Author: Derek Wyatt

Keith Facey

It is with great sadness that we learnt of Keith’s passing. He was an integral part of the club for many years and enabled many children to swim and flourish in their swimming career. He served as both a teacher , junior coach and Chairman for many years.

Our sympathies are with Tina, Samantha and Callum at this time.

 

Dartmoor Junior Sprint Meet

13 of our younger swimmers took part in the Dartmoor Junior Sprint Meet held at Okehampton on Sunday. It was an exciting gala with all of our swimmers rising to the occasion. Over the two sessions, numerous PB’s were achieved and a grand total of 7 golds, 13 silvers and 6 bronzes were won. Congratulations to Darcy Henderson, Curtis Norris and Harley Davis who won Swimmer of their Age Group.

A huge thank you to all the poolside helpers and especially to the travelling parents who cheered on so loudly! Thank you also to Tavistock Swimming Club for putting on such a well organised and invaluable meet for our youngsters.

2nd Round of the Arena League

On Saturday, the arena league team had a quick trip up the M5 to Bridgwater for the 2nd round of the Arena League.  The team put in some great swims, with lots of cheering and support for their fellow team mates.  Well done to all the swimmers, especially those that had to swim up an age group and events that they don’t normally do.  It was a hard fought gala with Paignton finishing in 2nd place – fantastic result!  

Newton Abbot 125, Bakewell 138, Wareham 184, Neath 201, Paignton 218, West Dorset 247 

2021 Intercounties Waterpolo Tournament

2021 Intercounties Waterpolo Tournament – Silver Medallists.

Three of our u13 Waterpolo players, Owen McInally, Ava Siegle and Curtis Norris showed off their skills, stamina and determination this weekend when making their first appearance for Devon in the 2021 Swim England South West Inter County Championships, at Millfield School.

In a fast paced, exciting tournament they helped the Devon side take the first match, against Somerset, with a convincing score of 21-4, with goals for Owen (in Q2) and Curtis (in Q3).

The game against Gloucester was always going to prove more challenging, but after the first quarter, with some hard pressing and ruthless attacking by the Devon team, the score was tied at 4 – 4, it seemed that the team had a real chance to overcome their opponents. However, despite battling hard, the more experienced Gloucester side began to pull ahead in the second quarter, a pattern that the Devon side, despite working hard, was unable to reverse. When the final whistle blew the score was 16-7 to Gloucester. 

This left Devon finishing in the silver medal position on the day.

Well done to all the Devon team and especially to the Paignton players, all of whom worked really hard and were a credit to Paignton.