Gala News Items up to June 2014


Jamie Rigby Memorial Gala

Jamie RigbyThe joyous one minute giant splash by the swimmers at the start of the evening set the tone for this gala, in memory of Jamie Rigby who was a swimmer at Ilkeston Swimming Club when he died in a car crash at the age of 18 in 2006.

Thank you to all of you who were there for creating such a great atmosphere and for swimming your socks off!

With a total of 61 races and over half the individual races resulting in PBs, it was a busy, fruitful and enjoyable night!

Click here for the Results Sheet.

Summer Gala & Medal Presentation

2014 SummerGalaDon’t miss it – get your entry in soon!

Just 2 races to do if you are 11 years old or under (100m IM & 200m freestyle) and 3 races for 12s and over (100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke & 200m freestyle).

Then straight after we’ll all go to the Trent Youth Centre for food and fun! You can play table tennis, pool, table football or go on the climbing wall.2013SGphoto

Oh, of course, and medals will be given to the top 3 swimmers of every age group – separate ones for boys and girls. The Club will start collecting your entry forms during Half Term, so print one off and fill it in now! CLICK HERE .

Some of last year’s medal presentations:


Sports Centre Gala – 3 May 2014

WM Side Entrance

Fantastic swimming!

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Dan wasn’t expecting PBs after the recent speed work training, so was really pleased with the 16 that swimmers achieved in this Sports Centre Gala at Water Meadows.

Well done everyone – a well deserved 3rd place on the night!

  1. here for results.


Sports Centre Gala – 22 March 2014

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Oh, what a night! Swimmers, you were awesome – all of you!

Fantastic 3rd place overall. Well done!

  1. here for results.



JC Dobb gala – 8 March 2014

Portland boyswimmer

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed at this gala for good swims, good technique and fast times!

Click here for results.



Age Group Counties – 1 & 2 March 2014

 12 March 2014


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There was some seriously good swimming over the weekend of 15th & 16th March at the County Championships held at Beechdale for our 15 years and older swimmers! 

With season’s bests and PBs for Rebecca Phillips, Molly, Emma and Connor, they can wear their 2014 County tops with pride. The bar has been set high for younger swimmers competing in March’s Age Group Counties.

Well done to Emma for reaching 2 finals and to Connor for swimming 50m freestyle in under 30 seconds!

Photos of Team Captains, Emma and Connor, in action:

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Only super swimmers and supporters allowed! 

2014 County t-shirt Youth Counties2014 tshirt  Beechdale closed sign 

Thank you to Dom and Dan for all your help and support.

Sports Centre Gala 1st February 2014

Worksop diverSwimmers celebrated the Chinese New Year Portland style – with class, determination and, as always, amazing team spirit.

Thank you everyone for turning out on a horrible evening and WELL DONE swimmers for a fantastic night of racing!

  1. here for results. 

JC Dobb 1st January 2014

Lammas LCJC Dobb Spring League at Lammas Leisure Centre, 18 January, the first gala of 2014, was a night of adversity with lots of last-minute changes, when many swimmers were asked unexpectedly to swim out of age groups or their least favourite strokes. However, the Portland team pulled together as always and gave it their best.

Well done to everyone!
Click here for results. 

JC Dobb 30th November 2013

underwater-entryWell done to all our swimmers, in this last leg of the JC Dobb Autumn Series at Hucknall Leisure Centre, for great racing and some very brave swims in events outside their comfort zone and to those of you who swam up into older age groups – some of our relay teams only had one swimmer who was of the age! You did yourselves and your Club proud on what turned out to be a very challenging evening.

Keep up the good work in 2014!

  1. here for the results.

Sports Centre League 23rd November 2013

hucknall lc16 PBs & some fantastic swims at the Hucknall pool! 

We finished 4th on the night and 3rd overall which is a very fine result indeed – remember some of the opposition are clubs 4 times the size of ours. Well done to all the swimmers who helped over the series – you should all be extremely proud of yourselves.

  1. here for the results.

Peter Pink Trophy Gala 9th November 2013

Peter Pink Trophy

What do you call a collection of 55 swimmers? A ‘Peter Pink of swimmers’ of course! For the first time certainly in recent history we had 2 teams representing our Club, Team Dom and Team Dan, who between them clocked up 31 PBs, 5 new times, 3 new county qualifying times (CT) and 8 speeding tickets!

However, this night was not about trophy success but about the success of our swimmers who are going from strength to strength and are great ambassadors for our Club. Well done and thank you guys!


  1. Click here for Team Dan
  2. here for Team Dom

Radford Sprint Meet 3rd November 2013

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A fantastic day – everyone went home with a medal and 38 PBs were recorded!


  • Grace Rigby PB’d in the IM and came 3rd in grade age group for 50m Free.
  • Erin Birney was 4th in grade age group for Breaststroke, 5th Back, 6th Free and PB’d in the IM.
  • Stanley Toplass PB’d 3 times (Free, Fly & IM), earned a Speeding Ticket in the Fly (slicing 4 seconds off his previous best), but it got him to the final.
  • Emma Horne reached 3 finals and got 2 PBs (Back & Free).
  • Olivia Misiuda PB’d in Breaststroke and qualified for 2 finals.
  • Edward Roberts reached 3 finals, going quicker than the heats in all of them, setting 2 successive PBs in both Free and Back!
  • Jaime Misiuda came 3rd in both her finals, PB’ing in the Fly.
  • Lucy Toplass got 2 PBs (Back & IM) and came 1st in grade age group for Breast.
  • Mia Cunnison PB’d in both her races (Back & IM), knocking almost 8 seconds off her time in the IM.
  • Rebecca Horne did 9 swims, i.e. reached every final, set PBs in every stroke, 3 of them in finals.

Special congratulations to:

  • Connor, who has been trying so long and finally succeeded in breaking the 31 second barrier for 50m Freestyle. Also, 9 swims (i.e. all finals), 5 PBs! Whoa!
  • Isabelle Day, who PB’d in all 4 of her heats, then again in the 2 finals she swam (Back & Free), achieving a 50m free County Time; only hundredths off a County Time in Back and Breast too.
  • Beatrice Munro for a 4 second PB in 50m Free and collecting cash at her very first Open Meet (for 2 second place finals)!
  • Ben Brown for 3 swims, 3 PBs – over 3 seconds in the Free meant a Speeding Ticket, but a County Time; a place in the Breaststroke final and a second County Time – only 3 weeks after his 9th birthday!

Medal Winners:

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Isabelle 4th, Beatrice 3rd, Jaime 5th, Olivia 6th, Rebecca 3rd, Emma 3rd, Stanley 3rd, Connor 5th

9 & 10 Years Finals
Beatrice – 2nd Butterfly & 2nd Freestyle
Isabelle – 2nd Backstroke

11 & 12 Years Finals
Jaime – 3rd Butterfly & 3rd Freestyle
Edward – 3rd Breaststroke

13 & 14 Years Finals
Rebecca – 2nd Breaststroke, 3rd Backstroke & 3rd Freestyle

15 Years & Over Finals
Emma – 2nd Breaststroke
Connor – 3rd Butterfly

Despite numerous hold-ups (one parent got most of her Christmas cards written in them! See evidence below), it was a very good day with some notable memories.

A swimmer’s work is never done!

Homework has to be squeezed in between swims.

An absolutely huge THANK-YOU to Dom, who looked after all the swimmers, giving them advice and support throughout the long day.

WELL DONE to our amazing swimmers – you make us all very proud.

JC Dobb 2nd November 2013

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Portland swimmers – you are all Winners!

Click here for the results

Sports Centre League 19th October 2013

Strictly Swimming

The half term destination for the gala team was Sutton-in-Ashfield on Saturday night 19th October and a great time was had by all. Arriving in the pouring rain certainly didn’t dampen team spirits.

The evening had more sparkle than Strictly; we were definitely top of the leader board for team spirit and only minor goggle disaaaaster darling for Gaby and Stanley. There were four PBs, four new times set and one county time. Well done team Portland for your effervescing effort in this challenging league. Fab-u-lous.

  1. here for results

2013 Club Champs

2013 Club Champs

Click here for Club Champs results


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