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Welcome to the City of Birmingham Swimming Club website. The 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 Thursday 12th of December 2013
2013 World School Games, BrasiliaCity of Birmingham Swimmers Shine through the Storms for England in Brazil!
Brittany Horton, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch joined team-mates from across schools in an England team that included Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte for the 6 day event, held at the Ayrton Senna Aquatic Complex in Brasilia.
In total the trio collected 7 of the team's 32 medals, a record haul for England which earned them a table topping position for the swimming events.
Brittany Horton led the way for Birmingham, collecting a total of 4 medals. She started well on the first day winning Gold in the 100m backstroke. She followed this on Day 2 with a Silver medal in the 200m backstroke, racing in the outdoor pool in conditions described by Head Coach Tim Hartley as some of the worst he had ever seen at an International Swim Meet. As the day's rains developed into a tropical storm, hoardings, chairs, hats and cups were blown into the pool.
Brittany added 2 more Silvers in better conditions on Day 3 and 4, in the 4 x 100m medley relay and 50 m backstroke.
Josh Winnicott also raced through the storm on the Saturday evening (Day 2) to take the Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. He then went on to top this, securing a Gold Medal with his team-mates in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay on Day 3. He also won the B Final in the 200IM to take 9th place overall in the 200m Individual Medley.
Bradley Lynch put in a strong performance to help the 4x100m freestyle relay team to a Silver medal during the busy second day, as the team were just denied gold by Italy. His Silver medal topped two individual 5th place performances in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.
Well done to all three swimmers, who did their schools, their country and not least the City of Birmingham Swimming Club proud.
Synchro: 2013 National Age Group Championships
The Synchro section competed in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester during the weekend of 29 Nov - 1 Dec which featured appearances from Team GB and a number of overseas competitors.
We made an encouraging start on the Friday when a new 19 & Under Combination Team that have only been swimming together for 5 weeks took the bronze medal against stiff opposition from across the UK. In solo events, Madison Griffith came an excellent 3rd place in the 19 & Under figures and Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 2nd in both the 15-17 Figures and the 15-17 Solo. The highlight of the weekend was a superb gold medal for the enchanting duet by Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith (pictured).
Two girls qualified for the forthcoming England Trials which take place at Crystal Palace. Sydney Jackson will swim in the England Development trials and Phoebe Bradley-Smith in the England Junior trials. Good luck to Sydney & Phoebe!
Special General Meeting of City of Birmingham SCNotice is hereby given of an SGM of CoB SC to be held at the Bartons Arm Conference Room, commencing at 6.30pm on Monday 6th January 2014.
The main objects of this meeting are:
- To receive and approve amendments to the current (January 2013) Club Constitution
- To receive an update on Birmingham City Council's proposals under their sport and physical activity service review
- To elect a Club Chairman to fill the vacant position
A copy of the proposed Club Constitution can be found here.
A copy of the Agenda for the SGM can be found here.
Nominations for the vacant position of Chairman must be received before 23rd December 2013, all such nominations must be proposed and seconded by a registered member of the Club. For any nominations please use the 'Contact us' form on this web site.
Any proposal for any further changes to the Club Constitution must be made by such number of members as represent one-tenth in number of the members entitled to attend and vote at a General Meeting. Such proposals must be received by 19th December 2013. Again please use the 'Contact us' form on this web site.
British Paralympic Short Course Championships - 23rd/24th Nov 2013We are pleased to confirm that Tully Kearney broke a British and European Record in the 400 meter Freestyle while representing the City of Birmingham SC at last weekends British Paralympic Short Course Championships in Sheffield. She also dipped under the previous 100 Backstroke European Record but was beaten into second on the touch.
Tully is mentioned in the British Swimming write up HERE.
Congratulations Tully on your continued record breaking form!
City of Birmingham SC Easter Open Meet, April 18th to April 21st 2014Full details of the 21st Easter Open Meet, along with entry forms, are now available on the Open Meet page.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTFollowing the AGM of the CoB SC on Monday 21st October 2013, the elected Executive Officers have agreed that Andy Jackson (President) will act as 'Interim Chair' in the absence of an elected Chair. The Management Committee will meet as soon as possible to arrange the date, time and agenda for a Special General Meeting to elect a Chair, and/or receive amendments to the Club's Constitution and any other urgent or relevant matters.
In the meantime, interested parties for the position of Chair of City of Birmingham SC should submit their nomination, including the names of proposer and seconder as soon as possible in accord with rule 9.3 of the Constitution (Jan 2013). In order to simplify this process, please use the 'Contact Us' form that can be found on this web site by clicking here »
Synchro: Recognition for Yvette and AllisonCongratulations to former Birmingham team member Yvette Baker for being awarded Warwickshire ASA Swimmer of the Year and to Head Synchro Coach Allison Pratt for her nomination for Performance Official of the Year at the The Sports Officials UK Awards.
Synchro: 2013 Midlands Championships, Leicester
The Synchro section enjoyed a very successful Midlands Championships in Leicester on 13th October 2013. The girls all swam brilliantly winning 8 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals.
Highlights included gold medals for Sydney Jackson (12&U solo); Sydney Jackson & Jasmin Lockhart (12&U duet); the 12&U Combination Team, the 19&U Free Combination Team and the Championship Team.
Behind the stunning performances by the girls was a team of unsung heroes. Our coaches and team managers deserve medals themselves for their dedication and professionalism in turning out a team that we're proud of.
UK School Games, September 12th-15th - Sheffield
Three City of Birmingham swimmers were selected to represent England Central at the 2013 UK School Games this month. The Event comprises of squads representing England South, England Central, England North, Scotland North and West, Scotland South and East, Ireland and Wales and is a multi sport event.
Jake Dixon, Givenchy Sneekes and Ella Bowkley all came away with medals from the event which saw the best young swimmers in the UK go head to head.
Medals - Jake - Bronze 100 Butterfly, Ella - Silver 100 Backstroke, Bronze 200 Backstroke, Givenchy - Gold 4x200 Freestyle Relay, Silver 4x100 Freestyle Relay
Congratulations to all for again representing Birmingham with distinction.
Brittany Selected for GB Event CampCity of Birmingham's Brittany Horton has been selected by British Swimming to attend the GB Backstroke event camp at University of Bath during September.
Brittany will be the youngest member of the 12 swimmer group which includes 3 time Olympian and World Record holder Liam Tancock, London Olympic finalist Lizzie Simmonds, as well as other London Olympians Chris Walker-Hebborn, Marco Loughran and Georgia Davies, and recent World Championship finalists Craig McNally and Lauren Quigley.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Brittany that has been well earned. Congratulations!!
International Paralympic Committee
City of Birmingham swimmer Tully Kearney represented Team GB at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal at her very first senior International event. Tully managed to come away with a fantastic Bronze medal in the 400 freestyle, breaking her own British Record by 3 seconds in the process and also breaking the 200 freestyle British Record at the halfway split en route to her medal!!
World Swimming Championships Montreal, Canada - August 2013
Tully has started her senior International career superbly and will only be learn more and keep improving on the road to the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Congratulations Tully from all at City of Birmingham!!
National Youth Championships, Sheffield 30th July - 4th AugustCity of Birmingham's National Youth qualifiers did another really good job for the club. The team finished 12th in the final Top Club points standings with a huge haul of lifetime best performances.
The group of 12 swimmers stepped up and saved many of their best swims of the season until National Championships, with 11 of the 12 swimmers making semi-finals and 8 of the 12 making finals.
Our medals came from Emma Smith (Bronze, 200IM) and the boys 4x100 medley team of Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Jake Dixon and Brad Lynch (Bronze).
National Age Group Championships, Sheffield 24-29th JulyCity of Birmingham took a large age group squad of 18 members to Sheffield to compete against the best young swimmers in Britain. The swimmers did not disappoint making sure City of Birmingham were in multiple finals every night - in some cases 2 or 3 swimmers in a single final. The squad came away with 7 medals in total and many more finalists.
Special mentions go to Brittany Horton 2 GOLDS (100,200 Backstroke) Benjamin Stanford 1 GOLD (100 Freestyle) 2 SILVER (200 freestyle, 200 I.M) 1 BRONZE (400 Freestyle) Ashley Markall 1 BRONZE (200 Breastroke). Also Isobel Griffiths finished 4th a heart breaking 5 times and vows she will come back even stronger next year!
Well done to all who helped City of Birmingham top off a fantastic 2012/2013 season by finishing 4th in the overall Top Club Award. The Coaches are very proud!
Girls: Brittany Horton, Rebecca Kamau, Isobel Griffiths, Kate Davies, Bethany Morrin, Victoria Long, Megan Moss, Caitlin Britt, Caitlin Hubbard
Boys: Benjamin Stanford, Ashley Markall, Alex Rogers, Samuel Osbourne, Tom Page, Leo Karski, Kai Alexander, Ken Ho, Archie Langston.
Mick HepwoodIt is with sadness we heard that Mick Hepwood passed away on 27 August, after a long illness. Mick's involvement with the Birmingham Advanced Coaching Scheme started around the time of the scheme's inception in 1985, when he joined us as a part-time sessional swimming coach working alongside Rick Bailey at the Monument Road pool. Mick was Junior Squad Coach, initially for a period of 5 years; before re-joining our programme in late 1996 for a further 5 year stint. In 2001 Mick joined British Swimming as a Coach Coordinator working alongside Fred Kirby and Martin Woodruff; where their primary involvement was with the World Class Age Programme. Following the demise of this programme in 2007, Mick returned to his Black Country & West Midland Region roots where he worked briefly as part of the Sport England Club Coach Project; before enforced early retirement due to ill health.
Mick Hepwood was a much loved and respected man, by parents and swimmers alike; he will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Mick was idolised by his young charges, he had above all a unique poolside ability to motivate; but to do so with empathy. City of Birmingham Swimming Club owe a debt of gratitude to Mick Hepwood's work with the Advanced Coaching Scheme.
David Corbett, Chairman
Brad and Josh Heading to Brazil!!!Bradley Lynch and Joshua Winnicott will both be City of Birmingham representatives on the England Team for the 2013 World School Games being held in Brazil in November and December.
Congratulations to both on this selection, the meet will be a fantastic event and a chance to take on the best junior swimmers in the World in the country hosting the next Olympic Games.