FIFTEEN-year-old Vale swimmer Harry Bamforth won a silver medal when he competed in the Midland Open Water Championships at Bosworth Water Park in impressive fashion.
Taking silver in the 15-year boys’ category in a time of 42mins, 40.70 was Bamforth’s best result in an open water championships.
It is thought swimmers had to cover something like an extra 500m due to being instructed to divert around green algae abundant on the course.
Bamforth, who is now studying at Ellesmere College and trains with Worcester Swimming Club, will also be competing at the British Open Water Summer Championships as well as numerous events at the Welsh Home Nations Championships.
He will be joined by 15-year-old Tazmin Pugh at the British Summer Championships as the former Pershore Swimming Club ace has qualified for 11 events.
However, Pugh has decided to only compete in eight of those in which she is ranked first or second in the UK and for the first time she will only be competing against her own age group – those aged 15 at the end of the year.
Pugh also trains at Pershore SC and Worcester SC when on vacation from Ellesmere.
Another Vale swimmer at the British Summer Championships will be 16-year-old Chloe Golding, who will turn 17 at the end of the year, who will be competing in the 17/18-year division in the three backstroke events.