RASCALS recently held their annual presentation evening at Riddings Community Centre.
Club members convened to celebrate another successful year for the club which was founded in 1973 by Life President Frank Mansey.
Club chairman Tom Parr gave an opening speech, outlining the many achievements of the club throughout the year.
He welcomed new head coach Glenn Fisher, who was appointed in the autumn.
Glenn has been at Rascals since he was five-years-old, coming through the ranks as a swimmer, then life saver and coach.
Tom thanked Glenn, life saving head coach Jeremy Johnson and their coaching teams for all their hard work.
An undoubted highlight this year has been the continued well-deserved success achieved by RASCALS and Derventio eXcel swimmer Molly Renshaw.
Having competed at the World Championships in Shanghai, the Canada Cup in Canada, and the Junior Commonwealth games, Molly capped a fine few months of racing by breaking the senior 200m breaststroke women’s record, an incredible achievement.
Rascals swimmers continue to be recognised for their achievements by being called up to train with the county squad, Derventio eXcel.
This year, Jamie Ingram, Edward Borysiak, Louise Ratcliffe and Jess Cross have all been invited to join DX full time, and Fearn Middleton, Laura Trapp, Ella Ingram, Mia Barber and Alice Richards have all been training part-time with the development squad, DXDS.
The club held its second Open event in July, which built on the success of the inaugural event in 2010. The life saving section also ran their Iron Man Open.
The new club captains were announced as Rob Sheard and Karen Dening, with Xander Parr and Holly Jenkins as vice captains.
Tom thanked the club sponsors, namely Ken Hair (McDonalds Belper, Ripley and Breadsall), 4strokes Swim Academy, Alfreton Park Veterinary Hospital and Smith Partnership.
Life Saving presentations were made by head coach Jeremy Johnson.
It has been another very successful year for life savers at Rascals. Emily Allsop represented team GB twice, at the Commonwealth Games in South Africa and the National Championships in Holland in November.
At the RLSS National speeds competition in February, two national records were broken by Frazer Crump, Tom Eley, George Spendlove and Sam Wesson. There were also top three finishes for Susannah Allsop, Frazer Crump and Adam Threlfall, the senior boys, junior girls and junior boys teams.
Success also came at the National finals for Jess Lockwood, Susannah Allsop, Vicky Threlfall, Jess Ratcliffe, Jennie Lockwood, Olivia Strachan, Frazer Crump, Tom Eley, Ross Strachan, Adam Threlfall and Karen Dening.
Special awards were presented as follows: The A and O J Shield for junior girls – Isabelle Hyde; The Threlfall Shield for junior boys – Frazer Crump; The Thurston & Findlay Shield for senior girls – Emily Allsop; Neil & ACO Shield for senior boys – Rob Sheard
Rascals swimmers have had another successful year in the pool.
Alice Richards became 9-year-old county champion in March after the Derbyshire Age Group championships, with Mia Barber runner up.
Jamie Ingram finished second in the 13-year-old boys’ category, and Matt Cross third in the 10-year-old boys’ section.
Other top finishes were achieved by Edward Borysiak (13) 6th, Ella Ingram (10) 9th, Fearn Middleton (11) 9th, Fern Jackson (12) 11th, Harry Wyld (9) 14th, Melissa Coulton (12) 15th, and Maisey Osborne (10) 16th. Molly Renshaw broke the British Junior record for 200m breaststroke.
Molly Renshaw and Jamie Ingram represented Derbyshire in the Inter-County Championships held in Sheffield in the autumn. They helped Derbyshire to finish in ninth place out of 39 counties, their highest ever finish.
Four Rascals swimmers (Jamie Ingram, Edward Borysiak, Fearn Middleton and Matthew Cross) qualified for the Midlands Championships, held at Coventry in June.
Ten-year-old Matt finished in seventh place overall in the region, having competed in five events.
There was also success for Rascals at the County Sprints in November, with four individual county champions: Louise Ratcliffe (400m freestyle), Rob Sheard (50m freestyle), Jess Cross (50m freestyle) and Jamie Ingram (50m butterfly).
Many of the trophies presented on the night were to the winners and runners up at the club championships, which were held over two nights in November: 30 events, involving swimmers aged from eight years old to over 16s.
The races brought out the best in the swimmers, with over 350 personal best times achieved over the two galas.
The 2011 champions were: Harry Wyld, Jennifer Conway, Matthew Cross, Jamie Ingram, Josh Bee-Tong, Xander Parr, Isabel Thompson, Jess Lockwood, Olivia Strachan, Jess Cross, Anthony Mason, Adam Thelfall, Susannah Allsop, Jo Dening, Matthew Barrett, Ella Ingram, Frazer Crump, Scott Tovell-Coleman, Laura Trapp, Vicky Threlfall and Karen Dening.
Head coach Glenn Fisher presented the Irish Cup for the most points in the Championships for girls to 13-year-old Jess Lockwood. The Fern Award for the most points in the Championships for the boys was awarded to 13-year-old Jamie Ingram.
Frank Mansey presented the Mabel Mansey trophy for the most points won in club galas in the past four months to Matt Cross for the boys, and Jess Lockwood for the girls. Glenn Fisher presented the Dorothy Betts Cups for the most points won for the club in galas throughout the year to Matt Cross for the boys, and Ella Ingram for the girls.
Frazer Crump was presented with the Butterley Brick Shield for most improved boy, and Georgia Davies won the girls’ award.
The Captain’s Shield for sportsmanship was presented to Rob Sheard on behalf of last year’s club captain Holly Jenkins.
The Phillip Jablonski Cup, awarded for contribution to the club, was presented to Chris Dening. Chris has been involved with the club for many years, as a parent, committee member, teacher on small pool, membership secretary, club official, and helping to train up new club timekeepers and judges.