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Douglas Coles (WSMSC Life Member) - Obituary

Rachel Triumphs on International Debut

Somerset County ASA Age Groups and Championships

ASA Zonal Championships 2015

Past Newsletters

Success at South West Regionals for Weston Swimmers


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Articles from 2013/2014 are primarily available through the past newsletters available from links on this page.


Club Coaching News


May 2016

 It is always brilliant to acknowledge the success of WSM SC swimmers however these achievements are due to the hard work and dedication of the club's team of coaches and teachers so it is equally pleasing when we can report successes on this front.

Firstly congratulations to our Chief Coach Rachel who has been selected by the ASA's Fred Furniss, England Talent Programme Officer as a Programme Coach for the final phase of the England Talent Programme at the Standard International in Lignano, Italy, April 29th-May 1st. Unfortunately this means that she will not be with our swimmers at the ASA SW Regional Youth events this weekend but she has ensured the preparation of the swimmers involved has not been affected and will continue as normal.

This invitation is a fantastic opportunity for Rachel's Continued Personal Development as she will be working alongside other more experienced coaches from other English Clubs and is an acknowledgement by the ASA programmes team of just how successful Rachel has been in developing our swimmers at WSM SC so it is an accolade for the Club.

Secondly congratulations are also due to Andrew Barnes, Evan King and Chloe Knight who have successfully gained the ASA Level 1 Coach qualification. This is great news for the club as a whole as it adds depth to our coaching team and it is even better when our own swimmers add another string to their bow.

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Douglas Coles (WSMSC Life Member) - Obituary


June 2015

Mr Douglas Albert Edward Coles, of Farndale Road, Weston-super-Mare. A life member of Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club and father of Mike Coles, club secretary and Chief Water Polo Coach, passed away on the evening of Saturday, June 13th 2015, aged 90 years.

He was the eldest son of Albert and Gertie Coles of Hurst Road, Weston-super-Mare. He had an elder sister, Edna, and two younger brothers Roy and John.

Doug, a former chimney sweep in the town, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, June 7th, with family and friends at The Beachlands Hotel, opened his many cards and presents on his actual birthday on Tuesday, June 9th, and his 67th wedding anniversary with his wife, Joan who he met at a dance in Winscombe in 1946. Doug, at the time was serving in the Royal Navy on board a minesweeper in the English Channel.

Douglas Coles

He joined the Navy at the age of 18, being awarded the Atlantic Star and the Burma Star, with service on Atlantic Convoys and duties in the Far East.

After the 1939-45 war he took part in the repatriation of personnel to Australia and New Zealand, and in the atomic test on Christmas Island.

On returning to civilian life, Mr Coles went into partnership with his father, Albert Coles, in a painting and decorating and chimney sweeping business, taking over the business on his father’s retirement, operating out of Alfred Street, in the town.

In 1982 he was awarded the Locking Trophy for service to youth in the Weston area, for his work with the Hildesheim Twinning Association and work with Weston-super- Mare Swimming Club. He was captain of the swimming club for six years, and his services as a committee member, coach and swimming teacher spanned over 30 years. He was always ready to tackle any task.

His hobbies were carpentry, gardening and playing bridge. Over the years he frequently won prizes in the many gardening and flower shows and competitions around the area; he played bridge for many local clubs, as well as organising whist drives in the town in the past.

He was a sidesman and regular worshiper at St John the Baptist Church, Parish Church of Weston-super-Mare.

He is survived by his widow, Joan, daughter Jeanette, and two sons, Michael and Robert; also six grandchildren and one great grandson.

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Rachel Triumphs on International Debut


May 2015

Weston-Super-Mare Swimming Club’s Rachel Anderson returned from Lignano, Italy having won three medals representing Great Britain at the Energy Standard Four Nations Cup.

Rachel was one of just five 13 year old girls selected in the 40-strong national team chosen to battle it out against some of the best European juniors in the swimming world. The team - invited to compete as part of the English Programmes phase 3 talent development for swimming - proved themselves worthy competitors as they held their own in individual and team events against Italy, Germany and the Energy Standard Club of Moscow, finishing second overall.

In her four individual events (competing as a 13 year old in a combined 13/14 age group), Rachel won bronze in the 200m backstroke in a time (2.21.89) that places her eighth in the UK rankings in the combined 13/14 year age group (2nd of the 13 year olds) for British Summer Championships in Sheffield in July/August.

She leapt to 5th in the UK combined rankings (the fastest 13 year old) in the 50m backstroke with a lifetime best swim of 31.60 to finish the event 6th. In the 100m back event, a personal best time of 1.06.24 secured 5th place, agonizingly just off bronze, but lifted Rachel to 6th fastest in the 13/14 rankings and fastest of all 13 year olds in the UK.

Rachel Anderson and international medals 

In her final event, the 200m individual medley, her sixth-placed swim of 2.25.89 consolidated her place of 8th in the UK combined rankings, where she remains the fastest 13 year old in the UK. In her two relay events, Rachel swam the final leg in both the 4 x 100m medley and the 4 x 100m freestyle, swimming freestyle in both, ducking under the magic 60 second mark for the first time ever to bring the hugely talented GB quartet home to two silver medals.

Rachel rejoins her talented Weston 11-14 year old team mates this weekend at Hengrove to compete in the ASA South West Regional Championships. These swimmers have all drawn inspiration from the outstanding successes of their senior counterparts at the Youth Regional Championships at Plymouth. The WSMSC roll call for that event was Marcus Gardiner, Evan King, Ollie Elliott, Chloe Knight, Will Daniel, James King, Immy Moroney, Holly Richards and Megan Richards.

This season marks yet another record breaking one for North Somerset’s premier swimming club, with a record number of swimmers achieving the regional qualifying standard to compete against the best swimmers in Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

The depth of talent at the club does not end there. The club’s junior squad triumphed on Saturday in a Development Gala at Sherborne against Frome and A and B teams from Yeovil, while its Learn to Swim section goes from strength to strength, teaching the stars of tomorrow in small groups with hugely dedicated, motivated, qualified teachers, supported by members of the club’s Young Volunteers Programme.

  Energy Standard Cup 4 x 100 Freestyle Medals

Rachel Anderson (third from left) with her GB team-mates (left to right) Sophie Hobbah (Leeds), Brodie Judge (Ealing) and Anna Smail (Teddington) receiving the silver medal for the 4x100m freestyle relay.

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Somerset County ASA Age Groups and Championships


The results achieved by Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club swimmers during the Somerset County ASA Age Groups and Championships have been one of the best ever.

On behalf of WSMSC's committee I would like to congratulate not only all our swimmers, the majority of whom exceeded their entry times and achieved PB's, but also our Chief Coach Rachel and her team and thank them for their hard work that has contributed to such a fantastic set of results.

My thanks also to all WSMSC members who helped, in various capacities, as volunteers over the sessions and to parents, relatives and friends who gave up their weekends to support our swimmers. Well done everyone. Let us now look forward to a really enjoyable Easter Open Meet.

Sue Dors, WSMSC Club Chair

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ASA Zonal Championships 2015


The London Aquatic Centre (or Olympic Pool to you and I) hosted this year’s ASA Zonal Championships where the crème de la crème of WSMSC pitted themselves against the best swimmers from the London, South East and South West Regions.

Our super six all performed admirably despite this event coming very early on in the current training cycle, where swimmers are trained to peak later on at the big champs.

Club captain Marcus swam in 6 events, reached finals in 3 and achieved a PB in the 50 fly in 27.90 seconds. Seemingly never out of the pool was Rachel, whose 9 events yielded three medals (one of each variety, see photo), a further 5 final appearances, 5 PBs and a 7th British Champs QT.

Seasoned national swimming sisters, Jas and Immy, rolled into the big smoke to complete the grueling 800m pretty much on PB, finishing 10th and 5th in their respective age groups.


Talking of grueling, Holly H’s one event was the 400 IM, duly completed in a very impressive long-course PB of 5.34.85.

Last but by no means least, Chloe, whose 40.00 seconds 50m breaststroke swim achieved 19th place among the 15 year olds.

Head coach Rachel concluded, “Finishing Zonals with more PBs, Finals, British Champs QTs and Podiums. A successful weekend at a meet that usually leaves us feeling frustrated”. Well done to all for representing the club so well.

A fantastic experience all round, except perhaps for sat-nav malfunctions on exiting Buck House after Friday supper with the Queen – eh Sue! Thanks to Rachel for putting herself through an exhausting weekend to support the swimmers through every second of action at the meet.

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Past Newsletters


A number of newsletters have been issued between October 2011 and Summer 2014.  The PDF of the newsletters is available via the links below.

Issue 10 - Summer 2014

Issue 9 - Nov 2013

Issue 8 - Jul 2013

Issue 7 - Apr 2013

Issue 6 - Jan 2013

Issue 5 - Sep 2012

Issue 4 - Jun 2012

Issue 3 - Apr 2012

Issue 2 - Mar 2012

Issue 1 - Oct 2011

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Success at South West Regionals for Weston Swimmers


Swimmers from Weston-Super-Mare have been competing once again at this year’s South West Regional Youth Championships at Millfield School in Somerset.

Esme Gullick, Lucy Davis and Marcus Gardiner represented the club in several events over the competition weekend and earned a grand total of ten medals between them.

Esme and Lucy both swam for the multi-club Taunton Deane network relay squad, vying for a place at national level competition. Despite attaining second, third and fourth places in the three relay races, the girls must wait on news from similar events in other regions across the country for news on whether they will be attending the summer’s national event.

Esme went on to achieve bronze and silver medals in her 200m Individual Medley and 100m Fly events and a gold medal in the 200 Fly.

In the meantime Marcus swam in seven events and was rewarded with 6 personal best times, two silver medals in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke, and a further bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke.

Marcus Gardiner, Lucy Davis and Esme Gullick.


Marcus earned high-level qualifying times in the 100m event and will be joining the girls, who have already qualified, at the British Gas National Youth Championships in July. All swimmers went home pleased with their results after a tiring bank holiday weekend and will return home to warm congratulations from the rest of the club.

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