Joy for club as swimmers set ‘world record’

Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club members are celebrating after setting an unofficial world record.
Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club members are celebrating after setting an unofficial world record.

A group of swimmers have made a splash with an unofficial world record.

Members at Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club were jumping for joy after completing a 100 by 50-metre relay at Tynemouth Pool in 55 minutes and 22.24 seconds.

Now club officials have sent evidence to the Guinness Book of Records to prove that they created their own niche in the history books.

The word-record attempt was the brainchild of club member and Kings Priory School pupil Ollie King, 16, who said he was delighted with the outcome.

Ollie, who swam the last leg of the relay, said: “To achieve a world record with Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club is a dream come true.

“It was unreal. It is still hasn’t sunk in yet but what a feeling it was when I touched the wall to finish things off. The crowd went wild that moment will stay with me forever.”

Ollie added: “It was one of the best days of my life and we have an achievement that everyone connected with the club can be really proud of.

“The crowd was amazing; the noise they created was truly deafening when swimming you could the noise and it spurred me on.

“Everyone pulled together to create this.

“A special thank-you must go to one of our youngest swimmers, Bethany Heron, who was a real, hero because of the way she stepped in at the last moment and swam the second last leg under so much pressure.”

Club chairperson Tracey Booth said: “It has to go down as one of the greatest days in the club’s long history.

“For a start it showed a tremendous depth of talent as far as the swimming club is concerned.

“But it also brought all the swimmers together as well as parents and grandparents and together they created an astonishing atmosphere as they roared on every swimmer. There was a lot of tension in the air because everyone knew what was at stake but every single one of the swimmers rose to the challenge of creating a world record.

“It was a tremendous achievement and now it is just a matter of sending everything to the powers-that-be at the Guinness Book of Records people so that our world record attempt can be verified.”

As well as official time-keepers, staff from Tynemouth Pool were on hand to act as independent witnesses.