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PASC success at Irish Minor Schools Gala 2018

Posted on 12th February 2018

8 of the 11 PASC swimmers who qualified for this national event travelled to the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin. All swimmers represented their schools & club with distinction and PBs, while three made finals: Leon 10th in freestyle, Jessica 6th and Hannah 4th in the butterfly events in their respective age groups. Role modelling to their younger siblings were Lillie-May and Ellen who volunteered at the event. Another very proud day in a great season so far… Well done everyone!

PASC win Division 3 PTL League

Posted on 12th February 2018

Wow! What a way to end the PTL season?!

Last week we knew that so far this season both Limavady and PASC were unbeaten and who ever won the gala on Saturday would win Division 3 of the PTL League.  Results are one thing but I don’t think any of us could have anticipated the thrilling and exciting gala the swimmers performed for us?!

After 52 races, neither team went more than 4 points ahead.  Our announcer informed us there were 4 front crawl relay races left which would likely decide the winner.   The 53rd race, our C Girls won, 54th race Limavady Boys C won – even again. Then the 55th race, our D girls won which meant PASC was 4 points ahead.   So it was all down to the last 56th race… if Limavady won, it would be a draw and I don’t think anyone would have complained with that result.  That outcome would probably mean to win the division would be determined by the points gained from all galas this season.

Up stepped the D boys:  Matthew Walsh got off to a good start and kept it even, followed by Darragh Guy, followed by Niall Heasty….there was nothing in it.  Everyone in the gallery and poolside were screaming. The last swimmer for PASC, Daniel Vennard stepped up against Limavady’s Division 1 Swimmer…the first length was still even, both swimmers turned for the last length, everyone’s heart rate increased as did the noise in Cascades!  They swam their heart out and in the end PASC’s Daniel’s fingertip reached the finish line to secure a win for PASC: PASC 576 V Limavady 568.  Congratulations to our PTL squad, we are very proud of you J #teamwork in action!

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the gala possible.  A particular mention to the swimmers who delayed their travel plans to the Irish Minor Schools gala in Dublin so they could swim for their club.  A number of our swimmers were missing on Saturday due to sickness, so your support truly made a difference to the team. Thank you #wearepasc

Division 2 Success for PASC

Posted on 5th February 2018

Congratulations to Anna, Daniel, Ellen, Lauren A, Lauren G and Megan on their success at last weekend’s SU Spring Qualifying Gala. Collectively they secured 20 Division 2 qualifying times and 17 PBs.  Well done on your achievement from everyone at PASC!

Four in a row for PTL Team

Posted on 29th January 2018

Congratulations to the PTL team who had their 4th win at HOME against Strule Dolphin last Saturday.  Well done to all swimmers.  Thanks to Strule Dolphins for making the journey from Omagh and to all our parent volunteers who made the gala possible.  PASC 634 V Strule Dolphins 510.  Next up is the 5th and final gala (10th Feb) to decide if we remain in Division 3 or get promoted to Division 2.  Let’s go Portadown, let’s go!


Success for PASC at Swim Ulster’s Development Gala

Posted on 14th January 2018

Well done to all of PASC’s swimmers who took part in Swim Ulster’s second Development Gala at Armagh – many swimmers enjoyed podium places and personal bests. Congratulations on your success and progression.

Congratulations PASC Aquasprint Team

Posted on 7th January 2018

Well done to both PASC and Larne swimmers who took part in the first Forest Feast Aquasprint gala of the season, especially the swimmers who competed in their first gala.  Thanks to all our volunteers and the team at Cascades who without their support the gala could simply not take place. Congratulations to PASC 217 V Larne 183 #wearepasc

Busy January 2018

Posted on 18th December 2017

We hope you enjoyed the rest and relaxation over the holidays as we have a busy January coming up!

We’re back to training Wed 3rd Jan, normal training schedule.  Our Aquasprint swimmers begin training Thursdays on a weekly basis at 7.30 pm in preparation for the Aquasprint galas.  This means no PTL on Thursdays. The first Aquasprint gala will be on Sat 6th Jan home to Larne!  The following weekend will be Swim Ulster’s 2nd Development Gala in Armagh – closing date is Wed 3rd Jan for all entries. Then there’s the next House Gala on Wed 24th Jan followed by the 4th PTL Gala of the season on Sat 27th Jan at Home.

Happy New Year to you all,

PASC Committee.

SU Long Course Championships

Posted on 4th December 2017

Well done to Hannah Smylie and Alex Withers who were selected by Swim Ulster for the Belfast 2021 Age Group Festival and congratulations to Lillie-May, Megan Gellately, Ellen Smylie and Daniel Vennard who qualified for Swim Ulster’s Long Course Championships last weekend! #wearepasc

PASC meet Swim Olympian

Posted on 4th December 2017

Last Saturday a number of PASC’s junior swimmers competed in the Ards Junior Christmas gala achieving podium places and personal best timings.  A special congratulations to Eoin McKeown who won the U12 overall boys category.  They all pulled a cracker when the swimmers got to meet GB’s para-Olympian gold medallist Bethany Firth.

Swim Ulster Skills Meet

Posted on 27th November 2017

On Sunday 23rd Nov, 10 PASC Swimmers travelled to Dungannon for Swim Ulster’s Skills Meet to be assessed on skill, technique and efficiency.  The swimmers have been given scores and areas for development before being re-assessed in April by Swim Ulster’s High Performance Coach, Andy Reid.  #hardworwillpayoff

Regional success for PASC swimmers

Posted on 27th November 2017

Belfast has been awarded the VII Commonwealth Youth Games in 2021 which targets male athletes aged 15-18yrs and female athletes aged 14-17yrs. In 2017 these athletes are aged 11-14yrs and 10- 13yrs.

To promote the event and motivate this age group to work hard towards possible Northern Ireland representation, Swim Ulster will incorporate a Belfast 2021 Age Group Festival into this year’s Ulster Championships in December 2017.

Congratulations to three swimmers from PASC who have been selected by Swim Ulster for this event: Lillie-May Ruddy, Hannah Smylie and Alex Withers.  Lillie-May has also achieved the qualifying time, along with Megan Gellately, Ellen Smylie and Daniel Vennard for Swim Ulster’s Long Course Championships!  Both events take place in Bangor on 9th Dec.  #hardworkpaysoff!

PTL Team Win 3rd Gala of the Season

Posted on 27th November 2017

On Saturday 22nd Nov, PASC’s PTL season travelled to Lurgan for their third PTL season.  Having won 2 /2 already, it was no suprise to find the 3rd gala against Lurgan to be a hard fought gala. In the end PASC narrowly took the win: LASC 262 V PASC 282.  Congratulations to all the swimmers for their continued hard work in the pool and thanks to the parent volunteers who made the gala possible. Well done everyone #wearepasc

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

Teamwork shines at Arthur McDonald Gala

Posted on 6th November 2017

Well done to all our swimmers who competed in the 2017 Arthur McDonald Gala, for some it was their first competitive gala. Out of the 32 finals, PASC had 45 swimmers who qualified. In the Medley Relays, PASC secured a first, second and third place, while in the Freestyle relays PASC had two seconds and one third.  For one of the races we unfortunately didn’t have enough swimmers to form another team. Congratulations to you all and to those who achieved podium places.  A special well done to the swimmers who got up the next day to do it all over again at the Bangor Minor Gala!!  Pictures on the club facebook page. #wearepasc



PASC Squad Training Times 2017-18

Posted on 2nd November 2017

Please review the this document with details of the training times for all squads.

Effective Nov 2017 to Jun 2018.

2017 SU Schools Cup & Championships: 36 PASC Swimmers, 14 Schools, 1 Club

Posted on 24th October 2017

On 21st & 22nd October, 36  of Portadown Amateur Swimming Club (PASC) swimmers represented  their school in the 2017 Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championships at the 50m Bangor Aurora Aquatic Centre.  A large number of swimmers from all over the province travelled to the venue for the competition organised by Swim Ulster.

Together PASC swimmers achieved 12 final events, 5 podium places, and 5 qualifying times by our 5 senior swimmers while 10 of our 9-12 year old swimmers qualified for the 2018 Irish Minor Schools Event to be held at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin next February.  Well done to Hannah, Colm, Alex and Lillie-May on your podium places. We are very proud of the performance by all our swimmers who competed but we would like to congratulate you in particular for the team spirit you displayed cheering on your club members from other schools
#diversity #wearepasc

We have many photos on our facebook page but here are some of our young swimmers who qualified for the Irish Minor Schools Event – well done!

Swim Ulster Autumn Qualifying Gala

Posted on 15th October 2017

Congratulations to Alex, Anna, Daniel, Ellen, Hannah and Lillie-May on qualifying for the SU Autumn Qualifying Gala.  Between these 6 club swimmers, together they achieved 29 final events and 3 podium places!  Wow, we’re proud of you. #wearepasc

SU Development Gala – well done PASC

Posted on 2nd October 2017

Well done to everyone who took part at the first development gala last Saturday 30th Sep in Omagh. Attached results:

SU Dev Gala Results

Anna & Daniel achieve Guinness World Record

Posted on 2nd October 2017

Congratulations to Anna & Daniel who joined 100 swimmers at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin last Friday to achieve a Guinness World Record Time of 46:38:03 in the 100x50m Relay & over €10,000 raised for the NI Hospice & Irish Cancer Society. Thanks to everyone who sponsored them.  Donations can still be made at the club desk this Wed. #wearepasc

PASC Kick 1st Gala off with Victory

Posted on 25th September 2017

Well done to the PTL team who secured their first victory of the season away to Enniskillen Lakelanders. Some fantastic swimming on the night – well done to everyone for the teamwork shown.  Our thanks to Enniskillen who were generous hosts and kept the parents all bopping in their scenes with music from the 80s!

Draft Calendar for 2017-2018 (updated)

Posted on 21st June 2017

Th Draft Calendar for the 2017-2018 season has just been updated.  Some key galas coming up:

Arthur McDonald Novice Gala (Sat 4th Nov)
Five PTL Galas (3rd one Sat 25th Nov)
Five Aquasprint galas (first one being 6th Jan)
Armagh Championships (usually last Sat in Jan or first Sat in Feb – might get bumped to 24th Feb)
‘PortArmagh’ gala / other friendly galas

PASC & Swim Ulster Gala Calendar 2017-2018 (26th Sep 2017) PDF

Parent Supervision Rota 2017-18:

Posted on 12th March 2017

Swim Ireland require that all aquatic activities involving children and young people must be supervised and therefore PASC put in place a supervision rota this year. Please remember to check the rota which has been emailed for when you are scheduled to carry out supervision or in case you need to swap with another parent.  For further details please refer to the guidelines under the policy section.  Thanks to all parents who have supported this requirement so far.



Recycle swimming fins and other equipment for charity

Posted on 14th February 2017

Every Wed night we will have a box at the desk in reception where you can recycle your old swimming equipment.

  • Fins or other swimming accessories now too small?
  • Outgrown hoodies or other swimming clothing?

If the answer is YES to any of the above then bring your gear to the club on a Wed night and deposit into the box.

Those who need equipment make a minimum donation of £5 and the money will be split 50/50 between Matthew Walsh’s fundraising efforts for a volunteering trip in the summer and PASC Club Funds.