28th July 2009

Atlantis swimmer Cameron Lambourne - Cam to his family and friends - swam out of his skin to take silver behind Jack Smith of the Plymouth Leander Club in the final of the boys 13 yrs 100m freestyle in the National Swimming Championships in Sheffield last Thursday night. He recorded a fantastic time of 54.95 secs. In a desperately close, fast and cracking race, Cam was one of only two swimmers to swim sub 55 secs and was only three tenths of a second away from taking gold.

Earlier Cam had recorded a three-second personal best time of 54.93 secs in the heats to qualify as the second seed for the final.  The race rounded off a successful week for Cam, who also reached the final of the 200m freestyle, improving on his personal best time going into the championships by 3 secs, chalking up a time of 2.02.40 secs and finishing a very creditable 6th in a very strong field.

At last year’s National Championships Cam just missed out on the medals, achieving two 4th place finishes in the 100m & 200m Freestyle.  Having come so close to success last year Cam was determined to go one better this year and to be among the medals.

After the race a modest Cam said: “All together my week up in Sheffield wasn’t too bad.  Before the 100m freestyle, I felt as if my heart was in my mouth.  After the race I just felt tired and relieved that I had achieved my goal.”

Delighted Mum Robyn – herself a former Australian international squash player – commented: “Cam has had a rough time in the month leading up to the Nationals going down with a number of illnesses and dislocating his wrist the week before he left for Sheffield.  He has therefore done extremely well and we are all very proud of him”.

Atlantis Chief Coach Bill Penny, who was in Sheffield to prepare Cam throughout the competition said:  “Cam swam a very controlled and mature race in the final.  He has worked hard throughout the year and has stepped up to a new level. He has demonstrated that he is one of the best young freestylers in the country and thoroughly deserves his success”.

Two more Atlantis swimmers – Katie Harris and Jonny Blyth – are competing at the Nationals this week.