Rykneld Swimming Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala

The Rykneld SC team at the Midlands Regional Artistic Swimming Championships.

The Hunt Gala, named after founding member Dr. David Hunt, is an annual event on the Rykneld Swimming Club match schedule.

However, this year Rykneld swimmers also fielded a team to compete alongside Ripley Rascals, Eckington and the main Rykneld team, rather than watching from the pool balcony.

Prior to the gala, former members had the opportunity to reminisce about photos and reunite with their former teammates.

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Esmae Irons receives her Derbyshire Junior Grand Prix Series medal.

It was a family affair for Margaret Roberts and her daughters Amy and Lucy, still actively involved in the club, who were among those who pulled out their photo albums for the evening.

The gala turned out to be an exciting evening of relay races, with Ripley Rascals coming in first and Rykneld finishing second and fourth.

The Hunt Memorial Gala Trophy was presented to club captain Ripley by founding member’s daughters Carol and Sarah Hunt.

Sabine and Mark Crook, directors of Technique Learning Solutions Ltd and new sponsors Rykneld Swimming Club, presented Esmae Irons with her silver medal and David Smurawa with gold for second and first place respectively in their pools. age during the Derbyshire Junior Grand Prix series.

David Smurawa receives his gold medal for his efforts in the Derbyshire Junior Grand Prix series.

While all the competitive swim teams and learn-to-swim students partied at Rykneld’s home, Sharley Park Leisure Center in Clay Cross; The club’s artistic (synchro) swimming team also had a fantastic end to the year, adding to their third-place finish in the national Combo Cup competition held virtually in December, with a bronze medal for the 15-man squad. -18 years old at the Midland Regional Championships.

Club chairman Mark Gill said: “In the midst of the pandemic, the whole club is immensely proud of the commitment and dedication of everyone involved, especially the swimmers who continue to work hard and ‘get great results in the pool.’