Swimming club plans to mark centenary in style

Photo of four male swimmers striking a pose.
The Bristol North Swimming Club Masters team sporting their limited edition centennial hats.

By Steph McNally, BNSC club chair.

This year (2022) is a very special one for us here at Bristol North Swimming Club (BNSC) as we celebrate our 100th anniversary, and we’ve got plenty lined up to mark the occasion!

We’ve kicked the year off with a limited edition team kit featuring a gold twist on our classic kit design. Check out our Masters team proudly sporting their centennial hats at the Welsh National Long Course Championships (photo, above).

As we move into spring, we’re reaching out to our local community to donate 100 hours of volunteering with local organisations and charities. We’re proud to be members of the North Bristol community, and as we mark this anniversary we want to give back to our neighbours. If you’re part of, or know any groups that could benefit from a few pairs of extra hands, then get in touch with Steph via chair@bristolnorthsc.org.uk

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Over the summer we’ll be bringing together past and current members to celebrate as one Bristol North family with our biggest BBQ yet. We’ll also be getting back in the pool as our club captains co-ordinate what might be Bristol North’s first ever 100-man relay!

Into the autumn we’ll be inviting local clubs to join us for a centennial fun gala, before wrapping up the year with an extra special Winter Ball to celebrate the successes of our swimmers in 2022.

Throughout the year we’re laying down the gauntlet to our members to collectively achieve 100 challenges in whatever way they like. A few of our Masters swimmers are taking to the open water to complete their challenge in the form of a 10k swim, whilst others are looking to take part in ten parkruns. We can’t wait to see what other club members up with for their challenges, but we know they’re going to be tough.

Bristol North Swimming Club.

If you, or anyone you know with a connection to BNSC, have any old photos or stories you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you. Sharing and celebrating our past will help our club of today continue to grow and thrive for another 100 years.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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