Six gold medals for Kevin, 16

A large team from Long Eaton Swimming Club travelled to Sheffield on Sunday to compete at Ponds Forge in the Derbyshire ASA County Long Course Competition.

This event, coming off the back of a period of hard training, and with no taper, produced performances that did not disappoint.

For those swimmers in the club’s Development Squad, it was their first competitive event in a 50-metre pool and they certainly rose to the challenge.

Chief coach Spencer George says the club could look forward to another exciting season with many swimmers achieving their goals.

Leading the way with six gold medals was 16-year-old Kevin Wallbank. Also in this age group medal winners were Ryan Cendrowski (three) andGregory Cox.

Helping to add to the total of 41 medals being won for the club were ten-year-old Thomas Strachan (two), 11-year-old Katie Sloan (three), 12-year-olds Krissy Tomlinson (three) and Matthew Cross (three), 13-year-old Elle Pryce (three), 14-year-olds Oliver Davidson (two) and Ben Saunders, 15-year-olds Hannah Dowell (two) and Josephine Parker (three), 17/19 age group Hannah Cox (four) and Charles Softley (two).

In the 20 and over age group, there were also medals for Callum Henley (three) and Alex Phillips.

Presentations were made by the County Association President, Margaret Roberts, to Kevin Wallbank, in recognition of the seven county records he has set over the last few months, and there was a County Flash for Elle Pryce to mark her first swim as a member of the County team.

Last week the club held it first Distance Open Meet at Queen’s Leisure

Centre in Derby. This proved a success and was supported with a large

contingent of swimmers from both Northampton and the Nova Squad

from Nottingham. Long Eaton swimmers winning medals for the 400

metres freestyle in the 11year old age group, Katie Sloan with silver, 12/

13 age group William Foster , bronze, 14/15 age group Ben Saunders

silver and 16 and over Nathan James gold.