Northants Para - Swimmers Success in Sunderland!
Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:22
Four para – swimmers from Northampton Swimming Club made the long journey up to Sunderland last weekend to participate in the English Federation of Disability Sport Swim England National Junior Championships. It was however very much worthwhile as they returned home with a brilliant total of 12 medals between them.
Twelve - year - old Scarlett Humphrey won gold in all 4 of her events for swimmers in the 10 – 13 - year - old S12 classification for those with a visual impairment. These were the 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. In each of these events her twin sister Eliza also won the silver.
Bruce Dee (pictured) is ten - years - old and competed in the S6 classification events for swimmers aged 10 - 13. He won gold in the 50m butterfly, bronze in the 50 and 100m freestyle.
Thirteen year old Cohen O'Dell also competed in the S6 10 – 13 age group events along with Bruce and won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. He finished 4th in the 50m and 100m freestyle races narrowly missing out on medals in each, but a great effort at only his second national event.
Northamptonshire Sport's Disability Development Officer, Graeme Wilson said:
"It's brilliant to see these young swimmers performing so well at a national competition! All four of them only attended the para – swimming Talent ID event that we ran in partnership with Northampton Swimming Club just over a year ago, so the progress they've made in that time is a credit to them and the coaches from the club. We've now got quite a number of para – swimmers from the county which is great in that they can keep pushing each other to improve further, and also inspire other young disabled people to take up the sport in the future through performances like these."
Anyone with a disability, or sensory impairment who'd like to get involved in para – swimming should contact Northampton Swimming Club on 01604 622264 firstname.lastname@example.org.