Italy trip for Huntingdon's swimmers

SWIMMERS from Huntingdon Piranhas have been in Ligano in Italy for the five-day trip which included two training sessions a day in a 50 metre indoor Olympic standard pool. Head coach, John Richards devised the programme and said he was delighted with the

SWIMMERS from Huntingdon Piranhas have been in Ligano in Italy for the five-day trip which included two training sessions a day in a 50 metre indoor Olympic standard pool.

Head coach, John Richards devised the programme and said he was delighted with the energy and enthusiasm shown by the 19 swimmers.

"This was a great opportunity for all the swimmers who took part to enjoy some very extensive training. We were able to work on speed, endurance and stroke technique. Four hours swimming a day is as much as some of them would normally swim in a week at home."

Piranhas' swimmers raised money to help fund the training camp and also received sponsorship from the Bongo Raj Indian restaurant in Huntingdon.


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In addition, to coincide with the swim camp, two motorcycle enthusiasts, Kevin Youngs, 45, from Somersham and Kevin Winters, 48, from Newmarket, took up the challenge to bike the 2,000 miles to Italy and back to raise money for the club and Magpas.

The club also hosted the Copleys Cup where the Piranhas were narrowly beaten into second place by Boston.

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This was followed by a successful Fenland Open meet. Seventeen Piranhas took part and between them they recorded 30 top six places and 32 new PBs as well as four 'top' girl or boy accolades: Zoe Griffiths top girl in the 10 and under age group, with Charlotte Harrison winning the 12 and under age group and Tamara Richards the 15 and over age group. Ryan Skeels won top boy in the 14 and under age group.

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