Young swimmers to the fore

PUBLISHED: 10:59 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:13 16 June 2010

Juniors from Chard and District Swimming participated in the first round of the Southern Junior League gala held at Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol, writes Steph Hallam.

Juniors from Chard and District Swimming participated in the first round of the Southern Junior League gala held at Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol.

There was a high standard of swimming from all eight teams involved, with Chard being the smallest. All 38 Chard swimmers competed well, producing a large number of PBs, showing a huge amount of determination and enthusiasm.

Elisha Hawkins, 10, was successful in winning her 50m butterfly event. With Leo Kindred, 9, achieving second position in the 25m breaststroke, whilst the nine-year-old freestyle relay team (Liam Mathieson, Jamie Hannaford, Henry Taswell and Ben Greenslade), also obtained a second place. In the nine year olds' medley relay team (Ben Greenslade, Liam Mathieson, Ryan Adair and Henry Taswell) came third.

Jamie Pullinger, 11, bagged a second place in 50m butterfly and a third in the 50m backstroke. Adam Reid, 9, and Oliver Bilbie, 11 also finished third in their respective 50m backstroke events.

Determination from the medley teams of nine year old girls -Abigail Bonning, Aline Arnold, Bea Brett and Isobel Lidiard - and 10 year old girls Ella Harvey, Tamsin Edge, Elisha Hawkins and Carrie Lewis - rewarded them with third place.

l Bronze Speed Badges were obtained by Liam Mathieson and Ryan Adair, both 9, who were delighted to receive them.

The Junior League forms part of the competitive development of young swimmers. The club always welcomes keen swimmers that would like the opportunity to compete in a friendly, atmospheric gala, particularly those aged seven and eight years old.

l Results: Swindon Dolphins 296; S X 3, 291; Bradford on Avon 285; Severnside 235; Soundwell 212; Chard and District Swimming Club 208; Jurassic 154; North Dorset 61.

l Full squad: Ryan Adair, Ben Greenslade, Jamie Hannaford, Liam Mathieson, Leo Kindred, Henry Taswell, Aline Arnold, Abigail Bonning, Bea Brett, Isabel Lidiard. Barnaby Down, Charlie Kendall, Adam Reid, Tom Simpson, Ella Harvey, Tamsin Edge, Elisha Hawkins, Carrie Lewis, Jamie Pullinger, Iain Ross, Lewis Evans, Karl Still, Susan Ross, Marsha Emery, Harriet Uren, Daniella Edge, Florence Swan, Jake Harvey, Oliver Bilbie, Jay Kindred, Ashley and Jamie Lillington, Joe Spurway, Chloe Bryant, Elsie Emery, Melissa Hanson, Mollie Simpson, and Lauren van den Barselaar.

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