Khaled, Suzannah, George, Jack and Joseph formed their own small team for warm up and the race, cheering each other on, all doing fantastic PBs!
We attended this event last year for the first time with some good results. This year we stepped up – more swimmers joined in and swam some fantastic times, getting many new Surrey and Regional times. Our swimmers exhibited grace, race pace strategy and maturity.
All Swimmers achieved a PB and Leander won 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. See the full results.
Head Coach Martin writes: This was our second time at this meet and we love this one day gala. Great location, great pool, conveniently over one day only, smooth running and very FAST swimming from Leander swimmers.
A computer crash at Southbury Leisure Centre delayed the start by an hour and meant a very late finish but Leander’s swimmers weren’t fazed. One of our club goals for this year is to win our division and gain promotion and so we took the gala by storm.
Determined to win this round Leander swimmers came first 8 times in the first 14 races! Overall we had 17 first places, 16 second and 10 third. We never came worst than 5th.
Fantastic work by all swimmers and the first step in our goal to win this division accomplished. Bring on the next round on 14th November and then into the Finals on 12th December where we will meet the best teams from our division. Next round team selection will be after Bromley meet. Please make sure you are available for those dates if selected.
Kate Eaton writes: The first weekend of October: the leaves are turning and a young Leander swimmer’s thoughts turn once more to competing. This first open meet of the season gave 85 Leander swimmers a chance to practise those all-important racing skills after the summer break.
The swimmers may have been ‘race rusty’ (as head coach Martin Jurco phrased it), but the 140 medals that they won between them (50 gold, 46 silver, 44 bronze) showed not a trace of oxidization! There were also some impressive PBs – the coaches were very happy with the way the swimmers performed so early on in the season.
The coaches themselves showed massive stamina – they were on poolside for a marathon 8 hours both days with barely a break. A huge vote of thanks too to all the Leander officials and trainee officials who volunteered their help at the gala.
Talk of ‘battles’ and ‘duels’ aside, it was a good-natured, friendly affair. Swimmers were certainly put through their paces, indeed some hardly came up for air as they scurried from one heat to the next. In the event it was a close-run contest with Bromley pipping Leander to the post with 372 points to 339…. Who’s up for another go next year?
A massive thank you to the coaches and to the team of parent-volunteers from Bromley and Leander who kept the show running like clockwork (whether a motivating factor was getting home in time to watch the Rugby we shall never know!).