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‘GREAT AFTERNOON’: Hemel Hempstead Swimming club celebrates success at championships

 Published on: 1st July 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club (HHSC) are celebrating their recent success at the Masters Championships.

On Sunday, June 16, Stevenage hosted the Herts Masters Championships at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre for the first time since 2019. Seventeen swimmers from the Hemel Masters squad competed against local clubs including Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Hatfield, Stevenage, Potters Bar, Ware, Hertford, Bushey, Hoddesdon and St Albans.

Improving on the 2019 results, the team battled hard and finished in second place with 446 points. St Albans Masters secured the top spot with 616 points.

Speaking to HEMELnews, a spokesperson for HHSC said: “Several swimmers were competing for the first time, competing in new events or competing after a long break from swimming.

“A great afternoon of swimming was rewarded with 57 age group personal bests, 55 podium spots and 14 club records.”

The HHSC swimmers with the highest points were Bev McKenna and Oli Burrough, followed by Jo Lee-Pearce and Nathan Whiting. Club records were achieved by Shane Coulson, Kevin McKenna, Jo Lea-Pearce, Bev McKenna, Dave Pirrie, Mark Ayres and Alberto Villa.

The club are also celebrating the sporting achievements of several HHSC members. Shane Coulson ran the St Albans Half Marathon with his girlfriend, Alice, while his mum and vice-chair of HHSC Hilary took part in a 10km swim of Lake Windermere.

Dominick Kelly also competed in Sweden in early June, completing the Swimrun – a 14km run and 3km swim.

The HHSC team continues to grow under masters coach, Richard Daniel. If you would like to find out more, please email admin@hhsc.org.uk

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