Hoddesdon Swimming Club’s Para Swimmers members travelled to Liverpool to compete in the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships 2019 organised by Activity Alliance and supported by Swim England, the unique partnership aim is to increase opportunities and talent development for young disabled swimmers.
The competition took place over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of March with over 100 young swimming hopefuls from across the country taking part. It was the first time Liverpool had hosted this competition.
Marlon Solomon competing in the 10-13 year old age group as an S8 classified swimmer entered the same events as Sam and brought home a silver and two bronze medals. His best event was the 100m backstroke where he won the silver medal and improved his personal best time by 2 seconds he also improved his 50m freestyle by 0.36 of a second.
Louise Storey competing in the 10-13 year old age group competing as a S9 classified swimmerqualified for four events 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke
bringing home finishing in 4th place in the 50m free (45.99); 100m breaststroke (02:17.20) and the 100m backstroke (02:11.40) and in 5th place in the 100m freestyle however this was her best swim as she improved her personal best time by 2.5 seconds.
Sam Carter competing in the 10-13 year old age group as a S10 classified swimmer entered three events the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and the 100m backstroke finished in 4th place in all three events. Sam’s best race was the 100m freestyle where he improved his personal best time by 3.5 seconds (01:45.58).
Janet Warrington, Disability Swimming Head Coach for Hoddesdon Swimming Club said: “It is an absolute pleasure to coach our three young Para- Swimmers; watching them grow in confidence and strength. All three of them have improved their times. I feel it is important for our athletes to experience higher level competitions and use them as a learning experience to take forward into future competitions.”