Katie flying the flag at The British Championships 2015

Fantastic News!!!!

Katie Laybourn (age 13) has achieved 4 British Championship Qualifying Times in the 14 years + age group:

  • 50M Free
  • 100m Free
  • 100m Fly
  • 200m Fly

Swimmer Katie Laybourn.







Katie Laybourn


Katie will be competing in The British Championships from 14th to 18th April 2015 at the London Aquatics Centre.


Keep an eye out for Katie on the 14th and 17th.







London Aquatics Centre




Golden Girl Alice!

Alice with her Gold Medal!
Alice with her Gold Medal!

A big well done to Alice Skinner after winning a haul of medals at this years British Transplant Games in Sheffield.   She won the Gold medal in Ball Throwing, Silver and Bronze in Swimming, and another Bronze in Table Tennis.

Alice trains with Derek as part of the Advanced Improvers Group through the summer but cannot swim during the winter months as she can’t risk catching cold or flu.

She hope to be back with us in the spring to train hard for next years games!

Wish her luck!

The full story can be found on the Hartlepool Mail website:


Torremolinos 2012

We have managed to pull together a ‘warm weather training camp’ for summer of 2012. With the help of the parents some grant money and the ‘Hartlepool Supporters Fundraising Group’ we are going  Long Course Training  in Spain! Once again we have proved what a great team we are now! We have proved that by working as a ‘team’ we can achieve anything. The trip is planned for August 2012 and will be open to all N&D qualifiers in the first instance.

Our aim is to increase commitment and improve performance and so develop swimming at the club. Our goal is to make this an annual event and hope to take even more athletes the following year! The camp will cover 6 days and will include over 20 hours of swimming and  land conditioning work. This will give our athletes an excellent start to the coming season. All swimmers attending the camp will be expected to come home with at least two long course PB’s one in the 200m IM and one in their #1 stroke. This will be a minimum requirement of the camp. A team of over 30 is expected to travel, Ole!!

From swimming club to performance centre

It has long been a goal of mine to transform Hartlepool SC into a Performance Centre. With the help of everyone at the club we have achieved our goal! After several months of planning and negotiation, we have secured the additional training time needed and a land work program, we are now members of Hartlepool Colleges Sporting Association the HSA this has given us access to ‘state of the art facilities and expert sports science knowledge.

All of the required hours are now in place to enable us to meet the criteria as a ‘Performance Centre’ & with National & International swimmers at the club, we can offer swimmers a chance to swim and learn from the best. We have multi talented coaches operating at all levels in a Performance  Program something the club has never had in place before! It’s been less than a year since I joined the club, in that time it’s gone form one success to another, gaining momentum as the year has gone on. We are now set for an incredible future, with committed staff and performance opportunities which will attract the best (and already have!) Hartlepool SC PC has a great future! Watch us fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!