05 Feb 2020

Last weekend saw the first Block of the Essex Champs 2020 where the best swimmers from clubs across Essex compete against each other. Saturday was a long day at the iconic 50m Olympic pool at the London Aquatic Centre where around 900 swimmers gathered to race in the 50 metre events. Sunday saw many of those swimmers back in action at Basildon. Our swimmers looked very smart in their new Essex T-shirts kindly donated by our sponsors The Delta Group.


The weekend began and ended with Gold for EFDSC. Hayden Thomas took 1st place in the 17/Over Boys 50 Breast in an Event Best Time of 30.13 seconds blowing apart the competition! And in the last event of the weekend our awesome 13/14 Boys Freestyle Team of Teniola Atanlusi, Jack Caci, William Collowey and Cem Foo-Turk claimed Gold in a thrilling relay event.


Throughout the weekend there was an abundance of medalists, finalists, PBs and regional times achieved. Our swimmers swam incredibly well and were all a credit to the club. Our young 9/10 girls relay team deserve a mention as they coped with the occasion brilliantly. They just missed out on a final placing coming in 11th in both their relays.

Head Coach Gavin Povall said “This was an amazing start to Counties with every single swimmer giving their absolute everything. All the hard work in the training pool is starting to show.”

Our Finalists for Block B were:


Hayden Thomas (17/Over)    1st 50 Breast 17/0ver

Pelumi Salu (12)                    2nd 50 Free, 2nd 100 Free, 7th 50 Back, 7th 400 Free

Charley Joyce (15)                2nd 50 Back, 4th 50 Free

Eliza Swanepoel (12)             2nd 50 Fly

Jack Caci (14)                       3rd 50 Free, 5th 50 Fly

William Collowey (14)            3rd 50 Back, 7th 400 Free

Rebecca Wright (13)              4th 50 Fly, 8th 50 Free

Sean Connolly (12)                5th 50 Free, 6th 50 Back

Arwen Phillips (13)                 6th 50 Back, 6th 50 Free, 10th 50 Fly

Rachel Ha (16)                       7th 50 Fly

Holly Timmis (16)                   8th 400 Free

Rufus Jones (15)                   8th 50 Back


Roll on the next Block on 14-16 Feb. Keep up the hard work EFDSC swimmers we are so proud of you all!

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