Synchronised Swimming Success for City of Leeds!

The City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming team enjoyed great success at the Swim England National Synchronised Swimming Championships in April, winning a grand total of seven medals!

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Sarah Speers, Leeds Synchronised Swimming Development Coach, tells us a bit more about the excitement and achievement of the day…

“We have had our sights firmly on the British Championships for the past 12 months. At last year’s competition the club made the podium in Tech Team, Figures and Free solo. These were the best results the club had ever had – medalling in a team event was a first, and so the annual plan 2016-17 focused on taking this success further.

When we went to Budapest to compete in November, we swam the routines we would be entering at Champs, knowing that practicing these at competition is crucial for feedback and to make improvements. The swimmers worked really hard on camps in the holidays to bring the teams together and improve the execution and scores, and have benefitted from psychology workshops to prepare, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University.

Medalling in every event entered was an amazing achievement. After improving in the combination team by 6 whole marks from last year, and medalling for the first time in this event, we knew we had done the preparation required, and the scores and medals kept coming in! Two of the swimmers (Rebecca Richardson & Millicent Costello) are now working towards international competitions with the England Talent Squad.”

The medal results in order of the competition were:

Bronze- Junior Figures – Rebecca Richardson

Silver – Technical Solo – Rebecca Richardson

Bronze – Combination Team

Bronze – Free Solo – Rebecca Richardson

Bronze – Technical Team

Silver – Free Duet – Rebecca Richardson and Millicent Costello

Bronze – Free Team

City of Leeds was represented by: Jessica Arnold, Rosie Barrington, Samantha Breen, Olivia Burton, Bethany Caudwell, Millicent Costello, Isobel Davies, Georgia Fielding, Ellie Jefferson, Chloe McLelland, Rebecca Richardson and Alyssa Ward.

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Leeds Disability Sport News – February 2017

Please see below for the latest disability sport news this month in Leeds and beyond:

  • Leeds Sports Awards tickets are still available, with discounted Leeds Sports Club member tickets also for sale. The event is taking place at the First Direct Arena on Tuesday 7th March 2017.
  • DSY Annual Awards Dinner will be held at The Centenary Pavilion, Elland Rd on Friday 24th March 2017. The price of the event- a celebration of disability sporting achievement, participation and volunteering- remains £30 per person, to include four course meal, speeches, entertainment and raffle. Nominations have now closed but tickets still available.
  • FA Grow the Game Funding is available to apply for from now until Wednesday 29th March 2017. The following types of football teams are eligible for a grant: Male teams – Under-14s to adult, Female teams – Under-7s to adult and Disability teams.
  • Wheelchair Tennis CPD is taking place in Leeds at the John Charles Centre for Sport (Tennis Centre) on the 24th April 2017. This is aimed at accredited level 2 and above coaches who would like to develop their skills to work more effectively with wheelchair tennis players.
  • Visually Impaired and Blind football training sessions are being delivered at the John Charles Centre for Sport regularly in conjunction with the Leeds United Foundation. For details of the next sessions please contact: anthony.hall@leedsunited.com

Middleton Park Duathlon Results

Well done to everyone who took part in the Middleton Park Duathlon on Saturday 28th January 2017. Race results are below.

Kid’s Race Results

 Position Number Name Time
1 8 Theo Jacques 30:57
2 3 Luke Rough 31:22
3 17 Max Metcalfe 33:29
4 18 Phoebe Taylor 34:20
5 7 Matilda Jacques 34:49
6 2 George Higgins 35:48
7 1 Elissa Kite 36:01
8 16 Tom Metcalfe 36:17
9 9 Angus Taylor 36:24
10 10 Theon Hercules 36:42
11 12 Atlanta Hercules 36:44
12 6 Sophia Millner 37:37
13 11 Harrison Delaia 37:50
14 15 Harry Wainwright 38:03
15 13 Breana Hercules 38:04
16 5 Rosa McAnulla 38:41
17 14 Olivia Lord 39:28
4   Mason Green DNF

Adult’s Race Results

 Position Number Name Time
1 3 Michael Kershaw 30:57
2 5 Martin Brook 31:22
3 4 Steven Lawson 33:29
4 19 Simon Boardman 34:20
5 17 Michael Melia 34:49
6 23 Tim Driver 35:48
7 40 Paul Bennet 36:01
8 13 Laura Watson 36:17
9 1 William McGawley 36:24
10 22 Matt Wilkinson 36:42
11 27 Dan Harrison 36:44
12 26 Haden Harrison 37:37
13 25 Mathew Higgins 37:50
14 14 John Gallager 38:03
15 29 Laura Fitzgerald 38:04
16 21 Jonathan Kite 38:41
17 15 Jacob Thompson 39:28
18 18 Karen Boardman 39:47
19 38 Sarah Jacques 39:54
20 20 Lyn Metcalfe 40:31
21 16 Emma Young 40:32
22 35 Graham Hordon 41:10
23 12 Colin Rendar 42:47
24 34 Joanne Hordon 42:50
25 43 Paul Hollings 42:51
26 11 Raplh McDermott 43:03
27 2 David Ianson 43:10
28 32 Libby Clark 43:19
29 33 Ben Clark 43:19
30 8 Andrew Fallows 47:17
31 41 Fiona Taylor 48:46
32 39 Gavin Hurcules 48:47
33 10 Suzana Wattons 49:00
34 37 Hanna Hurcules 49:35
35 9 Shella Hopkinson 49:52
36 28 Rachel Brighton 50:25
37 30 Shivon Tera 50:51
38 6 Linda Carey 51:04
39 31 Lucy Lord 51:53
40 24 Robert Demainme 54:42
41 7 Lindsey Fallows 55:23
42 42 Foluke Agbede 57:57
43 36 Holly Wainwright 59:57

Leeds Disability Sport News – November 2016

In Leeds

  • Voting has opened for Leeds Sports Awards 2017. A new voting system is in operation for senior achievers, with a standard nomination process for the other categories. Check out the website now for further information about this and how to purchase your tickets. Nominations close at midnight Wednesday 14th
  • Para-Swimming Come and Try Session is taking place at Morley Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th December, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. If you fancy yourself as the next Paralympic swimmer then come along to the event- this is suitable for all ages and impairment groups, for swimmers who are comfortable completing 25m unaided. Please register in advance by completing the form via the link or by e-mailing by Friday 9th December: bibby@leeds.gov.uk

Outside Leeds

  • England Rugby with IMAS have developed a simple promotional guide to help explain the concept of Mixed Ability Rugby to potential clubs and committees, players (support services and carers), coaches and ‘Champions’ who have the drive to instigate and develop Mixed Ability Rugby Teams.
  • British Cycling National Paracycling Classification Assessment Day is taking place in Manchester on 26th January 2017, for bicycle, trike, and handcycle riders. All those planning to compete as a Paracyclist in 2017 who have not previously attended an assessment are required to take this opportunity in order to ease their passage to participate in next year’s domestic Paracycling competition programme. Contact Paul West for an appointment slot and more details before 10th January: paulwest@britishcycling.org.uk

Middleton Park Duathlon Results

Provisional results from the Middleton Park Duathlon event on 8th October 2016 –

Find a full list of results on the Go Tri website.

Position Bib Number Name Time
1 11 Carl Hearn 33.18
2 20 James Nundy 33.34
3 25 Paul Bennet 34.05
4 4 Michael Melia 34.21
5 15 Mark Hayes 35.01
6 6 Mathew Higgins 36.01
7 27 Daniel Wright 36.32
8 3 Rachel Feather 38.03
9 7 Hayden Harrison 38.45
10 12 Steve Beckwith 38.51
11 1 Stacey Kite 38.57
12 13 Graham Hawden 39.08
13 14 Joanne Hawden 39.40
14 10 Jacob Thompson 40.03
15 26 Diane Hubber 40.25
16 5 Claire Higgins 40.55
17 19 Colin Render 43.32
18 17 Jon Osborne 43.32
19 16 Liz Pearce 43.33
20 22 Frank Wright 43.59
21 28 Hannah Roberts 45.26
22 21 Harriet Whiting 46.50
23 2 Tina Craddock 48.27
24 9 Lena Abe 52.11
25 18 Viv Smales 52.15
26 23 Laura Smales 52.15
27 8 Julie Abe 57.33
28 26 Diane Huber 57.38

Leeds Disability Sport News – September 2016

After a fantastic month of disability sport see below for some highlights and forthcoming events in Leeds and beyond:

In Leeds

  • Many congratulations to all the Leeds and Yorkshire Paralympic athletes who competed in Rio 2016. Celebrate what was a truly spectacular and memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Yorkshire Athletes Homecoming Parade on Wednesday 28th September, from 5.15pm in Leeds City Centre.

 

 

 

  • BID Services New Youth Club has just started, suitable for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people aged 8-18 years plus siblings. Held every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm this takes place at the First Floor Venue, St. Peter’s Square in Leeds. For further information contact: legallienne@bid.org.uk

 

  • Visually Impaired Bowls Sessions will begin at the John Charles Centre indoor bowls centre from the 4th JCCS are working with Pennine Bowling Club to run these sessions every Tuesday from 12 noon until 2.00pm, with an introductory price of £3.20. For further information please telephone John Palmer on 01422 321771.

 

  • Wheelpower Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Tuesday 11th This is a great way for children aged 6-11 with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment. For more information contact the Feel Inspired Event Officer on: ed.pearse@wheelpower.org.uk or 07922 736196.

 

 

 

  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp will next be taking place on the week beginning 24th October, during half term. There will be four venues across the city alongside a free additional adapted cycling event at Middleton Park Bike Hub. These camps are open to disabled children and young people aged 8-18 plus non-disabled siblings and friends.

 

  • Learning Disability Tennis Camp is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport indoor tennis centre on Saturday 12th Run in conjunction with the Tennis Foundation, this is suitable for beginners/those new to sport or looking to develop their skills. The one day camp is being led by experienced tennis coaches from JCCS.

Outside Leeds

  • RYA Sailability would like disabled sailors or boaters to complete their new questionnaire. They would like to hear from people about what attracted them to sailing in the first place, whether a friend, family or by chance, and how easy and accessible they found it to get started. The aim is to try and fully understand more about people’s experiences and perceptions about sailing as an activity for people with a disability, and is open until the 1st October.

 

  • Disability Football Development Officer vacancy is currently being advertised through the West Riding County FA. As well as supporting the delivery of the National Game Strategy in West Riding and specifically the Disability Workforce Plan, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a vibrant, enthusiastic and committed team at the County FA. Closing date is Wednesday 12th

 

If the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have inspired you to take up a sport or become a little bit more active, check out all the regular disability sport opportunities available in the city with the comprehensive Leeds Disability Sport Programme.

Rothwell Go Tri & Junior Races

Leeds City Council, Run Leeds and British Triathlon partnered up to deliver a fantastic Triathlon event in Rothwell…

Now in its second year the Rothwell Triathlon proved an overwhelming success with the sun shining and smiles on the faces of many young people and adults taking part in Triathlon, for the very first time . Having experienced the elite racers with the likes of the Brownlee Brothers (Leeds) and Jessica Learmonth (Leeds) all competing in the World Series in June around the streets of Leeds, it was a great chance to try the sport in a fun, safe, environment locally.

The event (Triathlon) funded in part by Leeds City Councils Community committee (Outer South) saw three quality races on the day split into three age categories-

  • 7 – 10 years – 50m Swim – 800m Cycle – 400m Run
  • 10 – 14 years – 100m Swim – 3k Cycle – 1k Run
  • 14 years plus and adults (GO – Tri) – 200m Swim – 5k Cycle – 3k Run

Impressive is an understatement for some of the performances on the day, with some real potential on show with guts and determination all round to get the course completed, on what turn out to be a very hot day in Leeds.  A special mention goes to Abigail Harvey who won both the small Triathlon and the Junior Triathlon (amazing stuff!). In the GO TRI event Rob O’brien broke the course record to finish in an impressive 31m 12secs which was made even more remarkable by the fact he had a mechanical issue on the bike course.

Ben Fraser from Run Leeds commented,

“The youngsters dedicated themselves to all 3 parts of the Triathlon and didn’t let up trying their best at any point. With the run being the last challenge there was always the risk of the runners tiring but the youngsters maintained the big smiles on their faces and powered through – it was great to see so much enjoyment was clearly had!”

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Race results are below:

Small Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 6m 21secs 9
2 George Harvey 7mins 32secs 8
3 Charlie Pettigrew 7mins 54secs 10
4 George Painter 8mins 08secs 9
5 Martha Marjoram 8m 10secs 8
6 Finlay McNamara 8m 12secs 8
7 Rowan Lunn 8m 13secs 8
8 Nick Fish 8m 45secs 8
9 Amy Painter 8m 50secs 9
10 Daisy McNamara 8m 52secs 10
11 Josh Turton 9m 16secs 9
12 Abigail Hickman 10m 1secs 8
13 Oliver Mooney 10m 44secs 9
14 Bronwen Mansfield 11m 03secs 8
15 George Kilner 11m 55secs 9
16 Eliza Marjoram 12m 41secs 8

 

Junior Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 15m 05secs 9
2 Martha Marjoram 19m 58secs 8
3 Liam Wilson 20m 30secs 10
4 Blossom Tolhurst 20m 55secs 10
5 Morgan Farquharson 21m 21secs 10
6 Jamie Farquaharson 21m 23secs 9
7 George Kilner 23m 37 secs 10

 

Go Tri Race

Position Name Time Age
1 Rob Obrien 31m 12secs  
2 Richard Middleton 36m 32secs  
3 Robert Greaves 36m 39secs  
4 Colin Render 36m 56secs  
5 Bianca Mooney 38m 43secs  

As part of the Triathlon project we run a Satellite Triathlon training group that meets each and every Tuesday at Rothwell Leisure Centre at 3.30pm and incorporates a Run, Studio Cycle and Pool based swim.

We also run the GO TRI project which introduces adults 14 plus to Triathlon more details here –  http://active.leeds.gov.uk/communitysport/Pages/Triathlon.aspx

Any enquiries about this blog should be directed to Neil Jones, Active Sports Officer – 0113 395 0186, neil.jones@leeds.gov.uk