It’s been a week of incredible triumphs for the Worksop College Swim Squad, with one Swim England call-up and a County Championship medal haul to be proud of.
Last weekend, Max, Year 10 (M), was invited to attend the Swim England National Youth Development Sprint Camp. Only 12 swimmers were selected to attend the prestigious three-day camp (8 able-bodied and 4 para swimmers).
Commenting on his selection, Worksop College Head Swim Coach Giannis Valkoumas said Max’s hard work has well and truly paid off. “Max is someone who turns up to every session with the right work ethic, he shows continuing improvement and sets his goals higher with every training session. This amazing opportunity was well earned.”
Worksop College swimmers also returned to school this week with a successful medal haul of 6 Gold, 15 Silver and 15 Bronze medals, from the Nottinghamshire County Championships.
Jake, Year 11 (P), competed in the 16 and over age category, taking Gold in the 200m Backstroke; Silver in the 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle; and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle. Jake’s 200m Backstroke time is one of the fastest in the UK for the 16 years old age category. He also brought home the 2nd place Top Swimmer award in the 16+ age category.
Euan, Year 10 (P), took 1st place in the Top Swimmer award for the boys 15 years old age category. He picked up Gold medals in the 50m and 200m Backstroke; Silver in the 50m, 100m and 1500m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 50m Fly; and Bronze medals in the 200m Freestyle and 200m IM.
Harry Pyott, Year 10 (P) helped his teammates clinch Silver and Bronze in the IM and 4x4 relays, as well as recording many PBs.
Ray, Year 7 (Pt), was awarded the 3rd place Top Swimmer Award in the Boys 13 years old age category. He also picked up Silver medals in the 50m and 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke; and Bronze in the 800m, 400m and 100m Freestyle, 200m IM, 100m and 200m Breaststroke.
Izzy, Year 7 (Pt), won 3 Silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly, and 4 Bronze medals in the 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle and the 200m IM. She also helped her teammates clinch 3 Gold and 1 Bronze in the relays.
Pelham Housemaster Mr Franse said this season’s incredible performances are testament to the hard work that’s gone into their training:
“The squad has smashed our medal target for this year so far, and it’s all down to the effort they put into their training every day. Myself and coach Giannis believe in this squad and they believe in themselves. I’m looking forward to the next round of competitions. We also had some great performances from up and coming members of the squad. Many congratulations to Luke Baughan-Withington, Emilio McCann, Owen Rafferty, Harvey Diack, Holly Hunter, Amy Kinch, Evie Holmes, Andy Edgar, Neve Franse, Niamh Strauther and Neve Diack, all whom made the counties selection for their clubs, and recorded some impressive PBs.”