This year has already seen Kingfishers Swimming Club members achieve some great accolades in the pool in all areas of the club, with promise of much more success to come.
In the Dutch Youth and Junior short course Championships at the end of January, Brandon Lino achieved second place in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:19:46.
Having Dutch nationality and representing local club De Aalscholver from Almere, near to Amsterdam, this was the third time in a row that Brandon has won silver in the Netherlands.
His Dutch coach, Irma Loos, who recently visited Kingfishers SC and accompanied him at the North Eastern regional championships in Sunderland last December, was very proud to see Brandon’s improvement.
She said: “This young man showed great determination and swam a really good race, coming back very strongly at the end to gain a well-deserved silver medal.”
Closer to home, the club’s masters adult swimming squad continues to go from strength to strength with growing numbers seen on a weekly basis.
Many medals were won in the South Yorkshire Masters Championships in Sheffield, and the swimmers are now training hard for the Yorkshire Championships in Leeds in May.
Head coach Juan Carlos Lino said: “It is great to see all of these older swimmers in the pool (many in their 40s and 50s), showing such dedication and commitment to the sport, while being great role models to the kids.”
As for the club’s competitive top squad, these swimmers have done extremely well recently, with 13 swimmers qualifying and competing in the Yorkshire Long course Winter Championships in Sheffield and Leeds.
Many of them qualified for the first time and swam in multiple events, with numerous PB times achieved.
Brandon obtained a bronze and a PB in the 100 m fly.
Juan Carlos added: “Club ranks have now been swelled with the addition of many ex-Filey SC swimmers, these guys are a real asset to the club and add depth to the Top Squad.”