Blackpool Lights 2016 Gala Review

29th & 30th October saw the annual Blackpool Light gala at the Palatine Aquatics Centre. Participants from Skill Progression, Competitive Development, Junior Development & Junior Performance squads travelled to the seaside event to what turned out to be a very successful meet for COMAST swimmers, with PBs in almost every race, regional & county qualifying times, speeding tickets and medals galore.

From Skill Progression squad Zak Elbey and Fiona Gordon competed in their first level 3 meet. Both raced well registering new personal best times but, most importantly, maintaining their competitive skills under pressure throughout their races.

The girls 200 freestyle event saw some gutsy swims from the COMAST ladies. Olivia Capon from Competitive Development raced the event for the first time and won a bronze medal. Robyn Jacobs, pushing through 11th event of the weekend tiredness, to post a 20 second PB! Rosa Colyer, who had a tremendous weekend all round, swam a well-paced race achieving the time she set out to get and shaving another 2 seconds off the time she had set at the beginning of October.

There were some very promising swims and impressive performances from all the Junior Development swimmers in attendance. A special mention goes out to Bradley Lowrie for kicking that bit harder in the last 100 metres of his 200m breaststroke event, finishing strongly in bronze medal position and knocking 16 seconds off his existing PB.

Kenna Abate from Competitive Development squad became the first member of the group to get a county time, swimming 36.96 in the 50m freestyle. Well done Kenna! While two members of Junior Performance squad, Jude Gibson and Emma Dickson, went under the 30 second mark in the same event.

Finishing the meet on a high, in the last heat of the last event, the boys 100m butterfly, the battle was on between Junior Performance team mates Reece Corfield and Alex Kirk. With some friendly pre-match banter setting the mood, Reece dominated the race until Alex took the lead in the last 8 metres to win the event. Both swimmers PB’d and finished with high fives.


Great swimming. Great attitudes. Great Progress. We are COMAST.

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