Strong team effort from CBHSC Junior Swimmers
Young Carn Brea and Helston swimmers really showed their determination at the 2016 County ASA Junior Inter-Club championships. The event pitches Cornish clubs against one another, with all swimmers being between 9 and 12 years old swimming a number of individual and relay events. Points were awarded according to the final position of the swimmer in each event. With a number of the younger swimmers unexpectedly unable to swim due to illness, Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club was unable to contest four of the events, with the automatic loss of valuable points. However, starting from behind seemed to spur the CBHSC swimmers on to finish in an incredible 3rd place, just one point off second place! The team had a number of really strong swims, winning outright six individual and three relay events, whilst scoring highly in the majority of the other events. The collective determination of the team was also shown in the times the swimmers were putting in - 24 out of the 31 individual events resulted in a good personal best time.
Once again, the CBHSC girls were a dominant force. The 12 year old girls proved to be unbeatable. Kerenza Piotrovicz, Turaya Evans, Caja Rodda and Oriana Noel won both of their relay events, with Turaya also winning the individual backstroke. Oriana, who is 11yrs old, won three individual first places - fly and breaststroke in the 11 and under events and a further fly when swimming in the 12yr old event.
The most exciting event of the day for CBHSC was probably the final one - the girls’ freestyle canon. In this two swimmers from each of the four age groups compete as a team against the other clubs. The youngest girls showed super strength and led from the onset, with the event becoming very close in the middle, only to widen again with the might of the 12yr old experienced swimmers. The final finish saw the CBHSC team with a very dominant eight second gap on their nearest rivals. This is very encouraging for the future of the club as there is clearly a new wave of girls ready to take over the mantle of the current 12yr old champions.
Further wins were made by 12yr old Charlie Varker, who won both the boys’ freestyle and backstroke - both in new personal best times. Charlie’s freestyle time of 28.94 will place him in serious contention for this year’s National Championships, with his 32 sec backstroke time not too far behind.
The Head coach awarded two young swimmers the ‘Swimmer of the Gala’ award: Jowan Kerry and Amelia Durant. They not only swam well but also maintained a really positive attitude throughout the event. Both swimmers will have a really bright future ahead of them and the coach’s award confirms this.
The Junior Inter Club event is always an exciting meet and this year’s event proved no different. Whilst the event was won outright by Truro City Swimming Club, CBHSC swimmers were particularly pleased with gaining such a strong third place considering the absence of some of their key swimmers.
The club has recently been given additional support by Ocean BMW Falmouth, to help local young people develop their skills and talents. With their additional support and the current determination shown by these young swimmers, the club is very confident about the upcoming County Age Group championships to be held next month.
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