Richard Hayes – Atlantis SC
Atlantis swimming club hosted their annual Christmas Cracker swimming gala over last weekend.
This year Atlantis welcomed 15 swimming clubs from across the South East of England. The gala took place over a hectic two day period at Pavilions in the park with over 20 hours of swimming.
Swimmers aged from nine to 36 years of age raced in all four competition strokes over distances ranging from 50 meter sprints to 400 meter endurance events.
There were some amazing performances from the Atlantis swimmers. This weekend the boys smashed it! Some of the outstanding performers were Aiden Spalling totting up six gold medals and a whooping 268 points, Daryan De Klerk with six golds, nine year old flyer Jamie Smith with four golds and a phenomenal score of 297 from Toby Van Der Hut, making him the top Atlantis scorer.
Top scoring girl from Atlantis was the talented Ethel Whyman with 238 points and four golds; in form Millie Weeden notched up five gold’s with junior club captain Freya Fulcher weighing in with four golds. Ever dependable Beth Britten was taking it easy racing in only four events but netted gold in all of them.
Atlantis once again came away as top club with a score of over 8500 more than 1000 points ahead of the second place team. Training continues on a daily basis for the Atlantis athletes ready for a busy season of competition.