SWIMMING: Records galore for South Lincs starlets

Double trouble: Chloe Hannam (left) and Sophie Taylor were in excellent form at the National Youth Championships in Sheffield. Photo: SG180811-145TW (TIM WILSON)
Double trouble: Chloe Hannam (left) and Sophie Taylor were in excellent form at the National Youth Championships in Sheffield. Photo: SG180811-145TW (TIM WILSON)
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TEEN aces Chloe Hannam and Sophie Taylor did South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club proud at the National Youth Championships.

Both of the Spalding starlets smashed records for the Spalding club at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Taylor, a disabled swimmer in the S8 category, was up against some very tough competition – including the likes of Paralympian Ellie Simmonds.

The 14-year-old swam a brilliant 400m free and 100m back to record long course personal bests (PB) in both events.

It was just another fine show in an incredible year for Taylor, who swam at the Disability British International Championships and picked up five gold medals at the Cerebral Palsy National Championships.

Her next major events are the East Midlands Regional Disability Championships in October and the Short Course National Disability Championships in November.

Hannam, also 14, was swimming in the 14/15 years age group and had a fantastic week too – gaining semi-final places in the 200m IM, 200m back and 200m free.

She then went on to qualify in the 200m IM final and placed joint eighth overall, which was a fantastic result considering she was in a double age group.

She wasn’t done there, though. In the 200m free Hannam knocked a second off her PB to take 16th, while another PB in the 400m free helped clinch an encouraging 13th.

The Spalding ace went even better in the 800m free as her time of 9.11.86mins gave her a very commendable 10th place – and shaved nine seconds of her previous best time. From her 11 swims at the Nationals, Hannam also broke a magnificent seven club records and an incredible seven county long course records.

Hannam’s thoughts now turn to the UK School Games in September, where she will be competing in the 400m IM for the England Central team.

Supported by their inspirational head coach Sarah Handley, both girls were pleased with some very good results at such a high level of competition.

Sadly Handley is leaving South Lincs to pursue a career in coaching abroad, leaving a gaping hole at the Spalding-based club.

Anyone interested in helping to coach at South Lincs can contact secretary Sue Gowing via email at sue.gowing@slcsc.co.uk

l Chloe Hannam has also been selected onto the ASA Regional Talent Development Programme, which will involve her attending a trio of three-day swim camps.

This is the third year running that she has been selected – but this year the standard is even higher.