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CITY of Milton Keynes swimmers made it two wins out of two this year when they beat five other clubs in the second round of the Arena League competition held in Biggleswade on Saturday.

CMK had a tough draw against Notts Leander, who only narrowly beat them in last year’s final, as well as home team Biggleswade, Louth, Norwich and St Ives, who boasted some exceptional senior swimmers, providing very tough competition.

After the first round of relay races CMK were slightly behind, but after 20 events there was only a point in it between them and Notts Leander.

Just like in round one of the league, CMK then started to pick up more wins and opened up a lead of 20 points by the end of all 50 events – making it the club’s best ever result and performance in the Arena League.

It is also the first time they have earned a perfect record of winning both opening rounds ahead of the final in December.

There were some excellent swims, both individually and as a team throughout the night and CMK go into the final hopeful of matching, if not improving, on their best ever position of third.


WEIGHTLIFTING legend Ted Brown has secured a place at the Drug Free British and World Powerlifting Championships in Glasgow next year.

Along with lifting mate Henry Clark, the duo – who train at the Phoenix Gym in Bletchley – took part in a qualifying competition in Dudley, with mixed success.

Ted and Henry both opted to compete in the unequipped competition, which means no support clothing, like a bench shirt, is allowed.

Ted lifted in the under 60kg master nine (over 80) class and broke British records in all three lifts, the squat, bench press and deadlift, and easily qualified for next year’s finals.

Henry was not so fortunate and was unable to complete a successful squat and therefore did not qualify this time, however, there will be other chances in the future.

A week later, Ted and Henry were at it again as both enjoyed wins in their classes of the Great Britain Powerlifting Federation’s British Deadlift Championships.

Weighing in at 59kg, Ted completed all three lifts and finished with another British record of 125kg. Henry lifted in the under 74kg class masters four and managed to deadlift 150kg to claim the British title.


A CITY tennis club is about to start five weeks of extra coaching thanks to a £250 donation from an Indian restaurant.

Wolverton Tennis Club hopes that a deal with VerandahTalk, on Stratford Road, will help young players reach their maximum potential.

The club, based in Osborne Street, will be putting on extra lessons for both the mini-tennis red team and mini-tennis orange team, U8s and U9s.

Five mini-tennis red players and three mini-tennis orange players have been selected to take part in the extra practice sessions.

The scheme, known as the VerandahTalk Mini-Tennis Programme, will be run in addition to Wolverton Tennis Club’s normal free coaching provided as part of its club scheme.


THE Milton Keynes Ladies had another successful game in the Oxford League when they beat Witney Cougars 46-38.

MK started out strongly with some well structured offensive play giving them an early lead, and tight defence kept them in front with the half time score a comfortable 23-15 lead.

Witney came back well in the second half, getting to within five points of MK as they notched up a few steals.

However, MK managed to retain their lead and see out the rest of the game thanks to strong shooting drives from player of the match and top goal scorer Chris Garrison.

“Defensively the girls played well but lacked consistancy and structure in offence which we’ll hope to approve for next week’s match,” said coach Carl Nason.