11 Feb 2011

Paul Rigden - Pentaqua Head Coach

It was with great sadness that I heard that Paul had lost his battle with cancer.

Back in 2002 I first met up with Paul, I can’t remember the circumstances but at the time I was swimming with the Vulcan Masters and within a short time I knew it was time to move to Pentaqua and be under the guidance of Paul.

Swimming on a regular basis within the squad system, he tutored me to great things in breaststroke. I broke the County Record for my Age Group. Paul persuaded me to enter more adventurous events like the National Masters at Ponds Forge, even to enter the 200m breast. I was duly challenged coming back with Silver and Bronze medals in subsequent years, unfortunately never Gold.

Paul was always keen on getting the stroke right and had these quirky drills that he pursued – Shark-fin was probably my favourite but I never managed to accomplish this drill successfully. The majority of the drills he taught me for breast I still do and I have found them a great help.

Unfortunately he moved on to better things. He left Pentaqua to setup a swim school in Spain. I had every intention of taking up an offer of going over to Spain but never quite managed it. We kept in touch although only briefly. He always showed interest on how I was swimming in various events.  

Yes, Paul will be sadly missed

Godfrey Green

14 Oct 2010

Regional Masters Inter County Team Competition


Regional Masters Inter County Team Competition
Type:Event
Title:Regional Masters Inter County Team Competition
Start Date:21 November 2010
Region:East Midlands
Disciplines:Masters
Venue:Stafford

11 Oct 2010

South Yorkshire Open Masters


Date

Sunday 21st November 2010

Type

Event

Further Date Info

21st November
Warm up starts 1pm

Venue

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Sheffield

Competition Course

Short Course, 10 lanes

Contact Name

Phillip Johnson

Email

Documents

    2 Oct 2010

    BRITISH GAS ASA NATIONAL MASTERS AND SENIOR AGE GROUP SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS


    Date


    Friday 29th October 2010

    Type

    Event

    Description

    Entries now closed.

    Further Date Info

    Event Dates: 29th-31st October 2010

    Venue


    Ponds Forge, Sheffield

    Competition Course

    25m

    25 Sep 2010

    Lincolnshire County Masters Championship 2010

    at Meridian Leisure Centre, Wood Lane, Louth, Lincs LN11 8RS
    on Sunday 10th October 2010

    22 Sep 2010

    6TH ETWALL EAGLES MASTERS MEET


    6TH ETWALL EAGLES MASTERS MEET

    Date


    Saturday 27th November 2010

    Type

    Event

    Description

    Closing date 30th October 2010
    18/24 years & all Masters
    25m, 50m & 100m all strokes, 100m IM. Men’s, women’s & mixed relays.
    For start lists see http://www.etwalleagles.co.uk

    Venue


    Queen’s Leisure Centre, Derby

    Competition Course

    25m

    Contact Name

    Janet Briggs

    Email

    Results             Etwall Eagles Masters 2010 Results

    16 Sep 2010

    Great North Swim

    Pool substitution for the cancelled charity swim

    SWIMMERS unable to take part in the Great North Swim after the event was cancelled last week can complete the challenge in a city pool.
    Bosses at Total Fitness off Whisby Road, Lincoln Fields, are offering anyone who was registered to take part in the event in Lake Windermere the chance to swim the mile in their pool instead.
    The swim was abandoned over safety fears after blue-green algae was found in the water.
    Call 01522 508200 to book a place. Evidence of registration for the swim will also be required.

    from Lincolnshire Echo