Beckenham Swimming Club

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Beckenham Swimming Club welcomes you to its web site. With over 300 members, Beckenham Swimming Club is a very successful swimming club and our members have gained success swimming at Club, County, District, National and International levels. We also have a Masters section for over 19 year olds and a very strong Waterpolo section running Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Junior and Mini teams.

Our Swimming coaches are professional and dedicated in the art of coaching to ensure every swimmer reaches their potential. In return, we expect dedicated commitment from every swimmer. Our Water Polo coaches have helped Beckenham players reach top honours over the past few years.

For more information or to speak to us about joining Beckenham Swimming Club, please contact the membership secretary or come along to The Spa in Beckenham on a Monday night to watch eight of our squads train between 6pm and 10pm. The membership secretary helps coordinate and run a number of trials for new members throughout the year.

Beckenham Swimming Club News


The closing date for the Beckenham Easter Open has been extended until further notice. Entries are being taken on a first come first served basis for those swimmers within or slightly outside the qualifying times.

As ever the Club needs helpers to assist in all the non technical roles. The Open is a major event for the Club and even helping for one session can lighten the load. If your child is swimming it is a great way to help the Club as well as avoiding long hours in the gallery.

We are also in need of raffle prizes / Easter themed chocolate and cakes to boost the lunch we provide for the Officials.  Squad reps from Silver, Gold and Top are organising their donations; maybe some of the younger squads could do the same.

Please let Julia know if you can help with any of the above.


Congratulations to Luke Gunning on his selection by British Swimming to represent GB at the forthcoming Multi Nation Open Meet in Lugano in May. This recognises Luke's hard work over the past few years including multiple National championships. Our Head Coach Tony Beckley has also been selected as one of the lead coaches for the trip. This builds on a particularly successful last 12 months for Tony who is the current holder of the British Swimming Coaches Association award as Disability Coach of the Year for his work with Paralympian Susie Rogers and London Coach of the Year.

Congratulations also to Lukas Antanavicius who has been selected in the Lithuanian squad for the European Youth Olympic Festival which is due to take place in Tbilisi in July/August 2015.

Well done all 3 of you.

From 1st March 2015 the rules which govern Licensed Open Meets have changed. This applies to our Club Championships. Most of our swimmers obtain their County Qualifying times at the Club Championships provided the Championships can be licensed. If the Championships are not licensed the children will not be able to use their times achieved at the Club Championships for entry into the Kents. As a result swimmers will need to enter Licensed Meets run elsewhere to achieve times which may prove more problematical for them and more expensive. It may also be worth noting that the new licensing criteria also mean that leagues cannot be licensed. So Kent Junior League and Arena League times will not be licensed and cannot be used for entry into County Championships. Swimmers are expected to enter the Club Championships in any event as this is a time when all the Club are present and camaraderie among the swimmers built up.

The new licensing Guidelines now require the following officials to be present at a Level Four gala – Club Championships.

Referee - Qualified to Judge 2S

Starter - Qualified to at least Judge 2

Judge of Stroke x 2 - Qualified to Judge 1

Chief Timekeeper x 1 - Doing the Judge 1 training and qualified as a timekeeper

Finish Judge x 2 - No qualification or training required.

Inspector of Turns / Timekeeper x 8 - Qualified as a timekeeper

Inspector of Turns x 4 - Qualified as a timekeeper.

The big change here is that Timekeepers need to be qualified so dragging parents off the balcony at the last minute in no longer an option. Also they need to be qualified as a timekeeper. Unfortunately Kent does not offer Timekeeper courses only Judge 1 courses, so although the requirement is for a qualified timekeeper we should read this as a Judge 1 in training.

Previously we were able to use any parent or swimmer over (16) as an official but the rules have been tightened by the ASA. We therefore need as many parents as possible to take the Judge 1 course and get the timekeeping bit signed off as a matter of urgency. The Club will bear the fee payable to the ASA for anyone undertaking the training. Please contact the Club Secretary Sharon McSpadden if you are interested in helping the Club in this way. Sharon’s email is


We are extending our closing date and therefore now accepting entries on a first come first served basis until further notice. Also, please contact Julia Maxwell at if your times are slightly outside the Qualifying Times in the Promoters Conditions as we may be able to accommodate you.


Luke, Micheal, Kunmi and Natasha were selected to swim for the London Regional Swimming Team that travelled to Amiens, France over the Valentines weekend to compete in the FNN Golden Tour 3rd International Meet. Tony was one of the London Region Coaches.

The championships proved to be of the highest quality with swimmers from France, Hungary, Germany, Sweden to name but a few. Throughout the weekend, World best times were swam and competition was very tough against Olympians and World Champions. Despite this the London Region team did well considering. Of the Beckenham Swim club swimmers, we all made Finals. My personal highlight was swimming in the next lane to multiple World Champion, Katinka Hosszú from Hungary and I was fortunate to swap hats with her at the end of the championships. We had a fantastic weekend and an incredible experience swimming against elite swimmers from Europe.

Luke, Micheal, Kunmi and Natasha selected to swim for the London Regional Swimming Team that travelled to Amiens, France.


Congratulations to Beckenham SC Masters Nick Bunclark who broke the Kent L/C Records in the 50m & 100m Butterfly and Iain Jameson who did likewise in the 50m Butterfly. The photo is of the winning 160+ Years IM Relay Team, reading from left to right, Nick Bunclark, Valentin Goverdovsky, Paul French & Iain Jameson.

Rather nice 70th celebration for Cilla at the Spa on poolside on the 22nd December 2014. All very ably mustered by Jo. Rousing “Happy Birthday to you…” from Gold squad, which she was covering, and then also from Silver (at least from those that had not run off!). Happy Birthday to Cilla from everyone in Beckenham Swimming Club!


Award winners at the KCASA Annual Council Meeting on the 13th December 2014.

Congratulations to Lauren Walton (Beckenham SC) KCASA Swimmer of the Year 2014 !

And also to well done to Beckenham SC Ladies/Girls who were the winners of the Keighley Memorial trohpy for being the points winners in the KCASA 2014 championships.

Photo: Lauren Walton (Beckenham SC) KCASA Swimmer of the Year 2014, receiving the award from Kathy Hooke at the Kent ACM 2014 on 13th DEC 2014.


Many congratulations to our head coach, Tony Beckley, who was recently awarded the London ASA award for the Top Seniors Swimming Coach - a prestigious award and recognition of the excellent coaching Tony provides for Beckenham's swimmers. Although he trains Top Squad, as Beckenham's head coach he oversees coaching for all the squads within the club.

The award was presented to Tony by Kathy Hook, the President of London ASA, at the recent London Winter Championships held at the London Aquatic Centre.

Tony Beckley receiving the award from Kathy Hooke


Many congratulations to Lauren Walton, now at Loughborough University, but a member of Beckenham Swimming Club from an early age, for being named Kent Swimmer of the Year last season.

Well done from all at Beckenham SC

Photo: Lauren Walton (Beckenham SC) KCASA Swimmer of the Year 2014, receiving the award from Kathy Hooke at the Kent ACM 2014 on 13th DEC 2014.


Beckenham Swimming Club Round 2 of the National Arena League

8th November 2014.

Beckenham Swimming Club A team were in action at the Spa and the B team were in at Medway Gillingham.


Success for Beckenham Players in Kent U16 Water Polo

9th November 2014.

Kent beat Sussex and Essex to reach the final where they played Middlesex. This match started off quite evenly matched and at half time the score was 4 - 2 to Kent. Kent then really turned on the power in the second half and ran away to finish clear winners by 11 goals to 3. Coach Simon Woolley said “This was a fantastic all-round performance by the Kent Team. Their performance in the final and several of the goals they scored were outstanding."

The team comprised: Billy Sawyer (gk) Freddie Pearson (capt) Thomas Karam Isaas Edey James Spencer-Boyce James Guthrie Simon Newton Henry Simpson Buzz Robb Joe Charuy Sasha Tinkler-Davies Zet Roper-Blackman Ten of these came from Beckenham.





We all know that Tony Beckley is a top coach, but it is wonderful to see his efforts and achievements being recognised beyond the club and the Spa. Tony was one of eight coaches from around the country to be honoured at the recent British Swimming coaches’ conference and awards dinner in Leeds.

He was presented with an award for “coaching excellence” in recognition of his work with Susie Rodgers. Susie took five golds and one silver at the Eindhoven 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in August. She also broke another British record last week on 400m freestyle, so many congratulations to her too.

Beckenham is very proud of both Susie and Tony, and it is terrific to see their achievements being acknowledged in this way.

Beckenham swimmers end 2013/14 season with national & international success

14th August 2014.

Beckenham Swimming Club’s top swimmers finished the year with a very successful trip to Sheffield for the British National Age Group and Youth Championships at the end of July and start of August. Tamara-Elise Elliott and Timothy Leberl represented BSC at the Age Group events, putting in some good swims and achieving a number of personal bests. Ruby Waters also participated in the open water race at Rother Valley Country Park.

Next it was the turn of the Youth swimmers, both in Sheffield and, for the open water events, at Rother Valley Country Park.

Top squad coach Tony Beckley took even more swimmers for individual events than last year’s bumper crop. Many fine PBs were achieved at the end of what had been a particularly long season, but particular congratulations must go to Lauren Walton, who came second in the Ladies’ Open Water 3km race and just a few days later won Bronze in the Open 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle events at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield.

Luke Gunning took Bronze in the 15Yr/16Yr 100m and 200m butterfly events and Kunmi Ogunfeibo won Bronze in the 17/18 Yrs 100m Backstroke as well as reaching the finals in the Open 50m Backstroke. Natasha Sinha reached the finals in the 17Yrs/18Yrs 200m butterfly.

Beckenham also fielded teams for the Ladies’ 4 x 100m freestyle event and the 4 x 100m medley event, in which the Beckenham girls improved significantly on their qualifying time. The boys entered the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle event, which was less successful, and the 4 x 100m medley relay, in which they qualified for the final. They finished a creditable seventh, having taken more than four seconds off their qualifying time.

For Beckenham to come away with six medals at Nationals is a real achievement, and follows a very successful season at all levels within the club. Lauren is currently competing at Senior level at the European Open Water championships in Berlin, a tremendous feat with which to top off her Beckenham career.

And Lauren is not the only BSC swimmer to compete on the international stage this summer. Susie Rodgers has had a fantastic IPC European Championships in Eindhoven, winning five Gold medals and setting a new British record for 50m freestyle. As well as her 50m freestyle Gold, Susie took Golds in 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly and in a relay event. She also won the Silver medal in the 100m backstroke.

Tony Beckley expressed his delight at Beckenham’s efforts throughout the club: “I couldn’t be more proud of all my swimmers this year both in and out of the pool,” he said.

Success at the Welsh Summer Nationals 2014.

2nd - 8th August 2014.

More succes for Beckeham Swimming Club at the Welsh Nationals 2014, Ned Moriaty, currently the fastest in the 200m Breaststroke (Long Course) at Beckenham Swimming Club reports:

At first I didn't know what to expect, as I was on my own although in contact with Tony by text. It was very different from having your coach there with you cheering you on, nonetheless after my first race I felt it was going to be a good meet. All the hard work in training started to pay off, the atmosphere was great with the home clubs cheering everyone on. I was swimming well and in the end managed to come home with 9 PB’s out of 10 races, having made it into 3 finals in Breaststroke and also gained a 3rd place bronze medal in the 400 IM. I was very pleased with my overall results and grateful for all the support from my team mates and my family.

Well done Ned !

Ned Moriaty 3rd in the 400m IM at the Welsh Summer Nationals 2014.


Stellar success at the Kents and London Regions

4th August 2014.

The end of the 2013-14 season is nigh and it is time to rinse out the swimming costumes and goggles and to hang them on the line to dry out for two or three weeks. The 5am alarm can be switched off and parents and swimmers can rejoin the life of normal mortals.

What better time, then, to reflect on what has been another fantastic season for Beckenham Swimming Club, with swimmers representing the club at county, national and international level? (I apologise now for any errors of omission or fact – all done with the best possible intentions.)

In the Kent county championships, held over several weekends in Gillingham in February and March, event best performance times were set by several swimmers. In the 13 year age group, Tamara-Elise Elliott set EPBs for 100m Back, 200m Back, 100m IM and 200m IM. Sophie Simpson (17-18 years) achieved an EBP in 100m Butterfly and Lauren Walton set a long-course EBP at 800m (Open).

For the boys, Joshua Ellis (9 years) achieved an EBP at 50m Freestyle, while Kunmi Ogunfeibo (Junior and Open) set new targets for 100m Free, 50m Back and 100m Back. Luke Gunning’s EBP came in the Junior 100m Butterfly with his brother Michael setting a new target in the 200m Free.

Beckenham swimmers also achieved new EBPs in the relay events, which were, as always, exhilarating to watch. There were new records in the girls’ 9-10 years 4x 50m Medley and the 13-14 years 4 x 50m Freestyle relays. In the Open category, the girls set new times for the 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Medley events. The boys also achieved EBPs for the 9-10 years 4 x 5om Freestyle and Medley events and the Open 4 x 100m Freestyle relay.

There were also countless individual wins at all ages and stages in the Kents. These started with Joshua (9 years, 50m Butterfly); Annabel Wilson (9 years, 50m Butterfly, 200m Free, 100m and 200m IMs). In the 10 years age group, there were wins for Lydia- Jane Mitchell (200m Breaststroke, 100m and 200m IMs) and for George Rates (400m Freestyle). Andrew Rowland (11 years) won the 100m IM.

Tamara achieved an impressive haul of gold medals with six wins in the 13 year age group: 100m and 200m Back, 100m Free and 100m, 200m and 400m IM. Ruby Walters took won the 50m Freestyle in the same age group. Sophie Lewis-Ward also walked away with six golds in the 14 year age group for the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle and, for variety’s sake, the 400m IM

In the 15 year age group, Ashley Hamilton won the 50m and 100m Butterfly events, while Lukas Antanavicius beat all-comers in the 200m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle races. Not to be outdone, Sian Rowe took four golds in the 16 years age group, for 50m Backstroke, 50m and 200m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle; and Kunmi Ogunfeibo won the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke events, plus the 50m and 100m Freestyle (Junior) races. Also in the 16 year age group, Harold Pearson won the 50m and 100m Breaststroke races.

Luke took gold for the Junior 100m Butterfly and the Open 200m Butterfly events, while Sophie Simpson won the 100m and 200m Butterfly races in the 17-18 year age groups. In the same category, Lauren triumphed at 800m Freestyle and 400m IM, and Toby Seriki won the 200m Backstroke. Jack Beddoes was awarded gold medals for the 200m, 400m and 1500m Freestyle events.

Two new county records were also set by BSC swimmers. While EBPs represent the best performances in a given event during the championships, county records are the best times recorded for an event at any time or place – a significant achievement by anyone’s reckoning. Michael Gunning set a new county record for the 200m Freestyle (1.51:40) and Sophie Simpson set a new target for the Ladies 100m Butterfly (1.02:12).

Overall, the Beckenham Men’s Team came second in the county championships and the Ladies’ Team were first – a phenomenal achievement of which the swimmers, their parents and coaches can be very proud.

At the London regional championships in May and June, held for the first time at the Olympic Park in Stratford, Beckenham swimmers again came home with hatfuls of medals, recording multiple personal bests and setting some event best performance times.

>In the age group competition, Lydia took Gold in 10/11Yr 200m Breaststroke, as did Andrew in the boys’ event for the same age group. Andrew was also first in the 10/11 Yr 100m Breaststroke. Tamara took Gold in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke events in the 14Yr age group.

In the Youth London Regions competition, Kunmi won both the 50m and 100m Backstroke in the boys 17 Yr category. Michael triumphed in the 17Yr and over 100m Butterfly and Lukas won the 1500m Freestyle in the 15Yr age group. The Beckenham Men’s Medley team – Kunmi, Harold, Louis Phillips and Luke – also won their 4 x 100m Medley relay.

As well as this astonishing roll-call of success at the Kents and London regions, the club’s swimmers also represented their county, swam at nationals and, in some cases, swam internationally. Kunmi, Luke and Natasha Sinha were chosen to represent GB in the World Schools Championships in Brazil last November. A number of swimmers took part in the British Gas International Meet in Manchester in May; these included Kunmi, Luke, Harold, Toby, Lauren and Sophie Simpson.


England Talent and beyond

A number of Beckenham swimmers were also chosen for England Talent training and camps: Kunmi, Tamara, Lauren, Luke and Jack.

Lauren has had an exceptional season, taking part in the British Championships (which were Commonwealth trials), where she came 8th; attending an England camp in Majorca where she competed in 5km and 7.5km races. She came third in both senior races in a glittering field of athletes. Kerry-Ann Payne came first. Lauren also came third in the Great North Swim elite race, which will be televised on Channel 4 on September 6. A further trip to Portugal saw Lauren as the second British female swimmer to finish, so that she qualified for the senior European Open Water team. This 10km race takes place in Berlin immediately after Nationals.

Lauren is not the only Beckenham swimmer heading for Europe on GB duty. Suzie Rodgers, who trains with Top Squad several times a week, has also had a successful season setting new British records. She is now in Eindhoven, competing in the European Championships.

All of Top Squad and all the coaches are very proud of what these ladies have achieved and wish them good luck in the events of the next few days and weeks. They are a great inspiration to those around them.


Heading for Nationals

This year Tony and Di are heading to Nationals with an even bigger group of swimmers – particularly participants in individual races (14?) – than last year. Many of those mentioned above are competing and we will try to produce a round-up once the races have been swum and possibly won. Those heading for the age group races include Tamara and Timothy Leberl ( who is competing in the 400m and 1500m events) and Ruby Waters, who is taking part in the Open Water event at Rother Valley Country Park.

As well as numerous individual events in the next few days, there will be senior relay events for both men and women, the last of which is on the last day of competition.

So, as you pack away the towels and training costumes for the best part of August, you can, perhaps, look back more fondly on all those early mornings in the cold and the wet, and late evenings when homework and supper beckon – the hard work does pay off.

Before you know it, it will be time to start again, and to make the 2014-15 season even better than the last. 


A humble hack’s apology

I apologise to any swimmer whose efforts have not been recognised in this round-up or any inadvertent mistakes in the retelling of past glories; I feel sure I have missed one or two at Manchester and I know that I have failed to reflect what a fantastic season Suzie has had.

My email is Do let me know what you have done, all of you.





Upcoming Events


Kent Primary Schools Championships 2015

21 March 2015

@ Medway Park


Beckenham SC Easter International Meet 2015

3rd, 4th and 5th April 2015

@Crystal Palace National Sports Centre


Bexley Long Course Licensed Meet 2015

11th April 2015

@Crystal Palace National Sports Centre


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Beckenham SC Easter International Meet 2015

@ Crystal Palace Sports Centre

3rd, 4th and 5th April 2015

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