Backwell swimmers deliver the goods

PUBLISHED: 12:06 20 June 2018

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In the later phases of the swimming season a number of campaigns, both local and regional, come to a close.

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Backwell Swimming Club, like other swimming clubs, has had swimmers of all ages competing in numerous locations.

During the past few weeks our younger swimmers have been representing the club at the 4-Seasons and Mini Series Galas, with great success.

These are young teams and their achievements are a great source of pride to the club.

At the same time as these galas, the club has had swimmers and volunteers at the South West Regionals in Bristol and Plymouth.

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Sixteen swimmers from Backwell achieved regional qualification times this year. Ultimately we had 12 swimmers take part in Regionals, swimming in a total of 21 events.

The first events were in Plymouth for the Youth Championships (15 and over). Backwell did themselves proud with plenty of personal bests and some incredibly fast swimming.

Reece qualified for six events and swam personal bests in five of them over the weekend.

Rebecca and Ellie (both swimming for our partner City of Bristol) took home silvers.

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The whole team this weekend were Guus, Molly, Holly, Rebecca, Ellie, Hollie and Reece.

Over the next couple of weekends it was the turn of the 11-14 year age groups who competed at Hengrove and Millfield. Those competing were Daisy, Max, Jude and Elizabeth.

For all these swimmers (and their coaches) this is the culmination of hundreds of hours of training, all focussed on a few minutes/seconds of race time.

Sometimes these races occurred among friends and sometimes among future county, regional or even national team mates.

The sheer mix of these campaigns and results demonstrates the range of challenges and opportunities that swimming offers. They also show how Backwell is developing as club and how we are able to develop new talent.

At the same time as congratulating the swimmers for their achievements, a huge shout- out has to go to the coaches, volunteers and parents. Without their time, commitment and support, none of this would happen and there would be no gold medals or trophies to report.

While there are still a few more events to complete before the competitive season closes, the training and planning never stops.

Outdoor swim training has commenced at the Portishead Lido and some of our swimmers are even venturing into the new world of open water swimming.

You might think all is rosie. However, not everything goes to plan. We won’t forget our second outdoor training session, cancelled due to thunder and lightning.

Swimming is a great inclusive sport, which helps individuals grow and improve themselves mentally and physically.

At Backwell Swimming Club, we actively encourage our swimmers to be the best that they can be, in both swimming and in life. Events such as these give our swimmers the chance to grow in stature.

Some special events have been occurring at Backwell Swimming Club.

In the past week it has been a great delight for the club to see a number of its senior swimmers achieving amazing heights in the sport of swimming. Normally we would focus on the team performance, as our kids train and swim as a team.

However, on this occasion we will focus on some special individuals, as they deserve it.

Naomi Main has spent many a weekend recently supporting her family of young swimmers.

This time it was her time to swim in the British Masters, and we are very proud to report she is now British Champion in 200m backstroke and 200m breaststroke. This is a fantastic achievement for Naomi and will benefit all at the club.

Regardless of the achievements of any of our swimmers, once back home, training continues as normal. As it’s now summer season we are very lucky to have that ability to arrange additional training time at Portishead’s outdoor pool. So, as one of our coaches said recently, ‘the future is bright, the future is golden’.

Swimming is a great inclusive sport, which helps individuals grow and improve themselves mentally and physically.

At Backwell Swimming Club we actively encourage our swimmers to be the best that they can be, in both swimming and in life. Events such as these give our swimmers the chance to grow in stature.

Backwell Swimming Club is made up of approximately 180 swimmers from the Backwell, Bristol, Nailsea and Portishead catchment areas.

If you are interested in joining or supporting our club please take a look at www.backwellswimming
club.com or come along to the pool on a club night and have a chat with one of the club coaches or officials.

Just think what we could achieve next year with your participation, help or contribution.


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