Author Archive | Alison Finlay

NEW: Steven Speight is new GAW Chairman

We are very pleased to inform you that our new chairman is Steven Speight. Having been at the club for seven years with his son Patrick, Steven knows the club inside out and is a very welcome addition to the team. He brings a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise with him from his daytime […]

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UPDATED: Back to pool information, guidance and schedule

All members of the club have been sent information about returning to the pool.  The current training schedule can be found below.  All of the following documents can be found on Club Organiser. Latest communications update – 15/09/20  Gateshead and Whickham Return to Training Guidance GAW Covid-19 Risk Assessment GAW Back to pool scenarios – Jesmond […]

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NEW: Much loved coach Joan Edwards retires

Joan Edwards has decided to retire as coach for the Competitive Development squad.  She had planned to resign at the end of this year anyway, as she is now 63 and wants to focus more on her own swimming, which is hugely important to her.  She also needs to spend more time looking after her […]

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NEW: Club chairman resigns

Club Charman Emrys Pritchard has resigned from the club with immediate effect. We thank Emrys for his leadership and all the good work he has carried out since he took up the role last December, particularly the lead role he has played in our preparations to manage the Covid risk when we return to swimming. […]

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NEW:Gateshead to Budapest Challenge completed

Half-term fundraising challenge raises whopping £6,318 for new state-of-the-art starting blocks From 23rd May to 28th May GAW swimmers and coaches accepted the challenge to collectively walk, run or cycle the distance from Gateshead Leisure Centre to Budapest, a total of 1,167 miles. Our athletes surpassed themselves and smashed that original total forcing the challenge […]

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SAD NEWS: Passing of GAW coach Jim Davison

“Big” Jim Davison  It is with great sadness and regret that I inform you of the passing of Jim Davison, a much loved figure for generations of GAW swimmers and parents. In his two spells coaching at Gateshead and Whickham, Jim transcended that role with his larger than life personality and passion for the sport.  […]

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NEW: Update from our Chairman

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this very difficult and challenging time. You will know we have had to cancel our May gala which I understand is frustrating for swimmers, but unfortunately we are all in the same boat.  Home galas are a much needed source of income for us but we […]

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NEW: Training suspended as pools close

In line with the latest guidance from Government and Swim England’s consequence advice, training has now been suspended following the closure of Gateshead Council pools. All parents have been emailed information re GAW monthly fees.  Please can you take the time to read this.  If you have not received an email please get in touch […]

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UPDATED: Coronavirus Guidance

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Further to the Prime Minister’s briefing this evening and Swim England’s announcement, I understand you will be concerned about the escalating situation with regards to the Covid-19 outbreak.  I would like to reiterate that the health, safety and wellbeing of our athletes and members remains our number one priority. Details of […]

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