Clevedon swimmers enjoy a busy month

PUBLISHED: 15:26 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:26 04 February 2015

Clevedon Swimming Club.

Clevedon Swimming Club.

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Swimmers from Clevedon have enjoyed a busy month.

CLEVEDON Swimming Club members have enjoyed a busy January, taking part in both ASA competitions and local community events.

Now becoming a regular annual event in their calendar, Clevedon accepted an invitation for a duel in the pool from Clifton High School. Forty-three swimmers from Clevedon joined the Clifton High swimmers for a great evening of swimming and some exciting races.

The event produced a close result with Clifton just taking the win with 206 points against Clevedon’s 192, with everyone looking forward to next year’s contest.

At the end of the week, the North Somerset Primary Schools gala took place at Hutton Moor. Attracting a record number of school entries this year, the event had to split into two sessions, with the north of the area competing in the morning.

Many Clevedon swimmers represented their schools and took top spot in their age group events with Ella Jenkins, Eva Farmery, Meredith Pollard, William Finch, Taylor Stephens and Bertiie Williams all receiving medals.

Two Portishead schools were in the overall top three, with Highdown Juniors claiming the overall top spot with Sidcot second and St Josephs in third.

Clevedon swimmers also made up one of the larger entries for the Academy Swim Team Sprint Meet at Burnham offering the last opportunity to get Somerset County qualifying times in 50m events.

Medallists from Clevedon included Ryan Baldwin, Sophie Chambers, Francesca Coveney, Megan Fry, Erica Godfrey, Amelia Hancock, Ella Jenkins, Jake Manning, Isabelle Mitchell, Sophie Olver, Abigail Phipps, Danny Rose, Mason Smith, Max Streeter, Sam Streeter, Joe Thorne and Nathan Turner.

There were many county qualifying times and personal best times, with Elliot May-Hawkins achieving the largest improvement, slicing five seconds off his previous 50m freestyle time.

With so many events over a few days, it wasn’t only the swimmers from Clevedon who were busy, but also the club’s officials and parents. As always, Clevedon’s helpers provided much needed support poolside at all these events for which the various organisers were extremely grateful.

Meanwhile, at home, the club launched a new annual award for swimmers. For years the club has operated the ASA’s competitive swimming performance awards. These are time based awards with swimmers achieving awards from bronze to platinum as they achieve the times set for various distances and strokes.

The club’s badgeman, Mark Symonds, meticulously records the swimmers’ times every time they swim and keeps a record for each swimmer as they progress through the levels.

With such extensive recording of their times, the club are now able to identify those swimmers who have achieved the most new levels each year with a trophy for the top boy and top girl.

The first winners of this award for 2014 saw two girls in joint top spot, Alysha Wilmott and Abigail Phipps, who accumulated 38 new awards each and Charley Instrall for the boys who received 35.

The club now start to look forward to the Somerset County Championships at Millfield and hope to have a record number of swimmers attending.

If you would be interested in your child joining the club, they run regular assessments to join their waiting list. For more information see their website and complete an application form.

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