Pontefract club’s medal-winning swimmers make big splash

Successful swimmers (back row): Thomas Raddings and Oliver Peace. Front row: Jessica Wortley, Sarah Shutt and Millie Wortley.

Successful swimmers (back row): Thomas Raddings and Oliver Peace. Front row: Jessica Wortley, Sarah Shutt and Millie Wortley.

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Five swimmers from Pontefract based Marlins ASC Swimming Club were triumphant at the National Halliwick Championships.

Now in their 47th year, the championships were held at Southgate Leisure Centre, London.

The local swimmers competed as part of a 12-strong Yorkshire ASTRA5 Squad after successfully qualifying at last month’s Yorkshire regional competition.

Sarah Shutt, aged 42, from Featherstone, won gold in the ladies’ two length race.

It was a remarkable achievement by Sarah who collected the Olive Lee Memorial Trophy for the fourth time after retaining her national title in this event. Sarah also won a silver medal in the ladies’ 100 metres.

Eighteen-year-old Ackworth swimmer Thomas Raddings won a gold medal and the Phyl McMillan Cup in the junior male 100 metres national title race.

Thomas was also a member of the junior relay team who finished in bronze medal place.

Oliver Peace, aged 24 from Upton, was crowned national champion, winning gold and the HPSC Celebration Trophy in the blue riband men’s 100 metres event. In the senior relay, Oliver and Sarah were members of the Yorkshire team that finished in first place, winning the Nellie Simms National Championship Cup.

Jessica Wortley, aged 11 from Ackworth and her eight year old sister Millie enjoyed their first experiences swimming for the Yorkshire squad at a national competition.

Jessica won silver in the girls’ one length championship race whilst Millie, who swam the first leg of the league relay team, won a bronze medal.

With a huge array of medals and cups awarded to all 12 members of the ASTRA5 Yorkshire team, the squad won the Barnardo Trophy for the fourth time as overall team champions for 2016.

ASTRA5 team manager Debbie Malton was full of praise for the local swimmers. She said: “The Pontefract swimmers were amazing and their prizes were hard-earned but so well-deserved.”