To top off a great year, Alnwick Dolphin held its annual Club Championship gala this last weekend..
Open to all ages in the club, the 7 yrs to 23 yrs members competed over 3 days and 4 galas at sprint and longer distance events to achieve the best they could in each of the following male and female age groups. 10 years and Under, 11 to 13 years and 14 years and over.
The winners and runners up of each age group were:
10 & under girls - Niamh Hope, ru Rachel Black; boys - Gregor Batley, ru Oliver Thew / Ben Fortescue;
11-13 girls Kirsty Duffin / Kim Robson, ru Ailsa Batley; boys - Benji Gillingham, ru Felix Wilson;
14+ girls - Eve Buddle, ru Lauren Vickers; boys - Kieran Vickers, ruBen Saxon / Luke Fahy.
You would not have thought it possible this late in the season but everyone achieved at least one Personal Best (PB) swim.
One swimmer, Christopher McDonell, competed this year in the Open European Down’s Syndrome at Southampton achieving two golds, one silver and one bronze medal with Six PBs and then more recently at the Reading Learning Disability Gala (including the Special Olympic southern regional gala) competition two weeks ago where he achieved one gold, one sliver and one bronze medal and three new PBs.
Christopher has his sights set on achieving the progress required to be able to train with the Team GB squad during the next season - he already has four of the six required times.
Other major achievements this season were: Reaching the North East Regional Championships. Iain Rennie, Kieran Vickers, Harvey Coxon, Ben Saxon, Jessica Young Rogers and Kim Robson. Reaching the Scottish Nationals: Kate MacPhee, Jessica Young Rogers and Benji Gillingham, Reaching the Scottish Open: Kate McPhee, Iain Rennie, Kieran Vickers and Lauren Vickers and Reaching the British Championships: Kate McPhee, Jessica Young Rogers & Benji Gillingham.