We travelled to Colne on 14th June for our 4th gala of the season. We were lucky to be able to use a C Lane as well so everyone got plenty of swims. We welcomed newcomers in the 9 year old age group Eric Salmon and Charlotte Dunn. The gala was really exciting with some great swims and really close with Ramsbottom winning by just 2 points! It was a great gala in the friendly spirit of the league and Colne are always a pleasure to swim against.
The return match was 8th July at Ramsbottom. The original team was much depleted due to Bury Grammar holidays, cricket and school plays. Many thanks to all the swimmers who agreed to swim at late notice.
The 10 year old age group swam brilliantly with Remi tackling the butterfly and Patrick Watson not only doing his own races, but drafted into the 13 year olds when sudden illness struck! Our 9 year old girls are shaping up nicely for next year and Ethan Smith swimming in his first gala got some brilliant times.
In the 12 year olds, Joe Smith and Ben Hargreaves did well A lane swimmers. Bens breaststroke was very impressive with a PB. Thanks to Charlotte Waddington for swimming at the last minute and comfortably winning her backstroke. Charlotte Marshall won both her events and the 13 year old relay team of Charlotte W, Olivia, Charlotte M and Moira won easily.
The 14 year old girls did well with Harriet Dawson getting a PB in the backstroke and Olivia Mallen and Megan Davies winning the breaststroke and freestyle respectively. The 14 year old boys swam well winning 3 out of 4 events.
In the Open age group, the Evans family as usual did us proud with wins in the backstroke and freestyle for both Chloe and Luke. The older age group swam well with veteran Chris Smith helping to win the Open relay. Charlotte Smith is an asset to the Team, never minding which event she swims and giving 110%. A great role model.
Overall it was a really exciting gala with many very close races both against Colne and between our A and B Lane swimmers. Ramsbottom starts, turns and finishes were much improved compared to the gala earlier in the week, but swimmers need to remember to practice their turns when training.
Many thanks to all who helped on the night especially Nicola Magee who was thrown in at the deep end as scorer and did an excellent job.
NELF Team Manager
An exciting start to the season away to Burnley at Padiham Pool. Burnley as always were very friendly hosts and the gala ran smoothly. As indicated by the score, there were some very close races and our swimmers gave their all.
We welcomed some younger swimmers to the NELF league with Alex Whitehead Mia Houghton and Megan Smith in the 9/10 year old girls and Joseph Fallom and Patrick Watson in the 9/10 year old boys. It was also great to see the Millward girls competing for Ramsbottom again after their return from Australia.
Briea Denny opened the gala with and impressive swim in the Ladies Open IM.
Emily Orr won both the 9/10 Butterfly and Breastroke races, Megan Smith the 9/10 backstroke and Jack Reynolds won 9/10 Freestyle. Ben Crofts continues to go from strength to strength in the 12 year old age group which had some very strong swimmers from the Burnley side! Thanks to Ben Hargreaves for stepping in at the last minute and swimming 2 Butterfly races without complaining! Also thanks to Megan Soloman for stepping in and swimming a third butterfly race at very short notice!
Other winning swims were from Emma Crofts, Bryn Davies, Jacob Green, Kathryn Williams, Vicky Donohoe, Olivia Mallen, Matt Jackson and the Open Ladies relay.
There were some good swims from Georgia Usher in the Butterfly, Erinn Kilvington in the Butterfly and Harriet Dawson in Backstroke, both knocking seconds of heir times from last year. Charlotte Marshall put in a very impressive 50m freestyle tie in the Medley relay but was just pipped to the finish by the Burnley swimmer!
Thank you to all swimmers, poolside helpers and supporters. May I remind swimmers that they must not leave to get changed without asking the Team Manger or Whip first.
The team photo will hopefully be in the Bury Times next week.
NELF Team Manager
The table below shows the national plan for teaching swimming levels each group is working towards at the moment.
Vicky & Oz
Vicky & Oz
Chris & Beki
Please see the Learn to Swim page for details of each level.
Dates of assessments will be announced later.
Superb swims with personal bests times by Ellie Burrison and Ben Crofts saw them each win 3 gold medals, Charlotte Marshall finished with 2 gold medals and Chloe Evans won gold in the 50m backstroke and was just pipped into second place in the 100m backstroke. Charlotte Waddington put in a personal best on the 200 IM to win silver. Madison Beswick performed strongly and achieved 2 bronze medals whilst Emma Crofts also put in personal bests to come away with 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals. Hannah Bradshaw showed her strength in the freestyle by picking up 2 bronze medals. Luke Waddington, Tom O’Connor and Steven Burrison had tough swims, they achieved personal bests and placed in the top 10 in their events.
Ramsbottom were overall winners of the 10 year age group and Rick Wesolowski head coach commented “this was an excellent achievement”, Marc Smith and Derek Bevin the 10 year age group coaches were extremely pleased with the performance. “They have trained really well during the year and this is a result of all the hard work” they said. Well done to all the swimmers for a magnificent team effort.
Sharks and Tigers was resurrected at Ramsbottom Swimming Club on Sunday 11th October. This used to be an annual event involving our youngest swimmers to give them experience of competition and swimming for a Team. Our Club Championships had to be reduced this year from two nights to one because of a clash of dates. This gala gave some of the younger swimmers who missed out on that night to compete in a friendly environment.
It was an exciting event with a mixture of relays and individual races with a final score of Tigers 118 and Sharks 108. Every child completed their 25m swim and there were some really exciting races. Prizes were presented to both teams by Bob Heys, Club Chairman.
Many thanks to Beki Smith and Victoria Donohoe (Club Captains) and Alasdair Dawson for all their hard work in organising the event. Thanks too to the committee members, coaches, and helpers who made the afternoon so enjoyable. Hopefully this will encourage our younger swimmers to enter the Shrimps gala in 2010.
Thanks to all the parents for their support and not last a huge well done to all the children who not only swam brilliantly but were so well behaved on the poolside. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
Pioneer 79 = 16 points
Ramsbottom = 12 points
Burnley = 8 points
Colne = 3 points
Haslingden = 1 point
Gt Harwood = 10 points with 1 match to swim against West Craven
Accrington = 8 points
Darwen = 2 points
West Craven = 2 points with 1 match to swim against Gt Harwood.
Therefore Colne and Haslingden will swim off against Gt Harwood and Accrington in the swim off in November to decide divisions for 2010.
to Audrey and the Junior Jubilee squad who won the Central Lancs Junior Jubilee ‘C’ Final at Rochdale Pool on 16th October
Well done everybody and thanks to the supporters, coaches and helpers who turned out on a Friday night!
Despite a very depleted team, Ramsbottom put up a good fight in the rematch against Pioneer ‘79 who as usual fielded several squad swimmers. There were some nailbiting finishes and lots of personal bests.
Many thanks to Alex Cruice, Luke Evans, Vicky Donohoe and Alasdair Dawson who worked the gala into their GCSE revision timetables. Thanks also to Eleanor Jones and Chloe who had somewhere else to go on a Friday night!
Chloe Evans was superb winning both her events, as did the Crofts, Emma and Ben. Matthew Jackson also won his breaststroke against formidable competition.
Alex Cruice just won his freestyle in an exciting finish and Vicky definitely touched first in the breaststroke even though it was called a draw!
Our 10 year old girls go from strength to strength with very little between them. Ellie Burrison won the fly and really good times were achieved by Charlotte Waddington, Charlotte Marshall and Eleanor Soloman.
Joe Smith in the 10 year old boys showed his versatility swimming all 4 strokes! Welcome to newcomer Jack Stainton who swam well in his 25m and first attempts at 50m
The three 12 years old girl swimmers Megan Soloman, Hannah Clarke and Erinn worked really hard with Megan winning the freestyle.
Erinn Kilvington swam a great 50 m butterfly and I’m sure it must be a PB.The spare B Lane races were used by our 10 year olds who swam well especially Charlotte Marshall.
Alasdair, Luke E, Briea and Eleanor swam really well with some personal best times.
I was really proud of all my team last Friday. They swam well and had a great Team approach. Many thanks as well to the timekeepers Neil and David and Whips Jeff, Audrey and Chris. Thanks as well to Marc for coming down to give us support on a Friday evening.
Thanks to the children and supporters who gave up their Friday evening. Times will be up on the board from Tuesday.
NELF Team Manager
Ramsbottom swam well against a very strong Pioneer’79 team. We missed some of senior boys and junior girls.
In the Open age group, Callum Hall made a welcome return to the team winning the 50m fly. Victoria Donohoe won the Open breaststroke and Rebekah Smith the open fly. Our senior girls won the Medley Relay convincingly. Chloe Evans also won both the Open Freestyle and Backstroke. Many thanks to Alex Cruice (and his dad) for coming straight off the bus from his Lake district Trip!
In the 14 year old age group it was great to see Lydia Preston winning both the 14 year old breaststroke and freestyle. Thanks to Harriet Dawson for stepping in at the last minute to complete the 13year relay team and to Moira Davies for swimming two 50m fly races. Congratulations to Charlotte Smith on a PB in her 50m butterfly. Thanks also to Bryn Davies who swam a good time in the backstroke even though he doesn’t usually swim this event.
There were some great swims in the junior girls events particularly Olivia Mallen’s win in the 12 year breaststroke. Stevie Burrison goes from strength to strength with his times improving each gala.
Our 10 year olds swam well with newcomer James Cassidy joining the team. Ben Crofts won both his backstroke and Fly and achieved a fantastic time in the 50m B lane for his butterfly. Charlotte Marshall (only 9 years old) also swam a great 50m fly for the first time in the relay. Eleanor Soloman won her backstoke and also swam a great 25m freestyle.
Many thanks to Marc Smith who did a great job of refereeing at short notice. Also thanks all the people who agreed to help on the desk and poolside. Particular thanks to Cathie Burrison who manned the door and sweetstall single-handedly (and very competently).
Not forgetting all the swimmers and parents who supported them.
Liz Dawson 3rd April 2009
The first NELF gala of the season was held at Ramsbottom on 9th March against Haslingden. Ramsbottom swimmers did well winning by 20 points – an excellent start to the season. Newcomers in the 10 year old group included Ben Maguire, Patrick Kilvington, Annabelle Worth and Charlotte Marshall all of whom swam well in their first gala for the Club.
Olivia Mallen and Megan Soloman won all the 12 year old races as did Emma Crofts, Kathryn Williams and Charlotte Smith in the 14 year old girls events.
We are missing the Millward sisters and their dependable breast stroke. Many thanks to Chloe Evans who swam the senior breaststroke despite being a backstroke swimmer! (and she won her backstroke). Heather Sellars demonstrated that not only can she swim the channel she can win 50 freestyle as well! The seniors girls had a convincing win in the Medley Relay.
The 10 year old boys Ben Crofts, Patrick Kilvington and Joe Smith gained first position in all the 10 year old events. In the 12 year olds Stevie Burrison swam a splendid 50m backstroke race. Ben Hargreaves as the very youngest in this age group swam a good 50m butterfly race.
Our strong quartet of Elliott Darlington, Tom O’Connor, Tom Jackson and George Hargreaves gained first place in all their events.
The senior boys had good competition from Haslingden with some very close races. Jamie Makki had an impressive win in the IM and the breaststoke.
Rebekah Smith one of our new Club Captains raised three cheers to Haslingden who are always a pleasant and friendly team to swim against.
Many thanks to all the parents who both helped and supported and to the swimmers themselves.
NELF Team Manager
An exciting home gala against a very strong Pioneer team.
Ramsbottom swam well with some very exciting races. Callum Hall, Luke Evans, Bryony Denny all won their races.
There were some competitive races between the Ramsbottom A & B Lanes especially amongst the men! Jamie Makki goes from strength to strength.
In the 10 year old age group James Mitchell and Lucy Empson swam very well and I can’t wait until next year when Ben crofts can go in the A Lane. Our 13 year old boys have all shot up during the summer and swim well as a team.
Other fast swims by Megan Davies in the 50 m freestyle, Tom Jackson in the 50m fly, Bryn Davies, Megan Soloman.
On a sad note the Millward sisters swam their last NELF gala. Good luck to them and Jill and Graham when they emigrate to Australia.
Thanks as always to the swimmers, parents and poolside helpers.
Next and final NELF match is away at Great Harwood Otters on Monday 29th September.
A friendly and exciting gala with some excellent swims from our Ramsbottom swimmers culminating in our first win of the season.
Bryony Denny was on top form winning the Open I.M. Fly and Breaststroke. Her sister Briea also won the 14years Fly and Freestyle.
Charlotte Smith showed her stamina by swimming 50m Butterfly three times during the evening
Jacob Green stepped into the breach when another swimmer failed to turn up and showed his versatility swimming Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle.
Alex Cruice also swam well winning the Open Men’s backstroke and gaining an excellent time in the Men's 50m Freestyle.
Jamie Makki as the most senior male swimmer showed the way winning his IM, Breaststroke and freestyle races and the Open Men’s Medley relay team won convincingly.
Both Jackson boys performed well winning their butterfly races and Matthew coming home in the Breaststroke.
Tom O’Connor’s breaststroke was as always beautiful to watch and a convincing win.
Well done to Austin Jones with a PB in his Freestyle and also to sister Eleanor who swam a great final leg in the Open Medley Relay.
Our 10 year old boys all swam well with Ben Hargeaves swimming a great freestyle race!
Finally the prize for enthusiasm goes to Lewis Godfrey who gain stepped in at the last minute and swam all his races with gusto!
Many thanks to all the swimmers, poolside helpers and supporters
NELF Team Manager
On Thursday 12 June Ramsbottom travelled to local rivals Radcliffe for their third Junior League gala of the season. Everyone was expecting a close match, with some exciting races, and they weren’t disappointed. After 35 thrilling races, it all came down to the final event of the night and a re-count! On this occasion it was Ramsbottom who took the honours, making them unbeaten this season in the Junior League.
It was a fine performance by everyone, especially the Ramsbottom 16 & under group who were unbeaten (again) on the night. A special mention should also go to 12 year old Lydia Preston, who swam not only in her own age, but in the 14 and 16 year age groups too. She shows excellent potential for the future.
Ramsbottom will host Stalybridge for their next fixture on Thursday 26 June, when they will be looking to continue with this form.
By Angela Donohoe (Team Manager)
A team decimated by SATs, A levels and school trips went to Hyndburn on 15th May.
Pioneer had a very strong team and won most of the races, however our swimmers put up a good fight.
Jamie Makki won the IM with a personal best. Youngsters Ben Hargreaves (back and free) and Lucy Empson (back and breast) swam really well with personal bests. Charlotte Smith put in a great swim in the 50m fly and Anna Baxter made a great first attempt at hers. Alasdair and Harriet Dawson both achieved PBs as did Tom Hesketh, Matthew Palmer and Megan Davies (apologies to anyone else I haven’t mentioned)
We will hopefully be able to field a stronger team for the return match in September.
Thanks to the swimmers, poolside helpers and parents.
A very exciting and extremely friendly gala against Colne.
Nail biting finishes were the order of the day, unfortunately most in Colne’s favour!
Welcome to Lucy Empson and Jake Greaves swimming in the NELF galas for the first time.
Our backstrokers did well with Luke Waddington, Chloe Evans and Elliot Darlington all winning their events. Elliot has obviously been watching Liam Tancock’s underwater starts!
Harry Carter, Bryn Davies and Kathryn Williams all won their backstroke events and a special well done to Olivia Mallen who was very apprehensive about her first 50m butterfly race and swam a beautiful race.
Tom O’Connor’s breaststroke is a joy to watch as he gets better each time I watch him swim. Harry Carter, Olivia Mallen, Hannah Millward and Callum Hall also won their breaststroke races.
Well done to both the under 13 medley teams who won their races.
Thank you to Derek for refereeing, all the poolside helpers and the parents for all their support.
Next NELF gala is away against Pioneer 79 on Thursday 15th May. Please check notice board for team sheet.
NELF Team Manager
Third NELF gala of the season was away at Haslingden. A very close fought match with the final score line.
There were some excellent swims by the Ramsbottom swimmers particularly senior swimmers Bryony Denny and Callum Hall. Dave Clarke showed that age is no barrier with his win in the Open breaststroke.
At the younger end, Eleanor Soloman and Ellie Burrison show great promise for the 10 year old team next year.
Tom O’Connor’s breaststroke continues to improve and Jacob Davies was a welcome addition to the team.
The impromptu Ladies Open Medley ‘B’ Team with an average of 13 years beat the Haslingden Ladies- well done Briea, Charlotte, Kathryn and Chelsea!
Thanks to all the poolside helpers and parents for their support.
Three Rammy Rascals; Emma Crofts, Lois Gallagher and Megan Solomon were part of a four girl team, representing Bury Grammar School in the North West English Schools Regional Heat, held on Friday 25 April at Broughton Baths, Salford.
Against tough opposition the girls “swam as a team and all put in excellent performances” said their head swimming coach. Having qualified for both finals they emerged as outright winners in the Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay, and will represent the North West in the National Finals to be held at the Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield on Saturday 21 June.
Swimmers from Ramsbottom Rascals had huge success at the Central Lancs Championships and Age group Gala held at Manchester Aquatic Centre on 19th April. Ramsbottom swimmers scooped 16 medals in many different events with excellent performances from all swimmers.
16 swimmers swam in the championship in the 50m pool giving them a great experience and an excellent opportunity for obtaining long course times.
Newcomer 9 year old Ben Crofts won gold in both the 50m backstroke and the 50 fly with a silver medal in the 50m freestyle. Ten year old Matthew Jackson also won gold in the 50 m backstroke with brother Tom gaining a silver in 12y 50m fly. Chloe Evans won the 13y 50m freestyle and came second in the 50m backstroke and 50m fly. Will Salt competing in a massive 7 events won the 14y breast stroke with a silver medal in the 14y 50m fly and a bronze medal in the Menís Open 100m breaststroke.
Bronze medals were won by Josh Donohoe in the 12y 50m breast stroke and 50m fly. Alex Cruice gained a bronze in the 14y 50m freestyle. Kathryn Williams also got bronze in the 12y 50m fly. Emma Crofts, Lauren Simpson and Megan Davies competed in the Womenís Open Age Group 100m events and Emma also entered the 200 M Open event. Nine year old Harry Carter and Eirinn Kilvington swimming in their first external event both got personal bests in all their events.
Other swimmers achieving PBs were, Heather Jones, Harriet Dawson, Megan Davies, Emma Crofts, Tom Jackson and Will Salt.
Well done to all the swimmers who took part. Both the swimming and the poolside behaviour were excellent.
Our second NELF gala of the season was at home to Haslingden. There were some excellent swims by the Ramsbottom swimmers and some nail biting finishes. Natalie Cross proved herself to be a good butterfly swimmer and George Hargreaves swam a personal best in the 50m freestyle. Ewan Beveridge put in a great 50m Breaststroke race against his former club. Ben Crofts swimming in his first NELF gala put in a stunning performance in the 25m and 50m (relay) butterfly at age just 9 years. At the other end of the age range, Dave Clarke won Open Men’s Breaststroke with an exciting finish.
Well done everyone.
The return fixture is Thursday 24th April 2008 at Haslingden.
On Monday 10 March, Ramsbottom Rascals hosted local rivals Bury and Elton. The first Central Lancs Junior League gala of the season saw many Rascals swimmers, both old and new, swim their way to victory.
It was a fine performance by everyone, especially the Ramsbottom 16 & under group who won all their races. The younger swimmers, many of whom were swimming in their first competitive gala, also put in good performances. Ben Crofts (9 years) showed excellent potential.
There were many close races and much excitement on the night, but winning a total of 30 races, out of a possible 36, the Ramsbottom team showed good form and promise for the season ahead.
By Angela Donohoe (Team Manager)
This was the first gala of the year against a very strong team at Colne. We had some excellent swims and many personal bests.
New 9 year olds Ellie Burrison and Charlotte Waddington put in very impressive performances in their first gala for the club as did Harry Carter and James Mitchell in the 10 year old boys.
Many swimmers achieved personal bests and most races were closer that the final result would suggest.
We are looking forward to the rest of the galas this season. Due to the decreased number of clubs in the league there are only two divisions with five teams in each this year so we will be competing in 10 NELF galas and possibly the final gala at the end of the year.
Ramsbottom Rascals re-entered this competition in 2007. Myself and Gill Smith volunteered to be Team managers. The aim of entering was not necessarily to win but to give swimmers who may not be picked for other teams but who trained regularly a chance to compete for the club.
The first round gala in March was at Ramsbottom against Royton Aquabears and Wigan. We came second to Royton and all swimmers gave an excellent performance.
The second gala in May was against Droylsden and Ashton-u-Lyne at Droylsden. It was a very close competition and we came second with 134 points (Ashton 140, Droylsden 100).
The third round gala took place on Friday evening in July at Crompton Pool and many swimmers selected were unable to attend. Two of the swimmers in the first races could not find the pool and an urgent reshuffle of swimmers resulted. Many thanks to Bryn Davies who swam up an age group in the 50m Butterfly with an excellent time. All the swimmers excelled themselves.
We came fourth behind Howe Bridge Aces, Bury and Elton and Chadderton swimming clubs. We were in the 'C' Final at Stalybridge in October against Stalybridge, Ashton Central and Horwich. All our swimmers did their best but we came in fourth place. Many thanks to all the children who swam. I hope they enjoyed the experience and will enter some of the external galas such as Central Lancs and Warburtons as a result.
Thank you to all the poolside helpers and of course to the parents for their support. I am going to manage the NELF team in 2008, but Audrey Jackson and Jen Williams have kindly volunteered to manage the Junior Jubilee team with the same aim of giving swimmers a chance to represent their club without too much pressure to win.
Written by Liz Dawson
Ramsbottom Rascals swimming club have retained their position
in the elite Speedo Premier league.
After a nail-biting Final match at Stretford on Saturday, Ramsbottom emerged joint winners securing their place in next years premier division. This is a fantastic achievement for the small club as many of their competitors are large squads using swimmers for different clubs within an area.
Coach Rick Wesloweski said after the event:
"Many thanks to the swimmers for all their hard work and to the parents and helpers for all their support."
RASC Junior Swimmers 2007
RASC Intermediate Swimmers 2007
RASC Senior Swimmers 2007
Some 2007 cup winners