A group of 24 swimmers from Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club started 2013 with a huge success at Billingham Forum, bringing home a grand total of 61 medals.
The club was able to enter teams in all age categories, ranging from the under nines to the open and medals were won across the board.
The under 11 boys performed well as individuals, with Matthew Ken worthy winning gold in the 25m obstacles and the 25m boogie board, followed by silver in the 25m manikin carry and 25m flipper race.
His teammate Daniel Selway achieved three bronze medals and, not to be outdone, Kay Fox equalled the bronze position for the under nine girls by achieving third place, winning the bronze medal.
Individual medals were also won in the 15-17 age category with Calum Briggs winning silver in the manikin tow and Jayne Stallion achieving bronze in the manikin carry and silver in the manikin tow.
The top end of the age group was also well represented by Terry Fox winning gold and silver and Emma Stallion achieving two gold and two silver in their individual events.
Once again though, where Heanor excelled was in the team relay events, taking both silver positions in the male and female open category and bronze in the 15-17 female category.
In the manikin relay, the 12-14 girls took bronze, 15-17 girls silver, open male silver, with the open female team achieving the first place and getting gold. This theme continued in the medley relay with 15-17 girls taking bronze, open male, silver and open female gold. In addition, the under nines team finished the day off by winning gold in the 25m boogie board relay.
This is the start of a really exciting competition schedule for Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club, which will see them competing in Wales, Sheffield and Devon in the next few months.
If you are interested in joining, call in at William Gregg Leisure Centre on Monday and Friday evenings or visit www.heanorswimmingclub.org.