Junior Grand Prix – December 2017
The inaugural DASA Grand Prix took place in the Autumn of 2017, and featured 3 galas organised by Derventio Excel. The aim was to give 9-11-year-old Derbyshire swimmers a taste of competitive swimming, and to give them an opportunity to qualify for the Derbyshire County Championships next Spring by competing at these licensed events. It also gave swimmers a chance to race using Automated Timing Equipment (AOE) with timing pads. The galas were judged as any licensed meet would be, and, allthough this led to a number of disqualifications, it gave the swimmers an opportunity to learn from their mistakes!
In all there were 676 swims, with the second round proving very popular with the 50m freestyle being very well supported.
Nine clubs were represented: City of Derby, Long Eaton, Belper Marlin, Ripley, Rykneld, Derby Phoenix, Ilkeston, Eckington and Etwall, with City of Derby scoring the most points over the 3 galas, Ripley were second and Ilkeston third.
There were awards for the first placed swimmers in each age group over the 3 galas. The top male aged 11 was Ripley’s George Whittle, with Ilkeston’s Finley O’Neill taking the 10-year-old’s title, and Etwall’s Dominic Taylor was top 9-year-old boy. For the girls, City of Derby’s Lucy Seymour was top 11-year-old, with Ripley’s Emily Lyons top 10-year-old, and Rykneld’s Daisy Brown top 9-year-old.
There was a wide spread of clubs represented for ‘top swimmer’, with no one club dominating the galas.
Following the success of the series, the Grand Prix will be run again in 2018. The dates and venues are currently being finalised, and it is hoped that more clubs from round the County will enter swimmers and also more from each club.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated, we look forward to welcoming you again this year.