WATERPOLO: Crawley Swimming Club trio gain international selection

Crawley Swimming Club's Fran Collings SUS-151205-095724002
Crawley Swimming Club's Fran Collings SUS-151205-095724002

The old saying goes that you wait for ages for a bus to come, then two arrive at once.

Crawley Swimming Club’s water polo section was permanently founded in 1975 and has had to wait until now for players to gain international caps and three have come along together.

Crawley Swimming Club's Tom Kane SUS-151205-095537002

Crawley Swimming Club's Tom Kane SUS-151205-095537002

Fran Collings gained Under 17 international status for Scotland last year, and has now converted that to Senior Ladies status, with her selection for Scotland Ladies in this month’s 8 Nations Tournament.

Fran has captained Crawley’s Under 19 and Under 17 Girls team at the National Age -Group finals for the past three years. Fran also helps coach water polo and teaches swimming at Crawley, she will be much missed when she heads north to university this autumn.

Tom Kane first represented Scotland Under 17 Boys last year, and remains in the Scottish mix this year, having recently played in this year’s 8 Nations Under 17 tournament, held In Malta at Easter.

Scotland again had a tough time in this event, Tom’s value to the team, can be best measured by the fact that he is the only player in the team who is playing for a club south of the border.

For all three of these outstanding athletes, their achievement marks years of hard work in swimming pools and gyms, countless water polo matches and tournaments all over the country.”

Crawley Swimming Club president Ewan Partridge

Tom has also become a key member of the Crawley men’s team over the last two years, where the club continues to grow in strength, almost unrecognisable from the rump of a team the transferred to K2 from Haslett Avenue, nearly a decade ago.

The inaugural European Games is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan, this summer, the Aquatics events are being held at Under 17 level, and following Great Britain qualifying recently in Nice, Lara Partridge has been selected for the GB Girls 13 strong water polo team, part of the 153 strong Team GB, organised under the British Olympic Association banner.

For all three of these outstanding athletes, their achievement marks years of hard work in swimming pools and gyms, countless water polo matches and tournaments all over the country.

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Crawley Swimming Club's Lara Partridge SUS-150517-173234002

Crawley Swimming Club's Lara Partridge SUS-150517-173234002

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