Team Brockwell win medals in Poland
Brockwell Swimmers traveled to Poland to take part in the Fourth International Winter Swimming Championships. This year’s venue was the beautiful and historic port of Gdansk with the 25 metre course positioned at the marine in the centre of town.
Following a welcome meeting at the ancient Merchants’ Hall, teams paraded their colours through the streets before arriving at the quay side ready for the races. Timing was a little chaotic, but the organisers made sure nobody was hanging around too long. There was also a welcome hot sauna to jump into, plus free sausage. What’s not to like.
Water temperature was measured at 4·7°C so not that different to our beloved Brockwell Lido. Despite being on the Baltic, the water was surprisingly unsalty. It was explained that this was because the freezing sea does not move around much this time of year, and also the city is on the mouth of a river.
Competition was tough, with some very seasoned swimmers from Russia, Poland, Finland and Estonia taking many of the medals. Tooting’s South London Swimming Club also collected quite a fistful so well done them.
However, Brockwell Swimmers’ two man team can be proud with our first international event earning us two medals. Well done to Peter McNamara for winning silver in the 25 metre breastroke and bronze for the 25 metre freestyle.
Great event, great city and great hospitality. Looking forward to competing next year with a bigger team and more medals.