Burgers and Bangers, Trophies and Medals - it must be the Summer BBQ!

24th July 2013

On July 20th the sun continued to shine, and our swimmers and parents made their way to Partridge Green for our annual Summer Barbecue. We were warmly welcomed into the lovely home and grounds of our Chairman and his family, for which the club is tremendously grateful. In the idyllic surroundings, families were able to enjoy the sunshine whilst the children had the opportunity to play tennis, rounders, American football and water ballooning. One would have thought it would be a nice change from being together in a swimming pool, yet many seemed to spend their time in the lovely outdoor pool, and why not!

It was not long before the barbecues were sizzling, and everyone enjoyed a great spread for lunch with all the dishes contributed by the parents to accompany the burgers and sausages. But this was not just about having a lovely day, sitting around in the sunshine socializing; there was some serious business to attend to.


With the summer holidays upon us, most of our swimmers will be starting to unwind and looking forward to their well deserved break from training. It has been a long hard season for many, what with The National League, The Sussex League, The County and Regional Championships, 3 Atlantis galas and all the other galas that have been attended. However, for four of our swimmers, the climax of their season is still to come. Once again, Atlantis will be sending four swimmers up the M1 to Sheffield for the National Championships. The club is very proud of Bex Lobley and Kate Windle who are returning to Sheffield as previous competitors, and also to debutants Eleanor Morris and Lily Davis who have both qualified for two events for the first time. The club presented them with the traditional National T-shirts, to be worn with pride on poolside and everyone wishes them the very best of luck. There was a tinge of sadness, however, as this will possibly be the last time Eleanor and Kate will be swimming for Atlantis. They will be greatly missed in the pool and we hope that maybe in the future they will return and once again pull on a black and yellow swim hat.


Attention then turned to trophies, and the club was presented with the County Trophy for the girl’s age group winners. At the County Championships our girls totaled more points than any other club in Sussex, and were rewarded with a magnificent trophy which will be displayed with pride in our new trophy cabinet in The Pavilions reception area.


Moving on, there was also the small issue of the results of the 200m Club Championships to be announced. Andy and Bill were stood beside a table laden with trophies to be presented to the top 3 swimmers overall, in each age group:

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Bill started the presentations with the Girls aged 8 and under. This was won by Rowena State, who set three new Championship records in the process. Second was Kiran Sandhu and third was Amber Ranson, who bravely swum having only recently joined the club at Steyning.


The 9 year old girls was won by Elena Smith, with Emma Morris second and Emma Harrison in third place.


In the 10 year old girl’s age group, best of friends Rebecca Barber and Ethel Whyman were first and second respectively, separated by just 2 points, with Isobel Hooker coming third.


The 11 year old girls champion was Freya Fulcher, with Holly Porter coming 2nd and third was Aston Martin.


The 12 year old girls provided a very good contest with the points being shared amongst many swimmers, but in the end Lauren Pedel was crowned champion, just 1.5 points ahead of Madeline Carey, with Anya Elvin coming 3rd.


Kate Windle won in the talented 13 year old age group, setting 3 new championship records in the process, ahead of Rose Stride in 2nd place and Sophie Lee grabbing 3rd. Lily Davis set a new record in the breaststroke.


In the 14 year olds, Eleanor Morris picked up the winner’s trophy and set 4 new championship records, with Yasmin Hooker coming second and Lucy Lee matching her sister’s 3rd place.


In the 15 year olds, Ella Windle came first and set 3 new championship records, whilst Bluebell Whyman came second and Emily Wenzel came third.


Our senior girls in the 16 and over age group had some great races, and Bex Lobley came through as champion, with Beth Hundleby runner-up, and Isobel Davis coming 3rd.


And so to the boys and in the 9 year olds Max Windle just edged out Michael Pallister for first spot with Jacob Davis coming third. Both Max and Michael set new championship records in the breaststroke and fly.


In the 10 year old age group there was a very close battle between William Carey and Kian Cooke, with William just edging first spot. Sam Clarke came third.


In the 11 year olds, we had the rare case of a tie for first place between Toby van der Hut and James North who both scored 57 points. Robert (Bongos) Hartley scored 52 points to just pip Cameron Holden-Graham for third place by 1 point.


Sam Hawkins picked up the 12 year old's champions trophy, just ahead of Matthew Boyes in second with Louis Batten in third.


In the 13 year old category, James Hartley came first, followed by Michael White and Daniel Butler.


The 14 year old boys had a keenly contested set of races, with the final result hinging on their last race. Andrew Kershaw just edged out Edward Hundleby by 1 point to take the champions trophy, with Cavan Murphy coming a close third. Andrew also set a new championship record for the backstroke.


In the 15 year olds, George Charter was the clear winner, ahead of George Boyle in second and Luke Kilford in third place. Our club vice-captain set a new championship record in the breaststroke.


In the 16 and over, Matt Fulcher set a new championship record in the fly on his way to collecting the winner’s trophy ahead of Andrew Wilkie. Andy Lobley and Matt Cumber declined the opportunity to enter!

An updated list of the 200m Club Championship records is now available here.


And that concluded the presentations, which meant it was soon time for the main event! It wouldn’t be an Atlantis BBQ without the infamous Harris Hog Roast! Whilst the gents ensured the roast was well tended throughout the day, everyone enjoyed the evenings fare.


Finally, the club says a massive ‘Thank you’ to Andrew and Lucia for being such fantastic and accommodating hosts once again. An equally big thank you goes to Alison Hartley and her team for putting together such a great day and lastly, also to all the parents and swimmers for making the day so special. Enjoy the summer holidays, and be prepared for next season, when all our swimmers will become stronger and faster!

Editor's note: Apologies for the poor quality of the photos - I have never claimed to be a photographer and I was experiencing technical issues with my camera! If, however, you would still like a copy of any of the photos, drop me an email at: .