BLDSA Wykeham – More Success For Kingfishers !!

The local BLDSA event at Wykeham  lake on the weekend of 26/27 May proved to be another successful one for Kingfishers. The first event started at

10pm on Saturday night, the swimmers entered the water with two LED lights each and swam 5 x 1k laps of a very dark lake, each were accompanied by a kayaker huge thanks at this point go to Steve,Chloe and Caitlin Hodgson, Martin Plant, Oliver Brunt, Chloe Riley, Carl Knight and Claire Edwards for keeping them safe. Claire romped home in 1hr 28mins and snatched 1st place from Alex Lee who was 2nd in 2 hrs 2 mins with Alex Sedman coming home in 2hrs 25mins. Ellie Knight was the first breastroke Swimmer home in 1hr51min closely followed by 2nd breastroke Jane Sedman in 2hrs 8mins. Heather Riley succumbed to severe cramp in her leg in the 4th lap and retired better to be safe than sorry in open water.

Having got into bed at 1.30am the swimmers were expected back at the lake by 8.30am to register for the day swims, much earlier than previous years and as the times would reveal the lack of rest and sleep was to take its toll on the days 5k swims.

Claire, Alex, Jane, Ellie and Owen Mahoney entered the water at 9.30am for the 5k race accompanied by Alex Lee, Maddy Adams and Thomas Reynoldson in the 3k. Once again all had kayakers and much thanks is given to their continued support to keep our swimmers safe. The sun shone but the wind did also blow making it an incredibly tough swim. Maddy flew home in 1hr 3mins to win her second junior first this season, closely followed by Thomas the first junior boy in 1hr 11mins. Alex Lee came home in 1hr 18m two very credible swims from this young lady fresh out of retirement. The 5k swimmers were tiring in the choppy water but Claire still took 2nd place in 1hr 32mins, Ellie continuing her 1st place run in Breastroke in 2hrs 4mins with Jane in 2nd place in 2hrs 18mins. Owen fresh as a daisy Mahoney came home in 2hrs 28secs. Alex Sedman put up a brave fight but in the end on the back of all the end of year exams having finished uni she came out after 3k exhausted but in the knowledge she gave 100%

The 1k proved an enticement to newbie Dave Eblet who swam the course accompanied by a tired Alex Sedman and Claire Bamford in a cracking 20mins 14secs well done Dave and everyone for a great weekend of swimming.

Colwick BLDSA – Kingfisher Ladies Sweep The Board

The first British Long Distance swimming competition was held at Colwick Park Sunday 20th May and Kingfisher Swimming Club’s ladies swept the board with first 3k Lady going to 14 year old Maddie Adams in 47mins 36secs, 2 placed 3k Lady was Heather Riley in her first BLDSA swim in 50.59. The 5k ladies breastroke was won by Jane Sedman in 1.42.37 smashing her previous PB and close on her heels was Alex Sedman in her furthest swim to date in 2hrs 1min 52secs. The club is now looking forward to the BLDSA Wykeham night and day swims next weekend where more club swimmers will be racing for places.

There will be no training on Sat 16th & Sunday 17th June

Kingfisher Joe Benson Qualifies For North Eastern County Championships

Kingfisher Joe Benson Qualifies For North Eastern County Championships

Congratulations to Kingfisher Joe Benson who has qualified for 2 events at the prestigious North Eastern County Championships to be held at the John Charles Aquatic Centre Leeds. Joe achieved qualification on the back of his excellent races at the Yorkshire Championships February in the 50m & 100m Backstroke events.

Joe’s races will take place over 2 weekends Sunday 20th May & Sunday 27th May. This is a fantastic achievement & thoroughly well-deserved.

GDPR and Your Data

Data Protection Notice: Your Consent to Use of Your Data and Revised Club Privacy Policy

You may be aware that on 25 May 2018, certain legal changes came into effect concerning data protection and privacy.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR as it is more commonly known), the club is required, as are all those holding your personal data, to provide you with certain information in relation to the lawful grounds for the ongoing processing of your personal data.

In order to fulfill this obligation, the club has put together a new Privacy Policy that clearly sets out how the club collects and processes your personal data, for what purposes it is used, the legal grounds of processing such data, how your data is kept secure and your rights in relation to such data.  This has previously been added to the website.

It should be remembered that the club hold and process data for the purpose of managing your membership of the club and Swim England and whilst the club is moving towards an electronic database to make this process more effective, the club is not a commercial sales operation involved in email marketing to members and will not be sending marketing emails or providing member  information to third parties for them to market to members.

As such we hope you will consent to allow the club to hold data and communicate with you electronically in order to manage the club and keep you informed of club related matters, news and official communications regarding your membership and (for example) gala entries.

Please read the Privacy Policy which is also available to view on the ‘Information’ tab on the main navigation menu above.

You can also find the club’s statement on Cookies, relating to the club website,  advising what type of cookie may be used by the website from time to time on the site and advice on accepting cookies in your browser settings or blocking them.  All visitors to the site will be asked to confirm acceptance of cookies when first visiting the site and periodically thereafter.

All members will shortly be provided with a hard copy of the new Privacy Policy Statement which replaces the old statement in the Membership and Renewal Pack.  You will be asked to sign to confirm acceptance of the updated document and the original signature will be placed in club files.

If you have any queries please email the club at:

Latest Club News – Major Changes To Club From 1st June

As of 1st June several major changes will be happening within the club.

Further to Scarborough Borough Council’s contract with Everyone Active we will be losing the use of the learner pool, this not only effects the learn to swim program which unfortunately we will lose all together it also means the end of the development classes on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon for the development squad.  All the development squad children affected will move into the big pool lanes at the same time.

The learn to swim children will unfortunately and with a heavy heart be pathwayed to Everyone Active.  All affected children and their parents are being given letters of explanation and after extensive consultation with Everyone Active they will receive 4 free swimming lessons within Everyone Actives scheme from there they can then decide to sign up to their program or go elsewhere as is their choice.

These children and others at this stage have a well-designed pathway back to the club via a talent ID session on Saturday mornings run by Everyone Active and with input from our Lower Development squad senior teacher Mags Hope.  Children can access this session when they have attained stage 5/6 with Everyone Active.  Direct entry to the club is still available and trials every Wednesday between 6 – 7pm will be offered to children to who can swim a minimum of 25 metres of each stroke.

Wednesday night is again going to run from 6 – 10pm with Masters moving to 4 lanes initially from 9 – 10pm (if the group outgrows these lanes we have scope to increase the lane amounts).  Upper Development children will move in with Top Squad at 8 – 9pm and those children that the teachers feel are ready will move from Lower Development into the Upper Development lanes 7-8pm.  In turn those in the deep end of widths will also move into Lower Development lengths 7 – 8pm.  Your relevant teacher/coach will inform affected children/parents of these moves.  There is a clear pathway through the club from widths to top squad and as the children improve their teachers/coaches will move them from session to session.  As the children access higher squads, more water time in sessions on other days will become available to them, if parent’s are in any doubt where their children are on the pathway please speak to your child teacher/coach.

For Top Squad and Upper Development the Thursday night session 5-6pm is being discontinued and will be replaced with a new 2 hour session on Monday nights 6.30 – 8.30 pm again see your coaches regarding inclusion in this session.

Due to the loss of the revenue from the Learn to Swim program payment methods will also be changing from 1st June.  All session fees will now be payment monthly on the 1st of each month.  All members have been squaded by the teachers/coaches and this will indicate the payment amount to our front desk ladies.  Please see payment amounts below;-

46 weeks
Squad Times Calculation Cost Per Month Reduction for regular attendance
W/LD1 1 session £3 x 46 ÷12 = £11.50
LD2/CLUB 2 sessions £6 x 46 ÷ 12 = £23.00
UD 4 hours £9 x 46 ÷ 12 = £34.50 only pay for 3 hours
TS 7 hours £15 x 46 ÷ 12 = £57.50 only pay for 5 hours


If you feel you child is in the wrong squad we do understand that not all members will be able to attend all sessions and so for those who can access the most sessions we have built in a reduced cost to take this into account.  We also have some children who are not interested in competition and only swim for fitness, this is absolutely fine and something we continue to encourage, please feel free to speak to us regarding this and any other queries you may have.  We endeavour to keep our fees as reasonable as possible whilst keeping the club on a stable long term financial footing.  The club is run by volunteers who spend hundreds of hours providing our services for the good of the community.

Masters sessions that have been running on 4 different monthly tiered amounts will change to two from 1st June as follows;-

46 weeks
Squad Times Calculation Cost Per Month Reduction for regular attendance
Masters T1 4 hours £9 x 46 ÷ 12 = £34.50 only pay for 3 hours
Masters T2 2 hours £6 x 46 ÷ 12 =  £23.00


Payment methods for the monthly fees will be cash, cheque or card from 1st June with Direct Debit/Standing Order available from September.

We are holding a parents/members meeting on Monday night at 7pm in the function room at the Sports Village (access by the side entrance near the football pitch) for anybody with any queries and please feel  free to ask any questions to our front desk teams and committee members.

Many thanks

Kingfishers Committee

Kingfisher Swimmer Invited onto the 2018 Swim England County Pathway

2018 Izzy Vasey Yorkshire Silver Medal 50m Breastroke

One of our talented swimmers; Isobel Vasey has been chosen to be part of the Swim England County Pathway Programme for 2018. Izzy has been selected after some fantastic swims at the recent Yorkshire County Championships where she swam breastroke in the 50m, 100m & 200m reaching the finals & achieving personal best times in all three events with the highlight coming in the 50m breastroke where she took a well-deserved silver medal in a pb time of 41.88s.

The County Pathway Programme has been developed by the England Programmes Team. Swimmers have been selected as a result of their performances at the Yorkshire Swimming Championships in February 2018. 24 swimmers have been selected (12 Male & 12 Female) all of whom will be 11 years of age at the 31st December 2018. The programme will consist of three one day camps to be held at Ashville College, Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9JP, on the 15th April, 8th July & 16th September 2018.

For us, a relatively small town club, having one of our swimmers selected out of the 12 female swimmers handpicked for these prestigious training camps, is brilliant news especially taking into account some of the strong completion from the big city clubs.


Fundraising Update 

Our Easter fundraising raised a grand total of £596. 

Thank you to all the swimmers / families who donated tombola prizes and also to Our Co, Morrisons, Boyes and Tesco who supported us. 

Thank you also goes to Everyone Active who sponsored the huge egg for the raffle. 

Wednesday 18th April 6.30-8.30 Meeting Room @ Sports Village, Scarborough 

A parents / carers and masters ‘drop in’ meeting to meet Vicky, who is our fundraising secretary and to find out what activities / events are in the pipeline that need support from our swimmers and their families. This is also an opportunity for parents to share their ideas on future fundraising activities. 

2018 February Yorkshire Championships Report



Kingfishers Gala Report on 2018 Yorkshire Championships @ John Charles Aquatic Centre Leeds & Ponds Forge Sheffield:

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Kingfishers Middlesbrough ASC 2018 Feb AA Gala Swimming Report

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