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Rushden Swimming Club pays special tribute at Licensed Open Meet

George Thompson

After a great deal of preparation Rushden Swimming Club was proud to host its first George Thompson level 3 Licensed Open Meet at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby on Saturday 9th June.

The meet was held at Rugby due to the pool having its own computerised timing system. It is now planned for the meet to be an annual event on the Competitive Swimming calendar.

The George Thompson Open Meet was named in memory of RSC’s Lifelong President who sadly passed away in 2015. The swimming club was an enormous part of George’s life; from his competitive swimming days which began at the age of 12, to coaching and as a long standing member of the Committee. George was the last person to swim in the old open air Rushden pool (which was condemned in 1985) and the very first person to swim in the new Splash pool which opened in 1990.

It was an exciting and emotional day. Before the meet started a presentation was made to Anne Cooper (George’s daughter) whose family attended the meet as special guests. Rushden Swimming Club would like to thank all volunteers for helping out on the day and to Daventry, Corby and St Neots Swimming Clubs for attending.

For more information about joining Rushden Swimming Club visit the website www. rushdenswimmingclub.co.uk contact via Facebook or pop in and have a look round during the club’s main training night at Splash Leisure pool Monday evenings 7pm-10pm

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