Swimming Starts on Monday 4th September

Please note the new swimming squads.

Cardiff Bay Sprint Meet


Monnow Swimming Club took a group of 8 experienced swimmers aged 9-12 to compete in the Cardiff Bay Sprint Meet at the Cardiff International 50m pool on the 16th July.


The swimmers raced 50m in all strokes and in a 50m kicking race within age groups.  Medals were awarded to the top 3 swimmers in each event  within an A and B category.  Each category had upper cut-off times and those swimmers who exceeded the category A cut-off time received a ‘speeding ticket’. The top 10 swimmers who accumulated enough points in all these races were invited to compete in a 200 Individual Medley within their age group.


Amelia Phillips (12) won 4 silvers; in freestyle, breatstroke, backstroke & 200 Individual Medley and a bronze in the kick race. Emma Nock (9) got a ‘speeding ticket’ in the breaststroke and a bronze medal in the backstroke. Abbi Agami (10) got a ‘speeding ticket’ in the butterfly and a bronze in the kicking race. Nanci Edwards (10) got a ‘speeding ticket’ in the butterfly . Philip Lawler  got a gold in the category B breaststroke.


The 200 Individual Medley was the pinnacle of the event and Amelia Phillips, Nanci Edwards and Abi Agami all qualified to compete.  Amelia Phillips came from behind on the last length in an exciting finish to take second place, almost catching the lead swimmer.



Club Championships 2017

Article in The Monmouthshire Beacon

Hereford Sprint Meet

Five Monnow Swimming Club members brought home 16 medals from the Hereford Sprint Meet on Saturday 20th May. The swimmers ranging in age from 9 to 15, won ten gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

The most notable win was a silver medal for Nanci Edwards age 9, in the 200m Individual Medley – an event she had never competed in before, which consists of two lengths of each of the four strokes. She also won two golds and another silver.

Kate Jarvis, Coach said “This small dynamic team of five made an incredible impact in the pool last Saturday, with some courageous swims earning them a huge stash of medals plus some admirable PBs. I am thrilled by their excellent performance.”

This is the first time that the Club has entered this competition, which attracted swimmers from Oldbury, Keynesham, as well as City of Hereford. It won’t be the last!

Hereford Sprint 2017

River Wye River Swim – 15th May

Congratulations to Monnow swimmer Katie Cameron who won the 1k river swim in  time of 11.07 against another 30 swimmers.


The Junior Development 13th May

Monnow took a team of young swimmers aged between 8 and 12 to Newport to complete in the Junior Development Meet on the 13th May. They raced against swimmers from across south wales. The races covered all strokes and included distances from 50m up to 200m and the standards were high. Well done to all who took part. For some it was their first meet. Congratulations to Elliot Lynch-Warden who accumulated enough points in all his races to win a medal in the pentathlon.



Christmas Awards Evening 2nd December

Awards went to the following swimmers

Coaches Award: Laura Willis

Most Improved Swimmer: Verity Kedward

Sprint Distance winners

Girls: Rachel Brindley (>15), Katie Cameron (15), Lucy Creasey (13), Laura Willis (12), Amelia Phillips (11), Eleanor Emes (10), Daisy Phillips (9), Gwennan McConnell-Lawlor (8)

Boys: Jo Smith (>15), Ben Emes (14), Sam Finighan (13), Rhys Hughes (12), Eliot Lynch Warden (11), Phillip Lawler (10), Caleb Chick (9), Isaac Evans (8)

Distance Winners

Girls: Louise Sadler (15), Lucy Creasey (13), Laura Willis (12), Eleanor Emes (11), Bea Jones (10), Gwennan McConnell-Lawlor (9)

Boys: Ethan Chick (12), Iassa Evans (9), Oscar Evans (<9)

Monmouth Country Championships 20th September

Monnow swimming club back in action after summer break


After a summer break during August the Monnow swimmers started training again in September. The first gala after the break was the Monmouth County Championships held in Newport on the 20th September. The club took swimmers to compete in all the age categories from 9-10 and under up to 15 and over.


They were joined by swimmers from Chepstow and Abergavenny swimming clubs. In this gala they swam in 100m and 200 m races as well as the usual 50 m sprint races.  Monnow managed to win 7 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 17 bronze medals and to set 7 new club records. Many swimmers were also able to beat their own all important personal bests.


The club would like to thank the coaches Paula Willis and Jacqueline McConnell-Lawlor for organising and encouraging the swimmers on the day. In fact there have been some recent changes in the coaching staff with the retirement of long standing head coach Jane Samwell and the club is now searching for an experienced head coach to replace her.  The current coaching staff are also undertaking more advance Amateur Swimming Association qualifications and there are others training to become coaches as the club continues to grow and build upon its existing success.


Coaching Sessions: Swimmers required!

Monnow will be hosting a level 1 coaching course, run by a tutor from Swim Wales, at the boys pool on 24th & 25th Sept and 8th & 9th October.

A significant element of the training is practical poolside teaching practice, and we need swimmers to assist.

Sunday sessions 25th Sept & 9th Oct 5pm – 7pm

We will use our normal Sunday session but increase it in length to 2 hours. Can as many Sunday swimmers as possible please attend these sessions. Ideally we would like up to 30 swimmers to help the course run smoothly. Kate & Jackie will be present as usual along with the course tutor and the candidates.

Saturday 24th Sept & 8th Oct 1pm – 3pm

These are extra sessions running from 1pm – 3pm at the Boys Pool. Chepstow Swimming Club will be sending some swimmers, but we still need some Monnow swimmers to attend. Ideally we need 15 – 20 swimmers. If your child would be interested in attending the Saturday sessions can you please email Rachel Lynch-Warden at the address below.


Cardiff Sprint Meet 16 July 2016

On the 16th of July Monnow took a strong squad down to Cardiff International Pool to compete in The Cardiff Sprint Meet along with another swimmers from another 17 clubs across Wales. For many of the Monnow swimmers who train in a 25 metre pool this was a chance to test themselves in a 50m pool.

The swimmers competed in all strokes and the quickest 10 in each age group went through to complete in the 200m Individual Medley. Daisy Phillips, Raphael Cackett, Eleaner Emes, Bea Jones, Amelia Phillips, Laura Willis, Lucy Creasey and Katie Cameron from Monnow all qualified for the finals and many other Monnow swimmers won medals in individual events.

The club has now taken a summer break and training will resume again in September.