Saturday saw Paignton Swimming Club travelling up to Newport to compete in the Division 1 final of the Arena League, for the fourth year running. Spirits were high on the journey up and back, with festive activities on the coach including the annual Christmas quiz, courtesy of the team captain, Emma Bickley. The team swam exceptionally well, considering a lot of the girls and boys had to swim out of their age groups. A special thanks to all our travelling officials, Gary and Jan Alden, Derek Wyatt and Gareth Cowell. Without their help these competitions would be difficult to attend. Our swimmers were complemented by our lane timekeeper on how polite and well mannered they were, which is a great credit to the club. Well done swimmers we are extremely proud of you all !!
The first weekend in December saw 25 Paignton swimmers compete in the Plymouth Leander Open Meet. Competition is always tough at this annual event, as it provides a last chance to qualify for the Devon championships. Many swimmers achieved PBs, along with county and regional qualification times, with a whole handful of medals to boot. Golds were picked up by Nathan and Joe; silvers went to Amy B, Xanthe, Romini, Finn, Isobel, Alice, Nathan and Joe; with bronzes for Nicole, Ed, Nathan, Finn, Joe, Romini and Xanthe.
Superb team management was much appreciated by Kevin, with the innovative “PB board” filled by the end of the weekend. Many thanks to Emily, Kevin and Su for support and organisation.
Hot heats added extra spice to the meet, along with some excellent raffle prizes, but the highlight of the weekend was surely the inflatable races. The P-town boys triumphed on Sunday, thanks to solid takeovers and excellent technique demonstrated by the orca.