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Gold medals for Canford swimmers

Gold medals for Canford swimmers
Karen Smith

Gold medals for Canford swimmers at recent championships

Two Shell pupils, Robbie Hemmings and Conor Cherrington, are celebrating high level success at the recent Dorset Counties swimming championships (pictured here with just a few of their many trophies and medals).

Held between 27th January and 17th February 2019, the championships involve swimmers from clubs and schools across the county.  

Robbie was crowned Junior Champion in 14 events and in the Seniors (Open) he gained Silvers in the 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley and Bronze medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke, the 100m fly and the 100m individual medley.  Representing Poole Swimming Club, which has Canford as its training centre, he gained two new club records in the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

Meanwhile Conor entered 18 events and achieved 18 personal bests, including the Gold Junior medal for 200m breaststroke and Bronze Junior medals for both 100m breaststroke and backstroke.   Conor was swimming for Swim Bournemouth Club, which also bases its training at Canford.

Junior awards are presented to the fastest 15 year old and under for each event, and the Seniors Open age group involves competing against older National swimmers within the county.  Robbie, just 14 years old winning silvers and bronzes at Senior level alongside golds at Junior, and Conor, at just 13 years old, winning golds and bronzes at Junior, puts their outstanding achievements in context.

Both boys are nationally ranked swimmers.  Robbie is in the top 10 rankings for his age group in multiple events including 5th in the country in the 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke and 6th in the 50m and 100m backstroke.   Meanwhile Conor is consistently ranked among the top 25 swimmers nationally in his age group for most events, with some stand out performances at the moment in 200m breaststroke and 100m backstroke where he is ranked No.1 in the country, for his age.  He is also ranked 2nd in the country for 200m breaststroke in the combined 13/14 year olds and is hoping to qualify for nationals for the first time in this age group.

Both boys now start the long course (50m) season with the opening of the national qualification window on 22nd March, with the first event at Millfield.  Both are hoping to qualify for the British Summer Nationals in Glasgow in July and the English Nationals in Sheffield in August.

Everyone at Canford is very proud of the boys’ wonderful achievements and we wish both Conor and Robbie every continued success in their high level swimming careers.


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