Here a just a few of the shots I took at Pontypool back in April, I’ll upload more to Facebook soon
Rhondda swimmers brought victory to their valleys when they won this year’s Glyn & Margaret Harris Gala in a fiercely fought competition against four visiting clubs. The victory for Rhondda Swimming Club was especially sweet as it was the first time in many years that the club had won a gala. Continue reading
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?”
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.”
There were quite a few top 3 finishes for our swimmers… Continue reading
(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.”
Another club record at the Torfaen Open Meet
(Newport 21-22 June 2014)
Another record was set at the Torfaen Open meet in Newport in June for Rhondda Swimming Club, but it stood for a mere four minutes before it too was broken. Continue reading
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.
(Newport 5-6 April 2014)
Sixteen swimmers entered the Newport meet on 5-6 April, the biggest Rhondda contingent at a meet for some time.
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.
Newport, 15 Dec 2013
This year’s annual Christmas Cracker open meet was great fun for the Rhondda swimmers, with everyone taking something away from the day. Rhondda fielded a team of 9, including junior swimmers who are still cutting their teeth in competitive swimming.
In a fast and furious meet, our athlete boys and girls managed a total of 27 personal best times (PBs) and a bag of six medals (1 gold and 5 silvers) out of 39 swims. All swimmers had at least one new PB. Garyn Rees, aged 8, had 5 out of 5 PBs and was quite unfazed by the hubub of activity at the full-day event. Twm and Branwen Draper also had PBs in every event they entered.