WINDSOR Swimming club is celebrating success at its first competition of the year – The 2020 Berkshire and South Bucks County Championships.

Swimmers from the club qualified for a total of 303 races, with 89 qualifying for the finals over the course of the Championships. There was a host of personal best times, an impressive 41 medals secured and a new junior county champion crowned.

Katie Ford, aged 13, was the stand-out performer when she swam beyond her years and beat older age group competitors to take top spot as junior county champion for the 50m backstroke.

She almost made it a double when securing third place in the overall placings in the 100m backstroke.

Ford performed consistently well throughout the championships which saw her collect a further four age group medals for the club. She won gold in the 50m backstroke, and three bronze medals for the 50m and 100m freestyle events and the 100m backstroke.

Mortiz Hoogers and Shay Race, both aged 18, narrowly missed out when they came second in the Senior Championship placings for their respective races.

Hoogers gained his silver championship medal in the 50m backstroke and Race a silver in the 100m butterfly.

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Mason Graves-Brown (13 years) also made the podium with third place in the junior championship title for the 50m freestyle.

Windsor also excelled in the relay events, with medals secured by teams representing the youngest members of the club through to the older Open category.

Successes included silver medals for the 10/11 years girls’ medley relay team (Airlia Philippidis, Flora Richards, Louise Scherrer and Ella Fox), the 10/11 years boy’s freestyle relay (Joshua Collacott, Sam Pike, Jay Gohill and Finbar Eaton) as well as the open boys freestyle relay (Rueben Walsh, Callum Stearn, Shay Race and James McClenn).

Team bronze medals were won by the 10/11 years girls’ freestyle relay (Airlia Philippidis, Louise Scherrer, Isabel Stevenson and Ella Fox), the 10/11 years boy’s medley relay (Jay Gohill, Sam Pike, James Owen and Joshua Collacott) and the open girls freestyle relay (Poppy Pope, Emma Hepworth, Caoimhe McGee and Annabelle Mufti).

Commenting on the club’s performance at the 2020 County Championships, Windsor Head Coach Giuseppe Caporaso said: “Once again our swimmers have proudly represented the club with some excellent racing across all age groups.

“It’s particularly gratifying to see so many of our younger swimmers following in the footsteps of our older members to not just qualify for this prestigious event for the first time but also gain so many finalist places and championship medals.”

Caporaso continued: “Team spirit was also in evidence with tremendous success from our medal-winning relay teams, which clearly demonstrates the depth of quality we have amongst our swimmers across all age groups in the club.

"It’s never easy competing in such a competitive and high profile event so soon after the Christmas break, so it is testament to the hard work of our coaching team and the dedication and commitment from all our swimmers that the club can once again be proud of its performance.”