THERE have been plenty of superb displays from Vale of Clwyd swimmers in regional and national events.

Llandudno swimming centre once again proved to be a successful hunting ground for Denbigh Dragons junior swimmers.

Last month, a 15-strong team of 8-11 year olds represented the Dragons at the Swim Wales Junior Development Meet.

This event gathers swimmers from across the region to compete in a pentathlon event.

Competitors each swim five races – one of each individual stroke and an individual medley – taking place over the course of the day.

At the end of the meet, each swimmer’s cumulative times from their five events are compared and the quickest total time wins for each age group.

There was a closely fought competition, with Denbigh Dragons placing high on the leaderboard.

Flora Jones was second in the nine-year-old girls' category, while Ewan Leonard and Dyfan Roberts were second and fourth respectively in the 10-year-old boys' section.

Madi Jones was third and Phoebe Derbyshire fourth in the 10-year-old girls’ event.

Turning to the 11-year-old boys' category and Arthur Jones finished fifth, while Lukas Plunge was seventh.

The gala also provided an opportunity for the junior squad to showcase their new Denbigh Dragons TYR kit.

Just a week later and seven swimmers from Denbigh and Rhyl came together to represent the Denbighshire development team at the Cardiff International Spring Gala, under the tutelage of Denbigh head coach Justin Jones.

They pitted their skills against the fastest age group swimmers in the country, with teams also attending from as far afield as Brussels and Dubai.

These Denbighshire swimmers achieved some fantastic times and results, rubbing shoulders with some of the sport’s brightest up-and-coming stars.

An excellent month for the Dragons was capped off with the news that six swimmers have been invited to the Swim Wales National Summer Championships.

This is further evidence of the massive strides that have been made by the Denbigh swimmers over the last 12 months.

Anya Dolan, Mali Jones, Dafydd Jones, Nathanial Harries, and Mared Roberts have all achieved top-16 status in Wales for single events, with Ellie Hughes having qualified for three events - the 50m, 100m and 200 breaststroke.

This is a sensational outcome for these young athletes and evidence that Denbigh continues to produce hard-working swimmers of great quality throughout all age groups.