Guildford City made history on Saturday 29 March by winning the George Tinlin Trophy for best Surrey swimming club for the eleventh consecutive year. Scoring a record number of points for swimmers aged between 9 and 16, the large contingent of athletes graciously accepted the trophy that they have now won more times in a row than any other club in Surrey County history.
Top three final club total combined points for 2014 were:
Guildford City 3421
Chief Coach Richard Garfield was naturally jubilant, “We set out on this journey in May 1998 at which point we were ranked 11th in the County. We had our initial breakthrough in 2002 when we won the George Tinlin Trophy for the first time. In 2003 the County changed the rules a bit which favoured Leatherhead SC who was top club that year. We worked harder the next year and have not looked back since 2004….. 11 years straight! We are incredibly proud of this achievement and recognise the tremendous dedication and massive team effort of our swimmers, parents, coaches & committee members. I think it’s significant that we have had very stable management during this golden era and should take time to salute the Guildford City Chairmen, Keith Porter, Andy Williams, Steve Middleton and John Ingram, who have held office during this historic run.“