February half term was an incredibly busy period for our swimmers, who competed at a variety of events around the world:
Swansea Aquatics Spring Long Course Meet 2020
Mount Kelly enjoyed great success across the board at the Swansea Aquatics Spring Open Meet. Our swimmers stepped up countless times in what is essential early season racing for those who have already qualified for Olympic trials and those still chasing times. The team came away with 141 medals (63 Gold, 53 Silver, and 35 Bronze) breaking many Meet records along the way. Congratulations to Theodore and Sophie for achieving Olympic trial times.
Final Weekend of Devon County Championships
A successful evening of swimming at the last session of this year’s County Championships concluded with the 1500m Freestyle event. A huge well done to all five swimmers who participated: Emily claimed Gold and won Senior Champion; Millie took Silver; Oliver took Bronze with a huge PB in his age group; and Morgan took Bronze in his age group with Alexander finishing ninth.
Dubai 2020 Middle East Open and Junior Championships
Mount Kelly swimmers were in action over three days of intense racing. Robbie and Katelyn, alongside Coach Greg, represented Swim England whilst Sam, Isis and Adam represented their respective home clubs. Robbie broke the Mount Kelly Open record on the first day of racing in a new Olympic qualifying time to take Silver and Sam took Bronze in the same final. The team of Mount Kelly swimmers claimed 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
Seven of our swimmers were selected to represent the South West of England in Portugal over a tough weekend of racing, where they won eight medals.
CANA Zone IV Championships held in Botswana
Congratulations to Shamiso who spent her half term representing Botswana at the CANA Zone IV Championships. Shamiso was part of the Silver medal winning medley relay team and swam to a new personal best time in her individual event, the 50m Breaststroke.
Congratulations to Robbie and Macy, alongside Coach Emma Collings-Barnes, on their selection to represent England at the Nice International. Both swimmers and coach were extremely proud to represent their country on the international stage.
St. Saviour's Swim Camp 2020
Mount Kelly coaches Josh Norrie and Neil Edwards delivered the annual St. Saviour's swim camp in Lagos, Nigeria. The camp is aimed at elite swimmers in Years 4-6, and Josh and Neil spent three days delivering a combination of swim, gym and classroom sessions, instilling fundamental skills both in and out of the pool. The children of St. Saviour's School thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Report by Joshua Norrie, Performance Swimming Coach