09 February 2023
Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo, one of the biggest swimming clubs in the region, scooped a total of 66 medals in both the individual and relay races at the 2023 Warwickshire County Championships and was second overall on gold medals and other top 3 finishes out of 13 clubs.
The club claimed an impressive haul of 25 golds, 17 silvers and 24 bronzes across a range of events and ages at the 50-meter pool at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry. During the two weekends, Boldmere’s strong team of 67 county qualifiers set a total of 306 personal best (PB) times across 181 events.
The club’s star performer, picking up a total of 14 medals on his own, was 10-year-old Jason Li who secured the top spot in the men’s finals in 50m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke races, the 100m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke events, the 200m freestyle and individual medley, the 400m freestyle race as well as by taking part of the men’s 4 x 50 freestyle relay in the 10-12 age group. He also won 3 silver medals in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 4 x 50m medley relay events, and bronze for his 200m breaststroke time.
Also excelling at the County Championships was 13-year-old Joshua Drury-Tew, taking home a total of 13 medals – 7 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. He finished first in the men’s 100m butterfly and freestyle races, 200m freestyle and butterfly events, the 400m freestyle competition and as a part of the 4 x 50m freestyle and medley relay team in the 13-15 age group. Joshua’s other medals for the weekend included silvers in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, 100 backstroke and two bronze medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley.
Other exceptional swimmers at the weekend were Hugh Mason-Williams and William Tonks, both securing 7 medals each – 5 golds, 1 bronze and 1 silver, with William also setting a new club record of 31.41sec for his 50m breaststroke time in the finals.
In addition, Team Boldmere’s medal tally in the relays – 4 gold, 3 silver and a bronze from a total of 16 events – highlighted the breadth of swimming talent that the club had been able to call upon for these races.
Commenting on the results from the two weekends, Head Coach Marc Foster said: “It has been another very successful year of racing for us at the Warwickshire Country Championships. We are particularly proud that we are second based on the gold medals and other top 3 finishes from 13 clubs in the county. This is a huge achievement for all of us – for our talented swimmers, our experienced coaches, our tireless cohort of volunteers and our dedicated committee members. My congratulations to them all!
We have a great track record in achieving success at this event, which is one of the most important regional competitions in our calendar - as it is a great indicator for swimmer and club development across all age groups. As a coaching team, we are thrilled to see how all of our swimmers improved and stepped up to represent the club at this competition. We look forward to returning to the Alan Higgs Centre next year to deliver stronger and faster performances and build on the outstanding results from this year.”