Hard work recognised

STOWMARKET Swimming Club recognised the hard work put in by their swimmers over the previous 12 months in their annual presentation evening on Saturday night.

STOWMARKET Swimming Club recognised the hard work put in by their swimmers over the previous 12 months in their annual presentation evening on Saturday night.

Members young and old, plus swimmers from the clubs Thursday night sessions, were presented with cups and trophies.

Success at the 2006 Club Championships, held just before Christmas, was also awarded on the night. Over 100 competitors had swum in 59 events, over seven sessions at the championships and, in total, 60 Club Championship records fell (32 girls, 28 boys).

Mr Phillip Jeffries presented over 90 cups and trophies, together with gold, silver and bronze medals to the swimmers at the award ceremony held at Stowmarket Snooker Club.

Stowmarket SC have had a very successful year, with many first places and several county records achieved at the County Championships in March.

Several swimmers also went on to compete at the Regional Championships, picking up a number of gold medals.

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Two swimmers also went on to compete at the National Championships in the summer, coming away with silver and bronze medals.

Club Coach Shaun Harrison, in presenting the coaches award, commented that it was very difficult to select the coaches boy and girl swimmer of the year awards, with several strong contenders.

The winners however, were 11 year-old Ella Delves, based on her excellent swims at her first Regional Championships, and 12 year-old Aaron Lynch, for his excellent performances throughout the year, becoming 12 year-old champion at county level, coming third overall at the Regional and National Championships and winning the national schools 100m freestyle title.

Lynch will now go on to represent England in the home schools international in March.

Training now continues for all swimmers, with high hopes for success in the forthcoming Suffolk County Championships to be held in March at Crown Pools, as well as the winter and summer league fixtures.

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