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Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon

Sunday 23rd March 2014 - CONGRATULATIONS  TO ALL WHO TOOK PART

As part of the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games, the Sport Relief Swimathon took place on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at Leisure World Colchester.

The UK's biggest fundraising swimming event saw thousands of people jumping into hundreds of pools around the country.

For results go to:  www.swimathon.org


Capture those magical moments!!

Leisure World Colchester now has a professional photography service on site.

Quite simply...

  • They create beautiful, vibrant images of you and your family in and around swimming pools.
  • The professional Team knows the value of a smile and focus on fun, ensuring every photo session is a great experience.
  • From sleepy baby portraits to action shots, from family portraits to flume camera shots, from kids' parties to trendy underwater portraits, we have it covered.
  • The photographs of you and your family will be available to purchase at the on-site shop.

For more information click here:

Or Visit: http://www.londonphotocompany.co.uk/why-us.php


More Medal Success for Colchester at the Second Weekend of County Championships

Last weekend saw Colchester Swimming Club heading back down the A12 to Basildon for the second weekend of the 2014 Essex ASA Age Group Championships at the Basildon pool, returning home with a collection of new records and PBs on their way to another impressive 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze medals.  The total haul to 49 medals achieved so far in the competition is 5 more than last year's record breaking haul at this stage of the Championships.

Head Coach Michelle Young was once again impressed with her young team's performance and competitive attitude. "We had more swimmers qualifying this year for the second block of events and they had an excellent weekend, achieving some huge performances and personal bests to reach so many finals, achieve medal finishes and qualify for the Regional Championships after Easter.  I can't wait for the final weekend of events in 2 weeks time to see if the team can rise to the challenge and exceed last year's record final total of 71 medals.  The competition from the bigger Essex clubs is fierce, but our team spirit is fantastic and our swimmers deserve their success."

Asma Parker With no events in the 9 years category this weekend, it was 10 year old Naythan Aung who was the youngest Colchester swimmer to claim a medal.  After finishing 5th in the 400m freestyle on Saturday he went on to claim a superb Bronze medal on Sunday in the gruelling 400m IM in a great time of 6:03.07, no doubt inspiring fellow 10 year old Asma Parker to Gold in the very next event.  Having finished in the dreaded 4th spot in the 400m IM on Saturday, Asma came back strongly to win the Girls' 400m freestyle in a great time of 5:13.52, which was not only an impressive 25 seconds PB, but also a Regional Qualifying Time.

Gold medallist Olivia Norman 11 year old Olivia Norman continued her impressive form this year taking a deserved Bronze medal in the 400m IM in 5:40.53, before going on to dominate the 100m backstroke and set a Championship Record time of 1:11.03 in the final to claim Gold. She just missed out on another medal with a 4th place finish in the 400m freestyle in a very close race, despite a 13 second PB.  In the same age group, Jack Bowyer just missed out on a medal in the 400m IM, achieving an 8 second PB despite swimming with a closed black eye from playing rugby!

Bronze medallist Isabella Tanenbaum and Charlotte Atkinson In the 12 years age group, Isabella Tanenbaum set a new 4 second PB to qualify for the final of the 100m backstroke, where she improved her time again to 1:11.00 to claim a great Bronze medal, just ahead of team mate Charlotte Atkinson in 4th place who also set a new PB.  Jamie Coles won a Bronze medal in his final of the 100m breaststroke in yet another PB time of 1:23.00 and qualified for the final of the 100m freestyle.  13 year old Kalya Aung had a very busy weekend making several finals and taking home a deserved Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.

14 year old Spencer Prior made the final of the 100m backstroke, before he put in a superb 15 second PB swim in the 400m IM to claim a well deserved Silver medal. Team mate Martha Duley continued to add to her impressive medal collection in the Girls' 14 years age group, claiming Bronze in both the 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle, Silver in the 400m IM and then crowning her weekend with a Gold medal and a Championship Record in the final of the 100m backstroke in a new PB time of 1:05.19.

Gold medallist Kaythi Aung  Triple Breaststroke Gold medallist Philippa Davenall

Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung once again led by example, as the 15 year old set a Championship Record time of 59.38 to claim Gold in the final of the 100m freestyle, won another Gold in the 100m butterfly in 1:06.52 and fought off a strong challenge from a Romford swimmer to claim a Silver in the 400m freestyle by just 0.08 seconds.  To emphasise Colchester's depth of talent in this age group, Philippa Davenall claimed her third breaststroke Gold medal of this year's championships, winning the final of the 100m breaststroke in a superb time of 1:15.84, to add to her 50m and 200m titles, with team mate Chloe Rudkin also qualifying for the final.

With 15 year old Cameron Simpson finishing 4th in the final of the 100m butterfly and 17 year olds Sam Hobbins and Jarrod Bradfield making finals, where Jarrod won a Bronze in the 100m freestyle, Colchester's yellow hats were prominent in many of the weekend's finals.

Also qualifying and competing well this weekend were: Sophie Freeman, Finn Jeffrey, Eloise Sneddon, Bronte Jordan, Daisy Jackaman, Ellie Duley, Meg Adamson, Rory Bennett, Thomas Grieve, Brittany Lodge,  Alex Cole, James Buckingham, Jack Keane, Matt Lemnell and Sophie Howard.

At the end of the second weekend the Team Points were: 1st Romford 1934, 2nd Borough of Redbridge 1397, 3rd Chelmsford 1303, 4th Basildon Phoenix 1032, 5th, Colchester 1002, 6th Borough of Southend 526, 7th Borough of Waltham Forest 517, 8th Barking and Dagenham 478, 9th Killerwhales 429. 10th Thurrock 385.


Colchester Swimming Club off to a winning start in Round 1 of the Essex Mini League 2014

Colchester begin their 2014 campaign to regain the Essex Mini League title with a win in round 1.

To read all about it click here: pdf icon Essex Mini League [19kb]


The Princes Trust in partnership with Leisure World Colchester, Project Solutions and ACE recently ran a successful 2 week placement programme based at Leisure World Colchester.

12 students from the Clacton, Harwich, Colchester and Ipswich areas attend the course and all successfully passed.

  • Whilst attending they became qualified lifeguards and gained the NPLQ
  • Learnt about personal development, manual handling and valuable employability skills.
  • They gained a level 2 RSPH qualification in understanding Heath and Safety
  • Met prospective employers from the Heath and Leisure industry
  • They will receive up to 6 months additional support or mentoring to get help with job search skills and applications for vacancies within the industry.
  • For further in formation contact Richard Bertram on 07919 352 491 or 01473 228 844. Or email Richard.bertram@princes-trust.org.uk.

Rookie Lifeguard - Multi Award Winning!

Colchester Leisure World pupils win another Rookie Lifesaving Award

Rookie Lifesaving Instructor Sue Brown attended a presentation and collected another award recently at the Royal Lifesaving AGM.

This is the 3rd year Colchester Leisure World Swim School has received this honour for the most children achieving their Rookie Silver or Gold awards in a year. This shows the dedication from the lifesaving instructors and how the children have all worked hard and importantly really enjoyed passing their awards; some will no doubt go on to take their  National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications at Colchester Leisure World.

The junior award of the Royal Lifesaving Society contains survival, rescue, life-support and water safety. It fulfils all Key Stage 2 water safety elements of the National Curriculum. This award is for those who can swim three strokes at 50m each.

The Rookie Lifeguard is an excellent introduction to those wishing to go on to complete their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification when they reach 16 years of age.

Congratulations to all!

For more information on the Rookie Lifeguard Courses or National Pool Lifeguard Courses please visit Swim School Section on this website.

Rookie Lifeguard      Rookie Lifeguard 2


141203_6351 copy Leisure World Colchester  100%!

Approved Training Centre (ATC) Leisure World Colchester awarded 100%!

from recent IQL Quality Assurance visit

Chris Ling Business Manager Pools commented;

"this is a fantastic result and my congratulations and thanks go to Lynn Williamson who, as Colchester Leisure Worlds Trainer Assessor is responsible for all public courses and in house staff training.

Being an ATC benefits all our staff, customers and our organisation in a number of ways;

Staff have access to the ongoing training and competency online software that complies with swimming pool industry guidance and fully prepares staff for dealing with aquatic incidents and prepares them for their requalification.

Customers have peace of mind knowing lifeguards on duty have received an internationally recognised lifeguard qualification.

Leisure World has demonstrated the facility is delivering premier lifeguard courses."

For more information on the National Pool Lifeguard Courses please visit Swim School Section on this website.

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