Swimmers make a splash at north east championships

Two coaches at a swimming club are already making a splash as members picked up a host of medals at a competition.

Andrew Thirwell joined Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club as a coach last September and had an immediate impact with Sian Martin, 12, claiming silver in the 2013 British Gas championships.

He has recently been joined by close colleague Nenad Milo, a Serbian national swimmer and Olympian who has coached in South Africa.

And despite Nenad only joining in September, the pair helped the club enjoy big success at the first major competition of the season – the North East Regional Championships at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

The competition was really strong and TASC swimmers performed outstandingly.

Gold medals and north east champions were Declan Peng, 15, in the 50m butterfly; Siam Martin, 13, 800m freestyle; and Alfie Kelly, 11, in 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, and 400m freestyle.

There were silver medals for Declan Pang, Alfie Kelly and Sophie Martin while bronze medals were won by Len Ravenshill, Rachel Helm, Declan Pang, Elliot Snowdon and Alfie Kelly.