DSS-GB Results from 4th European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships 2017

Paris, October – November 2017

Best Team– GBR (43 Medals)

Top Male Swimmer (T21) – Billy Birchmore

Top Female Swimmer (Mosaic) – Ellen Stephenson

Roll of Honour Medallists

Billy Birchmore – Gold 200 Free, Gold 50 Back, Gold 100 Back, Gold 200 Medley, Gold 100 Free, Gold 200 Back, Gold 100 IM, Gold 50 Free.

Ellen Stephenson – Gold 50 Back, Gold 200 Free, Gold 100 Back, Gold 100 Free, Gold 50 Free, Gold 100IM, Bronze 50 Fly.

Caroline Faithfull – Gold 800 Free, Silver 200 Free, Silver 200 Back, Bronze 100 Free.

Alex Edwards – Gold 50 Fly, Silver 50 Back, Silver 200 Free, Silver 100 Free

Florence Garrett – Gold 50 Back, Silver 100 Back

Mark Holmes – Silver 400 Medley, Bronze 50 Back

Andy Banks – Silver 800 Free

Steve Boyce – Bronze 100 Free

Will Reed – Bronze 200 Breast

Zac Lacey – Bronze 100 Fly

Kathryn Martin – Bronze 200 Back

Relays

Male 4x200 Free Gold (Birchmore, Banks, Holmes, Boyce)

Female 4x200 Free Gold (Sullivan, Faithfull, McCrindle, Martin)

Male 4x100 Medley Gold (Birchmore, Holmes, Lacey, Boyce)

Male 4x100 Free Gold (Birchmore, Banks, Boyce, Holmes)

Mixed 4x50 Free Silver (Boyce, Faithfull, Martin, Birchmore)

Male 4x50 Medley Silver (Birchmore, Holmes, Lacey, Boyce)

Female 4x100 Free Silver (McCrindle, Sullivan, Faithfull, Martin)

Male 4x50 Free Silver (Boyce, Lacey, Holmes, Birchmore)

Female 4x50 Free Silver (Rudd-Jones, Faithfull, Sullivan, Martin)

Mixed 4x50 Medley Bronze (Rudd-Jones, Lacey, Reed, Faithfull)

Female 4x50 Medley Bronze (Bocking, Garrett, Martin, Faithfull)

Autumn Training Camp

Alnwick, October 2017

What a wonderful weekend! A big thank you to Neil McDonnell and family for arranging such a great event. The taxi service was much appreciated. Also big thanks to the coaches who do such a marvellous job for the whole team.

An extra special thank you to our guest coach Nick Gillingham who showed the team his Olympic medals and gave the swimmers an inspirational talk. This means so much to our team and will inspire them to reach their goals in the upcoming European Championship.

Last but not least a big thank you to the new swimmers. Welcome, we’re glad to have you and all the parents new and old who support all the swimmers.

21st September 2017 Breaking News!!

UKSA have agreed this morning in, conjunction wit DSS-GB, to send a team to the INAS World Swimming Championships in Mexico between 27th November and 4th December.  Furthermore they have allocated  a para development officer to work with DSS-GB. This makes us part of a structure with many bodies in the UK and abroad and gives us a fantastic voice for Down syndrome swimming in para sports.
UKSA have gained an extension for entry and a possible reduction on criteria for Down syndrome swimmers but no change on qualification times.
We hope you can see this is a massive step forward in our aim to get our swimmers where they rightly belong – in the Paralympics.

DSS-GB Qualifying Times for the World Championships Released

The 9th DSISO World Swimming Championships will be taking place in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada between 21/07/2018 till 26/07/2018.

The above times are DSS-GB qualifying and consideration times for the World Championships in Canada July 2018. The qualification times are the standard we would expect you to achieve as a DSS-GB squad member wishing to attend. These are harder times than the event published times. The competition is a five day competition and we require you to participate in at least one event per day which means you will need a minimum of five qualification times in order to be part of the selection process for the team. If you have achieved consideration times the Coaches will consider this time as part of the selection process at the time of naming the team.

The programme is on the DSISO website and you will see that there are also 25 metre races. 25 metre races are for junior swimmers only (16 and under on the first day of competition). If you do choose the races as a junior you will be restricted to further types of events you can compete in at the Championships. The details of the junior qualification process is on the DSISO website and I would suggest you discuss this with the coaches if you are unsure.

The qualification timeframe is currently 1/10/2017 until 1/6/2018 although this could be subject to change as we may well bring this forward due to the organisation logistics after we have named the team. If you are anyway confused or want help please contact either Neil, Steve, Andrea or Sandra.

The GBR Squad for the DSISO Europeans has been announced

Down Syndrome Swimming GB (DSS-GB) are pleased to announce their squad for the forthcoming Down Syndrome European Championships in Paris from 30-10-17 to 03-11-17

Congratulations to the following swimmers for their superb efforts:

Fiona Dawson – South Ayrshire Swim Team

Laura Logan – South Ayrshire Swim Team

Cerys McCrindle – South Ayrshire Swim Team

Chris Mcdonnell – Alnwick Dolphins

Ellen Stephenson – Newcastle Swim Team

Andy Banks – Nova Centurion

Steven Boyce – Worcester Special Olympics

Alex Edwards – Bristol Sharks

Clare Crawford – Nova Centurion

Caroline Faithfull – Reading Cygnets

Holly Sullivan – Swindon ASC

Rebecca Turner – Gloucester City SC

Billy Birchmore – Sharks SC of Mottingham

Holly Bocking – Colchester Phoenix

William Browning – Harrogate

Mark Holmes – Colchester Phoenix

Zac Lacey – Seaclose SC

Jack Lyons – Sharks SC of Mottingham

William Lake – Harrogate

William Roberts – City of Peterborough Special Olympics

Stephane Rouyer-Brown – Runnymeade SC

Jemima Rudd-Jones – RTW Monson

Will Reed  – LBHSC

Thomas Raddings – Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics

Jake Vicars – Harrogate

Helen Thompson – Colchester Phoenix

Florence Garrett –  Skopje/LDSC

Sarah Shutt – Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics

Harry Humphries – Bristol Sharks

Kathryn Martin – Bracknell and Wokingham SC

Lizzie Allen – Electric Eels/Alton SC

DSS-GB would like to convey a huge thankyou to all the clubs mentioned and the hard work the coaches have carried out in order to get the swimmers to Paris. The journey has begun #roadtoparis.

Spring Training Camp

Nottingham, April 2017

The GB coaching team were delighted to welcome 31 swimmers to the training camp in Nottingham this April. There were plenty of “old hands” amongst the swimmers to help get the new swimmers organised and to help them to join in. Saturday started with a land training session. The swimmers will all receive copies of the exercises so they can practise at home.

There was a great pool session later in the afternoon with time trials for those wanting times for the European Championships in Paris. We all then headed off to the pub for a meal and some social time for both swimmers and carers alike.

An early start on Sunday for another session in the pool. Each individual swimmer ended the camp with things to work on to improve their performance. There were a lot of snoozy swimmers on the way home on Sunday. Luckily we had Bank holiday Monday to get over it.

With enormous thanks to the coaching team for their dedication and commitment to the swimmers and to Team Manager, Keith Banks, for all his hard work in organising the event.

Our Coaches are Amazing Too!

GB Coach Andrea Manson was unable to join her swimmers for the DSSF event in Southampton. She was busy back at home in Dumfries and Galloway collecting TWO coaching awards. One was was for Disability Coach of the Year, for the work she does with the local swimming club. The second was Performance Coach of the Year for her work with Team GB.

Andrea is a really popular and dedicated member of the GB coaching team and is much loved and respected by swimmers and careers alike. These awards are really well deserved. Congratulations Andrea!

 

DSSF European Down Syndrome Swimming Competition

Southampton, April 2017

The Down Syndrome Swimming Federation always organise a fabulous celebration of European competition. This year was no exception. Swimmers attended from countries such as Russia, Estonia, Spain and Sweden as well as England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The competition was fierce!

PBs were set, records tumbled, old friends met up and new friendships were made. There was intense rivalry in the water and great camaraderie poolside. New international alliances were forged when making up the relay teams.

All the swimmers from DSS-GB, their supporters, families and carers would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Sue Barker and her team for yet another fantastic event. This event is always really well organised and efficiently run. One of the highlights of the Down syndrome swimming calendar.

 

The squad with Mike Goody.

There was quite a lot of

 bother on the hover.

Winter Training Camp

Isle of Wight, January 2017

A fantastic, fun filled training camp was held which 26 swimmers attended.  A huge thank you goes to coaches Neil and Nicola Lacey for organising it. Despite being given only a week’s notice that the pool they had booked was unavailable, they managed to organise alternative venues to keep the team busy for the weekend.

It meant that we all had a day trip to the Isle of Wight where a school gym and a local pool were made available for land training and swimming coaching. It certainly added to the excitement of the weekend. The swimmers all enjoyed the land training with a former member of Team GB before heading off to the pool. The GB coaches worked them hard and made sure every swimmer went home knowing what they needed to focus on to improve their performance.

We had a really sociable evening meal in a local restaurant where the swimmers, parents and carers met up with old friends and made some new. It was a very tired group that headed back over to Portsmouth on the hovercraft that evening.

With no pool available for Sunday morning despite Neil’s best efforts, some kind volunteers took the swimmers bowling whilst the parents held a meeting about the aspirations for the organisation and the plans for the coming year.

Top of the bill was a fabulous, inspirational talk by Mike Goody, a multi gold winning medallist from the Invictus Games who is also an ambassador for the STA. Find out more about him here.

Mike told us his story and the many challenges he had overcome to pursue his love of swimming despite a devastating injury received whilst serving in Afghanistan. He spent a lot of time answering the (many) questions from the audience and stayed afterwards for some great one to one chats with the swimmers. They all share the dream of meeting up again at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.