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Beccles Kingfishers show their swimming prowess

PUBLISHED: 17:16 26 April 2012

Beccles Kingfishers continue to produce swimming talent.

Beccles Kingfishers continue to produce swimming talent.

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More than 30 Beccles swimmers made the short journey to Great Yarmouth to take part in the Battle of Britain Gala.

More than 30 Beccles swimmers made the short journey to Great Yarmouth to take part in the Battle of Britain Gala.

Beccles fielded two teams for this junior competition; a Green team of experienced swimmers and the White team consisting of the Kingfishers’ up and coming talent.

Greens showed off their experience coming third overall, only 11 points behind second and collecting 20 personal best times. All 41 swims finished at least third.

For the boys Ethan Hillier was first in his butterfly, with a second for Thomas Bond in the freestyle. For the girls Poppy Allen gained two thirds and Emily Waller second in her butterfly. Ollie Woodcock continued the strong display with first in his butterfly and freestyle, with Max Beevor gaining second in the breaststroke.

In his first gala Ellis Pullinger was third in the backstroke and Callum Thurston-Woolnough stole second in his freestyle. Henry Barnes rounded off the boys’ competition with first in the breaststroke.

For the remaining Greens Alice Collyer, Lauren Rogers, Millie Allen and Katy Howell collected thirds with Phoebe Chick second in her breaststroke event.

The Whites put in an equally impressive performance, gaining 28 new PBs and finishing fourth just behind the Greens.

Mainly with swimmers taking part in their first club gala, swimming for the nine-year-old girls were Lily Baker, Honey Lamdin and Matilda Beamish-Mann with Daisy Blowers competing for the 10-year-olds.

Josh Thurston-Woolnough, Toby Hillier, Thomas Shepherdson, Daniel Thurston-Woolnough, Katherine English, William Evans and Finlay Mckenzie all put in strong swims. Likewise Harry Johnson, Ben Smith and Hannah Gallard. Sisters Kirsten and Cara Howe completed a strong White team performance with Cara also taking a third place.

Final standings: 1 Great Yarmouth (182 points), 2 Lowestoft (148), 3 Beccles Green (137), 4 Beccles White (71), 5 Halesworth (35).

• The Kingfishers swimmers also delivered the following week – in tough conditions. Following the success of the recent Senior Winter League it was time for the junior Beccles swimmers to battle it out in the Annual Summer League – meaning a trip to Sudbury for the first round.

A team of 17 swimmers made sure the long journey was one to remember, clocking a staggering 27 PBs out of 34 individual races.

Girls’ junior captain Imogen Long got things off to a great start with second in her individual medley, freestyle and butterfly, followed by boys’ captain Henry Barnes winning his breaststroke and backstroke races. Elliott Fenn delivered the biggest points tally by collecting three firsts in his individual medley, breaststroke and freestyle in the boys 13/under age group.

His team-mate Ross Barnshaw gained two PBs in his butterfly and backstroke, while for the girls’ 13/under Nina Howell kept the maximum tally going with a strong win in her backstroke.

Callum Thurston-Woolnough went on to record a massive five-second PB in his 12/under freestyle. For the girls, Sophie Thurtell secured first in her butterfly and a further win through Katy Howell in her backstroke. Rounding off the age group, Eve Waller took home second and a PB in the breaststroke.

At 11/under, the duo of Max Beevor and Ollie Woodcock were at work again, Ollie taking second in his breaststroke and butterfly events, while Max went one better with a win in his freestyle. For the girls, Lauren Rogers took a six seconds out of her breaststroke best followed by Sophie Long, who brought home first in her freestyle race.

The youngest age group of 10/under saw four new swimmers in the league. For the boys, Ethan Hiller recorded his first time in his freestyle and Daniel Thurston-Woolnough did the same in his backstroke.

Alice Collyer gained a PB in her backstroke, followed by second in breaststroke, and Emily Waller – now nick named Rocket Boots due to her strong finishes – pulled back second in her butterfly and then went on to win her freestyle.

On a night marred by some clubs for the over-the-top officiating, Beccles really showed how mature their young squad is and all through the night showed off their close team spirit and support for each other.

The night finished with Beccles second to the hosting club but delivering a great start to this year’s league competition.

Final standings: 1 Sudbury (232 points), 2 Beccles (187), 3 Gt Yarmouth (147), 4 Deben (126), 5 Lowestoft (107).

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