126 (City of Derby) Squadron are celebrating their 10th consecutive victory in the South & East Midlands Wing swimming competition. Their success this year was down to the sensational efforts of the team who fought off stiff competition to notch up a decade at the top.
In a very hot and humid pool in Nottingham on Sunday, 126 Squadron scored another sporting win. All competitors from Derby put in maximum effort in their heats, with 10 cadets reaching the finals. The team won the overall competition by a significant margin and for their efforts, won not only the overall trophy but also the Senior Girls trophy.
The Derby girl’s teams performed exceptionally well. CWO Elodie Marsh, Team Manager said, “we thought we had a really strong team but this year there was some tough competition from squadrons across the wing The girls had to out perform some strong swimmers to keep their top position.”
A special mention should go to two of the girls who showed incredible skill and speed in their individual races. Corporal Esmee Marsh won the Junior Girls Backstroke race. Corporal Alice Southall was another star on the day, gaining major points in the Senior Girls Butterfly race. Cpl Southall was also part of the Senior Girls relay team who won the race by one clear length.
The Derby Boys teams should not be forgotten. Both male teams performed well and notched up vital points in each of their races. This helped to strengthen Derby’s overall scores.
Flying Officer Jackie Glover, 126 Squadron Training Officer said, “Every single member of the Derby team worked hard towards our win. It gets harder each year to defend our title but the Derby spirit pulls us through every time.”