Christmas Training

December 11th, 2014

Sunday 14th December: 19:00 -Verier 800m & 1500m swim

Wednesday 17th December: 19:00 -Verier Relay Trophy

Last session

Saturday 20th December:

16:00 1st hours Inflatable session

17:00 other hours Inflatable session

18:00 Swimming Training session

Tuesday 30th December: 06:00 swim session

Friday 2nd January: 06:00 swim session

Swimming returns to normal on Sunday 4th January.

ASA Masters National Championships 2014

November 15th, 2014

British Gas ASA National Masters & Senior Age Group Championships 1 24th – 26th October 2014

Crediton & District Swimming Club now has a National Champion amongst its ranks

The weekend is the pinnacle of the masters swimming calendar. It is the culmination of all the training, ploughing up and down the pool, and covering thousands of metres in the pursuit of great times and results. This year, one of the coaches in particular (Martin), used his experience and invested time in changing and developing the strokes, so we were ready and in the right condition to perform on the big stage and what a weekend it turned out to be.

Three of the four travelling swimmers were not 100%, although each recorded season’s bests in their speciality strokes and distances. Rob was still recovering from a rib injury, while Matt and Emma have had a very busy year getting married and moving into their own home in Exeter. They were great support throughout the weekend, even when I had lost my van keys and had to diversify so that Rob and I returned home safely. One of the things I will take away from the weekend is the support we have for each other; before, during and after racing (in the pub) and this was backed up by the Devon fraternity, including many from Exmouth and a few from Totnes and Tiverton who would watch and encourage each swim we swam.

Back to the swimming and the weekend it turned out to be. By the end of day I won two bronze medals in the 200m Butterfly (2.37.31) in a season’s best and the 200m Breaststroke (2.45.95), 4 seconds inside my personal best.
By the end of day 2 I added gold after a slow start in the 100m Butterfly in the morning, followed by a determined 50m Freestyle (27.70) in a time not achieved for 6 years. It was during the evening that I swam my swim of the nationals in the 400m Individual Medley. With my nearest rival next to me going out and leading the first 200, I had to dig deep and came back and won by 5 seconds – My first ever gold at the nationals. After fuelling up and some sleep we were back at the pool on Sunday morning for day 3 and the 200m Freestyle. By now my body was falling apart but spurred on by the win the previous day I swam another lifetime PB (2.14.24). The last swim of the meet was the 200m IM, where I came 4th last year and I knew another PB was required to win a medal, and a PB was recorded (2.28.43), which gave me a silver medal. I finished the championships with 5 PBs and 4 medals – I was chuffed.
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Club Championships 2014

October 31st, 2014


Club championship entry forms have been released and are available on the noticeboard or are attached below. Times must be entered for each event (check the results section on the website if you haven’t been writing times in your log book). Entries must be in by the 16th November with the £5 fee.

Remember that we have made a change to trophies this year with the top 3 points scores receiving a trophy in each age group (see the most recent newsletter for details [please e-mail if you haven’t had it). All participants will receive a medal at the presentation evening on Saturday 17th January 2015.

We expect all members of C&DSC to enter the club championships as this is the perfect environment to practice the skills learnt in training and experience competitive swimming.

Club Champs Entry Form 2014

Crediton Gala 18.10.2014

October 23rd, 2014

Well done to everyone who swam in the home gala. Please update your log books as loads of PBs were swam.


Attached are all the times swam at the competition: Crediton Gala 18th October 2014


Devon Masters 2014

September 23rd, 2014

Junior swimmers step up to Seniors and medal at Devon Championships

Two of the older club swimmers (Daniel Mather and Chelsea Pincott) moved up to the senior level and won 5 medals between them giving the Crediton team of 5 (including Matt Hockin, Emma Hockin and Darren Beer) 13 medals in total. The outstanding swims of the day belonging to Chelsea who won the 100m Backstroke from a strong field and Daniel PBing in the 100m Freestyle to come second. He also won second in the 100m IM, while Chelsea came third in the Freestyle events.

Matt and Emma had a small disruption to their training prior to this event by getting married (congratulations to them both), followed by a honeymoon and then to top it off – they moved into their own house the day before the gala. Emma nearly broke her toe in the warm up, but this did not deter them from putting down the markers for the forthcoming Nationals in October with Matt winning all three of his swims (50m Fly, 50m and 100m Freestyle) and Emma winning a silver in the 50m Breaststroke. Darren won three of his four races and finished off with a season’s best in the 200m Freestyle.

Daniel 100m FC 1:04.04 (2nd), 100m IM 1:17.97 (2nd)
Chelsea 100m BK 1:21.00 (1st), 100m FC 1:14.65 (3rd), 50m FC 33.32 (3rd)
Matt 50m Fly 33.62 (1st), 50m FC 28.84 (1st), 100m FC 1:04.24 (1st)
Emma 50m BR 39.13 (2nd), 50m FC 31.44
Darren 50m BR 36.05 (1st), 50m Fly 31.18 (2nd), 100m IM 1:11.23 (1st), 200m FC 2:17.58 (1st)

Devon County Development Gala 2014 – Session 1

July 12th, 2014

Day 1 – As I walked up to the Life Centre I met with Katherine Prosser and her dad then Andrew Millar followed shortly by Erin Johnson and her mum.  Nervously they followed me to get changed and onto poolside.  Hannah Jones and dad then found us then finally Tom Stoyle.


Warm ups completed, Katherine and Erin were first to swim, then Hannah in the 200 Breaststroke.  All gained PBs – Hannah missing 3rd position by 1 second but she did do a 6 second PB.  Tom swam a 9 second PB in the 200 Backstroke and Hannah a 4 second PB in the 100 Freestyle.


We had some amazing swims and everyone did at least one pb and came away with 3 silver medals and l bronze.  James Hudson missed gold on his 100m Breaststroke by 0.02 of  a second having already swum 1500m.


Times were as follows:

Erin Johnson – 100 m Fly 1.54.78, 200 m Breaststroke 4.05.45

Katherine Prosser – 200m Backstroke 3.55.26, 200m Breaststroke 4.31.16

Andrew Millar  – 200m Breaststroke 3.49.36, 100m Freestyle 1.29.53, 200m Freestyle 3.05.10, 100m Breaststroke 1.49.11

Hannah Jones – 100m Freestyle 1.20.06, 100m IM 1.28.70, 200m Breaststroke 3.24.25 (4th), 100m Breaststroke 1.37.00 n(2nd)

James Hudson – 1500m Freestyle 21.38.13 (3rd), 100m IM 1.19.09, 100m Breaststroke 1.25.21 (2nd)

Jacob Allman – 100m IM 1.36.01, 200m Freestyle 3.08.37, 100m Breaststroke 1.43.11

Darcey Boyce – 400m Freestyle 6.27.55 (2nd), 200m IM 3.17.96 (4th), 100m IM 1.36.80, 200m Freestyle 3.03.23

Rianna Pincott – 200m Freestyle 3.50.45

Lettie Cowling – 400m Freestyle 6.01.39 (4th) 200m IM 3.33.56

Visit to Plymouth Life Centre for Training and Ice Skating

July 12th, 2014

What an excellent day this was. A trip to the pool for a training session followed by ice skating. Around 50 swimmers and three swimming coaches made the journey down – A big thank you to all the coaches (Jane, Jenny and Ian) that volunteered their time to make the training session possible. For those that have not been to the centre it is a formidable sight walking out on to poolside to see a 50m X 25m 10 lane pool, with a small pool at one end and a 25m diving pit at the other.  The training session was soon under way with more than half the pool being used by Crediton and this was a great spectacle seeing 50 club swimmers of all ages ploughing up and down to a specially devised set by Jane B. The international diving blocks were well utilised for one of the sets and practice towards the end, but the hardest bit of the set was trying to get out of the pool at each end – especially for some of us older swimmers. Some of the swimmers enjoyed it so much they wanted to keep going, but after an hour it was time to change and refuel for the ice skating. We had the ice skating rink to ourselves, so boots on, and off everyone went so elegantly around the rink…………..well, maybe two or three, the rest were clinging on to each other or the wall. Once the penguins and polar bears were out (not real ones) people became more and more confident and let go of each other and skated. The confidence did come at a price – knee, head, elbow injuries and any other part of the body that came into contact with the ice, wall or another person. By the end everyone was skating and laughing, even Ian J showed us his skills on the ice. There was a great atmosphere in the rink, which carried on coming home on the coach, except for some so called singing at the back of the bus. I also have to say everyone was so well behaved, including the adults and were a credit to the club, bring on the next one.


Pictures to follow.



Ross on Wye Masters Meet

June 24th, 2014

The Masters of Crediton & District Swimming Club went to Ross-on-Wye for the  Cinderfords birthday bash competition. The team of Rob Brimacombe, Darren Beer and Matt Hockin came away with 5 overall event wins. Darren and Rob also won their age groups by gaining the most points from their swims and Matt came 2nd in his age group. The team won 3 pots of chutney for all their hard work. Well done team!Wales Masters

Volunteers Week

June 10th, 2014

The week of the 1st-7th June was National Volunteers Week and Crediton & District Swimming Club would like to recognise and thank all the marvellous volunteers involved in its running for their hard work and time.  The club has been running for 12 years and now has well over 100 members who can train up to five times a week, under the superb Head Coach, Jane Brimacombe and Assistant Coach Martin Williams.

The current Chairman, Rob Brimacombe has worked relentlessly to produce a club with not only an exemplary training programme but also a fun, social side too.  (This weekend club members had the opportunity to train in the 50m pool in Plymouth and then ice skate afterwards).

The club, however, could not function without the dedication of its volunteers who, more often than not, work tirelessly   behind the scenes giving their time,  expertise and support.  So a big thank you, always felt, but perhaps not often enough said to :-

Rob Brimacombe – Chairman

Sinead Partridge  - Secretary

Claire Slee – Treasurer

Ian Jones – Welfare Officer

Pam Bedford – PR Officer

Darren Beer – Competition Secretary

Louise Peters – Fundraising Officer

Helen Frost – Equipment Secretary

Jane Brimacombe – Head Coach

Martin Williams – Assistant Coach

Peter Brewer – Trophy Secretary

Matthew Hockin – Membership Secretary

Jenny Wood – Committee Member

Stephen Laird – Committee Member

Pam Penny – Committee Member

Jenny Sanders – Volunteer Co-ordinator

Andy Cole and Chris Furze – Lifesaving Instructors

Chris Mann  - Coach

We also have a number of young volunteers who give their time and energy coaching on poolside whilst completing  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme .  We are always grateful for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Jenny Sanders, Volunteer Co-ordinator


Exmouth Club Gala – 17th May 2014

May 29th, 2014

Crediton swimmers swim personal bests at Exmouth

There were some excellent swims at Exmouth with 75% of the races swam in personal best times. Crediton were pitched against Exmouth A+B and Sid Vale, with Exmouth swimming at Western League Level 2, so the club did well finishing just behind the other two. Crediton did win 4 races, with Andrew Millar in the 100m FS, James Hudson in the 100m BR, James Mann in the 100m BR and Chelsea Pincott in the 100m BK. There were plenty of other notable swims, but looking through the list of swimmers everyone did the club proud. The younger members knocked 10-15 seconds off some of their PBs. Quite a few swam strokes and distances they would not normally compete at. Some swam with illnesses and injuries. Others swam one or even two age groups above and some swam even when they really did not want to be there but what they all did was swim for the team.

Also, a big thank you; to the parents for getting them there and cheering the team on, those that helped from poolside organising the swimmers, coaching and giving encouragement and the swimmers themselves for putting in the effort.


From l-r: Darren, James H, Dylan, Anton, Ian, Cameron, Charlie, Tom, Chelsea, Andrew, James M, Sara, Darcy, Amber, Grace, Hannah, Julie-Anne, Georgia, Brooklynne, Rachel, Abbie, Martin and Jane Not pictured: Sue, Jake, Daniel, Lucy, Lettie and Kathryn

From l-r: Darren, James H, Dylan, Anton, Ian, Cameron, Charlie, Tom, Chelsea, Andrew, James M, Sara, Darcy, Amber, Grace, Hannah, Julie-Anne, Georgia, Brooklynne, Rachel, Abbie, Martin and Jane
Not pictured: Sue, Jake, Daniel, Lucy, Lettie and Kathryn