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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 Thursday 19th of January 2017
ASA Winter Championships 2016Read More >
The Short Course cycle of the 2016/17 season came to a conclusion at the ASA National Winter Championships (25m) in Sheffield on 18th Dec.
The meet saw City of Birmingham send a combined team of 16 swimmers from the Senior and Junior Groups for 4 days of high quality racing.
As a result of many lifetime best times in the heats, City of Birmingham had a large presence in the Finals Sessions on all 4 days.
On Day 1 Sam Osborne was the first finalist – competing as the only Junior age swimmer in the 400m Freestyle. Sam seized the opportunity and came away with 6th in the Open age B Final and with a time of 3.54.10 he became Junior Champion and broke the West Midlands Junior Record for the event.
In the Men's 100m Breaststroke, Luke Davies cruised into the A final having touched under 60 seconds for the first time in the heat to break Ex-Commonwealth Champion Adam Whitehead's West Midland Record. Luke matched his heat swim of 59.57 to take Bronze in the Senior Age Group.
The last City of Birmingham representation on Day 1 came from Caitlin Hubbard in the 200 Fly, the only Junior to make the A Final in a strong lineup. Caitlin improved on her best time by almost 2 seconds to become Junior Champion, while gaining valuable experience in her first Senior National Final.
Day 2 saw Charlotte Rigg making her first Senior National Final in a new West Midlands Junior Record of 2.30.37 in the 200m Breaststroke, a record which had stood since 2003. Charlotte went on to set a new record in the B Final with a time of 2.29.98, which secured her a Silver medal in the Junior Age Group.
Day 2 also saw Ben Stanford compete as the youngest swimmer in the B Final of the 100 Freestyle where he produced a PB time of 50.68 which secured 8th place.
The day finished with both Issy Griffiths and Abby Smith in the fastest heat of the 800 freestyle where they finished 3rd and 10th respectively in an extremely strong field. Issy won her first Senior National Medal, beating two Rio Olympians on her way to a Bronze medal in a new personal best time of 8.26.25, which broke her own West Midlands Record.
On Day 3 Issy and Abby were back in action in the 400 freestyle, making the A and B Finals respectively. In the A Final, Issy finished just outside the medals in another new Personal Best time of 4.06.39. This time enabled Issy to break the West Midlands Record set by Ex-Olympian Georgina Lee in 2004. In the B Final, University of Birmingham Scholarship athlete Abby Smith represented City of Birmingham in her first Senior National Final where she finished in 3rd place in a new Personal Best time of 4.13.38.
Day 3 also saw Luke Davies return for the 50 Breaststroke, where he was placed 6th in the A Final with a new Best Time of 27.77. Earlier in the day Sam Osborne became Junior Champion in the 1500m to add to his Junior Championship in the 400m. Sam posted a time of 15.34.73 - which 24 seconds within his previous Personal Best - to finish 11th amongst all ages and 14 seconds ahead of the next best Junior.
On the final day, Sam returned in the heats of the 200 Freestyle narrowly missing out on his third Junior title. Sam came away with Silver in the Junior Age Group, in a Best Time of 1.52.47.
In the Finals, Luke Davies swam in the A Final of the 200 Breaststroke where he came away with his second senior medal of the meet, winning Silver in a new Best Time of 2.09.33.
The last swim of the meet came from University of Birmingham Scholarship athlete Zoe Bozzard-Hill. Despite nursing an ongoing injury, Zoe made her first Senior National Final, finishing 9th in the B Final. CLOSE >
England Programmes Phase 2 – December 2016Read More >
City of Birmingham had a healthy representation on the latest phase of the England Programmes camps. Caitlin Hubbard, Samuel Osborne, Oliver Watson, Alexandra Bartley, Charlotte Rigg and Lizzie Kingham were all invited onto the camps where they will work alongside swimmers and coaches from all over the country as England looks to develop their next generation of international swimmers. CLOSE >
Luke on the up again!! – GB Altitude Camp, La Loma, MexicoRead More >
Luke Davies is one of just 15 athletes selected by British Swimming to attend a 3 week training camp at altitude in Mexico this January. Luke has already been with GB at altitude recently when he spent 3 weeks in Flagstaff, Arizona this October. Luke goes to Mexico on the back of 3 PB’s from 3 events at the recent ASA Winter Meet giving him a boost into the all-important long course season. CLOSE >
Luke on a High!!Read More >
City of Birmingham’s Luke Davies has recently returned from a British Swimming altitude training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona.
British Swimming has embarked on a systematic approach to the use of altitude training as a means of taking the performance of its athletes to new heights in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The first in a series of 10 camps, between now and the Tokyo Games, has been completed when a squad of 16 swimmers, including Birmingham’s Luke Davies, travelled to Flagstaff, Arizona for a three-week camp at the Hypo2 High Performance Sport Centre.
Each camp will target 200 metre plus swimmers with an optimal age and performance profile set to excel at the Tokyo Games as well as those with a proven record of podium level performance continuing beyond Rio 2016.
As well as this Luke has also been selected onto British Swimming’s World Class Programme again offering him funding and support services in order to further aid his development. CLOSE >
New Selection for IssyRead More >
City of Birmingham’s Isobel Griffiths has also been selected onto a new joint initiative run equally by British Swimming and the 3 home nation programmes aimed at female athletes aged 15-18yrs that they believe have the ability to progress onto the World Class programme and success in Tokyo 2020. As part of the programme Isobel will be representing GB at the US Grand Prix in Indianapolis this January and on the Mare Nostrum tour in Europe next summer. This is a great opportunity for Isobel off the back of her first GB selection for the European Junior Championships in Hungary last July. CLOSE >
City of Birmingham Easter Open MeetRead More >
Over the past years the City of Birmingham Swimming Club has run an Open Meet over Easter. Our aim has always been to put on a well organised, well supported and highly competitive meet.
If we run the meet at Easter in 2017 we will clash with the British Championships which is a target meet for top swimmers at the City of Birmingham and many of the clubs who support our meet. This would reduce the support that members of the Club can provide for the Open meet and reduce the number of swimmers available.
With this in mind we have decided not to run the Open Meet at Easter in 2017.
However, as a competitive club we would like to support swimming in the Midlands by ensuring that we still run a highly competitive Open Meet. With this in mind we are currently planning to run a meet in October or November 2017. The details have yet to be confirmed as we do not want to clash with other established meets running at that time and the National League. We envision the meet being a Level 2 run over a weekend and including the majority of the events normally covered within our programme.
More news will follow when the details are confirmed. CLOSE >
Welcome Alex Thom!Read More >
Although he has been visiting us for a week or two now, I am really happy to be in a position to announce Alex Thom as our new Development Squad coach. We had a number of applicants and interested parties but we believe Alex is just what we were looking for. He has left a Head Coaches role at Stourbridge SC to take up this position.
At present, Alex will be lead coach to our Development Squad while offering support to our Senior Squad when needed. He will also lead on a new project we are looking to start in conjunction with our supporting clubs.
Myself and Chris will offer him all the support and advice we can and we hope you guys can do the same. I am really pleased with the speed we have been able to conclude this process, and that we have been able to bring someone into this role with the qualities and experience of Alex. CLOSE >
Energy Standard 4 Nations Meet - Venice, 28th April–2nd MayRead More >
City of Birmingham had two representatives selected onto the England team for the Energy Standard 4 Nations meet between England, Italy, Russia and Germany held just outside Venice in Italy. Both Sam Osborne and Isobel Griffiths stepped up recording lifetime best performances which is a promising start to their international careers.
Isobel won a Silver medal in the Open 800m Freestyle, finishing behind illustrious company in the shape of World champion and multiple world and European medallist Sharon Van Roewendaal.
Next stop for Isobel is the European Junior Championships in Hungary this July where she will be representing Team GB. CLOSE >
British Championships 2016 – Glasgow, 12th-17th AprilRead More >
City of Birmingham sent a team of 9 qualifiers to this year’s British Championships. The event was used as qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games, the 2016 European Championships in London and the 2016 European Junior Championships in Hungary.
City of Birmingham were one of very few clubs to have representation in every days finals session which is no mean feat at this level of competition. The key selections for us to come from this event were:
Luke Davies – Team GB, European Championships (Our first senior GB qualifier to a major championships since 2007)
Isobel Griffiths – Team GB, European Junior Championships
Huge congratulations to Luke and Isobel on their International selections.
The City of Birmingham team for this event was: Luke Davies, Jake Dixon, Ben Stanford, Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Becky Kamau, Caitlin Hubbard, Abby Smith (representing University of Birmingham). CLOSE >
ASA Winter Short Course Nationals 17th-20th December 2015, SheffieldRead More >
City of Birmingham sent members of both its Junior and Senior Squad to a re-launched National short course championships in Sheffield to end an outstanding 2015. The objective was to finish the year with good lifetime bests, make finals and win medals if possible. The PB count was extremely high once again and there was not a finals session that didn’t have a large City of Birmingham involvement. Medals came from Caitlin Hubbard who won Junior Bronze with her outstanding 200 fly swim and our Girls 4x200 freestyle relay team of Becky Kamau, Issy Griffiths, Morgen Watson and Chloe Finch who all swam lifetime bests for an excellent Bronze. CLOSE >
Becky Features in Kenyan Sports Personality of The Year 2015!Read More >
Our own Rebecca Kamau was recently nominated in a category for Kenyan Sports Personality of The Year 2015. Becky came 3rd in the ‘Most Promising Female’ category at the event held in Nairobi following her great 2015 performances in when coming 4th at the African Games and making a Semi Final at the World Junior Championships in Singapore.
Results like this mean Becky is leading the way for Kenyan swimming and recognition like this in an Athletics dominated sporting nation is a huge boost as we enter Olympic year. You can read more about the awards HERE.
Well done Becky! CLOSE >
Hillingdon Open Meet - 19th/20th December 2015Read More >
A mix of Junior/Senior squad swimmers travelled down to London to showcase their skills at the end of an excellent block of winter training. The meet proved to be an excellent finish to 2015, with many fantastic PBs & Swimmers stepping up & showing their desire to win in finals. The team also finished 2015 in festive spirit with Fancy dress on the Sunday. We now look forward to seeing what FAST swimming the Olympic year brings!
Well done all! CLOSE >
Stockport Metro Open Meet - 20th/21st/ 22nd November Read More >
Our three squads travelled up to Stockport for the 3rd consecutive year. It proved to be another very successful meet, with an excellent atmosphere & environment for FAST swimming. COB came away with the Top Club Award (3rd year running!!) with Luke Davies winning Male Swimmer of the meet. The competition proved that all the excellent work being put in early season has begun to pay off as swimmers shone through with many outstanding performances. We now look forward to the ASA Winter SC Nationals in just under 4 weeks’ time.
Well done to all of our ‘Top Club’ and thanks to Stockport for a great meet! CLOSE >
More International selections for City of Birmingham! Read More >
We are pleased to say we have recently had 3 GB selections from our squad.
• Brittany Horton is currently away in Toronto, Canada representing GB at the Canadian National Championships.
• Luke Davies is travelling to Japan next week with a team of just 8 selected GB athletes to train with the Japanese National team on their National camp. The group of GB athletes are looked at by British Swimming as exceptional prospects for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and as a result have been given this opportunity to learn more about Japan both as a country and as a swimming nation prior to the Olympics.
• Chloe Finch has been selected onto the GB team traveling to Austin, Texas to race at the US Grand Prix event in January. She will then be flying from Austin to Antwerp, Belgium to race with GB there.
All three of the above Birmingham athletes have been selected onto British Swimming’s UK Sport funded ‘World Class’ programme. Only Loughborough University, Bath University and Stirling University have more athletes on the ‘World Class’ programme than City of Birmingham. CLOSE >
Midland Short Course Championships, 7/8th November - Nottingham Read More >
City of Birmingham had representation from all 3 squads competing at the newly opened Speedo swim centre in Nottingham. It was a weekend full of exciting competition, with COB showcasing the depth of talent that runs through our team. The weekend proved to be a valuable racing opportunity, with swimmers taking big steps forward early season and lots more National Short Course qualifications.
Development Squad swimmer Nadya Sterling was the youngest qualifier in the whole event, coming away with another 50fr PB and valuable race experience.
Our relay teams proved our strength in depth with 3 Gold’s and 1 silver coming from the 4 relays. We also saw new West Midland records for the Girls 4x100fr, Boys 4x100fr and Boys 4x100 Medley as well as Isobel Griffiths outstanding 800 Freestyle performance of 8:30.53.
Great weekend all round for the club, well done all. CLOSE >
Luke, Britt and Chloe have 'Podium Potential'!! Read More >
We are delighted to announce that 3 of our swimmers have been selected by British Swimming onto their World Class Podium Potential programme. Luke Davies, Brittany Horton and Chloe Finch were nominated with around 100 other swimmers based on their results from last season. This list was then re cut to 40 athletes who made up the ‘World Class’ programme with our 3 swimmers all making the cut.
As well as offering financial support, the programme is an opportunity to access professional strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, medical and lifestyle support at the English Institute of Sports Birmingham base at Alexander Stadium. They will also get overseas racing and training opportunities with Luke already confirmed as one of 4 male athletes heading to TOKYO for a training camp with the Japanese National Team and Brittany Horton being selected to race with the GB team at the Ontario Junior International in Toronto, Canada. CLOSE >
Derventio Excel Open Meet, 3rd - 4th October, Matlock Read More >
All 3 COB squads travelled up to Matlock for their first racing opportunity of the season.
It was a chance for coaches & swimmers to evaluate the early season skill development in a relaxed, fun competition.
The aim now is for each swimmer to refine their areas of improvement before our next competition during the winter short course season.
Well done to all who competed. A great way to kick off the Olympic season! CLOSE >
ASA Nationals, 4th - 9th August, Sheffield Read More >
COB travelled back up to Ponds Forge for the second week of competition with a large contingent of swimmers excited to showcase the culmination of a seasons hard work. It was a successful week for all, with valuable experience gained for the future.
The highlights of the week belonging to;
Jake Dixon - Gold 100 Breastroke, Bronze 100 Backstroke
Oliver Watson - Silver 200 Backstroke
Kate Davies - Silver 400 Freestyle
Erin Davies - Bronze 200 Breastroke
Well done to all on a fantastic season!
Qualifiers; Samuel Osborne, Ryan Andrews, Oliver Watson, Luke Skelding, Daniel Moore, Oliver Lillycrop, Alex Westwood, Erin Davies, Alexandra Bartley, Charlotte Rigg, Lily Wood, Eden-Joy Light, Sophie Negrine, Alisha Stephenson, Hollie Richmond, Braiden Hartles, Jake Dixon, Kate Davies, Morgen Watson. CLOSE >
British Nationals, 28th July - 2nd August, Sheffield Read More >
City of Birmingham once again made a big impression on the National Championships with a big medal count and very busy finals sessions. A huge majority of our qualifiers made finals and enjoyed the experience of coming back for the evening session.
Some of our team were missing or completing a reduced schedule due to their involvement at Youth Olympics, European Games, World Junior Champs and Commonwealth Youth Champs.
Qualifiers: Ben Stanford, Braiden Hartles, Jake Dixon, Luke Davies, Alex Rogers, Ashley Markall, Chloe Finch, Morgen Watson, Brittany Horton, Rebecca Kamau, Kate Davies, Isobel Griffiths, Caitlin Hubbard, Samuel Osborne, Ryan Andrews, Alexandra Bartley, Charlotte Rigg, Lily Wood, Eden-Joy Light. CLOSE >
Brittany Selected for Youth Commonwealth Games! Read More >
City of Birmingham’s Brittany Horton has been selected onto the England team for this year’s Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa. Up to 1000 athletes from around the Commonwealth will compete at the event which will act as a vital introduction to a multi-sport, major games environment.
Before traveling to Samoa for the event, Brittany will be heading to the England team pre event camp in New Zealand.
Information and results can be found HERE. CLOSE >
Youth Olympic Selection for Caitlin! Read More >
City of Birmingham’s 14yr old Caitlin Hubbard will be traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia on 24th July to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympics. Caitlin was selected following her outstanding results at the British Championships in London this April.
Team GB are taking a very select swim team of just 12 athletes with every swimmer heading to Tbilisi with a medal opportunity. Caitlin has been selected to race the 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly, Mixed Medley relay and Girls Medley relay.
Information and results from the event can be found HERE. CLOSE >
European Games: 21st-28th June, Baku, Azerbaijan Read More >
City of Birmingham’s Luke Davies competed at the inaugural European Games in Baku this June. Luke was representing a very strong Team GB and more than played his part winning a Bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke in a huge new lifetime best. Competition was very strong with the best swimmers in Europe all turning out, making Luke’s performance even more special. Team GB performed excellently coming second in the overall medal table behind Russia. CLOSE >