SWIMMING: Olympian Davenport presents club with prestigious award

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GRANTHAM Swimming Club received their Swim21 certificate from Commonwealth Games gold medal winning Olympian Ross Davenport last weekend.

Ross took a break from training in Loughborough for the afternoon to present the club with their certificate for their Swim21 accreditation which was awarded in September.

Grantham Swimming Club vice-chairperson and Swim21 co-ordinator Kevin Potter said: “It’s great that the club has been awarded Swim21 and it’s a testament to all the hard work that has been put in by many people.

“The intensive training put in by the swimmers is beginning to pay off, with 54 qualifying for this year’s Lincolnshire County Championships; more than ever before in a single year and this comes on the back of more records than ever before being broken in our recent club championships.

“This in turn is attracting many new members which can only increase the depth of talent within the club.”

The club has gone from strength to strength and has national and Midlands level swimmers amongst its talent pool. Since Maciej Rakowski was appointed head coach two years ago, Grantham Swimming Club has seen real progress with its members’ attitude and performance.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership swimming development officer Rachel Belcher said: “For Grantham Swimming Club to have been awarded Swim21 is a real achievement. I know a lot of hard work and volunteer hours went into completing it – but it’s worth it in the end. The visit from Ross Davenport was well deserved.”

l Swim21 is the Amateur Swimming Association’s adaptation of Club Mark Accreditation. It confirms that Swim21 clubs consistently demonstrate good practice and efficient operating standards through all the club’s activities, procedures and development schemes. Club Mark accreditation was introduced by Sport England in 2002 to ensure that accrediting clubs apply a common criterion.