Gloucester City Swimming Club

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Gloucester City Swimming Club
  Location   Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
  Established   1910
  Pools (home pool and training)   GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester
     Bath University Swimming Pool, Bath
     Cardiff International Pool, Cardiff
  Team Colours   Black, green, yellow/gold
  Chairman   Marcus Lee
  Director of Swimming   Mary O'Riordan
  Junior Team Coach   Jane Seymour
  Website   [1]

Gloucester City Swimming Club is a swimming club based in Gloucester, England, which was founded in 1910.[1] Its home pool is GL1. It has many stages of development for the swimmers including a disability and university squad.

GCSC is made up of several group levels starting with Swim Skills 1 through to the performance squad, Train to Compete 20 training 20 hours a week.


The club launched their new logo entitled "Simply Better" made by the club's former coach Graham Brookhouse and head coach Andrew Osbourne. The club released the location for their annual Warm Weather training camp which for the year 2013 will be in Fuerteventura. The official website for the club launches and the club top the GCASA championships. Gloucester City topped the County Medal table with 186 medals. These included 71 gold, 63 silver and 52 bronze, leaving Thornbury SC in 2nd place with 117 medals. Swimmers achieved AGBT, National QT and District times.

At the South West District Championships the club achieved many national times, especially Alex Matthews, a club veteran who achieved times in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly. The event was at Millfield School, Somerset.

The club had their annual Warm Weather Training Camp, which was held in Fuerteventura, Spain.

In the 2010 British Gas County Swimming Championships the club picked up 241 medals of which 106 were gold, 75 were silver and 60 were bronze.

GCSC coaches[edit]

  • Andrew Osbourne: Head Coach: 2009–present.
  • James Richards: Assistant Head Coach: 2012–present
  • Jane Seymour: 2009–present.

Notable swimmers[edit]

  • Hayley Palmer United Kingdom - New Zealand: Olympic swimmer and hold New Zealand swimming records in four
events (see below). First female medalist for GCSC at the National Swimming Championships. She received two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games 2010.
  • James Broady United Kingdom: GBR International Swimmer 100m and 200m Breaststroke. National Bronze Medalist 2010 and 2011, 200m Breaststroke. 2012 British University champion, 50m and 100m Breaststroke. International honours - Canada Cup 2011, Flanders Cup 2012, US OPEN 2012 - GBR Olympic B team, 2013 World University Games.
  • Hannah McCarthy United Kingdom: Silver Medalist for GCSC at the 2009 National Swimming Championships.

Hayley Palmer[edit]

Hayley Palmer, a former member of the club, is now a representative swimmer for New Zealand and holds five New Zealand swimming records -

  • Women's Long Course 50m Freestyle (25.36)
  • Women's Long Course 100m Freestyle (53.91)
  • Women's Short Course 50m Freestyle (24.39)
  • Women's Short Course 100m Freestyle (53.57)
  • Women's Short Course 100m Individual Medley (1:01.24)

She competed for New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2008 World Short Course Championships, 2009 World Long Course Championships, and will compete in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is targeting her second Olympics at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Training to Compete[edit]

Swimmers at this stage increase their hours to 16+. The training during this phase is demanding. The emphasis is on distance training combined with the fine tuning of technique.

Training to Train[edit]

Swimmers at this stage selected to increase their hours up to 12+ hours per week and be expected to train in the mornings. Swimmers will have demonstrated a commitment to improvement of stroke technique and stamina and will have shown dedication.

The training will be demanding with the emphasis on aerobic conditioning and improvements to stroke technique.

Club Squad[edit]

Swimmers selected for the squad will have choices relating to hours of training that will include morning and evening sessions in the week. The training program will be work related, appropriate to the age and biological development of the individual.

The squad will provide opportunities for swimmers to compete in Open Meets, Team galas and at all levels of competition.

Swim Skills[edit]

Swimmers selected for the stage will start with 2.5 hours per week increasing to 7 hours per week. The third session offered will be a Saturday morning. Land training will also start in the stage.


  1. ^ "Gloucester City Swimming Club homepage". Retrieved 2009-03-16.

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