The Newbury District Swimming Club trio travel to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge for the National Swimming Championships

Three Newbury athletes are preparing for their biggest competition of the year after ranking among the top young swimmers in the country.

Abbie Holland and Kaleb Fox-Jones, who both attend St Bartholomew’s School, have qualified for the British Summer Nationals.

Abbie will compete in the 200m butterfly, while Kaleb will compete in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Chris, Eloise, Georgia, Abbie and Kaleb

The duo from Newbury District Swimming Club will take part in the competition, which takes place over seven days from next Friday (July 22) at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, having finished in the top 20 in Britain in their events.

Eloise Wade will compete in the England National Championships after qualifying in the 50m breaststroke.

The Trinty School pupil has been ranked in the top XX in England and will also travel to Ponds Forge in early August for her competition.

The swimmers have already enjoyed successful regional competition this season, where they were also joined by teammates Georgia Humphreys and Chris Emberlin

Kaleb won a silver medal, while all five regional qualifiers swam personal bests at the event in High Wycombe in May.

Kaleb was second in the 100m freestyle in 52:46 and fourth in the 100m backstroke final. He also qualified for the 50m backstroke event.

Abbie qualified in the 1500m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 800m freestyle and 100m butterfly, reaching the finals in both flight events.

Eloise, who competed in the 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, also qualified for the 50m final, where she finished seventh.

Chris qualified for the 800m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley, swimming records in all four events.

Georgia qualified for the 200m backstroke and the 50m backstroke, posting superb races in both events.

Newbury head coach Emma Harris Commissar said: “I’m really proud of all of our swimmers who have achieved so much and competed so well this year, especially after all the time we’ve lost to Covid.

“The regional results have been superb and we are all looking forward to the UK and National Championships now.”