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Posted by lisa on 07 January
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held on TUESDAY 22ND JANUARY 2019, 7pm upstairs at The Red Lion, Epworth.
Come along and find out what has been going on during the past year.
We will be electing a new committee and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the committee, or willing to be more involved in the club.

If you have any suggestions for changes to the constitution these should be sent in advance of the meeting.

Anyone interested in joining the committee but is a little unsure, please speak to a member of the current committee, they are always happy to chat
ASA and Swimming Fees
Posted by lisa on 07 January
It's that time of year again when ASA fees are due. This is insurance for swimming and must be paid to enable you to train/compete.

The fees are the same as last year.
Cat 1 - training and club champs - £17
Cat 2 - training and all gala's including open meets - £34
Cat 3 - any other member / helper - £14

These fees are payable at the pool reception and need to be paid by 31st January 2019.

If anyone has any questions regarding this please speak to a committee member.

We would appreciate if you could let us know if you are no longer swimming as we can then remove you from our database ( and won't send any more emails !!! )

We have also been asked by the Pool Manager, to ask that everyone checks their standing orders and that the correct training fees are being paid, especially as we have had some squad moves.

Reef - 1 swim per week - £12 2 or more swims per week - £24
Mako - 1 swim per week - £13 2 or more swims per week - £26
Great Whites/Masters - 1 swim per week - £14 2 or more swims per week - £28

Thank you for your continued support
Life in the year of a SHARK …………… (South Axholme Sharks)
Posted by lisa on 04 January
2018 has been a year of many events, lots of personal achievements and great team spirit.
There has been:
16 Open meets, 4 Club Champs, 3 Fun Nights, 2 Pocklington League Gala and 1 Sponsored Swim, just to name a few.
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JANUARY
The weekend of 20th and 21st January saw Sharks compete in their first open meet of 2018 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. There were lots of medals and PB's all round. It’s always hard when the first competition of the year is Long course.

Presentation Evening celebrated the achievements of the swimmers of 2017 with the special awards going to:
Most Improved Senior Boy – (Aged 13yrs +, has improved in speed and stamina) – David Eke.
Most Improved Senior Girl – (Aged 13yrs +, has improved in speed and stamina) – Annie Wilson.
Most Improved Junior Boy- (Aged 12yrs & under, +, has improved in speed and stamina) – Alfie Nixon.
Most Improved Junior Girl – (Aged 12yrs & under, +, has improved in speed and stamina) – Joanna McCallum.
Trainer of the year (overall) – Isabella Ash
Someone who has shown 100% dedication to training session, always prepared, listens and effort etc.
Helper of the Year – Paul Crow
Anyone associated with the club who has gone above and beyond in the interest of the club.
Gillatt Cup – Caitlin Bradwell
Member who has shown dedication and commitment to swimming. Made improvements in times and training.
Hayleigh Dunne Memorial – Daniel Leggott
Senior member who has shown traits that Hayleigh had as a swimmer. Encouraging, supportive, enthusiastic and a good role model.
Head Coaches Award (Most Improved) – Elodie Maloigne
The swimmer who has impressed the most not only in time but in attitude, technique and performance.
Head Coaches Award (Dedication) – Zara Hutchinson
The swimmer who has impressed with their dedication, progress and has shown interest in training sessions and the club.
Junior Lifesaving Award – Daniella Milner
Dedication to life-saving, performance at training and encouragement of others.
Open water Awards – Jessica Hather, Greg Clarke, Erin Clarke
Dedication to open water swimming,
Performance at events, Encouragement of others
Boys Club Captain – Thomas Crow, Boys Vice Captain – Oliver Buttrick
Girls Club Captain – Jessica Hather, Girls Vice Captain – Charlotte Wilson
A good role model and set a good example to other swimmers, generate a good team spirit and a team spokesperson between the committee/coaches and team members.



FEBRUARY
Sharks where well represented at the ASA Spring Yorkshire Championship, which were spread over 3 weekends. Those who qualified to represent Sharks are:

Kristopher Asher –50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle.
Oliver Buttrick – 50m Backstroke.
Thomas Crow – 200m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle.
Jessica Hather – 100m Butterfly, 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke.
Daniel Leggott -50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle.
Joanna Mccallum – 50m Butterfly.
Lizzie McCallum - 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle.
Alfie Nixon – 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle.
McKenna Wilkinson – 50m Freestyle.
Annie Wilson – 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, and 50m Breaststroke.
Charlotte Wilson – 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly.

Along with 21 personal best times broken, there were 6 Club Records broken.

Sunday 25th February at Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre. Greg Clarke, Erin Clarke and Jess Hather competed in the Ice Championships.
Greg entered in the 50m Breaststroke placing 1st, 100m Individual Medley placing 2nd and 4x50m Freestyle relay, placing 2nd.
Erin in the 50m Freestyle placing 2nd overall and the 4x50m Freestyle relay placing 4th.
Jessica in the 50m Butterfly placing 1st and 4x50m Freestyle relay placing 4th.

Watch out for more information on 2019 Ice Championships and those mad enough to brave the very cold water.

MARCH
March was mad, with an Open Meet every weekend. It started with our Masters and the Annual Maltby Masters Gala.

As the snow fell on the weekend of the Beverley Barracudas Gala, Sharks swimmers managed to travel to travel to the gala, Kristopher Asher took Top Boy 14yrs and the club were 4th out of the 10 clubs that attended.

Charlotte Wilson was the first swimmer to reach the 750 gala points target, since the scheme began back in 2011. The scheme rewards swimmers for attending Gala, and 5points are awarded for each gala, and rewards are given at 50,100,200,300,400,500 and 750 points. Which means Charlotte has represented Sharks an amazing 150 times.

APRIL
Club Championships 1 Gala took place, with 4 club records broken and 46 swimmers taking part.
The 2nd Armthorpe and Rossington Friendly Gala for swimmers 13yrs and under, there were no individual events, each age group team swam relays in all 4 strokes, as well as some mixed age group events the most unusual being the Mixed Medley Relay – 10yrs 1 x 25m Backstroke, 11yrs 2x25m Breaststroke, 12yrs 3x25m Butterfly and 13yrs 4x25m Freestyle. Sharks swimmers put on an excellent performance.

MAY
The 1st of May, the very sad news came that our Chairman Jonathan Exton had lost his brave battle against cancer, and that he had passed away in the excellent care of Weston Park with his family by his side.
Jonathan was passionate about South Axholme Sharks and this was evident with his presence round poolside and the loud “MOOOOOVE” could be heard at many galas. Jonathan was also a doer, and was involved in helping make events at Sharks happen, he was the driving force behind the grant that helped Sharks gain the new diving blocks.

With the blessing of Jonathan’s family the decision was taken to go ahead with the Annual May Sprints Gala. The galas are swam over 2 weekends and held at Epworth Pool. All 4 strokes are swam over the distances of 20m, 40m, 60m, with an 80m IM.
The first Gala was a great success 41 swimmers took part, 9 Club records were broken and a massive 182 personal bests set.
On the day Emily,Jonathan’s daughter held a bake sale along with fellow swimmers and team mates:
Lizzie McCallum, Molly Warr and Caitlin Bradwell and their families. A fantastic £667 was raised on the day, far exceeding Emily's target of £200. A further mini bake sale held by Natalia Bradwell and Amelia Wilkinson at The Tumbles, the following day and together with kind donations made to Emily for this fundraiser, the total achieved " a good rise" to £876.10, which has now been gratefully received by the Weston Park Cancer Charity.
May Sprints Gala 2 was equally well attended with 38 swimmers, a further 9 club records and another 189 PBS.

The 1st May was also the second annual South Axholme Sharks lifesaving pairs competition took place took place at Epworth swimming pool. The competitors formed five teams of two people and were tested in different scenarios including a mock-up of a caving incident, speed races, which included a swim and tow relay, a rope throw relay, an obstacle race and a torpedo tow race.
The overall winners were Alfie Nixon and Cerys Addlesee.

With the change in suppliers for the Club Kit, a free poolside top was offered to every swim member of the club, as a onetime only offer. The range of items was extended and the hoodies updated. How fantastic do the swimmers look on poolside! The swim shop will open again during 2019 for anyone wanting to purchase club kit, it is not compulsory. Kit bags are available from the club.

During 2 weekends in May, Thomas Crow was South Axholme Sharks representative at the North East Region Age Group Championships. Thomas qualified for 4 events – 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke. Well done Thomas.


JUNE
The committee held a week of question and answer sessions, where anyone with any questions regarding Sharks were able to ask the committee. One of the main questions was “When can my child compete?” The simple answer to this is whenever they feel ready, competitors for Open Meets must be 9yrs old and above, be category 2 ASA. Club Champs, May Sprints are open to all Sharks swimmers. If you need any help in deciding then the committee and coaching staff are more than happy to help and advise you.

The 2ND Club Championships took place at Gainsborough with 40 swimmers, where 4 club records were broken
Dartes B Grade Open Meet – 2 swimmers receive top boy/girl awards. Kristopher Asher 14yrs and Lizzie McCallum 13yrs.

JULY
Round 1 of the Pocklington League. Unfortunately we were reduced to three teams as Knottingley and Rossington pulled out due to insufficient swimmers, but in true Sharks spirit our swimmers rallied round, some coming back from a gala in Sheffield early so they could take part, some missing the World Cup in order to swim and some at Sheffield (the) next morning and should have probably been in bed early. We were up against it from the start as Armthorpe and Adwick were main stays in League 1 before all the teams were amalgamated.
Some of our swimmers were swimming up age groups as well as those taking part for the first time.
Our swimmers continue to make us proud with great team spirit in and out of the pool, and our parents for their support.

AUGUST
A quiet month with a rest from galas, but training continued as normal.

SEPTEMBER
1st September the date of the Sponsored swim in memory of Jonathan, and proceeds going to Sharks on going fundraising for Weston Park. Over the 10 hr event, 76 swimmers took to the water, with many setting their own personal challenges. Some faced the challenge of just getting in the water, others setting themselves the challenge of completing a distance. It was a truly inspirational day, with a real positive vibe about it. A massive 209 miles had been completed.
The same distance if you drove from Manchester to London, or crossed the Channel 21 times.
The swimmers managed an average of 20.9 MPH that really is some going. What a fantastic effort by all involved, and a massive £2636 was raised.

Yorkshire Winter (9-12yrs) weekend was represented by:
Daniel Carter – 50m Breaststroke.
Elodie Maloigne – 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke.
Joanna McCallum – 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley.
Alfie Nixon – 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke.
McKenna Wilkinson - 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.

One of the Open Meets attended by Sharks during September was Doncaster Dartes September Sprint Gala at Beverley, not only did South Axholme Sharks come 5th out of the 23 clubs competing, but 3 swimmers took Top Girl Awards, Joanna McCallum 10yrs, Lizzie McCallum 13yrs and Annie Wilson 14yrs.
During this meet Louise Maloigne was assessed for Swim England Starter, Louise was a swimmer in her younger days and when (her eldest son) Leo joined the club threw herself in whole heartedly, firstly joining the Masters section of the club, competing at club champs and master's galas. She then joined the committee and became the clubs welfare officer. During this time Louise, taking inspiration from her Dad, became a timekeeper, then judge 1, judge 2 and now Starter. We now wish her well on becoming a Referee!!!!

OCTOBER
Pocklington League Round 2 at Adwick, and another fantastic show of Team spirit from the Sharks Team, with Sharks finishing 3rd overall out of the 5 teams that took part the Pocklington League this year. Unfortunately the Pocklington League will not be going ahead during 2019.

The 2nd weekend of the ASA Winter Yorkshire Competition (13+) at Ponds Forge. Sharks representatives were:
Kristopher Asher – 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly.
Oliver Buttrick – 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.
Jessica Hather – 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly.
Lizzie McCallum – 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.
Annie Wilson – 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke.
Charlotte Wilson – 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly.

South Axholme Sharks Halloween Meet – our annual event, swimmers and clubs return year after year to this very popular event, which was another real success again. A lot of hard work went into organising the Gala, the support from parents of Sharks swimmers, and retuning officials all went to make the day a success.
South Axholme Sharks had the largest number of swimmers at the gala, with 42 swimmers representing Sharks. The top club was Trophy was hotly contested between between Pocklington Louth and ourselves, with Pocklington taking the title in the end by just 19 points from South Axholme. A quartet of swimmers took Top Boy/Girl Awards, Joanna McCallum 10yrs, Lizzie McCallum 13/14yrs, Thomas Crow 13/14yrs and Nadine Addlesee 15yrs +.
4 more swimmers completed their Timekeepers course at the Gala, Caitlin Bradwell, Thomas Crow, Emily Exton and Annie Wilson.
Cerys Addlesee was also assessed on her Swim England Judge 1. Cerys started her swim career aged 9yrs and has competed for Sharks many times, although she has now decided not to compete any more, she continues to be part of Sharks by turning her hand to the official side of swimming.

The Committee decided that this years raffle proceeds, at the Halloween meet, would go towards the fundraising for Weston Park, adding another £1348 to the pot.

NOVEMBER
Lizzie McCallum represented Sharks at the North East Region Short course Championship at Ponds Forge. Lizzie qualified in 50m Freestyle in a time of 29.76s. Well done Lizzie.

11th November – Remembrance Day Meet and Sharks swimmers stood proud and respectfully to honour and remember those who gave their lives during the wars.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

DECEMBER
The last gala of the year and a last push for sprint ladder points, at Dartes Swim-a-long Santa at John Charles Centre for Sports, Leeds. Emily Exton and Kristopher Asher finishing the year on a high by taking Top Girl 14yrs and Top Boy 15yrs+ respectively.

The Sheffield Steelers invited Sharks back to watch them play at Sheffield Arena, and a good night was had by all whooshing it away.

The final event in the Sharks calendar was Christmas Fun Night, as usual Pete came up with some exciting Christmas themed games and a good time was had by all.
The winning team this year were: Jessica Hather, Nadine Addlesee, Caitlin Wier, Niamh Noble, Bobby Evans and Jacob Mockler.
During the year two other fun Nights took place Easter and summer.
Thanks to Pete Smith for his hard work and great imagination in organising the games to make these such a fun time for the swimmers.


Throughout the year there have been many gala points rewards achieved, some starting out on their swimming career, at the 50 points reward, others achieving the 500 and 750 points rewards. Well done to all those swimmers.

The Sharks Year ended on a high with the Target for Weston Park reaching £5000, this was achieved by the Sponsored swim, and various raffles that took place during the year.
The Committee and Coaching Staff would like to thank everyone for their hard work in achieving this, it was a fantastic effort by all involved.

These are just some of the events from 2018……………….without the help and support of family and friend of South Axholme Shark, these events would not be possible.

What can we achieve in 2019?

Thank you for our continued support.

Presentation Evening for 2018 and 21st Birthday Celebration
Posted by lisa on 20 December
The presentation evening for 2018 will be on Saturday the 26th January 2019, at Glanford park, Scunthorpe. It is also the clubs 21st birthday.

Tickets are £8 per person and include a choice of meals : Pie and Mash, Lasagna, Vegetable Lasagna, or Chicken Nuggets.

During the evening we will hold the annual presentations, disco with games, and a presentation to Weston Park Cancer Charity in Memory of Jonathan Exton.

Tickets are available from the 7th January 2019, please speak to a committee member.
All swimmers and their families are welcome to join in the fun.
Its time to return your trophies!
Posted by lisa on 20 December
All those swimmers who were presented with Trophies at Presentation Evening for 2017, its time to return them.
As the 21st December is our last training session before the Christmas break, please could trophies be returned when we return to training in the New Year Monday 7th January 2019.
Please return them to a member of the committee.
Thank you for your continued support .
Annie Joins the 750 Club
Posted by lisa on 14 December
Another regular competing Sharks swimmer has completed over 150 Galas for South Axholme Sharks.
Annie started swimming for Sharks at the age of 7, but could only compete in Club Championships until she was 9, since then Annie has become a regular on poolside at Galas. She has competed at many Open Meets, Club Championships and Team Galas.
2013 Annie first gained her times to represent Sharks at the Winter Yorkshire Championships and has been a regular swimmer at both the Spring and Winter Yorkshire competitions since.
2017 saw Annie take her swimming career one step further and represent Sharks at the ASNER Age Group Championships in Sunderland.
Jessica Reaches 750 Gala Points
Posted by lisa on 13 December
Since the gala points rewards scheme has started Jessica has represented Sharks at total of 150 times.
Jessica started swimming with Sharks at the age of 10, quickly moving through the squads. She has swam at many Open Meets, Club Champs and League Galas often swimming the butterfly events. Jessica has represented Sharks at the Yorkshire Championships and has been Club Captain on several occasions, including this year.
Over the past few years Jess has expanded her swimming career to Open water, and earlier this year swam at the Ice Championships, taking Gold in the 50m Butterfly. Well done Jess.
Congratulations Cerys !!!
Posted by Sally on 12 December
South Axholme Sharks would like to congratulate Cerys Addlessee on becoming a Swim England Level 1 Judge.
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Cerys has been a valued member of sharks for a long time now, swimming her way from Reef to Great Whites, training and competing regularly and representing the club in both Lincs Junior league and the Pocklington League.
Cerys has gone on to become a Lifeguard at the pool and then a Swimming Teacher.
During this time she has given her own time towards training to become a judge, this takes time and dedication.

Cerys is now an even more vital part of the club as without officials we are unable to run licensed events such as Club Championships or The Halloween Meet.

Congratulations Cerys !!

Sprint ladder update
Posted by lisa on 10 December
Due to an error in the system, some swimmers have incorrect totals for the sprint ladder, we are aware of the issue and will adjust them accordingly. The changes may not be shown on the website.
If you have any queries please speak to Lisa
Louise strikes again !!!
Posted by Sally on 02 October
We would like to congratulate Louise Maloigne on becoming a Swim England qualified Starter on Sunday at Beverley. Louise thought she was going to be assessed at our own Halloween Meet in October, but unbeknown to her they did it on Sunday.
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Louise was a swimmer in her younger days and when Leo joined the club threw herself in whole heartedly, firstly joining the Masters section of the club, competing at club champs and master's galas. She then joined the committee and became the clubs welfare officer. During this time Louise, taking inspiration from her Dad, became a timekeeper, then judge 1, judge 2 and now Starter. We now wish her well on becoming a Referee !!!!

Swimming Gala's can not take place without these officials giving up so much of their time voluntarily, our own club champs is the same and in order for them to continue being licensed needs qualified officials, so if you are willing to help us out either speak to Louise or another committee member who can point you in the right direction.
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