Burnley Bobcats swim in elite company at British International Meeting

English school: Katie Rennolds of Burnkley Bobcats swam for the North West in Bristol
English school: Katie Rennolds of Burnkley Bobcats swam for the North West in Bristol

Swimmers from Burnley Bobcats swam with the elite at the British Gas International Meet at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The competition attracted a host of world class able-bodied and para-swimmers, and athletes who have qualified for this summer’s Commonwealth Games, including Bobcats’ own S14 classified swimmer, 15-year-old Thomas Hamer, who will be representing Team England at Glasgow and aiming to come home with a gold medal.

Katie Rilett-Young, (15) an S6 swimmer, and Thomas Brown, (15) an S14 swimmer, both took to the blocks on a number of occasions over the five-day event and produced some excellent personal bests, while reaching finals in their events.

Katie, who has performed at International level previously, swam some great races, as did Thomas, who swam for the first time at this level of competition.

William Murray (16) swam individually in two freestyle events and took to the blocks again to join team mates William Beaven (16), Joshua Lambert (15), and Jamie Sharpley (14) in two relay events.

Meanwhile, Katie Rennolds (15) who had qualified to swim at the International meet was selected to represent the North West at the English Swimming Schools Associations Inter-Divisional Championship Gala.

Katie, who has just completed her GCSE’s at St Christopher’s CE School, Accrington was selected to join the squad of 46 swimmers who represented the North West at the annual event at the Hengrove Leisure Centre, Bristol.

Katie swam individually in the 200m freestyle, and in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, and swam the butterfly leg of the 4 x 100m medley relay.

At the conclusion of the two-day event, the North West finished in second place, a fantastic achievement with eight Regions competing.

The North East finished as becoming Champions of the meet.

Head Coach, Mike Robinson said: “To have members of the squad competing at such a high level of competition is certainly a reward for all their hard work, dedication and commitment”.

Squad members continue their training at the St Peters Centre, Burnley for the British Gas Age Group and Youth National competitions which are being held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in early August.