Olympian present to hand out LESC awards

Joe Roebuck (left) hands over the 2012-15 Swim 21 re-accrediation to club chairman Grant Walker.
Joe Roebuck (left) hands over the 2012-15 Swim 21 re-accrediation to club chairman Grant Walker.

Long Eaton Swimming Club members were joined by Olympian Joe Roebuck for their presentation evening held recently at the town’s Brennans bar.

Joe, who competed at London 2012 in the 400m and 200m individual medley and 200m butterfly, handed out many trophies won by swimmers at this year’s Club Championships, and also presented the Swim 21 re-accreditation certificate for 2012-15 to club chairman Grant Walker.

There were awards for the winners in the stroke, sprint and distance categories as well as age group awards for all swimmers that took part.

Club captains’ shirts for the new season were presented to Joshua Halford and Chloe Tipping and to junior captains, Lewis Tipping and Bethany Sharples.

The club also the opportunity to acknowledge the work done by its many volunteers and this year Kevin Dilks and Steve Tremain were worthy winners.

County Certificate of Recognition for outstanding services to swimming within Derbyshire, on the recommendation of the club, went to Carol Cherry, Rachel Groves and Sue Parker, while the County Badge, awarded by the Derbyshire ASA for services to the Association, also went to Murray Parker and Grant Walker.

l Earlier on in the day members from the Masters’ squad were competing at the Etwall Eagles Masters’ Open at the Queens Leisure Centre in Derby, where Maggi Tuck (50-54 age group) won gold medals in the 25m freestyle, 100m individual medley and 50m butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke.

There was gold for Catherine Stray (40-44 age group) in the 50m backstroke, while Laura Marinelli (25-29 age group) won in the 100m individual medley as well as a further three silver medals in other disciplines.

At the Leicester City Open Meet, club members who train with Derventio Excel were in action.

Matt Cross took gold and his first national qualifying time in the 400m freestyle with a new personal best time and added a second gold in the 200m freestyle.

Francesca Muir-Harris swam to bronze medal position in the 800m freestyle, taking 25 seconds off her previous personal best, and she gained another personal best time for 400m at the halfway point.

Krissy Tomlinson took bronze in the individual medley with another personal best time to add to others achieved over the competition.