||The Royal Tunbridge Wells Monson Swimming Club (also known as RTW Monson, RTWM, Monson & RTW) is a successful competitive club of many years standing. Founded in 1901 'Monson' celebrated its Centenary in 2001.
The club's Headquarters are situated at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre in rural Kent, however training primarily takes place in Tonbridge at the Tonbridge School. RTWM serves the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and East Sussex area catering for Competitive Swimming, Learn to Swim and Water Polo.
Important / Urgent Notices
Open meets for spring and summer 2016 now available - see the calendar.
Latest News Reports
Annabel Guye-Johnson - 2nd in European Rankings
The club is immensely proud of 15 year old Annabel Guye-Johnson, who following her successes at the Kent County Championships in February is now ranked 2nd in Europe in the Women's 17 & Under 50m Breaststroke. Annabel, pictured below with fellow breaststroke medallists Stephanie Andrews and Anna Leman, will be taking part in the British Olypmic Trials taking place in Glasgow in April. (Photo courtesy of Mark Leman)
Boys' Club Captain
The Coaching Team and Committee are very pleased to announce that the new Boys Club Captain is Joshua Cruz. Josh is well known and respected at all levels of the club, having progressed through the club from Learn to Swim all the way to Youth Elite. As several of the coaching team said 'He is a positive role model, …… he takes time out to encourage the younger swimmers, is approachable and well-liked by parents, swimmers and coaches alike'.
Record number of Kents entries for 2016
Well done to all our Kents qualifiers - this year sees the club's biggest ever number of entries. 56 swimmers will take part, swimming in a total of 351 races over the course of the championships which run from 23 January to 14 February.
Monson Power To
NAL Division One East Title
St. John's pool in Tunbridge Wells was the setting for a thrilling evening of racing on Saturday night. Monson powered back into the Premiership of the National Arena Swimming League South, with a majestic display. The club comfortably won Division One East, winning 18 of the 50 events on offer supplemented by 10 second and 11 third place finishes.
Alan and Debbie Crewe helped organise Monson's hosting of the event. Speaking the following day, once their voices had recovered, they reflected, "We can't thank all the volunteers enough for all their hard work on the night. So many people were involved to make it a Monson triumph, from those on the electronic scoring, Mark Leman in particular, to those acting as officials, to the raffle sellers, door bouncers, refreshment providers, team managers, announcers, tweeters and many more. A special mention must go to the coaches and to Kim Longland in particular for his efforts.
Phoenix Last Chance County Qualifier
Whilst many children began their school Christmas holidays relaxing many Monson swimmers were busy racing for last chance qualifying times for the Kent County Championships to be held in January and February. As always there was a fantastic team spirit on poolside with some excellent swims and lots of qualifying times achieved.
With fantastic festive medals in Christmas tree and snowflake designs the Monson swimmers were very keen to bring home the medals and gathered 14 Gold , 15 Silver and 10 Bronze between them. Many personal best times were achieved as well as new Kent automatic and qualifying times across the board.
Special mention goes to Harrison Alvey for competing in his first open meet, as well as congratulations to the numerous multiple medal winners. Monson will be going into the Kent County Championships with a very promising squad . Exciting times ahead for 2016.
Superb performances at ASA Winter Nationals
Three of our elite swimmers travelled to the ASA National Winter Short Course meet held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield last week.
Callum Ryan, Thomas Leman and Annabel Guye-Johnson took part in the event which has been resurrected as the end of season finale for the short course season, had tough qualifying times and attracted the very best of British Senior and Junior talent.
All our swimmers performed excellently. Annabel even established multiple County and Regional records and took a brace of Junior Silver medals.