VALE of Clwyd swimmers have enjoyed a terrific start to the season.

For Ruthin Rays, the new season began with the Robin Hood gala in Sheffield.

The Rays teamed up with the other county swimming teams of Corwen, Denbigh and Rhyl to form the Denbighshire development team.

It proved to be great combination as the outfit bought home the top club trophy and Millie Hannant came away with third place in the top girl category.

At the meet, Amelia Lloyd won two golds and a bronze, while four golds and a bronze were picked up by Millie Hannant.

Saffie Mehra secured a gold and a silver, with Nathaniel Grant claiming a silver and two bronze medals.

In addition, there were a clutch of personal bests from Jessica Hilton Jones, Llio Thomas, Shannon Harvey, Anna Roberts, William Grant, Dylan Cookson and Ando Hannant.

Next up for the Ruthin Rays was the Swim Wales north relay event.

Despite some very fierce competition, the Ruthin Rays team came together with great swimming, team spirit and amazing support for each other to take home silver medals in mixed 14 and under medley relay and the boys' 10 and under medley relay.

There was also a bronze medal for the team in the boys' 10 and under freestyle relay.

Ruthin Rays is pleased to announce that the club now has a masters' swimming squad.

They are proud of the response from both parents and ex-club swimmers who wish to return to competitive swimming.

They are a very supportive group and are looking forward to welcoming more to the pool.

One of the swimmers Katie Cranwell entered her first gala as a master in the Arfon Masters event.

What a day it was for Katie as she came away with a fantastic four golds, one silver and, just as important, five personal best times.

Ruthin Rays' members are not just talented in the pool.

In further good news, massive congratulations go out to Aron Evans, who has been selected for the U-11s' county football team, while Katie Parton has been picked to play for the county netball team.

Meanwhile, Daniel Harvey represented Wales & West RAF Cadets in the national swimming championships and Sam Duncan has successfully completed his foundation safety and rescue training with Canoe Wales.