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Friday 18th March saw Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club hold its second Inclusive Primary Schools Gala for children with additional needs at Kings School. This event provides a fun swimming gala experience in an environment that suits and supports different needs and abilities.
Participating children came from six primary schools: Otterbourne, John Keble, Weeke, Winnall, Harestock and Shepherds Down. Some children swam lengths races whilst others swam widths, with or without assistance. The gala concluded with some highly-competitive inter-school relays.
Medals, certificates and goody bags were presented by Winchester Mayor Angela Clear and Peter Hull MBE, ex-paralympian swimmer. The gala was kindly supported by Kings School, Winchester Round Table and Sainsbury's. A huge thank you to our own volunteers and helpers, and to those from Kings School who made sure that the community event could run - as always it couldn't be done without you! A special thank you to Liz Hatfield, Emma Back and Thelma Hawkings who did all the hard work before the day itself to get the event up and running!
WCPSC chief executive, Sam Fulling, commented, “We are very grateful for the grant from Winchester Round Table and to King’s School and Sainsbury's for the generous support in helping us put on this event. Providing fun and competitive opportunities for young sporting participants in the community whatever their ability is a key goal for WCPSC. I am sure the swimmers and teachers will join me in thanking all the other volunteers for another brilliant event.”
“Swimming is the UK’s most popular participation sport (according to Sport England’s research). More than 2.5 million people swim at least once a week for health, fitness and general enjoyment and Penguins aim to provide access to the water to as many children and adults in the community as possible regardless of their ability or disability. Our only regret is that we don’t have more pool space to offer the opportunity to more people. The opportunity for a new facility at Bar End is an exciting one and we only we hope that enough swimming pool space is included to meet existing and future demand.”
A big well done to everyne who competed at the Wycombe and Swindon Meets this weekend.
Six swimmers from Excel Squad, were fortunate enough to be accepted to swim at Wycombe Level 1 Open Meet last weekend with coaches Kim Hill and Jacob Randle-Bissel. Wycombe District Swimming Club hosted the meet in their new 50m pool, marking not only the start of the National Qualification window but the last meet before Olympic Trials. The level of competition was extremely high with spectators enjoying the chance to watch many household names and talented age group swimmers perform in the UKs newest long course facility and with the introduction of backstroke start ledges.
A great race experience and pb's improved by all. Particular congratulations to Marcus Scullion and Pietro Forconi who came away with a significant medal haul.
Marcus Scullion bronze 200 fly, silver 50 back, bronze 400 free, bronze 100 fly, bronze 50 fly.
Pietro Forconi silver 100 back, silver 200 fly, silver 400 free, silver 400 IM, Bronze 200 free, silver 200 back.
The Swindon meet brought some very good results with a 70% pb rate and 36 medals achieved with 10 gold amongst those. Gold medalists were Charlie Talks, Thomas Talks, Iona Morley, Ben Hatfield and Will Richards.
A huge congratulations to Will Richards who achieved his gold hat award with a 100m freestyle time of 59.84. Well done Will!
As ever a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers involved in Team Managing, Officiating, Timekeeping, Open Meet entries or any other capacity in ensuring that we can attend these Meets.
Members of WCPSC will be taking on the annual Rotary Swimathon on Saturday 20th February at Winchester College. The teams, including CEO Sam Fulling and Head of Logistics Vicky Harrison, will be swimming in aid of the Charity's Community Programme which provides swimming opportunities for people in Winchester and District who wouldn't otherwise have access to them.
To sponsor the WCPSC team then please click through to our justgiving.com page on the link here.
Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club (WCPSC) tops the medal table for the first time following the second weekend of action at the Hampshire County Championships.
Penguins have a total of 35 County Champions, 20 silver medals and 25 bronze medals ahead of nearest rivals Portsmouth Northsea and Rushmoor Royals from Aldershot,
In fact, Penguins swimmers won more medals at the first weekend of county competition this year, the relays and long distance events, than they did over the entire three weekends of races in 2015.
Head of Performance swimming Kim Hill said, "this has been our best weekend of competition yet with such a high number of personal best times recorded and our swimmers winning 23 gold, 13 silver and 16 bronze medals!"
"In addition, Charlotte Prince-Rayner and Pietro Forconi were awarded the girls’ and boys’ trophies for Outstanding Single Swim of the Meet for their 800m and 1500m freestyle swims last weekend."
Next weekend at Mountbatten Leisure Centre, sees the final weekend of competition for the swimmers 15 years and above!
To view the WCPSC Medal table click here.