IMPS Gala 2017

Swimmers from Dawlish Swimming Club took part in a friendly IMPS Gala at Exmouth on Sunday 12th February.

Swimmers from the club in the 9 to 13 year age groups, many of whom had not competed in galas outside of the club before, spent the evening at Exmouth Leisure Centre, competing against other clubs from Exmouth, Torquay, Exeter, Kingsbridge and Sidmouth.

The gala covered a combination of individual and team relay events, the atmosphere was great with tremendous team support, producing excellent swims allowing our swimmers to achieve 84 Personal Best times, earning them fourteen 1st places, twelve 2nd places,  and three 3rd places helping Dawlish to achieve an overall second position.

Coach Chris Chappell, was really proud of the team’s performance, commenting there were lots of personal best times, solid points scored from the Girls backed by a lot of good first time swims from the Boys, most of whom swam well out of their age group. There was a Great team spirit as always and heads never went down, which contributed to take us from 5th place on the penultimate points call to an outstanding 2nd place at the end of the final results ….Brilliant

Congratulations, and well done, to all the swimmers who took part: Matilda Thomas, Victoria Jackson, Lauren Major, Emma Calladine, Fletcher Wickham, Sammy Mayhew, Henry Barrett, Zack Sullens, Joshua Scott-Hooper, Starr Johnson, Greta Watkins, Olivia How, Molly Rowe, Maddie Smith, Seb Grost, Mason Denning, Tom Maynard, Jensen Healey, Ben Simmons, Harry Bingham, Amelia Kennedy-Bruyneels, Marion Browning, Olivia Dann, Jamie Hindle, Sam Friend, Elise Grove, Tori Cook, Freya Rose, Oliver Rose and Archie Mayhew.

And a huge thank you to all the coaches, officials and parent volunteers who gave up there time to help on the day, without your help and support these events cannot go ahead.

1st Paignton 229, 2nd Dawlish 194, 3rd Exeter 185, 4th Newton Abbot 184, 5th Torquay 181 and 6th Exmouth 146.

Devon County A.S.A Championships 2017

Dawlish Swimming Club 2017 Devon County A.S.A Championships swimmers

Over three weekends in January, swimmers from Dawlish Swimming Club have been competing at the Devon County A.S.A 2017 Championships at the Life Centre in Plymouth.

19 swimmers from the club competed in 104 heats; they qualified for 7 “super” finals and 63 “age group” finals, producing 114 personal best performances.

As a result 6 swimmers achieved qualifying times for the South West regional championships: Amelie Goodrum, Ella Farley, Emily Bradford, Emily Wareham, Joel Davis and Phoebe Armes.

In addition the following swimmers also obtained regional consideration times: Amelia Kennedy-Bruneels, Isobel Kime and Maizie-May Patrick.

Medals were awarded to: Joel Davis (3 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze), Emily Wareham (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze), Amelie Goodrum (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Ella Farley (1 Gold, 1 Bronze), Emily Bradford (2 Silver, 6 Bronze) and Jack Willis (3 Silver).

This year was a very successful championships for the Dawlish club, which culminated with an epic battle, in the 100m Butterfly event between the 2016 British Championships qualifier, Emily Wareham, and the 2016 English Championships Silver medal winner, Ella Farley.

In the last event of the championships the scene was set when Ella Farley and Emily Wareham qualified as the fastest two swimmers from the heats in the senior championship super final. They were lined up against some of the fastest butterfly swimmers in the country.

From the start it was anyone’s race but over the 4 lengths of the Plymouth Life Centre 25m pool, the Dawlish girls edged ahead, matching each other stroke for stroke.  Into the final 10 meters they both took their final breath, with heads down, lungs bursting and perfect finishing technique they hit the timing pads simultaneously.  The electronic scoreboard had recorded 64.65 seconds for Wareham and 64.39 seconds for Farley; both girls had set new personal best times; on this occasion the title of senior 100m Butterfly Champion, and gold medal winner was won by Ella Farley.

Dawlish Swimming Club Head Coach, Garry Mitchell, said, “I am very proud of our swimmers’ performances at the county championships, after 4 grueling months of winter training, this is an excellent start to the individual competition season.  These achievements are only achieved by the dedication, hard work and motivation, not just by the swimmers but also our excellent team of teachers and coaches, who are fully supported by the club committee and the parents.  There are very few sports that start their training sessions at 05:30 in the morning, with swimmers rising before 5am on 3 occasions a week for a 2 hour grind in the pool.  We are, of course, very grateful to James Teed, the Teignbridge Leisure Officer and his staff at Dawlish Leisure Centre, for their continued support ensuring the pool is open and rigged for training at that unearthly hour of the day.”

The club is continuing to train hard, with the competition focus briefly switching to the younger members of the club as they prepare for a series of IMPS galas and to defend their 2016 winning title of the East Devon mini league; prior to the South West regional championships in May and the Devon & Cornwall League competition in early summer.

Full results and further information can be found at:


Ella Farley                                                              Emily Wareham

2016 Teignbridge Sports Awards

Congratulations to our club chairman, Darren Farley on winning the top award for Services to Sport at the 2016 Teignbridge sports awards in recognition of his true dedication and service to the club and the sport within the community.

Darren was unable to attend the event in person and the award was received on his behalf by our Head Coach Garry Mitchell.

The awards evening took place at the Langstone Cliff Hotel on Friday 2nd December celebrating local success within sports as well as community projects throughout the region.

It was a great night for Dawlish Swimming club as Garry Mitchell also collected his own award, as runner up in the coach/ manager of the year category in recognition of his coaching success and Emily Wareham was awarded runner up junior sportswoman of the year recognising her local, regional and national swimming success.

Full details and results can be found at:


National Arena Swimming League Round 2

Dawlish Swimming Club were back at Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol on Saturday 12th November taking part in Round 2 of the western region National Arena Swimming League, where they were looking to continue their winning success of round 1.

It was a hard fought round against clubs from across the region, the competition was tight but the atmosphere, noise and support poolside was amazing from the swimmers and supporters alike.

The 28 strong Dawlish team competed in 50 individual and team events, accumulating 17 first, 16 second and 9 third place finishes, producing 37 personal best times and beating the competition with an impressive win on the night.

1st Dawlish Swimming Club 334 points, 2nd Devonport Royal SA 313 points, 3rd Tiverton SC 261 points, 4th Bristol North SC 209 points, 5th City of Bristol Aquatics B 206 points, 6th West Wilts Force 5 B 204 points, 7th Bridgewater 180 points and 8th Weymouth Swimming Club 81 points

Dawlish are now looking forward to the draw for the 3rd and final round in December.

Well done to all the swimmers and thanks to the volunteer officials, team managers and to the coaching team for all your help and support on the day.

Picture featured  of Dawlish Swimming Clubs 2nd round Arena team.

East Devon Mini League 2016 Champions

Dawlish Swimming Club travelled to Exmouth for the final round of this year’s East Devon Mini league. Dawlish came into this round topping the league following successful wins in the first 2 rounds earlier this year.

It was a hard fought round, with great support for all the competing clubs from their team mates and spectators alike, swimmers competed in 55 events of Freestyle, Breastroke, Butterfly and Backstroke team relay and individual sprint races.

Dawlish Swimming Club put in an outstanding performance, winning them 21 first, 12 second and 6 third places, resulting in them coming out on top on the night with 244 points and enabling them to win the Mini league trophy for the second year running.

The final results after 3 rounds were as follows Dawlish 635 points, Torquay 515 points, Exmouth 487 points, Newton Abbot 459 points , Exeter 365 points and Paignton 332 points.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who have competed in the Mini League squad this year and thank you to all the volunteer coaches, officials and team managers who gave up their time and helped at this and all previous rounds.

Full results can be found at:

Pictured some of the swimmers who took part in the Mini League team with the trophy

National Arena Swimming League Round 1

Dawlish Swimming Club travelled to Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol on Saturday 8th October to take part in Round 1 of the Western region National Arena Swimming League

This was a great start to this year’s league with a resounding victory by Dawlish.

The team took part in 50 individual and team events, accumulating 19 first, 11 second and 11 third place finishes.

Head coach Garry Mitchell commented “The stand out feature of the meet was our race finishing, the fighting spirit and determination in the final 10 meters won races, and achieved higher places in almost every event.

Well done to all the swimmers and thanks to the volunteer officials, team managers and to the coaching team for all your help on the day.

1st Dawlish 338 points, 2nd United Bristol SC 299 points, 3rd Tiverton SC 261 points, 4th Celtic Dolphins 243 points, 5th Bristol North 200 points, 6th West Wilts Force 5 177 points, 7th Bridgewater SC 168 points and 8th Weymouth SC 98 points

More information can be found at:

Picture attached of Dawlish Swimming Clubs Arena team.


Double First and a Silver Medal for Dawlish Swimming Club

It has been a momentous 7 days for Dawlish Swimming club at the British Summer Championships and also at the ASA National Summer Championships.


At the 2016 British Summer Championships, Emily Wareham became the first Dawlish swimmer, ever to compete at the highest National event.

Emily, a 15 year old pupil at Dawlish Community College, travelled to Sheffield accompanied by Dawlish Swimming Club’s Head Coach Garry Mitchell and several members of her family.  At the Pond’s Forge sports complex she raced in the 50m Butterfly event, producing an excellent time of 29.84 seconds, in a heat where the difference between 1st and 10th place was less than 0.4 seconds.  Head Coach Garry Mitchell, said “This is a very tough event, it is over almost before it’s begun and where the results can be determined by the length of a fingernail.  I’m very pleased with Emily’s performance, she has only been training seriously for a couple of years and yet she is here competing with the best swimmers in Great Britain”.


A week later it was another first for a Dawlish Swimmer, when Ella Farley competed at the ASA National Summer Championships in the 200m butterfly.

Ella qualified on the back of her winning the South West regional championships earlier in the year.  Ella had an unconventional “taper” (final week of preparation), as her parents had booked a 2 week holiday to Spain, spanning both the British and National championships.  On the Wednesday Ella and her parents flew back from Spain, their flight was delayed meaning they missed their connecting train, but eventually arrived at Sheffield in time for Ella to get a quick dip in the swim down pool.


On race day Ella was on fire, she won her 200m butterfly heat, beating her personal best time by over 4 seconds, in a time of 2 minutes 26.35 seconds.  This put her into the 16 years age group final, seeded second fastest.  After a quick trip to the Meadow hall Centre for some relaxation and retail therapy, Ella returned to Pond’s Forge for the final in the evening.

Ella produced another epic swim, in which she reduced her Personal Best time by another second, Ella secured a Silver medal in a time of 2 minutes 25.23 seconds and the first podium performance by a Dawlish swimmer at a National competition.


Dawlish Swimming Club Head Coach, Garry Mitchell, said “This past week has been a landmark in the Club’s history.  It has been 8 years in the making, but at long last the club has now created an environment where National Level competition can be achieved.  The clubs learn to swim programme under the leadership of Veronica Blackmore is producing swimmers with the right skills to progress through the clubs competitive development programme.  The established coaching team of Chris Chappell, Darren Farley and myself have recently been joined by Abi Edwards, formerly of Plymouth Leander. These are exciting times for Dawlish Swimming Club, Emily and Ella’s performances on the National stage will be an inspiration to their team mates and the younger members of club starting on the pathway of competitive swimming”.


Pictures of Ella Farley, Emily Wareham and Garry Mitchell wearing the new club kit, kindly sponsored by Kempa.

Ella Farley_Garry Mitchell_Silver medal

Emily Wareham_Garry Mitchell

Club Championships 2016

Well done and congratulations to all the swimmers who competed in the three days of this year’s Club Championships. It was a great success with lots of swimmers achieving good personal best times and winning medals for finishing in the top 3 places.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers and parents who have helped us prepare and run this event, without all your hard work, effort and time these events would not be able to go ahead.

This year we chose to license this event as an ASA Level 4 meet to enable our swimmers to gain times to enter the County Championships and other Open meets. As a result we needed a lot of extra officials to oversee the event. Thank you to our club officials and all the travelling officials from Torquay, Exeter, Exmouth and Paignton who gave up their time to help.

Thank you also to Sainsbury’s Dawlish, Tony Pryce Sports, John Mayne Stonemasons, South West Brick & Stone, Red Rock Electrical Ltd, Plumbase, TCS Controls Ltd, Dinosaur World Torquay and Beachcomber Cafe Teignmouth who have provided sponsorship, support and donations in staging this event.

After the racing in Dawlish Leisure Centre Pool on Saturday, the fun continued on the playing fields with a relaxed picnic and games followed by presentations made by Vice Chairman Clive Goodrum and President Norman Storey to the top girl and boy in each age group and winners of the SKINS race.

Top Boy and Girl 1st place awards were presented to:

15/Over Girls

  1. Ella FARLEY
  2. Emily WAREHAM
  3. Hollie NORTON

15/Over Boys

  1. Harvey BARNES
  2. Adam BROOKS
  3. Sam ROSE

13/14 Girls

  1. Amelie GOODRUM
  2. Emily BRADFORD
  3. Issy KIME

13/14 Boys

  1. Joshie WARDLE
  2. Oliver ROSE
  3. Miles NORTON

1/12 Girls

  1. Phoebe ARMES
  2. Maizie-Mae PATRICK
  3. Tereza CHOVANCOVA

11/12 Boys

  1. Joel DAVIS
  3. Marley PATRICK

9/10 Girls

  1. Lauren BROWN
  3. Isla GOODRUM

9/10 Boys

  1. Jack WILLIS
  2. Mason DENNING
  3. Seb GROST

8/Under Girls

  1. Emily FREWIN
  2. Kizzy KIRKWOOD
  3. Ellie BARRETT

8/ Under Boys


SKINS awards were presented to:

Junior Girls

  1. Emily Bradford
  2. Amelie Goodrum
  3. Phoebe Armes

Junior Boys

  1. Joel Davis
  2. Sam Bradford
  3. Marley Patrick

Senior Girls

  1. Emily Wareham
  2. Hollie Norton
  3. Sophie Reed

Senior Boys

  1. Adam Brooks
  2. Harvey Barnes
  3. Dom Brown

Norman Storey also made a presentation to our hard working and long standing member Veronica Blackmore, who has recently been voted Devon County ASA President elect, which is a great recognition for all her hard work, time and effort she has given to swimming over the years.

Head coach Garry Mitchell remarked on a successful year the club has had and the excellent achievement of Emily Wareham who has qualified to compete at the Great Britain Championships and Ella Farley has qualified to compete at the English National championships later this year.
Garry also spoke about how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder continues to be a major problem for British Forces and Veterans, rallying the swimmers and parents to show their support to the cause by carrying out 22 push-ups.

But the major award of the night must go to the parents who beat the children in the inaugural Parents vs Kids Rounders Match…………………better luck next year.

Full results are available on our website:

Club Championships Long Distance Races

Please let Paul Willis, Competition Secretary Dawlish SC, know if swimmers wish to swim in the club champs long distance races.

Events will be 400m, 800m, 1500m free and 400IM and will probably take place around late November during training sessions.

We need an idea of likely numbers so we can allocate a suitable amount of time to run the events.

If parents/guardians could just send an email with the name of their child and the events they wish to enter that would be great.

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