Prizes and progress in and out of the water at Cascades

Portadown Amateur Swimming Club's Eden Magwood, Ruby Giffin, Ronan Brannagh, Charlie Logan, Aiveen McKeown and Alice Henderson at Cascades. Pics by Phil Ray.INPT06-110
Portadown Amateur Swimming Club's Eden Magwood, Ruby Giffin, Ronan Brannagh, Charlie Logan, Aiveen McKeown and Alice Henderson at Cascades. Pics by Phil Ray.INPT06-110
0
Have your say

Swimmers from eight years old up to 25 steered a course for Cascades Leisure Complex on Saturday to make a splash at the Armagh Championships.

Portadown played host to over 200 of the most promising young competitors in the region on a day of delights in and out of the water.

Eden Magwood heading for the finish.INPT06-111

Eden Magwood heading for the finish.INPT06-111

Representatives from Lurgan, Armagh and Newry and Mourne arrived in town to compete for honours across the relays and individuals.

However, success was measured by more than the final standings.

“There is a great rapport between the clubs, with many of the swimmers competing together at regional level or on Ulster development sessions,” said Portadown Amateur Swimming Club’s Julie Beattie. “Saturday’s championships provided a showcase for not only Portadown as hosts but the other three clubs.

“So much work went into the event, with our 12-strong committee led by Elizabeth Brannagh.

Eight-year-old Jessica Vennard competing for Portadown on Saturday.INPT06-113

Eight-year-old Jessica Vennard competing for Portadown on Saturday.INPT06-113

“She has plenty of experience staging big events so proved the perfect co-ordinator.

“Staff from Cascades came in and worked above and beyond to really promote the club and venue.

“The refreshments and food on offer went down a treat and helped to make the day an event for swimmers, officials and spectators.

“The idea was to put on an exhibition of swimming to promote the club, Cascades and the range of talent in this area.

Portadown's Morgan Magwood during the Armagh Championships.INPT06-112

Portadown's Morgan Magwood during the Armagh Championships.INPT06-112

“We have swimmers from the different clubs taking part in regional and Ulster meets and the standard on Saturday proved quite high.

“Newry and Mourne won the overall prize, with Portadown third behind Lurgan.”

Warm-up sessions started at 8 o’clock before the main event opened after 9 o’clock.

“We had the various relays across the morning schedule, then a break for lunch before the individuals,” said Beattie. “Our club swimmers won quite a few individual medals so it was a success on that front.

“However, it was also about raising awareness of the club and sport and it was great to have a visit by the Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker.

“Our thanks go to everyone who helped out, especially Cascades staff plus the sponsors and community groups.”