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2016 NSW 10U-12 Yrs State Age Championships

Dec 2016 – Congratulations to all our young swimmers who competed in the NSW 10U-12 Years State Age Championships on 9 & 10 December. Three out of every four events swum at the recent state championships were lifetime personal best times. Congratulations to Kayla Barnard, Charlotte Block, Charlotte Carroll, Katie Hartcliff, Maddie Huyskens, Chloe Mudadu (winning silver in the 100m Back), Jessica Needham, Jack Ryu (winning silver in the 100m Free), Chloe Small, Sophie Lennon, Nikita Newling and Olivia Hosie. For the full report click here.



Coaches Corner – The importance of technique & learning when young

Dec 2016 – We always talk about how easy it is to learn new skills at a young age, well this applies to just about anything, including learning good swimming technique. Take a look at this great short video about the Backwards Brain Bicycle that demonstrates this perfectly.


2016 NSW Metropolitan LC Championships

Nov 2016 – In November the NSW Metropolitan Championships were held at SOPAC.  A special congratulations to our two medalists; Chloe Mudadu who won a silver in the Women’s 11yrs 100 Backstroke and Olivia Adams who placed third in the Women’s 16yrs and over 400 Freestyle. Chloe also swam an outstanding 100 Freestyle resulting in a 2 second PB. Read more.


Coaches Corner – Parent Workshop 9 Nov 2016

Nov 2016 – What Do You Want From Your Child’s Swimming? This workshop from our coaches in November 2016 delved into the parent’s role of a swimmer, creating the right mindset, squad criteria and our RSC club culture and what it means to be a Raven. Click to view slides from the workshop.


Congrats to our 2015/15 Season Award Winners!

Oct 2016 – Congratulations to all our 2015/16 Swimming Season Point Score and Award Winners that were announced on 21st October. The winners were:

Overall Point Score Winner – Isabelle Fife – great job!
Coaches Award this year goes to Jack Edie – well done Jack!

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Junior Point Score Awards
1st – Annie Carroll
2nd – Lauren Huyskens
3rd – William Fife
4th – Georgina Fife
5th – Annika Boys


Intermediate Point Score Awards



1st – Kayla Barnard
2nd – Kyle Halfpenny
3rd – Lucy Vince
4th – Eloise Boys
5th – Jackson Mather


Senior Point Score Awards
1st – Phoebe Block
2nd – Sophie Carroll
3rd – Gabrielle Naumovski & Sarah Griffiths



There were 3 who completed the Olympic Medal Challenge this year, congratulations to Kayla Barnard, Jackson Mather & Lucy Vince.

Also a big congratulations to everyone who supported Race Nights and won an attendance medal.


2016 NSW Short Course Open State Swimming Champs

Oct 2016 – The 2016 NSW Short Course Open State Swimming Championships was a very successful meet for Ravenswood Swimming Club. A team of 12 strong swimmers competed and as a club Ravenswood finished 4th on the overall point score which marks the clubs best ever result at a NSW Open State Competition.

Of the 12 swimmers 7 achieved top 10 results and a further 3 won medals. Congratulations to our finalists, whom for many, was their first time achieving top 10 results in Open Competition. Read more


Tiffany Thomas Kane Wins Gold In Rio Paralympics!

Sept 2016 – Ravenswood Swim Club’s Tiffany Thomas Kane today won Gold at the Rio Paralympics with a commanding performance in the pool in the Womens SB6 100m Breastroke.  Tiffany is the world record holder in the event and is now the Paralympic Gold Medalist setting a new Paralympic record to win gold in a time of 1.35.39.  Tiffany has also won 3 Bronze medals at the Rio Paralympic games for Australia in the Women’s SB6 50m Butterfly, 50m Free & 200 IM categories.  What an amazing achievement!

A huge congratulations to Lach as well who has been working tirelessly in Rio coaching and mentoring Tiff to achieve her Paralympic dreams.


ABC News also has done a great interview with Tiffany Thomas Kane and coach Lachlan Falvey leading up to the Paralympics.  It’s definitely worth a look.


NSW SC State Age Swimming Champs

Aug 2016 – There were many fantastic swims over the weekend of 26-28 Aug ’16 with the Girls 12 years and under relays being amongst the highlights. Chloe Small, Charlotte Carroll, Ashley Halfpenny and Jessica Needham combined beautifully to improve their rankings significantly and finish with two 5th places.

Girls 12u 50free relay state sc 2016

Andrew Newling, Lewis Blackburn, Josh Ryu and Jack Edie went close to securing the clubs first ever relay medal in a boys team finishing 4th in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay.

Congratulations to top performers in Clare Robertson and Olivia Adams on their Gold Medals as well as Alicia Walker and Lewis Blackburn who also medaled in multiple events.

The depth amongst the club is also very exciting as we head into summer competition with Chloe Mudadu, Chloe Small, Ned Waddington, Rosie Oldham, Grace Roberts, Jemima Fitzgerald and Andrew Newling all finishing inside the top 10.

Well done to all our ravens who qualified and put in their best efforts in the pool for well-deserved results.


Congratulations James, Winning Bronze in Rio Olympics 4x100m Free

Aug 2016 – A huge congratulations to Ravenswood Swimming Club’s James Magnussen for winning bronze in Rio’s Olympic Games as part of Australia’s 4x100m Men’s Free relay team. The Australian swimmers that raced in the final included James, Kyle Chalmers, James Roberts and Cameron McEvoy who just finished behind the US and France in a time of 3:11.37 to take out the Bronze Medal in day two at the Games in the pool. This was the first time the Australian team had secured a podium finish in the event since 2011!

James & relay team at Rio receiving medals grouped

You can check out the race & the team on the podium in ‪#‎7olympics‬ coverage


We say goodbye to Kathy & hello to Terry

June/July 2016 – After 14 years with Ravenswood Swimming Club we said thank you and goodbye in June to RSC lifetime member and Assistant Coach Kathy Langthorne who retired from coaching.  Terry Lalor hit the pool deck in July as part of the new coaching team in his new role as Assistant Coach. Terry is a Silver License coach who has over twenty years’ experience as an elite-level athlete, coach, sports administrator and national level manager. As an athlete Terry was ranked within the top 50 men’s 400IM swimmers in the world, while also having won gold for Australia at both the 1997 Oceania Games & 1995 Tri Series Competition.


Ravens Soar at 2016 Australian Swimming Champs

April 2016 – The 2016 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships took place in Adelaide from 7-14 April. These Championships also served as the Olympic & Paralympic Trials for the Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro later this year.

Congratulations to Peter Shell who officiated his first ever Olympic Trials. As for the swimming, Ravenswood finished 10th overall in the point score which is a great achievement! We had a number of amazing swims. With PB’s, medals, world records, Olympic and Paralympic selections.  Read more


2016 Australian Age Swimming Champs

April 2016 – Over the last week from 28 March to 4 April, 16 of the Club’s National Age swimmers competed against fierce competition at the 2016 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships which was held in Adelaide.

The Club finished 33rd out of 150 clubs in Australia on the final point score. The swimmers competed in 44 individual events and 7 relays. Read More


Speedo Sprint Finals & National Prep Meet

March 2016 – In March a small group of swimmers competed at the NSW National Prep Meet. The meet serves as a final tune up and last chance qualifying meet for those racing at the upcoming National Age Championships. A special congratulations to both Ned Waddington and Georgie Oldham who each achieved the 100 Backstroke National qualifying time for their respective age groups.

In March Kathy led a small Ravenswood contingent featuring; Sarah Donnelley, Chloe Small, Chloe Mudadu and Kayla Barnard, to SOPAC where they represented the club and the Metro North East Area at the 2016 Speedo Sprint Finals. The Speedo Finals are contested against some of best swimmers from across all of NSW and it is a terrific achievement for our girls to be swimming at the meet. Read more

Strong Performance At NSW State Open Champs

March 2016 – In March the top swimmers from all over the country ascended on Sydney to compete at the NSW State Open Swimming Championships (4-6 March 2016) at SOPAC. The 24 strong team performed exceptionally well over the weekend finishing 7th in the point score and 2nd among NSW Clubs. Well done to Chloe Small, Tracey Ritchie, Rosie Oldham, Georgie Oldham, Lucy Gillis, Jack Edie and Peter Hoang who achieved a milestone competing in their first NSW State Open Long Course Championships.

A hallmark of the Ravenswood Swimming Clubs success is always our relay strength and this was again no different. The club contested in 7 relays, winning medals in 6. Read more

NSW 2016 State Open 4 x 50 free relay     NSW 2016 State Open 4 x 100 free relayNSW 2016 State Open 4 x 200 free relay


Great Effort At The 2016 SMNE Speedo Sprints

Feb 2016 – Thirty two Ravenswood Swimming Club swimmers attended the Speedo Sprint Series Heats on 7 February at SOPAC and for 12, it was their first major competition. A whopping 98 PB’s were achieved and the rest very close to their best.  Jack Ryu, Kayla Barnard, Chloe Mudadu, Chloe Small and Sarah Donnelly progressed through to the Speedo Sprint Finals to be held on 13 March and so many others just missing the top 4 places.

Our 8 year old swimmers were amazing, no mistakes and appeared to be very experienced. Starts, technique and finishes near perfect by all our swimmers.


2016 NSW 13-18 Yrs State Age Championships

Jan 2016 – Twenty seven of our Ravenswood Swimmers took to SOPAC to compete in individual and relay events against the best swimmers in NSW at the 13-18 Years State Age Championships from Monday 18th January to Saturday 24th January.

The Club finished 8th out of 87 clubs in NSW on the final point score. This is an amazing feat considering we are a small club. The swimmers competed in 98 individual events and 11 relays.

A special mention to Olivia Adams for winning the 16 Years NSW State Age Championships in the 200, 400 and 800m Freestyle races for the past 4 consecutive years. This is a tremendous achievement and we congratulate Olivia. Congratulations also to Rosie Oldham for winning the 13 Years NSW State Age Championships in the 100m Butterfly.

Ravenswood Club showed their strength in the 11 relays.

NSW State Age 13-18 Champs 2016 Montage

Click to read the full report and results.


2016 NSW 10/U-12 Yrs State Age Championships

Jan 2016 – Nine Ravens competed on 15-16 Jan against NSW’s top talent at the 2016 10/U-12 Years State Age Championships at SOPAC.  The swimmers competed in 26 individual events and 5 relays.  A special mention to Nikita Newling, Chloe Mudadu and Jessica Needham who competed at their first NSW State Age carnival in individual events.  Ned Waddington 2 2016 NSW 10-12U State Age ChampionshipsA big congratulations to Ned Waddington who not only won a silver medal in the boys 12yrs 200 Backstroke, but also achieved his first National Age qualifying time for that event.  Ned also won a bronze medal in the boys 12 years 100 Backstroke.  Chloe Small won bronze in the girls 11 years 100 Butterfly.  Well done to our 2 medal winners.

Well done to the following swimmers who placed in the Top 10 for individual events: Chloe Mudadu finishing 4th in the 10yrs 100 Backstroke, Jessica Needham finishing 10th in the 10yrs 50 Freestyle, Chloe Small finishing 7th in the 11yrs 50 Free and 7th in the 100 Backstroke and Ned Waddington finishing 9th in the 12 yrs 100 Backstroke and 8th in the 50 Freestyle.  Very impressive results were also achieved in the Girls relay teams.

50 free relay NSW 10-12U State Age Championships 2016   10U 4x50 Relay 2016 NSW 10-12U State Age Championships

For the full event wrap-up click here.


Swim Camp A Hit!

Jan 2016 – Ravenswood Swimming Club held its first ever Swim Camp over 3 days at the beginning of January in Port Macquarie.  Packed with lots of fun challenges including the apartment Mascot Challenge and great sessions which saw the swimmers attend 6 swim sessions of torture, 3 educational sessions, 3 team dinners, 3 team brekkys and 1 beach session, with points awarded to everyone for their participation.  Sounds exhausting, yes it was!

Port Mac Team Photo Jan '16

To read the full Camp Wrap-Up click here.