2019 Inter-Counties - MIDDX 8th place
19 October 2019
REPORT FROM INTER-COUNTIES
PONDS FORGE, SHEFFIELD
5/6 OCTOBER 2019
We set off as usual from Gurnell Pool with some of the team, then heading to Barnet Copthall to pick up the rest of the team that were travelling with us. We stopped at Loughborough University for a training session which, by all accounts, went very well.
We continued on our journey to Sheffield where the swimmers were allocated their rooms, given their County T-shirts and swim caps. We enjoyed a lovely dinner although we were not in a room by ourselves, it did not stop us from having a nice meal. The remaining swimmers managed to arrive just in time for dinner.
Unfortunately, as we had a late dinner, there was no time for a full team meeting nor the customary quiz so an early night was had by all.
After breakfast, we left the hotel and made the short walk to the pool. The swimmers warmed up quite early in the morning but it did not seem to affect them too much.
The competition started with the teams for both Division 1 and Division 2 being introduced – the crowd started to warm up and the atmosphere was electric. Then the swimming started and the noise was deafening! Everybody swam well with several obtaining PBs which, this early in the season, is a testament to their dedication to the County. The cannon relay at the end was something else to watch and we came a fantastic second.
The lead was maintained by Devon throughout virtually the whole gala. We moved up and down the leader-board continually. Eventually, with a fantastic finish in the cannon, the County finished a fantastic 8th place out of 20 Counties, being the second London County behind Kent. This means that we remain in the first division for another year.
I would like to thank Gerry Gillespie (County Coach), Nathan Joseph and Mohammed Hammad for being great coaches; Sharon Austin for her amazing organisational skills as Team Manager; Leah Pullen for arranging the coach travel and hotel; Robin Brantley and Sophia Marcal-Whittles for being the County’s officials and Flo Barnes as London Swimming President.
Well done to everybody – I was extremely proud to be President that day.
Middlesex County ASA President
|Elinor Chadwick||Barnet Copthall|
|Jo Hobsley||Barnet Copthall|
|Toluwani Adelaja||Barnet Copthall|
|Oliver Macgonigal||Bo of Harrow|
|Ava Lambropoulos||Camden Swiss Cottage|
|Alexia Lambropoulos||Camden Swiss Cottage|
|Lauren Brantley||Camden Swiss Cottage|
|Georgina Winters||Camden Swiss Cottage|
|Edward Whittles||Chelsea & Westminster|
|Henry Gray||Chelsea & Westminster|
|Chloe Baduna||Hackney Aquatics|
|Mika Ogden||Hackney Aquatics|
|Gareth Davies||Haringey Aquatics|
|Shakil Giordani||Haringey Aquatics|
|Max Hanson||Haringey Aquatics|
|Clara Von Opel||Natare West London|
|Pietro Ubertalli||Natare West London|
|Caroline Lewitt||Natare West London|
Click HERE to read Gerry Gillespie's nterview