KUDOS friends and customers, Romford Town Swimming Club, recently sent three squads to three events on the same weekend and enjoyed a remarkable glut of success.

Medals and shattered personal bests galore

All three squads did the club proud in a weekend that saw medals aplenty and broken PBs galore after some superb swimming.

The Masters were in Sheffield for the Masters Nationals. Romford sent 21 swimmers and between them they collected a scarcely believable 59 medals. The individuals tore it up with 45 medals – 8 golds, 22 silvers and 15 bronzes – while the relay teams picked up 14 medals, with 5 golds, 5 silvers and 4 bronzes. Everyone who competed came away with at least one medal, and Masters coach and team member Martin Fenner was effusive in his praise for the squad.

We came, we saw, we conquered! I was inspired by everyone’s performances at this swim meet, and look forward to further inspiring performances in the next year where we will have a large number of swimmers taking part at the European Masters, at the Olympic Pool. The swimmers showed fantastic team spirit, commitment and a willingness to push themselves beyond a normal persons physical and mental limits.Martin Fenner

Holly Hildrew a name to watch as she storms to nine golds

Town came away from the Essex Senior Winter’s Championships with both trophies that were up for grabs. The Top Club award for the distance events was secured on day one as Georgia Milton and Holly Hildrew – aged 15 and 16 respectively – took gold and silver in the Ladies 800m Freestyle. Holly wound up the event with an incredible nine gold medals.

A whole host of other medals were won by Romford Town swimmers and PBs tumbled left, right and centre. 17 year old Tommy Beardsell shaved fully five seconds off his previous best time as he stormed to gold in the 400m Freestyle.

Youngsters not to be outdone

The club’s youngsters were in Luton for a gala, with everyone securing at least one PB. There was no shortage of medals either, with 10 year old Ruby Guynan and 12 year old Nathan Banga topping the medal totals.

Guynan won gold in the 400m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, silver in the 200 IM and 200m backstroke, and a bronze in the 200m freestyle. Banga swept all before him, claiming golds in the 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m breaststroke. He also took silver in the 200 IM, and had to settle for bronze in the 200m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

The rest of the squad all did themselves proud too, collecting a stack of medals between them to complete a truly memorable weekend.

Squad coach Kirsty Forbes was rightly delighted.

This is my first gala as Romford Town squad coach and I have been so impressed with the effort made by all the swimmers.  We’ve all had a fantastic weekend and the results are testament to the effort made by all.Kirsty Forbes

Full details from this memorable weekend can be found here.

We’d like to send our congratulations to all at Romford Town Swimming Club for such an incredible effort and wish them the very best of luck for the remainder of the season.


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