On Sunday 23rd September 2012 19 girls and 10 boys from Gainsborough Dolphins competed in the very popular and highly competitive long course meet at Ponds Forge, Sheffield . All the races were a straight 50m one length sprint. Our 29 gutsy swimmers competed in a total of 102 events. We had swimmers aged from 9 years to 17 years and most age groups inbetween. There were lots of personal bests achieved during the day in the heats and the finals. Our swimmers who successfully reached finals were Sian Saunders ( 9/10 yr Breaststroke), Chloe Huddart ( 9/10 yr Fly), William Walmsley (11 yr Backstroke, Fly and Freestyle), Bradley Janney( 14 yr Freestyle), Aarron Smith ( 14 yr Breaststroke, Backstroke and Fly), James Smith( 15 yr & over Breaststroke) and David Trickett ( 15 year & over Breaststroke).Well done to all the finalists, particularly to David and Will who went away with a prestigious stainless steel teaspoon in the tradition of the local Sheffield Steel Industry for finishing in the top 3 in a final.
For many of the 9 and 10 year old swimmers this was the first time they had competed in a long course competition and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well done to all competing swimmers. We hope to see more than 30 swimmers in 2013!!!!
Chris, Mark and Mark
We have just returned from a weekend at the PGL. centre at Caythorpe, Grantham; that is Mr P, Chris Webster and 17 of our GD swimmers.
What a super time we had – climbing, swinging, jumping on all kinds of adventurous, purpose built apparatus.
Starting at 09:15 each morning we all enjoyed (I think) two morning activities and then two more in the afternoon.
One activity was ‘Trapeze’ where a climb up a rounded pole with pegs suitably inserted was followed by a leap off the top platform (the size of a large dinner plate).
The ‘leap off’ was about 1.5 metres, the ground being 10 metres below, to catch a trapeze swing. Chris had a go but I claimed vertigo for remaining at ground level.
Archery was fun, where one of our groups according to the instructor, broke a record for the highest score at the centre.
Raft building was successful at first but the launching was rather disappointing – upside down with everyone in the water had not been the aim.
Some of the best activities encouraged groups to get all their members to the top. Co-operation was needed between the members. The team spirit shown here was magnificent. Jacobs Ladder was ideal for this. To see four people at the top of a 15 metre structure with raised fists signalling success was a rewarding moment.
How did the 17 GD swimmers manage a place at PGL when there are a lot more members in the club?
In March there are always County Competitions. There are certain times which must be achieved to compete in these county age groups. This year we had 34 successful competitors but because of other commitments only 17 could manage the weekend of 17th August. To enjoy a treat with Mr.P and Chris you have to work hard at your swimming and qualify for the County Competition in March. Entries have to be in by early January so work hard from the beginning of the new swimming season – September. Let us beat last years qualifying total of 34.
We do not always go to PGL. Last year we went by coach to London to see The Lion King.
Where should we go next year? Qualify for the Counties and let me know where you would suggest! One already received (from someone that has already qualified for next year) is to go to a swim camp in Portugal or Majorca! (Buy your sun cream now)
Take a look at the photos of the visit….
Eighteen swimmers competed at the popular DARTES Minster Meet at Beverley pool on 22nd April, they competed as of the age on the day of the race. They brought home 19 medals and 10 speeding tickets (this was a B/C grade meet and they just broke through the cut off times!!!).
The morning session excelled under the guidance of coach, David Trickett, with 10 medals, even after an exciting evening at the club champs and an early 6.30am start. The star performance was a win by 15 yrs Amy Evans in the first event, 100m IM(C) in a time of 1.24.85; she quickly followed this up with a 3rd place in 50m Fly in a time of 40.18 and was so close with a 7th & 8th place in backstroke and breaststroke respectively. Tonicha Watson was one of three girls on the day to bring home 3 medals; Tonicha, 15 yrs,came 2nd in both the 100m IM (B) and the 50m backstroke and won a 4th place in her favourite breaststroke in a time of 43.47, whilst achieving the accolade of a speeding ticket in the 50m fly .Lauren Zaitchenko made up the trio of 15 year old girls had a great race in the 50m freestyle finishing 2nd in a time of 37.48. The other trio competing in the morning were the 12 year old girls, Lydia Waring, Hollie Watkins and Zarah Thomas. Lydia led the way with 2 medals, a 4th and 5th in her favourite strokes of backstroke and breaststroke respectively, whilst Zarah came 5th in the 50m freestyle. Hollie just went that fast in the 100m IM she got a speeding ticket, smashing her entry time by 5.5s to finish in 1.34.22. The only boy in the morning was 9 year old Ethan Burton, he stuck close to David so he could talk man to man!! Ethan had 2 great swims, he smashed his 50m backstroke time an ot a speeding ticket, but then got himself back in the water and achieved 5th in the 50m freestyle in a PB of 47.09.
When the afternoon session came is was time for the two experienced coaches of Chris Webster and Mark Smith to guide the squad to another 9 medals. Try as we did to beat Davids tally we just wound the swimmers up so much they got 8 speeding tickets between them. Of the 9 medals won in the afternoon the 10year old girl quad won 6 of them. Harriet Webster had a great birthday getting 4th in her favourite 50m fly and 6th in both the 50m freestyle and her achilles heel, breaststroke; she surprised herself on backstroke with a 3s PB and a speeding ticket. Lily Talbot had a string of PBs resulting in three 6th places in 100m IM, 50m breaststroke and 50m fly; perhaps her best swim was actually a 4s PB on freestyle in 41.1s. Katie Bindon had some gutsy swims and was still feeling the tiredness in her bones from the club champs, but was really pleased with a PB in the breaststroke of 56.88s and was so close with two 7th places. Annabelle Haldenby was competing in her first open meet and was overjoyed with a 2.2s PB in the breaststroke; her grin was that wide she could have been on Alice in Wonderland. The trio of 9year old girls Nicole Bindon, Marsaili Jolly and Ryley Johnson were swimming in this meet for the first time and had some great swims. Ryley was excited with a 6th place in 50m freestyle as the result of a 1s PB in 45.84s and a speeding ticket in freestyle. Marsailli got PBs in both her swims of backstroke and breaststroke and loved cheering on her fellow swimmers. Nicole got a speeding ticket for annihilating her 50m freestyle time by 6s to 50.59s. The two 13 year old girls, Charlotte Smith and Ella Marsh, had a successful event. Charlotte got her mind into gear after a self analysis of her first race and achieved two 3rd places in fly and breaststroke and couldn’t believe it when she ot a speeding ticket in the freestyle. Ella has been training hard recently excelled at the freestyle with a 2.8s PB in a resultant speeding ticket. The only boys in the afternoon were in the 12years. Reagan Johnson , competing for the first time had a great breaststroke swim and was unfortunate to be DQ’d, but he rallied himself to swim the free and just couldn’t quite get going after a long afternoon. Zaki Thomas PB’d in all his swims, the most notable being a 6.4s PB in 50m backstroke and a massive 7.8s off the 100m IM time earning him a speeding ticket.
A long 11 hour day, but some great swims from all 18 swimmers, well done to you and your parents for supporting you and thanks to David and Mark for helping me coach.
THE opening round of this year Lincolnshire Junior League saw Gainsborough Dolphins travel to the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding. Competing against host club South Lincs with swimmers representing Grantham, City of Lincoln Pentaqua and Scunthorpe Anchor, Dolphins arrived with some very nervous youngsters who were competing for the Gainsborough club for the first time. The 49 event gala resulted in Dolphins claiming 22 top three finishes including nine victories. At the senior end of the junior league, for 12 & under swimmers only, both Ewan McKay and Will Walmsley finishes first as the latter won the 12/u 50m backstroke with Ewan recording a double as he swam superbly to touch first in the 12/u 50m butterfly and freestyle. In the 9 years age group both Ryley Johnson and Reuben Gidlow beat the nerves as they both gave outstanding performances to win the girls 25m breaststroke and boys 25m backstroke respectively. Joining Reuben to win the boys 9 years freestyle relay were Morgan Stamp, Nathan Woodhead and Hayden King with Morgan finishing third in his individual 25m breaststroke event. Following good swims from Emily Neal, Sian Saunders and Freya Janney a storming last leg was produced by Lilly Talbot to snatch victory on the touch in the girls 11/u medley relay. Boasting rights for Dolphins on the night were claimed by the girls 10/u squad as the quartet of Lydia Smith, Chloe Huddart, Lucie Blades and Harriet Webster claimed victories in both the freestyle and medley relays. The individual events for this age group saw the girls record four second places in very tight races with Freya Janney the unluckiest as she was denied victory by two one hundredths of a second in the 25m butterfly. Excellent swims from Lydia (50m breaststroke), Lucie (50m backstroke) and Harriet (50m freestyle) capped a fine night for the girls, whilst Chloe swam up in the 11/u girls 50m butterfly to finish third in a new personal best time. In the 11/u age group both Sian Saunders and Ben Ambrose finished second in the 50m breaststroke. The girls 9 years relay team of Marianne Berry, Ryley Johnson, Nicole Bindon and Erin Green were magnificent to claim second place in the medley relay and third in the freestyle event. In the 11/u age group Katie Bindon and in the 10/u Ethan Burton both finished third in the 50m backstroke with the final event of the evening securing the Gainsborough club’s final top three finish. With a selected boy/girl swimmer from each age group they compete in a cannon relay of eight legs of 25m each. Battling throughout in a thrilling finale, Ryley Johnson, Reuben Gidlow, Sophie Marzano, Ethan Burton, Chloe Huddart, Lydia Waring and Ewan McKay had all swam tremendous legs as they were just touched into third by the final Pentaqua swimmer. Excellent swims were also produced by Grace Tooke, Hollie Watkins, Reagan Johnson, Cammron Bower, Billy Thorpe, Declan Woodhead, Ethan Roslee, Hayden Goble, Alex Berry and Toby Sutherland who all contributed to the final result. The Club wish to thank all the supporters for travelling to cheer on the swimmers and to all coaches and volunteers for their assistance on the night. Final result: 1st Scunthorpe Anchor 167 points; 2nd City of Lincoln Pentaqua 164; 3rd Gainsborough Dolphins 132; 4th South Lincs 112; 5th Grantham 104.uddartHuddart, Ben Crookes, Lydia waring and Ean McKay