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Charlie Attwood:
Gold Medallist EYOF 2013charlieeyof



Kayleigh Parker:
Bronze Medalist #NAGS14





Jacob Greenow:
National (Age) Silver Medalist 2013


Medley Relay Champions 2014

Keir Graham:
Young Volunteer 2014
2nd Place




Annual General Meeting 2014

For a copy of this years agenda please click here.

TDSwim will hold its annual general meeting on 26th October 2014 @ Taunton School, during the lunchtime break of the Club Champs of 2014.

The committee will issue important club news; recording the events of last season and future plans. The club's finances will be announced along with any proposed changes. All the club's committee are up for re-election. Do you feel they have done a good job?

It is important that all club members attend. Last years meeting had barely enough to convene the meeting, which is both sad and challenging. This is your club please support it.

All interested parents and swimmers are encouraged to attend. Only members can vote. If you would like to vote, but youre not a member, then we recommend you contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (click name to email) to register you. The full agenda will be issued closer to the date.

Many thanks for showing interest in this meeting and we look forward to seeing you all on the 26th.

Taunton Deane SC committee.

National County Team Championships 2014 @ Ponds Forge

In an exciting final, against some very strong competition, Team Somerset (472 points) recorded their third podium finish in the history of these championships; finishing 2nd against 13th consective time winners Lancashire (506 points). Division one was contested between eighteen English counties and two Scottish counties. Over the last 2 decades this competition has been dominated by the Northern Counties; with Yorkshire and Lancashire seemingly reenacting an alternative, and modern, War of the Roses.


The meet is best described by the team's  head coach - Euan Dale: "it’s a different  style of meet to everything else in the  calendar. I’d say it’s one of two of it’s kind,  the other being the Arena league, where  you’re really competing for the team rather  than individually. Swimming is generally  about your own performance but when  you’re getting points for the team, the  atmosphere and the style of racing can  bring the best out in some people".

Euan was part of the team that came 2nd in  2002. Narrowly missing out on his target, of toppling Lancashire from their pearch, it can only be a matter of time before that happens?

TDS had 6 invited swimmers with most now considered 'time served' veterans of this meet. Alicia Gallagher swam for the first time providing some very valuable times & points in this closely fought contest. 

The club wishes to congratulate all the swimmers, coaches and officials that made the long trip to Sheffield. A particular thanks goes to Stacey Vickery who, as team manager, survived her first trip to Ponds Forge.

More reports can be found on the ASA website here, and by the Somerset ASA here. Results here. Further details can also be found on the various Twitter and Facebook feeds #CTC14.

Photographs courtesy of Stacey Vickery and Millfield twitter timelines.



Affiliated to Somerset and South West Region ASA

3 week "turns clinic"

Held at Kings College Pool, South Road, Taunton

Each session will consist of an hour focus on tumble turns for all strokes – broken down into two strokes each session with an overview of all on the final session


Sunday 30th November
Sunday 7th December
Sunday 14th December

Session will run from 1030 until 1130

Cost:TD and Network Clubs - £20 for block of 3 or £8 per session
Non-Network Clubs - £25 for block of 3 or £10 per session

Cheques made payable to ‘Taunton Deane Swimming Club’
Please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested in attending
Spaces limited to 16 – book NOW to avoid disappointment.






Photo courtesy of Dom Gallagher

An exciting first round sees TDS placed 2nd after the first round of this years Arena National League.

Last years B finalists began their league challenge disadvantaged by the loss of 3 of last seasons team, and a late evening start at the revised Dorchester venue. Despite a few lane ropes breaking during races, and a strong show from Swim Bournemouth, TDS find themselves ideally placed to progress further: only 3 more gala's to go!

Well done to all the traveling parents and officials for supporting the team so well - Well worth the late finish.

Postions for Western league
Round 1: 11.10.14


R1 points Lge points
Plymouth Leander 274 6 1
2 Taunton Deane Swimming Club 252 6 3
3 Millfield School 248 6 2
4 Swim Swansea 238 5 2
5 Swim Bournemouth 223 5 3
6 City of Cardiff Swimming Club 219 4 2
7 Bridgend County Swim Squad 168 5 1
8 Soundwell 195 4 1
9 Exeter City 170 3


Success in Munich for Connie

Connie Baker, a member of the Sanchia Reeds' TDS Comp 1 group, gained the qualifying time for Biathle representing Team GB in the world series tour in Munich, Germany, in July.

Biathle or Modern biathlon is a sub-sport of modern pentathlon invented to create opportunities for training the run and swim parts of pentathlon. It should not be confused with biathlon. Biathle is an event that involves a run, swim, and run. The legs are raced with continuous transitions like triathlon. For those interested more information can be found here.

Connie came 7th overall, and was the 5th GB girl home.

Congratulations on a deserved result: "Well done Connie". Keep up the hard work.


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We need officials to help run the meets we have; both internally as well as our committment to other clubs.
The club run meets for two very important reasons:
  • To provide safe competitive swimming for our club swimmers and
  • to help fund the gap between the fees and the costs.

This season we have 4 open meets as well as the usual club events scheduled. Support for these meets is always required. Please dont just watch others volunteer.

I have attached a form for you to complete (click here). Please find some time to fill this out.


Winter 2014.

As the temperature is dropping and the nights are drawing in your coaches have requested that swimmers wear warm clothing too and from training / home when attending a session. These aren't the 'ber' months for nothing!

Morning Training.

Please note that morning training is available for selected groups and details can be found here.

All eligible swimmers should note that to enable progression, competitive swimmers need to adapt to competition programmes where the HEATS are often in the morning.  Therefore, it is important that the swimmers have worked hard in morning training sessions so that their physiology is able to cope with extreme high intensities. This allows the body to perform at it's optimum.

This is one of many reasons why swimmers should attend: use it or lose it.

For those parents unfirmiliar with training at Millfield we recommend that you consult your squad rep with any questions you may have. Its established club practice to car share - whenever possible think green.

All swimmers and parents should keep an eye on all club communications (website, email, Facebook / Twitter) in case there are any last minute cancellations. It is very important that you check there is a coach poolside, at the time of the session, before leaving your swimmers. If you are unsure you should consult your squad rep. Many thanks for your attention in this matter.

Please note the information is also available on the clubs Google diary: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for access. (You will need a gmail account setup for access).

For those that can't see the calendar on their iOS devices (Apple) please read the advice found here. It is particualrly important that you read the section "sync multiple calendars". Make sure the TDSwim calendar is ticked so that you can view it in your calendar.



2014 - 15 supported competitions:


All supported meets can now be found on the competitions page. Click here to view.

PLEASE NOTE: all communication / queries regarding meets should be handled by your Squad rep unless otherwise directed. This ensures we limit the number of mistakes that can be potentially made. The club appreciates your cooperation in this matter.


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