Scarborough star Leckonby shines in Sheffield

Angus Leckonby, second left
Angus Leckonby, second left

Around 300 athletes from more than 20 countries qualified to compete at the third World Para Swimming World Series of 2017 held in Sheffield at the end of April.

This was the biggest gathering of international swimmers so far this year and included one 15-year-old from Scarborough Swimming Club in his first international competition.

Angus Leckonby, a S14 para-swimmer qualified for eight events in total and swam in two heat events a day over the four days of competition.

Day one started well with a 2½ second personal best time in the 100m freestyle and a good swim on the 100m breaststroke.

Gaining in confidence as the week progressed, he then swam the 50m freestyle and the 200m individual medley in personal best times and on day three narrowly missed out on the British final for the 100m butterfly, again with a personal best.

Day four saw him knock nine seconds off his personal best 400m freestyle time and three seconds off his 200m freestyle to qualify for the British finals.

Lockonby finished eighth out of the 10 swimmers, knocking yet another second off his personal best time.

Leckonby’s dad Matthew, who is a coach at Scarborough Swimming Club said: “It was an awesome spectacle to watch , those who know Angus well do know that he needs a good long warm-up before the engine starts to function at full revs.”

This was definitely the case here as Leckonby improved as the event progressed.

He left the best until last, giving his proud mum and dad one of the best nights off their lives.

His dad added: “We would like to thank Angus’ coach Nathan Renshaw and head coach Sam Greetham’s team of coaches at Scarborough Swimming Club for all their support and training.

“The future is looking very exciting for Angus.”