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Well Done to Matt Griffiths who recently won the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships. Northgate senior Matthew Griffiths has followed in the footsteps of Olympians to claim a national biathlon title in London. Matthew, 15, was one of 12 William Brookes School pupils to qualify for the national schools’ biathlon finals in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. After recording an excellent time to finish fourth in the 200m swim, Matthew stormed to victory in the run phase by a big enough margin to claim the overall under 16 title, 14 points ahead of his nearest rival. The event involves a swim and a run, but without the transition phase associated with triathlon. Each recorded time is converted to points and the best combined points total wins. Our head coach ‘D’ Davidson was one of the specialists drafted in to help the William Brookes squad prepare and it certainly paid off.
The other Northgate finalists in the William Brookes team were Joey Ellis-Perks, who finished 28th and Jess Griffiths (113th), while club chairman Richard Hawthorn also got to see middle daughter Katie, a former club swimmer, finish in 42nd place. Senior squad youngster Harry Sanders, representing St John’s Primary, also did well to finish 76th in a big field in his age group. The finals of the national schools biathlon championships, organised by Pentathlon GB, was the first official competition to be held in the London Aquatics Centre since the Olympics in 2012.
Easter Pool Closures
Friday 18th April – Wenlock Morning Session and Bridgnorth Masters in Evening – Cancelled
Monday 21st April – Wenlock Morning Session and Evening Session – Cancelled
Tuesday 22nd April – Bridgnorth Morning Session will start at 7:15am
All other session remain on over Easter. Please note the Sunday masters session 5:15 – 6:15pm is on.
We are a competitive swimming club affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association and based in Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock in Shropshire. We are also a charity in our own right with the purpose of promoting healthy recreation through swimming and other associated water sports. We have over 200 members swimming each week working in 6 different squads all coached by a volunteer team of highly qualified coaches and pool side helpers.
Most of all we recognize that all our swimmers are different and we pride ourselves helping them all to reach their full potential. So we make sure that all our training
sessions whilst being hard work of course are also fun. And that’s the essence of Northgate – at our heart we are a club built on a team of dedicated volunteers providing great training and fun with very much the feel of an extended family. Indeed the parents of some of our younger swimmers today were themselves swimmers with Northgate.
We cater for all abilities up to and including Midland regional and National level swimmers and all ages from about 5 or 6 to ourMasters section – whose ages it would be impolite to mention.
We compete in a range of different leagues to give as many Northgate members as possible the opportunity to compete for the club. We run our own galas and on many weekends through the year a number of Northgate swimmers can be found at open events around the Midlands and sometimes beyond.
If you are interested in joining Northgate then come along to one of our taster sessions,
email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next available taster session is.
Northgate Swimming Club Chairman