Swimming: Thurrock make trip to Southern Finals (with help from the port of Tilbury)

THURROCK Swimming Club competed in the Speedo Arena Southern Area final on Sunday the 2nd October at Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset, after gaining qualification by winning the M11 area championships.Thurrock came up against some of the countries biggest clubs and current national champions, they performed exceptionally well coming 5th overall to Guildford, Plymouth Leander, City of Derby, and University of East Anglia.This was the first time in seven years that Thurrock had qualified for the Southern Regional final and demonstrates the continued performance improvements that the competitive squads have been making over recent years.The trip to Weston-Super-Mare was very kindly sponsored by the Port of Tilbury, which enabled the swimmers and their supporters to travel down together creating an amazing team spirit alongside a first class supporters team who were clearly the loudest in the viewing gallery!Perry Glading from The Port of Tilbury said: “Many congratulation to Thurrock Swimming Club and their Speedo team who have worked extremely hard in a very competitive tournament, it’s really important to support Thurrock young people who are achieving so much.This was a fantastic achievement from Thurrock Swimming Club beating all teams within the M11 area and finishing 10th in the UK. The team missed out on the national final by only a handful of points but still remain the top team in Essex.Swimmers who competed at the Southern Area Final were:Ashton Clark, Rein Venkov, Jan Milkov, Daniel Thompson, Ryan West, Albert Taylor, Nikita Charykin, Ben Minster, Aidan Wood, Jenson Hurrell, Daniel Ajetunmobi, Colin Moghina, Harrison Jarvis, Matteo Castello, Mide Olajide, Jimmy Taylor, Louise Webster,Eloise Bruce, Sophie Conroy, Daisy May Catmore, Paige Laybourn-Morris, Jasmine Verlander, Elise Delapperall, Daisy Patterson, Teni Ogunlesi, Michaela Taiwo, Noni Thole, Bryony Edgings, Eden Parkin, Lillian Tagg & Amelia Paterson.

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