Heath’s medal marvels take Bull by horns

Locks Heath at the Peter Bull Meet
Locks Heath at the Peter Bull Meet
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Locks Heath enjoyed a successful weekend at the Peter Bull Meet in Waterlooville earlier this month.

From a total of 180 swims, the team managed to secure 10 gold medals, eight silvers and 11 bronze.

They also clocked 103 personal-best times and added 10 Hampshire qualifying marks to the ever-growing list.

Meanwhile, Grace Goddard bagged a south east regional qualifying time in the breaststroke.

The 11-year-old shone like a star over the two days.

She took gold in her 100m, 200m and 50m breaststroke races, silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m individual medley.

Her success didn’t stop there, as she also met the Hampshire qualifying mark in her 50m breaststroke.

Amelia Ayling also had a great weekend.

She won the 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke – in county qualifying times, while also scooping bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Shannon Lamb took silver in her 100m individual medley and bronze in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly.

May Fletcher was on form and she secured silver in all her backstroke events – from 50m to 200m.

Fletcher also won bronze in the 50m butterfly.

There was gold for Mary Edwards in the 200m breaststroke.

Evelyn Hall won bronze in the 50m backstroke before securing a county time in her 100m backstroke.

Mia Day clinched bronze in the 200m individual medley, clocking a county qualifying time in the process.

She also met the Hampshire criteria in her 50m freestyle.

Evie Selby was a bronze medallist in the 200m breaststroke.

And not to be outdone by the girls, nine-year-old Finlay Norris won a total of six medals.

He won gold in his 100m butterfly, 100m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Kyle Kirkland became the first boy in the squad to secure a Hampshire time with an excellent swim in the 200m backstroke.

Jan Stoop was second in his 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle – recording county times in the process.

Jacob-Richardson-Fitt won bronze in the 200m breaststroke and Thomas Larby was third in the 100m individual medley.

In October, 15 young swimmers from Locks Heath’s gold squad visited Lanzarote and stayed at sporting complex, Club La Santa. The talents endured four hours of swimming each day, with 6am starts.

They also completed an hour of land training every day.

The children’s attitudes, stamina, and strength improved as they were moulded into fine young athletes.

Locks Heath are extremely thankful for the support of the community, parents, friends and family in fundraising for the event.

And the impact it had was clear at the Peter Bull Meet.