Mercury EW is delighted to report our association with one of Lincolnshire’s senior swimming clubs, The Lincoln Vulcans (LVSC), has proved a phenomenal success.
Mercury EW were keen to be involved with a community-based team that offers diversity across abilities & participants and LVSC provided the perfect fit. The fruits of this partnership are now beginning to pay off. Success across multiple ages in the pool was also backed up with excellent results in the coaching structure.
LVCS offers categories for all swimmers, starting at learn to swim age groups up to their master’s group, and they also pride themselves on delivering training with a competitive route for swimmers with disabilities. This year, Amber Norton competed at Deaf Championships and became the girls under 14s National champion in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 200IM, 50m Backstroke along with Silver in the 50 free. The senior squad AAA which stands for Age, Ability & Attendance dominated the county achievements with Laura Dickenson winning gold in the 100m Fly and Bronze in the 50m fly at the British Championships and Gold in the 100 Free at the National finals.
Further success at National level was achieved by Rachael Webb earning a silver in the National open water 2km event and Megan Spiers who also represented LVSC at the British championships in a gruelling 1500mtr race and then went on to win Gold at English National finals in the 800m free. The photo below highlights the coach’s nomination for most improved swimmer and best swimmer (one from each squad). We also had an award for best youth volunteer which went to Ellie Burton who has had a great year picking up awards at regional level and is a contender for a national award with Swim England.
Mercury EW Ltd have supported the awards offered to swimmers across all groups and Tim Stevens Director of the company was pleased to present trophies at the recent awards evening. “Given our previous experiences of the MoD, Mercury EW Ltd is a very proud advocate of the Armed Forces Covenant and being able to support Serving Members of the Armed Forces and their dependants through these events is a fantastic opportunity. It fits perfectly with our company ethos and exposes the Covenant to our Business partners which expands across the globe in support of military training and expertise. All the LVSC competitors should be congratulated for their superb achievements”.
The photo right captures some of those military based families that have benefited from the link Tim has made. From left to right we have Flt Lt Shawn Wilson (Volunteer), 14-year-old swimmer Harry Kingston (AAA squad member winning best swimmer and county qualifier), 15-year-old Megan Spiers (AAA squad winning most improved swimmer and National Champion), 12 year old Lyndan Wilson (AA squad member winning best swimmer and County Gold medallist and regional finalist) and Dr Deborah Kingston (Volunteer).
Tim Stevens said: “The achievements of LVSC this year makes Mercury EW proud to be an active sponsor of the club and I would encourage other businesses to become involved in this mutually beneficial community relationship. Their Age/Ability squad from ages 11-14 achieved an unprecedented 243 County times, an increase of 150 on 2018 County Championship. What is more impressive is at the 2019 Lincolnshire County Championships, the squad achieved an incredible 11 Gold, 4 Silver & 8 Bronze medals.
This squad then went on to achieve Regional success with Holly Marshall and Rachael Webb securing medals. This coupled with British and National medallists Laura Dickenson and Megan Spiers under the expert guidance of Head Coach Paul Hogg and his Assistant Coach Adam McIntyre illustrates how committed and talented these young swimmers are and is moulding the skills needed for future challenges in life and, maybe, the next Olympian”.