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Rhondda swimmers reaching their peak with competition success

Rhondda swimmers continue their journey to being red hot with great success in three recent galas – achievements that a couple of years back were just a dream. On Saturday 7 October, Rhondda’s A team won the inaugural David Napper Gala, beating four other teams in Rhondda Leisure Centre. Two weeks ago, Rhondda beat five other teams to win the Natwest Shield in Pontypool and the following day came a close second overall in a friendly gala in Barry.

The atmosphere in all the galas was electric, with huge support from the Rhondda friends and families, many of whom had their heads nearly falling off with all the cheering.

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Rhondda Head Coach Craig Napper said the club’s swimmers were “awesome” and well deserving of their success. “I would like to thank everyone who made today an amazing gala. My dad would have loved it.. all you swimmers were awesome and the support from all the families was amazing…The future looks good for Rhondda Swimming Club.”

He added that the highlight of the David Napper Gala was to see so many new young swimmers coming through with great gusto and enthusiasm. The club fielded two full teams of swimmers – some swimming in a gala for the first time – and a full team of officials.

The late David Napper was the first coach of Rhondda Swimming Club and was instrumental in setting it up in 1975. He was also manager of Rhondda Leisure Centre for many years.

In the Pontypool gala, Rhondda took the lead in the first race and stayed there, widening its lead and eventually beating the next team by 25 points. It was a similar story in the David Napper Gala, where the win was by 17 points.

Rhondda is performing well with its relay teams, who are regularly winning many of their races. A few years ago, the club was not always even able to put relay teams together for every event.

Rhondda for several years was accustomed to coming last or next but last in galas. Now, the club is drawing the attention of other clubs.


Gerald Sims, Head Coach of Cwmbran Otters, said: “As a coach for over 30 years, I knew David personally and agree he would have loved today’s gala, but he would have been proud of what his son Craig has done for the club. Well done, Rhondda. I have seen the improvement over the last couple of years. All of you are great friends of Cwmbran Otters.”

Come on! Come on!

Photos from Pontypool

Here a just a few of the shots I took at Pontypool back in April, I’ll upload more to Facebook soon

Records fall at No Time Gala

Another awesome day for Rhondda Swimming Club at the No Time Gala, a rather big green and navy dent in the crowd with 27 Rhondda swimmers taking part and great family support too.

A big thank you goes to all the parents that volunteered at short notice to help out with marshalling and timekeeping.

As well as many PBs being achieved by swimmers, the following notable achievements were made…

  • Meghan Palmer took 1st place overall in 11-12 yr 100 breast.
  • Hattie Jones set a club record in 9-10 100 fly. Time of 2.32.
  • Keenan Napper broke another record in the 16/o 200 fly with a time of 2.48.
  • Dion Beach set a Club record in 9/u 100 breast with time of 2.03.
  • Tyler Jones set new club record in boys 9/u 100 breast with time of 2.04.

Day two saw Finlay Jones completing the 1500m FC and sister, Hattie, competing in the 200 IM.

Coach Andrew Draper said “With 27 entrants, we were one of the biggest clubs there, some races had only Rhondda swimmers. Do our swimmers do us proud or what?”

Full results available here, and Club Records can be viewed here.







Swimmers make coaches proud at round 3 of the RCT Grand Prix

Fabulous swimming again today at the 3rd round of the RCT Grand Prix. Some impressive PBs, some previous bad habits put aside and replaced by good ones.

Coach, Andrew Draper said, “Technically, our swimmers were very good. The coaches have identified some points to work on and we’ll be going through things with the swimmers again so they learn from their mistakes and build on their strengths. Well done all, you made us very proud.”

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Smashing times at the RCT Grand Prix

(Ystrad 18 Jan 2015)

The 19 swimmers who entered the second round of the RCT Grand Prix put on a terrific performance with personal best times getting smashed and young swimmers entering tough events for the first time and scaling the heights of great achievement. Round 2 was held on 18 January in Ystrad.

Older swimmers brought home the bacon by improving their performances by good margins – 10 or 20 seconds off their times in the 50-metre and 200-metre events, for example, while everyone had a great can-do attitude. Young swimmers entered events such as the 100 metres IM and 200 metres freestyle, gaining times for the first time.

Head coach Craig Napper said: “Once again our swimmers did us proud. Some of the swimmers surprised themselves with their achievements. They shouldn’t, they have true grit. For the next round of the Grand Prix in March, we’d like to see 30 swimmers representing us.”

To enter the Grand Prix or any swim meet, please see Christelle or James. Mail them on Check the upcoming fixtures here.

Hoover Shield friendly Inter-Club Gala

In the Hoover Shield friendly inter-club gala on 14 June in Pontypool, Brandon Rees smashed a long-standing club record in the 50m fly with a time of 31.88, 2 seconds faster than the previous record set in 2000. Five Rhondda Swimming Club records have been broken in 2014 to date.

Superlatives at No Time Gala

(Newport 5-6 April 2014)

It was a weekend of superlatives for Rhondda swimmers at the Swim Wales No Time Gala with a clutch of wins including nine golds, three silvers and five bronzes out of 43 races.

Sixteen swimmers entered the Newport meet on 5-6 April, the biggest Rhondda contingent at a meet for some time.

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Llanelli Open meet report

New records for Rhondda swimmers

(Swansea National Pool, 1-2. March 2014)

It was a cracking weekend with lots of personal bests (PBs), a clutch of medals and a new club record when the swimmers of Rhondda Swimming Club went to west Wales.

Luke Jones blazed a trail at the Llanelli Open meet, which this year was held at the Wales National Pool in Swansea on 1-2 March because of damage to the Llanelli home pool. Luke smashed the Rhondda club record for age 15 and under 200-metre backstroke with a time of 2.39.89. The record has stood since 2000, and Luke took eight seconds off his previous PB at the same time. He set new PBs in all six events he did over the weekend.

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