As the Eastern Regional Swimming Championships drew to a close last weekend, head coach Elaine Hill was able to reflect on the Club’s best regional performance for many years.
Swimming against the top swimmers of their age from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, the club celebrates three medal winners (pictured).
Maximilian Veiga at the age of 12 and swimming in his second regional championships stormed to double Gold in 50m and 100m Backstroke meaning he currently sits 7th in 50m Backstroke and 8th in 100m Backstroke in England in his age group for 50m swims.
Iona Trainer, 16, consistently qualifying again this year for regionals, won Silver in 50m Breaststroke and qualified for the Swim England National Summer Meet in Sheffield, entry for which is by invitation only based on performances in the qualification window.
In her first Regionals, Georgia Holgate, 12 , also stepped up to the challenge winning a Bronze medal in 200m Butterfly. City of Ely finished 21st in the Regionals’ overall medal table and 12th in the 14 years and under medal table.
Elaine reflected “The performance from our swimmers this year at Regionals has been exceptional and is testament to the many hours they have committed to training. We haven’t had any regional medals for many years and now four have been achieved this year. Ely hasn’t won a gold medal at Regionals in a generation which shows what an outstanding performance it is for Maximilian to win two in 2019. Hopefully this will encourage others in the Club to emulate Iona, Georgia and Maximilian’s success and we can build on these results next year.”
Press release from The City of Ely Swimming Club