At the Conwy Autumn Meet this weekend, the swimmers representing ASKA Swimming Club achieved personal bests (PBs) in 75% of events entered. This is a fabulous achievement. ASKA Swimming Club Welfare Officer & swim21 Liaison Kevin McCann reports on the event that took place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2016.
Grey skies and drizzle greeted the ASKA Swimming Club Team at the Llandudno Swim Centre for the Conwy Autumn Meet of 2016. After months of sunny warm weather, we were strangely glad to seek shelter in a warm and humid swimming pool once again.
The ASKA Swimming Club was well represented on both days of the gala with five swimmers entered on the Saturday and seven on the Sunday.
A series of excellent swims on Saturday by James Dring, Harrison Dring, Hannah Hutchinson, Abbie Gifford and Mari-Loek Wagenaar resulted in several PBs. Of particular note was a PB by James immediately after being stung by a wasp in its last defiant act of the year. Ever the innovator, the club’s head swimming coach Andy Griffith is already looking for mail order wasps that could be used before big races!
On Sunday, we were spared the wasps but the PBs kept on coming. Great performances from Lucy Thomas, Lucy Naylor, Eryl Searson, Mared Searson, Cara McCann and Abbie Gifford punctuated all three sessions in the day.
As with all Llandudno meets, this one was well-organised and ran on time thanks to the excellent eight lane pool and the abundance of volunteer officials. Our thanks go to Conwy for another superb event.
Finally, a very special thank you must go to our dedicated head coach. Not only were the outstanding results achieved by the swimmers testament to their effort and Andy's coaching, he also spent the entire weekend poolside in Llandudno from early on Saturday until late on Sunday. We're still not entirely sure he went home.
(edited by Kathryn Valdal Fourie)