EGSC hosted the second in the series of three sussex league galas last night, Saturday 6th June at Haywards Heath. After being announced in third place up to the half way point, it was looking like it may not be our night.
However we managed to close the gap and grab the all important 2nd place against the backdrop of an unusually depleted team across some of the senior age groups. A fantastic achievement, and all swimmers, coaches and volunteers had a part to play to ensure the team spirit remained consistently high and heads didn't drop.
I was particularly impressed with the grit shown by all of our senior swimmers under competition conditions and in many cases meant swimming strokes outside of comfort zones and age groups in both girls and boys.
A special mention should go to the girls U16 and open age group: Lenny, Willow, Lara and Megan who had the toughest job. Lara Maynard swam more than a dozen individual and relay events across U16 and open age groups and gave 100% in each one and really defined the phrase taking one for the team!
However, we now need to look ahead and focus on our next sussex league on 27th June.
We have had confirmation this afternoon that EGSC has accumulated enough points to stay out of the bottom three relegation gala which means we will continue to swim in sussex league division 1 next year.
Each and every point gained in all events mattered last night to make this possible. As a team, we should all be very pleased with the result and I thank you for your effort and support.
I would point out while we are safe, let's continue the team momentum we have and not switch off just yet for the summer.
Finally, lets's not forget our officials, referees, time keepers and poolside volunteers that put so much in, week in week out to make it all possible.
Thanks for your support - Team EGSC.