Too many hot cross buns. School holidays. Revision. Midlands. Easter Eggs. All things for other days as there isn’t a better way to spend the hottest Easter Saturday on record than chasing times, chasing medals and swimming your heart out at one of the country’s iconic pools. Well, not if you’re a member of the Green Octopus anyway.


Easter Saturday saw NLSC arrive in large numbers at Ponds Forge in Sheffield to take part in Stocksbridge Pentaqua’s 2019 Open Meet. It was the first open meet we’ve targeted as a club in 2019 and a great chance to put all that training and hard work into action.


And whether it was to chase last minute qualification or honing your race-craft for the upcoming regionals, chasing county times, PB and medal hunting or gaining experience of racing in a long-course event there was plenty to occupy our swimmers.


What was pleasing to see alongside the members of our junior and senior squads was the number of our development squads competing, many of which were making their debuts in a long course pool. Long course swimming is a completely different discipline to short course swimming so the experience gained will have been fantastic. Each and every one of our development swimmers will hopefully realise that they more than belong in that competitive environment and that the club as a whole is very proud of what they achieved and will do everything we can to help them on their journey.


Over the course of day countless PBs were smashed as the quality of swimming was incredibly high and returned a glut of 33 medals with seven golds. Special mentions go to:


  • Oli Coleman and Amy Aboutorab for medalling consistently in all of their events
  • Lauren Shipley and Sophia Fidler for putting together great portfolio of swims in the Open and 12 year categories respectively
  • Daniel Oyaide-Nicholls and Finn Ellis for doing what they normally do (again!)
  • Evie Sibley, Harriet Dickerson Anja Tinsley and Alex Tomlinson for again highlighting the strength in depth we have in the 10/11 year old girls
  • Zack Hidle for his first gold medal in the 100M Backstroke
  • And last but by no means least to Darcey Adams, Louie Maloney, Demy Kpekta for personifying what it means to be a part of NLSC. Give 100% and smile wider than the Ponds Forge pool – awesome job.


Under the tutelage of Steph and Jonny on poolside, whenever any member of the Green Octopus took to the blocks wearing the famous cap and infamous tattoos on either their arms, backs, legs or faces (morning Billy Kielty!), Sheffield’s world famous pool would be host once again to some brilliant swimming by a whole group of brilliant young people. Whatever chocolate in whatever quantity was consumed on the following day, it was definitely deserved.


Huge thanks most go to Stocksbridge Pentaqua and their team for putting on a great event and making us all feel very welcome along with Joe Bailey, Wayne Cummings and Charlie Kielty for team managing throughout the day. But always special thanks to Fiona Coleman for organising everything on behalf of NLSC too.


Our next targeted open meets will of course be our very own Tony Holmes Open Meet on 7th July and the Notts ASA Summer Gala on 13th and 14th July. If you or your swimmer(s) are unsure about taking part or know what’s involved, please have a word with any of the coaches, parents or anybody wearing a Green Octopus. Open meets are a great way to hone racing craft and measure your progress and when we arrive in numbers, Leander is an irresistible force to be reckoned with.


If you are going to enter any open meets, just remember to actually send off the entry forms… But then again, nobody would be that daft not to surely…

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