Competitive club swimmers from Woodham Sports Academy took part in the English Schools Swimming Association North East Trials recently.
The event was held at Durham City Freeman Quay and hosted schools from all over the North East of England to compete in medley and freestyle relays, with the squad was a mixture of year 7 and 8 girls, and year 9 and 10 boys.
Woodham has always had a strong swimming tradition and has excellent links to Sedgefield 75, currently working with the Woodham swimming academy is Heather Brewster who has been involved or have been with the 75.
The event itself was a huge success for Woodham students Callum Cook, Ben Stephenson, Lyndon Hall and Flynn Leybounre who swam the third fast time in the junior boys medley relay.
The time they posted will hopefully be enough to take them to National Finals in Crystal Palace London once all ESSA regional trials have been completed, as the best 16 times in the country compete.
“This is just another indication of the success of the Sports Academy at Woodham, where there is now over 40 swimmers who are part of the swimming academy,” said Liam Clough, director of Woodham Sport Academy.
“The recent ESSA swimming gala was another indication of the strength of talent we have at Woodham, since the launch of the Sports Academy our school sport has grown immensely with 268 students across the Academy involved in sport.
“We have students now who regularly compete at district, regional, national and international level; it is fantastic to work with students who are extremely talented.”