For the first time in 30 years, the 10th Christchurch (Mudeford) Sea Scouts have won the prestigious Otter trophy at the Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scout Swimming Championships. The trophy dates back to the 1930s and has been competed for annually, apart from the war years.
Nearly 200 Sea Scouts and Explorers from across the country travelled to HMS Raleigh, a shore based training establishment near Torpoint, Cornwall to compete in the national gala.
This year’s Scout team of Alex Bamford, Finley Dickinson, Daniel Jupp, Harry Lloyd, Jack Ogden, and Martin Underwood were triumphant in winning the overall Otter trophy against 22 other groups. The Scouts also won the Squadron Relay and came first in the under 14 category and third in the under 12s.
Scout leader, Julian Smith said: “Well done to all the Scouts and Neptune Explorers who represented Mudeford, gave good individual performances and in particular thank you for their excellent standard of behaviour.
“This was the first time in 30years that Mudeford Sea Scouts have won this national trophy which is almost as big as our younger members. The whole competition had a great spirit and we came away having made many friends from all over the country.”