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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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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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