Northants Para – Swimming Duo Delight in Dublin!
Posted: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:25
Ellie Robinson and Maisie Summers - Newton of Northampton Swimming Club both achieved great success at the 2018 European Para - Swimming Championships which were held in Dublin last week winning 7 medals between them for Great Britain under the guidance of coach Jacquie Marshall who also coaches them at the club.
Robinson got the event off to a great start by winning a bronze medal in the S6 50m Freestyle held on the first day with a time of 34.31 seconds. Summers – Newton competing in her first ever major championships was 4th in a personal best time of 34.70.
Maisie then had an amazing couple of days racing firstly winning gold in the S6 200m Individual Medley with a new World Record time of 2:59.60. This lowered the previous world record achieved by Eleanor Simmonds with whom she's pictured by two tenths of a second. Sixteen year – old Summers – Newton then followed that up by winning gold in the S6 100m breaststroke a day later and again breaking the World Record in a time of 1:33.63.
After a rest day Maisie then returned to the pool on Friday 17th August when she won bronze for finishing 3rd in the S6 400m Freestyle in a personal best time of 5:26.97.
Then on Saturday 18th August Ellie competed in the S6 50m Butterfly event which she previously won a silver medal in at the last European Championships held in Funchal, Portugal in 2016 before then going on to win gold for the event at the Rio Paralympics just 4 months later. It was to be one place better for her this time around in terms of the European Championships as she took the gold medal in a time of 35.37 which was just off her personal best and own World record of 35.22.
Robinson was then back in individual action on the final night of the competition when she won a silver medal in the S6 100m Freestyle with a personal best time of 1:13.46.
Summers – Newton then concluded her competition in fine style by winning her 3rd gold medal as part of the Women's 34 point 4 x 100m Medley Relay team in which she swam the Breaststroke leg.
Anyone with a disability, or sensory impairment inspired by Ellie and Maisie's performances who would like to get involved in para - swimming should contact Northampton Swimming Club either by phone on 01604 622264, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.