Marlins Special Needs Water Activities Club
Outstanding results for Marlins at Special Olympics
Special Olympics National Games medallists Chris Howe, Adam
Kelly, Jason McKenna and Roberto Russo once again excelled in the
pool. This time they were part of a team representing Marlins
Special Needs Water Activities Club at the Eastern Region Games at
St Albans on Saturday 6th May. Adam won gold medals on all
his events and achieved a personal best of 14:16 in the 25m
freestyle. Chris took bronze in the 25m freestyle and helped
the men's relay team achieve gold in the 4 x 25m event.
Roberto went home with a gold medal for his 50m freestyle race and
for the 4 x 25m relay. Jason swam an excellent 25m backstroke
to win the bronze medal.
Regular Special Olympic swimmers Anthony Mclennan, Rebecca
Lumbers, Luke Middleditch and Steven Bolger all made such an effort
on the day that they were disqualified for going too fast in some
of their time-banded races. Despite this Anthony, Rebecca and
Steven went on the achieve medals for their other individual events
and Luke went home proud of his 'speeding ticket'
Newcomers to the Special Olympics Jeff Jones, Chris Scott and Jamie
Young all preformed extremely well, despite some understandable
nerves, and all went home with medals. Jeff took silver in
the 25m freestyle, Chris won gold and silver in the 50m and 25m
freestyle events respectively and Jamie achieved bronze for the 25m
freestyle and gold for 25m breaststroke.
The woman's relay team swam well in the 4 x 25m relay event to
achieve bronze medals for its members Sharon Houchen, Rosaleen
Murphy, Rebecca Cowley and Rebecca Lumbers. Emily Entwistle
stood in for missing member of the St Albans really team and helps
to beat her own team into third place by taking the silver.
Other experienced Special Olympic swimmers Richard Crabbe,
Edward Crabbe, Johnathon Mclennan and Graham Langridge also swam
well in their both individual and really event and helped Marlins
take home a total of 14 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals.
Beryl Mclennan, Team Manager, said "Once again our swimmers have
done us proud. They all behaved professionally on the night
and it was obvious that they all put the utmost effort into
swimming their best. There were some performances to be proud
of but next time we'll make sure Emily is swimming for our
For more information on Marlins Special Needs Water Activities
Club please contact Beryl Mclennan, Chairperson on 01234 351988 or
Development run a Sports Zone club - for more information please