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Nova Centurion celebrates record-breaking team effort at British Championships

Michelle Parkins

Nova Centurion made headlines after a record-breaking team effort at the British Championships.

Performance squad simmer Freya Colbert was crowned new British Champion during an amazing week for our club, claiming gold in the 400IM, silver in the 400m free and bronze in the 200m free. 

In total 29 Nova swimmers qualified and 23 represented us at the week-long event at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in April.

Ten of our swimmers reached finals at the prestigious British trials, which serves as a qualifying meet for this summer’s World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Eighteen-year-old Freya, who has been on British Swimming’s World Class Podium Potential Programme since she was 15, is now eligible for Commonwealth Games selection and has already been announced in the squad for June’s World Championships in Budapest alongside Olympic superstars such as Adam Peaty, Molly Renshaw and Duncan Scott.

Two other Nova swimmers – Livia Kingsland and Iona Colbert were crowned Junior Champions in the 1500m free and 100m back respectively and have now been selected to compete at the European Junior Championships in Bucharest, Romania in July.

“It was an amazing week for our club with some incredible swims across the board,” said Nova head coach and director of swimming Nathan Hilton.

“It was a fitting reward for a year of hard work by the swimmers and coaching team to see so many PBs, finalists and medallists.

“Swimmers have endured two years of disruption and pool closures because of Covid which has been extremely challenging, but Nova swimmers have showed their resilience and come back fighting and we’re now seeing the rewards.

“Freya’s achievements caught the eye against some world-class swimmers, but she was far from alone in exceeding expectations.

“I’m so proud of all of them and the wonderful coaches, base clubs, parents, support staff and volunteers we have here in Nottinghamshire. It really has been a team effort with everyone contributing in their own way.”

 

Article written by Victoria Phillips