Lancashire County Championships 2020

After a long 6 weeks of racing and disruption another very successful Lancashire county Championships has passed for BMSS.

Once again we showed we are much more than the sum of our parts, the timing of this meet and the planning of the meet was disruptive in terms of coaching and handling swimmers over 6 weekends is a tough ask for any programme however the swimmers stepped up and showed some real fighting spirit. As with other programmes in the county we have had to deal with injuries, illness and swimmers coming in from a winter break, so some swimmers unfortunately could not fulfil their potential at this meet but we carry on and will get these swimmers ready for the next cycle of training.

With the national programme being all changed again this year as coaches we have had to manage expectation from some swimmers who may have bigger fish to fry in terms of their training into the national window, as well as swimmers who maybe looking for regional times and swimmers who are swimming at events at county level for the first time. So we had our hands full over the last 6 weeks and I believe that the swimmers showed some really tough attitudes and had some amazing swims to go along with that.

Well done to all the swimmers in levels 4 and 5 who showed great character and attitude and were also a great example to the younger swimmers on poolside. It was great to see swimmers like Archie Dandy, Ruby Swinney, Kelsey Liu, Josh Keogh and Jack Seddon representing the club at the top of their respective rankings. Well done to swimmers like Grace Robinson, Elise Sudworth, Mia Kelly, Theo Middleton and Emily West who gained valuable experience at the meet and all impressed with their swims. It was fantastic to see that Antony has managed to get younger swimmers from Level 1 like Jasmine Goulden and Owen Cooper to this meet and younger swimmers such as Ryan Hurley, Amelia Crompton swimming at this level and it is testament to the fantastic work that is going on at the younger end of the squad.

Antony added:

Finally, the 2020 Lancashire County Championships has ended. The three weekends have been incredibly long from both a swimmers, parent and coaching perspective however the performances have more than made up for it!

Bolton Metro In terms of club stature is a small but incredibly effective club when compared to other council backed schemes. This year again we continue to punch above our weight and take on others that have much more support in terms of backing from their councils.

For the second successive year every level in Bolton Metro has seen swimmers qualify for the Lancashire County Championships.

Congratulations to multiple new Qualifiers littered throughout levels 1,2 and 3. This is testament to the hard work and commitment needed to reach competitions of this calibre. 

As the numbers stand in the squad, we currently have over 85% of the squad that have made one or more county qualifying time in 2020, a number which we should take great pride due to the pressures we are under as a scheme.

Congratulations to those county qualifiers who achieved regional times over the three weekends, regional qualification is a great achievement so early in the season, again this is testament to the commitment shown by our squad from September which will lead to long term success.

A special mention to level 3’s Grace Taylor who is a great example of how much someone can improve if they are fully committed to the training recommended. This time last year Grace had no county times and had never completed a race past 50m. 12 Months later she is not only qualifying for the County Championships in multiple events but has also achieved multiple qualifying times for the Regional championships later this year.

So in conclusion once again we have over reached and out done the expectations at the county championships. We saw swimmers who at the start of their pathway, who are well on the pathway and are continuing to succeed and swimmers who are sadly coming to the end of their BMSS journey as they maybe going to university in the summer, however, at all points we have seen success and smiles all the way.

I would like to a say a special well done to Eleanor Kay and Lisa Barzaghi who represented Lancashire at the inter counties last year a great honour for any swimmer, they carried on that good form and came away with a bucket full of medals each, many of them gold and we are proud to have them at the club. Finally well done to everyone who achieved a county time throughout the squad and to all those who swam and represented the club so well over the weekends, now we move onto the next training phase and more success to com

Adam Akik   4
Amy Morris   1
Archie Dandy67 10
Archie Fisher   2
Caitlin Gibson   2
Callie Wood   1
Eleanor Kay2617
Elise Sudworth   1
Frankie Cullen  13
Georgiana Bot 124
Georgia Heath   5
Grace Hyde   7
Grace Taylor   4
Gabe Taylor-Rimmer 5 2
Grace Wightman-Love   1
Holly Kalns11 6
Jack Ashton 1 6
Jack Seddon  19
Josh Keogh1  9
Josh King  14
Kate Forshaw   2
Kelsey Liu65 5
Lewis Wong   4
Lisa Barzaghi9514
Luke Batty2 1 
Luke Berry   2
Maisie Leuchars   1
Mark Tompsett   4
Neve Prior   3
Oliver Crooks 1112
Olivia Hughes   1
Ruby Swinney   6
Ryan Hurley   3
Sam Atkinson   2
Scott Paynter   1
Sophie Crooks   2
Tess Fordham   1
Tom Duxbury   4