Bristol win inaugural Beacon Games

Bristol won the first Beacon Games held at Kingswood Leisure Centre in Bristol on 11 July.

In total, 99 swimmers competed at the Games, performing four figures in either the 12&Under or 13-15 Years age groups.

Bristol won the overall Regional Beacon Trophy with an average figure score of 54.4459 ahead Reading (54.2956), Leeds (53.5809) and Rushmoor (53.3430).

Sydney Jackson top performer in oldest age group

City of Birmingham’s Sydney Jackson was the top individual performer in the oldest age group. She scored 60.3703 for her execution of Ariana, Barracuda Spinning 360, Porpoise Spin Up and Flamingo Bent Knee while England Development Squad swimmers Anna Welland (60.0889) and Millicent Costello (59.9556) were second and third overall.

Reading’s Isabell Turrell scored 57.6222 to finish top of athletes representing a Regional Beacon programme. She finished ahead of Rushmoor’s Zayna Gallacher (56.7111) and Reading’s Nayana Walker (55.7481).

Mimi Gray stars in 12 & Under age group

Swimmers in the 12&Under age group performed Ballet Leg Single, Barracuda, Oceanita and Surface Prawn. England Development Squad swimmer Mimi Gray finished top of the 48 athletes on 62.5217.

Isobel Blinkhorn – also with the England Development Squad – was second overall on 60.8503. Bristol’s Grace Cruickshank finished third overall and first out of the Regional Beacon athletes on 59.5797.

Leeds’ Daisy Rushton scored 58.4155 for silver in the Regional Beacon competition while Bristol’s Robyn Swatman was third 57.7826.

About the Beacon Programmes

Each of the four Beacon Programmes have run a Regional Beacon session each month with the main focus on improving the technical skills of the selected athletes.

The Beacon Games, which will be hosted next year by Leeds, follow the FINA age groups and national framework. They are open to anyone in the country who fits in to one of the age groups and holds at least a skill level 2.

The competition gave many athletes the opportunity to practise the figures they will be taking part in later in the year at the ASA National Age Group Championships. It also provided competition experience to newly qualified judges, officials and volunteers.

As well as the figures competitions, each Regional Beacon squad performed part of the England Talent routine and the England Development Squad gave a display of the routine.

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