Mini Marlins have a whale of a time!

BELPER Marlin Swimming Club held their (Mini Marlin) Club Championships at William Gregg Leisure Centre Heanor recently.

The event was well attended by parents and grandparents to support the up and coming young swimmers.

Sixteen swimmers took part in the event from the age of four years and up, and all of them performed extremely well.

The night was one to remember for the young ones with a surprise visit from Santa Claus.

Overall winners for the 2011 Championships were Emily Wallwin, Joe Sadler, Annabel Brown, Joel McGraw who swam very well indeed with top places.

The Mini Marlin Swimmer of the Year was jointly awarded this year, a well-deserved award going to both Jolie Baker and Joel McGraw.

A very big well done also goes to the following swimmers for their efforts:

Stage 1

Emily Wallwin

Erin McCluskey

Alice Roberts

Marcus Clark

Stage 2

Joe Sadler

Benjamin Gration

Stage 3

Annabel Brown

Brianne Adams

Lauren Tomlinson

Daniel Crowder

Stage 4

Jolie Baker

Joel McGraw

Jamie Cameron

Evie McLaughlin

Oliver Walker

Mini Marlin coaches Irene Hallsworth, Teresa Sheldon and Jerry Marler worked hard making the evening a fun one for all involved and Teresa and Irene would like to thank all who helped out on the night - especially Callum Sheldon, Sarah McGraw and Jo McCluskey - and of course Santa Claus!

To join the Mini Marlins please see the club website for further information and contact Teresa Sheldon.