East Region Open Water Champs 2018

Our fabulous DSC Open Water squad took to the lake at Whitlingham Park in Norfolk this weekend (22nd July 2018) with some amazing results!  Open Water swimming is not for the faint hearted, but all competitors had some experience from previous events.  Kieran Murray and Callum Shepherd swam in the Men’s 15/16 Yr old 2k event, Alan Shepherd and Simon Murray swam in the Men’s 40/49 Yr old 2k event, Isabella Porzio DSC’s only girl swam the 3k event in the Women’s 13/16 Yr old age group and finally our very own senior coach Steve Kerr swam the very exhausting 5k event in the 50/59 age group! A massive well done to each and every one of you.  A huge amount of stamina and resilience is needed at these events but we do hope that with more of our swimmers training and competing at the open water champs, there will be a lot more interest for others too.

Full Results from our six swimmers taking part are as follows;

Women’s 13-16 Yr age group 3k event

28th place in the region and making 6th place in Bedfordshire – Isabella Porzio in a time of 51.40.9

Men’s 15-16 Yr age group 2k event

Kieran Murray Bronze medallist in the region and Number 1 in Bedfordshire with a gold medal in a time of 29.24.72

Callum Shepherd 5th in the region and a county bronze medallist in Bedfordshire in a time of 30.25.38

Men’s 40-49 Yr age group 2k event

Alan Shepherd Bronze medallist in the region and county bronze medallist in Bedfordshire in a time of 48.07.70

Simon Murray 4th in the region and 4th place in Bedfordshire in a time of 49.12.57

Men’s 50/59 age group 5k event

Steve Kerr Bronze 5th in the region and a bronze medallist in Bedfordshire in a time of 1.39.42.0

From all at DSC a massive well done to you all.

Quote from DSC’s senior coach Steve Kerr following the East Region Open Champs 2018 “The championships enjoyed perfect weather conditions with a light breeze and a fantastic water temperature of 23C.  DSC achieved some brilliant results from only a small number of Dunstable swimmers, who made the journey to Norwich.  Hopefully the success of the squad will encourage many other swimmers to give open water swimming a try.  Really looking forward to the 2019 East Region Open Water Championships, where I am sure we will build on our success as I intend to lead some training in the autumn to enable this to become more popular”.