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Callum Broadhead gets 4 Gold medals and a Silver in English Schools Championship

posted 6 Mar 2020, 05:58 by Pete Hardy   [ updated 6 Mar 2020, 06:33 by Lily and Luke Playz ]

English Schools Glory for North East

29 Feb 2020: The extra day of February saw a rare opportunity for our battling young duo to take the fight to the best swimmers in England. Luke Gilliver (Drn) and Callum Broadhead (Arm) were brought together with three other Year 8 boys from the North East Region for the 70th English Schools divisional championships.

With the Eight English regions sending their best swimmers for two days of long course racing at Ponds Forge the scene was set for some exceptionally fast swimming and some pre “qualifying window” racing. The opportunity for Callum and Luke to race not just as a team but also against the very best swimmers they will face if they qualify for nationals was good experience going forward.

Callum started off the junior boys (Y7/Y8) events on the Saturday with a Gold in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 57.82 placing him more than a second clear at the top of the GB rankings! The challenge will be topping the Dartes 13yr old rankings and overhauling a Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) record set at a blistering 55.88s back in 2012.

Luke continued the strong start for the North East Junior Boys team with a hard fought Silver in the 200m Backstroke in a time of 2:26.27. Only slightly outside his Gold winning time achieved at the Yorkshire Championships earlier in the month.

Callum took the opportunity for a second Gold in the 100m Butterfly on the Saturday with a time of 1:04.13. Showing the strength of Dartes boys over the years, that impressive Gold medal doesn’t even make the top six on the club's 13 year olds rankings (he does have another 10 months to go).

Kate Both boys continued the weekend strongly with Gold in both the 4x100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley teams. Callum also secured Silver in the 100m Backstroke on Sunday. Luke also came out strongly on the Sunday in the 200m IM, but the strength of the competition on the Breaststroke leg was too much for even him to hold off. He secured a highly respectable 5th place against swimmers that now sit in the top 7 of the GB rankings.

Both boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and their first chaperone/overnight meet, despite only being in Sheffield. They helped the North East Junior Boys team become national team winners as well as helping the North East retain the overall team title.

Big well done from all at Armthorpe.

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