IT was a long, but satisfying and successful week-end for the 18 Garioch swimmers who represented the club so magnificently at the North District Age Group Championships in Inverness on March, 2 and 3, with 32 medals in total being won and a host of excellent performances achieved.
Orla Adams won overall best 15-and-over female swimmer with one gold medal and five silvers, while Alastair Miley took the boys’ equivalent with five golds, two silvers and two bronze medals. Hannah Miley was also in fine form, winning six golds and remaining unbeaten in all her races. The vociferous crowd was enthralled to see her withstand a number of enthusiastic challenges from eager swimmers out to take a major scalp, only to find her an unrelenting opponent in determined mood.
In the girls’ 13-14 category, Jess Thomson maintained her outstanding form this season, winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze, demonstrating skill and strength in her favourite 400 and 800 freestyle events. Joseph Miley and Spencer O’Grady also performed well, each taking a silver and a bronze and showing particular power and determination in their signature backstroke events. And Findlay Douglas showed how much he loves swimming 60 lengths at speed by taking bronze in the boys’ over-15 1500M freestyle event.
Other swimmers contributed hugely to the team effort and should be congratulated for their excellent performances. Older performers, Jemma Grant, Ruth Bryce, Sarah Smith and Hazel Johnston for the girls and Peter Holmes and David Smith for the boys are all terrific swimmers who gave their utmost for the team and accrued a significant number of points for the cause. The younger swimmers swam very creditably, too, gaining great experience in such a prestigious event in front of a large crowd, showing that they all have what it takes to compete regularly in future at this level. Well done to Shannon Crawford, Chloe Grant, Christy Johnston, Sophie McPhee and Sophie Stewart for some tremendous swims. Keep working hard at training!
A large, committed group of adults accompanied the swimmers, taking on a range of officiating duties, while coaches Mandi Crawford, Eavan Adams and Patrick Miley kept the swimmers positive and focused throughout the week-end and were justifiably proud of all their achievements. To all these dedicated volunteers, the club expresses its thanks. Scottish Nationals here we come – look out Edinburgh!