BRITISH AND NATIONAL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three Guernsey Swimming Club swimmers have qualified for the National summer meet. A swimming competition structure in Great Britain whereby the top ranked swimmers in each event are invited to compete at the British Swimming Summer Championships being held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield 24th-29th July 2018. The next ranked English affiliated swimmers are invited to compete at the English Nationals summer Meet (50m), which is Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year, also taking place at Ponds Forge 31st July – 4th August.
Rankings are based on swimmers’ performances at level 1 meets between the qualification window, between 1 March and 28 May 2018 which for the Guernsey swimmers include the South East Regional championships. All the events have heats and finals, with the exception of the 800m & 1500m Freestyle which will swim the Fastest Heat in the appropriate Finals Session.
Following on from her success in the South East Regional Championships 15 year old Laura Le Cras has been invited to attend both events gaining an invite to the British Nationals for her 50m Butterfly and to the English Nationals for 50m, 100m breaststroke and the 50m Freestyle. Laura has continued to excel in the sport from an early age regularly swimming for Guernsey in the inter-insulars and making her debut at the Gotland Island Games is well on course to be selected for the Gibraltar games.
Sarah Whitchurch swimming in the multi classification classes has qualified in the English Nationals in the 50m, 100m & 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Sarah swam with the Guernsey Swimming Club until at the age of 10 she contracted meningitis which left her neurological problems in her legs and arms and wheelchair bound. Whilst being schooled in the UK Sarah re learnt how to swim and competed at National level then when the condition her right arm deteriorated she gave up swimming for several years. Having watched the London Paralympics Sarah was inspired to take up swimming again and has gone from strength to strength competing a National and international Para events and in local and masers competitions.
16 year old Charlie-Joe Hallett trains extremely hard and has thoroughly earned his invite to swim in the 400 Individual Medley. Charlie-Joe was disappointed not to make the 200m breaststroke although he ranked in the top 30 his time was outside the qualifying window, however has put that disappointment behind and continues to work hard on his 400 Individual Medley where he hopes to make the finals. Charlie-Joe also made his debut at the Gotland Island Games and is also on track for possible selection for the Gibraltar Island games. All three swimmers are a credit to the Guernsey Swimming Club and we wish them all success at the Nationals.
In addition to their invites to the Nationals both Charlie-Joe and Laura have been selected to represent Hampshire County at the ASA National County Team Championships to be held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in October. Congratulations and well done!