Chance meeting with a world champion

PUBLISHED: 14:38 17 November 2010

Clevedon Swimmers

Clevedon Swimmers


SWIMMERS from Clevedon Amateur Swimming Club had a surprise when they bumped into world champion diver Tom Daley at Bristol Airport.

SWIMMERS from Clevedon Amateur Swimming Club had a surprise when they bumped into world champion diver Tom Daley at Bristol Airport.

Twenty-six swimmers, aged seven to 17, were at the airport when they spotted Daley amongst the crowds. Tom was more than happy to oblige with a group photo with all the swimmers and took the time to have a quick chat with some of the group. Seven-year-old Poppy Leaman took pride of place in the centre with Tom.

The group of 40 from the swimming club, consisting of 26 swimmers and 14 chaperones and coaches, were on their way to their eighth annual warm weather training camp at Club La Santa in Lanzarote.

The week long camp included a gruelling schedule of two two-hour swimming sessions per day, plus various other land training, group activities and even a bit of go-karting.

Over the week, the swimmers covered a distance in training of 39,500 metres, three times more than they would normally in a week at home. They also had the opportunity of training in a 50m open air Olympic size pool and on top of that, they were training in the lane next to three Olympic swimmers from Belgium.

Just two days after the group returned, two of them, Steph Reynolds and Lizzie Warnes, joined Dani Appleford to compete at the South West Regional Championships at Millfield.

Appleford swam well, despite a leg injury, something which also plagued Warnes unfortunately preventing her from swimming her best.

However, Reynolds, the club’s current national swimmer, came away with two backstroke junior championship titles in the 50m and 200m events and the 50m butterfly title, breaking her personal best times in all three events.

The swimmers now have to adapt back to the warmer (and shorter) indoor pool at Strode as they prepare for the club championships, sponsored by Bristol Hotspring Ltd, in a few weeks time.

Right: Steph Reynolds in training at Club la Santa, Lanzarote.

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