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Sad passing of swimming coach 

It is with great shock and deep sadness that we heard the news of the death of a great fellow coach, mentor and friend Fred Furness.

For 28 years Fred has always been so helpful to me professionally and a great friend, he was such a passionate, genuine and sincere guy.

Several of our coaching staff and athletes have benefited from working with Fred in his role as Swim England Talent Officer.

He will be deeply missed by so many.

Our thoughts are with Fred’s family.

Ken Nesworthy and all at TEAM GAW


Three GAW athletes receiving help to further coaching careers

As part of our club long term Teacher and Coach development plan, three of our athletes have been selected for financial support in their Coaching and Teaching career.


Hannah Daglish and Rhiannon Zhao, both 16 and Ellie Norman, 17, have all consistently assisted our team of qualified teachers in both GAW Learn to Swim lessons and GLC “Academy”.

This summer they will attend intensive back to back Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Blended Learning Level 2 Swimming Teacher (Face to Face) courses.

Good luck to Hannah, Rhiannon and Ellie.

GAW Level 3 Summer Meet 2018

Friday 13th July – Sunday 15th July 2018
Dunston Leisure Centre

More details here GAW Level 3 Summer Meet

Clubs providing officials for the event will qualify for free coaches pass.

Gateshead and Whickham Amateur Swimming Club

Based in the North East Of England, supporting competitive swimming and swimming for fun.

To find out more about the club and how to join click here.

GAW Athletes Selected to attend County Development Camps

Event Reports

Scottish Open Short Course Nationals Report 2017

Six swimmers from Coach Nesworthy’s Youth Senior Performance Group qualified for this year’s top-class 3-day Scottish short course championships.

  • Sarah March
  • Sarah “Tigger” Wright
  • Zoe “Zippy” Price
  • Adam Morkot
  • Sam Pashley
  • James “Hamez” Strickland

The event was held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool Edinburgh from the 8th to the 10th December and there were some great performances.

Full report here

Hearts Premier Age Group Open

In what was a lot of swimmer’s first experience of a stay-away (parent free) gala, the team put in some fantastic performances, posting a collective 125 personal best times and collecting almost as many medals!

Full report here




National County Team Championships

Ryan Zhao was representing N&D in the ‘National County Teams Championships’. The competition involved 40 counties from across the UK in two divisions and pitted each county’s top 12-13yr, 14-15yr, and 16-17yrs swimmers against each other. N&D competed in Division 1.

More here




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