At 3.00 Saturday afternoon our team of committed youngsters and diehard seniors left Bingham to make the long, but happy, trip to Thetford in Norfolk for round 1 of the 2014 Arena League. Despite leaving behind 8 ‘A’ squad or equivalent swimmers and with the team ages ranging from 9 to 29 there was a terrific atmosphere on the coach which was carried over onto poolside for the entire gala.
With stiff opposition from UEA City of Norwich B, the lead changed hands several times during the evening, although we didn’t know how close it had been until the final results were announced at the end. Going into the last race we trialled by 1 point and despite a valiant effort from our open boys we just lost out in the race and on the night to worthy winners. Congratulations to Norwich, but what a fantastic performance by CABSC.
Without exception every swimmer performed to a high standard and for the second gala running I watched on as our swimmers won races out of turns and in the last 5 meters. There were individual wins for:
Ella Croft (x2), Jack Edis, George Partridge, Jamie Lodge, Jacob Carrington (x2), Olivia Wallace (x2), Katie Loker and Will Halstead. More encouragingly we had relay wins for the boys 9/11s (x2) and the boys 13s and under freestyle team.
As we know, sometimes 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. can be equally important, so a special mention to Kelsey (the go to girl on the night) for her 3rd place, whilst swimming up in the 15’s 100 Backstroke.
A special thank you to our support team on the night and hopefully if we return to the delightful county of Norfolk again they will be less reliant on my interpreting skills to understand the announcer. On the way home we had the obligatory stop at McDonalds and it must be said that their one till performed heroically.
Many thanks to the coach driver for his patience and understanding on the night.
Well done team and bring on round 2.