Communication from Swim Wales


Parents please be aware, some of our younger members are receiving letters from Swim Wales and the content of this letter is directed to our chairperson. Swim Wales  may not see this as an issue, but we do. It is your choice as parents to let your child open the letter, but we feel that as parents you should read it first. You can then direct any questions to the committee. At present we are unsure as to what Swim Wales concerns are, however as soon we know more we will inform all our parents.

Thank you.


Following a meeting on the 12th October the Committee have the following message for members:

We believe some members have received an email copy of a letter from Swim Wales to the club chair dated 9th October. As this letter has not been circulated to all members, it is attached below. 

Holywell ASC Letter from Swim Wales

We are very disappointed that Swim Wales have chosen to circulate this to members by email, as we feel this is inappropriate, unprofessional and inaccurate. We are and have been trying to arrange a meeting for many months, but it has proved impossible to agree suitable dates. 

You will also note that the Swim Wales Board mention complaints received in February 2014. We are still awaiting confirmation from Swim Wales as to what the content of this complaint was as we have received no direct information on this from the Officers of Swim Wales. 

As a club, we will be pursuing this matter with them and will keep you informed as to any developments.

 If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to any committee members about this correspondence.


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Calling All Members We Need You !!!!!!!!




Dear Parents

HASC is a successful and friendly club with over 100 swimmers. Next month we are having our AGM on the 23rd October at the Leisure Centre and a number of committee members will be standing down. Some of these committee members have been on the committee for several years and as their children have left, they are looking for new blood to serve on the committee.
A successful club needs people in the background to make the club work, and the more hands we have, the less work it involves for each individual.
The committee meets once a month and most other correspondence is by e-mail.


We are desperately seeking:-


Vice Chair,



Gala Entry Coordinator/Assistant


We also need people to help with the running of our Galas (Only 3 times a year )

The existing committee members are willing to help and show you the ropes and any support needed. It is also vital that we as parents support our children and contribute to the club.

Please come and see any of the existing committee members to discuss this further.
I believe volunteering is very rewarding and fun, especially at a successful club like ours.

Nanette Barnard (HASC Chair)

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Swim Conway Autumn Meet Warm Up Times

Hi Everyone


Warm up and Start times for this weekends Conway Autumn Meet Please arrive early to stretch and prepare.

Just a few points to pass on from the organisers :-

in order to have as much poolside space as possible could you please leave bags in lockers provided, these take a £1 or trolley coins.

Access to poolside will not be available until 45 mins before morning warm-up.

 Good luck and enjoy the meet.

Saturday AM 

Session 1 – Warm up  8.30am to 8.45am – Start Time 9.30 am

Session 2- Warm up 11.45am to 12pm – Start Time 12.50pm

Session 3 – Warm uo 4pm to 4.15pm – Start Time 4.35pm

Finish Time around 7pm

Sunday AM

Session 4 – Warm up  8.30 to 8.45am – Start Time 9.30 am

Session 5- Warm up 11.30 to 11.45am – Start Time 12.25pm

Session 6 – Warm up 4.15pm to 4.30pm – Start Time 4.40pm

Finish Time around 7pm


i will put a warm up schedule on the notice board, Good luck and enjoy the meet.


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Head Coach Update

Hi All,

Just a quick update as to what has been going on over the past few months, Firstly


british_swimming_140Geoff Boddie competed at Sheffields Ponds Forge in the British Masters on the 14th of June, Geoff won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke in 2.40.78 and a Silver in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.13.68, both times broke the current Irish Records. great job Geoff





Congratulations to all the award winners at presentation evening, it was great to see so many swimmers and family members attend, a truly fantastic night with some amazing dancing from the youngsters, i really enjoyed it.

A special thanks to Kara Bennett for getting Peter-AndrePeter Andre to record a video wishing our swimmers all the best at presentation evening.


Well done to the swimmers who competed at the Junior Arena League in Knowsley, congratulations to the 10 year old and 11 year old girls relay teams who set records in the 4 x 50 Medley relays, competing against big clubs such as the City of Liverpool, Warrington Warriors, Wirral Metro, the City of Salford and Stockport Metro made these swims all the more impressive. the coaches would like to thank all the swimmers who took part, you were all brilliant , Well Done!!!



dave and Nigel ice bucket challangeICE BUCKET CHALLENGES

Well Done to Coaches Nigel Austin and Dave Jones who accepted and completed their Ice Bucket Challenge, Dave’s head turn the colour of his beloved Liverpool shirt BRIGHT RED !!!!!      Well done boys, i also did mine, Ed, Jamie, Andy and Ryan had pleasure of trying to drown their head coach!!!


???Well done to our master swimmers Sonia Stobbart and Phil Burchell who swam at the Afron masters in Llandudno on the 4th & 5th of October, Sonia came away with a Gold in the 50 BK, 2 Silvers in the 50s BRS and 50m Free and a Bronze 25 Fly,  Phil won 4 Golds in the 100 Free, 100 BRS, 50 BRS and 200 IM

Great swimming from them both.

 IMAG0305Well done Liv Davies who returned from Sheffield with a hat full of medals, Liv was supporting her brother who was swimming at the Robin Hood meet and decided to enter instead of just watching, this turned out to be a good decision as she won gold in the 100 and 200 Back, Silver in the 100 and 200 Breast and 200 Individual Medley achieving some great times.




If you has been given goal setting sheets for the 2014-15 season could you please complete and bring back into me, Thanks








Nigel Austin and myself travelled to Swansea for the Welsh annual coaches conference and picked up some great ideas from some of the best coaches in the world, Bill Sweethenham, Jon Rudd, Nathan Hilton and Russ Barber,

Pictured :- Nigel, Russ Bill and Terry

Both Nigel and myself were pleased to hear that Bill, Russ,Jon’s and Nathan’s philosophies on swimming were very similar to ours, whilst the swimmers are young concentrate on skills first, speed second and endurance third, Coaches all coaching the same techniques in our own style, that we operate as a team and expect swimmers who want to achieve be committed.

Bill Sweethenham ( 5 times Olympic Head Coach, 8 times Commonwealth Swim Coach, 9 time world championships coach, 63 swimmers placed on National open teams, 9 world record holders and Head coach at the Olympics for 3 different countries)

Russ Barber, Head Coach at the City of Sheffield since October 2001 of one of the top clubs in GB who now regularly placing swimmers onto GB teams, including James Kirton on to the Olympic Team in Beijing on the 200m Breaststroke.

Jon Rudd ( Head coach of Plymouth Leander and coach to British 50m Fly and 50m Free record holder, European and Commonwealth medallist  Ben Proud and European, World and Olympic medallist Ruta Meilutyte)

Nathan Hilton ( director of swimming at Nova Centurions, Rebbeca Addlingtons old Club, Nathan will be the Team Leader for the British Swim Team at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China.)

we look forward to bringing in a few choice sets we have been given from these coaches for our swimmers try.



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