Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society land medals galore at Plymouth Development Gala

PUBLISHED: 22:54 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 24 July 2013

Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society attended the Development gala in Plymouth over the last couple of weekends, writes Glen Currie.

The first weekend started well with LilyMay Girvin winning the 10 year girls 200m breastroke.

Clara Woodhead was eighth in the 11 year age group and Keira Jordan picked up bronze in the 14 year category.

The boys’ first event was the 200m backstroke and Joshua Smith picked up bronze in the 11 year old section whilst Keiran Tellem narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fifth in the 13 year section.

The girls’ 100m freestyle followed and Jasmine Simpson-Currie swam well for a top 10 finish in the 11 year group.

Jack Sidgwick finished a creditable fourth in the 13 year olds boys 100m fly.

Heidi Schunck just missed out on a top 10 finish in the 10 year olds 200m backstroke.

Joseph Bollington won bronze in the 10 year olds boys 200m breastroke before Henry Cornwell-Brown adding to the tally with the same medal in the 14 year olds.

Next into the pool was the girls’ 100m fly was next up and two top six finishes for Simpson-Currie and Tellem completed the girls programme for the first day. The boys’ finished with 100m freestyle and Callum Rowcliffe finished inside the top 10.

The following day started with the long distance swims of the girls 800m, 32 lengths later and Jasmine Simpson-Currie finished with a bronze medal and a 2013 Devon qualifying time for 11 year olds. Keira Jordan won a silver and also swam a 2013 Devon qualifying time.

The afternoon session started with the individual medley races for girls and LilyMay Girvan picked up the gold for the 100m individual medley.

The boys’ 200m freestyle followed and Joshua smith missed out on a medal by 0.5 of a second.

The boys’ were soon back in the water with 100m breastroke and here Henry-Cornwell Brown picked up a bronze.

The girls’ 200m freestyle was next up and first up girls 10 years first with Girvan and Schunck finishing well inside the top10 whilst Jasmine Simpson-Currie also finished inside the top 10, along with the 14-year-olds’ Keira Jordan and Catherine Cornwell-Brown, to finish off the second day of events.

The following Sunday was the final day of competition and it started with 16 lengths of freestyle the 400m for the girls and Jasmine Simpson-Currie again picked up a bronze in the longer distance swims. The boys had to wait till the final session for their 400m, but before then it was the 200m individual medley which produced medals galore with silver for Joseph Bollington, who by a millisecond, missed out on gold. Henry Cromwell-Brown won bronze and the girls followed and Simpson-Currie enjoyed another top10 finish.

The final session started with gold for Joseph Bollington in the 400m freestyle and a 2013 Devon qualifying time.

Jack Sidgwick and Joshua Smith finished off this years event with bronze medals in the 200m fly.

All in all it was a very successful gala with lots learnt from all that attended.