Congratulations to Norman Storey – Volunteer of the Month!

Norman has been awarded Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month for his continued volunteering with Dawlish Swimming Club.
Norman has been volunteering at the club for many years and is a Starter, involved with teaching and attending galas to support the Team. Norman also still swims himself in Masters Competitions and trains weekly at the pool.
Click here to visit the website and read more about Norman’s commitment to volunteering

Starts, Turns and Finishes – Coaching Points

I ran a speed set for the A Squad on Wednesday evening and recorded the data shown in the table below (this is a sample).  I have given feedback to the A squad swimmers but thought this would be of interest to the remaining swimmers in the club.  At the bottom of the table there is a series of coaching points associated with starts, turns and finishing.  In a 100m race 40% of the race is concerned with starts, turns and finishing, so this is almost equally as important as the 60% of swimming that takes place between the flags.

I have seen thousands of races won and lost in the final 5m of the race, across the whole spectrum of events.  I am proud to say that the vast majority of the swimmers I’ve coached, over the past 30+ years, have excelled at finishing and produced some spectacular results, be that for an individual medal or an extra point in a team event.


Starts, Turns and Finishes

Club Championships 2017

Well done and huge congratulations to all the swimmers who competed over the three days of the 2017 Club Championships. It was a great success with tremendous support for all swimmers who were taking part, especially for some of our younger swimmers who were swimming for the first time in a competitive gala. We had lots of swimmers achieving excellent personal best times and winning medals for finishing in the top 3 places, it was also encouraging to see some of our swimmers beating some of the clubs long standing records.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers and parents who have helped us prepare and run this event, without all your hard work and giving up your free time, these events would not be able to go ahead. Thank you also to the travelling officials from Exeter and Torquay Swimming Clubs who also came along to officiate and to all the staff at Dawlish Leisure Centre for your help staging the event. We would also like to thank the local businesses: Red Rock Brewery, Saddles & Paddles, Powderham Castle, Dinosaur World, Woodlands and Beachcomber Café and all those individuals who have provided sponsorship, support and donations to this event.

Following the final races at Dawlish Leisure Centre Pool on Saturday, the fun continued on the playing fields with a picnic and games followed by speeches from Club Chairman Kevan Haines and Head Coach Garry Mitchell followed with presentations by Devon ASA President, Veronica Blackmore and Club President Norman Storey to the top girls and boys in each age group and winners of the SKINS race.

Garry Mitchell kindly took photographs throughout the three days of the Club Championships, these can be viewed and downloaded from his Dropbox folder, for access to the folder please get in touch with Garry.

Full results are now available on our website and Facebook pages.

The top Girl & Boy awards were presented to:



8 & Under
9/10 Years
1st Lauren MAJOR (1630), 2nd Isabelle KENNEDY-BRUYNEELS (1146), 3rd Yasmin BROWN (769)
11/12 Years
1st Phoebe ARMES (3239), 2nd Olivia DANN (2904), 3rd Evie LEWIS (2237)
13/14 Years
1st Emily BRADFORD (3796), 2nd Amelie GOODRUM (3733), 3rd Elise GROVE (2786)
15 & Over
1st Issy KIME (2801), 2nd Jess SCHOENEBERG (2781), 3rd Chelsea NORTHCOTT (2646)


8 & Under
9/10 Years
1st Fletcher WICKHAM (1129), 2nd Seb GROST (1018), 3rd Lucas RANDALL (278)
11/12 Years
1st Sam BRADFORD (1497), 2nd Jensen HEALEY (1051), 3rd Zack SULLENS (987)
13/14 Years
1st Jamie HINDLE (1047), 2nd Oliver ROSE (846)
15 & Over


*Calculated by totalling the 8 highest FINA point scoring events for each swimmer. 

Thank you once again, and we look forward to seeing you at next years Club Championships.

2016 ASA South West Region Championship success!

Four swimmers from Dawlish Swimming Club, Emily Bradford, Phoebe Armes, Amelie Goodrum and Joel Davis travelled to Hengrove, Bristol and Millfield, Somerset to compete in the 2016 ASA South West Region Championships.

They competed in four days of high intensity competition, racing in 26 heats, achieving an impressive 23 Personal Best times and four Championship finals for Emily Bradford.


National Championship qualifiers!

It’s been a long time in the making but Dawlish Swimming Club has produced its first qualifiers for the National Championships.

Emily Wareham has qualified to compete in the 50m Butterfly at the Great Britain Championships and Ella Farley has qualified to compete in the 200m Butterfly at the English National championships.

We are extremely proud of these two swimmers and their achievements to date and are looking forward to seeing some great swims when they compete at Sheffield in July and August.

A lot of credit and thanks goes to Garry Mitchell (Head Coach) for his coaching expertise and dedication.

Dawlish Swimming Club Chairman, and proud father Darren Farley, commented we knew it would happen given time, and with the limited resources and available pool time it is an even better result than hoped for, for the club.

ASA South West Regional Championships 2016

Four swimmers from Dawlish Swimming Club travelled to the Plymouth Life Centre and competed in the ASA South West Regional Championships over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Three days of high intensity competition, in the 50m pool, saw Ella Farley, Emily Wareham, Hollie Norton and Luke Adey compete against the fastest swimmers in the six Counties of the South West and some of the best youth swimmers in the Country.

Between them they competed in 22 heats, which produced 9 finalists, for a total of 20 Personal Best times and a Bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly for Ella Farley with a time of 1:07.62.

Ella’s success did not end there as highlight of the weekend was Ella Farley’s stunning Gold medal victory in the 16 year old girls 200m Butterfly finals with a time of 2:30.54. Considered to be the toughest of all the competitive pool events.

Dawlish Head Coach, Garry Mitchell, said “This is Ella’s reward for the thousands of miles of butterfly she has swim in the training pool over the past 6 years. At Dawlish, our programme is based around high mileage on butterfly, it makes our swimmers extremely fit and mentally tough; 2 essentials for competitive swimming”.

Results: ASA SW Youth Results Summary