Billingham Amateur Swimming Club
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Children Aged 10 and Under

Please Note as from 1st January 2015 Tees Active Junior Admissions Policy changes.


‘All children under 10 years should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.  This includes attendance at casual and coached sessions but excludes Childcare Services.’


In compliance with the new policy Billingham Swimming Club request that all parents and guardians remain in the building preferably on the balcony whilst your child is swimming.  If your child needs to leave the pool they will not be the responsibility of the club

Updated FINA Rules

Updated FINA Rules agreed at the recent Special Congress in Doha.  These changes will be implemented by British Swimming with effect from 1st January 2015.

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Arthur 'The Ironman' Puckrin

Arthur Puckerin started swimming at the age of 50, and he competes on a regular basis for the Billingham Masters. Before then, the Middlesbrough barrister has competed in endurance events for most of his adult life and even once finished second in the World Coal Carrying Championships. He also has a National 24 and 12-hour Cycling Championship victory under his belt and won the exhausting world double deca biathlon championships in Monterey in Mexico in 2010 - breaking 11 world records in the process.


Arthur is now 76 and has a written a book about his exploits - now available on Amazon.


You are invited to enjoy the experience of a journey which commences in wartorn England, leads on to the Yorkshire Moors, Derbyshire Peak District and thence to the Lakeland and Scottish mountains. You also visit the centre of crime fighting in Middlesbrough, play Championship Bridge with Omar Sharif in the casinos of Monte Carlo and the Jazz centre of New Orleans.

N&D Championship Changes

THe programme of events for the N&D Championships in February 2015 have changed. Please click here to see the new version.

Club Gala & Presentation - Saturday 13th December

Please see attached results from the Club Gala. Club records have now been verified and approved by Norris McWhirter and have now been added.


Well done to all swimmers, officials, and all helpers who made the day and the evening such a wonderful success. We hope you all enjoyed the very long day and we will do it all again next year

Boy Girl Points.pdf
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Club Gala Results 131214.docx
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Club Records for 2014.pdf
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Cups Awarded 2014.docx
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ASANER Short Course Championships

Christmas Holidays

The Club's last training day before Christmas will be Tuesday, 23rd December 2014. 
The Club will re-commence on Friday 2nd January 2015.
Please Note: Squads that will be training over the Christmas period will be informed by Guy when the training times have been confirmed with Tees Active.

3rd Annual Billingham Masters

The 3rd Annual Billingham Masters will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2015. Details can be found here

Thanks to you we have already raised over £880.  Please support the club by continuing to use Easyfundraising!!


If you haven't already, please sign up to the Easy Fund Raising website. It's free.  Then follow the links to retailer sites to do your on-line shopping.  A percentage of whatever you spends comes directly to the club at no extra cost to you.


How much can you raise?
Spend £100 with M&S online or Amazon and you raise £2.50 for us. £100 with WH Smith puts £2.00 in our pocket and so on.  There's over 2,000 retailers on their site, and some of the donations can be as much as 15% of your purchase.

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Team Luton Gala - Results

A wonderful weekend of swimming with lots of medals and PB's!! Report to follow.

Report by Barbara Blakeburn
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N&D Championships 2015

Details of the championships to be held over 2 weekends in February/March are below. Closing date is 28th January and competing age is at 31st December 2015. Our time trial on 18th January will be a perfect time to obtain qualifying times!!

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The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund 2014 – we need your vote!!

MARS Incorporated are looking to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards to support warm hearted people and projects.  Over the past four years they have helped to support more than 100,000 people!


We have created a profile for our Club and we have stated that if successfully we will use any money to sponsor our Diddy League team.


We need to get as many votes as possible.  Please encourage friends and family to vote for us by using this the below link.


Vote Here

ASANER Long Course Championships 2015

Details on the LC ASANER Championships are below.


The Youth (15-18) & Senior Championships take place on 9th/10th May at Sunderland.


The Age Group Championships take place in Sheffield over 2 weekends - 6th/7th & 13th/14th June.


Age as at 31st December 2015.

ASANER AgeGroup LC events 2015.pdf
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ASANER youth LC schedule 2015.pdf
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ASANER LC QT 2015.pdf
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Cyprus Trainig Camp 2014

Photos from this years camp can be found here - more photos will be added over the next week.

Middlesbrough Halloween Open

Well done to all swimmers who attended the Middlesbrough gala. It was a weekend full of great swimming, medals and PB's.


Report to follow

MASC 2014 Halloween Gala Results.pdf
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R Flynn, J Blackmore, J Mogford, J Harwood, F Williams, E Flynn, E Brown, H Briggs, S Chell, N Gowland, C Collins, L Robertson. (missing are L Young & N Roberts)

Double Gold Success at the 2014 ASA National Masters

Superfly Guy* Fawkes claimed a 200m Fly Gold medal at the GB Masters held in Sheffield over the weekend.


Steph Blakeburn also claimed a gold in the same event and also broke the British Record in the senior age group in the 100m IM.


Well done to everyone who took part - I am sure all swimmers rehydrated correctly after the event. Full Report to follow.


* For those who can't remember the lyrics to the 1980's hit - Superfly Guy by S'Express, below is an extract...


Superfly guy, gonna take you higher
Superfly guy, gonna take you high
Superfly guy, gonna take you higher
Superfly guy, gonna take you high

He is mad, he is smooth
He's the man that makes you move
He is mad, he is smooth
He's the man that makes you move


ASA Competitive Pathway Document

Below is the current version of the above providing information of the new Swimming Competition Structure, specifically targeted at ASA Clubs, Counties and Regions. This is a live document and updates and additional information will be made available as and when appropriate.

ASA Regions Meeting 5th Oct 2014 Webpost[...]
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Thank You Cyprus

On behalf of the Parents who attended this year’s Cyprus Training Camp I would like to thank Guy and Dan for organising the outstanding and extremely challenging week of Swimming and Land Training which tested our swimmers to the maximum.


This was a Swim Camp designed to the highest standard with Guy and Dan being well supported by Shirley and Alex (her massages proved vital for everyone). The benefits from this Camp will be seen to different degrees by each of the swimmers who attended. The Open water swims, the distance runs, the hours of Land Training and of course the structured pool sessions will put our swimmers in a fantastic physical and mental condition for the season ahead.


It is my ambition to have as many members of the top squads at our training camp as possible and I will be pursuing every avenue of funding, both internal and external over the next nine months to make this happen.


Don Briggs

New Summer Championships to Aid Young British Talent

The establishment of a new British Summer Championships has been given the green light as the first headline component of a broader British Swimming Performance Pathway Strategy aimed at increasing and supporting junior talent on the journey to senior medal-winning performance. You can read the full details here.

Temporary Goodbye!

BASC says a temporary goodbye to two swimmers from the National Squad this week as they move on to University - Chris Wilkinson and Jenny Gibson.


Jenny has been swimming with the club for a long time and is described by Guy as a “coach’s joy”. She never misses a session, always does what is asked, never complains and has a wonderful swimming personality.


Chris has been with the club since the age of 10 and now leaves for university at the age of 23 for the second time. During his time he won National Medals and represented Great Britain in Biathle.


Both swimmers set a good example to others with their motivation, attitude and skills, and they will be missed by all swimmers and coaches.

British Gas ASA National Champion - Stephanie Blakeburn!!

Billingham ASC swimmer Stephanie Blakeburn has returned from The British Gas National Swimming Championships in Sheffield as National Champion in the 200 metres individual medley event.  Stephanie stormed to victory in the 200 metres individual medley final to win the gold medal in a super new personal best time.


Stephanie had qualified for the final in first place where she had to beat off strong opposition, including Olympic medalist Kerry –Anne Payne, to win the gold medal taking 2 seconds off her previous best time. Stephanie later received accreditation from The Amateur Swimming Association and was named as swimmer of the day in The Championships.

Three days later, Stephanie was back on the medal podium again, winning the bronze medal in 200 metres butterfly in another hotly contested race. Stephanie had qualified for the final in fourth place and powered her way to win the bronze medal in the final.


Throughout the week Stephanie competed in a total of seven events setting personal best times and also reaching the finals of 400 metres freestyle, 100 metres butterfly and freestyle.


Head Coach Guy Fawkes was delighted with Stephanie’s impressive swimming results.  He said that this has been a particularly tough year for Steph, combining a full time degree course at Teesside University with her demanding training schedule. Steph has managed to balance both with excellent results. It is wonderful to see her end the swimming year crowned as National Champion.


  • 50m fly - Heat - 28.70
  • 200m IM - Final - 2:18.91 - 1st Place
  • 100m fly - Final - 1:01.46 - 6th Place
  • 100m free - Final - 57.96 - 7th Place
  • 200m fly - Final - 2:15.51 - 3rd Place
  • 50m free - Heat - 27.09
  • 400m free - Heat - 4:26.65

Paddle Boarding Bootcamp - July 2014

Paddle Boarding is a sport which originates from Hawaii and is known as hoe he’e nalu. The top two Billingham swim squads took part in a paddle boarding boot camp – unfortunately not in the sun kissed islands of Hawaii, but the seaside town that is twinned with Honolulu; Saltburn!


A fun filled afternoon both on, and in the water was had by all. Followed by fish and chips and a game of football.


Photographs courtesy of Claire Collins can be found here.

Evening Gazette Wish Tokens

The club is again collecting wish tokens from the Evening Gazette. If you, your family or friends are regular readers of the paper, the club would appreciate your help in collecting the tokens. These can be handed in to Sue Mogford on a Saturday morning.

Supporter Shirts - only a few left!!

Billingham A.S.C. Supporter shirts are now for sale. Priced at £15 each the shirts are available now - please see the boys on the door on a Saturday morning. The shirts are ideal for supporting the club at galas and can also be used for social wear as modelled below.


Many thanks to John Flynn for sourcing the shirts and also to Don Briggs who has not modelled since the 1981 Littlewoods winter catalogue.

Billingham Masters

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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ASA Online Membership

Bonus Ball Winner

13th December 2014

Winner of the Bonus Ball this week is No.36 – Lynne Caygill Well done Lynne you win £35.

To receive 10% discount from NESS Swimwear, just click on the above link and enter the code bill2013 at the checkout. This discount is for online purchases only.

Happy Birthday!!

BASC would like to wish Happy Birthday to the following members this December:

  • Joseph Dingwall-Melchor
  • Mark Elsaify
  • Daniel Hall
  • Sophie Heathwaite
  • Isabel Herbert
  • Stephanie Jamison
  • Charlie Perry
  • Elsie Marie Sharp
  • Evan Stapleton
  • Max Upton
  • Sue Wilson
  • Jamie Wright

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