Winning start for Carnoustie Claymores

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THE 2013 swimming season has started incredibly for the Claymores as they won their first Midlands District Gala in convincing manner on Saturday night.

On Saturday, Brechin Beavers hosted the first Midlands Division Two gala of the 2013 season at Arbroath High School pool.

Last year, The Carnoustie Claymores finished runners-up to Kinross Otters who were promoted to Division One in November 2012.

In similar circumstances to the Scottish Football Premier League, the Claymores were invited to join Division One following a team leaving the division (much like Dundee FC). However, the Claymores opted to remain in Division Two as 2012 was only their first year officially competing in the Midland’s District Leagues and they wish to be promoted by winning the Division Two on merit.

The Claymores may have their wish in 2013, as they got off to a flying start by winning the Gala by 59 points.

Result: Carnoustie Claymores, 163.5 points; Montrose Aquatics, 104.5 points; Brechin Beavers, 93 points; Forfar Falcons, 83 points.

The team as a whole displayed a great desire to win by racking up countless personal best times throughout each age group. The sense of team spirit was evident across the entire pool of swimmers and the atmosphere at the Arbroath pool on Saturday was incredible due to the large support the Claymores had at poolside.

The head coach Andy Johnston was delighted with the result, commenting: “The team performance on Saturday night highlights the motivation, dedication and hard work of all Carnoustie Claymores’ members throughout the past two years.

“For the club to achieve this level of swimming against other long established clubs is both exciting and truly phenomenal. All the swimmers from young to old are a credit to themselves and a pleasure to coach who have, along with our volunteers and supporting parents created a fun, family, confident and competitive spirit within the club.”

Swimmers who took part in Saturday’s gala were:

Nine and under: boys - Kyan Low, Alix Bailley, Finlay Brooks and Luca Kyriacou; girls - Emily Cattanach, Lauren Sainsbury, Hannah Ingram, Louise Melville and Rebekah Walker.

10 to 11 years: boys - Ryan Duncan, Greg Oliphant, Adam Shepherd, Luke Gregory and Josh Craigie; girls - Chloe Cameron, Abbie Low, Robyn Firth, Lucy Mitchell, Holly Brown and Matilda McBean.

12 to 13 years: boys - Paul Thomson, Thomas Shepherd, Ethan Doherty, Joe Garven and Kai Hutton; girls - Stefanie Walters, Tamzin Firth, Niamh Baillie and Sarah Oliphant.