Author: Nicky Hawkins

Paignton Swimmers meet and race Olympians!

Paignton swimmers had an amazing experience, meeting and competing against Olympians Chad le Clos and Max Litchfield, plus other international swimmers at the Dawlish and Dinnaton Open Meet on 9th and 10th July. Eli and our Club Captains Harry and Isobel took them on in the individual 200 backstroke, 50 free and 50 backstroke respectively and our relay teams held their own in the cannon races, which also included these superstar swimmers. As the photos show, they couldn’t have been more generous with their time and support, inspiring everyone with their amazing skills and friendly approach.

The team clocked up a massive total of 51 PBs, with a huge medal haul to recognise their efforts and achievements. Further congratulations should also go to Eli for winning his hot heat and to Phoebe for winning the “chuck-a-duck” competition!

Many thanks to our newest team managers Jo and Debbie for helping to keep the show on the road.

We’d love to see more photos of our swimmers with the stars, so please head over to our Facebook page
and post away!

Two Counties 2022

14 swimmers from our Gold and Platinum squads competed in this two day competition at Plymouth Life Centre on 19th and 20th March.

The team came away with 5 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze medals, with those swimmers aged 13 and under also bringing home a clutch of medals for finishing in the top 6 of their age group. Although the hot heats didn’t go our way, we had plenty of heat winners and every swimmer attained at least one PB, many in all their events. Junior Club Captain Florence Hadley also achieved an impressive regional qualification time in the 200 fly and Club Captain Isobel Brown also consolidated her regional times. Special mention should go to Club Captain Harry Joiner who came straight from winning a football semi-final cup match to ensure we could field a team in the mixed 14 and over medley relay.

Congratulations to all our swimmers and many thanks to our newest Team Manager, Natalie Higgs for helping out at this busy meet.

Multiple silver medal winner Darcy Henderson somehow managed to evade the camera, but well done to Emily and Phoebe for managing to catch Kev unawares!

Devon County Inter-club

Paignton were among 9 teams taking part in this year’s competition, which took place on Sunday 27th February at Plymouth Life Centre.
After producing the loudest cheers at the start, our swimmers went on to clock up 20 PBs in the individual events, along with some very exciting relays to finish off with.
It was a closely fought contest with Paignton coming 5th overall. All results can now be seen on the Meet Mobile app.

Devon County Relays

35 swimmers took part in the county relay gala on Saturday 26th February at Plymouth Life Centre. Paignton fielded teams in every event and were rewarded with a huge medal haul of bronze in 7 events, silver in 12 events and a gold in the thrilling final cannon event. For some of our swimmers it was their first experience of long course racing and they certainly stepped up to the challenge. Many thanks as always to all our team managers who volunteered their time and kept the show on the road.

Devon County Championships 2022

Report by Junior Club Captain: Flo Hadley

A huge congratulations to the 18 brilliant swimmers who competed in this year’s Devon County Championships, competing against clubs including Mount Kelly, Plymouth Leander, Dawlish and Exeter. Watching and participating in the races, the dedication and team spirit was strong. Over the three weekends we saw some excellent swims, including many fantastic personal best times. We would like to give a special mention to Amy, Finn, Orlando, Isobel, Elijah, Phoebe and Heidi, who all made finals, and to Nathan and Robbie, who also secured medals. It was exciting to see our newer members competing so well, and to see our returning swimmers continue to enjoy themselves. Well done to all competitors! Keep up the good work!

Photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook page

Arena League Division 1 Final

22 swimmers competed for the club in the Arena league final which
was held at Millfield on the 11th of December against West Dorset,
Poole ‘B’, Bristol Penguins, Barnstaple, Dawlish, Truro and RCT
Performance.
After 42 events of exciting racing, many of which were decided on
the final stroke, Paignton swimmers produced 16 PBs to finish 5th
overall.
The final placings were
West Dorset 255
Poole ‘B’ 226
Bristol Penguins 210
Barnstaple 200
Paignton 186
Dawlish 148
Truro 144
RCT Performance 127

Well done to all the swimmers who competed for the club over the 3
rounds.

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Dawlish Season Finale

Over 25 Paignton swimmers took part in the recent meet at Trinity School pool – the new home of Dawlish Swimming Club. This was a fantastic opportunity for first-time racers, as well as for more experienced swimmers to get back into competition. The huge number of PBs achieved is a result of the hard work done since we returned to training in April.

A photo of some of the team can be seen here

Full results can be accessed via this link

Festival of Swimming

Finally, after nearly 16 long months, last week saw a return to competition for Flo, Emily and Nathan in our platinum squad, as they qualified for and competed at the Festival of Swimming at the newly reopened Plymouth Life Centre.

It was a tough first meet back, being both long course and with fierce competition from across the whole of Devon and Cornwall, but all three swam admirably, Flo and Nathan each picking up a first place finish and all achieving excellent times.

But most importantly, it was great to see them smiling, enjoying themselves back where they belong on the starting blocks and regaining that racing buzz! As Flo commented at the end of the long day, it makes you remember what it is you are doing all the training for!

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.