Plymouth Leander to host prestigious National Arena Swimming League competition

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Some of the south west's top swimmers will gather at the Life Centre in Plymouth this Saturday for Round 1 of the National Arena Swimming League interclub competition.

Last year, Plymouth Leander finished second behind Millfield in the National Final in Cardiff; this year they're hoping to go one better.

The club is delighted to be hosting the first meet of this season's campaign.

The "Blue Army", as the PL team is known, has named Laura Stephens, Tom Fannon, Rob Fannon, Jess Jackson and Juliette Casini among a provisional 50 strong squad. 

Ten year olds Blythe Kinsman and James Rostron are the youngest to be included in the team.

They'll be up against teams from Weston Super Mare Swimming Club, Poole SC, Exeter SC, City of Bristol (A) and Swindon SC (A).

The competition marks the start of the new season which includes the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

For Plymouth Leander, it comes after some big changes - with Head Coach Robin Armayan beginning his first full season in charge.

Under Armayan, the club boasts an impressive coaching team which now includes Olympians Roberto Pavoni and Antony "AJ" James.  AJ's popular appointment as Head of Development Squads was announced only last week.