June22:DX Are Recruiting For An Assistant Head Coach

Please see details about an exciting opportunity to join our coaching team, closing date for applications is the 26th June.

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May22:Moorways Sports Village Opening Day

Derventio Excel have a new home, the brand new Moorways Sports Village officially opened in Derby. A number of celebrities and our Chair Babs Ingram attended the event. With 10 lanes and a full 50 metres in length, we now have the perfect training and competition venue. Exciting times ahead.

May22:Goodbye Jamie Main

The DX family met to wish all the best to their Head Coach Jamie Main as he leaves the club for an exciting opportunity with British Swimming. We would like to thank Jamie for his many achievements with DX. He leaves the club in a great position as we transition to our new home at Moorways.

May22:Derventio Excel Recruit New Head Coach

We are delighted to announce that our new Head Coach will be John Adye.

John began coaching at City of Coventry SC in 2008, before moving to a position as Head Coach at Hillingdon Swimming Club in London in 2014. For the past 12 months, he has been a Performance Coach at Repton School.

John has a wealth of experience, and at Hillingdon was responsible for planning and delivering training sessions for Youth and Senior Elite swimmers, training and competition provision, working with feeder clubs into the pathway, and working with the pool provider and local council. At Repton, he has been working with their Senior Performance squads, and supporting swimmers at Regional, National and International level. He is a Swim England coach developer, and was Chair of the London Regional Coaches Forum, representing all coaches in the London region, before his move to Derbyshire.

John will take up his role with us from the start of the 2022-23 season. We are greatly looking forward to him joining our team at Derventio Excel, and are sure he will continue the excellent work of Jamie Main, who is leaving us to take up a role at Bath National Centre.

(FYI John’s surname is pronounced Ay-Dee)

April22:Regional Age Group Success

Derventio Excel were represented at Regionals this year by 15 athletes:

Eden Saint made finals in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke,  and 200m and 50m freestyle. He won gold in all the breaststroke events, many congratulations Eden!

Emma Jane Rantzen made finals in 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke,  50m freestyle and 200m backstroke. She took the gold in 50m backstroke.

Miley Aram made finals in 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke, and won bronze in the freestyle.

Zach Drayson made finals in 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle,  50m breaststroke and  100m freestyle, showing great ability over a range of different strokes and distances.

Finlay Bird made finals in 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Jacob Pemberton made the 200m Freestyle final, Livi Vickers made the 100m freestyle final and Katie Wright made the 200m breaststroke final.

Also taking part were: Elodie Heron, Will Atkin, Megan Hector, Molly Hamblen, Lucas Kimber, Liam Lyons, Evan Johnson, gaining valuable long course race experience.

Coach Glenn Fisher commented: all the DX swimmers were exceptional in their attitude, and have all gained huge amounts of experience to take forwards into their future swimming careers.

April22:DX Are Recruiting A New Head Coach

Owing to the appointment of our Head Coach Jamie Main to a new role at Bath National Centre, we are looking to recruit a new Head Coach to lead our programme as we move into the new £42 million facility at Mooways Sports Village, in Derby. Please click the links for our advert and job description, and contact DX Chair Babs Ingram if you want more information or to apply: babs.ingram@btinternet.com

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April22: Moorways Sports Village

We are very pleased to be moving to our new home at Moorways Sports Village within the next month or so. We were recently given a tour of this world class, brand new £42 million facility. The swimming pool is 10 lanes, 50m and is 25m wide, with starting blocks at both ends. There are 2 booms which go down to floor level when not in use. We hope therefore to have both regular long course training sessions once we move, as well as short course training. There is also a large gym with 140 stations, and a large dance studio.

We will communicate the date of the move as soon as we have it confirmed by Everyone Active, the pool operator.


April22: DX Head Coach Jamie Main appointed new National Coach for Olympic Swimming at the Bath National Centre

Announcement from British Swimming:

British Swimming are pleased to appoint Jamie Main as the new National Coach for Olympic swimming at the Bath National Centre.

Main has been a mainstay of elite coaching in the East Midlands for the past two decades, with 14 years spent developing junior and senior international swimmers at Nova Centurion.

Since 2015, Jamie has been the Head Coach of Derbyshire’s Derventio Excel squad, bringing through the likes of Olympian Jacob Whittle and British record holder Imogen Clark, overseeing athletes’ journeys to international honours and playing a part on British and English teams at multiple international meets.

Main will join up with Bath National Centre Lead Coach David McNulty in the south-west of England, at a centre which produced eight medals at last summer’s Olympic Games.

Speaking about the appointment, British Swimming Olympic Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss said: “Jamie will be a fantastic addition to what is a hugely successful programme at the Bath National Centre. He has a great track record for bringing swimmers through and developing them across a variety of strokes and distances.

“Working with David McNulty, we look forward to seeing what Jamie can bring to the Centre and the continued impact he can have on poolside for British Swimming.”

Main himself is relishing the chance to get started at Bath. He said: “I’m feeling excited. It’s a privilege to be joining David and the world-class team down there. I’ve been part of four Olympic-medal-winning campaigns and worked with international swimmers for more than 20 years, so I’m looking forward to guiding a group towards success in Paris 2024 and LA 2028.

“The Bath National Centre offers athletes the very best training environment. Our job is to facilitate high performance every day to enable the swimmers to deliver when it counts, ultimately at the Olympic Games.”

He also paid tribute to the swimmers, coaches, staff and volunteers he has worked with throughout his time at Derventio, adding: “The last seven years at Derventio Excel have been a time of challenge, finding solutions and then reaping the rewards. I’ve loved it.

“During tough times at the programme, we have coached swimmers to more than 30 national records, placed swimmers on numerous international teams and built a culture that inspires young people. I’ll take many cherished memories with me of the great people at DX and a team that never gave up through adversity. It’s certainly been a time in my career I’ll forever be grateful for and proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Babs Ingram, Chair of DX: Although we are very sorry to see Jamie Main leave DX, this is a fantastic opportunity for him, and he leave with our grateful thanks for everything he’s done in his 7 years with us. We look forward to seeing him gain more success at Bath NC in the future.

Derventio Excel swimming photographed by Richard Richards Photography

April22: Commonwealth Trials

Congratulations to our Head Coach Jamie Main and  all the swimmers who qualified to compete at Trials last week. I hope you managed to watch some of the racing, either in person or via the You Tube live stream. I’m sure you’ll agree that our swimmers did not look out of place in this high calibre event, and had some outstanding successes:

Imogen Clark led the way with an outstanding win in the 50m breaststroke, with a time just a fraction outside her own British record. She also won bronze in the 100m breaststroke, her fastest time since 2017.

Jacob Whittle was third in 100m freestyle in a very strong field, and looks a certainty for the Commonwealth Games team.

Mia Slevin took an excellent bronze medal in the 400m freestyle with a 2 second PB, and was 6th in 200m freestyle in 2:00.0vcv

Georgie Pryor won a bronze medal in 50m butterfly, and was 5th in the 100m butterfly final, going sub-60 seconds for the first time with a 59.7

Eja Coe was a junior finalist in 400m individual medley, with a 5 second PB, and also made the 200m butterfly final.

Finlay Bunhejee competed in the 200m backstroke junior final, with a 2.5 second PB.

Mia Slevin photographed by Richard Richards Photography.

Georgie Pryor photographed by Richard Richards Photography.

Eja Coe photographed by Richard Richards Photography.

Finlay Bunhejee photographed by Richard Richards Photography

March/April22: DX Level 1 meets at Ponds Forge

Derventio Excel returned to Ponds Forge recently for our two level 1 meets. We have not been able to hold these meets since 2019, so it was wonderful to be back at the pool which will host British Championships (Commonwealth/World Trials) just a few weeks later.

DX March L1 Meet, Sheffield, 18-20 March

This was an extremely busy and fast meet, with swimmers posting times in the National Qualifying window, and using it as a rehearsal for Trials. Our meet manager Andy Hall tested positive for Covid on the Friday morning, ie just a few hours before the meet was due to begin, and did a fantastic job running the meet from home, dialing in remotely!

The meet kicked off with 3 hours of distance races – the 800m/1500m – with the officials operating lap cards and whistles for the first time in a while! We had a number of officials who had Covid so could not attend, so were grateful to the 8 county referees who came along to help, thereby ensuring we had adequate numbers of officials poolside.

We had a strong contingent of paraswimmers over the weekend, and it was a pleasure to see them race brilliantly, and two new records were set over the weekend.

The DX swimmers performed exceptionally well in their first opportunity to qualify for the summer national competitions. It’s very early days in the window, yet many of the skills worked on short course are transferred well into the 50m pool.

DX April L1 Meet, Sheffield, 1-3 April

We were back at Ponds Forge just two weeks later for our April meet, and again had an excellent weekend of racing.

Congratulations to the DX swimmers, who all responded well by learning from the March meet and carrying forward lessons into the April event. Many moved on their race processes and in turn their performances.

March22: Edinburgh International Swim Meet, 11-13 March

Three DX elite squad raced at the high profile EISM mid March. Imogen Clark, Mia Slevin and Georgie Pryor performed exceptionally well against world class competition. All three raced finals in their best events which was ideal prep for the British champs/trials in April.

February22: DASA County Championships

Most DX swimmers raced under their home clubs at the Derbyshire County Championships over two weekends in February – congratulations to all those who took part so successfully.

Our Chair Babs Ingram attended all sessions in her role as DASA President, and had the pleasure of presenting trophies and medals to the successful participants.

DX coaches attended over the two weeks, engaging with coaches and swimmers, and watching the racing. It was great to see the swimmers racing again, and hopefully participation in swimming will continue to rebound after the two years of the pandemic.

DX Chair and DASA President Babs Ingram with Swim England President Ian Mackenzie


Babs Ingram presenting trophies to DX swimmers Charlotte Roome, George Whittle, Sophie Busby and Katie Heald

January22:Imogen Clark rejoins Derventio Excel

We are delighted to welcome back British swimming record holder Imogen Clark to Derventio Excel. Imi rejoins us from Winchester, and is looking forward to an exciting 2022 with the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham at the end of July.

January22:Ripley Rascals Meet

DX Exec members Babs Ingram, Pippa Hibbs and Rebecca Caddy attended their first Open meet of 2022 yesterday, helping out at the Ripley Rascals Open meet at the Arc, Matlock. Babs and Pippa were referees at the level 3 meet, and Rebecca a J2 judge.

December21:Jamie Main – BSCA Youth Coach of the Year 2021

Many congratulations to our Head Coach Jamie Main, who has been voted Youth Coach of the Year by the British Swimming Coaches Association. It is always very special to be given an award by your peers, to know that they recognise your achievements in the sport.

In their press release, they comment: “ Jamie has been a top youth development coach for some time, seeing his programme grow and be successful at Youth Level internationally for some years. His part in the emergence of the Junior phenomenon Jacob Whittle cannot be overestimated. Whittle has developed into the finest Youth talent in the world in the men’s 100m freestyle. It is this that has led to Jamie being given this honour”.

December21:Mia Slevin

Congratulations to Derventio Excel swimmer Mia Slevin, who has been selected for the Swim England 2021-2022 Performance Squad. In all, 27 promising and talented athletes have been selected for the squad. This pathway is designed to help these swimmers develop their understanding of themselves, both as individuals and as athletes.

Derventio Excel swimming photographed by Richard Richards Photography.

December21:Winter Nationals

Derventio Excel swimmers were competing last weekend at the Swim England Winter Nationals at Ponds Forge. This is the main event of the short course calendar, and our swimmers did themselves and their coaches Jamie Main and Jack Chambers proud.

Leading the way were Georgie Pryor and Jacob Whittle, who both won national titles:

Georgie won gold in the 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly, and also made the 100m backstroke final, finishing 5th.

Jacob finished an incredible and memorable year for him with gold in 100m freestyle, silver in 50m butterfly, and bronze in 200m freestyle.

Finlay Bunhejee swam the race of his life to win silver in the 400m individual medley under 16 race, with a memorable breaststroke leg!

Mia Slevin finished 5th in the senior final of the 200m freestyle.

Other DX swimmers taking part were Eja Coe, who made the 200m butterfly final; Charlotte Roome, Charlotte Hall, Ethan Lawton, Sophie Busby, Josh Pemberton, George Whittle, and Alex Harrand

Many congratulations to you all on some really wonderful performances.

December21:Elaine Vasey

Everyone at Derventio Excel was very saddened to hear of the passing of Elaine Vasey on Friday 26th November 2021. Elaine was a Committee member at City of Derby while her children swam there, then later at Derventio Excel when her daughter Sarah swam with us. She played a big role in the running of the club, and often took the role of Announcer at our Open meets. Elaine was always very enthusiastic, kind and warm to everyone. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family, she will be greatly missed.

November21:Derbyshire Junior Grand Prix 2021

Every Autumn, Derventio Excel organise a series of three galas for novice swimmers within the county. These are licensed meets, using electronic timing (AOE), to give them race experience and an opportunity to swim against other swimmers in the county, and gain qualifying times for the Derbyshire County Championships held in December at Ponds Forge and in February in Matlock.

The event could not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, but was able to go ahead this year. It was supported by 12 clubs from around the County – Ashbourne, Belper, City of Derby, Derby Phoenix, Dronfield, Eckington, Etwall, Long Eaton, Repton, Ripley, Rykneld, and Swadlincote.

160 swimmers aged from 9 to 11 years took part, in a variety of events. All will receive a Certificate of Participation, and the top 3 in each age category will receive medals, to be presented by the Derbyshire ASA President Babs Ingram (Chair of DX) at the long course county championships in December.

DX’s Olympian Jacob Whittle,  and alumni Abbie Wood attended the second and third rounds respectively, both giving a talk to the swimmers and audience about their swim journey. Jacob’s mum Leanne and Abbie’s dad Darren also gave talks about being swim parents.

We hope these events have launched the young swimmers of Derbyshire into the world of competitive swimming, and look forward to seeing them develop in our sport over the coming years.

October21:Belper Ghoul In The Pool

DX Committee members Babs Ingram and Paul Hopkinson are also referees in Derbyshire, and had an enjoyable day helping Belper SC with their ‘Ghoul in the Pool’ on Halloween!

Pictured here are Ian Davey (DASA President), City of Derby’s Claire Spink, Belper Chair Richard Oram, Babs Ingram and Paul Hopkinson

August21: Olympic Dream Debut for Derventio Excel’s Jacob Whittle

At 16 years old, Derventio Excel’s Jacob Whittle has already achieved an ambition that many swimmers never manage – representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games!

Jacob’s first swim was in the 4 x 100m relay heats, in a team that narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final, despite Jacob’s exceptional time of 47.50s on the anchor leg. The relay team were headed off by Matt Richards, then James Guy and Joe Litchfield. They finished only 0.17s behind the Canadian team.

Jacob then took part in the individual event – he qualified for the semi-final in 16th place, with a time of 48.44s. He finished in  6th place in his semi-final with a time of 48.11s,  with the heat being won by eventual gold medallist USA’s Caeleb Dressel. Jacob’s overall finishing was 13th of the 16 qualifiers, an incredible achievement for such a young swimmer.

He is the England 100m freestyle record holder, and second behind Duncan Scott in the whole of the UK. He has such huge potential, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

Three Derventio Excel alumi also competed at the Olympics.  There was a stellar performance from Abbie Wood, who agonisingly missed out on a medal in the 200m individual medley by 0.11seconds, having been in the top 3 for most of the race. Abbi was 7th in the 200m breaststroke final. Molly Renshaw was competing at her second Olympics, and was 6th in the 200m breaststroke final. Sarah Vasey was 11th in the 100m breaststroke semi-final

May21:Jacob Whittle Returns From European Championships

Our very own Jacob Whittle has just returned home after competing at the European Swimming Championships in Hungary, and the astonishing success of this phenomenal 16-year-old swimmer continues. Jacob won a gold and silver medal, by helping the 4 x 100m mixed freestyle relay and 4 x 100m mens freestyle relay qualify for the final, with these teams going on to win gold and silver medals respectively.

Jacob swam in the individual 100m freestyle event, finishing 17th in a time of 48.78 seconds. He was literally only a few hundredths of a second away from qualifying for the semi-final. He also swam in the 50m freestyle, finishing 32nd, posting a time of 22.65 seconds.

These times are very impressive for such a young swimmer but more importantly being team mates with such highly successful swimmers such as Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott will provide valuable experience for him. Jacob will be representing Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in July, having been selected for the team based on his performances at the British Olympic Trials held in London in April.

April21:DX Captain & Alumni Tokyo Bound

We are delighted to confirm that 16-year-old Derventio Excel swimmer Jacob Whittle has been selected for the Olympic swimming team for the Olympics in Tokyo in the summer. This is an incredible achievement for this young swimmer from Alfreton, Derbyshire, who began his swimming career being coached by Glenn Fisher at Ripley Rascals.

Jacob then moved to Derventio Excel to continue his swimming development, coached by National coach Jack Chambers, then our Head Coach Jamie Main. Jacob started posting some very impressive times which resulted in him being selected for European Juniors in 2019. Jacob also competed at the 2020 International Swimming League for the New York Breakers team, alongside some of the best swimmers in the world.

At the recent British Swimming Selection Trials at the London Aquatic Centre, Jacob finished in fourth place behind World Champion Duncan Scott, Matt Richards and Tom Dean. Jacob swam a big personal best to finish in 48.76. This is a new British age group record time.

Jacob had another fabulous swim in the 50m freestyle, finishing in third place in 22.55, behind winner Ben Proud. He also swam a big personal best in the 200m freestyle of 1.49.12, just missing out in the final.

Olympic selection was achieved by 3 DX alumni: Molly Renshaw, Abbie Wood and Sarah Vasey, all of whom now train at the National Centre in Loughborough.

Many congratulations Jacob, we are all so proud of you, and can’t wait to see you swim in Tokyo.

Read Selection News Here

April21:DX Captains Excel At British Swimming Trials

Mia Slevin and Jacob Whittle excelled at the “British Swimming Trials” both making 2 Senior Finals.

April21:DX Committee Member Officiates At Olympic Trials

Paul Hopkinson who sits on the DX Committee was selected to officiate at the Olympic Trials in London.

17th April 2021, London Aquatics Centre, London, England ; 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials

September20:DX Captain Heading Of To International Swimming League

Read About Jacob & The New Recruits To New York Breakers

April20:DX Fundraising For NHS During Lockdown

Read How DX Helped The NHS

April20:Jacob Whittle Speaks About Keeping Your Head In Lockdown

Read How Jacob Whittle Is Swimming At Home And Keeping His Head In Lockdown

Feb20:DX Australia Highlights

View highlights of Derventio Excel Elite’s Tour Of Austrailia Here

Feb20:DX Meet Swim England’s Media Team

Swim England’s media team came to visit us at Queens Leisure Centre on 4th February 2020, to do a feature on our squad. They interviewed head coach Jamie Main, and some of our elite swimmers. It’s great that they are recognising the exceptional talent we have at DX.

Feb20:DX Dubai Excursion

DX swimmers Charlotte Hall and Sophie Yendell (both DX/Etwall Eagles) have travelled to Dubai this week to compete at the Middle East Open and Junior Championships, organised by Hamilton Aquatics. Good luck to you both, on what is sure to be an amazing experience of overseas competition.

Feb20:DX Sponsors County Trophies

Derventio Excel provide the performance pathway for Derbyshire swimmers. We are now the proud sponsors of 2 brand new County Championship trophies.

Feb20:Team DX Elite Travel To Australia

All the best to Team DX Elite swimmers as they fly out to Melbourne Australia to train & swim in a competition meet. Enjoy the experience. work hard and have fun.

Jan20:DX Luxembourg Trip

Mia Slevin and head coach Jamie Main travelled to Luxembourg at the end of January, for the Luxembourg Euro Swim Meet. Mia was selected for the Swim England performance squad, along with other rising stars of British Swimming such as Lily Booker, Emily Barclay, Amy Bell, Chloe Golding and Leah Crisp.

They were competing with some of the world’s best swimmers such as Sarah Sjostrom and Katinka Hosszu. Grant Robins, Swim England’s head of talent commented that it was an important meet for the swimmers ahead of the British Championships and Olympic Trials in April:

“For the majority of our swimmers, it will be their first long course swims of the season. They will be aiming to get a second swim in the evenings and that final experience. It will be great if they swim well, but that’s not the be all and end all. The primary objective is to use it as preparation for the Olympic trials. It’s a strong entry list and it will be pretty challenging but we’re looking forward to it”. Other British swimmers attending were Ben Proud and Kayla van der Merwe. Former DX swimmer Imogen Clark was also there, competing in the 50m breaststroke.

Jan20:DX Flanders Cup Success

Jacob Whittle added to his impressive list of achievements already this season, with success at the Flanders cups in Belgium. Jacob made A finals in the 100m freestyle, where he competed against British swimming legend James Guy. He qualified for the A final in 50m freestyle as well, an amazing achievement for the 15-year-old. He also made the B final of the 200m freestyle event, in his first senior international meet.

Dec19:Whittle excels at Canadian International Meet

10 British swimmers travelled to Canada last week for the Ontario Junior International, including Derventio Excel’s Jacob Whittle.

15-year-old Jacob had an outstanding meet at the Pan Am Aquatics Centre in Toronto. He broke the British Swimming junior short course record twice in one day for 50m freestyle, winning a bronze medal, and swam personal best times in 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

He broke his own 100m freestyle British Swimming junior short course record twice posting 48.7 seconds in the heat and 48.29 seconds in the final to take a bronze medal.

The team were in fine form, picking up 25 medals in all. For Jacob, it was a valuable learning experience, competing on an International stage at such a young age will stand him in very good stead for the future.

Dec19:Tokyo Swimming Experience for DX

Derventio Excel Head Coach Jamie Main and swimmer Mia Slevin headed out to Fuji, Japan for a National Development Youth camp, facilitated by the Japanese Swimming Federation.

Six British swimmers made the journey, for a 10 day block of training and development. They also visited the new Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.

It was an amazing and unforgettable experience for Jamie and Mia, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience of swim coaching and training in this amazing country.

Dec19:Swim England National Winter Championships

The Swim England National Winter Championships were held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 5th-8th December 2019. This was at the end of the short course swimming season, and was the biggest English swimming meet of the winter with nearly 800 competitors from 165 clubs.

Jacob Whittle (15) competed in 9 events, qualifying for six finals. He won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle in a time of 22.88 seconds and picked up a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley in a new British Swimming junior short course record time of 56.62 seconds. He was 8th in the senior 100m freestyle, posting a time of 49.14, having set a new British Swimming junior short course record of 49.05 seconds in the heats. He swam 1.49.68 in the 200m freestyle finishing 5th – the first time Jacob had swum under 1.50 for this event. These achievements are even more impressive given that the youth group is up to 18 years of age, and to be making youth and senior finals as a 15-year-old is exceptional.

14-year-old Amber Downham has recently joined DX from Chesterfield Swimming Club. She had a great meet, winning a gold medal in the 100m individual medley youth final in a huge personal best time of 1.03.83 seconds. She also made the youth 200m freestyle final with another personal best time of 2.02.67, finishing 5th. Again, to be competing in finals at such a young age is a huge achievement, and shows she is one to watch for the future!

Mia Slevin competed in 4 events: 50m backstroke (swimming a personal best time of 29.54 seconds), 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle, where she finished in 5th place in a time of 4.13.07

Josh Pemberton competed in 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke, finishing 15th in the latter event.

21-year-old Georgie Pryor’s home club is Harlow Penguins, but while she is attending Trent University, she has been training with Derventio Excel. She won a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly, in a time of 26.81 which was a huge personal best. She also competed in 100m butterfly, finishing 5th in a time of 59.35 seconds.

Josh Harris swam a personal best in the 200m butterfly, posting a time of 2.06.09.

Other DX swimmers at Winter Nationals were Amy Mead (who competed in the 50m breaststroke and 100m individual medley), and Bradley Evans who qualified for the 100m freestyle. Both gained valuable race experience over the course of this meet.

Congratulations to you all, and of course the Derventio Excel coaches for all your hard work with these exceptional swimmers.

Nov19:Period Tracking Tech Supported By DX

DX Head Coach Jamie Main and top swimmer Mia Slevin were featured by the BBC recently, as they are championing the use of technology for period tracking. The FitrWoman app enables women to track their periods, report symptoms, log training activity and access nutrition and physiology support during each phase of their cycle.

It is used by top sportswomen, and the use of these Apps was highlighted by the US women’s football team when they won the World Cup in July 2019. Female athletes have started talking about how this periods/cycles affect performance, such as Heather Watson in the 2015 Australian Open and athlete Eilish McColgan, who both had problems with their performance and injuries which they attributed to their phase of their cycle.

The menstrual cycle has long been seen as a barrier to training and performance, but this technology helps use hormone fluctuations to be more specific and precise about the training a female athlete does.

Jamie Main started using the coaching app early in 2019. This shares athletes’ profiles (with their consent of course) so he can monitor them and plan ahead. He was interviewed by the BBC in September, who also ran a feature about him and Mia’s use of the training app.

Jamie commented (in a BBC interview with reporter Nicola Smith) ‘Straight away, it normalised the conversations between myself and the athletes. It broke the false taboo on the subject. We could be pro-active in adapting high intensity sessions when it didn’t fit their cycle. There’s also points in a cycle where there’s higher chances of injury – increased awareness of this allowed us to build in more recovery work and progressive warm ups.’

The app also shows Jamie when an athlete’s cycle training intensity can be increased with back to back tough sessions.

Mia Slevin, a European junior medallist and four time British Champion, says that the app ‘tells me which foods are important to eat at certain times, without tracking my cycles I wouldn’t know this’.

For example, at times the blood sugar level of an athlete may be unstable, so the FitrWoman app will advise including protein at each meal, and having snacks with complex carbohydrates.

Jamie and Mia were also featured on East Midlands today, who filmed the pair in training at Queens Leisure Centre on 26th September 2019, to again highlight the benefits of period tracking for female athletes.

Read BBC Article Here

Aug19:Summer British Nationals Success

British Summer Nationals were held in Glasgow from 23-28th July 2019, and saw eleven DX swimmers in action, having qualified as the top 24 in the country for the events in their age group.

With star swimmer Jacob Whittle away at the European Youth Olympic Festival, it was down to the other stars at Derventio Excel to show what they could do in Glasgow, and they all had a superb meet.

Mia Slevin (DX and Etwall Eagles) had a very successful Championships, winning two gold medals. She qualified second fastest into the 200m freestyle final, but went one better in the final to touch the wall first in 2.01.90. She repeated this success in the 400m freestyle, clocking an impressive 4.15.12 for another gold. She also competed in the 100m freestyle, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal, finishing fourth in 57.94, and also swam in the 50m butterfly.

Ryan Reader (21) (DX and Long Eaton) made his last appearance for DX, as he heads off after the summer to study veterinary medicine at the University of Nottingham. He went out in style, competing in the 200m freestyle final (coming 7th) and the 400m freestyle final, finishing 9th in 4.03.91. Congratulations Ryan on a glittering swimming career, enjoy university!

Amy Mead (DX/Buxton) joined DX in November 2018, and has been concentrating on breaststroke over the past 8 months. She swam a great Championships, clocking 34.03s in the 50m breaststroke to finish 16th. She also qualified for the 100m breaststroke, finishing in a creditable 20th place.

Fifteen-year-old Mya Watt (DX/Etwall) made her debut at these National Championships, competing in four freestyle events with 2 top 10 finishes in the 800m and 1500m freestyle. She also swam in the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle, finishing in 11th and 17th place respectively. Mya’s progress has been very pleasing over the past season, and there is much more to come from this talented swimmer.

Toby Arnold (DX/Etwall Eagles) swam in three breaststroke events, making the final of the 200m breaststroke, a great achievement. He went on to finish in a very respectable 13th place in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1.06.16. He also swam the 50m breaststroke, coming 14th.

Josh Pemberton (DX/Ripley) swam in the 200m breaststroke, finishing in 13th place.

There were a number of DX swimmers making their debut at this meet:
Poppy Mead (DX/Derby Phoenix) 200m fly (finishing in 19th)
Connor Thorpe (DX/Eckington) 400m individual medley (17th), and 200m freestyle (19th)
Bradley Evans (DX/Long Eaton) 100 freestyle (18th), and 200 freestyle (22nd)
Ben Fitzhugh (DX/Derby Phoenix) 100 freestyle (22nd)
Beth RaeMcLean (DX/Long Eaton) 400m freestyle (20th)

Aug19:More DX Success At English Nationals

Seventeen Derventio Excel swimmers competed at the English National championships at Ponds Forge from 31st to 4th August 2019, and had some very impressive results.

Leading the way was Ryan Huddart (DX/Rykneld) who was crowned English Champion in the 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle events. Ryan is coached by Carla Bickerstaffe in our North squad, as well as winning gold in these events, Ryan also finished 4th in 400m freestyle and 9th in 400m individual medley, to round off the season in style.

Joshua Pemberton (DX/Ripley) won silver in the 100m breaststroke, in a time of 1.04.64 and a bronze in the 50m breaststroke in 29.71, again a strong end to the season.

Ryan Reader swam for the last time as a DX swimmer winning a silver medal in the 100m freestyle in 51.61. 21-year-old Ryan is retiring from swimming and starting at Nottingham University studying veterinary medicine – we all wish him well in his studies and thank him for his fantastic contribution to Derbyshire swimming over the years, in a successful swimming career starting at City of Derby, then DX/Long Eaton.

Connor Thorpe (DX/Eckington) was making his debut at a National event, qualifying for five events and making finals in three of them. He finished 6th in 200m individual medley, 6th in 400m freestyle in a personal best time, and 8th in 100m freestyle, and also came 12th in 200m backstroke and 14th in 50m freestyle. Connor’s progress since joining DX North and training under coach Carla Bickerstaffe has been rapid and impressive, credit to him for his hard work and dedication – there is much more to come from this talented swimmer.

Sophie Busby (DX/Derby Phoenix) had a very successful meet. She qualified for five events – finishing 9th in the 200m backstroke final, 8th in 1500m freestyle (both new personal best times), 12th in 800m freestyle, and 13th in 200m freestyle. Sophie is another of DX’s swimmers who is making excellent progress and has an exciting 2019-20 season ahead of her.

Also making a final at Nationals was Bethan Thomas (DX/Etwall Eagles), who was 7th in the 100m breaststroke. This represented Beth’s last swim for Derventio Excel before heading off to college in the USA. We all wish her the very best of luck and lots of success in her American Adventure.

Mya Watt (DX/Etall Eagles), having already achieved success at British Nationals the previous week headed to Ponds Forge to swim in the 200m backstroke, where she was 6th in the final. She also competed in the 200m individual medley finishing 13th, and was 17th in 400m individual medley.

Bradley Evans (DX/Long Eaton) also competed at British Nationals, and went on to make the final in 50m freestyle at English Nationals, where he came 5th in a race with a blanket finish! It was his first time under 25 second for this event.

Charlotte Hall (DX/Etwall Eagles) rounded off her season by making it to the 200m freestyle final, where she finished in a creditable 10th place.

Kate Haswell (DX/Ashbourne) made her debut at English Nationals, and swam extremely well to finish in 8th place in the 400m freestyle final, but was only 1.5 seconds off a medal. Her time in the final was over 4 seconds quicker than the heat, a great improvement and augers well for next season.

Eja Coe (DX/Ilkeston) qualified for the 400m individual medley, and finished 14th.
Sam Littler (DX/Ripley) finished 8th in the 800 freestyle, and also had a solid swim in the 400m freestyle, touching the wall in 15th place.

Adam Banks (DX/Etwall Eagles) was 6th in 1500m freetstyle, and also competed in the 800m freestyle, coming in 10th place.

William Whitehead (DX/Eckington) swam in the 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle, gaining good race meet experience on his English Nationals debut.

Isabel Purgavie (DX/Derby Phoenix) was 12th in her favourite event, the 200m backstroke. Ben Fitzhugh (DX/Long Eaton) rounded off his DX career with 14th place in 50m backstroke. Leah Burgin Rawson (DX/Ripley) was 19th in 100m butterfly.

Congratulations to you all, you’ve all worked hard over the season – time for a well earned rest now!

Aug19:Swim England National Open Water

These Championships were held at Thrybergh Country Park in early August, the last event of the 2018-19 season. Derventio Excel had strong representation with 11 swimmers taking part.

Huge congratulations to 21-year-old Ryan Reader, who won a silver medal in the 5km swim – a great achievement, and very well deserved as he ends his Derventio Excel career.

Also competing were Kate Haswell (DX/Ashbourne), Poppy Mead (DX/Derby Phoenix), Adam Banks (DX/Etwall Eagles), Ryan Huddart (DX/Rykneld), Jacob Whittle (DX/Ripley), and Mya Watt (DX/Etwall Eagles).

There were some young swimmers from the Regional squad, coached by Kyle Hudson: Eja Coe (DX/Ilkeston), Paddy Welsh (DX/Derby Phoenix), Isaac Caddy (DX/Ripley), Emily Lyons (DX/Ripley) – who gained great experience of open water swimming.

Well done to you all, a wonderful end to a successful season.

Nov19:Junior Grand Prix Swim Series

The 2019 Junior Grand Prix swim series took place this Autumn, with the final round being held at Alfreton Leisure Centre last weekend. It was a very successful set of galas, supported by 12 clubs from around Derbyshire, with more swimmers entering than ever before in this, the third year that the event has been held.

The JGP series comprises three galas, with novice swimmers from all over Derbyshire able to enter the event. It is organised by the county elite swim squad Derventio Excel on behalf of the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association, to give Derbyshire swimmers aged between 9 and 11 years some experience of competitive swimming. The gala series gives them the opportunity to qualify for the Long Course County Championships in December at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, and the Short Course County Championships in February at Matlock.

Swimmers from 12 Derbyshire clubs competed: Ashbourne, Belper, Buxton, City of Derby, Derby Phoenix, Dronfield Dolphins, Eckington, Etwall, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Ripley and Swadlincote.

A total of 234 young Derbyshire swimmers took part, doing a total of 1,132 swims between them. The atmosphere poolside was fantastic, with the spectators doing a great job of supporting and encouraging the swimmers.

Follow this link for results https://derventioexcel.org.uk/results-archive/

The top 3 boy and girl swimmers in each age group will receive medals, to be presented at the Long Course County Championships in December. All swimmers will also receive a certificate of participation.

Congratulations to all the young swimmers who participated. Hopefully this will encourage more swimmers to take part in the sport, and follow in the footsteps of other Derbyshire swimmers like Adam Peaty, Molly Renshaw and Imogen Clark who all swim for Great Britain.

Aug18:British Age Group Records Smashed

It was a summer of smashed records for DX swimmer Jacob Whittle as he broke numerous British Age Group records at this summers National Championships.

Whittle set British Age Group records in the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m backstroke.
And he set English Age Group records in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, as well as the 50m backstroke.

In total, he won two golds, three silver and two bronze.
That added to the golds won by Derventio’s Mia Slevin in the 200m freestyle and Ryan reader in the open water.

Derventio now has three national champions in its performance squads and continues to build on the success of the last few years, with the programme producing British record breakers in the last five seasons.

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August18:Summer National Success

DX Swimmers put in scorching performances inline with the summer heatwave to create an impressive list of Summer National medalists, finalists and entries. The full list of honours can be found below.

British Summer Championships, 24-29th July 2018, Sheffield
Gold (3)

Mia Slevin 15yrs 200 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 100 Free 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 200 Free 13yrs English NAG Record

Silver (3)

Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 400 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 200 IM
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Free 13yrs British & English NAG Record

Bronze (2)

Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Back 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Fly
Total medals = 8

Finalist/top ten finish

Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 400 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 100 Back
Adam Banks 15yrs 1500 Free
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 1500 Free
DX Girls 14-16yrs 4×200 Free team (Slevin, Torrington, Watt, Hall)
Harmony Torrington 13/14yrs 1500 Free
Josh Pemberton 17/18yrs 200 Breast
Mia Slevin 15yrs 100 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 100 Fly
Mia Slevin 15yrs 200 Back
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 800 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 400 Free
Karl Morgan 19yrs+ 50 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 50 Back
DX Boys 14-16yrs 4×100 Free team (Whittle, Evans, Raynard, Wyatt)
Total finals = 23

Swim England National Open Water Championships, 30th July 2018, Rother Valley

Gold – Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 5km

DX Competitors: George Whittle, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Poppy Mead, James Wright, Eja Coe, Sophie Busby, Adam Banks, George Atkin, Ryan Huddart

Swim England National Summer Meet, 31st July-4th August 2018, Sheffield

Gold (2)

Toby Arnold 17yrs 200 Breast
Beth Thomas 17yrs+ 50 Breast

Silver (2)

Charlotte Hall 16yrs 200 Free
Charlotte Hall 16yrs 100 Free
Bronze (1)

Ryan Huddart 17yrs 800 Free
Total medals = 5

Finalist/top ten finish

Ryan Huddart 17yrs 1500 Free
Billy Hogg 17yrs 100 Free
Harmony Torrington 14yrs 400 Free
Casper Raynard 16yrs 800 Free
Naomi Dilley 16yrs 200 Back
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 400 Free
Total finals = 11

Dec17:Junior Grand Prix 

The inaugural DASA Grand Prix took place in the Autumn of 2017, and featured 3 galas organised by Derventio Excel. The aim was to give 9-11-year-old Derbyshire swimmers a taste of competitive swimming, and to give them an opportunity to qualify for the Derbyshire County Championships next Spring by competing at these licensed events. It also gave swimmers a chance to race using Automated Timing Equipment (AOE) with timing pads. The galas were judged as any licensed meet would be, and, allthough this led to a number of disqualifications, it gave the swimmers an opportunity to learn from their mistakes!

In all there were 676 swims, with the second round proving very popular with the 50m freestyle being very well supported.

Nine clubs were represented: City of Derby, Long Eaton, Belper Marlin, Ripley, Rykneld, Derby Phoenix, Ilkeston, Eckington and Etwall, with City of Derby scoring the most points over the 3 galas, Ripley were second and Ilkeston third.

There were awards for the first placed swimmers in each age group over the 3 galas. The top male aged 11 was Ripley’s George Whittle, with Ilkeston’s Finley O’Neill taking the 10-year-old’s title, and Etwall’s Dominic Taylor was top 9-year-old boy. For the girls, City of Derby’s Lucy Seymour was top 11-year-old, with Ripley’s Emily Lyons top 10-year-old, and Rykneld’s Daisy Brown top 9-year-old.

There was a wide spread of clubs represented for ‘top swimmer’, with no one club dominating the galas.

Following the success of the series, the Grand Prix will be run again in 2018. The dates and venues are currently being finalised, and it is hoped that more clubs from round the County will enter swimmers and also more from each club.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated, we look forward to welcoming you again this year.

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