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Beckenham SC Club Championships 2014/5 - Events 7 - 12

13 October 2014

At The Beckenham Spa. Sign in 5.30 pm, warm up 6pm


Rushmoor Royals 11th 2014 Autumn Open Meet

25/26 October 2014

Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, Rawlinson Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2LQ



Beckenham Swimming Club


Beckenham Swimming Club welcomes you to its web site. We hope that you will find all the information that you require about our club, which has been established since 1893.

All our members are valued and it is always exciting for us to have new members as this brings in enthusiasm, passion and talent. We wish every member personal success in their swimming.

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 Men’s, Women’s, Junior and Mini teams.

Our 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.

Further information about the squads, locations and training times can be found on the SQUADS web page. 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 swimmers end season with national and 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.


Beckenham SC Rising Stars Meet 2014

Sunday 23rd November 2014.

Level 3 Licensed Short Course Open Meet

Under ASA Laws and FINA Technical Rules of Swimming

License No. 3LR4500 Sunday 23rd November 2014



The competition will be swum in the following age bands: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 with ages determined as at Midnight, 23 November 2014).


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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.


England Talent camp in Portugal Ė how it was for me

4th August 2014.

Kunmi Ogunfeibo, who trains with Top Squad and has swum with Beckenham from an early age, was invited to go to Portugal with England Talent in July. These are his thoughts on his experience:

Aside from the racing, the experience was most definitely noteworthy. There were 28 swimmers. I knew quite a few of them from the world school games in Brasilia (World School Games) late last year, so I felt a lot more relaxed and comfortable.

At 8pm we arrived at the Portuguese airport and waited there for over an hour and a half for the buses to take us to our hotel. None of us had eaten since the afternoon and we were all stating to get very hungry. If anything, being in Portugal with scheduled meal times really made me appreciate the freedom of flash snacking back home. It was especially uncomfortable having to hear your belly growl whilst waiting for all the races to finish in the final sessions of each day.

There was a significant transition in atmosphere from the morning to the evening sessions. Similar to our own Nationals, the lights illuminated the pool and everyone there was supporting their team in each event they swam in.

There were those horrible occasions where we would have to walk to the pool and back to the hotel. Each journey took around 10 to 15 minutes and it didnít help having to do it twice over 3 days. If the trek up the hills on the way back from the pool wasnít enough, the sun over our heads really didnít help.

The England team had a routine land-based session before we did our pool warm up to prepare us for the forthcoming sessions. This consisted of: abs, squats, bridges and running on the spot. It was a bit tiring.

We also had to do urine tests in the morning after we woke up so that the coaches could monitor our hydration levels. Initially mine was extremely over the limit. Finishing the only bottle of water I brought from Gatwick on the plane didn’t help me. However with each day, my hydration got better and that was pleasing to see. Its good that I am now aware of just how much water I need to drink to maintain my hydration levels so that my performance does not suffer.

I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend this meet. I am looking forward to Nationals next week.


London Regions Youth Championships 2014

5th May 2014

Held on 3rd, 4th and the morning of 5th May 2014 at the Olympic Pool – the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford.

WOW what a weekend!!  Beckenham ’s older swimmers produced some great performances at this year’s London Regions Youth Championships, held at the 50m Olympic Pool at the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford on 3rd, 4th and 5th May. The individual age categories were 15/16 years and 17 years and over, with relay teams being aged between 15 and 18 years old.

The venue proved to be a great success with fantastic facilities in a beautiful setting, and the additional bonus of the opportunity to watch Tom Daley going through his paces during a training session in the adjoining diving pool. With all cameras in the spectators’ gallery being directed towards the diving pool, the swimmers had to put on a good show to ensure attention was drawn back to the racing, and indeed that is exactly what our swimmers did. Both the Men's and Women's 4X100 Medley Relay & 4X100 Freestyle Relay have qualified for the Nationals after a superb performance and we also had many pb’s after numerous finals and also a few more individual National times and quite a lot of close National times. Well done to you all and a big well done to Tony Beckley, lets hope we can have a few more NQT at our Beckenham Open this weekend.

Picture of the Medal Ceremony for the Men's (1st) 4X100M Medley Relay at the London Champs.

Picture of the Medal Ceremony for the Women's (3rd) 4X100M Medley Relay at the London Champs


The Marcus Humphrey-Gaskin Trophy

20th February 2014

Marcus first started swimming competitively for Beckenham Swimming Club in April 2001 at the age of ten. He was placed in Club Squad and soon his coach has become aware of many of Marcus’s qualities, some of which included reliability, commitment, discipline, focus and determination. He was also incredibly courteous and well-mannered and with a happy disposition.

Marcus has only been at the Club for a couple of months and his coach already started presenting him as an example of what she was expecting from her squad.

Marcus continued swimming for the Club for a total of 8 years and it has always been his intention to return after his studies to swim in the Masters. During his time at the Club, he has taken part in various swimming competitions, in particular the Areana League, where he gained points for his Club.

Marcus left in 2009 to study at the University of Sheffield. Sadly, he passed away in March 2011 aged 20 while in the 2nd year of his studies.

The committee of Beckenham Swimming Club have kindly set up a trophy in Marcus’s memory to reward swimmers with those same qualities and for this gesture, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

It is with great delight that we present the trophy to a swimmer who has the same qualities as Marcus. The inaugural winner of the Marcus Humphrey-Gaskin Trophy for the Ultimate Club swimmer is Harry Ingamells.

Harry Ingamells winner of the Marcus Humphrey-Gaskin Trophy for the Ultimate Club swimmer, with Maria Humphrey-Gaskin

Luke Gunning presenting Maria with a Thank you Bouquet, and Fiona Peasron who delivered the speech.



Peter Sutherland – Winner of the Edward G. Maples Memorial Trophy 2013

10th February 2014

Peter Sutherland of Beckenham Swimming Club has been awarded the Kent County Amateur Swimming Association Edward G. Maples Memorial Trophy. This trophy is awarded annually to any club officials, administrator or voluntary worker in Kent whose services to the disciplines of swimming are worthy of recognition.

The award was presented to Peter by Kay Grimshaw, President of the Kent ASA. In its nomination.

Beckenham Swimming Club had this to say about Peter: “Peter has run our successful and popular Masters section single-handedly for a great many years and his effectiveness in the role, together with the continued success and popularity of Masters swimming, make him a tremendous volunteer asset to our club. Peter has not only been a Past President of the club, but is also a Life Member and himself an active Masters competitor. He is the driving force behind Masters swimming at Beckenham and is a major influence on Masters swimming in the wider area.

His success and desire to encourage ‘younger’ Masters has been a success not only in itself, but has enabled him to retain many older swimmers in the pool. This broad age profile reflects the depth of interest in Masters swimming at Beckenham and is a testament to Peter’s lifetime dedication to the sport.”

Beckenham Swimming Club would like to congratulate Peter on this award. If you wish to find out more about Masters swimming at Beckenham, please contact Peter at


World Schools Games 2013 in Brazil

2nd December 2013

Luke Gunning, Natasha Sinha and Kunmi Ogunfeibo of Beckenham Swimming Club represented England at the World Schools Games in Brazil from 29th November - 3rd December 2013. England boys were third overall and the girls were first.



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