19 February 2020
What a wonderful night. All the swimmers
felt appreciated and that their hard work had paid off. Below are
just a few of the highlights which made 2019 a special
Luke O’Dowd competed at the British Swimming Para International Meet in Glasgow where he set a new
personal best time to become the top ranked SB12 Junior in the country for long course 100m breaststroke.
Chloe Perkins, Harry Stewart and Josh Frampton competed at Plymouth in the Youth Regional Championships. All 3 swimmers produced strong swims including a lifetime best for Chloe in the 50m butterfly and a 5 th place in the 50m breaststroke final for Harry.
Harry Collinson and Ellissia Walburn both produced very good swims at the Age group Regional Championships. Ellissia had a superb regionals making the 200m butterfly final.
The last weekend of May saw Harry Stewart achieve an outstanding time of 30.65 at Plymouth and qualify for the British Nationals at Glasgow being ranked 14 th in the country for 50m breaststroke. This time also set a new Tornadoes club record in the 15 year old age group. Former Tornadoes swimmer Nathan Moorey also qualified for Glasgow in the 50m butterfly.
Tornadoes had a very strong showing at Littledown in the Development Meet where 10 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze medals were picked up alongside a good number of improved personal best times. Harry Collinson had an outstanding meet claiming 8 of the gold medals.
At the end of July, 9 Tornadoes swimmers competed at the Swindon Dolphins end of season meet where 17 medals and more improved times were achieved.
Luke O’Dowd continued his excellent form by setting a new personal best time at Southampton to become the top ranked SB12 Junior in the country for short course 100m breaststroke to go alongside his long course top ranking. Luke was rewarded for his fine year by being offered a place on the British Swimming Academy Squad for the 2019/20 season
At the end of the month, Performance Squad swimmer Freya Stanger became the Under 19 Biathle World Champion at the World Championship event in Florida.
The weekend before Christmas, at Millfield, was a last opportunity for swimmers to achieve county times and improve on existing times. This proved to be a very successful meet to end the year on with the 15 swimmers producing personal best times, medals, plus county and regional consideration and qualification times. James Gunn swam a 39.94 in the 50m breaststroke to set a new Tornadoes club record in the 11 year old age group.
TROPHY RECORD BREAKERS FOR 2019
Arthur Ray - 8 Years 50m Backstroke 50m Breaststroke 100m Individual Medley
Harry Collinson - 12 Years 50m Freestyle 200m Breaststroke
CLUB RECORD BREAKERS FOR 2019
James Gunn - 11 Years 50m Breaststroke
Harry Stewart - 15 Years 50m Breaststroke
Lisa Barnes Memorial - Chairperson’s Shield – Katie Hamilton
Sam Walker Memorial Shield – Boy - Luke O’Dowd Girl – Ellissia Walburn
Endeavor Trophies – Development Squad – Dylan Hanger and Amelie Sallows
Endeavor Trophies – Junior Squad – Rudy Falconer and Thea Denham
Head Coaches Shield – Emily Hanger
Clubwoman of 2019 – Liz Babb
Clubman of 2019 – Lee Walburn