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Masters Coach Wins Award!

We are delighted to announce that our Masters Coach, Ron Pankhurst, won the “Long Service to Sport” award at the 2015 Wiltshire Sports Awards In October.

This is well deserved recognition of all Ron has done, and continues to do, in the world of swimming.

Five Rivers Update – 22nd October 2015

All, I have been advised that the reception will be moving across from the current reception area to the new area over half term.  I don’t know exactly what date this will take place, but please don’t be surprised if you are directed to the new entrance at some stage over the next week or so.   You will then be walking along a corridor to gain entrance to the pool.

The current reception area will be borded up along the edge of the café eating area.  There will no longer be any tables in the café area and it will be the only access to the spectator area of the pool.  Therefore, space will be very limited for viewing during LTS in particular.

We have been fortunate to date with very little disruption from the campus work other than the parking congestion.  Please be patient over this last stage and note that we may have to change some of our practices to accommodate, eg swimmers may need to access the pool from the change rooms only.

Update on Five Rivers Campus build

Our Club Chairman Melanie Cusack, had a meeting with Centre Manager Craig Angel recently on the progress of the building work.  Most of you will agree that the impact to date on Stingrays has been relatively minor: the temporary use of our clubroom by the lifeguards and car parking restrictions.  However, the next stage is likely to slightly more disruptive.

On 21st August, the new reception area will be handed over to the Centre.  They will then start transferring from the current area over a short period. Once the transfer has taken place, access will no longer be possible from the current door as the current reception area will be blocked off and become a building site.  For those in squad, you may find it all changed when you return to training in the new season.

On 4th September, the new building will be handed over to the Centre.  This will then need to be decorated and furnished.  However, the external building work on this area will be completed.

On 14th September, the new gym will be handed over to the Centre.  Again, this will then need to be set up with the new equipment.

In terms of the car parking mayhem, it is unlikely this will return to any sort of normality until possibly the end of the year.

This next stage is likely to take a little getting used to and will be the most disruptive for the swimmers to date.  However, training itself should not be affected.

Stingrays retain the Orca Challenge Shield

Saturday 4th July saw the second year of the Orca Challenge.

This is an invitation only swim meet for those relatively new at competitive swimming from 8 to 14 years old with teams from Marlborough and Pewsey joining Salisbury and Durrington Otters.

Stingrays presented a big team including several children in their Learn to Swim programme who had never competed before.

All the swimmers swam their hardest and clearly enjoyed themselves.  Stingrays were delighted to retain the trophy for the second year.

ORCA Challengeresize


Stingray Swimmers qualify for ASA 2015 British Summer Championships

This year sees four Salisbury Stingrays swimmers qualify for the 2015 British Summer Championships which takes place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in July and August.

With a qualifying window of just 13 weeks, and only the fastest 44 swimmers nationally qualifying in each discipline, the top 24 going to the British Nationals and the next 20, Home (English) Nationals, competition was high.

Luke Demetri (17), having had an outstanding season has qualified in both the British Nationals in the 50m Breaststroke and the Home Nationals in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Also qualifying for the first time in the Home Nationals are Sidney Fenwick (15) in the 50m Breaststroke, Oni Taiwo (13) in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and Lily Battersby (14) in the 50m Breaststroke.

Head Coach Mark Corben is delighted with the number of swimmers who have qualified this year. They have worked hard, trained hard and their commitment to the sport has enabled them to qualify at this level of competition.

Katy Cutler – call up to represent GBR in EU Nations Tournament

14 year old Salisbury Stingrays Waterpolo player Katy Cutler has just had confirmation that she has been selected as part of a 15 strong GBR team that will be competing in the EU Nations Junior Women’s Water Polo Tournament in Prague, Czech Republic from 4-6th September 2015.

Other teams entered are:

Czech Republic (host Nation)

As the Junior Women’s category is for players born 1998 and later Katy, born 2001, is extremely excited to be selected by the GB Coaches. This will be her first major competition representing GBR at an international level. There are very few Waterpolo players in Wiltshire so this is a fantastic achievement for a player from a small club participating in a little known, but extremely tough sport. Once called water rugby it is considered the toughest sport in the world by many and one that receives virtually no funding currently. Katy has been supported on her way to this achievement by Wiltshire Council who awarded her a Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Sports Scholarship last October but the sport is desperately looking to attract more sponsors both at local and National levels.

As a small club Salisbury Stingrays Waterpolo would love more people to join them or to help support them financially – anyone who would be interested in attending a trial session and finding out what the sport has to offer or would be interested in sponsoring desperately needed new kit is welcome to contact the club via

GB Training Camp in Hungary by Katy Cutler

I travelled to Hungary over Easter with the GB Girls Waterpolo Talent Squads for a total of 10 days. The first 5 day training camp was with the 2001 GB squad, my own age group squad. Over the 5 days, there were 6 x 2 hour training sessions and 6 matches against different Hungarian teams. The first day we played a team in Budapest callED BVSC who provided a good match. Throughout the duration of the trip, we stayed in Szentes, 2 hours away froedBudapest. We played the local Szentes team as well as an older age group German boys team that was also on tour.

For the second 5 day camp I was with the 2000 GB squad. We played an older BVSC team in Budapest before travelling back down to Szentes where we participated in a further 5 days training and playing matches against an older local team as well as an American girls 1999 team.

During this time I developed my skills in pit attack and pit defence as well as learning second set techniques. We participated in various team building exercises and also had the opportunity to watch two Division 1 Senior Men’s Matches which were both spectacular and provided an amazing experience of seeing my sport played at a very high level.

During the trip, a ceremony was held by the Mayor of Szentes welcoming us as the first team from Great Britain to the new 50m pool in Szentes. I was one of 6 of our squad had that the honour of carrying my country’s flag during the ceremony.