Golden delight for Fareham Nomads

Fareham Nomads swimmer Fiona Murdoch
Fareham Nomads swimmer Fiona Murdoch
Locks Heath talents at the Portsmouth First Chance meet

Locks Heath starlets take their Chance

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Fareham Nomads were on medal-winning form as they claimed more than 200 gongs at their Summer Open Meet – and 95 of them were gold.

More than 200 swimmers from 12 different clubs attended the ever-popular event, with the Nomads having the largest entry of 70 swimmers ranging in age from nine to 45 years old.

Haydn Clinton

Haydn Clinton

Proud head coach John Molyneaux said: ‘This season has been one of the best the club has had over the past five or six years with success coming from all age groups.

‘I am really pleased with how far the club has come and I look forward to what the future brings.’

The visiting clubs were Havant & Waterlooville, Gosport Dolphins, Alton, Hamble Aquatics, Rushmoor Royals, Bexley, Chichester, Littlehampton, Millfield and Winchester.

Many swimmers gained multiple gold medals with Joe Davies winning eight races, Daisy Ireland seven, Georgia Kennedy six, and Anna Ross, Oliver Bulpett, Emily Blake, Charlie Holyer with five apiece.

Callum Machin, Edward Hollands, Haydn Clinton, Rory Taylor and Thomas Dickson

Callum Machin, Edward Hollands, Haydn Clinton, Rory Taylor and Thomas Dickson

Ryan Ireland, Aiden Phillips, Clive Marquis and Ben King each took four gold medals home.

And triple golds went to Lola Norwood-Perkins, Evie Rowsell and Harriet Burnham.

This event concludes the swimming year for all those swimmers who competed, with the exception of those in action at the British & ASA Summer Championships in Sheffield.

Away from the meet, Matthew Sullivan followed up his first place in the regional 1,500m open water swim with a very creditable ninth at the ASA national event – recording a time of 19min 7sec, a massive improvement of 1min 30sec.

Sullivan will finish his season when he competes at the ASA Summer Championships in the 200m backstroke on August 5.

Fareham Nomads can now look forward to even greater success with additional time being gained at the new pool that is opening at Holly Hill Leisure Centre in Sarisbury.

Molyneaux added: ‘With the additional pool time at Holly Hill, the squad set-up has been reviewed and those swimmers wishing to join the club could be offered a place in one of the competitive squads, masters or the learn to swim and academy sections.

‘This additional pool time will allow the club to expand.

‘We are very grateful to the management of the new centre, in particular the area manager of Everyone Active, Ian Cook, Fareham Leisure Centre manager Ryan Grant, together with members of Fareham Borough Council’s leisure committee.’

The club is accredited to Swim 21 – it has reached the tough standards laid down by the national governing body (the ASA) for swimming clubs.

Currently the club holds two levels of accreditation – teaching and skills development.

It is also a recognised Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC).

If you are interested in joining Fareham Nomads, email johnfnsc@hotmail.co.uk