Stroud Seals Swim Club attended the Development Carnival Medowie, Ferodale, Campvale News Of The Area Raymond Terrace, Heatherbrae, Tomago Sport by News Of The Area - Modern Media - December 20, 2018 Senior Swimmers Grace Gray, Raff Francisci and Coach Michael Abel timing races and charting performance. ON Sunday 9 December a team of 12 swimmers from Stroud Seals attended the Development Carnival at Beresfield and won a total of 3 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or firstname.lastname@example.org Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Medowie and Raymond Terrace swimmers featured prominently in the medal grab. Medowie Swimmer Hosanna Gray (12) took gold in the 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. Silver medals were awarded to Hosanna Gray in the 50m backstroke, Ella Slater (11) from Medowie in the 50m freestyle and Raymond Terrace swimmer Caleb Whitter (11) in the 50m Breastroke. Bronze medallions were given to Hosanna Gray (12) in the 50 fly, Matthew Slater (8) in the 25m breaststroke, Raymond Terrace swimmers Caleb Whitter (11) in the 50 Fly, Claire Whitter (10) in the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle and Jacob Whitter (8) in the 50m butterfly. Clarence Town sisters Georgia (8) and Caitlin McDonald (9) competed for the first time at Beresfield with Caitlin winning gold in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 50 freestyle and the 50m butterfly. Sister Georgia claimed a silver in the 50m breastroke. Bronze medallions were awarded to Caitlin in the 50m backstroke and Georgia in the 50m freestyle. The purpose of the Development Carnival is to encourage new swimmers to learn how to race and to experience competition rules in a relaxed environment. A number of new swimmers who had not raced attended to obtain their first qualifying time. Other swimmers attended to improve existing times and obtain a Personal Best (PB) while striving to reach regional qualifying time. Will Bradshaw (11) from Raymond Terrace was present at just his second carnival. Will swam several races and obtained a big 3.4 second PB in his 100 freestyle. Will is a dedicated swimmer who is steadily improving and is attempting races across all his strokes. Our newest swimmers to compete were the Slater siblings, Jack (9) , Matthew (8) and Ella (11) from Medowie. Jade Smith (13) from Clarence Town again had a good solid carnival and achieved a significant PB of 1.44 seconds in her 100m freestyle. The Slater family attended their first carnival and were able to record official times and even won medals. All three were able to complete a variety of races from 25m breaststroke to 100 freestyle. Coach Michael Abel attended the meet and was exceptionally pleased with the progress made by many of the new swimmers. Medowie Senior Swimmer Grace Gray attended to assist Coach Abel in explaining to the newer club members the process of pre-race warm up and marshalling and to help with race timing and performance and race debriefing. Much thanks to all the parents who assisted with timekeeping – Warren, Claire, Slater family and Gray family. Coach Michael Abel believes the new swimmers are progressing well and will soon be able to compete at qualifying carnivals and the Country Regional Carnival to be held at Armidale. William Bradshaw after completing the 100 m freestyle. Ella Slater on the block. Coach Michael Abel debriefing Caitlin and Georgia McDonald after their race. (Front) Angel Gray, Emmanuel Gray, Matthew Slater. (Middle) Will Bradshaw, Claire Whitter, Ella Slater, Jack Slater, Hosanna Gray. (Back) Raff Francisci, Grace Gray. Hosanna Gray preparing to dive.