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Bude Sharks Swim to Victory! 19 Jun 10

posted 1 Feb 2011, 03:36 by Bude Sharks   [ updated 5 Jun 2011, 22:18 ]
Three Bude Sharks Teams set off to two separate galas on June 19th; one in Wadebridge and the other in Okehampton: two returned home victorious.

Below is a report by Kim Prescott (Club Coach) who took two teams to Wadebridge for the Novice and Development Gala, competing teams were Bude, Wadebridge, Truro and Camelford.

This was a wonderful event for new entrants into Sharks, especially those swimmers wishing to participate in their first gala (even if with a little encouragement!). The Novice event was first, which bought out some wonderful achievements from all those participating, Holly Nancekivell, Ellie Turner & Martha Allen for the girls and Michael Currie, Christopher Turner & Jackson Ward for the boys - who were all new to this event. They started with nerves, and climbed out without!!! - Absolutely wonderful swims from each of them, all showing no fear in taking on each stroke - and growing with confidence and enthusiasm approaching each event.

The Development gala followed swiftly on, with all the afternoon swimmers turning up promptly and with smiles on faces. Girls - Sophie Turner, Keeley Dawe & Maisy Harriss, Boys - Arthur Edwards, Cyril Cox, Rhys Burton and Chae Jenkins all put in excellent swims with several 1st and 2nd places achieved. This resulted in the Development team being placed 1st overall, leaving with the Trophy accompanied by smiles from ear to ear.

Not only did both groups perform amazingly well, but the team spirit was a joy to witness, each one being fully supported by their fellow team swimmers (as well as the vocals in the background from Sharks parents - thank you!)

Our third team headed to Okehampton to compete against Okehampton A and B teams and Crediton in what was to prove a very enjoyable evening with many of the swimmers achieving PBs ( personal best times) and recording first places in their individual events. Coach Maggie Davies was on poolside offering encouragement and support as well as a number of parents cheering on from the gallery.

The team was rewarded for all the effort they put in, boosted by reports of the earlier Wadebridge win, by finishing 1st ahead of Okehampton and Crediton. Taking part for Bude Sharks were: Freddie Caslake, Oliver Matthews, Freddie Norman, Matt Maynard, Celyn Ensell Bowen, Jay Innes, Ben Wilson, Ryan Chadwick, Jobe Harriss, Tom French, Tim Moyle and Julian Houghton, Amber Houghton, Sascha Mees, Keely Dawe, Isobel Nesham, Olivia Moyle, Molly Allen , Molly Mees, Rebecca Anderson, Abbie French, Kate Watts, Becks Hill and Tanya Houghton.

We would like to thank both Wadebridge and Okehampton for organising the galas and the Bude Sharks swimmers for some fantastic swims. Well done all.