Ian Negus, head coach of Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, reflected on ‘a very competitive and extremely successful’ year for the club at their annual meeting.
Competition results have seen the club’s A squad retaining top spot of the Notts ASA Sports Centre League First Division, with still the final round of the competition to be swum, and the B squad currently sitting in third place just two points behind the leaders in Division Two.
The 2011 Notts ASA County Championships were extremely successful again with many swimmers taking senior and junior titles, and three relay teams taking coveted gold medals.
The squad’s great form carried over into the Midland regional age group and youth championships, securing finalists and medal winners at both levels, and onwards and upwards into the National competition with finalists, semi-finalists and relay medallists.
A series of wins at numerous Minor Galas held over the year, and wins as Top Visiting Club at the Major Oak Open Meet, held recently at Watermeadows, and the Ashfield Trophy at Hucknall have topped off what’s been a great year.
Commenting on the club’s successes, Ian Negus, head coach, said: “2011 has been very competitive on all fronts with some extremely good results.
“We have gained a few new quality swimmers this year that have undoubtedly added to the strength of our competitive teams.
“And we are developing one or two really promising youngsters who have already started to prove themselves and who I know will do us proud next year.”
l Out of the pool, the club’s vice president, Brian Barnett, recently received a prestigious award from the Torch Trophy Trust in recognition of his many years of service to swimming.
Joining the club back in 1972, Brian has been an inspiration to the swimming community both at Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club and in Nottinghamshire.
Brian received his award at a ceremony in London from HRH Princess Alexandra.