The early May Bank Holiday weekend saw many of the Youth swimmers from Gloucester City travel to Plymouth for the District Youth Championships.

This championship is the only tier of competition down from National competition. GCSC this year had really strong qualification numbers and congratulations to all who achieved this high level.

Thoughts also were with the Para swimmers who competed exceptionally well at the Para Olympic Trials in Glasgow, and to our Modern Pentathletes who were competing for Great Britain in Drzonkow Poland. With all of these swimmers in Plymouth too, our results would have been even stronger. With Age-group championships still to come, the club should be exceptionally proud of the strength in depth we are producing.

Our medal haul at Plymouth was 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronzes. This is a strong achievement in itself. What was particularly pleasing however was the Gloucester presence in finals. Many Pbs were achieved, indeed Pbs were a necessity in order to make most finals. With VERY young swimmers also representing GCSC in relay events, the results from those were particularly pleasing, and again showed depth. We await confirmation as to the other regions results, but I believe we have excellent chances of getting relay representation now at National competitions towards the end of the year.

Youth swimmers now will be able to look at their own ranking places to see where they sit in terms of qualification to National and Home Nation events at the end of the season. Age-groupers still have their championships to come, and good luck to all there. Youth swimmers have one last chance at the end of May to try to earn those national swims.

Full results from the weekend can be found  here.

Andy