Unfortunately there will be no Royal Navy Gala in 2019 but it will be back in 2020.
Please click here for further information
MASTERS DEVELOPMENT DAY
This development day was held at the University of Bath on 13th January 2019. We had a fantastic day with a morning and afternoon swim session in the 50m pool coached by Ian Woollard - Barnet Copthall Masters coach. We also had a very informative talk from a fellow master swimmer Dr Karen Howells (Sports Psychologist) who gave us insight into a better mind set for swim training and competitions. Jane Asher (Masters multi world record holder) talked about her journey and how she maintains her winning streak at 87 years old! And finally the day was wrapped up with a talk from Sharon Lock the Swim England Masters officer who gave a talk about open water swimming and tried to entice some of us indoor swimmers to try the outdoors!
Wincanton Masters triumph at the 16th Royal Navy Open Meet
21 swimmers from the Wincanton Masters squad competed at the annual event held at Millfield pool on the 12th March. The swimmers, whose ages range from 30 to 77 competed in a total of 120 events at the meet.
As well as winning copious amounts of golds, silvers and bronzes, five members of the team won best overall swimmer in their age group awards. Jaki Farrell in the 40-44 age group, Philippa O'Grady 45-49 age group, Adele Parham 50-54 age group, Val Regan 60-64 age group and Paul Partington in the 65-69 age group.
This year the Royal Navy named the top visiting team trophy in memory of former Wren, master swimmer, and Wincanton masters coach Lindsay Lant, who sadly passed away in December. The team went with the aim of winning the trophy and came away triumphant.
Philippa O'Grady (Lindsay's daughter) says "I am hugely proud of the whole team who turned out in force to compete for the trophy, some of whom have not swum in competition for a very long time! Mum would have been deeply humbled and honoured that the Royal Navy named a trophy after her and that we managed to win it, in its inaugural year."
Front: Sadie Turner, Damian Orton, Joanne Kain, Lindsay Lant, Adele Parham, Philippa O'Grady, Natalie Lovegrove, Samantha Hetreed, Simon Emery, Rosemary Johnson, Lucy Hart and Colin Lovegrove.
Back: Sarah Mills, Christine Osborne, Gavin Munnery, Gabby Osborne and Phil Merritt.
Royal Navy Gala 2012 Results