Stroud Seals Swimming Club bag medals

Stroud Seals Swim Club - Robert Stanley, Tim Tatchell, Hosanna Gray, Angel Gray,  Angelica Francisci, Grace Gray, Manny Gray, Jade Smith and coach Michael Abel and in front, Raff Francisci.
Stroud Seals Swim Club - Robert Stanley, Tim Tatchell, Hosanna Gray, Angel Gray, Angelica Francisci, Grace Gray, Manny Gray, Jade Smith and coach Michael Abel and in front, Raff Francisci.

A small group of enthusiastic swimmers has reactivated Stroud Seals Swimming club with a promising season ahead.

The club has swimmers from as far afield as Stroud, Karuah, Medowie, Dungog and Clarence Town.

On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29,  a dedicated group of eight swimmers travelled to compete at the Port Macquarie Carnival for the first long course carnival of the season. 

All the swimmers performed well, enjoying the fine weather and relaxed atmosphere with the club taking home three medals.

Swimmers ranged in age from nine-year-old Angel Gray who swam  in five events to 18-year-old Tim Tatchell.

Hosanna Gray, 12,one of the youngest Seals claimed a bronze medal in the 12 and under 200m breast stroke while the club’s eldest swimmer Tim Tatchell, 18, fought his way towards a much-coveted gold medal in the 100 breast stroke.

Robert Stanley, 17, also claimed a medal in the 200m breast stroke, swimming against a very competitive field.

All the swimmers achieved a personal best in one or more of their events which pleased Head Coach, Michael Abel. 

Michael, a qualified swim coach, was enthusiastic about the Club’s performance.

“We are using the carnival to benchmark times for Country, State or Nationals depending on the level of the swimmers,” he said.

“The benchmarking process gives the swimmers tangible goals to achieve which keeps them focused towards the larger goals. 

“All swimmers swum to their ability with excellent results.

“We are looking forward to a good season.” 

Stroud Seals is now looking to restart the swimming club at Stroud. 

The Squad training is at Lakeside Leisure Centre, Raymond Terrace but Swimming Club is at Stroud Community Pool.

Full details and how to join can be found on their website stroudseals.swimming.org.au