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Mission Statement : Epping Forest District Swimming Club aims to be a club for the community working together at all levels and ages to inspire swimmers to reach their full potential. We aim to achieve this by providing a secure and caring environment where every member is valued and encouraged to work together as a team to achieve their goals.

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ASA East Region Open Water Championships - 19th July
Six swimmers from EFDSC travelled to Whitlingham Lake in Norwich to compete at the East Region Open Water Champs.

Thankfully the weather held out (last year some of the races were cancelled due to a huge thunderstorm) and our swimmers took part in various distance events.

Swimming the Novice 800m event were Jamie Levy and Maxwell Jones. Both coped well with the weeds in the water and Maxwell was rewarded with a Silver medal for being the 2nd placed Essex swimmer.

Fraser Barclay, Deana Levy and Mia Jones all took part in the 3km race. All swam very well, with Fraser receiving Bronze East Region and Silver Essex medals, Deana won Silver East Region and Silver Essex medals and Mia won a Silver Essex medal.

Finally, Charlie Tompkins swam in the most popular event of the day, the 1500m. Again another fantastic race and PB for Charlie in a very competitive age group.

Congratualtions to all of our Open Water swimmers for a successful season. Next year we aim to offer some coached sessions at a local facility for new swimmers to try Open Water, which will hopefully result in a larger team travelling to Norwich in 2016.  

ASA London Region Open Water Champs - 12th July
A small team of four EFDSC swimmers entered the London Region Open Water Competition held at Surrey Docks on 12th July.

Congratulations to Dave Coxall from Masters, who conquered the mighty 5k event and to Charlie Tompkins (1.5k), Deana Levy (1.5k) and Mia Jones (3k). All four won Gold medals in their respective age groups.  

City of Cambridge SC Gala - 12th July 2015
Congratualtions to all the EFDSC swimmers who attended one or more of the sessions at this long day in Cambridge. The Head Coach reported that there were a large number of PBs, a few new county times and a clutch of medals won by Epping swimmers.

Golds were won by Hannah Gillespie (200 free), Sienna Treglohan (50 fly) and Maxwell Jones (50 fly). Silvers went to Hannah Gillespie (100 free, 100 back), Sienna Treglohan (100 back) and Rufus Jnes (200 IM). Bronzes to Tilly Nelson (50 free), Daniel Hathaway (100 free) and Finn Sergent (100 free).

Stubbers Adventure Day
EFDSC are once more hosting Stubbers Adventure Day on Saturday 12th September. All swimmers aged 9 yrs + by 12/9/15 are welcome to attend. £25 per person (this includes 4 activities, lunch, drinks and snacks).  Please see Sue Levy or any committee member if you would like to attend.  
Essex Age Group Championships 2016
The dates for next year's Competition are as follows

23/24 January 2016 - Basildon Sporting Village
6/7 February 2016 - London Aquatics Centre/ Basildon
20/21 February 2016 - Basildon Sporting Village

The full schedule and QTs are available in the tab on the right.


The closing date for entries is 23rd December 2015  

Supervision of younger children at training sessions and changing room behaviour
A reminder that parents who are bringing younger children along to club training sessions to spectate must supervise them AT ALL TIMES. Children who are not swimming should not be allowed to wander around the changing rooms or corridors unwatched as accidents or breakages could occur.

Any complaints that the club receives about unsupervised children or misbehaviour from the pool operators puts an unneccesary strain on our relationship with them and may ultimately affect our ability to hire the facility.

This sentiment also extends to club swimmers using the changing rooms before and after training sessions. All swimmers should be reminded that they are representing the club whilst at the pool and should get changed quickly and quietly, remembering that they are often sharing the space with members of the public who have the right to use the facilities in peace.


Basildon & Phoenix Spring Timetrial Event 14/15th March
The results from this gala have now been uploaded onto the website. Go to Swimmers Resources to view.

This was a fantastic weekend of swimming by Epping Forest. The majority of our swimmers outperformed themselves to record new personal best times in many of their events. The competition was stiff with lots of Basildon swimmers attending and many from other good local clubs yet we still came home with lots of medals across the age groups.

Coming in first and receiving Golds were Lucas Caci, Aaron McLaughlin, Daniel Hathaway and Hannah Gillespie. Silvers were won by Sam B, Joe D, Lucas C, George P, Sienna T, Alex B, Roisin C, Vathana G, and Hannah G. Finally completing the medal haul with Bronzes were Goegie P, Scarlett W, Tasia T, Alex B, Roisin C, Vathana G, Alice B, Emma W, Deana L, Sam B, Tom B and Daniel H.

A special mention must go to Ella Turner aged just 7, Joe Dooley aged 8 and Emily Aggarwal aged 11 who were all competing in their first away Open Gala. They were all stars and rose the challenge to record personal best times. Joe even came home with a Silver medal!  

Essex Block C - 14/15 Feb
Lots of great personal best swims at the final block of the Essex County Champs. In the 200m Breast Taisia T knocked 9 secs off, and Issy C 10 secs. In the 200m Free Taisia T knocked 5 secs off, Issy C 14 secs, Emily C 12 secs, Sienna T 6 secs and Georgie P 5 secs which won her 5th place.
In the 100m I/M Georgie came 5th with a 7 sec pb time of 1.22.83, Holly T and Taisia T knocked 4 secs off, Emily C 7 secs and Tilly N, Sienna T and Rachel H 3 secs off.
Rufus J swam a 5 sec pb in the 200m back with 3.17.62.
In the 50m back Georgie P came 4th and Sienna T came 8th. Roisin C came 5th in the 50m back and 6th in the 50m Fly with a Regional Qualifying time of 35.25.
Sienna T lowered her 200m free time by 6 secs, Rachel H by 3 secs and Alex B by 4 secs.
Fin S came 6th in the 200m Free with a great time of 2.08.01, Dora Z came 6th in the 50m back and Lisa W was 7th in the 200m Fly.
Amelia P came 2nd in the 50m Free and 3rd in the 50m back, 100 I/M and 200m I/M.
The 15+ medley relay team of Dora Z, Amelia P, Lisa W and Hannah G came 8th place.
Georgie P finished 5th overall in the 10/11 BAGCAT age group and Amelia P finished 3rd in the 15 yrs YOUTH age group.  

Essex County Championships - Block B
A small black EFDSC polo shirt was left poolside on Saturday at Southend - Essex County Champs.  Please contact Suzanne Peddle if it is yours.
Another weekend of fantastic swims, Georgie P came 4th in the 100m back with a 4 sec pb of 1.19.84 and 6th in the 100m free.
Amelia P won 2 bronze medals for the 400m and 800m free, she came 4th in the 100m free and 6th in the 100m butterfly.
Hannah G came 5th in the 800m free and 7th in the 400m free.
Finlay S came 6th in the 400m free with 4.35.03 and at last managed to break the 1 minute in the 100m free with a fantastic 59.57.
Roisin C won 4th in the 100m back with a 12 sec pb of 1.17.29 and Lisa W came 4th in the 100 butterfly.
Alfie S swam to 6th place in the 100m free with a pb of 1.08.79 and Michael S came 8th in the 400m I/M.
Amelia P, Lisa W, Dora Z and Hannah G won 6th place in the final of the 4 x 50m Free Relay.  

Essex Championship 2015 Block A -

There is a report in the sports page of the Epping Forest Gazette 22/1/15.
EFDSC swimmers competed at the first block of the Essex County Championship at the weekend. Click more for the report   read more...

Redbridge Gala - 3/4 January - results
Congratulations to the small band of swimmers who attended the Redbridge gala. This was the last weekend for swimmers to gain qualifying times for the Essex Champs 2015 and a chance to get back in the water after the Christmas break.

Despite the long break with little training and a pool that was as warm as a bath, our swimmers performed brilliantly again. There were many pbs, medals and 10 new county times.

Well done to the following swimmers who were successful in achieving new Essex times: Sienna T (400 free and 50 fly); Alice B (50 free); Lukas C (50 breast); Alice N (50 back); Tilly N (100 IM); Mia J (100 free and 100 IM) and Alfie S (50 fly and 100 free).


EFDSC Yuletide Gala - Sunday 14th December 2014

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Yuletide Gala at the weekend. The day ran smoothly and the feedback that we have received from our visiting clubs has been very positive so far.

We couldn't run the event without the support of all the parents and officials who came along to help on the day - your time and effort is invaluable.

Epping Forest swimmers did the club proud as usual with numerous medals, many PBs and several new county qualifying times achieved on the day.

Winning Reindeer Golds on the day were: Daniel Hathaway; Finlay Sergent; Amelia Peddle; Mia Jones; Deana Levy; Lisa Waite; Sienna Treglohan; Hannah Gillespie; Holly Timmis; Georgie Park; Roisin Clifford; Dora Zhou; Alex Bibby; Eleanor Ahern; Michael Sharp; Aaron Chambers; Jake Rawlings; Alex Andonov; Vathana Gopinath; Isabelle Casali; Molly Curtis; Jamie Levy; Ryan Dooley; Isabelle Creasey; Alice Nelson; Rufus Jones; Maxwell Jones

So congratulations to our new county qualifiers Alex Andonov, Rufus Jones and Jamie Levy who will joining our team of 40+ swimmers in going to the Essex Age Group Champs in Jan/ Feb. Entry details to follow shortly.

Gala report here


Club Champs
Well Done to all that swam the 200m Butterfly at Club Champs.  Roisin, Georgie, Tilly, Alice, Rebecca, Amy, Amelia, Mia, Indee-Mae, Lisa, Hannah, Katie, Sam, Jacob, Alexander, Ewan, Tom, Michael, Daniel, Oliver, Ryan and Aaron.  You all showed guts and dedication.  Hopefully the 200m free on Wednesday 12th November won't be quite so daunting.  Sign in from 6.45pm, Warm up 7pm, Start 7.30pm approx  
Essex Senior/Junior Competition - 28-30 November 2014
All entries were accepted to this event. The full list is on the noticeboard.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have qualifying times for the Essex Senior/Junior Competition being held at Basildon Sporting Village on 28-30 November.

Eleanor Ahern
Fraser Barclay
Alex Bibby
Alice Bolitho
Hannah Gillespie
Roisin Clifford
Charlie Coughlin
Vathana Gopinath
Mia Jones
Deana Levy
Alice Nelson
Amelia Peddle
Jake Rawlings
Finlay Sergent
Michael Sharp
Lisa Waite
Katie Whiffin
Dora Zhou


Basildon Phoenix Swimming Club Autumn Short Course Meet - 25th/26th October 2014
40 Epping Forest swimmers travelled to Basildon last weekend for their Autumn Meet. There were numerous pbs for our swimmers and a handful of new county times to celebrate as well as a very healthy trawl of 31 medals brought home by Epping. Fantastic swimming!

Golds were won by Georgie P (50 fly, 200 back, 200 free); Hannah G (100 free, 100 back, 200 back); Roisin C (50 free. 50 breast); Maxwell J (50 free) and Mia J (100 breast).

Silvers went to Alfie S (50 free, 50 breast, 50 back, 100 back, 100 free); Finn S (100 back, 100 free); Sienna T (200 free. 200 back); Hannah G (200 free); Evie F (50 free); Roisin C (100 free).

Bronze medals were awarded to Zach F (50 free, 100 back); Jamie L (50 free); Maxwell J (100 breast); Hannah G (400 free); Alice N (100 back); Holly T (200 IM); Taisia T (50 back); Vathana G (50 breast).

Congratulations to all of our swimmers who attended. Your hard work in training is certainly paying off!  

East London Mini League 2014 - Epping Forest win again!
Congratulations to all of the swimmers who travelled to East Ham Leisure Centre on Saturday (27th Sept) for the latest round of the East London Mini-League.

Still buoyant from their recent win in the previous round, the EFDSC team of young swimmers were magnificent again. With many first and second places gained in both individual events and relays, they commanded a healthy lead from beginning to end!

And so another trophy for the cabinet and more valuable swims under the belts of our budding stars of the future! Well done to all!  

EFDSC Season Opener Gala - Sep 14 / Club Champs 21st Sept
Lost Property from poolside at Home gala.
11-12 yrs Black E.F.D.S.C. polo shirt - no name.
E.F.D.S.C. black towel  -  no name.
E hat with black slazenger goggles
Blue 'rider' flip flops size 31-33
Blue round neck t-shirt with 3 buttons, size U14.

Lost Property from Club Champs 21/9/14
E.F.D.S.C. T-shirt - No name - Size Small
E.F.D.S.C. T-shirt - No name - Size medium
Black 30-32" David Luke Shorts and Blue Zoggs 'Dragon eyes' Goggles left behind block 1.
Please contact Suzanne Peddle if any of these are yours.

EFDSC Season Opener Gala - Sep 14
A huge thanks to all the swimmers, parents, officials and volunteers who helped, brought food, sponsored us or turned up to cheer on the swimmers, for a very successful Season Opener last weekend.

We ran over on time and were extremely busy with lots of swimmers, so thanks to everyone for their patience and support throughout the day. It was great to see so many of our younger swimmers there as they embark on their competitive swimming careers!

Congratulations to all EFDSC swimmers who swam. It was a great start to the swimming season with lots of medals, PBs and a few DQs along the way to learn from for next time.

There were several larger clubs visiting so the standard of swimming was suitably high. Winning Gold in one or more events for EFDSC were Alex A, Alexandra B, Alfie S, Amelia P, Alice N, Charlie C, Daniel H, Deana L, Finn S, Georgie P, Grace K, Hannah G, Jake R, Joseph A, Lisa W, Maxwell J, Mia J, Michael S, Ryan D, Sam B and Sienna T. Well done to all!

This is one of two main fundraising galas we hold each year and we are pleased to report a better than expected profit for the club. We look forward to seeing everyone again for our Yuletide gala on 14th December. We will be making sure that it is a little shorter and less busy so you must get your entry in on time or it won't be accepted. Watch this space for more details.

There will be mince pies, Christmas medals and much more, so keep training hard as there is all to swim for!

Stubbers Activity Day - Saturday 6th September 2014
What a FANTASTIC day!!  Many thanks to Sue Levy for organising the day and to the committee for feeding/watering everyone, and to all the parents who helped supervise. Hopefully the children all had a wonderful time with their friends, it certainly seemed that way. Stubbers is a great centre with superb facilities which enabled our club to hold a wonderful team building day.   
Lost Fins
A pair or blue/grey fins were left poolside on Sunday 31st August, they have the name George Chapman on them.  If you have them please contact  
Essex county championships 2015 qualifying times
The Essex county qualifying times are available in the links section on the right  
New Timetable - 1st September 2014
New Timetable comes into effect 1st September, you should have received a copy by email, if you haven't please let know.  The Squad Info folder to the left shows the new times.  Many thanks.   
Bancroft's School new parking arrangements please read
We have received this message from Bancroft's School regarding changes to the entrance/exits at Bancroft's School Sports Centre. Please be mindful of this when attending sessions at the school.

As of Monday 1st September the entrances and exits from Whitehall Road are to be reversed for the new term. Access to the Sports Centre will be via the “new” entrance which was the “old” exit.

Parking shall remain the same with access to both car parks but the flow of traffic will be in reverse.

New signage will be in place as well as updated road markings but could you please contact your clients/customers to let them know in advance.

Thanks for your cooperation.  

EFDSC Secretary
We are proud to announce that Jenny Chapman is our new EFDSC Secretary. Jenny can be reached on  
Important Changes to Essex County Championships for 2015
Information regarding 2015 Essex Championships has been emailed to all squad swimmers and can be found on the Essex County website - Link on the right, then click on Swimming.  
3 Trees Gala - 06 July 2014
Congratulations to all of our fabulous swimmers for taking part in the 3 Trees Gala this afternoon! For some of our younger swimmers this was the first time that they had been under the starter's orders and they all coped brilliantly and swam amazingly!

It was great to see each group offering their team mates lots of cheers of support along the way. Once the scores had been added up, a valiant third place was won by the red team who marched around the pool to collect their bronze medals. Next up were the runners-up in yellow. Again they took a lap of honour to cheers from the gallery to pick up their silver medals. In the end, despite a closely fought contest, the black team were victorious and they paraded around the pool to the sound of their proud parents' clapping to receive their gold medals.

A huge thank you to all the committee members, parents, team captains and Performance swimmers who came down on the poolside to help. Without you these events would not be possible. And also a big thank you to all the parents in the gallery cheering so loudly to support our swimmers and for buying raffle tickets from our lovely raffle hosts Mr. and Mrs. Bibby. You raised a fantastic £120 for the club!


Club Welfare Officer
We are pleased to announce that David Coxell is now our Club Welfare Officer.  He has taken over from Jo Whiffin who carried out the role for many years.  Thanks to Jo for all her hard work. David can be reached at  
Junior Arena league - 29th June 2014
Well done to the swimmers and many thanks to their parents who travelled to the final of the Junior Arena League in Rochford on Sunday 29th June. The standard of competition was very high and a number of our team swam despite feeling unwell. Although we only finished 7th on the night we finished 5th overall out of 16 teams. This has been the first experience of competitive swimming for several of our swimmers so congratulations to all.

Club Championships 2014
2014 club championships

The 2014 club championships get underway on Wednesday 25th June at Loughton leisure centre with the 400 metre freestyle. These are licensed meets and are an opportunity to gain Essex County qualifying times. Please refer to the Event Calendar on the club website for details of future dates.

Age groups for the club championships are based on age as at 31 December 2014 and are 9 and under, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17 and 18 and over.

Please arrive for sign in at 18.50 followed by warm up at 19.00.

If you have any questions please ask your coach in the first instance."  

Open water swim Windsor
Following on from their successful first dip into the Open Water season on Bank Holiday Monday at a cold and rainy Eton Dorney, Epping Forest's small but determined team of Open Water swimmers returned to compete on Sunday 1st June at the Human Race Windsor Swim 2014.   read more...
Dates for the Diary!
EFDSC will be holding our Home Galas on Sunday 14th September and Sunday 14th December 2104.

Please put the dates in your diary. These are the club's two main fundraising activities of the year and all swimmers aged 9 and over are expected to take part.

They are a fantastic opportunity to put all of your hard work and training into practice. You will race against your EFDSC team mates and other clubs gaining fantastic race experience but in a familiar environment at Loughton pool. You might even get a County time or two!

More details will follow nearer the time, and we will be looking for lots of parents to help us on the day, but for now just - Save The Date!  

Comic Relief Sponsored Swim - 23rd March 2014
You raised an incredible £6,923.45 for Comic Relief.  You should be very proud.  
Change to Thursday Timetable
From Thursday 24th April Platinum will swim at LLC 6-8pm, Bronze 6-7pm and Masters 7-8pm.  
Sainsbury's Vouchers
We are collecting Sainsbury Vouchers.  We hope to collect enough to help replace some of the trophies that are being retired this year.  Alison Gillespie is coordinating the collection or you can give them to your coach.  
Electronic devices on Poolside
Mobiles phones are not allowed poolside - as they often include an image capturing facility which is against child protection policies.  All electronic equipment taken on poolside is at your own risk.  
Sainsbury's Vouchers
EFDSC is collecting Sainsbury's vouchers, please give to your Coach or any committee member. Thanks.  
Channel Relay Swimmers
Congratulations to Abi, Katie, Fraser, Bentley, Evie and Zach who swam as a relay across the English Channel in a time of 12 hours 55 mins. A fantastic achievement - Well Done.
/> It's not too late to sponsor them:-    

EFDSC Season Opener
Well done to all who attended the Clubs Season Opener, that includes mums and dads for helping, officials and swimmers!
Apart from a delayed first session and a faulty timing pad in session 2 it went as planned!?! - this was a club fundraiser and we are glad to report an above budget profit, so congratulations all round! Results list available on Open15Sep2013 page on left.  

Wow - what a fantastic day.  Great fun was had by all.  Many thanks to Sue Levy for organising the whole event and for the committee for helping organise the food.  Hopefully you all went home tired, happy and well fed!  
National Inter-Counties Team Championships
Congratulations to Hayden Thomas who has been selected to represent Essex in the National Inter-Counties Team Championships in Sheffield on 20th October 2013.  Well done.  
Open Water Swimming
Congratulations to Deana and Fraser who swam in the East Region Open Water Championships and Age Group Competitions on Sunday 14th July in Norwich.
Fraser won Gold in Essex and Silver in East Region in the 2km race and Deana won a Silver in Essex and Bronze in East Region in the 800m race.
Great practice for your Channel swim - Well Done  

Harlow Open - 2nd Eric Shepherd Meet - 24 June 2013

Lost property left at Harlow - London tube map towel and multi coloured palm trees towel. Please contact Suzanne Peddle or Clare Tompkins.

Lots of medals and PB's.


3 Trees Gala - 30th June 2013
Congratulations to everyone who swam in the 3 trees gala - you were all fantastic!  Bronze medals went to the red hats, silver medals to the black hats and gold medals to the yellow hats.  With only 4 points separating the 3 teams it was a very exciting afternoon.  Well done to all swimmers, helpers and officials.  

Congratulation to Mia Jones on her selection to represent the City of London Borough in the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace on the 6th July 2013.

Also Hayden Thomas on his selection to represent East Region at ESSA National Championships in Liverpool on 29th and 30th June.

Have fun and swim fast. 


British Gas East Region BAGCAT Championships - 02 June 2013
Good luck to Amelia Peddle and Dora Zhou who have both gained times to compete in this year's East Region BAGCAT Championships. The Championships take place over two weekends in UEA Norwich, they will be swimming against the best from six counties, so have fun and swim fast.  
East Region 2013 Youth Championships 4/5 May
Lee Baker, Hayden Thomas, Adam Bond, Fraser Barclay, Katie Whiffin, Chloe–Annabelle Ward, Lisa Waite and Hannah Gillespie took part in the British Gas Youth Championships at the new 50m pool in Luton, it was a successful weekend with PBs, finals and a Bronze Medal.   read more...
Congratulations - 02 May 2013

Congratulation to Henry Maher and Lee Baker on their selection for Essex in the Regional Inter-County Team Championships on Sunday 7th July at Luton.

Also, well done to Katie Whiffin and Lisa Waite on their selection to take part in the Essex Training Camps which will start in July and run through to Essex Championships next year.



Essex Block B Braintree 9-10 March
A trio of silver medals from Katie Whiffin - 100 breast, Lisa Waite - with 1.09.09 in the 100 fly and Amelia Peddle 100 back.  Chloe-Annabelle Ward won a bronze in the 400 free.
Amelia was placed 4th in the 400 free with a 11 sec pb, Lisa swam to 5th place in the final of the 100 breast with a 2 sec pb.
Hayden Thomas placed 6th in the final of the 100 breast, while Hannah Gillespie and Katie both took 7th in their 100 back finals. Dora Zhou swam to 8th place in the final of the 100 bk.  

Essex Age Group - Block A
A fantastic start to this year's Essex County Champs, with lots of medals, pennants and pb's
Lisa Waite brought home gold for 50 fly in a time of 30.75, silver in the 100 fc, 4th in the 200 fc and 5th in the 50 br. Katie Whiffin won silver for 200 br, bronze for 50 br and came 5th in the 50 fly.  Amelia Peddle won bronze in the 50 fc with a time of 29.27, 5th in the 200 bk, 6th in the 200 i/m,7th in the 100 fly and 50 br. Lee Baker won a bronze medal for his 50 bk in a time of 28.48.  Max Albert swam a fantastic final to come 5th in the 50 fly with an impressive 29.88.  Evie Foster went into the final of the 100fc in 8th place but swam a pb of 1.03.69 to finish 5th. Chloe-Annabelle Ward was placed 6th in the 200fc, Emma Waite swam to 5th place in the final of the 50br and Hannah Gillespie was placed 8th in the 200 bk.  Some of our swimmers competed in their first Essex Champs and swam superbly - well done to Kieran Wakefield, Cailin Walker, Max Rawlings, Zachary Foster, Amy Woloski, Michael Sharp, Mia Jones, Imogen Jones, Vathana Gopinath, Connie Knights, Deana Levy and Fraser Barclay.
Also swimming well were Hayden Thomas, Adam Bond, Bentley Cunnington, Ellen Gillespie and Alice Wang.
Good luck in Block B this coming weekend.  

Bishop Stortford Gala - 05 February 2013
A BIG WELL DONE to all 23 swimmers who attended the Bishops Stortford gala held on Sunday 3rd February at Basildon. For some, it was their first time racing in a 50m pool and rose to the challenge extremely well.

Although it was two very long sessions the swimmers waited very patiently for their races and all fought their way from start to finish as hard as they could.

Swimmers attending were –Amelia, Bentley, Caitlin, Charlie, Deana, Dora,Finlay, Fraser,Hannah, Hayden,Imogen,Jake,James ,Jamie Katie, Michelle, Kieran,Lee,Madison,Max,Mia,Roisin and Vathana.

We had a good selection of 1st 2nd and 3rd medals won by Lee, Hayden, Mia, Hannah, Amelia, Dora.

A special mention for the younger swimmers –Kieran – a massive pb on his 200 fs 3.3184 Jamie pb on Bk and Max on 50fs. Roisin – an excellent 50m fly – 1st place.

In addition to the above many achieved pb’s on their estimated 50m times and we had lots of very happy swimmers.  

Bishop's Stortford Long Course Open Meet - Sunday 3rd February
Sunday 3rd February saw a large team travel to Basildon to take part in the 1st Long Course Open Meet held by Bishops Stortford Swimming Club.
It was a very long day with only a 10 minute break between sessions but that didn't stop Epping Forest collecting a large amount of medals.
Lee Baker won 2 gold medals for 50 fly and 50 back, and bronze for 50 front, 100 front and 100 back. Amelia Peddle won 2 gold medals for 50 back and 50 free, silver for 50 fly and 50 breast and a bronze for her 100 fly. 
Hayden Thomas swam well to win gold medals in the 50 breast and 100 breast, and silver in the 200 I/M. Roisin Clifford at the tender age of nine won a gold for her 50 fly. While Hannah Gillespie won gold in the 50 back and silver in the 100 back.
Deana Levy won silver in the 100 breast, and Dora Zhou won three bronze medals for the 50 back, 50 fly and 50 front. Mia Jones won 2 bronze medals in the 50 breast and 100 breast.
Also swimming and gaining some valuable long course experience and personal best times were:
Fraser Barclay, Bentley Cunnington, Katie Shaw, Michelle Shaw, James Wakefield, Jamie Levy, Charlie Tompkins, Vathana Gopinath, Caitlin Clifford, Imogen Jones, Kieran Wakefield, Max Rawlings, Jake Rawlings, Finlay Sergent and Madison Smith.

ASA Central Zone Meet

Well done to Epping's Zonal Meet competitors - Lee Baker, Hayden Thomas and Amelia Peddle, all three swam very well at the weekend. The meet had many fast swimmers from the three regions of West Midlands, East Midlands and East, but our swimmers swam fast with Hayden gaining a place in the 200m Breaststroke final for 17years and over, and Lee being placed in the final of the 50m Backstroke for the same age group of 17 years plus. Hayden just missed out on the final of the 50m Breaststroke by coming 9th.with a strong time of 32.44 and Lee also by swimming a fast 50m fly of 29.19.

Amelia, was in the 14 years and under age group, but she still performed well with a PB of 30.35 in the 50m free, and continued to do well in the 100m Free with 1.05.30. Other races included the 100m back and the 200m Back.

Well done.


Changes to payments
In future we will be requesting that gala entry money is paid in cash or by direct payment as we incur a cost of £1.10 per cheque that is paid in.  By cutting down the number of cheques that we pay into our account we hope to bring our bank charges down to a minimum.  Many thanks - the committee  
Yule Tide Gala

It was a long day but a very productive one with lots of medals being won by our swimmers. Winning Gold Father Christmas medals were:-

50 free - Alex Andonov 9 yrs, Michael Sharp 11 yrs, Amy Woloski 10 yrs     100 free - Bentley Cunnington 14 yrs, Mia Jones 12 yrs, Connie Knights 13 yrs, Lisa Waite 14 yrs    400 free - Emma Whitelegg 11 yrs, Mia Jones 12 yrs, Evangeline Foster 14 yrs     50 breast - Michael Sharp 11 yrs     100 breast - Amelia Peddle 12 yrs, Connie Knights 13 yrs, Lisa Waite 14 yrs   50 butterfly - Roisin Clifford 9 yrs, Amy Woloski 10 yrs     100 butterfly - Bentley Cunnington 14 yrs, Amelia Peddle 12 yrs, Connie Knights 13 yrs, Lisa Waite 14 yrs    50 back - Michael Sharp 11 yrs    100 back - Dora Zhou 12 yrs, Hannah Gillespie 14 yrs, Fraser Barclay 15 and over     100 i/m - Dora Zhou 12 yrs, Connie Knights 13 yrs, Hannah Gillespie 14 yrs, Katie Whiffin 15 yrs and over, Alexander Andonov 9 yrs, Fraser Barclay 15+    400 i/m George Pigram 11 yrs, Mia Jones 12 yrs, Katie Shaw 14 yrs


National Arena League - Round 3
A squad of swimmers competed in the final round of the National Arena Swimming League at Harlow Leisure Zone on Saturday 8th December.
They finished a creditable 7th place helped by many fine swims.
Coming 1st in their races and achieving maximum points were Lee Baker - 200 I/M and 100 Back, Amelia Peddle 100 Back and Lisa Waite 100 Fly and 100 Free.
Improving their personal best times were Jake Rawlings - 8 secs off his 100 back, Jack Giltnane 5 secs off both his 100 fly and free. Amy Woloski took 3 secs off her 50 breast, Payaam Kapur took 2 secs off his 100 breast and Connie Knights had a 2 sec pb in the 100 free with a time of 1.10.50.
Amelia Peddle took 2 secs off both her 100 fly and 200 I/M, while Michael Sharp took 1 sec off his 50 breast, Hannah Gillespie also took 1 sec off her 100 back and James Wakefield had a 1 sec pb on his 100 breast.
Competing were Zach F, Michael S, Joseph A, Eleanor A, Amy W, Tierney C, Roisin C, Amelia P, Mia J, Connie K, Charlie T, Finlay S, James W, Jake R, Jack G, Bentley C, Tom T, Payaam K, Lisa W, Katie W, Emma W, Evangeline F, Hannah G, Lee B, Hayden T, Henry M, Fraser B, Adam B and Michael C

East Region SC Winter Championships

Hayden, Chloe, Lee, Amelia and Katie swam in the rather chilly waters of Cambridge Parkside Pool.  With the water temperature at only 26 degrees, all the swimmers found it difficult to achieve pb's.  Chloe-Annabelle Ward managed to keep warm by swimming the 800m and 400m freestyle in consecutive sessions.  She even managed a 2 second pb in the 800 free with an impressive time of 9.40.74 which won her 10th position. She also swam 50 and 200 free.

Hayden swam the 50 and 100 and breast and was placed in the 'B' finals, and came 7th overall in the 200 breast. He also swam in the 50 free.

Lee came third in the 50 back 'B' final with a time of 28.99. Lee also competed in the 50, 100 and 200 free.

Amelia swam in the 50 free and 200 back, while Katie competed in the 200 breast.


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Essex LC Champs 24/25 Nov
Chloe-Annabelle Ward (16) came 2nd in the 400 free with a time of 4.47.32 and 3rd  in the200 free and the physically demanding 800m free with an 8 sec PB (9.49.13). Chloe-Annabelle came 9th in the 50 free and 6th in 100 free in the 16+ age group.
Amelia Peddle (12) brought home 2 silver medals in the 50 & 100 back and came third in the 200 back with a time of 2.36.65. Amelia also came 5th in 100 free, 6th in 50 free, 8th in 200 I/M and 9th in 400 free in the 12/13 age group.
Hayden Thomas (17) won a silver in the gruelling 200 breast (2.39.54) and came third in the 50 and 100 breast. Hayden also achieved 9th in 200 free, 15th in 50 free and 20th in 100 free in the 16+ age group.
Lisa Waite (15) closed the meeting with an incredible 28.89 50 free which won her a well deserved bronze medal. Lisa also came 5th in the 50 fly with a time of 32.03 and 7th in the 100 free and 100 fly in the 14/15 age group.
Also swimming was Lee Baker (17) 5th in 50 back, 8th in 100 back,6th in 50 free, 5th in 100 free and 10th in 200 free. Ellen Gillespie (17) 6th in 100 breast,. Evangeline Foster (14) 8th in 100 free and 15th in 50 free. Bentley Cunnington (14) 11th in the 100 fly and 17th in the 50 free. Connie Knights (13) 22nd in 50 free and Fraser Barclay (one day shy of his 16th birthday) 15th in the 50 free with a PB of 28.05.

East London Mini League Jubilee Gala
We travelled to Becontree Heath Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th November to take part in the East London Mini League Jubilee Gala.
We finished 3rd place, beating 4th place by 1 point. Helping on our way with 1st place positions and maximum points were Maddie Kavanagh 50m Breast, Max Rawlings 25m Breast, Anya Shah with 25m Fly, Kieran Wakefield 25m Free and Niamh Kavanagh 50m Breast.
Our relays teams also clocked up another 3 wins to lead to an exciting finish.
The trophy we received will be placed in our cabinet at our home pool of Loughton leisure Centre.

National Arena League 10/11/12

This article appears on the sport page of and this weeks gazette 15/11/12.

Epping Forest travelled to Eltham last night to take part in Round Two of the National Arena Swimming League.
Many fine swims helped us achieve a creditable 4th place against 7 other clubs.
Helping us on the way by coming 1st and gaining maximum points were Lisa Waite in the 100m butterfly and 100 free, Amelia Peddle in the 100 free and George Whalley in the 50m free with a personal best time of 30.81.
The girls relay team of Lisa Waite, Amelia Peddle, Emma Waite, Katie Whiffen, Hannah Gillespie and Chloe Ward also won their race and maximum points for their club.
Second places went to Lee Baker 200 i/m, Zach Foster 50m back, George Whalley 50m butterfly, Bentley Cunnington 100m butterfly, Amelia Peddle 100m back, the girls free relays team of Lisa Waite, Dora Zhou, Evangeline Foster and Hannah Gillespie and the boys team of George Whalley, Zach Foster, Joseph Ahern and Michael Sharp in both the freestyle and medley relays.

We look forward to the final round on 8th December.

Photo of the teamhere


East London Mini League
There is a small article in todays Gazette - 8/11/12

Epping earn Fantastic East London Mini League win

On Sunday 3rd Nov, Epping Forest travelled with a team of 24 young swimmers to compete in the East London Mini League gala at Walthamstow Pool & Track. The swimmers were all excited as for many it was their first competitive gala, and for all it was an opportunity to use the swimming skills that they had learnt at EFDSC.
Over the 32 events, Epping achieved 15 1st places, 4 2nd places and 6 3rd places. There were also 2 swimmers who "swam too fast" for the level of competition and were time-faulted.
Overall a fantastic swim by all, a well organised team, efficient and patient support from the parents who helped on poolside - all ending with a customary jump into the pool for the swimmers to celebrate their success.
The team : Brandon, Ellis, Henry, Wil, Thomas, Kieran, Zac, Charlie, George, Michael, Holly T, Sophie, Summer, Cailin, Roisin, Tierney, Anya, Charlotte, Maddie, Ellie, Caitlin, Holly C, Elise and Niamh.


Redbridge Winter Meet 2013 - 03 November 2012

The club will be entering Redbridge Winter Meet 2013 (Licence 3) on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January at Fullwell Cross Pool. Details are on their web site at  Please fill in the standard Epping Forest entry form and give to Hilary Thomas no later than Thursday 15th November.

Late, incorrect or inaccurate entries will not be accepted, cheques to be made payable to EFDSC and any queries speak with your coach in the first instance.


Basildon Phoenix Autumn SC Open
There is a small article in the Gazette - 1/11/12
A small number of swimmers travelled with Gary Couch to Basildon, but put in an impressive number of PB's, achieved Essex Qualifying times and even a few medals.

Fraser Barclay, 400 fc 4.37.86 (9 sec pb), 100 bc 1.10.19 (2 sec pb), 200 bk 2.30.82 (11 sec pb), 100 fc 59.95, 200 fc 2.09.94 (6 sec pb and Essex time)

Hannah Gillespie, 200 fc 2.24.78 (3 sec pb), 100 bk 1.14.88 Bronze (3 sec and Essex time), 400 fc 5.03.78 (7 sec pb), 200 bk 2.35.67 Gold (4 sec and Essex time)

Amelia Peddle, 200 fc 2.20.37 Gold (2 sec pb), 200 fly 2.48.84 Silver (8 sec pb), 200 bk 2.29.80 Silver (5 sec pb)

Chloe-Annabelle Ward 400 fc 4.41.90 Gold (3 sec pb)

Jack Giltnane 50 fly 40.59 (2 sec pb), 100 fc 1.15.40 (3 sec pb), 200 fc 2.46.87 (9 sec)

Deana Levy 200 breast Bronze 3.18.23 (3 sec pb)

Jake Rawlings 200 bk 3.09.40, 200 fc 2.54.35 (7 sec pb)

Amy Woloski 200 fc 2.58.94 (1 sec pb)

Well done to all swimmers

British Gas ASA National County Team Championships 2012 - 18 October 2012
Congratulations to Lee Baker and Henry Maher on being selected to represent Essex this weekend at Sheffield for the British Gas ASA National County Team Championships. We wish them good luck and swim fast.  
Redbridge - Early County and Region Qualifying Meet 2012
An impressive number of pb's and medals.

Fraser Barclay - 12 sec pb 100 fly, 1 sec pb 100fc & 100i/m
Zachary Foster - 7 sec pb 200 fc & 100 fc with a 6th place medal
Jamie Levy - 4 sec pb with a 6th place medal
Evie Foster - 1 sec pb 200fc, 50 fly, 2 sec pb 100fc with 6th place medal
Amelia Peddle - 2 sec pb 100fc, with 2nd, 1 sec pb with 50 fc (1st) & 200 fc (3rd), 50 br - 1st, 50 bk & 200 bk - 2nd.
Connie Knights - 1 sec pb 100 br
Bentley Cunnington - 1 sec pb 100 fc.

Well done to all swimmers as it was a very long weekend.  

EFDSC Season Opener Sunday 16th September 2012
There is an article in this week's (20/9) Guardian.

What a Season Opener - some fantastic swims resulting in great PB's

Golds from James Wakefield - 100 I/M, Kieran Wakefield - 50 BR & 50 BK, Bentley Cunnington - 100 I/M & 50 BR, Joseph Ahern - 200 I/M & 50 BK, George Whalley - 200 I/M, 100 I/M, 50 Fly & 50 FC, Roisin Clifford - 100 I/M, 50 Br & 50 BK, Lisa Waite - 100 I/M, 50 BR, 50 Fly & 50 FC, Emma Waite - 50 BK, Henry Maher - 50 Fly & 50 FC, Fraser Barclay - 100 I/M, Amelia Peddle - 50 BR, 50 Fly, 50 BK & 50 FC, Dora Zhou - 50 BK & 50 FC, Oliver Simmonds - 50 BR, Katie Whiffin 200 I/M, Alexander Andonov - 100 I/M & 50 FC, Evangeline Foster - 50 FC and Rosie Bristow - 50FC.

Thanks to all the swimmers for their great swimming and excellent behaviour and all the helpers/officials who helped to make the gala go so smoothly - See you all again for our Yuletide Season Gala on 16th December!!  

Alan Macleay in Channel Relay
Alan and his team mates now hold the world record for the oldest relay team (average age of all swimmers) to swim the Channel. The team completed the swim in 17 hours 18 minutes! Alan, a member of EFDSC Masters and a solo Channel swimmer completed the epic journey in the early hours of this morning. Well done Alan - expect to see you in the pool Thursday to tell us how it went.  
Nationals 2012
Congratulations to James Hollis who despite breaking his arm recently swam in the heats of the 100 butterfly, made the final and took another half second off and came fourth with a time of 1.02.61.

James also swam in the 100m back placing 12th and 100 free placing 16th.

Congratulations also to Marissa Posnett who competed in the 50 free and swam a pb of 27.59.

Well done to you both.  

Club BBQ - Club Captains
It may have rained but a good time was had by all and hopefully the mud will wash out of the clothes/trainers!

Many thanks to Debra Waite and the committee for organising the evening, Terry Waite and Alison Gillespie for cooking our BBQ food and for all the parents for supplying a wide selection of salad and desserts.

Congratulations to our 2012/13 Club Captains: -

Senior - Fraser Barclay and Katie Whiffin

Junior - Zachary Foster and Connie Knights

I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy your new roles.


3 Trees Gala - 1/7/12
Over 100 swimmers, some as young 6 were split evenly into three teams, each wearing a different coloured hat – yellow, black and red.

They all raced in either 1 length or 2 length races, freestyle and then backstroke, seeded in age and ability, with some of Epping’s Performance squad swimming just behind the younger ones to give them the confidence to get in the main pool – some for the first time.

A fantastic time was had by all the swimmers, with the spectators in the gallery cheering almost as loudly as the swimmers poolside.

The winner of each race was awarded points, which were totalled up to achieve the final result

Red hats came third and marched around the pool to receive their bronze medal, yellow hats came second to win their silver medal, which left a very happy team of black hats to parade around to be awarded their gold medal to the cheers of the crowd.

Photos to be added to notice board at Loughton this week.  

Harlow Open Gala - 30th June
WOW - medals and pb's galore - great swimming

Gold for Connor Raven in 50 BR, and bronze's in 50 BK, 50 FC and 50 FLY. Fraser Barclay took gold in 50 BK and silver in 100 BK.
Bentley Cunnington won three silvers for 50 BR, 50 and 100 FLY and bronze in 200 I/M.
Deana Levy won silver for 50 BR and bronze for 100 BR.
Connie Knights won gold in 100 fly with a massive 10 sec pb.
Joseph Ahern got silver in 50 FC and bronze in 50 BK,
Katie Whiffin took silver in 200 I/M, and
Jamie Levy and Vathana Gopinath each took a bronze, Jamie for 200 FC and Vathana for 50 FC.

Many thanks to Greg for coaching and Fiona and Rachel for being such good poolside helpers.  

George Whalley excels at London youth games
Having won the heats back in January against 14 local primary schools George Whalley was selected to represent the Borough of Redbridge at the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace. The event took place on June 30th and there were 31 other boroughs in each event. George was competing in the 50m freestyle event and came an amazing FIRST out of 32 swimmers and won with the GOLD medal! He swam a pb of 30.86 long course which is equivalent to 29.97 short course!  
Essex Country Relays
There is a small article in the Epping Forest Guardian out 21/06.

It was a long day but an enjoyable one.  One which saw some of our younger swimmers swimming for the first time in a 50m pool.

They all swam magnificently and weren't daunted by the sheer volume of people poolside. 

Congratulations go to the girls 11/12 freestyle team of Dora Zhou, Charlie Tompkins, Mia Jones and Amelia Peddle who came 5th in the final.

Well done to all the swimmers - your fancy dress was superb!


NEW APPOINTMENT - 01 June 2012
The Committee are pleased to announce that Gary Couch has been appointed as the EFDSC Swim Manager from 1 June 2012, many of our swimmers already know Gary who is currently the Development Squad and Essex Coach. Gary will be undertaking a review of the club structure over the next two months to ensure we are offering the best possible environment for our swimmers to reach their full potential. This is an exciting opportunity for the Club and our swimmers, I am sure you will join us in wishing Gary every success in his new role.

Kind regards

EFDSC Committee

Essex League - 26/5/12

Although we didn't win, we certainly swam some fantastic races.  Maximum points from Hannah, Lee, Lisa, Chloe, Amelia and Dora in their individual races. Our relays teams also won more than half of their races.  A magnificent effort by all the team well done.

U11 team was Dora, Imogen, Caitlin, Vathana, Zach F, Joe A, Kornel and Michael.

U13 team was Sasha, Charlie, Connie, Amelia, Finlay, Jack, and Max.

U15 team was  Deana, Lisa, Hannah, Fraser, Ryan, Bentley and Connor.

Open team was Emma W, Chloe, Ellen, Lee, Adam and Hayden.



Return of Club Champs - 25 May 2012
Last evening saw the return of Club Champs and it was good to see so many turn up and swim. The top heats were a little depleted due to summer exams (good luck!!) but this was made up for by the number of new and younger swimmers in the earlier heats - many having never competed at Club Champs before. It was also great to see two of our Masters compete in (and finish) the 400m free. Due to the numbers we did overun a little and apologise if not all medals were presented on the evening. If you were unable to collect a medal or came in 4th 5th or 6th and did not collect on the night please speak with your coach who is eager to present this to you! Well done to all who swam or volunteered - a good, if not rather hot evening.
Next Club Champs  is June Weds 20th Girls 200 back and 100/50 fly and boys the ever favourite 200m fly! See you there.

Bracknell & Wokingham Level 1 Open Gala
Congratulations to the small team that swam at Aldershot this weekend, they managed to get two golds, Marissa Posnett and Amelia Peddle 50 fc and Marissa also took silver in the 100 fc.  Lots of long course pb's and some fantastic swims, well done to Lee Baker, Fraser Barclay, Marissa Posnett, Amelia Peddle and Charlie Tompkins swimming in her first long course gala with some fantastic times.  
Thurrock Gala - 15 May 2012

Thurrock gala held on 13th May 2012 was well run and enjoyed by all who swum on the day. All swimmers achieved p.b’s so well done everyone –

Madison Smith Imogen Jones Elena Davidson Amy Woolski Connie Knights Mia Jones Vathana Gopinath Caitlin Clifford Fraser Barclay George Pigram


George started the 1st session with a good 400 fs in a time of 7.00.38 which earned him a 2nd place medal. He followed this with a 3rd place in his 200IM 3.52.99. Unfortunately due to a football commitment he missed his favourite race a 200 br but did return later to swim a 200 bk and 200 fs. What energy! He must have been exhausted by the end of his busy day! All the girls who swum a 400 fs made good times. Amy 6.39.81 Madison 6.11.65 – 26sec pb, Elena 6.01.72 -20sec pb and Imogen 5.55.28 -25 sec pb.


The 2nd session saw Fraser win a 1st pl in his 200 IM – another pb for Fraser with a time of 2.38.45. More pb’s followed with Vathana knocking 18 secs of her 200 back. Imogen took 3rd place in her 200 bk with a massive pb and time 2.59.95.. Elena also- big pb and time of 3.12.11. Caitlin swum hard in her 200 fs race and was rewarded a time of 3.09.34 and a big pb for her. All other 200fs swims Amy Elena Mia Vathana and Connie – excellent all with pb’s


3rd and last session 200 IM and 200 br for girls and even though the events had been swum recently at Redbridge a few weeks before both Mia and Connie swum extremely well knocking more seconds off their times. Madison knocked 9 secs off her 200 br and nearly 13 secs off her 200 IM. Connie and Imogen also had brilliant IM swims.


So well done everyone who swum. Keep working hard and those secs will hopefully keep coming off.


East Region Youth Championships at Basildon - 5th/6th May

Well done to all the swimmers who took part in the East Region Youth Championships at Basildon last weekend. It was a busy two days with Epping Forest gaining 3 medals and some very good times.

Congratulations must go to Hayden Thomas and Marissa Posnett for achieving the 3 medals - Hayden got silver in 50m Breaststroke with a time of 32.31 and the bronze in 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1.11.11, whilst Marrissa gained the silver in 50m Freestyle with a time of 27.78 - also a National time long course. Other finalist were James Hollis in 200m Butterfly, Freddy Cassford in 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. A great PB came from Chloe Ward in the 100m Freestyle with 1.03.90 and a well done to Katie Whiffin for braving the 400m IM - the last race on Saturday evening. Other competitors who swam well were Jenna Van Bergen, Lee Baker and Henry Maher.


Essex Counties Block C - busy weekend.....
Last weekend saw the final Block of the Essex Champs at the new Basildon Pool. Starting the Block in a healthy 11th position out of the 27 clubs entered all swimmers were fired up and ready for the challenge....and they did not disappoint acheiving a total of 5 gold, 1 silver and 8 bronze medals and 18 top 8 places and if that wasnt enough we also acheived two event best times, one national qualifying time and a British Record! Lee Baker started the medal haul on Sat taking an easy gold in the 100m back. This was followed by Amelia Peddle acheiving gold and an event best time in her 50m back. Henry Maher a gold in the 50m fly and another event best time and Fred Cassford a bronze also in the 50m fly. Marrisa Posnett swimming an excellent pb in her 50m free came in silver postion easily achieving her National QT and Lisa Waite another excellent pb and bronze medal in the same event! James Hollis swimming in the 200m fly broke another S10 SC British Record - thats 3 in three weeks!.Sunday was a busier and much longer day but again saw much excitment and another 2 gold and 6 bronze medals. Haydon Thomas took a comfortable gold in 200m breastroke and a bronze in 50m breast whilst Lee won another gold this time in 100m free and a bronze in 200m backstroke. Marissa took a further bronze in 200IM, and 100IM and Amelia a further bronze in 100IM and Henry a bronze in 100m free. Well done to all other swimmers who competed over the weekend most of whom acheived good pb's and top 8 places. We managed to retain our 11th position overall with 618 points.  
Congratulations to....................
.....James Hollis who travelled to Ponds Forge, Sheffield this weekend to take part in his 5th and final DSE Youth and Junior National Championships. James, who has been captain of the highly successful 'Team East' disability swim team for the past two years bowed out in style taking gold in each of the four events entered. He equalled his 100m fly time swam at counties last weekend which ratified his British Record in the event but the big surprise came when he also smashed the 100m backstroke sc record in a time of 1.05.05! Well done to James who returns to training for the final 12 days before he competes at the IPC International meet in Sheffield over the Easter weekend where he will attempt to secure a place on the GB team to  compete at the Paralympic games later this year!  
How do I check my pb's on the British Swimming website

A number of swimmers/parents have asked how to check personal best times that are registered on the British Swimming website so we have produced the following guide -

Click on ASA swimmer times link in right hand box on this page (opens new window)

Click 'current rankings'

Click '12month rankings'

scroll to bottom - 'where are you' - enter ASA number and select long or short course and press submit.

This will provide you with a list of all times achieved at licensed meets. It is updated regularly. When entering a gala that states that times must have been acheived at a licensed meet and appear on the British Swimming database this is where you go to confirm.

Any queries please ask Alison Hollis or your own coach.


Essex League Round 3 - 17/3/12
We all headed to Harlow Pool for the third round of the Essex Swimming League. We started well with the team being in 3rd position after the first set of events, behind Barking & Dagenham and Harlow Penguins. After the second set we were still in 3rd place. The third set of events saw us perform to our best and we finished that set in 2nd place behind Barking & Dagenham and 5 points clear of Harlow Penguins. As we entered the final set of events we were pushing Barking & Dagenham but unfortunately couldn’t catch them and they won by 5 points. We finished second, 12 points in front of Harlow Penguins in third place.
A fantastic overall performance from every swimmer, they should all be proud of themselves. Keep up the training for the final round on May 26th at the Walthamstow Pool & Track.
Special mention should go to Connor Raven who was asked to swim up in an Open event against swimmers from other clubs some of which were in the twenties and the U11 boys who swam in the U13 category.

Essex League - 17/3/12
For the record : 1st Placed swims were : U11 f/c girls relay (Dora, Vathana, Imogen and Amelia), U11 f/c boys relay (Michael, Samuel, Zac and Joe), 50m Fly (Lisa), 50m f/c (Dora), U13 girls f/c relay (Connie, Charlie, Hannah and Sasha), 100 f/c (Lisa), 25m fly (Dora), 25m Fly (George), U15 girls Medley relay (Katie, Alice, Deana and Lisa), U11 girls Medley relay (Dora, Amelia, Imogen and Vathana), 100 Br (Marissa), 100 Br (Lee), 50 fly (Katie), 50 Bk (Amelia), U15 girls f/c relay (Katie, Alice, Deana and Lisa), 100 f/c (Marissa), 50 Br (Amelia), 50 Fly (Alice), 100 Bk (Katie), Open girls f/c relay (Marissa, Amy, Emma P and Emma W), Squadron relay (Amelia, Zac, Alice, Michael, Lisa, Bentley, Marissa and Lee)
The Team :              Dora, Vathana, Imogen, Amelia, Michael, Samuel, Zac, Joe, Connie, Charlie, Hannah, Sasha, Billy, James, George, Deana, Alice, Lisa, Katie, Bentley, Ryan, Connor, Fraser, Danny, Lee, Adam, Oliver, Marissa, Amy, Emma W, Emma P, 
Special thanks to Greg (Coach) Dave (Team Manager), Liza & Suzanne (Helpers) , Debra and Alan who were our officials.

Jack Petchey - April - May 2012
Its that time again to get your thinking caps on and place your nominations for the next round of voting for the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Sceheme. The Achievement Awards Scheme enables the Club to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of our young members. It is not about being the fastest or the more gifted but about recognising efforts and contributions of members. It works well because the swimmers themselves are involved in the nominating individuals and selecting the winners. The winner will be given the opportunity to make a financial contribution to the Club they are involved in.
Each winner receives:
- A framed certificate
- A Jack Petchey young achievers badge
- £200 to be spent on a club project nominated by the young person ( a wish list will be provided)
Nominees must be between 11 and 25yrs and the voting for the first period of 2012 is now open.
Anyone from the Club can nominate so let’s get thinking and get the nominations in. Forms will be passed to all 4 top squads and are available on the JP download bar above. Please pass nomination your coach or Alison Hollis no later than 31st May 2012

Essex Age Group Champs - block b. - 11 March 2012
And so another Essex Block comes to an end! This weekend Block B took place at Braintree and seemed to be a much quieter, quicker affair with fewer events, fewer swimmers and empty seats - but it was no less exciting! On Saturday Amelia Peddle acheived some excellant pb's making the final in the 100m breast securing 5th place and an excellant 7th in the gruelling 400IM. Alice Wang also swam the 400IM and Chloe Ward the 400m free coming in 7th position. Lee Baker acheived a 3 sec pb in his 400m free securing 3rd place in his age group and a further pb in the 100m breast securing 4th in the final. Hayden Thomas our breaststroke specialist took a magnificent silver in the final in what was an extremely exciting final draw. Jenna Vb acheived a reserve finalist spot in the 100m fly. Sunday started with Amelia back in action swimming an excellant pb to take her into the final of the 100m back where she swum even faster and was rewarded with a bronze medal for her efforts. Lee Bakers impressive swim in the 100m fly secured him a place in the final as did James Hollis. Lee managed a further pb in the final just being pipped into 4th place. James not to be outdone also swam an excellant final securing a further personal best time and breaking the  current S10 British Record by half a second. Katy Whiffin swimming in the 100m breast made the final where she matched her heat time and a well deserved 4th place. Marissa Posnett competed in the 400m free and took an excellant 3rd place but it was the 100m breast that made the afternoon where she swam a 3 second pb and took the silver medal - much to her own surprise!  Congrats to all who competed and we look forward to the final Block to be held back at Basildon at the end of the month.  
British Champs .............. -

We do hope that all who were able to attend the British champs last week enjoyed themselves? Its was a great opportunity to see the Nations top swimmers compete in the Olympic pool and secure their places on the GB team. What a fantastic venure and thanks to Debra who was able to sucure the tickets on behalf of the Club. Also swimming were our potential paralympians including James and Emma Hollis who were also bidding for a place on the paralympic team. Emma managed to swim 6 secs inside the QT for the 400m freestyle getting the hard work out of the way on day 1. James although achieving a pb and winning the 100m fly (3rd on MC points) remains 8 tenths outside of the QT although he will get another chance to qualify at Trials 2 in Sheffield over the Easter break.

James and Emma would like to thank all who sent messages of support and congratulations - having so much home support at the pool during their races was a real boost!  

The club is again collecting Sainsburys vouchers this year so please give all your vouchers to any committee member or the Secretary. In past years we have bought equipment for the club as well as some new cups so your support for this is very much needed.  
East London Mini League - 3/3/12
Saturday saw the latest round of East London Mini League at Walthamstow.  We had Greg as coach, Wendy, Sue and Suzanne as poolside helpers and a hastily recruited Bridget as timekeeper.
We had lots of fast swims (not always a good thing for Mini League) which unfortunately resulted in 7 time faults.  However, Joseph Ahern, Amy Woloski, Vathana Gopinath, Michael Sharp, Caitlin Clifford, George Pigram and the boys 10 and under relay team (James Grant, Ellis Van Eck, Kieran Wakefield and Jamie Levy) did win their races and scored maximum points.  This along with many 2nd and 3rd finishes meant we ended the night in second place overall.
Greg would like to thank all the swimmers for their impeccable behaviour, you were a credit to your club.  Well done.  

Essex Counties - Block A - EFDSc off to a flying start.......
The weekend saw an exciting and successful weekend for EFDSC swimmers at Block A of the County Championships held at the new Basildon Pool. Entries were down on 2011 due to injury and holiday but from the 40 swims we achieved 45 personal best times (including finals), 20 finals, 8 in top 8 in heat declared events,  11 medals including 3 gold 2 silver and 6 bronze. Medal winners included Amelia Peddle silver 50m breast, Henry Maher gold and event best time in 50m free, silver 200IM, bronze in 50m back, Lisa Waite bronze 50m fly and 100m free, Lee Baker gold 50m back and 100m IM, Katie Whiffin bronze 200m breast and 50m breast. Other top 8 placings included Jenna VB, Alice Wang, Amelia Peddle, Katie Whiffin, Chloe Ward, Hayden Thomas, Lisa Waite, Emma Waite, Ellen Gilespie, and George Whalley. Other swimmers although not acheiving top 8 positions clocked up some excellant personal best times. At the end of the first Block we believe EFDSC to be sitting in 10th place. Individual places not available at the time of writing. Well done to all who competed and we look forward to the next Block in March. (A summary of results can be found on the notice board at Loughton.)  
Oh to share the limelight.......

Adlington and Hollis light up BUCS Swimming Championships


The first session of the BUCS Long Course Swimming Championships came to life with world class swims from student Emma Hollis and guest athlete, double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, both in the 800m freestyle.

Emma Hollis from Loughborough University (and EFDSC), who broke two world records in the S8 category at the BUCS Short Course Championships in November 2011, broke the European record over 800m in a time of 11.22.80, smashing the previous mark by over 5 seconds.

Well done to Emma.............


Essex league round 2 report (21st Jan)
We fielded a full team for the coach journey to Eltham to compete in round 2 of the Essex Swimming League. We started well with the team being in 3rd position early on. After another ten events we had moved into 2nd place, and had the leaders in our sights. The competitive spirit was visible in all the swimmers efforts as they fought for every point available. As we entered the home straight we were 2 points behind the leaders. Due to an even greater overall team effort in the last set of events, we pulled away to earn a commanding win by 17 points.
Congratulations to all the team as every member contributed to a successful and enjoyable competition. Keep the training up so that you are ready for round 3 on March 17th (Harlow) and round 4 on May 26th (Walthamstow Pool & Track)
For the record, 1st placed swims were : 11 and under girls free relay, Lisa (50 fly), Hannah (50 back), girls open medley relay, girls and boys 13 and under free relays, Lisa (100 free), Amelia (25 fly), George (25 fly), Emma Powell (100 back), girls 15 and under medley relay, girls and boys 11 and under medley relays, Hayden (100 breast), Katie (50 fly), Amelia (50 back), girls 15 and under free relay, Lee (100 free), Alice (50 fly), Katie (100 back), girls open free relay and the final squadron relay.
The team: Mia, Imogen, Olivia, Amelia, Michael Sharp, Sam, Zac, George, Connie, Charlie, Hannah, Sasha, Max, Joe, Finlay, Katie, Alice, Deana, Lisa, Fraser, Tom, Payaam, Bentley, Emma Powell, Ellen, Emma Waite, Amy, Lee, Hayden, Oliver and Harry. Special thanks to Dave, Ella, Suzanne, Debra and Alan for their poolside help.
Club swimmers selected to represent Redbridge at the London Mini Games - 04 February 2012
A big well done to Dora Zhou, Zac Martin, Zac Foster and George Whalley in being selected to represent Redbridge in the London Mini Games.  
Report on first Barking & Dagenham Aquatics Trophy Gala - 04 February 2012
A busy last weekend of January 2012 saw Gary Couch take a team to the new ten lane pool in Dagenham. The format was challenging with relays, 200s, 100s and 50s. Fielding swimmers from the club in two lanes in each event stretched all the swimmers. Temperatures were raised (mainly in the Gallery -it was hot!). It was the first gala to be held in the new pool testing the electronics and the Officials! Well done to all.  
Zonal Champs - Corby
A number of our performance squad swimmers travelled to Corby over the weekend to take part in the 2nd Midland Zonal Champs. This Champs is one step up from Regions and one down from Nationals so all 7 swimmers have done really well to qualify for this high level meet and all swimmers put in high level performances to match. Lee Baker had an excellant first day chalking up LC personal best times in the 100freestyle and 100m backstroke. Henry Maher made the final of the 50m free with ease as did Haydon Thomas  who also put in an excellent LC time in the 100m breast. Amelia Peddle who at just 11 yrs did so well just to qualify for this meet, put in a strong swim in the 100backstroke. At the end of a very long weekend we were then treated to two further exciting races when Henry Maher swum a lc pb in the 200m freestyle as did Marissa Posnett in the 100freestyle winning her heat easily and narrowly missing out on a place in the final by the tiniest margin! Our disability swimmers Emma and James were also in action ahead of the Trials and bought home a collection of Gold and Silver medals between them. Thanks to all swimmers for making it such an  enjoyable if not tiring weekend.  
Bishops Stortford Gala - Braintree
A big well done to all of the 13 swimmers who competed at the Bishops Stortford  Gala over the weekend. From 38 swims we won an amazing 30 medals and acheived 24 pb's!
Big Congratualtions to Amy (smiley) Woloski who took gold in two events - 100IM and 50m free and a further 2nd and two 3rd places in other events. Joesph Aggarwal also took gold in his 50m free plus a further 2nd and 3rd position. Wojceich Serwacki acheived his first Essex time in the 50m free swimming a 29.56 - a pb of 4 secs. Well done to Wojceich and watch out performance squad boys - he is on your tail!!!! Well done to all others who swam and also to Amy Stock- one of our older swimmers who is trying so hard to get back to competitive swimming and had an excellant 200IM even though she was carrying an injury in her knee from the previous race! keep up the Good Work!

Your Club Needs You
Your Committee Needs You
We are now reaching the end of an eventful and jam packed year at an exciting point in the Club’s history. Our two paralympic hopefuls are already warming up for the British Gas Trials in March which will hopefully see them secure their place in the British Team whilst our national and regional swimmers are in action this weekend.
There is a still lots of work to be done to ensure we continue to produce fantastic swimmers, with a Club which supports them, providing the infrastructure they need to succeed.  The Clubs’ AGM is fast approaching and the Committee needs new volunteers and helpers to make 2012 an incredible year for all our swimmers. There are lots of jobs that need to be done, big and small ranging from Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Swim21 Coordinator, and Gala Promoter to media manager and trophy organiser, there is something to suit everyone.
If you feel you have time each month to attend a Committee meeting and help shape the future please consider putting your name forward. If, however, you don’t feel able to make a regular commitment but would be able to take on a specific role for the club or would just like to be more involved please come and have a chat. I will be at Loughton Pool on Sunday 29th January from 5-6pm to answer any questions you may have.
The Committee would especially like parents from the LTS, J, Development and Advanced Development squads to feel they have a voice in how the Committee is run. If your child is in one of these squads please think about coming to join us as your views and opinions will help to determine the future for our young swimmers.
I look forward to meeting with you all.
Kind regards
Jacque Beer
EFDSC Chairperson

British Gas Zonal Champs - Corby 28th/29th Jan 2012

Full details of the above meet are now available on the ASA East Region site at including lists of accepted swimmers and competitor numbers. The sessions start at 9.00am amd 2.30pm and I am assuming that the warm-up is one hour before but cannot find confirmation at the mo! Good luck to all who are competing -see you there!



EFDSC Presentation Evening 14th January 2012
It was great to see so many swimmers and their families at the Annual Presentation Evening last night. A special thank you to Alison Hollis and her team of cooks and helpers for making it a great evening for all to celebrate all the swimming achievements in 2011.  
Change top Essex Champs dates 2012

BLOCK A Basildon
17th Feb
(evening1500 only)
18th Feb& 19th Feb

Block B Braintree
10th March & 11th March
Block C Basildon
30th March
(evening 800 only)
31st March 1st April

Entries must reach Hiliary Thomas no later than 7th January 2011. Please read the entry information carefully before submitting your entry and discuss any queries with your own coach in the first instance.


Christmas Fun Gala 22nd Dec 2011

Well done to all swimmers who competed at last nights Christmas fun gala. An especially big well done to our Junior swimmers who turned out in force, some swimming thier first races in this big pool! Congrats to  'James's Jellyfish' who won on the night, but only just, beating the Masters by 3 points! Big thanks to all who helped out, our loyal team of timekeepers and members of the committee who had lovely warm mince pies ready and waiting for us! Also big thanks to Greg who single-handedly ran the  event, started, judged, refereed, briefed the captains and wore a silly hat throughout! But the biggest thanks of the night must go to Father Christmas who found time in his busy schedule to visit our ducklings!

Just leaves one final thing to say and that is to wish all swimmers and their families a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!


Arena League 10th Dec 2011

Saturday saw the concluding Arena League competition held at the Hatfield Uni pool. Despite a late arrival (the coach taking a detour via Forest Edge!!)  the team were quickly into first gear and both senior swimmers set excellant times in the opening 200IM events. Competing against the top teams in Division 2 it was never going to be an easy win and with a couple of swimmers down we were unable to field the two junior relay teams thus losing valuable points. However never a team to accept defeat our swimmers fought hard in each and very race with some excellant times being achieved, particularly by our middle age group swimmers! As always the climax of the evening were the final two 6 x 2 relays which were exciting and noisy affairs! We managed 6th on the evening which I believe gave us an overall 5th place at the end of the competition. Well done to all who competed over the 3 evenings, those who coached and 'officialed' and of course the parents of our official supporters club!!!!


CLUB CHAMPS UPDATE - 18 November 2011
Sunday 20th November 2011 Club Champs will be the boys 200 free, girls 400 free, boys 50/100 breast. Warm up 5pm

The last Club Champs scheduled for Sunday 11th December will be on thursday 15th December 2011 and will be the boys/girls 400 IM. Warm up sharp 7pm

The changes are due to lack of officials being available on certain dates and the events have been switched as the Sunday session is longer and can accommodate more events. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.  

East Region Winter Meet Sat 4th and Sun 5th December 2011
Full details of confirmed entries, draft programme and schedule times are now available to view on the ASA East Region website at  
Club Gala Runs Like Clockwork - 13 November 2011
Great to see EFDSC swimmers return from the second round of the Arena League Gala with an impressive third place on Saturday night to follow it with a plethora of PBS at our home gala with many of our younger swimmers competing for the first time. Many thanks to all volunteers and officials who made the gala run smoothly and raise valuable funds for the Club  
Killerwhales Winter Open Level 1 - 17th/18th Dec
The club will be entering the above long course meet at Basildon Sporting Village. With many top competitions now moving to long course this is an excellant opportunity to compete in a long course pool and chase County, Regional, Zonal and even National times. Please visit their website for full details at including events and qualifying times. This meet is open to all swimmers 9+ yrs and who are reg Cat 2 members. Any queries please speak with your coach in the first instance. Entries must be submitted on the club form and handed to Hiliary Thomas nolater 6th November. For those of you who have yet to swim at the new Basildon Pool, its a wonderful facility, easily accessible, plenty of free parking and a good cafe.   
Exciting Essex League Round 1 - Sat 22 Oct

A lot of fantastic swims at Pool+Track where Epping secured a fantastic 2nd place in this first round event. All the team swam well, but special mention to Ellen Gillespie who carried on swimming despite being bloodied and bruised from the warm-up. Well done to all. Bring on round 2 (Jan 21) !!


National Inter-counties - Sheffield

Good luck to 3 of our performance squad swimmers Marissa Posnett, Haydon Thomas and Henry Maher who travel to Sheffield this weekend to represent Essex County at the National Inter-counties Competition. We wish the very best to all three, and also to Dave Baker who travels with them in the role of team manager. Best wishes and swim fast!

Stop press- All had excellent swims - Marissa 58.93 100m free, Haydon 1.09.57 100m breast and Henry 54.43 in 100m free. Well done to all!


TROPHY - 17 October 2011
Can you please return any club trophy you won last year to Jo Whiffin after half term so that they can be sent to the engravers for this years winners to be added. Thank you  
National ArenaLeague 2011
National Arena League - First round to Epping!!!
Last night saw Round 1 of the Arena League fought out in style at the Eltham Centre. The atmosphere was electric from the outset and Epping Forest took the lead in the first event when Marissa cruised to an easy win in 200IM and acheived a pb in the process. The following relays bagged some mixed results with the 9 -11 yrs free relays acheiving top 4 places. Both of the older girls relays took easy wins as did the older boys medley team with a superb finish by Freddie. Amelia, swimming in numerous age groups picked up first place in each of her events.Lee took first place in the 100m back bagging a whopping 2 sec pb. Other wins included Lisa and Marissa in their 100m freestyle events and helped Epping to maintain their lead throughout the evening. As always the final relays were all to play for  - the girls strolled to an easy victory to keep us in the running. So it was all down to the last  event the open 6 x50m boys relay. Freddy opened and set Epping up with a good first leg - we knew we had to beat lane 2 to secure first place overall. Places changed with each leg swum and James taking the 5th leg managed to gain ground and move up overtaking lane 2 and hand over to Lee who swam an amazing final length. I actually dont remember where we came but Lane 2 were beaten and we had maintained our first position. Well done to all who competed especially our new younger swimmers who were competing for the first time Olivia, Tierney, Imogen, Finley, George, Samuel and Charlie who all contributed vital points to the overall win. A great team win for all concerned and thanks to Coach Lee, Officials Elsa and Greg and team manager Lisa and Big Dave! I will  leave you with the final comment from our friendly bus driver - 'what a great bunch of kids, well mannered, well behaved - its has been a real pleasure  

Junior Arena Team success - 29 June 2011
The Epping Forest team swam well at Waltham Forest pool and track, winning the 1st place trophy. Well done to all swimmers - and well done to the volunteers who ensured the event ran smoothly !  Team picture  
Essex 2012 Qualifying times....
.... available on Swimmers Resources/County Qualifying times tab above  
EFDSC - Summer gala - thanks! - 20 June 2011

Big congratulations and well done to all swimmers who competed at our own Summer gala yesterday. Thanks to all our officials, coaches  and volunteers who worked hard to make it a very successful day. Well done to Redbridge for taking the 'top visiting club' trophy! But the biggest thanks must go to all the dads who turned up as officials, coaches, volunteers and specatators on fathers day  - we hope you get your rest next weekend!

Results now available by clicking on swimmers resources, results and either individual or meeting.


Essex Champs and Essex Age group 2012
Entry details and qualifying times for the above Championships ahve now been released and will be available on the Essex ASA website and notice board in due course. Coaches have also been fowarded details.
Essex Champs 2011 26th/27th Nov - This will be a long course meet swum at Basildon. QT's are short course and must have been acheived since 1st Oct 2010.
ECASA Age Group champs 2012 - preliminary dates are 17/18th Feb, 3/4th March, 17/18th March 2012. QT's must have been acheived since 20th Jan 2011.
For further details please speak with your coach in the first instance.

Stop Press! National Qualifier! - 21 May 2011
Congratulations to Marissa Posnett, who, we have just heard, has this morning acheived her National qualifying time for 50m freestyle for the second year running. After making a late entry to the Long Course meet in Aldershot she had an amazing start which helped her on her way to swimming a personal best time and National QT. Marissa will now compete at the National Championships to be held in Sheffield late July. Congratulations Marissa we are all very proud of you.  
Mini League 15th May 2011

Wow! What an evening! EFDSC hosted the East London Mini League at Loughton Leisure Centre last night. As always it promised to be a very noisy and exciting affair. Following warm-up  and the lane draw Epping were placed in lane 1 - was this a sign of things to come? After the first 8 races Epping were in third place having acheived two firsts but unfortunately being timefaulted in the Under 10 relay!After 16 races and a couple of DQ's and another time fault we had to be content with sharing 3rd place with Clissold. Again we received several time faults in the third quarter of the competition but this was complimented with a number of high scoring events. At the end of 24 events we had squeezed into 2nd place with 79 points - 11 points behind  Becontree who had lead from the start. The pressure was on! The next few races saw some excellent results for us and some time faults for our opponents - we were getting closer. Entering the last 3 races all was to play for with just 1 point in it  - did we tell the swimmers - no time just go for it! The final event was the 8x1 length relay and we came third - but Becontree had taken 1st. Had we blown it?  No - we had scored higher in the previous two events and the final result declared Epping Forest as the winners by just one point!

What excitment and what a result - very well deserved for this young team of swimmers. Well done to all swimmers you all played a part and without just one of you we would not have won! Swimmer of the evening goes to Michael Sharpe our young J3 swimmer recently moved from J2 who found himself covering for another swimmer and swam in extra events. Well done Michael.Thanks of course to all officials, coaches, parents and our 3 captains who were on duty timekeeping, motivating, counting etc it was good to see you all there


German Open - Berlin - 08 May 2011
James and Emma Hollis competed at the German Open held in Berlin last weekend! Although designated a training camp as part of their preparation ahead of the European Championships both swimmers acheived numerous personal best times, bought home a handful of medals and each broke a British Record, James in 200m butterfly and Emma in the 200m breast stroke. Well done to both and good luck for the European Champs in July!  
East Region Youth Championships
Last weekend saw the East Region Champs held in Norwich. As always this competition proved to be an exceptionally gruelling meet with six sessions over the two days. Competition was strong with East Region having some of the toughest qualifying times in the country. EFDSC had 8 swimmers competing in 30 events plus 3 relays. Individually swimmers found the going tough but still managed to acheive 18 personal best times, break 10 club records, swim 7 finals and bring home one bronze medal. As always the relays were exciting and our very young teams did extremely well alongside their older fellow competitiors. As always a big well done to all!
Our younger swimmers will compete at the East Region Bagcats in June and we wish them all a successful Championship.

Redbridge Sprint Meet 23/24 April

Lots of medals were won this weekend at Redbridge, Alice Wang won 4 including 1 gold and 1 bronze, Chloe Ward won 7 including 2 silver and 2 bronze, Connor won 4 including 1 silver and 2 bronze, Bentley won 3 including 1 bronze, Amelia won 3 gold and 2 silver, Sasha won 3 including 1 silver.  Emma Neil 1 medal, Joe Farley 1 medal, Evie Foster 2 medals and Danny Wilson-Kelsey 1 medal.  The team including James Wakefield, Imogen Jones, Charlie Tompkins, Molly Watson, Deana Levy, Joe Aggarwal, Zac Foster, Fraser Barclay, Harry Barnett and  Oliver Simmonds all swam well with lots of pb's achieved.


A busy weekend for EFDSC swimmers.....

EFDSC swimmers were in action across the country over the weekend.

Amelia Peddle competed at the UEA Norwich pre-Easter meet and picked up a large handful of medals including 4 gold 2 silver and a bronze. This medal tally and her outstanding performance also securred her the top girl award in the 9/10 year age group. Definately one to watch for the future!

A group of pre-perforamnce and performance swimmers took themselves off to the refurbished Crystal Palace to get in some Long Course experience ahead of the Regional Championships and still managed to come away with a number of excellant pb's and top 3 places for Marissa and Henry.

Emma and James Hollis travelled to Sheffield to take part in the IPC International Champs. Emma, still on the road to recovery following her broken ankle took 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze and smashed the European qualifying times  in the 200IM and 400 free in the S8 catergory. James swimming in the S10 classification alongside the World and European record holders pulled off two bronze medals in the 100m back and 100m fly. Although swimming a 1.01.4 in the 100m fly this was not enough to secure an individual qualifying time, but did secure him a place on the senior relay team. The European Champs will be held in Berlin in July.

Well done to all!


Essex Counties - Final results! - 27 March 2011
Congratulations to all swimmers who were in action again over the weekend! Final results are now available on the ASA Essex website and club report is currently being prepared. Overall the club came in an excellant 9th place out of the 26 Essex clubs taking part. Perforamce squad swimmers acheived top six placings in their age groups - Henry Maher 3rd with 61 points, Lee Baker 4th with 60 points (oh so close), Hayden Thomas 5th with 28 points Marissa Posnett 3rd with 53 points, Andraea Posnett 6th with 20 points and Pre performance swimmer Amelia Peddle who was 3rd with  1671 Bagcat Points.   
NO SWIMMING - 05 April 2011
Please note there will be no morning swimming on the two Monday bank holidays in May (25th and 30th).  
German Open - Berlin - 04 April 2011
Congratulations to James and Emma Hollis who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the German Open in Berlin later this month. We wish you every success!  
Junior Swimming League

Many thanks for the swimmers who turned up last night - we came 4th with many good swims.  Well done to our younger swimmers, some of them participating in their first gala.  Results will be on the database asap.

Left on poolside were a pair of clear lens, blue frame slazenger goggles, if these are your please let Suzanne Peddle 01992 815103 know. 


ASA East Region Youth Champs -
Closing date now extended to Monday 11th April for those competing at Crystal Palace - please pass to Hilary Thomas. The East Region Champs will take place on Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May 2011. (Boys 15yrs plus and girls 14 yrs plus - age as at 12th June 2011) Full details can be found on ASA East Region website. Entries should be submitted on the club form and reach Alison Hollis no later than Sunday 3rd April 2011. No entries will be processed unless they are accompanied by the correct entry fee. Cheques should be made payable to EFDSC.   
Apologies for no session
Sincere apologies to all swimmers who arrived at Bancrofts Friday 25th March to find that the session was cancelled. This was due to a school event taking place. Hope to see such a good turn out next Friday  
Essex Counties - block B - 18 March 2011
EFDSC swimmers were in action again competing at Essex Block B over the weekend. Between them they acheived 22 top 6/finals positions with top 3 medals going to Lee Baker silver 50m back and 50m free bronze 200 free, Henry gold 50m free bronze 50m back, haydon gold 50 breast and silver 200m breast, and Marissa silver 50 breast. Other top 6 places were acheived by Jenna VB, Katie Whiffin, James Hollis, Freddy Cassford, Amelia Peddle, Alice Wang Lisa Waite and Chloe Annabelle Ward.  This performance will undoubtably move the Club up the points board but this info is not available at the time of writing.Well done to all swimmers and coaches and of course the loud parents in the gallery!  
DSE National Junior Championship - Sheffield - 28 February 2011
Congratulations to James Hollis who became the DSE National Junior Champion after competing in the short course competition in Sheffield over the weekend. James, competing as part of the East Region Junior Team under the East Region (and EFDSC) head coach Lee Richards won the title for the third year running  and East Region Team also retained the overall title for the 3rd year.
Congratulations also to Emma Hollis (EFDSC and Loughborough) who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic World Cup to be held in Manchester in May this year.

Big Congratulations to ................
Henry Maher, Lee Baker, Freddy Cassford, Hayden Thomas, James and Emma Hollis, Marissa Posnett, Lisa Waite and Alice Wang who competed at the first ever Midland Region Zonal Long Course Meet held in Corby over the weekend. Swimmers acheived a wealth of personal best times but the highlight of the weekned came in the 50m freestyle where Henry Maher acheived a reserve place in the junior final. On the announcement of a withdrawal from the final Henry found himself in a swim off to secure the final place. Acheiving a further personal best time in this swim-off he once more matched his fellow competitor and a further swim off was required. This proved one 50m too much for our Henry who saw the final position go to the other swimmer . However following a further wihdrawal the 8th place was his! Although unable to improve on his 25.36 in the final Henry secured a qualifying time for the British Champs to be held in Manchester in March .This is the first time and Epping Swimmer has swam at this level of competition since .....well I just cant remember when! Hayden Thomas also made his mark when the starting equipment in his lane failed and he then swam the 100m breast stroke alone - still managing to achieve a personal best time. Lisa Waite and Alice Wang represented the younger end of the squad with Lisa acheiving excellant personal best times in the 50m and 100m free and Alice competing in her first LC competition set excellant times in the  200m fly and 400IM events. Our MD swimmers James  and Emma Hollis acheived a range of personal best times and bought home a variety of medals from the multi-disability events. Well done to all who swam - our little club once more proving they deserve to be competing alongside the big boys!  
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