Gold medal joy for Leamington Spa Amateur Swimming Club at British Summer Championships

Teia Hendley (left) Annabel Crees (right) with their medals.

This year Leamington sent a record number of swimmers – with nine qualifying for the individual races. Four other swimmers were on relay teams.

Teia Hendley (15) started the week with a bang by winning the club’s first-ever medal. Participate in the 50m breaststroke final in 3rd position; a brilliant run earned him the silver medal with a personal best. Then, in a well-timed race – in which she finished 5th in the 50m – Annabel Crees won gold, and with it the title of British champion in the 100m backstroke (age 15).

The nine individual swimmers – Oliva Bates, Annabel Crees, Joshua Golsby-Taylor, Teia Hendley, Jason Herbert, Abigail Jolley, Louis McAuliffe, Andre Onyekwe and Charlie Rounce – swam 27 individual races between them. They have swum 18 PB times, made nine finals and set an impressive 13 club records.

The club also sent four relay teams; Myles Harris, Poppy Miners, Zoe Sayers and George Smith joined their teammates in the relay events.

Graham Nash, Head Coach, said, “I’m so proud of all the swimmers who really showed they were competing against the best in the country – with Annabel and Teia winning well deserved medals.

“The number of personal bests was particularly pleasing, with most swimmers progressing and going faster in the finals, as well as the number of club records achieved.”

Karen Mee, President, said: “Not only sending a record number of swimmers, but also winning our first ever medals is a massive achievement for a club of our size and a big credit to the swimmers for their hard work and dedication.

“A huge thank you to our coaching staff, led by Graham, who spend hours by the pool supporting our swimmers.”