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.
Paignton swimmers made the short trip to Plymouth Life Centre on Saturday 10th November for the second round of this year’s Arena League competition.
The team finished in a strong second place, which should ensure a place in the final next month. This was down to excellent performances from both individual swimmers and relay teams. The recent focus in training sessions on starts and takeovers really paid off and the team performed strongly at every level. The club’s smart new banner made its debut and I’m sure contributed to our success!
A fantastic day of racing culminated in Paignton winning the award for Best Visiting Club at Plymouth Life Centre on Sunday 23rd September.
32 Paignton swimmers took part, with most competing in all 5 events. For some of the younger swimmers this was their first experience of a sprint gala and they were rewarded with some excellent results. Every swimmer notched up at least one PB and many went home with medals to boot.
Thanks, as always to our officials Al, Jan and Gary, as well as to Spencer for his invaluable contribution to team management on what was a long afternoon. Further thanks must go to Finn for supplying the Skittles!
Kevin was extremely pleased with the team’s performance and award, as you can see from this (rare!) photo. Full results will be posted when available and the trophy will be added to the cabinet.
The final of this year’s Cornwall and Devon Summer Swimming League on took place on July 8th at Plymouth Life Centre, with Paignton A lying in 3rd place behind Exeter and Devonport A. Thanks to some very strong swims in both the relays and the individual events, the team edged ahead of Devonport to claim a comfortable second place, ahead of 10 other teams from the two counties. This was a really excellent result, as a number of the older swimmers were missing. A great finish to the season.
Paignton Swimming Club successfully retained the Scott Ormsby trophy in a thrilling competition on July 7th. The gala took place at the outdoor pool in Kingsteignton, on a beautiful summer’s evening. The sun made it quite difficult to see at times, but despite this Paignton managed to hold off strong competition from Newton Abbot. This was thanks both to solid takeovers in the relays and some excellent individual swims. The team were without a number of key members and special mention must go to Elijah, who ensured the boys 10 and under were still able to swim their relay team. As always, many thanks to our officials, who did a great job of making sure everything ran smoothly.
Final points were:
Oddicombe – 43
Brixham – 93
Torquay Leander – 110
Newton Abbot – 208
Paignton – 215
It has been a busy month for Paignton masters swimmers, with appearances in the British Masters and Devon County Masters and Seniors Championships both being held in Plymouth. In the British Masters Senior age group Emma won gold in the 100m backstroke, along with silver in the 50m fly and two bronze medals in the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle, plus a further PB in the 50 free. Not to be outdone, Jane also swam PBs in the 50 free and the 50 fly, picking up a bronze medal in the fly – a race in which the British record was broken by the winner in her age group. Nicky bravely entered the 400m and enjoyed being part of the occasion. Results for Paignton can be found here.
Last weekend Nicky also represented Paignton at the Devon County Masters and seniors championship. This is a very friendly gala and is open to swimmers aged 15+ It would be great to have some of our senior swimmers join us next year! Results can be found on the Devon swimming website along with results from the relay gala on the Saturday.
The snow seems a long way away now, with this gala, postponed from March, finally being swum on a very warm summer’s day.
Paignton fielded a strong team, including B and C teams in the girls’ 12-13 age group, and were rewarded with multiple medals. This was the first time some of the younger swimmers had swum long course and as always, there was plenty of team spirit to go round. Special mention must go to Sophie Scoot, who stepped into the breach at the very last minute for the 10-11 year girls’ team.
Silver medals went to our swimmers in the events below:
- Female 16 & over 200 medley and 200 free
- Male 12-13 200 medley
Bronze medals went to:
- Female and male 12-13 200 free
- Male 16 and over 200 medley
- Female and male14-15 200 free
- Male 14-15 200 medley
- Male 16 & over 200 free
By Emily Hadley: “As team manager I can say that all the children who attended the developments were fantastic ambassadors for the club. Their behaviour was exemplary from start to finish with everyone displaying great sportsmanship, impeccable manners and good support to their team mates.
There were many excellent PBs achieved across the two weekends and a good smattering of gold, silver and bronze medals. (Full results are on meet mobile and will also be available via: http://www.devonswimming.org.uk/?page_id=126 .) Alex had an awesome meet and I think was the highest scoring swimmer overall with Angus not far behind, thanks to a first place in the 1500. There were massive PBs for Harry and Sam, including in the 200IM, along with Flo in the 100 fly and Lara swam in the 200 breastroke.
The Skins events were particularly exciting, with Harry, Sam and Alex all making it through. Sam did brilliantly in the upper age group, coming 4th, despite being unlucky with the chosen strokes! Harry and Alex were the final two in the lower age group with Harry being victorious in the end.