Long Eaton quartet qualify for prestigious event

Four members of Long Eaton Swimming Club have recorded qualifying times for the British Gas International Swimming Meet in Leeds, to be held next month.

The event is new in the swimming calendar this year, and will see swimmers from all over the world compete in the highest standard of competition.

Long Eaton swimmers Kevin Wallbank, Danny Anderson, Francesca Muir-Harris and Hannah Jones all earned qualifying times at last weekend’s prestigious Derventio Level One Open Meet at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, and will now head to Leeds between March 7 and 10.

The Ponds Forge event saw several Olympians in the water, as the Long Eaton swimmers who train regularly with the county performance squad, Derventio eXcel, were joined by other members of their home club to enjoy a weekend of exceptional competition.

Wallbank, who trains full-time with Derventio but also coaches with Long Eaton, earned the title of ‘Top Boy’ at the meet.

Chief coach Spencer George said: “Kevin is a shining example of what this club is about and weare proud to have him here.

“As a club we like to nurture our swimmers through our pathway and encourage them to reach for the stars. We use Kevin as an example of what can be done with hard work, focus and the ability to learn.

“We have a fully qualified coaching team here with over 50 years of experience between them, which is why this club is improving so much.”

“We are really focused on producing great swimmers through our programme, and feeding them into Derventio eXcel.

“We do not believe in recruiting from other clubs as we believe in what we are doing, which gives our swimmers the belief that they can achieve great things in the sport through us.

“That said, with the success and programme we have, top swimmers are now being attracted to the club, wanting to be part of our success.”