Newquay Cormorants continue to go from strength to strength in the swimming pool with their swimmers producing amazing results for a small club at recent competitions.


In December 2014 six of the Club’s regional level swimmers travelled to Millfield School in Somerset to compete in the South West Regional Winter Swimming Short Course Championships. Lydia Schenk (18) recorded personal best  (PB) times in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke, 50m & 100m Butterfly and also in the 200m Individual Medley.  Holly Abrahams (18), who had been unable to train fully in the build-up due to a back injury performed well in her two races.  Angela Staffieri (14) swam PBs in the 50m & 200m Butterfly and the 200m & 400m Individual Medley. Amber Price (13) powered to some amazing sprint swims especially in the 50m (28.23s) and 100m (1.01:85s) Freestyle as well as achieving PBs in the 50m & 100m Backstroke.  Jemima Grigg (12) was the youngest Cormorants’ swimmer competing and produced 5 fantastic PB swims including the 50m (28.64s) Freestyle and now has times ranked in the top ten for Great Britain in her age group. Jay Snowden (14) swam a new PB in one of his favoured long distance events – the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4.23:72s.

On Saturday 10th January 2015 Cormorants took a 27 strong team to Penzance to compete in the Cornwall ASA Junior Inter Club aimed at swimmers from 9 to 12 years old. Having gained promotion last year by winning the Division 2 title the young swimmers were against stiff opposition swimming in Division 1 in the forms of much larger clubs such as Carn Brea & Helston, North Cornwall Dragons, Truro City and St. Ives but showed the talent within the Club being nurtured by Head Coach Ian Russell and his team. The Inter Club is made up with a series of individual swims alongside 4 swimmer’ team relays, with the event staring with and ending with the noisy and exciting Canon relays that involve 8 team swimmers in each race. Coach Ian Russell with Sue Price and Teresa Sweet were delighted with the overall result and although many of the youngsters had not competed together before, the talented swimmers worked tirelessly in both individual and team (relay) events to finish with the highly commendable third place overall.

Now the Club’s focus turns towards the upcoming 2015 Cornwall County Championships held over two weekends starting Saturday 28th February at Penzance Leisure Centre.