Competition time for Backwell Swimming Club

PUBLISHED: 17:29 13 November 2018

Backwell Swimming Club.

Backwell Swimming Club.


Backwell Swimming Club gave an excellent performance at Plymouth to finish in fourth place in the Arena Swimming League.

Saturday morning training at Backwell Swimming Club is a normal event, however last week saw the club travel to Plymouth for round two of the Arena Swimming League.

Backwell is proud to be participating in the Arena League Division 1, which is a national competition, organised into regions and hence takes our swimmers to new and inspirational locations.

Saturday’s trip to Plymouth was the first time many of the swimmers have swum at such a large venue and it allowed them the chance to sample the atmosphere normally reserved for national and Olympic champions (The Plymouth Life Centre pool being the training home of Olympic diver Tom Daley).

After a long journey, the team arrived raring to go and put all the hard effort during training to work. They were up against stiff competition from Torfaen Dolphins, West Dorset, Tornadoes of South Dorset, Paignton, Carn Brea and AST Burnham.

Over the course of two hours, the swimmers battled for every point and, at the final reckoning, #TeamBackwell finished in a respectable fourth place overall.

This is a performance to be proud of as, compared with those clubs with whom they are competing, Backwell is a small club and in our first season in Division 1 of the Arena League.

Although this is a team effort, there are times when it’s good to recognise individuals in terms of performance and commitment.

Firstly this team was made up of a mixed age range, with our youngest swimmers being Alex L and Charlie C (nine-years-old), who competed for first time. Secondly, the swimmers achieved an amazing 13 PBs, including four new club records. Congratulations to Phil D, James P and Molly J for the club records.

Huge thanks go to all the volunteers and officials that ensured the smooth running of the gala and ensured we are able to comply with the league’s rules (supplying three fully qualified officials for each gala round requires a committed and dedicated group of parent volunteers).

Backwell Swimming Club is a small club and when they go up against bigger clubs they enjoy the challenges that this offers. With hard work and training comes gain and satisfaction.

If the club is lucky enough to retain our position in the league, this will be a perfect opportunity for new members to contribute and maybe even a sponsor.

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 this give the swimmers the chance to grow in stature and confidence.

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 our website ( or come along to the pool on a club night and have a chat with one of the club coaches or officials.

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