Blacklion Gala Report – 2018
Killerwhales Make A Splash at Black Lion!
A small team of Killerwhales travelled to Gillingham to compete on the hottest weekend of the year so far, at the Black Lion Spring Open Meet at Medway Park. In the sizzling heat and up against some extremely tough competition, the Killerwhales still prevailed and brought home an impressive collection of medals and countless PB’s.
In the nine-year-old category Niamh Stevenson won gold in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 3:18.08 and in the same event Maxwell Brown also claimed the gold with a time of 3:25.70.
In the 10-year-old age group Charlie Rodgers triumphed in his favourite events the Breaststroke, winning silver in the 200m, and bronzes in the 50m and 100m events. Chloe Keegan took home the bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke with an impressive time of 1:24.76, bronze in the 200m Breaststroke and rounded off her medal collection with a gold in the 200m Backstroke. Christopher Charnick swam well to win the silver medal in the 100 IM and went on to win bronze in the 50m Butterfly.
Olivia Cooper won four gold medals in the 11-year-old age group for the 200m Butterfly, the 100m Breaststroke, the 200m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly. Not stopping there Olivia claimed the silver medal for the 100m Freestyle event.
In the twelve-year-old category Brooke Woodhouse won gold in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 35.46 and secured a bronze medal in the 100 IM. Rhys Penfold claimed the gold medal in the 200m Butterfly and went on to take the bronze medal for the 100m Butterfly. Maisie Lawn finished off the medal tally for the 12-year olds nicely, winning bronze in the 50m Butterfly and finishing with a gold in the 200 IM.
The 13-year-old category saw Poppy Holmes collect a bronze medal for the 200m Butterfly event, and Thomas Dudman picked up the bronze medal for the 200m Breaststroke.
The 14-year-old age group saw numerous medals, with Katie Elsworth winning gold in the 200m Butterfly. Joshua Frampton did well winning one of each, taking gold in the 100m Breastroke, silver in the 50 Breaststroke, and bronze for the 100m Backstroke. Helen Panton won the bronze in the 100 Breaststroke and Miguel Newman also won bronze in the 100 IM event.
A big well done to all the Killerwhales that attended this meet and a big thanks to the coaches Izzy and Nicola for staying and supporting the kids all weekend in the sweltering heat! The Killerwhales will be looking forward to more success when they attend their next gala in Thurrock.