Harrogate Leisure centre hosted the first Janus gala meet on the weekend of 5th and 6th January 2019 and Selby Tiger Sharks didn't disappoint new sponsor, Yorcoms, a Yorkshire based provider of digital connectivity, with a bag full of medals. The vastly experienced swimmer Hannah Buckley led the way with 6 races collecting 2 gold medals in the 200m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke. A bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly and two fifth place finishes in the 200m Freestyle and 200m IM were rounded off with an arduous battle in the 400m freestyle coming a respectful 8th place.
Alice Moore kept the momentum going with 6 races picking up a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke, bronze in the 50m Backstroke beating her previous PBs. Two fourth place medals were awarded in the 100m backstroke and 100m Butterfly. Just missing out on the medals in the 200m Breaststroke and another impressive effort in the formidable 200IM completed the day for young Alice, a good solid performance all round.
Another perfect performance from veteran swimmer, Lauren Buckley who's
swimming career was built on strong foundations and is now making a difference and giving something back to Selby Tiger Sharks in coaching the new starters saw gold in the 50m Butterfly and silver in the 100m Freestyle.
Gracie ‘Pocket Rocket’ Pinder had a very successful day claiming gold in the 200m Freestyle, silver in the 200m IM and two fourth place finishes in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke respectively. Picking up a 6th place medal in the 50m Breaststroke and a 10th place finish in the 50m Backstroke rounded off a good start to the year for Gracie, who was still looking for her first medals this time last year.
Janus is the mythological Roman God of beginnings and transitions, quite appropriate for Maddy Stevenson who is just making her way onto the gala circuit with a 6th place medal in the 50m backstroke and a hard fought 10th place finish against swimmers
from across the country in the 50m Freestyle.
Birthday girl Grace Gibson had cause for double celebrations with a gold medal for her 200m Breaststroke, two second place finishes in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke. The formidable 400m Freestyle saw her finish 4th and a 6th place
finish in the 100m Freestyle, shaving considerable seconds of her PBs along the way. Five races and five medals for Grace, never underestimate Selby Tiger Sharks swimmers.
The ever dependable Will Hyde added to the continued success with gold in the 50m Backstroke, bronze in the 100m Butterfly and a fourth place finish in the 100m Backstroke. A sixth place finish in the 50m Freestyle rounded off a very successful weekend for both Will and for Selby Tiger Sharks.