Swimming: 100-year-old club still building for the future

PUBLISHED: 14:55 01 February 2011

The winners from the club’s centenary championships

The winners from the club’s centenary championships


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

John Boyle

Emma Sarginson

10 Years – Barker Associates Cup

George Rogers

Phoebe Snow

11 Years – SWASC Challenge Trophy

Alexander Thomas

12/13 Years – Millenium Trophy

Albert Pavelin

Butler Cup

Sarah Howlett

14 Years plus – Ellis Rooke Cup

Edward Pottrill

Cole Challenge Cup

Emily Abery

Coach’s Awards – Mary Mottram Trophy

Nathan Wright

Kirsty Eva Brownlie Memorial

Ekatharina Rahr Bohr

The Ward-Booth Cup

Trixie Snow

If you are interested in joining the Saffron Seals please contact Marion Grange on – marion.grainge@ntlworld.com.

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