Lucy and George impress in Wales

PUBLISHED: 12:48 28 November 2012

Clevedon Swimming Club.

Clevedon Swimming Club.


Twenty-nine swimmers from Clevedon travelled to Cardiff for the high-level Welsh Capital open meet at Cardiff International Pool.

TWENTY-nine swimmers from Clevedon travelled to Cardiff for the high-level Welsh Capital open meet at Cardiff International Pool.

There was stiff competition at this level one meet, where there were many Olympic hopefuls, so to make the qualification level was an achievement in itself.

Medals were going to need exceptional swims, but two Clevedon swimmers did produce high-quality swims to pick up medals. Eleven-year-old Lucy Barratt, in the top eight for all her events, swam a great 100m backstroke to pick up silver in that event and George Leaman, aged 13, showed his skill and stamina in the long distance 1500m to knock 26 seconds off his time and touch in silver medal position.

However, all the swimmers produced personal best times, or equalled their best time, to make this an encouraging meet for Clevedon, certainly not overawed by swimming against the might of City of Cardiff and Hatfield swimming clubs.

Back home at Strode Leisure Centre, Clevedon held its own club championships. A full day of swimming, with 132 swimmers taking part and over 800 swims, gave Jayne Prideaux, the club’s competition secretary, a lot of work in preparing for the event.

Jayne, along with her army of volunteer marshals, helpers and officials, ensured that the day ran smoothly and the swimmers responded with some excellent competition.

With many swimming up to nine events in the eight hours of competition, it was a hard day for the swimmers, but they did not disappoint, producing over 500 personal best times throughout the day.

A particularly encouraging sign for the club was the number of championship best times broken – a barometer of how the club and the swimmers are moving on.

On the day, 32 championship best times were produced by Amelia Chappell, Elena Crossan, Ellie Chappell, Lizzie Warnes, Ben Penhale, Nathan Turner, George Leaman, Gwillym Watkins, Callum Greenwood, Ben Horner, Lee Hicks and Tom Jones, joining Dani Appleford, Ella Jenkins, Steph Reynolds, Sam Knowlton and Sam Thomas on the roll of honour for their distance swims earlier in the year.

Despite being a competitive event, new parents commented on the general ambience of the day as being very welcoming and friendly. This is something that the club work hard to achieve, so anyone thinking about joining the club can rest assured that they will receive a warm welcome. Full details can be found at

On Saturday, look out for Clevedon swimmers demonstrating the Riptide swim spa on behalf of their sponsors, Hotspring Southwest. The swimmers will be in action at Cadbury Garden Centre between 1-5pm showing how the swim spa can be used for some serious work outs, as well as relaxation.

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