History made at Leamington Swimming Club as youngsters break 132-year wait - The Leamington Observer

History made at Leamington Swimming Club as youngsters break 132-year wait

Leamington Editorial 12th Sep, 2017   0

SWIMMING: HISTORY has been made at Leamington Spa Swimming Club after a team effort helped the club qualify for the National Arena Junior Inter League for the first time ever.

Since forming 132 years ago, the Spa club has never qualified for the league.

An outstanding 2017 season saw Leamington finish top of the Nuneaton and District Junior Swimming League ahead of the final on Saturday night at Nuneaton.

The club needed to secure a top two finish to progress to the inter league finals, but faced top opposition from city clubs Boldmere, Worcester, Coventry, Leicester, and Northampton.

Tension mounted throughout the gala as several clubs were separated by just one point, with the lead changing hands several times.

Aged between nine and 12, the Leamington swimmers battled hard to make every point count.

And it was only until the final race that Leamington secured the required second place.

They now head to Newcastle on Sunday, October 1, for the inter-league final – ranked as one of the top 12 junior clubs in the country.

Performance Coach, Stuart Parker said: “The swimmers have worked extremely hard to achieve a place in the inter-league and all the coaches are very proud of them.”

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