Great Yarmouth Swimming Club hosted another successful development gala at the UEA pool in Norwich on Saturday 17th September. These galas offer an important opportunity for swimmers who are perhaps new to competing, or are in junior squads, to improve their race skills and test themselves against swimmers from other clubs. Four clubs sent very large teams to the gala: Great Yarmouth, Diss Otters, West Norfolk and Norwich Swans, making the racing extremely competitive and medals well deserved.
Great Yarmouth had an excellent evening, coming away with an impressive medal haul of 25 golds, 15 silvers and 6 bronzes, along with a pleasing amount of new personal best times for the swimmers who took part.
In the age 9 category, Harvey Green set the pace, winning an impressive 3 gold medals in the100m IM, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke and a silver in the 50m freestyle. Morgan Twose also swam well taking gold in the 25m backstroke and bronze in the 25m freestyle. The 9 year old girls put in a strong performance, with 3 of them taking the top spot in at least one of their races. Skye Nichols won gold in the 100m IM and 50m breaststroke, silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 50m freestyle. Amelia Dibble took gold in 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly and silver in the 50m breaststroke and Emma Land took gold in 25m breaststroke, silver in 50m backstroke and bronze in 100m IM.
Great Yarmouth also had success in the age 10s. Grace Turner took double gold, with wins in the 100m IM and 50m breaststroke and Zoe Land earned a silver in the 50m butterfly. Thomas Smith also had 2 gold medals to take home with him, winning the 25m breaststroke and 25m backstroke. Oscar Rose took 3 medals with him by winning gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 25m backstroke and bronze in the 25m freestyle.
The final age group that Great Yarmouth competed in was the age 11 and over category. Isla Marshall had a particularly impressive evening, leaving the gala with 4 medals: gold in the 25m freestyle, 25m butterfly and 25m breaststroke, narrowly missing out on the full set with a silver in the 25m backstroke. Millie Beck also swam consistently well through the evening, taking gold in 50m freestyle, and 50m breaststroke and silver in the 50m butterfly. Tough training sessions recently seem to be paying off, with the boys in this age group performing strongly. Charlie Shearing was delighted to win gold in 50m backstroke and 25m butterfly and a silver in the 100m IM, where he was beaten by team mate Cameron Loveland who took the gold. Cameron also took gold in the 25m backstroke, and silver in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Aidan Walker had a great evening taking gold in the 25m freestyle, silver in the 25m backstroke and bronze in the 100m IM. George Ross took 2 silvers in the 25m breaststroke and 50m backstroke with a bronze in the 25m butterfly and Adam Platten took silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle.
The swimmers who competed were: Harvey Green, Morgan Twose, Cameron Loveland, Charlie Shearing, Aidan Walker, George Ross, Skye Nichols, Emma Land, Grace Turner, Isla Marshall, Thomas Smith, Adam Platten, Ameila Dibble, Millie Beck, Zoe Land and Oscar Rose. Well done to all the swimmers, and huge thanks to the coaching staff and volunteers without whom these galas would not happen.