SWIMMERS from Borough of Kirklees club collected an impressive haul of medals at the North East Region Championships in Sunderland last weekend.
The weather outside may have been cold but the performances in the pool were on fire, with several swimmers posting times that put them in the top two in the UK.
Overall the team achieved a total of over 70 top-10 positions over the weekend.
Mirfield swimmer Kyle Chisholm clinched an impressive four gold medals in the senior 100 metre, 200 metre, 400 metre free and 100 metre fly races.
Teammate Daniel Cross also clinched gold in the open age 200 metre backstroke, as well as claiming silver in the 100 metre backstroke event.
Matthew Liddle won the 1,500 metre freestyle race for his age category of 15 years and under to win gold, as well as clinching a bronze in the 200 metre fly for his age group.
Whilst James Reidy won silver in the open age 200 metre individual medley and bronze in the 400 metre individual medley.
Rebecca Thornton took home two bronze medals in the 200 metre and 400 metre freestyle events (15 years and under). With fellow BOK swimmer Eden Warbuton winning bronze in the 200 metre backstroke in the same age group.
There was also team success with the men’s 4x100 individual medley team winning silver.
A number of junior swimmers also enjoyed success, with 12-year-old Nathan Cullen claiming gold in the 100 metre and 200 metre backstroke.
Youngster Milly Boulding (10) also won a pair of golds in the 400 metre freestyle and 200 metre fly events.
Matthew Wilby won his 12-year-old age group 100 metre and 200 metre breast stroke races to clinch gold whilst Charlotte Robinson (11) and Rosie Hepworth (12) won their respective 100 metre fly events.
THE BOROUGH OF KIRKLEES Disability Squad enjoyed success at the Regional Special Olympics in Harrogate.
Nine members of the squad attended the competition and did well in their division races.
Joanne Kempley clinched two gold medals in the 50 metre breast stroke and 100 metre freestyle event – where she picked up a new personal best.
Teammate Aisling Connelly won a silver medal in the 50 metre breast stroke event, with Rebekah Hill collecting bronze medals in the 50 metre backstroke, with a new personal best, and the 50 metre freestyle.
There were also silver medals for Will Daniels in the 25 metre backstroke and 25 metre freestyle – both personal bests – with Lily Baird matching his feat with a pair of silvers.
She finished second in the 25 metre freestyle and swam a personal best on the way to her 25 metre backstroke podium finish.
Zoe Rank, Jack Drennan and Alwi Flaye all won bronze in the 25 metre backstroke, 25 metre freestyle and 50 metre freestyle events respectively.
Whilst Ruben Reuter swam two personal best times in his 50 metre freestyle and 50 metre breast stroke races.
Both the female and male relay teams swam fantastic races, with the girls securing a gold medal in the 4 x 25 metre freestyle relay and the boys bringing home a bronze in their race.