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National Youth Swimming Championships

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn attended the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) National Youth Championships at Ponds Forge. She wanted to see how Sheffield’s world-class swimming facility was helping to prepare the swimming champions of the future.

 

The National Championships featured swimmers aged 14 18 years and is an opportunity for British future swimming stars to show their real potential. The event serves as the final selection opportunity for the England teams Talent Development Programme.

 

Meg said of her visit:

 

“It was great to see Sheffield playing a huge part to help develop the British champions for the future. Ponds Forge is a fantastic venue and is one of the best pools in the country.  It was just last week that Matthew Johnson, a young Sheffield swimmer, won 10 gold medals here in the National Age Group Championships.

 

The UK has done exceptionally well in swimming and diving in recent years, but it is worrying that Paris alone has more 50metre pools than the whole of the UK. We need more investment in the sport to ensure more young people get the opportunity to train in world class facilities.

 

I enjoyed meeting the swimmers from across the country, and their coaches. I wish the competitors all the very best for the future.”

 

Nick Sellwood, National Talent Development Manager said:

 

“Every year the standards of performance achieved by swimmers are surpassed. The Championship results are real markers for those who will go onto achieve international success.”

 

The ASA National Championships is open to any age of swimmer and features many of the stars who will be heading to the IPC European Swimming Championships in October, as well as many able-bodied British swimmers who missed selection for the British Gas swimming team for the FINA World Championships in Rome.

 

Names competing include 11-times Paralympic medalist David Roberts, Beijing multi-medalist and world record holder Heather Frederiksen and Olympic bronze medalist Cassie Patten. The combined Championships have already produced World, European, British and Age Group records.

Associated Photograph :

Meg is with Steve Janes (left) - President of the North East ASA, Kay Grimshaw - President of the ASA, and Adam Ruckwood (right) - former Olympian and a Birmingham coach.

Meg is with Steve Janes (left) - President of the North East ASA, Kay Grimshaw - President of the ASA, and Adam Ruckwood (right) - former Olympian and a Birmingham coach.


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