BOSSS SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme (BOSSS) took 20 of their squad to the recent Regional Age Group Championships held in Leeds, Sheffield and finally Sunderland. Competing at their first championships at this level were youngsters Aeryn Marchant, Erin Donnelly, Milli Steele, Melody Jones, Jack Chalmers, Matthew Laverick, Mia Bingham, Jacob Papple, Faye Rogers, William Ellis, Faye McDonagh and Tom Ward all in the 10 and 11 years age groups.
The first weekend of the championships proved to be a successful trip to the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds. Bronze and Silver medals for Aeryn Marchant in the 400IM and 100 breaststroke got the ball rolling. These medals were followed up by medals from 3 of the more experienced members of the team with Aimee Hawke taking silver in the 400IM and gold in the 200 butterfly, Niamh McDonagh taking Gold in the 400IM and silver in the 100 breaststroke, and Aidan Brown who won silver in the 100m Butterfly. These performances were also backed up with strong performances from experienced Alex “Rocky” McNeil, Adam Fletcher, and siblings Joe and Laura McCluskey all gaining new personal bests.
The second half of the championships had to be split between Ponds Forge in Sheffield and Sunderland Aquatics Centre due to technical issues in Sheffield. This unfortunately meant Aidan Brown could not compete in his favourite event and Josh Grange would also miss out due to illness. Despite this the other swimmers managed to continue to add to the medal haul. Aimee Hawke managed to grab herself another silver medal in the 100 butterfly, Niamh McDonagh managed another gold in the 200IM and silver in the 200 breaststroke and Aeryn Marchant finished her championships with a silver in the 200 backstroke and bronze in the 200IM.
BOSSS Head Coach, Chris Leighton, was impressed with how the swimmers performed and delighted with the constant improvement shown from each child, but insisted there is still more to come from the scheme and is predicting a very bright future for swimming in the area.
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