Chard club's Dare breaks mould

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

Chard and District's junior swimmers

Chard and District's junior swimmers

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SOME of the younger members, Jake Hallam, Jamie and Hannah Pullinger, Luke van den Barselaar and Abigail Dare, got the call up to represent the club at the ASA South West Regional Age Group Championships.

SOME of the younger members, Jake Hallam, Jamie and Hannah Pullinger, Luke van den Barselaar and Abigail Dare, got the call up to represent the club at the ASA South West Regional Age Group Championships. This event was held for all the younger swimmers who had previously obtained regional times. There were some notable performances.Jake Hallam, who displayed his talent in the 200m Butterfly event where he reached the final, obtaining a club record for the 14 years and under age group in a time of 2-35-33 and he was rewarded with fifth place overall. He continued to shine in the 400m Individual Medley where he broke the 14 years and open club record in a time of 5-30-64. He also produced consistent performances in the 100m fly, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. Jamie Pullinger qualified for the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke finals. In the 100m breaststroke event he achieved a 10 years club record of 1-39-13 finishing sixth in both events. He was the youngest representative for Chard. He competed in the most events which included the 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. He maintained a high standard mirrored by the other swimmers.Luke van den Barselaar competed in the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley and, alongside Abigail Dare, was one of the three qualifiers for the 400m individual medley event. Abigail was the first, and only girl, to ever qualify for this event which is an achievement in itself and she also swam the 100m backstroke. Hannah Pullinger competed in the 100m freestyle event which enabled her to be named May Swimmer of the month for her efforts.Club coach John Farrant said that he was pleased with the progress that the swimmers are making at the highest levels of swimming in the South West of England."The number of club records and finals from the nine swimmers was great, as were the qualifications of Abigail Dare, Jake Hallam and Luke van den Barselaar, swimming in the 400m individual medley. "The swimming programme that the club runs is producing excellent swimmers, whilst giving children time to have other interests and study. "Getting swimmers into competitions as soon, and as often, as possible is very important, many of the 12-year-olds have several years of experience and are very confident individuals. Giving swimmers the opportunity to compete in serious competition is the only way to realise potential!"All swimmers should be congratulated for their efforts, both in achieving South West Regional Qualifying times and competing in the ASA Regional Championships! They, alongside several other swimmers will represent Chard by competing in the SW region sprint competition in Gloucester on June 28.

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