[caption id="attachment_6850" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Newport's Swim Britain Team with Duncan Goodhew. From left to right we have: Claire Hockey, Sue Shepherd, Duncan Goodhew, Kelly Bennett and Judy Read[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_6852" align="alignright" width="300"] Claire gets swimming[/caption]
We have news from our Swim Britain trail blazers from Newport! Last Sunday saw the team meet at the international pool in Cardiff to see if all their hard work in training had paid off. Judy Read has more...
...There were thirteen teams in all taking part most of whom were very good swimmers and then there was us! We made it a fun event and tried our best but came twelfth out of thirteen teams.
[caption id="attachment_6851" align="alignleft" width="320"] This medal's mine![/caption]
Although we had been practising in the weeks leading up to the event we had only swam in a 25 metre pool and when faced with the set up in the 50 metre pool it was quite daunting. We met some of the Olympic swimming stars and had our medals presented by Duncan Goodhew. Sue is also pictured wearing Duncan’s Gold Medal that he won in the 1980’s Olympics.
We've raised £200 for the British Heart Foundation. We have had relatives with heart problems and they do an incredible job helping and researching into heart problems.
Well ladies, I know what you mean about 50 metre pools. You dive in, swim your hardest and that end wall doesn't look like it's coming any closer! Well done on all your achievements, both in the swimming and fundraising lines. Looking at the smiles on your faces, you got a lot out of the day. You deserve that gold medal!
Looking ahead to the weekend...
Sunday sees our second Swim Britain event with two teams from InStore/MSC - Team Jamieson and Team Pastel - heading to Bristol this time. Laura Morris replaces Vicky Wheeldon in Team Pastel and is wondering who else might turn up on the day...
... good luck to them and all the teams playing in the Futsal tournament on Sunday!