This years Northgate Spring Open Meet will take place on Sunday 21st May 2017 at Wolverhampton Central Baths.
SORRY ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED!!
The gala is open to swimmers from age 9 and this year we have added a 15+ age group for the older ones. We have aimed the gala at swimmers who are not competing in the Midlands Championships hence all entry times must be slower that the Midlands qualifying times (See the table in the Conditions of Entry document).
All details are given in the links below.
The five Northgate swimmers qualified for finals in every event they competed in and achieved seven club records and six medals between them.
Cameron Minifie proved to be a real golden girl as Northgate swimmers celebrated a fantastic weekend at the West Midlands youth championships. Cameron, 15, was untouchable in the butterfly events at the championships at Coventry, taking gold in 50m, 100m, and 200m – despite her November birthday making her one of the youngest and smallest swimmers in the 16 years age group. She also added a silver medal in the 50m freestyle and claimed club records in 200m butterfly and 200m backstroke, in which she finished fourth, as well as two PBs in what is a notoriously “slow” pool.
Cameron had a very busy weekend, with nine events and seven finals – she qualified for two further finals but withdrew to avoid her programme becoming too congested.
Jenna Edmunds and Jack Darley each added silver medals to Cameron’s tally, with Jacob Shinton and Jennie Ballinger chipping in with club records. Jenna took 50m breaststroke silver in a club record and personal best time, as well as finishing fourth in both the 100m (PB) and 200m breaststroke finals.
Jack, in his first long course competition for three years, took silver with a determined 400m freestyle and finished fourth in the 200m backstroke final. Jack has a further championship event to come when he races the West Midlands 1,500m freestyle at the end of this month.
Jacob, in his first regional competition, claimed a club record in the 50m butterfly final and a further PB as he finished fourth in the 200m butterfly. He also reached the finals of the 100m butterfly (sixth) and 200m individual medley (fifth).
Jennie broke club records with PB times in all three of her breaststroke events, including fifth place in the 200m final in the tough 17 and over age group.
There will be lots more chances for regional glory when eight of the club’s younger swimmers contest the West Midlands age group championships, also at Coventry, at the end of May.
Northgate swimmer Louise Edmunds shone on the national stage with two silver medals at the Scottish age group championships.
Louise, 13, and sister Jenna, 15, made sure the club’s first foray north of the border was memorable by achieving five finals places between them and no less than nine long course club records.
The pair, who qualify as Scottish through their mum Lorraine, also put themselves in a good position to qualify for this summer’s British and home nations championships.
Louise qualified for 10 events in total and powered past more established Scottish stars to claim silver in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke finals. Her times put her in the top 10 in Great Britain and she is well placed for a spot in the summer national competitions, with eight weeks of qualifying left to go.
She also finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke final, sixth in the 200m individual medley and was a reserve for a further four finals, racking up no less than eight club records and nine personal best times in the process.
Jenna found herself in exalted company in the senior age groups, with world, European and Commonwealth medallist Hannah Miley amongst the entries.
She broke a long course club record in the 50m breaststroke on her way to 10th place in the final, and finished a creditable 16thin the 100m breaststroke.
Both girls will now be preparing for the West Midlands championships before aiming to cement their places in the qualifying berths for either the British summer championships or Scottish summer championships in July and August.
Huge well done to the National Arena League squad who sealed promotion with second place in the final at Stechford. Next season Northgate will be rubbing shoulders with the big city clubs like Coventry, Boldmere and Leicester in division one, the highest standard of team swimming available.
There were some fantastic performances to claim second place on the night, which put us in second place in the league overall, two points behind champions Sutton in Ashfield and four points clear of third placed Boldmere B.
The result means Northgate are now in the top flight of both junior and senior team competitions, after the juniors were promoted in the Nuneaton Junior League as division two champions.
The results are testament to the hard work put in by the coaches at all levels of the club, especially Andy and Paul, Keith, Gary and D.
Well done to all the swimmers, coaches, officials and the parents who led the cheerleading on the balcony!
Huge congratulations to the Northgate swimmers who turned in some more fabulous performances at the British Biathlon Championships in Solihull.
Daniel Galloway picked up a bronze medal in the under-12 age, despite being one of the youngest in the under-12 age group.
Ava Martin (under-12) and Elle Humphries (under-14) both finished fifth and Cameron Minifie was 11th in the under-16 age group.
Henry Williams (under-11) and Jack Cole (under-14) both finished 16th, Isabelle Price (under-11) and Henry Willis (under-14) were both 21st, Amber Gibb was 24th in the under 14s and Harry Sanders was 41st in the under-13 age group.
The championships involved a timed run and swim and attracted some of the best multi-sport young athletes from across the country. Competitors qualified from a series of events earlier this year.
All will now wait to find out whether they have also been invited to the British Schools biathlon championships, which takes place at Crystal Palace in March.
Well done to all 50+ swimmers, parents and friends who took part in the Bridgnorth Walk today, especially those who did the full 22 miles and the climb up Brown Clee! It was an amazing effort from everyone, and we have hopefully raised a significant sum for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
A selection of pictures from the day (sorry we couldn’t get everyone!) has now been added to the Bridgnorth Walk 2015 tab at the top of the page. Email email@example.com if you have other pictures to add to the gallery or if you need the password
Dan Galloway, Elle Humphries, Cameron Minifie and Jennie Ballinger had a fantastic weekend at the Derventio level 1 meet in Sheffield. Daniel won a bronze medal, Elle gained two new Midlands times, Cam and Jennie consolidated their Midlands times and there were numerous PBs. The four swimmers also racked up no fewer than eight new long course club records between them.