Sunderland New Year Meet 2017

A group of swimmers from Dumfries Amateur Swim Club travelled to Sunderland last month for the first long course meet of the season. A full on fast competition certainly shook up the January blues resulting in a number of pb’s and medals.

Robyn Anderson, Niamh Green, Cameron Allison, Stephen Dale -Sunley, Cameron Gordon and Bryce Procter were among the medal winners collecting 15 between them. Bryce taking the lions share - 6 in total. Well done, tremendous achievement.

Camaraderie within the team was evident both in and out of the pool (perhaps the bus driver may have benefited from some earplugs. #teamspirit). Coach Phil Stewart said ‘Swimmers are a credit to the club. They are an excellent team who support each other.’ He was also impressed with how swimmers approached events, their technique and how they were all willing to take on feedback post-race. He went on to say ‘Throughout the weekend they maintained their discipline with the right attitude towards all aspects of the meet both in and out of the pool. They put their all into each and every event and were rewarded with some fine pb’s.’

A few swimmers unfortunately missed some events due to ill health however they demonstrated remarkable resilience bouncing back for subsequent events.

The 50m pool was crammed with spectators and the heat like a perpetual sauna but a fantastic exciting atmosphere none the less!

Thanks goes to Phil for stepping in for head coach Anthony Ryan, Team manager Hazel Hastings and husband Ben for their support at both poolside and hotel, much appreciated and to the parents who made the journey to cheer on our swimmers.

Training continues as youngsters strive to compete at the upcoming Scottish National Age Group Championships at the end of March.

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