39. Albatross History 12 1980. Gala Great Egg Race and Blake’s Seven

Albatross History 12 1980  Anne Green (Jessel) Chief Coach and Founder Member was over the moon that Albatross had become established.  Chairman Mr David Knollys and Trophy Secretary Mrs Elvira Wright in the background.

Albatross History 12 1980. Gala Great Egg Race and Blake’s Seven

Albatross History 12 1980 - Albatross second Gala 1880 - image

Albatross 2nd Anniversary continued.
Attended by Reading’s Deputy Mayor and his Lady Mayoress Cllr Charles Sage and Cllr Kathleen Sage,  they were accompanied by Chairman of the Sports Council; the Recreation Officer; and a Representative from Reading Royal Synchronised Swimming Club.  Visitors included officials from London; Southend and Southampton.  A packed balcony watched the spectacles of the evening which included a fine display from the Reading Royals Swimmers introducing beautiful rhythmic  ballet in the water.
The divers completed their final rounds of competitions which had been saved from three weeks of club nights  when the  preliminary  rounds had been undergone.  The scores (secret) were carried forwards to the final rounds on Gala night.  This has been the practise until the present day.
Some names to be remembered…
Claire Richardson was the 3rd annual recipient of the Presidents Cup,  following Joy Davies 1978 and Donna Munday 1979.  The fine trophy  was awarded to Claire for her enthusiam,  attitude and progress.  They always found a little gift when taking the lid off!
The results included the Novices who did themselves proud –
Girls: 1.  H Rackdorska;2.   Stacey Stockwell; and 3. K Laing; and the Boys: 1. Joint M. Cole and J Andrews with 2/3 Andrew Pointer
Junior Under 14 Plain Diving
Girls 1. Juliet Green;  2.  Donna Munday 3. Stacey Stockwell.  Boys 1.  Mark Stroud 2. John Cahill 3. Stephen Rice
Junior Springboard for the N. Stokes Trophy were 1 Marianne Green 2. Louise Taylor 3. Diana Seward  Boys 1.   Andrew Parsons 2. Leigh Jenkins 3. Mark Stroud.
The same three girls scored same places 1. 2. 3. places in the Open Highboard and Andrew parsons with Ian Chandler scoring 1 and 2. places.
The 3 metre Springboard -saw the same rivalry between all competitors
We were to see new faces,  little  Scarlett Cheer and Fiona Pimm  who took part in the team displays

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