St Felix School, Halesworth Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6SD

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National Youth & Open Water Report


A squad of six girls and one boy travelled to Sheffield for the British Gas ASA National Youth & Open Water Championships.  


The first event was the Open Water Championships at Rother Valley Country Park, where Thomas Every had qualified for his first National event after winning the East Region title in early July at Whittlingham Lakes, Norwich.  The swim was a 2km lake swim in 22 degrees, which for Open Water proved to be a pleasant experience.  After a very physical and demanding swim Thomas finished a very creditable 15th place, less than a minute behind the winner.


The Championships then moved to the indoor 50m venue at Ponds Forge, Sheffield for the British Youth, Open and Multi Disability Championships.  The competition started with Ellis Jackson competing in the 200m Freestyle and IM and Emily Harris in the Disability 400m Freestyle, both girls had second swims with Ellis making semis and Emily making the final.  Ellis finished each semi with a personal best (PB) swim breaking Suffolk and East Region Senior records in the 200m IM and qualified for the final, Emily also had a good swim and finished in 6th place and second in the S9 category.


Day Two saw Josie Blades and Katie Rumsey join Ellis and Emily.  Josie and Katie swam in the 100m Backstroke, with Katie finishing 48th and Josie progressing into the semi-final in a new PB.  Emily finished 14th in her weakest event (50m Freestyle).  The afternoon session was for the distant freestyle swimmers and Ellis swam within 0.2 of her best to finish in a fantastic second place, however, this did result in difficult finals later in the day with Ellis finishing 4th in the 200m IM and 7th in the 200m Freestyle, just slower than her semis from the previous day.  Josie better her PB in the semi final and crept into the final of the 100m Backstroke in 10th place.


The next day was a quieter day of racing with Ellis swimming the 200m Breaststroke (heats only) in a good time that would have qualified for the semi final.  Emily Harris also swam in the 100m Backstroke finishing a creditable 11th and just missed out on the final by one place.  In the final of the 100m Backstroke Josie Blades (15 years) swam another PB, breaking the Suffolk and East Region Record, finishing in 7th position in a 15/16 year age band.


Josie was joined by Katie Rumsey for the 200m Backstroke, but unfortunately they both missed the opportunity to progress to the semi-final, so an early night was the reward for the squad.


On the penultimate day the girls were joined by Issy Faulkner for the relay, despite a good performance by all, the relay was disqualified for a faulty takeover of less than 0.1.  However, this did not dampen the girls spirits with Ellis swimming a lifetime PB in the 400m Freestyle, Josie breaking the Suffolk and East Region records again in the 50m Backstroke (Senior event) and Emily joining the others in making the finals of their events.   In the finals, Ellis finished 3rd in the 400m Freestyle, Josie 7th in the 50m Backstroke and Emily 8th in the 100m Freestyle.


The final day had only Ellis competing in the 400m IM and again made the final finishing 2nd after a long week of racing.


The week was a fantastic exhibition of swimming from the small squad and resulted in the Club finishing =10th in the Top Girls Team and =22nd in the Top Club, which is a credit to the Clubs’ coaching staff and swimmers.  Director of Swimming, Sue Purchase was “thrilled” with the results, saying “the swimmers have worked really hard this year travelling all over the country for competitions and even attending a warm weather training camp in Spain earlier in the year”.


Should anyone wish to join the Club that swims at Saint Felix School, Southwold then please contact Sue @ spurchase@stfelix.co.uk or see the Club website www.stfelixswimming.moonfruit.com     The Club runs lessons for children from the age of 2.5 years up to Tri-athletes and Masters.  

St Felix School Swimming Club

Saint Felix School

Halesworth Road



IP18 6SD