National Swimmers visit NNSC

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Two Notts and GB swimmers, Jess Sylvester and Sasha Matthews, have visited Nottingham Northern Swimming Club (NNSC) to pass on a few tips to the club’s swimmers as well as to present a cheque to the club – a British Gas Grant to help it purchase starting equipment.

Jess and Sasha both swim for Nova Centurion, the county’s performance club, and they have also represented Great Britain in the last Commonwealth Games. They visited Beechdale Swimming Pool, NNSC’s home pool, and demonstrated swimming techniques to the club’s swimmers. They also answered questions, awarded the swimmer of the month trophies and handed over a cheque for £800 to the club.

Being Swim 21 accredited, NNSC could apply for the grant, with help from Sarah Williams, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Swimming Development Officer, to buy starting equipment for the club to use at galas. It was used for the first time at the club’s Junior Open Gala which attracted swimmers from all over the country.

NNSC Club President Clare Soar said: “We were delighted to learn that our application for the British Gas grant was successful. We are a small family run club that has been established for over 100 years and we are always looking for ways to improve what we do for the benefit of our swimmers, several of whom are currently swimming at a county and national level. Our funding is limited therefore this grant is very much appreciated. It’s made all the more special by the visit from Jess and Sasha to hand over the cheque and provide some useful tips and guidance to our swimmers.”

Jess was an Olympic finalist in Beijing in 2008 where she was a member of the relay team that set the GB record for the 4 x 100m freestyle. She was also a member of the GB relay team that took Commonwealth Silver in 2010 as well as being a finalist in the 100m fly in the same games. In addition she is the current 50m fly British Champion.

Sasha Matthews was part of a Junior European gold medal winning team in 2007 and has since gone on to represent Great Britain at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in a team that took bronze as well as being an individual finalist.


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