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PSUK Aquatic Championships


The 2016 PSUK Swimming & Water Polo Championships were for the first time in my police career hosted jointly by the PSUK section committee and a lead force. Sussex worked with the committee to deliver a great championship at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley over the weekend of 23rd & 24th April. All the hard work and preparations paid off as the event was a great success, despite numbers being slightly down there was healthy competition throughout.

No swimming records were broken but 5 new swimmers made it onto the national team and for the first time representations came from all 4 of the UK’s commonwealth countries.

In the first event; 400m freestyle West Midlands dominated with Claire Thorn and Nigel Gaskin taking gold. West Midlands continued their success with Sara Gamble winning both the 200m IM and 100m breastroke and Ryan Long the 100m backstroke. Other individual winners on day one were newcomer Helen Cumber, Metropolitan in the 100m backstroke; Chris Jones, South Wales in the 200 IM and Aimee Ramm, Leicestershire in the 100m freestyle. Garry Dixon, Thames Valley and Thomas Allen, Kent recorded the same time in the 100m freestyle to come joint first and Paul Graham, Sussex won the 100m breastroke. In the 4 x 50m freestyle relays the Metropolitan Men won both the open and 140 years with Police Scotland winning the ladies open and West Midlands the 140 years.

Day 2 kicked off with the 200m breastroke where entries for both male and female were low!! So if you fancy making the podium in Belfast next year then this could be your event; West Midlands Sara Gamble and Nigel Gaskin took gold. The 100 fly was won by Aimee Ramm and the men’s champion was another newcomer Dave Johnston from PSNI. The open 200 freestyle saw Claire Thorn win by 12 seconds and Garry Dixon take the male title. In the open 50 freestyle Aimee Ramm & Dave Johnston topped the podium. In the 4 x 50m medley relays, West Midlands were close to a clean sweep with only the Metropolitan Open Men preventing them from winning all 4.
The finale event was the very close and exciting skins; from 8 swimmers to 1 in a matter of minutes. In the ladies race Aimee Ramm piped West Midlands Vic Standen and Ross Woolley, Scotland touched out Dave Johnston.

The top overall Master swimmer went to Chris Jones; top overall open female to Claire Thorn and Nigel Gaskin won the top overall open male swimmer.

Selected to represent GB Police for 2016 were:
Dave Johnston, Ross Woolley, Garry Dixon, Chris Jones, Nigel Gaskin, Ryan Long, Rich Evans (Met), Paul Graham, Paul Frith & Aaron Jones (GMP), Thomas Allen and James Patterson (Nottinghamshire) Aimee Ramm, Holly Ross (Scotland), Sara Gamble, Claire Thorn, Vic Standen, Helen Cumber, Sara Lang (Cheshire) and Sarah Hempenstall (Surrey)

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