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Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championships

Posted on 14th October 2019

Congratulations to all our swimmers who competed in the Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championships.  It was an amazing two days of excellent swimming that saw many of our swimmers achieve PBs, compete in finals, win medals and qualify for the Irish Minors in Dublin.

Check out our facebook page for full details including photos.   #wearepasc

Development Gala 1 Omagh

Posted on 14th October 2019

Congratulations to all our swimmers who competed in the first Swim Ulster Development meet of the season.  There were plenty of medals and personal bests from excellent swims.  Superb baselines set for this early in the season and big things to come!!  Well done Eoin, Daniel, Leon, Alisia, Eva and Ruby.

Check out our facebook page for photos and results from Sunday.   #wearepasc

Busy weekend for Open Water swimmers

Posted on 16th September 2019

If you haven’t yet donated to the Swim4Orán Children’s Heartbeat Trust charity then you can do so via









Sat 14th Sep

First outing was the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre at Oxford Island for the Swim4Orán fundraiser in memory of Orán Creaney. The were races in 750m, 1.5km & 3km, as well as a 150m ‘Try a Swim’ for younger swimmers and their parents, plus a 150m Fun Swim with Ripples Special Olympics Club.

In the 750m event PASC were represented by Ruby Young and her dad & coach Steve, as well as Lillie-May Ruddy who finished in 3rd place in the Junior Female section in a time of 11:59.

In the 1.5km event PASC were represented by Lauren Archer along with her dad Stephen, with Lauren winning the Junior Female wetsuit category in a superb time of 22:49. Coming in (much 😊) further down the field was coach Conor McKeown.

In the 3km event PASC were once again represented by the Young family, this time Eva along with dad & coach (and glutton for punishment / proving you’re never too old for a double session!) Steve. Eva finished 3rd in the Junior Female wetsuit category with an excellent time of 1:04:20.

Well done to everyone at Lurgan Masters Swimming Club, staff at ABC Council, and all volunteers including our own Megan Gellately and Lillie-May Ruddy for helping out all day and ensuring a really superb event in memory of Orán and for raising vital funds for Children’s Heartbeat Trust.


Eva 3rd place in the tough 3km event

Eva & Steve after their grueling 3km event

Eva, Steve and Conor

Lauren receiving 1st place after a great swim in the 1.5km race

Ruby Lillie-May and Steve had plenty of smiles after their 750m event

Megan volunteered all day to keep us all safe, and if ever we would need a rescue swimmer there’s no better than her!

Sun 15th Sep

Destination Donaghadee for the Swim Ulster Big Bay Swim with races in 750m, 1.5km and 3km distances.

PASC were again represented in the 750m category by Ruby Young recording a great time of 18:48.

In the 1.5km we had Lauren Archer record a time of 22:38, followed closely by dad Stephen in 25:18, then Eva Young 29:31 and dad Steve in 29:40.

The event on Sunday was also part of the Global Swim Series and Lauren Archer is once again leading the worldwide series with 13 races under her belt this season, with Eva Young also now making it onto the leaderboard..

The season isn’t over yet especially for swimmers in warmer parts of the world who will now be playing catch-up, but that won’t deter Lauren Archer who is chasing more events to strengthen her place at the top of the leader board. Next stop for Lauren is Nice, France this weekend – Vive La France et Bon Chance!



That’s what 100% effort looks like

1st junior female finisher

Taking it in her stride

Dublin Training Day

Posted on 8th September 2019

Well done to some of our performance swimmers who put in a great day of training in Dublin on Saturday (07/07/19)  and got to meet Irish National Squad Swimmer Brendan Hyland.


Swim Ulster Swim Festival, Newry

Posted on 16th June 2019

Well done to our swimmers who took part in the 2019 Swim Ulster Swim Festival in Newry, that was after the EOS gala yesterday. Two galas in two days! Here’s Ryan and Oliver who achieved podium place. Alicia also secured podium with her fly, and the Taggart sisters came in with a close 4th & 5th spot.

U13 Water polo shine locally and nationally

Posted on 25th May 2019

Pick up this week’s Portadown Times to read about our U13 Team who recently competed in the U13 Water Polo National Cup at the Aquatic Centre, Dublin.

PASC Belfast City Marathon Team Relay – We’re still fundraising for Action Mental Health

Posted on 17th May 2019

We are still fundraising this week in aid Action Mental Health. Thanks for supporting the PASC Teams!
Your support is very much appreciated.  We really appreciate any small donation, just stop by the club desk or go to this PASC JustGiving page:

PASC run away with it at Belfast Marathon

Posted on 10th May 2019

Well done to coaches, committee and parents who completed their first PASC Belfast City Team Marathon. Great team effort by all.
We would really appreciation your support if you stop by the club desk and give your donation in aid Action Mental Health. #wearepasc

Stop by the club desk on Wed!

Posted on 14th April 2019

There’s lot going on so please stop by the club desk on Wednesday to: donate to the club team relay, enter galas, pay for Tayto Park, confirm support for Dusty’s coaching session and register for Water polo.

Busy gala weekend

Posted on 8th April 2019

It was a busy weekend for PASC when on Sat 6th April Sliabh Beagh Open took place and PASC hosted their first water polo games at Cascades.  Then on Sunday 7th April, we had 13 swimmers competing in the Bangor open and then the 2nd session of Swim Ulster’s Skills Meet in Lurgan. Well done everyone.  Results are on meet mobile and pictures posted on the club facebook page.

PASC host waterpolo games at Cascades, 6th April @ 4.00 pm

Posted on 31st March 2019

Waterpolo, Sat 6th April 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
PASC will be hosting some games in Cascades against clubs from Belfast. This will be a good opportunity for parents to watch some full competitive games so please come down and support this even if it is to see what mini polo is actually about or even if you are just curious.  Waterpolo training continues every Saturday at 9.00 am unless there is a club gala – if you are not already taking part, just come along and join in.

Lillie-May qualifies to swim with the best in Ireland

Posted on 31st March 2019

Irish LC Open Championships NAC: Well done to Lillie-May who qualified for the 2019 Irish Open Championships and swam the 100m fly event.  This is the first time PASC had a swimmer compete in this competition.  Fantastic achievement Lillie-May – we are so proud of you!

Forest Feast Aquasprint @ Larne

Posted on 31st March 2019

Our junior swimmers had a close gala AWAY gala in Larne on Saturday with lots of great races, and a friendly atmosphere. Congrats to Larne.  Thanks to all who helped and made this a very exciting gala for the young.  Aquasprint parents please confirm at the desk how you can support the HOME gala on 13th April please.

PASC Swimmers progress to PTL Finals

Posted on 11th March 2019

Great swims in the PTL Finals last Saturday: Alisia, CJ, Daniel McD, Darragh, Dmitry, Ella F, Emma R, Jasmine, Jodi, Joshua, Lauren, Max, Megan & Ryan F with PASC one of the top clubs in the PTL South Region. It was a very close gala with the North Region just edging it! Pic on FB. Times should be on meet mobile in a few days.

Easter Qualifying Gala

Posted on 11th March 2019

Well done to all 11 PASC swimmers: Alex, Anna, Daniel, Dmitry, Ellen, Hannah, Jessica, Lillie-Mae, Max, Megan and Ross who competed in last weekend’s gala at Bangor.  Once again, our swimmers achieved personal bests with 19 top 6 places including 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. Congratulations!

Water polo fun for PASC

Posted on 11th March 2019

Great to see Darragh, Eóin & Leon at the U13 Skills Camp & Match on Friday night in the Grove Leisure Centre, Belfast. Our players are really coming on.  If you are interested, then come along to training on Saturday morning 9-10 am.  The U9 skills camp & match will be on Friday 22nd March at the Grove. You just need to register at the club desk or speak to one of the coaches.

PTL Heats (South Region) hosted by PASC

Posted on 4th March 2019

PTL Heats (South Region): For the second consecutive Saturday, PASC hosted a gala. It was the 1st time for PASC to host the PTL heats when we welcomed clubs from the Southern Region of Ulster to Cascades. Such great team spirit between all clubs,  Well done to all swimmers who competed – swimmers who qualified for the finals on Sat 23rd March in Ballymena will be confirmed shortly.  It was great to see every PASC swimmer’s parent volunteering as we continue to build on the sense of what it means to be an amateur swimming club. We also had quite a few parents volunteering who didn’t have a child swimming and some families had both parents helping, thank you! Some of our parents took on new volunteering roles & looked a complete natural poolside!   Our thanks to PTL for their support and to Pastry Works for providing the delicious hot dogs, to everyone who brought treats, helped with catering and of course to the team at Cascades who continue to support our club.  #wearepasc 😊

Swim Ulster Development Gala – well done PASC

Posted on 4th March 2019

Some of our swimmers who competed in Saturday’s PTL heats made it a quick turnaround to join other PASC swimmers on Sunday for the 3rd Development Gala of the season in Newry.  Once again, PASC shined with lots of PBs.  Podium places went to Eimear, Ella, Jasmine, Joshua, Lucy & Martin.  Lucy waited to the very last event to pick up silver in the 50m Fly (below with sister Emily).  Great work guys.  The final development gala is scheduled for 18th May in Lisburn,

PASC medal success at Ulster Schools Swimming

Posted on 4th March 2019

PASC senior swimmers took part in the Ulster Grammar Schools Swimming Championships afternoon session at Larne Swimming Pool on Saturday. All events that #wearepasc swimmers took part in were 50m short course format. All four made the finals and picked up some medals. Anna. Silver in Free. Megan. Gold in Breast and Fly. Lauren. Silver Breast and Back.  Daniel. Silver in Back and Fly. Well done and thank you to Jonny and his team at Ulster Schools Swimming for organising and running the gala.

Daniel & Lillie-Mae at Dave McCullagh International Meet

Posted on 25th February 2019

What a great weekend for our Club. After our fantastic achievement yesterday action continued in the water this morning with Daniel and Lillie – May competing in the Dave McCullagh International at Bangor. 1 PB for each of them over the weekend following 3 swims and a very busy schedule yesterday. Well done guys !

PASC 2019 Armagh Champions

Posted on 24th February 2019

Well done to PASC on winning the Armagh Cup at the 2019 Armagh Championships.  It was a poignant and proud day being the last time are club will host the gala at Cascades, with the new pool opening in 2020.  Thanks a million to all the parents who volunteered.  There was a true sense of club and it was a great event for the 4 clubs and 230 swimmers taking part.  We very much appreciate the support of all business owners who sponsored the gala or donate prizes for the raffle, without who the event would not be possible.  Please show your support to these companies all year round – all are listed in the Official Programme.  #wearepasc

Double header for 13 PASC Swimmers

Posted on 18th February 2019

A total of 13 swimmers from PASC competed in the Templemore Minor Gala on Sunday despite attending the demanding PTL gala the previous evening.Notwithstanding this the swimmers gave an outstanding performance with numerous medal positions, PB’s and even some Div 2 Qualifying times. The swimmers attending (in the pic) were Alex, Alisia, Anna, Annie, sisters Emily & Lucy, sisters Emma &  Jodie, Ella, Jessica & Leon and (not in pic) siblings Colm & Katie Diver.  Outstanding performances from all! A special note to Leon Ruddy for achieving the top swimmer award in his year group with 4 first places in 25m Free, Fly. breast and back strokes. Also to Emma Richardson for achieving Div 2 Qualifying time in 100m Fly.and Jessica for achieving a Div 2 time in 100 Fly for the second gala running. For the statisticians amongst you here are the stats. 13 swimmers achieved a total of 33 PB’s from 42 swims, 8 Gold places, 2 Silver places, 2 Bronze places and 2 Div 2 Qualifying Times. Well done PASC!

PASC enjoy water polo

Posted on 11th February 2019

Well done to our 10 PASC players who took part in the match at Newry & Mourne last Sat 😊 Skills Camps coming – for more details refer to the newsletter.


Irish Minor Schools – Well done PASC

Posted on 11th February 2019

Well done to all 13 PASC swimmers who qualified for the Irish Minors Gala held at the National Aquatic Centre on Sunday. This was a great experience for our junior swimmers. Well done Alisha, CJ, Colm, Daniel, Eimear, Ella, Emily, Jodie, Hannah, Jessica, Lucy, Ross and Ruby! Lots of PBs, 6 final places and a silver medal for Ross 😊

Safeguarding Courses – new members and existing members renewals

Posted on 27th January 2019

There should be at least 1 parent from each PASC family who has an up to date Safeguarding (a.k.a. Child Protection) certification.

Swim Ulster are running a few courses locally in the coming days/weeks.

Newry: Sunday, 03 February 2019 @ 9.30-12.30 (Infinity Swim School, Camlough)

Belfast: Wednesday, 06 February 2019 @ 18:30 – 21:30 (Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue)

Monaghan: Monday, 11 February 2019 @ 18.30-21.30 (Monaghan Leisure Centre, Clones Road)

We would advise that any new members attend one of the above courses ASAP, and any existing parents/coaches/committee whose certification expires within the next 6 months should attend also as it might be some time before we are able to run another course at Cascades, and it is critical to the running of the club that existing members don’t let their current certification lapse.

Please email if you need further information or view Education & Courses via


Bangor Open Meet Update

Posted on 20th January 2019

9 PASC swimmers competed at the Bangor Open Winter Festival and over 36 events, they achieved 9 podium places.  Max picked up 3rd in the 400m Free, Alisia, 2nd in 100m fly, Lillie-Mae 1st in 50m fly, 2nd 50m Back, 1st 100m fly, Daniel 2nd 50m Back, 3rd 200m back, Jessica 2nd 50m fly and Dimitry 2nd in 200m Back. Colm achieved 4th place in the 50m back and Ellen rached the finals for the 100m breast.  Fantastic achievement!

Aquasprint Update

Posted on 20th January 2019

Well done to our junior swimmers to took part in the first Forest Feast Aquasprint Gala of the season with many attending their first gala.
PASC met a strong Lurgan and results were close in the end LASC 219 V PASC 181.  Keep training, lots of more galas coming up.  Thanks to Lurgan for hosting the gala and to all the parents who volunteered.

Big Splash at Swim Ulster Development Gala for PASC

Posted on 14th January 2019

15 PASC swimmers competed in 40 events at the 2nd Swim Ulster Development Gala of the season. Between them they achieved many PBs and qualifying times in addition to 19 podium places: 3 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze Medals. Hard work pays off! Excellent swimming!

Great start at Newry Open Meet

Posted on 6th January 2019

Well done to all the PASC swimmers who shaked off the selection boxes, got back to training this week to prepare for today’s Newry Open Meet. It paid off with some great personal bests on display!

PASC jump into Christmas Celebration

Posted on 9th December 2018

Our 100 swimmers had a fantastic time at Air-tastic on Saturday – visit the club Facebook page to see the photos!  Many thanks to Petra for organising such a fun Christmas event.

PASC Swimmers progressing to Irish Short Course Championships

Posted on 9th December 2018

Daniel and Lillie – Mae on Saturday morning session at the Irish National Short Course finals just before they both headed off and swam 1.5 sec PBs in the 100 Butterfly. Well done guys hard work = great results. Fantastic to be hitting these times so early in the season and to have 3 swimmers at this event. Sadly Megan G had to withdraw due to injury.

PASC getting into the flow of mini water polo

Posted on 9th December 2018

Well done to our team who competed in Friday’s mini water polo event in Belfast.  Great skills in action – please visit the club Facebook page for photos.  Thanks to Ian for leading this initiative and to Conor for supporting the tournament.  Skills Camp coming up on  27th Dec for swimmers born 2003-2006, more details on club newsletter.


Double header for PASC Swimmers

Posted on 3rd December 2018

8 swimmers along with Coaches Conor & Ian hadn’t long left the PTL Gala at Dungannon Leisure Centre on Saturday night to make an early start east to the Ards Junior Christmas Gala.  It’s the last Christmas Gala at the pool as they look forward to their shiny new pool in 2019.  7 swimmers were in action in the morning, with Alex swimming in the afternoon. Between them they secured 9 top 5 places including 4 podium spots: 2 x 1st, 1 x 2nd and 1 x 3rd.  Well done everyone for your commitment and dedication.

PASC shine at PTL Gala

Posted on 3rd December 2018

Our PTL team were AWAY to Dungannon on Sat for the 4th gala of the league.  Great team effort by everyone, many of the events were very close! Thanks to our hosts Dungannon, great atmosphere! Results: Dungannon 542 V PASC 602.

A special thanks to the following parents who volunteered at Dungannon on Saturday night: Timekeeping parents – Sharon Vennard, Beatrice Gellately, Stephanie Archer, Veronica Dempsey, Janet Richardson and Natalie Corrigan. Touch judge – Michael Johnson.  Marshals – Fiona Todd, Alan Campbell.  All PASC coaches – Conor and Ian also made it a double header when they supported the swimmers in Ards the following day!


PTL & Forest Feast Aquasprint Galas 2018-2019

Posted on 28th October 2018

Be sure to check the gala list on the Wed night before the gala to confirm your attendance.

We try to give everyone a swim throughout the season, so if you can’t make it just let us know and we’ll give someone else the opportunity to represent PASC.

Home Galas Catering for 2018-2019

Boys: Bring a tray of sandwiches

Girls: Bring tray bakes

Parents: We need you to timekeep and help with catering on the night of a gala

Tenerife Training Camp for Lillie-May

Posted on 28th October 2018

Best wishes to Lillie-May who was selected to join Ulster Schools’ Swimming Training Camp in Tenerife during mid-term.

PASC at SU Schools Cup & Championships

Posted on 22nd October 2018

Well done to all PASC Swimmers who competed in the Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championship event.  Congratulations to any first timers, swimmers who encouraged their team & other PASC swimmers, those who achieved PBs, final & podium places and a qualifying time for the Irish Minor Gala at the National Aquatic Event in Feb 2019.  Photos on the club facebook page.

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