Cormorants Flying High at 2015 County Championships

Local amateur swimming club Newquay Cormorants have yet again made waves at the recent 2015 Cornwall County Championships held over three weekends at Penzance and Bodmin.

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A total of ten swimming clubs from within Cornwall competed with ages varying from 9 year olds to the over 50’s in events ranging from distance (800m & 1500m) to sprints. 36 representatives from Cormorants had successfully achieved the eligibility times to enter and between them competed in 173 separate heat events, with many progressing to the finals after finishing in the top 6 from all the heat stages, this was made even more impressive as many of them ended up competing against competitors several years their elder as the finals were separated into just two, being Under 16 and Over 16.

Most noteably was Jemima Grigg, she competed in 12 events and gained gold in every one of her age group categories and made the Under 16 finals in all of them. In the Finals she won 3 Golds, 6 Silvers and 2 bronze medals breaking the 50m Junior Freestyle Final Record which had stood for 6 years. Impressive swimming for a 12yr old competing against 15yr olds and she is now ranked as one of the top 10 swimmers in Great Britain for her age.

2012 Paralympian Ben Proctor also rolled back the years and showed he’s still got what it takes with several Personal Best times and final medals to show for it. This was proving to be a common theme as all Newquay Competitors were smashing their Personal Best times which in turn resulted in a massive hoard of age group/final medals.

Another outstanding swim came from Natalie Harbisher breaking a County record in winning the Senior Final of the 50m Butterfly. Other finalists were Amber Price, Angela Staffieri, Lydia Schenk, Maia Garner, Joe Davies Tom Hughes and Noah Bygrave. Cormorants also fielded swimmers competing in their first Championships and all represented their Club with great passion. Head Coach Ian Russell and his coaching staff were delighted with the efforts and dedication shown from all the swimmers, cementing the fact that the sometimes gruelling training sessions and hard work are a necessary and mandatory part of winning.

Cormorants finished 4th overall in the team championships, narrowly missing out to 3rd slot from St Ives Bay Swim Club. Even more impressive as they did not have any competitors in the Distance or Relay events held earlier in February.

For comprehensive results of all swimming during the County Championships please log on the Cornwall ASA website.