2009

European Junior Championships, Prague

Anne Bochmann GOLD 4 x 200m freestyle relay
Bethany Coggins
Emma Graham GOLD 4 x 200m freestyle relay
James Harrison
Hannah Wardle

2008

Stephen Waterhouse represented GB at the European Senior and Junior Open Water Championships. Emma Graham and Rachel Gardener swam for GB at the European Junior Championships in Belgrade.

City of Leeds was top club at the ASA National Age Group Championships.

In December, Dave Calleja was appointed Chief Coach.

European Junior Championships, Belgrade

Rachel Gardener
Emma Graham

European Open Water Championships, Dubrovnik

Stephen Waterhouse

2007

Emma Graham made her international debut representing Great Britain at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Belgrade.

Rachel Jack represented GB at the European Junior Open Water Championships, Milan.

City of Leeds won the top team award at the ASA National Age Group Championships.

Richard Denigan took over as Head Age Group Coach.

In November, the club moved its headquarters to the new Aquatics Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport and said farewell to the Leeds International Pool which subsequently closed.

Ian Greyson resigned as Chief Coach in December and Louise Graham took over as acting Chief Coach.

European Youth Olympic Festival, Belgrade

Emma Graham

European Junior Open Water Championships, Milan

Rachel Jack

2006

Rachel Jack represented GB at the FINA Open Water World Cup in Seville.

FINA Open Water World Cup, Seville

Rachel Jack

2005

In April 2005 City of Leeds came 3rd in a hard fought National Speedo Swim League Championship. In June of this year the club lost one of its long serving coaches Keith Booker, his memory will live on at the club forever.

Liam Smith represented GB at the European SC Championships and at the European Junior Championships.

European SC Championships, Trieste

Liam Smith

European Junior Championships, Budapest

Liam Smith

2004

In April 2004 City of Leeds won the National Speedo Swim League Championship for the 18th time. Gavin Meadows represented GB in the Athens Olympics and Liam Smith was selected for the European Short Course Championships. Claire Huddart, now a coach at the club after a successful swimming carrer, was selected as Assistant Team Manager for the Olympic Games in Athens. We also had a Paralympian in 2004 with Aidan McGlynn competing in his first games, finishing 19th.

Karen Nisbet, Liam Smith, Rebecca Shaw and Gavin Meadows swam for GB in the European SC Championships.

In July we had ASA National Age Groups where we gained 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze - We were crowned top Age Group Team 2004 (11th time) and Top Boys Team 2004.

Olympic Games, Athens

Gavin Meadows 4 x 200m freestyle relay

Paralympic Games, Athens

Aidan McGlynn 50m freestyle

European Short Course Championships, Vienna

Liam Smith 400m freestyle

2003

Terry Denison retired at the end of March and a dinner was held to mark his 35 years of coaching at City of Leeds during which 150 Leeds swimmers had gained international honours with 17 swimming at the Olympic Games, winning one Olympic gold and one Olympic bronze and being involved in setting 9 World Records. Over 350 past and present swimmers and officials attended the dinner and many old friendships were renewed.

Newly appointed Chief Coach, Ian Greyson, had immediate success with our 17th win in the National Swim League Final. Liam Smith was selected for the European Youth Olympic Festival, Martin Webster swam in the European Junior Championships and Gavin Meadows, Karen Nisbet and Rebecca Shaw were selected to represent GB in the European Short Course Championships.

As Ian Greyson moved up to be Chief Coach, Louise Graham became Senior Age Group Coach and Andrew Scanlon was appointed as Age Group Coach.

European Short Course Championships, Dublin

Gavin Meadows
Karen Nisbet
Rebecca Shaw

European Junior Championships, Glasgow

Martin Webster

European Youth Olympic Festival, Paris

Liam Smith

2002

British Nationals took place in April once again and we won 1 gold, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes. Also in April at the World SC Championships in Moscow, James Hickman won the 200m butterfly for the 4th consecutive time - the first person to achieve this unique feat. James went on to win silver and bronze in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester where he was joined by City of Leeds swimmers Stuart Trees and Karen Nisbet.

In ASA Senior Nationals in June, we won 4 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes and at the British SC Nationals in September we won 3 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes. James Hickman and Gavin Meadows were chosen to represent Great Britain in in the European SC Championships in December.

In age group swimming we were the top club at the National Age Group and Youth Championships in August winning 17 golds, 8 silvers and 10 bronzes. Julia Preston, Dani Place, Martin Webster and Tom Herbert represented GB Juniors in the European Junior Championships in July with Martin winning a bronze in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

As a result of our National Age Group performances we had 15 swimmers selected for 2003 World Class Performance, Potential and Start squads with Ian Greyson as Head Age Group Coach and Louise Graham as Start Squad Coach.

Chief Coach, Terry Denison, announced that he would be retiring from coaching in March 2003 after 30 years as Chief Coach of City of Leeds SC.

Commonwealth Games, Manchester

James Hickman SILVER 4 x 100m medley relay
BRONZE 200m butterfly
Karen Nisbet (Sco)
Kirsty Thompson (Sco)
Stuart Trees
David Fodden Team Doctor

World Short Course Championships, Moscow

James Hickman GOLD 200m butterfly

European Short Course Championships, Riesa

James Hickman SILVER 200m butterfly
Gavin Meadows

European Junior Championships, Linz

Tom Herbert
Danielle Place
Julia Preston
Martin Webster BRONZE 4 x 200m freestyle relay

National Champions

James Hickman LC 100m butterfly
200m butterfly
SC 50m butterfly
100m butterfly
200m butterfly
Stuart Trees LC 1500m freestyle
4 x 200m freestyle relay

2001

The arrival of the new National Performance Director brought major changes in the competitive programme.

In April we had British Nationals. We gained 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Julia Preston and Claire Johnson gained selection for the European Junior Championships in Malta in July. Both swam person best times and Julia gained an excellent bronze medal in the 400m IM.

Tom Herbert, Martin Webster, Ryan Webster, Yvette Hayden and Danielle Place were selected to represent Great Britain Juniors in the European Youth Olympic Days in Spain in July. Tom gained silver in 1500m freestyle, Martin gained silver in the relay and Yvette gained bronze in the relay. Ian Greyson was team coach.

David Fodden was selected as Team Doctor for the World Championships in Japan in July.

In July we had ASA Nationals and gained 7 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronzes.

In July we had ASA National Age Groups where we gained 12 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze - our best ever medal total at National Age Groups.

In February Mona Denison retired from our coaching team after 40 years of coaching swimming in Leeds. We also lost 3 senior swimmers in Gavin Meadows and Emma Dutton, who moved to college in America, and Claire Huddart who retired from swimming after an outstanding career of 2 Olympic Games, 2 Commonwealth Games and one World Record as part of our ladies 4 x 200m freestyle relay at the 2000 World Short Course Championships in Athens.

However, the future is bright for City of Leeds Swimmming Club as can be seen from the excellent results at National Age Groups.

World Championships, Fukuoka

David Fodden Team Doctor

European Short Course Championships, Antwerp

James Hickman GOLD 200m butterfly
SILVER 4 x 100m medley relay
BRONZE 100m butterfly

European Junior Championships, Malta

Claire Johnson
Julia Preston BRONZE 400m IM

European Youth Olympic Festival, Murcia

Yvette Hayden BRONZE 4 x 100m freestyle relay
Tom Herbert SILVER 1500m freestyle
Dani Place
Martin Webster SILVER 4 x 200m freestyle relay
Ryan Webster
Ian Greyson Team Coach

National Champions

James Hickman LC 100m butterfly
200m butterfly
200m IM
SC 50m butterfly
100m butterfly
200m butterfly
Karen Nisbet LC 200m freestyle
Stuart Trees LC 400m freestyle
800m freestyle
1500m freestyle

2000

The 2000 Olympic Games was the peak of the year with 15 World Records, 30 Olympic Records and 17,000 spectators per session in Sydney. City of Leeds had 5 representatives at the Games:

  • James Hickman 100m fly, 200m fly, medley relay
  • Claire Huddart 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • Diver: Sally freeman
  • Coach: Terry Denison
  • Team Doctor: David Fodden
  • James reached semi finals in his events and Claire helped the relay into the final.

At National Age Group Championships we had an excellent year with 17 gold, 12 silver and 5 bronze medals.

Claire Johnson, Julia Preston and Sally Rusbatch and coach Ian Greyson all represented GB Juniors during the year.

In Senior Swimming Claire Huddart was part of the Gold Medal winning 4 x 200m freestyle relay who set a World Record at the World Short Course Championships.

James Hickman retained his World Championship 200m fly title for the third time and Stuart Trees also represented Great Britain in the World Short Course Championships in Athens.

Terry Denison was team coach and David Fodden, Team Doctor.

Olympic Games, Sydney

James Hickman 100m butterfly
200m butterfly
4 x 100m medley relay
Claire Huddart 4 x 200m freestyle relay
Terry Denison Team Coach
David Fodden Team Doctor

World Short Course Championships, Athens

James Hickman GOLD 200m butterfly
SILVER 100m butterfly
SILVER 200m IM
BRONZE 100m IM
BRONZE 4 x 100m medley relay
Claire Huddart GOLD 4 x 200m freestyle relay 7:49.11 WORLD RECORD
Stuart Trees
Terry Denison Team Coach
David Fodden Team Doctor

European Championships, Helsinki

James Hickman SILVER 200m butterfly
BRONZE 100m butterfly

European Short Course Championships, Valencia

James Hickman

European Junior Championships, Dunkerque

Claire Johnson

National Champions

Emma Dutton LC 17/18yrs 200m breaststroke
James Hickman LC 100m butterfly
200m IM
SC 50m butterfly
100m butterfly
200m butterfly
100m IM
200m IM