Cardiff has long been linked to sporting success and triumphs. The Welsh National Stadium, where Wales recently won the Five Nations with a grand slam, is a short walk away from the National Indoor Pool. It was here, that our team of Nippers from Polzeath SLSC delivered their greatest indoor pool result to date.

Our team of 35 competitors came 4th  overall, ahead of teams from Saunton Sands, Gyllyngvase, Holywell Bay, Portreath, Newquay and Rest Bay. The scale of this achievement cannot be underestimated. Last year we came 8thscoring 678 points, this year we scored a staggering 844 points. This success was all down to a fantastic team performance, with all competitors contributing and scoring points. It was a magnificent team effort!

Our team improvement has certainly caught the attention of other team mangers, with St Ives posting the following on Social Media:
 
“Congratulations Woolacombe you really are king of the pool, fantastic 2ndSker, Polzeath you guys are looking awesome, ones to keep an eye on.”
 
Over the two days, there were so many highlights. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on them all but I would like to mention the following:
 
Noah Stormont and Jackson New, in their final appearance at a Nipper pool event, medalled for the first time. Noah won Bronze in the Tube Rescue and Jackson won Gold in the Board Relay. Terry Miller, Jack Evans and Seth Doyle made up the successful relay team.  At the other end of the age range, newcomers Izzy Bray and Honey Hutley medalled in the Board Rescue and Individual Board Events. 
 
However, it is not all about medals. In the Manikin, Imy Comonte demonstrated real courage and determination, overcoming her nerves - a real achievement for this ‘plucky’ little 11-year-old. 
 
A huge ‘thank you’ must go out to all parents that supported the event and the club. Many got involved with time keeping and pool handling. The event would not be able to run without your involvement. 
 
A special ‘thank you’ to Richard Kaye for attending on the Sunday. Despite no longer having children that compete in the Nippers, Richard travelled to Cardiff to coach his team for the event.  Finally, I want to thank all the coaches for their support, enthusiasm and expertise throughout the winter months. This fantastic result reflects the quality of coaching you have delivered.
 
Finally, ‘thank you’ to the Nippers. Your enthusiasm and positive approach to the sport continues to amaze us all. You train hard and are impeccably well behaved. You don’t stop smiling! We are all so proud of you all.
 
We will now be taking a few weeks off before starting back on the beach. When we return, I am really looking forward to seeing how this group of Nippers develop throughout the summer months in the sea and on the beach.