Just a brief write up of yesterday’s achievements, firstly without the committee and the parents Matlock couldn’t run such a wonderful event so Thank you to all involved in the organising and running of the day. It was great to have more parents helping and great to see the Club captains taking very active roles on the day. Jobe looked great in his high viz.

From the coaching side of things, we had targeted and trained for the open meet, but the amount of seconds swimmers were knocking off their personal best times was even more than we expected so we are super happy. Its early season, and for Club 3 swimmers it was pretty much the first race of the season.

Swimmers swam really well all day and the atmosphere was great to be around. A special well done to Niamh L and Sam H who don’t often race, and both swam really well.

We did have several disqualifications, but we would like to point out this wasn’t just our club, we have spoken as coaches on how we are going to work and develop backstroke turns (as this is the major DQ area). We will implement this in training over the next few weeks. It is really important that when practicing race skills in training we do them at race speed.

Disqualifications will happen, DQ’s are a learning curve and it happens to everyone at some point, they're not something to look negatively at and we as coaches weren’t disappointed by the DQ's we had, we were very proud of some of the younger swimmers taking on more difficult events. They were brave enough to have ago at the distance events and more technical events.

44 Matlock swimmers were involved, which we still feel is a little low and is something we will continue to encourage we need higher participation rates at galas.

In the past it’s sometimes the boys we struggle to get racing but yesterday we had absolutely amazing swims by the boys, it’s safe to say they all were on fire, a special well done to Zac H, his progression over the last year has been incredible. Happy coaches and most importantly happy swimmers, well done all involved.

Gary McCaffery