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.

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.