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Rushcliffe Swimming Club annual gala sees 100 swimmers take part

Rushcliffe Swimming Club held its annual gala in the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

Over one hundred swimmers of all ages and abilities took part.

The traditional strokes were raced over 25m, 50m or 100m, complemented by more light-hearted events such as a 10m race in the shallow end and the penguin jump for the youngest swimmers, some just 4 years old.

The inflatables relay saw teams of 5 propel and ride various animals over three lengths of the pool, with the turtle finishing first, just ahead of the duck and the pink flamingo.

The evening ended with the traditional “all comers relay” as 8 teams of children, parents and teachers splashed up and down for 10 lengths of mayhem.

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Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with one parent describing the event as a “wonderful and successful swimming gala” another adding “the kids loved it…gorgeous smiles on so many faces, it was lovely to see.”

Rushcliffe Swimming Club is a non-competitive, friendly and family focused club, whose team of Swim England qualified volunteer teachers have been delivering swimming lessons to local children since 1976.

Katie Hillier, the club chair, said: “We strive to make our lessons fun, inclusive and enjoyable at all levels, and the combination of traditional and alternative events at our gala reflects that.”

“Children can start lessons aged 4½ and progress through the stages up to age 18. Many swimmers join the teaching team as in-pool helpers or even gain teaching qualifications themselves.

Lessons take place every Saturday morning at Rushcliffe Arena between 8 and 10am. If you are interested in a trial lesson, please get in touch.


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