In the 12/14 years girls, Ripley RASCALS’ Jess Lockwood won three golds and a silver medal, Olivia Broughton gold and bronze, Fern Jackson two silvers, and teammate Isabel Hyde smashed her personal best times to secure the team gold in three of the relays.
The 15/17 years girls’ team of Jennie Lockwood, Olivia Strachan, Vicky Threlfall and Susannah Allsop won two silver and two bronze in their relays. Karen Dening broke the ladies Masters UK Record in the Super Lifesaver, taking gold. The boys have a very strong squad of 15/17 year olds so team selection was highly prized and it made for some nerve
jangling viewing for RASCALS supporters and other teammates.
Adam Threlfall, Dominic Bestwick, Frazer Crump and Sam Wesson won gold and two silver. Josh Bee-tong, George Spendlove, Cameron Hutchinson and Anthony Mason won a hard fought bronze. Dominic won an individual gold and silver, Adam gold and Frazer a Bronze. In the 100 metre manikin carry with fins race ,the top five national places from the 60 competitors were RASCALS swimmers.
The team coach was hugely proud of all the swimmers, some competing for the first time at the highest level in this sport. There was good sportsmanship and camaraderie, pride in their achievements and in themselves, as RASCALS enjoyed a great weekend’s sport.
It could not have happened without the coaching and team management skills of Jeremy Johnson and Daniel Woodthorpe. Their attention to detail throughout the build-up to these UK championships has been faultless, allowing all swimmers to reach their potential.
Anyone wishing to find out more about lifesaving sport in Ripley with the RASCALS club should visit www.rascals.org or come along on a Friday evening to the leisure centre and speak to a member of the committee. You will be made very welcome.