Records Tumble as Northants Para – Swimmers Impress at the National Championships!
Posted: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:00
Eight swimmers from Northamptonshire competed in the National Para – swimming Championships that were held in Manchester last weekend, and returned with a brilliant total of 33 medals between them!
British team members Ellie Robinson (pictured) and Maisie Summers Newton of Northampton Swimming Club led the way with a combined total of 18 medals between them of which 11 were gold, 5 silver,and 2 bronze. In the process of winning these they also broke a number of British, European, and World Records. Robinson broke them in the 50m, 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. Summers - Newton did the same in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
Twin sisters Scarlett and Eliza Humphrey also of Northampton Swimming Club won 7 medals between them in the S12 category which is for swimmers with a visual impairment. Scarlett won 3 golds in the 50m, 100m freestyle, and 100m Breaststroke. Eliza won a gold in the 100m Backstroke, silver in the 50m, 100m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke.
Nima Ghavami (Northampton Swimming Club) won gold in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and a silver in the 100m Freestyle for S7 swimmers aged 14-17.
Bruce Dee (Northampton Swimming Club) competing in his first National Championships won bronze medals in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, and 50m Butterfly for S6 swimmers aged 10-13.
Ellie Spokes (Northampton Swimming Club) won a bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke and achieved a number of personal best times in her other events for S6 swimmers aged 14-17.
Kian Saville representing Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club also achieved personal best times in 5 of the 6 events he competed in the S9 and S10 events for swimmers aged 14-17. Three of these times were good enough to qualify him for the British International Championships World Series event being held in Sheffield at the end of May.
Northamptonshire Sport's Disability Development Officer Graeme Wilson said of the success achieved by Northamptonshire's swimmers at the event:
"It's great to see so many swimmers from the county competing at this event, and achieving so much too! Our strength in depth is increasing by the year, and to now have Ellie Robinson, and Maisie Summers – Newton breaking World Records while competing against Ellie Simmonds who inspired them along with younger swimmers who have been inspired by both of them is quite amazing! The future for para – swimming in Northants looks bright!"
Anyone with a disability, or sensory impairment interested in para – swimming should contact Northampton Swimming Club on firstname.lastname@example.org 01604 622264 for more information.