Masters Gala Reports 2018

Masters Block 3 Gala – 29th September 2018


Given how well the All Age Swimming Club team has done this year in getting promotion to the top Division One of the Moonraker Summer League, the Masters [Adult] Squad knew that they had to do well in the Wiltshire Amateur Swimming Association final Masters Gala of the year held at Salisbury on Saturday 29th September 2018. Given the Championship status achieved last year in beating amongst others the Clubs from Swindon and Salisbury, members were aware that it was going to be a very competitive evening and indeed that it proved to be. That said the Club did really well coming second to the very strong Swindon team but beating Salisbury into third place – a very satisfying evenings swimming.

Leading the individual medals tally with five medals each were Beth Hargreaves, Jane Snedden, Anthony Phillips, Chandler Saer and Ross Dewey. Following on behind them with four medals earned each were Stephanie Bremner, Judith Dando and Simon Mullinger. Rebecca Austin, Muriel Hitchcock and Stuart Bremner each won three medals with Club President Doug Winstone and Kevin Hands winning two. Richard Payne with Heather Cooper competing in her first Masters Gala both won one medal each. Although six other members of the Squad did not feature in the Medals tally they all swam well and contributed greatly to the evening. For the first time in a number of Galas the Squad did not win any medals in the two relay events held in this Gala but achieved fourth place in each of them.  In both the competition was tough !  The competition was really well backed by a super bunch of volunteer official judges and timekeepers from Warminster for which we were all very grateful. Without such backing these events would simply not take place.

So overall the Squad ended the Masters Gala season in the very satisfactory state where the Ladies were second overall, the Men were second overall and the Squad were second to Swindon and ahead of Salisbury – out of a total entry of thirteen Clubs in the Wiltshire League. Chairman Head Coach Anthony Phillips was very pleased with the result reflecting that a few years ago the Squad could not have dreamt of achieving such a result. This is a tribute to his superb coaching and enthusiasm for which the Squad [and Club overall] are deeply grateful.

Martin Somervell


Masters Block 2 Gala – 2nd June 2018


Given that the second Wiltshire County level Gala of the year was held on Saturday 2nd June it was inevitable and very understandable that one or two members of the Masters Squad did have to be at home with their families over the half-term weekend and as such could not swim in this event held in Trowbridge. Notwithstanding this, the twenty person Squad had an excellent evenings swimming and did really well coming second overall behind the very much bigger Club Swindon Dolphins but ahead of the City of Salisbury Club – Stingrays.

Leading the Individual Medals tally were new member to the Squad Chandler Saer who together with long standing members Jane Snedden and Lloyd Short won four each. Also in winning form with three each were Kevin Hands, Judith Dando and Simon Mulllinger. Beth Hargreaves, Rebecca Austin, Adam Tinkler joined Club Chairman/Head Coach Anthony Phillips in winning two medals each. The Club President Doug Winstone was well cheered when he won his two medals as was one time Club Chairman Stuart Bremner. Both Esther Levin and Paula Farrell both swimming in very competitive age groups did very well to win a medal each.

Equal success was found in the results of the Relay events with a total of sixteen medals won in the 200metre free a bronze by Chandler Saer/Beth Hargreaves/Helen Mullinger/Simon Mullinger, the mens 100metre free a silver by Chandler Saer/Adam Tinkler/Anthony Phillips/Simon Mullinger, the mixed 100 metre free a silver by Simon Mullinger/Helen Mullinger/Jane Snedden/Stuart Bremner and at the end of the Gala, the mens 100 metre medley a silver by Anthony Phillips/Adam Tinkler/Simon Mullinger and Stuart Bremner. Given that it is only in recent years that the Squad has started to make a mark in relay events this was a very creditable result.

This led to a very pleasing overall total of thirty five individual and sixteen relay medals won and was an excellent performance by some talented, determined and hard working swimmers – including five members who although not medal winners greatly contributed to the overall effort. They were all a great credit to the Club – and to Warminster. The Chairman/Head Coach Anthony Phillips was well pleased and it bodes well for a good starting standard in the final County level Gala of the year together with the prestigious Head Cup to be held in late September.

Martin Somervell

Masters Block 1 Gala – 14th April 2018


The original date for the first County level Gala of the year was due to be held on 3rd March but this coincided of course with extreme weather conditions in West Wiltshire and the event was cancelled. Wilts Swimming managed to get an unexpected short notice vacancy for a replacement Gala at Swindon on 14th April and the Masters Squad was delighted to be able to take part but the level of notice meant that only sixteen swimmers were able to swim. Nonetheless they in usual form all swam really well and achieved a very creditable result. The host Club Swindon Dolphins not unnaturally on their home territory pulled all the stops out and won the Gala but Warminster swam themselves to second place beating Salisbury by 28 points.

‘Leading the pack’ in terms of medal performance was Stephanie Bremner who in the three individual events she entered won Golds and set County records in all three. Jane Snedden also had a significant evening with a County Record set and four Golds won. Muriel Hitchcock was in her usual good form and set a County record together with three Gold medals won. Ross Dewey won four Silver medals and  Chairman Head Coach Anthony Phillips won a silver and two Bronze medals. The remaining tally of medals were earned by Helen Mullinger [3], Sarah Jeffries [3], Lloyd Short [3], Stuart Bremner, Karen Penny and Simon Mullinger [2 each] with both Ian Parker and Adam Tinkler winning one each. Whilst Guy Farrell, Dan Hawley and Paula Farrell did not feature in the individual medal tally they swam really well in their very competitive age groups.

Particularly pleasing were the relay results where the Squad won medals in the mens 100m Medley [Anthony Phillips/Adam Tinkler/ Simon Mullinger/Ross Dewey], the mixed 100m Medley [Jane Snedden/Simon Mullinger/Stuart Bremner/ Helen Mullinger], the ladies 100m free relay [Helen Mullinger/Jane Snedden/Karen Penny and Stephanie Bremner] and the mens 100m free relay [Simon Mullinger/ Stuart Bremner/Anthony Phillips/Ross Dewey]. This led to a haul of 34 individual medals and 16 relay medals won – an excellent result and one on which the Squad can well build on in the next County level Gala at Trowbridge on 2nd June. Chairman Head Coach Anthony Phillips was well pleased as were members of the Squad.

Martin Somervell