Atlantis swimmers star again in the Sussex Winter Competition.
3rd November 2014
Atlantis swimmers were in fine form again on Sunday, when swimming in the second and final day of The Sussex Winter Competition. Building on last week’s excellent showing, Atlantis won 35 more medals including 18 gold. 11 year old Rebecca Barber won 4 more gold medals and she was joined by Jessica Mace (9), Ethel Whyman (11) and Beth Britton (15), who all won 3 of their events. In the boys’ events, Andrew Kershaw (15) bagged himself 5 medals from his 7 events, 3 of which were gold, and he was joined by Michael Pallister and Cameron Holden-Graham who were also event winners. Many other swimmers were in the medals, notably Millie Weedon (10) and Amelia Wright (11) who both won 3medals and Toby van der Hut, who won 2. Well done to all our swimmers.
In the younger age groups, swimmers were also awarded points as well as medals, and at the end of the two days, awards were presented to those swimmers who had amassed the most points from all their swims. Jessica Mace won the 9 year old girls award, whilst in the 11 year old girls, Atlantis were well represented with Ethel Whyman winning, Rebecca Barber coming third and Amelia Wright 5th. In the boys, Michael Pallister was just edged into second place in the 10 year old age group.
This new competition proved to be a very successful event for the County, and will now become an annual event, with the hope that it will become a Winter Championship, in due course. The facilities at The Pavilions were excellent and the whole event ran faultlessly, due mainly to all the hard work from the County Officials, the volunteers from all the swimming clubs and the leisure centre staff, and hopefully, Horsham will become the regular home for this event each year.
Meanwhile, whilst all the excitement of the swimming gala was going on, the group of swimmers that have been training in Lanzarote were starting their journey home. They have spent the last week in intense training, spending up to 6 hours a day in the pool. The exhausted group returned home late on Sunday evening, nicely sun tanned, and fully fit, ready for Atlantis’ next competition, the second round of The Arena National League in Maidstone on Saturday. Currently sitting top of the league, Atlantis will be up against teams from Maidstone, Croydon, Orpington, Canterbury and Dartford in what should be a very exciting evening.
Overall Age Group winners Ethel Whyman and Jessica Mace.