FOLLOWING on from winning numerous gold medals and securing personal bests at two recent Level 1 Open meets in Swansea and Cardiff, a trio of Vale swimmers who still train at their local clubs are now looking forward to their next challenge.
Tazmin Pugh and Harry Bamforth, both now swimming in the 16-year division, and Chloe Golding in the 18-year category, have been invited to numerous events at the premier British Summer Championships reserved for the top 24 in each of the 17 events throughout the UK.
The trio, who train at their ‘home’ Vale clubs when free from their commitments with Ellesmere College Titans, have also been invited to the follow-on Amateur Swimming Association Home Nations Championships which are held in England, Scotland and Wales for swimmers ranked 25 to 48.
Pugh has qualified for the British Championships in a record 11 events – the second highest for any female among the 674 female competitors.
Because Pugh is ranked first or second in all but one of the events and with heats in the morning and finals on each afternoon of the six-day British Summer Championships, it is impossible for her to compete in all, so she will only be entering nine events at this stage.
Before this Pugh has her eyes fixed on more important issues, namely the European Junior Swimming Championships between July 6-10 in Hungary, where she will represent Great Britain in four individual events, with the possibility of a showing in the relays together with her Titans team-mate Freya Anderson.
Off to university at the end of the summer, Golding has been invited to compete in four events at the main British Championships and another at the English Home Nations Championships following her excellent performances, especially in the backstroke events, in the two-month window to get into the top 24 ranking.
Bamforth has had success in improving on his favoured long distance events, qualifying for the 1,500m freestyle in the British Championships and three more at the ASA Welsh Home Nations.
In the meantime Bamforth competed in the 5k Great East Swim where he was hoping to impress the British selectors and, as it turned out, he enjoyed celebrating the Great Britain selection of three of his Ellesmere long distance specialist team-mates for the World Junior Open Water Championships in Hoorn in the Netherlands between July 16-18.
They will be joined by a further 23 of their Titans team-mates – another record for the club – at the British Championships.
This in itself is testament to the reputation the club and head coach Alan Bircher, who is building on a year-on-year basis.
In addition to this, the 16/under girls have qualified to compete in all three relays at the British Championships and have their eyes set on records.