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Update for Friday 27th Evening Sessions

Thank you to everyone who turned up to last week's gala, hopefully everyone had a great time. As it was such a popular event again we had to move the Handicap and the Skins finals to this Friday as we ran out of time to complete them on Saturday.

So the plan this Friday (27th) looks like this:

6.30pm - 7pm     Normal Minnows Session
7pm - 7.15 pm    Warm up for Handicap Event and Skins finalists
7.15pm               Handicap Event and Skins Finals commence

Please note - although it is hard to be precise, the session is likely to finish around about 8.30pm so could all swimmers/parents please arrange lifts home earlier than they would for a normal 9pm finish.

Details of the skins finalists can be found below. They are the 4 swimmers in each category who recorded the fastest times for the 100IM at the gala. Also included are two reserves for each event in case the anyone can not make it on Friday night.

Skins Finalists

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Everyone who applied to join the handicap event has been entered and will be eligible to swim.

NST Gala Sunday 29th November - Message from Gala Organiser

We have been asked to circulate the following which is relevant only for those attending on Sunday:


Newcastle Shrimp Gala Sunday 29th November Tynemouth Pool *Update* 

I hope you are all looking forward to our Shrimp gala this Sunday, which should be lots of fun for our younger swimmers.   We would like to make parents aware that this gala will be very busy and whilst Tynemouth has a large balcony it does have a limit on spectators.  Whilst we understand that for some swimmers this may be their first gala, we would request that parents are considerate to others and think about how many in their extended family are considering attending to watch.   We would also request that you do not put bags etc onto seat spaces in order to ensure that all seating spaces are taken up correctly.

We have  also had a request from Tynemouth Pool management that parents DO NOT park in the streets surrounding the pool and they therefore ask that you park opposite the pool in MORRISONS CAR PARK if the pool car park is full. 

Many thanks

Julie Row

Meet Manager

Newcastle Swim Team

Head Coach Updates

1) Land Training was well received. There was a minimum of 21 swimmers at each session. It was a trial but there is appetite amongst swimmers for more. In the meantime I have created a 2 sided sheet incorporating all exercises swimmers did on the mornings. Swimmers have been using the land training laminated cards on poolside and before session in the last week. Please print off your own copy and ensure you give yourself time to complete this warm up before getting into pool where possible. I will always have a supply of laminated cards and Derek has some for morning sessions.

Exercise Sheet

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2) Morpeth is a well supported club and membership is full to capacity. We have limited pool time and I ask that what you have in your individual squad is used to its full potential. If you attend the sessions please ensure you train properly and complete the session. I am seeing so often swimmers making the effort to come to the sessions but find reasons not to train. There are occasions when this will be for unavoidable reasons and I understand that, however I see a pattern with certain swimmers. I will now be monitoring this both mornings and nights and if need be I will be asking you to leave the session if you are disrupting the other swimmers in the lane by not listening or completing the session.

3) The equipment pegs are now in place on poolside. From Monday 23rd November all kits bags will be left on these pegs which are in the alcove in the deep end. The pegs are on 2 levels all AB, AA and A will place their bags on the top pegs and B and development will place their bags on the bottom set of pegs.

As always any questions please catch me on poolside. Also well done to all swimmers for performances yesterday especially to Jess Watson and Niamh Atchison who broke club records.

Lastly well done to Lauren Howe, Hannah Seymour and James Wells who made it to Regionals this weekend. Hannah won silver in the 100 back and Lauren won bronze in the 50 back. PBs all round.

Thanks Kay Howe Email Head Coach

NESS Swimwear Equipment Sale

 NESS Swimwear

We have had confirmation from Ness Swimwear that they can attend Morpeth for an equipment sale. They also sell swimsuits and bags. The confirmed date is Wednesday 2nd December, click here for the sale flyer.

The sale will take place in the bar area at the Leisure Centre.

Swimmer’s Swimmer and Coach of the Year Nominations

Swimmers - Your Vote Counts !!! Please complete your voting for the two new awards :

Swimmer's "Swimmer of the Year"
Swimmer's "Coach of the Year"

Please place your voting paper in the suggestions box which will be on poolside for the next 2 weeks.

Thanks Kay Howe

Nomination Forms

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Teenage Cancer Trust : " Morpeth Baths" Cartoon Drawing

'Sylvia Bland's father (Peter Leech) has, very kindly, donated a cartoon sketch of Morpeth swimming pool to help in our efforts to raise money for the 'Teenage Cancer Trust'. After several discussions with parents it has been decided to hold a prize draw for the opportunity to own this original piece of artwork.

The price of the tickets will be £10 each and are available from myself most evenings or Saturday mornings. The prize will be drawn on the evening of the Club Presentation where we will disclose the full amount of money raised for this great cause. I will be at the pool this week with the cartoon for people to look at. You can contact me by email Email Mark if you have any questions.

Mark Atchison

Durham City Christmas Meet

Unfortunately we won't be attending the Durham gala the week before Christmas . We don't have enough entries. There will now be 2 galas in January and we are hoping to get everyone a number of swims In particular the ones where they are close to N&D.

Please bear with us and we will get the entry slips out over the next week for January.

Many thanks

Kay Howe

MASC Club Presentation Evening

Tickets are now available for the Annual Presentation evening which is being held on Sunday 29th November, 6.30pm at the Comrades Club (Morpeth Town Square).

They cost £5 each but as well as the presentations, there will be an appearance by the Mayor, a Disco afterwards and Hotdogs and Cakes will be provided.

Tickets are being sold by Janet Peck (Treasurer) who is available during most evening sessions on the balcony. They will be available from this Friday, first come, first served!

Janet will also be collecting any donations that can be used for a tombola on the presentation night to raise funds for the club.

Many thanks in advance.

Christmas Gala Fun Night

The date of the MASC Xmas Gala ‘Fun’ Night is scheduled to take place on Friday 18th December.

This will replace the normal training sessions although details and times will be confirmed by Derek.  This is only an advance notice.

The night comprises of fun events for both the children and parents.

Durham City Medley Challenge Report

Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club had a very successful gala at the weekend, taking 20 swimmers to Durham to compete in the annual Medley Challenge. Swimmers competed in individual heats for all four strokes with the swimmers awarded points depending on their times.  Six swimmers from each age group with the highest cumulative points then qualified into an individual medley final. Read the full report here.

2016 N&D Qualification Times

The qualification times for next year's County Championships (the 'N+D's) can be found below. For a lot of our swimmers this is the highlight of the season, if any swimmer achieves any of these times in upcoming galas, or have already achieved them, they earn the right to take place in these Championships. The times are tough but whether they can achieve a qualification time for one, or for many events it is great achievement for the individual and for the club.

As we will not be using official timing equipment at our MASC club gala these times cannot be taken into account but all the other galas the club will be entering will do. There are more details on the Northumberland and Durham Swimming Association website that can be accessed from the Links page.

2016 Qualification Times

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October Swimmers of the Month

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month for October Declan Tate, Georgia Hutchison, Erin Power, Grace Coffey, Niamh Atchison and Maddie Syndercombe.

Swimmers of the Month for 2015.

British Swimming Competition Pathway Handbook

It is an exciting time for swimming in Britain. The Domestic Competition Structure is changing. This brochure will outline the changes, and explain how these aim to contribute to the development of swimmers in the sport going forward.

Read the Handbook

View BS Competition Pathway Handbook


News Summary

MASC Swimmer Reaches New Heights

Hannah Seymour has become the first Morpeth ASC registered swimmer to be invited to compete in the British Swimming Summer Championships. Read more.

Volunteer(s) Required

Hopefully everyone is now aware of all the galas the club will be attending over the coming season. Kay has circulated details so hopefully we can see loads of Morpeth swimmers putting all their hard training to use.

Every single one of these galas can only take place if there are enough volunteers on poolside. There needs to be a specific number of judges, timekeepers and starters for these galas to be able to take place. There are several clubs (of which Morpeth is one) that have no trained volunteers of their own so we are wholly reliant on other clubs to cover all of these events. Read more.

Congratulations to our President Peter Rushworth

The Rotary Club of Morpeth has made Peter a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his tireless work and service promoting and encouraging swimming and sport within and for the local community. Read more.

Morpeth Sports Council Awards

Congratulations to a number of Morpeth ASC members whose sporting success throughout 2014/15 was recognised at the Morpeth Sports Council Awards Special Event on Thursday 21st May 2015 held at Morpeth Rugby Club. Read more.

2014 Swimmer of the Year

Congratulations go to our overall 2014 Swimmer of the Year Hannah Seymour.

Also congratulations to our Squad Swimmers of the Year Alice Hudson (Development), Lauren Cummings and James Wells (B Squad), Daniel Dixon (A squad) and Erin Aitchison (AA Squad).

Special Funding Raising Events

Throughout the coming year the club will be running several fund raising events to support the “Teenage Cancer Trust' charity as it has provided great support to Fraser Garland and his family in 2014. Mark Aitchison has volunteered to coordinate these fund raising events so if anyone has any good ideas - let him know!

Important Information for Inhaler Users

Can parents please ensure that if their child has an inhaler that it is brought onto poolside, that it is named and in a sealable clear bag so it stays dry.

Squad Session Equipment Requirements

Please read here for what you need to bring to each session.

NESS Swimwear

NESS Swimwear have given club members the opportunity to receive a 5% discount when ordering, use the discount count morpasc20 in the shopping basket. At the same time the club will also receive funds from NESS.

Click on the NESS logo to go to their website.

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