Stephanie Crowned British Champion
Billingham ASC swimmer and Tees Active Sports Academy member, Stephanie Blakeburn, has returned from The British Gas National Swimming Championships in Sheffield as National Champion in the 200 metres individual medley event. Stephanie stormed to victory in the 200 metres individual medley final to win the gold medal in a super new personal best time.
Stephanie had qualified for the final in first place where she had to beat off strong opposition, including Olympic medalist Kerry –Anne Payne, to win the gold medal taking 2 seconds off her previous best time. Stephanie later received accreditation from The Amateur Swimming Association and was named as swimmer of the day in The Championships.
Three days later, Stephanie was back on the medal podium again, winning the bronze medal in 200 metres butterfly in another hotly contested race. Stephanie had qualified for the final in fourth place and powered her way to win the bronze medal in the final.
Throughout the week Stephanie competed in a total of seven events setting personal best times and also reaching the finals of 400 metres freestyle, 100 metres butterfly and freestyle.
Head Coach Guy Fawkes was delighted with Stephanie’s impressive swimming results. He said that this has been a particularly tough year for Steph, combining a full time degree course at Teesside University with her demanding training schedule. Steph has managed to balance both with excellent results. It is wonderful to see her end the swimming year crowned as National Champion.