As a club we have enjoyed considerable success during the 2015/16 swimming season with notable achievements at every level and spanning all age groups.
In the Bedfordshire championships we finished as the Top Club with 53 Gold, 53 Silver and 49 Bronze medals, whilst the club has stayed in League One of the National Arena League after some hard battling with the best across London. The club’s junior swimmers finished in 2nd place by ½ a point in Division 2 of the M11 League, earning them promotion to Division 1. The Masters retained the award for the top visiting club at the Etwall Eagles annual open meet whilst the men’s team finished in 13th place in the 2015 GB Masters Team Decathlon.
With the end of the competitive season, it was time to recognise the individual achievements made at a club level by our up and coming swimmers. The 2016 Presentation Evening was held at Lilley Village Hall.
After games in the afternoon for all the family and a brief talk by Graham Powell who had set a British Masters record earlier in the year, trophies and certificates were presented by Glenda Mayes, the Club’s Chair.
Trophies were awarded to the top three swimmers in each age group from 7 years and under through to 17 years and over for their overall performances in the Club Championships.
The places in each age group were determined by the total FINA points awarded for the times achieved in each race.
|7 yrs & under||Owain Roberts|
|8 yrs||Spencer Leaning|
|9 yrs||Jack Juggins||Lewis Ward||Shane McLoughlin|
|10 yrs||Declan Beel||Samuel Symonds||Adil Setna|
|11 yrs||Malachi Gilbert||Nyles Whyte||Jacob Hayhurst|
|12 yrs||Rhys Davidson||Ismail Savage||Henry Flatt|
|13 yrs||Freddie Symonds||Guy Muncer||Alfred Mureithi|
|14 yrs||Godfrey Williams||Phoenix Henries||Ewan Theron|
|15 yrs||Ralph Muncer||James Mackerness||Lewis Tune|
|17 yrs & over||Matthew Wright||Alex Mason||Jamie Wright|
|7 yrs & under||Katriona Head|
|8 yrs||Isobel McCullock||Catherine Lempriere||Caitlyn Kean|
|9 yrs||Millie Hyde||Aine Dunwoodie||Adeola Akande|
|10 yrs||Emilia Dunwoodie & Susan Opoku-Gyamfi||Rebecca Ptacek||Daniella Njawaya|
|11 yrs||Laila Gilbert||Sophie Ledger||Eleanor Robertson|
|12 yrs||Chiara Rogers||Jessica Keogh||Anna Fallon|
|13 yrs||Lauren Young||Milly Davidson||Shannay Davies|
|14 yrs||Celyn Walmsley||Jade Whitehouse|
|15 yrs||Rhiann Donnelly||Nana Opoku-Gyamfi||Natasha Bailey|
|16 yrs||Chantal Smith||Lucy Gee|
|17 yrs & over||Nicola Pasquire||Hannah Kelly||Amy Pelling|
Club record times have been broken on over 240 occasions in the last 18 months by members swimming in either regional, club or inter-school competitions. Commemorative certificates for these performances were handed out. (A full list of the records as ratified by 12th July can be accessed here.)
Clearly there are too many to list individually but some of the notable club record-breaking achievements have included:
- Aine Dunwoodie following in the wake of her older sisters’ record-breaking swims, taking nearly 20 seconds off the 9 year old girl’s 50m Butterfly record
- Chiara Rogers breaking the long course records for 12 year olds that have stood since 2002 over 50m Butterfly and 200m IM
- Nicola Pasquire putting her name on the record books in 11 events before she goes off studying in the USA
- Ryhs Davidson breaking the 12 year olds long course 200m IM record that had stood since 2001
- University Student Alex Mason setting seven records in the 18 years and over age group
- Jamie Fowler setting three Backstroke records before turning his focus to coaching some of our younger swimmers
- Matthew Wright managing to set records in 3 different age groups (by virtue of when his birthday fell in the 18 month period covered by the presentations!)
As Glenda Mayes commented when handing out awards of appreciation to the club’s coaches, none of the aforementioned individual nor indeed the squad successes could have been achieved without the many hours given week in week out by them.
2015/16 has been a truly remarkable year but like soccer players it’s a relatively short summer break. The 2016/17 competitive season starts in mid September with the first round of club championships followed by our hosting of a Level 2 Open Meet at Inspire.