Divisional Representative to ESSA Council
Mrs. Mavis Fox
Rylstone, Wolverhampton Road, Middle Hill, South Staffs
WV10 7LT Tel: 01922 416959
14 Elder Close, Offerton,
Stockport SK1 5AW
Tel/Fax: 0161 456 9144
Boys Water Polo:
Mr. Trevor Pledger
27 Hamnet Close,Sharples, Bolton BL1 7RZ.
Tel: 01204 309314
Girls Water Polo:
Ms. Julie Allsopp
21 Auburn Drive, Urmston, Manchester M41
Tel: 0781 7429196
||26 Seddon Rd, Garston, Liverpool, L19 2LJ
Tel: 0151 475 7217
establishments, of all types, in Staffordshire and
Stoke-on-Trent LEAs, and the LEAs in the Greater Manchester
area are automatically affiliated to the Division free of
FOR 2011 COMPETITIONS
Secondary Schools Team Championships
will be entered here when available
Friday 6th May 2011
Fit City Broughton Swimming Pool
CLICK HERE to
download entry details
Division 7 Individual
Championships & Trials
will be entered here when available
All of the above details were
correct at the time of publishing, but may be subject to
further information please contact the Divisional
Representative or the Competition Secretary.
Secondary Schools Team Championships CLICK HERE
to download results
Primary Schools Team Championships CLICK HERE to
Division 7 Individual Championships & Trials CLICK HERE to
B I G
H A N K Y O
This is just a
short note to say thank you for a marvelous effort at Watford.
I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to get around
to sending it but my swimming life is manic at the moment!
The result you
produced was beyond our wildest dreams.
We don’t expect to win as Division 5 includes
Millfield, Bath, Kelly College and Plymouth College amongst
others, so they always stand out on their own – but to come
second to them in front of all of the other Divisions is
fantastic. We had
26 finalists in 32 individual events and 8 in 12 team events,
to top that two of our gold medalists broke ESSA records and
we took the Intermediate Girls’ title in addition to the 2nd
place in the Aggregate Award.
Not only were
you great in the water but if there had been an award for Team
Spirit and togetherness you would have won that as well.
I wasn’t able to spend much time with you during the
event but I was able to keep an eye on what you were up to
from my lofty position at the top of the balcony above you,
and it was great to see how you supported each other.
All of your Team Managers said that it had been a
pleasure to be in charge of you.
It was a
fitting performance for the last Division 7 team – as you
know the ESSA is being reorganised into eight Divisions, more
or less matching the ASA Regions, at the end of this academic
year so Division 7 will disappear.
Those of you in Greater Manchester will swim in the
North West in future and Staffordshire swimmers will join the
West Midlands from September 2011.
It’s been great working with the Division 7 team for
the past twenty-two years, but the time has come for us all to
move on & I will be concentrating on my national role in
INTER-DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010
came back strong in this years Interdivisional Championships
finishing in 2nd
place after a 4th place last year. The team
consisting of new debutants across Junior, Intermediate and
Senior demonstrated the strength across the ages, and the team
were excellent achieving 5 Golds, 7 Silvers and 6 Bronze
Phillips and Victoria Garlick got the weekend off to a flyer
for the team with Danny taking 1st place in the
400m Freestyle and Victoria taking a Bronze medal in the
equivalent event for the Senior Girls – well done Danny and
the Gold Medals along with Danny in the 400m Freestyle was the
Intermediate Girls, Jaeger Turner, Jodie Hawksworth, Lauren
Quigley and Jessica Lloyd in the 4 x 50m Medley Team, taking 1st
place in a new record time of 1.56.93 – Brearnna Close took
Gold in the Junior Girls 100m Butterfly, followed by Sam
Horrocks in the Senior Boys 100m Butterfly. Jessica Lloyd
continued her fine form with an individual Gold and a new
record time of 55.60 in the Intermediate 100m Freestyle.
standard of swimming was considerable high but this did not
stop the Intermediate Girls retaining their crown from 2009,
and once again stopping Division 5 taking a clean sweep!
Intermediate Girls Captain Jodie Hawksworth, joined by Jaeger
Turner, Savanna Saunders, Beth Marks, and from last years team
Jessica Lloyd and Lauren Quigley took the title with some
great individual and team swims.
swimmers should be proud of their achievements and their
contribution to the team finishing second, and towards a
memorable Championships finishing 2nd.
the two days the team demonstrated a great team spirit
supported by Alison, Hannah, Dani, Andrew and Steve as Team
Managers, and Greg the team Coach. It was great to have some
ex-swimmers as part of the Team Managers, as Dani and Andrew
were able to offer their wealth of experience and knowledge in
ESSA swimming. A special mention must go to Andrew Martin for
his the motivation he brought to the swimmers over the two
days, and his knowledge he brought to the Team Managers on his
experience as a swimmer, ….it was priceless!
final word must go towards Mavis Fox for her relentless work
behind the scenes in making Division 7 enjoy the success and
fun they have achieved in and out of the pool, not just at the
finals but also at the qualifying events. Thank you Mavis,
you’re a star!
UK SCHOOL GAMES 2009 -
SELECTED TEAM - CLICK HERE
ENGLAND CENTRAL (DIVISIONS 4, 6 & 7) WIN SWIMMING
CLICK HERE FOR REPORT FROM TEAM
to previous Division 7 Swimm
who swam for Division 7 from 2001 to 2004, and is the current
ESSA SC Record holder for the 400m F/S, followed her Olympic
Silver success with a Gold
medal in a time of 2:1:37.1 in the 10k Open Water
event in the FINA World
Championships in Rome on 22nd July 2009.
who swam for Division 7 from 2005 to 2007, and is the current
ESSA LC Record holder for the Senior 100m Breaststroke, gained
and a British Senior LC
Record with a time of 59.55 in the Open 100m
Breaststroke at the British
Championships at Sheffield on 28th July
who swam for Division 7 from 2005 to 2008, and who is the
current ESSA SC Record holder for the Senior 100m Butterfly,
is off to West
Virginia University, USA in August.
more information about her move check out:
Congratulations to all three!
Entry forms for the above events are
available from the website
or the Competition Secretary.
DIVISION SEVEN REPORT
Congratulations to the following Division 7 swimmers who
represented England at the 38th W.I.S.E
International which was held at the Wales International Pool,
Swansea on 14th March 2009
1st – Senior 100m Backstroke (New Record)
3rd – Senior 200m IM
5th – Junior 100m Breaststroke
2nd – Junior 100m Backstroke
2nd – Junior 100m Freestyle
3rd – Open 400m Freestyle
1st – 100m Butterfly (New Record)
1st – Open 200m Butterfly (New Record)
1st – Junior 100m Butterfly
2nd – Junior 200m IM
1st – Junior 100m Freestyle (New Record)
2nd – Junior 100m Backstroke
2nd – Junior 200m IM
Also congratulations to Ben for receiving the “Top
English Boy” award for his record-breaking performance
in the 100m Freestyle
DIVISION SEVEN TEAM
on a fantastic team effort at the Championships
There was a lot of expectation after the previous year’s
results, but the team excelled and for the 2nd
successive year finished a magnificent 2nd
overall and showed what a talented team they were by
winning 28 medals.
In the aggregate points the Junior Girls
(Lauren Quigley, Katie Cooper, Ambah Simpson, Jessica Lloyd
and Katie Greenwood) managed to win their category again, with
the strength throughout the team highlighted with 4 of the age
groups 2nd and the other age group 4th
(only 2 points off 2nd).
There were many exceptional performances
with every individual and relay final made. In the individual
events 5 Gold, 6 Silvers and 7 Bronze medals were won,
along with one new record (Amanda Nugent, Senior Butterfly),
breaking the previous record, which had stood since 1983.
The relays had similar success with 10
medals won (6 Silver, 4 Bronze). The Junior Girls
(Lauren Quigley, Katie Cooper, Ambah Simpson and Jessica
Lloyd) also managed to break the oldest relay record in the
heats of the Freestyle relay.
A pleasing aspect was not only the
performances in the pool, which were richly deserved, but the
way each swimmer handled themselves out of it. The spirit and
buzz was amazing and I am sure Chris would have been very
happy and proud of not only the results but also the team
spirit. Being named at the end of the competition
‘unofficially’ as the loudest team was a truly fitting award.
A MASSIVE WELL DONE and THANK YOU
to all the swimmers and everyone involved. You should all be
proud of your achievements and enjoy you deserved success.
England Central wins UKSG 2008
Congratulations to all Team members and Staff from Divisions
4, 6 and 7 for their excellent victory in UKSG 2008.
The Team had a mix of
ages with no fewer than three 13 and three 14 year olds
included in the 16 & under team. A further 8 swimmers will
also still be eligible for selection next year.
The England Central Team
took an early lead in the Competition, which it maintained
throughout apart from a short time early in Day 2, to finish
with a 15 point lead over its closest rival.
The all round excellent
team performance was highlighted by 27 podium places out of
the 44 events. A total of 18 members of the team received
medals with the ‘greedy’ ones being Katrina Alder 3 Gold & 1
Silver, Ann Morris 3 Gold, Sophie Smith 3 Gold and Emma
Saunders 2 Gold & 2 Silver. However these individual
performances – and many others, should not detract from the
overall TEAM effort. The Team Staff complimented the
swimmers’ attitude and behaviour and said that everyone played
their part for the duration of the Games both on and off the
poolside. Their support for their fellow team members and
their team spirit overall was brilliant. In addition
Michael’s flirtation with the Media at every opportunity will
hopefully bring him Hollywood stardom!
Divison 4 Division 6
Burden Gemma Almond Katrina
Donnelly David Fellows Dale
Grudgings Dan Ruckwood Robert Gill
Hohmann Chris Murphy (TM)
Morris Stewart Nicklin
Morris David White
Jayne Sanders (TM)
Chris Fox (TM)
CHRIS FOX ELECTED PRESIDENT
FOR ESSA 2007-2008
DIVISION 7 COMMITTEE AT
W I S E
Our delight, following our fantastic
performance in the Inter Divisional Championships last
October, has been increased by the selection of no fewer than
9 of our swimmers for the England Team in this years
International a Crawley. A record for the Division.
These were :
Emma Saunders, Rachael Kelly, Katrina
Alder, Amanda Nugent, Emma Wilkins, Sam Horrocks, Blake Wilson
and Dan Sliwinski. (Russell Smith was also selected but sadly
had to decline)
During the event all of our swimmers
achieved podium places at least twice and in no less than 12
individual events! They were also there in a further 10 relay
events. Overall they gained fifteen 1st places,
three 2nd places, and four 3rd places.
In the relays also they helped to create 9 new Records.
All of our swimmers deserve congratulations
for their achievements, but particularly I would mention our
individual record breakers, Emma Wilkins in the Senior
individual 100m Freestyle and Dan Sliwinski who created
new records in the Senior 100m and 200m Breaststroke and the
200m IM. A truly remarkable achievement.
It was a delight to be there and also to
present them with so many awards.
Chris Fox Division 7 Representative to
SUCCESS IN SYNCHRO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007
After an absence of several years it is good to
report not only participation but success and medals in the 2007
In the Duet
competition we had 2 entries:
Altringham Grammar School for Girls
were represented by Melissa Halliwell and Helen Seeby and gained an
excellent 2nd place.
Flixton Girls High School represented
by Emma Norbury and Hilary Gore were less than 3 points behind to
finish in 3rd place
In the Team event
we also had 2 schools taking part:
Sale Grammar School were placed an
excellent 3rd and were represented by, Jenny English,
Louise Palmer, Tejal Patel, and Amelia Parry.
Flixton Girls High School were placed
5th and their swimmers were Emma Norbury, Hilary Gore and
A big THANK YOU to the Schools for taking part
and also to Trafford Synchro Club for their support.
Hopefully we shall see you all in the competition
next year across our border in Division 2
with great sadness that we report the death of our Treasurer,
Paula Ashworth, who passed away on 4th March 2008 after
a short illness.
had been involved in schools swimming in the Greater
Manchester area for practically all of her teaching career and
had worked with the Manchester Schools Swimming Association
and the English Schools Swimming Association for many years.
She had served this Association, firstly in the ‘old’ Division
2 and then transferring to the current Division 7 following
recent years Paula had fought bravely to overcome serious
health problems and has remained our Divisional Treasurer,
playing a full and active role in all of our divisional
competitions. She had also just completed a 3 year role as
Treasurer of our national Inter Divisional Competition whilst
it has been held in Manchester.
acknowledged Paula’s 30 plus years of work for the Association
by awarding her its Certificate of Thanks - an award which I
know she treasured.
be greatly missed.
with great sadness that I have to announce the untimely death of
Chris passed away on 11th October 2008 having suffered a
stroke on 3rd October.
became Divisional Representative of Division V11 in 2001 when
his wife Mavis became Hon. Championship Co-ordinator.
was elected as President of the Association in 2007 and
undertook his duties as President with great enthusiasm. The
highlight of his year in office was receiving Prince William as
Patron at our Water Polo Championships in Walsall.
will be a great loss to ESSA
and Staffordshire ASA.
TO READ THE STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY ASA OBITUARY FOR CHRIS