Just two in their team – and they still won tro­phy!

Cub swim­mers amaz­ing suc­cess at gala

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When Bethers­den Cub Scout pack dis­cov­ered only two of its mem­bers were avail­able to take part in the Ash­ford district swim­ming gala, Akela Mary Ford did won­der whether it was worth tak­ing part.

But hav­ing paid the £15 en­try fee and not want­ing to dis­ap­point the pack’s two avail­able swim­mers she de­cided to per­se­vere and boy did that de­ci­sion pay off.

Bethers­den’s Char­lie Roberts, eight, and Clarissa Bis­pham, nine, not only won or fin­ished se­cond in all the races they took part in but also se­cured enough points to help their pack re­tain the district swim­ming shield it had won with a full team the year be­fore.

A de­lighted Mrs Ford said: “I just couldn’t be­lieve it, I was ab­so­lutely as­tounded.

“We only have nine Cubs in our pack any­way. Quite a few of them are pupils at Pluck­ley Pri­mary School and the school had an event that night so they couldn’t take part in the swim­ming gala.

“But we took part any­way with Char­lie and Clarissa, who are both keen swim­mers.”

Char­lie scored wins and run­ners-up spots in the un­der 9/10 and 11s width races for back stroke and front crawl and Clarissa tri­umphed in the un­der 10 and 11s length races for front crawl and back stroke and also the 50 me­tre front crawl.

Mrs Ford added: “Much to our sur­prise when all of the scores were added to­gether we’d won again this year. “It was amaz­ing.” The event was held at Ash­ford’s Stour Cen­tre swim­ming pool and in­volved 10 teams from Cub packs across the district.

Char­lie had al­ready left the sports cen­tre be­fore the win­ning team was an­nounced.

Mrs Ford, who has been con­nected with Bethers­den Cub Scouts for 40 years, added: “I phoned him to tell him what had hap­pened and he just said ‘wow’, and I never, ever thought that we would win ei­ther.”

The pack is hop­ing to ex­pand its lead­er­ship team, any­one in­ter­ested is asked to call Mrs Ford on 01233 820989

Cubs Char­lie Roberts, eight, and Clarissa Bis­pham, nine, proudly dis­play the district swim­ming shield they won, de­spite be­ing the only two mem­bers of their pack’s team

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