Over 200 swimmers pay tribute to late Ilkeston swimmer Jamie Rigby

Belper Marlin swimmers pay tribute to Jamie Rigby, a swimmer from Ilkeston that died in a car accident.
Belper Marlin swimmers pay tribute to Jamie Rigby, a swimmer from Ilkeston that died in a car accident.

Two hundred children gathered at the Arc Leisure pool in Matlock last weekend and kicked it into white foam in tribute to a late local swimmer.

Jamie Rigby, who was from Ilkeston, died in a car accident and this event takes place annually to remember him.

The friendly competition takes place between clubs from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Belper Marlins’ coaches decided to use this gala to put a large team to the test and enabled them to see who to pick for the many competitions that are to come over the next few months.

Those selected certainly put in good performances as they competed for a slot in a regular team position, giving the coaches plenty of headaches.

After taking many of the top four places, it was evident after the first few races that out of the eight teams three were going to be wrestling for the trophy – Belper, Ilkeston and Derby Phoenix.

By halfway Belper were in third place with 168 points compared to the leaders Phoenix who had amassed 182.

Unfortunately this early lead gave Phoenix the edge and so by the end Belper had only closed the gap to 12 points with a final score of 357 to Phoenix’s 369.

It was a highly respectable score considering the coaches had given many swimmers from the club an opportunity to race.

However, in the end it wasn’t about the clubs that were there, it was about remembering Jamie who loved swimming and competing in events.

A shared passion, that all the children on poolside could relate to.