At the end of 2021, the Farnham Swimming Club (FSC) had a lot to celebrate.
Despite the pools being closed, the club maintained a regular routine of fun Zoom workouts during the lockdown, which helped the swimmers stay in shape for their return to the pool.
Members of the competitive teams wasted no time getting back to training and it has been an incredibly busy season.
Zack Westhead represented FSC in December at the National Winter Championships in Sheffield.
Between September and December, FSC swimmers competed in competitions hosted by Rushmoor Royals, Wycombe District Swimming Club and three competitions hosted by Hart Swimming Club.
A highlight of the season has, of course, been the National Swimming League in the arena where selected swimmers have the opportunity to compete as a team rather than individually.
This year, FSC were promoted to Division One West, putting them in competition with clubs such as Guildford City and Hart – and the swimmers have certainly made the FSC proud!
The talent, energy and enthusiasm of the swimmers – and the deafening cheers of the parent spectators – put FSC firmly on the map.
FSC is proud to be a close-knit community and while some swimmers were back in the pool after the lockdown like ducks in the water, some found the return more difficult and had to overcome anxieties related to form physical and competitive swimming.
All of the coaches, led by Head Coach Sean Bailey, put mental wellness at the forefront of swimmer development and have helped all club members regain their confidence to achieve their goals.
The age of swimmers at FSC ranges from four to 58 years old. Our Learn to Swim program on our Academic Teams focuses on establishing and developing a swimming technique that helps swimmers progress to fitness or competitive teams to continue their love of swimming.
At the other end of the spectrum are the Masters, which compete regularly at the national level.
There was a short and well-deserved break for FSC swimmers over Christmas, but training resumed at the start of the New Year.
The deadline to reach the Surrey County qualifying times is January 19 and those selected for the County Championships will compete next month at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, as well as the prestigious London Aquatics Center – for the first time. In two years !
So there is a lot to look forward to – including the epic Masters v Kids club gala where the Masters will once again strive to beat the Kids, the reigning champions of the last two galas, by any means possible!
Anyone with a child who loves to swim and wants to learn more can email [email protected] and drop by the club for a free trial.
They train primarily at the Farnham Leisure Center and we have openings for swimmers of all skill levels. Whether you want to swim competitively or for fitness, there is a team for everyone!
By Catherine Virji