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City of Sunderland ASC
Welcome to the City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club website. We are based at the Sunderland Aquatic centre. Our mission is to be the Swimming Club of choice for all communities in the Sunderland and surrounding area.
The Club aim to provide opportunities for Long Term Athlete Development and encourages members to obtain qualifications in teaching and coaching, attend other sport related courses, and for non-swimming members to qualify as ASA Officials.
The Club is primarily a competitive club and members of all ages are encouraged to participate in swimming or swimming related competitive activities such as water polo, diving, triathlon and synchronized swimming.
The Club also recognise that swimming regularly is part of a healthy lifestyle and we will provide opportunities for non-competitive, but coached swimming sessions to be available
DSE National Junior Championships
City of Sunderland swimmer Matthew Wylie, represented the ASA North East team in the Disability Sports Events National Junior Championships, at Ponds Forge, Sheffield and once again fourteen year old Matthew did the city proud by winning a clutch of medals with a number of personal best time swims.

Matthew took two gold medals with personal best times in the 400m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke. Further personal best times secured two silver medals in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley and he also powered his way to silver medal performances in the 100m individual medley and 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Matthew also struck gold in the 4 x 100 freestyle, where together with Rafael Baggot, Lyndon Longhorne and Josef Craig a fine performance saw the DSE Nationals relay gold medal coming to the North East for the first time in over ten years.

ASA Zonal Meet

The City of Sunderland Swimming Club took a small team to the inaugural ASA Zonal Meet held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. The entry standards were set very high with the North East and North regions combining to form a formidable event.

Top performer was thirteen year old Lucy Walton who produced some excellent performances. Lucy saved her best effort for her last race - the 400m individual medley - where she showed great technique and determination to take the silver medal in 5.09.63 – a time which also qualifies her for the forthcoming British Trials. Lucy backed that up with an excellent 2.27.89 in the 200m backstroke to take overall seventh spot.

Team mate Danielle Huskisson (17) had a very busy weekend competing in the 15 years and older age group, where she recorded an impressive personal best time of 8.53.84 in the 800m freestyle – taking her within touching distance of a British Trials qualifying time for the world championships. Danielle also grabbed a ‘half way split’ best time with a 4.25.29 at the 400 metres mark. She went on to take part in the 4 x 400m events and despite the heavy race workload she did extremely well to grab sixth spot in both the 400m freestyle with a time of 4.27.78 and the 400m medley with a time of 5.04.76.

Fourteen year old Lucy Ellis enjoyed a great meet in the girls 14 years and under age group to make two finals with a tenth place in the 200m freestyle (2.13.37) and the 400m medley (5.19.11). Lucy’s best race came in the tough 800m metres freestyle, where she produced a fantastic 9.16.76 to take fourth spot – qualifying her for the British Trials in March.

Dan Heeley smashed his best time in the men’s 50 metres freestyle to snatch the bronze medal in a very swift 24.41. Dan also raced to a 53.89 in the 100m freestyle which placed him seventh overall.

Head Coach Alastair Johnson commented that “the event had proved to be a useful addition to the calendar. The swimmers have done a solid job with more swimmers qualifying for the British Trials. Our next event is the Northumberland and Durham County Championships where we are looking to improve our results from last year”.

British Gas NDSA Swimming Championships 2011
Men’s/ Womens 1500m Freestyle 13 February 2011

It was the City of Sunderland men’s team had the opportunity to show there female training partners that they to could shine in the gruelling distance events after a gold rush for the females only weeks earlier.

Eleven year old Thomas Burns set the ball rolling for City when he stopped the clock in 19.47.69 to become the Northumberland & Durham County champion.

Making his way back to fitness for the city’s male contingent was Matthew Bell (17) who is making some positive steps forward after a major injury in the pre season. Matthew swam his way to a season’s best time finishing in 4th place in the Open category. Training partner Dima Isakau (16) finished 7th closely followed by Adam Taylor (14) in 8th place. Finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th place was Alex Pierce Harrison (15) who stopped the clock in what was a new lifetime best performance.

Adam Taylor claimed a silver medal in the Boys 14yrs Age Group Category with training partner James Burns (13) matching Adams effort to bag himself silver also.

The Women had a rare opportunity to race the 1500m as this will be a selection event for the World Championship Team 2011 with trials at the forthcoming British Gas Championships to be held at Manchester Aquatic Centre in early March.

City of Sunderland’s sole representative was Alexandra Robinson (16) who powered her way to a silver medal in the Women’s Open category, In what was a very gutsy swim Alex stopped the clock narrowly outside the qualifying time for the championship meet come March.

There were many other performances from the city’s swimmers who continue to show great improvement which is credit to themselves and their coaches at the programme.

Newburn Graded Meet: Stanley Pool

A team of thirty City of Sunderland swimmers represented the club at the Newburn Graded Meet, coming away with an impressive haul of 79 medals together with a number of personal best, county and regional qualifying times.

Leading the way with six gold medals was the fast improving thirteen year old Jack Tallentire, who topped the podium in the 200m butterfly, 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events. Jack also took a silver medal in the 100m butterfly event.

Also in prolific form was eleven year old Joseph Pomfret who took gold medals in the 400m freestyle, 400m individual medley, 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly as well as silver in the 50m backstroke.

For the girls, ten year old Beth Nicholson claimed a ‘hat trick’ with gold medals in the 400m individual medley, 50m and 100m butterfly, while a further golden ‘hat trick’ was secured by thirteen year old Andrew Markham with wins in the 100m and 400m individual medley and 200m breaststroke as well as bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

Double gold medallists for Sunderland were ten year old Callum Dann in the 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley (as well as silvers in 50m butterfly and freestyle), twelve year old Callum Reveley who struck gold in the 100m individual medley and 100m backstroke (together with silver in the 50m and 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle), twelve year old Ashlyn Liddle who topped the podium in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly (adding to her 50m butterfly, 100m and 400m individual medley and 50m butterfly silver medals and a 200m individual medley bronze) and eleven year old Jay Whithead who took the gold medals in the 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley together with a silver in the 200m freestyle event.

Also enjoying golden success for Sunderland was twelve year old Freya Rayner who topped the podium in the 50m butterfly and took silver in the 200m individual medley, with further one – two’s coming from eleven year old James Brewerton with a 200m breaststroke gold and 50m freestyle silver and thirteen year old Mark Robinson with gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 200m breaststroke. Ten year old Mathew Walker Smith took gold in the 100m backstroke, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle events.

Further medal winners for Sunderland were; Joseph Robbins (9) one bronze, Eve Larsen (10) two silver and two bronze, Bethany Star Cooper (10) one bronze, Amy Henshaw (11) one bronze, Thomas Burns (11) two bronze, Gabrielle Burdess (12) one silver and two bronze, Jennifer Sharp (12) one bronze, Harry Richardson (12) two silver, Ryan Brewster (12) two bronze, William Robinson (12) one bronze, Annabel Joyce (13) one silver, Abigail Carlisle (13) one silver, James Burns (13) three silver and two bronze, Joshua Campbell (13) three silver, Kristian Donaldson (13) one bronze, Gerald McCullough (13) one bronze and Sarah Morris (14) one silver.

The Triangular Meet
England Talent v Canada v England North Select
Aquatics Centre Sunderland
City of Sunderland swimmer Jonathan Carlisle represented the level 3 England Talent team in an exciting triangular meet against the Canadian Youth Team and a select England North Team, at the Aquatic Centre, Sunderland. For many of the selected swimmers this was their first opportunity to compete against an international team and for others a great opportunity to compete against another nation, filling a gap between European Juniors and Senior teams.

Eighteen year old Jonathan, 2010 ASA National Youth Championship Bronze Medallist, who is presently ranked third at 100m backstroke and fifth at 200m backstroke in the British Swimming age group rankings, was representing England in his specialist backstroke events as part of the ASA Level 3 England Talent Programme - and he certainly did not disappoint.

In the 200m backstroke event Jonathan finished in first place, touching ahead of England Talent team mate Sam Van De Scootbrugge and Canada’s Brayden Salman, with a time of 2.05.21.

Jonathan continued his scintillating form with a second individual victory in the 100m backstroke in 58.55 – just 00.34 second ahead of second placed Sam Horrocks of England Talent. Adam John of England North finished in third spot.

Jonathan enjoyed a hat trick of success when he later joined with Christopher Steeples, Harry Needs and Felix Samuels to form the England Talent ‘A’ Team in the 400m Medley Team event. The team were clear winners finishing in 3.49.92 – over three seconds ahead of the second placed Canadian team and third placed England North.

The overall results saw the Canadian Youth Team finishing just ahead of the England Talent team with England North coming third.

Hi Everyone,

You may be aware that Brian Shepherdson is stepping down as the Junior Gold coach due to increased work commitments. I would like thank Brian for all the good work he has done over the last 15 months and wish him well in his future endeavours. In the meantime, Brian will continue coaching until we have appointed his successor.
The advert for the post can be found here


Alastair Johnson

All entrants who met the gala conditions
have been accepted

Accepted entries here
Draft programme here

All enquiries to Mike Wylie at

Sponsor an event at the Spring Meet - click here

City of Sunderland ASC May Open 2011
details here

Gala Entries
Club deadlines for up and coming galas
( to be handed in at the club desk )

South Tyneside
Monday 7th March 2011
(Catherine Brewerton will take them earlier poolside during development A training)

any queries contact Neil Jurgens
Annual Memberships

The annual membership renewals are now due.
All Club Members are reminded that they must annually register with COSASC and the ASA via the Club’s Membership Secretary in January/February.

“ Membership Registration closed
Friday 18th February”

If the swimmers membership is not renewed , the swimmer will be refused entry into the water and will not be allowed to take part in any club training or galas. 

The failure to renew membership will result in the swimmer being uninsured.

Guidelines here

Details of registration nights here

Membership application form here

Standing order form here

Training Changes

Due to the N&D Bagcats taking place over the next two weekends, Saturday morning workouts will be as follows:

Saturday 05 and 12 March
Performance A & B, Development A & B - Coach is Craig
5.45 am on deck
6.00 - 8.00 am pool
NO dryland

Junior Gold and Silver Squads
Normal time - Brian only for dryland. Craig and Brian both coaching poolside


Alastair Johnson

In The News

05 March 11
British Gas BAGCAT Championships 2011 

Results here

19 February 11

Open/Youth Championships 19th / 20th Feb

Results here

9 February 11
Scotland team building weekend
On the second weekend in September, Kayaking, sailing, laser quest, raft building, climbng wall, leap of faith, mountain biking and much more, anyone over 12 can attend from any squad. £10 non refundable deposit to secure a place.
See Yvonne or Sue Robinson. Last chance, must have final numbers by end of Feburay

6 February 11

Book Club Total Reaches £2500
The book club total has now reached £2500 and continues to rise. All money raised goes towards club events such as Diddy League and celebration evenings. Once again a huge thanks to Fiona Sharp for running this successful scheme.

Lorraine Costello is now collecting DVD's and you can donate and buy in the same way. Contact her poolside during Performance A training.

6 February 11

Durham AA
Results here

6 February 11

Sunderland Spring Meet
Raffle prizes needed for March gala, please hand in to club shop. Volunters needed for a cake stall at the March gala, see Sam at the club shop.

5 February 11

Club hats with personalised names on.
Place your order at the club desk by 11th Feb

4 January 11
ASANER Championships 2011
Information here

12 November 10
National Agegroup/Youth QT 2011
National QT for Agegroup and Youth 2011 is here

5 November 10
Diving Pool restrictions
NO diving is allowed in the dive pool until further notice. This includes the NER Championships this weekend when the dive pool is being used for warm ups / cool downs.

calendar for the rest of the season is here

Poolside Guidance
please read up on poolside guidance here

Next Committee Meeting.. Mar 2011
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