Aylesbury Vale Swimming Club is looking forward to a great New Year

While the swimmers of the Maxwell Swim Club enjoy a well-deserved festive break, the club, which trains in Aylesbury and Buckingham, expects a great year 2022.

One of its swimmers, Poppy Baybutt, has qualified for the Commonwealth Games selection trials and the club are hoping for further qualifying ahead of the trials.

Over the past few weeks, Maxwell, who trains at Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Center and Stowe School, has performed exceptionally well.

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Club captains Sam Pyefinch, Sam Drew, Imogen Walton, Amelie Bissett and Poppy Baybutt

In November, the regional short course championships saw the club win two open medals and three junior medals, the most they have scored in many years, with four other swimmers achieving their first national winter qualifying times in the same competition.

Eight of the club’s swimmers competed at the National Short Course Championships in December. For many of them, because of the Covid, it was their first national event.

Poppy Baybutt, Kenji McDade, Sam Pyefinch, Charlie Toms, Jake Chesworth, Imogen Walton, Hollie Whaymand and Rowan Cyster all had the best swims of the season, PBs or swims in PBs.

The month of December also saw an outstanding performance of Amanda Readhead with MS, who swam at the Wales Swimming National Championships and notched four South East regional records with podium finishes.

Amanda Readhead and her coach Sophie Cairnie

Club secretary Paul Baybutt said: “This is a great testament to a person who has been diagnosed with a life changing disability and walked into the pool and worked hard to get there.

“An incredible achievement and a testament to the work with her coaches Bill Edgar and Sophie Cairnie who have supported her.”

Maxwell also excelled as a team, being crowned the winner of Division 2 of the London National Swimming Arena League, finishing by a whopping 440 points clear of second place.

This sees Maxwell promoted in his first season in the London league.

Club Captain Kenji McDade

When the club return after the holidays, they will compete in the 2022 Oxford and North Bucks County Championships.

Maxwell hit a record for accepted swims with a total of 68 swimmers and 456 swims, and the club believe he has a very good chance of retaining the Best Junior Club award previously won in 2020.

The team captains for 2022 will be longtime club members Kenji McDade, Sam Drew, Sam Pyefinch, Poppy Baybutt, Amelie Bissett and Imogen Walton.

They will be on hand to help and assist where they can with the young swimmers at competition, mentor the young swimmers on the team and generally be a good example for the younger swimmers.