Hoylake Team Promoted in 2019 Arena League!

The final club event of 2019, Division One, Arena League Final. Once again Hoylake SC fired up the coach and travelled up the M6 to race in Kendal. We all knew this was going to be difficult, we were up against some strong teams with some exceptional individual athletes, but did we back away from the challenge? That’s not the Hoylake way.

As I said last time, to mention any one swimmer would be totally unjust. We are all part of the Hoylake Team and family. Everyone swam fantastically well, I mentioned before the Gala started to the swimmers, swim your best that’s all I can ask for, and that’s what I got. 50 events were every swimmer gave 110%.

As pointed out last time this squad of swimmers we have at the moment is the best I’ve seen for many years. To get everyone to Cheshires would be a dream, relays would be awesome but never mind I can but dream, but to be involved with this group of athletes is an honour for me you make me feel so proud.

Many thanks to all our judges: Angie Taylor and Shane Gidman, to Elaine Armstrong and Paula Corley, for being outstanding on poolside, ensuring all swimmers needs were catered for. We do have the best poolside team, there is no doubt about that at all.

To our amazing supporters on the balcony I know Kendal is not around the corner and we lose most of a day, but it was wonderful to see so many of you up there. It really does give us all a tremendous boost, so thank you again, as always for all your support.

The final word as always goes to all our swimmers, not just the swimmers who raced tonight but to each and every swimmer who trains and races for our fantastic club, we are blessed with so many talented athletes. Well done to you all.

A great night of racing and a superb result for Hoylake, finishing Third was probably a true reflection, with a couple of tight finishes going our way perhaps second. So, let’s get ready for Blackpool or Macclesfield
because we have been PROMOTED.

Well Done to everyone, an outstanding team effort.

So, that’s it. Christmas is upon us again. Last event Novelty Gala 22nd December, I hope you are all
See you at the pool. Thanks

2019 Peninsula Championships Overview

Hello everyone,
Just a little note to keep you informed about our exploits at the final weekend at the Peninsular Galas. We had 174 individual swims which produced 125 PB’s (over 66%). Our medal haul was 54 Gold, 31 Silver and 25 Bronze. We had representation from Blues down to our Silver Group and everyone performed with great authority.
I’m sure for some of our younger swimmers it was quite nervous, but from my position, they swam as if they were seasoned swimmers so well done to you all. The objective at these galas for the younger swimmers is to get race experience and also try to transfer all the work from a training environment to race conditions. It’s a shame everyone didn’t see them try to or accomplish those objectives.
These galas and also the Wirral Metro Meet next weekend fall perfectly towards the end of the qualifying window for County Championships, I would like to congratulate the following swimmers on achieving the standard, and therefore able to compete at the competitions in January 2020.
Lucas Horton 400IM, Ilona Thomas-Jenkins 400IM & 200IM, Issy Cundall 400IM, Christopher Jamieson 100m Breaststroke, Millie McKeown 50m & 200m Breaststroke, Tay Wade 200IM, Emily French 200IM & 200m Breaststroke, Izzy Taylor 200IM, Marcus Thornton 50m Freestyle, Drew Woodward-Booth 100m Butterfly, Tash McDonnell 100 Freestyle, Emma Bayley 100m Freestyle, Orla Smout 200m Breaststroke.
If I have missed any I apologise.
We are now up to nearly 60 swimmers with qualifying times for Cheshire and Lancashire County Championships, which is the largest contingent of athletes we have had for many years. Hopefully next weekend we will get a few more qualifiers.
I would like to thank everyone who competed this weekend, we had many swimmers who are within touching distance of qualifying for Counties and many of these athletes are competing next weekend at the Wirral Metro meet, hopefully, the outcome will be positive.
I would like to thank Natalie and Sam who also gave up their time this weekend, we all have busy lives but it is great to see the swimmers you coach perform at so well at galas.