Bobcats return with 45 medals!

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Bobcats swim squad continued their season at the brand new pool in Wigan last weekend.

At the Future Stars Meet, organised by Wigan BEST in a pool only opened in September, the swimmers, aged nine to 23, produced some excellent swims and left with 16 gold medals, 19 silvers and 10 bronze medals, finishing a superb fifth of 23 clubs.

In addition Elliot Norman, age 10 and Erica Minozzi age 13 won BAGCAT awards for being the best swimmers in their age group categories.

Martin Handley, age 23, returned to competition after a six-year absence and won two gold medals and two bronze from his four races - with all four times fast enough for him to compete at the North West Regional Open competition in December.

Other swimmers striking gold were Norman, 10, who won five, Harry Pilkington, 10, with three, Minozzi, 13, who won three, Ella Sheridan, 12, won two golds, and Alex Minozzi, nine, won one.

Silver medals were won by Jamie Sharpley, 12, who cliamed four, Emma Fothergill, 13, won three, as did Norman.

Erica Minozzi, Alex Minozzi and Katie Rennolds, 13, all won two silvers and Ella Sheridan, Harry Pilkington, and Will Murray took one each.

Three bronze medals were won by Will Murray, competing as a 14-year-old a day after his birthday, and two were taken by Sheridan.

Single bronze medals were won by Fothergill, Sharpley and Erica Minozzi.

Handley will be joined at the North West Regional Open Championships by eight other Bobcats swimmers who have also secured qualification times.

BURNLEY Aquatics swimmer Harry Pilkington, was invited to attend a swim clinic at Manchester Aquatics Centre as he was a finalist at the 2011 Lancashire County Age Group Championships.

There he had coaching from Olympic swimmer James Goddard, three-times Commonwealth gold medalist and British record holder.

Harry had a talk on training, nutrition and motivation, followed by a two-hour pool session in the 50m training pool.

Also in attendance was Burnley Bobcat Elliot Norman.

Harry is pictured with Goddard (s).