Tom Moore Gala - 10th Anniversary


Stevenage Swimming Club hosted the 10th Anniversary Gala for Tom Moore. Tom was a 21-year-old Scout leader was at his "absolute happiest" when he set off on a walk in Liechtenstein. He a qualified mountain leader and in summer of 2008 he was asked to accompany a group of scouts from Hertfordshire County on a expedition to Liechtenstein.

On the last day of the expedition Tom went off for a walk in the mountains and sadly never returned. At the time Diane Moore, paid tribute to her son. She said Tom had sent a text to say his last walk was the one thing left he wanted to do in the country.

She said: "The last text I had from him said, 'one more walk and then I will have done everything I wanted to do'. It was the sort of thing he absolutely loved to do. We knew right up until a minute or so before he died he was probably at his absolute happiest."

In 2008, Stevenage renamed the annual novice gala as a tribute and Mark of respect to Tom who was a member of the club. Tom Moore was born on 22nd October 1986, the oldest of three children. All three siblings swam for Stevenage Swimming Club from a very young age until going on to university, in Tom’s case until he went to the University of East Anglia. During the holidays he came back and swam at Stevenage. Tom was friendly and popular young man who always had time for a chat with everybody and had a great many friends at the club.

In Tom’s memory our novice gala, which is held every autumn, was re-named the Tom Moore Memorial Novice Gala. Stevenage Swimming Club also designed a trophy – The Tom Moore Tiger Trophy – which is presented at the gala to a young swimmer who has “stood out” at the event. Recipients are not necessarily the fastest swimmers on the night, but are chosen by Tom’s family who always attend the event to the swimmer they feel has shown the most endeavour.

On 23 September 2018 the club held the 10th Anniversary of the gala and the Tom Moore Tiger Trophy was presented to young Swimmer Jamie Haddleton. The award was cup was presented by Diane Moore and the family and included the Hertfordshire Scouts. Jamie received the cup for all his hard work recently and his Coaches including Assistant Coach, Emma Hill was proud of the effort of all the swimmers but especially of Jamie on the evening. A standout performance included a 16 second personal best.

The evening highlight was the amount raise and an approximate figure of 800GBP. The funds were raised for the Starlight Charity supports seriously and terminally ill children across the UK by granting wishes-of-a-lifetime and by providing a variety of entertainment and distraction in and out of hospitals and hospices. The charity was chosen by the family as they have received a magical wish from Starlight. 

Image Supplied by John Sandon. Includes Steffan Ford (Vice Chair), Diane Moore and family, Starlight, Hertfordshire Scouts and Junior Club Captains (Beca Ford and Alesio Ferataj).