SU Development Gala 3 – Lisburn Valley Leisureplex

The third development gala took place on Saturday 4th March.  Results & report to follow.

Irish Minors Schools Gala

Well done to all our swimmers today at the gala, great fun, PB’s and medals too!!! Your schools should be very proud, BASC certainly are well done everyone.  Full list of results available here

Aquasprint Gala Templemore

There has been a last minute change to the Aquasprint fixture vs Templemore on Saturday 4th February.  The fixture will still be going ahead on Saturday but warm up now begins at the later time of 6:30pm. The bus has been booked for 5:00pm.
Please let Geraldine know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend or not taking the bus.

SU Development Gala 2 – Omagh

The second development gala with new events takes place in Omagh on Saturday 21st January.  Up to date Psych Sheets and Session Reports are on Swim Ulster website.  Volunteer rota will be issued, following the recent successful training course from Frank we have no shortage of qualified volunteers.

Irish Short Course

Superb swimming from Banbridge at weekends ISC Championship in Lisburn. Congratulations to Kate who reached finals in four of her events and another outstanding gala for 13 year old Julia, who not only made the finals in all her events, but also took home bronze in the 400IM A final with a time of 4:59:03!

Aquasprint Gala – Bangor

First Aquasprint of the season and first gala for many of the young swimmers from Banbridge and Bangor proved to be a very close match.  Many thanks to Bangor for travelling to BLC.  Swimmers and parents enjoyed a friendly and competitive night.

Ulster Short Course

Good luck to BASC swimmers at this weekend’s gala in Aurora.  Up to date Psych Sheets and Session Reports are on Swim Ulster website.  Santa Hats are compulsory for timekeepers for Sunday’s sessions!!

PTL Gala – Away to Larne

Well done to PTL swimmers who attended gala in Larne.  Friendly and competitive swim resulted in a win for Banbridge.  Many thanks to Larne for hosting the night and providing food.  Next gala is at home with Cookstown.

SU Winter Qualifying Gala

Lisburn proved to be a comfortable first gala for the start of the qualifying meets.  Banbridge swimmers were undeterred with the changes to the IAG standards in which qualifying times must been gained from 1st Jan 2017.
All swam PBs with many taking home medals; Kate, Ellie, Jack B, Rachel B, Sorcha, Bailey, Maeve, Julia, Jack L, Katie, Niall, Kathryn, Matthew, Jodie, Becki, Ronan and Adam to name a few!  Many thanks to poolside coaches and volunteers on the day.

Aquasprint Gala

The season kicks off early this year with the first aquasprint gala against Bangor on Saturday 3rd Dec in BLC.  Warm-up is at 5.30pm with gala start at 6pm.  Notes have been issued to swimmers, if you cannot attend for any reason please contact Geraldine directly.

SU Winter Gala

The Cafe at Lagan Valley Leisureplex are offering a special menu for the weekend.  To avail of the special price of £5 you must pre-order by calling or emailing the number or email address on the menu.  Please check volunteer rota and entries.

War Memorial Gala

The War Memorial Gala ceromony included a ceremony to commemorate all swimmers who fell in the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 World Wars. All swimmers and officials stood in silence around the poolside to remember.

SU Winter Gala

Please ensure entries for next qualifying gala are forwarded to by Sunday 30th Oct.

PTL Season Start

First gala of the season on Saturday 22nd Oct against  Templemore was a great start for the PTL team. Thanks to our volunteers performing gala duties, and to hosts Templemore, some great swimming from both camps and not forgetting the tasty supper afterwards, good luck for the season ahead.

PTL – Templemore

First gala of the season is on Saturday 22nd Oct in Avoniel Pool, Belfast against  Templemore. Warmup at 4:30pm.  No bus available for this gala, should you require lift or unable to attend please advise Geraldine before Friday.

Swim Ulster Skills Camp

Swim Ulster Skills Camp is to be held from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2016 at Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney.  Contact if you require any information.

Development Meet 1 Armagh

Please see link to the Swim Ulster website where the Session Reports and Psych Sheets for Development 1 gala have been published.

Development Meets Changes

The first of the development meets this season will take place in Armagh on Sunday 2nd October.  Closing date of entries is Monday 19th Sept.  Please mark on Club Board or email entries to
Swim Ulster have proposed and implemented some changes to the Development Meet format for the 2016-2017 season:

  1. A staggered introduction to competition i.e. 9/10yrs will only swim 50m events plus 100m Individual Medley and 11&over will swim 50m Butterfly; 100m Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle; and 200m Individual Medley
  2. Technical assessment on the Individual Medley events to ensure that swimmers progressing to the Qualifying Meets have four legal strokes and can execute good streamlining on turns
  3. Introduction of mixed relays for speed development and fun

Swimmers wishing to qualify for the Qualifying Meets are required to achieve a qualifying time on Individual Medley and two 50m (9/10yrs) or 100m (11&over) qualifying times.

Banbridge ASC Ulster Squad Members 2016-2017 Announced

Banbridge swimmers have again this year been named as part of Swim Ulster Squad. With a change in format this year the Swim Ulster Performance Pathway has 3 tiers. Swimmers must achieve qualifying times for Performance and Regional Squads, and Academy Squad members must be ranked top 6 in 200IM and top 3 in all other Olympic strokes for their age.

Banbridge ASC are delighted to announce 8 swimmers earning their places on squad this year. For Performance Squad, Julia Knox, Regional Squad Kate Allenby, Ruby McNiff and Maeve Cleland and Academy Squad Jodi McMullen, Ellie Bingham, Rachel Blemmings and Adam Wilson.

The club would like to congratulate these young athletes and wish them every success in the coming year. Pictured below with Andy Reid, Swim Ireland’s Ulster High Performance Coach, BASC Ulster squad members in early morning training at Bangor Aurora.

New Season Registration

Registration Evening for all existing members is on Wed 31st Aug in Banbridge Leisure Centre starting at 6.30pm.  Please download and complete membership forms for desk on the night.
Senior Club – Start back Fri 2nd Sept 06.45-08.00 Junior Club – Start back Sat 3rd Sept 16.15-17.30 Yoga with Claire – Sat 3rd Sept @ BLC 16.30-17.15
TIME TRIALS FOR NEW MEMBERS – Sunday 2nd October 9am at Banbridge Leisure Centre – please contact with swimmers details to book a place.

IAG&Y Division 1 NAC Dublin

IAG Championships & Summer event provided more medals for Banbridge swimmers during an eventful and exciting week of  fantastic performances from all the swimmers; Kate, Jack, Rachel, Maeve, Julia, Jodi, Ruby, Becki, William and Adam.  See full report and profile of swimmers.Thanks to the coaches and parents who helped made this weekend a success through your hard work, effort and support.
Training for next season will commence at 6.45am on Friday 2nd Sept for all performance squad swimmers.  All other swimmers to resume training at normal sessions on Saturday 3rd Sept.

IAG&Y Division 1 NAC Dublin

For the IAG Championships & Summer event, officials roster, a copy of the competition psych sheets, and order of events (incl. the time of medal ceremonies) and a provisional session report are available on Swim Ireland site.

Swim Ireland are also offering IAG swimmers the opportunity to purchase souvenir t-shirts and programs in advance for collection during the Irish Age Group and Summer Open.
Division 2 Limerick – Scottish Nationals

Good luck to all the Banbridge crew in Limerick this weekend.  Follow their progress using live timings and like their antics on the club facebook page and twitter feed.  Niall already taken gold in the 1500m with Dawson close behind with bronze.
Full support also to club swimmer Julia who is representing Ulster at the Scottish Nationals in Glasgow.  Follow live timings

Swim Festival Newry

This was the final gala of the season for the younger swimmers and it did not disappoint.  Extremely well run thanks to the many volunteers and the generosity of hosts Newry & Mourne.Silverware home in abundance along with PBs ensured it was a gala to remember.  All set for next season!

BASC Annual Gala 2016

Another fun and well attended Club gala ended the season for many.  This was also the first gala for some of the younger swimmers and all swam extremely well.  See full results.  Many thanks to announcers Mary and Patrick, Jackie and Angela on desk, Lorraine and all the timekeepers, touch judges and coaches who kept things running smoothly.
Summer swimming will continue for Div 1 and 2 swimmers.  Also Doretta will be running her summer swims on Wednesdays 6-7pm beginning Wed 29th June to Wed 27th July.  Places filled on a first come first served basis.  This is a valuable opportunity for our youngest swimmers to impove their skills over the summer.