Diss Otters held their annual open gala at the UEA Sportspark pool on Sunday 21stOctober. Despite coming quickly after the recent Iceni and Nifty 50s galas, GYSC still had an impressive 31 swimmers that competed. Other clubs that participated included the very strong City of Cambridge and West Norfolk teams as well as Thetford Dolphins, Huntingdon Pirates and of course the hosts – Diss Otters.
The GYSC swimmers were up for the challenge, however, and came away with an impressive total of 23 golds, 9 silvers and 5 bronze medals with some gutsy swims and really close races meaning the spectators were entertained the whole day long. Many of the swimmers also gained county qualification times, ready for the Norfolk County Championships which are held after Christmas. There were also 80 pb swims by our swimmers meaning 52.6% of all individual swims resulted in new pb times.
Amelia Dibble (10) added to her ever-increasing medal collection by winning another 8 gold medals and 1 silver. She competed in every event of the day, and to be so consistently strong across all the strokes and distances is especially impressive. Ryan Webb (16) also continued his excellent run of form by taking gold in all of the 5 events he swam. He even managed to swim some more pb times, despite only setting many of them in the last few weeks. His 56.41s time for the 100m free was described by head coach Richard Every as a ‘humdinger’ of a swim! In another brilliantly close race, Ryan took gold in the 50m free in 25.55s in a really close head to head race with a West Norfolk Swimmer. In the same heat Jacob Zandbergen (14) – racing against older swimmers – was 4thin a new pb of 27.27, which won him gold in his age group. Jacob also took gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 100m backstroke.
There was also plenty of gold to be had by the GYSC swimmers in the girls 17 and over age group, with Taylor Hudson seeing a return to form, and a renewed enjoyment of competing, taking 3 golds and 3 silvers. She battled it out with team mate Katie Maloney in the same age group, with Katie taking an impressive 4 golds and a silver. Other medal winners included Mimi Tyler (9) silver in 50m backstroke, Ruby Rowland (9) bronze in 50m backstroke, Skye Nichols (10) bronze in 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, Jasmine Coleman (12) gold in 100m butterfly and bronze in 50m butterfly, Anna Pearce (13) silver in 100m butterfly and bronze in 100m breaststroke and Jack Tate (12) silver in 100m butterfly.
There was a great atmosphere on poolside with good cheering on of team mates in their races. Well done to all of the swimmers who competed and thanks to the coaching team, team managers and volunteer officials without whom these galas could not take place.
GYSC is always on the look out for people who may be interested in becoming time keepers and officials. It is a great way to give something back to the club, and support the children, enabling club galas to happen. If you would like to find out more, please speak to committee member David Gordon, who can advise you.