Droylsden Sealions are crowned league champions


Droylsden junior swimming club have reversed their fortunes to be crowned league champions.

Droylsden Sealions were awarded the G Halliwell Shield after finishing top of the Manchester and District Swimming and Water Polo Association League A Division.

And the club’s girls’ team also won the Harry Stock Memorial Trophy.

Four years ago the club was performing poorly in the B Division, and nearly closed when its head coach left.

But a group of parents decided to step in and run the club – which was formed more than 50 years ago – for the sake of the remaining youngsters.

Coach Nicola Lawton, whose daughters Grace, 12, and Evie, 10, are both members of the Sealions was one of the parents who helped to keep the club alive.

Nicola, 46, puts the success of the club down to the dedication of the coaches and helpers who now run the club and the camaraderie among the young swimmers.

She said: “We didn’t expect to win the league this year but we knew we had a strong team.

“It shouldn’t have been a surprise, really, as they are a great bunch of kids who work hard and have a tremendous team spirit, which is something the other swimming clubs always comment on. They all support each other and cheer each other along.”

The club, which trains at Medlock Leisure Centre, now looks to have a bright future, with an influx of new swimmers bringing their total membership to 140.

Nicola, of Lowfield Avenue, Ashton, hopes the club can now continue to go from strength to strength and perhaps go one better next season.

She said: “We’re hoping to get more people on board and keep and keep going in hopefully have three trophies next year instead of two – other teams beware!"

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