Blackburn Centurions Swim Team

“Blackburn Centurions win a haul of medals at “Potential Olympians Gala meet in Salford”

  • Blackburn with Darwen’s performance swimming club Blackburn Centurions win 36 medals at the “Potential Olympians Gala meet in Salford”
  • The potential Olympians Gala meet in Salford is a great developmental gala
  • Developmental galas allow all members of the club the opportunity to get involved
  • This was an ASA level 3 meet which meant all swimmers times registered with the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association)

Blackburn with Darwen, Monday 5th November 2018: Today Blackburn with Darwen’s performance swimming club Blackburn Centurions announces that 11 of the club’s swimmers have won medals at a swimming gala in Salford. The objective of the “Potential Olympians Gala” is to enable members of the club to compete for the club outside of the normal leagues which Blackburn Centurions competes in, ensuring every gets a chance to be a “Potential Olympian” and record an ASA time event against the event they compete in. Other club competing included City of Salford Swimming Club, Stockport Metro, Ramsbottom Rascals and St Helens to name just a few.

Alfie Taylor 2 x Bronze

Ethan Colman 1 x Bronze and 5 x Silver

Daniel Ainsworth 1x Bronze

Jacob Birchall 1 x Silver

Daniel Heyes 1 x Bronze

Amy Ainsworth 6 x Gold

Amelie Smethurst 2 x Gold, 2 x Silver and 2 x Bronze

Lottie Meade 1 x Gold, 3 x Silver and 1 x Bronze

Holly Brown 1 x Gold, 3 x Silver and 2 x Bronze

Francesca Armstrong 1 x Bronze

Lucy Brown 1 x Silver

Blackburn Centurions Head Coach, Darren Newsham, from Darwen, says “This type of gala is important for the club. It gives everybody the opportunity to compete against some of the other top clubs across the region. Entry requirements are low therefore this enables all our club members capable of competing in the different disciplines. This gives members the opportunity to race against other clubs, practice their techniques, starts and turns and to feel the atmosphere of competition. It’s a great start to young members swimming careers giving them a taste of what it’s like to compete and to see their hard work in training be meaningful. We are always are proud with all the hard work the swimmers have put in to attain this level of performance. We have a strong, young and dynamic squad and we expect all of our swimmers to perform well across events in 2018-2019.

Nick Hartshorne-Evans Chair of Blackburn Centurions comments that “Having spent the weekend from the stands supporting our club members swim, I am delighted and proud to represent such a talented bunch of swimmers. This was a heavy haul of bronze, silvers and golds, massive well done to all. All that hard work is paying off.”

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