Medals joy for Heanor

Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club squad, March 2013, at Ponds Forge
Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club squad, March 2013, at Ponds Forge

Members of Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club turned in a string of fine performances at the Royal Lifesaving Society UK’s National Speed Championships 2013 UK Finals, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, last weekend.

Competitors from all over the UK took part in a variety of events, including obstacles, manikin tows/carry using fins and tubes, either as individuals or part of a team.

In the 12-14 girls section, Millie Hammond (Aldercar Community Language College) and Imogen Parker (Heanor Gate Science College) won the gold medal and became national champions at the 10m Line Throw, in a time of 0:11.88 seconds.

In the 15 - 17 Girls category, the Heanor A Team, consisting of Charlotte Butterworth (Heanor Gate Science College), Emma Wood (Heanor Gate), Eleanor Mee (Aldercar) and Jayne Stallion (The Ecclesbourne School), gained two silvers (4 x 12m line throw relay, and 4 x 25m manikin relay) and one bronze (4 x 50m obstacle relay), making it a clean sweep of top three finishes in all the categories they competed in.

In the 15-17 boy category, Heanor gained a bronze medal in the 12m line throw, thanks to the efforts of Calum Briggs (Heanor Gate) and Adam Wright (Aldercar), while Terry Fox and Jonathan Bridgewood gained bronze in the male masters (30-39) 12 line throw.

As well team success, there were also a selection of fine individual performances that brought home a number of medals for Heanor.

In the individual events, Jayne Stallion had a particularly successful time of it, gaining silver medals in the 15-17 girls 100m manikin tow with fins, and the 100m manikin carry with fins, plus a bronze medal in the 50m manikin carry.

Jayne is also part of the RLSS UK Great Britain Lifesaving Squad.

Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, meets at Heanor Leisure Centre every Monday and Friday evening from 6.10pm.

Anyone interested in finding out more about joining the club can contact the membership secretary via the website at or on 07855 222 169.

All of the club’s coaches and committee members give their time and expertise free of charge.

The next competition for the members will be on Saturday, April 6, when they make the long trip north to Blyth.