County Development Meet 14th Oct'12
56 Windsor swimmers had entries for the Inaugural county Development Meet held on Sunday 14th October 2012 at Bracknell Leisure Centre.
This was a new meet for the entire Counties' Clubs this season and it was principally designed to give swimmers the opportunity to go for County qualifying times as well as gaining more experience of competing. The upper limit qualifying times for each event were set to be the respective age-group qualifying time so swimmers had a good idea of what the ultimate targets were.
The team was managed by Lea Bullen and Anoushka Dovey with assistance from Alison Stevens and Head Coach Matt Heathcock was also poolside giving additional encouragement to the swimmers who responded brilliantly throughout the day and in total came away with 22 event wins, a total of 94 medals!
For the boys there were four golds for Eliot Desforges, and three wins for both Sam Ramsden-Head and Rami Elias. Other winners were Matthew Daines (2 golds), Luke Smith, Tariq Ukkash and William Scammell,
For the girls there were three gold medals for Libby Scammell, and event wins for Bryony Chinn, Hannah Meyrick, Meg Ormond and Stephanie Lyons.
In addition to the event winners, there were some excellent performances from a number of swimmers who also managed podium places.
For the boys – Luke Burton, Leonardo Haitzmann, Conor Tobin, Sam Brudney, Aran Gill, Ediz Karatayli, Julius Wright, Luke Withers and Jack Davies all claimed medals.
For the girls – Annabelle Davies, Katie Davies, Niamh Southall, Annabelle Mufti, Georgia Basham, Eleanor Moss, Emma Rigby, Magda Skrzymowska, Nicole Stephens, Beth Daines, Olivia Spellman and Emma Broad all got onto the podium too.
The medallists in the 100m breaststroke event had the pleasure and privilege to have their medals presented by Team GB Olympian Andrew Willis at the end of Session 1, and many swimmers took the opportunity for photos and autographs for their souvenir collections.
As usual the squad were as well supported throughout by the brilliant Windsor supporters who managed to retain their usual enthusiasm and vociferous encouragement throughout the day which for many had followed a late night competing at the Arena League galas. Mr Broad again took the title of chief cheer-leader!
Matt said " It was great to see so many Windsor swimmers competing. A great start to the season, and the Club will be looking to improve further over the next few open meets."
All the swimmers and parents can now look forward to the forthcoming Open meets at Ealing, Horsham and Cardiff, as well as the continuation of the Arena League and of course the Club Championships in December.