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PASC Success at SU Autumn Qualifying Gala

Posted on 15th October 2018

Congrats to 7 PASC swimmers who competed in last weekend’s Swim Ulster Qualifying Gala. 5 podium places achieved: Daniel 3rd 200m back, Lillie-Mae 1st 50m & 3rd 100m fly, Ross 2nd 50m & 200 breast. In addition, 6 x top 6 final places were achieved by Daniel, Hannah, LM & Ross. Well done to everyone on your PBs👏.  This is a recognition of the long course training these swimmers have been putting in.

 

Big splash for PTL Team

Posted on 9th October 2018

The PTL team were AWAY to Lecale last Saturday for their first gala of the season.  PASC were greeted with a warm welcome by their hosts and the atmosphere was one of fun and teamwork.  Lots of races at the event meant many got to swim, with some swimming 50m for the first time at a gala. Our thanks to Lecale and all parent volunteers.  Lecale 512 V PASC 629.  The 2nd PTL gala will be HOME to Coleraine on 3rd Nov so be sure to keep training over the mid-term break! Well done everyone.

Forest Feast Aquasprint Dates 2018-2019 season

Posted on 21st September 2018

The full Calendar will be published in the next few days, but here’s the all important Forest Feast Aquasprint dates for the season ahead.

  1. Sat 19th Jan 2019: AWAY to Lurgan
  2. Sat 30th Mar 2019: AWAY to Larne
  3. Sat 13th Apr 2019: HOME to City of Belfast
  4. Sat 4th May 2019: HOME to Breifne
  5. Fri 7th Jun 2019: VENUE TBC – Aquasprint Finals Gala

The annual 4-way Arthur McDonald Novice gala between Newry & Mourne, Armagh, Lurgan and Portadown takes place on Sat 3rd Nov 2018 at Newry Leisure Centre, and this gala is for all Aquasprint aged swimmers aged 8-11 – some conditions apply, and further details will be posted soon.

Mini Waterpolo Kicks off at PASC

Posted on 17th September 2018

It was all fun and games at Cascades on Saturday when PASC had it’s first water polo session, which was overseen by the Club’s newly qualified mini water polo Coaches.  Our thanks to Ian for leading this initiative and it was clear everyone had a great time.   Mini water polo will continue each Sat 9.00 -10.00 (Except for gala days).  If you are over 13 and interested in learning water polo skills please just register your interest at the club desk.

Olympic Park Training for PASC Swimmers

Posted on 17th September 2018

On 15th – 17th September, a selected team of 23 swimmers from Ulster Schools attended a 3-day training camp in the London Aquatic Centre.   We are proud of 3 PASC swimmers below who qualified: Anna, Daniel & Megan who trained hard, met new friends and had a great swimming experience.  Pictures posted on the club facebook page. Well done!

PASC make big splash at Big Bay Festival

Posted on 10th September 2018

Well done to everyone who took part in Swim Ulster’s Open Water “Big Bay Festival” which was enjoyed by many swimmers and coaches.  We hope to see you at more events in the future.  Congratulations PASC.

Thursday Swimming New Times

Posted on 5th September 2018

Starting this week on Thursday 6th Sep 2018 we will have a new time for Thursday evening swimming and we are trialling a new format which will hopefully lead to consistency across the whole year vs the split model we had before (PTL Jan to Sep; Aquasprint Jan to Jun).

PTL aged swimmers (born 2006 or older) and in Red, Blue, Silver & Gold squads should swim from 5:30-6:30pm, hopefully straight after you’ve done your land training from 4:30-5:15pm. Older swimmers not able to make the earlier session will be accommodated as best as possible during the 6:30-7:30pm session when we have more pool space.

Aquasprint aged swimmers (born 2010 to 2007) who have already competed in Aquasprint galas during 2017-2018 season should swim from 6:30-7:30 starting this week. For those still fairly new your coaches will speak to you over the next few weeks and advise you when to start attending. Aquasprint aged swimmers should only swim in the 6:30-7:30 session as we have limited lane space for older swimmers at 5:30-6:30.

Angelfish – new time of 7:00-7:30pm

Goldfish – new time of 7:30-8:00pm

These changes get everyone home and off to bed a little bit earlier, allowing time to get homework finished earlier, spellings all learnt and ready for 10/10 on Friday 🙂

Please bear with us while we work through these changes to ensure that as many swimmers as possible can swim all year on a Thursday evening.

Land Training Starts Thur 13th Sep 2018

Posted on 4th September 2018

Building on the enthusiasm & success of last season’s land training we are again running with it this season, starting next week on Thursday 13th Sep 2018.

These sessions are open to ALL LARGE POOL SWIMMERS from Yellow to Gold squad and are an excellent supplement to our swimming sessions building core strength, flexibility, co-ordination skills, all round fitness and of course some fun 🙂

Please register at the desk on Wed night, and again there will be a small charge to be paid in advance for the term until Christmas.

Water Polo – Coming Soon

Posted on 3rd September 2018

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Following on from the survey completed last season by parents and swimmers it has been decided to introduce Mini-Polo to the PASC training schedule with the aim of playing internal competitions, friendly matches against other clubs and also enter teams in tournaments.

The benefits of mini polo are well documented and include improving fitness and watermanship, promotes team skills, development including flexibility, cardio-vascular fitness and motor skills, strength, and also teaches game strategy, techniques and tactics amongst other things.

The intention is to use 1 hour of the existing Saturday sessions (9 – 10am) starting at the end of September – date TBC. Normal swim training will continue during this period for swimmers not wishing to learn mini polo.

We need to know numbers of swimmers who wish to learn this exciting new sport. Whilst Mini Polo is for ages up to 13 we would welcome older swimmers who could learn water polo skills. To that end there will be list on the desk on the first club night back on Wednesday 5th September. This interested please put their name down.  In addition any parent/swimmer not able to attend can register interest with any of the club coaches.

Cathal Brugha Water Polo Promotional YouTube Video

12 Reasons to play Mini Polo

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PASC Achieve Clubmark!

Posted on 27th November 2017

On 22nd November 2017, Swim Ireland invited PASC’s Head Coach, Conor McKeown, to attend their Annual Awards’ Ceremony in Co. Mayo. This event recognised the 2016 Olympians, International Swimmers and other worthy winners, which included PASC.

Clubmark is a quality standard for sports clubs which PASC has been accredited with having evidenced compliance in the areas of club management, coaching, competition, safety and safeguarding.

Only a small number of swim clubs in Ulster have achieved the clubmark accreditation. This award belongs to all of us – to our swimmers for their hard work and commitment, to the parents who encourage and support them, to the Cascades team for their positive partnership with PASC and to our parent volunteers who without, we simply would not have a club for all our swimmers to enjoy.

The hard work doesn’t stop here! We now need to maintain and strive to improve this standard.  Congratulations to you all! #wearepasc