Young swimmers win medals and trophies galore

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

Medals and trophies galore were won at the Kingfishers swimming club’s 39th annual championships, at the sport centre in Scarborough.

Secretary Amanda Lee says 216 members completed 1,273 swims divided over 30 events - all split by gender, stroke, novice or top squad and age.

Nearly 50 volunteers gave up their Sunday to run the championships.

The top performer was David Hope, who took four new club records in the 10 years boys top squad category, including one that had stood since 1991. David won all six events in his age 10 categories.

The volunteers were assisted in presenting the awards by Scarborough Council’s sports development officer Matt Hewison and the borough mayor and mayoress, Joe and Margaret Plant.

Kingfishers meet at the sport centre. Their main club night is Wednesday from 6-10pm, although they also have sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

From April to September, open-water swimmers and triathletes train at Wykeham lakes.

The club was founded in 1979 when Plaxton Swimming Club and Scarborough Castle Open Water Club merged. It will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.

Kingfishers is run by volunteers, is Swim Mark accredited, affiliated to Swim England and British Triathlon and is a registered charity.

New members are welcome as long as they can swim at least 50 metres in three strokes.

The club has a masters section for adults.

To join, ring Amanda on 07840 041953 or email