04 June 2018
Camden Swiss Cottage’s young para swimmers Leah O’Connell and Charlie Hyde took inspiration from four-time Paralympic gold medalist, Ellie Simmonds to produce some outstanding swims at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Sheffield. In turn Ellie, who is now swimming part of her training programme under Camden Swiss Cottage’s Head Coach, Adam Taylor, produced a European Championships qualification time.
Returning to UK competition after taking time off following Rio, Ellie claimed a bronze medal in the 200m medley World Para Series (WPS) Final, in a time of 3.03.40. Ellie also recorded a 4th place in the 400m freestyle and a 7th in the 100m breaststroke WPS Finals.
Leah (16) took first place in the National Final of the 50m butterfly in 41.26. Competing in the S7 category, she also performed strongly in the freestyle events, touching 6th in the National Final of the 50m in a new best mark of 38.86 and finishing 8th in the 100m freestyle final in another best time of 1.26.18. Leah also finished 6th in the finals of the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 7th in the final of the 100m backstroke.
Racing in the same S7 category, Charlie Hyde (16) claimed silver in the National Final of the 400m freestyle in a new personal best of 6.01.30. Charlie added a 5th place finish in the National 100m backstroke in a new best of 1.44.38 and 7th in the 100m freestyle in another best-ever time of 1.25.69.
Leah and Charlie are coached by Kylie Bland, Camden Swiss Cottage’s Lead Coach for the Junior Age Group squad.
The British Para-Swimming International Meet took place between 31st May and 3rd June. The event, the UK leg of the World Para Swimming Series, allowed the British Para elite to battle it out against some of the best in the World. Swimmers with World Para classification represented their countries while National level swimmers represented their clubs. All para swimmers are awarded a points score based on how close their time is to the world record time in their category.