Bassetlaw Swim Squad had 26 swimmers compete at this year’s Swim England East Midland Regional Championships which took place across three weekends at Corby International Swimming Pool and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre during April and May.
TeamBSS converted heat swims to finals on no less than 50 occasions, winning a total of 25 medals along the way – nine Gold, six Silver and 10 Bronze.
Joe Seage – 23 from Retford Swimming Club – contested five events and won five Gold medals in the combined disability competition. Seage, who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, competes in the S14 category having won Silver at the British Para-Swimming Championships in February of this year.
Also high on the #TeamBSS medal table were Jennifer Walker – 14 from Retford Swimming Club and Queen Elizabeth’s High School – with three Golds and Rachel Webb – 15 from Retford Swimming Club and William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School – with a total of seven medals comprised of all colours. Walker’s 200m Freestyle was a particular highlight of the Championships, having delivered a great race strategy with Webb finishing over 25 seconds ahead of Silver in the Girls 1500m Freestyle event.
Along with her Gold, Webb won three Silver and three Bronze medals. Other medallists include:
- Kaitlyn Butters: 14, Retford Swimming Club and Outwood Academy Valle, one Silver and one Bronze
- Samuel Green: 12, Retford Swimming Club and Thrumpton Primary Academy, one Silver
- Harry Brancham: 16, Retford Swimming Club and Tuxford Academy, one Silver
- Layne Keyworth: 14, Retford Swimming Club and Outwood Academy Valley, three Bronze
- Lewis Warner: 17, Retford Swimming Club and Toot Hill School, one Bronze
- Freya Peace: 15, Retford Swimming Club and Outwood Academy Valley, one Bronze
- Neve Ping: 14, Retford Swimming Club and Tuxford Academy, one Bronze
Head of Performance Swimming, Michael Glossop, said: “This is our best performance at a Regional Championships as a team in spite of the pandemic, so it shows that we’re still hungry and still improving year on year. Big shout out to George Hobson for her work with the younger athletes this year as well as the athletes that have progressed through her squads. Our focus now shifts to the national competitions in July and August.”
BSS would like to thank principal partner and leisure provider Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) for providing a quality training programme through the Your Space Swim Academy Performance Squads and other sponsors who have been key in ensuring BSS’ survival through the pandemic are B&B Tractors, Bawtry Accountants, Candeo Vision, Global Windows and Lawn Master Notts, and the Allianz Sports Fund.