Swimmers with disabilities compete in Suffolk Swimability Gala

A special gala for youngsters with physical, sensory or learning disabilities attracted swimmers from across the region to compete in Lowestoft


The 16th annual Swimability Swimming Meet saw 46 swimmers from Lowestoft and Oulton Broad, Hadleigh, Colchester Phoenix, Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Runnymede, St Felix, Sentinel, Stowmarket and Team Ipswich Swimming Clubs attend the Gala held at the Waterlane Leisure Centre.

The event was organised by Ann Byrne, the Suffolk ASA Disability Liaison Officer. Lowestoft Lions Club sponsored the medals and certificates and also assisted with running the event. Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE was the special guest and was greeted with enthusiasm by the swimmers as she posed for ‘selfies’ and signed autographs.

Lowestoft’s Deputy Mayor Peter Knight and his wife Marina and Lions President Derek Ward presented all the swimmers with medals and certificates.

Three swimmers from Great Yarmouth and Waveney Special Olympians Swimming Club took the top awards on the night. William McNulty won Best Male trophy with Elsie McNulty taking the Best Female award and Dawson Page winning the Lions trophy for effort and enthusiasm.

A special award was also presented to Gracie Winney by the Sentinel team.

At the presentation ceremony Derek Ward said, “there was a lovely friendly atmosphere between all the swimmers but also some fierce competition with several achieving personal best times. It has been a wonderful night made extra special by seeing the courage and determination of all the swimmers taking part.”