20th September 2011

Atlantis swimmers have new ambitions, targets and aspirations in mind, with the start of the 2011/12 season.  Saturday saw some 35 Atlantis swimmers head down to Brighton for the first gala of the season. The popular sprint meet hosted by Brighton Swimming Club is a great curtain raiser for the gala season, allowing swimmers to get some early competitive times under their belts. For some, this was their first ever gala provided them with valuable experience.  For others it was about getting back into the racing atmosphere and shaking off the summer cobwebs.  Seeing swimmers from all the squads getting together and cheering each other on was great to see – true Atlantis spirit!

The racing began with the 9 year old girls 100 IM, which must have been nerve-racking for all of them. It didn’t seem to bother Isobel Hooker and Maya Magee, who were the first Atlantis swimmers on show, and they both posted massive PB’s – a great way to start the day. And this proved to be a sign of things to come. Looking through the programme it was obvious that there were some very talented swimmers competing from Sussex, Surrey, Kent and South London, and all the races were going to be tough. The ‘bling hunters’ were in for a tough day, despite Brighton awarding medals for 4th, 5th, and 6th places and  trophies for the top three places. Atlantis only had to wait for the 2nd event for its first medal.

Being a sprint event, the races came thick and fast, and the gallery was treated to some great races throughout the morning in some 30 events. Atlantis hit the lunch break with 16 medals and trophies in the bag. All the Atlantis swimmers were performing with real guts and determination, but Lauren Pedel’s 50m backstroke and Jade Stocker’s 50m Breaststroke were stand-out races with both of them winning gold and getting their County Qualifying times.

The afternoon session kicked off with the 12 year old girls 100 IM, and Beth Britton got the Club back under way in the medal hunt with a 3 second PB and the gold medal. And so the scene was set for an afternoon of fine performances from all our swimmers. 30 more events led to another 16 medals. Overall it was a highly successful event for Atlantis, and every swimmer represented the club fantastically, and could return home proud of their collective achievements.


Andy Lobley summed up the day: “We are delighted with our results today. We came here only 2 weeks back into full training with a squad of swimmers ranging from people swimming in competition for the first time to experienced Regional swimmers. We achieved a staggering 42 county qualifying times but more exciting than that was they came from 20 individual swimmers. We were really pleased with our starts and turns today, something we have really focused on during the closed season and it paid great dividends today. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season and I know our swimmers are too.”


Further Information: Andy Lobley - 07510 710266