Windsor celebrates outstanding performance at the Berkshire & South Bucks County Swimming Championships 2018
Three County Champions & record-breaking medal haul - 18 Gold; 22 Silver; 18 Bronze
Windsor Swimming club is celebrating an outstanding performance at the first weekend of the 2018 Berkshire and South Bucks ASA County Championships which saw its swimmers secure an impressive Three County Championship Titles, 18 Gold medals, 18 Silver and 13 Bronze so far. The event saw the fastest qualifying swimmers from all over Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire compete at the highest level at Wycombe Leisure Centre on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January.
Matilda O’Dea, aged 13 took top podium position when she secured Gold in the 50m Freestyle Final to become Junior County Champion, and secured Bronze in the 100m Freestyle age Group Final. Shay Race, aged 16 years out swum his rivals in the 50m Butterfly final to take gold and the title of Senior County Champion. Fellow squad member Moritz Hoogers, also 16 years, narrowly missed the double, when he won Gold to become Senior County Champion in the 100m Backstroke, and gained silver in the 50m Backstroke championship final event.
Other notable performances came from James Murphy, aged 13 years, who secured three championship podium positions taking Silver in the 200m Breaststroke Junior Championship final, and Bronze in both the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley final events. Natasha Holroyd (13 years) won Silver in the 800m Freestyle, while the Boys 12/13 years 4 x 100 Freestyle relay team comprising Edwin Invanescu; Alexander Mufti; Damir Bahjor; Aaron Wilks, fought hard to take Bronze in the team event.
This year, a record 63 local swimmers from the Windsor-based club qualified for the County Championships, with an impressive 34 swimmers making it through the heats to qualify for age group and junior championship finals.
Podium places and medals were also won in many of the Age Group categories with Windsor swimmers collecting a grand total of 58 medals. Also worthy of a mention are Katie Ford, Lola Andrews and Damir Bahjor who all competed in the 13 year age category events and won a total of 13 medals between them – five Gold medals, six Silvers and two Bronze.
Commenting on the club’s outstanding performance during the first weekend of the Championships, Windsor Swimming Club Head Coach Giuseppe Caporaso said, “I can’t be more proud of all our swimmers who qualified for the event and swam incredibly well. While we are of course delighted with the record haul of medals and prestigious Championship titles that we bring back to Windsor, I have been overwhelmed by the quality of swimming with many securing personal best times and regional qualification times. It is all the more exciting to see success across the whole club, from our more experienced senior swimmers to some of the younger swimmers who are competing at county level for the very first time.”
Devon Wilks, Windsor Club Chairman added, “None of this success would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire coaching team and of course the long hours of training that our swimmers put in. As a club, our aim is to attract and nurture young swimmers and ignite their interest and enjoyment in swimming by giving them the opportunity to experience competitive and performance swimming. We hope our achievements at these County Championships and indeed our award-winning successes at the recent Summer Nationals will continue to inspire our younger generation and indeed those new to swimming to take up the sport, get fit and have fun.”
The second round of the Berks and South Bucks ASA County Championships takes place at Wycombe Leisure Centre on the 27th/28th January.
Windsor Swimming club, based at Windsor Leisure Centre, offers opportunities for swimmers of all ages and capabilities, from its Learn to Swim groups through to its Competitive Squads which include regional, national and International athletes, as well as a successful Masters group.