STAFFORD Apex swimming club hosted their 2013 Licensed Open Meet, attracting a high standard and number of swimmers.
A total of 20 clubs from the Midlands and North took part in what proved to be a very successful two-day gala.
Apex swimmers, Paul Stanley 14, and Thando Hart 10, finished top of their respective age groups overall, a tremendous achievement considering the high standard of swimmers competing.
The trophies were presented by Tony Ward, an ASA qualified referee who officiated at the Paralympic Games and the awards were sponsored by Stafford Railway Building Society.
Apex medal winners were, Bima Zulkarnaen, Zack Hancox, Stephen Stanley, Calum Gorman, Paul Stanley, Finn Nicholl, Jordan Baker, Joe Stratton, Ben Harvey, Georgina Walker, Amy Grant, Leah Martlew, Morgan Lerpiniere and Hart.
The host club were delighted to receive a visit from Jeremy Lefroy MP and his wife who attended the gala to see some events.
This event was followed by a long distance event that was equally exciting in the 800m ladies.
Apex swimmers, Hart and Helena Hordern, aged 12, won gold medals, and Sally Reynolds 13, and Amy Grant 14, took silver.
In the mens' 1500m event Hancox 10, and Stanley won gold with Finn Nicholl 11, and Baker 15, winning silver.
Apex SC swimmers were also in good form in the Satffs League consolidation final, held at Stafford Leisure Centre. The host club saw off second place Wolverhampton and Lichfield (third), after some exciting relays, in what was a good Apex team performance.
The Stafford club recently hosted the Midlands Short Course event for the first time, featuring Apex qualifiers Jakub Burger, Amy Grant, Calum Gorman, Dean Roberts and Georgina Walker.