Piranhas continued the habit of punching above their weight at the County Championships in April with a record number of club swimmers qualifying and competing. In total they swam 109 personal bests, with swimmers getting into fourteen finals. Their swimmers took home 13 gold, 15 silver and 14 bronze in an epic medal haul.
“2013 was a superb year for our performance swimmers, which we aimed to better and achieved this year if you average out medals and personal bests won per swimmer” said John Richards, Head Coach. “Rather than have a few swimmers do exceptionally well we want a lot of our swimmers competing at the highest level they can, and that’s what we achieved. We’ve built a strong, competitive swimming club for those who really want to perform on the highest stage. Our swimmers go on to national and international level success and start by swimming events like the County Champs” he continued.
Medal winners were Ava Lessing-Caller, Jess Mansfield, Emma Leslie, Will Steel, Millie Steel, Hannah Daley, Will Davies, Henry Pearce and Olivia Pearce – and our swimmer of the championship was Emma Leslie.
The club’s next development steps, for competitive swimmers, are selected open meetings, the Regional Championships and an overseas training camp in Lignano, Italy in May. “We are taking twenty of our future stars to train in the sun” said Lou Steel, Team Manager “It’s a real hot house for them, they work really hard and they have a lot of fun as well. We even run revision sessions for those doing exams”. Lou continues “Piranhas isn’t just about the top level of competition, everyone starts at the beginning and anyone who wants to join the area’s premier development club should check the website to get contact details about trialling. We are an inclusive club and enjoy developing tomorrow’s champions which we do through teaching, coaching and novice galas to help them build experience”.