A team of seven swimmers from Redhill and Reigate Masters went over to Guernsey last weekend to take part in the annual swim meet organised by the Guernsey Swimming Club. This was the largest team to turn out for our club for a few years.
There were some good results over the weekend with five members coming away with medals. This was a really amazing as the weeks leading up to the meet, nearly every member of the team had some sort of injury and had not put in the training they would have liked.
One member who was able to attend this year was Jenny Bass who was unable to come last year as she was very poorly but after a long recovery she made her return to the pool and came away with two gold medals and was part of the ladies individual medley relay team which was placed 3rd.
Helen Dempsey is a new member of our club and took part in her first ever competition and took home two bronze medals in her age group swims.
Our one and only male competitor, Martin Heron maintained his record of gaining the most medals by taking three golds, two silver and a bronze.
The two other medal winners were Brenda Hallpike and Jo Read, Brenda did very well despite the fact she had a fractured bone in her foot and had not put in any training for the last couple of weeks.
Although they did not come away with medals this year, Tricia Wright and Denise Anderson came along and represented the club, which is what we all sign up to do when we join the club.
We have Yvonne Barrows, the master’s coach to thank for some great improvements in performances. The recent sessions on starts and turns enabled Denise to do a personal best in the 400 freestyle by 9 seconds!
Many thanks to the two supporting husbands especially Martin Hallpike who was on poolside with his camera filming and replaying our races and taking some stunning shots of our turns!!
Let’s have even more people over there next year, I am sure if you ask any member of the team they will tell you what a fantastic weekend we all had.