Harvey recently competed at Sunderland in the special Olympics. He had a great weekend gaining two Silvers and a Bronze and just missing out on a gold.
His coach on the day “thought his stroke method was very good and that when he gains some more muscle he could do really well in the future”, so well done to Darcy and the Richmond team
ASA North East Regional Winter Championships.
Richmond Dales ASC made the short journey up to Sunderland with a strong team of swimmers ready to race against the region’s top swimmers last weekend. The team consisting of six boys and five girls all performed above expectations totalling 35 personal best times out of the clubs total swims of 53. Swimmers with 100% PB were Hannah Rye 3 from 3, Morgan Taylor 7 from 7 and Harry Catterall 2 from 2. The following swimmers also achieved very strong swims only falling short of their personal best times in a few swims, Callum Hall 4 PB’s out of 5, Hannah Darby 2 PB’s out of 3, Louise Barker 5 PB’s out of 6, Thomas Flower 4 PB’s out of 6, Daniel Cutter (our youngest member) 1 PB out of 3, Georgia Hadley 3 PB’s out of 8 with two more on events she was unlucky to be disqualified in and George Catterall 4 PB’s out of 10. George did however lead the medal winners from the club gaining 3 Gold, x1 Silver and 1 Bronze from his swims, Thomas Flower also gained 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in , Hannah Darby Bronze medal in her 50m Breaststroke and Morgan Taylor achieved a bronze medal in his 400 Freestyle.
All in all a good weekend, which left the coaching team and swimmers happy with their performances at this stage of the season, now back into hard training for the next event for some the weekend before Christmas in Manchester and others in February.
National Disability Short Course Championships
Lily MacLeod, aged 13, who is currently in the B squad of the Richmond and the Dales Swimming Club, competed at the National Disability Short Course Championships in Manchester on 23rd and 24th November. Lily has a visual impairment and is classified as an S13 swimmer. She gained PB’s in each of the 5 events she entered which were: 50m freestyle by 2 secs, 100m freestyle by 2 secs , 400m freestyle by 21secs, 100m breaststroke by 4 secs and 200m individual medley by 9 secs. As she gained the fastest times in the S13 category for her age group, she also received 5 gold medals. Lily is also a member of the British Para-Swimming Podium Potential squad.
Lily MacLeod joined Richmond and the Dales Club in 2009 when she was 8. She is now 12 and has just joined B Squad.
She has a visual impairment and was spotted as a possible breaststroke swimmer for British Paraswimming in 2012 through the Playground to Podium programme. She particularly enjoys freestyle and breaststroke sprints.
Since then Lily has performed in Paraswimming events at regional, national and international levels. In March 2014 she won 5 gold medals and 1 bronze at the Junior Nationals Short Course in Sheffield. Here is a photograph of Lily with her medals.
On 17th April 2014 she received her international classification as a S13 swimmer which allowed her to swim in 3 events in the British International Paraswimming Long Course event at Tollcross pool in Glasgow. She gained personal bests in all 3 events.
Lily is on the World Class Podium Potential Programme for British Paraswimming and hopes to enter more national and international competitions with the help of the Richmond and the Dales Club.