Blackpool Lights – 20/21st November 2021 Competition Report

Iain Hazell

38 Bobcats swimmers attended the Blackpool Lights open meet, it was great to see swimmers from all squads represented and I thought that everyone worked well together.

It is also very encouraging to see more younger swimmers entering their first open meets. Well done to the following swimmers racing in their first open meet for Bobcats, you were all amazing:

Sophia Cavallo, Charlotte Cheung, Alissa Cronshaw, Logan Meeks.

I’m sure that you will have learnt lots from your first meet and will improve massively next time.

For our swimmers in County / Development and National / Regional Squads the competition was an opportunity to continue learning and to see where improvements had been made since the Bobcats Meet in October. I thought that our team coped with being in the sports hall much better this time and were able to maintain better focus throughout the weekend.

It was great to see improvements in some of the areas we had been working on in training, for County and Development this was evident in the length and timing of swimmer’s strokes and for National and Regional, swimmers were able to maintain their pace better during the second half of races.

The following swimmers all achieved top three finishes and medals:

Gold Medals:

Caitlin Wilson (2), Owen Wilson (2), Sam Charlesworth, Henry Holding, Baylie Seery, Maya Smith, Mia Wroe.

Silver Medals:

Owen Wilson (3), Amelia Moss (2), Caitlin Wilson (2), Jasmine Bullough-Teal, Oliver Nutter.

Bronze Medals:

Jamie Ball (2), Jasmine Bullough-Teal, Lola Cragg, Eleanor Edwards, Henry Holding, Baylie Seery, Madeline Smith

It isn’t easy being based in the sports hall all weekend and it only works when we have team managers / volunteers to stay with the swimmers, helping to keep up team spirit and ensuring that they are prepared for their races.

A big thank you to Jody Bullough-Teal, Tammy Edwards, Nick Hargreaves, and Rebecca Pickles for team managing over the weekend, and Hattie Varley who looked after our younger swimmers and ran the pre-pool warms ups during each session. T

here were many swimmers recording additional qualifying times for the Lancashire Championships in January / February 2022 and also a large number of swimmers who are now getting very close over a range of events. The challenge is now to keep up the momentum into the City of Leeds meet in December, continuing to improve strokes, skills and preparing well for races.

Keep up the great work.