Due to the high number of entries received we are again having to close entries early as we have reached our limit. Sorry for any disappointment this may have caused.
Please note that Land Training is on Wednesday 29th
There is no Land Training on Wednesday 13th of July
The Robin Hood Open was very popular last year.
Swum at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge 50m pool, this level 3 gala gives all swimmers a chance at long course swimming.
Entry times are set so that ALL swimmers can enter.
As it is first come first served, everybody will get accepted if we are quick enough.
So forms please by Tuesday 5th July with payment.
Northgate’s top swimmers from the opposite ends of the age spectrum flew the flag for the club at the European Masters and West Midlands age group championships.
More than 10,000 swimmers aged between 25 and 100+ from all over Europe, including seven from Northgate, converged on the London Aquatics Centre for the European Masters.
Meanwhile, eight of the club’s top under-14s travelled to the somewhat less glamorous Coventry International Pool for the conclusion of this year’s West Midlands championships.
In London, most events had well over 100 competitors in each age group – and many up to 200 – and the Northgate contingent produced some excellent swims.
Lyndon Hollinshead was the club’s highest finisher with 24th place in the 200 individual medley for 50-54 year olds, closely followed by James Lyle’s 25th place in 100m freestyle in the tough 30-34 years age group.
James also finished 27th in 200m backstroke, while twin brother Andrew was 56th in the 100m freestyle and 82nd in 50m butterfly.
In the 40-44 years age group, Steve Barnes was 49th in 100m breaststroke and 66th in 50m freestyle, Sharon Evans was 43rd in 50m freestyle and 54th in 100m freestyle and Alvar Quintana was 80th in 200m freestyle, while Stewart Burton was 90th in 50m butterfly in the 30-34 age group.
The youngsters also enjoyed another successful weekend at the West Midlands championships, adding three medals, six club records and 15 personal best times to the season’s tally. Abbie Nolan marked her first regional championship with a silver and bronze in 100m and 200m breaststroke respectively, as well as setting two new PBs.
Ava Martin also collected a bronze in the 800m freestyle in a new club record time, with Elle Humphries also claiming an age group club record in the same event. Both girls also set three new PBs each.
Louise Edmunds broke her own club records in 200m IM and 50m backstroke, Dan Galloway and Andy Jones set new club records in 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle respectively and Abi Whitehead opened her regional account with a PB in 50m backstroke.
The championships signalled the end of the qualifying “window” for the summer British and home nations championships. The top 24 swimmers in each event and age group are invited to the British championships in Sheffield, with the next 20 English, Scottish and Welsh competitors heading to their respective home nations championships.
With several swimmers sitting in qualification spots before the weekend’s competitions, it will be an anxious wait to see which swimmers receive national invitations later this month.
Northgate has about 200 swimmers training across six squads, including 50 masters.
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.