Bouyed by their success in the last two Sussex League Galas, Eastbourne Swimming Club travelled to Haywards Heath to take on 1066 and East Grinstead.
Knowing that a good result at this gala would secure them promotion to the Sussex League Division 1, the team went into the competition focussed and determined and their determination really paid off.
Some fine swims by the club’s younger members such as Harriet Farrington (pictured right), Charlie Edwards, Louis Wood and Thyiva Kularajan went a long way to boost Eastbourne’s points tally.
And excellent performances in the relay helped secure a good second place in the gala and the long-awaited promotion to Division 1.
Next season, the team will take on the likes of Crawley, Brighton and Hastings and are looking forward to the new challenges that await them.
Other club members who swam at Haywards Heath were Morgan Anderson, Reece Bishop, Joanna Bruce, Lauren Goldsmith, James Grimmond, Chloe Hughes, Thomas Jackson, Josh and Kezia Lemon, Hannah and Jack Lindsay, Lauren Manson, Ashley Meffen, Hannah O’Sullivan, Sarah Quinn, Joshua Ross Page, Adrian Smith, Matt Tyler, Hannah Wilcox, Matthew Wilson, Adrian Wright and Sean Wright.
Four junior members (pictured above) of Eastbourne Swimming Club competed in the Sussex Skills Diving Championships at Worthing in May and came home with a haul of well-deserved medals.
An excellent performance by Euan McGreevy secured him the silver medal spot, just missing out on gold in the 12 – 13 year age group to his Eastbourne team mate Nour Karkach.
The youngest Eastbourne competitor, Oliver Mason, also gave the winning performance in the 8 – 9 year old age group and Charlie Rabuszko got the hat-trick for Eastbourne when he was too was awarded first place in the 10-11 age group.
Instructor, Tony Gaskell said he was delighted with the team’s performance, “They’ve only been training for six months and this was their first competition.
“To take home three golds and a silver was a fantastic achievement for the boys and was very well deserved.
“We have around 16 young divers at Eastbourne Swimming Club who are coming on in ‘leaps and bounds’ and we hope to be entering many more competitions in the future, hopefully with equally great results.”