Able2 swimmers earn bring back medals from national event

Able2's Thomas Raddings and Sarah Shutt, with their medals.
Able2's Thomas Raddings and Sarah Shutt, with their medals.

Two local athletes from Able2 Pontefract, Special Oly-mpics came back with several medals after competing in the May Philips Down Syndrome British Open Swimming Championships at The Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby.

Thomas Raddings, 18, of Ackworth, won a gold medal in the 50 metres breaststroke and silver medals in both the 50 metres and 25 metres backstroke, recording personal best times in both events.

Sarah Shutt, 42, of Featherstone, came home with a silver medal in the 25 metres backstroke as well as bronze medals in both the 25 metres butterfly and 50 metres breaststroke events.

The national competition was arranged and promoted by the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation – Great Britain (DSISO-GB).

Team coach Terry Raddings said Thomas and Sarah produced outstanding performances as they were competing against athletes from all over England, Scotland, Wales and also a guest team from Sweden.

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

Currently, Able2 Pontefract offers the following sports: swimming, boccia, new age kurling, table tennis, equestrian and athletics.

For further information about Pontefract Special Olympics, contact chairman Steve Peace on 07551 648661.