At the age of 11, Tom Gregory became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel, driven on by an extraordinary coach. It's a little-heralded feat of endurance that won't be bettered.
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The third and final round of the Junior League away at Maidenhead saw LBSC's Juniors taking home 6th place on the day with the final results to follow. Head Coach expresses his teams outcome on the LBSC Facebook page; "Another year and another set of junior league competitions done. It makes no difference if you swim 🏊♂️ one length or 10 it’s about our team and how each individual contributes to the overall results. I am very proud of our team and all who help, thanks from me X”
It was a surprise and honour for long standing member of LBSC Lesley Cox-Smith to have been nominated and receive the Silver Pin Award at the East Region end of year Ceremony before the East Region's Presidential handover (who will soon be David Metcalf - Beds ASA, East Region and Para Olympic Official). This is what she had to say to us;
I am now allowed to let you know that you were successful in putting me forward for a silver pin for my services to swimming, in my case to our club. Some people who got awards had far ranging talents. It was fascinating. One lady had taught diving having been a 10m diving champion and a gentleman had been involved in starting the transplant games!
Thank you all so much for proposing me, the committee for agreeing to it and for sending in our application.
John Bellis, formerly a LBSC head coach, got an award for his coaching of South Beds Masters. Modernians got 2 awards and Dunstable one but didn't send anyone over to Suffolk. We were all asked not to say anything until after the ceremony. It is good for our club so I wore my LBSC T shirt.
I am wondering how the final round of Junior League went today and hope you are not too late back or did you celebrate by going to McDonalds like in the old days?
Hopefully see you tomorrow,
Entries are now open for the Short Course East Region Championships in November at Basildon. Entries are now done online. Enter here. It is the swimmer's responsibility to enter themselves. Deadline 1st October.
ENTRY DEADLINE IS 1ST OCTOBER 2019!
Leighton Buzzard SC fought hard to win the Bee Allen Commemorative Gala by one single point. Finishing the first half of the gala with 2nds and 3rds, LBSC thought coming home 2nd would satisfy the fans but through consistent performance and chance, LBSC slowly took the lead with only 10 races left on the prorgramme. Holding on, LBSC finished as Champions and have now won the cup 3 times out of the Gala's 5 year history.
At long last the new LBSC website is up and running. The new website comes with a lot of features for all swimmers and followers. From our swim clinic page to our fixtures calendar, you will be kept right up to date with everything that goes on at LBSC and swimming in general. Also, we will be adding the Swim Shop page soon! Take a look and explore many of its features. Why not save the website to your mobile too. From your mobile browser menu, save the website to your mobile home screen. Once done, the website will only be one tap away!
40 swimmers from Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club took part in the final gala before the summer break last Saturday. It was a gala designed to give as many swimmers the opportunity to represent their club as possible and almost all the individual races resulted in personal best times, 29 in total, the most ever achieved in an LBSC gala.
New, improved times were swum by Katie Holden, Toby Evans (2), Skye Geal-Bruce, Noah Pastore, Ruby Hancox, Jai Horwood (2), Tia Brasenell, Joshua Philbey, Melike Dagdelen, Lauren Feander, Cassiopeia Kirchin, Chris Owen, Charlotte Williamson, Ryan Hawkins, Amelie Bensch-Hubber, Sam Benson, Imogen Johnstone, Aaran Wright, Mia Davis, Charlie Sellars, Joe Bradford, Arriana Green, Charlie Geal-Bruce, Thalia Mason, Jamie Pugh, Megan Evans and Nathan Hancox.
First places went to Alice Hancox, Skye Geal-Bruce, Noah Pastore, Libby Bridgen, Ruby Hancox, Jai Horwood, Tia Brasenell, Joshua Philbey, Melike Dagdelen, Ryan Hawkins, Imogen Johnstone, Charlie Sellars, Charlie Geal-Bruce, Thalia Mason and Ben Williamson.
4 relay teams were successful winners: starting with the ladies open freestyle team of Megan Evans, Charlie Sellars, Libby Bridgen and Isobel Kirtley, the fifteen year old girls team of Ruby Hancox, Imogen Johnstone, Lauren Feander, and Charlotte Williamson, and the final and most exciting event of the evening, the squadron relay in which Leighton Buzzard were victorious. It was swum by Thalia Mason, Ben Wickert, Mia Davis, Joshua Philbey, Alice Hancox, Ben Williamson, Isobel Kirtley and Jamie Pugh.
After many years with LBSC Jai Horwood is hanging up has goggles. We wish him well for the future.
The gala was hotly contested throughout the evening, which was reflected in the final points. with Leighton Buzzard and Crusaders tying for first place with 186 points and Wellingborough only 5 points behind with 181.
We are aware that coaches and clubs are in the midst of planning for the 2019-20 season. Whilst we are still waiting on information regarding final venues and scheduling of the programme, we can release the following information regarding the 2020 Regional Championships in order to best support coaches and clubs in their planning.
The dates are not necessarily as originally planned, but owing to the change in May Bank Holiday and the shortened qualifying window for nationals and Olympic Trials, we are making the best of the time we have available.
More information will be released shortly, but for now we hope the information below is useful:
Saturday 28th March – Afternoon/evening – Distance events
Friday 24th April – Evening – Distance events
Saturday 25th April – All day – All remaining events (Schedule TBC)
Sunday 26th April – All day – All remaining events (Schedule TBC)
Saturday 2nd May – All day – All remaining events (Schedule TBC)
Sunday 3rd May – All day – All remaining events (Schedule TBC)
Friday 8th May – All day – All remaining events (Schedule TBC)
On Saturday Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club welcomed Dunstable and Flitwick Swimming Clubs to their annual gala in memory of John Honey who had been their coach for 16 years. His family, including his wife Anne, daughters Louise and Elaine and granddaughter Katy came to enjoy the swimming.
It was a very enjoyable evening with lots of exciting swimming and plenty of personal best times and first places for Leighton's swimmers. Individual first places went to Lauren Grice 2, Zoe Quarman, George de Voogt 2, Georgina Knatchbull 2, Brayden Ditchfield-Watkins, Rosie Jackson, Emily Holden, Cameron Jones 2, Xavier Kirchin 2, Phoebe de Voogt, Kayleigh Holroyd, Alex Abbott, Joe Grice and most of the relay teams.
Swimmers who improved their personal best times were Joe Grice 2, Phoebe de Voogt 2, Phineas Fletcher, George de Voogt 2, Georgina Knatchbull, Alex Abbott, Brayden Ditchfield-Watkins, Rosie Jackson, George Perkins, Emily Holden, Isabel Jones, Mia Davis, Charlotte Evans, Ben Munford and Samantha Wickert. At the end of the gala Anne Honey presented the cup to the winning team, Leighton Buzzard.
Gala points: Leighton Buzzard 269, Flitwick 243, Dunstable 213.