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Poole's Mayor Celebrates Lilliput Sea Scouts' Success

The Mayor of Poole has congratulated Lilliput Sea Scouts swimming team on their success during the recent Royal Navy national Sea Scouts swimming championships held at HMS Raleigh Plymouth.

The event, which takes place each year, attracts over 200 Royal Navy Sea Scouts, leaders and Explorer Sea Scouts from 25 groups around the UK.

Mayor celebrating Lilliput Sea Scouts' success
Mayor celebrating Lilliput Sea Scouts' success

Over a weekend, the teams compete in a variety of races including individual breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle races as well as team medley relays.

The six members making up the swimming team were Daisy Gallimore, Tom Ward, James Hedley in the under 12s category and Louisa Kitcatt, Beatrice Reed, William Reed in the under 14s category. Between them they came away with a horde of trophies and silver after achieving the following successful results:

*    Winner of the overall scout under 12 silver salver
*    1st place in the life saving line throwing race
*    1st place in the under 12 medley relay
*    3rd place in the whole Squadron relay
*    3 scouts came 4th in their individual stroke finals and 3 scouts were in the top 8 in their individual stroke heats.

The team were invited to meet Poole's Mayor, Councillor Philip Eades, in his parlour where he spoke to team members about their recent triumph and congratulated them on their outstanding results.

Cllr Philip Eades, said: "It was a real pleasure to meet Lilliput Sea Scouts and congratulate them on their fantastic achievement at the Royal Navy national Sea Scouts swimming championships. They should feel very proud of their results and their well earned success."

Roy Farnham, Lilliput’s Group Scout Leader, said: "We are so proud of the team and it’s great that they represented the group at a National event."

Lt Cdr David Gray, RN Staff Officer Sea Scouts, said: "The Royal Navy wants to inspire youth to achieve and we saw plenty of achievement from the Lilliput Sea Scouts at the Swimming Gala. Their determination and commitment to the team overcame some very strong competition. Although rightly revelling in their own success, I was also hugely impressed by their sportsmanship and genuine appreciation and whole-hearted support of the weaker swimming teams.”