Gold haul for Clitheroe Dolphins Hannah

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OVER two evenings of competition, Clitheroe Dolphins recently held their Club Distance Gala with swimmers competing over 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events.

For many of the swimmers, it was their first chance to compete at the longer distances and see whether they could achieve qualifying times for external galas.

Over the galas, 52 new club records were set and 316 personal best times achieved.

Top swimmer was Hannah Procter, aged 11, who won all 11 gold medals in her age group, setting eight new club records in the process.

Top boy was Joseph Kenny who won nine gold medals with eight new club records.

Harry Paige, John Gornall, Abigail Procter, Cameron Deacon, Eleanor White, Alice Fox, Sophie Thompson, Megan Davidson, Harvey Griffin, Thomas Entwistle and Isabella Watt all set new club records as well.

The biggest cheer went to Jessica Johnson who bravely swam 200m Butterfly - one of the toughest events in swimming - for the first time to take the gold medal for the 10-year-old girls.

Both Isabella Watt and Abigail Procter swam Regional Qualifying Times in 100m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly respectively. They both now need to swim these times in an ASA-licensed gala to get their chance to swim at the Regional Championships next year.

A special award was made to Robert Moir for working so hard at both galas, running the results back to the table very efficiently.

He was ably assisted by Charles Brass on Sunday.

The gala would not be possible without the team of volunteers so the club would like to thank all of them.