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Schools gala…session two

Posted on 10th February 2022

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In session two it was the turn of some of our older swimmers that represented their school in the Swim Ulster School Gala. Again we had some fantastic swims and a few also made the finals.

Final swimmers were……

Joshua – Breaststroke
Martin – Breaststroke and Freestyle
Dmitry – Backstroke
Sarah McNally – Backstroke

Well done to all swimmers ? ? ? ?


Schools Gala….session one

Posted on 10th February 2022

Our swimmers represented their schools in the first session of the Swim Ulster School Gala in Bangor. Lots of fantastic swims with quite a few PB’s.

We had a few swimmers who made the finals…

Mark Emerson – 100m Breaststroke
Leon Ruddy – 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle
Alisia Dempsey – 100m freestyle.

All three swam brilliantly in their finals with Alisia winning a 2nd place medal ?.

Well done to all swimmers who took part ? ?

(Please PM any photos of our swimmers so they can be added to this post)



Future Challenger Gala

Posted on 1st February 2022

Big well done to our young swimmers who all swam brilliantly in the Future Challenger gala today in Lisburn. Great performances all round including Connie who swam in her very first gala. Lots of wins today in their heats and the relay teams smashed it also.
Well done team PASC ? ?


Phil Kelly impressed with waterpolo training

Posted on 1st February 2022

On Saturday 22nd January, we had Phil Kelly from Swim Ulster down at water polo training, he was super impressed with the level of polo skills on display. Keep up the good work ?

Online meeting with Julia Knox on Tue night

Posted on 15th August 2021

Remember to check your email for details of the online meeting with Julia Knox from Banbridge who heads off to America on a swimming scholarship this week.

We’re going to chat about what it took to get to this level and what she’s looking forward to next.

Reply to the club email if you have any questions for Julia.

Tune in on Tue night at 7pm!

Timetable for Charity Fun Run

Posted on 7th October 2020

⏰Timetable – 10 October 2020⏰

9.20 – 9.30am: 6km runners to meet in Cascades car park

9.30am: Lady Mary Peters to arrive at Cascades

9.30 – 9.55am: Talk with club members & “Passing the Torch” book signing at Cascades by Lady Mary Peters

10am: Run starts from Cascades car park?‍♀️??

10.50am: All participants reach South Lake Leisure Centre

10.50 – 11.20am: Further opportunity to talk with club members & book signing at SLLC by Lady Mary Peters

If you are joining the run (or walk), please join us at either:

10.10am approx: Edenvilla Park (playground car park), or

10.20am approx: Kernan Hill Road (park next to playing fields)

Let’s make sure the day runs smoothly by being responsible on the footpaths and complying with Covid-19 procedures, including social distancing.

Cascades to SLLC Fun Run

Posted on 6th October 2020

?Cascades to South Lake Leisure Centre Fun Run/Walk – 10 October 2020???

Please see the flyer for more details on our upcoming special event, the fun run/walk from Cascades to South Lake Leisure Centre. Lady Mary Peters will be there, so let’s mark this one-off occasion with a high turnout and give Cascades, our home for 50 years, the special send-off it deserves before starting a very exciting new chapter at the fantastic South Lake Leisure Centre.

We would like to remind you that if you do not fancy running the whole 6km, you can join us at either Edenvilla Park car park (beside the playground) or at Kernan Playing Fields (approximate times are given on the flyer).

There are 3 ways that you can help fundraise for the event next Saturday
1️⃣ Ask friends/families/colleagues to sponsor your run from Cascades to SLLC (or simply make a donation) via
2️⃣ Purchase a signed copy of Mary’s book Passing the Torch on the day for £12.99 – a great stocking filler for any sports enthusiast
3️⃣ Sign up to the 200 Club Lottery which is limited to 200 participants paying £5 per month with a £350 prize every month

Strict Covid-19 procedures will be in place during the event and even though we are sure you will in any case, we ask all participants are responsible on the footpaths and mindful of the public. Also please remember to register on the app on Saturday morning before attending. Can we also make participants aware there is a Covid testing station at Kernan, near the route, so please make sure you stay on the path at this point!

To help us estimate numbers and your starting point, can you please confirm you will be participating by dropping an e-mail to Also, if you are able to volunteer an hour, or so, to carry out a marshalling role at road crossings/junctions, we would be very grateful if you could confirm by e-mail, also?❗️


Back at Cascades

Posted on 4th August 2020

How fantastic was it to be back training last night?!

Well done to all the swimmers, parents, coaches, committee and staff at Cascades who made last nights return to water an absolute success.

Track and trace app, phased return, one way system, hand sanitiser, pool ready, socially distanced swimming, not a problem to PASC!!

Check out Facebook for action video!


Covid-19 App

Posted on 3rd August 2020
Please find link below, along with QR code to gain access to our Track and Trace Covid App. This MUST be completed prior to each swimming session, on the day of your session or entry to the pool will be refused.
Please remember the following;
  • It is essential that everyone arrives at Cascades 10 mins before their start time.
  • You must have completed the online health declaration and if you haven’t you will not be permitted to enter the pool
  • Swimmers must arrive to the pool ‘beach ready’ (swim suit on under loose fitting shorts & top / tracksuit) and they will have an allocated space poolside to undress and leave their bag
  • Swimmers will towel off as best they can on poolside after their session and quickly dress and leave via the side exit
  • Access to changing rooms is not permitted except for very limited toilet breaks – but we would ask all swimmers to go before they arrive at the pool and at home after they leave the pool
  • Swimmers should shower at home before arriving at the pool, and they should shower again at home after leaving the pool
  • Swimmers should bring their filled own water bottle that is clearly labelled and all equipment must have their names on it also.
  • Only swimmers will be permitted to enter Cascades, the viewing gallery, toilets, etc are currently closed.

Return to Water

Posted on 3rd August 2020

??? WE ARE BACK ???

PASC are absolutely delighted to be back in the Cascades this evening, albeit we are operating under changed circumstances.

Please watch the below video which will give you a walk through of what to do and expect this evening and at every training session for the foreseeable future.

Don’t forget to register on the app before arrival and to arrive 10 mins before your session is due to start. Also please ensure you know what land you have been allocated.

This is a new way or operating for everyone so we appreciate your patience and understanding.

We are very excited and can’t wait to see you all tonight!

COUCH TO 5K Challenge for swimmers & parents

Posted on 29th June 2020

STARTS TUE 30TH JUNE 2020 @ 6:30PM

We are challenging all our swimmers and their parents to start the NHS Couch to 5K running programme this week.

Couch to 5K is a 9 week programme consisting of 3 x 30 mins sessions per week.

If you FOLLOW the programme you WILL be able to run a distance of 5K non-stop in just 9 weeks.

You can either follow the programme completely on your own using the Android or iPhone apps or standalone podcasts, or by joining other members of PASC on Tue & Thur nights at People’s Park Portadown at 6:30-7:00PM for a coach led session. You will need to do the third run yourself on either a Sat or Sun. At week 6 we will introduce a coach led Sat group session for those who want to follow the programme in a group.

COVID-19 still poses a very real risk and we would ask swimmers and their families to still adhere to social distancing rules while attending the sessions together:

  • Do not attend if you are feeling unwell, and if you have cold/flu like symptoms stay at home for 14 days and seek medical advice if necessary
  • Stay 2m apart from those outside of your household
  • Do not shake hands, hug or ‘high-5’ anyone outside of your household even though you may not have seen friends & training partners in person for a long time
  • Do not share water bottles or pass mobile phones or other personal equipment between each other
  • If you must sneeze or cough do so into a tissue or your elbow and away from others, and dispose of tissues in bins or when you get home

Nutrition & Lifestyle Presentation

Posted on 16th April 2020

Swim Ulster are hosting an age group nutrition and lifestyle presentation by Andy Reid this Saturday 18th April 2020 at 10am. The event link is below. We would encourage all parents and swimmers to take part.

Nutrition & Lifestyle event

PASC Stay Home Stay Safe Video

Posted on 14th April 2020

Live Swimming From Edinburgh

Posted on 13th March 2020

Keep yourselves entertained & inspired by tuning into live & recorded coverage of the Edinburgh International Swim Meet this weekend.

Unfortunately the Irish & many other international swimmers had to cancel their travel to this top class event, but there are still lots of world class British and other swimmers in attendance.



Posted on 13th March 2020

As previously posted we have been continually monitoring the situation with Coronavirus and are taking guidance from Swim Ireland. We received updated guidance from Swim Ireland advising that all training sessions should be cancelled until further notice. Training tomorrow is therefore CANCELLED as are all other sessions until further notice.

Apologies for the short notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as and when anything changes.

‼️Coronavirus Update‼️

Posted on 12th March 2020

We as a club are continuing to monitor the situation and are taking advice and guidance from Swim Ireland/Swim Ulster. As such training will continue as normal.

The following however have been cancelled:-
▪️Officials Course this evening at Newry
▪️Joint Waterpolo training session at Newry on Saturday
▪️Easter Qualifying Meet this weekend
▪️Aquasprint vs Leander 21 March 2020
▪️PTL finals on 28 March 2020 postponed

We will continue to monitor and update you via Facebook and website if or when anything changes.

Again we would reiterate if your child is displaying any flu or cold like symptoms or fall into any of the categories in below please DO NOT attend training. And also ensure your child is following PHA advice on washing their hands and that they do so before coming to training and after.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Posted on 10th March 2020

As I’m sure you are aware there are confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the local area. The well-being of our members is paramount and we would therefore urge all of our members and parents to be extra vigilant. If you suspect that you or a family member have been exposed to the virus, follow PHA advise and please call 111 and follow their guidelines.

Please do not attend training if you have symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has it or is being tested for it.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Swimmer & Parent Information Evening – CANCELLED

Posted on 10th March 2020

This event has been cancelled for now, and will be rescheduled at a later date.

PASC are pleased to be facilitating the first cluster information evening for clubs (Armagh, Banbridge, Lurgan and PASC) in the ABC council area which will be run by Swim Ulster on Thur 19th March 2020.

The presentations and workshops will be in the Masonic Hall and the pool session for PASC swimmers will be in Cascades. The target audience is large pool swimmers aged 8 and older.

The Masonic Hall is across the road from Cascades – children should not cross the road without adult supervision.

Please arrive by Cascades at 6:25pm and cross the road to the Masonic Hall

Committee workshop – All active committee members in any of the participating clubs, plus any that are planning on becoming involved with their clubs committee in the near future.

Pool session – Swimmers from the host club only in the water. Athletes from any of the participating clubs are allowed to watch as spectator viewing allows. All coaches from the participating clubs are encouraged to observe

Coaches workshop – Anyone involved in coaching/teaching from any of the participating clubs are encouraged to attend.

Athletes and parents workshop – Parents and swimmers from all of the participating clubs are encouraged to attend.

Coaches will be awarded 1 CPD point for attending both the coaches presentation and pool session. There is no cost for attendance.


*** Unfortunately here will no be small pool swimming for Angelfish & Goldfish due to coaches attending these workshops. ***


Level 2 Coaching for 3 of our team!

Posted on 9th March 2020

Congratulations to Ian, Steve and Tony on completing their Level 2 Coaching in swimming at the weekend in Bangor!

PASC building their knowledge and skills in the coaching team!

Included in the picture are Head Coach of Bangor – Paul Dennis (right) who instructed and Andy Bree Bangor coach on the left.

Well done guys!! ???‍♀️??‍♂️

U11 Waterpolo Success

Posted on 8th March 2020

What a fantastic day for our U11 waterpolo team who were in action today at Lisnasharragh! They played a total of 5 matches and the results were immense with 4 wins and only 1 lost! Loads of great performances and all swimmers showing improvements! Waterpolo going from strength to strength!

Congratulations Anna, Abbey, Roland, Daniel, Aurelia, Ruby, Ross, Gracie, Jacob, Pedro and Emily!

Also a big thank you to the Coaches who attended and give encouragement and support to the team poolside!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the joint training session on Saturday 14 March 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Newry Leisure Centre (all age groups)! ?‍♀️?‍♂️



Posted on 8th March 2020

Bring on the PASC girls!!

In recognition of International Woman’s Day we would like to give a big shout out to our female swimmers, coaches, committee members and parents!!

#internationalwomansday2020 #girlpower #femaleinspiration

Skills Meet

Posted on 8th March 2020

Well done to all our young swimmers who took part in the skills meet at Waves on Saturday 7 March 2020.! They all done absolutely fantastic showing off some excellent skills and technique!

We have received several comments about how well they all done and also on their behaviour and attentiveness! Very proud club!!

Give yourselves a pat on the back Lila, Josh, Dylan, Mark, Millie, Jorja, Ava, Ella, Jake, Anna, Freddie, Roland, Dean, Katie and Genevieve!


PTL South Area Heats

Posted on 7th March 2020

What a fantastic evening at the PTL South Area Heats! Great atmosphere and most importantly great swimming by all! Followed by an absolutely superb supper!!

Thank you to the visiting clubs for making the journey Banbridge Amateur Swimming Club, Dungannon Swimming Club, Sliabh Beagh ASC, Strule Dolphins Swim Club and East Cavan Swim Club! Hope you enjoyed the evening!

Not forgetting all the wonderful parents who volunteered and supplied the supper, events like this simply can’t happen without you, so a massive thank you to you all!

Finally last but not least all the Coaches for their time, guidance and support on poolside!

Bring on the finals!!!! ??‍♀️??‍♂️

#wearepasc #ulsterptl #ptlsouthareaheats


?Officials Course for Parents?

Posted on 7th March 2020

A fantastic opportunity has come up for parents to attend a course to become an official at competitions! If you have a keen interest in swimming galas and want to broaden your knowledge then this course is for you!

Level one
Date: Thursday 12 March 2020
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Newry Leisure Centre poolside

Level two
Date: Thursday 19 March 2020
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Newry Leisure Centre Multi Purpose Room 2

Please email your interest to by 12noon on Tuesday. Numbers are limited so please put your name forward as soon as you can! Please note level one must be completed before going on to do level two.

?Busy Weekend Ahead – Everything you need to know!?

Posted on 6th March 2020


8am – 9am training as normal even for those taking part in skills meet and ptl later in the day!

9am – 10am full pool will be dedicated to waterpolo, a rare opportunity to get practising at full scale conditions!

Skills Meet??‍♂️??‍♀️
For our younger swimmers who have entered, please be at Waves at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start! Good luck to all taking part!

PTL South Area Heats??‍♀️??‍♂️
PASC swimmers and parent volunteers to arrive at Cascades at 5pm, warm up 5.30pm SHARP. Boys to bring sandwiches ? and girls to bring tray bakes ?. And don’t forget your travel coffe cup and water bottles. Good luck everyone!

Waterpolo U11 blitz?‍♂️?‍♀️
Be at Lisnasharragh for 9.30am for a start time of 10am, finish time 12pm. Good Luck everyone!!

? Don’t forget to PM your photos to our Facebook page!

#wearepasc #letsgoportadownletsgo #skillsmeet #ptlsouthareaheats #u11blitz

?Saturday 7 March Training?

Posted on 5th March 2020

Saturday morning training will be on as normal 8am – 9am! Even if you are swimming later in the PTLs you should attend for last minute preparation! The Coaches have promised to take it easy on you ?!??‍♀️??

There will be no swimming training 9am – 10am as Waterpolo will take the full pool. The U11 have a big match on Sunday morning and this is a great opportunity to get the team together before then! For everyone else this is a great chance to get playing in full scale conditions! Hope to see you all there after swimming at 9am! ?‍♀️??

?PTL South Area Heats? ?Exciting News?

Posted on 4th March 2020

For those who didn’t make it to club night we have extended the closing date until tea time tomorrow. Please email your entry to marking FAO Paula and include what stokes you want to enter.

We have also opened this up to all Red Squad and above regardless if you previously competed in a PTL this season or not. Green squad can also enter if you are competent in doing a two length sprint.

Get those entries in! We are hosting this event let’s get a mass of red hats in that pool!!!

Also parents please show your support to the club and your swimmer and volunteer to help us run a successful event. Events like this simply can’t happen without you ??‍♀️???


?PTL South Area Heats – Supper?

Posted on 4th March 2020

As we are hosting these heats on Saturday and will have several visiting clubs to Cascades we will be responsible for feeding all the hungry swimmers after they will have all swam their hearts out!! Let’s show them a massive PASC welcome by putting on a fantastic spread!

Can boys bring sandwiches ? and girls tray bakes ??!

Also don’t forget your reusable travel mug for tea/coffee and water bottle for juice! We really appreciate your support with this green initiative!


PTL South Area Heats – Parent Volunteers Needed

Posted on 4th March 2020

???‍♀️??PTL South Area Heats – Parent Volunteers Needed ??‍♀️???

As you already know we are hosting the PTL South Area heats this Saturday and as such it is down to us to ensure this event runs smoothly!

We are therefore asking all parents to get involved and take on one of the many roles needing filled. There will be a volunteer sheet on the club desk this evening for you to sign up!! ????‍♀️

Once again I would say if you are new to the world of swimming galas and are perhaps nervous about volunteering for a role, don’t be!! There are always experienced parents on hand to offer advice and guidance and everything will be explained to you!

Poolside views are always the best, you are right in the heart of all the action and you get to encourage and motivate the swimmers before and after they swim!!

Roles we need covered are timekeepers, finish judge, marshals, runner, desk and announcer ???‍???⏱!

If however poolside is not for you please volunteer and help serve the supper after!! ☕️???

Please parents sign up and support your Club and Swimmers! With so many visiting clubs lets show them how great a club PASC is!!

#wearepasc #teamwork #parentsupport

Development 4 Meet

Posted on 29th February 2020

Some fantastic swimming on display today from our members competing at the Development 4 Meet at Lisnasharragh! Everyone of them gave it their all with them all smashing their PBs, as well as gold medals won along the way and achieving qualifying times! Great day for PASC!!

Congratulations to Roland, Markus (?100m Back, ?100m Breast), Ryan, Georgia, Eoin, Gracie (?100m Back, ?100m Breast), Anna, Oliver (?100m Breast), Abigail, Eva and Ruby!

A big thank you as always to our coaches and parents who volunteered poolside and those stepping in doing photography duties ?!

#wearepasc #letsgoportadownletsgo

Armagh Championships

Posted on 23rd February 2020

What a great day at the Armagh Championships! PASC had a strong team and were represented well in finals with lots of medals and PBS!!

Unfortunately it didn’t go our way on the day and we have to hand over the cup to a well deserved Lurgan team! Congratulations Lurgan Swimming Club!!

Thank you to Newry & Mourne Swimming & Waterpolo Club for hosting a successful day! And also to all our Coaches poolside and not forgetting our fantastic parents who stepped up and took on roles of timekeeping and marshals!

We will be back next year to take that cup back!!!!

#wearepasc #teamportadown

McCullagh International Meet 2020

Posted on 23rd February 2020

What a fantastic weekend for three of our swimmers, firstly qualifying for these prestigious meet and then actually swimming with and rubbing shoulders with some of the worlds best swimmers! PASC represented proudly by Megan, Daniel and Lillie-May, well done guys!!

Armagh Champs Info

Posted on 21st February 2020

⏰Armagh Championships⏰

One more sleep!!! Don’t let this be the last night the Armagh Cup stays in Cascades! Everyone eat well today, get your bags packed tonight and bed nice and early! Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated!

Everything you need to know for tomorrow:-
▪️Girls warm up 8am to 8.20am
▪️Boys warm up 8.20am to 8.40am
▪️Starts between 9am and 9.15am
▪️Session one is all relay races and individual heats
▪️Session two will be the finals for the top 8 swimmers from the heats, start time determined by end of session one
▪️Lunch will be after session one, there is a cafe to purchase lunch
▪️Please ensure your child is at the assembly point beside the learner pool as soon as the event is announced (we will have coaches and marshals on hand to help)
▪️Medals awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and ribbons to 4th, 5th, 6th
▪️All swimmers to wear red Portadown hats (if you have misplaced or damaged your hat you can purchase one tomorrow from a member of committee, cost £5
▪️Stay hydrated throughout the day
▪️pack 2 x hats, 2 x swimsuits, 2 x goggles, 2 towels, Water, fruit and light snacks
▪️Chant lets go Portadown, let’s go as loud and as often as you can!!!!!

Most importantly enjoy the day and swim hard!! Good luck everyone!!

#wearepasc #letsgoportadownletsgo


Dave McCullagh International 2020

Posted on 20th February 2020

Date: 20th – 23rd Feb 2020

Venue: Bangor Aurora

PASC have 3 swimmers competing at this prestigious international event over the next few days. Not only are the best swimmers in Ireland competing, but this year the event has attracted top swimmers from Britain and further afield as they try the new format for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with Heats in the evenings and Finals in the mornings.

The event is ticket-only and sold out, but it will be livestreamed via YouTube.

Watch Lillie-May, Megan and Daniel swim against the likes of Adam Peaty.

Let’s go PASC!

Further information

Programme of events



We are PASC

Posted on 19th February 2020

Not quite sure we have told you but did you know we are 50!!!! ???

Don’t worry we won’t let you forget as we have a few events up our sleeves to celebrate!

But what a year to turn 50, the club is going from strength to strength with more swimmers than ever in development and division swimming! We also are the current holders of the Armagh Cup and the Arthur McDonald cup!!!

As a club we are very proud of each and everyone of our swimmers and coaches!

#wearepasc #doublecupwinners #weare50 #weareawesome

Armagh Champs – Parent Support

Posted on 19th February 2020

I’m sure you are all very excited for the Armagh Championships being held in Newry on Saturday. PASC have a large team of swimmers entered and we really hope to retain this beautiful cup!

In order for the gala to be a success PASC are also required to supply a team of parent volunteers. In order to give as many parents as possible the opportunity to help out their club we have split the duties into sessions of a couple of hours each. In total we need 12 timekeepers and 6 marshals. ??‍♂️??‍♀️⏱

There will be a sheet at the club desk tonight for you to pick your slot for a time that suits you on Saturday. I know quite a few of you love helping so feel free to do a couple of slots if you wish!

If your new to the world of swimming galas and are perhaps nervous about volunteering for roles don’t be! Speak to the committee members at the desk tonight and they will talk you through what is required! Poolside views are the best!!!!??‍♂️??‍♀️

Club Photo ?

Posted on 18th February 2020

It’s official we now have a date for the new South Lake Leisure Centre opening on 15 August 2020! So from next season this will be our new home!

With this being our last ever season in Cascades we want to get a photo of our club swimmers tomorrow night at 7.30pm. With the impending Armagh Champs on Saturday we want to get a photo ? with the Cup and the Arthur McDonald Cup (while we still have them!) in our beloved pool before we move!

Can we therefore ask all swimmers to wear their club T-shirt’s poolside at this time.


Aquasprint vs Breifne

Posted on 17th February 2020

First Aquasprint of the season completed! Great swimming by all and especially those that were competing for the first time! Very close races with a final result of PASC 200 and Breifne 200!!

Thank you Breifne Swim Club for hosting and your fabulous supper for our hungry swimmers! Good luck with the rest of the season!

Thank to all parents who travelled the distance and helping with poolside duties. Not forgetting our coaches Steve, Frank, Julia, John, Dusty and Conor for support, encouragement and guidance poolside!

#wearepasc #teampasc #forestfeastaquasprint

Templemore Minor Open Gala 2020

Posted on 17th February 2020

An absolutely thrilling day at the Templemore Minor Open Gala in Lisburn on Sunday 16 FebruaryPASC were there in force showing what we are made off!!

The young ones kicked off the morning and for many not only their first ever gala outside club but also on the back of a strong performance and a late night at the Aquasprint!! They did not however let the nerves or exhaustion stand in their way! Every one of them smashing their PBs and lots of medals won!!

The afternoon session then brought out our seasoned pros!! And wow what fantastic swims they all put in! Again PBs destroyed and the medal collection getting even bigger!!

Congratulations to Katie, Dean, Ryan (25 Fly ?, 25m Breast ?, 50m Fly ?, 100m Fly ?), Georgia (25m Breast ?), Freddie, Oliver (25m Breast ?, 100m Breast ?, 50m Breast ?), Jorja (25m Breast ?), Scarlett, Lila, Gracie (25m Breast ?, 50m Breast ?, 50 Back ?, 100 Free ?), Markus (50m Free ?, 50m Breast ?), Sven, Alisia (100m Fly ?, 100m Free ?), Colm (50m Back ?), Sarah (100m Back ?), Anna (50m Back ?), Hannah, Jessica (50m Fly ?), Eva and Sara (50m Fly ?) ??

Thank you to Coaches Steve, Frank and Dusty for all your support, encouragement and praise at poolside for our swimmers!

Thank you Templemore Amateur Swimming Club for a fantastic day!

Irish Minor Schools Championships!

Posted on 10th February 2020

Well done to all our swimmers who competed on Sunday 9 February 2020 at the Irish Minors representing their schools! Some fantastic results when swimming against the best in all Ireland, smashing PBs!! And a very special well done to Ross, Alisia and Oliver who made the finals putting them in the top ten overall!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!

Congratulations Anna, Gracie, Josh, Alisia, Eimear, Emily, Ruby, Eabha, Hannah, Sara, Jodi, Ross, Ryan, Oliver, Leon, Colm and Markus!

So proud of having so many of our swimmers qualify at a National level showing their commitment and dedication! #wearepasc

Thank you to Coach Mark for all his guidance and encouragement poolside!

Our 17 swimmers were representing the following schools yesterday at Dublin:-
Kings Park Primary SchoolBocombra PSMarkethill PSPortadown Integrated Nursery and Primary SchoolPresentation Primary SchoolOrchard County Primary SchoolMillington Primary School, St John’s Eglish, St. Patrick’s Academy Dungannon, Moyallen PS, Clounagh Junior High SchoolPoyntzpass Primary SchoolBirches Primary SchoolLurgan JHS

Your Club Needs You!

Posted on 10th February 2020

In order for PASC to run we need to have 12 Committee Members, a number of vacancies have become available for next season.  This is your opportunity to get involved in your child’s club to ensure PASC remains a success and goes from strength to strength when we move to the new Leisure Centre.  Please speak to any Committee Member about how you can join, your help and support is greatly appreciated.  Without you we won’t have a club!

Land Based Training

Posted on 3rd February 2020

Well done to everyone who followed our January 2020 Challenge.  There will be a follow up sheet for February for all swimmers this week to build on the base that they have worked on throughout January.

Parent Support at Galas

Posted on 3rd February 2020

Due to our increased success and additional entries in Development/Qualifying/Open events (as well as PTL and Aquasprint) more Parent volunteers are required for duties such as timekeeping.  Going forward swimmers entries will only be accepted on the understanding that if required parents will carry out the duty assigned to them.

Parent Supervision Rota

Posted on 3rd February 2020

For the next two weeks, there will be a blank supervision rota at the Club Desk on Wednesday evenings.  We are trialling letting parents choose their pool supervision slots to try and prevent there being sessions with no parent present.  We ask that each parent with swimmers in Sharks and all big pool squads cover two pool sessions in each term, and those with 2 or more swimmers cover three.


Parent Supervision is a Swim Ulster requirement and swimming should not go ahead unless a parent is present at poolside.  Any parent who does not select suitable slots, will be placed into the slots that remain uncovered once this opportunity has passed.


We trust that this will be welcomed by parents to prevent parents being detailed to cover slots that simply don’t suit and to prevent the need to find suitable cover by another parent.


Thank you in advance for your support with this trial.

Dave McCullagh Gala

Posted on 3rd February 2020

This gala takes place in Bangor from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February 2020.  Three of our swimmers will be competing in this against top Irish, British and other International Swimmers.  This is a very proud moment for PASC and we would encourage as many of you as we can to go and support Lillie-May, Daniel and Megan swimming against the World’s best!

Changes to Newsletter!

Posted on 3rd February 2020

This will be the last weekly Newsletter, instead the Newsletter will now be updated on a monthly basis providing you with dates for your diary.


Don’t panic however all the news, photos and events will still be updated regularly on our website and FaceBook page.


All gala information including closing dates will be published on our website under the event section and will be available at the Club Desk every Wednesday.


The next Newsletter will be uploaded in early March.


Waterpolo Course

Posted on 3rd February 2020

Two of our Coaches completed their Level 1 Waterpolo Coach Course with Swim Ulster in Lisnasharragh over the weekend (1&2 February 2020).  Well done to Paul and Ian on completing this!  Also a big thank you to all our members who travelled to Lisnasharragh to help out with the coaching course by participating in the water for 2 hours without rest!

Spring Qualifying Meet – Bangor Feb 2020

Posted on 3rd February 2020

Well done to all our swimmers competing in the Spring Qualifying Meet at Bangor on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 February 2020! Overall a very successful weekend:-

  • 17 competitors entered
  • 61 swims
  • 29 PBs
  • 24 Division 2 qualifying times
  • 12 podium finishes!!!

Congratulations Martin (?200 Breast), Alisia (?50 Free, ?50 Fly), Ella, Joshua (?200 Breast), Ross (?200 Breast), Eimear McD (?200 IM, ?100 Back, ? 200 Back, ?50 Fly), Daniel McD(?100 Fly, ?50 Free), Sarah, Leon, Lillie-May(?50 Fly), Ellen, Hannah, Eimear T, Daniel V (?200 Fly), Jessica, Dmitry!

Thank you to all the coaches poolside!

Land Based Training

Posted on 26th January 2020

Keep up the good work with the Land Based Training exercises that have been sent home with you!  Just under two weeks to go!!


Hopefully now you have progressed and are doing these exercises multiple times during the day!

Development Meet 3 – Newry

Posted on 26th January 2020

Well done to all our swimmers competing today (Sunday 26 January 2020) in the Development Meet 3 at Newry! Once again every single swimmer had a PB and lots of medals were won! Congratulations Martin (?200 IM, ?200 Free, ?100 Breast), Colm, Ryan (?50 Fly), Georgia, Eoin, Gracie (?100 Back) and Oliver!

PTL vs Cookstown

Posted on 26th January 2020

Huge congratulations to our PTL team last night at home vs Cookstown!

Cookstown were a very strong team but our swimmers put in an excellent performance and we took the victory! Score PASC 574 Cookstown 560!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers and coaches on poolside, and also to parents supplying a wonderful supper!

Bangor Winter Festival January 2020

Posted on 20th January 2020

Well done to all our swimmers who competed at the weekend in the Bangor Winter Festival.  Excellent swimming and results by all swimmers, with everyone of them achieving PBs!  Congratulations to Max, Alisia, Ross, Eimear McD, Leon, Lillie-May, Eimear T, Dmitry, Joshua and Daniel! Check out Facebook to see all the photos and results.

U13 Blitz Gala – Sunday 12 January 2020

Posted on 20th January 2020

Well done to our U13 team who competed in Lisnasharragh on Sunday.  The team is improving greatly with every outing and put in some impressive wins, taking their last match 7-0!!!

Christmas Fun Night 2019

Posted on 20th January 2020

Happy New Year to all our members, their families and friends of PASC!  We hope you all had a great Christmas and are ready for the rest of the season ahead!


Thank you to all those who attended our fun night, joined us for mulled wine and of course generously donated to Club funds, this was all greatly appreciated.


We also like to thank everyone that purchased raffle tickets for our Christmas Hampers, we raised a great amount for Club funds.


Congratulations to all the lucky winners, Freddie, Fran, Parks family, Burkamp family, Sam & Ben McB, Andrea, Lesley and Ashlene.  We hope you enjoyed your hampers and goodie bags over Christmas!


Make sure you check out Facebook to see Santa taking his last ever dive at Cascades!

Waterpolo Skills Clinic

Posted on 20th January 2020

Well done to Lucy, Emily, Eoin H, Eoin McK and Darragh who showed great dedication setting down the selection boxes and burning off all that turkey by attending the Christmas Skills Clinics on 27 December 2019 in Bangor Aurora.  A great day was had by all!

Ards Junior Open Christmas Meet 2019

Posted on 8th December 2019

Congratulations to our 12 swimmers who competed in the Ards Christmas Gala on Saturday 7 December 2019.  Again our young swimmers going from strength to strength, getting faster and stronger with every gala.  Some swam in both morning and afternoon sessions and give it their all to the bitter end!  PBs were demolished and plenty of medals won! Well done to Oliver, Ryan, Sven, Marcus, Jasmine, Alisia, Millie, Gracie, Lila, Sofyia, Tegan, Eimear, Jessica, Eva and Ruby!  Check out FB for photos and medal results.  Full results available on Meet Mobile App.

Swim Ulster Development Gala 2 – Armagh

Posted on 2nd December 2019

Congratulations to our 8 swimmers who competed in the second Development Meet of the season in Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh on Sunday 1 December 2019.  This was an absolutely brilliant days swimming by our competitors and every single one of them annihilated their PBs and lots of medals were also won!  For some this was their first ever development gala and for others this was their last as they achieved the qualifying times they needed to move on! Well done to Ruby, Eva, Sarah, Georgia, Eoin, Leon, Ryan and Oliver!

Thank you also to coaches Mark and Paul, and also parent volunteers for time keeping!


Swim Ulster Skills Meet

Posted on 24th November 2019

Well done to our younger swimmers who completed the Swim Ulster Skills Meet in Lurgan on Sunday.  They all enjoyed the day and gave it their best!

PTL Away to Coleraine

Posted on 24th November 2019

Our PTL team travelled to Coleraine on Saturday for their third PTL gala of the season.  Coleraine had a very strong team and although our swimmers gave it their all with some very close races unfortunately it didn’t go our way on the night with the final score Coleraine 616 and Portadown 528.  Thank you to all our swimmers, parents and Coaches who travelled the distance.  We will come back fighting at our next one at home on 25 January 2020!


Be sure to check out the video on Facebook of our very talented swimmers show casing their other talents on the bus journey home!!!!

Swim Ulster Autumn Blitz – U13 Waterpolo Team

Posted on 24th November 2019

Congratulations to our U13 Waterpolo Team who were competing in the Swim Ulster Autumn Blitz on Friday night.  The pressure was on following the success of the U11 team last week!  In all they played 3 very tough matches with nail biting finishes.  The team played well together gaining some excellent points and showing improvement throughout.  The team is going from strength to strength, well done Eoin McK, Eoin H, Lucy, Elsie, Emily, Annie, Rebekah, Rachel and Sarah!

Swim Ulster Short Course Championships

Posted on 18th November 2019

We had 7 swimmers who competed in these championships over the weekend from Friday to Sunday.  This is a massive progression for our club and huge step up for these swimmers.  They represented the club fabulously with some fantastic swimming on show and PBs achieved.  Lillie-May qualified for the finals in 50m Butterfly finishing in an unbelievable 5th place! A massive well done to Max, Megan, Lillie-May, Daniel, Dmitry, Joshua and Ellen.


Swim Ulster Autumn Blitz – U11 Waterpolo Team

Posted on 18th November 2019

Well done to our U11 Waterpolo team who competed in the Swim Ulster Autumn Blitz in Belfast. For some of the players this was their first time playing competitively and they did not disappoint!  In all they played 5 hard matches, improving their performance with each game and securing some important wins.  Each player gave it their all, representing their club with passion and enthusiasm!  Congratulations to Gracie, Emily, Ruby, Roland, Micah, James, Anna, Elise and Lucy!

Lauren Archer – Number 1 World Ranking!!

Posted on 18th November 2019

Global Swim Series – Lauren Archer


We have a No1 World Ranking Competitor in our midst!! Well done Lauren on this fantastic achievement.


GSS is the largest swim series in the world, with 100,000+ swimmers! It is a series of open water swims where competitors from all over the world compete and gain points on time and participation.  Lauren has competed in 17 of these with 1st place in 11 swims, giving a her a massive lead.  Hopefully Lauren can hold this place now the Southern Hemisphere have started their season in earnest.


And if this wasn’t enough Lauren also won the Open Water Swimmer Ireland Series!

War Memorial Gala

Posted on 11th November 2019

Congratulations to each and everyone of our swimmers who took part in the War Memorial Gala in Bangor last night. PASC continuing its excellent form and pulling in more excellent results! Mixed Open (Lillie-May, Megan, Daniel and Max) and 14 year old boys (Eoin, Leon, Ross and Martin) both made 1sr Reserve for 200m Medley finals and the 12 year old girls (Jodi, Alisia, Eimear McD and Hannah) flying into the finals for 200m Freestyle!!!! Well done everyone!

Thank you also to our Coaches who helped out on poolside!


Arthur McDonald Gala – CUP WINNERS!!!!!

Posted on 6th November 2019

Well done to each and every one of our young swimmers who participated in the Arthur McDonald gala on Saturday  November 2019, for many it was their very first gala.  38 swimmers took part and almost all of them made finals and we had swimmers in 31 out of 32 finals!


In the D (11 year old) Boys finals its fair to say PASC owned it with 6 swimmers in each event!! And also Orla and Gracie winning the overall girls cups!


As for poor Conor, well he ended up in the pool again!! This is becoming a habit!!!



Larne Sprints

Posted on 6th November 2019

Well done to Hannah and Joshua who competed in the Larne Sprints on Saturday 2 November, fantastic swimming by both!  Personal bests and medals achieved!!

Enniskillen Gala

Posted on 6th November 2019

Congratulations to Sarah who competed in the Enniskillen Gala on Sunday 3 November, achieving a Gold in IM and silver in freestyle and back! Fantastic swimming!

PTL Success

Posted on 28th October 2019

Congratulations to our PTL team who put in an excellent performance against Lecale at the weekend! Final score Portadown 620, Lecale 524.  Well done everyone and lets keep that performance up for the rest of the season!

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.

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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