BBATT* Autumn Meet Report – 16th & 17th September 2017
WOW, what a great start to the season for Thame Swimming Club! This year a record 91 swimmers from TSC entered BBATT, all keen to get the season off to a good start! It’s great to see so many of our swimmers getting involved, great job team!
First of all, a big thank you must go to the 28 coaches, officials, volunteers and team managers, as without their valuable time and commitment these galas could not go ahead. Big thank you on behalf of the club and the swimmers;
Officials, Michele Block, Emma Camp, Emma Day, Marc Furlonger, Sue Hewett, Rachel Humphreys, Hugh Nelson, Wendy Randall and Phil Evans (a special congratulations and thank you to Hugh Nelson also passing his J1 official qualification this weekend).
Volunteers, Rachel Mould, Anne Kidgell, Anthony Livingstone, Ben Fox, Natalie Phillips, Sarah Shipley, Judith Carrington, Anne Louise Goble, Richard Slater, David Greig and Will Hard
Coaches, Mark Simms, Simon Haarburger, Lucy North, Holly Revill, Iain Phillips, Karen Powell. (Spare a thought for Mark who sustained clipboard bruising to the ribs for prolonged time keeping having spent the entire weekend coaching! (We wish you a speedy recovery Mark J)
Team Managers, Helen Birmingham and Damian Wakefield
As for the swimming, where do I start!! With so many swimmers and 559 single entries it is impossible to call out everyone I’m afraid. I will let the medal table do the talking this time (see below), and highlight a few things that stood out. I am sorry for missing anyone out, there are many swimmers in the squad who showed great commitment and taking part in a gala of this size is an achievement in itself, so a massive well done to every swimmer.
Here are a few highlights;
Thame Girls ‘Haka’ – First thing on Saturday morning the Thame Girls went about their mobility routine pre-warmup. Limited with space the girls lined up below the spectator stands taking up the whole length of the pool. With 40 of them lined up, led by Ella Simms and Maisie Randall it was quite a sight, and I’m quite sure the competition took note that the Thame girls meant business, particularly at the end with the signature, 1-2-3 Thame team chant!!
Following the routine warm up we were ready to go. The first race of the gala was the Boys 400 IM with Murray Wakefield in heat 1, lane 8 (alongside the Thame swimmers on pool side), with the team chomping at the bit to get into the racing and with a gruelling 400m IM ahead for Murray it was amazing to see the whole club get behind him and cheer him through the whole race, every stroke! It spurred Murray on to a county smashing, gold medal winning time and set the team up for the day ahead…
We had a number of our youngest swimmers enter their very first gala this weekend. At such a big event this was daunting for them, but every one of them did brilliantly.
Our youngest swimmers were Zachary Young and Finn Soutar both only 8 years old, who also brilliantly picked up medals, with Finn winning Gold in the 100m Freestyle and Zachary Bronze in the 50m Breast, well done boys!
Many congratulations also to Noah Blayney, Alessandra Charlton, Sam Morley, Holly North, Hywel Scott, Jessica Tansley and Ellison Socrates, all swimming at their first gala too. We look forward to seeing you all at the next gala and club champs, we hope you enjoyed the weekend.
The loudest cheer of the whole weekend was reserved for Ellison Socrates – Not only was this Ellison’s first gala, he also braved the 200m Fly (a race not many dare to enter, at any age)! It is fair to say this event is not for the faint hearted but Ellison gave it all he had. In the first heat with only 3 young swimmers the whole crowd of spectators, and swimmers from all clubs got behind him to see him through to the finish. The roar was deafening with everyone (at least 300 people cheering him on). A massive well done to Ellison for taking it on, this was a standout moment of the weekend!
Some other swims of note (and again, sorry for not highlighting everyone)
Girls 400 Freestyle; Tally Simms knocking 16 seconds off her PB, Lucy Day swimming under 5 minutes for the first time, Abigail Hard, winning gold and taking 20 seconds off her best time!
Boys 50m Freestyle; Josh Boddy and Jack Allman in a dead heat joint gold medal place, both in under 35 seconds and securing a county considered times! Arran Parmar and Rory Pridmore both achieving great PB’s.
Girls 50m Breast; Louise Birmingham with a 3 second PB
Boys 200m Backstroke; George Nelson swimming this race for the first time. Josh Greig taking gold and knocking 10 seconds off his best time.
Girls 200m IM; Katelin Phillips with an impressive 10 seconds off her PB and under 3 minutes for the first time!
Boys 100m Fly; Jack Allman taking this on for the first time and winning gold.
Girls Backstroke; Lucy Block with impressive PBs in all backstroke races, particularly in the 200m being the fastest girl of the day in all age groups. Not bad for 13 years old, brilliant Lucy as always!!
Boys 200m Freestyle; Louis Bolton, a 10 second PB and a gold medal, impressive!
Girls 200m Fly; Maya Camp, first time entry to 200m Fly, and a bronze medal, go Maya!
Boys 50m Back; Fred Neighbour, under 50 seconds for the first time and a 4 second PB.
Girls 50m Fly; Big well done to Eleanor Weeks-Pearson, Esme Young, Evie Galloway and Sian Carrington for taking this race on for the first time, a tough race but you all did brilliantly!
Girls 400m IM; Lucy Day and Hazel Randall for impressive 400m IM Swims!
Boy 400m Free; George Pearson and Jack Allman in a great race with less than a second between them at the finish. Callum Slater swimming the race for the first time, well done boys!
Girls 50m Free; Holly North in her first gala at 9 years old, picking up a silver medal too, well done Holly J. Jessica Tansley also for the first time in this race too.
Boys 200m IM; Sam White and Murray Wakefield in a great race with only 0.05 seconds splitting them at the finish and also picking up gold and silver medals. First time 200IM swims for Ellison, Josh, Jack, Benjamin, Callum, Mayur, Henry, Matthew, Jake, Jacob and Joseph, brilliant!
Girls 200m; Free; Emily Evans, a 19 second PB, Emily neighbour swimming for the first time, Ella Simms with a 7 second PB!
Boys 200m Fly; George Pearson, Jack Allman and Ellison taking Gold, Silver and Bronze, Ben Mould taking this on for the first time, and PBs for Murray Wakefield and Marcus Birmingham
Girls 100m Breaststroke; Alessandra Charlton, Eleanor Weeks-Pearson, Esme Shipley, Jasmine Grimes all swimming for the first time.
Boys 100m Free; Finn and his gold medal! Josh Boddy taking 9 seconds out of his best!
Girls 100m IM; Big well done to all the younger girls entering the tricky 100m IM with 13 swimmers in the 12 and under age group taking this on!
Once again, sorry to have missed people, everyone did so well. We look forward to the next gala and seeing loads of our swimmers at the Club Championships in November! I will leave you with the team photo and medal table.
*BBATT (Bourne End, Didcot Barramundi, Aylesbury, Thame and Tring).