SWIMMING: Falcon keep Olympic flame burning

A BURNING passion to have fun and entertain was the focus as swimmers, including members of HUCKNALL FALCON, took part in a ‘Flame’ gala to celebrate the upcoming Olympics at the town’s leisure centre.

Races included parachute events and the stroke of each 50m race was decided by pulling an option out of a hat. It meant competitors didn’t know what they faced until they stood on the blocks.

The attraction was even graced by one of the official Olympic torchbearers, who brought along the actual torch he used in the flame relay.

Although Falcon finished last of the five teams who took part, the night was hailed a success.

A spokesman said: “It was an excellent gala, but completely mad.”

First places for the Falcon team were secured by Ryan Patel (eight-to-ten-year-olds’ 50m breaststroke), James Terry (14-year-old boys’ 50m breaststroke) in a personal best (PB) time and boys‘ parachute race, Pierce Raynor (eight-to-ten-year-olds’ 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, PB), Kyle Raison (14-year-old boys’ 50m butterfly, PB) and the 15-year-old boys’ mixed relay team.