Waitrose’s Community Matters Scheme

Waitrose’s Community Matters Scheme

Dawlish Swimming Club was delighted to receive a cash boost of £318, from Waitrose Partner Diane Jolly through the stores Waitrose Community Matters Scheme.

We are very grateful to both Waitrose Teignmouth and their shoppers for their support by posting their green tokens into our Waitrose Community Matters box throughout June.

Pictured Waitrose Partner Diane Jolly, Club President Norman Storey along with swimmers from the Club.




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:

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