Swimmers provide fireworks at Bedale

The victorious White Horse Swim Team with Councillor Bridget Fortune.
The victorious White Horse Swim Team with Councillor Bridget Fortune.

There were plenty of fireworks in the pool as Hambleton’s four swimming clubs battled it out in their third swimming gala.

It was the turn of Bedale Amateur Swimming Club to host the competition on Saturday 5 November which was held at the town’s leisure centre, complete with the Bedale sharks mascot on poolside.

Almost a hundred junior swimmers aged from 6–12 years competed in individual and team events in front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and for the older swimmers – butterfly.

By the final event – the 12 strong cannon race composing of six boys and six girls one from each age group – the crowd had enjoyed a full programme of entertainment.

Once again, Thirsk White Horse Swim Team was the overall winning team on the day.

The Hambleton Swimming League is a collaborative effort between the clubs in Bedale, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk and Hambleton District Council.

Sam Davison, chairman of Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club, said: “There is no emphasis on individual winners as we are trying to promote a team effort and minimise individual pressure that youngsters often place on themselves.

“On behalf of the four chairmen I would like to thank all the swimmers especially as the majority were first timers, their spectators who make these events come alive, and the helpers who from each club give up their time to act as marshals, judges and time keepers.

“It was great to see Councillor Bridget Fortune again who attended the event to hand out the medals. Her involvement is really valued by all the clubs and parents.”

For information about swimming opportunities in the Hambleton Area check out www.hambleton.gov.uk/zest where you will find details about activities in the pool.