Arena League 2014 Final Round

IMG_0399It seems that all the Gods of pools, traffic, coaches and health were against Leander SC. It started with the pool closure of EB, Martin ill and out of action for days, swimmers succumbing to the flu bug like dominoes.

On the day the ordeal was not over. Late departure on a coach with broken heating and without a sat-nav, a traffic signal failure in Clapham and turning up at the wrong pool meant that we missed the warm up but eventually we arrived and our first swimmers went straight onto the starting blocks. Continue reading

London Winter Regional Championships 2014

LWR2014Leander sent a small team to the Winter Regionals at the London Aquatic Centre. Lots of great performances with 10 PBs, some by quite a margin. Highlights:

  • Alex Archer made the top 8 in 100 breaststroke
  • The men’s freestyle relay team (Aymeric, James, Jake and Rui) took 4th
  • The men’s medley relay team (Ben, Jacob, James and Aymeric) came 5th
  • In the new mixed freestyle relay, our team of Aymeric, James, Amber and Francesca excelled to come 7th in a tough competition

Many thanks to Emily, who stood in at the last minute for an ill Martin. She adds:
“Despite the long weekend and competing against some of the best swimmers in the region, our swimmers really came together as a team – not just during the swims but on poolside too. :-)”

See the full results.

James is going to the Worlds!

James1Many congratulations to James Webster, who has qualified for World Deaf Championships in Texas next August after winning a gold and two silver medals at the British Gas Open Disability Nationals in November.

Well done James!

Beckenham Rising Stars results

RisingStars14Martin writes: A successful November weekend!!!

Great results on Saturday at the Distance meet and Leander swimmers continued with fast swims on the Sunday. 56 swimmers from Bronze to Senior squad entered Beckenham L3 Rising Stars meet. Leander swimmers collected 76 medals (28 Gold, 22 Silver and 26 Bronze) plus many many PB’s and many Surrey county qualifying times.

Well done to all swimmers and coaches. Also well done to all parents who volunteered and officiated at the meet.

Ruth Simpson writes: many of the parents as well as the children arrived exhausted to Sunday’s Beckenham Stars Autumn Meet, but the adrenalin from the night before held out through the second session of the day. But Beckenham is always a great gala to attend, and with the fabulous music to get the swimmers in the mood, it all went swimmingly.

Leander had a great turn out  from all the squads, with fabulous swims from the younger members including, Cosmo, Christo and Frankie, while the girls were represented by Saskia and Holly amongst others. Lots of big PBs and some Surrey times, too.

Congratulations to all those who won medals or one of the lovely ‘Rising Star’ badges. Best supporter award goes to Cecilia Alfonso-Eaton while best dancers of the gala were without doubt Jack Aeron Thomas and Jake Wood!

See the full results.