after an exciting night of racing, the City of Newport Swimming Club won their latest gala in outstanding style - with 76 points between them and the second placed team.
A team of 34 swimmers from the City of Newport Swimming & Water Polo Club travelled to Millfield School Pool on Saturday 13th October to compete in the Western Region of the National Arena Swimming League. There are currently 400 teams from all over Great Britain participating in the three rounds, October, November and December, across four divisions (Premier Division, Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3). The top twenty in the Premier Division will compete in the grand final in spring 2019. The City of Newport currently compete in Division 1 of the Western Region of the League and are top of the league: 1st City of Newport Swimming Club, 2nd Seagulls Swim Club, =3rd Devonport RSA, =3rd Clevedon Swim Club, 5th Poole Swim Club, 6th Southwold Swim Club, 7th Academy Swim Team Burnham.
The club is based at Newport Live’s Newport International Sports Village and swimmers train throughout the week with dedicated Newport Live coaches. “The team stepped up to the standard needed to achieve the win. On a technique, skill, and team level the swimmers really did themselves proud,” said Coach Matt Tutton. “We must now return to training and continue to develop our skills ready for Round 2 in November where we expect to raise the bar again.” We are so proud of our team, including our younger swimmers who hadn’t experienced events like this previously; they held their nerves to win some great races with the support of the more experienced, older swimmers - it was a great team effort.”
Just like so many clubs, City of Newport relies heavily on the support of volunteers and parents – and Matt believes this is crucial to the club’s success. “Special thanks must go to our Team Manager, Steve Ward, for keeping our team on point throughout the meet, to all of our swimmers, event staff, officials, and travelling parents for their amazing support in making this such a great event.” To find out more about the City of Newport Swimming Club, visit newportswimmingclub.co.uk. Information about swimming and aquatics at Newport Live can be found at newportlive.co.uk.