News Archive 2011 July-December

Four Seasons Gala 29th October - Report


Written by Administrator   

Tuesday, 01 November 2011

The last Four Seasons gala this year saw us hosting at Easton Leisure Centre.

We had 17 wins on the night which was outstanding.  We managed 25 PB’s for individual races with PB’s of the night going to Jake Weeks with amazing 9 sec PB in the 9 and under  fly, 9 and under back and also 10 and under fly.

We welcomed new swimmers to this gala Joe Kennedy who did an excellent swim on his 25 breast, Dominic  Allen who swam an excellent 25 free, Leonie Milne with an excellent 25 breast and also to Saskia Maestri with her freestyle relays.

It was close result on the night and I would like to thank all the boys who stepped up to do extra races at the last minute.

Well done to Burnham for their win and sorry to Pat for knocking her in!!!!

Thank you also to all the helpers on the night.

Well done Team.

Provision results:-

Burnham                    185

Backwell                     180

Bristol Henleaze       172

Clevedon                    103

Bishopsworth            100

Sandra O’Connor

Team Manager 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2012 )




National Arena League Round 2 Report


Written by Administrator   

Monday, 14 November 2011

This was the held at Bath Leisure Centre and was the second of the series of the 3 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday December 10th.  In our division there are 18 clubs from all over the South West of England and Wales. These galas are the highest level that our club competes at as a team and the galas are always intensely competitive so it is a real achievement to be selected to swim in them. At the end of the series all the gala points for the 3 galas are added and the two teams at the top of the league are promoted to the Premier Division and the bottom 2 clubs are relegated to the Division 2. After the first round in Exeter we were lying in 15th place with 149 points so it was particularly important in the 2nd round that we got further away from the relegation zone. We certainly did this and look forward to doing even better in the final round.

We had 8 PB's from individual swims and relay lead off legs, three first places and ten second places. There were individual wins for Jane GaryMatthew Bray and Marcus Gardiner. Individual second places for Holly Tanner (2), Jane Garry, Rory Maxwell, Jess Hicks, Isobel Press, Matthew Bray and Archie Watts.

Also second place in the relay events

Boys 15/u 4x50m Freestyle Marcus Gardiner, Sam Marshall, Alasdair Jones and Matthew Bray

Boys 11/u 4x50m Medley    Charlie Stokes, Archie Watts, Joseph Franks and Joshua Linton

A special mention must go to Guy Pearce, last year’s captain, who travelled up from Southampton to support the team – a superb effort.

The Draft results for this gala was

Torfaen ‘A ‘

230 Points 


205 Points 

Bristol Henleaze

175 Points 


164 Points 

Bristol Central

157 Points 

West Dorset Warriors

117 Points 





Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2012 )


Aqua Sulis Open Meet Report


Written by Marco   

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Report from the Bath Grand Prix held at the University Pool Bath 19th /20th November.

10 Bristol Henleaze swimmers (plus 4 swimming for CoB) went to this high quality meet (well quality in the calibre of swimmers!!)

This was a new experience for some as it was Level 1 meet in a long course (50m) pool. And some experienced the difference between Long and Short Course racing for the first time, demonstrating the value of training in the longer pool. We had some good swims from all that attended, with most swimmer at or above their best times.

Alysia Maestri PB'd in her 200 Free, 200 back (5.5secs), 200 Breast (7secs) 200 IM (2secs) 50 Breast.

Sam Marshall PB'd in his 50Breast, 50Free, 100free (2secs).

Marcus Gardiner PB'd in his 50 Breast (1.7secs) Joint first and ranking him 2nd in his age. group in the country! 200 Breast (1.5secs), 50 free (0.6) 100 free (1.3secs) 100 Breast and 1.9sec PB in his 200IM.

Laura Waters PB'd in her 50 fly.

Molly Huckle took 2 secs off her 100 free and PB'd in the 50 Back.

Oriana Munden Pb'd in her 100Back (1sec) and 2secs in her 50back.

Holly Tanner Pb'd in her 100 free. swimming well in the 50.

Maddie Nairn swam close to her converted times consolidating her good swims in the club championships.

Charlie Waters learnt how different fly is in a 50m pool, good effort Charlie.

A successful meet, lets hope we can build on this weekend with more swimmers attending and more PB's in our future programmed open meets. We all need to train hard for the upcoming Gloucester Championships, where we have 60 swimmers qualifying, more swimmers than in previous years and hopefully enter some really strong teams in the relay, please make yourself available.
A big thank you to Sue Gardiner for looking after the swimmers and coach all weekend and to Brian for being a official.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2012 )


Gala Report - National Arena League B final


Written by Bob Lisle   

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Bristol Henleaze attended and hosted this 3rd and final round gala at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday and won! It was an experience that all from the club enjoyed very much (in stark contrast to the first round) and demonstrates the need for all swimmers to do their best to attend and swim at their best.

We had 13 first and 12 second places with PB's in individual events from Sam Marshall, Alasdair Jones, Damien Williams (well he was faster 14 years ago!!) Maddie Cheesley, Molly Huckle, Rhian Hughes, Zak Elliot, Archie Watts, Holly Tanner and Matt Bray. Individual event winners were Jane Garry, Abi Bowring, Arche Watts, Alasdair Jones, Holly Tanner, Matthew Bray, Marcus Gardiner  and there were team wins for the 9/11yrs boys, 15/u girls, 15/u boys and both cannon teams. It was good to see Abi Bowring return from injury and swim so well. Others swam at near their best times with others improving their times in team races. .

We have missed a bit of training of late and some I am sure could have swum even better. It just goes to show that if we can get our strongest team out and if we all swim to our ability we can do even better.

It was great to see the team spirit, already high during this close gala ,increase as the gala progressed and reach a crescendo during the two final canon races which Henleaze resumed their usual winning form. Fabtastic!! I heard reports that parents were running up and down the spectator gallery cheering our swimmers on !!

Thanks to Hilary, Marco, Curtis and Eddy for organising team on poolside, Kathryn and her teams for her organising skills (and Team Manager), Brian, Martyn and Richard for officiating and assistance with team selection.

Provisional Results of National Arena League, Division 1 "B" final, 2011

Bristol Henleaze 167

Bodmin Dragons 163

Clevedon 144

Bristol Central 140

Devonport 134

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2012 )


Gloucestershire County Champs 11th and 18th December 2011


Written by Bob Lisle   

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Sunday 11th December saw the first of 2012’s county championships (blocks) held at GL1, the 800 metres freestyle.

Bristol Henleaze had 4 swimmers attending and we achieved 2 Golds and a Bronze.


Sam Marshall swam well - holding consistent splits- for a 15 second PB to take his Bronze medal.


Abi Bowring in excellent form, took 5 s off her time to take a fantastic Gold.

Maddie Nairn got over her fear of the event to break the 11min barrier with a 22 sec PB. There's a lot more there Maddie!

Jorji Longdon swam her usual gutsy race and despite her recent run of injuries swam just outside her PB to take another Gold.

Sunday 18th December. For the 1500m freestyle and we had just one swimmer travelling to Gloucester to take part. Jorji excelled in this event, earning another Gold medal in under 20 minutes and finishing 1min 30s ahead of her nearest rival. Her 800m split was 11s faster than her time for the 800 free just a week ago. Well done Jorji!

Can I remind all that everyone needs to get there entries in for the Blocks A.S.A.P. Let’s all enter as many races as we can: do Bristol Henleaze proud and do yourselves proud. We don’t expect you all to win, we just want you to be winners in that you swim your best, after all that is why we train.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2012 )


Michael Jamieson Swim Clinic - report


Written by Bob Lisle   

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

BHSC Breaststroke Swim Clinic

Saturday 17th saw Bristol Henleaze hold its first stroke clinic taken by an international swimmer. We hope to have more ~ depending on international swimmer availability~ to supplement our annual summer camps.

This camp was focused on (distance) Breaststroke and taken by Scottish (I was a bit fearful that Fiona would be the only one to understand him) and GB international Michael Jamieson.

Michael ran an enjoyable and informative 2hr pool session getting in the pool on numerous occasions to demonstrate the points he was making (stripping down to his Speedos much to the enjoyment of the mums attending).
It was nice to have many of the points of technique used in the club emphasised by an eminent swimmer and with different and interesting drills.

I know Richard and those parents attending were positive about the session, comparing it most favourably with the recent GCASA breaststroke session!

The pool session was complimented by a short talk by Michael on nutrition and motivation supplemented with a general discourse about swimming and Michael.
An interesting and important point was that Michael never made the Nationals until he was 16 and spent 3 subsequent years without a PB in his chosen event, demonstrating that determination and perseverance pays! How many swimmers are lost to our sport by giving up or being written off too early?

A big thank you to Michael, and also to Sue Gardiner and Marco Maestri for organising such a marvellous opportunity for our swimmers. We are also very grateful to Bristol University for letting us have their pool at such short notice.

Photos to follow!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2012 )