Pair strike gold at swimming championships

SARAH Shutt and Oliver Peace with their awards.

SARAH Shutt and Oliver Peace with their awards.

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SARAH Shutt and Oliver Peace, from Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics, were in outstanding form for the Yorkshire Astra5 squad at the National Halliwick Swimming Championships at Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Hull, on Satuday.

Sarah, aged 38, of Featherstone, won gold in the ladies’ 50 metres race and 20-year-old Oliver, of Upton, won gold in the men’s 25 metres event.

At the prize-giving ceremony, Sarah was presented with the Olive Lee Memorial Cup.

Oliver was awarded the London Transport Revenue Cup for the second year running, retaining the title he won in 2011.

Sarah and Oliver both earned the titles of UK Champions for 2012.

Able2’s Gavin Shaw, aged 31, from Nevison, won a bronze medal in the men’s 50 metres race.

In the senior relay event, Sarah, Oliver and Gavin were members of the team that finished first and won the Nellie Sims Cup.

The 12 members of the Astra5 Yorkshire team won the Barnardo Trophy as overall champions for the first time in the competition’s 43-year history.

Steve Peace, chair of Able2 Pontefract, said: “This event marks another success in a fantastic year for Sarah and Oliver. In the summer, Sarah gained 13 world and European records for swimmers with Down Syndrome.

“Oliver adds his national award to the British Learning Disability title he won at Ponds Forge in May.”

Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics, which is affiliated to Special Olympics Great Britain, aims to increase participation in disability sport, offering coaching and competitive opportunities in sport for people with learning disabilities.

They currently offer swimming, boccia, new age kurling, table tennis, equestrian and athletics.

For further information about Pontefract Special Olympics, contact Steve Peace on 07551648661.