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Middlesbrough Halloween Open

Below is the accepted entry file for the Middlesbrough Halloween meet

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N&DSA Championships Update

N&DSA will be using the following for its 2015 Championships:
Age Based on: 31st December in the year of competition
Minimum Age: 10 years of age in the year of competition (via 10/11 qualifying time)

Full Championship information will follow in due course. Dates are:

  • Sat/Sun - 7th/8th February @ Sunderland
  • Sat/Sun - 28th February/1st March @ Sunderland

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.

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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

N&D Autumn Gala 2014 - 11th/12th October

Unfortunately the above meet has cancelled due to a lack of officials and a lack of entries. Refunds will be issued shortly.

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.

It Could Be You....

UPDATE - Number has now been taken!


A Bonus Ball number has become available in the Club’s weekly draw. £1.00 per week – chance to win £35 and help raise money for the Club’s funds.

Number available – No. 17. Please contact Don Briggs if you are interested.

2013/2014 AGM Reports

The 2014 AGM was held on the 6th September - reports from the chairman, secretary, treasurer, head coach and minutes can be found under the club documents tab here.

Early Bird Time Trial - 14th September

Please see below results from the Early Bird Time Trial.

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Team Luton Gala - Important Change

Please see the below notice from Team Luton.


As a result of this change Don will reissue the meet information on 9th September. This must be returned to him by Monday 15th September. Any entries received after this date will not be accepted as the gala is operating on a first come first served basis.


*Time results from the 14th September will be included in the entry file 


"With British Swimming due to make a decision on the future competition structure, we have decided that our proposed Long Course meet in November may not be the best investment of swimmers efforts and money.  We are there withdrawing it and replacing it with a Level 3 Short Course meet, which will provide opportunities for swimmers to gain County Qualifying times and fits better with the anticipated competition structure"

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Training Cancelled - Saturday 15th November

Please note that on the 15th November 2015 club morning 8.00 till 9.00 a.m. is cancelled due to a gala taking place.


Those who normally swim between 7.00 and 8.00 am will be able to swim at the alternative time of 6.30a.m. to 7.30a.m.

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.

ASA Online Membership

Bonus Ball Winner

11th October 2014

Winner of the Bonus Ball this week is Sue Mogford – No.18. Sue wins £35 – well done Sue. Bonus ball and blind card in the same weekend.

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 October:

  • Gareth Allen

  • Faye Armstrong

  • Josie Blackmore

  • Jude Blackmore

  • Barbara Blakeburn

  • Don Briggs

  • Hannah Casey

  • Kusum Chawla

  • Grace Collins

  • Eve Cook

  • James Cook

  • Rory Donohoe

  • Guy Fawkes

  • Nick Gowland

  • Faith Proctor

  • Jessica Scotchbrook

  • Gillian Sheehan

  • Thomas Welford

  • George Welford

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