BRISTOL City Women have finally appointed a new manager to replace Willie Kirk and she is Tanya Oxtoby, an Australian who steps up from her role as assistant coach at Birmingham City Women. Kevin Hamblin, chairman of Bristol City Women, said: “We are thrilled to have secured Tanya as the new manager of the Vixens. …

THERE was a major shock last week at Bristol City Women when it was announced that head coach Willie Kirk had decided to leave the club. Not only that, but England under-19 forward Lauren Hemp has also departed and joined Super League One runners-up Manchester City. Hemp was named England Young Player of the Year …

A SUPERB performance by Plymouth Leander has seen them regain the National Arena Swimming League title at the international pool in Cardiff. Leander finished 83 points in front of Guildford City with Millfield, Somerset, 26 points adrift in third place. The meet was also a personal triumph for coach Robin Armayan in his first full …

The year of 2017 marked an end of an era at Plymouth Diving with a number of high-profile departures. Andy Banks, the coach who led Tom Daley to a world title and Olympic bronze medal, left the UK and took up a role with Diving Australia. Banks, who had coached in Britain for more than …

The last 12 months has seen a number of successes and changes in the West Country across all levels of competition. Despite losing head coach Jon Rudd, who took up a director of swimming role in Ireland, Plymouth Leander appointed Robin Armayan, who now runs the world class swimming programme at Plymouth College, dubbed the …

Plymouth Argyle ended 2017 with a remarkable 2-1 win at Cardiff City to reach the third round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup. Top scorer Natasha Knapman took her season’s tally to 37 when scoring the second goal after Becky Atkins had given the Pilgrims the lead. Argyle have now beaten Premier League Southern …

Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud came within an agonising two hundredths of a second of becoming a European Short Course champion. In the event he was forced to settle for an admirable joint third placing in the 50-metre butterfly in 22.44 seconds alongside Serbia’s Sebastian Sabo. Proud had set a new British record time of 22.18 …

Former Plymouth Leander Olympic and world breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte returned to winning ways with victory in the European 50-metre breaststroke (29.36 seconds) to see off Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (29.54) and Sophie Hanson of Sweden (29.77) at the LEN Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen. Great Britain’s world and Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty started …