ULVERSTON Swimming Club made the trip to Workington to take part in the local club’s President’s Gala where they had a large degree of success over the weekend, winning no less than fifteen gold medals, together with a whole clutch of Silver and Bronze.

Two of the girls, 17-year-old Indya Sharp and nine-year-old Amelia Ashwell emerged as top scorers with County Champion with Sharp in dazzling form.

She took her first gold in the 50 Backstroke sprint, setting a stunning pace right from the start.

Despite the strong challenges that followed Sharp had too much talent and skill for them and out of her turn she moved up a gear and surged forward, timing her finish to perfection for the win.

She went on to complete the double in the 100 Breaststroke, getting away to a fine start and quickly settling into her stroke pattern.

With immaculate turns she again destroyed the opposition and established a full three second win.

Her performance qualifies her to swim in the Winter National Championships.

Two further golds were won from her 50 Breaststroke and 100 Backstroke where she produced performances that her rivals just could not match.

Bronze medals from her 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly made it a highly satisfactory meet for her.

15-year-old Ethan Alpress had a right mixture of success from his events.

Starting off with a fabulous win in the 50 Butterfly storming through to take the Gold by a split second. He then went on to complete the double by lifting his second gold medal with a comfortable victory in the 200 Backstroke. But then he reached a stage where that extra piece of luck evaded him and he had to settle for silver in four events followed by taking the bronze medal in two others.

However, a little star emerged when nine-year-old Amelia Ashwell opened her account with a dazzling display of all round swimming.

Her sprinting brought her Gold at 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle and she followed these with Gold for 100 Individual Medley and 200 Freestyle. She then added three Silver and a Bronze to her score to give her a great outing.

Orianne Sharp made it a great day for the family when she produced a swim from the gods to win the 50 Butterfly doing just enough to win with a powerful finishing burst.

She also gained two Silver and two Bronze.

Three of the Club’s senior members set fine examples for the younger ones, winning gold medals with immaculate swims.

Amelia Mardel, Adam Jones and Gyoktug Mulla displayed all their old skills and talents from before Covid and fully deserved their success.

11-year-old Jay Mulama won a Gold for his outstanding effort in the 100 Butterfly where he dug deep into his reserves to power his way to the win.

He completed his efforts with a Bronze from the gruelling 200 Individual Medley. This was a great recovery Gala and swimmers were delighted to achieve a load of P.B.s and ranking times.