West Midlands Disability Swimming Squad

Registered Charity 1137715

Page last updated 1/4/2014

Llandudno Development Camp 2014

Posted 10th March 2014

Report and photos from Llandudno

Golf Day 2014

Posted 14th February 2014

Our popular golf day takes place on Thursday 19th June this year.

Click here for more details

Click here for an entry form

Please let Kevin O'Connor know by Monday 26th May - kevinoc@hotmail.co.uk if you have any queries

Fly clinic 19th January 2014

Posted 23rd January 2014

Although I have acted as Guest Coach at a number of Galas this was my first introduction to coaching West Midlands Disability Squad. I was very pleased with the reaction from the swimmers who all worked hard and did their best to achieve the standards I was asking for.

The Clinic, following a warm up, concentrated on technique with particular focus on timing and body position working through kick and pull in isolation and putting them back together as a more efficient stroke. Improvements were seen in all swimmers.

We finished off with a 1600m set and 200m swim down.

In the introductory talk we discussed commitment and quality of training and related this to 5Ps.

Perfect Practise Prevents Poor Performance

Over many years on the poolside I have seen swimmers who have ability fail because they pick up bad habits in training which are carried over into competition. We need to ensure that these bad habits don't occur by training with the best technique we are capable of.

Congratulations to all swimmers, you trained well on a hard set and I look forward to working with you.



Development Camp - 4th January 2014

Posted 7th January 2014

WMDSS had eight swimmers at this event, Michelle, Scott, Martha, Joshua, Megan Russ, Morgan, Keira and Hasna. The swimmers had to complete pre-pool stretches before starting the event which was held at King Edwards School (our training ground on a Sunday).

The swimming sets consisted of timed starts, timed kick sets across different distances, drill work and then timed sprint sessions. The sprint sessions proved to be really hard work, as many swimmers had not completed any training over the Christmas period and this was their first time back in water since December.

All the swimmers agreed that the camp was hard work but greatly enjoyable. Well done to all those swimmers who were selected.


Loughborough Training

Posted 16th December 2013

Note that training at Loughborough on 9th February 2014 has been cancelled.


Sheffield Nationals

Posted 26th November 2013

Coach's Report from the short course nationals at Sheffield


Sponsored Walk - Sunday 3rd November

Updated 23rd November 2013

You can now see some photos taken during the sponsored walk.

Well done to all those who took part in the walk, Megan, Aimee, Molly, Aaron, Scott, Gordon, Alex and their parents/carers.

Any queries about payment, sponsorship etc, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Gilbert - suegilbert18@msn.com


Photos from Liverpool

Posted 21st November 2013

See a short slideshow of photos taken during our recent trip to Liverpool.


Report from the AGM

Posted 9th November 2013

Chairperson/Coach's report from the AGM


Orion Presentation Evening and Disco

Posted 9th November 2013

WMDSS swimmers who took part in the Orion MC event are invited to attend the Orion Presentation Evening and Disco on Saturday 11th January 2014. More details to follow soon.....


Birmingham Mail Wish Campaign

Posted 14th October

We are taking part in the Birmingham Mail Wish Campaign. If you, or someone you know, buys the Birmingham Mail, could you give the tokens to Sue Gilbert (Aaron's Mum).


Short Course Championships - 23rd/24th November

Posted 4th October

The Short Course Championships in Sheffield on 23rd and 24th November have an online entry form that you will need to complete. Please follow the link below.

Note that the closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday 18th October 2013.

Short Course Championship Online Entry Form


Orion MC event

Posted 1st October 2013

Results from the Orion SC Multi Classification Event


West Midlands Regional Championships

Posted 1st October

Results from the West Midlands Disability Swimming Championships


Asda green coins!

Posted 18th September 2013

We came second in the Asda green coin drop at their Halesowen Branch, that Dave Gilbert entered us into last year. We picked up a check for £50 today.

Thank you Asda.


Fundraising wristbands

Posted 9th September 2013

WMDSS wristbands We're selling fundraising wristbands for £1.00 a time. Hurry - get yours now - they're selling like cupcakes!!




WMDSS cupcakes

Posted 9th September 2013

Exclusive WMDSS cupcakes were available during our Development Day on the 8th September.

As they say in the ads,

When they're gone - they're gone!

Well, they're all gone!!!

Thanks to Pam Hadley for the cakes - those lucky enough to get one, said they were delicious.