Piranhas finish third best in Cambridgeshire as swimmers grow in confidence

MAKING A SPLASH: Huntingdon Piranhas success at the Cambridgeshire County Championships is a giant s

MAKING A SPLASH: Huntingdon Piranhas success at the Cambridgeshire County Championships is a giant step forward for the club. - Credit: Archant

HUNTINGDON Piranhas Swimming Club was the most successful development team during four days of competition at the recent Cambridgeshire County Championships.

“Traditionally Piranhas are in the middle of the pack of the smaller clubs in the county, and it’s rare for us to beat the bigger guys”, said Dick Leech, the team manager. “But we’ve worked hard as a club to provide the best coaching and the best opportunities for young swimmers in the area.”

Head coach, John Richardson, said: “We’ve been busy focusing on our coaching, building a great team spirit, and ensuring our young swimmers maximise their enjoyment and results in competition.

“The real measure of our success is not just getting our really talented kids to medal, but getting a large number of swimmers to qualify for, and perform above expectation, at the Counties and other important galas.”

Piranhas finished third in the County Championship table and their swimmers are also lying first and second in three age categories of the Peterborough Mini Meet series.

“For a small club like us to be third in the county, behind the two city clubs Peterborough and Cambridge, but ahead of some much larger clubs, is just fantastic,” said Richardson.

And he had a message for parents of budding water babies. “Swimming is a great sport and we’d like to talk to any parents who think their youngsters might enjoy it, so they can come and trial with us.”

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Huntingdon Piranhas train on evenings and weekends at One Leisure in Huntingdon and can be contacted through their website at www.huntingdonpiranhas.org

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