Burnley Bobcats shine on the national stage

Tom Hamer, Katie Rillet-Young and Katie Rennolds
Tom Hamer, Katie Rillet-Young and Katie Rennolds

The last meet of the 2012-2013 swimming season saw seven Burnley Bobcats swimmers competing in the Youth and MC events at the British Gas ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Tom Hamer, age 14, was making his debut as an S14 swimmer and found himself taking on the best of British S14 swimmers.

Tom recorded personal best times every time he took to the water. This form saw him take silver medal in the final of the 200m freestyle in 2.05.92.

Two days later, Tom was back swimming the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley. He progressed to the final of the 200 IM and took a bronze medal. On his final day of competition, Tom again made the final in his 100m breaststroke but just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth.

Meanwhile Katie Rillet-Young, age 15, an S6 swimmer opened her championships by making the 400m freestyle final, where she finished fifth, beating her PB by 10 seconds.

The following day Katie competed in the 50m freestyle and qualified for the final, but due to her having to leave early the next day to travel to Michigan, USA to compete in the World Dwarf Games, she had to withdraw. Katie returned home after a week in Michigan with a haul of medals.

Katie Rennolds, 15, had qualified to swim three individual races in the joint 15/16year age group.

She opened with the 200m freestyle, then the 800m free and finally the 400m free.

Her best race was the 800m where she swam a massive PB to finish the highest placed swimmer from the North West Region.

Katie also swam anchor leg in the women’s age 15/18 4 x 200m freestyle relay. The team was completed by Erica Minozzi (15), Kerry Holding (17) and Emma Fothergill (15).

The girls represented Burnley well and aim to be back again next year.

Will Murray, 15, began with the 100m freestyle, where he progressed to the semi-final and on into the final the following day, when he finished in sixth. On the final day of the meet, in the 50m free, again the places were extremely close and Will went on to the semi-final where he finished 12th.

Head Coach Mike Robinson was delighted: “We are definitely the premier club with swimmers reaching National level in all categories, the Age Groups, Open Water, Youths and Disability. It has been a fantastic season.”