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!


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.


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:

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:

Go Tri Something New at Fearnville Leisure Centre

On June 2nd 2016 Fearnville Leisure Centre hosted its first Go-Tri event, a multi-sport activity for beginner triathletes. Put on in partnership between Leeds City Council and British Triathlon the event brought together people from across Leeds on what was a beautiful summers evening to take part in a 200m swim, a 2.5km cycle and a 1km run, one after the other in the style of a real triathlon.

Participants were welcomed by Francis Riley and Matt Paxton from Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club. The two explained to the curious but enthusiastic group of men and women the layout of the professionally devised course before the group embarked on what was, for many of them, their first experience of triathlon. Fearnville is a very natural fitting for such activities. The route and transitions, despite the distances not quite matching those of an Olympic triathlon gave participants a really good sense of how the sport works.

Everyone achieved great things, both finishing with very admirable times but more importantly turning up and taking part. It’s never easy to subject yourself to such intense exercise but everyone who took part in Go-Tri Something New @ Fearnville did so with smiles on their faces. Well done guys, we’ll keep you posted with upcoming events and hope to see you competing at bigger events in the future.

Go Tri - Fearnville

Go Tri Event at Rothwell Leisure Centre

Friday the 7 August was a stunning sunny day for the first GO TRI Leeds event at Rothwell Leisure Centre. The Sport and Active Lifestyles team worked in partnership with British Triathlon, Leeds BMX Club and the Community Committee to deliver a truly inclusive Triathlon event. GO TRI is a fun way to access triathlon for the first time. Participants join in swim, cycle or run training sessions or take part in their very first triathlon event.PopUp Triathlon

On offer were three distances for young people to ”GIVE IT A GO” at Swim – Bike – Run to emulate the Brownlee brothers. The event saw an indoor swim and a grass track bike and run. Bikes were provided by Leeds BMX Club and marshals from England Triathlon and Run Leeds. Each participant received a goody bag on completion of the GO TRI which contained information on how they may access Wakefield Triathlon Club as a junior and details of the new sessions starting at Rothwell Leisure Centre in September.

Michelle Scott (England Triathlon) Commented – “ It’s a wonderful day for young people to try Triathlon for free with so many happy faces having fun taking part in sport”.

Rachel Ashcroft (Parent) – “Thank you so much for organising today’s event. My daughter Anna was terrified, literally shaking, when she arrived, but then did brilliantly, and more importantly was incredibly proud of herself. She’ll never be a prize winner but she’s asked me if she can try another triathlon must have taken a lot of organisation to set it all up, but we’re very grateful.”

Neil Jones (Active Sport Officer) “The funding provided for the event by community committees (Outer South) was crucial to allow young people to see what Triathlon is all about and allows us to spring board some new regular sessions from Rothwell Leisure Centre. This is so important with the Triathlon World Series coming to Roundhay Park in June next year and we can start to build a legacy from the outset.”

Over 50 young people registered for the event with some trying the sport for the very first time below are a snap shot of the results. For more information about  future Pop Up Sports events contact Neil Jones – / Our next Pop Up Sport Club is at Rothwell leisure centre on Friday the 14th of August.

Small Triathlon Event          
Num. Name Start Time Run Finish Overall Time Position
12 Elliott Findlay 02:00 09:54 07:54 1
14 Eve Lawson 04:00 13:09 09:08 2
16 Max Cheesman 04:00 13:24 09:24 3
23 Ciara Thomas 08:00 18:02 10:02 4
13 Liam Hewitt 04:00 14:40 10:40 5
24 Zach Bell 06:00 17:18 11:18 6
21 Daisy Hiway 08:00 19:27 11:27 7
2 Evie Broadboot 00:00 11:32 11:32 8
11 Isowel Wort 02:00 13:39 11:39 9
22 Rosin Thomys 06:00 17:41 11:41 10
17 Ben Arslan 04:00 16:29 12:29 11
10 Anna Ashcroft 02:00 16:32 14:32 12
1 Luwan Lunn 00:00 19:00 19:00 13
19 Nathan Tinsdale 06:00 37:51 31:51 14
Junior Triathlon Event          
Num. Name Start Time Run Finish Overall Time Position
44 Ellie Broadbrook 18:00 31:32 13:32 1
50 Alex Fraser 20:00 33:37 13:37 2
45 George 24:00 39:22 15:22 3
56 Ellen Sayles 22:00 37:24 15:24 4
3 Jay Tinsdale 26:00 42:54 16:54 5
57 Aorff Thomas 26:00 42:59 16:59 6
54 Patrick Thomas 26:00 43:32 17:32 7
47 Elisia Ali 24:00 43:56 19:56 8
52 Daisy Hiway 20:00 40:12 20:12 9
58 Jack Hussain 23:00 43:24 20:24 10
49 Joesph Gill 20:00 41:41 21:41 11
53 Evie Broadboot 22:00 36:39 24:39 12
43 Jayam Broadbrook 22:00 46:47 24:47 13

Fearnville Leisure Centre top up swimming lessons

Leeds City Council’s, Active Lifestyles Officers have been successful in securing some funding from the Inner East Extended Services cluster activity fund. The funding was used to target year five and six students at local primary schools in the Inner East, who hadn’t achieved their 25 metres within the curriculum time swimming lessons.

It was identified many year five and six students go onto high school unable to swim, these top up sessions were there to give students the further opportunity to learn to swim after their school lessons had come to an end. The top up swimming lessons were delivered at Fearnville Leisure Centre over February half term and were very popular with 24 young people attending each of  the five days.

The students were given 30 minutes of intense swimming lessons in two groups 12 and another 30 minutes to have a fun swim

Extended Services Inner East found this project such a success that they have provided further funding to run some more top up lessons later this year.

For further information on other opportunities in East North East Leeds please contact – Jason Minott – Active Sports Officer on the below details:

Tel: 0113 378 1990
Mobile: 07891 279 223

FINA Swimming Coaching Course – Sri Lanka

James Richards, Senior Age Group for Leeds City Council has delivered a swimming coaching course in Colombo, Sri Lanka for FINA, the World Governing Body for aquatics.

To find out more about one example of the work Leeds City Council do with Governing Bodies please visit FINA’s website 

City of Leeds Swimming Club features in local news

After their large amounts of success this year the City of Leeds Swimming Club have received local media attention. Have a look at the article featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Friday 17 October. 

Well done to Richard Denigan on winning a coaching award for excellence and to all the City of Leeds Swimming Club for their achievements this year!