Success for Peterlee swimmers at Summer Splash Gala

Peterlee Swimming Club members.
Peterlee Swimming Club members.

Peterlee’s Amateur Swimming Club were on fine form as they claimed 19 gold medals at the two-day Gateshead & Whickham Summer Splash Gala.

The newly-refurbished Dunstan Pool was the location for the success of the local young talent, with the fantastic golds tally being a significant chunk of the astonishing grand total of over 80 medals claimed by the squad over the period of the successful competition.

Among the swimming stars was Joe Baker who, having only turned nine a week before competing at the Gala event, went on to win a brilliant four gold medals as well as two silvers and one bronze to add to the collection as he fought hard with Newcastle Aquajets rivals William Viney and Jack Mackenzie.

The Girls 15 and Over events were dominated by Peterlee’s swimmers as Emily Birkett picked up a sensational six gold medals across the two days of competition, starting her success with victory in the 100m Freestyle event on the opening day.

The medals continued to come as Birkett subsequently went on to snatch gold in the Girls 15 & Over 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 100m individual medley, 200m backstroke and 100m backstroke.

Her success was backed up by 15 & Over team-mate Nieve Mallory, who picked up four golds herself as well as tailing Birkett in the highly competitive 200m freestyle event en -route to one of a further two silver medals, also backing up her medal successes by winning the Girls Open event.

Lily Humphries, 12, capped off the squad’s success by claiming a brilliant four gold medals in the Girls 12-Year-Olds 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle events, as well as adding a silver medal to her name later in the competition.

Faye Huntley also picked up a gold medal by just edging out team-mate Megan Stubbs to win the Girls 13-Year-Olds 200m backstroke event.

Club Secretary Michelle Crombie praised the local talent highly and said: “All the hard training that they have put in has really paid off for them and it’s showing in the results they’re getting.

“We’re proud of them because they put so much effort into it, it’s great for them, of course there will be more success for them to come in the future when they move up the ranks.

“They are sure to go a long way and we can wish them the best of luck.”

The club trains at Peterlee Leisure Centre and following their success are continuing to look for children aged eight years and over with aspirations of swimming competitively.

Anyone interested should contact Michelle on 07925 464196 for more support.