Yet Another Win for Derby’s Swimmers
CWO Taisea Marsh receives the Overall Winner’s Trophy from Wing Commander Nigel DicKinson
For the eleventh successive year, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron have been crowned the South & East Midlands Wing’s swimming champions.
The new venue of Braunstone Leisure Centre, Leicester, proved a tight squeeze for the swimmers, staff and supporters but did not stifle the energy and enthusiasm of the cadets striving to wrest that elusive title from the Derby Cadets.
However, Derby did not have it all their own way this year. They managed to win only one out of the four classes. 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron. in second place, won two classes (one being tied with 1359 (Beeston) Squadron). Third placed 1947 (Birstall) Squadron took the remaining class.
The same squadrons filled the top three places last year, Swadlicote being third last year to a second places Birstall. This year Swadlincote greatly reduced Derby’s winning margin to just 5 points.
Two records were broken on the day, Cadet Sergeant Pippa Ball, 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron, broke her own Senior Girls Breast Stroke record recorded last year, and set a new record for the Individual Medley
Due to the outside conditions, the presentations were made in the claustrophobic and almost tropical heat of the Leisure Centre foyer. It was recommended that the cadets parade without ties and berets.
The winners of the classes in this competition will go on to represent the Wing at the Region competition at RAF Cranwell. Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, on presenting the trophies said; “It is imperative that we field the strongest team in an effort to win a trophy that so far has eluded our swimmers in this ,the most successful and enthusiastic, Wing”