Clevedon swimmers rub shoulders with Adam Peaty at British Championships

 Clevedon club swimmers, Jamie Steadman aged 14 and Ben Penhale aged 18, travelled to Sheffield last week to compete in the flagship annual swimming event, the British Championships 2022.

The flagship domestic event took place at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 5th-10th April 2022, and played a key role in the qualification process for June's World Championships in Budapest. The six-day meet also helped team selections for the remaining senior and junior international meets in 2022, with British and Home Nation athletes targeting big performances to get them on teams for the world stage. 

Ben and Jamie shared the warm up pool with swimming superstars Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott before lining up for their events; 400m individual medley for Jamie and 200m butterfly for Ben.

Having qualified for this competition for the first time, Jamie had a fantastic experience gaining a new PB and improving his national ranking for what is arguably one of the toughest swimming events. Ben equalled his PB on what is another demanding event and both are looking forward competing at the South West Regionals at the end of the month.

Head Coach Pat Leaman said; “ I am immensely proud of our swimmers who have shown amazing grit and determination. They are an inspiration to our other swimmers and have shown that all the long hours and hard work can pay off.  hoping to qualify for the upcoming summer British championship competition in their chosen events.”

“We are now looking for kit sponsors for 2022, particularly to help the club purchase branded hoodies which will be taken to regional and national sporting events. If you’re able to support our young swimmers please get in touch!”

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