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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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UPDATED: Athlete support available

Did you know that Gateshead Council offers free gym passes and grants to eligible athletes? Swimmers are eligible for a gym pass if they have competed in a final of a northern / regional competition. Those aged 12 and over can now use the gym. Individual sporting grants are also awarded if a swimmer finishes […]

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REPORT:Derwentside and Peterlee New Year Meet 2020

HNY!!!!! First competition of the new year and also the last chance for attaining Northumberland and Durham County qualifying times. On our return to the Louisa Centre after a year away, the swimmers were upbeat and the first few events showed that they had been working hard.  With many gaining personal best (PB) times it […]

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REPORT: Tynemouth Winter Gala 22-24 November 2019

Sorry for the delay, life got in the way. Tynemouth was hosting a marathon of a gala starting on the Friday evening with the 200s free and IM.  With the majority of the swimmers gaining personal best times it was a great start and spirts were high.   Moving onto Saturday morning, it began with a notable […]

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NEW: Christmas Training Schedule 2019

Performance Groups 1 and 2 Day Pool When Monday 23 December Blaydon  5-7pm Tuesday 24 December N/A N/A Wednesday 25 December  N/A N/A Thursday 26 December  N/A N/A Friday 27 December  Dunston 10am – 12pm Saturday 28th December GLC 7am – 10am Sunday 29th December P2 GLC – public 10am – 12pm  Monday 30th December […]

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