How swimming-mad is your family?
It’s hardly rare to find prowess in the pool running in the genes.
In fact, swimming families have become somewhat commonplace among the higher echelons of British Swimming with the likes of Jo Jackson, Charlie Turner and Aimee Willmott all following in the footsteps of Olympian siblings or parents.
But a family from Nottinghamshire have staked their claim as the most swim-crazy family in the country after competing as a quartet at the Outlaw Saturday Open Water Swim at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham earlier in August.
Parents Elaine Richards and David Rudin finished 12th and 16th respectively in the 1500m competition while daughters Poppy, 14, and Rosie, 12 finished first and fourth in the U16 500m event – not a bad scalp considering none of the four had competed in open water before.
And Nova Centurion swimmers Poppy and Rosie’s success isn’t just limited to open water – both continue to progress through the junior British rankings with overwhelming success.
Poppy is ranked fifth nationally for 200m butterfly in her age group as well as eighth for 800m freestyle and 400m medley.
Meanwhile, Rosie lifted the BAGCAT award after five golds and three silvers at July’s British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield
12-year old Rosie Rudin scooped eight medals at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships
And with former international swimmer Elaine still a regular Masters swimmer, one thing’s for certain – you wouldn’t bet against the Rudin family in a 4x200m relay!
Think you’ve got more of a swim-crazy family? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.