Arc Leisure Centre hosted the Matlock Level Three Open Meet where hundreds of children competed for trophies and medals.
As ever, a large group of children attended from Belper Marlin Swimming Club with their parents screaming encouragement from above in the stands.
Many children came away with medals and the delight of achieving a personal best, which parents have to pay for out of their own pockets as a reward – £1 a PB is the usual going rate!
Special mention goes to Casper Raynard, Katy Dymond, Sam Brookes, Ryan Horobin, Leah Hollingsworth, Sarah Dymond, Joshua Horobin, William Brookes and Tia Millington, who all came away with first position trophies.
Mike Brett, head coach for the Marlin team, said: “This was a really good gala with lots of younger swimmers competing for the first time. There were some excellent swims from the novices and lots of victories for the swimmers all round.”
The sessions in the morning ended with the ‘skins’ event – seven consecutive 50 swims with only two minutes of rest, with the slowest eliminated in each round.
Both Josh Horobin and Dan Breeze made the mens final, finishing a very creditable seventh and fifth respectively.
In the ladies event - the last of the day - Maddie Shrimpling finished sixth and in a tense last 50m Leah Hollingsworth took the title and the cash prize in the womens race.
She also won female swimmer of the meet. It was a great way to finish a very positive day for the Belper Marlin Swimming Club.