A small squad of Kendal swimmers made the journey to Barrow to compete in the local Club’s Halloween Gala.

This was a new event for them and by the end of the Gala it emerged that every swimmer had won at least one medal with a total of 35 overall.

Ten-year-old Mathew Foster led the charge for honours, contesting six events and emerging with the gold medal in every one.

Opening his account with the 100 individual medley he got off the block to a great start and keeping in the mix through the butterfly and backstroke legs.

He moved up a gear at breaststroke to pull clear and then maintained his effort at front crawl for a comfortable win.

He followed this with 100 Breaststroke showing superb technique at turns and transitions to bring him another gold.

Moving to the 50m sprints he reigned supreme storming to victory at backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl.

The ever consistent James Escolme was another who kept up his winning ways with a tally of six gold medals for his efforts.

He too proved to be a star at sprinting winning all four of the 50m events.

He kept up the momentum with two further wins at middle distance answering every challenge from his rivals at 100 butterfly and freestyle and judging his finishes to perfection.

The 15/overs gave Ollie Sargeant his chance to shine and he came well up to the mark.

Another fine sprinter, he brought into play all his power and skill to storm to victory at 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle and then added silvers to his score as runner up at 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.

He didn’t stop there, but went on to overcome his opponents to win further gold at 100 breaststroke and freestyle.

Then into the picture came Keira Nelson who bagged a pair of golds along with a silver. At 100 backstroke and breaststroke she was untouchable , dominating each event with her stroke pattern and saving her exertions for the last length to win with a fair degree of ease.

Sophie Richardson also earned medals, taking five silvers from her events with some excellent swims both in the 50 and 100m events.

Lucy Sargeant also found herself just being touched out into silver medal position for her efforts at 50 breaststroke and butterfly.

Also just missing out on that elusive gold, both Eve Murray at 50 breaststroke and Alicia Crawford at 100 breaststroke performed brilliantly to snatch a silver medal each.