Swimming News 2022

Written by Bob Teasdale

It’s that time of year, when instead of our regular 6 to 8 week courses, we run a series of one-off activities open to the packs and troops of Sheaf district. 

Swimmers’ Badge night

The first of these was a chance for cubs and scouts to gain their next (or first)  Scout Swimmers badge, a proud addition to any arm in Sheaf district!  We tested a lot of skilled and enthusiastic swimmers and were pleased to be able to present 39 badges on the night – including 2 coveted level 5 badges.

Splash nights

Over the following two weeks we held the 9th annual Cub and Scout Splash nights, respectively.  For the few not aware of this, these are fun team based competitions, in place of the more traditional swimming gala.  What’s more, we were pleased to be able to make this year’s event free to enter.  This year’s events were …

  1. ‘Up & Under’ – a strenuous series of surface barriers and underwater hoops to negotiate
  2. ‘Duck n Dive’ – diving to the bottom to recover as many coins (washers) as possible, whilst also rounding up our flock of rubber ducks
  3. ‘Water Polo’ – coached by our friends from Sheffield Water Polo Club. 

In week one, forty five Cubs from seven packs battled it out for victory and when the water had settled, third place went to 74th Oak St.  Second was 181 St Chads and your winner was 229th Greenhill Meths  (plus a Brownie).

Cub Scout Splash Winners 2022

A week later, forty Scouts from seven troops competed for senior glory in the Scout Splash.  The result had familiar feel with 74th Oak St.  again securing 3rd place and 181 St. Chads repeating their second place of the previous week.  However, we had a new winner when 46th St. Pauls (plus 1 from 74th) found themselves lifting the winners’ medals.

Scout Splash Winners 2022

A big thank you to the teaching team of Sheaf Scout Swimming for their efforts and enthusiasm in making this very fast paced event such a success.