Chichester Cormorants Swimming Club began 2013 with a well-deserved second place behind Littlehampton SC on Saturday 16th February in the first round of the Sussex League Championships. Each Club competing enters two swimmers for every event (a challenge for most clubs) and Chichester rose to the challenge with some outstanding swimming, showing passion and determination raising valuable points for the club and lowering many personal best times.
Chichester Cormorants have undergone many changes in recent years, but on Saturday a motivated and inspired squad competed, ranging from the youngest U12 age group through to the Masters namely Lisa Maynard, Kerrin Cruttenden and Darren Sims who offered support and experienced mentoring to the squad particularly those were competing in their first ever Gala.
There was a friendly yet competitive atmosphere at the well-supported Gala, which ran smoothly (despite being very hot and noisy!). Every swimmer in the squad from the youngest to the oldest gave 100% achieving several first places and personal best times.
Special mention goes to Sara Perruzzo who despite an injury and a heavily strapped shoulder produced excellent swims in both her individual and relay events. Another outstanding swimmer was U14 Bella Powell who tirelessly swam many events including the demanding Open Ladies 100m Fly.
Other swimmers, who stood out on the night were Joseph Barnett, Joe Jones,
Ed Richardson, Josh Thomas, Elizabeth Brown, Molly Whatmore, Bethany Catchpole and Jemima Laurence who swam with grit and determination.
Both the U12 Girls and Boys Relay teams were exceptional with good starts, turns and finishes. The highlight of every Gala is the Squadron, which is exciting and noisy with most swimmers and supporters on their feet. Chichester Cormorants finished a well deserved second place with the last leg being swum without the swimmer lifting his head for a breath.
This Gala is evidence Chichester Cormorants is a young, vibrant swimming club, which offers opportunities to the young, and not so young who are interested in swimming competitively.
Chichester Cormorants is an all-inclusive Club, if you or anyone you know is interested in joining there is a trial session on Sunday 3rd March at Westgate Leisure Centre. If you are interested and would like more information please contact the coaching team (firstname.lastname@example.org)