Swim Easy amass 43 medals in Liverpool
The Swim Easy Jersey (swimming with disabilities team) put on a show of real quality at the North West Regional Special Olympic Gala in Liverpool earlier this month – against 20 teams from around the UK .
The only regional gala event Swim Easy will represent Jersey at this year proved to be a tremendous success for the team of 20 (13 men and seven ladies), with no fewer than 43 medals obtained and 52 personal bests achieved.
The medal tally, including relay events, was broken down to 12 golds, 15 silvers and 16 bronzes.
The mixed relay team of Emma Le Selleur, Simon Routier, Warwick Miller and Martin Boleat won gold; Ryan Le Monnier, Charlie Quénault, Fabio Cerviera and Shane Crocker won men’s A silver; and Malcolm Motie, James Brady, Ryan Jones and Ian Le Maistre collected bronze in the men’s B race.
Coaches Melissa and Ken Sheehan were delighted: ‘Even facing their stiffest competition yet, the team still came up trumps – we are proud of them all.’
With some swimmers now in the top banding, places were won and lost on split seconds. Ryan Le Monnier led the way with the first gold in the breast-stroke (adding bronze in IM; 4th in 50m; with three PBs.
Shane Crocker had two bronzes and 2PBs; Fabio Cerveira silver and three PBs; Charlie Quénault bronze and two PBs; Martin Boleat a silver and three PBs; Simon Routier a silver, two bronze and three PBs; Ian Le Maistre bronze and three PBs; Warwick Miller silver and bronze and three PBs; Ryan Jones bronze and two PBs; Pedro Nobrego gold and three PBs; James Brady bronze and three PBs. Haydn Maguire was unable to take part through illness.
Two first-time swimmers also made an impact with Chloë Gouyet gaining gold, bronze and three PBs and Malcolm Motie individual gold and two PBs.
The ladies were superb as well, with Emma Le Selleur winning gold, silver and gaining three PBs; Melanie De Lacey three PBs; Cassie Leeuwenburgh two silvers and two PBs; Elizabeth Morel gold, silver and two PBs; Polly Tostevin gold, two silvers and three PBs; and last, but not least, Jenny Crocker, the only team member to get the full set of gold, silver, bronze and three PBs.
Said Ken Sheehan: ‘Even more encouraging was the 12 fourth-place finishes we had as a team in different events – a real sign of more to come from this great team.
‘But it’s important to remember that it’s not just about the swimming. Social skills, friendships made and being fantastic ambassadors for Jersey ... all those are immeasurable/
‘We are now planning for the inter-insular in Guernsey in October.
‘We would like to thank the amazing support of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands and the St Martin’s Fête Committee; The States for the pool time to allow the team to practice, and also the funding from the Swim Easy Jersey learn-to-swim programme (for mainstream swimmers). Last, but not least, our great support team of Kevin Le Monnier, Gemma Gouyette, Eric Maguire and Rory Hughes.’