Happy homecoming for swimming club

Medal Haul: Buxton Swimming Club's Abbie Wood, twelve, celebrates with Cllr Pam Reddy after winning a bronze, two silvers and a gold, and the salver for the British Age Group Category Champion at the recent National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Medal Haul: Buxton Swimming Club's Abbie Wood, twelve, celebrates with Cllr Pam Reddy after winning a bronze, two silvers and a gold, and the salver for the British Age Group Category Champion at the recent National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

BUXTON Swimming Club has gone to great lengths to continue producing national champions — despite the absence of a home pool.

For the best part of two years, the club has been training at St Anselms School in Bakewell following delays to the refurbishment of Buxton Swimming Pool.

In The Swim: Cllr Pam Reddy (centre) presents a cheque for �400 from the Community Leadership Fund to members of Buxton Swimming Club and coach Karen Byrne at Buxton Swimming Pool.

In The Swim: Cllr Pam Reddy (centre) presents a cheque for �400 from the Community Leadership Fund to members of Buxton Swimming Club and coach Karen Byrne at Buxton Swimming Pool.

But on the eve of their long-awaited return to Buxton, the club is celebrating the success of one of its members, Abbie Wood, at the National Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Abbie, 12, of Heath Grove, Buxton, won gold in the 200m breaststroke to be crowned National Age Group Champion, as well as silver medals in the 400m individual medley and 200m individual medley, and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

Buxton Swimming Club secretary and teacher, Trisha Longden, said: “This is an unbelievable achievement by Abbie, to be the fastest in her age group. I don’t think people realise just how good she really is.”

The club moves back to its home at Buxton pool next week, following the completion of the £3 million facelift. Its first meeting there will be on Tuesday August 2.

And to help the club get back on its feet, Derbyshire county councillor Pam Reddy has awarded it £400 from her Community Leadership Fund.

Trisha explained: “The most important thing for us now is to take the club forward and build the membership back up. Our membership declined as a result of the move to Bakewell, so this money (from Cllr Reddy) will help to sustain the club until the membership is back up to a sustainable level.”

Cllr Reddy said: “It’s fantastic to see the club up and running again, and I hope they can build up their membership quickly.”

Buxton Swimming Club is now launching a membership drive to attract members of all ages and abilities, as well as new supporters and helpers.

The club meets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In addition, new morning sessions will begin in September, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 6am and 8am.

Trisha added: “We would like to thank High Peak council for their support over this difficult time. Buxton pool is a fantastic facility and we cannot wait to get back there. We’d like to thank Gail Brodkin, the manager of Buxton pool, for her support and help in developing the club.”

For more information about joining the club, call 01298 767705 or 07971 413866, email buxtonswimmingclub@yahoo.co.uk or visit www.buxtonswimmingclub.co.uk.