Cormorants in the swim ... It’s dip, dip, dip for scouts

Some of the Chichester Cormorants at Fareham
Some of the Chichester Cormorants at Fareham

Five swimmers from Chichester Cormorants took part in the Fareham Nomads summer open meet at Waterlooville and came away with lots of medals.

Starting with a warm-up at 8am and finishing with the last race at 4.30pm, it was a very long hot day but the swimmers had some fantastic swims and were a credit to the club. There were personal bests for everyone.

Brothers Seb and Sam Hadnett swam brilliantly to achieve two gold, one silver and one bronze medal between them.

Laura Docherty in her first attempt at 100m events at an open meet narrowly missed a qualifying time for the Sussex winter championships but came away with one gold and two bronze medals.

Adam Long achieved two qualifying times for the winter championships in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and three gold medals and one silver.

Rowan Baker took home a gold and silver medal and Nathan Ukrainic in his first open meet achieved a great personal best in the 50m freestyle, one of the most competitive events of the day.

It was a great day for everyone and thanks go to the coaches and helpers at CCSC, who are going from strength to strength.

Meanwhile, the inaugural Bognor district scouts swimming tournament was won by the narrowest of margins by the 1st Middleton scouts at The Arena swimming pool.

The gala, organised and staffed by Bognor Regis SC, was a huge success and enabled the children to compete in a friendly environment against other teams.

A mixture of 70 beavers, cubs and scouts, divided into 11 teams from four local scout groups – 1st Middleton, 1st South Bersted air scouts, 1st Felpham Sea Scouts and 2nd Bognor – competed in a number of different events.

The lead swapped hands between teams from Middleton, South Bersted and Felpham. However, in the end, a strong showing in the woggle relay and individual sprint races saw Middleton gain the trophy by a single point from South Bersted’s team one.

Leaders from each group competed in a spectacular finale. They waited in the water while children swam to them with clothes. Upon receiving the clothes, by now drenched, they hurriedly put them on and were then dragged to the other side of the pool by the children.

Felpham were the eventual winners.

Every child who participated was awarded with a medal and a small keepsake. For some of the children, this was the first medal they had ever won and complemented a highly-successful tournament.

Sarah Boote-Cook, organiser of the event and chairwoman of Bognor Swimming Club, said: “Every child left happy and proud of their achievements.

“It was great to see so many children trying their best in the pool. However, it was even more encouraging to see all the children offering encouragement to the children from their own teams and from others.

“I can’t wait until next year’s event! Hopefully, even more children will attend.”

She said provisional plans had been drawn up for further events to forge closer links between the scouts and the swimming club. There are also plans in place to invite local guide groups to participate in their own gala.