Madison Emery-Hyson, Euan O’Neill, Jacob Copeland and Fran Townsend were all selected to represent the North Midlands Association. They did the club proud by putting in some outstanding performances. Simon Rocket Corbishley smashed his 100Freestyle time in a new personal best of 56.7.Conner Riley then stepped up to the mark in a blistering 100m Breaststroke in 1.21.23. Swim of the weekend came from Barry (Cameron) in the 400 freestyle, where not only did he smash his PB but had split times at a 100m & 200m faster than he had ever swam before.
Well done guys there were some great swims

Fran & Alex take Gold in the IM
Ten Alsager Bridgestone Junior swimmers were competing in the Cheshire County Junior meet at Macclesfield this weekend. Swimmers were Francesca Townsend, Isobel Riley, Jodie Hulme, Molly Plant, Lucy Church, Jack Plant, Jake Dale, Alex Corbishley, William Crump and Jack Wyatt. There were some outstanding performances with swimmers achieving 26PB’s 3 speeding tickets and 8 medals.

The following swimmers were our medal winners Francesca Townsend 100IM & 2000IM, 50m Backstroke, Jake Dale 100Im, Alex Corbishley 100Im, 200IM & 50m Breaststroke Jodie Hulme 50m Breaststroke

Speeding tickets Alex Corbishley, Jake Dale & William Crump

Well done guys some great performances


Olympians out in force at the Stockport Long Course Meet
Alsager Bridgestone had yet another very successful gala at the Stockport long distance meet. This was a level one gala, where competition was fierce and included a number of the Countries Olympians

The Club took along a team of only six swimmers; Sam Pickford. Ben Legge, Kitty Price, Cameron Emery Hyson, Isabella Harris and Madison Emery-Hyson who all rose to the challenge and achieved. Five out of six swimmers finished in the top six in their age group. Congratulations to Cameron who picked up a bronze medal in the 1500 Freestyle while kitty Price added the 800m Freestyle to her portfolio of regional qualifying times.

Well Done guys

Early Season Success at Sheffield
September saw the first competition of the season for many of our swimmers, with some

great performances and some amazing results.

15 Alsager Bridgestone swimmers travelled over to Sheffield to compete in the City of

Sheffield Tea Spoon gala, as well as doing a little bit of shopping. (Sam & Cameron)

It was a great start to the season with swimmers making 28 finals and picking up 5 medals

along the way. The two outstanding swims of the day came from Marcus Tyson in the

50mFreestyle & 50m Butterfly gaining him two gold medals.

Well done guys a great start to the session

Sensational festival of swimming
The recent Alsager-Bridgestone Club Championship yielded an outstanding series of swims and an unprecedented number of records. Participants ranged from 8 years and under through to the men's and women's open categories and contributed to nearly 500 individual swims. In total nearly 300 PBs were achieved and an outstanding 52 Club Championship records were set. Leading the way with club records were Niamh Minton (10), Club Captain Sam Pickford (10), Vice Captain Kitty Price (8), Simon Corbishley (6) and Euan O'Neill (5).

Tilly Copeland, Abi Jones and William Crump all recorded records in the 8 years and under, 9 years and under and 10 years and under categories respectively.

The Club Championships were held across three weekends and demonstrated a very high level of participation and ability, ranging from under 8 swimmers experiencing the excitement of a first gala to the club swimmers who have excelled in the last few months, achieving national qualifying times.

Sue Price, Chair of Alsager Bridgestone said: "It was fantastic to see so many swimmers competing and demonstrating how far they have progressed over the last twelve months. The success enjoyed in these championships is a tremendous credit to the superb coaching team at the club. From the green squads working through the National Teaching Programme to the Upper Red/Black Squads training at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the standard of coaching and the commitment of the swimmers has been superb."

Many parents and volunteers contributed to the excellent atmosphere and competitive nature of the Club Championship and the management committee wanted to extend their gratitude for all the support received in the organisation and management of the event, as well as the magnificent support received throughout the year.

Chase Roebuck Open Meet
Twelve Alsager Bridgestone swimmers took the short trip down the M6 of to compete in the level 2 Chase Open on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November and they did not disappoint. Competition was extremely high but, this did not deter them. Swimmers put in some exceptional swims and came away with an amazing 27 medals, numerous PB’s and Regional qualifying times.

There was some awesome racing, but the one that stands out was Sam Pickford’s 200Fly in a time of 2.07.17 Well done Sam.

Big thanks to all poolside support

The following swimmers were our medal winners – putting Alsager Swimming Club on the map, again:

Cameron Emery-Hyson, Michael Goodby, Joshua Priestman, Sam Pickford, Jacob Copeland, Niamh Minton, Simon Corbishley, Kitty Price, Isabella Harris

Alsager Swimmers Show Nerves of Steel in Sheffield
A group of 16 swimmers made the journey to Ponds Forge on Saturday 19th October to take part in the Lincoln Vulcans Long Course Meet and they did not disappoint.

All swimmers swam well and they came away with 10 medals and innumerable pb's. All age groups were represented, Euan O'Neill claimed two medals, Niamh Minton won gold in the 100m fly, Katie Sutton picked up a Bronze in the 200m breaststroke and Ben Legge, Marcus Tyson and Sam Pickford added to the impressive tally at this highly competitive meet.

There were many fantastic swims, none more so than Simon Corbishley's 100m freestyle in a time of 58.75, which even made head coach Mike Barnes smile.

So with the competitive year now well under way let's hope we continue to bring home the medals and get as many swimmers reaching these high standards.

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