News round-up in this week's NWN

Stuart & Sarah Bosley
28-Dec-2018

We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and that you all have a great New Year.

We are looking forward to the Presentation Evening on January 5th, but in the meantime just wanted to update everyone on what has been going on at the club over the past few months.

There is also an article in this week's Newbury Weekly News, so grab a copy if you can. They have used some lovely photos from the Mount Kelly swim camp (although they got the caption wrong in the paper!) and the county development camp in there.

Newbury District Swimming Club prepared for the forthcoming season with a record-breaking open meet.
Several records were broken when the club hosted its  Wilkie Open Meet, with swimmers from a number of local clubs also taking part in the two-day event at Northcroft Leisure Centre.
Olivia Bevan smashed five meet records in the 13-year-old girls’ 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m IM events.
Records were also set by Can Tugcetin (13-year-old boys’ 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke); Christopher Emberlin (11-year-old  200m freestyle, 100m backstroke); Eloise Wade (12-year-old  50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke); Freya Barlow (14-year-old  100m backstroke); Abigail Holland (14-year-old 50m freestyle); Rosie Harrison (14-year-old  200m freestyle); and William Oxley (14-year-old  100m freestyle).
The first team event of the swim season, the National Arena League, finished recently and saw Newbury comfortably retain their place in Division 1 West.
The annual league event, for swimmers aged over 11 years, took place over three heats at Epsom and Maidenhead.
Swimmers have all been working towards achieving county qualification too.
A  total of 44 swimmers from Newbury  achieved the qualifying times and will  take part in the Berks and South Bucks County Championships at High Wycombe over four days in January.
Club chairwoman Janet Hopkins said:  “I am very impressed with the number of personal best times and county qualifications achieved over the past few weeks. I look forward to great performances at County Championships in January.”
In preparation for the season ahead, a group of 22 of the club’s older swimmers recently took part in a swim camp at Mount Kelly School, in Devon.
The younger swimmers were also training hard, with four taking part in a county development camp in Ascot. They were given an inspiring talk by Olympic swimmer Ekaterina Avramova, before she put them through their paces in the pool.