EASTBOURNE Swimming Club organised a time trial race night to celebrate the start of the Olympics and the end of the club’s second Schools Project.
Swimmers from four local primary schools had been invited to come to the club for five free swimming lessons and were also invited to the time trial gala night to compete alongside club members to try out their improved diving and swimming technique.
On the night, 30 ESC members from the club’s improvers section came along and swam alongside 20 swimmers from the Schools Project, nearly all of whom had not raced before.
Eastbourne mayor Mike Thompson was the special guest and took over starting duties for the evening.
Cllr Thompson said, “It was a pleasure to attend the club’s Olympic Time Trial and see the youngsters enjoy their swimming.
“The club have fostered a group of talented young people who have benefited from first class coaching, resulting in record times for many individuals.
“The benefits of being able to swim well cannot be overstated – well done Eastbourne Swimming Club.”
More than 120 swims took place on the night, with Eastbourne squad swimmers gaining 48 new personal best times between them, testament to the swimmers’ hard work during the 2011/2012 training year.
Club members Ewan Hendry, Cerys Peters, Phoebe Trenchard, Mackenzie Newbury, Jasmine Vine, Ruan Senior, Sarah Trenchard and Eloise Key all set new personal bests in every race they swam, a very rare achievement in any gala.
More information about Eastbourne Swimming Club can be found on their website www.eastbourneswimmingclub.org