Chard and District Swimming Club youngsters excel in latest gala

PUBLISHED: 16:07 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:07 17 February 2015

Chard and District Swimming Club swimmers and club volunteers who were behind the successful Gala held at  Flamingo Pool Axminster.

Chard and District Swimming Club swimmers and club volunteers who were behind the successful Gala held at Flamingo Pool Axminster.


Chard and District Swimming Club held their fourth Preliminaries Gala last weekend at Flamingo Pool, Axminster, writes Heather Pullinger.

The Gala, mainly for the 10 and under age groups, is intended to give the club’s newest and youngest swimmers a taster at competitive swimming at a fun, and friendly gala.

The races were all one length only in each of the four strokes, and over 40 young swimmers took part - supported by parents and friends watching from poolside.

Congratulations go to three swimmers who swam under 20 seconds for the first time in their 25m freestyle race and so achieved the Club’s Bronze Speed Badge for 9-year-olds and under:

Mia Porter, Catherine Webb and Lyndon Smith. They join four other swimmers this year so far who have achieved club speed badges – Noah Payne and Esme Huntley also won bronze badges at club gala one in January, and Millie Downes and Oliver Lenthall who achieved the silver badge for swimming 50m freestyle in under 36 seconds.

Time-keeping and marshalling was undertaken by several of the club’s older swimmers who have or will be are taking part in the ASA South West Young Volunteer Programme, so it was truly a ‘team’ effort: Jamie Pullinger, Paul Harrison, Iain Ross, Ben Greenslade, Simon Davies, Millie Downes,Susan Ross, Lauren Harrison, Lauren van den Barselaar, Mollie Simpson and Tessa Down.

All those taking part received a club certificate confirming their times, which were presented at the end by club chairman Eric van den Barselaar to: Grace Lambert, Mia and Esme Huntley, Natasha Dower, Flo McConnell, Posy Doble, Kaitlyn Flannigan, Abbie Herbert, Catherine Webb,Mia Porter, Bella Young, Freya Rex, Maddie Veevers, Scarlett Coles, Lola Saxby, Sarah Cawley, Daisy Russell, Kaite Hampton-Rumbold, Nia McConnell, Bella Shrubb, Alara Jenkin, Emilia Smith, Ava Farthing, Megan Lees, Delilah Hutter, Holly Cleverly, Ollie Parry Leyshon, Freddie Coles, Jevan Hampton-Rumbold, Ben Webb, Joe Shrubb, Niall Beauchamp, Lyndon Smith, Joseph Swan, Ruben Wild, Ferdy Parry Leyshon, Sam Hare, Harrison Larcombe, Finlay Downes, Sam Davies, Oscar Porter and Oscar Farthing.

Chard and District Swimming Club are always looking for new members; sessions are held at Axminster, Chard and Crewkerne, as well as long-course training at Millfield School pool. If you would like to find out more about the club, including how to go about having a trial, visit the website

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