Lynn’s delight at medal haul

Alex Lynn top award winner. Picture by Martin Dowey (141307)
Alex Lynn top award winner. Picture by Martin Dowey (141307)

Scarborough Swimming Club’s Alex Lynn snapped up a superb six gold medals at the Yorkshire Spring Swimming Championships.

This included four gold medals on the third and final meeting, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, which was specifically for the sprint, 5o metre, events.

Then, Lynn, 14, won a gold in each of the four disciplines at 50 metres in his age group, the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke, the first time anyone from the club has won four gold medals in one meeting at the county championships.

The Lady Lumley’s School Year 9 pupil said: “My main target was to win the 50m events. I am hoping to eventually specialise in the 200m individual medley (IM), which incorporates all four strokes.

“My coach at Scarborough, Sam Greetham, has now got me looking forward to my next goal, which is to attain the national qualifying times from now until July.

“It is great to have such an experienced coach as Sam. He has worked at the highest level in the sport as a coach and as an official.”

The other gold medal wins for Lynn were the 100m breaststroke race at Leeds for the first weekend of the championships, and then at the second weekend, the 100m backstroke.

He also won bronze medals in three events over the firsttwo weekends, in the 200m IM, the 200m freestle and 100m butterfly.

The teenager certainly puts in the effort to train for his sport, making trips to Scarborough indoor pool from his Pickering home for training sessions every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 5am until 7am.

He also trains at the indoor pool after school, then on Monday and Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 6pm.

“I started competing with Scarborough SC when I was nine, with Nathan Renshaw my coach at the start and since then I have been training hard,” he added.