126 (City of Derby) Squadron are celebrating their 8th consecutive victory in the South & East Midlands Wing swimming competition. Their success this year was largely down to the sensational efforts of their talented female swimmers.
In a very hot and humid pool in Nottingham on Sunday, 126 Squadron notched up another sporting win. Despite stiff competition from their friends and rivals 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron, the team from Derby claimed a clear victory. They scored 70 points overall, a massive 16 points in front of 1211 Squadron.
The Derby Senior Girls and Junior Girls teams performed exceptionally well and claimed both category trophies on the final parade. CWO Elodie Marsh, Team Captain said, “we have a really strong female team. Some of us are ex-club swimmers but most of us just had to put in some hard training to make sure we got as many points as possible for the Squadron. It was a great honour for me to collect both the Senior Girls trophy and the Overall trophy.”
A special mention should go to two of the Junior Girls who showed incredible skill and speed in their individual races. The two girls are only 14 and were very nervous before the competition started. Cadet Katie Bissell came first in the final of the Freestyle and Cadet Alice Southall came top 5 in the finals of both the Backstroke and Breaststroke.
The Senior Girls team included two sisters, CWO Elodie Marsh and Sergeant Taiziya Marsh. The Senior Girls were dominant throughout the competition and gave a spectacular performance in the Freestyle relay, setting a new Wing Record of 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The Derby Boys teams should not be forgotten. Both male teams performed well and put in the maximum effort. This helped to strengthen to overall scores.
Flying Officer Jackie Barker, 126 Squadron Sports Officer said, “Every single member of the Derby team worked hard towards our win. The girls were incredible and I am hoping that some of them will be even more successful when they compete in the Regional competition in November.”