17th Suffolk Swimability Swim Meet 2019
Fifty swimmers, each with either a physical, sensory or learning disability – competed at the 17th Suffolk Swimability Meet held at the Waterlane Leisure Centre Pool in Lowestoft on Saturday 13th April 2019.
Lowestoft Lions once again joined forces with the Suffolk County Amateur Swimming Association to organise the event by providing medals, trophies and by helping with stewarding and recording for the gala.
The competition was open to all ages and swimmers came from nine different clubs to participate in the event. These included swimmers from local clubs – Lowestoft and Oulton Broad; St Felix and Great Yarmouth and Waveney Special Olympians; as well as from swimming clubs across East Anglia including Special Olympics Norfolk; Leiston; Hadleigh; Ipswich; Stowmarket and Colchester,
The events were made up of swimmers with similar entry times, irrespective of their age or disability. This gave the swimmers the opportunity to gain fast times and to improve on their personal best achievements.
Guest of honour was British Paralympic swimmer Jessica–Jane Applegate MBE, who began swimming at a young age at Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Swimming Club.
Lowestoft Lions President Michael Cook presented every swimmer with a gold medal and an individual certificate – then awarded special trophies to Liam Chambers (Gt. Yarmouth) as the best male, to Sarah Jones (Special Olympics Norfolk) as the best female swimmer and to Gracie Forster (Ipswich) as the swimmer showing the most effort and enthusiasm.
Organiser Mark Lanham said, “The Lions Club members looked forward to this event every year. He thanked Ann Byrne and the Committee, Sentinel Leisure Trust, Suffolk Sport, the swimmers, team managers, parents and guardians and all who once again made this a great success.”
He added, “Lowestoft Lions have been supporting this event for several years and seeing these young swimmers trying their utmost was humbling, inspiring and rewarding. Over the years we have seen swimmers improving their times and growing in confidence. Their achievements act as an inspiration for the next generation of disability swimmers.”