Central Lancs Ladies Water Polo
Central Lancs Senior Swim
Central Lancs Internediate
League Runners Up
Wigan Sports Awards :
Club of the Year Runners Up
Adam Toone - Sports Achiever of
the Year Runner Up
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No of hits since April 2004:
Bolton & District 12/Us Water
Polo KO Winners
Bolton & District 12/Us Water
Polo League Winners
Liverpool & District 12/Us Water
Polo Festival Winners
Manchester & District 12/Us Water
Polo Tournament Winners
Warrington 12/Us Water Polo
Tournament Runners Up
Bolton & District Senior Water Polo
League Runners Up
Central Lancs Senior Swim
Central Lancs Junior Jubilee
Central Lancs Junior Swim League
Division 2 Runners Up
Wigan Sports Awards:
St Marys U18s Ladies WP Team -
Team of the Year
Sam Dyson - Disabled Sports
Achiever of the Year runner up
Alan Stafford - Unsung Hero
Club of the Year finalist
Overall the swimmers won 33 Gold, 12 Silver and 13 Bronze Medals.
Results (Click here to view full results)
Madason Lawley (left) Gold 25m Back
Silver 25m Free Bronze 25m Breast
Rachel Lawrence 5th 25m Breast 7th
Isabelle Robb Gold 100m IM; Gold 50m
Back; Gold 50m Butterfly Gold 50m
Free Silver 50m Breast
Madeleine Bailey Gold 50m Breast;
Silver100m IM; Silver 50m Butterfly
Silver 50m Free 4th 50m Back
Catherine Sweeney 13th 50m Free;14th
50m Back 15th 50m Breast
Finlay Waite Bronze 50m Butterfly 4th
100m IM 4th 50m Free 5th 50m Back
6th 50m Breast
Luke Warburton 5th 100m IM 10th 50m
Back 7th 50m Breast 10th 50m Free
Elijah Wright 5th 50m Breast; 7th 50m
Rachel Hornby Gold 100m IM Gold 50m Butterfly; Gold 50m Free
Silver 50m Breast 4th 50m Back
Freya Higson Gold 50m Back; Gold 50m Breast Silver 100m IM
4th 50m Free
Megan Lawrence Silver 50m Back;Silver 50m Free; 4th 50m Breast
Millie Burns Bronze 100m IM Bronze 50m Back Bronze 50m Free
Olivia Galvin 11th 50m Breast 16th 100m IM (PB) 16th 50m Back 17th 50m
Grace Craddock 12th 50m Free; 14th 100m IM (PB)18th 50m Back
James Blenkinship Gold 100m IM Gold 50m BackGold 50m Breast Gold 50m
Butterfly Gold 50m Free
William Hornby Silver 50m Butterfly Bronze100m IMBronze 50m Back
6th 50m Breast 6th 50m Free
Kelsy Evans Gold 100m IM Gold 50m Back
Gold 50m Breast Gold 50m Butterfly Gold
Erin Leacy (left) Silver 100m IM 4th 50m
Back 4th 50m Butterfly 5th 50m Free; 6th
Jessica Emson Bronze 50m Breast 4th 50m
Free 5th 50m Back 5th 50m Butterfly
Ben Haslam Gold 50m Back Gold 50m
Butterfly Gold 50m Free
Owen Davies Gold 50m Breast;Silver 100m
IM Silver 50m Butterfly 4th 50m Back 4th
Leah Hulmes Gold 50m Breast; Bronze 100m IM Bronze 50m Back
Bronze 50m Butterfly Bronze 50m Free
Lucy Mills Gold 100m IM Gold 50m Back Gold 50m Butterfly
Gold 50m Free
Thomas Maher Gold 50m Back Gold 50m Breast Gold 50m Free
Pelican Achieves Charitable Statue
“It seems ludicrous that four years can have passed by so quickly. It was four
years ago when we were told that Tyldesley Swimming Pool was likely to be
closed for two reasons. Firstly, it was the oldest and most expensive to
maintain and secondly, it had the fewest number of people using it. As you
know, a group of us got together and on 1st April, 2012 we took it over and it
has been a very interesting journey ever since.
“Nationally, we are not on our own. One in three pools is under threat of closure
and shockingly, at the end of junior school, 50%+ of our children can’t swim.
For us, shutting the pool was therefore not an option because we realise that
some people in our area would be unable to find the money to travel to another
“As it is the start of 2015 we thought you would like to see our collective
enthusiasm and to get a feel as to how the Pelican Centre is progressing.
“The first thing to say is that we are now a Charity (No. 1159655). That sounds
very simple but it is exceptionally difficult and complicated to actually achieve
charitable status. One of the reasons is, of course, that they have to trust you
and you have to be able to demonstrate a trustworthy track record. Financially,
it means that, in the unlikely event of making a surplus, we won’t have to pay
corporation tax and will be able to plough that money back into the project.
“Secondly, people can now bequeath money to us in the form of legacies and
even mark up any donations or contributions against ‘Gift Aid’, adding a further
25% of value.
“We have to be completely transparent and accountable but that is the way we
have always been so it is no hardship.
“Also, you will be aware that the Pelican Centre was at the heart of Wigan’s
‘New Deal’. We have a really good relationship with our Local Authority and our
locally elected members have been very supportive through Brighter Borough
money. Six months ago we put a Sport England grant to very good use,
alongside monies that we had pulled together to carry out a £70,000+ project to
refurbish all the changing rooms. We are hoping to continue the refurbishment,
particularly at poolside, so will be going in for another grant in this regard. Sport
England seems to really like what we are doing.
“You will be aware that, at the back of the swimming pool, there is another
room that used to be a heritage store, which is two thirds the size of the
swimming pool. The room has been cleared now and with the Council’s
support, we intend that this room has a flexible use in that, during the day it will
be for people who require adult social care because of learning difficulties or
the like and during the evening and at weekends, it will be our own youth zone.
If you want to get involved in either of these elements, let us know.
“We hope to have a reception / café, which will be staffed by people with
mental health problems. So, there should be no concerns that we are in
competition with our surrounding businesses who are so supportive, especially
through our new Tyldesley Township Partnership.
“It is our ultimate ambition to get some Heritage funding to renovate the exterior
of our fine iconic building, which has played a part in our society for nearly 90
“With nine staff, a turnover of £1/4M a year and 1,800 people a week visiting
us, the Pelican has doubled the number of public swims, as well as the number
of hours that it is open and the usage by schools has tripled.
“Our ‘Learn to Swim’ programme now has a waiting list – however, it is not just
about numbers. The quality of our ‘Learn to Swim’ programme means that our
levels of attainment, against the national benchmarks, are quite high because
we believe there is no substitute for quality when involved with water safety. We
run a clean, safe pool with a staff that really understands customer service.
Natalia, our terrific Manager and her staff continue to be an inspiration to us all
and they deserve massive respect.
“The Tyldesley Swimming and Water Polo Club, that has been around since
1876, has more members now than ever. The water polo teams go from
strength to strength and are causing a stir wherever they compete.
“The quality of swimming and the mutual respect between our staff, the club
and our young people means that we have lots of fun but we can compete
when called upon.
“Within the last two weeks an emerging swimmers gala took place, in which we
and four other local pools in our Borough competed. Our club scooped over
half the medals and we are still improving.
“As we always knew, we have the talent, we just need to unlock it.
“There is a lot more to do and we are constantly on the lookout for fellow
volunteers to help us achieve it. So, if you want to get involved, let us know.
“I cannot close without thanking my fellow Trustees most sincerely for all the
work that they do, freely and with no expectation of remuneration.
“As ever, we will honour the past, inspire the future and try to leave a legacy
that our forebears left us.
“Yours in sport
“Trevor Barton MBE – Chair of Trustees”
British Water Polo League Results - 10/11th January
Otter Lutra 15 - Tyldesley 10
Tyldesley 9 - Welsh Wanderers 12
City of Leeds Sharks 18 - Tyldesley 5
Tyldesley Ladies took the honours for highest goalscorer and major queen.
Grace Morley was the highest goalscorer with 29 goals. Leanne Stafford was
the major queen with 12 majors closeley followed by Grace Morley with 11.
The ladies will play in Division 2 in the 2015-16 season.
Wigan Development Gala - 4th January 2015
Tyldesley SWPC took a team of 24 swimmers to the Wigan Development Gala
won 33 Gold, 12 Silver and 13 Bronze Medals.
The club based at the Pelican Centre, Tyldesley, has been building steadily
from the Learn to Swim Programme at the pool.
The team aged 8-12 years many of whom were experiencing an open
swimming gala for the first time. Catherine Sweeney, Rachel Lawrence, Olivia
Galvin and Grace Craddock only finished the Learn to Swim Programme, and
moved to the club 3 months ago.
Wigan Development Gala (continued)
The swimmers were led poolside by 5 coaches from the Clubs ever growing
coaching team, the Pelican Centres' Swimming Teachers are all volunteer
coaches at the Swimming Club.Diane Stafford, Club President and a Director
on the Management Board at the Pool stated ‘All the swimmers did themselves
proud, the results reflect their hard work and the teaching at the Pelican Centre
and Coaching at the Club'
'All the swimmers were excellent especially those that competed for the very
Super 5s Water Polo
Grace Rowland was a member of the Liverpool Lizards team that won the
British Water Polo League Super 5s compeition.
England Talent Water Polo Programme
Annie Holt, Lucy Mills and Jessica Robb have been selected for England Talent
water polo programme.