Joyous Juniors at Middlesbrough Christmas Gala

Joyous Juniors at Middlesbrough Christmas GalaA couple of Juniors from Wear Valley Amateur Swimming Club together with five Seniors recently competed in the Middlesbrough Christmas Gala held at the Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough on Sunday 9th December 2018.

Nicole Walker won a silver medal in the 100 metres freestyle (free) and this was the first time that she has ever competed at this distance. Nicole also won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke, taking 7 seconds off her previous personal best (pb). She also narrowly missed out on a medal, coming 4th in the 50m backstroke. Adam Readman, also a Junior, swam pbs in the 50 metre butterfly (fly), taking 9 seconds off his previous pb, gained a 3 second pb in the 200m free and swam the 100m breaststroke for the first time.

In the Seniors, Thomas Power won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, taking 2 seconds off his previous time. Emily Whitton swam pbs in both the 50m breaststroke and 100m fly. James Holliday also gained 2 pbs in the 50 m free and 100m breaststroke. Annabel Cooper won a bronze medal in the 100m free and swam a pb in the 100m Individual Medley (IM). Nicholas Cooper took 4 seconds off his 200m IM. The medal winners were delighted with their Santa medals and the personal bests were well earned. The gala was enjoyed by all of the swimmers and many thanks to the coaching staff.