SWIMMING - Leamington Spa Amateur Swimming Club send record number of swimmers British Swimming Championships - The Leamington Observer

SWIMMING - Leamington Spa Amateur Swimming Club send record number of swimmers British Swimming Championships

Leamington Editorial 12th Apr, 2022 Updated: 13th Apr, 2022   0

LEAMINGTON Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC) had a record number of swimmers in action at the British Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

And Annabel Crees (14), Joshua Golsby-Taylor (17), Teia Hendley (14), Jason Herbert (17), Louis McAuliffe (17) and Maddison Nuttall (17) all achieved qualification times to compete against top swimmers from across the UK.

This includes Olympic stars such as Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott and Freya Anderson – at one of the main events in British Swimming’s calendar.

Also representing LSASC was George Smith (17) who trains out of Ellesmere College but competes under his home club of Leamington.




Head Coach Graham Nash said: “At this year’s British Championships – again running for the first time in two years – we had the largest number of swimmers ever in the club’s history.

“All the swimmers were incredibly competitive in their individual events, producing some amazing swims – they were a credit to themselves and the club.”


Over six days of racing, the Leamington swimmers showed they were highly competitive against the best of British swimming talent, gaining numerous personal bests and setting nine new club records.

And Smith qualified for four finals as well as gaining the consideration times in the 400m individual medley and 200m breaststroke for the European Junior Championships.

In addition, Leamington member Abby Jolley, who was competing for Leeds University, qualified for and won the 50m backstroke Priority Paris final.

Leamington’s junior swimmers (aged 9-12) also competed in the first round of the Nuneaton and District Junior Swimming League – coming up against local teams Boldmere, Solihull, Redditch and Lichfield.

This is the first time in two years that the competition has been run face-to-face – meaning for many of these swimmers this was the first time they have raced in a league gala.

Defying any nerves or lack of race experience, the swimmers – supported by their coaches – demonstrated all the skills they have learnt in training with a fantastic win in the first round.

They are now looking forward to the second round next month.

Nash added: “Covid has been incredibly challenging for all our swimmers with so much lost training and opportunities to compete.

“In recent years, the club has been successful in the Junior League competition, and I am thrilled that our young swimmers have continued this despite the disruption over the last two years.”

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