Summer rocks. Long hot lazy days by the beach. BBQ’s, days out and just general goodness. Apart from when it’s too hot, too wet, too many mosquitos, lost luggage, sunburn. And there’s no swimming galas either to enjoy over the weekend evenings. Come to think of it then; summer sucks.
Hurray then for autumn and the new swimming season. Forget Strictly’s launch show on Saturday night, the place to be was at Lammas Leisure Centre where the Green Octopus kicked off 2019/20 in style with Round 4 of the Sports Centre League.
Coming up against strong Sherwood, Sutton and Radford teams (all who target Sports Centre for different reasons) the competition is always fierce; but there’s no better way to test yourself against the best of the rest in a safe, fun and supportive environment – AKA the Leander way.
Leander uses the Sports Centre League to showcase our strength in depth and nurture new and emerging talent across all of our squads and help develop the leadership skills in some of our more experienced squad members too (step up the amazing Myleece Quirke and Hamza Tran who were our unofficial captains for the night and were great helping the younger newer swimmers).
In short, Sports Centre is one of the most vital competitions we take part in.
Saturday was no exception with five squad members making their debuts (Nadia Armstrong, Ella Sandy, Lilly Flint, Charlie Maloney and Giselle De Pont) and water polo players literally getting their feet wet over in the competitive swimming side. Same old story – four squads, one team.
Hamza set the ball rolling in the opening event, the 15/u 100IM, by dropping a cheeky six seconds from his PB. Four more PB’s followed in the next four races including Old Timer Tom Wells setting a new mark in his 100 Fly (followed then by another in his 100 Back – good work fella!).
All in all 21 PB’s were set over the course of the event with the biggest drop coming from Nico Kershaw-Garcia who skimmed seven seconds of his 50 Free PB. Special mentions too to Giselle Du Pont who PB’s twice and secured our sole victory in the 13/u 50M Butterfly and Laurel Roberts-Burrell with a first-time 1.15 in the 13/u 100M Free; he’s still one to watch for 19/20.
All in all another 5th place keeps us on track from the first three rounds but the smiles, noise and experienced gained by all made it a brilliant way to return and an inspiring start to 19/20.
The benchmark has been set. Wherever 19/20 takes us - #WeReady.

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