Mansfield swimmers off to promising start
Mansfield/Nova Disability swimmers have showed a promising start in the first major competition of the Paralympic season. Swimmers from across the country came together at the weekend (26 and 27 November) to compete at the Disability Sports Evens National Short Course Championships held in Sheffield.
The competition gave swimmers the opportunity to see how their preparations are going prior to the Paralympic Trials in March, which are now less than a 100 days away.
Ollie Hynd won an impressive 2 Gold, 2 silver and 1 Bronze in his S8 Category. He won the Gold medals in the S8 Category 400m Freestyle, and SM8 200 Individual Medley event - swimming the fastest short course times in the World this year!
Charlotte Henshaw, had another battle with Paralympic rival Liz Johnson in the Women's SB6 100m Breaststroke, She narrowly missed out on Gold but the time showed she is on track to be ready for the main battle at the trials in 97 days.
Andrew Zawadzki won 1Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze in the S14 Category. The Gold was for the Men's 400m Freestyle.
All the Mansfield Nova squad members are part of the Mansfield District Council Swimming Development Programme based at Water Meadows, overseen by the Council's chief swim coach, Glenn Smith.
Coach Glenn Smith said "Preparations are going well and this weekend's performances show that Ollie, Charlotte and Andrew are on track to perform well in London in March. At present it's difficult to think beyond that and our focus has to be on the British Championships."