July . . . traditionally a month of winding down, school almost finishing, school trips happening and sun shining. We have enjoyed a fabulous summer so hot that the grass has started to look like the Savannah and the swimmers have enjoyed hopping in the cooling waters like animals in the desert . . . and that’s where the coolness stopped!
David and his coaching team have not let this warm weather allow any lethargy in the pool! Its been a non stop month of training and galas. At the local Leatherhead meet based in Dorking Sports Centre our swimmers enjoyed a day of cheering each other on to achieve 21 Surrey Qualifying times and 50 Personal Bests!
Following on from this we ran some Club Champs for 400m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle. Many swimmers were nervous as it seems a long way to race for 16 lengths of Cranleigh Pool. The IM starts with 4 lengths of butterfly which many of us could not even contemplate. David was thrilled that 20 swimmers rose to the challenge, faced their fears and ‘enjoyed’ the 400m IM and 30 swimmers raced their hearts out in the 400m Freestyle and all came out smiling. It’s a huge achievement to swim this distance in a race so well done everyone! We followed up the races with a BBQ and fun party where the swimmers from age 9 to 19 at many different schools, regained their energy and had fun together.
Cranleigh Swimming Club – Individual Medley
Locally we are very much indebted to Cranleigh Lions for their generosity and support. Their funding continues to help us build up our club so send them huge amounts of thanks.
CASC also joined forces with Cranleigh Leisure Centre’s lovely Melinda Eveleigh (Head of Learn to Swim) to host a Fun Gala for some of the ‘Learn to Swim’ swimmers v CASC Intro squads, giving them a taste of what it’s like to compete. It was great fun and again lovely to see the swimmers facing their fears and giving it a go. A few little future stars noticed out there too! Many thanks to Cranleigh Leisure Centre for allowing us to hold this event and to all the staff there who helped us.
If you are interested in joining Cranleigh ASC, please come down and see us on a Sunday evening at Cranleigh Leisure Centre from 4.30pm onwards or visit our website www.cranleighsc.org We offer two free taster trial sessions, for children wishing to see if they enjoy it.