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Truro Swimmers attend International Swim Festival in Bad Bergzabern, Germany …
10 Truro City swimmers set off at the crack of dawn Friday 15 thMarch, for what was possibly the most challenging weekend of their swimming lives so far, The Pamina International Schwimmfest at Bad Bergzabern, Germany, accompanied by Team Manager Paul Parkinson, Team Coach Owen Rothwell and Female Chaperone Tracey Clapton.
As we were competing with National Youth teams and some of the best teams from Europe, and indeed the world, such as Russia, Canada, the USA, Ukraine, Italy, Israel, Greece, Spain, Germany, France, Hungary, altogether 52 teams from 28 countries, it was unlikely that we would be bringing home the cup. But it was an experience of a lifetime, and an opportunity to swim against some of the best youth swimmers in the world, and our young team did themselves and their club proud.
Whilst we went there to swim, it was also promoted as a cultural exchange. Our swimmers stayed with German families and were made very welcome. The hosts were very complimentary about our swimmers and were very keen to be asked to host families again. Our swimmers clearly had made a very good impression. We were complimented for our sportsmanship and team spirit, and were respected wherever we went. Our swimmers represented Truro City and Great Britain admirably.
There were many challenges, both in and out of the water, and also within themselves, for many members had their own demons to confront. For some it was flying for the first time, others had never raced more than 50m before, due to the age limits, and these were all 100m races, including that dreaded butterfly. There were many other issues that they had to overcome, but every swimmer conquered their fears with courage and determination and performed to the highest standard. In the water, some of the greatest battles were actually between our own team, for many were very evenly matched. This helped spur each other on, and despite the tiredness from the long journey, getting up in the middle of the night, going to bed late, and 2 full days of hard swimming, most swimmers achieved at least a couple of PBs each. When they next compete, hopefully fully fresh, I am confident they will swim some great races.
Meghann Kerrison Aran Triggs Alice Bray Caitlin Faux Quinn Clapton
Matthew Rothwell Katie Davis Jasmine Biggs Eloise Ireland Hector Faux
WELL DONE! YOU WERE A CREDIT TO YOUR CLUB AND COUNTRY
Results from this meet are promulgated on the gala board in reception.