Seven swimmers from EGSC have just completed a great weekend's competition at the annual Crawley Not So Early Bird LC Meet at K2.

The swimmers achieved 100% LC pb's, 19 CQT's and 3 Regional QT's - a fantastic result.

Leading the way was Abby Jackson who competed in the 100m fly, 200m fly, 100m back and 100m free.
Abby swam superbly over the weekend achieving a Reg QT in the 100 fly and finished in the top 3 in her age group in all her events.

Becky Frost had a busy weekend with 5 swims which included an impressive 1.04.88 in the 100m free and 3.05.78 in the 200m breast.

Club Captain Lenny Kent competed strongly in her favourite 50m sprint events in free and fly and the 100m free achieving solid LC pb's.

Others gaining some valuable long course experience were Charlotte Alexander, Dylan Page and Jake Newman.
Charlotte swam with her usual commitment and enthusiasm and achieved CQt's in the 100m back, 100m free and 200 back.

Both Dylan and Jake swam in the 100m free and achieved solid CQT's.

It was nice to see Jake back in the competition pool following his recent shoulder injury and swimming well.
Lastly it was great to have Luke Stacey swimming with us at K2 and achieving CQT's and RQT's in both the 100m and 50m free.

In all a great weekend and a real pleasure to watch and support our young swimmers.

Well done guys.
Paul Blyth Head Coach

New Head Coach Appointed

It is with great pleasure that I can finally introduce you to the new Head Coach of East Grinstead Swimming Club:

Paul Blyth will join us from Monday the 29th July but has already started to work with some of our committee members and coaches.

Many of our older swimmers and parents of those swimmers will already recognise or know Paul.  I am sure he will find time to introduce himself to you all as he settles into his role here with us.

I fully expect that there will be a few changes as Paul has experience as a coach in a larger club but we also benefit from his experiences as a parent of swimmers who achieved extremely high standards.

I am very confident that you will enjoy Paul's coaching style and methods. Some of our swimmers have already seen him in action.

Please do take the time to say Hello to Paul before and after the sessions and make him feel as welcome as he can be.

Welcome Paul. It's a pleasure to have you with us.

Robyn Petitt 
Congratulations to EGSC club swimmer Robyn Petitt who has just been selected to compete for England - yes ENGLAND! in the ISF World Schools Track and Field Cup in Sokolov Czech Republic. She leaves on 22nd June. Robyn is ranked 4th IN THE WORLD as an under 20 highjumper. She recently jumped 1.80m for the oldies out there, that's 5ft 9"!

Robyn Petitt Jumping at Loughborough

On Sunday 19th May, Robyn Petitt was jumping as a guest athlete at Loughborough International.  The event is used as a springboard to the Outdoor Season by many international athletes.

Robyn did really well, coming 2nd amongst the International Guests. There was a total of 10 jumpers in the competition (5 internationals and 5 guests). Robyn came 4th out of the whole field, which was incredible, especially as she beat the Olympian Katrina Johnson-Thompson - that was the cherry on the cake.

Take a look at the pictures below of Robyn clearing 1.74.

East Grinstead Swimming Club 100 Years Celebrations


2012 saw the centenary of the East Grinstead Swimming Club. Celebrations started one weekend in May of that year when the club held the ' Big Swim' where club members were tasked with swimming 100 miles in 50 hours in the town's High Street. What a great start to the celebrations.

They continued on the evening of Saturday 5th January 2013 when the Club held a party at the Jubilee Centre in the town. The hall was decorated with balloons of the old club colours of blue and gold together with the current colours of black and silver as well as a display board depicting the history of the club over the past 100 years. This was collated by Allan Rees starting with pictures of the town's outdoor pool in1912 for men only, through to the life-saving division and then the spin-off of the Tadpoles (Swimming for Disabled) which is now run separately.

The event was attended by both past and present members including swimmers and parents alike, some spanning across 3 generations within one family. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet 'old' friends and colleagues and share memories. Allan spoke of his time with the club, and its history, followed by Clive Mattock, who held the Chair for 10 years from mid-nineties. Several star swimmers from this era attended the evening, with their families, and this was the time when the Club performed at the highest league level of its existence. Finally, the future was outlined by current Chair, Paul Crowther, who had organised the Big Swim, mentioned earlier, and whose words he had very eloquently put into verse.

I would like to thank all those involved in its organisation as well as all those who came along to make the event such a success. The club is now looking forward to the next 25 years and another reason to celebrate.

Jenny Herbert – Club President

Sainsbury's makes a Donation to EGSC




EGSC were delighted to welcome representatives from Sainsbury's in East Grinstead on Friday 30th November at our third night of Club Championships.

Sainsbury's have awarded the a Community Grant of £250. These grants are made by Sainsbury's to charities and charitable organisations which promote healthy eating and active lifestyles in the community. That's definitely EGSC then.

The money granted will be put towards new joiners club t-shirts and will feature the Sainsbury's logo to recognise their support.

Paul Crowther - Club Chairmant thanked Sainsbury's East Grinstead for their generosity and support which they have given to EGSC on two occasions in 2012, our very significant Centenary year.

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Proporta, sponsors of The Big Swim have given East Grinstead Swimming Club members a 20% discount on anything ordered through our website.  Proporta make all kind of everyday cases and waterproof cases for iphones, Blackberries, Kindle readers and ipads.  Take a look at their website and protect your equipment from the sea, sand and swimming pool.  Enter the code MOOLAH at the checkout for your discount.

EGSC would like to thank the Gatwick Airport Community Trust for their grant of £1000.00 which we have been given to help us with some ongoing projects.

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