|Folkestone Gala 15th January 2011|
Olivia shines at gala with Tesco star award
Faversham Swimming Club scooped a sensational second place at the recent Folkestone Development Gala held at Kingsmead Swimming Pool, Canterbury.
Faversham’s astonishing performances Kept them on the heels of winners Folkestone throughout the Gala.
Young Olivia Hawkins picked up a speeding ticket (badge of honour) for her speedy dash in the girls 10 years and under 50 metre backstroke. Olivia shattered her own personal best time by a staggering four seconds giving her a new time of 43.34. She also smashed four seconds off her 50 metre butterfly race. Olivia was awarded the Tesco Gala Star for her star performances.
The Tesco Gala Shield was awarded to Tom Pearce for his help and assistance in organising the younger swimmers throughout the event.
Head Coach Sharon Wenn commented “ What a great start to the New Year, taking second place with some excellent swims and no dis-qualifications, well done swimmers”.
Faversham’s fiery swimmers snatching first place were the 10 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed medley relay team, the 11 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed medley relay team, the 18 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed medley relay team. Richard Catton boys 9 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle and 50 mtr backstroke, Joe Wall boys 9 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke (Personal best time of 53.67) and 50 mtr butterfly. Alice Searley girls 10 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual Medley, Sam Harlow boys 10 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke (P.B.48.91) and 50 mtr freestyle, Blaine Ramsden boys 11 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke, Rebecca Crouch girls 12 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly, Tom Pearce boys 18 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke and Scott Kendall boys 18 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle.
Those taking second place were the 10 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed freestyle relay team, the 11 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed freestyle relay team, Joe Wall boys 10 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley (P.B.1.46.89), Molly Stemp girls 10 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke, Olivia Hawkins girls 10 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly (P.B.47.30) and Molly McKenna girls 11 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle. Flora Westlake girls 11 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke. Lydia Scott girls 12 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke and 15 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke, Marty Boorman boys 12 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley (P.B.1.33.13), Joanne Hawkins girls 15 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle (P.B.34.61) and Emily Westlake girls 18 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke.
3rd place winners were the 12 x 25 mtr breaststroke squadron relay team, the 9 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed relay team, the 12 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr mixed freestyle relay team, Lauren Scott girls 10 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle (P.B.46.46) and Flora Westlake girls 11 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly. Blaine Ramsden boys 10 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke (P.B.56.08) and 50 mtr butterfly (P.B.52.36), James Guthrie boys 12 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly and 15 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke and Rebecca Crouch girls 12 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke. Marty Boorman boys 12 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke (P.B.47.21), Lydia Scott girls 18 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley, Joanne Hawkins girls 18 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke, Ben Collins boys 15 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly and Tom Pearce boys 18 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke.
Faversham’s other swimmers with personal best times were Emily Ing girls 50 mtr backstroke (57.61), Nadine Davis girls 50 mtr breaststroke (48.98), Marty Boorman boys 50 mtr backstroke (48.58) and 50 mtr freestyle (37.28), Ben Collins boys 50 mtr freestyle (34.91).
The Gala’s final points placings were 1st place Folkestone with 286 points, 2nd place Faversham on 267, 3rd place Black lion with 217, 4th place Dover 201, 5th place Hythe 200 and 6th place Ashford 183 points.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is a swimmer selected for a gala?
Sharon Wenn our head coach selects swimmers for galas on the basis of ability, correct stroke, style, speed and commitment to training and age.
2. How do I buy Club clothing for my child?
3. I have a complaint and would like to talk to someone about it?
If you are unhappy about something that happens at the club or you have any concerns, please speak to any coach/teacher or committee member informally and they will try to resolve the issue. If you wish to take the matter further or want it dealt with more formally from the beginning, please contact the Club Secretary whose contact details can be found on the club notice board.
4. I would like to help out occasionally but don’t want to over commit, how can I help?
There are always plenty of small things that need doing so please let us know if you can help in any way. The clubs survival is based on lots of lovely volunteers!
5. My child has been told she/he should enter an Open. What is this and what do I do?
This is a swimming event open to all abilities from the age of nine upwards for which entry fees apply. A list is put on the notice board inviting squad swimmers to put his/her name against a race s/he wishes to enter. You will then be told how much money you need to pay to cover entry fees. Please ask Sharon Wenn if you need to know more details.
Make sure your child is ASA Category 2. Forms are available from Colette Aylen.
6. Why does Squad swimming training take place so late in the day?
Due to the high demand of Faversham Swimming pool we are unable to get earlier training times for the squad.
7. I like coming to training but I am not really interested in attending galas as I have other things I want to do at the weekends?
We understand swimmers have other commitments during the weekends, but please try and make every effort to attend galas so that we can put our best team forward and achieve good results which in turn boosts the whole club morale.
Alternatively if you don’t want to do galas you may be better suited to swimming as an Improver with a specific training programme. This enables Squad time to be kept for those swimmers that do want to compete.
8. I have been training with squad but I haven’t been selected for a club gala yet?
This could be because there are a number of other children in your age group who are faster than you, or some of your strokes may be illegal and therefore likely you could be disqualified in a race. Lastly, perhaps you have not seemed as committed as other swimmers during training.
Remember to always listen and do as you are asked in training in order to achieve the best results.
ALWAYS CHECK THE NOTICE BOARD FOR MORE DETAILS