The first Premier League Gala of 2014, held at Kinross, was won convincingly by Perth, followed by Kinross, Arbroath St Thomas, Dundee City Aquatics (DCA), and Forfar.
However, with some extra hard work, fewer disqualifications and a full squad there is no reason why Forfar should not be challenging DCA and Arbroath.
Special mention needs to be made of the 13/14 boys who achieved 24 points out of 30 - well done Jack Green, Rohan Brown, Mac Whyte, Luke Miller and Matthew McSheffrey. Jack swam particularly well to win his individual freestyle race.
For some of the 10 and under boys it was their first experience at this level. There was no stage fright for the youngsters though and N. Crompton, Ellis Mackie, Jack Laird, John Alexander, Callum Brown and Nathan Crighton rose to the challenge well, particularly Jack who took on the two length butterfly.
Seasoned performers Erin Brown, Ellie McCallum, Zoe Wilmshurst and Beth Milne also did not let the side down. The freestyle relay was an exciting penultimate finale to the gala with the race deemed to be a draw.
The 10 and under girls comprising Rachel Adam, Rachel Allan, Kirsty Reid and Maia Hill also swam well, and are gaining experience with every swim. Rachel Adam had a fantastic time in the butterfly race.
There were insufficient numbers to form a 15 and over men’s team.
However, Gary Nisbet and Calum Brown made the effort to travel the journey to Kinross to put more points on the board for the team.
Lauryn Millar, Niamh Anderson, Morven Whyte and Zara Hill swam for the 11/12 girls.
Niamh proved that all that hard work in the pool is worthwhile by completing the four length butterfly race in good style.
The 11/12 boys’ team was made up by Cameron Wood, Euan Cromar, Ethan Brown and Evan Kidd.
It can be a daunting prospect swimming at this level but they did themselves proud.
Sarah Crighton, Niamh McSheffrey, Becky Laird, Chloe Reilly and Becky Wilmshurst took up the swim challenge for the 13/14 girls and all swam with great gusto.
Thanks to Mike Milne and all other helpers on poolside and all those who helped as technical officials. Many thanks should also go to the coaches who volunteer every week to teach and coach the swimmers.
Anyone interested in swimming or helping out with the club should contact club president Andy Reid on 01307 465784. More information can be obtained from the website www.forfarfalcons.com