2nd August 2010

Three Atlantis swimmers will by flying the flag for Horsham’s competitive swimming club Atlantis at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships at the Ponds Forge 50m pool in Sheffield on 3rd - 7th August.  The Championships are the culmination of a long, hard swimming season that started off last September.

The three swimmers who will be pitting their skills against the country’s best are breaststrokers Bex Lobley (14) and Issy Dunlop (15) and backstroker Katy Harris (16).

Issy and Bex will be competing in the 200m breast, Katy in the 100m back and Bex in the 100m breast. For Katy this is her third appearance at the Nationals; the other two girls will be competing at this level for the first time.

But for a freak accident Atlantis would have had a record number of eight swimmers competing at the Nationals.  Cameron Lambourne (14) – the Sussex Mens’ Open 100m Freestyle Champion - would have been one of the top seeds in this year’s Age Group 100m free - the competition in which last year he won a silver medal - as well as a strong contender in the 200m free. Following a fracture in his arm as a result of a road accident, Cam has had to suffer the agony of missing this year’s Championships.

The Atlantis 14 & U Relay Team of Cam, Joe Harrod, Matt Fulcher and Sam Carter also qualified as the 12th fastest team in the country for Nationals. Cam’s injury meant the team has had to be withdrawn. However, the boys can take pride in a magnificent achievement, which was another first for the Club.

Since the New Year Atlantis has implemented a more intensive National Development swimming programme to bring forward more national swimmers.  Atlantis’ National qualifiers continue a remarkable record for Chief Coach Bill Penny, who has had swimmers represented at the National Championships over a period spanning four decades.

Looking ahead to the Championships, Bill Penny said: “It’s a great achievement to qualify for the Nationals.  These girls have worked very hard all year and they deserve their chance.  They should enjoy the moment, learn from the experience and swim to the best of their potential”.    

 Further Information: Andy Lobley: 07510 710266 or Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023