Back in the day (maybe 20 years ago) Larne Swimming Club hosted a traditional curtain raiser to the season.
It was an opportunity for swimmers to dust off the cobwebs and have some fun early each year.
This year we took the decision to resurrect this name from the past.
We made a few changes to the original format and switched to a junior meet however the principle was the same, the swim fast blow off the cobwebs anf have some fun.
On the 2nd or November the 1st Larne Sprints in 20 years took place in Larne Leisure center.
19 clubs from across the province entered over 300 swimmers for a combined 1250 swims.
We were incredible grateful to receive local sponsorship from Lidl, Subway Dominos, Woodside and our main sponsor Allsop.
The 1st session comprised of 25m swims in all strokes and was for swimmers 10years and under. Giving these young athletes their 1st experience of the competitive environment is a vital part of their education. Making sure that this experience is enjoyable and rewarding is essential and thanks to the efforts of the committee and parents and especially the older swimmers from the national squad everyone left the pool with a smile on their faces.
The 2nd part of the day was for the older athletes with the under 15 age taking over. For many this was a last opportunity to qualify for the upcoming Ulster Short Course Championships.
With some fantastic racing and a huge number of PBs this meet will become a fixture in the Swim Ulster Calendar over the next few years.
The results for the meet are available on meet mobile (search – Larne Sprints & Larne Sprints Minor)
I will update this with a link to those when I figure out how to LoL
One of the most please aspects of the weekend for me was seeing #teamlarne in action. All our junior swimmers being supported by our international and national level athletes is what this whole thing is about. #oneclub
We celebrate everyone success together from 25m PBs to international selection