On Sunday 3 July, Cllr Anne Crampton attended the Annual Hart Swimming Club Championships to present awards to individuals for outstanding commitment to the club.

The Club Championships are run over five nights and include the full range of official swimming events across all strokes: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle and Individual Medley. The final races were held on Sunday and before they took place Cllr Crampton presented the ‘coach awards’. Recipients of the awards were: 

# Ji Ji Wu (age 8) received The Dodge Minnow Shield for his commitment and dedication to training in the first Junior squad (Junior 3).

# Jay Meeks (age 10) received the Super Shrimp of the Year award for his commitment and dedication to training in the second Junior squad (Junior 2). 

# Ben Walton (age 12) was awarded The Wallis Plate for his achievement and significant improvement throughout the year.

# Sophia Wallis (age 18) was awarded The Hart Swimming Club Cup for her overall noteworthy and selfless contribution to the club over the season.

Speaking about the awards Cllr Crampton, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “This was a great event to attend and the award winners were well-deserved. It was interesting to see how the Gala operates and my thanks to all involved in creating such a fantastic sporting event for the community to enjoy. Health and wellbeing is a key priority for the Council and community groups such as the Hart Swimming Club play a big role in keeping Hart happy and healthy.” 

The Club provides opportunities for competitive swim training across a full range of both age and ability. The current membership, in excess of 220 members, spans the ages of 7 to over 80 years, with a thriving Masters section catering for swimmers aged over 25. Their members are from all over the District with some from areas outside of Hart, such as Farnham.

Speaking about the club, Spencer Farmer, Chairman of the Hart Swimming Club, said: “The Club holds several licensed Galas, providing all swimmers with the opportunity to compete and trophies, medals and rosettes are awarded to successful competitors. Times achieved by the swimmers at a licensed gala are submitted to ASA National Rankings and then used to qualify for other external ‘Open Meets’ or competitions such as the Hampshire County, South East Region or National Swimming Championships.

“In 2017, Hart Swimming Club will move to the new Hart Leisure Centre, which will feature an 8-lane 25m competition pool, a 4-lane 25m intermediate pool and a dedicated spectator seating gallery.

The move to the new facility will enable Hart Swimming Club to consolidate all of its short course training at one venue and to establish fully licensed Open Meets into the ASA swimming calendar, attracting competitors from all across the South East Region.”

A swimming success in Hart

Congratulations to the winners of our Coach Awards: Sophia Wallis, Ben Walton, Jay Meeks and Ji Ji Wu, and to Ella Westhead on her Club Record in the 100m Backstroke, age 9.  

 Greg Smith, president of Hart SC, presents Cllr Anne Crampton with a memento of her visit to the Hart SC Club Champs, and Cllr Crampton helps out with timekeeping at the Championships on Sunday night.

On Sunday 6th August 2017 two teams of three swimmers from Hart Swimming Club will each attempt to swim 33.8 kilometres - the width of the English Channel.

They will attempt to complete the challenge at Hart Leisure Centre, starting at 7am. The swimmers are Maya Farmer (12), Ben Walton (13), Sarah Hiley (16), Stephanie Roberts (16), Josh Montgomery (19) and Karen Roberts (22).

Our thanks to Everyone Active for donating the pool space for this charity event.

Each team aim to complete the challenge in 8 - 10 hours of continuous swimming, taking turns to swim 1km at a time, starting at the ‘cardboard cliffs of Dover’ and finishing in a ‘virtual’ France!

We are raising money for two different charities both working in areas important to members of the club:

Cancer Research UK, who undertake major research projects into beating cancer.

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), who provide heart screening for young people, especially important for those involved in sports, to determine if they have an underlying condition. They perform research, aim to raise awareness and provide support to families following a young sudden cardiac death. Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions. With support, CRY can reduce the frequency of this occurrence.

Though you can choose to donate to either charity, the swimmer’s choice would be for donations to be split equally between the two good causes.

Come and support the swimmers, watch their progress, and hope to see the odd ferry, oil tanker or seagull flying past!!

During the swim there will be a ‘swimming themed’ quiz and a competition to “guess the time of completion” for both teams.

For further details on club membership please email

Hart SC Channel Challenge Charity Swim

(back row) Maya Farmer (12), Sarah Hiley (16) Karen Roberts (22), Ben Walton (13). (front row) Stephanie Roberts (16), Josh Montgomery (19)

To donate please go to:

You can also donate by text:

For Cancer Research UK, Text HCAN99 £5 to 70070

For Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY),

Text HCRY99 £5 to 70070

In a nailbiting finish Hart SC secured first place in the first round of the the Arena League South Division 2 West Gala which was held at the new Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet, Hampshire.

All the Hart SC swimmers who competed in this event are to be congratulated on their excellent swims and thanks to all the supporters for providing a great atmosphere and the volunteers who helped throughout the evening.

Looking forward to Round 2 on Saturday November 11.

First place for Hart SC in Arena League R1

First Hart SC Open Meet ends on a high

Swimmers enjoyed a successful weekend of swimming at the first Hart Swimming Club Open Meet in 15 years, which was held at the new £23m Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet over the Halloween weekend, October 28-29, 2017.

Congratulations go to Ethan Binding of Farnham Swimming Club and Steph Roberts of Hart SC who were awarded Top Boy and Top Girl at the Hart SC Autumn Meet 2017.

The new 8-lanc 25m competition pool with its Automatic Officiating Equipment (AOE) (incorporating electronic timing pads and a large full colour scoreboard, together with state-of-the-art staring block) and an army of officials and volunteers ensured the smooth running of the Open Meet, while swimmers were very well supported by a packed audience in the dedicated spectator gallery during all four sessions.

WeWe would like to thank all of the swim clubs that supported our Open Meet: Alton & District, Andover, Bracknell & Wokingham, City of Cambridge, Edenbridge Piranhas, Farnham, Guildford City, Haslemere, Reading, Romsey & Totten, Rushmoor Royals, Southampton Dolphins,  Windsor and Woking.

The feedback from other clubs has been very positive, complimenting Hart SC on a superbly organised gala and excellent facilities. There were also numerous comments on the many fast times achieved throughout the event.

On Sunday October 29 we were joined by Councillor Sara Kinnell, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Countryside Services, who was able to witness a well-run event and understand how Hart SC benefits not only local swimmers but also the wider community.

Without the many volunteers who gave up their valuable time over the weekend, it would not have been possible to run such a successful Open Meet. So a special thank you to all those who helped create such a friendly and memorable event!

Our thanks also go to EveryOne Active for their support in the planning of the event and for the warm welcome that they extended to all the visiting clubs.

Investment in the latest Omega electronic timing equipment and start blocks gave us the opportunity to host licensed Open Meets.

We hope that this first Hart SC Open Meet, a few weeks after our first home Arena League gala for 15 years, will become an annual fixture in the competitive swimming calendar and one of many Open Meets in our future competition calendar. Hart SC’s next open meet aims be held in the Spring.