126 (City of Derby) Squadron are celebrating their 9th consecutive victory in the South & East Midlands Wing swimming competition. Their success this year was again 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. All competitors from Derby put in maximum effort in their heats, with 8 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 Junior Girls and Senior Girls trophies.
The Derby girl’s teams performed exceptionally well. 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 girls who showed incredible skill and speed in their individual races. Corporal Rebecca Davies won the Senior Girls freestyle race and was part of a slick relay team who won the freestyle relay by one clear length. Cadet Alice Southall was another star on the day, gaining major points in the Junior Girls Individual Medley race.
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 Barker, 126 Squadron Sports Officer said, “Every single member of the Derby team worked hard towards our win. The girls were incredible but without the effort of every single member of the team, we could not have retained our swimming title.”