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Sevenoaks Swimming Club is about to embark on its final week of training before the British and English Summer Nationals starting on Tuesday 24th July at Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield.

This year 6 of our swimmers have qualified for the British Championships that run from the 24th until the 29th July. We also have 14 swimmers who have qualified for the English Championships which from the 31st July to 4th August.  This is a fantastic achievement for this group of very young qualifiers as they are invited to take part by being in the top 40 of Great Britain. Several of our swimmers will be competing in both Championships.

Our British & English squad comprises, in racing order -

Jacob Hudson– 100 and 200 breast at British. Fabulous first foray into GB level swimming for Jake who has only been competing in swimming events for around 18 months.

Amy Farthing– 400 IM, 200 fly and 1500 free at British.  Another first time for individual swims at British, a challenging set of events for Amy. We are delighted to see her reach this level as she moves on to university next season.

Louis Hayes– 50 and 100 back, 50 breast, 50 and 100 free, 50 and 100 fly, 200 IM all at British and 100 breast and 200 free at English champs.  A superb set of events for Louis, the most any Sevenoaks swimmers has ever achieved and the most events for any one swimmer from the whole of Kent.  Louis is ranked within the top 3 in many of these swims and will be hoping to bring home medals from this year’s champs.      

Maddy Glen– 50 and 100 breast at British and 200 breast at English. A good set of swims from our breaststroker, used to high level competition and on great form for the summer.

Zoe Naylor-Perrott– 50 free at British and 50 back, 100 free and 50 fly at English. A lovely range of strokes from another seasoned professional ready and raring to go.

Ellis Stanhope– 800 free at British, 200, 400 and 1500 free at English. Great set of events for our distance freestyle lad, first time at the 800 distance introduced this year, this is a challenging set of events for maintaining fitness over a full week of competition.

Ollie Coote– 100 and 200 breast at English. His second time of competing at these champs and taking it all in his stride.

Imogen Stoddart– 100 and 50 breast at English. Her first time at Nationals and great times that are ranked top 3 in her age group.

Nathan Rodrigues– 50 and 100 free and 100 fly at English. Great to see him competing after a 9 week break, another professional competitor.

Eva Okaro– 50 and 100 fly, 50 back, 50 free and 200 IM at English. As an 11 year old, Eva is too young to compete at British champs and this is her first time swimming at National level also.  A tremendous set of events for a first timer and she will be swimming in the 12 year old age group where she is ranked in the top 3 for her own age group in all her events.

Ellie Vowell– 50 and 100 fly at English. Super times to qualify nationally from our development squad, another seasoned competitor

Lilie Chambers– 50 free at English. Tough competition to get through to Nationals on this event, another of our first-time competitors.

Zac Raymond– 100 free at English. Also tough to make this at Nationals for the first time, great achievement.

Aiden McMillan– 200 fly at English. Another first timer at National level and a very gruelling event that involves a lot of hard training.       

Kara Dimond– 50 breast at English. First time national qualifier from our Gold squad swimmer, super achievement to attain this level.

Izzy Okaro– 50 fly at English. Also only 11 yrs old and swimming in the older 12 yr old age group. This is another great achievement for our young swimmer.

Millie Childs– 50,100 & 200 back at English. A great young backstroker and a seasoned National qualifier. Another fabulous achievement.

It is fabulous for us to see so many swimmers qualifying for Nationals for the first time, it bodes very well for the future of our Club.     

Sevenoaks Swimming Club wishes each and every swimmer the very best of luck at these prestigious events.

Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 12 yrs, was selected to the Jamaican National Squad for the Central American and Caribbean Championships held in Aruba over June 28th to July 4th 2018 as part of the CCCAN Games 2018.

With 37 countries competing in these games it was a huge honour and immensely exciting for Jaedon to be selected to compete at such a prestigious event.

Success was forthcoming for Jaedon in the following events:

  • 4 X 50 Mixed Free Relay 4th Place 
  • 200 Bs Final - 6th Place
  • 50 Bs Final 7th Place
  • 200 Fly Final -5th Place

The icing on the cake was an incredible Silver medal in the Mens 4 X 100 Medley Relay where Jaedon swam a superb Fly leg followed by a brilliant Bronze Medal in the Mens 4 X 100 Freestyle Relay.

Huge congratulations to Jaedon for his outstanding performance in such a prestigious event. Sevenoaks Swimming club are very proud of his achievement.

Surinder Singh Manak of Manak Solicitors said 'we are delighted about Jaedon’s achievements, and very proud to be supporting him on his journey'.

Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 12 yrs, has been selected to the Jamaican National Squad for the Central American and Caribbean Championships to be held in Aruba over June 28th to July 4th 2018as part of the CCCAN Games 2018.

With 37 countries competing in these games it is a huge honour and immensely exciting for Jaedon to be selected to compete at such an prestigious event.

Jaedon has been a member of Sevenoaks Swimming Club since 2017 and this is the second National call up for our talented youngster.

Sevenoaks Swimming Club wishes Jaedon the very best of luck during the competition and look forward to hearing of his success on his return. The whole Club is incredibly proud of his achievement.


Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 12 yrs, has been selected to represent Jamaica in the 2018 Caribbean Swimming Championships to be held in Kingston, Jamaica over 29th March to 3rd April 2018 as part of the Carifta Games 2018. The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics and swimming competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). The games were first held in 1972 and only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete in the competition. Previous competitors include superstars such as Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

Jaedon started swimming at the age of 5 and joined Sevenoaks from Dartford Swimming Club in March 2017.  He is ranked in the top 3 for all the events he has qualified for at the Carifta’s and is in a strong position to bring home Gold medals in many events.  He is currently the fastest qualifier for 100 Back, 50/100/200 Breast, 50/100/200 fly and 200 IM. Jaedon will be competing in the 11-12 year old category against swimmers from 27 Caribbean countries. He qualifies through his parents and as he holds dual nationality for Jamaica and the UK.

Last Saturday, Aquatic Sports of Jamaica (ASAJ) announced the team which includes 12 overseas-based swimmers and 15 debutants most of whom will compete in the 11-12 age group, including Jaedon.He received the invitation this week to represent Jamaica from the National Coach. ASAJ president Martin Lyn believes the 36 chosen swimmers represent the best of the current active swimmers down to compete in all events, as the selection committee had a very difficult task of narrowing the list.

A swimmer qualifies for national (international age group swimming events) selection by achieving AA time standard or higher in at least two events and must be ranked first or second place in those events.

 “Jamaica has proposed one of the strongest teams that we have ever fielded for a Carifta Swimming Championships; the fact that we will be hosts allows us to name a lot of swimmers this time around … that is good for us,” Lyn told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

“Our younger age group indicates that we definitely have depth in Jamaican aquatics and the objective of swimming at home is to ensure that we use home court to our advantage. That, coupled with the fact that we have some strong members on the team, means we can look forward to positive results from our athletes.”

Sevenoaks Swimming Club wishes Jaedon the very best of luck during the competition and look forward to hearing of his undoubted success on his return. The whole Club is incredibly proud of his achievement. 


Sevenoaks SC swimmers Zoë Naylor-Perrott (15) and Maddy Glen (14) have just returned from Edinburgh where they swam at the British Swimming Championships a meet that is the epitome of high performance swimming. Over 500 competitors travelled from all corners of the UK to swim in this prestigious event. Races took place over four days in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Swim Meet 2018.

Although tough qualification times were set, Zoë qualified to swim in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Maddy qualified for the 50, 100 and 200 metre breaststroke. This was the first time the girls had qualified to swim at the British Championships and were among the youngest competitors to compete. They were both honoured to be on the same starting line-up as many national, international and Olympic swimmers, including Adam Peaty, James Guy and Siobhan Marie O’Connor. 

With the arrival of snow, Zoë was able to fly out before the airports closed on Wednesday morning and found herself in the same warm up lane as Adam Peaty and James Guy on Wednesday evening! She then competed her 3 events between Thursday and Saturday, with her times being close to her PB’s, finishing higher than her entry seeding in all events.

Maddy’s events started later in the week, but with the worsening weather, her journey to Edinburgh did not go according to plan. Her train stopped at Newcastle and despite all efforts by her desperate Dad to fly, drive or get a train up to Edinburgh, they remained in Newcastle until Saturday. Maddy missed her best ranked event (100m breaststroke) and they had decided to head back to London when their hotel offered them a shared minivan to Edinburgh. Arriving after warm up and just an hour before the 200 breaststroke, Maddy valiantly swam the event even being mentioned by the commentators for her tenacity and determination! She was then able to compete the 50m breaststroke the following day swimming again not far off her personal best. 

Head coach Matt Smithurst said:

’It was a massive achievement for Zoë and Maddy at their young age to qualify for so many events at the British championships. With the significant challenges brought by the weather, I am really proud of how both girls handled the pressure and how well they raced. This experience will be invaluable in the years to come’’


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