17th March 2010

Junior Boys’ club captain, Cam Lambourne led the way in a stunning second and final weekend of competition for Atlantis at the 2010 Sussex County Swimming Championships at K2.

Overall Cam, 14, won 6 golds, including gold in one of the blue riband events, the 100m Free Mens’ Open Championship.  In all Atlantis swimmers won 35 medals to add to the 41 medals already won on previous weekends.  The total medal haul of 76 smashed last year’s record of 57 and underlines the club’s further advance over the last 12 months.

Kate Windle added a further 5 gold medals and her sister Ella another one to their already impressive combined tally of 9 golds. Ella also went close to achieving her national time in a strong 200m free swim.  Other Atlantis gold medal winners were the irrepressible Jade Stocker, who picked up two golds in the 100 and 200m fly, and Yasmin Hooker one in the 200m back.  The girls’ 9 year old relay team repeated its success in the IM relay, by taking gold in the 4 x 25m freestyle relay. 

Atlantis staked its claim to being Sussex’s top Age Group (boys’ 14 & u and girls’ 13 & u) club with 25 Age Group golds, just pipping near neighbours Crawley (with 24) in this category. 

Whilst there were some outstanding individual performances, the most notable feature for Atlantis was the improved performances across the board; with a total of 181 PBs and 2 national and 69 regional qualifying times achieved during this year’s championships.  Joe Harrod’s (13) swim in the 100m free typified the  step-up in performance, knocking a significant 5 secs off his PB, achieving his regional time and missing out - by only a fraction - on going under the minute for the first time.

A very satisfied Atlantis Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “This was above all a great team effort.  Swimming is a very individual sport    However, swimmers train and prepare as a team and as a squad.  Since New Year my swimmers have really stepped up to the plate as a group.  They are all hungry for success and give each other great support and motivation.  We’ll now be looking to continue to grow stronger as we head towards the South East Regional Championships in May”.

Atlantis’ preparations for the Regionals will include a week-long overseas training camp just after Easter at Lignano in Northern Italy, on the Adriatic between Venice and Trieste.

For further information contact: Andrew Dunlop – 07710 352023