Hard work pays dividends as club wins leading award

Garstang Amateur Swimming Club committee members, coaches and'swimmers celebrate the swim 21 accreditation certificate with'a cake made by the chairwoman Sandra McKean.'Photo names Left to Right: Mike Gelder (Website Manager), Steve Eccles (Team Manager) ,Phoebe Collinson (micro league Team Captain), Sue Booth (Head Coach), Emily Wild (coach), William Atkinson (Sub League Team Captain), Thomas Eccles (coach), George Atkinson (coach), Imogen Collinson, Sue Roome (Secretary), Sandra McKean
Garstang Amateur Swimming Club committee members, coaches and'swimmers celebrate the swim 21 accreditation certificate with'a cake made by the chairwoman Sandra McKean.'Photo names Left to Right: Mike Gelder (Website Manager), Steve Eccles (Team Manager) ,Phoebe Collinson (micro league Team Captain), Sue Booth (Head Coach), Emily Wild (coach), William Atkinson (Sub League Team Captain), Thomas Eccles (coach), George Atkinson (coach), Imogen Collinson, Sue Roome (Secretary), Sandra McKean

Garstang Amateur Swimming Club have received national recognition for their talents.

Club coaches revealed this week they had earned swimming organisation ASA’s Swim 21 accreditation awarded to clubs across the country which meet high levels of excellence in the sport.

Club committee spokesman Helen Charlesworth said they had been working behind the scenes for two years to achieve the status and were delighted to have hit the benchmark.

She said: “It has been very hard work but worth it. Our ultimate aim is to give our swimmers the chance to reach their own goals and aspirations in swimming or other water based disciplines.”

Helen added the committee’s intention is now to keep members old and new interested in the sport and in helping develop individuals so they could attain their potential either at competitive or coaching level.

She said: “It is important for the future of the club to keep our older swimmers interested in the sport and whether they choose to take the competitive option or go into coaching or administration the club aims to enable them to follow their goals and aspirations.

“Swimming can be a hobby or a career for life whether competing or teaching/coaching.”

Garstang Amateur Swimming Club, known as Garstang Gators, was formed in the early 1980s to teach children to swim and later to compete in local galas. For the past two years, head coach, experienced open water swimmer Susan Booth has helped a number of local youngsters to achieve a high standard at county and regional level.

Steve Eccles, team manager, said: “Garstang has continued to develop over the last few years into a club producing increasing numbers of competitive swimmers.

“We have representative squads in the Lancashire Micro and Sub leagues and regularly attend external open events. Qualifying at county and regional level is now accepted as the norm.”