BOBCATS swim squad was represented by 17 swimmers at the Manchester Open, a long course level one meet, and they came home with an array of medals.
Swimming at the Manchester Aquatic Centre, the swimmers, aged 11-17, did themselves proud, finishing in fourth place overall out of the 53 clubs who entered.
Ella Sheridan, age 12, won gold in the 400m individual medley, took three silvers in the 50m, 200m and 400m freestyle and bronze in the 100m freestyle. To cap the weekend she won the age 12 top girl prize of £30.
Jamie Sharpley, also 12, took gold in the 50m backstroke and three silvers in the 50m and 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke.
He won two bronze medals for the 50m fly and 200 individual medley.
Robert Bryce, 11, was the other gold medallist, winning the 50m backstroke; he got silver in the 200m back and three bronze medals for the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle.
Other Bobcats swimmers taking podium places were, Harry Pilkington, 11, with three silvers in the 50m, 200m and 400m freestyle; Kerry Anne Holding with a silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 400m free; Katie Rennolds with a silver in the 400m free and bronze in the 200m free; and William Murray who took a bronze in the 200m freestyle.
The squad was completed by Ellie Taylor, Lucy Cole, Grace Pickles, Erica Minozzi, Emma Fothergill, Elliott Norman, Dean Moorhouse, Jack Moodie, Thomas Hamer and Suhayl Meghji, who all swam personal best times.
Head coach Michael Robinson said “We are still in hard training leading up to the regionals in June.
“We can hopefully build on this performance and achieve even more national qualifiers for the championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield at the end of July.”
The squad have 20 swimmers who have qualified for the North West Regional Age Group Championships in June.
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Meanwhile, at the Dwarf Sports Association Annual Games in Walsall and Wolverhampton, Katie Rilett-Young, age 13 from Burnley, came away with five gold medals and a silver from a variety of sports.
On the Saturday, Katie took part in the in the Girls’ Under 15 Shot Putt and won gold.
Her main focus was on the Sunday morning for the swimming, where Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds was the special guest who presented the medals to the younger swimmers.
Katie entered four events, the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 100m breastroke and 50m freestyle, and won four gold medals, all in personal best times.
In addition, Katie was picked to captain the 4x25m relay team, where she swam the anchor leg and helped win silver.
Katie’s points tally helped the North West win the overall Regional Trophy.
Katie is registered with British Swimming as an S6 swimmer. She joined Burnley Bobcats in January and now trains five times a week.
Bobcats Head Coach Michael Robinson said of Katie’s performance; “It is fantastic to see one of our swimmers doing so well, Katie has been a welcome addition to the squad and we look forward to her attending galas with Bobcats in the next couple of months”
In August 2013, Katie aims to attend the World Dwarf Games, in Michigan, USA.
Any group or organization that can help sponsor Katie on her trip to Michigan, USA can contact her via the Bobcats website