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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 Wednesday 22nd of May 2013
Midland Youth Championships 4th/5th May 2013The swimmers who attended Midland Youth did a good job overall with many medals and Midland Champions among the successes. It was extra pleasing to see such strong relays with all 6 teams qualifying comfortably for National Youths with the boys team going into Nationals ranked 3rd, 4th and 4th overall on their 3 relays.
The Midland Championships marks the start to the business end of the season with last chance meets to qualify for National Championships coming up followed by World Championship trials for some and National Championships for most.
Gloucester Open 27th-28th April 2013On the weekend of 27th/28th April 2013 City of Birmingham’s Development Squad travelled to Gloucester for their level 2 meet. Having swum with great race skills at City of Birmingham Open earlier in the month all swimmers improved on these skills with much tighter and faster turns particularly on freestyle as well as being powerful off the walls.
In addition to much more skilful swimming it was a very successful weekend in which Kate Rainsford and Harriet Gordon clocked their first Midland times of the season with Harriet’s being her first every qualifying time, as well as many others adding to their Midland qualifying tally.
Only having swimmers in the 9-12 year age groups it was a very impressive feat for the squad to come away with 3rd in the Top club standings against many clubs who brought full teams covering all age groups.
The squad are back in hard training ready to compete at the Midland Age Group Championships at the beginning of June.
British Synchro Championships, SheffieldThe Synchro section represented Birmingham admirably at the British Championships in Sheffield, an event made special by appearances by international athletes representing Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands as well as the top domestic teams from around the country.
The team came a creditable 5th in the free combination routine. The team practised a difficult lift time and time again during the warm up and just didn't seem to be able to get it right. However, when the pressure was on during their routine, the lift was executed to perfection as the girls produced a fantastic performance of the routine they've been working on since January.
In the technical solo, Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 9th with Lois Powell and Maddison Griffith in 16th and 17th respectively. Phoebe qualified for the free solo on the second day finishing 10th. In the technical duet Phoebe and Maddison finished 12th and in the free duet Phoebe and Lois finished 8th.
British International Open - Leeds, March 7th-10thCity of Birmingham's 13 qualifiers competed at the main Junior International selection trials at the British Gas International Open. The meet was certainly a big stage with several Olympic Medallists competing alongside the best young swimmers in Great Britain.
A special mention goes to Jake Dixon who as well as breaking West Midland and Warwickshire Junior long course records on 50 fly and the Warwickshire 200IM Junior long course record, he was just 0.24 sec off breaking the British all time record for 14yr's 50 Fly.
Of the 13 swimmers from City of Birmingham 6 managed to progress to the Junior Final in one of their events which is a great achievement from those guys.
The event will prove good experience and set many of the swimmers up for a shot at International selection next year or over the coming years.
RESULTS UPDATE: City of Birmingham Open MeetDetailed event results are now available on the Open Meet 2013 page.
Dave Corbett Receives the BEM at The CoB SC Easter Open Meet
Dave received his British Empire Medal from Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr Paul Sabapathy CBE, in a special presentation made on the Saturday morning of the meet.
David Giess Read More >
City of Birmingham Swimming Club are sorry to announce the passing away of Water Polo Coach David Giess.
Dave, affectionately known as Jimmy by his players, worked as a volunteer in water polo for 54 years He first became involved as a fifteen year old, playing for Nechells Water Polo Club and Warwickshire County. At the age of eighteen he ran the Nechells Club with its senior and junior teams, and was part of the transition of this club into City of Birmingham Water Polo Club.
As a young man he qualified as a referee and attended the inaugural water polo coaches' course at Cosford. He then managed and coached the district age group teams, taking them to the ASA Championships. He was honoured to accept the role of president of the Midlands Water Polo Team.
David coached and managed the City of Birmingham senior and three age group teams. He was match secretary for the Midland Youth League.
He was instrumental in reforming the City of Birmingham Water Polo section in 2003 and has since then had success at both youth and senior level with both male and female players.
In the first year of swimming the junior men's team reached the national final where they were narrowly beaten. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham hosted a reception for the team at his Parlour at Birmingham Council House - one of David's proudest moments.
Since that time the junior team has reached at least the semi-final stage of the competition.
In 2007 City of Birmingham also entered a senior team in the National Water Polo League and won the championship at the first attempt. The team won 11, drew 1 and lost 2 games in a memorable start. The championship team included: John Cooper, Tom Carpenter, Alex Boyle, Phil Lucas and skipper Marcus Hook. Gary Tonks, Toby Hook, Matt Foulds, Richard Baker, David Giess (Coach), Rob Cash, Ashley Hillier and Mike Foulds.
His impact on the world of water polo across the West Midlands region has been immense. In 2010 the ASA awarded him an Aquaforce Award for his contribution to sport.
He will be sorely missed by many.
City of Birmingham's Dave Corbett Awarded British Empire Medal Read More >
BIG congratulations go to the City of Birmingham Club Chair, Dave Corbett, who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year's Honours List for his voluntary service to Aquatic Sport in the West Midlands.
Dave is incredibly well known, not just in Birmingham and the West Midlands but across the national aquatic family. Well done!!!
ESSA W.I.S.E International - Sunderland - 17/18th November 2012 Read More >
Three City of Birmingham SC swimmers were selected to represent England at last weekends W.I.S.E (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) International held at the Sunderland International pool.
Our three swimmers were massive contributors to England's overall victory bringing home 5 Gold and 3 Silver medals between them. The Birmingham representatives were: Brittany Horton (2 Gold), Louis Oliver (3 Silver) and Rebecca Cole (3 Gold).
Congratulations to all three on representing your Country and performing so well.
Boldmere Open Meet, 17/18th November 2012 Read More >
City Of Birmingham's Junior & Development Squads attended the Boldmere Open Meet at Stetchford Cascades. The weekend was a big success with many clean sweeps in a number of events, which was fantastic to see.
Both squads enjoyed a weekend of fast swimming with many PBs and new Midlands qualifying times.
The supporting atmosphere created by both squads contributed to C.O.B achieving its 3rd Top Club of the season.
A fantastic effort from all, Well done!
City Of Coventry Open Meet, 3rd November 2012 Read More >
City Of Birmingham took all 3 squads to Coventry for their annual 1 day open meet.
It proved to be a valuable experience with swimmers honing in on their race skills/plans and it was good too see all the early season hard work being put into practice, ready for a winter full of racing.
C.O.B came away with Top Club for the second time already this season.
Well done Swimmers!
2012 Birmingham Sports Awards Read More >
Congratulations to City of Birmingham Swimming Club who did so well at the Birmingham Sports Awards on Friday 16th November, held at Birmingham University.
Dave Corbett, Club Chair - Volunteer of the Year
Bradley Lynch - Young Sportsman of the Year
Swim Squad - Junior Team of the Year
Judy Tullett, Castle Vale Pool Users Group - Community Project of the Year
Also shortlisted were:
Carl Grosvenor - Performance Coach of the Year
Yvette Baker, CoB Synchrony Olympian - Sportswoman of the Year