Captain Cam leads the way at Age Group Championships

2nd June 2010

The first of four days intensive competition for the South East Regional Age Group Championships, spread over two weekends, started last Saturday and once again Atlantis Junior Club Captain Cameron Lambourne led by example winning Gold in the boys 100M freestyle. This started off a successful first day for Cam and club mates Sam Carter and Joe Harrod, who also enjoyed a successful morning, finishing 6th and 10th respectively in the same event.

The boys were then joined by Matt Fulcher for the 4 x 100 freestyle relay where the team finished a highly creditable 2nd overall.  The team are hopeful that this performance will give them the chance to qualify for the National finals in August.

For the girls, Yasmin Hooker (10) narrowly missed her first ever national qualifying time in the 100M backstroke taking 9th place in her age group.  Ella Windle (11) swimming in 9 events at this championship started her campaign well with solid swims in the 200m Individual Medley reaching the final where she finished 5th in a very strong line up, and taking a bronze medal in the 800m free.

Sunday morning started brightly with one of the longer distance events the 800m freestyle. Yasmin Hooker, joined by Ella Windle and Beth Hundleby, again just missed out on a national qualifying time by producing a fantastic personal best in this event.

Issy Harrod - younger sister of Joe - and Tegan Jenkins, both swimming at a Regional Championship for the first time, showed that the big stage wasn’t going to faze them and enjoyed good results in their age groups.  Jade Stocker was also in good form setting new personal bests in the 100M and 200M Butterfly finishing 6th in both events. Another hard days racing was capped off by Cameron Lambourne winning gold in the 200m Freestyle. Comfortably reaching the final, Cam set the early pace reaching the halfway mark in a time of 58.30secs. It was up to the rest of the field to catch him but his strength and ever improving technique proved too much for the rest of the field.

Head Coach Bill Penny said: “We have our biggest ever representation at this year’s championships and our swimmers are really beginning to make their presence felt against some very strong competition.  I was particularly pleased with the performance of the boys’ relay team”. 

The club now looks forward to more success at the second half of this championship being held in a week’s time.

Further Information:  Andy Lobley 07510 710565