Pentaqua's Katie - Lincolnshire Young Sports Volunteer of the Year 2015!

Pentaqua's Katie Gilman-Abel was voted the Lincolnshire Young Sports Volunteer of 2015 and received her award in a glittering event at the EPIC Centre hosted by TV's Rob Walker. Katie is a regular volunteer with two sports clubs – Lincoln Imps Trampoline Club (LITC) and Pentaqua. Katie has been a regular at LITC since taking her Level 0 qualification, helping on a weekly  basis, and having taken her Level 1 coaching qualification in Spring 2015, she now has a paid coaching role within the club. A trampoline gymnast herself, she retired from competing to focus on school work, but continues to coach twice weekly and volunteers at competitions throughout the year, enjoying seeing her young gymnasts make progress and achieve success in a sport that she loves.

National Recognition for Pentaqua's Young Volunteers

Katie Gilman-Abel, one of the club’s young volunteers, and a member of the ASA’s National Youth Forum has been successful in gaining a place on the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp (NTC) which brings together 350 of the most talented young athletes, coaches and officials from across England.

The NTC is a unique, residential experience, and this year’s event takes place from Friday 18 – Monday 21 December 2015, bringing together 200 coaches ( of which 20 are from the aquatic disciplines), 100 athletes and 50 officials (of which 15 are from aquatics) to participate in a multi-sport, multi-role, three dimensional camp to increase individual aspiration and ambition whilst developing empathy.

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Lifetime Achievement Award For Pentaqua Head Coach

The British Swimming Coaches Association on the organisation's 50th Anniversary gave a lifetime achievement award to Ian Turner.
Ian was Britain’s head coach between 1999 and 2008 and more recently head coach of Singapore, and is well known for coaching Paul Palmer to two Olympic medals in 1996 as well as providing the foundation for many of Britain's successful swimmers. 

Improvements Continue in the Lincs League

Pentaqua put in a smashing performance in the final of the Lincolnshire League on Saturday at Yarborough. The atmosphere was charged, all performances were great, with every swimmer  focused on winning and doing their best.  Juniors and Seniors worked really well together demonstrating great teamwork all round. There were some exciting finishes which were evident by the audible increase in volume poolside and from the spectator area. Some figures from Saturday: 50% of our swims were 1st or 2nd places, 16 Individual swims were best times and just one DQ. Pentaqua came 2nd on Saturday, 3rd overall over the three rounds.


We have made much progress this year with our technical ability, endurance and speed.  This puts us in an exciting position going into the remaining competition calendar for 2015 and beyond.


Thank you to all Swimmers, Parents, Officials, Coaches and helpers who made this all possible.