Northants Para-Swimming pair win at National Championships
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:16
Northamptonshire Para–Swimmers Eleanor Robinson and Maisie Summers-Newton have recently returned from a very successful weekend competing at the British Gas National Short Course Championships in Manchester.
Eleanor Robinson, aged 13 from Northampton Swimming Club, and Maisie Summers–Newton, 12 from Wellingborough Amateur Swimming Club both have Dwarfism. They compete in the under 14 age category of the Para-Swimming S6 classification, the same classification as Paralympic superstar Ellie Simmonds, who also competed at the event.
Eleanor who has also used her Swimming to help recover from Perthes' disease in 2013 won Gold in the 50M, 100M and 400M Freestyle, 50M Butterfly, 200M Medley, and Silver in the 100M Backstroke. Her winning time in the 50MButterfly of 40.69 seconds also broke the British record which had stood since 2009
All of these achievements won Eleanor the prize for best swimmer at the event across all the ages and categories taking part.
Maisie won Gold in the 100M Backstroke, 100M Breaststroke and Silver in the 50M and 100M Freestyle, 50M Butterfly, and 200M Medley beating girls up to 5 years older than her in the process.
The girls only started swimming competitively just over 2 years ago having been discovered at a Paralympic talent identification event run by Northamptonshire Sport in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association.
Eleanor's and Maisie's parents are delighted by the progress the girls have made in such a short space of time. They paid tribute to their respective coaches, Belinda Smith (Northampton Swimming Club), and Karen Ross (Wellingborough Amateur Swimming Club). They thanked and gave credit to them for developing the girls' swimming and for all the great support they've provided at training and competitions.
Eleanor Robinson was one of 49 athletes named in October this year by British Para-Swimming to be part of the Podium and Podium potential squads, as the sport continues to build towards Rio 2016 and beyond.