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The City of Birmingham Swimming Club provides elite coaching in aquatic sports for Birmingham's swimmers, water polo players and synchronised swimmers. Bringing together swimmers from across the region, the club's highly successful coaching teams build on the excellent work of local clubs to further develop the potential of outstanding competitors, preparing them to compete at the highest levels regionally, nationally and internationally.

Latest Club News on Friday 31st of October 2014

2014 Midlands ASA Synchro Championships, Leicester Read More >

The entire Synchro Team gave stunning performances at the 2014 Midlands ASA Synchro Championships in Leicester on 12th October coming home with a tally of 12 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.

After picking up two golds plus a silver and bronze in the figures we saw some lovely solo routines. Highlights included a 13/14 silver medal for Sydney Jackson; 18/19 gold for Madison Griffith and a clean sweep in the Championship Solo with Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse taking the top three places.

In the duets, highlights included 13/14 silver for Sydney Jackson & Zoe Pain; 15-17 silver for Lucy Rouse & Jodie Norton and golds for Phoebe-Bradley Smith and Lois Powell in both the 15-17 duet and the overall championship duet.

Birmingham dominated the team events with a clean sweep of golds in all five of the team combination routines. There was a scare halfway through the team competitions when Jodie Norton was injured during a lift in the 19 & under routine but she bravely took her place in the 15-17 and Championship teams helping to ensure they also took gold medals home.

Full results and videos of team routines can be found HERE. CLOSE >

UPDATE: 2014 AGM Read More >

This year's AGM will take place on 20th October 2014 at The Barton Arms at 6.30pm. Please see the following list of documents for more information:

Nominations
Agenda
Chairs Report
Synchro Section Report
Swimming Section Report
Water Polo Section Report
Notes from the 2013 AGM CLOSE >

Synchro: Novice Championships, Walsall Read More >



Wonderful performances by all girls at the Novice Championships in Walsall produced a creditable result for the club.

In the figures, gold medals were awarded to Elicia, Emily and Holly; Olivia took silver and Emma & Jasmin bronze. In the duets gold medals were won by Tegan Smith & Katherine Richey & Shona Mills; silver by Olivia Hall & Eithne Evans and bronze by Eleanor Hall & Ellie Parker. The 12 & under team won a well deserved gold medal in for their routine. CLOSE >

GB National Event Camps – 17th-20th Sept Read More >

City of Birmingham had two girls selected to GB training camps this month. The National event camps objective is to bring together a very small group of the best senior swimmers and best junior swimmers in Britain to train side by side. The Birmingham girls at only 15 years of age had the opportunity to train alongside Olympic finalists, World Record holders and many of the champions from this summer’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Congratulations to selected athletes Brittany Horton (Backstroke camp, Bristol) and Isobel Griffiths (Freestyle camp, Loughborough). CLOSE >

Birmingham Sports Award – Junior Team of the Year! – Villa Park, 18th Sept 2014 Read More >



City of Birmingham SC attended the annual awards ceremony after our nomination for Junior Team of the Year. We are happy to say we won the award over many other excellent organisations throughout the city.

The event was pretty star studded with many of the great and good of West Midlands sport, past and present, turned out.

The Junior category covers sports clubs with athletes aged 18 and under so this truly is a CLUB effort. Well done everyone on our award! CLOSE >

UK School Games - Manchester, 4th-7th September 2014 Read More >



City of Birmingham SC had 4 of its swimmers selected to represent England Central at the Sainsbury's UK School Games. The event is a multisport event that sees teams representing English and Scottish regions plus a combined Wales team and combined Ireland team.

Birmingham swimmers Chloe Finch, Becky Kamau, Brittany Horton and Jake Dixon played their part and made an impact on the medal table with medals coming from:

Chloe - 800fr Gold, 400fr Silver, 4x100fr relay Silver
Brittany - 200bk Gold, 100bk Gold, 4x100 medley relay Silver
Jake - 200IM Silver

Great start to season 2014/15 you guys!!! CLOSE >

Another First for Caitlin! Read More >

After a couple of First place finishes at this summer's Nationals, Caitlin Hubbard achieved another first by becoming the first swimmer to progress from City of Birmingham Development to Junior and now to Senior Squad!

As the Development Squad only began fully in January 2012 Caitlin is the first of what we hope is a long line of swimmers progressing through our programme and excelling like Caitlin along the way! CLOSE >

Portuguese National Championships - Lisbon Read More >



Four City of Birmingham swimmers (more than any other club!) were selected to represent their country as England sent a development squad of quality young swimmers to the Portuguese Nationals. Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch were the Birmingham representatives.

Chloe Finch lead the way with two Golds (400 and 800 freestyle) just ahead of Birmingham teammate Isobel Griffiths with two Silver (also 400 and 800 freestyle).

The meet will prove a great experience and stepping stone onto future International team selections. CLOSE >

British Gas National Youth Championships August 5th-10th 2014, Sheffield More >



City of Birmingham returned right back to the forefront of club swimming in Great Britain this summer. We finished in 3rd position on the overall Top Club Points award behind Plymouth Leander and Carnegie SC. Points are awarded for Medals and finalists. Outperforming so many great programmes from all over the country is something for us all to be extremely proud of.

Among a whole heap of successes and lifetime best performances were 10 medals. They went to:

Chloe Finch (Gold 800fr, Silver 400fr), Brittany Horton (Gold 100bk, Bronze 200bk), Ella Bowkley (Bronze 100bk), Luke Davies (Gold 200brst, Bronze 100brst), Joshua Winnicott (Silver 100brst) and Bradley Lynch (Silver 50fr, Bronze 100fr).

This meet was a huge benchmark to how far we have progressed as a club. Congratulations to all involved! CLOSE >

British Gas National Age Group Championships 30th July - 3rd August, Sheffield More >

National Age Groups brings the best young swimmers in the country together to create a fierce competition. It is a weeklong competition & serves as a big learning curve for young athletes hoping to take the first stepping stone to future success on an international level. City of Birmingham once again proved it is developing young swimmers who have the potential to have a great future in the sport.

National Qualifiers:
Samuel Osborne, Ashely Markall, Oliver Lillycrop, Archie Langston, Ryan Andrews. Isobel Griffiths, Caitlin Hubbard, Bethany Morrin, Kate Davies, Courtney Poxon, Morgen Watson, Lily Wood, Alexandra Bartley & Megan Moss.

National Medallists:
Caitlin Hubbard - 100,200 Fly (GOLD in both)
Isobel Griffiths - 800 FC (SILVER) 400 I.M (SILVER)

National Finalists:
Oliver Lillycrop - 200 Fly
Bethany Morrin - 400 I.M, 200 Fly
Ashley Markall - 400 I.M, 200 Fly, 200Breast
Isobel Griffiths - 200/400 I.M - 200/400 FC - 200Fly
Caitlin Hubbard - 100/200 Fly
Girls 4x200 FC relay (Isobel Griffiths, Morgen Watson, Courtney Poxon & Kate Davies)

Congratulations to all qualifiers & an extra congratulations to all Medallists. CLOSE >

European Junior Swimming Championships - Dordrecht, Netherlands, 9th-13th July Read More >



City of Birmingham's Brittany Horton was last week representing GB at the European Junior Championships in the Nederland's. Brittany was selected at April's British Championships in Glasgow. City of Birmingham Head Coach Carl Grosvenor also selected onto the team coaching staff for this event.

The British team did a fantastic job against the best of Europe and showed great potential with a top 3 finish overall on medal table. Swimmers are expected to use this event as a springboard onto success with the GB senior team.

Brittany raced 50, 100, 200 Backstroke and was chosen to do the Backstroke leg in 4x100 medley team. After a fast Semi final she finished 1st reserve for the final on 50. She progressed to the 100 final finishing 5th (0.3 seconds off bronze!) in a PB equalling swim and finished 4th in the 200 final in a new personal best time. The GB girls medley relay also made the final.

Brittany has done a fantastic job ranking herself 4th and 5th in Europe on her first GB team call up. Congratulations!

Attention at City of Birmingham now turns to Rebecca Kamau who races at next weeks Commonwealth Games as well as the 4 Birmingham swimmers selected to represent England at the Portuguese Nationals next week. All these International events are followed by the season ending British National Championships. CLOSE >

Warwickshire ASA Synchronised Swimming Championships Read More >



The Synchro team performed brilliantly in the Warwickshire Championships in Rugby at the weekend. In the Warwickshire competition Birmingham won 10 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. In the invitation competition, involving teams from throughout England, Birmingham took 10 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

Highlights included a clean sweep of golds for Phoebe Bradley-Smith in all figures and solos competitions for her age group and also for Phoebe and Lois Powell in the duet competitions; double wins for the 15-17 team, the 19 & under team and the open team; the overall solo championship for Phoebe; the overall duet championship for Phoebe and Lois; and the overall team championship for City of Birmingham. CLOSE >

Synchro Success in Croatia Read More >



Phoebe Bradley-Smith was part of the gold medal winning England Talent Junior Team at the 2014 Primorje Cup in June. Phoebe also swam well in the figures and solo competitions improving from 12th place (second highest England score) after the figures to a creditable 7th following a near perfect performance in her solo routine. Full story HERE. CLOSE >

Commonwealth Games Confirmation Read More >



City of Birmingham SC will have representation at this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games after confirmation that Rebecca Kamau has been selected for the Kenyan team. Rebecca was selected after breaking multiple National Records at the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi during February.

At 14 years of age this will be great experience for Rebecca as she begins her International Swimming career as she competes on the same team as ex Olympic record holder Jason Dunford. Rebecca also becomes the first City of Birmingham swimmer to compete at a senior major games (Olympic, World, Commonwealth, European) since Terri Dunning raced at the 2007 World Long Course Championships in Melbourne.

Congratulations and good luck!! CLOSE >

England Team Selections Read More >

Following on from their outstanding results at the British Championships in Glasgow, City of Birmingham have had FOUR swimmers selected to represent England as part of the England Programme's visit to the Portuguese National Championships.

England Programmes are investing in a team of England's best young swimmers and this event was chosen as a fantastic development opportunity that sets the swimmers up for future International representation.

Congratulations to Josh Winnicott, Bradley Lynch, Isobel Griffiths and Chloe Finch on your selection! CLOSE >

City of Birmingham Open, April 18-21st Read More >

The club again put on another highly successful annual Easter Open Meet and had the pleasure of witnessing some excellent performances in the pool including outstanding Club and West Midland records from Brittany Horton and Chloe Finch.

Between us we managed to put on 3 and a half days of racing, with all of the 12 sessions running without hitch and almost bang on time. In total there was almost 20 hours of racing and I think the most we were behind time in any one session was 5 minutes. That is a huge credit to everyone.

To emphasise the scale of the event, we had 412 swimmers, representing 61 clubs from across the UK and New Zealand, who between them swam over 2700 individual swims in 419 heats and 52 finals. In total we awarded over 760 medals.

We had over 50 volunteer officials and around 75 members of the new blue-shirted volunteer team.

We have received some wonderful feedback from visiting clubs for which we are extremely grateful. A huge congratulations and thanks go to Pete Winnicott for excelling in his role of Meet co-ordinator. CLOSE >

Midland Youth Championships, Corby - May 3-4th Read More >



City of Birmingham's 14 Regional Youth Championship qualifiers raced at the annual Midland Championships in Corby last week. The club's swimmers did a great job producing many Midland Champions.

All 6 City of Birmingham relay teams qualified for National Championships which is great news. Extra congratulations go to the Boys 4x100freestyle team and 4x100 medley team which both won Gold and are going into this summers National Championships ranked to medal again.

Team preparations now lead towards National Championships in August as well as our 4 qualifiers for the England team trip to Portugal and Brittany Horton's GB selection in Holland both in July.

The 14 Swimmers attending were: Daniel Moore, David Gyulai, Josh Winnicott, Brad Lynch, Louis Oliver, Jake Dixon, Braiden Hartles, Kieran Smith, Luke Davies, Maria Lyri, Emma Smith, Chloe Finch, Ella Bowkley, Brittany Horton. CLOSE >

British Gas Swimming Championships 2014, Glasgow 10th-15th April Read More >

City of Birmingham had 9 swimmers qualify for 24 events at the Championships. The meet doubled as a Commonwealth Games selection meet as well as a European Junior Championship selection meet. Also on the Junior side, selections for a development meet in Portugal for some of Britain's most promising swimmers will also take place.

City of Birmingham came away with 13 PBs, 1 Senior Semi Final and 17 Junior Finals. The outcome from these finals was 2 Gold, 4 Bronze and 4 very promising but frustrating 4th place finishes in Junior finals! Brittany Horton also achieved 2 European Junior consideration times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and has since received confirmation of her selection onto the GB team for those championships. Congratulations Brittany!!

Selections for the Portugal International Meet will be made over the next couple of weeks with hopes high for City of Birmingham representation.

Swimmers competing in Glasgow were: Bradley Lynch, Luke Davies, Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Ella Bowkley, Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Brittany Horton, Emma Smith.

Top 3 finishes went to: Brittany Horton - 2 Gold, 1 Bronze, Chloe Finch - 2 Bronze and Josh Winnicott 1 Bronze.

The team did a fantastic job at the Championships, congratulations to all on your hard work and success. CLOSE >

2014 British Synchronised Swimming Championships Read More >



The Synchro Section performed exceptionally well in the British Championships in Sheffield. Phoebe Bradley-Smith got off to a great start on the first day with a silver medal in the Figures competition.

On the second day Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse took bronze in the Technical Duet and Phoebe finished second in the Free Solo with the smallest of margins between the gold and silver places. In the team routine we finished a creditable 4th place against stiff opposition with an excellent routine despite being one woman down due to injury.

On the final day Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith rounded off a fine Championships with a silver medal in the Free Duet. CLOSE >

Becky Dominates in Africa! Read More >



City of Birmingham SC's Rebecca Kamau made an exciting return to Kenya to race at their National Swimming Championships in Nairobi from February 28th-March 2nd.

Becky, who was born in Kenya but moved to England with her family in 2010 where she joined City of Birmingham SC dominated the event, coming away with 7 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 National senior records in 400 Individual Medley and 200 Freestyle.

Becky will now wait to find out whether national team selection follows her successes in Nairobi with Kenya sending a team to this years Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Congratulations from all at City of Birmingham! CLOSE >

Ryan Padbury Selected for Great Britain Men's Water Polo Team Read More >

City of Birmingham player, Ryan Padbury has won his first senior international cap after being selected to play in the LEN European Championship playoff match against Romania. Ryan has come up through the ranks of City of Birmingham Water Polo Club, playing at Youth, Junior and now Senior level. The Club also boasts a number of other promising Juniors involved at various levels of the GB set up who will be hoping to follow Ryan’s footsteps and break into the Senior team.

Ryan’s GB selection tops off a fantastic season for the Club, following on from the Men’s 1st team winning promotion as undefeated Division 3 Champions and strong placings in the British Water Polo League for both the Second City of Birmingham team and City of Birmingham Women’s team. CLOSE >

Luxembourg International Meet, 7th-9th February Read More >



City of Birmingham contributed 1 Coach and 10 of the 24 strong team representing the West Midlands at the Luxembourg International Meet 2014. The meet was a regional initiative to aid the best young swimmers development through exposure to International competition.

The meet boasted a top quality international field with Olympic Medallists, World Medallists and current World Record holders in attendance.

The West Midland team won 7 medals overall with City of Birmingham swimmers winning 6 of those!!! Medals came from:

Chloe Finch - 2 Gold
Isobel Griffiths - 1 Silver
Brittany Horton - 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

City of Birmingham swimmers selected for the trip were: Bradley Lynch, Luke Davies, Kieran Smith, Joshua Winnicott, Louis Oliver, Rebecca Kamau, Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Ella Bowkley, Isobel Griffiths. CLOSE >

Central Zonal Meet - 25th/26th January Read More >

City of Birmingham's qualifiers raced long course again at the end of January as we continue to work hard into the Commonwealth Trials and our own Open Meet in April.

A similar pattern emerged to our City of Derby outing with tough races mixed in with a fresh helping of new PB's, National times and a couple of new Commonwealth Trials qualifying times. CLOSE >

Rotherham Metro Open January 18th/19th Read More >

The weekend of the 18th and 19th of January the Development squad travelled up to Sheffield. The weekend was a very successful one, with swimmers transferring skills into a long course pool for the first time this season.

Technique and race skills were much improved from before Christmas and this showed with City of Birmingham hats leading the way in most of the heats they were in.

Not only was it a very successful weekend of racing but swimmers conducted themselves professionally throughout the weekend. CLOSE >

City of Derby Meet - 11th/12th January Read More >

City of Birmingham sent a large team to the City of Derby meet as they embarked on the start of the long course season 2014. Coming out of a short course season always takes a bit of getting used to but amongst some 'rusty' swims some great PB's, National times and new Commonwealth Trial qualifying times were achieved.

City of Birmingham also dominated the Top Club award, taking the prize with ease. CLOSE >

England Programmes: Phase 2 Camp, 3rd-5th January Read More >

After another successful pass through the selection process City of Birmingham sent its 5 selected swimmers and 1 Coach to the England Programmes Phase 2 Camps. The selected swimmers have successfully progressed through two selections, initially identified at National Championships and then assessed individually at the Phase 1 Camp so have already obviously caught the eye.

Congratulations to Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Jake Dixon, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch on the selection. CLOSE >

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