Young swimming stars showcase future talent
8 Feb 2010
Over two hundred young swimmers showcased their talent at the National Junior Swimming Championships this weekend. Many broke personal best times with a few even celebrating new British records.
The event organised by Disability Sport Events (DSE) was supported by Nationwide Building Society and held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Renowned as a pathway to international success, the junior programme provides swimmers with a chance to compete against their national rivals in the pool.
Amongst those celebrating a successful competition were brother and sister James and Emma Hollis from Theydon Bois, Essex. They were presented with the individual Nationwide Junior Sports Awards, after both accumulated the highest points in their respective age groups.
It was Emma’s last junior swimming event and she certainly bowed out in style. The 18 year old initially thought her luck was down when her brand new swimsuit flooded with water in her very first race, but she still came back to claim a new British record in the 50m SB7 Breaststroke in a new time of 46.34secs. After the event she paid tribute to Eastern support staff Liz Christian and Lee Richards, saying:
“I was really amazed to receive the prize for the second year in a row. It was a lovely way to finish off my last junior competition and a nice reward for all the hard work.
I will never forget the team spirit I experienced at the DSE Juniors. The event is all about the younger swimmers developing their talent and being recognised for it. Our East team statistics showed 90 per cent of the races were personal bests for our swimmers”.
Andrew Mullen from Scotland broke the SB4 100m Breaststroke British record in 2mins26.96, whilst the North West region broke the 4x100m Medley relay record in 5mins45.48.
The remaining two Nationwide Junior award winners were Morgyn Peters from Wales and Tully Kearney from West Midlands. East region retained the team trophy; in second place were Scotland and third- East Midlands.
The next DSE swimming event in Sheffield is the British International Disability Swimming Championships from 16-18 April. This event will welcome the best British disabled swimmers, who will compete against their top rivals from around the world. For more information and full results from the National Junior Championships, please contact DSE or visit www.disabilitysport.org.uk.
Other partners assisting the championships are British Swimming, Water Direct, Ponds Forge and the Sheffield City Council's Major Sports Events Unit.
Sarah Marl, Disability Sport Events, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0161 953 2438. Mobile 07764 291671