Venue and timings for Round 1 of Peanuts League now available. Click here for full details. Goldstone gala details also added to fixtures page.
Thirty years ago Ware Swimming Club became the first team to win the exchange gala five times in a row. This was the first time this had ever been achieved by either club. This year it was our chance to repeat history but we knew it would not be easy. The majority of our team had not been born all those years ago but they were determined to be just as successful. The team did not disappoint and put in a phenomenal performance too ensure we equalled the most amount of galas won by Ware all those years ago. Well done team!
As usual there were exciting races, fantastic times and a brilliant sporting atmosphere. The coaches could not of asked for any more and we are incredibly proud of the club's performance. It was an emotional win that I am sure many people will remember for some time. Wulfrath never gave up fighting and some of their swimmers were unbelievable. A special mention to their two young boys who had to cover all four individuals but still delivered a brilliant performance. Both teams celebrated in the traditional ways at the end, together as not just rivals but also great friends.
The middle relays were also exciting and there were some great split times from both teams as well as some interesting choices of swimwear from the male German team! The wrinkly teams were up next and as usual the German team was unbeatable. They stormed to victory to gain the first trophy of the exchange. Well done Wulfrath - we must get our parents training harder!
Many congratulations Jessica Hutchins, Archie Storey and Theo Tilly who competed in their first gala for Ware, Katie Egerton and Thomas Currie competing in their 20th gala, Luke Broughal competing in his 40th gala, Sidney Thompson competing in his 60th gala and to Rye Grover competing in his 70th gala for the club.
The remaining trophies were decided on the Friday evening and after a close race the German's won the Kid's Cup for the first time in the second year of this race running. However, all was not lost and both the beer and wine race trophies finally return to Ware's trophy cabinet. For those of you that missed the entertainment - lucky you. There is no doubt a video lurking around to haunt those involved. It does come with all the health warnings.
The whole week was fantastic and we would like to thank all of those that took part. We would not be able to run such fantastic events without the support of you all. The big question is can we manage six in a row?!
Wülfrath Gala Update
Click here for a near time update of the points and times from the 44th Ware vs Wülfrath gala.
With relegation threatening Ware managed to stay in Division 2 of the Hertfordshire Major League finishing in 10th place out of 12 teams. On the night there were 6 individual 1st place finishes and 2 relay 1st place finishes. Individual first places from Charles Sinclair in the Open 100m Freestyle (58.88), Alice Field in the U14 100m Breaststroke (1.33.31), Archie Rann in the U12 50m Breaststroke (48.99), and Daniel Harrison in the U14 100m Freestyle (1.11.68). The star of the evening was Callum Cox who managed two individual wins in the U12 50m Backstroke (38.73) and 50m Freestyle (32.42) the latter being a new club record. Relay first places went to the girls U14 Medley Relay with Holly Yeoman, Alice Field, Victoria George and Anais Nicolas (1.11.03), and to the boys U14 Medley Relay with Callum Cox, Tommy Liddiard, Sidney Thompson and Harrison Egerton.
Congratulations to Nicholas Egerton competing in his first gala, to Amelia Thompson competing in her 10th and Ben Jones competing in his 20th gala for Ware.
Well done to all the participating swimmers and many thanks to the coaches, poolside helpers and officials who gave up their time. A big shout out of thanks goes to Amanda Currie, Karen Gibb, Nicola Cripps, Jo Field and Will Osterberg for the smooth running of the gala. For full details and all other results please log-in to the members area.
Club Awards option added to the navigation bar in the Club Members section with details of the awards and assessment criteria.