Huge medal haul in championships
Georgia G won eight medals and six senior county titles
AFTER a gruelling four weekends of competition over January and February, swimmers from Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club emerged victorious, bringing home 53 medals and eight county championship titles.
The squad of more than 50 swimmers, aged from just ten years, competed with absolute passion at the 2020 Somerset ASA County Championships, against the best swimmers in Somerset.
Head coach Kay Rex supported the athletes throughout each day of competition and was immensely proud of all their swims.
Georgia G had an exceptional county championship outing. She won eight medals and the following six senior county titles - gold in 200m individual medley and 400m individual medley, silver in 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 800m freestyle, and bronze in 200m breaststroke.
Georgia’s mum Barbara said: “It’s all a bit of a shock, as Georgia moved up to senior age group this year and we didn’t expect her to make the podium in any events, so a fabulous surprise!”
It’s an amazing achievement for the young Keynsham swimmer, who only turned 16 halfway through the championships.
Georgia, who swims at national level, trains with City of Bristol Aquatics as a network performance swimmer. Keynsham is still her home club.
Another teenage swimmer who deserves praise for her achievement is Jess L, who won 11 medals and took the gold 100m butterfly and gold 200m butterfly junior county titles.
In one of her events, Jess swam in the lane next to Paralympian Stephanie Milward - not bad for someone who is just 13 years old. Jess also trains with City of Bristol Aquatics, while Keynsham remains her home club.
The third swimmer who really impressed this year was Josh J, who won four golds and a silver medal, making it Josh’s most successful counties to date.
And finally, little Laura B, who only turned 11 in January, won a treble, bagging gold in 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, along with bronze in 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley.
Following on from the results from day one (published last month), here are the results from the final six days of the championship:
n 800m Freestyle: gold, Josh J (14); silver, Georgia G (16+)
n 400m FR: gold, Josh J (14); silver, Izzy N (13); bronze, Jess L (14)
n G400m IM: gold, Georgia G (16+)
n 200m Freestyle: gold, Izzy N (13), Josh J (14); silver, Jess L (14)
n G200m Backstroke: gold, Izzy N (13); silver, Jess L (14)
n 200m Individual Medley: gold, Georgia G (16+); bronze, Jess L (14)
n 200m Butterfly: gold, Laura B (11), Jess L (14); silver, Alice (15)
n 200m Breaststroke: bronze, Alice H (15), Georgia G (16+)
n 100m Freestyle: silver, Izzy N (13), Jess L (14); bronze, Josh J (14)
n 100m Backstroke: gold, Jess L (14); silver, Izzy N (13)
n 100m Butterfly: gold, Laura B (11), Jess L (14); silver, Josh J (14)
n 100m Breaststroke: silver, Georgia G (16+); bronze, Phoebe N (15)
n 50m Backstroke: gold, Jess L (14); silver, Izzy N (13)
n 50m Breaststroke: silver, Georgia G (16+)
n 50m Butterfly: gold, Laura B (11), Jess L (14), Josh J (14)
n 50m Freestyle: bronze, Laura B (11), Lilly B (12)
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics coming up this year, swimming, along with other sports, will see an increased uptake among children. Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club often becomes full by the end of an Olympic year.
They would encourage you to book your child’s space on the waiting list for a trial, which will be held in spring when they return to the newly refurbished Keynsham Leisure Centre swimming pool.
The club would like to trial children who are competent swimmers, aged seven and over.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest, or enquire via the club’s Facebook page.
Keynsham are also looking for a club sponsor. If you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring the club, contact email@example.com to find out more.