Blackburn with Darwen, Thursday 4th March 2019: 33 swimmers from Blackburn Centurions competed at the Bobcats Gala over the weekend of the 30thand 31st March 2019 at Darwen Leisure Centre. Centurions yet again excelled with a haul of 47 medals across the two days consisting of Golds, Silvers and Bronzes. Swimmers ages ranged from 10 through to 15 years old competing across all strokes with many achieving personal best times and a further number of swimmers achieving regional qualifying times.

List of Medalists

Amy Ainsworth (12 years)
50m     Freestyle Gold
100m   Freestyle Silver
50m     Fly Bronze

Dan Ainsworth (13 years)
200m   Backstroke Silver
50m     Backstroke Silver

400m  Freestyle Gold
100m   Freestyle Gold
200m   Freestyle Gold
200m   Individual Medley Gold

Dan Heyes (14 years)
400m   Individual Medley Gold
100m   Fly Silver
200m   Fly Bronze

Ethan Coleman (12 years)
50m     Breaststroke Silver

100m  Breastroke Gold
200m   Breastroke Silver
400m   Freestyle Silver
200m   Individual Medley Silver
200m   Freestyle Bronze

Fran Armstrong (13years)
50m     Fly Bronze

Hannah Larmour (10 years)
200m   Freestyle Gold
200m   Breastroke Bronze

50m    Backstroke Bronze

100m  Fly Silver
100m   Breaststroke Bronze
50m     Fly Bronze

 

Holly Brown (12 years)
400m   Freestyle Gold
200m   Freestyle Silver
50m     Freestyle Silver
100m   Freestyle Bronze

200m  Backstroke Bronze
100m   Backstroke Bronze

Jacob Peel (10 years)
50m     Backstroke Bronze

Lottie Meade (14 years)
100m   Breaststroke Gold
200m   Breaststroke Gold (overall 1st)
400m   Freestyle Silver
100m   Freestyle Bronze

50m    Breaststroke Gold
100m   Fly Silver
200m   Backstroke Bronze
200m   Fly Bronze

Lucy Linton (11 years)
50m     Freestyle Gold
100m   Freestyle Silver
200m   Individual Medley Bronze

Max Peel (13 years)
100m   Backstroke Bronze

Lucy Wright (14 years)
50m     Breaststroke Bronze

Oliver Tsang-Warmington (15 years)
100m   Freestyle Silver
50m     Freestyle Bronze

Blackburn Centurions Head Coach, Darren Newsham, from Darwen, says “We were delighted with the results from all the swimmers. It was so pleasing to see some of our younger swimmers do so well as well as our more established swimmers. With the work rate and dedication the swimmers have for the sport, this can only bode well for the future of swimming in Blackburn with Darwen”

Councillor Damian Talbot, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said “Seeing young people across the borough, excelling in swimming, where their club, Blackburn Centurions utilise the two facilities at Blackburn and Darwen is one of the reasons our new pathway has been developed to support swimming across all ages. It was an honour to celebrate their successes”

“Blackburn Centurions is really developing a reputation for developing and nurturing swimming talent from across the Blackburn with Darwen Borough. The work we are part of led by the council across the swimming pathway is hopefully going to ensure swimming in the borough has a rosy future” says the Chair of Blackburn Centurions, Nick Hartshorne-Evans.

Blackburn Centurions, based at Darwen Leisure Centre is a competitive Swim England affiliated and SwimMark Essential Club, the only in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen. Swimmers compete and represent Blackburn Centurions across many competitive events where swimmers gain ASA times to qualify for County, Regional and National Championships. Ana Hopkin recently won a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018, she started her swimming career at Blackburn Centurions.  The club trains at Daisyfield swimming pool Monday and Tuesday and at Darwen Leisure Centre Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday. To contact the club for further details please email info@swimblackburncenturions.co.uk