Events

On this page you will find details of meetings and events that are taking place throughout the year. Please keep checking for updates.

Carmarthen Leisure Centre

The new Centre facilities were opened in June 2008 providing a State of the Art 8 lane swimming pool, Health Suite, new cafeteria and reception area and much more.  Towy Salmon now have sole use of the main pool, the learner pool and the Health Suite comprising Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Room for the duration of our Sunday session.  Many members find these facilities provide excellent additional therapy after swimming.

Club Gala 2015

Around 250 disabled swimmers and supporters filled the Carmarthen Leisure Centre on Saturday 12th April for Towy Salmon Swimming Club’s Annual Gala.   Six similar Clubs for people with disabilities from across South Wales attended to compete in 14 separate events for all ages.   The youngest was probably seven and the oldest seventy something !

Each event involved heats to reach the finals and the tension and enthusiasm was building all afternoon.   The atmosphere for the two relays which completed the Gala was simply electric with deafening cheers and encouragement from all the spectators !

To lighten the tension and as a pure spectacle for fun and good sportsmanship, there was a helpers race during the interval in which two swimmers from each club had to swim two lengths each transporting an inflatable whale by whatever means each swimmer could contrive.   Considerable ingenuity was shown in practise!  Megan Parry and Lara Davies who won this event last year defended their title and retained the honours for Towy Salmon despite being given an extra whale to carry to handicap them further.

Other successes for Towy Salmon were achieved by Kelly Shipman from Whitland who gained the gold medal in the Ladies 25m, Poppy Firth from Carmarthen with silver in the Girls 25m and Rosie Wood from Pensarn who got the silver medal in the Ladies 50m.    Long time supporter of the Club, June Beer, presented these awards and expressed her enjoyment of the competition that brought so many disabled people together for such a constructive activity 

The larger clubs from the more populated areas further east around Cardiff gained advantage in the overall competition between clubs, with the Rhondda Polar Bears taking the championship  just ahead of the Barry Beavers.    Cllr Doug Rose, Mayor of Carmarthen, presenting the “Best in the West Shield” to the Polar Bears, complimented all the swimmers for their participation and achievements and expressed his delight that Carmarthen had hosted such a worthwhile event. 

Ruth Lewis, Director of UTK local Solicitors, who during their Centenary Celebrations have supported Towy Salmon, declared that “it was very humbling to see such determination and spirit from all the competitors and also to see what wonderful work all the volunteers do.    It was clear that everyone involved enjoyed their afternoon.”

After the hard work of the competition an enormous buffet produced by Midshires Catering and members of Towy Salmon disappeared without trace into ravenous participants !

Keith Beer, Chairman of the Welsh Region of ASTRA concluded the proceedings and  thanked hosts Towy Salmon for running a really efficient and successful event.

Club Gala 2016

This year's Gala is to be held on Saturday 23rd April 2016 in Carmarthen Leisure Centre

Presentation Evening

The Club held their Presentation Evening on 23rd October in the Carmarthen Athletic Ruby Football Clubhouse.    This event celebrates the achievements of the members, thanks the helpers and promotes the Club to help raise some needed funds.

An enthusiastic attendance of seventy enjoyed a very pleasant evening starting with awards of inscribed glasses to recognise the dedication and care of the helpers, followed by the presentation of tee-shirts, cups and shields to members to celebrate their achievements and successes during the regular weekly sessions and at Galas across South Wales.  Club Chairman Byron Rowe entertained the gathering with information about all the award winners and Club activities re-creating the friendly, family atmosphere which reflects the nature of the Club.

Special awards included:    Emma Rees & Osian Walters  Junior Achievers of the Year

                                         Eirig Evans Poolside Helper of the Year

                                         Ruth & Jonathan Firth Gala Helpers of the Year

                                         Catrin Davies Senior Instructor of the Year

                                         Beca Davies Junior Swimmer of the Year

                                         Hannah Gleeson Senior Swimmer of the Year.

After some kind and moving words from Carmarthen Mayor Barry Williams, Towy Salmon President Brian Jones, long term supporter June Beer and Regional Chairman of the Halliwick Association to which the club is affiliated, Keith Beer, everyone indulged in a fantastic buffet which satiated the appetites of even the most ravenous.

Outing to Folly Farm

Fifty one members enjoyed a brilliant day at Folly Farm at the end of January.    Thanks to sponsorship  from Castell Howell Foods, the group travelled to Folly Farm on a luxury coach and spent the day admiring the amazing range of animals, delighting in the stimulating fun fair and games, riding the land train, dissolving with hilarity whilst sliding & clambering through pirate ships and drawing breath for a few moments for an excellent lunch.

The day provided an alternative to the normal weekly swimming and gave exercise, laughter, challenge, delight and welcome respite to those who most deserve some alleviation from their disabilities.   The picture says it all !!

 

2016 AGM

This year's AGM was held on Sunday 28th March with 29 members attending. Chairman Byron Rowe reported on another successful year with good attendances at weekly swimming sessions together with another excellent Gala and a very enjoyable Presentation Evening.  Treasurer John Hollies reported on a continuing sound financial position with maintained reserves providing for the future of the Club.

Officers of the Club for 2016 are :  

              President                                     Brian Jones

              Chairman                                      Byron Rowe

              Secretary & Treasurer                John Hollies

              Chief Instructor                           Catrin Davies

              Gala Organiser                            Ruth Firth

              Vulnerable Persons Officers     Hywel Rees, Ruth Firth

Trustees: Byron Rowe, John Hollies, Loraine Wood, Joyce Evans, Hywel Rees, David Thomas

 

Trip to Blue Lagoon, Bluestone

A trip is planned to the Blue Lagoon pool on Sunday 20th March 2016 with a coach leaving Carmarthen Leisure Centre at 11am with a pick-up in St Clears at 11.30.  Anyone wishing to join the trip should contact Secretary John Hollies by Monday 14th March at the latest.