Gold Squad member Sándor Apponyi swam in the finals of the London primary school championships on 11 May, and is now the breaststroke champion with a new schools’ record of 17.92s! He has even been asked to go to Bejing next March to compete in the Interschools Olympics.
Coach Steve Baker writes: Leander juniors had a stunning victory in the first round of the Milton Keynes League, Division 2, held at Dunstable on 7th June. There were 49 events in all; Leander was first in 25 of them and second in 12. Download the full results (XLS).
The club also won 11 of 17 relays – a real measure of our strength in depth. Everyone worked together as a team and this was shown during the last event, ‘the cannonball’. The atmosphere can only be described as electric as for the last event the Leander team screamed their club mates home to victory.
Huge thanks to Caroline, Dave and Steve; the coaching team, supported by Sarah and Jake White as Team Managers.
Individual race winners:
- Stella Thomas
- Sandor Apponyi
- Ollie Stoole
- Reese George
- Layth Abdullah
- Bella Hodges
- Kirsten Harvie
- Lizzie Adelman
- Finlay Douglas
- Jordan Darling
- Jacob Taylor
- Emma Mango
Well done everyone! There are two more rounds to go, the next on 5th July.
Well done Reese George who took 200m Backstroke Gold in the London Region Age Group Champs at the Aquatics Centre. See the full results.
Half term swim camp – great for improving technique and having fun!
The Wandsworth Borough Champs take place on 21st and 29th June. See the Schedule of Events and Promoter’s Conditions.
Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: I am pleased to announce two important changes to the current timetable for Junior Platinum and Platinum Squads starting week commencing 12th May:
The club has secured an earlier start at Crystal Palace on Wednesdays (5.30pm), so
- Junior Platinum will swim from 5.30 – 7pm (with possibility to extend till 7.30pm in the future)
- Platinum will swim at their usual time from 6.30 – 8.30pm
There will be a new Friday morning session at Ernest Bevin from 6.30 – 8am.
Swimming ‘doubles’ (morning and evening training on the same day) is the next and very important step in competitive swimming.
Altogether this gives us valuable long course training and an extra 3.5 hours of pool time for our strong Junior Platinum squad. The total training time each week is now 13hrs – in line with the LTAD model for this age group. Platinum hours increase from 14.5 to 16hrs. We’re now very competitive with the best clubs in the area and in the country!
This is great news and I am sure you are as excited as I am in this first step of successful development for Leander. Many more to come. Onwards and Upwards. Martin