Club Championships got off to a great start with three evenings of exciting swimming and lots of determination on display. Although it is a perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of our more experienced swimmers, for many it is their first experience of competitive swimming.
Cheered on by club members including older brother Joe, George Taylor, who celebrated his eighth birthday only a few weeks ago, put in a fantastic swim in the 200m freestyle to secure a 16-second PB time of 3:30.49 which ranks him currently second in the country for his age. Asked what was the trickiest part, he said that making sure he counted the lengths accurately was the bit he worked hardest on, and making sure his tumble turns went smoothly. Eight-year-old Alice Longman also swam an excellent race in 50m backstroke to take fourth place (1:01.03) as well as taking part in 200m breaststroke.
There were several nine-year-olds in action in the pool: Grace Mason (4:46.98) impressed in the 200m breaststroke; Jessica Fields took first in 50m backstroke in a time of 51.26, closely followed by Meisha Trend-Evens in 52.41; David Badcock took first in 50m fly in 50.54; and Harry Eagle swam 4:10.58 in 200m free, his first ever 200m race.
“Club Champs are perfect for giving our swimmers early competitive experience and it was great to see so much talent and determination on show over the first three nights”, said Adam Barnes, Head of Development. “I’m looking forward to seeing more of them shine in the second weekend of swimming, and during the season ahead.”