Hard work pays off for suc­cess­ful Satellites

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SWIM­MING DAVE CRWFORD

THE North Mid­lands Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships held over two week­ends at Mac­cles­field re­cently saw great suc­cess for the Satel­lite swim­ming squad.

It was a wor­thy re­ward for all their hard work in train­ing and was an early in­di­ca­tor of the suc­cess­ful sea­son that surely lies ahead.

Head coach Ric Howard, him­self an in­ter­na­tional dis­abil­ity swim­mer, said in his swim­ming re­port: “It gave Satel­lite swim­mers a chance to com­pete lo­cally and see where they are in terms of fit­ness. Satellites went in with a very young team for this gala, many of them swim­ming for the first time out­side of the club, and they were fan­tas­tic.”

Ev­ery swim­mer swam at least 1 per­sonal best with many swim­mers post­ing a num­ber of per­sonal best times and win­ning many medals.

Many of our older swim­mers also swam well, win­ning medals and tro­phies and set­ting a great ex­am­ple to the younger swim­mers.

“It was great to hear that there was a real team at­mos­phere was on pool­side which is part of my phi­los­o­phy of how a club should be,” said Howard. “Al­though I could men­tion ev­ery sin­gle swim­mer be­cause they all per­formed, there were a few stand­out per­for­mances worth a men­tion. On the older side of squad we had Hannah Daw­son who won sev­eral events, smash­ing PBs and do­ing jus­tice to all the hard work she has put in the early sea­son. Dav­ina Christie and David Fryer-Win­der also swam bril­liant over the two week­ends, win­ning events and hit­ting new per­sonal best times, well done to them.

“At the younger end of the squad we had a few boys that are per­form­ing above and be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions, Reece Grady, Joseph Gib­bons and Tom Prince are all swim­ming out of their skin, win­ning many medals and set­ting the bar high for the rest of the swim­mers in their groups. This is a per­sonal suc­cess within the squad as I have tried to bring in more young lads into the pro­gramme and I feel this is now work­ing and we are see­ing great re­sults off it.

“A spe­cial men­tion must go to the coaches who work tire­lessly to make sure that we have a con­stant pool of tal­ent com­ing through the squads, so my per­sonal thanks goes to Craig, Emma and Harry for all the great work, keep it up!

“I have saved this un­til last as a very spe­cial men­tion must go to in­ter­na­tional dis­abil­ity swim­mer Me­gan Short, who broke her Bri­tish Record in the S6 200m But­ter­fly, by a huge mar­gin; this is the lat­est in a long line of suc­cess for Me­gan, who won sev­eral medals at the CP world games in Au­gust.”

Howard fin­ished with a per­sonal thanks and huge well done to ev­ery sin­gle Satel­lite swim­mer who swam over the two week­ends: “The club and I are very proud of you all.”

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