A Great Counties 2020

St Ives Bay Swim Club had a great Counties Competition. All the swimmers highlights are included.

Ethan’s Counties profile.
Ethan had an amazing counties. He participated in 15 events achieving 15 medals. Ethan had some huge PBs one of which being a 25 sec PB in the 400 free. He made numerous finals and gained a further 3 regional qualifying times.
Ethan’s highlights
100 Breast in 1.35 Silver
100 Free in 1.07 Silver
100 Fly in 1.14 Silver
200 Free in 2.24 Gold
50 Back Silver
200 Fly in 2.53 Silver
50 Free in 30.7 Silver
100 Back Silver
200IM in 2.46 Gold
50 Fly in 34 sec Silver
200 Breast Silver
100 IM in 1.19 Gold
400 Free in 5.02 Gold
50 Breast Silver

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Ruby’s County profile. Ruby produced some determined swims in counties making the final on more than one occasion with some great PBs
Ruby’s highlights
100 Breast in 1.28
200 Breast in 3.09
50 Breast in 40.85

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Anya’s County profile.
Anya had an amazing counties with some great PBs particularly in the 50 Fly which saw her take first place in the Juniors presentation line up.
Anya’s highlights
100 Fly in 1.15
200 IM in 2.49
50 Free in 30.67
100 IM in 1.16 Bronze
50 Fly in 30.15 Gold

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Billy’s County profile
Billy took part in the first day of counties with some great swim in the 100 IM in 1.28 and 50 Breast in 45.55. Both were great PBs

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Senara’s Counties profile.
Senara had a great time at counties with PBs in most of her events and making the final of the 50 Breast with a great swim.
Senara’s highlights
50 Breast in 42.04
100IM in 1.24
50 Free in 34.01
50 Back in 37.34

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Caja’s Counties profile.
Caja competed in a variety of events with great determination. She had slight PBs in most events and was a regular finalist which saw her in the presentation line up on more than one occasion.
Caja’s highlights
200 IM in 2.33 Bronze
50 Back 32.3 Bronze
200 Fly 2.36 Silver
100 Back 1.09 Bronze

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Leo’s County Profile.
Leo had a brilliant county gala with some great PBs in his events and a memorable celebration when he reached the presentation line up of the 200 Breast. Great determined swimming. Well done Leo.
Leo’s highlights
400 Free in 6.12
50 Breast in 48.65
100 IM in 1.36
200 Free in 2.57
50 Back in 45.76

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Eva’s Counties profile. Eva had a great swim determined swim in the 50 free at the county gala. She recorded a time of 36.85 with a resilient performance.

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Katie’s Counties profile.
Katie competed in 2 sessions of counties with some determined performances. The 50m backstroke saw her record a time of 37.64 a PB. Katie made the final of the 100 free with a great swim in 1.16

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Jake’s Counties profile.
Jake had an amazing county gala. He produced some determined swims to make a number of finals and junior presentations. Jake PB’d in many of his events.
Jake’s highlights
100 Free in 1.02
50 Back in 33.67
50 Free in 27.3
100 Back in 1.10 Bronze
50 Fly in 32.0
100 IM in 1.14
50 Breast in 36.4


Jude’s Counties profile.
Jude had a brilliant county gala. Achieving great results in finals and excellent PBs.
His determined swimming saw him achieve lots of medals.
Jude’s highlights
400 IM Silver
100 Free 4 sec PB Silver
200 Free 8 sec PB Silver
50 Back Bronze
50 Free in 29.33
200 IM in 2.50 Bronze
50 Fly Bronze
200 Breast Bronze
100 IM in 1.17 Silver

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Edie’s Counties profile.
Edie had a fantastic county gala. She participated in 16 races and had great PBs. Edie made lots of finals and achieved some great results including a regional qualifying time in the 50 Fly.
Edie’s highlights
100 Fly in 1.24 Gold
200 IM in 2.57 Gold
200 Fly in 3.14 Gold
50 Free in 33.2 Bronze
400 IM in 6.19 Gold
200 Free in 2.39 Silver
50 Fly in 35.0 Silver
200 Breast in 3.37 Bronze
400 Free in 4.31

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Thirty four swimmers competed at Penzance and Bodmin over two weekends at the 2018 Cornwall County Age Group Championships. Despite several having to withdraw intermittently due to illness or injury and the majority having to ‘swim up’ due to the age at 31st December ruling, a total of 165 personal best times were set across the speed seeded 50/100m heats from which the top six fastest in each age group progressed to Finals, and the 200/400m events which use ‘heat declared’ times to determine placings.

In the sprint events, St Ives Bay contested 53 Finals in their respective age groups and accumulated 30 podium places – taking 9 County Titles, 13 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. In the 200/400m distances, 23 swimmers finished in the top three, producing 8 County Champions, 6 Silver and 9 Bronze medallists.

Special recognition and congratulations to Jude Cartwright, whose performance secured him the accolade of Top 10/11 years Boy in 2018 for which he received a County shield.

Under 16 Sprint Finals / Podium Distance Results (age in brackets): Lewis Williams(12) Gold 100/200Free 100/200Breast 100/200IM; Silver 50Free 50Breast; Bronze 50Fly. Caja Rodda(15) 200/400IM 400Free; Silver 50/100Free 50/100Fly 50/200Back100IM; 6th 50Breast.  Jude Cartwright(11) Gold 100/200Back; Silver 50/100Free 100Fly; Bronze 50/200Breast 100/200IM 50Back 200Free. Jessica Smith(11) Gold 50/100Breast; silver 200Breast 200IM; 4th 100IM; 5th 100Fly. Jamie Winfield(12) Gold 100/200Back; Bronze 200Free; 4th 50Back 50Free; 5th 100Free. Michael Doyle(12) Gold 100Fly; Silver 50Back;  Ethan Matthews(10) Gold 100Fly; Silver 50Fly; 4th 100Free; 5th 50Free. Megan Cragg(15) Silver 200Breast; Bronze 100Breast 200Back 200IM; 5th 100Free. Isla Ford(11) Bronze 100Free 100Fly. Annabelle Williams(13) Silver 400IM; 4th 100Free; 6th 50Fly. Freya Perkin(15) Bronze 200Free; 6th 100Back. Max Wilton(15) Bronze 200Breast; 4th 100Breast; 6th 50Breast. Chloe Bryan(15) Bronze 200Fly 200Breast; 4th 100FlyScarlet Thornton(13) 5th 100Breast; 6th 50Breast. Harvey O’Dell(13) 5th 100Breast. Senara Rodda(11) 6th 50Back.

Qualifiers/PBs: Chelsea Winfield(10) Fletcher Saint(11) Archie Williams(11) Molly Jordan(12) Xanthe Perkin(12) Tilly Jordan(13) Beth Elkin(12) Ethan Wilton(12) Anya Dale(13) Ruby Perkin(13) Eva Cragg(13) Jake Cartwright(13) Phoebe Pascoe(14)

Senior (16&Over) Championship

Despite being heavily hit by illness / injuries prior to and during the Champs, Olivia Stewart(16) Jowan Bobin(16) Reef Slack(17) and Zac Broomfield(17) acquitted themselves well against much older peers in the ‘open’ category with Zac contesting several finals.

The final accolade must go to our very own Down Syndrome World Record Holder Leo Pellow(16) who produced some fantastic results in the multi-classification category – Gold 50Breast; Silver 100Breast 50Back 100IM; Bronze 400Free; 4th 50/200Free.

Anyone keen on swimming is welcome to join us for a training session. Email secretary@stivesbayswimclub.co.uk for more details, or visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StIvesBaySwimmingClub



Top 10/11yr Boy at Cornwall County Age Group Champs 2018. A huge well done from all of us!

The Ellis Trophy for the top club, the girl and boy Speedo trophies and other Individual Age Group Kernow Awards for top boys and top girls will be presented at the end of the relevant Distance Gala event on Feb 25th.



Junior Inter Club Parade 2

25 St Ives Bay swimmers aged 12 and under competed at the Interclub Champs in Penzance recently. Racing against teams from Carn Brea & Helston, Newquay Cormorants, Penzance, North Cornwall Dragons, St Austell Sharks and Truro City, this fast and furious sprint gala challenges Cornwall’s developing swimmers to go for glory in individual Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breaststroke events over 50metres, mixed age group 4×50 Freestyle, 4×50 Medley relays and the always exciting 8×50 Freestyle ‘Cannon’ which pits two swimmers from each of the 9/10/11/12 age groups against their rivals over 50 metres.

Considered an early benchmark and curtain raiser for the County Age Group Champs starting later this month, the Interclub Shield is highly coveted with every swimmer determined to bag 7 points for a win (6 for second etc…) for their respective Clubs. Several from St Ives Bay competed in older age categories than their own and did themselves proud. On completion of the 48 events, Truro City took top spot ahead of St Austell Sharks with St Ives Bay finishing 4th and narrowly missing out on bronze medals to North Cornwall Dragons by ONE solitary point!

The Club is enormously proud of the team’s overall performance which sees a dramatic improvement since finishing in last place twelve months ago. Even more impressive is that the swimmers have unfortunately been unable to practice their starts or accurate relay takeovers due to the current absence of starting blocks at the leisure centre.

Thanks to all parents, friends and family members for providing lots of loud support from the spectator gallery despite the electronic scoreboard not working which, whilst frustrating, somehow made this particular event even more exciting..?!

Team: (9yrs) Eva Fox, Chelsea Winfield, Steven Doyle, Evan Matthews (10yrs) Isla Ford, Jessica Smith, Rachel Jenkin, Senara Rodda, Jude Cartwright, Billy Davis, Fletcher Saint, Archie Williams (11yrs) Beth Elkin, Molly Jordan, Holly Jenkin, Xanthe Perkin, Michael Doyle, Jamie Winfield (12yrs) Eva Cragg, Anya Dale, Scarlet Thornton, Annabelle Williams, Jake Cartwright, Harvey O’Dell, Lewis Williams

Please click here for 2018 ccasa junior interclub results.




A team of 29 attended the Level 3 Plymouth Leander Christmas Meet. The club’s final pre-County competition enabled those already holding times to consolidate their seedings and several additional swimmers to achieve qualification for the forthcoming Championships. St Ives Bay secured 12 Gold, 21 Silver and 19 Bronze medals with many swimmers improving their previous ranked times by significant margins.

Commenting in his Christmas message to club members and patrons, Head Coach Josh Bond is “thrilled with the commitment of all swimmers… the club has made a real transition since September; this reflects in the results we are getting and more importantly, in the enthusiasm the children have shown to become the best that they can be. I am chuffed to have several swimmers qualified for Regionals and the top squad all swimming fast but am equally, if not more, proud of the swimmers who have achieved county times this year and who will be joining the squad at the Cornwall County Age Group Championships for the first time in 2018… to increase the number of swimmers qualifying from 20 to 40 is a huge achievement… we are well on track to becoming a top club once again. Fitness levels of all the children have dramatically improved since August and this is a huge credit to them – to not just walk away when it’s tough, but to rise to the challenge by training even harder and being prepared to push themselves to be the best that they can be…”.

Zac Broomfield(15) Gold 50/100Breast, 50Fly, 100Free, 100IM, Silver 50Free, 100Back. Lewis Williams(11) Gold 50/100/200Free, 200IM, Silver 100Breast, 100IM. Reef Slack(16) Gold 100Fly, 200Free, Silver 50/200Breast, 100Free, Bronze 100/200IM, 50Free, 50Fly, 100Breast. Freya Perkin(13) Gold 100IM, Silver 100Back, Bronze 50/100Free. Jude Cartwright(10) Silver 50/100Breast, 50Free, 50Fly, 100Back, Bronze 100IM. Ethan Matthews(9) Silver 50/100Fly, 200Free, Bronze 50Back. Michael Doyle(11) Silver 50Free, 200IM, Bronze 100Back, 100Breast, 200Free. Chloe Bryan(14) Silver 200Fly, Bronze 100Fly. Olivia Stewart(15) Silver 50Breast. Max Wilton(14) Silver 200Breast. Jowan Bobin(15) Bronze 50Back, 200IM. Eva Fox(9) Bronze 100Free. Annabelle Williams(12) Bronze 200Free. Leo Pellow(15) Bronze 200Breast. Archie Williams(10) Bronze 200Free. Tilly Jordan(12), Ruby Perkin(12), Scarlet Thornton(12), Kaitlyn Borghi(11), Beth Elkin(11), Molly Jordan(11), Xanthe Perkin(11), Jessica Smith(10), Chelsea Winfield(9), Jake Cartwright(12), Harvey O’Dell(12), Ethan Wilton(11), Jamie Winfield(11), Billy Davis (10).

A special shout out to Leo Pellow, St Ives’ Double World and European Down Syndrome Record Holder, who once again excelled himself by bagging Bronze overall in the 15yr boys 200 Breaststroke category, beating his previous best time by nearly 10 seconds! We continue to raise funds to help Leo achieve his dream and compete at the 2018 Down Syndrome World Championships in Canada… if you would like to donate, please visit his crowdfunding page at http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leo-pellow

St Ives Bay SC extends warm thanks to everyone within the community and beyond who has already donated to Leo’s campaign, or sponsored/supported the club during 2017 and wish ‘One & All’ health and happiness throughout the coming year.



A team of 17 swimmers represented St Ives Bay Swim Club at Penzance Leisure Centre. This Level 3 gala offered some of the town’s youngest competitive swimmers the opportunity to participate in time trials against faster peers in their respective age groups. Many smashed their previous best times by big margins and the team accrued 35 podium places (20 Gold, 11 Silver and 4 Bronze) from 54 competitive swims with several achieving additional event times for the 2018 Cornish County Championships which take place in January.

Max Wilton(14) Gold 50/200Back/100Fly/200IM. Harvey O’Dell(12) Gold 50/200Free/200Breast, Silver 50Back/400Free. Phoebe Pascoe(13) Gold 50Free/200IM, Silver 100Back, Bronze 50Fly. Tegen Veal(13) Gold 100/200Back, Silver 50Free/50Back/100IM, Bronze 100Free. Anya Dale(12) Gold 100Back/100Fly, Silver 50Breast. Archie Williams(10) Gold 50Back/100Breast, Bronze 100Back. Annabelle Williams(12) Gold 200Fly/400IM. Scarlet Thornton(12) Gold 100Breast/100IM. Jude Cartwright(10) Gold 200Free. Jake Cartwright(12) Silver 200Free, Bronze 100Fly. Beth Elkin(11) Silver 200Breast. Jessica Smith(10) Silver 400Free. Fletcher Saint(10) Silver 50Back. Edie Price(8), Clea Smith(8), Steven Doyle(9), Jack Cook(12).


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The North Cornwall Dragons SC Level 3 Open Meet at Bodmin was the latest venue for 22 St Ives Bay swimmers as the quest for 2018 County and Regional qualification times gathers pace. A total of 41 medals (18 Gold, 11 Silver,12 Bronze) were claimed during the 2 day competition with many swimmers setting new personal best times.

The mixed 800/1500m Freestyle events took place on Day 1 followed by 50/100m across all four disciplines plus 100/200m Individual Medleys on Day 2.

GIRLS: Freya Perkin(13) Gold 800Freestyle 100Free; Silver 50Free 50Fly 100Back. Olivia Stewart(15) Gold 100Fly; Silver 100Free 200IM. Scarlet Thornton(12) Gold 50Breast; Bronze 100Breast. Chloe Bryan(14) Gold 50Fly. Jessica Smith(10) Silver 200IM; Bronze 50Fly. Molly Jordan(10) Silver 50Breast. Xanthe Perkin(10) Bronze 100Free 100IM. Annabelle Williams(12), Tilly Jordan(12),Tilly Sanders(13), Tegen Veal(13)

BOYS: Jude Cartwright(10) Gold 50Free 100 Back 50Breast; Silver 50Fly; Bronze 50 Back 100IM. Lewis Williams(11) Gold 100 Free 100Back 100IM; Silver 50Free. Leo Pellow(15) Gold 800Freestyle (Junior World Record! *See Report Below*) 50Free 50Back 100Free 50Fly. Ethan Matthews(9) Gold 50Fly 200IM; Silver 100IM; Bronze 100Free. Michael Doyle(11) Gold 200IM; Bronze 50Free. Jake Cartwright(12) Silver 50Breast; Bronze 50Free. Zac Broomfield(15) Gold 1500Freestyle. Max Wilton (14) Bronze 1500Freestyle. Fletcher(10), Billy Davis(10), Archie Williams(10)

Without question, the highlight of the Meet was the moment 15 year old LEO PELLOW completed his inaugural and gruelling 800m Freestyle heat to SET A NEW JUNIOR (UNDER 17) DOWN SYNDROME WORD RECORD! Leo entered the meet looking for qualifying times for inclusion in the Down Syndrome GB Team selection for the Down Syndrome World Championships being held in Nova Scotia, Canada in July 2018. The meet provided a rare opportunity for Leo to enter an 800m Freestyle event, gain a qualifying time and hopefully set a Junior (Under 17 on the day) World Record along the way.

The ‘A’ class qualifying time set for the Worlds is 15:28.68 however, fresh from winning the European Championships in Paris recently, Team GB Selectors were looking for faster times than those specified for entering the Championships and Leo needed to go below 14:30.00.  Maintaining a near constant pace throughout, he touched the wall in a fantastic 13:20.65! With all the paperwork signed off, his record will now be sent to the GB Team Managers and then to the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation for ratification. Within a couple of weeks, he will receive a certificate declaring him the official Short Course (25m pool) World Record Holder and is now looking for a Long Course (50m pool) meet offering an 800m event for boys so he can also challenge for this record, currently 23.08.40 and held by an American swimmer.

Leo is now seeking sufficient financial support to enable him to achieve his ambition and travel to Canada to compete in the Down Syndrome World Championships where he aims to enter 8 events, having hopefully broken a few more world records along the way. ANY money raised will be dedicated towards paying for the equipment, coaching, pool time and fees required to get Leo there so he can represent not only Team GB, but the County of Cornwall and St Ives Bay Swim Club where he has worked so hard to achieve so much.

If you would like to donate and help make a young St Ives boy’s dreams come true, please support us with as little or as much as you can by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leo-pellow

Thank you.



Two days and two venues! 25 swimmers took their marks for the first meet of the new season at the Carn Brea Helston Level 2 Open held at Penzance and Bodmin; returning with 29 Gold, 23 Silver and 23 Bronze medals.  Isla Ford, Sarah Quartermaine, Reef Slack and Jamie Winfield set new Competition Best Times (CBT) and many swims achieved qualifying times for the Cornwall County Age Group Champs which take place early next year.

With a brand new and exciting Coaching Team in place for 2017/18, the swimmers were keen to prove to Head Coach Josh Bond that they are fully committed and did not let him down with  72% of races entered returning new Personal Best times.

The opening meet of any swimmers’ campaign usually springs a few surprises, often defines the ‘ones to watch’ and the SIB contingent certainly played a big part in both; ensuring a compelling and competitive season ahead, particularly for our rookies who firmly stamped their mark on the meet.

GIRLS Isla Ford(9) Gold 100Free(CBT)/50Back/100IM/50Fly. Olivia Stewart(15) Gold 100/200Fly, Bronze 50Fly/100IM. Beth Elkin(10) Gold 200IM. Sarah Quartermaine(16+) Gold 50Fly(CBT). Phoebe Pascoe(12) Silver 100Breast/100Fly, Bronze 50Breast/100IM. Freya Perkin(13) Silver 200Free/400Free/50Back/50Breast, Bronze 100Back. Jessica Smith(10) Silver 50/100Breast/200Breast, Bronze 100Fly/100IM. Chloe Bryan(13) Silver 200Breast, Bronze 50Back/50Breast. Annabelle Williams(12) Silver 200Free, Bronze 50Free/100Back. Ruby Perkin(11) Silver 100Breast/100Fly, Bronze 50Breast. Anya Dale(12) Bronze 50Fly/200Back. Scarlet Thornton(12) Bronze 100/200Breast. Eva Fox(9) Bronze 50/100Breast. Xanthe Perkin(10) Bronze 200Free. PBT Molly Jordan(10).

BOYS Michael Doyle(11) Gold 50/100/200Free, 100Breast/50Fly/100Fly/100IM, Silver 100Back, Bronze 50Back. Jamie Winfield(10) Gold 50/100/200Free, 50/200/100Back(CBT). Reef Slack(15) Gold 100Breast/400Free/100IM(CBT), Silver 50Breast/200Free. Leo Pellow(15) (S14 Multi-Class) Gold 50/100Breast, 50Back/50Free. Lewis Williams((11) Silver 50/200Breast, 50/100/200Free, Bronze 100Breast. Ethan Matthews(9) Gold 50Free, Silver 50Fly, Bronze 100Free. Steven Doyle(9) Bronze 100IM. Harvey O’Dell(12) Bronze 50Breast. PBT Billy Davis(10). Archie Williams(10).

Congratulations also to Zac Broomfield and Molly Peters who were part of the team chosen to represent Cornwall at the National County Teams Championships in Sheffield recently.

We are not just about competitive swimming; our lanes cater for swimmers of all age and ability – email secretary@stivesbayswimclub.co.uk if you would like to know more about us.

Leo’s Amazing Achievement




St Ives Bay swimmer Leo Pellow (15) entered the North Cornwall Dragons Open Meet at Bodmin hoping to achieve qualifying times to secure selection for the Down Syndrome GB Team which will be travelling to the Down Syndrome World Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada in July 2018.  His main aim was to take advantage of the rare opportunity for boys to compete in an 800 Freestyle event, gain a qualifying time and hopefully set a Junior (Under 17 on the day) World Record along the way.

The ‘A’ class qualifying time set for the Worlds is 15:28.68 however, fresh from winning the European Championships in Paris recently, Team GB Selectors were looking for faster times than those specified for entering the Championships and Leo needed to go below 14:30.00.  Maintaining a near constant pace throughout, he touched the wall in a fantastic 13:20.65!

With all the paperwork signed off, his time will now be sent to the GB Team Managers and then the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation for ratification. Hopefully, within a couple of weeks Leo will receive a certificate to make him the official Junior Short Course World Record Holder. He is now looking for a long course competition offering boys an opportunity to swim the 800 Free so he can challenge for that record as well (currently 23.08.40 and held by an American swimmer).

Leo would like to thank the swimmers in his heat for making it a great race and helping him set the new record, also the other swimmers in the competition from all clubs who are always so friendly towards him.

He and his family would also like to thank the event organisers, officials and the referee who were so supportive of his record attempt and ensured that 3 standby manual timers were covering his time just in case there was an issue with the electronic timing.

Thanks also to his great coaches past and present who have all helped him get this far on what is hopefully the start of an even bigger journey.