mcdonalds celebration smallThe last two weekends has been full of outstanding swims from the Matlock Swimmers. I could list the results but Mr Bowler will be very busy with his pink highlighter pen with all the personal best swims, all times and results will be on the notice board very soon. Both myself and Gary were very proud to see the clear improvements in technique and skills, we still have a lot to do but we are so much better than we were this time last year. The swimmer’s dedication this year, has clearly been demonstrated in their performance.  Isabelle Lester gained two Midland and District qualification times, the first official times Matlock have had in two years, a brilliant achievement and definitely down to her own personal dedication hard work and attitude. I think we all had our hearts in our mouth for Miles, impressive and brave and stunning 200m Fly we now have a Derbyshire Champion in the club. Ben and Freya had a brilliant 400m fc with super paced races, gaining themselves a sliver medal. Freya also secured a silver in 200IM. Toby arrived back off holiday late Saturday evening, to swim a text book perfect 200m br gaining a silver medal. Abbie won two bronzes medal. We got numerous 4,5,6 and finalist. Rory Burch was making finals in nearly all his events. I would mention all swimmers but I’m bound to miss someone out. Along with the smooth, came the rough but as normal Matlock do what we do best, we laughed smiled and turned every negative into a positive, when you’re on poolside for 12 hours a day we need a laugh, we now all know how to count to 16, tighten the trunks and stay still on the blocks. Mistakes happen to us however good we are. Being able to get out, smile laugh and still get personal best times is what really makes you all such incredible athletes. Learning is all part of winning. Losing is all part of winning. None can win all the time. 

The team work on poolside and general poolside love has been the best, we have completed a significant amount of physics GCSE homework, Tom kindly explained algebra to the other younger swimmers, we had plenty of maths working out split times. We had some good old fashioned traditional games going on, hangman, squares and some interesting portrait drawing of Freya. Also a team cross word and the ipad and ipod crew.  Alongside the educational activities Matlock proved to be equally as good at dancing as swimming, only thing missing was the two Matthews, Mat Borat twerking and Matthew Williams Choreographing, Eleanor and Lucas lead by example on the YMCA and cha cha slide. Erin excelled in her hairdressing skills, Elisa and Hannah took their first Derbyshire Championships in their strides. To celebrate the finishing of the Derbyshires we walked to McDonalds for a healthy well deserved celebration especially for Abbie and Hannah as this was pretty much a first time experience for them. Obviously we took careful care of the vegetarian requirements, Callum, Toby enjoyed their fish fillets. What did impress us was that there wasn’t a French fry left out of 16 swimmers Matlock swimmers can eat.  We want to thank the parents for their support both on and off poolside. The children have had an absolute ball and reached goals we could only wish for at the beginning of the swimming year. They have excelled. Well done all. On a final note, Gary all 22 swimmers agree with me the Harry Potter glasses are not cool.

Best Girls Performance Derbyshire Champs
Freya Leister – for gaining a personal best time in every event (except one but 50m fly doesn’t count ☺ )

Best Boy Performance Derbyshire Champs
Rory Burch – for transforming into a mini Micheal Phelps .

Well done all
Diane and Gary #proudcoaches