The Teaching group had an opportunity to put all that training into practice with races of 50m Frontcrawl and 50m Breaststroke on Monday and 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly on the Friday. All the swimmers were up for the challenge and it was so exciting to see so many smiling faces around poolside. Well done to all of you.
The County and Development squads had team galas both days with swimmers cheering on their team mates and lots of swimmers taking on new distances and strokes. Hopefully this will get everyone in the mood for the Club Championships in November.
We were also very lucky to have 10 new timekeepers doing their practical assessments over the 2 nights – thank you and well done to you all.
Well done swimmers at the Sprint Meet in September, there were fantastic results by everyone. The day went by in a blur with so many swimmers competing at 50m of all strokes and 100m IM. Also the girls put in teams in all age groups.
Medals were collected by Flora for her 50 fly and 50 free, Chase for 50 free, 50 breast, 50 fly and 100 IM, Thomas for 50 breast and 50 fly, Nia for 50 free, 50 fly and 100 IM, Harriet for 50 back, and the freestyle relay team consisting of Daisy, Libby, Nia and Millie.
Swimming County Championship 2024 qualifying times on the day were James, Chase, Thomas, Nia, Daisy, Grace C, Izzy B, Toby and George. Swimmers who now achieved or improved on their qualifying times for their first County Championships were Millie, Flora, Harriett, Florence and Lilly-Ann.
The Club is very proud of Nia who finished off the seasion at the SW Summer Open Nationals at Swansea with great results. She achieved a silver medal for her 200m butterfly and a bronze medal for her 400m IM against very strong opposition with new long course PBs in both.
She also PB’d in the 200m breaststroke in both her heat and again in the final.
Wow what a great team spirit was shown by all our swimmers at the final event of the Junior League – the relays at GL1. To add to the atmosphere all our swimmers were given hats and cheered each other on with great enthusiasm.
10 new swimmers got their first opportunity to swim for the Club, showing no nerves and we hope this has given them a flavour of competing and that they will be keen to participate again. They were:
- Grace W
- Alex J
- Alex H
Well done to ALL our swimmers, who swam at their very best and were a credit to the Club. We hope you all enjoyed the evening and look forward to the next competition.
A great weekends swimming for Cinderford in a relaxed atmosphere at GL1 at the Gloucester City Open Meet.
All the swimmers stepped up to the blocks with confidence and this showed in the many, many PBs and new times achieved over the weekend.
6 Club Records were broken:
- Thomas Rawlings in the 200m freestyle took the record for the 13 year age group held since 2008 and also the 400m freestyle record held since 2010.
- Nia Westlake improved on her own 200m IM Club Record, also the 100m butterfly record held since 2016 and improved on her 200m butterfly record by over 3 seconds.
- Morgan Peck swimming in the Open age group in the 400m free took the record held since 2013
Gold Medals were won by: Chase Lane (100m Breast, 200m Breast, 100m Fly, 50m Breast), Flora Loveridge (50m Fly), Penelope Tudor (100m Fly), Nia Westlake (200m Fly, 400m IM), Libby Hughes (400m IM)
Silver Medals were won by: Daisy Stuart-Gunter (50m Back), Penelope Tudor (200m IM), Nia Westlake (200m IM, 100m Fly, 50 Breast, 200m Breast), Chase Lane (100m Free, 50m Fly), Thomas Rawlings (200m Free)
Bronze Medals were won by: Thomas Rawlings (100m Free, 50m Fly), Chris Hadfield (400m IM), Morgan Peck (100m Back), Daisy Stuart-Gunter (100m Breast, 100m Back), Grace Plant (200m Back), Aaryan Halai (50m Fly), Libby Hughes (100m Free, 50m Free)
Adding to the growing number of swimmers with County Qualifying Times for 2024 were youngsters:
- Lilly-Ann Rogers 100m free and 50m Back
- Flora Loveridge 50m Fly
- With Morgan Peck adding another 2 new events to his portfolio: 100m Free and 100m Back
Swimmers taking part in their first Open Meet were:
- Flora Loveridge
- Florence Gardener
- Betsie Matthews
- Kyriee Childs
And competing in strokes or distances never competed at before were:
- Ella Plant 400m Free
- Lily Bevan 200m IM
- Penelope Tudor 200m IM and 100m Fly
- Chris Hadfield 400m IM
- Thomas Rawlings 400m Free
- Chase Lane 400m Free
- Libby Hughes 200m Fly
Well done to everyone who took part, who coached or officiated on the weekend, to see the swimmers reap the rewards of their efforts in training was great to see.
Thank you to everyone who came to Beechenhurst for this years annual event, as always it was a memorable event for all involved. Thanks to the team on the BBQ and refreshments for all their efforts and thank you to Andy and the bike team for their endeavours despite the rain shower, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves.
Congratulations to Nia and Phoebe who competed at the Regionals in Plymouth, unfortunately Morgan has to withdraw due to injury.
Nia competed in 9 events – 50, 100 and 200 Breaststroke, 50, 100 and 200 Butterfly, 200 and 400 IM and 800 Freestyle. Nia achieved a finals place in the 200 Butterfly and long course PB’s in her 50m and 200m Breaststroke and her 800m Freestyle.
Phoebe swam in the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly. Well done to both of you.
We are arranging this years Championships for swimmers in all groups and of all ages and abilities to be held at Monmouth School Sports Centre with races on the evenings of Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Sunday 19th November – so please save these dates in your diary.
The presentation evening is to be on Saturday 25th November at Oaklands in Cinderford.
We have just had our SwimMark accreditation again in January 2024. Thank you to the Committee – especially our Treasurer – for working so hard on this for us.
We held a social evening on Tuesday 18 April to thank all our volunteers who help at the Club. From the coaches poolside to the people selling raffle tickets and everyone in between, you are all important as the Club could not run without you. So thank you, thank you, thank you.