The first year of Distance Championships, held in December with medals presented in January.


Held at the Kingfisher after a training session. consisting of various fun events designed to encourage teamwork, it culminated in an Aqua Aerobics session. Whilst some of the parents were busily preparing the barbeque the swimmers took part in a rounders match, watched and cheered on by the remaining parents.


Sudbury and District Swimming Club's success in the Suffolk County Championships were recognised when county president Ian Cotton, head coach at Deben, presented medals at the Kingfisher pool.

The County supplies medals for the top twelve overall places for all events, but not for winners of individual events, so SDSC awarded their own medals to any swimmer finishing in a top three place in any event. 

Winners were: 

Katie Kenny – 100 fly 2nd, 200 back 3rd, 400 free 3rd;

Kelly Murray – 50 breast 2nd, 100 breast 3rd, 200 breast 3rd;

Hayley Murray – 50 fly 3rd;

Ryan Deal – 50 free 2nd, 50 breast 3rd, 50 fly 3rd, 100 free 3rd, 100 back 3rd,100 breast 3rd; Cameron Bashir – 200 free 3rd, 200 back 3rd, 200 breast 2nd, 400 free 1st;

Victoria Aldhouse – 50 breast 2nd, 100 fly 3rd;

Daisy Mansi – 400 IM 2nd; Darren Felgate – 50 back 3rd, 100 back 3rd, 200 back 2nd, 400 IM 2nd;

Alex Aldhouse – 50 breast 3rd
Darren Felgate made the final of all age groups for the 50 back and came third overall in the county and Kelly Murray made the 50 breast open final (age 13) and came fourth overall.


Newspaper Article - SFP - 04 June 2004



Two Sudbury Storm swimmers, who swam on Saturday night in the Winter League, travelled to Coventry for the Midland Long Course Championships 2004.


Ryan Deal qualified in the 50m freestyle, starting in 66th position and finishing 53rd. His time was 27.70, and in his age group he finished 13th.

Kelly Murray qualified and swam in the 50m breaststroke, and swam a season's best time of 38.82. She started in 30th position, finishing 19th, and was placed 6th in her age group.

Kelly has also been selected to swim for Suffolk on December 5 at Ipswich Crown Pools in the three counties team competition. 


Newspaper Article - SFP - 08 December 2004



The tenth Fina World Masters Swimming Championships were held in Riccione, Italy on the Adriatic coast.


The Polisportiva Communale Di Riccion- new indoor swimming complex of a 50-metre 10-lane Olympic-size pool and an adjacent 25-metre pool for training purposes, was constructed in a record 14 months to host this spectacular bi-annual gala.


The complex was built alongside the existing 50-metre 10-lane outdoor pool so that both pools could be used simultaneously. With 8,350 athletes competing from 68 countries, with ages ranging from 25 to over 90 years, these championships were the largest ever held to date.


Six swimmers from Sudbury and District swimming club took part, and their results (top ten swimmers receive medals) were 


Stuart McLellan (55-59 years) won Sudbury's only medal by finishing ninth in the 400 IM and 19th in the 200 IM. Sharon McLellan (45 - 49 years) swam in the 800m freestyle. She was placed 23rd but swam a lifetime best in this long course event.


John Fry (60-64 years) finished 17th in the 800m freestyle with a personal best time for this long course event. He was 11th in the 200 IM and 11th in the 400 IM, just missing out on two medals by eight-hundredths of a second. He was 20th in the 50m Breaststroke.


Sandra Mansi (50-54 years) competed in her first ever sea swim, and with perfect weather conditions and sea temperatures of 22 deg C finished 13th in her age group. She was also placed 24th in the 200m Freestyle.


Terry Mansi (55-59 years) also took part in the open water and was placed a creditable 43rd. He also recorded a lifetime best in the 50m Freestyle, finishing 43rd and 41st in the 200m freestyle.


Vicki Buck (50-54 years) swam in the 800m freestyle finishing 18th. In the 400m freestyle, she was 14th and in the 200m freestyle 19th.


The next international event for Masters swimming is in 2005 in Stockholm, where the European Championships will be contested. In 2006 the University of Stanford in San Francisco will host the World Championships.