Swim club breaks national qualifiers record again

SOUNDWELL Swimming Club has smashed its record for producing national championship qualifiers, for the second year running.

Last year the club sent 11 swimmers to the English National and British meets, as it celebrated its 60th birthday. 

However this year the club, which trains at Kingswood Leisure Centre and Winterbourne Academy, has built on last year’s success, increasing the number of qualifiers to 15.

The young swimmers will compete in Sheffield in late July and August at the separate British and English Age Group National Championships, and in Rotherham for the English National Open Water Championships, which involve the top 2% of young swimmers across the county. 

Training under head coach Jon Wills, swimmers have also qualified for all three relay events in the 14 to 16-year-old boys’ category at the British National Championships 

The club is hoping for national medal success to build on its club record-breaking county and regional successes this year already.

Club chair Sarah Taylor said: “We are incredibly proud of all of our swimmers who have qualified this year for National Championships. 

“These young people train seven days a week, all year round, and it is brilliant to see all their hard work pay off.”

The club takes new swimmers through its Swim Academy, all the way through to national qualifiers, and many of this year’s qualifiers learned to swim at the club.

Sarah said: “The club moto is #oneclubonefamily, and it is celebrating the success of all its swimmers in this exceptional year of achievement.”

For more information about the club, email headcoach@soundwellswim.org.uk