St Ives Swimming Club youngsters celebrate success in the pool

09:00 12 August 2022

Youngsters from St Ives Swimming Club recently celebrated their success in the pool.

Brampton’s Tessa Quayle competed in her first England National Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield where she competed in the 50m breaststroke.

It was only the second time the 14-year-old has competed in a 50m-long Olympic swimming pool, having qualified superbly ahead of many veteran swimmers in Luton.

And Quayle swam superbly in the heats to beat many other faster swimmers and qualify for the final, where she finished in seventh place after a very close race.

“It was a great first outing for Tessa in the national swimming arena and a very positive experience as this young swimmer shows her potential for future performances at this level,” said head coach Andy Hunter.

Meanwhile, William Roberts won two gold and two silver medals in the Special Olympics Summer Series at the Leeds International 50m pool after some superb swimming.

William Roberts of St Ives Swimming Club with his medals in Leeds
– Credit: Andy Hunter

Roberts, who is due to compete in eight events at the World Down Syndrome Championships in Portugal in October, won her 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke races and was second in the 100m individual medley, with lifetime bests in all events, before adding another silver medal in the 4x25m relay.

“What makes it even more significant is that it was confirmed that he also broke the European record for the 200m individual medley in June at the Len Badcock swimming gala as part of the Organization International Down Syndrome Swimming Championships,” added Hunter.

“We were waiting for ratification, which has now arrived. Everyone at the club is extremely proud of Will and we look forward to some great World Championship runs from this talented young athlete who is preparing hard and well.”