Success for Burnley Bobcats at Ponds Forge in National Championships

Tom Hamer (centre) with Callum taylor and Thomas Brown
Tom Hamer (centre) with Callum taylor and Thomas Brown

Last week we reported on Burnley Bobcats swimmer Tom Hamer, who broke British, European and World records at the National Junior/Youth Short Course Disability Championships at Ponds Forge.

And club mates Katie Rilett-Young, Thomas Brown and Callum Taylor also enjoyed success at the championships in Sheffield.

Tom, 15, was a star of the championships with four gold medals in the 200m, 100m, 50m freestyle and 100m breast stroke, three silver medals, one bronze medal and five personal bests in the 200m Individual Medley, 100 backstroke, 200m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle.

Katie, 15) an S6 swimmer, achieved personal bests and won gold medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle events.

She was chosen to swim in the North West Region 4 x 100m freestyle relay team and helped bring the team home to win a bronze medal.

Thomas Brown, 14, an S14 swimmer, came away with a silver medal in the 100m Individual Medley and swam all personal bests in his other events - the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Meanwhile, Callum, 15, a new member to Burnley Bobcats, who only began training with the squad just over six months ago, thoroughly enjoyed the experience of swimming at his first competitive gala at this level.

Callum, who has recently been categorised as an S9 swimmer, achieved a seven-second personal best in his 50m freestyle race and swam the 100m backstroke event.

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