Welcome to Team Luton

Team Luton Swimming Club is a well-established, friendly and highly successful competitive swimming club based at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

We encourage everyone starting from their very first local swim meet through to our Performance swimmers competing at Regional and National level.  With seven Performance swimmers qualifying for the 2019 British or National championships and fifteen for the English National Masters, the Club prides itself on providing a supportive club environment that enables all swimmers, regardless of age, to reach their full competitive potential. As of March 2020, six of our current Performance and fourteen of our Masters and Seniors Age Group members held over 100 Beds County long course and short course records on distances ranging from 50m to 1,500m.

If you are interested in joining, contact either the Club’s Secretary or Masters Secretary. Read here for more about us or click on any of the drop down menus for much more information.

Autumn Short Course Open Meet. 3ER200608. 31 October / 1 November 2020.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for our Autumn Short Course Open Meet to be held on 31 October and 1 November 2020.

The meet is first-come-first-served and will include all strokes and all distances (including mixed 800m and 1500m events). The events have no minimum qualifying times and so is suitable for everyone

We look forward to welcoming you!!

Further details and the entry forms/packs can be found below:

Closing date 10 October 2020

September Open Meet. 26/27 September 2020. 3ER200342

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting entries for our September Open Meet – our first of the new 2020/21 swim season.  We hope that this gives swimmers something to look forward to during these difficult times.

The meet is first-come-first-served and will include all strokes and all distances (including mixed 800m and 1500m events). The events have no minimum qualifying times and so is suitable for everyone

We look forward to welcoming you back to Inspire!!

Further details and the entry forms/packs can be found below:

Closing date 5 September 2020

Team Luton Level 1 meets are CANCELLED

March Meet 1ER200051 and April Meet 1ER200055

 

Please be aware that following the Government’s guidelines on the need for physical distancing we have reluctantly decided that we have to cancel these meets.

Whilst falling short of banning galas, Swim England’s statement last night gives strong guidance on how we should treat galas with swimmers from many clubs. We are clear that we have a moral responsibility to protect swimmers, spectators and volunteers alike.

We appreciate that this decision will be unwelcome by some and so over the last twenty four hours we have evaluated many options to keep the meet going. We  know how many hours swimmers have trained to compete at this level. It is so hard that they won’t have the opportunity to race.

We will be refunding fees for swimmer entry and spectators but please bear with us as we have a lot of urgent admin tasks to wind down ahead of the weekend. The refund process will start early next week.

Once again we are deeply sorry for the decision that we have had to make. We wish swimmers all of the best for the rest of the season – please keep training where you can!!!

Thanks for choosing to enter a Team Luton gala and we hope to see you again soon in happier times

Fiona Walmsley (gala promoter)

 

 

UK Government and Swim England issue further guidance on Coronavirus

On 12 March 2020 the Government announced that we were moving from the Contain to the Delay stage of  their action plan for handling the pandemic.

The key change in their guidance is that people should self isolate at home for 7 days if they have a new persistent cough and/or a fever.

We would ask that any swimmers, parents, coaches or friends please follow this guidance during training sessions and also  with respect to attendance at galas.

On 10 March Swim England issued further advice and links to UK Government website. This can be found here

Team Luton training will continue as normal.

 

More Masters County Records…

Six of our swimmers competed the Bracknell Masters Meet, collecting 16 medals and setting four more County Masters records. Read here for more details.

L-R: Malcolm Barton, Karen MacKenzie, Jodie Armstrong, Michelle Neal, Kelly Cooke and Colin Mayes

East Region and Beds Long Course Masters Records For Jo

Congratulations to Jo Mitchinson on setting an East Region and 4 new Beds Masters records in the 40 – 44 years’ age group with her winning swims at the Welsh Masters Long Course Championships.

Jo Mitchinson: Double gold medalist at the Welsh Long Course Masters

Jo’s 200m Freestyle time of  2:21.53 broke the East Region record by 6 seconds whilst her time of 2:47.62 in the 200m Butterfly set new figures for the County’s 40 – 44 years’ age group record. Her 100m splits of 1:20.82 and 1:08.23 were both new Beds records; Jo’s freestyle split breaking the record club mate Kelly Cooke had only set back in January.

Great Success for Team Luton in the 2020 County Championships

This year’s County Championships saw 56 of our swimmers battle it out against the seven other clubs in the County over 3 separate weekends. All of the swimmers excelled during the competition and together they won 146 individual medals, 19 Senior and Junior Championship trophies and 6 relay trophies. In the course of the event 2 swimmers also set new County Records. For the full report please click here.

Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed – your hard work over many months of training shone through. And huge thanks to the coaching team who prepared all of the swimmers so well.

Top Ten World Ranking (Again)

With the FINA World Masters rankings for 2019 just being released it’s congratulations to Graham Powell, Malcolm Barton, Dave Wright and Colin Mayes. For the second successive year their time recorded at the English Nationals in the 240 – 279 years 400m Medley Relay was one of the ten fastest in the world.

240+ years’ 4 x 100m Medley Relay
L-R: Malcolm Barton, Graham Powell, Colin Mayes & Dave Wright