Sudbury B Grade Open

By Bernie Thompson

9th August 2002

Several City of Cambridge swimmers recently competed at the second Sudbury Storms two day 'B' grade open gala. While swimmers were thin on the ground at last year's inaugural event, this year's gala was attended by large and enthusiastic groups of competitors and spectators alike.

Competing clubs came from as far afield as Norwich, Hoddesdon, Milton Keynes, Bracknell and Hillingdon. They were treated to a well-organised, friendly gala at a venue with clean, welcoming facilities.

The range of events, from 50m to 400m, ensured that all swimmers had the opportunity to compete at their preferred distances and strokes, and the excellent commentary was littered with references to the achievement of PBs - including a good number by Cambridge swimmers.

While the only trophies on offer were for 'Top Boy', 'Top Girl' and 'Top Visiting Club' (won by Stowmarket), the medals, which included gold and silver for Sarah Thompson and silver for Vicky Thompson, were substantial and well worth winning. Those swimmers exceeding the 'B' grade times were awarded speeding tickets. This was treated as a real achievement, and the certificates were laminated and included the name of the competitor and his/her club. They were presented, in special ceremonies, by dignitaries who included the local Mayor.

The meet was a resounding success, and a good time was had by all.

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