Peterborough Special Olympic Swimming Club has just come back from another very successful gala with some amazing stories to tell!
On Saturday 11th November the swimming club took a group of 12 swimmers accompanied by parent/carers to the Thetford Lions Swimming Gala. An annual event for the club and one that is ideal for new members experiencing their first gala. Some parents booked to stay over in the local Travel Lodge others drove home after the gala.
The club had entries in all strokes, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and each swimmer had the chance to enter 3 races and a relay. Races ranged from 25m to 100m catering for all abilities within the club.
The first session was very hectic for swimmers getting to their races on time and back to their seats supported by poolside helpers Phil and Kay with only one hick up where Lisamarie disguised as her sister Emily swan in the wrong race!!!!!! Easily done !!!!
The end of the first session saw the heats of the 25m freestyle relay which had two teams represented by Peterborough. The four fastest teams from both heats would compete in the final at the end of the evening.
The second session started with the longer events and saw our experienced swimmers competing. With great support from the side from the team and from parents up in the viewing area made for a tremendous atmosphere.
The gala finished with the relays. Peterborough had made the final of the 25m freestyle and had entries in the 50m freestyle and 25m medley relays. Relays are always a fantastic way to end a Gala and these didn’t disappoint.
Presentations took place after relays the swimmers came away with another impressive medal hall with everyone coming away with a medal and an added bonus of the trophy for winning the 50m freestyle relay.
What was most impressive about the gala was how the experienced swimmers supported the first timers in their first competition and how they all coped with a little mix up with the presentation!!! ! I felt very proud to be part of the team.
For those who stayed over we enjoyed a late supper in the 24 hour McDonalds not the Ritz but it’s all about the company.
In the morning we all walked down to the pub for breakfast and enjoyed being part of Thetford’s Remembrance Ceremony in the town centre. A very pleasant end to a very pleasant weekend.