Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was delighted to present awards to some of Maidstone's brightest young swimming talents this week at the UK's most historic swimming club.
Founded in 1844, Maidstone Swimming Club is recognised as the oldest competitive swimming club in the country. It was formed to combat concern over drownings in the river Medway. Members used to swim in the river as well as hold diving competitions and polo matches.
Under head-coach Claire Muller and Chairman Paul Chilman the club is going from strength to strength, with more children than ever achieving county and regional times. Recently 65 of the club's swimmers have qualified for the Kent County Swimming Championships and one member has even trialed for Team GB.
Helen Grant said "It was a real pleasure for me to be able to present awards to some of our brilliant young swimmers and it is fantastic to see so many of our young people dedicating themselves to sport. Maidstone is extremely fortunate to pay host to such a fantastic establishment. This club is truly historic and it gives our youngsters a great grounding in life. Not only that, but the talent and ability on show today demonstrates great promise for our region's sporting future!"
Volunteer Coach Michelle Clarke said: "We had a fantastic evening at Maidstone swimming club presentation evening, with thanks to Helen Grant MP for her assistance with the presentations and kind and inspiring words. We are delighted to celebrate all the hard work and achievements of our swimmers and coaches, and we look forward to more success in 2017."