National Arena League Final Round

Well done to swimmers who were selected to compete in the final round of the National Arena Swimming League in Hatfield and at Southbury Road.


Our Premier Division Team in Hatfield missed out on an overall gala victory to Colchester by a single point. Great team spirit and an impressive array of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places meant that ESS was in the run with a realistic chance for a win at the gala. Top individual scorers earning full points for winning their races were Reece Nicholls (100 back), Josh Kirlew (100 fly), Emily Haimes (100 fly), Mia Hawkes (100 free) and Sam Pereira (100 free). Mia also made 3rd place in the 100 fly.

9 second places went to Jen Budden (200 IM), Megan Molloy (100 breast), Harry Jenner (100 fly), Maya Kirlew (100 back), Oskar Soulas (100 back and 100 free), Charlotte Newman (100 back), Emily Haimes (100 free) and Hannah Thomas (100 free).

Superb relay performances came from the 15/u boys freestyle relay, who outswam their nearest competitors by more than 4 seconds, and the Ladies Freestyle Cannon who dominated their race nearly all the way and finished over 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed team. Well done Josh, Reece, Beng Ren, Sam, Hannah, Charlotte, Jen, Jessie, Mia and Lena!

Second relay places went to 13/u girls for both the medley and freestyle relays (Maya, Megan, Emily, Emma), the 15/u boys medley relay (Reece, Daniel, Josh, Sam), as well as the Ladies Open medley relay (Lena, Charlotte, Jen, Hannah). The Open Men placed third in both the medley relay (Ryan, Sean, Harry, Toby) and the freestyle cannon (Harry, David, Elliot, Toby, Michael, Sean).

10-year-old Sam Cornish must be commended for his willingness to stand in at the 11th hour to make up numbers for the 13/u boys freestyle and medley relays, happy to compete with the "big boys". Luke Bransby did well taking on an additional individual swim in his own age group as a result of the situation.


Our second team fought a tough battle in Division 1 of the league at Southbury and achieved an honourable 6th place at their gala. Stars of the show were the 13/u girls (Chloe, Lily, Grace and Alice), whose freestyle relay achieved a first place finish in event 45. This had been preceded earlier during the evening by the team's only individual first place obtained by Chloe Howe with a fantastic 1:15.18 in the 100m Butterfly, a time which beat her closest competitor by well in excess of 3 seconds. The girls also shone during the remainder of their events, finishing second in their medley relay and obtaining further 2nd place finishes: Lily Tiernan and Grace Lennon swam their team to a great point score in the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle respectively, both beating six out of seven competitors in their events.

Matching Lily's and Grace's performance with further fantastic swims were young Nicole Tidiman (2nd 50 Breast) and one of the Club's most experienced backstrokers Ellen Blane (2nd 100 Back). Individual third place finishes were achieved by Ross McCarthy (200 IM), Joe Haimes (100 Free) and Chloe Welch (100 Breast). The boys 15/u freestyle relay (Neil, Deniz, Joe and Callum) also made third place. Well done to all the team for great team spirit and all round brilliant swimming! Further well done and a huge thank you to all volunteers on our fantastic hosting team at Southbury Road for an excellent job in running the gala.

Premier Division Gala Results

Division 1 Gala Results

Final League Positions

London Region Winter Champs

Congratulations to swimmers who qualified and competed in the London Region Winter Championships at the London Aquatics Centre at the weekend of 6th and 7th December. ESS had a very successful meet, with swimmers taking huge chunks off their previous PBs, breaking Club records and achieving milestone swims.

Outstanding swims came from 13-year-old Emily Haimes who took the ESS short course open club record in the 100m Butterfly in a time of 1:06.65, as well as Sam Pereira and Elliot Bertram who followed the lead of Josh Kirlew from the previous competition, completing their 200m Freestyle swims in a time of under 2 minutes. Josh and Sam also had fantastic races in the 400m Freestyle, finishing 3rd and 4th in the 16/U category.

Another open club record went to young Megan Molloy, who completed her 800m Freestyle event in a time of 9:36.18. Michael Welch took a second of his previous best time in the 100m Freestyle, while Oskar Soulas achieved a personal milestone undercutting the 28-second mark on his 50m Freestyle and finishing as the fastest 13-year-old of the competition. Beng Ren Siew had a great swim in the same event, improving his PB from two weeks ago by a further 0.8 seconds. Still in the 50m Freestyle, Hannah Thomas also set a new PB on the second day of the Championships.

While it was great swimming and PBs allround for Reece NichollsMaya Kirlew improved her 2014 Nationals event of 100m Backstroke by over 1 second (2nd fastest 13-year-old). This had been preceded by a huge swim in the 200m Backstroke, where Maya improved her previous best time set at the recent ESS County Qualifier by as much as 6 seconds. Joe Haimes took a minute off his short course PB from a year ago in the 1500m Freestyle.

Day 2 of the competition also saw an exceptional achievement from Ryan Nicholls: Competing as a multi-classification athlete, Ryan swam an outstanding 200m Backstroke, breaking both the British and world records in the S14 category.

Special congratulations to our 16/U medal winners Reece Nicholls (100 back, Bronze), Josh Kirlew (400 free, Bronze) and Sam Pereira (200 free, Bronze).

Well done to all swimmers!


November Busiest Competition Month since Season Start

This year's ESS Masters team at their annual LBESA competition

ESS swimmers had a busy November competing at Southbury Road. PBs and County times were achieved at both the LBESA 200/400 Borough Championships (15/16 November), as well as the ESS County Qualifier Open Meet on the following weekend. The month was rounded off nicely by 800/1500 Time Trials on 29th November, ensuring additional County QTs and ESS presence at the Middlesex distance weekend in February, as well the annual LBESA Masters competition the following day, in which a small yet successful team of ESS Masters competed.

Thank you to all who volunteered to help at the various galas and well done to all participating swimmers!

LBESA 200/400 Results

ESS County Qualifier Results

LBESA Masters Results

ESS 800/1500 Time Trial Results

ESSA Secondary Team Nationals

Mia and Fiona at the LAC

Six current and ex-ESS Regional and Intermediate Squad members represented their respective schools at the English Schools Swimming Association National Relay Finals held at the LAC on Saturday, 22nd November. First to swim were Fiona Westcough and Mia Hawkes (St Albans High School for Girls) in the Senior Girls (school years 11-13) Freestyle relay. A solid lead off leg from Fiona and excellent anchor leg from Mia secured 13th place in a time of 1.56.69 in the semi finals narrowly missing out on a final place. Over 120 teams had entered the preliminary divisional rounds for this event.

Ismail, Oskar, Josh and Callum at the Olympic Pool before their race

Next it was the turn of Oskar Soulas, Ismail Mert, Josh Kirlew and Callum Dodds (Enfield Grammar School) who qualified in both the Intermediate Boys (school years 9&10) Medley and Freestyle Relays from an original field of over 140 teams. The boys were one of only a handful of state school teams to have made the finals, battling against top seeds Plymouth College, Millfield School and Kelly College and finishing 19th in the Medley relay (2:09.34) and 17th in the freestyle relay (1:53.94). Ex-Regional Squad member and EGS Alumni Harry Jenner returned home from University joining the team to coach the boys during the competition.


Congratulations to both teams!


DSE National Champion at ESS

Congratulations to Ryan Nicholls, who competed at the DSE National Championships in Manchester last weekend (22nd and 23rd November). Ryan's best event was the 100m Backstroke, in which he took Gold in a new personal best time of 1:02.57 - just outside the current British S14 Record! He further took gold in the 100m Butterfly in a new lifetime best of 1:04.04. Ryan collected four further medals, winning Silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, as well as the 200m Individual Medley.



Christmas Disco

It's party time at ESS! We are pleased to announce our 2014 Christmas Club Disco for Development, Intermediate, Middlesex and Regional Squad members. The party will take place at Holtwhites Sports & Social Club on Saturday, 20th December.


Tickets will be strictly allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be bought via our social page.

Arena Round 2 2014

Our Division 1 Team in Luton

Well done to ESS swimmers who were selected and competed in round 2 of the National Arena Swimming League on Saturday, 8th November. Facing tough competition again, our teams battled to 6th and 7th places in their respective galas.


In Division 1, Grace Lennon (100 free) and Lily Tiernan (100 fly) both achieved the highest individual point score of the team by making 3rd places.


Top individual point scorers in the Premier Division were Mia Hawkes (1st 100 free, 3rd 100 fly), Reece Nicholls (2nd 100 back, 3rd 100 breast), Joe Overton (2nd 50 back), Josh Kirlew (2nd 100 fly), Emily Haimes (2nd 100 fly), Sam Pereira (2nd 100 free), Maya Kirlew (3rd 100 back), Charlotte Newman (3rd 100 back) and Oskar Soulas (3rd 100 free).


Highest scoring relay teams were the Boys 15/u (Josh, Reece, Beng Ren and Sam) and the Boys 13/u (Oskar, Ismail, Tamir, Omar) 4x50m Freestyle relays with 2nd and 3rd places respectively.


Congratulations to all!


The final rounds will take place on 13th December in Hatfield (Premier Division) and at Southbury (Division 1). ESS is required by the league to host this round at our home pool - we will need lots of help on and off poolside. If your child is selected to swim in this round and you are available to help, please contact Sandra.

Results Div 1

Results Prem Div

Support ESS Swimmers by Sponsoring a Race

We are offering families and small businesses the opportunity to sponsor races for just £15 per event. Why not choose to sponsor your favourite event! Your sponsorship will be listed in the Open Meet programme and read out when the chosen event takes place during the gala.

If you have a business and would like to place an advertisement (full colour) in the ESS Open Meet programme, please contact us as soon as possible to snap up one of the last few remaining spaces.

All funds raised will benefit ESS members. Thank you for your support!

LBESA 50/100 Borough Champs

95 young ESS swimmers competed in the LBESA 50/100 Borough Championships on 25th and 26th October. Some fantastic swims took place in the pool at Southbury, where nearly all swimmers set new PBS, many qualified for Middlesex County Champs and some even broke club records.  Many of the youngest ESS swimmers improved their PB’s set only 4 weeks ago at the LBESA Juveniles gala even further. When asked about her swimmers’ achievements, Early Competitive Coach Bonnie commented, “Overall, I’m really pleased with all my swimmers, who achieved another 30 personal best times at this gala, so shortly after the Juveniles competition. A special mention must go to the Hasa brothers: Armend went up from my squad to Development last week and achieved two Gold medals in his breaststroke races. His brother Arden, who came up to Early Competitive Squad from the teaching house last week, achieved a 4th place in the 50m Freestyle and swam very well in his other events. This was his first ever gala!”

Nicole Tidiman also swam exceptionally well winning two Gold medals with big PB’s and qualifying for Counties in the process. Outstanding swims in the Intermediate group came from Joe Overton, who swam well in all his events, as well as Lily Carroll and Jessie Mullee, who both improved their PBs by huge amounts. Well done to all swimmers who competed!

Medal Table


ESS Represented at Masters Nationals

Congratulations to ESS Masters Judy Prior and Claire Massey who both qualified for and competed in the British Gas ASA National Masters and Seniors Championships 2014 between 24th and 26th October at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Judy competed in three events (400m and 1500m Freestyle, 100m IM), while Claire represented ESS in her strongest event, the 50m Backstroke. Well done to both!


ESSA Relays Prelim Rounds

2014 Enfield Grammar School Swim Team

Well done to current and ex-ESS members Dylan Parsons, Richard Farthing, Arun Dodds, Josiah Roberts-White, Oskar Soulas, Ismail Mert, Josh Kirlew, Callum Dodds, Sina Dehnadi, Charlie Briers, Richard Waller and Alex Waller, who successfully represented Enfield Grammar School in the preliminary divisional rounds of the English Schools Swimming Association National Relay Competition on Friday, 17th October in Watford. The highest place at the gala (4th) was achieved by the Boys Intermediate Freestyle Relay (school years 9/10, time: 1:51.65).

Jamie Parsons (St Columba's, St. Albans), as well as Fiona Westcough and Mia Hawkes (St Albans High) also took part. Fiona's and Mia's Senior Girls Freestyle Relay made second place at the gala (school years 11/12, time: 1:55.71)

Schools and swimmers are now sitting tight to find out whether any of their teams might have made Nationals to be held in November at the LAC.

Arena Round 1 2014 - A Great Start for ESS

ESS Arena Division 1 Round 1 Team

Spectators in Eltham were able to witness a fantastic team effort by the ESS Division One team on Saturday evening, 12th October. A 7th place finish does not really tell the whole story: our swimmers competed well in every race and only small margins prevented us from finishing much higher. The best place finish went to Chloe Howe who was second in the 100m Butterfly, closely followed by Ellen Blane's excellent 100m backstroke, as well as Lola Pearce's 100m butterfly.


Great team spirit for the relay events helped our swimmers to some very good placings and relay split times for our youngest swimmers were excellent. A big thank you from ESS to Adam Demeter who made the trip to strengthen the Men’s Squadron Relay.


The ESS Premier Division Team made a successful sixth place finish against expectations in the first round on Saturday evening, competing against top London Division clubs, including Chelsea & Westminster, Hoddesdon, teamipswich, Teddington, Colchester and Romford Town. The atmosphere at the Harlow pool was electric, with all teams well supported by spectators.


The gala was a top effort from all the team – congratulations to all swimmers! Well done to our top three individual finishers Reece Nicholls (1st 100 back, 2nd 100 breast), Sam Pereira (1st 100 free), Oskar Soulas (2nd 100 back, 2nd 100 free), Josh Kirlew (2nd 100 fly), Mia Hawkes (3rd 100 fly, 3rd 100 free), Maya Kirlew (3rd 100 back) and Emily Haimes (3rd 100 fly). Our top performing relay teams were the 15/u boys (Josh, Sam, Reece, Beng Ren, Daniel), who made second place in both relays, and the 13/u girls (Maya, Megan, Emily, Emma M), who banked valuable points for two third place finishes. Many thanks to Emma Tunstall, who found the best way to spend her Saturday evening was to support the ESS team by contributing a fabulous 50 free leg to the Ladies’ Squadron, as well as Daniel Turan, who made a big effort to get to the pool in order to strengthen the 15/u boys’ medley relay with his breaststroke.


Well done to all – roll on round 2!

Results  Div 1

Results Premier Div

More Speeding on Final Development Day

Well done to ESS swimmers who swam on the final day of the Middlesex Development Autumn Meet on 12th October. Yet again, swimmers exceeded the speed limits of the gala by hitting last season's county times: Sam Cornish, Luke Bransby, Eddie Cox, Omar Elkhouly, Freya Nice, Emma Montague, Jessie Mullee, Emily Haimes, Lily Tiernan, George Bullock, Justin Houpt, James Whiting, Millie Flannagan, Molly Leizer, Alice Comerford, Jamie Parsons, Joe Haimes, Rosie Whiting and Beng Ren Siew were all awarded speeding tickets. According to Coach Matt "Sunday's sessions were a big success, with PB after PB".

A named ESS top and a black pair of Nike shoes were left on poolside and have been picked up by our coaches. If they are yours, please get in touch.


Masters Triathlon Success

Congratulations to ESS Master and Triathlete Matt Molloy, who had some successful end-of-season races in September and October.

Representing Ireland, Matt kicked off with his participation in the ITU World Championships (Olympic distance 1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run) in Edmonton, Canada, on 1st September, where he made 4th place in his age group. Well done also to Master Caroline Coles, who raced the sprint distance (750m swim/20k bike/5k run) at the competition representing Great Britain.

On 7th September, this was followed by a half ironman distance race (1.9k swim/90k bike/21k run) at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, on 7th September. Matt's diligent swim training with ESS paid off, as he emerged as the first competitor out of the water to get on his bike. Matt finished 7th overall in his age category.

The season culminated for Matt at the Ironman Barcelona on 5th October (3.8k swim/180k bike/42k run) with a third place podium finish in a time of 9:05.59. Ahead of the pros, Matt emerged first out of the water yet again, finished the bike in 5th and ran ahead into Bronze medal position. Although the successful race meant automatic qualification for the World Ironman Championships in 2015 for Matt, he has declined his invitation in order to focus on racing closer to home in 2015.

Crawley Opportunity Meet

ESS swimmers relaxing between races

Well done to ESS Swimmers who spent all or part of their weekend at the Lis Hartley Opportunity Meet in Crawley on 4th and 5th October.

Some great racing took place and swimmers surprised coach Rob by performing to PB standard despite having undergone heavy training during the days preceding the meet.

A special mention must go to Emily Kerin, Ikra Boz and Kitty Hanrahan, who all swam long course races for the first time!

Congratulations also to our medallists:






Jacquelyne Robinson




Oskar Soulas




Sam Pereira




Emily Haimes




Josh Kirlew




Maya Kirlew




Deniz Erensoy




Richard Farthing




Sam Cornish




Megan Farthing




Justin Houpt




Beng Ren Siew




Emily Whale





ESS Swimmers Speeding Again

Swimmers at Middlesex Development on Saturday

Southbury Road saw some fantastic swimming from all ESS entrants at the Middlesex Development Meet on the weekend of 4th and 5th October. Every single ESS race at the gala was a sterling athletic effort, with just a handful of swims remaining above the PB threshold and the majority setting new personal best times. Some swimmers took as many as 20 seconds off their entry time!

ESS Coach Vicki commented: "The camaraderie of the swimmers was excellent. Probably the best bit for me was the attitude of the swimmers. They were not concerned with medals or speeding tickets (of which there were plenty) but with their PBs. This is something as coaches we try to make the swimmers understand and it was an absolute pleasure to hear the excitement of the swimmers over beating PBs often by significant amounts."

Speeding tickets were awarded to: Jean-Luc Van Mellaerts, Caitlin McCoole, Emma Montague, Lily Tiernan, George Lead, James Whiting, Nicole Tidiman, Alice Comerford, George Bullock, Jamie Parsons, Beng Ren Siew, Andrew Bartha, Ben Keelan, Courtney O'Connor, Grace Lennon, Megan Molloy.

Well done to all! We are looking forward to the second installment of the meet next Sunday.


LBESA Juveniles

Fab swimming last weekend from our youngest swimmers at the LBESA Juveniles meet, with an absolutely crazy amount of PBs swum! We have just had confirmation that the top boy spot is shared by Richard Farthing and Joe Overton, while Megan Molloy was top girl. Congratulations!

No one would have known that many swimmers were at their very first gala at the meet. Coaches have praised the kids' mature attitude to their races.

The atmosphere was very friendly and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Well done to all!

Please note that the Juveniles was not a licensed meet in 2014 and results will therefore not appear on ASA rankings and cannot be used for entry to County Championships.


Eric Eady Shield Remains at Home

22/09/14. A selection of ESS Swimmers kicked off the new season in style yesterday afternoon at our traditional Eric Eady Senior Gala. The gala follows the format of a National Arena League round and has always been an important 'warm-up' opportunity for swimmers and coaches alike. Fantastic racing could be seen this year again from both Enfield teams, with ESS youngsters swimming many early season PBs and winning races. The trophy remains at home for another year!

Congratulations to all who swam and thank you to visiting clubs Haringey, Potters Bar, Ware, Bethnal Green, Berkhamsted and Anaconda for their great sportsmanship, which helped make the gala so successful. We can't wait to see the teams race at Arena 2014!

Race Results

Team Scores

Swimming Teachers Wanted

Our teaching houses Griffins and Edmonton Phoenix are always on the lookout for enthusiastic swimming teachers, qualified at either level 1 or 2, or unqualified and willing to learn. If you are interested, please contact Linda for Griffins house at Arnos Pool or Sue at Edmonton Phoenix for posts at Southbury and Edmonton. Swimmers or ex-swimmers (15+) preferred.

Ryan Takes Gold

Congratulations to new Regional Squad member Ryan Nicholls, who competed for the England East Region at the UK School Games during the weekend of 6th and 7th September. Ryan took Gold in the Multi-Classification events of 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle, as well as Silver in the 200m IM.

Ryan's success at the School Games came shortly after he represented Great Britain at the National Paralympic Day on 30th August, where he competed in the 100m backstroke open event for GB against Europe. He was ranked 5th going into the race and finished in an impressive 2nd position as the youngest competitor in the race.

School Games Results

NPD Results

ASA National Championships

From left to right: Charlotte, Mia, Hannah, Jen and Lena

Well done to our National Youth and Open qualifiers Jen Budden (50 back), Mia Hawkes (50 and 100 free, 100 and 200 free relays), Lena Soulas (50 back, 50 and 100 free,100 and 200 free relays), Hannah Thomas (100 and 200 free relays) and Charlotte Newman (100 and 200 free relays), who have just returned from their campaign in Sheffield. The week has been tough for our girls in an incredibly fast competition, with both Mia and Lena competing at the lower end of the 15/16 double age group in their individual events. Highlights of the Championships include Mia's 50 free performance of today (PB and semi-final) and both relays, where injury-ridden Charlotte exceeded expectations in both and the team overall performed better than expected, near-equalling their team PB. Congratulations to all 5 ESS competitors!


BAGCATs Return from Successful Nationals Campaign

From left to right: Beng Ren, Megan, Joe, Maya, Sam and Josh

Congratulations to our National Age Groupers, who have now returned from their 6-day long campaign (30 July - 4 August) at Ponds Forge and the Rother Valley country park in Sheffield. The team of individual qualifiers Sam Pereira, Josh Kirlew, Maya Kirlew, Open Water qualifier Megan Molloy and relay swimmers Joe Haimes and Beng Ren Siew set new PBs, broke club records, made finals and represented ESS at Open Water Nationals. Well done to all for some awesome swimming this week - ESS is proud of you! Read Rob's full account of the week's swims.

Good luck to our National Youth and Open swimmers, who will start competing at Ponds Forge on Thursday.


OW Results


ESS Swimmers Go to Nationals

Good luck to our National swimmers, who will be representing ESS at Ponds Forge in Sheffield over the next two weeks. Make us proud!

Live Video Stream, Live Scoreboard and Results


Girls, top row from left: Megan Molloy, Maya Kirlew, Jen Budden, Hannah Thomas, Lena Soulas, Mia Hawkes (missing: Charlotte Newman).

Boys, bottom row from left: Beng Ren Siew, Joe Haimes, Sam Pereira, Josh Kirlew.

Caitlin Medals at Middlesex Open Water Champs

A huge 'well done' to Caitlin McCabe (13), who swam her first Open Water event at the weekend. The 2nd London Swimming Open Water Event took place on Sunday, 27th July 2014 at Surrey Quays Watersport Centre and was run in conjunction with Middlesex County ASA.

Caitlin raced in the 1.5k age group event and came away with a Middlesex Bronze medal, also placing sixth in the London Region. Congratulations!

Open Water swimming is an ancient sport dating back to well before pools were around. It has been rising in popularity since the Beijing 2008 Olympics, where the 10k Open Water Marathon was included as a swimming event for the first time. Recently successful athletes such as Kerri-Anne Payne and Dan Fogg have helped the discipline gain further popularity.

In addition to Caitlin's and our Masters' various successful Open Water swims, ESS has already seen an international OW selection: Regional Squad swimmer Elliot Bertram (16) was selected for Team GB to swim in an OW event in Portugal last season, also competing at the Open Water Nationals 2013. Young Megan Molloy will be following into Elliot's footsteps this year, when she will be swimming in her first OW Nationals on 4th August. Good luck!

London OW Results

Basildon End of Season Meet

A total of 52 ESS swimmers entered the Basildon End of Season Long Course Meet at the weekend. Congratulations to all who competed and set new PBs to take forward into the next season. ESS swimmers' impressive performance did not go unnoticed at the gala: Megan Molloy, Ellisia Baxter, Josh Kirlew, Grace Lennon, Oskar Soulas, Maya Kirlew, Emily Haimes, Lily Tiernan, Beng Ren Siew, Elliot Bertram, Joe Haimes, Millie Flannagan, Chloe Welch, Aigboje Dudu-Orumen, Justin Houpt, Neil Chowtie, Emma Montague, Freya Nice, Alice Comerford, Chloe Howe, Natasha Welch, Ted Winfield and Tom Newman brought home a grand total of 72 medals.
A special 'well done' must go to our 9-year-olds Freya and Rebecca who were brave enough to enter their very first long course open meet and showed us some fantastic swimming.

Medal Table

Gala Results

ESS Master En Route to Glasgow

A big shoutout for ESS member Chris Symonds!

Chris is due to represent Ghana at the Commonwealth Games in the male Triathlon event on 24th July. The ESS Master will be competing at Strathclyde Country Park in an Olympic distance Triathlon, covering 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Glasgow 2014 being his third Games, Chris made his Commonwealth Games debut in 2006 in Australia.

Good luck from ESS, Chris!

Open Water Season Continued

Well done to Megan Molloy and dad Matt, who were successful in a 1500m Open Water swim race at Little Marlow. Megan and Matt touched home as the first female (3rd overall) and male athletes of the competition. The race was part of Megan's preparation for Open Water Age Group Nationals, where she will have to complete the same distance. While most competitors in the race had wetsuits, which have the added benefit of increased buoyancy, Megan opted to swim in a FINA approved Open Water suit, as Nationals are governed by FINA rules.


More News from the ESS Masters

Five ESS Masters took part in the Blueseventy Three Lakes swim on Saturday, 12th July. They swam a total course length of 2k over 3 different lakes in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, with running short distances in between the lakes. The Masters were rewarded with some sunshine for their weekend morning effort!
Well done to Shannon Pearce, Ady Pugh, Dave Meller, Caroline Cole and Judy Prior.

Megan Awarded County Sword for Top Performing Junior

Congratulations to Megan Molloy, who was presented with the prestigious Wilkinson Junior Sword and Middlesex Age Group Award at the London Region Sprint Meet last Saturday, 12th July, by the County ASA's President Tony Burton. Megan won the 11-year age group at the Middlesex County Age Group Championships in March of this year and amassed sufficient points to pick up the top award for under-12 competitors, the Wilkinson Junior Sword. Megan was ahead of her closest competitor by an impressive 14.5 points. Well done!

Sword Rankings

London Sprint Meet

A team of 15 ESS swimmers took part in the London Region 50m Sprint Meet last Saturday, 12th July. The team picked up medals in every event: our Freestyle medalists were Emily Haimes (Gold), Beng Ren Siew and Jessie Montague (both Bronze). Emily went on to make second place in the 50m Butterfly in a new age group club record time. Joe Overton also set a new age group club record in the same event. Joe further picked up Bronze in the Backstroke in the 10-year age group later on in the programme, while Beng Ren took Gold in the 15-year age group. Final medalists of the day were Ellisia Baxter and Daniel Turan, who picked up Breaststroke medals (Gold and Silver respectively).

Well done to all ESS competitors at the meet: Joe O, Daniel, Oskar, Justin, Beng Ren, Joe H, Ben, Ellisia, Grace, Megan, Lily, Emily, Emma, Chloe and Jessie.


ESS Squad Hopefuls in Action at Fun Gala

Over 100 swimmers from Enfield Swim Squad's Early Competitive and Development Squads East and West, plus members of Edmonton Phoenix and Griffins teaching houses took part in the fun gala on Saturday, 5th July.  Swimmers were divided into 5 teams, The Dolphins, Turtles, Sea Horses, Killer Whales and Otters.  There were plenty of great swims and exciting relays.  
It was great to see the future of ESS in action and their supporters enjoying the event .  Winners this time were The Sea Lions who were so happy to win they threw one of their  team captains into the pool - poor Beth had to borrow clothes to get home!
Many thanks to all the volunteers without whom the event couldn't take place. They were made up of committee members, coaches, swimmers from the higher squads, teachers and parents of the swimmers. Well done everyone!


A pair of black & blue crocs, 2 pairs of goggles and a grey sweatshirt jacket (size L) were left behind at the pool on Saturday - please contact us, if they are yours.

ESS Has 2014 London Youth Games Champions

Congratulations to all ESS athletes on Team Enfield who have had an outstandingly successful few days at the London Youth Games finals.


LYG finals kicked off with the Mini Games on Thursday, 3rd April. Our team of ten primary school age swimmers delivered an extraordinary performance to win the overall competition, beating nearest competitor Wandsworth by a whopping 29 points. Read more.


ESS also supplied nineteen out of the twenty Team Enfield LYG Swim Team members, who all competed very successfully in the LYG Swimming finals on Saturday, 5th July. Overall, the girls' team finished in 4th position, with the boys achieving a good 11th place amongst the 33 competing boroughs. Read more.

The Enfield Aquathlon team earned top points for the Borough on the final competition day on Sunday, 6th July, returning to Enfield victorious with a clutch of individual medals, top 5 and top ten places, which all contributed to ensure an overall success for the 2014 LYG Champions, who are bringing the trophy home for the second time since 2012. ESS swimmers have proved once again what fantastic all-round athletes they are. Read more.


Well done also to ESS swimmers, who competed for the boroughs of Haringey and Barnet in both swimming and aquathlon, as well as all ESS members who were selected to compete in other disciplines, such as diving and rowing.


Full Report

Aquathlon Results

Swimming Results

Mini Swimming Results

ESSA National Inter-Divisional Champs

Congratulations to Sam Pereira and Lena Soulas who were selected to represent London Schools at the National Inter-Divisional Championships the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) holds every year. This year's Championships took place in Bristol over the weekend of 28th and 29th June.


Sam and Lena helped the London Division achieve an overall 4th place. Both set new PBs and Sam's 4x100m Freestyle relay team came home with Gold medals.


Final Round M11 League

Well done to both our M11 teams in their last round on Sunday, 29th June. Both galas had some tough opponents, but our swimmers had some great races and secured their places in Division 1 and Division 2 of the League. Well done to all who swam - what a fantastic effort!

The Division 1 gala was hosted by ESS yet again very successfully. A massive 'thank you' to all who volunteered to be part of our great hosting team.

Roll on M11 2015!

Results Div 1

Team Scores Div 1

Div 2 results to follow

ESS Team Gala a Huge Success

The ESS Team Gala took place on Saturday, 28th June, and was a huge success for swimmers, coaches and spectators. Swimming was of a very high standard and an exceptional number of new PBs were achieved especially by the numerous young Development and Early Competitive swimmers who took part. Well done also to Intermediate, Middlesex and Regional Squad members for some great swims. The gala was a excellent opportunity for ESS swimmers from both houses and of all ages to come together and we look forward to running similar events in the coming season.

Congratulations to Red Team who won the final points score.


Mia Makes British Gas International Meet Final

Congratulations to Mia Hawkes, who qualified for and competed in the British Gas International Meet in Manchester, alongside Olympic medalists such as Michael Jamieson and Ruta Meilutyte.


Mia swam the 50m Freestyle heats on Thursday, 26th June, in a time of 27.50, which qualified her to swim in the Junior final on Friday. A fantastic achievement!


Boys Relays Go to Nationals

4x100m & 4x200m ESS Freestyle Teams

Congratulations to our Boys 4x100m and 4x200m Freestyle Relay teams, who have qualified to compete at the ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield at the end of July. Based on their times swum at the recent Regional Champs, the boys are ranked 14th fastest entry in both events out of thirty qualifying teams so far. A further 10 qualifying teams are expected to be announced next week. Well done, Beng Ren, Kon, Joe, Sam and Josh!

Medals Galore at Harlow

A team of 21 ESS swimmers competed at the Harlow Penguins Eric Shepherd Open Meet on 21st June. Our swimmers performed exceptionally well, amassing new PBs and medals galore. Special congratulations to Maya Kirlew, who was overall top girl at the meet. Oskar Soulas and Natasha Welch both made an overall second place in their age groups, while Courtney O’Connor came third in her age group. Congratulations also to Joe Haimes, who swam his 100 free in under 60 seconds for the first time.


Our medalists:





Maya Kirlew

100 back

100 fly

200 free

200 IM

100 free

100 breast

Natasha Welch

50 free

200 free

100 free

50 fly

Courtney O’Connor

50 free

200 free

100 free


Oskar Soulas

200 free

100 free

200 IM

50 back

50 free

100 back

Emily Haimes

50 free

50 back


Ted Winfield

100 fly



Daniel Turan


50 breast

200 IM

Fintan O’Riordan


100 back

50 fly

Megan Holder


50 breast

50 fly

Joe Haimes


100 free


Jessie Mullee



50 breast

100 breast

Molly Leizer



100 fly

Congratulations to all!

Results, Girls Points, Boys Points

More Medals and National Times at London BAGCATs

Spectators at the LAC were able to witness more great performances from ESS swimmers on the final weekend of the London BAGCATs.


Our boys' 4x200m freestyle relay teams kicked off the competition on Saturday with a third place finish by Josh, Konstantin, Joe and Sam. Also on Saturday morning, Maya Kirlew impressed with a second place in the 100m Backstroke, improving on her national time from last week by a further second in the final.

On Saturday afternoon, Josh Kirlew also made a second place in the 200m Individual Medley, while on Sunday, Josh achieved his second national qualifying time winning further Silver in the 400m IM.


Competing in a strong field of 13-year-olds, Sam Pereira achieved his national time in the 200m IM and won 200m Freestyle Gold, setting new age group club records.


Special mention must also be made of Ellisia Baxter, who made the final of the 100m Breaststroke in the 10/11 age group as one of two 10-year-olds, also setting a new club record. Further top ten places were achieved by Grace Lennon, Konstantin Kapanadze and Joe Haimes.


Congratulations to all who swam, including further qualifiers: Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Daniel Turan, Caitlin McCabe, Megan Molloy, Fintan O'Riordan, Chloe Welch, Oskar Soulas and Deniz Erensoy. Thank you to Neil Chowtie, Ted Winfield and Courtney O'Connor for swimming in the 4x200m relays.


Maya Qualifies for Sheffield

Congratulations to ESS swimmers, who competed at the London Region Age Group Championships at the weekend of 7th and 8th June at the London Aquatic Centre.


ESS star swimmer at the LAC was Maya Kirlew, who unexpectedly achieved her 100m Backstroke national time swimming the lead leg of the Girls 4x100m Medley Relay, supported by team mates Megan, Phoebe and Caitlin. Maya will be competing at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield on the same day as brother Josh, who qualified last month.

Individual medalists at the weekend were Sam Pereira, who won his age group for 100m Freestyle in an awesome time of 56.95 seconds and made Silver in 400m Freestyle, as well as Josh Kirlew, who won Bronze in 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. Also Bronze medalists were the members of the boys 4x100m Freestyle Relay Josh, Sam, Beng Ren Siew and Joe Haimes, who are hopeful that their team time of 3:56.64 will qualify them for Nationals. Further finalists included Ellisia Baxter, Deniz Erensoy, Grace Lennon, Megan Molloy and Kon Kapanadze. Maya, Grace, Ellisia and Kon all finished in the top 5 of their events.


Further regional qualifiers who competed last weekend were Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Caitlin McCabe, Oskar Soulas, Callum Dodds, Chloe Welch, Ted Winfield, Emily Haimes and Emma Montague. Thank you to Chloe Howe, Courtney O’Connor and Neil Chowtie, who swam to strengthen the relay teams.


Fantastic swimming, ESS – well done to all!


ESS Masters are Winners!

Judy at the Cologne Aquathlon

Well done to our ESS Masters Squad members, who are seeing some impressive sporting success in various triathlon and swimming events.


Clive Dean emerged as age group winner in 5 events (200 & 50 free, 50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM) from the Middlesex County Masters Championships on 1st June at Barnet Copthall. Dervish Ali Dervish (100 IM) and Claire Massey (50 back) both made second places in their respective age groups. Results.


8 ESS Masters took part in a 5k open water competition at Dorney Lake on 26th May, with some impressive results: Judy Prior (1.18.40), Pat Quayle (1.23.59), Dave Meller (1.26.80), Shannon Pearce (1.30.50), Ady Pugh (1.37.21), Hayley Warnes (2.03.54), Victoria Lovelock (2.03.54), John Demetriou (2.16.42). Pat and Victoria were further joined by Frank Jackel at the ITU Triathlon in Hyde Park on 31st May (1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run), while Shannon and Ady went on to compete in the 'Escape From Alcatraz' triathlon in San Francisco on 1st June (1.5k swim/18m bike/8m run). Caroline Coles took part in the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon (750m swim/20k bike/10k run) on 31st May, the week after Jenny Hall had swum 3k in open water at Stanborough Lake during the previous weekend's Welwyn Festival of Sports.


Only days after her 5k open water swim, ESS coach Judy Prior successfully competed at the ETU European Aquathlon (1k swim/5k run) in Cologne on 1st June, returning home with a Silver medal. Judy narrowly missed out on the Gold, which she lost on the transition.

Ironman Matt in Kona 2013

Apart from not getting lapped too often by ESS young age groupers during morning training at Southbury, 2012 European Triathlon and 2013 World Aquathlon Champion Matt Molloy's main focus this year is the ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships (1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run) in Edmonton, Canada, on 1st September, for which he qualified in Limerick at the end of April, as well as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships (1.9k swim/90k bike/21k run) in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, on 7th September, for which he qualified in Mallorca in May. Matt has raced the full Ironman distance of 3.8k swim/180k bike/42k run on a number of occasions and is pictured here exiting the swim at last year's World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished 11th in his age group. You can follow Matt's racing blog here.

Triathlon Success for ESS Swimmer

Jack (right) on the rostrum.

Congratulations to Jack Ryan, who took Bronze on Saturday, 31st May, in the Elite Youth race at the ITU Pruhealth National Aquathlon in Hyde Park. The race is part of British Triathlon's National Youth and Junior Super Series and took place immediately before the Elite Males competed in the London event of the ITU World Series. The boys enjoyed seeing Alistair Brownlee clapping as they took to the podium!

Help Emma Achieve Her Goal

ESS Development Squad swimmer Emma Thornton will be swimming 2 miles next Saturday, 31st May, to raise funds for PERTHES ASSOCIATION, a registered charity helping children with rare bone conditions. Emma herself was diagnosed with Perthes disease a few years ago and has already undergone hip surgery several times. Emma wanted to complete her challenge before further surgery this June, when her hip will be reshaped.

If you would like to help Emma, you can sponsor her via her Just Giving Page. You can also join Emma in her swim - please contact mum Theresa for further details.

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ESS Performs Well at Luton

Well done to Justin Houpt, Fintan O'Riordan, Josh Kirlew, Alex Kapanadze, Maya Kirlew, Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Jen Budden, George Kapanadze, Hannah Thomas, Millie Flannagan, Megan Molloy, Mia Hawkes, Oskar Soulas, Kon Kapanadze, Joseph Haimes, Emily Haimes and Lena Soulas, who competed at the Team Luton level 1 meet last weekend (24/25 May).


Amongst some excellent results, Alex Kapanadze's 400 IM stood out at a new age group club record time of 4:53.14, just over 1 1/2 seconds off the national time. Great swims also came from Fintan O'Riordan, who is well on his way to recovering from injury and set long course PBs in his 100 and 200 back, Joe Haimes, who is getting closer to the 60 second barrier in his 100 Free, as well as sister Emily Haimes, who set a great new long course PB in her 200 IM.


First places went to Josh Kirlew (100 Fly), Alex Kapanadze (400 Free), Mia Hawkes (100 Free) and Lena Soulas (200 Free). Maya Kirlew, Phoebe Jackson-Virk and Alex again all made second place in their 400 IM, while Oskar Soulas and Megan Molloy also came second in their races (1500 and 200 Free). Megan, Josh, Alex and Maya made a further 7 third places between them.

Congratulations to all!


Free Sports Centre Access for Talented Athletes

Enfield Council, in partnership with Fusion Lifestyle, have launched a scheme to offer free access to sporting facilities in the borough to national and county sports people.

Eligible athletes will be able to access the six participating leisure centres in the London Borough of Enfield - Albany Leisure Centre, Arnos Pool, Aspire Sports & Fitness Centre, Edmonton Leisure Centre, Southbury Leisure Centre and Southgate Leisure Centre.

To be eligible for FANS (Free Access for National Sports People), the sports person can be any age, live in Enfield, be at a national level in their sport either in the national team or ranked in the top 10 in the country.

To be eligible for FACS (Free Access for County Sports People), the sports person must be aged 11-19, live in Enfield and be ranked in the top 10 in the county. Proof of ranking can be obtained on the British Swimming website.

Visit the Enfield Council website for further details of the scheme.

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Application Form

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