Swimming: 100-year-old club still building for the future
PUBLISHED: 14:55 01 February 2011
A CLUB in Saffron Walden is busy laying crucial foundations for the future at the same time as celebrating its 100-year existence.
The Saffron Seals, who train and compete at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, have been going for a century and after appointing a new coach for 2011 are aiming high.
Meetings have been held to plot its path forward and allow it to achieve expansion gradually over the next three years – they want to grow to 150 members within the next 24 months.
At the helm is Chairman Neil Pottrill who helped appoint new head coach Gareth Warwick ahead of the club’s centenary championships in January.
Speaking after watching 70 young competitors, ranging from 11 to 16, take to the pool Warwick said: “I am very pleased with the way the young people performed.”
The event took place over a Friday and Saturday evening with 50 races being run. Strokes ranged from freestyle, butterfly, and individual medleys and Mr Pottrill said that the youngsters all performed to a very high standard.
After handing out the medals to the winners of each race he explained: “The races were run in accordance with Amateur Swimming Association laws which focus on swimming stroke, style, starts and turns, which the swimmers have been training for over many months.
“Medals were presented to the individual winners for each race category with points awarded for each place.
“The points where then aggregated to find the cup or trophy winners for each age group which were presented by the clubs new vice President and former head coach Howard Godwin.”
The following youngsters were successful in receiving cups or trophies for their efforts over the two-day event:
9 Years – Saffron Walden Laundry Shield
10 Years – Barker Associates Cup
11 Years – SWASC Challenge Trophy
12/13 Years – Millenium Trophy
14 Years plus – Ellis Rooke Cup
Cole Challenge Cup
Coach’s Awards – Mary Mottram Trophy
Kirsty Eva Brownlie Memorial
Ekatharina Rahr Bohr
The Ward-Booth Cup
If you are interested in joining the Saffron Seals please contact Marion Grange on – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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