ATLANTIS SWIM KIDS GO WEST IN SEARCH OF GOLD.
14th July 2014
A small contingent of Atlantis juniors & their parents travelled over 200 miles for a weekend of high class swimming competition at the �50 million Plymouth Life Centre, home of the country`s premier swim club Plymouth Leander. The purpose of the trip was to give the swimmers experience of competing away from home in a different environment from what they were used to and racing a heavy programme in a long-course 50 metre pool which they will have to do if they are to progress in the future.The eight swimming youngsters, members of the club`s County Development Squad, contested over 60 races ranging from 50 metre sprints up to 400 & 1500 metre events, racking up an impressive total of 25 medals including 7 Gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze.
The 11 year old girls were impressive with Amelia Wright (3 golds,2 bronze) Rebecca Barber (1 gold, 6 silver) Ethel Whyman (2 silver, 2 bronze) to the fore. 10 year old Ellie Smith had a great meet scooping 1 gold,1 silver & 2 bronze, together with Amelie Somers who clocked several good PBs in the tough 11 years division.
Toby Van der Hut led the boys efforts with 2 Golds in the demanding distance events, ably supported by Kian Cooke (2 silver, 1 bronze) and Nick Cooper who was handicapped with an injured shoulder from a cricket accident yet bravely completed his full programme of races.
The trip was also a great bonding success with swimmers & parents enjoying the social side with ice cream, fish & chips, a visit to the city`s famous Barbican Centre and a Saturday night group meal with plenty of laughs and banter with a demand for a return next year.
Meanwhile, away from the swimming pool, 3 Atlantis swimmers took part in the annual Pier to Pier swim in the sea in Brighton. In the Junior section, Yasmin Hooker came home in third place, closely followed by team mate Rose Stride who finished in 6th place. In the boys Juniors, George Charter had some tough competition, but still finished in a creditable 10th place.