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Jazmin Carlin takes Double Gold at the European Championships in Berlin


Jazmin Carlin has had a fair share of highs and lows since she came to the attention of talent spotters as a young teenager back in 2004 and got an invitation to a Smart Track programme still paying dividends to this day. And today was a definitive high for the Commonwealth 800m champion as she followed European glory over 800m here in Berlin just three days before with a 4:03.24 triumph over 400m.

The distance double was delivered with the tactical awareness and closing bite that the 23-year-old had shown in the 800m, Carlin’s last lap of 29.40 one of only two sub-30s in the race.

Coached remotely by Bud McAllister, Carlin went through the 100m marks binding her time and knowing that as 800m champion if the pace was hot, she would prosper: on 59.43 at the 100m mark in third, she reached the half-way mark at 2:01.63. The penultimate lap had Carlin piling on the pressure and inching into the lead, from there, it was all about Carlin’s poise and flow of stroke, an occasional look across the lanes, suggested that she was in control and in no way ready to fall shy of claiming double distance gold.

Carlin said: "To end the season on a gold on a best time is just amazing. It's been a really long year for the team but to come away with this amount of medals, we couldn’t have hoped for any more." She added: "For me personally to come away with two gold medals it is a step in the right direction and a confidence boost for next year and for Rio 2016." Asked about tactics, the double champion said: I don’t have the most speed out of all the girls and so it was about trying to work on my strengths, my back-end but to try and push forward and make a move. It was a really strong field out there – I had Federica, Mireia, & Sharon so to come out on top is just an amazing feeling.”

Tivy and Luke outstanding at ASA National Age Group Open Water competition

Octavia (Tivy) Durrant and Luke Morgan (both 12 years) took on the 1.5K open water National Age Group event on Monday with excellent results.

The water was a warm 20 degrees and the wind just a gentle breeze making the lake more like a mill pond. Perfect conditions for an open water swim.

Both Tivy and Luke swam superbly in what was a battle between 28 swimmers all bashing and knocking each other to get ahead.

Luke finished in 9th place and Tivy in 17th. You cannot set PB’s in Open Water (unless you are swimming the same course) as the course is never the same but both swimmers certainly produced outstanding swims.

Both swimmers are off on a well-earned break now but are looking forward to restarting their season in three weeks.

Congratulations to them on their outstanding achievements this year.

Gold in Glasgow for Tigersharks Jazmin Carlin

Congratulations to Jazz Carlin who powered her way to a Commonwealth Gold medal last night in Glasgow. Never has there been a more deserving swimmer, who overcame and never gave up! Tigersharks are so proud of you.


Team Wales @TeamWales She's only gone and won a GOLD! We'll done @JazzCarlin

Jazz Carlin became the first Welsh woman to win Commonwealth Games gold in the pool in 40 years when she eased to victory in the 800m freestyle.

The 23-year-old Tigersharks & Swansea swimmer beat her Games record, clocking eight minutes 18.11 seconds.


Jazz was overcome with emotion as she realised her dream

What just happened?!.. I can't believe it! Thank you all so much for the support it's been amazing!! Commonwealth Gold

I couldn't hold back those tears! It meant so much and the crowd were amazing!! Back up in the 400m free tomorrow.

Tigersharks Summer Sensations

Tigersharks have had lots to celebrate in the last eight weeks. May saw Tigersharks once again crowned winners of the Doreen Clark Trophy for the most outstanding results in the Wiltshire BagCat Competition

Doreen Clark - Despite being one of the smaller clubs in the county Tigersharks produced the most BagCat finalists of any other club and also came out on top on the medal table and Age Group Best times.


ClubNos1st 15pts2nd 9pts3rs 6ptsAGBT 20ptsTotalPercentage (%)Place
Tigersharks 200 450 306 246 40 1042 521.00 1st
Trowbridge 361 525 396 210 20 1131 313.30 2nd
Swindon Dolphin 481 660 279 138 40 1117 231.20 3rd
Bradford on Avon 375 540 180 138   858 228.80 4th
Salisbiry Stingrays 421 240 207 108 40 595 141.40 5th

Regional Competition - Moving on to the Regional Competitions in May and June once again Tigersharks were in outstanding form making numerous finals and producing medal winners and BagCat finalists. Rebecca Cook (15) shone in the 200m Breaststroke to bring home a Bronze medal in an outstanding final swim. Rebecca Maddocks, OliverHowitt, Conor Keye and Elliot Willoughby all swam very well to make Age Group finals. Dina Nejkic was electric in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke events to take silver in both swims, While Andrew Smith cruised to Silver in the 400m IM and bronze in the 400m FC, he was also awarded an outstanding 2nd place overall in the 11 year old BagCat competition. Marshall Fitchett showed his power in the 400m FC to take the Silver Medal and after finishing 4th in four finals Benjamin Walker was finally rewarded with an overall 5th place in the BagCat Competition. Once again Tigersharks were praised for producing such talent at ASA South West level.

Open Water - Meanwhile in the Wiltshire Open Water Competition Tigersharks were topping the rankings once again. Fast improving, Abigail Cook in her first outing in Open Water swimming smashed the age group and the Junior Age Group to take first place in both and was just pushed into 2nd in the Senior competition. Marshall Fitchett took the 11 year old 750m title very closely followed by Sam Dubarry who cruised to Silver. Nathan Kennet who has made huge strides this year took the 14/U title and came 2nd overall in the Junior Championship. A great run of results for Tigersharks


Wiltshire County Competition comes to and end with Tigershark’s producing 18 BagCat finalists for 2014


Tigershark swimmers wrapped up a very successful three days of competition last weekend by once again producing the most BagCat award winners in the BagCat competition.

Tigershark’s won an incredible 25% of the overall awards up for grabs. They h a swimmer in the top six of each age group with the exception of two and onc again had multiple winners in some age groups. From Back to Front, Left to rig Andrew Smith, Marshall Fitchett, Ben Walker, Luke Morgan, Nathan Kennett, Jasmin Poole, Dina Nejkic, Octavia Durrant, Megan Adamson, Leia Griffiths, Juliet Durrant, Harri Crook, Samuel Morgan, Charlotte Purvis, Alexander Reev James Andrew & Rebecca Maddocks & Miles Farrington (not pictured).
9 year olds Leia Griffiths & Juliet Durrant dominated the age group winning 90% of the events across that age group with Leia taking the top spot and Juliet the runners up position. Harri Crook, James Andrew and Sam Morgan were also in outstanding form to take 2nd, 4th and 6th place respectively in the boys 9 year age group and Alex Reeves snatched 6th place in the 10 year old boys. The 10 year old girls saw a repeat outstanding performance from Dina Nejkic, Megan Adamso & Charlotte Purvis who were a resounding 1, 2 & 3 in their age group while the 11 year olds boys saw Tigershark’s take 4 of the six spots with Miles Farrington, Ben Walker, Andrew Smith and Marshall Fitchett coming in 2, 3, 4 & 6th place. Octavia Durrant swam very well to take 5th place in the 12 year girls and Luke Morgan took 5th place in the 12 year old boys. Jasmin Poole and Nathan Kennett produced great swims to take 6th place in their 13 year age groups. Rebecca Maddocks had a great run of swims in the Youth competition to take 2nd place in the 14 year old girl’s age group.
For the third year running Tigershark’s have seen the most BagCat swimmers receive awards in the overall BagCat competition and to date have seventeen of their swimmers qualified for ASA South West Regional competition in 2014. An outstanding performance from our 9-14 year olds.
Meanwhile the Youth competition came to a close with Sean Purvis (pictured right) winning the Junior Championship title in every event he entered. This is an outstanding achievement for any swimmer and shows the incredible diversity this young man has to swim from 50m to 1500m in all strokes. Purvis also featured in many of the Senior Championship presentations. Bethany Wakefield and Rebecca Cook also had a great youth competition where Beth Wakefield was crowned Junior Champion in the 100m, 200m and 400m FC and Rebecca Cook in the 800m FC and 400m IM. Both girls also took places in the senior championships. Oliver Howitt produced outstanding Breaststroke swims to feature in the Junior Championships and Ben Edwards did the same in the Backstroke events to feature in the Senior Championships. Sophie Roberts was still well into the mix in the Backstroke and Freestyle events in the Senior Championship awards as was Elliot Willoughby, Emily Weston, Conor Keye, Rebecca Maddocks, Jasmin Poole, Abi Cook & Lisa Cowley in Junior and Senior Championship awards.

A great year for Tigershark’s swimmers in the 2014 Wiltshire Championship and Age Group competitions.



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