British Blind Sport hold National VI Youth Swimming Gala

On March 11th, the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull was brimming with excitement and anticipation. Youth swimmers from all over the UK came to compete in British Blind Sport’s National VI Youth Swimming Gala, and the competition was lively. Swimmers from age 9 to 17 participated in various races to showcase their skills in free style, breast stroke, backstroke, butterfly and relays. The event aimed to encourage fun and friendly competition among blind or partially sighted young people of all skill levels and abilities.

Overall, the event received positive feedback from the participants, coaches, volunteers, and everyone who came to support. Here is what some people had to say about the event:

  • “It’s fantastic to have an event that kids can compete in. To see all the children enjoying themselves is brilliant. I wish there were more events like this.” – Lucy, mother of a participant
  • “Best gala I’ve been to this year; it was full of atmosphere.” – Kian Saville, participant
  • “It’s the first time we’ve been, but we will definitely come again. It’s brilliant!” – Cornel, mother of a participant
  • “The parents been saying that there isn’t anything really like this, so I think it’s a great opportunity.” – Lauren Whiteman, event volunteer
  •  “A great day’s swim for all the swimmers that competed. It’s really inspiring to see them all enjoying themselves.” – Dean Barguss, Solihull Swimming Club coach and event volunteer

Regarding the event, Ross Hayward, Participation Delivery Officer at British Blind Sport, said “The enthusiasm and effort put in by all of the participants was excellent to see. This event provides a great opportunity for young people with a visual impairment to compete against their peers in a VI friendly environment. The feedback we have obtained from participants and parents was very positive and rewarding. The support staff and volunteers involved had a hugely positive impact on the day and made it a very successful event.”

At the end of the event five individual awards were presented to participants in recognition of their achievements on the day. Nathaniel Costigan was awarded the BBS Male Swimmer of the Day and Grace Courtney was awarded the Female Swimmer of the Day, both produced excellent performances in their races throughout the day. Amy Turnham, Sydney Howard and Jack Mockett all picked up BBS Outstanding Achievement Awards for their superb efforts and commitment shown at the event. During one of his races Jack set a new BBS record time in the under 17 non-elite 25m breast stroke.

British Blind Sport is delighted at the turnout of the event and would like to thank the individuals that helped make this event possible and congratulate all of the swimmers that participated.

For more information about the swimming gala, please contact Ross Hayward: