LOBSC get 2012 off to a flying start

PUBLISHED: 15:19 09 February 2012

THE New Year has begun, and it was back to the competitive arena for the LOBSC team after only the first few training sessions at the refurbished WaterLane pool in Lowestoft.

Ipswich warmly welcomed LOBSC and 16 other teams from across the region to the ‘New Year Open’ and the young team from north Suffolk represented both themselves and the town very proudly with some gutsy performances and numerous personal best times.

This was the first time that many of the team had performed at this level and the large audience were left in no doubt as to the potential of this group of youngsters.

In the hot and humid atmosphere of the pool the LOBSC swimmers conducted themselves professionally and with real determination with PBs being downed almost as quickly as the ice cool drinks.

The medal tally was almost equally shared with the boys taking home 14 against the girls’ 12. However, it was the spread across the age groups which pleased the management team and will act as a real spur as the County Championships edge ever closer.

For the boys Jack Wibberley led the way with a superb display in the 10 yrs section, netting three golds (50m Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke) and two silvers among his seven-medal haul.

Kai Saunders was hot on Jack’s heels in the 11/12 yrs racing, grabbing five medals, including one gold (400m Freestyle) and two silvers. Sydney Newnham-Stebbings, with a silver in the 13/14 years 50m breast and James Boots with a bronze in the 11 years fly, wrapped up the medal collection for the lads.

Meanwhile, for the girls it was the Lines sisters’ medal display which grabbed the headlines with Katie’s two golds in the 10 years 200m backstroke and breaststroke and two further silvers which just outweighed Emma’s gold in the 15 yrs 100m backstroke and silver in the 200m.

Isobelle Read yet again demonstrated her consistent form with gold in the 13/14 years 400m IM and bronze in the 100m fly. Not to be outdone by this Erin Bennett also produced gold and bronze displays in the 11/12 yrs 50m/200m backstroke. Last but not least, the youngest medal winner Abigail Berrey produced her best swims to date with two silver medals in the nine yrs 50m/200m breaststroke.

As already noted there were a number of fantastic swims across the weekend and all the competitors should take great pride from their displays and all involved look forward to what promises to be an enticing 2012 for the club.

n If you are interested in joining L&OBSC, as a swimmer, helper or learning to swim, please contact Jill Walker on 01502 740359 or email

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