Hough End, for the second gala in a row, lifted the title of top club in the City of Manchester, by winning the latest Rising Stars gala on Saturday 18th February.
Whilst the previous event in November was a very close affair, this time Hough End overcame rivals Harpurhey with a clear margin of 666 points to Harpurhey’s 296. COM Icebergs came third on 202 points.
Harpurhey didn’t go home empty handed though with a great win in the mixed 50m Freestyle Relay trophy. Their team of Abbie Walker, Lawrence Ndadaye, Alex Ganson and Youssef Attya came home over six seconds quicker than defending champions Hough End. Broadway SC got amongst the medals by finishing third.
A new concept was introduced for this gala with Speeding Tickets being given to swimmers who finished faster than the Standard set for their event and age.
As always, the event took place at the Manchester Aquatic Centre with over 100 swimmers from the Manchester Community Clubs of Broadway, Harpurhey, Wythenshawe, City of Manchester Icebergs, COMAST Hough End and the COMAST Academy.
The gala gives young swimmers a chance to participate in a competitive environment, often for the first time. The swimmers raced in the 50m events of Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke, 100m Individual Medley and 4x50m Freestyle team relays.
The event is organised and officiated by volunteers from the City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team, with swimmers from their senior squads providing the timekeeping and assisting with marshaling. Thanks must also go out to the many new parent volunteers who kindly assisted at the event.
Thanks also go to Paralympic gold medal winner Jonathan Fox who rounded off the evening by presenting the Top Club and Relay trophies. Jonathan is a member of the senior squad here at COMAST and trains on a daily basis at the Aquatic Centre, and was more than willing to come along and hand out the trophies.
Top Team Award
1st City Of Manchester Hough End
2nd Harpurhey ASC
3rd City of Manchester Icebergs
‘A’ Team Relay
1st Harpurhey ASC
2nd City Of Manchester Hough End
3rd Broadway ASC
Full results can be found on this link: Results
The next Rising Stars galas for 2017 will be on the following dates
See you all there.