PASC success in the open water
It’s been a busy weekend for our swimmers: Ella, Alex, Eva & Lauren joined parents & coaches to complete the open water swim of 1.5k at the Rock, Warrenpoint! Pics on the club facebook pages.
It’s been a busy weekend for our swimmers: Ella, Alex, Eva & Lauren joined parents & coaches to complete the open water swim of 1.5k at the Rock, Warrenpoint! Pics on the club facebook pages.
What a successful day for our 9 swimmers Max, Joshua, Leon, CJ, Jessica, Emma, Jodi, Lucy and Emily at the Swim Ulster Swim Festival in Newry today with PBs, podium places and division 2 times for Joshua and Emma. Max getting 1st places in 100m fly, 100m back, 100m free and 3rd in freestyle relay. Joshua getting 1st places in 100m breast, 100m IM, 50m breast, 3rd in 50m fly and 3rd in freestyle relay. He has qualified for Div 2 with his 100m breast time. Jessica getting 1st places in 200m IM and 50m Fly, 2nd in 100m back and 3rd in free style relay. Emma getting 1st in 100m fly and 3rd places in 100m free and freestyle relay. She has qualified for Div 2 with her 100m fly time. Lucy getting 3rd place in 50m free. Leon getting 2nd place in 50m back. CJ getting 1st place in 50m free. Well done to all our swimmers who were fantastic today! All pics on the club facebook page.
Well done to PASC swimmers who had great night at the Forest Feast Aquasprint Swim Off Finals in Bangor last Friday who particularly enjoyed their treat in Applegreen on their way home! More photos on the club’s social media pages.
Congratulations to Lillie-May who won the 100m fly in Swim Ulster’s Age Group Championships at Bangor with a new PB of 1:10 and well into her Division 1 time. Great result 🙂
Well Done to the 60 swimmers who took part in the club’s 3rd Mini Triathlon last Saturday. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and to the coaches for organising the event, especially Coach Steve. More photos on the club facebook page.
Well done to our 6 swimmers who competed in the Antrim Junior Championships last weekend – all our swimmers either achieved PBs, podium places or Division 2 times. Max achieved 3rd place in the 100m Fly and Josh achieved a Division 2 time in the 200m Breast event. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to our 23 swimmers who competed in the Swim Ulster last Development Gala of the season in Lisburn yesterday. Lots of PBs all round with 11 podium places achieved which included 3 swimmers picking up 2 medals each. In total there were 5 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze. Well done everyone and thanks to our coaches for volunteering at the event.
Well done to our 7 swimmers who competed at the Ards Junior Gala today once again achieving PBs, final and podium places. Pictured below is Emma with her gold medal for 50m fly & sister Jodi who picked up 3rd place for the 50m free. Also swimming in the morning was Leon below with 3 bronze medals in 50m fly, free & back. In the afternoon Ella, Jessica & Hannah had similar success and below is Hannah with her bronze medal in the 100m fly. Ross (not in pic) also picked up 3rd place for a 100m Swim in the IM event. Congratulations everyone!
Congratulations to Daniel & Ellen who attended Swim Ulster Youth & Senior Championships in Bangor achieving personal best timings and Division 1 Times for Swim Ireland’s Division 1 Competition in Dublin this summer. Great achievement!
Well done to Lillie-May who has been selected by the Ulster Schools Swimming Association for the 2018 Tenerife Camp following her qualifying times at the Secondary Schools Championships. Lillie-May secured a place in the finals for the fly and back, picking up a bronze in the backstroke. The top 10 girls and top 10 boys of the event were chosen for the camp. Congratulations on your performance and achieving your goal Lillie-May!
Well done to PASC’s Aquasprint Team who had a strong performance at HOME on Sat 14th April when competing against Lecale: 251 v 149. Well done everyone in swimming your best and thank you to all parent volunteers who made the gala happen. Next up will be the Aquasprint Swim Off on Friday 8th June (Venue TBC) and of course the stop off for supper on the way home!
Well done to Alex, Colm, Daniel, Dmitry, Ella, Joshua, Max, Megan, Rebecca and Ross who took part in the Lakelanders Open Gala at Enniskillen with many achieving personal best timings. Congratulations to medallists: Ross who achieved 1st place for 100m breast, to Megan securing 3rd place in the 100m fly and to Daniel who had a triple win with 2nd in 200m Breast, 3rd 200m Back & 3rd 200m Free! Well done everyone and a particular well done to Colm & Ross who had participated in the Aquasprint Gala the previous night only to get up early again and travel to Enniskillen!
David Kerr who is a Para Triathlete and who does most of his swimming training in Cascades (as well as with the Ulster Squad in Bangor Aurora at 5am some mornings) is competing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia.
We wish David every success and we’ll post his competition schedule so you can watch it on TV / Online / iPlayer as soon as we can find it, and we’re working on getting David to come in and talk to our members when he gets back.
Two other local triathletes Russell White & James Edgar who do their swimming training with Lisburn City Swimming Club are also competing and we wish them every success too and hope that they can push each other on to great performances.
The following nine swimmers are also representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games – watch this space for schedules as soon as can locate them.
Calum Bain (University of Stirling & Cookstown ASC)
James Brown (Loughborough & Ards ASC)
Curtis Coulter (Bangor ASC)
Conor Ferguson (National Centre Dublin & Bangor ASC)
Jamie Graham (University of Stirling & Bangor ASC)
Danielle Hill (Larne ASC)
Barry McClements (Ards ASC)
Jordan Sloan (Bangor ASC)
David Thompson (Bangor ASC)
This is the top level of competition in Irish swimming this year and is the only opportunity for swimmers to qualify for the European Senior Championships in Glasgow, European Junior Championships in Helsinki and World Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires during the Summer of 2018.
If you’re free then head along to the NAC (National Aquatic Centre) in Dublin and entry it free to everyone.
Alternatively, sit back at home on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or Smart TV and watch all the action on the Swim Ireland YouTube Channel.
This will be an excellent opportunity for other swimmers to step up to the mark as 9 swimmers are representing Northern Ireland at the Gommonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia.
7 of PASC’s Swimmers took part in Swim Ulster 3rd Development Gala: Sam & Joshua (who had been at the PTL’s the previous night!), Darragh, Ella, Hannah, Jessica and Alex. Congratulations to you all on achieving either PBs, Qualifying Times, Final Places or Medals. Our of 4 events, Sam achieved 3 PBs and a Bronze for the 100m Back. Darragh achieved 3 PBs in his 3 events. Ella and Joshua achieved 2 PBs in their 2 events. Hannah achieved 3 PBs in her 3 events as well as securing silver for the 100m Breast and 50m Fly, Jessica got 3 PBs in her 3 events winning bronze for the 100m Back and 4th place for 200m IM. Meanwhile, Alex had 2 PBs in her 3 events.
Last Saturday our PTL swimmers travelled to Ballymena for the PTL Heats/Finals where approx. 25 clubs took part in the busy gala. Megan, Matthew and Lillie-May achieved medals with many other swimmers achieving PBs. The event also saw the club being confirmed top of Division 3. Well done everyone 🙂
Our junior swimmers were AWAY to City of Belfast @ the Olympia Leisure Centre on Saturday. Well done to every swimmer who took part and thanks to the parents who volunteered at the gala. Congratulations to our hosts on their narrow victory: COB 205 v PASC 195.
We had six swimmers attending over the 2 days and all performed really well. They finished with 27 swims , 16 x PBS, 6 x Division 2 qualifying times, 2 x Division 1 qualifying, 2 x silver medals Lillie-May and Ellen S 3 bronze medals Lillie-May, Lauren A and Daniel. Division 2 times attained by Lauren A Lauren G Anna J and Ellen S. Division 1 qualifying times by Daniel. Congratulations on your achievement from everyone at PASC
Well done everyone who took part in the Armagh Champs held at Waves on Sat. Whether you took part in the heats, relays, finals, achieved PB’s / medals, we are so proud of you and how you represented PASC. Congratulations – we hope you enjoyed the event. Our thanks to LASC for hosting the event – the last Armagh Champs to be held at Waves. Thanks also to the parents who helped out – you know who you are 🙂 Lots of pics on Facebook but one below: #wearepasc
Well done to PASC swimmers Ella, Emma, Jodi & Ross who took part in the Templemore Minor Gala today – congratulations on your personal best timings, final places and medals. Here’s Ella with her silver medal for the breast stroke – Ella also achieved a PB in the freestyle and that’s following her medal success at the Armagh Champs yesterday. Two galas in 2 days Ella!! Well done 👏 Meanwhile Ross achieved 2nd in breast, 3rd in fly & 4th in free 🏊 – all 3 were new PB’s, that’s following his success yesterday in qualifying for the Armagh Champs breast stoke final & medals achieved at the BB gala for breast & free this week. Emma not pictured achieved 2nd in fly & 4th in free – she also dropped 10 sec off her PB for 200m IM!! Following in her footsteps, younger sister Jodi achieved a PB in her freestyle. Congratulations to you!
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!
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
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!
Congratulations to the PTL team who had their 4th win at HOME against Strule Dolphins 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!
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
Please review the this document with details of the training times for all squads.
Effective Nov 2017 to Jun 2018.
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
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!
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
Well done to everyone who took part at the first development gala last Saturday 30th Sep in Omagh. Attached results:
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
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!
Every Wed night we will have a box at the desk in reception where you can recycle your old swimming equipment.
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.