Author: Nicky Hawkins

Junior captains on SW Regional Pathway

Congratulations to our Junior Club Captains, Nathan Apps and Flo Hadley who have both been selected for the South West Regional Pathway Programme. This is the second step on the Swim England development pathway and is aimed at the top 16 boys and girls aged 12 years from the South West region. Well done Flo and Nathan – a real credit to your and your coaches’ hard work and achievements over the past year and some great news as we finally return to the pool.

Return to training

After many months out of the pool, training finally returned for two of our squads. It was a great first session back for both the competition and performance squads on Friday night at the outdoor pool at Bovey Tracey. The swimmers thoroughly enjoyed being back in the water and seeing their friends in a safe, well organised, environment. A huge thank you to our Committee who have worked tirelessly to pull this together and also to Bovey Tracey Outdoor Pool for allowing us to use their lovely pool.

Devon Inter Club gala

The Devon Inter Club gala followed on the Sunday where the club competed against teams from across Devon. The standard of competition was extremely high, but all of our swimmers swam extremely well resulting in Paignton coming 6th overall. Well done to all who competed.

Devon County Relay Gala

The club had a busy weekend at the Plymouth Life Centre, kicking off on Saturday with the Devon County relay gala. Nine teams were entered for the competition with the 10/11 girls entering 3 teams! For some of our younger swimmers this was their first experience of swimming in a 50m pool, but they took up the challenge and swam brilliantly.

The 10/11 boys won silver and bronze medals and the 16 and over men’s team won two bronze medals. Alex also picked up a further medal with a swim in the schools relay event.

Thank you to all team managers and team captains who helped organise the huge contingency of swimmers.

Success at Dartmoor Junior Sprint Meet

Nearly 30 of our swimmers took part in the Dartmoor Junior Sprint Meet at the beginning of March.  The majority of our swimmers were just 8-10 years old, some swimming outside of our own club for the very first time.  Supported by a handful of our more experienced competitors, everyone stepped up to the mark in a great atmosphere with all the swimmers excited to race and cheer each other on.

It was a very successful meet, allowing Coach Kev to get a good view of where many of our swimmers are in terms of their racing ability and technique.

Altogether there were too many PBs to mention, plus a huge haul of 29 medals.  Our medallists were:  Robi Morris – 1 silver and 4 bronze, Elijah Apps – 5 gold, Phoebe Wills – 1 silver, 1 bronze, Kizzy Kirkwood – 1 bronze, Daisy Edwards – 1 gold, Jasmine O’Flaherty – 1 silver, Isabella Ashford – 1 gold, 3 silvers, Izzy Dover – 3 bronze, Morgan Ashford – 1 silver, 4 bronze, Adam Glew – 1 silver, Ethan Crocker – 1 bronze.

Special congratulations to Elijah and Isabella who respectively won top boy and top girl awards in their age groups.

Devon County Championships and Age Groups 2020

At this years Devons 20 swimmers represented the club over 4 weekends in January and February in a total of 107 events. This resulted in 93 PBs and swims in 69 finals and from these finals our swimmers won a total of 37 medals of which 14 were gold, 12 were silver and 11 were bronze.
The club’s medallists were Nathan Apps with 7 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze from 17 finals, Ed Brown with 1 gold and 1 bronze from 8 finals, Harry Joiner with 1 silver and 2 bronze from 5 finals, Flo Hadley with 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze from 13 finals, Amy Best with 1 bronze from 2 finals, Isobel and Alice Brown with 1 gold each from a total of 4 and 3 finals respectively, Orlando Maric-Cowley with 1 bronze from 2 finals and Adam Reed with 2 bronze from 4 finals.
The following 11 swimmers all produced excellent swims rewarding them with 32 PB’s and 11 finals:
Emily Bishop, Finn Hadley, Gareth and Gethin Cowell, Nicole Cook, Izzy Dover, Lottie Gibson, Kizzy Kirkwood, Tabitha Lewcock , Xanthe Rimmer and Alex Worth
A huge well done to all swimmers and a big thank you to all the parents who helped out over the 4 weekends

Thank you to our sponsors

The club would like to say a massive thank you to DCE Holne R&D Ltd Precision Engineering of Kingsbridge who have kindly sponsored all of the coaches, officials and helpers’ t-shirts.  It was lovely to see all the team looking particularly smart in the recent galas we have attended.

We are also extremely grateful to Arlington Panel Works who have generously contributed towards the Club’s training equipment.  The swimmers will benefit immensely from their donation.

If you are a local company or know of a local company who would like to sponsor the club please do not hesitate to contact us.

Again thank you to both companies!