Friday newsletter 21 April 2017

Back to training as usual this week, after last weekend’s four-day egg-eating extravaganza. There’s still plenty of pool time left to work off the chocolate, before the Cormorants Summer Sprints in a month’s time.

13 May: Chichester Swimathon
It’s not too late to enter: we’re still looking for swimmers to help defend the two titles Cormorants won last year. This is a fun event and a good challenge, which also raises money for the club. If you’d like to be part of a team, you can email team manager Phil at, or sign up at the swim desk tonight. (See the earlier post from 19 April for more information about the Swimathon.)

20 May: Cormorants Summer Sprint Championships, Churchers College
Doors open at 18.00, warm-up starts at 18.15. This is one of the two club championships each year. There are going to be 50 metre sprints for every stroke, plus skins for the top six under-14s and open.

If you’ve been before, you’ll know that this is a lot of fun, as well as an ideal environment for new or nervous swimmers to dip a toe in the water of competition. As a competitive club, we ask every swimmer to be at this meet unless it’s really impossible to get there. Masters, there’s a category for you too. There will be entry forms at the club desk tonight.

27-28 May: Vanessa Knight open meet, Arun Leisure Centre
This is a level 3 meet for swimmers aged 9+, which means it’s suitable for just about all Cormorants. (If you don’t have an entry time for the event you want to do, you just write NT on the entry form.)

The races available are 50 metres for all strokes, 100 metres individual medley, and a 200 metres freestyle for anyone who wants to test their stamina a bit. We’ll post a link to entry details nearer the time.

10-11 June: Swim Out Of Your Skin meet, Waterlooville
Another level 3 meet, so again ideal for Cormorants swimmers. This one has a friendly vibe and last year was really well organised. We’d like to have a decent-sized group of swimmers at SWOOYS, which offers a rare chance to record times over longer distances.

There are 50, 100 and 200 metre races for all strokes, 100 and 200 metre medley, plus – a rare treat for the distance freaks – 400 freestyle. Darren will be poolside for the 400 metre freestyle session on Saturday, Paul on Sunday. Again, a link for entries will appear a bit nearer the time.

A loud thank-you to West Sussex County Council Community Initiative Fund, which has allocated Cormorants £1,900 for the purchase of portable race-meet-standard starting blocks. (Well done and thanks, too, to Matt and Gemma Clive, who did the work to get this funding.)

The blocks can be retro-fitted to the basic ones at Westgate, so swimmers will now have the chance to train on the same type of ledge-and-wedge blocks used at various race meets. Coming soon, to a training session near you.

The club would like to hold a raffle at the Summer Sprints: if you have anything suitable you’d like to donate as a prize, please bring it along to the club desk on a Friday night. It doesn’t have to be a gold bar or a trip to Paris – though feel free – just something you’d be pleased to win yourself. Every donation gratefully received.

Thanks to everyone who changed their standing order details promptly after the fee changes earlier this year.

There are still a few members who haven’t managed to do this. As well as affecting the club’s finances, arrears create a lot of work for Nicki, our volunteer treasurer. Being treasurer is a tough enough job anyway – if you haven’t yet changed your standing order, please, show Nicki some love and get it done this month.


About Paul Mason

Back when the Cold War was hot and Gloria Estefan just couldn't stop that salsa beat, Paul was national junior breaststroke champion and record holder. These days, he's a Masters swimmer and coach at Chichester Cormorants. Also author of 'Swim Better, Swim Faster' (Bloomsbury 2014) and 'Swimming for Triathlon and Open Water' (Bloomsbury 2017), plus a bunch of children's books.
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