Copeland Amateur Swimming Club recently hosted the 25th anniversary Bill and Monica Griffin gala.

This competition has run since the early 1990s, in recognition of the contribution that Bill and Monica Griffin made to competitive swimming – not only in the Whitehaven/Egremont area but also in Cumbria and nationally.

The gala is designed as a ‘sprint’ gala specifically to encourage younger swimmers, and to give them an early experience of competition.

The gala covers all disciplines and for many swimmers it was the first dip of the toe into the world of competitive swimming. With spot prizes awarded throughout the day, the standing room only crowd were kept entertained throughout the day.

Kicking off with the nine-year-olds, Noah Oliver put down solid foundations for Copeland by winning the boys’ 50m breast stroke, freestyle and butterfly.

There were a number of stand-out swims from the youngest members of Copeland ASC, with many swimmers putting down a first competitive time and clearly relishing the atmosphere of their first gala.

In the 11-year-old girls’ Copeland’s Jaya Sparshott brought the crowd to their feet with victories in the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley to claim the trophy for the best 11-year-old girl.

Copeland’s Jackson Jardine, competing in the very competitive 11-year-old boys’ competition, was victorious in the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and individual medley.

Jackson also claimed second place in the breaststroke to comfortably win the best 11-year-old boys’ trophy.

Competing in their final Griffin Gala, Maisie Enright, Sol Downton, Kian Strickland and Poppy Oliver all swam personal best performances, with Poppy claiming gold in the breaststroke and Sol the silver medal in the fly.

A Copeland spokesman added: “With numerous stand-out performances from all ages of swimmers, Copeland has clearly invested well for the future. Bill and Monica would be very proud.”