Marham Swimmers Splash Out

The annual Royal Air Force Swimming, Water-polo and Diving Inter-stations championships were held at RAF Cranwell recently. The event was held over two days, with the majority of the RAF Stations taking part, including those as far away as RAF Akrotiri, in Cyprus.

In recent years RAF Marham have taken part in the competition with little effect on the scoring results due to very little personnel taking part or “having a go!” This year however, A/Cpl James Nicholas from Armament Engineering Support Flight (AESF) advertised and recruited new members to the RAF Marham swimming club. Leading up to the competition the club trained regularly at Downham Market Leisure Centre.

Many of the Club members had never swam at a competitive level and even through with shift working and operations they showed a great deal of dedication to the competition. Prior to the competition the club designed team ‘hoodies’ which had a great impact on the morale of the team.

The first event was the water-polo, the whole team took part in this even though the team had little if any experience beforehand. RAF Marham came second in all of the games. It was a great deal of hard work but enjoyed by all.

Following tiredness from the water-polo, RAF Marham’s main event – The Swimming!

Bearing in mind RAF Marham personnel were swimming against RAF swimmers in nearly every event, podium positions were unexpected, However the results told a different story!

A/Cpl James Nicholas achieved two Gold’s for 50m Butterfly (also a personal best time) and 100m Breastroke and a Bronze in the Individual Medley (also a personal best).

LAC Claire Hobbs achieved two Silvers in the 50m and 100m Breastroke and two Bronze’s in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle (all personal best times).

SAC Eleri Davies also achieved two Silvers in the 50m Butterfly and Individual Medley and two Bronze’s In the 100m and 50m Freestyle (all personal best times).

SAC Verity Elward achieved Gold and a personal best time in the 50m Backstroke.

The remaining club members who unfortunately just missed out on a podium position, all achieved a personal best time in their individual swims and swam fantastically in the relay events, which was a hot event for all the RAF stations competing for the final points of the competition.

A further mention to F/S Paul Kendall, an RAF swimming official who also competed for RAF Marham in the diving event during his busy two days refereeing.

The women’s team came third overall in the competition and the men’s team came fourth.

Overall, after competing in all three disciplines of the competition and with more personnel attending the competition from RAF Marham than seen in the last ten years, RAF Marham came FOURTH overall!

It was an exciting two days and we all look forward to next year’s competition.

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