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2015/16 SEASON


Welcome to our new Head Coach ... Graham Bassi

Graham comes with a wealth of experience having been involved in swimming for 50 years as a swimmer, coach, consultant & in Senior Management. He is extremely passionate about swimming and his goal will be to take City of Leicester Swimming to the very top. We look forward to seeing Graham and the coaches in early September.

A word from Graham: "My philosophy is to allow every athlete to reach their individual goal, providing them with all the tools and knowledge to reach their potential. We shall create a team atmosphere that all swimmers are there for each other, creating an environment for success and international achievement to be achieved. We shall develop a program that is high in skills and post maturation unique and individual for the athlete. Athletes will be encourgaed to take ownership of their futures with open dialogue with their coaches on their long term development. My wife Sue and I look forward to settling down in the Leicester area. Our families are fairly close especially our new grand-daughter. You will find that I am very passionate about swimming and my goal will be to take City of Leicester Swimming to the very top. I look forward to meeting you all at the meetings in September and please come armed with your questions for the future." Graham Bassi


Cake Sale in the Foyer Area at Braunstone Leisure Centre

Where: City of Leicester Development Meet (6th & 13th June) on Saturday evening from 5.15pm-6.30pm.

Bring your coins & notes to support the City of Leicester swimmers (Daisy, Milly, Hannah, Chelsea, Lewis, Josh, Tom & Joel) and their coaches (Jamie & Annette) representing Leicester City at the International Childrens Games in Holland


Thirteen swimmers and two relay teams represented COLSC at the National Youth Championships in Sheffield. During six days of racing the swimmers produced sixteen Semi Finals, Thirteen final and one podium finish elevating the club to 13th overall in Britain.

Both female relays competed in the finals and achieved respectable 7th and 4th place finishes. Emily Crane and Harriet West both competed in Semi Finals in Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly events. Megan Morrison, Elliott Tointon and Jack Warren Ballard competed in several finals achieving huge personal bests but narrowly missing the podium each time.

Candice Hall competed in multiple finals placing very highly in 400m Medley and 100m and 200m Backstroke events but it was the 200m Ind.Medley that Candice achieved a Bronze Medal. Her first at a National Championships.


Nine Swimmer and four relay teams represented COLSC at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield. During the 5 days of racing the swimmers produced sixteen finals and 3 medal achieving the best overall result for the club in the boys top club position.

Jay Newman Daisy Platts, Will Bell, Joel Weston and Tom Christie Smith all competed in their age category finals. All of our relays achieved placing in finals and a first for the club was placing a B team into a final.

During the week Will Bell claimed two medals Silver for the 1500m Freestyle and was crowned English Champion for the 200m Freestyle. Joel Weston also achieved his first National Medal and was crowned British Age Group Champion in the 200m Butterfly.


Congratulations to the following swimmers and relay teams that have qualified to the National Age Group & Youth National Championships taking place in Sheffield from July 30th to August 10th.

Tom Christie Smith, Will Bell, Jay Newman, Joel Weston, Tom Ryan, Lewis Kerrod, Isaac Peace, Kieran Wheatley,
Joel Allen, Elliot Tointon, Jack Warren Ballard, Jamie Thorpe.

Milly Scotchbrook, Daisy Platts, Chelsea McKay, Zoe Tildesley, Dani Tomlinson, Megan Morrison, Candice Hall, Emily Crane, Georgia Petch, Harriet West, Rebecca Orton.

Youth Girls 4x100m Freestyle Team, Youth Girls 4x100m Medley Team, Age Boys 4 x200 Freestyle Team,Age Boys 4x100 Freestyle Team, Age Boys 4 x 100 Medley A Team, Age Boys 4 x 100 Medley B Team.


City of Leicester demonstrated their current strength in depth during the 2014 Midland Age Group Championships. The squad of 57 had a total of 32 finalists, 29 medallists including 6 regional champions over the 2 weekends.

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Competing at the Sheffield Premier Meet Isaac Peace swam twice under the National Youth qualifying times in the 200m and 400m Medley events. Isaac adds to the 17 strong squad that will be attending the summers main event. Jack Warren Ballard also achieved his 50m Backstroke British Championship qualifying time to add to his other swims.


During the last weekend of the Leicestershire County Championships Chelsea Mc Kay swam the 200m Butterfly in a huge personal best and under the 12 year old National Age Group qualifying time for the first time. Chelsea takeS the club total number of swimmers to 16 who have qualified to the National Championships so far this season.


A trio of LASA County records fell during the short course section of the Leicestershire County Championships. Elliot Tointon lowered his own senior record by 1 second in the 400m Medley. Ryan Gordon set a new Junior 200m Butterfly record in an epic battle with Isaac Peace who also swam under the record held by former national swimmer Stephen Arthur. Despite the disappointment for Isaac Peace he returned to the pool to set a new junior 100m Individual Medley record.


Nine swimmers from the Podium Squad attend the Euro Open Meet in Luxembourg. With 700 swimmers from Europe taking part, it was a tough three days for the group making eight 'A' finals and 12 'B' finals against many senior internationals. Candice Hall won a silver medal in the 400IM when she clocked a five-second PB to only be beaten by Hungarian world champion Katinka Hosszu. Hall also made the 'A' final in the 200IM, where she finished fifth and the 200m backstroke, fourth. Harriet West featured in three 'A' finals, finishing eighth each time in the 2000m butterfly, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly. She was also 10th in the 50m backstroke 'B' final. Megan Morrison featured in four 'B' finals, coming home third in the 50m breaststroke, second in the 200m breaststroke, 10th in the 100m butterfly and fifth in the 100m breaststroke Dani Tomlinson was seventh in the 'B' final of the 50m breaststroke. Jack Warren-Ballard made the 'A' final of the 200m backstroke and finished ninth and was sixth in the 'B' final of the 100m backstroke. Jamie Thorpe was in the B final in all his swims, finishing third in the 50m butterfly second in the 100m butterfly, third in the 50m Freestyle and seventh in the 100m Freestyle. Elliot Tointon was sixth in the 'B' final of the 200m backstroke.


At the recent Central Zonal Championships the club sent a small team of individuals to compete, They returned with 4 gold, 2 bronze medals and 19 finals. This was Jamie Thorpes first championship on his return to COLSC from his year training in Dubai with Hamilton Aquatics and he didnt disapoint claiming four wins from four events. Joel Allen and Daisy Platts were the other two individuals to reach the podium in a tough age group catagory. Other individual finalists included Candice Hall, Ryan Gordon, Kieran Wheatley, Issac Peace, Georgia Petch, Emily Crane, Milly Scotchbrook, Joy Willett, Daisy Platts, Sarah Bates Zoe Tildesley.


During a very competitive Championship held in tough racing conditions s the club finished a excellent 4th top club behind Loughborough university, Derventio and City of Derby with 8 gold 14 Silver and 15 Bronze. Harriet West Candice Hall, Emily Crane, Jack Warren Ballard, Isaac Peace and 4x100m medley team all achieved Junior or Senior Championship titles. Other medallist included Tomlinson, Tointon, Morrison, Wheatley. Elliot took to set a new Senior County record in the 400m Ind.Medley.


The trio of Megan Morrison, Candice Hall and Jack Warren Ballard have progressed to the national phase of the ASA England Talent Programme. The process of selection took into account a number of factors including a review of performance rankings, profiling day data, recent World Class Programme selections, and the age profile of each event at international podium level. The second stage will commence early 2014.

Elliot Tointon and Joel Weston move forward to the Regional phase of the ASA England Talent Programme.



During last weekends Leicester Distance Meet seven swimmers rattled six county records whilst Jack Warren Ballard and Megan Morrison smashed previous marks set by former COLSC Great Britain swimmers Gareath Keating and Sophie Smith. Jack set a new 200m butterfly senior record and Megan Morrison set new 200m breaststroke junior and senior records. Closing in on several records are Harriet West, Candice Hall, Elliot Tointon, Kieran Wheatley and Ryan Gordon. All of these swimmers now turn their attention to lowering the county records at the up coming Midland Short Course Championships.


For the second time in 10 years COLSC swimmers pushed Leicestershire ASA back into the first division of the ASA Inter County Championships. 2007 was the last time LASA was promoted with former COLSC GB swimmers Smith, Nakagawa, Thorpe and Keating in the team. This time Ballard and Cooper captained the team to a 3rd place finish. During the meet Cooper landed a double win with new county records. Jack Warren Ballard, Candice Hall and Dani Tomlinson also recorded individual wins. A big team effort from all other COLSC swimmers ensured LASA never left the promotional places.


COLSC would like to announce the introduction of their Winter Stroke Camps. These one day camps are stroke technique orientated and lead by our experienced coaching staff for competitive swimmers aged 9-16yrs old. Each camp will be held at John Cleveland College, Hinckley.

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As the season only just get under way and the priority for most is training. Megan Morrison and Elliot Tointon competed for England Central at the annual UK School Games. This years event was held at Sheffield and over the two day event both swimmers claimed podium finishes.

Megan Morrison returns home as the 200m Breaststroke UK School Games champion. Whilst Elliot finished a respectable 5th in the 100m Backstroke and picked up the bronze medal in the 400m Ind.medley. This is a great start for the pair after a success National Championships in the summer.



Whilst most swimmers competitive season had finished five swimmers from the club attended the International Children's Games in Windsor, Canada. Over the four day multi sport games Danielle Tomlinson, Megan Morrison, Zoe Tildesley, Kieran Wheatley and Ryan Gordon competed for two days against tough opposition from many large cities around the world.

Zoe Tildesleys competing in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle claiming the hat trick of gold, silver and bronze medals. Megan Morrison set a new personal best to claim a double gold haul in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Ind.Medley. Dani Tomlinson also did her own double by taking the silver medal in both 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke events.

Kieran Wheatley and Ryan Gordon competed against a strong field in their favoured events and despite being out of age they both claimed A final finishes in the 200m Breaststroke and 200m Butterfly events. These two boys can return again to to this competition in 2014.



COLSC would like to welcome Laurence Mill as the new Age Group Coach. Laurence has a wealth of experience in teaching and coaching during his time working in the North East. At COLSC Laurence will coach the County Potential and the County Senior Talent squads this season. Here are a few words from our new coach:

I began my coaching career at Scarborough swimming club after deciding it was time to call it a day with my own swimming career. I have previously worked at Newburn swimming club in Newcastle and more recently at Gateshead and Whickam swimming club also in the north of England.

My own swimming career is one I look back on at times and think what if. I find in sport and also in life we often operate on a day to day basis out of the subconscious idea of what we 'feel' is possible for us. This often leaves us short of what we are truly capable of to succeed. In sport you need to operate out of a much larger vision of yourself, sometimes its a vision that to the average person will seem somewhat unrealistic, but when you think about it a little bit more success its self is unrealistic. There's only ever one gold medallist!

For me coaching is about developing a child's belief system. Coaching them to ensure they apply themselves to achieve the best results they can every day! I can sum this up with one of my favorite quotes " you don't try to build a wall, by saying I'm going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that's ever been built. you don't start there. You say I'm going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid, until you have a wall"


After a successful National Age and Youth Championships five swimmers have been selected to the first selection day for the new England Talent Programme. Joel Weston, Elliot Tointon, Jack Warren Ballard, Candice Hall and Megan Morrison will attend a one day camp in Northampton. If successful they will move to the second stage of the process to receive support to their daily training environment.


During the 6 day meet COLSC qualifiers produced some outstanding results to finish the meet 11th overall top club with a medal count of 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze. Harriet Cooper claimed her first national championship titles in new county junior record in the 100m and 50m Freestyle events plus a further bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke. Megan Morrison claimed an impressive silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke breaking the County senior and junior record. Jamie Thorpe returned to form after returning from Dubai to claim the bronze in the 50m Butterfly. On the last day the quartet of Candice Hall, Megan Morrison, Harriet West and Harriet Cooper stepped up to claim the clubs first female youth relay medal in the 4x100m Medley team coming from behind to finish for the bronze medal.

Throughout the week there was a huge amount of semi finals and finals action. Harriet West competing in the 100m and 200m Butterfly final . Candice Hall competed in the 200m Ind.Medley, 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle final lowering her 200m Backstroke County junior record. Elliot Tointon competed in the 200m Backstroke final and Jack Warren Ballard competed in the 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke and 200m Ind.Medley final . Dani Tomlinson was part of the 4x100m Freestyle team finishing 6th in the final. Jamie Thorpe also finished 4th in the 50m Freestyle.



After a successful season for Harriet Cooper and Megan Morrison British Swimming have invited both swimmers to attend their national event camps in September. Harriet will attend the Freestyle Sprint camp whilst Megan will attend the Breaststroke camp. British Swimming has invited both girls to develop their skills alongside other potential international athletes and current Olympic athletes.


During a competitive meet at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. 11 individual qualifiers and 5 teams produced strong performances. Hannah Knight swam 5 races and finalled in the 400m Ind.Medley after just missing the 200m Backstroke final. Milly Scotchbrook just missed the final on the 200m Breaststroke but produced an outstanding swim to qualify for her first ever final in the 100m Breaststroke. Joel Weston in his first Nationals qualified for 2 finals just missing the podium. Kieran Wheatley in his only individual swim finished a respectable 11th just outside the final positions after serious injury earlier in the season. All relays produce excellent result all improving upon their entry times and moving up positions to just miss out on the finals. Emily Hatfield was the only representative in the open water nationals and finished an excellent 6th place.


Harriet Cooper competed for Great Britain in Poland at the European Junior Swimming Championships. During the 5 day meet Harriet competed 11 times for her country and returned home with a silver and bronze medley from the 4x100m Girls team and 4x100m Mixed Freestyle team. Harriet also competed in three indivduals finishing 8th, 6th and 4th in the 50m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke events.

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