Busy Keynsham swimmers so glad to be back

August 06 2021

The past month has seen much activity at Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club, including of a string of Level X events, sponsor presentations and, after much waiting, a chance to do some real racing for the competitive swimmers.

Training has been non-stop since the club returned to the pool in April, with an increase in water time for many of the club’s squads from June.

Level X events
Over May, June and July, Keynsham held Level X events aimed at all the competitive swimmers in the club. Level X is racing held during usual training times under meet conditions, a format created by Swim England to give swimmers a way of competing while the pandemic completed halted galas for 18 months.

This gave the youngest members in junior squad a chance to experience the thrill of racing for the first time and enabled them to achieve times to gain entry to future events.

The older swimmers in county and regional squads used Level X to see the results of their training throughout Covid pay off by posting personal best after personal best, with the aim of gaining consideration times for the upcoming South West Region Festival of Swimming. The results were as follows:

Junior squad
: Amelia L (10) posted the fastest times in 50m freestyle and 50m back; Kayley P (11) took the top spot in 50m breast, and Ella W (10) was first in 50m butterfly. Boys: Axel P (11) was top in 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly; Ben C (11) claimed first place in 50m breast, and Julio B went fastest in 50m back.

County squad
Georgina B (16): 50m and 100m free; 50m, 100m and 200m back; 100m breast; 200m individual medley; Neve N (16): 200m free; 50m and 200m breast; 50m, 100m butterfly; Evie W (16); 100m individual medley. Boys: Kian C (14): 50m and 100m free; 50m, 100m breast; 50m butterfly; Calvin M (15): 200m free; 50m, 100m and 200m back; 100m and 200m individual medley; Dan R (13): 100m butterfly.

Regional squad
Lilly B (13): 50m and 100m free; 50m and 100m breast; Isla G (14): 200m Free; 200m individual medley; Laura B (12): 50m and 100m back; 50m and 100m butterfly; 100m individual medley; Daisy O (13): 200m back; Lydia B (12): 200m breast. Boys: Alfie U (16): 50m, 100m and 200m free; 50m and 100m back; 50m, 100m and 200m breast; 100m and 200m individual medley; Lucas P (16): 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly.

South West Region Festival of Swimming
Following the Level X events, Laura B, Lilly B, Josh P, Josh T, Elliot M, Lucas P, Tom W and Alfie U all gained consideration times for the festival, held on July 24 and 25 at Millfield Pool in Street, Somerset.

Coaches Jasper Lye and Zach Derrick, took just four swimmers after some sadly had to withdraw due to illness. There were some outstanding personal bests all round, with Alfie U (16) finishing in the South West region’s top 10 in all five of his events, Elliot M (13) placed fourth in 200m fly, Lucas P (16) gained a huge four-second personal best in 100m fly, and Laura B (12) stormed her way into first place across the region with 100m fly and is currently ranked second in the UK for her age group.

Celebrating squad sponsors
On Monday July 19, some of the club’s new squad and coach sponsors visited Keynsham and Hengrove pools to present the swimmers and coaches with their new quick-dry shirts.

Stablepoint Hosting are the proud sponsors of both regional and age group squads. Dave Vernon from Travis Perkins presented the county squad swimmers with their shirts, and IJ McGill Transport are excited to be sponsoring the up-and-coming swimmers of junior squad.

Jasper Lye, regional squad coach, has been kindly sponsored by K9Guss Dog Training, and Paul Jansen from Knightsbridge PCS came to present Zach Derrick, county squad coach, with his new polo shirts.

Bath Building Installations are the new supporters of prelims, and ex-swimmer and ex-coach Luke Headford presented some very bright tops to the youngest swimmers.

Become part of Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club
If your child has been watching the Olympics and feels inspired to follow in the footsteps of Tom Dean or Adam Peaty, then Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club are looking for swimmers aged 6-9 years (school years 1, 2, 3 and 4) who can swim one length of Keynsham pool (25m) in each stroke.

Individual trials take place weekly at Keynsham pool. Swimmers from all ages (including over 18s) are also invited to apply for a trial. If your child would like to join, email thea.beament@keynshamswimming.club, call 07891 684059, or enquire via the club’s Facebook page.